A January Letter from Lance…..

January 16, 2020

We got up last Wednesday morning and found three more inches of snow on top of the two inches we got the day before. The temperature was 13 degrees. The wind chill was minus five due to north winds blowing 30 knots straight out of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia. This is the coldest day I’ve ever seen and reminded me that I did forecast a Winter blast. I just didn’t think it would hit us, and therefore hadn’t stocked up properly—my beer supply was low. And we weren’t going anywhere. Leslie, god bless her, sprang into action. First, she loaded up the bird feeders in the front and back yards for the scores of “little birds” that come flying in very hungry. Then she retrieved the hum­mingbird feeders she had out front and back—both were frozen solid. So she thawed them out and put them back out. Hummers appeared within five seconds and loaded up on fuel. Of course, the glass bowls of nectar froze up again in about two hours. Leslie then got creative. She cut the toes off old socks and covered the bowls with two socks each for insulation. Then she had some small hand warmers that she taped onto the bottom plastic perches to keep the juice from freezing. I watched her hang the feeder in the front yard bush and watched a hummer almost immediately appear and get to filling up his belly. It’s amazing that some hummers do winter over here. And some don’t make it—the neighborhood website reported folks finding dead birds in their front yards. Not here. One guy in the front yard and two in the back yard are alive and vocal: Leslie said one “fussed” at her when she took down the feeder. When you can’t get out and get to the store, you start to take stock of your provisions as well as beer—got enough to eat? Again, I was so thankful I found Leslie, the Cancer, who stashes food like the apocalypse is tomorrow. We have a pantry filled with stuff and the coat closet in the living room also holds enough pasta to feed the Italian army. In the garage, we have another small fridge and freezer that is stocked and it sits next to an industrial set of shelves loaded with beans, tomato sauce, sardines, and various groceries. We weren’t going to starve, I realized. And that’s not counting our fridge which is already packed. Moreover, she bought 20 pounds of birdseed just the week before. Cancers are water signs, and like their brothers and sisters, Scorpio and Pisces, are “vibey”— they are somehow in touch with what’s ahead. So it is the coldest of worlds but the best of worlds, too. We have plenty to eat and enjoyed watching the birds and hummers come by. I made three pots of coffee—it tasted so good.

Two days later, still four inches of snow on the ground , and it’s 23 degrees. But we did make it out yesterday to mail some readings and pick up milk and beer at the local market. Likely we’ll get out today but stay local. I’d like to get to Freddies in Bellingham, the big local market, where they have Dungeness crabs on sale. The crab season just opened, and I am ready to crack some claws. Leslie again was up filling the hummer feeders at sunrise even before she had coffee! And troops were waiting for their first drink of the day. The weatherman is certain we’ll have warm rain this weekend—we’ll be happy to see it.

We’ve all just passed through a stressful Saturn Pluto event. And worked through five planets in Cap­ricorn, which froze us, killed some, and dealt some really bad cards to others. Times change. The next two major events in the Skywatch create healing energy or a time of miracles for those who are ready. My suggestion is: Let’s get prepared. Make a list, write down some good things you’d like to have happen over the next 60 days. It doesn’t have to be formal or in complete sentences—notes on a bar napkin will do—write it down. Now is the time to place your order: How could you use a good blast of energy that’s ahead? What possibilities are out there? Lucky Jupiter is in both events creating a stellar time in your life to adventure, look for opportunities, gamble on your talents, and to find new ways to grow and prosper. Place your order. As times change. Lance

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