Saturday, December 24, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
I've worked on waking up on a positive note; trying to make each day seem pleasant. Because if I can go in on a positive note, things just don't seem as bad. Sometimes I manage to be positive, sometimes I don't. Sometimes I hate everything, everyone and I don't want to do what I do anymore. I'd love to own my own business even though I haven't decided on what I want that business to be yet. I know it's hard work too, but I'd love to work from home. To work for myself instead of someone else, to make my own rules.
In the meantime, stagnant energy builds up; it attaches to everything and everyone and even though we may work on cleansing our bodies, we often forget our homes. When we fight and argue with those we love, it just continues to build up. So I went through this evening, took maybe a half hour and tended to my altar. Cleansed and blessed and just was for a bit. I cleansed my living space. I plan on physical cleaning later when we work on decluttering our environment a bit. We have so many things, some of which can be gotten rid of, and we're doing it soon. We have a pile of things that are ready to take out.
It seems a bit more relaxed now. I feel better. And I'm going to work on being more positive, while working on side ideas. Things I can do to improve my situation instead of complaining about it. If I refuse to do anything, I'm not helping the situation any. If you want change, do it!
So readers, start today. Cleanse your space, cleanse your body and think positive! I think we forget how lucky we are to have homes, jobs, money, and food on the tables! Be positive!
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Since I've last updated, which wasn't long ago, the garden has really changed. Everything has gotten so much larger. I can't believe at how everything has grown. We actually managed to snag our first tomato of the season off of a Better Bush tomato plant that we purchased from Aldi's when they were having a sale.
|Here is the entire view of our plants.|
|Close up of some squash and cucumber plants.|
|Here are tomato plants with strawberry plants in front.|
|The Better Bush tomato plant where we got out first tomato. Yum!|
|Sweet pepper plants. These things have really grown!|
See I believe it is possible to grow a lot of plants and food in small places. I think we were making it a lot harder than it needed to be.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
So first off, we found this guy outside underneath one of our planters.
|Tomatoes and Cucumbers.|
|Tomatoes on ends. To be planted are cucumber plants.|
|Zucchini and Squash|
|Sweet Pepper Plants|
Sunday, April 3, 2011
As I've said before, I live in a small apartment and I do not have a balcony or groundspace to plant things, so we're gardening out of containers. The past two summers haven't gone well and we've changed things to hopefully make things better. We've started using container seed varities of vegetables that we use the most. So we've got most of our seeds planted. We're thinking about trying some other varities as well.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Here in my abode we've baked what the packaging calls Easter cookies but I'm going with Ostara cookies. I found some really cute sugar cookies that have symbols of the season printed on them. Bunnies, eggs, and bright colors.
The partner has been cooking. So far we have cornbread, a vegetable gratin that smells delicious and I can't wait to try and chicken is baking as well.
Foods: Eggs, dairy, chicken, honey
Colors: Pastels, think of what makes you think of Spring!
Altar Decorations: Flowers, eggs, maiden goddess statues
-Color eggs. Use all natural dyes to make the eggs more nature friendly.
-Bless the seeds you'll use for your garden.
-Bless your garden. A milk and honey mixture or milk and sugar mixture seems to be the most commonly used thing to bless gardens.
-Make sweet treats like hot cross buns or just a cake, or even some cookies.
-Hide eggs for the children, or even get the family involved. Write sweet notes for your family and hide them inside the eggs. Then let everyone find the eggs to find the sweet, loving messages inside.
-Spring clean. Recycle paper and plastic, toss out things that are broken and can't be used, and donate the rest. Vaccum, mop, sweep, clean those windows. Really get into it and get rid of the old energy. Then hold a small ritual to bring in the new.
-Take a hike and look for signs of new life. Buds on the trees, sprouting flowers, etc.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Today we celebrate rebirth!
Blowing wind, rising sun,
Bringing the spring to everyone!
Rabbits hopping, chicks in the nest,
Spring is the season we love the best!
Celebrate the green of the earth with me -
Happy Ostara, and blessed be!
This chant can be found at About.Com's Pagan Site
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Maybe most of this is due to the fact I've been reading a lot. My book blog has some pretty regular posts and book reviews and I'm currently working on recieving more. It's just so nice being able to read at my leisure again. I've missed it.
