Monday, April 24, 2017

EARTH DAY


Did you do anything 'special' on Saturday? For me, Earth Day is every day. I strive to recycle as much as possible, give back to Mother Earth and treat her well.

The past few days have been wet, windy, cold, icky. And I have a sore throat to prove it. Grr. Lots of honey when I get back home. I've been in the city since Thursday. Today, before I head home I'm stopping at Lowes in hopes of picking up strawberry plants. The row is ready for them. 56' row to be exact. That will hold approximately 34 plants. My next project will be to get a second row ready to transplant the runners over to. If I'm blessed, then next year I should have lots of strawberries. Well, providing the deer and bunnies don't find them first. ;-) I don't mind sharing with the critters but I wish they'd feel the same. LOL

Are you planting a garden? What's on your planting list? If you post pics, please link in the comments section.

Blessings
~Rain

Monday, April 10, 2017

FULL MOON - The Pink Moon


Known by multiple names, including Pink Moon, Sap Moon, Crow Moon and Lenten Moon, the April Moon is the heralding of Spring in all it's glory. Sometimes also referred to as the Easter Moon because Easter is the first Sunday following the full moon.

While the moon may not show as pink, when this beauty rises in the sky at 1:09 a.m (CST) we can truly celebrate the awakening of new growth and a fresh spirit.

We have storms in the forecast for here so I'm not sure I'll get to view the moon... but I'll know it's there and another turn has begun.

How will you celebrate the "Pink Moon"?


Blessings
~Rain

Friday, April 7, 2017

COLOR MY WORLD



Last week I mentioned how the Cherry Blossom bush didn't seem affected by the freeze. Unfortunately, the entire top of the bush got hit hard, only a few blossoms on the lower half survived. I clipped the last remaining one and brought it in to enjoy the scent as long as I could. With so few of them blooming, they scent did not permeate the yard as if the whole bush would have bloomed out.


While on a business trip to Springfield last week, I found a new Tarot deck. I really liked this one as I can really impart my own energy into the deck. Seems like everything is about coloring these days and while I'm not big on the adult coloring books (they don't hold the same appeal to me as a children's color book) this, however, spoke to me. I'm looking forward to relaxing hours on the deck with the colored pencils (included, though I may use my Prisma pencils instead)


What new tools and toys are finding their way into your bag of tricks? Enable me!
Blessings
~Rain

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

WELCOME SPRING! - Ostara


In like a lion... out like a lamb.

I'm not sure where we fall here in the Ozarks. We did have a couple of decent storms early in the month. On the 11th we had our first winter snow storm - yes our first. Our average snowfall per season is 17"... we have had 1.7" And I'm pretty sure we are done.

We've had rain, sleet, hail from pea size to soft ball in some places... but the snow is done for the year.

Potential peach crops were severely damaged by the freeze last weekend as were other budding flowers and plants.

Tulips are coming up though they've not bloomed yet. The daffodils weathered the cold pretty well and the grape hyacinth are filling the bird feeding area. The Cherry Blossom bush doesn't seem the worse for the cold and the sweet scent of the pink clusters are beginning to fill the air.

While grocery shopping last week I bought a bouquet of colored daisies in blue, white, pink and yellow. I will add a picture of them on my altar in the next day or two. I'm still battling this silly head cold and haven't done much that required leaving the recliner.

Yesterday I brought home 12 straw bales to add to the 8 or so I have in the green house. I'm anxious to clear out the decomposed bales from last year and set in the new bales for a new growing season. The composted bales will fill the potato tires and be the base for the flower beds and planters.

How have you welcomed Spring? Link up pictures of you altar. We'd love to see.

Blessings
~Rain 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

FEBRUARY 28


While this is not a monumental day for most - unlike the celebration of February 29th when we would be honoring Leap Year, today is important for some of us.

The Salem Witch Hunts began on this day in 1692 though History.com lists them as beginning on March 1. And in a way that is true. For it was March 1 when three young girls and a Barbados woman were charged with the practice of witchcraft and the true hunt for other witches was on. Even if History.com is correct, you can bet that the talks of Witch Hunts began long before February 28th as well. 

The whole thing began when the girls began experiencing odd medical symptoms... something people had never seen before. In today's times, we still have new malady's rearing their heads yet no one claims witches. Does this mean we have evolved? Did we learn from past mistakes? 

While in some ways we have, the political atmosphere in our country still reeks of discrimination. And while I am not normally political, I can't help but feel as if we are living in a time of a political witch hunt. Immigrants whom have lived in this country their entire lives now fear of being sent 'back' to a country they have never been. 

As witches, we claim that we have power... and WE DO! We have the power to set an example of Love, Respect, Inclusion. Rather than breed the political disease continuing to spread across our lands, BE the person you want everyone to be. I once had someone say to me. 'I didn't know you were a witch. You're so nice." Thank you? LOL

Remember what today stands for then do everything you can to peacefully stop the hunt.


Blessings!
~Rain



Monday, February 13, 2017

FULL MOON - SNOW MOON - ECLIPSE

File picture of the SuperMoon from last year

I meant to post this last week but I've been so busy doctoring the hubby, miserable with a head cold, and trying to get work done before he kindly shared it with me. Guess what I woke up with this morning... and we have a full week ahead of us getting taxes done and one of my contractors coming in next weekend to insulate the office. While Trevor is here, he is also doing the door frame to the office which hasn't been done yet, and the toe kicks on all the cabinets in the house... that were installed over 10 years ago. Bob is great about doing projects... but like his dad, once the project becomes useable then the finishing touches can drag on forever. I knew this about both men but love(d) them anyway. Since I try not to nag, I've just let them go. 

When my Trevor and my other contractor, Ian, were here in November to build the deck and repair the dining room ceiling (Trevor is a drywaller by trade), Trevor noticed the absence of toe kicks and asked. So I contracted him to do the job. Unfortunately, that means I have til Wednesday or Thursday to get the rooms presentable and the floors steamed before he arrives on Friday afternoon. He may bring his wife out with him at some point to meet me. Trevor and I became instant friends when he assisted with the office build and house roofing in 2014. His wife cleans houses for a living. So yeah, I'd like mine to at least be passable. LOL

Okay, back to the moon. Bob was miserable but he kept trying to go out and watch the eclipse. The night air wasn't a good idea but he was excited. He's usually on the boat when Full Moon's occur and we don't get to view them together, let alone an eclipse. Our challenge was that by the time the moon had topped the trees, the eclipse was past.

However, I had such a feeling of Samhain as I viewed the moon through the bare tree branches. So pretty. As I stood beneath the moon's glow I got an idea for my first 'consumable' book that I hope to have on Amazon by August first. I'll give you more details about the book and when you can purchase the journal as I travel the process.

Creative Blessings!
~Rain

Friday, February 3, 2017

STUDY - The Everyday Tarot



Normally, I would put this under TOOLS but my next post for that isn't scheduled til the 7th. I didn't want to wait that long to show you my newest purchase. While in Springfield for a dental appt. last week I stopped in at Barnes & Noble on the off chance they'd have Miss Deborah's Tarot Deck. Yay!

So here's an unveiling of how the deck is packaged. 
First off, the box is gorgeous. Not a flimsy deck of cards style box but a beautifully crafted hinged lid box.

When you open the box, this is your first look at the contents:


 A navy grosgrain ribbon assists in removing the Guidebook. Lifting the book out, reveals the deck below, shrink wrapped to keep the cards crisp in shipping.


Pretty!


I plan to consecrate the deck next weekend and begin exploring the possibilities this deck holds. Of all the decks I own, I'm already 'feeling' this one and I've not popped the plastic. 

Blessings
~Rain