It’s all very Earth

Hey there,

It’s all very earth.  Anyone else feeling all this Capricorn energy we’ve got surrounding us?

We’ve got six planets in Capricorn today, including the New Moon.  Very earth.  That’s right, we’ve got the Sun (your ego), Moon (your feelings/emotions), Saturn (maturity), Venus (love/beauty), Mercury (communication) and Pluto (subconscious).  What does that mean?

Well Capricorn is an earth sign (you’ve probably already got that), so that means practical, grounded (hello, the very earth), a worker.  This is the sign that follows the rules and makes sure there are lists with checkmarks and the i’s are dotted and the t’s crossed.  No nonsense, get ‘er done.  So take the meaning of Capricorn, and apply it to the other planets above, combined with what they signify.  This is a day of working to get things finished and off the list.  Down. To. Earth.  No lollygagging!  As my Nanny (my Grandmother) would have said.  Just do it.

Fine, so here I am.  No unfinished business.  Heaven forbid (pun intended) that I mess with the night sky.

Plus it’s Tuesday, and Tuesday is ruled by Mars – God of War.  Sit thee down and write.  Got it.  Check.

Sitting here in the Meadowview, looking out over the meadow.  Firmly grounded – because I am an earth sign too…  Snow is falling (STILL) and my Animal Totem just flew by.  Message received, already.  Woo woo is on full speed and spidey senses tingling.

I feel like I’m on the brink of something new.  Don’t know what it is yet, but something, hmmm.  Not sure if I should be afraid or not.  Seriously, what else could happen.  The New Moon, when she is dark – the first phase.  The Sun and Moon are conjunct, or together in the sky – so no reflection.  See how that works?  Time to start something new as she waxes and moves away from the Sun to start her new cycle.  New cycle of what though…perhaps I should be afraid.

Life certainly hasn’t been boring these last few years for me – maybe something great is coming.  Stay tuned!

In the meantime:

Most folks are as happy as they
make up their minds to be
-Abraham Lincoln

 Yup.

Me of the kittens and flowers way of thinking.  Be brave, soldier on.

Lots and lots of thinking and not getting things done.  Hmmm I am in need of the Capricorn influence.  I am so earth, I wouldn’t think I could get any more…  Feeling somewhat trapped – that could be the weather.  You know how I love a good January…almost as much as February – we still have that to look forward to.  Immerse yourself in books (with tea – or wine) – and chocolate – whatever gets you through.  Looking back through photos of the summer garden, that’s always a good temporary fix too – just look at that earth!  Last night’s dinner contained “weeds” from the freezer. 🙂  Lamb’s Quarters and Amaranth – lots of minerals…from the earth.  There’s a theme here – got that?

We are having a “real” winter here in Southern Ontario this year.  None of this couple of days of cold and then back to the melt like we’ve had for the past few.  Nope.  Full on.  Even the milder days weren’t that mild.  Reality bites.  So does that cold.  Tongue stuck on the flagpole kind of cold.

Pearl, my VW Bug rag top, sits shivering in the driveway in her ugly winter boots.  Such a fashionista and hates the winter look – covered in snow and no shiny hubcaps.  But she’s a trooper.  Starts up even in -30 C weather.  Never lets me down.  Shake your head if you will all you farmers up here in your big trucks…she’s the bomb in the snow.  Still plays the tunes – even with the top up (hers, not mine).

Why does the Sun always choose the end of the day to come out?  Like this last hurrah before it sets (see above).  Look at me!  I’m so bright and handsome – I can make or break your day…sorry, just an observation.  He does create some pretty shadows, but it would be nice to enjoy during the day, when I’m out shovelling…just sayin’.

Got my cranky on.  The snow plow took out the mailbox again and left it, headless, post chopped in half, lying for dead in the driveway. GRRRRRR Call to the Township – Fix. It. Please.  Township guy comes out with Scotch Tape.  Well, that should do it – until the next time anyway…NICE TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

Ok, meandering here, I know.  Let’s talk about something else.

Um,

Any early signs of Spring in your neck of the woods?  I’ll take anything.

Well, here, the Starlings are coming back.  Even though they are a nuisance; still a sign of Spring.  The Goldfinches are starting to get their gold colour back – and that is awesome.  I so miss the birdsong in the morning – and having coffee out on the deck under the big maple, watching the birds to start my day.  Sigh Right now I’ll take the screech of the Blue Jays, lots of them here and the Cardinals – so pretty, flitting around in the snow.

Today’s colour:  maroon – like red wine, or an earth red on this very earth day.  Red wine is never a bad thing – it’s medicinal, you know. 🙂

Hunker down, read your books (maybe with that wine), muddle through – my Winter mantra.  I haven’t had to use snow shoes to fill my feeders as yet this Winter, so that’s good.  The annual face plant in the snow.  Always fun – much cursing.  Of course the tree rats do a pretty good job of beating a path to the feeders for me…

I can still get back to the barn to look mournfully at my empty apple bin gardens.  Nothing to see there.  But I know that the garlic is tucked in, sleeping, waiting – just like me – for the Sun to return to warm the earth and start the growing cycle all over again.

Breathe and enjoy the rest.

Until next time,

-Debra

Animal Totems are all around

Hey there,

Animal Totems are all around – and watching.  Stay tuned.

Sitting here in the Meadowview, wrapped up in a blanket and gazing out over the still, frozen meadow.  The blue roof, which is metal, lets out a “bang” as it contracts, like a living, breathing thing.  Baby, it’s cold outside – and has been for weeks.  Winter is certainly doing its thing this year, so far, as it has only officially been Winter for less than one month.

Already the complaining.  I know, I know.  Your skin is dry, your hair is dry, some have already had the cold or flu that goes hand-in-hand with this, our most least-loved season.  Elderberry and Yarrow tea, Mint honey, Ginger and Lemon – we’ve talked about these before…

Anybody out there embrace this stuff?  Good for you!  Me?  Not so much.  Yes, I am Canadian and no, I don’t do Winter well.  Apart from the aprés sports stuff…I’m pretty good at that. 🙂  Wine, anyone?

I find myself being watched by my Animal Totem, the Red-tailed Hawks, that join me every Winter, on the coldest of days, perched in the Maple tree out by the barn.  I can see them (there are two) out of the kitchen window.  Silent and still, scanning the meadow landscape for their next meal.  They will literally sit there for hours.  So very majestic and gorgeous creatures.

Just keeping a steady eye on all things me – “careful”, they say, “she’s getting close to losing it in this bitter cold.  Someone needs to get outside for a walk”.  Soon.  All is well.  Please remain indoors for now.  Make a cup of tea.  Get out your seed catalogues.  Breathe.

The ordinary arts we practice everyday at home
are of more importance to the soul
than their simplicity might suggest
-Thomas Moore

I’ve also been joined by a couple of crows, in the same tree, but not at the same time, as the Hawks. Crows are very interesting birds.  Some find them rather ominous, but those of us that wear the pointy hats know that crows are something special.  Uh huh.  I’ll let you look that one up.

Should I back up a bit?  Anyone not know what an Animal Totem is?  Ooo, buckle up, we’re about to enter the land of all things woo woo.

