Susan WonderStone's Blog


Rat, bunny, cat or raccoon
July 1, 2017, 12:38 am
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This morning while watering my garden, I stepped on a board that I thought had hammered down nails in the end. Nope! Two of the straight nails, went through my shoes and punctured my foot. I screamed the entire F word and quickly jerked my foot up! The force knocked it off my foot. I dropped the hose and jumped up onto the hot tub to see how bad it was. I was hoping for a lot of blood, but instead, there was only a little dripping out of both holes. I squeezed my foot, trying to make it bleed more. I’ve always thought that extra bleeding might help clean out the wound. It stopped after I wiped it off. No, I just thought it stopped. I ran upstairs to clean it, leaving left bloody footprints all the way. After running hot water over it and washing it, I slathered it with a charcoal, turmeric, castor oil poultice I made for the cancer on my leg. About an hour later, I applied a cayenne tincture and another coat of the charcoal mixture. As the day progressed, my foot got more and more tender.  It feels really bruised. Tetanus shots are supposed to last 10 years, aren’t they? Apparently I had one sometime after I broke my back on 07/07/07.

All of that so the piece of wood makes sense.

This week, I have seen a rat, a bunny, a cat and a raccoon in my back yard.

Two nights ago, I was on my side yard and heard something on the wood fence. Lucy the bulmastiff was on the deck gnawing on a bone. I said “Helloooo”, to alert the creature of my presence. The little masked face struggled to switch directions and climb over the other corner of the fence. It was the first time in 18 years, that I had seen a raccoon in my backyard. I’m guessing that maybe it smelled Lucy’s bone. I went inside the house. A few minutes later I got one of those weird feelings. Something wasn’t right, Lucy was still chewing and 10 feet away, glaring at Lucy, was a young looking raccoon. I asked “What are you doing?” Lucy turned to look at me, with a confused look on her face, probably wondering what she had done wrong. The sneaky raccoon climbed the retaining wall and back over the fence.

Tonight, I went out on the deck to assess the temperature. It was a quiet night, until something moved a few times in the gravel around the hot tub.

In a split second, visuals of the piece of wood that had already bitten me, the rat, bunny, cat and raccoon, all trying to attack me, flashed across the screen of my mind. I screamed and ran inside, quickly shutting the door behind me!

Five minutes later, Lucy and I went out the front door, to spend an hour, walking in the woods. There were noises along the way. Owls in the trees, crunching leaves and branches. Why did I scream in my backyard at the thought of a creature, but knowingly went out of cell service into the forest?

Somehow, there’s a lesson there! For now, it’s past my bedtime.

Love, gratitude and blessings

~Susan

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Happy Birthday to me!
June 9, 2017, 12:36 am
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What an amazing day! I went to the naked spa, then to the Kamiak choir concert to hear them sing a song for Anna Bui. Her favorite composer put it together and was there to conduct the choir. Several of Anna’s friends sang too! They all did a great job!

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Next, I remembered I got a redbox email for a free Birthday rental. I got A Dog’s Purpose. Apparently I’ll be up awhile.

When I got home, there was a FedX box on the porch and a balloon and card tied to the front door! I love surprises!

The kids met me at the woods for a night hike, but within about 30 yards, Lucy had gotten herself stuck in the bushes. Cameron got her out, then she ran back to the street where we came in. It was really dark in there. I don’t know if she was afraid of the dark or something or someone was in there that she was avoiding. Either way, we took the warning and just walked around the neighborhood. When we were in an open field, I looked up at the sky. I “felt” Derek. I “heard” him say “Suzi, Suzi, Suzi. I love my little Suzi” I smiled and really felt like he was standing behind me with his arms wrapped around the front. Derek was a homeless guy I let move in with us in 2008 -2009. Lucy and I split off from the other 3 humans and 3 dogs we were with. They drove to the house and motioned for me to come back to the car. The humans sang a different Birthday song to me and gave me roses. Cameron had one more thing for me.

A silver dollar.  There’s a long story that goes with the Silverdollar. I will tell it to you sometime, but for now,  it’s movie time! Thank you, thank you, thank you for all of the birthday wishes! May your world be filled with as many adventures as mine!

