Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Out In the Country, Thinking About My Future and Dream Homestead

I had a pretty good holiday, how about you?  I got a loom, some bulky yarns, and a jumbo hook.  My bff is getting me more bulky yarn, and my GG-in-law gave me hooks...Susan...something hooks that are different in shape than the Boyd hooks.  I like them more.  She also gave me a tote bag, so I'm not keeping my project in a plastic bag.  That was nice of her.

Out of state right now, so I brought my mom's blanket and have been working on it here and there.  I'm hoping to get a lot done on it.  Since I missed Christmas, time to aim for her birthday in March.  With my bulky yarns, I'll be able to start on making my barn bag for my son's many many safari and farm animals that they got for Yule and Christmas.

I've almost finished my practice bag--the one that I take to work with me so I don't go idle for too long and thus burn out quicker.  It's a hot mess, but it's my hot mess and I've been learning a lot about mistakes and fixing them, as things that can't be fixed.

I have another crochet project now, I'm going to make another tarot bag for my BFF for her birthday in February.

Yes, we're out of state, staying with the in-laws.  They live out in the country and have in/outdoor pets.  Me, I'm a one or the other type of person.  Either in or out door, but not both.  I love animals and I enjoy pets, but I'm not a fan of their fur or dander.  It messes with my allergies.  I can be around them but after a few hours, it feels like I have a lump of hair in my throat and loads more in my nose!  I don't like it.  Probably why I want livestock.  Outside animals.  Yeah, i'd still have to clean their coops and stables and cages and pens, and that's okay with me.  Not a big fan of having the fur in my house.

But I do enjoy the companionship and the cuddles that indoor pets provide (I miss my ferret!).  I dunno, maybe when my kids stop eating stuff off of the floor....I do want a dog eventually.  My boy's love dogs.  There's a beautiful yellow lab Australian Shepard or Border Collie mix here named Sissy that my boys just adore (and my oldest doesn't normally like dogs; in fact my youngest is more of a fan of cats, too).  Getting our future homestead, I want big farm dogs for protection...and cats for pest control, just not too much pest control, as I like to feed the birds, squirrels, rabbits, and other wild creatures.

Looking to the future, if chickens works out, this is how I hope my homestead to look.  Starting with:

  • Chickens.  I've always wanted birds, especially cockatoos, but my husband claims to be allergic to domestic feathers, so no birds for me.  Well, no inside birds.  He wouldn't have to deal with the chickens, so no worry of allergies there.  I'd get my birds, and we'd get our eggs and meat.  I'd like to have free range chickens, but it depends on the dogs.  I want large farm dogs for protection of us and the animals.  Yeah, you can train them to not attack the chickens, but might be easy and cheaper to build the chickens a large run.  I'd like to keep them outside for pest control, be better than a cat, but the chances of a cat getting picked off by a predator aren't as high as a chicken.  But I dunno, still researching
    • Breeds I might want: Dutch Bantam, Wyandotte, Sussex, Sebright, American Game Fowl...
  • Goats.  I've always loved goats, when I get my homestead, they have to be apart of the farm!  I'd want a small herd, a couple of males and females.  Have the goats for milk, meat, bones, hooves, and horns.  (In reality, I'd use as much as I can from all animals, be it for cooking, practical, or spiritual matters.)
    • Breeds I might want (I haven't done a lot of research on goats yet): Nigerian Dwarf Goats...and my shockwave flash keeps crashing on me, preventing me from further research, darn it.  I have some breeds picked out, but I can't access the information.  
  • Rabbits
  • Caribou.  Yep, Caribou.  Honesty, though it depends on where we live.  If we live further north, where it tends to be colder (or is supposed to be, as the south has snow and Ohio has rain right now), then I'd like to keep couple for practical and magikal means, as well as to have a sleigh or wagon puller.  I'm very much drawn to wagons, if I had large enough land, I'd opt for a wagon.  Although it also depends on whether or not our area would allow for such an animal--what type of permits we'd need to keep them.  I've heard that some places are even having their white tailed deer farms shut down for some reason.  Hearsay, so I don't have the information.  I'd like to have a draft horse, but I'm a little afraid of them, simply because of their sheer size.  This would definitely be the last animal to add, once we've had loads of experience with the other animals.  And I'd use them for work, like plowing, wagon pulling, and patrolling the homestead.  
  • Big Ole Dogs.  I love big dogs, but I wish they lived longer.  I grew up with hounds, mainly beagles, at my dads.  At my mom's, we had English Mastiffs.  Beautiful, intelligent dogs.
    • Breeds I might want: Yellow Labrador, English Mastiff, Boerboel (my husband wants one, but they need LOTS of training and discipline!  My brother used to own one.), Newfoundland, Bloodhound, Irish Wolfhound, Scottish Deerhound, Malamute (it depends on where we live), Leonberger, Caucasian Shepherd, German Shepherd, Border Collie, Australian Cattle Dog, American Fox Hound....and of course mutts are welcome!
  • Cats.  Pest Control.  Spayed/Neutered.  Outdoor.  Like the dogs with their own kennels.  My mom's a "Crazy Cat Lady" so I'm sure I'd get tips from her about the best summer and winter homes.
    • Breeds I might want: Chocolate Point Siamese (more than likely indoor; another animal we grew up with at my dads, always Siamese, Silver and Chocolate Points), Bengal or Savannah (more than likely inside), Maine Coon, or whatever shelter cat.  
  • Koi.  Mainly for spiritual reasons.  
  • Ferrets.  Indoor, more than one.  I love em and totally miss Marsden.  

There are the animals I'd like to own, the chickens are a bit more specific because I know we'll own those sooner than later.  They're more than a dream, and I've done the most research on them within the last year (websites and chicken owners).  Honestly, the first animal we'll get once we get our first home, will be a dog.  Security first.  A dog more than likely from a shelter.  My brother suggested that the best time to get a puppy is after Christmas.  Because some people are still dumb and think that animals are gifts, like a toy or something.  Once the novelty wears off, off to the shelters the animals go.  I've never been to shelters after the winter holidays, so I don't know if that's true.  

In addition to the animals, the land I'd also like a nice large garden (herb, veggie, fruit) for us and the animals, as well as a small fruit orchard.  

Another dream of mine is to have the internal doors of my homestead to be working skeleton locks.  Be bringing the use of skeleton keys back!  

