Monday, November 7, 2011

Feast of the Stolen Fire

The beautiful fables of the Greeks, being proper creations of the imagination and not of the fancy, are universal verities. What a range of meanings and what perpetual pertinence has the story of Prometheus!-- Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Essays"

On this day, the ancient Greeks celebrated the 'Feast of the Stolen Fire' in honor of the old Titan god, Prometheus, who stole fire from the gods and presented it to mortals, thus saving the human race. For this, he was bound to a mountain and punished for centuries. Many lamps were lit in his honor on this day. 

Fire is a very powerful symbol, human progress did not begin until we established fire. The gift of fire opened the door to so many things such as  cooking our  food, melting metals, and providing  warmth in the winter. It represents the start of civilization, consciousness, new ideas,  and symbolizes man's development of art and technology with its promise to better our lives, but not without respect for it and the gods.

This was a busy weekend for me.  On Saturday, we were apartment hunting the entire day, and I do believe I may have found the place of my dreams.  Now, I just have to wait for the credit check.  I'm now on pins and needles.  I know I passed the last one, but this is a different kind of place.  It's both condos and regular apartments, and they are gorgeous...and hubby decided that it would be best just putting the lease in my name since he is on unemployment.  That way, they only needed my check stubs.  Big mistake, in my book, but I couldn't talk him out of it.  Not only is there still a stigma about renting to women, except for those who are wealthy, but also I am getting up in age, 3 years from retirement.  I have to wonder if they will look at those things.  I think it would have been best to have two incomes on the application.  Even if one is unemployment, it still beats my one salary. 

At any rate, I'm locked into a move date, which is both good and bad.  It's good because there is no backing down now and bad because, 'what if I don't find a place by then?'  What do I do?  This weekend I spoke with my landlady, and she actually got quite angry that I didn't file a police report the other night.  See, she has been harassing me to call the police on the brothers and get reports every chance I get.  This is all a part of their family feud, and I am just tired of it.  She has no concerns over my welfare and safety...absolutely no concerns that I work some late nights and don't want to have to be looking over my shoulder.  No concerns that hubby has a car which they can easily have one of their cohorts vandalize.  No, it's all about her and this feud which she keeps going.  Wish I knew what started it in the first place because the end seems nowhere in sight.  But soon, it won't be my worry anymore.

I'll be sure to let you know as soon as I hear one way or the other.   Keep your fingers crossed.


  1. Keeping my fingers crossed! You really need to be rid of that terrible landlady.

  2. Why are you locked into a move date?
    Anything is possible to change. The condo sounds lovely and I hope you get it.

    Sometimes condo's have laundry ensuite, I hope that is the case, it makes things so much easier.
    I had that at my last home and it was a blessing.

    Now I have to lug it up and down several flights of stairs.

    Sending wishes and dreams for a brand new start

    hugs Sharon

  3. sending good thoughts and hoping for the best..good luck ♥

  4. Good luck!! Crossing fingers, toes, eyes for you! LOL :)

  5. I don't think it should be an issue about a woman's only name on a lease. In this day and age there are many single women living in NY, and all over the country for that matter.

  6. Many good wishes, for the successful completion of this Saga. I'm sure you will be oh so happy to close the door, on this chapter of your life.

    -fingers crossed-

    Gentle hugs,
    "To be admitted to Nature's hearth costs nothing. None is excluded, but excludes himself. You have only to push aside the curtain." ~Henry David Thoreau

  7. Visualize yourself in the space, happier and without the stress. Ask the Universe for this, or something better. Believe that you deserve this. I'm thinking of you, Mary!

  8. Amen Beth!!!

    I'm so happy you have put up your boundaries with your Landlady Mary and stuck to your guns about it. There is no need ever to be pushed around by anyone. Not buying into their Drama leaves your soul intact and free to choose the next 'best thing' for you and your hubby!

    New York must have some strange our area a single woman having an apartment on her own is very commonplace...and I'm one of them! :)

    Sending out good thoughts and holding energy for you to get the apartment of your dreams Dear One!