Friday, November 6, 2015

Update: Personal Trainer, Roommateless, Pagan Garage Sale, Familiars, more.

Hello from Terra Luna!  This update is my first update from our new house (aside from the tale of my trip to Florida). It was strange, leaving out from one house and coming home to a totally different one on my family vacation. But I can't say that it hasn't been for the better. The new house is in the completely opposite area from where I've lived my whole life, and almost towards the rural outskirts. I'm really enjoying it!

2015 seems to be strong year for change. It seems like something new is always rearing its head.  I suppose moving twice should have been my first clue but, as things have continued to reshuffle and alter, I'd have to say that it's more than just a freak accident with the house. I'm interested to see where all of this will leave us at the end of the year!  So what's new so far?

First off, I'm working with a personal trainer to get the weight, and thus the inflammation from my condition, off. I can't say that hiring a personal trainer was something I thought I would be doing this year. The expense is astronomical but that's what my medical savings is for. At this point, I have gone two years since losing weight the first time and since my massive MAS flare that left me temporarily blind and in and out of hospitals and offices, the effective cause of my weight gain. When the doctors think you might have a pituitary gland tumor that's metastasized into your brain and is pushing on your eyes, you stop worrying about the kind of food you shovel into your mouth. Of course, that ended up not being the case at all but coming to grips with my cluster of auto-immune diseases hasn't been easy.

In order to push forward, I interviewed a number of personal trainers and selected one that had a history of working with clients who have gone through traumatic illnesses, including recovering from breast cancer and, to my surprise, one autoimmune patient. I don't know my weight lost so far, mostly because I'm not allowed to fixate on the number so I can't weigh myself in, but I have dropped a notch on my belt buckle and my pants are loose! I've also returned to Zumba two nights a week.  All-in-all, I'm working out in some way five times a week and I actually feel like I can handle it! My PT has told me that I'm one of the strongest gals she's ever met, so bonus!

We officially said goodbye to our longtime roommate and fellow CF member Tony. Tony's lived with us off and on since 2009.  While this isn't the first time we've had to make this decision, it will be the last. My husband and I have decided that we no longer need or want roommates. We're happy living on our own. All of that said, we wish Tony the best on getting back on his feet.

The weather here in KC has been mild so far.  We've had a couple cold nights, but mostly it's been superb.  All of the trees don't know what to do, so they've been changing at totally different times.  Doesn't look like we'll have a "peek color" this autumn, but when each individual tree reaches that point, it's beyond amazing.

I've been taking the opportunity with the warm weather to enjoy our new backyard.  It's a bit small, but that's perfect for a single family with no kids and a small dog.  Plus, the grass is so thick and plush, it's like carpet!

Speaking of the familiars...

Zeus has been doing great.  He's always so social and loving, my tubby tabby.  He handles change so well, so there's not much to update there.

Apollo handled the transition with ease this time!  Usually, moves make him temporarily panic for about 24 hours, but I heard there was no hiding this time.  Even though most people might see him as skittish, Apollo's certainly not the shy, scared type to me.  He just gets confused so easily.  My poor derp.

Hermes probably stressed the most about the move, developing a UTI. He really seems to like the new house. In fact, all the cats appreciate that the spiritual room is no longer closed off from them and now spend the majority of their time down there.  It's so weird to have a mostly empty house for the better part of the day because they're all lounging in their respective corners (no lie).

And Artemis has been his usual cute-as-a-button self. Today, he asked to go outside just so he could throw a toy around and roll in the grass.  My baby bean!  For an almost senior dog (he'll be seven later this month), he's still so spry. He has many years left, I'm sure.

As a group, my babies are unstoppable. Having one familiar is rare enough. Having four at once is like hitting the lottery. I doubt I'll ever have this again, so I'm reveling in it every moment I get.

Here's a bit of a pagan update: My circle, Circle of Fountains (we now have a Facebook page!), was invited by Kansas City Witches Meetup to sell items at the community Pagan Garage Sale about a week before Samhain. It was a ton of fun!  Nearly the entire circle showed up to help man the tables and we made a whopping $115 towards our Samhain and Halloween after hours party.  Of course, afterward, we celebrated with a little sushi!

In fact, Circle Sushi has become a regular thing, as has Drunken Divination nights. One member wants to start up a Saturday morning coffee and I think it's a spectacular idea. Our group has gotten so close and cohesive, and I'm so happy for, grateful to and proud of all of them!

Our next meetup for new potential members is coming up on the first Sunday in December. Before then, we're having a Primary Member only meetup to discuss the direction of the circle, sort some positions out and decide what kind of role we want in the community. Lots going on on that front!  All good things.

That about sums it up here for me!  This is the last post I'm making this week as I buckle down for holiday commissions as a caricature artist. I'm prepping more posts for the Familiars series, as well as updates of previous posts I've made. Plus, there's always Blackthorn Hoodoo Blends and reviews. More content to come!


  1. Glad to hear the move went well and everyone is enjoying the new house! Life is funny sometimes but we always end up where we are supposed to be.

    1. I still think a lot of what happened was just coincidental for the better part, but I'm slowly falling in love with our new rental and the area around it, so it all worked out in the end! <3

  2. I'm so happy to read this happy blog bost. You went through so much this year and you never ever give up and you roll with the punches. Enjoy your new place! Where I live, leaves already have fallen and we may have snow this month! I wish I could live near your circle, it's definatly something I would be proud to be part of.

    1. Aw, thank you so much for all of your kind and supportive words! I think I'd be a much bigger mess if it hadn't been for my circle. They carried me across the battlefield when things got really bad. We've had a few flurries but still no snow as of yet. In fact, today's supposed to be 61F, though I suspect that's more of a climate change problem than a location issue. I'm dreading late January and early February. I have a feeling we're going to have an extremely late and very bad winter.

  3. Just checking in. Are things still ok? Haven't heard from ya in a while and I was getting concerned. Have a beautiful day :)

    1. Sorry I didn't respond sooner! I know you've seen the updates; I just wanted to let you know that, even if I don't respond, I'm always reading the comments. <3 Thank you so much!