So, that's what I have so far, trying to not get too out there with the dream and goals.  OBvisously dream homestead is kind of extravagant, but i also know that homesteads aren't cheap, and I will want to give my animals the best and safe lives within our means.  Give them good lives and a good respectful death.  

Okay, I gotta go.  Surely more will come for this goal and dream.  I hope yall have a happy holiday!  I think next post, I may talk about processing the animals, and the many ideas and thoughts that goes with that.

Monday, December 14, 2015


I revamped Hestia's space a little, and did some housework, and definitely enjoyed my two days off.  But I didn't spend as much time reconnecting with Her as I wanted to, due to Medusa slithering in and taking my attention, but like I said, I did do a little bit of cleaning.

Hestia's Shrine, 12-14-15

I was thinking a bit today about our future...

I love me some sheep and some goats. One day, I'm going to have my own little Hopeful Homestead with chickens, goats, and maybe a couple of sheep down the line. Chickens first. See how we handle those. I've talked about getting mean ones for eatin and nice ones for pets (keeping them separate). And all of them for laying.
I do the research and talk to my friends who have their own little homesteads, plan plan plan, and work for our goals. I'm glad that things didn't work out concerning my grandmother's house. I was sick and tired of living in the big city, I didn't feel like I was going anywhere. I wanted a fresh start, in a smaller area. Yes, we're back in an apartment, but I like it, for now. Yes, we would've had the land, but would we have had the permits? And we'd be trapped in an area that we didn't like, certainly not an area that we wanted to raise our children in.
Things will work out as long as we stay focused and keep on working hard.

I had more of a focus for this post, but I just got hit by sleepiness.  Hopefully I'll get around to posting about what I intended for this post.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Feeling Neglectful!

Since I've started working again, it feels like I'm neglecting my duties to Hestia.  In preparation to give my Ancestral offerings, I stopped at Her shrine tonight to give Hers first, and saw that it was a dusty mess!  Disgusting!  I clean dust for a living now, so how'd Her sacred spot get so yuck?

I clean the house during the day, doing and putting away dishes, and cooking for my family.  At night, hubby takes care of the kids and even vacuums!  But I dunno, it's just not the same....wouldn't be, would it?  I'm working now.  It's only part time, but it's enough...  but I can't be that harsh on myself.  I'm still adjusting to this new schedule, this new balancing act.  Being a cleaner at night and a mom during the day, while still finding time to be a wife, a Hearth Keeper, and a dreamer.

And I've lost a lot of weight!  Go me!

All's not lost.  I just need to devote some time to Hestia this weekend.  To Her and this temple.  She's patient and understanding.  Unlike me, haha.

I've also neglected my divination studies for the past two days, and I'm jonsing!  Jonsing for a session!  Hopefully I'll get around to that tomorrow.

Two more nights until the weekend, and I'll have two days off.  6 days of working is kind of rough, just ask the angry blisters on my feet!  But, yeah, this weekend, I'll be spending some special time with Her.  We need it!

Oh, yeah, here are the pictures for my wonky tarot bag (with deck inside):

It's a little rough, but I like it, just needs some "charming" touchups!  :-D

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Tired, But Creating

Tired, I am.  My job isn't very hard, it's just very boring.  I clean behind machines in a diaper factory.  And I'm a fast cleaner, so I finished waaaay before my 6 hours is up!  I suck at pacing myself.  But I learned that in order to not burn out early, it's best that I not go idle.  Take my breaks, yes, but I have to be doing something during those 15 minutes.

What have I been doing?  Getting some crochet projects done.  Nothing big, as they have to fit into my lunch box.  Right now I'm about finished with a tarot bag.

I got why people chose to put their cards in bags and boxes, but I never really felt that need....until I got my Housewives Tarot.  That box (that it came in) is damn near impossible to open, so I'm working on a little bag for my deck.  Hopefully they'll fit, I don't use patterns, and I'm going with more of a box shape this time.  It's not because I think I'm too good for them, I'm a beginner and I like to figure things out on my own.  And I've checked out some patterns....not ready for that language yet.

Ha, I just finished my bag and it's a...less box, more asymmetrical.  Don't know how that happened.  Oh, well, it's only my second little bag.  Oh, i see where I messed up at.  Learning.

I don't know if I can use it for my deck though...a little wonky.

Oh, and I'm getting a sewing kit this Christmas from my mom, so I'll be able to sew in liners for my bags, too.  I have a sewing machine, but I don't know how to use it yet....but I do know how to sew.  8th grade Home Etc has paid off, unlike pre-algebra.  ;-P

Hm, I have a bunch of yarn hanging off, maybe I'll decorate with charms and beads instead of just cutting them off?

All right, so, my deck fits, but the booklet is a little harder to get in there.  Gotta be careful, until I make a more suitable bag, so I don't bend the corners.  My phone is charging, so I'll get pics up tomorrow.

My first tarot bag is wonky with love.

I think for future deck bags, I'll make the colors match the deck.

Onto the next unfinished project!

Monday, November 30, 2015

My Temple Room

The Last Harvest is over and done with, yesterday, I made a belated dinner of cranberry pork chops, sweet potato casserole, roasted herb butternut squash, pumpkin spice tea, hot chocolate, with some yummy Barefoot Mascato.  It was all pretty delicious, if I do say so myself.

Away I put the fall decorations, tossing the pumpkin and leftovers to the Nature Spirits.  I then got out the tree and started decorating it, with our many home made ornaments.  I hung the hand made stockings, and I put out little snowman on the Ancestral shrine, but I stopped before grabbing a musical tree and Connie, our little tree, because I realized that we didn't have any safe places to put them...Or to put Odin and the Julbock, even!    Damn small apartment...well, it's not even that, I could hang shelves, if the walls weren't so finicky, ya know?  Stupid weak walls.

So then, I added something to my check up for our future Hopeful Homestead: a magik room.

Now what's that gotta do with the holiday stuff? Well, if I had a room for my Pagan and Witch crap, I'd have room for decorations, of course!  My shrines they have their places and that's it.  There's no option to clear them off for the holidays, or to combine them with others.  Hestia ain't sharing Her space with Odin, not because "you don't mix Pantheons" because that's Her spot.  Aesthetically, He wouldn't look good there.  Appearance wise, They'd clash.

