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)