So Animal Totems, or Nature Totems are basically symbols of energy.  Now everything holds energy, but this is the kind of energy we manifest and align with our everyday life.  The Totem becomes a symbol of the invisible, the characteristics and activities reveal something of our own powers and abilities.  You can also look at different parts of the animal and what that represents.  For instance, a bird with a sharp beak could symbolize someone who speaks their mind or has a sharp wit.  Perhaps too sharp and that person should think about what they say before saying it.  Or maybe they constantly bicker and pick at things.  See where that’s going?

The Totem can be animal, bird, reptile, insect.  It can be something as simple as an ant.  Think about ants for a moment.  What do they represent?  Discipline comes to my mind.  Patience, industrious, also.  Most people just find them annoying – not disagreeing with you there, but have you ever taken the time to actually watch them?  They are fascinating.  They work together, they have a purpose and goal, they march along the same path and if you disturb what they are working on, they just find another way to accomplish what they set out to do.

Now, do you think that maybe that could send a message to someone?  I do.  Perhaps that someone is having a hard time focussing, or their life has been turned upside down in one form or another.  Or they need to learn to work with others and get along.  All of a sudden, they find ants in a place they have never been before.  Maybe in their house (horrors), but those guys are sending a message…”The ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah…”

When you start really paying attention to nature and what’s going on around you.  Looking at the little things, that’s when you tune in.  That’s when you hear your message.  Listen – it’s there for a reason.  That’s a large part of my woo woo.  Make sense?  Of course, you’re going to have to go outside – and probably put down your phone, to see it.  A walk in the woods can really make you see.  Just sayin’

What speaks to you?  Is there a particular animal that you are specifically drawn to?  Do you see a particular creature constantly when you are outside in nature.  Do you dream about a particular creature?  Does something call to you?  Listen.  The other thing to mention here, is that you may not always have the same Totem – depends on the message that needs to be heard.  But you might.

If all this fascinates you, and you’re interested in reading up a bit on it, or maybe figuring out what your Totem might be, I would recommend this book, Animal Speak by Ted Andrews.  Happy reading.

Even though I’m a crazy cat lady, it always seems to be the birds that speak to me.

What else in the bird world?  Well yesterday, where we set a record here in Southern Ontario for the coldest day in 60 years, a flock of Starlings decided it was a great time to come back from wherever they had been.  Somewhere warmer, no doubt. (I don’t get it either…)  Yup.  They do appear to be early.  I don’t usually see them until end of January/early February.  They can withstand Winter, obviously, but yikes!

I couldn’t fill the feeders fast enough – including the dish of cat food left out for this guy…

I currently have a stray cat that I am trying to get into the house under the blue roof.  It has been at least six weeks that this kitty has been coming by for food, regularly, morning and night.  I can’t get close enough to see if it is male or female, but it doesn’t appear to be a scrawny barn cat, it looks healthy.  It will not let me get close to it.  I feed it on the porch.  It will let me watch it through the window, but as soon as I try to open the door to get close, off it goes.  Now, it is starting to only go far enough that I can’t reach it, so there is starting to be an element of trust.  It knows that I am going to feed it.  But this kitty is out in -30 degree C weather.  It’s driving me crazy that it won’t come in.  I don’t know where it goes when not being fed.  I’m sure it’s in a barn somewhere close by, but still…I have tried setting out the food and water inside the door, with the door open, until the house freezes.  Just last night, it came in long enough to eat the food and then out it went again.  Sigh  I usually am pretty good with cats and turning them around to help them.  This one has me puzzled, but I will persevere. Maybe this, too, is a message for me.  I am listening.

A friend and reader, gifted me with a little glass black and white cat which now sits here with me on my desk as I write.  Thank you again, very appropriate!  You’re right, fits right in with my pointy hat!

I haven’t named this stray kitty yet, which is unusual, because I usually do – I name everything.  Maybe that’s another message. Hmmm  I’ve been receiving a lot of messages lately.  The night sky is telling me there are some big things coming up.  It has been an adventurous couple of years for me – still evolving, still working through, but feeling like it’s not over yet.  Good or bad.  Maybe it’s good this time.  My birth chart reading for this year tells me that once again, this is not a year where I’m just going to coast…UGH.

In the interest of plants, because I am, although there isn’t much growing here these days, there are still the evergreens that can be harvested fresh.  Pine and Spruce needles for tea, for example.  A huge dose of Vitamin C there.  What better time of year to increase your Vitamin C levels?  And what does Mother Nature provide to harvest?  Getting that?

Please keep in mind the Moon phase that you are harvesting though.  Interesting fact:  Around the Full Moon, the sap rises in trees, just as the tides in the ocean get higher and moods change.  You don’t want to harvest around this time as you could damage the tree.  When you respect nature, nature respects you and will give you the help you seek.  Very simple and logical, isn’t it?  That’s what I love about woo woo.

Speaking of the Moon, where are we tonight?  The waning Moon is in Virgo: earthy, practical, fixing and cleaning up the universe, one item at a time.  Making lists, asking questions, making things happen (this all sounds extremely familiar to me somehow…).  I’m pretty sure ants are Virgos – understood?  The Sun is still in Capricorn, another earth sign, so it’s all business today.  January is ruled by Saturn – the planet of maturity.

Today’s colour for getting things done:  blue – how conservative!

I’ll leave you to get things done under your own roof – blue or otherwise.

Until next time,

-Debra

Return to the Light

Hey there,

Return to the light – sounds a bit like a soap opera, doesn’t it?

Remember me?  It’s been a while, I know – and I hope you’re still there.  I return to the light.  The light being you!  ‘Tis the season and all that.  Not that I’m any busier than all of you, but I am soooo busy these days!  It’s been a rather monumental month for me.  Some new discoveries and beginnings.  Some going within in those dark nights and with that, some decisions and endings too.  How dramatic! Yup, things are clickin’ along, just like my birth chart reading for this year said – as usual, loving the woo woo of it all.  I can safely say that I, too, am slowly returning to the light and am much happier for it.

My take on decisions:

Just be decisive.  Take your time, but make a decision.
Right or wrong.
The road of life is paved with flat tree rats who
couldn’t make a decision, correct?

Oh, I’m sorry, was that too in your face?  Well, the flat tree rat thought the same way…(Tree rats are my term for squirrels for any new readers who may have a better attitude than I do.)

Tonight, I sit here writing.  I’ve missed it, I haven’t been writing much this month.  The longest night of the year, Winter Solstice.  I won’t go into the meaning and symbolism of it all here, because – look at that! – I did that last year.  Read.  Although we have experienced Winter conditions here in Southern Ontario over the past few weeks, today it officially becomes the season of Winter.  The wheel of the year turns towards the other half, towards the light, and our days, by minor degrees, become lighter.  That’s the good part.  The bad?  Well, let’s just say that although Winter here is supposed to be our shortest season, we’ll revisit that around the end of January, or <gasp> in early February – that vile month that seems to go on forever…then we’ll see how many of you are still singing “Let it Snow”, shall we?  Oh my, what short memories you have!  At least the light is returning then.  Haaapppy thoughts.