Originally, I was going to set him on a media cabinet, but I really need my healing altar/Kuan Yin/Tara/Bear shrine out, and that's the only other place for it...that the little ones can't reach.

Yes, down the line, I would like to have a magik room, a little temple for our deities.  Although, to be honest, they'll probably be out and about throughout the house....especially Hestia.

I need a magik room and a lot more wall shelves.  Can never have too many, in my opinion, especially if they're built into the wall and are out of the reach of little grabby hands and mouths (pets).

A room for my many Books of Whatevers, Books of Mirrors, Spellbooks, Pagan Parenting Binders, The Cauldron binders, and those published by authors.  Book of magik, cultures, myths, the occults, faiths, and so on.  Artwork, decks, pendulums, family records, just anything that relates to our faiths, paths, and crafts.  A room for studying, teaching, practicing, and worship.

One day soon....

Also, I still have any unfinished crochet projects and I just started on making a card bag for my Goddess Guidance Oracle deck....but I'm also still working on my mom's Christmas gift.  I was working on it last night, it's very warm.  :-)

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Turn "We Should" into "I do"

I got tired of people on Facebook complaining about how we shouldn't accept refugees into our country, because of our own homeless problem.  A few people I've asked, "That's fair, I guess.  What are you doing to help the homeless?  If you're doing something, aside from just praying, bravo.  If not, stop complaining.  Stop using the homeless as a reason why we shouldn't help foreigners in need. Stop waiting for someone else to do it.  Get up and give what you can.  There are plenty of places that accept charity all year round for the homeless.  As well as Vets, the sick, the poor, the battered.  Do something instead of just contributing to the drama."

We do our part to help.  My husband participates in Habitats for Humanity.  We give donations several times a year.  If I see a homeless person begging, I try to give them what I can, preferably food and drink.  This year, we're participating in Toys for Tots.  One of the reasons why I'm learning to crochet is so I can donate to charities: hospitals, shelters, and other organizations.  I want to do more.  So I'm working for it.

I'm not saying this to brag, but too often people complain and bitch and don't bother lifting a finger to do.  We're not one of those people.  We know how it feels to have very little.  We're not rich, by any means, nor are we poor, but we still give what we can to help.

If you don't want to help, don't, but don't use those people in need as an excuse to not help others.

So, I did some work and put together a list of charities for my Facebook friends to contribute to if they wished.  Gave them some ideas and asked for information about charities that they give to.  I wanted to know what they cared about and who they try to help.

Here's that list for you.  Most of these organizations are in Ohio.  But all it takes is the right keywords and a browser to find charities in your area.  If some of these are untrustworthy, or just not good at giving what's needed (I know some places are corrupt or they take more for their employees/volunteers than they give), comment on the bad ones, please.

Good luck and happy holidays:

  • Battered Women’s Shelter Donations - https://www.scmcbws.org/donate.asp
  • Central Ohio Homeless Veterans Stand Down - http://www.centralohiostanddown.org/
  • Charity Blossom: Military and Veteran Organizations - http://www.charityblossom.org/directory/OH/Columbus/category/public-societal-benefit-w/military-veterans-organizations-w30/
  • Choices: For Victims of Domestic Violence - http://choicescolumbus.org/blog/get-involved/
  • Clothing Donations - For Vets and Families - http://www.clothingdonations.org/schedule-a-pick-up/?gclid=CjwKEAiA7MWyBRDpi5TFqqmm6hMSJAD6GLeADeMMOYwapRUClvq4mJjfofd2f-l4W0gGQlIXd0GL0BoCksLw_wcB
  • Columbus Coalition for the Homeless - http://www.columbushomeless.org/get_involved.htm
  • Columbus Turkey Trot for Autism - http://www.columbusturkeytrot.com/#!about-the-race/cfvg
  • Crochet for a Cause: Homeless scarves - http://www.suzannebroadhurst.com/2014/01/06/crochet-for-a-cause-simple-scarf-for-a-homeless-one/
  • Donation Drop Off Locations - http://donationdropoff.org/
  • Donationtown: Donation Pick up - http://donationtown.org/ohio-donation-pickup/
  • Faith Mission: Helping the Homeless - https://donate.faithmissionofohio.org/columbus/main.php/micro_sites/showpage?id=8&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=%2Bhomeless+columbus&utm_campaign=paid
  • Feeding America: Food Bank Donations - https://secure.feedingamerica.org/site/Donation2?df_id=21340&21340.donation=form1&s_src=Y15YP1F1X&s_subsrc=c&s_keyword=food%20bank%20donations&gclid=CjwKEAiA7MWyBRDpi5TFqqmm6hMSJAD6GLeArsjSNAhHErcJZEt-uvYZSR8R8Di7WdwRjGPMmT-DARoCzqTw_wcB
  • Food Pantries - http://www.foodpantries.org/ci/oh-columbus
  • Goodwill - http://www.goodwill.org/donate-and-shop/donate-stuff/
  • Habitat for Humanity - http://habitatmidohio.org/
  • Homeless Families Donations - http://www.homelessfamiliesfoundation.com/
  • Jared Box Project: Helping Hospitalized Children - http://www.thejaredbox.com/index.html
  • Kidney Foundation of Ohio - http://www.kfohio.org/
  • Life Care Alliance - http://www.lifecarealliance.org/
  • Marines Toys for Tots - http://columbus-oh.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/default.aspx
  • Meals on Wheels - https://meals-on-wheels.com/?gclid=CjwKEAiA7MWyBRDpi5TFqqmm6hMSJAD6GLeAKBdn1GUTqZdZ5lgRJXrtETnaGzOYPWrGAEUZIKFkLhoC_Czw_wcB
  • Mercy Housing - https://www.mercyhousing.org/
  • National Coalition for Homeless Vets - http://nchv.org/index.php/help/help-ohio/
  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital Donations - http://www.nationwidechildrens.org/wish-list-for-donations
  • No Kid Hungry - http://actioncenter.nokidhungry.org/?gclid=CjwKEAiA7MWyBRDpi5TFqqmm6hMSJAD6GLeAX-xFXiDOYv1PHZQle8u_3o57rWiUHW8MsbX9e4QMxBoCzKPw_wcB
  • OSU Star House: Helping Homeless Youths - https://starhouse.ehe.osu.edu/get-involved/
  • Pennies of Time: Teaching Kids to Serve (those in need) - http://penniesoftime.com/category/service-projects-for-kids/
  • Project Night Night: For Homeless Children - http://www.projectnightnight.org/
  • Purple Heart Foundation - http://cardonation.purpleheartcars.org/?r=google_adwords&g=brand&phone=877-743-4111&gclid=CjwKEAiA7MWyBRDpi5TFqqmm6hMSJAD6GLeA36WtYCDT3UySwNubmTK18csQKbZQyHNGf7WThiRrAhoCRrHw_wcB
  • Ronald McDonald House - http://www.rmhc-centralohio.org/
  • Salvation Army Donation Pickups - https://satruck.org/Donate/choose
  • Shriners Hospital Donations - https://secure2.convio.net/shfc/site/Donation2;jsessionid=5F4938E9B2257EA706329DB919AB2601.app20103a?df_id=4363&4363.donation=form1&gclid=CjwKEAiA7MWyBRDpi5TFqqmm6hMSJAD6GLeAmVhLK9g37mNcduqDgR8xGesI_FlAs1_8ALw_as2FtxoCHoTw_wcB
  • St. Jude Hospitals - https://www.stjude.org/get-involved/other-ways/st-jude-thanks-and-giving.html?gclid=CjwKEAiA7MWyBRDpi5TFqqmm6hMSJAD6GLeAAiytTkzeHFNnP8kK668MeeXn8_afk1fatPLys0HuHhoCtwLw_wcB&sc_cid=kwp6941&s_kwcid=AL!4519!3!77798522722!b!!g!!charities%20hospital&ef_id=VftFuAAAABIT63u9:20151122210924:s
  • Stitching With Love: Cause Patterns - http://www.mooglyblog.com/free-crochet-for-a-cause-patterns/
  • Veteran’s of Foreign Wars: Ohio Charities - http://www.vfwohiocharities.org/
  • Veteran’s Site: Making Care Packages for Homeless - http://blog.theveteranssite.com/homeless-care-package-tips/
  • Volunteers of America - http://www.voago.org/donate
  • Wounded Warrior Homes - http://woundedwarriorhomes.org/get-involved/
  • Wounded Warrior Project - https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/Default.aspx?tsid=168&campaignSource=ONLINE&source=BS15140&gclid=CjwKEAiA7MWyBRDpi5TFqqmm6hMSJAD6GLeA-1ZTuD2wFci1rLBLfNNLbNiF8o7o59cYJuUUfAW13BoCLdbw_wcB
(also posted on From the Mud and Wren's Nest)