I did get some nice cookbooks from the book fair my work is holding. We do regular scholastic book fairs because we are a preschool. They were my favorite when I was a kid. So naturally I had to walk away with something. Maybe I'll get around to posting a recipe or two. They're pretty nice cookbooks.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
The trip went by pretty fast, the conferences were OK, some were more enjoyable than others obviously. The trip itself wasn't as terrible as I expected it to be. There were a few moments that were terrible, like waiting over an hour to recieve our food in a restaurant that was less than packed and waitress that seemed to disappear. Other than that, it wasn't terrible. We could walk to our conference building. We could walk to the mall (it was right across the street). Speaking of which, we went shopping at the mall on Thursday evening. They had a pretty large toy store that isn't a chain store and we went browsing. A bunch of early childhood teachers, we had to stop in the toy store. They had a huge display of stuffed animals as soon as you walked in the door. As I was browsing, I came across a small display of dragons. My partner loves dragons so I purchased a green one.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
I don't mind to travel but I definitely prefer traveling with a more close knit group of people, as in people that I'm pretty familiar with. I've worked with these woman for almost two years, so I do know them I'm just not that friendly with them, they're not family and they're not my partner so I'm definitely uncomfortable in that aspect. It will be a pretty long two days, even though I know, in retrospect it will actually be a short two days. Tomorrow evening will be an evening spent getting used to being there. Thursday will be full of conferences, and then Friday, we'll attend some classes and then we're checking out and heading home. There will be so much to do, I know it actually won't feel like two days. It'll all be over rather fast. It's just a pain having to spend so much time with some people that really don't want to get along with others.
I have a plan to keep me occupied during my downtimes though. I will be taking my ipod and my kindle so I can read, play some games or do some light internet surfing if I can get around free net access. It shall be an interesting experience!
Sunday, February 20, 2011
This dip is divine and tastes great with summer fruit. It's very cooling, but delicious all at the same time. You'll need:
1 sm. container of cream cheese
1 sm. jar of marshmallow cream
Soften the cream cheese and mix the cream cheese and marshmallow cream together. Then add your almond extract. You'll only need a few drops of this. It's best to taste as you go to make sure it doesn't become over powering. Then serve with your favorite fruit! My favorites are strawberries and pineapple.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
I suffered for hours. I took fever reducers but it didn't seem like they actually helped any. I could barely get out of bed so I just managed to do what needed done in short bursts. I even tried drinking lots of chamomile tea to help with inflammation but no such luck. I came back to town on Sunday but my partner drove because I was still miserable.
I've been off of work since. My fever finally broke on Tuesday morning, and I went to the doctor yesterday evening because I have this cough that won't leave and I've got congestion in my lungs. So I'm on antibiotics, a cough medicine and one last day off from work. I return tomorrow. I'm both glad and not interested. I'm bored but I know I'll probably be exhausted because I've been so miserable at night, I can't stop coughing enough to fall asleep.
In other news, the weather has been rather nice lately. It's almost 60 degress here right now. It's not sunny or anything, it's actually quite cloudy, but it's refreshing. I have a window open in hopes to help air this place out a bit. I can hear birds chirping. I heard birds chirping this morning when I woke up. I'm ready for Spring. I can't wait until all of these crazy winter illnesses are gone and I can stop getting sick!
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
We've grown tomatoes and peppers kind of successfully the past two years but I personally would like to get more yield from our plants. We're solely container gardener's so it's hard to grow a lot of successful plants that way. However, I discovered container varities of vegetable seeds from Burpee Seeds and I think I'm going to place an order. I've heard some pretty grand things about their container seed varities so I think I'm going to put in a seed order here soon so we can be ready to start them when it's about the right time. I'm excited. I'm not much of a gardener. However I'm definitely looking to save money on vegetables.
I just got a new car and my insurance is going to skyrocket compared to what I normally pay so I'm really interested in trying to save money. We tend to eat a lot of vegetables and they're so expensive. So I'm hoping that I can successfully grow some great things. I think I'll document the journey of growing these patio vegetables at some point. I haven't decided when I'm going to place my order but I think it will be quite soon. I want to get everything and start looking into everything so I can make this a pretty successful growing season.
Have any of you started planning your garden's yet? Anyone else out there container gardener's?
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Today has been a crazy mix of weather. First it started off with freezing rain and it was foggy. It was chilly but not entirely cold. It was bearable. I had to run some errands so once we got back and relaxed, we noticed that it was starting to get sunny. Then the sun went away and it became cloudy again.
