Welcome to the business and personal website of me, Jan Burch - aka Jan4insight - owner & practitioner of Geo-Glow Consulting. Call me a “Renaissance woman” > My business aims to be your go-to source for holistic energy work and intuitive readings. My creative side makes (and sells!) gorgeous one-of-a-kind handcrafts and fabulously colorful print-on-demand gifts and more. Here at my site, you can find me on the Web, order a reading, learn more about my energy work services, and check in with my occasional musings. Legal stuff: This site uses cookies, and some posts may contain affiliate links. Thank you very much.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Little "Feathered Dinosaurs" in My Yard

It seems I have a pair of Greater Roadrunners (Geococcyx californianus) taking up residence in my overgrown xeriscaped yard. Between the mature pine trees, rocky and weedy groundcover, abundance of bugs, and - best of all - a large and dense cactus patch, my yard looks like ideal habitat for these common desert birds that one usually doesn't see quite so up close and personal here in beautiful uptown Albuquerque.


Greater roadrunner 02

I've already made many observations of Roadie and Roadette as they settle in for the night, strutting down the sidewalk in front of my house, roosting on a rock or low tree branch, and watching the sun set. I don't mean to get all anthropomorphic, but it's hard not to - they remind me so much of a comfortably married couple, sitting out in their rocking chairs on the front porch. Indeed, I happened upon Roadette (I think - they are hard to tell apart) almost on my front porch today. She may have been sorting through the dried pine needles I haven't swept up, looking for nest material or maybe a buggy supper.

They do, however, have a primitive look about them, especially when they're roosting quietly with feathers puffed against the cold. That's why I call them "feathered dinosaurs" and from what I've seen, the male especially can be rather fierce if he thinks his lady love is threatened. Fortunately, they don't have to worry about any Wily E. Coyotes, but there are some determined neighborhood cats who would love to get their paws on these prize birdies. I do my best to discourage the visiting felines.

Southwestern lore says that having roadrunners hanging about your yard brings you good luck and keeps away evil spirits. To that end, some of my neighbors have been putting out food and water for them, while I provide the habitat. This is probably the most cooperation we've had in my 'hood since I've been here, so maybe the good luck part is coming true. It will interesting to see what happens as the nesting season progresses. As many years as I've been in the southwest and seen roadrunner running down the road, I don't believe I've ever seen a baby roadrunner. I will be like an overprotective grandma, chasing the neighborhood cats away!

Photos courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Friday Finds - Faded Aspen on Zazzle

Yesterday I SOLD a pack of business cards and sheet of stickers from my Jan4insight* store on Zazzle ~


Faded Aspens business card
Faded Aspens business card by jan4insight
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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Back to Blogging, Again

And here I am again, with another one of those "I've been away from my blog for so long" posts that no one really wants to read. So feel free to skip the apologies in this first paragraph ;) However, before I get started on my new, improved 2016 blogging direction, I thought I should give you a bit of the wherefores. The whys aren't that important; suffice it to say that I've got the technical difficulties worked out that kept away for the past almost-a-year. Fingers crossed!

Whereas, the wherefores are more exciting ...

Blasting off to a new blogging frontier! 
Long story short, I'm being compelled to take my art work & sales to another level. And part of that will be making pictures on a regular basis, and posting them here every time I finish. And putting them up for auction & sale. I'm deep in mixed-media heaven, getting my first batch of pictures ready to launch. So stay tuned, because more will be revealed!

A note to my followers, and those who want to follow: Thank you for hanging in there with me! I'm not sure what happened to the followers widget, but it appears Google has changed things since I actually worked on the blog last. I've added the "subscribe by email" widget for new folks who want to follow along. It's not my favorite way to follow a blog, but the only thing I could find quickly that worked. I'll have to look into the G+ follow thingy, but I need to update my G+ profile etc. before I add it. There's a lot of housekeeping to be done on the blog, and I'm not the world's best housekeeper, lol. Once again - more will be revealed!


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