Thursday, October 29, 2015

I Better Get Crackin On Those Arm Warmers!

I got a job at Kroger Distribution Center.  Good thing I'm halfway finished with my arm warmers, because I'm doing to need them!  According to my interviewer it gets as cold as -20 F in the freezer.

My time as a SAHM is done for now.  But I'm still a mom, still taking care of the house hold.  I'll be working from 5 pm to 3:30 am, coming home and crashing until the kids wake me up, then hubby gets home around 4:15 pm, and I'll be back out that door.  Just like Meijer...except when I was working the nightshift there, I only got about 2-3 hours of sleep.  And at Kroger's DC I'll be work 4 days, 10 hour shifts and then some. It's going to be more exertion than Meijer.

My cousin's fiance works there and she said that he's been working 1-2 hours over for a while.  I'm definitely going to kick my butt kicked!  But it's an opportunity.  A challenge to conquer.  Going to help my hubby bring in income, gonna be handling my business, doing what I have to for my kids, and I'm going to start my low-carb diet back up.  And I'm probably going to become addicted to 5-Hour Energies and coffee.  Not looking forward to that.  Hopefully there's something better out there than sugar and caffine.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Ancestor's Day Dinner

All right, I got the dinner on the 31st all planned out:

  • Butternut Squash Stew, I'll be adding pumpkin and pork to it.  Hubby's not a big fan of squash, so he's going to make some pork ribs.  
  • Apple Cinnamon Bread
  • Moon Cider - This is a trick or treat favorite.  I usually make it for whomever's handing out candy, and there's usually enough when the treaters come back home.  It's pretty yummy:
    • 4 cups Apple Cider
    • 4 cups White Grape Juice
    • ½ teaspoon Whole Cloves
    • Cinnamon Sticks or Ground Cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon All Spice 
    1. Heat Cider and Juice in a big pot or a crockpot.
    2. Add Spices
    3. Bring to a boil
    4. Simmer for 5 Minutes or longer for taste
    5. Serve in a Cauldron.

Only this year, I don't have apple cider, so I'm going to cut up locally harvested apples instead.

And our costumes are also planned.  The boys are going a TMNT (thanks to grandma and grandpa), hubby's going as a Wolf from The Walking Dead, and I'm either going to be a witch or my classic Little Red Werewolf.  Pretty exciting.

Do yall have a dinner planned out for the 31st?  Anything special?  What about costumes?

That Blanket Ain't Gonna Crochet Itself!

Crochet projects in the works/planned:
  • Yule Pillow - Hopefully done by Yule.
  • Mom's throw blanket - Hopefully done by Christmas.
  • Purse - for a friend, hopefully done by February 16th.
  • Barn Toy Bag - Done by April 2016.
  • Slytherin Arm Warmers - since they're mine, they can be done anytime.
  • Memorial Blanket - For another friend.
  • Baby Blanket - Same friend's new baby.
  • Log Toy Bag - No date yet.
  • Paw Patrol Look Out Inspired Toy Bag - No date yet.

And I just found out that my SIL is pregnant with her first.  So yet another baby blanket to plan. To be done by, I'm guessing, July or August.  Well, first, gotta make sure everything's okay.  Don't wanna jump the gun.

Congrats for them.  

I just learned how to crochet in February, and I'm already backed up with projects.  A few times a week, I'm practicing and watching youtube videos about different techniques and things like making applique and attaching them.  Last night, I changed colors without referencing the video and I'm brave enough to start learning double stitch. 

I just keep coming up with new ideas and seeing more inspirational pieces.  I'm getting faster, although I still have some tension issues, but practice makes perfect.  I'm just writing my ideas down, planning, details, measurements, different techniques...  I oughta be busy for a while.  

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Crochet the Night Away!

