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Week 3.3 Musing

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It’s a good time to journal, and so I am going to barrow from one of my favorite blogs Abide With Me. Every now and then she does a journaling post with lots of headings as prompts. I am changing them a little and borrowing a little from others.

First Drink of the Day (From Thalassa)
Water (I strongly believe you should start each day with a pint of water) followed closely by my coffee. I make it at the strength my husband likes it and the pour myself 1/3 cup with 1/3 cup water and 1/3 cup milk.

Sowing/ Harvesting: We have been watching The Lorax a lot lately.  I have always been a fan of the book but the movie is nice too there is a line in the song that says “you can’t reap what you don’t sow” I like it I have always liked the saying you reap what you sow but for some reason looking at it the other way seems very meaningful to me. I guess it is the planner in me. What it makes me think of all the times we wish things were different, we wish they turned out different but we didn’t sow anything different.

In the Garden:  The California poppies have just started flowering and the mustard and wild radishes are cheerfully speckled over the back yard. The peas we planted are doing well and I should go check on the squash I planted.

Creating:Bah I still feel like I’m not creating anything. heck I haven’t even been blogging like I would like to, which means I’m not creating words or stories.

Looking: house after house after house. Each one a disappointment  To far away or to small or to much work needs to be done. All are too expensive. Not that we can’t afford them just that the thought of spending that much money makes me want to vomit.

Listening: The mocking birds who are in the troughs of claiming territory. a dog barking and general neighborhood noises.

Smiling:

Reading: some free kindle books, some of which are epically bad. One is so bad that I will be reading part of it at my book club. The idea of the story is ok but it is so horribly written that I kept wanting to stop and rewrite sentences and paragraphs so that it read well.

Outing: open house and house tours. house after house after house.

Thinking: Isis and Aset. I have only been introduced to the Kemetic way of things lately  Mostly due to this blog.  So I have been thinking of names and thinking of the Gods that called me first. Before even the ones from my family heritage it was Isis, Anubis and Thoth. Above all though always Isis. Which of course is why Power of the Witch by Lauri Cabot was so appealing to me oh so many years ago. She talked about worshiping Egyptian  Gods. Isis and I already had a relationship by then. I have not been blessed with a great memory so unlike my husband who can recall every conversation he has had since he was 3 I only remember little bits and pieces here and there of my childhood. At any rate by the time I was 6 I know I was Hers.

Cooking: again not cooking like I would like. I made a yummy chicken and brussle sprout baked dish this week as well as a nice potato salad. I am looking forward to making more crockpot meals as the days get hotter and I am at work more.

Feeling: Still super over shopping for houses. rather frustrated by the whole process.  frustrated about not cooking or creating and about silly little things at work. maybe I need a nap?

Wishing:  my house work would do itself and people would start listening. I have high doubts that either will happen anytime soon.

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Weekly Musing

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It’s a good time to journal, and so I am going to barrow from one of my favorite blogs Abide With Me. Every now and then she does a journaling post with lots of headings as prompts. I am changing them a little and borrowing a little from others.

First Drink of the Day (From Thalassa)
As always it was Water, followed by my standby of strong black tea

Sowing/ Harvesting: I have for some time been contemplating the latest shift in my life. I have had several conversations with several Goddesses which is still something that sounds crazy to me. I have started sowing the seeds of a different life. The universe, my coven, other trusted spiritual advisers have been telling me that I need to step it up and be more of the HP that I am supposed to be. Frankly it is a huge responsibility and I was/am scared. But I am sowing the seeds.

In the Garden:  I need to get you pictures. I practice what I call lazy gardening. I leave the last of the plant as an offering to my garden and Gods.  So far it has worked out that the next spring new baby vegetable plants grow up from the seeds that fell from the offering.  I have baby chard coming up now. That back part of the yard is the wild area and it has gotten about knee-high and I know I have to figure out something or hubs will go cut it all down.  We have different ideas about what a weed is. I like to leave it wild as it makes the bees and ladybugs and other winged creatures happy.

Creating: I am creating a wonderful family home filled with love and peace. Little and I have been working on getting our rhythm going. It has been hard for her with me working so much and it has been hard from me. It is what is best for the family but it is still hard. We have just created a new nature table for her and next up is to create an organized space where we can create. lol Which translates loosely to the next BIG project is to clear out the garage and turn it in to a play room type place. sadly it is a state at the moment with too much stuff in it.

Looking: at the “new” home all clean and clear and happy. The plants like the new shelf (another picture I should take) the orchids are just about ready to explode in blooms. My daughter’s balloon

Listening: the sound of morning. A dog barking and the birds sing outside. The mocking birds are going all out to prove they’re the best.  The Crow came by this morning to say hi and the doves have been causing a ruckus too.