Tonight, I enjoy the darkness, the quiet and the solitude of sitting here and just letting it flow.  I’m in the Meadowview, it’s very dark out.  Would love to light a candle, but Ralph is winding his way around everything on my desk, so, probably not a good idea.  (Really keeping my eye on typos here as he steps on the keyboard.)  It just wouldn’t be Christmas under the blue roof unless I set something on fire, just sayin’. I do like my candles…  You might notice that I’m peppering my text here with more links to previous posts than I usually do.  That’s because I have some new readers.  Yes, I do!  Welcome!  I have been talking about my life here in the country and the plants that surround me for two years now.  Some of my readers have been with me right from the start – bless you – some I’ve picked up along the way.  If you are new, I hope you enjoy going back into some of my posts.  Now going into year three.  My posts are longer than they were in the beginning (not sure if that’s good or not?), but they aren’t as frequent.

Change of frequency…don’t touch that dial…

It’s difficult to not let the commercialism and craziness of December get to you.  Especially if you’re the Mom, right?  All those TV commercials and the pressure to make everything perfect.  And if you’re hosting the “big day”…there is so much stress and so many things to do.  I know all about that.  And then there’s the family members who say “What’s the big deal?  It’s just dinner. It’s just us.”  Of course, they’re saying that from the couch…And if you do take a small step back and maybe don’t do something or bake something that you normally would, because you simply ran out of time and/or energy, you get the “Where’s the…?”.  Right?  You see, I have been there.  Uh huh.

Warning:  Weirdness about to show…

What I like to do on Christmas morning, before the fam start descending on me here, is I go outside with all my bird feeding stuff, yes, there are tools, yes, I am weird.  And I just take a few moments doing something I like to do.  I fill the feeders and watch my little feathered friends.  Tell myself that one day I will miss the whole Christmaspalooza ordeal (maybe – or not), and I just breathe.  I take a little walk around and poke the gardens to see who has been hiding – lots of mice and tiny critters.  I look at the various tracks in the snow.  I just take a little time.  Anybody with me under the blue roof on Christmas morning just knows – I will eventually be back. 🙂  Just back off and give me a little space before the craziness sets in.

And that’s how I get through it!  Try it – go out in your jammies if you really want some reaction. 🙂

Mom’s really lost it this time…

Just tell them you’ve gone out to collect some more branches or something to decorate the table – WHATEVER – just go.  Of course, if you’re carrying a glass of wine, they may question that…

Or, I know, go sit in your car and scream your head off.  Don’t forget to roll up the windows.  Ok, maybe not such a good idea for those living in a subdivision.  Never mind.

My point here is, and yes, there is one…take some time for yourself.  Let Uncle George get his own @^!*# beer.  You have earned a little time to yourself.

Falalalalaaaaa Lalalalaaaaa

Trust me, after you do this for a couple of years in a row, they won’t even blink!  Or, maybe someone else will do the big day next year.  There’s some return to the light for you.  Or maybe you spend Christmas on an island…

Nice visual, huh?  You’re welcome.

What about the plants, you ask.  Anybody new would think this is supposed to be about plants.  I know, sometimes, I go sideways.  Depends on my mood.

Let’s see…what’s my favourite plant at this time of year…well, if I was on an island, we would be thinking tropical, but I digress… it might be grapevine – see where I’m going with this.  You can take that out to the car too, just don’t actually take the car out.  Screaming and wine – sounds like another soap opera.

Aaannnd breathe.

In all seriousness, a good plant ally during all the holiday stress is my personal favourite, Melissa, or Lemon Balm. She makes such a lovely relaxing tea.  Take a cup to your bath and sink in.  You can put her right in your bath water too.  Relax.  Much better.  Cinnamon is another big holiday favourite, although not a local.  I put cinnamon in everything; awesome in your morning coffee – very good for helping to regulate blood sugar, and with all the sweets and temptations out there right now…except for chocolate of course.  Everybody knows that chocolate is a food group.

So the night sky, we’ve just entered the Sun sign of Capricorn.  Out of the fun, light-hearted craziness of Sagg – we discussed last time, and into grounded, earthy, “get’er done”, there are rules, Capricorn.  Maybe that’s the last few days before Christmas, serious business, got to finish up everything before the holidays meaning.  Capricorn will do that to ya.  The Moon?  Tonight’s return to the light Moon is in Aquarius in her first quarter.  The solstice makes us return to the light, making new plans and open ourselves to new possibilities, as does this new waxing Moon. Although, Aquarius is about breaking those rules…

Today’s colour was crimson.

So a little all over the place this evening, not the introvert that I usually am! 🙂 Squeezing out the last of the Sagg Sun before getting down to business and all things, well, you know.

I hope your “you know” goes smoothly.  Please do take some time to reflect on the important stuff.  Not just the commercial.  What has life taught you this year?  What will your return to the light look like?

I’ll leave you with that thought.  In case we don’t chat before the New Year, thanks for coming along for the ride.

Until next time,

-Debra

Game On

Hey there,

Quick!  Look up in the sky…it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…a TREE RAT.  They’re baaack.  Up there, in the tree tops, laughing, waiting.  Game on.

“Ooooo, here she comes, she’s got the bird seed…yay! – I wonder if she?  Yeeessssss, there are sunflower seeds too – Ooooo” – much excitement.

There is dancing in the upper branches.  Leaves are falling on me.  There is cursing at THEM.  But, yup, I continue to feed them.  Sure, I’m weird (and probably more than a little crazy) – we’ve covered that many times.  But you know, because I have mentioned it many times, this is one of the only things that gets me through Winter.  Not the tree rats!  For pities sake…the BIRDS!  Ugh  I have to endure the tree rats to get the birds, and so the cycle of the seasons continues.  I already told you I was “different”.  I prefer the term “special” 🙂  You can choose whether or not to read further.  It’s gonna be one of those today.  Game on.

Yes, they are back.  Not that they ever really left, but I didn’t see them much in the warmer months.  (I’m talking about the tree rats, or squirrels, for those who are nicer than me.  Stay with the programme here – you have to be quick.) Partially because I’m much too busy gardening – and unless they are messing with that, then I tend to ignore.  They do tend to like the bird baths, but I will accommodate that – yes, I can do that.

Kittens and flowers, kittens and flowers

Excuse me while I pick the leaves out of my hair.

But the birds are also back.  I so enjoy them.  The meadow is brown, the garden is brown, the leaves are brown, the trees are brown, but the birds, the birds are colourful.  Flashes of red Cardinals and blue Blue Jays. The black, white and red of the Woodpeckers.  The little Chickadees – always so cheerful, and the Juncos, to name but a few.  My saving grace.  Happy dance.

I was having a conversation with an acquaintance from California (JEALOUS) and this person couldn’t understand the fact that, yes, I am Canadian, and no, I don’t do Winter well.  “What do you mean, you don’t ski?”  Um, no – broken limbs are not my thing.  The thought of strapping slats to my feet and hurling myself off a a mountain in the freezing cold do not appeal to me.  You?

But I digress,

So I’ve got my new glasses, very spiffy, I must say, and they’re great for reading my phone – which I do far too often, but they’re CRAP for working on the computer.  Sigh.  Still winking here… This means contacting the stupid eye doctor again.

So much fun, I just can’t stand it!  Game on.