I started on a blanket for my mom back in...May, maybe?  I don't remember, maybe sooner than that.  It was originally going to be a Mother's Day gift...then a Grandparents Day Gift....then a gift when she broke her arm...and now I'm aiming for Christmas.  I underestimated how long making this throw blanket was going to take.  That and it spent about 2 months packed up in storage, but yeah.  I'm hopeful to finish it, and the many other projects that I'm working on, by then. 

I have Slytherin arm warmers in the works, half of a purse for my BFF, a Yule pillow for a friend (started as a wash cloth, as usual, I changed my mind as I worked), and I want to make another friend two blankets, a memorial blanket (pink and blue) for a lost baby, and a blanket for one that she just had (grey and purple).  

Not to mention that I was going to make my youngest son a farm blanket, but now I'm thinking of something that I hope will be faster, a barn bag.  My youngest loves animals, so I want him to have something that he'll be able to carry them around in.  A barn for his farm animals and maybe a bag for his wild animals, too.  At first I was thinking of a zoo...like a cage or netting, but they might fall out.  Then I found this Wooden Hollow Log Toy Bag and felt that that might be perfect!  Course, mine will look nothing like that, since I'm still only doing single stitch.  

For my other vehicle loving son, I was thinking of maybe a garage...or maybe a truck shaped bag....  Still thinking about it.  But the barn bag is furiously buzzing around in my head.  All I would need is red, black (or dark brown for the roof), and white yarn (accents)...and maybe some yellow or a wheat color to represent hay.  We'll see.  

First, I thought about doing something like this beauty, more like a box, but I dunno, we'll see.  Maybe if I decide to do a garage instead of a truck...although I could do a box truck using that form.  Although I could still use that inspiration and make a vehicle transport truck.  But I'll focus on the barn bag first.  

So any of yall have any yarn, needle, or other arts & crafts going or planned?

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Thinking Outside the Circle: Apron as Ritual Garb

That's right, the apron.  For me, as a Hearth Pagan and a Domestic Witch, it's an important piece of ritual clothing.  Just like my veils, or in another's case, a cloak, a tiara, or a piece of jewelry.  It's often overlooked or not considered as such, even by those who practice similar domestic crafts or spiritualities. 

But for me, the apron is very important.  It's part of my sacred practice of keeping the home clean, safe, and inviting.  And myself, too.  Just as important as any of my tools, the swifer, vacuum cleaner, sponge, cleaning potions, towels, salt. 

It protect my clothes from getting dirty, helps me clean the smudges from my kid's face, entertains the baby who likes to grab on and wave it about, provides a basket--especially for carrying toys up and down the stairs so my oldest can focus on climbing the stairs!  And it has a pocket for tools and another pocket for picking up trash on the go.  And it connects me to my grandmothers, through the many generations!  I remember my grandmas and great grandma almost always wearing theirs around the home and using them for everything!

A very important, often overlooked, versatile piece of ritual garb and tool.  Just as important as a veil, a cloak, a piece of jewelry; a wand, a ritual blade, a candle, or a besom.  Like anything you can cleanse, empower, and dedicate it to magik and/or a deity. 

Here's a piece about the 'History' of Aprons, from FB's The Spellery.

(also posted on Book of Mirrors)

Monday, October 5, 2015

Thinking Outside the Circle

I attend an online general pagan/magik study group on Facebook every week, and tonight's study was over Cauldrons.  I may not have a specific set of witchy tools anymore, but I do still keep them around.  My traditional cauldron is in my kitchen, holding a roll of paper towels right now.  Some might see that as a waste for a magikal tool, but for a Domestic Witch and a Hearth Keeper, such as myself, it's not.  My home is sacred and much magik takes place in the kitchen.  Now I'm not going to make that a permanent task for my cauldron, but for now it's perfect.  Although I'm thinking about having it hold my cooking utensils....feel it might be best, magikally and aesthetically.  But the host for tonight's study gave me a lot of other ideas to try for it.  
Back when I used my traditional cauldron regularly, it was mainly used on my altars to mark Sister Moon's journey as She traveled the sky throughout the year.  During ritual, especially those to honor Her, I'd light a candle inside of the cauldron (something that I still do when giving offerings of salted flour to Hestia).  And now it sits on my kitchen counter. 
Anyhoo, they were talking about how larger cauldrons can be harder to find.  I looked to the 4 qt dutch oven sitting on Hestia's Shrine, and suggested that they look into camping gear.  Dutch ovens, kettle, and similar 'cauldrons'.  They may not be traditional, but they work and they're still cauldrons.  Personally, I prefer camping gear to something from a magikal shop, mainly for quality and durability.  As well as some extras, like instructions, especially for safety; other tool suggestions, like lid openers, tripod cooking stands, and protective gloves...and of course How To Care for Your equipment.  But's that's me, not everyone cares about that kind of stuff!  No doubt, by asking or doing some reading, other cauldron owners can learn this stuff, too.
And they come in a variety of sizes.
Why not?
Sometimes, ya gotta learn to think outside of the circle and be resourceful!   :-D
(also posted on Witchbook, Coven.space, and Pagan Heart)

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

School's In Session

I don't know if I've mentioned it here, but Hecate recently claimed me, and guided me to research the Deipnon.  Here's a copy paste from Book of Mirrors:

For the past two days, I've been seeing "Hecate" and "Hekate" all over the web.  In song lyrics, song titles, from people hearing Her call, to people saying She recently claimed them.  When I was over on Wordpress, reading through my blog list, I came across a term on The Purple Broom's post, "Deipnon".  I thought it had to be of Greek origin, and I couldn't let it go, so I decided to look it up and was right.  It's Greek AND it has to do with Hecate! 

"In Greek, deipnon means the evening meal, usually the largest meal of the day. Hekate's Deipnon is, at its most basic, a meal served to the Titan Hekate and the restless dead once a lunar month. Ancient Athenians believed that once a lunar month, Hekate led the spirits of the unavenged or wrongfully killed accompanied by hounds from the underworld up from Hades.  It is also the last day of the month according to the lunisolar based Attic calendar used in ancient Athens.  [...] A secondary purpose was to purify the household and to atone for bad deeds a household member may have committed offended Hekate, causing her to withhold her favor from them.  Hekate has power over heaven, earth, and sea and is able to grant prosperity and all the blessings of daily life.The Deipnon was celebrated on the night before the first visible sliver of moon could be seen, the night of the new moon.  The new moon was the last day of the lunar month and the Deipnon rituals allowed the family to begin the new month, which they celebrated as the Noumenia. This differs from how modern astronomy calculates the new moon, so one may not follow a modern calendar to set this date.The Deipnon consists of three main parts: 1) the meal that was set out at a crossroads, 2) an expiation sacrifice, and 3) purification of the household" (Wikipedia).