Love, Gratitude and blessings,

~Susan



Did you poop today?
June 4, 2017, 2:03 pm
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I met a woman yesterday who just finished medical school. She said she’s on a zero carb diet and only eats meat. 2,500 calories a day of just meat. Mostly beef. That’s about 2 pounds of meat every day. No added fat. No fruits or vegetables. No supplements. I told her my body wouldn’t poop if I ate like that and she said she poops once or twice a week and that’s enough. She said she feels better than any other diet she’s been on. She was about 5’7″ and looked about 100-110 pounds. Healthy and strong are not words I would’ve used to describe her, but she was nice and friendly. I’ve been told not to compare myself to others, but I do. I probably always will. Watching how other people eat and exercise and the results they get has always played a role in my choices.  Knowing there are other factors too, I don’t only rely on just the observations of others. The bmi (body mass index) charts, say I’m obese at 5’7″ and 170 pounds, but I love my body and the way I look.

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Even with cancer, I get asked to help make the rounds on a food bank truck, collecting food and loading a box truck. If I were 110 pounds, I wouldn’t have the strength to do that job!

Where do people on an all meat diet get their vitamins and minerals from? What about probiotics? What about fiber to feed the probiotics, who ultimately digest our food? Do the kidneys get stressed from that much protein?

Hippocrates, the founder of modern medicine, said “All disease begins in the gut”. That statement is still, over 2,000 years later, probably mostly true.

Years ago, I had a client whose doctor told her it was perfectly healthy to only poop once a week. I completely disagree! I told her to do an experiment. Every time you eat, get the same amount of food and put it in a garbage can or bucket. Store it in a room that’s 98 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep loading the bucket until you poop. What do you think happens in the bucket? What’s it smell like? Now I know our bodies have hydrochloric acid to help break down the food, but how healthy could it be to have it sitting in our intestines for 3-7 days?

Babies usually poop after every meal. Dogs do too. I don’t know about other animals because I don’t pick up their poop. My goal will always be to poop every day!

I’ve never gone to medical school and probably won’t. I’m going to continue consuming raw and fermented foods daily, along with some cooked foods, healthy fats and enough protein to maintain my muscle mass, along with enough clean water to keep things moving and stay hydrated.

Did you poop today?

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Love, gratitude and blessings

~Susan



Bloedel Reserve

I recently made my first visit to the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island. The grounds are beautiful! It’s 150 acres with different garden areas and trails throughout the property. There are many types of birds and other critters who choose to live there.

Mama duck and a pile of baby ducks

There was a baby grand piano in the house that a visitor was playing. It was fun to hear!

I was happy to see the poster in the hallway of the house. I have many more pictures, but you’d be better off going to see for yourself. It’s easy to hike the grounds and different seasons bring different views!

Love, gratitude and blessings

~Susan



Featherfolio at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
June 1, 2017, 11:20 am
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Chris Maynard  is an artist who uses feathers as his medium. We went to the Bainbridge Island Museum of art on Tuesday on the way to our hike and got to see his show. Chris’s work is amazing! They have about 40  of his pieces on display. He carves designs in feathers and uses the feathers and the pieces he cut out to make shadow boxes.  I had never seen anything like it. The intricate details were incredible!  He uses tiny scissors and other tools that used to be used for eye surgeries.  There were two groups of kids field trips in there at the time. I’m guessing there’s no way they will be able to explain to their parents what they actually saw.   One of my friends went a couple weeks ago and in no way did he come close to conveying what we saw.

The show only runs until June 4, so go see it if you’re available! Plus, if you’re on the Seattle side, the ferry ride was fun!

Both of my friends got shadow boxes and one of them gave me the print “How dragons breathe fire”. Someday I’ll frame it, but it came on a foam core with hooks already in it, so I hung it within minutes of walking in the door. I love it and hope to someday have one of Chris’s shadow boxes!

Love, gratitude and blessings

~Susan



Sunset at the Mukilteo Lighthouse Park beach
May 27, 2017, 12:04 am
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The only thing missing was… Nothing. Nothing was missing, it was perfect!

I got off work early enough to see the sunset on the way home. Even though the sun had already dropped below the Olympics, I still drove to the beach for the grand finale. The parking lot was crowded with cars parked in truck/boat trailer only parking. Either they can’t read or don’t think they’ll be ticketed or some other option. I got a great parking spot, like I usually do. There were so many people it looked like the last day of school! Beach volleyball, kites, lighted frisbees,  kids running everywhere, fires in every fire pit and lots of chatter and laughter.