Next thing we know, it's sleeting, thundering and lightning. Then the wind hit. It's cold and extremely windy out right now. I sure hope it starts to get better so tomorrow's trip is an easy one. Sadly, we still have quite some time to go before Spring.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
I did a small ritual this evening. We ate some cookie creation that we made from a recipe. They were pretty tasty. We have some pudding in the fridge that I'll probably break into a bit later. I'm quite excited though. I can feel Spring and the warmer months coming! This also makes the second sabbat in a row I've celebrated which means I'm well on my way to attuning more to the seasons. And, this also makes me more excited for Ostara.
Imbolc Blessings everyone!
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
I may end up making a Brighid's cross or two. There are lots of resources out there for information on making one, but I tend to make mine a bit differently. I take old Yule/Christmas cards and cut up the covers to add some decoration, plus I get to recycle. Here is just one tutorial on making a Brighid's Cross if you are interested. If I make any however I'll probably work on those tonight so I can place them tomorrow or use them as altar decorations.
We've already cleaned up a bit even though this place could use a bit more. I think tonight I'm going to leave some bread out for Brighid (a custom that I cannot remember where I found it). I might clean up my altar tonight and prepare it for tomorrow so it's one less thing I'll have to worry about tomorrow evening.
I don't have any meal ideas in mind and I probably should. There is still time however to decide if I want to pop out to get anything or not. What are you serving?
Monday, January 31, 2011
I've had my Kindle since Thursday and I've already finished two books. That's probably more than I've read in the past few years. I've thought about doing a 50 books in a year challenge but I'm still not sure if I'll undertake that or not. So I've decided to begin a blog and write up reviews on all the books I read, most of which will be in Kindle form. I plan on adding some Pagan interest books to the list at some point but currently I'm just delving back into my love of fiction.
So if you're a book worm and want to check out some new books, feel free to read along with me.
Scrawled in Blue .
Saturday, January 29, 2011
I straightened up some things today, and even went through my wallet a bit. I found a giftcard that I've been carrying in my wallet for quite some time, I think years actually and I never use it! So, Lunar Circle readers, here is a chance for a free gift card!
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Sunday, January 23, 2011
So today, I went through and did a pretty basic cleansing. I sprinkled salt water around our place focusing on removing negative energies. Then, I focused on our doors and windows to help keep things out. When I was finished, I went to each door and window and drew the pentagram with my wand. Then I say a little chant. This can be something you've made up, or one based upon protection. I see the pentagram burning brightly, protecting our place and then I move on.
Other times when I cleanse, especially if I feel like there is too much crazy energy, I'll take a broom and 'sweep' up the energy. I don't actually make contact with anything, but I see the nasty, black energy sweeping into piles. I condense this into one giant pile, open the door and push it out, seeing the energy dissipating into the air. Then I'll follow up with salt water, and pentagram blessings.
When all was said and done today, I light a stick of incense on the altar. Oh, and I made sure to clean up the altar space too. That definitely needed some brushing up.
Enjoy your sunday!
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Because it directs and amplifies energy, it's very beneficial for manifesting, healing, meditation, protection, and channeling. Quartz can be used to charge other crystals. Some refer to quartz as a "master healer' stone. I've seen sources that say quartz can detect food poisioning and draw out pain. And I can attest to that.
Whenever I have a headache and I would prefer to avoid using pain medication, I get a quartz crystal and lay down. Then I place the crystal in the middle of my forehead and just relax. I've had great luck with this method!
Other conditions quartz has been known to help heal are chronic fatigue, diabetes, fibromyalgia, depression, bone injuries, and intenstinal troubles.
If you've never worked with quartz, I'd highly recommend that you try. I have a spiral cage pendant necklace so I can place stones inside of it to wear and one of the ones that I tend to wear quite a bit are quartz. I feel much better when wearing one!
Monday, January 17, 2011
Everyday Sun Magic: Spells & Rituals for Radiant Living (Everyday Series) and Everyday Moon Magic: Spells & Rituals for Abundant Living (Everyday Series). I have made it through the first but I have yet to get through the second, and that was the one I was most excited about.
I really should write up a review for the first, and once I can get through the second, write up a review for that one. I enjoyed the first and I feel like it really gave me a different perspective on the sun.
