First, I apologize for that clacking noise you hear.  I had a sweater in my dryer which has big buttons on it and you are hearing the buttons hit as it dries.  I did not “deer” leave the window to stop the dryer.  I was afraid they would leave and this was so fascinating to watch.

I don’t know if they are male or female, do you?  Mommy & Daddy, Parent & Child, Siblings??

I was sitting on my couch and I glanced out the window, I do this often to check on the birdies & squirrels, when a deer caught my eye.  My mouth dropped, I grabbed my phone, went over to the chair by the other window and started recording.  I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.  They were out there for 35 minutes….it just got too dark for the phone to capture a good picture.  I really need to install a camera on the back of the house so I can have clearer images!!  😉

As always…here is what the deer symbolizes.

“The deer is linked to the arts, specifically poetry and music in ancient Celtic animal lore due to its graceful form. The Celts also believed that deer were associated with the fairie realm, and would lead troops of fairies – hundreds of them trailing behind them as the stag cut a path through the forest.

Both Celts and Native Americans observed the deer to be savvy when it came to finding the best herbs. These earth-bound peoples would follow the deer to prime herb patches – many of which proved to be highly beneficial in their medicinal purposes.

A quick-list of animal symbolism of the deer may offer a great deal of insight as you are working with the spirit of the deer in your life.

Summary of Symbolic Meanings for the Deer

  • Love
  • Grace
  • Peace
  • Beauty
  • Fertility
  • Humility
  • Swiftness
  • Regrowth
  • Creativity
  • Spirituality
  • Abundance
  • Benevolence
  • Watchfulness

How does this translate into our own life experience?

Just as the deer has an uncanny sense of where to find the green freshness earth provides, we can ask the deer within ourselves to seek out our inner treasures. In meditation or day dream, go on a spiritual hike with the deer. See yourself walking in the woods with the deer leading you into amazing depths within your soul. Each step you and the deer take will lead you deeper into your spiritual knowing, and to limitless treasure within.

The deer (particularly the doe, females) has the capacity for infinite generosity. Their heart rhythms pulse in soft waves of kindness. Match that graciousness by offering your trust to her. She will reward you by leading you to the most powerful spiritual medicine you can fathom.

In China the deer is a symbol of happiness and good fortune. Indeed, its name in Chinese is a homonym for the word abundance.

Meaning of the deer is associated with: The Dawn, The Moon and the direction of the East. If you want to invoke the symbolic meaning of the deer you may have most success and profound experiences while incorporating these associations.

For example, we can honor the deer during a full moon to enhance or draw out some of deer qualities (listed above) within ourselves.

Likewise, honoring the deer with our attention pointed in an eastern direction at dawn will elicit responsive energy too. Nothing fancy (the deer really has no use for pomp and circumsance – her pleasure comes from quiet simplicities) just a solemn nod of your head and a simple “thank you” for deer presence will do.”

Courtesy of What’s-your-sign.com


Poetry and music, well now that certainly speaks to me, as do fairies.  I love the idea of seeking my inner treasures.  Have you seen any deer lately?

Thank you!


(c) onceuponahotflash, 2018


On my drive to work I was overcome by that glorious odor of Pepe Le Pew!!  aka Skunk.

Bonjour Mon Amour!!

The skunk gets a bum rap.  😉  So today I’ve decided to celebrate the Skunk and share with you what the symbolism of the Skunk is.  Perhaps next time we will have a better appreciation of the odorous little guy.

“A Few Symbolic Meanings of the Skunk

  • Defense
  • Prudence
  • Protection
  • Confidence
  • Awareness
  • Pacification
  • Effectiveness
  • Good judgement

We would all do well to take this animal symbolism from the skunk: Do no harm. Indeed, as a totem animal, the skunk asks us to defend ourselves effectively, without causing further conflict.

Interestingly, the skunk would prefer to be even less assertive. You see, it takes over a week to reproduce its stinky juices after using them (their glands are only good for about 4 sprays). Ergo, the skunk is 100% sure it must spray before doing so as this defense tool is a commodity in the wild – not to be wasted on false alarms.

In recognizing this, we see the skunk is the ultimate pacifist, and by adopting its peace-loving ways we may obtain the carefree lifestyle this creature enjoys.

