The strippers dressing room

1 Aug 2020
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We have five strippers as houseguests. It’s not often in my life I will type those words. They are resting, they are very undemanding, and they have cost us little money or time.

 

All five of them had an almighty dinner party for about six days and retired to bed at different times. Four of them have since raised from the slumber. Their old clothes have been dumped in a corner of the pop-up tent they’ve been sleeping in. They’ve feasted on oranges, grapes, sugar water and some flowers from the newly planted pyracantha hedge. They look magnificent! They look strong. They look ready. Their wings are colourful and resplendent.

 

But they have a pal still asleep so, last night, I had a chat with them. I explained that if they were ready and had to go, I’d understand. I wouldn’t hold them back but set them free today. I said that since they arrived as a team, it would be best if they flew as a team. I said if they had to go, I’d stay with their pal until she/he was also strong and resplendent. I bid them a good night and wondered if the six day dinner party had just been too much to wake up from, for that one last little pal.

 

This morning - good news! Old sleepy head has shed the chrysalis and our fifth butterfly is airing the wings to harden and strengthen. Extra oranges, grapes and sugar syrup has been put inside the tent. 

 

Tomorrow…show time. Tomorrow will be a beautiful day.

 

Love from

The room above the garage.

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Molly

Aug. 2, 2020, 2:06 a.m.

How lovely RATG. Did you feel a tinge of sadness letting them go, or did you feel delight? Must admit it sounds delightful. And who would know they ate oranges and grapes ! How long do they take to transform? Interesting stuff to which I’ve never paid much attention to. I would like to be a caterpillar! As long as you set me free and so I could consequently fly! Great stuff. Love Molly xx

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Sally

Aug. 2, 2020, 5:28 a.m.

Lovely, poetic and enigmatic description of the butterflies and chrysalis. What super treats they got in your care. Were you the main caregiver, or did others in your household contribute and enjoy, I wonder. A rare experience. Looking at nature through a microscope almost, and reminding us that you don’t always need to look far to find a minor miracle. Your love shines through. Thank you.

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Bearofliddlebrain

Aug. 2, 2020, 6:23 a.m.

'Butterflies can't see their wings. They can't see how truly beautiful they are, but everyone else can. People are like that as well.” Naya Rivera' This is you dear Ratg., a beautiful butterfly spreading your wings when you blog to us and we see how truly beautiful you are. Thank you, Bear hugs ***

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The Gardener

Aug. 2, 2020, 9:13 a.m.

Bear, a Red Admiral settled on a page of my book the other day, whereupon I discovered that at the base of their lower wings they have domino-like spots. Usually if you try to look closely they fold up. xx

Lexi

Aug. 2, 2020, 1:47 p.m.

Bear, that quote is so beautiful!

Molly

Aug. 2, 2020, 3:37 p.m.

I agree, a lovely quote. I’m working on this after the theme the last few days. I feel taller, more worthwhile, how do I keep it there? Keep reading here with the wonderful support and advice, and hope my mood doesn’t drop (it will) but this site is invaluable xx

Daisy

Aug. 2, 2020, 6:32 a.m.

Beautiful

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Oli

Aug. 2, 2020, 6:33 a.m.

Thanks ratg. What a lovely reminder that we only change when we are ready, and that it does not have to be at the same time as all the others. :)

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Valerie

Aug. 2, 2020, 7:34 a.m.

Oli,re yesterday's blog by Frank,I am sure I am not the only one who would welcome a bit of insider information on the current thinking about the mind/body connection.I was fascinated to read that even when subjects were told they were getting the placebo,they got very positive results.Also that the relationship between doctor and patient makes a big difference.Wonder if this will prove true when Zoom takes over? Sorry to butt in ratg.x

Oli

Aug. 2, 2020, 7:37 a.m.

Val, I'll pop a post over there. x

Ach UK

Aug. 2, 2020, 7:14 p.m.

Oli, I've added a little to Frank and your replies on Franks's blog of yesterday. Eastern philosophy papers talk about Kundalini yoga and something called Kundalini psychosis. Information is notoriously value. Here is a rather vague link to Kundalini syndrome/psychosis. https://psychology.wikia.org/wiki/Kundalini_syndrome

Ach UK

Aug. 2, 2020, 7:25 a.m.

Dear RATG, How beautiful your story this morning. You clever, clever woman you, bringing us a true picture of hope to hold onto. I weep. Good food, love and a room through the long night. May your second wave of party-goers have as successful a visit to your nightingale pop-up tent. All our chrysalids may not awake, but RATG's testament reminds us that the Carers do indeed Care - They give from their hearts. I am so moved RATG; Thank you. XX Ach.

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Valerie

Aug. 2, 2020, 7:27 a.m.

This sounds wonderful ratg.I must Google.I am a bit ignorant about such things,so is this something limited to very specific months,or could one begin late Spring? What a beautiful blog,and what a lovely thing it is that you are doing,your kids are so lucky to have such a mother.***

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Orangeblossom

Aug. 2, 2020, 7:44 a.m.

Thanks for the delightful blog RATG. It is full of surprises, colour, fun. Your delight in your winged guests shines through each part of the blog.

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Ruth

Aug. 2, 2020, 7:55 a.m.

I've been very ill for more than a week and not been able to come online. Beginning to regain strength now and catching up on the blogs. This had me intrigued when I read the strippers as houseguests. I'm thinking I know I've been off the radar for a while but when were strippers allowed to go back to work? Lovely story though, really cheered me up. Thank you.

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Lexi

Aug. 2, 2020, 1:48 p.m.

