We are now full blown into the season of
"gifting" and "giving"! Of people who
have little time and even less cash it seems this year to
buy gifts. Gifting is and has been a holiday ritual and
tradition that for some each year brings on stress, uncomfortable
feelings or trepadation (What do I give? What if they
don't like it? I have no money/or I don't have much money this
year what do I do!),
The greatest gift you can give is of yourself, your
time, your presence, or a hand made gift or baked good, not
just presents! Being totally present when you are with your
loved ones, your mom, your granny, your dad, your kids, and
listening to the family stories so that you will be able to keep
them in your heart for always. Time is what we all seem to
have so little of these days but time is the greatest gift of all
to give to someone you love!
For others this time of year is a way of being joyful
and festive, showing gratitude to family, friends and neighbors;
participating with co-workers or friends and loved ones and giving
all we have unconditionally, even if it is not material gifts, but
a gift from the heart, a plate of cookies, a coffee cake or a
special treat. Below in The
Gifts We Craft, from the Daily Om out of Ashland, Oregon
are some wonderful ideas.
I have decided this year to give a gift basket of
Earth Song Ranch products to one lucky person over this holiday
season, the basket totals over $150 dollars, with shipping, it
1# EquineZyme, an 8 oz Herbal Wormer, a Honey Almond
Avocado Soap, a bottle of Cold Pressed Garlic Avocado Oil, a 1#
package of Organic Kelp, a 4 oz Zephyr's Garden Stop the Itch
Salve, a bag of Organic Dog Treats, a brush and a toy horse
tied on the handle that sits nicely on your computer monitor.
So since this only has a two week time frame, the
fairest way I thought to do this, as well as include the most
amount of people is to draw a name on New Years Eve, so this
is how we will do it:
I will /have enter all the names of customer who have
purchased products between November 1st and December 31st, or
have liked us on Face Book during this same time or signed up
for the newsletter between November 1st to December 31st - so
you still have time to get your name in the drawing if you:
Make/or have made a
purchase thru December 31st
Likes us on the Earth Song Ranch Face
Book Page (click
you haven't already and only get this news letter through LinkedIn
or Face Book sign up for the Earth Song Ranch Newsletter (click
this link) to have your name enetered in the drawing.
Right now there are over 450 names in my bucket so
your chances of winning are pretty good, a lot better then the
lottery that is for sure!
I will draw the name on New Years Eve! And will
announce the winner on FB and in my New Years Newsletter, as well
as email the news to the winner too!
We are also going to be doing a contest in
January "What's In the Bucket" - there are 7
items from the web site, in the bucket, and we will be posting
specific clues to the Face Book page, giving some in the
January / New Years Newsletter, the dark green bucket is
included and so is shipping the retail value of the items in the
bucket is $100, plus the shipping!
We have finally passed December 12, 2012 and
are barreling, head on, towards towards the Winter Solstice
on December 21st, and the last day on the Mayan calender
! Oh my! Then on to Christmas and all that
means to all of us in so many ways with the beginning of a New Year
The "date" for the Mayan calendar
ending has loomed before us for a very long time, tales have been
told about the world ending, ascention happening for only
"the" choosen few (bull pucky to this notion), aliens
invading, and on and on.
The Winter Solstice is Friday, December 21 and
is the shortest day of the year. For all of
us winter usually means Christmas carols and cozy sweaters,
warm winter coats, a fire in the fireplace --but I have to tell ya,
and for anyone with horses, you've gotta admit that the getting-dark-at-4:30-in-the-afternoon
thing is kind of a bummer especially when you have chores to
do and not much daylight in the afternoon to do them in.
Happy Winter Solistice --- Namaste --- here is
to more daylight coming!
Now that this remarkable time on planet earth has
arrived minds will begin to spin with anticipation about what this
all is going to feel like on the 21st, almost like Y2K that never
happened or like the revelers in Times Square on New
Year's Eve. Everyone is talking about it, they are there
waiting and watching as the ball drops, with an anticipation,
a not knowing, and yet a knowing. Everyone I talk to is
focused on 'the date' like they were on Y2K wherein nothing happened,
at all, and with many so very disappointed, so what do you
think we will all experience in our own way on this day/date?
Some have said that the Mayan calendar
"ending" meant the end of the world, but in fact many of
the Mayan Scholars have said it is because the world will begin to
be different, it will be a new beginning, it would be an
opportunity for a new beginning for which we get to play a
part, and for which we would all be partaking; we would be writing
the new calendar of peace, harmony and loving one another in a new
way opening our hearts to the energy that has come in on 12/12 and
on a portal opening on 12/21/12.