Great day for writing Debra, you’re in a real mood.  Bit of a spit fire today and all over the place.  Ah, yes, the Sun moved into Sagittarius.  Of course.  First, I’m going to do this, but wait, I need to do this, and then I’m going to do that, but back to this for a moment, and oh yah, wasn’t this thing going to happen?  Are you getting the Sagittarius thing?  Fun, but sometimes not focused.  You know who you are.  Game on.

The Moon?  She is moving from earthy, Capricorn – following the rules, dotting i’s and crossing t’s into the wind of Aquarius, an air sign, this evening.  Breaking those rules.

Dust in the Wind

Here you go:

I close my eyes, only for a moment
And the moment’s gone
All my dreams pass before my eyes, a curiosity
Dust in the wind
All they are is dust in the wind
Same old song, just a drop of water
In an endless sea
All we do crumbles to the ground
Though we refuse to see
Dust in the wind
All we are is dust in the wind
Oh, ho, ho (musical interlude)
Now, don’t hang on, nothing lasts forever but the earth and sky
It slips away, and all your money won’t another minute buy
Dust in the wind
All we are is dust in the wind [x2]
Dust in the wind
Everything is dust in the wind [x2]
The wind
You’re welcome.

One of my favourite songs by Kansas.  Remember that one, women of a certain age?  Late 70’s.  I know you’re singing.  Oh, yes, I can see those smiles.  What were you doing back then when that song was playing?  Hmmm? Never mind, this is a family show.  Oops, not giving away any secrets here.  Moving on.

Oh boy, we’re not going back to Scorpio and Swimming with Joe – I’m exhausted! 🙂  Enough with the swimming.  FOCUS!  Sigh – Sagittarius.  Game on.

Thinking about how the Sun is in Sagittarius and Ophiuchus end of next week, Ophiuchus?  Read – towards the bottom.  I’ll wait.  Got it? Ok.  It suddenly dawns on me how the whole Christmas, making things merry and bright, rush happens DURING the Sagittarius Sun…ooohhhh, ok, now I get it…Dashing around, so many things to do – first, I’m going to do this, but wait, I need to do this, and then I’m going to do that, but back to this for a moment, and oh yah, wasn’t this thing going to happen? Then with the parties…Sagittarius is all about parties and fun.  Sagittarius is a fire sign.  Right?  Are you getting that?

So Sagittarius!

A better understanding.  That’s the build-up.  Then, the actual big day, December 25th, which happens to fall in Capricorn.  All about tradition and expectations and the order of doing things…we must have a turkey dinner, and there must be a tree with presents for EVERYBODY underneath with the stockings hung.  Then, of course there’s the dinner, where you have to invite certain people, obligations, and then the let-down, because, of course, your expectations of order were so very high.  Hello women.  Hello Capricorn.  Game on.

Yupper, it all makes perfect sense now…

Settle down Debra and pour yourself some more tea.  What’s in my cup?  Not wine. (Not this time)  Pine needles and rose hips, first.  Vitamin C.  Then a cup of Yarrow flowers and Elderberry flowers with Mint, because, of course, I have the annual November cold (and there’s the plant reference, just in case you were wondering about today’s rant).

Every. Single. Year.

It’s nice that it comes and goes before the full throttle of all things Christmas, but it’s still a pain because it’s a week of sort of down time, when I still have lots to do.  I know, I know, take a page from my own book of advice.  My body is telling me that I need some rest.  What with the crap show that has been ongoing for me.

But we’re not going back there today.  Nope.  Not doing it.

We are revelling in a day at home, getting things caught up on the computer and sharing this all-over-the-place day with you, dear readers.  Even though the stuffy nose and tickley cough are a real nuisance.  Coming to you liiivvve from my fuzzy head.  Not lookin’ too pretty here, so glad this is only in print. 🙂  I’ll leave the visual to your imagination.  Suffice it to say, it involves tissues, tea and woollen things.  Probably still leaves in my hair.  Yup.  Game on.

Today’s colour is crimson.  Like my nose.  Ew.

What’s with the “Game on”?  Well, it’s American Thanksgiving today!  Have a happy one my dear American readers – yes, there are American readers.  Remember, I keep track.  If you’re the Mom, making the meal, I hope you get to enjoy too.  Please, have some wine – you’ve earned it.  If you’re not the Mom making the meal, get off the couch and help!  Speaking as the Mom who always makes the meal here…

On that note, I’ll leave you for today.  Time for some more tea for me.  Next rant, my cold will be done and the visual should be better for you. 🙂

Until next time,

-Debra

Swimming with Joe

Photo courtesy of funcatpictures.com

Hey there,

Swimming into November – with Joe.  Keep pushing, one stroke at a time.  Up, up, up towards the light of all things Christmas.  This week brings the hard frost we all hold our breath for; that vapour appearing as we exhale outdoors in the night.  Snowflakes dance as the garden and all things green shrink down, down, down back into Mother Earth for the long sleep.

So, who’s Joe?  Keep reading – that’s not him above – or maybe it is.

Are you sad?  A little?  Or are you ready for the change of season and some rest.  For us gardeners, we do feel it, don’t we?  Although we miss the green, we are ready for the rest.  The abundance that our gardens produced this year!  First with the cooler, rain-plentiful Spring and Summer, and then with the glorious sunny days we experienced this Autumn.

It’s a lot of work, even with Joe (keep reading).  Harvest is in.  Greenies are in jars in all shapes and forms.  Dried for teas and their goodness drawn out in vinegars and tinctures in the fridge, oils stacked in cupboards and by the tub.

Good thing it’s done, because there isn’t much room for food in my fridge right now…can you say “what’s in that jar?”  Haha – I like to leave some of them, the ones I know for sure, without labels.  Just for fun.

“Mustard”? … Second shelf at the back behind the shrunken heads…eye roll.

I know, Hallowe’en is over and the pointy hats have been put away.  Or have they? Heheheheeeeee

I have decided to ignore the sh!t show that is my life at the moment for today.  See here.  Still no lemonade, so I’m swimming with Joe.  According to a recent reading I had, I’m in it for a while and I need to keep WRITING – so here I am.  So glad I went for that reading.  I’m pretty sure it was her version of “kittens and flowers, kittens and flowers”

The world’s on fire – 
but you still need to eat lunch
-Maria

I also still need to dig up some Horseradish root to clean, grate and soak in apple cider vinegar.  The root is better after a decent frost, so I’ve held back.  (Yes, I am capable of doing that.  Who knew?)  Not a fun thing to dig out – there will be cursing.  I have broken shovels doing this, despite what Mark Cullen says…they can be broken.

Perhaps a good outlet for me at the moment.  Or perhaps a pick axe, but I digress…

There are bits of it (the Horseradish, not Mark – or Joe) that have rooted in the meadow after an old garden was dug up and the contents dumped.  Once your shovel has pierced the root and you put that shovel in the ground somewhere else, it’s kind of guaranteed that you will have more Horseradish.  That’s how she rolls.  A very good plant ally to have during Winter, sitting fermenting in the fridge (another jar!).  Just waiting to help fight off those colds and flu.  Also excellent for your gut flora.

Well, anyone who has ever taken a mouthful of it knows that it will clear your sinuses – and then some!  Giddy up!  Horseradish root is a powerful circulatory stimulant for lung and urinary infections.  Ground into a poultice, it can be used externally to stimulate blood flow for those suffering with gout or arthritis.  Right up there with hot peppers.