From my brief research, it appears that some observe the Deipnon on or near the Dark Moon, the end of the lunar calendar.  I know that Circle is usually cleaning a lot around or on the Dark Moon.  She's often said that's it's Hecates will, it drives her into a cleaning frenzy. 

The other day, one of the people who heard Hecate's call, said that She was, to a point, a Hearth Goddess.  I thought that was strange, as in all of my years of working with Her and doing research here and there, I'd never come across anything that might connect Her in the manner.  Home and Hearth.  Until now.  The Deipnon and cleaning. 

"When they say cleanliness is next to godliness, I think they mean the sacred sense of something purified. The Deipnon feels like a home purification, and a palpable magic." ~ Star Foster, Maintaining Your Life

I still have much research to do, but I'll try my best this Dark Moon to clean what a can.  We're still packing...ugh, I hate packing.  But I think I'm going to focus on the offering She wants--menstrual blood to be buried.  Looks like my cycle may just coincide with the Dark Moon again. 

I've been thinking about the how-to for that, as well.  Normally, I sip off bits from soaked tampons or on heavy days, drip into a container (for those rare times where I've used menstrual blood).  Someone recently asked a question on a Coven.space group about collecting menstrual blood.  Circle suggested collecting clots from pads or using the menstrual cup.  I've been looking in the moon time cup.  Seems a bit more practical than my methods. 

Lots of brain-food harvesting going on today. 


Monday, September 7, 2015

Home Blessing

Update, we had a falling out with my dad.  Left with no other choice, my uncle agreed to let us stay here until we do find another place.  We're still here.  Still looking.  Still packing.  Not as much stress as before.

As a lover of keys, here's an awesome Home Blessing fro Witchy Words, that I have to share, and may do for our next home.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Summer Yum!

I love supporting local businesses, especially farmer's markets.  <3

We bought some zucchinis, yellow squash, corn ears, blueberries, strawberries, chocolate cream pie, and a bottle of Silver Moon Strawberry Blonde Wine. Yum! Gonna grill out good tomorrow! Just because it's summer and grilled food is sooooo good! I think we've grilled more this summer than used our stove/oven!

Praise Ceres and Dionysus for this bounty!  Praise the Land Spirits!

Also, what to do with ugly yarn?  Turn it into wash cloths!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Bumpy Times

It's been a bumpy month.  A roller coaster that's still going.  It's been a month of stress, uncertainty, fear, tears, anger, and release.  Oh, and a test of faith, for sure.  But I think everything's okay now.  I still have a bit of stress to face, but it'll be worth it in the end.  Even if it means that I'm alienated from half of my family, and made out to be an ungrateful monster, another one to add to the list, which includes my mom, aunt, and others.

Keep on working hard, stay focused.  Our dream will become a reality, without the involvement of some rather toxic people in it.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Life for a Life

A few weeks ago, I went fishing.  It was the first time in a long time, so I wasn't looking to keep anything, that and I kept catching bluegill after bluegill and some small bass.  Too small to keep.  I threw them back, so they could grow.  I didn't feel too good about that (I'm against Sport and Trophy Hunting/Fishing), because of many of my hooks were hard to remove.  I gave the Pond Spirits offerings of thanks.  Then came Unlucky 13 who ended up swallowing my hook, then flopped into the water on his own.  I gave a blood offering.  
Life for a life.  
Whenever I fish now, whether I throw them back or keep them, I give pain and blood to the Water Spirits.  I make it even.  (Sometimes the fish do the cutting for me!)
I was harvesting white peony root last week and I didn't feel that just giving energy or water to the Land Spirits was enough.  I gave bit of pain and a bit of blood for killing most of the peony for some of its roots.  I can feel a plants' energy, I can feel their fear and pain (this may actually be me being sensitive to the chemicals that they released when damaged, either way, I can sense it and it sucks), I believe that this is the best payment for harvest.  Take and give.  In my practice, it needs to be done.  
With hunting/fishing, Artemis demands that I give some of my kill to Her, and I do without question.  But times when I don't have anything to offer Her, I may give Her my own blood, although She hasn't asked.  Before I'd give words of thanks, a lit candle, or a found gift from nature.  I don't believe that's enough anymore. 
As for Ceres, same thing.  Blood is better than milk or alcohol, for this type of task.  When you're working in the garden, one tends to give pain and blood anyway, through random cuts, splinters, bites, stings, and blisters.  In my eyes, that's nature taking their share for the harvest.  Balance.
Growing up hunting and fishing, some my elders told me that the injuries and soreness from the journey are just God's payment.  He blessed us with the skills and the privilege and chance of taking that life, we had to repaid him.
From now on, when I harvest flora and fauna, any pain given or life taken will be repaid in my own blood.  I still have my lancer from when I had gestational diabetes.  It's perfect.  I've used it in the past for blood offerings.
On one hand, I feel pride when harvesting.  On the other, it's a very somber experience.  I don't enjoy taking life, but it needs to be done, be that life flora or fauna.  That's just how our existence is.  Take one life to sustain the other (soon it'll be my turn, as Mufasa says 'to take my place in a great circle of life'.  My life will be taken and given to sustain other lives).  I'm certain to use as much as I can, treat the harvest with respect from beginning to end.  And to naturally discard what I can't use.  As is the way of nature.
Not a blood offering, but thanks to Ceres for my White Peony Root harvest.  I gave the blood to Her and the Land Spirits after harvesting from the plant last week.  Just fire and milk tonight.
(also post on Witchbook.net)

Monday, August 10, 2015

Bad News and Good News

Because I always prefer the bad news first.  

There's no moving into my dad's, because they already have someone living with them.  No room.  I've been stressing and crying most of the day.  I couldn't sleep, my stomach was in knots.  Even my husband stayed home today because I was such a wreck!  

I had asked the spirits and they warned me, but they also said that it wasn't dark outside when it was.  And they also gave me another wrong answer, about something else, but have been spot on when it was important.

So no dad's.  I just wish that they haven't waited so long to tell me.  I mean, I emailed them on Thursday, and they saw it.  Normally, they're pretty on it with the phones and updating, but not lately, when I needed it most!  

