I participated in a Christmas Ornament swap set up by Cassandra VanCuren at An Artful Adventure. click here My category was "French Inspired and elegant things" and my colors were ivory and white. I sent three ornaments each to 3 people and they are sending three to me (Kind of like a cookie exchange - I made nine ornaments and will end up with nine)
So far, I have received my first three from JoAnne at Vintage Dragonfly click here.
Few people have heard of Vibroacoustic Harp Therapy or VAHT. Sarajane Williams, of Planet Harp here in Macungie, has pioneered a new modality which is being used for pain management, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorder, general relaxation, end of life and hospice care, and many other issues.
Described as a "musical massage," the client lies on a sound table, mat, or sits in a special chair where the sound of the live harp is amplified through the device. As the harpist plays, the vibrations induce a feeling of relaxation, pain reduction and decreased anxiety. About once a year, Sarajane conducts a training course for harpists who want to learn this modality and play for patients in a clinical setting. I am privileged to lecture on "Harps in the Clinical Setting" for this course, and cover topics such as hospital policies, charting, infection control and procedures, dealing with the medical staff, HIPPA, and interpreting monitor readings.
Here are some photos of the latest course, conducted a couple of weeks ago. Getting acquainted with wine and cheese on Friday night. The classes are very small, only 6 to 8 harpists. The practitioners come from all over the world.
This lady came from Germany. Others in this class came from Canada, Montana, Oklahoma, Georgia - one was local - from Pennsylvania.
Sarajane discussing VAHT.
Hermes is the resident Golden Retriever. He manages to lie in front of whatever harp is playing to feel the vibrations in the floor.
As you might guess, he is a very mellow guy.
A client receiving harp therapy.
On Sunday, actual "clients" from the community came to receive VAHT. This give the students a chance to practice their new skills and see the great results obtained from a short session of harp therapy. As you can imagine, I love to be a "client." My back pain responds well to VAHT.
I don't know how many of you bathe your (big) dogs at home. I try to avoid it if at all possible, My groomer Heather is devoting more of her time to her job, which is acclimating golden retriever breeder females to life in a home so they can be adopted earlier. (Yes, admirable I know, but where does that leave me - only saying.)
Having three dogs bathed and groomed costs more than my weekly grocery bill, and Cassie hates new experiences, baths in general, and meeting people. Sunny hates baths as well, Marley isn't thrilled, but he will comply - vocalizing and complaining throughout.
But what do you do when your dogs smell like an old rug, and your rugs smell like dog. Right - do it yourself. This is not a tutorial. This is raw, uncensored photography, and I prefer to draw a tactful veil over the actual process. (Please excuse the photo quality)
The "after" scene of the carnage.
What you can't see is the thick layer of wet dog hair coating every surface.
Wet Dog A. Totally pissed.
Wet Dog B. Ditto.
Wet Dog C. Same, also traumatized.
You will note that none of them are making eye contact with me.
Also, it is pouring outside - not ideal for the clean dog.
A selection of products, all of which smell nice to me and horrible to them.
The Perpetrator aka Spa Operator
(whose hair looked very nice 2 hours ago - note the steam -
also sprayed in the face when someone stepped on the sprayer -
also after declogging the drain of 4 pounds of dog hair, and scrubbing the bathroom, including the walls. I didn't need to wash the curtains this time.)