When I grate it, I put it in the food processor and I wear eye protection and a mask…learned that the hard way.  Kind of like pepper spray…you’ve been warned.  Unless, of course, you like whimpering in the fetal position with your nasal cavity on fire.  Then, by all means, have at it.  No judgement here.  I’m swimming with Joe.

Ugh – I finally got those reading glasses ordered.  Hopefully next time I sit down to write at the computer I won’t be winking at you.  Do these glasses make my face look…never mind.

Back into humidifier season.  Filling twice per day – how do you spell fun?  It’s either that or raisin eyes.

Kind of meandering here.  At least I talked about a plant today!  Who the @%!&* is Joe?  Almost there.

Oh, I’d just like to mention (because I can), for readers who like to comment but don’t go through the sign-up process, your comment goes to spam.  Sorry, but that’s just the way it is – and there are quite a few.  Comments are moderated (by moi) and I’ll gladly post them – as long as they’re nice. 🙂  I love to read them, but they won’t be posted unless you go through the process.  There needs to be a name of some kind attached.  As far as the spammers go – and they are there too – a curse on your house! (Pointy hat)

Ahem,

And now, Joe:

Joe Cocker songs have been playing in my head recently. (Yes, that Joe.)  Hmmm  Maybe it’s because the Sun is in Scorpio.  So is Jupiter – and Venus.  Or maybe I’m just dreaming about being somewhere else, a different time, perhaps.  Purging.

This is fabulous, have a listen.  Brian May on guitar, Phil Collins on drums.  I know I’m dating myself here, but OMG that voice – hello! Sing it Joe!  The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Concert.  I’m a big Beatles fan, but this cover is all that.  Fab.  🙂

November, of course, is ruled by Pluto, Lord of the Underworld and Mars, God of War – and Joe (apparently).  Enough said and moving on.  Traditionally, a dark, cold month here in Southern Ontario.  The worst month for some, but has never bothered me, as it’s a busy month with Fall things in full swing and gearing up for the busy-ness of December and all that it brings.  I like to be well-prepared so that panic doesn’t set in the closer we get to Christmas.  That’s my Virgo peeking out.  Planet alignment is quite something right now.

However, can we please give the Veterans the respect that they deserve before we fall into all things merry and bright?  Thank you.

We move into a Cancer Moon tonight.  Earth Mother, home, nurturing, expressive.  Me?  I’ll be bowling – not very well, but bowling all the same.  Then, there may be a libation and some much needed laughs.

Today’s colour is scarlet.  As in lips and nails…and here comes Joe Cocker again…this time a different song – something about a hat – oh boy…

Channel your inner diva!

Until next time,

-Debra

Lots of Lemons with no Lemonade

Hey there,

Where have I been?  What’s this about lemons?  Lemons have such a sunny colour, yet the symbolism doesn’t match.  Life has not been kind of late.  How much detail to go into without bringing down the party here…and how much time do you have?  Buckle up!

With the busy-ness of all things early fall, and fall being my favourite season, I was remiss in parking myself down in front of my computer to write.  When given the choice between being inside and being outside on a glorious day, whenever possible, outside will always win, hands down!  We have had an unusually warm September/October season here in Southern Ontario.  Gardening has been fab, so that is what I did.  Good thing I did take advantage of that bliss… just sayin’.  My sky chart for the year did warn me that October was going to be “lively” and oh boy – never dismiss the woo woo. A mantra of mine.

Although, I must say, that I have missed sitting down to write.  Writing has become a form of therapy for me.  I’ve been told that I write like I speak…not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing…If you are reading this and you are a “regular”, thank you for your patience.  If you are new here, well, have a look back through my posts and you’ll see that I usually am a little more consistent – and yes, I’m weird. 🙂  I’ve always been a writer; the most easy communication for me.  Not so much for pleasure though.  I wrote as part of my job those many, many years in the corporate world.  But that was “corporatese”.  New word!  Not for fun, but I did it well.

Ok then, where to start?

Warning:  Tales of woe and litany ahead.

Here we go, lemons:

Early in October, my new little stray, Niles, went missing and was subsequently found a few days later.  We have lost Niles.  So sad.  He only lived here for about three months and I was getting quite attached.  He was a wild, fun little guy and there was no keeping him indoors.  Not sure where he came from – he just “appeared” one day with Ralph.  I’ve discussed that before.  I know many of you are going to think that cats should be kept indoors.  I am of the belief that when you live in the country, as I do, it is cruel to keep a cat in if they want to be out.  Nature is nature.  We can’t control everything.  Although I do make sure my kitties are in at night – many a time I’ve stayed up, waiting, waiting for the little so and so to show their face.  Did you ever read my post about Ralph?  No?  Probably one of my better ones, or so I’ve been told!  Go ahead and have a read, I’ll wait.

So, that was Niles – a cool name for a cool guy.  A pity we didn’t get the chance to know him better.

Next, more lemons:

Winnie got very sick and within a couple of days, she passed.  Winnie was my pretty, attitude-filled, mean-girl kitty.  But she was so sweet – and a healthy girl all her life.  So when she got sick, she knew her time was coming.  While she was still strong enough, I watched her outside, visiting the places she loved, saying her good byes and telling me, there wasn’t long.  She was 19 and this had been her only home.  So, a good life and I stayed by her side while she ailed.

Winnie gave me so much.  I do miss her terribly.  The spot where her bed was by the fire is empty, but she is with me in spirit.  She now lives in the Cedars and the wind.

I am down to only one cat.  Ralph.  This is unheard of under the blue roof.  I have never only had one cat, and Ralph is quite lonely.  He has become my constant companion.  I am thinking about bringing home a rescue kitty, but one would have to be chosen carefully for Ralph.  He is Alpha, he is about 13 – although still lots of pep in his step (you know my kitties tend to have very long lives!) – and he likes to stir things up.  He’s got a mischievous streak and a glint in his eyes.  Ralph was a stray and he’s lived here about 10 years.  He loves to be outside, but it’s getting easier to get him in, as he likes his creature comforts now as the weather cools and he’s no kitten anymore…

Perhaps a kitten – I haven’t had a really young kitten here under the blue roof since Winnie was a kitten!  They are such fun – I’m such a sucker for kittens…one (or two) would certainly give Ralph a run.

Oh boy,

My gut is telling me to wait.  Even though Ralph is lonely.  I think I’m going to see what the Winter brings – or who the Winter brings.  Maybe see who finds me.  That’s usually the way things roll around here.

So I lost Niles, then Winnie.  On to the human issues that have been my October.

More lemons:

Thanksgiving weekend.  Thanksgiving was very early here in Canada – leaving lots of room in October for the proverbial poo to hit the fan.

Aren’t you glad you stopped in?

I, of course, am cooking Thanksgiving dinner, as I do the family gathering for every occasion.  Not that I’m bitter about that – kittens and flowers, kittens and flowers – although bitter goes with the topic of lemons, we won’t go there today.  That, dear readers, could be a topic all on its own.

Lemons:

I’ve just lost my Winnie, and seriously not feeling the fam dinner thing, but circumstances being what they are…UGH…I’m cooking a turkey.  Dinner happens, minus one.