I was feeling like a failure, despite that this situation isn't really our fault this time.  No, we're not totally innocent, but it's just a mess.  I was worried about my kids.  I was trying to not be resentful towards certain family members.  I was just trying to see the opportunities.  Enough crying and dwelling and start working on solutions before time runs out and I really turn into a loser.

My husband suggested finding an apartment with his recently separated brother (from his wife).  Beggars can't be choosers, by any means, but I don't really care for him that much.  He likes to use people and his oldest is a total bully.  I was promised that I wouldn't be treated like baby sitter, and that his kids would actually be spending most of their time with their mom.  He's also a bit of a hoarder...well, either him or his soon-to-be-ex-wife, I guess I'll find out.  

But we'll be helping each other out with rebuilding our credits and having a stable place to live.  For us it's only going to be for 6 months to a year, as long as we're steadfast.  We'll have two incomes coming in, the bills will be split (although I may also find a 2nd or 3rd shift part time job to help speed things along).

Minus minor annoyances of my BIL, he's not emotionally abusive or a smoker.  Positive's right?  Those are some pretty big positives!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Set Backs and Opportunities

Well, that royally bites.

For months, the Spirits have been telling me that we're going to get the loan for this house.  This house belonged to my grandmother and before she died, she said we could live here at least for a years without paying rent.  When she passed, the house went to my Uncle.  We've been working on getting my husband's credit up since Winter Solstice, and have been doing fairly well.  My husband's gotten it up 61 points.  But most banks, even those who're supposed to help people like us who have bad credit, said that we need it up to 600-620.

How's that helping us?

Then last week, something changed.  The Spirits started telling me that we need to start looking for an apartment.  Two weeks before, everything was fine.  And suddenly, start packing.  ????

They've been constant in saying that my uncle's not going to work with us.  That he won't give us more time, even if we find someone to help us.  He doesn't want to be a landlord, even if that means tossing us out on the street.  It's kind of fucked up, especially since we have two young children and have been working hard on trying to purchase this house.

It is what it is.  There's faults on both sides.

But we won't be homeless.  There's a place--an emotionally abusive place, but it's better than street.  My dad's.  I keep hoping that maybe it won't be as bad as the first time.  We didn't have children, I wasn't a forgiving person, I didn't have a handle on my rage, and my depression was horrible.  This time, I have more control over myself and I'm more positive.  I'm trying to see the opportunities and not the obstacles.  That and they have a fenced in yard and a neighborhood that I feel safe walking in, should we need to get out of the house.  AND my favorite park is closer.  And so's my BFF.

The good outweighs the bad.

I'm really trying to not hold resentment towards my mom, who has a whole another half of her house that she doesn't use, but won't let us stay there, in a safe and healthy environment, because of her husband (he likes his private time).  But he'll help his son out and let them stay at the house, but not us.  Like, I said, I'm trying to not be negative or resentful towards this whole situation.  Besides, my mom's helping us in other ways, or trying to anyway.

This will give us a chance to focus on getting our credit up to or above where it needs to be.  Hubby's hoping that we'll only be there for 6-8 months.  Hopefully next year, we'll be ready to buy a house.  I want enough land where I can have a chicken coup, some goats, and a garden.  I want my Hopeful Homestead.  But I also want a home that's up to code.  I'm fine with a fixer-upper, but not something that's going to cost more to fix than it costs to purchase.

The Spirits and my grandmother have even told us that this house isn't worth fighting for.  There's far too many major problems with it.  Like, we haven't had hot water in 2 months, because of a bad gas line.  The house need to be rewired, there's mold, plaster walls which easily breed mold from what I've seen, it's not the most secure house--especially for a bad neighborhood, and in the bathroom there's wood rot around the bathtub and the toilet.  These were all things that we were going to fix if we got the house.  Now it's all up to my uncle to get it up to code before he can sell it.

Not to mention that there's a troublesome Spirit here that I've been having problems getting rid of.  AND when we move out, the Spirit that I evicted when we first move in, will no doubt return.  Sucks for the next family, but I've done all that I can to keep this house pure and protected.  Before we leave, I'm neutralizing this house.  I'm breaking the protections I placed over it.

The only real drawbacks of moving back in with my dad are, well, my dad.  He, nor his wife are working, but I don't feel comfortable leaving my kids alone with them.  He's chilled out since going on disability, but he still has his moments.  And the Spirits in their house feed off of that energy and make it a very dark place, energy wise.  I'm stronger than I was, and the last time I lived there, I was able to make them happy.  I'll have to rebuild a relationship.

He's a smoker and he's the type of smoker who doesn't believe in second-hand-smoke.  So even though my youngest had breathing problems when he was born, that doesn't matter to him.  It's his castle and he's going to do what he wants.  He also has a bad habit of smoking in bed.  I'm surprised that he hasn't burned the house down!  That scares the hell out of me!

He's never given me the respect to not smoke around my kids, which is why he hasn't seen them that often.

The Spirits say that this is a good move.  That as long as we're steadfast, we're going to achieve our goal.  I'm driven; I've got Brynn at my back, pushing me, encouraging me.  I'm not going back to my dad's after this, or back to apartment life.  I want a house.  I'm going to work for it.  We're going to work for it.  We're getting a house within the next year or so.

Well, we have three weeks to get everything packed and moved.  I've got a lot to plan, concerning my kids.  My dad has a puppy, can't be having those beagles chewing up my kid's toys.  Nor do I want cigarette smoke contaminating their stuffed animals, blankets, books, and such.

Man, they're going to need to do some serious baby and toddler proofing, too.

I really hope that we're not going to be there that long.  Two Aries are not meant to live under the same roof, but I know how to swallow my pride in order to make things work.

It is kind of funny to me the differences of family.  My emotionally abusive father is kinder than certain members of my mom's side.  My mom's side, some of them have the time, money, and the space, but they'd almost rather us be on the streets than help us out.  Whereas my dad doesn't have the space, and refuses to see us on the street.  He's willing to help us get on our feet.  But my mom and certain people on her side, aren't.

Both sides came from the south end--the same neighborhood, the neighborhood we're in right now (although it's not nearly as bad as it was when they lived here), they came from nothing.  They've had to work their asses off to get what they have.  All of them.  Yet my dad has always said that if we ever need a place to go, his door is open.  He'll help us get our feet.  My mom will help us out with looking for a place, with bills, and food, of course, and I'm always grateful for that.  But when we're faced with the street, it's my dad to the rescue.