I made the purchases because I really enjoy simple spells and magic. I'm not one for rituals, especially lengthy ones. I'm more of a 'do what I can when I can fit it in' type of person and I think Mor)rison really gave me a different perspective on spells in her book Everyday Magic: Spells & Rituals for Modern Living (Everyday Series). And her book on Sun Magic did not disappoint. So I really want to get into reading her moon magic book but it's been so crazy lately and when I get home from work I'm not interested in doing too much. I need to change that!
Friday, January 14, 2011
I've been following her on Youtube and I've come across this idea and I think I'd really like to use it during a sabbat celebration or esbat. I know she uses the idea for the new year but I think the idea can be great for any time of the year.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Since it's been snowing lately and the ground is wet, I hate tracking around my place in wet shoes. I decided that I could just make a plarn rug to place our shoes on. So I set to work this evening cutting up some of the bags and tying them up to make the yarn. I've only finished a few rows so far and it's a bit harder to crochet with but I like the progress I've made. If only I can continue to keep up with it so I can finish it before Winter ends.
So if you're like me and tend to collect a lot of plastic bags, and can crochet, even just a few simple stitches this will be something great to do that can be used around the house.
Here's a pretty good video on making plarn if you're interested!
How to Make Plarn
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Well tonight I actually broke down and began to work on my book of shadows, the real life one, not the internet one. I printed off some ritual ideas and I eventually plan on getting them into the binder. They're currently sitting on the printer still. I've had to shower and what not, work on getting ready for the work week so I slacked for a few moments. I suppose I could still put them in before bed as I won't end up going until after midnight.
Sometimes I do enjoy popping online and getting my information. It's nice not having to waste paper/trees just to keep stuff around. Sometimes though, I lose information and it's nice just being able to pull out my own book and use it for ritual and spell purposes.
Well I guess I am going to pull out some chamomile tea and put those papers in my BOS. Have a wonderful week everyone!
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Sit down and place one quartz pointing upwards below your feet. Lay down and place the other quartz above your head pointing down. Relax and feel the healing energy of the crystals beginning to work. Run the energy through your body and focus on your chakra's. See/feel the crystals breaking up bad, stagnant and any illnesses that are lingering. Continue to run the energy until everything feels clear or until you are tired.
Come back to awareness, ground energy. Immediately take the crystals and place them under running water to cleanse them. Then, place them in sunlight or moonlight to help remove what may be left and recharge them. Do this as often as needed.
Monday, January 3, 2011
Well I was just made aware that there is a meteor shower tonight. So get some hot chocolate, bundle up and get ready to head outside, if at least for alittle while. It was pretty clear here earlier so I'm hoping it stays clear so I can walk outside and take some peaks.
I found a great website to check out for information if anyone is interested. Spacedex 2011 Quadrantids Meteor Shower .
Sunday, January 2, 2011
When I awoke today, I smelled something strange and after investigating a bit more, I noticed that I saw smoke. When I opened my door, the hallway was filled with the smell of something burning and smoke, so was the rest of the house. My mother was still asleep and had no idea anything was going on. After frantically running around for a moment, I discovered where it was coming from, and thankfully, it was long out, but the place was filled with smoke.
I've had to go through fire safety training at work and that training has included how to use a fire extinguisher and what not. I think if possible, this would be a great family resolution for the new year. Even kids can learn how to use a fire extinguisher and it could be something that would save someone's life one day.
Also make it a point to go over your fire safety plan for your home. Come up with a meeting place in case something happens that is easily accessible but is far enough away from the house in case something happens. You may think it's strange but it's really never too late to be safe rather than sorry.
Saturday, January 1, 2011
I personally have a lot of things that I can work on getting rid of. I have plenty of clothes that can stand being boxed up and donated. My room, although it doesn't contain a lot of things, really needs to be organized. I have stuff all over the place and have no room to really place anything other than what's already there. I can't really comfortably burn candles, incense or just do anything.
I took a few days off from work and I hopefully plan on organizing my room and seeing if I can gather anything together to donate. Also, I'd really like to clean out my car. It has a lot of things in there that really need to be gotten rid of. I personally keep the car rather clean but my partner has a tendency to shove things in there and leave them. I hate cleaning up other people's messes so I tend to leave them there. However I think I'll end up cleaning it out and next time, it's not my problem.
I always say I have plans when I get time off from work but I never get around to doing it. I really hope I can push myself to do it because it needs done. Of course, it's going to be a bit harder to organize my room because I now have a brand new 32 inch TV that I really didn't plan on acquiring. So that means more stuff is on my one dresser so it's more stuff to worry about moving around.