I will not go into a lot of detail here, because it involves another family member (who isn’t a reader, so really, all bets could be off).  You know, I don’t think any of my family are readers, save my lovely Daughter.  And she won’t tell…RIGHT?!

Anyhoo…lemons…

This family member is rushed to hospital the next day for emergency surgery.  No details.  Suffice it to say, it is very serious.

Now, as if the lemons aren’t bad enough in this scenario, this family member that is in hospital lives with, and is also the sole caregiver to a 95 year old Aunt (it’s not just the cats that have long lives in this family…).  She still lives in her house. Not anywhere near the blue roof, of course.  No, this is all taking place in the City.

They call me mellow, yellow…

So, we’ve got the family member in ICU, in the City – the City being west Toronto – and we’ve got the 95 year old Aunt, not able to be on her own.

LEMONS:

The following week is spent back and forth every day to the City – hospital and Aunt’s house, scrambling with doctors and medical people in one place and trying to put in place temporary arrangements for the Aunt, who is still very sharp in her mind, but physically, not great – and she is fighting everything suggested…

LEMONS:

Exhausted much?  Geez, I know I’m a double Virgo – Leo cusp Virgo Sun and Virgo Moon – and a life-long caregiver in some form or another – it’s what I do – but I’m getting @%&#! tired.

LEMONS:

Family member is still in hospital.  Aunt currently in temporary respite, but not wanting to stay.  Trying to figure out a solution, if there is one. Back and forth, back and forth.

LEMONS:

You know, I think, that my parents are both in caregiving facilities and I run after their every need.  Manage every aspect of their lives.  I am in year 5 of all things them.  Yes, I said 5.  Still get the question, “So, do you work?” Ummm

The current crisis peeps are on “the other side” of the fam.  Much stress.

#herewegoagain
#novacationinsight

Easy to say:  Not my circus, not my monkeys…but, nope, I’m in.

I’m thinking that I must have had one helluva good time in my last life – or at least one of my past lives.  I’m thinking I’ve been around a few times.  Excuse me while I close my eyes for a moment and try to conjure that up.

Those lemons?  I’m going to need some vodka to go with that lemonade, if they ever turn to that.

Hmmm, not much mention about plants this time around.  Well, lemons grow on trees, right?  I actually consume a lot of lemon – not metaphorically speaking this time.  Lemons are awesome for balancing your ph levels.  I’ve always got some in my glass of water.  A good natural cleaner and deodorizer too – and they smell divine!

There’s a little positive for ya.  You’re welcome – thanks for stopping in!

So there you have it, you’re up-to-date on my tale of woe and litany (please).

If it looks like I’m winking at you, I’m not…I need glasses to work on the computer now and haven’t gotten around to getting them yet, because, well, SEE ABOVE.

October is almost at it’s end.  Samhain (Hallowe’en) on Tuesday – and I haven’t dug out my pointy hat yet. 🙂  October’s flower is Calendula – my favourite – and showing her sunny self in part of my garden in the photo above.  We’ve had a frost, but she is still blooming and I can see her from The Meadowview.

As I write this afternoon, the Moon is in Aquarius but she moves into Pisces in her second quarter for this evening’s show.  A little Pisces would be good right now – intuitive and gentle.

Today’s colour for Sun-day is gold!

So, what’s new with you?

Phew! I’m going to see about making some lemonade.  It’s gotta be 5 o’clock somewhere…

Until next time,

-Debra

It’s Pluto’s Fault

Hey there,

Breaking news – Pluto has gone direct.  Have you had enough?  Keep reading my friend.

Breathing a sigh of relief as the cool Fall weather descends upon us.  I know, I know, many love the hot Sun and all things Summer – but I’m an Autumn gal.  For the past two weeks here in Southern Ontario we have experienced extreme heat for this time of year.  I was melllltinggggg.  No energy and cranky – I don’t sleep well.  I can’t stand it when my moisturizer slides off my skin.  And my hair…well, don’t get me started.

Would you like some cheese with that whine?  Enough said.

Okey doke – here comes some woo woo.  Anyone new here?  First, read up on woo woo at the link, then, come on back and…buckle up!

We’ve got Pluto going full speed ahead, direct, today after six months of him being in retrograde.

Huh?

Pluto – and I dare the science nerds to say that Pluto is not a planet here – is God of the Underworld.

Scary?  You bet.

It represents not only death, but rebirth, meaning that when the world is under his influence, experiences die and are re-born again, over and over.  Could be bad stuff, could be good stuff.  It’s a rollercoaster.

Pluto takes a very long time to travel around the Sun – like almost 250 years.  Uh huh.  Remember when you took the Solar System in Science when you were in school?  Remember making the paper mache and the styrofoam planets that you had to drag to school for your project.  I know, if you’re of “a certain age”, you definitely know what I’m talking about here. 🙂  This was before the science nerds decided that Pluto wasn’t a “real” planet.  Seriously?  After hauling all that through the rain to school?  Anyhoo, Pluto was the wee little planet that was last, the farthest from the Sun.  Ok, even if you’re not into Astrology or Astronomy, you know that.

So back to Pluto taking almost 250 years to make his sorry self completely once around the Sun – this means that he remains in each sign of the Zodiac for many years at a time.  Make sense?

Think of it this way:  The Earth takes one year to travel around the Sun.  Right?  One year has 12 months and each month, approximately, represents one of the 12 Zodiac signs.  That’s where the Zodiac Sun signs come from.  They are the Constellations, or the Pathway of Animals, that stay on the elliptical that the planets travel around the Sun on.  So when a planet is “in” a sign?  That means that the planet (or Moon) is traveling in front of that particular Constellation.  Ah ha moment.  That’s a very simple description – without going all sky nerd, because I’m really all about the simple.

If you study the night sky, as I love to do, you get a feeling of how the Earth and planets travel.  For example, the Moon (which travels around the Earth, once per month) moves from East to West.  As she goes through her phases and inches across the sky each night in front of each Zodiac sign (approximately 2.5 days per month in each sign) it seems like the Zodiac signs are traveling across the sky at different times of the year. The Zodiac signs don’t move – we do!  It’s pretty cool.

Stay with me here.  Because Pluto takes so long to make a complete circuit, he sits in each sign for years.   Got it?

Now, each Zodiac sign represents different temperaments, emotions and energies.  Like when I say the Moon is in a certain sign, things feel or go a certain way.

Soooo,

Currently, Pluto is in Capricorn. Capricorn is the backbone of hard work and let’s get it done properly.  No nonsense, follow the rules.  Dotting i’s and crossing t’s.

He entered Capricorn in 2008 and will remain there until around 2023.  Yup.  He doesn’t stay in each sign for the same amount of time.  It gets complicated with retrogrades and so forth and we won’t get into that.

Now, let’s think here…2008…does anyone remember what kind of a year that was for the financial world? Hmmmm?  The ups and the downs since then and the way the world has seemed to be on a course to who knows where? Death and re-birth.  Over and over.  Bingo.

Any good news?  Well, Capricorn is a grounded Earth sign.  Slow and steady wins the race.  Probably the best of the signs to handle Pluto.  So, that’s good.