Lol Ruth :) I too have been offline for a bit. Glad to hear you are feeling better xo

Bearofliddlebrain

Aug. 2, 2020, 8:59 p.m.

Hi Ruth, so sorry you have been poorly and hope you continue to feel better each day...and with a beautiful blog like this, I’m sure your spirits have been lifted . Keep well, love and Bear hugs xx

The Gardener

Aug. 2, 2020, 8:02 a.m.

Room, this is lovely, could write a thesis on butterflies. Would love details of starting, have to be next year, something to think of with planting. Being me, instant picture of butterflies all round town, dream only. Our town gardener is good, but with a mind to extreme summers they are planting with drought resistant plants in stone or bark, not attractive to butterflies or bees. Local farmers are hooligans, out with that hedge, kill anything that moves. In some parts of France they have wide road-side verges with insect attracting plants. Cont

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The Gardener

Aug. 2, 2020, 8:10 a.m.

Your remark about fruit - butterflies hunt moisture - in places like Bali you have to find a shady stream to find the best. They also love nettles. I have my equivalent in 'Morning Glory' flowers, live convolvulus. All shades from pink to midnight blue (smother the Riviera) only come out in the morning. My weeping willow fell down, roots still there - loads saplings springing up, planted a Russian vine, which is scrambling over those, and the Morning Glory, which is scrambling over the lot. Very few butterflies, even the ubiquitous Peacock has disappeared, and no Painted Lady for years. Many thanks ***

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Dido

Aug. 2, 2020, 12:42 p.m.

Lovely blog, ! how wise to wait and let nature take it's course. I am so loving the butterflies this year flying into my lean to from the buddlea outside. I had to free one old cabbage white from a cobweb today, he had to sacrifice a small section of wing. What kind of butterfly was it? Thank you xx Dido

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Lex

Aug. 2, 2020, 1:05 p.m.

Ah RATG, metamorphosis is my favourite metaphor of hope, but never have I had it so poetically, and whimsically portrayed. Magic words! L'xx

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Nicco

Aug. 2, 2020, 1:07 p.m.

That's beautiful, ratg, thank you for sharing with us. Not been online for a few days - depression & exhaustion quite bad - my fault... Decided to exercise as gained a stone & a half since lockdown. Idiot that i am, i did 20mins stretching exercises, followed by half an hour on the exercise bike on two consecutive days, then wondered why i started feeling ill when the ME & fibro symptoms crept in, then settled in with a vengeance. You'd think i'd know by now that with ME it's very important to build up slowly. Will i never learn? The problem is, when i feel ok, i'm my own worst enemy as i tend to push myself, forgetting that it's an energy-related illness. I wish i could spread my wings &, like your beautiful butterflies, just fly away.

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Molly

Aug. 2, 2020, 3:51 p.m.

Hi Nicco, you are far too hard on yourself. I can’t talk, but with all your ailments, you do need to take it easy. It’s so hard isn’t it, when your brain tells you that you want to get on and do things but your body can’t cope with it. If I overdo it I feel really unwell. But if I feel mentally stable I want to get as much as I can done before the fall. So very much like you. Wouldn’t it be good to fly away xx

Nicco

Aug. 10, 2020, 8:19 p.m.

Thanks for your understanding, Molly. Sorry, only just getting round to replying as just beginning to emerge, albeit into dreadful energy-draining heat, but at least the depression is easing. Yes, I also envy the birds, being able to spread their wings & fly off! (((Hugs)))x

Lexi

Aug. 2, 2020, 1:46 p.m.

RATG, I love your writing. So beautiful. I hope you're having a wonderful weekend! xo

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Molly

Aug. 2, 2020, 3:53 p.m.

Hey Lexi, how are you? Not heard from you in a while. Hope you are ok xx

Lexi

Aug. 2, 2020, 5:27 p.m.

Hi sweet Molly xo I'm good. I went to Maine to help take care of my dad after surgery then I had some major back issues (recurring issues) that came up so I had to get treatment for that. But all good now :) How are you? xo

Molly

Aug. 2, 2020, 6:15 p.m.

Glad you are on the mend Lexi. I’m ok, plodding on.... hugs to you xx

Lexi

Aug. 2, 2020, 9:22 p.m.

I have been thinking about you a lot Molly. I read above that you're feeling a bit better - so glad. Yes, plodding on is an excellent way to put it. I'm an expert plodder xo

Molly

Aug. 2, 2020, 11:51 p.m.

Thanks Lexi, no idea why, but I seem to have got back to some normal state. I don’t know if it’s a mini high. Making the most of it and waiting for the fall (predicted!) it does intrigue me though, how different one can feel at times like this. It’s not progress unfortunately. It’s just like someone is saying “ok, have a few days off, then we will make you struggle again”. ha ! Molly xx

Molly

Aug. 2, 2020, 5:16 p.m.

When I split up with my first boyfriend, I had a breakdown. I was 20 and didn’t know what was happening to me. I wasn’t even that ‘into’ him. I realised much later that he was the first person to show me love. I was loved previously, this isn’t a sob story, but my parents didn’t really know how to show it. When he left me, I was devastated (yet it wasn’t really about him) it was about general loss that I couldn’t deal with. Possibly a delayed reaction in many ways. My dad turned up after a desperate call to him. He had no idea how to deal with the situation, but he said this “accept its over, and anything else is a bonus”. Those words stuck with me. I’m not sure why it helped, but it did. I’m applying it now with my recent loss. It’s a bit like the last butterfly RATG. We can wait for amazing things to happen, sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t. Molly xx

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