My mom knows how emotionally abusive my dad is, and yet, she won't offer us a place to live, despite that she has the space.  I don't get it.  But her house also has a flea problem, so a blessing in disguise, I guess (both me and my oldest are allergic to flea bites).

Life, right?  Doesn't always make sense.  I guess I'm of a good balance of my parents.  Like my mom, I'm not emotionally abusive.  But like my dad, I may not have the space or the money, but I will not allow you to live on the streets.  You need a safe, clean place to stay for a little while?  As long as rules are followed and agreements are honored, my doors are open.

There are no obstacles, only opportunities.  Minus the drawbacks, we're being given quite the opportunity to get and stay on our feet.  We have a place to stay, going to get our credit up, and then my mom's going to be able to help us more when it comes to finding a house in 8-ish months (hopefully it doesn't take a longer, but it might).

But the moment that my dad lashes out at my kids and scares them with his rage, we're gone.  I don't know where we'll go, but I'm not going to subject my children to that environment.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Why I Don't Use "Lughnasagh" or "Lammas"

I use neither. I prefer using First Harvest, instead.  

I don't celebrate the Wheel of the Year, at least I don't use that term.  Wheel of the Year is a term that I strongly associate with Wicca, it's the only path that I've seen it used, or at least it's the first one that I've seen used. Not saying that some Non-Wiccan Pagans and Witches aren't using that calendar, but I don't. I'm not Wiccan, so there's no point in me using a wheel for their sabbats.  

I don't even use the same sabbat names. Because I'm not Wiccan, and given that most of the terms used--from my understanding--are Celtic in origin, I don't follow a Celtic Path. I barely have Celtic elements. So why am I using Celtic sabbats and meanings? They hold no meaning to me. I don't follow those Gods or Spirits. Heck, I've only recently renamed October 31st. For the longest time, I didn't know what else to call it, other than Samhain. I didn't want to just use Halloween. Halloween is secular and I still love it, but I also celebrate that day for spiritual reasons. Given that it's a major day of my practice in terms of Ancestral Veneration, I decided to call it Ancestor's Day (it was Third Harvest, but I didn't really like that name).

I used to use Lammas, but eh, I don't anymore. It means "Bread mass" or something, and this harvest isn't just about grains. It's about harvesting all/most summer grown crop. And I feel, until I really begin to have my own backyard farm and understand other seasonal harvests, August 1 is the First Harvest, until Thanksgiving, or what I call the Last Harvest.

I know that Lammas is also related to Christianity, but I don't have a problem with that. My focus of August 1st, isn't just on grain or grain deities. I do use May Day instead of Beltane, um but it actually doesn't have anything to do with the Christian May Day. Back in college, we had a huge spring celebration called May Day, on May 1st. Since I was already celebrating that day, I went with the name. It's still a celebration of fertility and life, but without the Wiccan and Celtic elements.  

Gotta find and do what works. If it doesn't hold meaning to you, then what's the point of observing it? Don't just celebrate a day just because it's custom or someone else says so. Even if you are of that path and trad, you can still examine the sabbats and see what and if they hold meaning to you. If not, try putting another spin on it. Find what works. Or just don't. Celebrating or not celebrating doesn't make you any more or less of a Pagan or Witch.

I have a Christian friend who doesn't celebrate Christmas or Easter. She's still a good Christian.

Just something to think about. :-)

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

First Harvest Is Nearly Upon Us!

Also know as Lughnausgh (I can never spell it) or Lammas (loaf mass).  Basically, it's a time of harvest--reaping what you've sown and rewards for diligence and dedication.  This can be a spiritual reaping, too. Or celebrating Lugh.  I never did, so I don't know what goes into Lughnausgh.

Some folks see the harvest as a time of death.  Not me, not really.  Well, yes and no.  In terms of crops, many do die for the harvest, and many more are used or eaten, too.  I don't necessarily see that as death.  It is, but it's for life.  We're nourished by the sacrifice.  Circle of life and all that.  Like with any animal, I treat the plant with respect, making it's sacrifice as painless as possible.  Because as an Empath who's sensitive to plants, I can tell you, they do feel pain and fear.  Maybe it's an emotional or a chemical thing, I dunno.  All I know is that I can feel a tree's pain and fear, or what I perceive as such, when it's damaged or chopped up.  It's not a pleasant feeling.  Like animals, I try to make the experience as easy as possible, then treat the spirit with respect from beginning to end. 

Yes, many crops do die for the harvest, but their spirit lives on to sustain us.  Then that energy is recycled into the earth to give new life.  It's a time for rewards, to give thanks for sacrifice, and to celebrate life.

Having lost a good friend a week ago, I will also be reflecting on death, for her and myself.  I already understand and accept death, so I have no fear of it (thanks to my work with Anubis and Turkey Vulture).  I spend a great deal of my life grieving over the baby I lost in 2011.  I also do Spirit Work and Ancestral Veneration.  Death is a large part of my life (so is healing and coping).  On the long drive to Hester Fest, I'll be using that time to reflect on Death, Sacrifice, and Bat (a recent messenger). 

On Saturday, I've got a lot to do, but it is the beginning of the Harvest Season (to me), so I have a few months until Winter.  Here's my To Do List:

  • Harvest my rosemary, lavender, and white peony roots.
  • Bake bread
  • Offerings to Father Sun, Ceres and to the Land Spirits.
  • I'm going to my Uncle's for Hester Fest.  Hester Fest is a party honoring my late grandmother.  Every summer she threw what became known as Hester Fest at her house, and my uncle is continuing that party legacy.  I'll be partying it up with lots of family and friends.  As well as drinking in a friend's honor, in Dionysus' honor, for Ceres, Father Sun, and celebrating the harvest!  We have to be there kind of early, so I don't know how much I'm going to get done first.  
  • Celebrating Dibella and Sister Moon!

Doesn't seem like a lot to do, but....Hester Fest is going to take up a lot of my Saturday, and so is the driving.  At least I don't have to cook!  Although I might bring some wine, as is tradition in my family, and Ceres and Dionysus will enjoy it, too!

What are you planning for the Blue Moon and Harvest/Lammas/Lughnasagh?

(also posted on Pagan Place)