Carefree indeed, the skunk has very few predators because most of the animal kingdom recognize its tell-tale markings and know from wildlife scuttlebutt the skunk is not to be fooled with.  As such, the skunk goes about its business with aplomb, and has an innocent quality that few wild creatures have the luxury of exhibiting.

Other Animal Symbolism Keywords for the Skunk

  • Introspection
  • Innocence
  • Assurance
  • Patience
  • Silence
  • Peace

Those with the skunk as their animal totem are naturally buoyant. They go through life with a calm assurance, and exude a peaceful energy that is extremely attractive to others.

Call upon the spirit of the skunk when you need quality judgment in a situation – particularly if you’re in a stressful state, or someone is pushing your buttons. The skunk will ease you out of the situation with deft and diplomacy.

The skunk can also help calm jangled nerves, and help to center ourselves into a quiet, peaceful state.

The skunk is very effective when calming small children too. Give it a try. Ask the skunk for assistance with your fussy little ones.

The skunk is happy to heed your call for help.  Just remember to respect the skunk and express your thanks for the guidance and assistance.”

Courtesy of  Whats-your-sign.com

If you want to find out what Animal Totem you are go HERE

I could take a few lessons from Pepe Le Pew on those stressful days when calm assurance and a peaceful energy would serve me well.

Who knew the Skunk’s symbolism would end up smelling like a rose!!


(c) onceuponahotflash, 2018


See a penny pick it up…all day long you’ll have good luck!!  Right?  How about, you should only pick it up if it’s heads-up, have you heard that too?  Well as it turns out The Penny means a whole lot more.

Tuesday while I was at the post office I saw a penny on the ground and it was heads-up.  Whenever I see a penny on the ground I think of the scene from the movie Grease when Jan finds the penny and says,

See a penny, pick it up, all day long you'll have good luck.

Those words always go through my head, in the tone that she says them too.  What’s interesting is, I have been thinking of writing a post about The Penny and all the various quotes about pennies, for a couple of weeks.  As many of you know, last Sunday I posted my last Our Daily Grateful Post, well 2 days later I found the penny.  Why is that interesting you ask, you did ask didn’t you?  Well you know me…I looked up its symbolism and here’s what I found:

“Consider the penny as a symbol of beginnings as it holds the vibration of number One.

The meaning of One primarily deals with strong will, positivity, pure energy.  The number One reflects new beginnings, and purity. The symbolic meaning of the penny (number One) is further clarified when we understand that One represents both kinds of action, physical and mental.

This combined with the One’s urgency for new beginnings, we intuit number One to mean it is time to exert our natural forces, take action, and start a new venture. Numeral One gives us encouragement that our actions will be rewarded in kind.

Appropriate to the theme of new beginnings, we see Abraham Lincoln depicted on this currency.  This is symbolic of founding fathers concept, and deals with foundational thoughts & constructs.  Pulled more deeply in the meaning, we can say that seeing pennies (particularly heads-up) is a message for us to re-evaluate our founding beliefs.  We may ask ourselves what core beliefs do we have, and are they serving us appropriately?

Copper also holds a symbolic resonance (at least when they were primarily made of copper prior to 1982) with the astrological signs of Sagittarius and Taurus – you can investigate the attributes of these signs for further symbolism here.

Copper is also considered a solar emblem, and corresponds with the radiant features of the sun.  This combined with a myriad of other meanings, the symbolic meaning of the penny deals with bright ideas, fresh perspectives, and incorporating these new thoughts with our existing framework.  By combining the old with the new we find our lives expanded and new directions to our path.”

Courtesy of Symbolic Meanings

Isn’t that so cool!!

I know it’s also said that pennies are from loved ones in heaven, so maybe one of my loved ones placed it there, right outside my car door, to find.  Funny I did not see it when I got out of my car, it was when I was coming back to my car that I noticed it.  I would have had to practically step on it to get into my car, guess they wanted to be sure I found it.  Thank you!

This is the penny I found, heads-up

I was having withdrawals all week long, having gone cold turkey from my daily posts.  What I missed most was talking with you, I missed you so much!!

I did enjoy having my evenings free to relax, practice my piano and catch up on your posts.