How does Pluto affect people?  Well the death and re-birth – that can mean lots of things – feelings, emotions, being “stuck” in places, careers, relationships – can’t take it anymore stuff.  If you’ve been feeling that way especially in the past six months or so, Pluto was in retrograde, or seeming to go backwards…so not only was Pluto being Pluto, he was doing it backwards.  Yup. Changes, drumming up the past, bad memories – sh!t happens kind of stuff.  People changing directions, careers, places they live, doing things for themselves – living off the grid, homeschooling, not following the “rules” (Pluto) and maybe being judged for it by society (Capricorn).  Power struggles and control.  We won’t get into what’s going on with our good friends south of the border.

Pluto will take you down as low as you can go, snuff out that light at the end of the tunnel, and just when you think it can’t get worse – BAM! – re-birth.

Lightbulbs are going off – I can feel it.  And heads are nodding.

Now that Pluto is going forward again, things should get a little better – we’re still dealing with Pluto, but it could be taking back control of something that has gone astray in your life – and that could be the Capricorn influence of hard work.  The death and re-birth.  Or it could mean that something (or someone – yikes!) gets tossed, because you’ve just had enough.  There is struggle.  There has been struggle since 2008, hasn’t there?  We are over half-way through in Capricorn – the quiet builder.

Plants that correspond with Pluto?  Black Cohosh, Black Alder, Dragon’s Blood…are you getting it?  We could also think about bulbs that grow, die back and grow again.

Aren’t you glad you tuned in today?  Aren’t I the Good News Fairy?  I hope that I’ve maybe made you think about some influences that could answer questions.  Again with the head nodding.  I find it always helps to know why things might be happening.  You might not be able to stop it, but an understanding makes it easier.  That’s my thought.  Be Prepared.  Always the good Girl Guide that I am.

The Moon tonight is in Sagittarius – fun! She’s just entered the second quarter, so showing the half-Moon.

Today’s colour is turquoise.

Lots to ponder – I’ll leave you to it.

Until next time,

-Debra

Costmary, the Garden Story

Hey there,

What the heck is Costmary?  Please be seated, I will be there in a moment.

So we’re back into Summer, here in Southern Ontario. In a big way! Holy smokes.  It’s like early August here this week – hot and humid.  My hair is so not happy.  Good thing I planted those cool weather seeds in my veggie gardens at the end of August >sigh< – they are struggling with the heat.  It was a good thing I didn’t bring in all my potted plants.  The Rosemary is picking up a bit in the hot sun.

Before this “faux” Summer, our nights were dropping to just above freezing…Apparently, Mother Nature is having a tough time making up her mind.  It’s like she’s going into her closet in the morning and wailing “I have nothing to wear” and BAM! She put on her “big pants” and…mixed bag. Everyone here is a little confused.

Nice to see all the city people up here in the country this past weekend for the Uxbridge Studio Tour wearing their fine Fall apparel…complete with sweaters and boots. 🙂  They did look a little warm…Me?  I rejoice still in my sandals, even though I do love the Fall.

I am starting to gather the greenies to dry for Winter use.  My garlic has dried and is still waiting in the barn for me to brush it off and trim the tops to store.  I won’t have quite enough for the entire year until next harvest is ready, but I have a fair amount.  I do use a lot of it.  So good for you!  YUM – I put it in everything.  I also like to roast some and store it in oil in the fridge.  That’s nice to use in cooking.

I’m drying sage, thyme, tarragon to use for cooking.  I bring in my Rosemary and use that fresh all Winter. The basil was used to make pesto with the garlic scapes.  I like to put a scoop of that in rice when it’s cooking.  Gives a nice flavour.  Also great on pizza or cheese and crackers. Mmmmmm

I’ve been making vinegars for salad dressing and oils for cooking and bathing.  There are many things you can use in oils.  Also a good way to use up stems at the end of the season.  Many carry good flavour.  I’m freezing parsley and Lemon Balm in ice cube trays.

Then there are the tea herbs: Lemon Verbena, the Scented Geraniums, of which I have quite a few varieties, Anise Hyssop, Mints, Lavender, Herb Robert and this year I’m going to dry some Costmary.  There it is.

← Ever heard of Costmary?

A lovely old-fashioned plant.  Does not grow wild here, or at least, is not native, but one small plant grows very large in just one season.  Very tough and hardy. It’s the leaves that you use – it is just now producing very small yellow button-type flowers, but they are fairly insignificant.  The scent of the leaves smells like Wrigley’s Spearmint Gum – you remember that, right?

Costmary is also called by other names:  Alecost, because it used to be used to flavour beer, Sweet Mary, which was used as a symbolic name for motherhood and used in a tea to ease the pain of childbirth, and my favourite, Bible Leaf, because…ready? It was used as a bookmark in bibles and was sniffed to keep one awake during particularly long sermons…not going there.  But very amusing, don’t you think?  To this day, many an old family bible will sport a dried leaf hidden within it’s pages.  Love it.  Whatever it’s name, it has a delicate lovely scent and taste in tea.

Story time:

You’ll recall that my Garden Club holds a plant auction every May.  In case you forgot, or you’re new (welcome!), read.  Anyhoo, the plants in the plant auction, for the most part, come from the kind donation of the members.  One of my donations this year was a chunk of Costmary, potted and labeled with a small explanation on the label about the Bible Leaf name.  I thought that was fun.  Some people just scrawl across the pot in purple crayon, or worse, don’t label at all…  Surprise!  You’re the proud owner of Goutweed…YIKES!

Back to the story:

The Auctioneer did not know what it was, and there – you know there’s always one – was the landscaper guy in the audience, who apparently knows everything about everything plant (ho hum – yaaaawwwwnnnn), piped up and said:

Oh yah, that’s a real old one – no one grows that anymore…

Ummm, ok, I thought it would be neat to have some of those plants that no one does grow anymore.  You know, unique much?  Mr. cookie cutter gardener…

No, I didn’t pull out my pointy hat. </:  I sat on my hands and bit my tongue…and waited.  Then the bidding started – others thought it might be neat to have it in their gardens too.  So my donation did, in fact, bring a little money to the auction.  In the words of Steve Martin:

“Well, excuuuuuuse me!”

Mr. Know Everything just fell short of calling me a weirdo.  Not directly, because he didn’t know who brought it in.  Maybe I am a weirdo – but he doesn’t get to call me that.  You don’t get to call me that until you actually know me.  And then, ok, yes, I’m weird.  Maybe I’ll invite him over to see some of the other stuff I grow – and make him some tea…Bwahahahahaaaa

Ahem – back to our regular programming.

That’s my plant story for today.  Hope you liked it. 🙂  One more thing:

If a woman says
First of all” during an argument,
RUN
She has prepared research, data and charts and will destroy you.
-Anonymous

or maybe that’s just me….

The night sky!  Where are we tonight?  Ah, the Moon is in Virgo – and so is Venus!  Very feminine.  Feeling quite at home at the moment.  There you go – there’s where the take it personally, properly labelled, plant story came from…haha.  It’s all about work and detail.  She is in her fourth quarter – the New Moon is tomorrow night. Time to draw back and think about the last Moon cycle as she starts anew.

Today’s colour is white.

I’ll leave you now to tend your own garden – I’m guessing most of you have one or that you have some interest in plants…or maybe you just like to read me blathering on!  Perhaps a sniff of Costmary is in order.