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I saw saw one of Lucy the bulmastiff’s past people siblings, who asked where she was. I was so distracted by the buzz in the air, I had forgotten how dark it was going to be in the woods. I hurried home and got Lucy. By the time we got to the woods, it was SO dark! I didn’t know if it would be safe being that dark, but I trusted that I’d feel my way thru the parts I couldn’t see. Immediately we heard one of our owl friends. I think it watches for us and laughs when I try to imitate it. Next, we heard frogs in an area we don’t usually hear them, then we heard what sounded like a dog barking, but there are no houses that direction. It reminded me of the time Cameron and I heard the same thing and decided it was a “trap”.  It was SO dark! I was amazed that I kept missing the roots I know cross the path. I hugged the bushes along the trail where I knew the cliff was, because I couldn’t see anything. We made it out without slipping, tripping, falling in a hole or off a cliff or running into anything! I always feel so accomplished when I push myself to do something I don’t think I can do. Now, I lay on top of the hot tub cover, feeling the cool breeze on my face, smelling a variety of flowers, seeing the stars in the dark night, hearing one neighbor’s tv and another one snoring and being grateful neither of them is in my bed! This morning I said “Something really good is going to happen to me today!” It did! What an amazing night!

Love, gratitude and blessings

~Susan



Best day I’ve had all year!
May 22, 2017, 12:48 am
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Today was one of the best days I’ve had all year! I got up earlier than a normal Sunday morning, made organic chicken sausages with sauerkraut for Lucy and myself, returned a phone call and had 2 coffee enemas before noon.  This wasn’t just any phone call, but the first time I’ve talk to him in 25 years. It wasn’t that we ever had issues with each other, but that he had graduated from the kids table at family functions. I never felt like I belonged at those events. We had so much to talk about! Our  entire lives, we’ve both felt like we were the black sheep in the family. We talked about our great grandmother and that she’s 100% Cherokee Indian. That explains so much to me about myself! One of my ancestors was definitely a medicine woman who sparked my desire to learn what she knew!

We talked about people we looked up to, who told us we were worthless and ugly. We both wondered how those words have affected our adult lives. My favorite gossip about me…He didn’t want to hurt my feelings, but wanted me to know the East coast clan, has referred to me as “the wild child”, the non-conformist, the rule breaker. Does it get any better than that?!! Oh my goodness!! What compliments! It reminded me that when my ex was mad at me, he yell “why can’t you be like everybody else?!”

Back  then, it confused me. I wondered why would I want to be like everybody else? Why would he want me to be like everybody else?

Now, I’m wondering what I did 30+ years ago that they all remember but I forgot. None of them know me well enough to call me those things from my adult life. I must’ve been so much cooler than I remember!

After talking for two hours to my kindred spirit, my kid and I continued working on the raised garden bed we started last week.  We dug out all the grass and then dug deeper so we could mix the ground soil with a fresh organic soil, loaded with nutrients and mycorrhizae.   We ran into lots of roots and rocks that we also removed. It took a lot longer than either of us thought it would, but we enjoyed working together. It was the first time this year that I’ve sat and kneeled and crawled around in the dirt with bare legs. I didn’t do much running today, but running shorts helped the owie on my leg. Anything touching it hurts, including a bandage. The center is only the size of a pencil eraser, but the swelling is about 4 inches diameter.

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I left the one near my ankle bandaged with tegaderm to prevent dirt from getting on or potentially in it. It looks angry.

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Oh, talking about angry, after my first morning pee, I looked in the mirror while washing my hands. WTF! My eye didn’t hurt. It wasn’t glued shut. I put ASEA in it every time I went to the bathroom. It looks so much better than earlier, but still looks angry!

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I’m in enough pain from my leg, but wondering how my eye can look so painful, but feel no different than usual.

Enough of owies! My skin got the perfect amount of sunshine, we got the raised bed finished and tomorrow I’ll staple the wire fence around it to keep Lucy the bulmastiff, from pooping on my veggies.  I made a yummy dinner and shared it with Cameron and Lucy. We watched a few videos on our phones, while we waited for Rayla, Jake, Ginger and Ladybug to join us on our night hike. I also talked to my aunt. She and my cousin are in town, so I’ll get to see them this week too! I haven’t seen them in 11  years.

Tonight’s night hike was really dark. So dark, that Lucy wandered into a fallen tree and couldn’t figure out how to get out. Luckily, I saw how dark it was going to be and grabbed a headlamp before we left. We all made it out alive. To a lot of people, that may not have been an epic day. For me, it was perfect! I love who I am! There’s nobody I’d rather be!

Love, gratitude and blessings

Susan