After reading this symbolism of the penny, it gave me goosebumps and also reassured me that I have made the right decision, that it is time to move forward with my newest adventures.  One of those is learning to play my piano so I can create music to the songs I write and further my music career with Miri (Miriam Blaker of Out an’ About) and our CD.

I’m practicing a song I wrote originally title “Dear Universe”, now called “All is Well”, also in the background is where I sit to watch the birds eat & squirrels play.

Life’s all about making decisions, isn’t it?  Wondering if we make the right ones, looking for the right answer, how will we know for sure?

The next time you see a penny maybe the Universe, or a loved one, is sending you a message of reassurance!!  Are you about to embark on a new adventure, turning down a new path, trying to make a decision about something?  Remember this, there are no wrong paths.  We are meant to go where we go.

Penny for your thoughts?!  😉

With love and appreciation,

More Penny Quotes:

A penny saved is a penny earned – Ben Franklin
One penny may seem to you a very insignificant thing, but it is the small seed from which fortunes spring. – Orison Swett Marden
Human beings have the remarkable ability to turn nothing into something.  They can turn weeds into gardens and pennies into fortunes. – Jim Rohn
If a great outfit gets you one step closer to feeling good about yourself, then it’s worth every penny. – Rachel Roy
Be not penny wise.  Riches have wings.  Sometimes they fly away of themselves, and sometimes they must be set flying to bring in more. – Francis Bacon
Penny wise and pound foolish – Robert Burton

Have you any penny quotes?

(c) onceuponahotflash, 2018







Planting Dreams

So as if today is not magical enough already, here’s some more magic for you…enjoy our newest song!!! Planting Dreams…

Out an' About

Creativity is in the air. Can you feel it?

Plants are in the ground, seeds are being sown and a spectacular once in a lifetime lunar phenomenon has just graced our skies in Melbourne.

After a time of lull in January it feels like the energy is shifting.

This past month for me has been a gentle easing into the new year. I enjoyed catching up with a close friend who shares my creativity and I was stirred by a rousing musical (The Greatest Showman)  an amazing movie that fuelled my dreams.

I camped in nature, by the ocean and by mountain rivers, I stood under an invigorating waterfall and lay awake at night listening to the peaceful sounds of the bush. I woke to the chorus of birds.

I meditated, journalled and immersed myself in what I love, a bit like dreaming with eyes wide open. Now, though…

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Shifting thoughts: I’ve Won Today

Here’s our latest co-creation, Miri with the music and vocals, Rob mixing it up, words by me.   Another inspriational post from Miri to boot!  It doesn’t get any better than that…now get out there and win!!!

Out an' About

Do you ever have thoughts that just won’t get out of your head?  It might be from that job you’re barely tolerating as you drag yourself out of bed each morning or it could be a relationship that isn’t working out. Or maybe it’s just negative thoughts that keep creeping into your head.

And you feel like talking to yourself and saying to those pesky thoughts …

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Collaborations, Songs and Messages 

My sweet Miri has done it again….added her musical talents to one of my poems…both the melody and vocals are created by Miri.  If that’s not exciting enough, Rob, from For friends without borders gave it that magic touch of added instrumentation…listen you’ll hear the strings and that hauntingly beautiful flute….I cannot even begin to express my thanks to both Miri and Rob and I certainly cannot contain my excitement over another song!!!  We do have plans to make a CD, until then please continue to enjoy our creations here, thank you.  xo

(c) onceuponahotflash, 2017


Out an' About

I’m sure you’ll agree that one of the best parts of blogging (if not thebest part) are the connections we make.

In the two plus years I’ve been blogging this space has changed and it now feels so full of life, almost like a cosy cafe gathering with good friends.

I’ve met some amazing people here, a few of you have become real life friends and many more, who I’ve never met, I feel I’ve known forever.

What I do know is that, whether or not we’ve actually met, this blogging community is very real.

In the last year I’ve formed a wonderful online collaboration with the lovely Deb from Once Upon a Hot Flash who writes, aside from her daily gratitudes, beautiful poems and songs.


I’ve now put music to more than half a dozen of her poems. Three of them have appeared on my blog. Singing ‘Frisky’…

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