This is not the end of the world in the way some of
the nay sayers have predicted, but may in fact be an end of the
world in the way in which we have known it, with the takers (huge
corporations and the wealthy paying little or no taxes,
and sending jobs off shore, those gettng unwarranted
subsidies, wealthy farmers getting more subsidies on top of
successful crops and using Monsanto products to poison the planet,
et al) all begin to pay their fair share; maybe this
will be the beginning of taking care of our own in this country
first, creating good paying jobs, improving education, taking
care of the seniors, and having health care, and so much
more. More improtantly the end of needless wars that
have created the defecit that we all now face in this country, the
end of greed on Wall Street, and the beginning of our economic
recovery in this country and for all families to have a better
The events that have just occurred in that small town
in Conn. may now be the tipping point where we can come
together as a nation, to find a way to end violence and these
tragedies, end gang violence, end violence period and this horrible
blood shed of innocent children. This tragically happened
to 20 small children in one place one one day in one community
caused by one person.
Thirty four (34) people per day are gunned down daily,
and 18 of those are youth. It is time for some form of gun
control that wepons that can fire from magazines carrying many
rounds be banned, that military style wepons not be allowed except
in the military, and that there are strict guidelines and waiting
periods for people who want to purchase any weapon for any
I come from a hunting family, and believe in our rights
to bare arms, however, I do not belive that we as a nation can go
on like this with families torn apart forever from this
incident. I believe that it is time the NRA stop having the
control over our law makers and come to agreement as to what can be
done to stop this horrendous violence especially against our
The following is a quote from the priest in that tiny
town in Conn. “Many of the families I spoke to yesterday said
you know, this world has become so violent at least they know their
child is safe, (and) they know where they are,’’ Weiss said.
“That’s a terrible thought for any parent raising a child today to
think that they might have to grow up in a world like this. If we
work together, good things can happen.’’
Let's all make good things begin to happen in our
communities, think globally but act locally!
The Gifts We Craft....
The gifts we craft with our own hands are often the
most significant because the love that drove us to create
it is infused in the products of our creation. And the
recipients of these homemade offerings receive a token of our willingness
to invest ourselves in their joy. Allow these ideas to inspire you:
1. When you craft a beautifully decorated prayer box (or jar) for
loved ones, you give them the gift of spiritual awareness. As you
share this gift, explain that it should serve as a receptacle for
their hopes, dreams, and loves—as well as worries—and thus a
reminder of who they were, are, and will someday be.
2. If you love journaling, share your writing joy with family and
friends by giving each a unique, handmade personal journal. A
simple spiral notebook dressed up with paper, fabric, photographs,
or other embellishments will give your loved ones a special place
to record their private thoughts.
3. Erase the distance between yourself and your far away loved ones
by presenting each with a photo journal documenting how your life
has changed in the past year. Or introduce them to your locale with
a homemade guidebook that highlights everything you love about your
town or city.
4. When you sew medicine bags for the people you care about, you
can rest assured your gift will always be close to their hearts. A
small pouch can be filled with many meditative or symbolic items,
such as quartz crystals, sage, or magical objects.
5. A progressive photo album, wherein pictures tell the story of
your relationships from the past up to the present, can be a simple
yet poignant reminder of the many wonderful experiences you and
your loved ones have shared over the years.
6. Give the gift of serenity with a guided meditation you create
and record to CD or tape. Your loved ones will take pleasure in
being led through tranquil landscapes by the soothing sound of your
7. Hand-crafted ornaments that can be hung on trees, in windows,
and on walls afford you an opportunity to surround the important
people in your life with beauty. Whether you prefer to work with
clay, crystals, fabric, baked dough, or natural objects, your gift
can serve as a calming focal point in your loved ones’ homes.
Whether you choose to give a gift or simply share
your friendship and love, remember that it is the intention behind
the thought that is most important.
From the Daily OM
Earth Song Ranch Specials
Through the end of the month from
December 16th through December 31st take 10% off your order any
size any amount --- Use coupon code "Thankyou" and also
be entered in our drawing for the Holiday Gift Basket!
Gift Ideas - I have
enabled links to their sites by clicking on the name
Hay Pillows - -- These
are amazing slow feeders that are made in the USA of fabrics and
fittings all made in the USA as well - they now carry "Mini
Hay Pillows" for those of you who have mini's and mini
Lydia Hiby - Buy
your friends, relatives, and your own pets a reading with Lydia
Hiby for the Holidays --- she offers gift certificates and I have
known and used Lydia for years for all of my animals and some of my
friends animals as well!
We have one in our barn and is a wonderful gift to
give to any hard working horse and to your friends with hard
working horses! go to
Whinny Warmers -- We
have the Winter and Summer Whinny's for all of my horses, and for
those of you who live in cold climates which older horses or horses
who have metabolic issues or are laminitic prone these really help
- Earth Song Ranch is offereing 10% off Whinny Warmers through the
end of the month - Use coupon Code WW on Check out for your
discount! They also carry them for Mini's as well!
Proud Spirit --- A
Proud Spirit Book is a great gift to give for the holidays
and there are three of them you can find on Amazon or please consider them for
your holiday charity giving and share with others. This is one of
the oldest rescues in the country, and they do such a good job with
all the animals, horses, cats and dogs that have come to them!