Smiling: At my family. Little is the best and just amazing. (said every mother ever) Watching her on her bike every day and watching her explore the world is just awe-inspiring. I am also smiling because Hubs and I went on a date last night and had the BEST dinner!  Not to mention the gorgeous day with warm sunshine.

Reading: I have been reading a bunch of Dr. Thorndyke mysteries. As always I have reading a ton of blogs (though I love so many I seem to always be behind on them). I am reading random kindle free books and one about crafting rituals. I just read a post that Elfkat is reading the sequel to a book I really liked so I am going to have to go find that now too.  See the sowing section above. oh and I keep Robert Graves The white Goddess on my bedside table to read as I fall asleep.

Outing: I went out two nights ago to a friend’s house for “mommy’s night in” We watched pitch perfect drank wine and ate cheese and fruit and cookies and yummy lava cakes. At least 3 of us are gluten free so all the food was. It was fantastic! Sometimes you just need a group of women and lots of laughs. Then last night hubs and I went to the best restaurant that I have ever been to. We went with another couple and had an amazing time. The food was out of this world, the service was French and we got to take a tour of the whole place including all the various parts of the kitchen.

Thinking: about getting dressed 🙂 I’m still my Pj’s but I should get up and get going. I have lots to do today and my dear child to go pick up. I am thinking about something my child has brought up to me a few times. It’s a character that she doesn’t know in real life and is mean in strange ways. I’m not sure what to do with it and its hard because at 3 she still can’t articulate much.  Still it has me concerned.

Cooking: my cooking has been not up to par lately. With adjusting to a new scheduled I have not really adjusted to being away from home so much. I did make a yummy scampi the other day and of course the roast chicken I try to make once a month. I just love it so. Plus then I have the leftover meat for chicken salad or shredded chicken for tacos, and then the bones for making stock. Of course I have made soup too. I will probably make some more soup today.

Feeling: Super over shopping for houses. I am also feeling quite open I guess.

Wishing: That I had a nice printer at home that worked.

 

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Walk your neighborhood

There is a lot of talk about the land and knowing your land and land spirits. I think I may “hear” more about this as I tend to follow a lot of Druids in the blog world. However, though I am not a Druid I could not agree more. I am a product of the place I was born and raised. There is no denying the power of this place. The crash of the waves as the Pacific beats against the shore and the coolness of the forest as one stands in awe of redwoods hundreds of feet tall. It is easy to feel the power of such places.

But what of less awe-inspiring places? Say your block or neighborhood. After all these are places you probably spend a good deal of time.
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Its a nice place to get to know. Get to know the land and the neighbors (human and otherwise) and the spirit. These two are my constant companions. They bring me messages and keep us safe. They are almost always around. Little can recognize a crow by sight and call and always says “good morning Mr Crow” or good afternoon or what have you.

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You can see stunning displays of beauty right around you. This magnificent tree is down the street from us and like all the trees in the neighborhood it is confused and about 3 months behind.

I know this because we walk our neighborhood. We say hello to folks and animals. We get to know which dog or cat lives where. We learn when things flower and fruit and when trees drop their leaves. We know when the mockingbirds are doing there “this is my territory dance” and when the hummingbirds are doing their death defying mating dance. We get a feel for the place.

I have previously advocated taking a nature energy walk in a wild place where nature is more pure shall we say. I still agree with this idea, but I strongly suggest adding a neighborhood walk in there too. I realize not everyone lives in a space like me but even city neighborhoods have life and spirit.

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Greatfull For

so very, very much.

for days like this

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The winter sun in warm on my face and back.

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The little Chickadees on the feeder enjoying the food and fresh air.wpid-IMAG2142.jpgThis tree. It makes me oh so happy!

 

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impromptu trip south.

After being faced with this

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Hubby and I had a conversation and decided I would take Little to my grandparents house in Pasadena. My folks were coming down and our house just is not safe for a small person right now. Not to mention all the icky dust ever whereimage

 

so now were here. This is a trip that I have made for years and years. My grandparents live right above the Rose Bowl. They have lived in this house for 61 years. It is a wonderful spot. maybe later I will get some pictures of their yard. image

 

For now these pictures are from our walk around the neighborhood. Little got a bike for the holidays and so we took here to a flat area to ride. image

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I just love how blue the sky looks!image

especially through a beautiful oak.

 

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Little’s art project

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Today Little went a walk. I am told it was a very long walk. I was at work and she was with our wonderful friend/Nanny. They went on a long walk and collected “nature stuff to paint.” Came back home and did just that. now we have lots of pretty things to wrap up the families presents with.

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