Until next time,

-Debra

 

September – Fresh Start

Hey there,

I know I’m not alone in thinking that really, September is the start of the new year.  Everything is new and beginning again.  I don’t like to rush the seasons…OK, now I’m fibbing…we all know how I feel about Winter – it’s OK for a little while, but then, enough already.

It’s not officially Fall yet, but it’s in the air.  Especially this year, after the “Summer that wasn’t” here in Southern Ontario.  I love the Fall and it’s normally such a short season, but September and October – FAB!

There are many activities art related in my area in September and October…all the things I love: shows, tours, classes.  The food is amazing with the fresh harvest.  I get the urge to make things with my hands. There’s a coziness to it all and yet, I still have my gardens…it’s still too early for “Jack” to take them from me.  Ahhhh  Mums and pumpkins and all the rich colour.  The sky is a deeper hue.  The fields are dotted with gold, purple, white, rust and warm shades of brown.  Darker at night a little bit earlier, but not too early yet.  Cooler for sleeping, blue jeans, maybe a light sweater or jacket, but most days, you can still wear sandals and Pearl still wears her pretty summer wheels. YAY!  What’s not to like?

Mercury has been in retrograde and I have not been at all inspired to write.  Mercury being the planet of communication – you see where that came from.  Mercury plays a big role in my birth chart.  Not an excuse, just a statement.  Besides, I’ve been spending every spare moment outside and not in front of my computer. There will be lots of time for that later.  I’m going with the flow.

Round two of seeds have been planted in the veggie gardens.  Peas, radish, spinach and lettuce, hoping for a second crop in the cooler weather.  Swiss Chard is still going strong.  I’m harvesting tomatoes daily, made some dill pickles from my cucumbers (where I often find Niles peeking out from beneath the vines…)

← Meet His Royal Cheekiness, Niles!  Looks like he’s wet (again) from being out in the rain (or in the garden).

There are squash on the vine, green beans are yummy as are the yellow zucchini. Carrots and beets processed and round two planted.  I’ve really enjoyed my veggie gardens this year and so glad that my plan from last Fall – the apple harvest bins – have worked out really well.  They seem to be just the right size for the amount I need.  Easy on my back and easy to plant and harvest – not large enough for me to go too crazy with amounts planted – but you’d be surprised at how much I can sneak in. 🙂 A saunter out to the barn in the morning with my scissors and my basket is the routine…what will I bring in today?  Happiness.  Soon, I’ll be harvesting and drying the culinary herbs. Oregano is already in the jar.  Hello homemade pizza!  Can you smell it?

 

 

Some of my harvest!

Oy, the drying frenzy hasn’t really started yet, but it’s coming.  As is the bringing in of the plants. Very soon. My big pot of Rosemary has not had a happy Summer.  Even sitting out on the deck on the South side, where it sits every Summer, it’s been too wet.  It was actually happier inside the dry house in the Winter. I’m hoping it perks up and am thinking about bringing it in now.  I’d hate to lose it, it’s a good sized plant and one that I use often in Winter for flavouring.  On my bucket list is visiting those countries where it actually grows as a shrub…one day.

Not a wild greenie here in Canada, but Rosemary is an awesome plant.  It tastes and smells divine and is the herb of remembrance.  Even Shakespeare said so!  One of those culinary, curative and cosmetic herbs that may be used year round.  Not only tucked into bridal bouquets and wreaths for centuries, but once used as a religious herb as well.  It has been burned as incense in ceremonies as protection against evil and at funerals. Sometimes mixed with Juniper to cleanse and purify the air.  I like to use it for adding flavour to roasting meat and potatoes.  I will also make an oil with it for use in cooking and/or the bath.  A very clean scent when mixed with Lavender.

The oil from the plant leaves is antibacterial and anti-fungal.  A good “breathing” herb to relieve headaches. Used in a tea, it makes a good mouthwash.  All good reasons to bring my potted plant in sooner, rather than later!

What else am I harvesting?  The Moon’s energy.  Tonight she is full in Pisces and the Sun is firmly planted in Virgo.  So an excellent time to dream big, as Pisces is ruled by Neptune and is the sign of dreams, whereas Virgo, a very grounded, Earth sign is the one to get things done and make those dreams a reality. A powerful combo.  Win-win!  The September Full Moon is the Harvest Moon, a little earlier this year.  Watch for the orange colouring.  I will be straining some bath oils this evening and using the preserved energy in the cold months ahead.

Today’s colour is white.  Appropriate in speaking about the Rosemary in bridal bouquets and wreaths above.

What will you dream of under this Harvest Moon?  Make it big and then make it happen.

Until next time,

-Debra

Yup, I’m going there – Solar Eclipse Day

Photo courtesy of Nasa

Hey there,

Well you know I’m going to be here today.  If you didn’t, are ya new?  🙂  Any of my regular readers know that a large part of my beliefs, or woo woo is the night sky.  Today, we are going to experience a solar eclipse.  In fact, the solar eclipse is happening right now elsewhere, but here in Southern Ontario we will see it starting around 1:10 p.m. this afternoon.  Get your pinhole cameras ready!

What, exactly is a solar eclipse?  Well, plain and simple, without the sky nerd text…a solar eclipse happens when the Moon (which circles the Earth) passes between the Earth and the Sun and sends a shadow across the Sun, virtually blocking it out.  We get to see it because it’s happening during our daylight hours. Depending on where you live on the Earth you will see a full to partial darkening of the Sun by today’s New Moon.  Here where I live under the blue roof,  it is expected that we will have about a 70% shadow over the Sun.

The good news? The Sun is actually shining today! Yay!  I know, it is Summer, however anyone reading from anywhere else in the world…our Summer here this year has been rather cool with not as much Sun as we expect. Ok, no whining about the weather – I’m not, because I melt in the heat, especially when we have day after day of it.

This whole solar eclipse thing – on the level that we will experience it here today, is kind of a once in a lifetime thing.  That’s what the big deal is about.  Actually getting to watch as the Moon passes across the Sun should give most people, even those who don’t really pay much attention to this stuff, a feeling or realization of how the Earth, the Moon and the Sun “work” and that we are, in fact, just a speck in a much larger universe.  We all know the Moon is there.  But today?  Today we actually get to see the Moon, or the Moon’s shadow roll past.  It will get people thinking – and talking – and that’s such a good thing!  Especially with all the negative things that have been happening lately.  Something else to think about.

It’s very cool.

For a sky watcher like myself?  I’m “over the Moon” – pun intended. 🙂

It’s very eerie and still and quiet outside this morning.  Almost like nature knows that something big is occurring.

It’s a big week for me too.  Not just because it’s my birthday week – the 23rd is the big day – but because there’s a lot going on in the sky for my birth chart right now. It’s not a milestone birthday for me, but planet-wise, there is lots of movement in different areas of my life.  (Rats.  Just remembered I have to get my license renewed, driver’s, that is…)

The biggie?  Today, August 21st, the solar eclipse day, is the peak date for my Progressed Sun to be square my Ascendent.  That is a biggie.  First, progressed means the progression of a planet, in this case the Sun, through the years of your life and how it affects you in different areas.  The Sun progression is very slow and usually in an average long life span of a human, the Sun will only travel through about a quarter of your birth chart. Many go through their entire life without the Sun ever really zeroing in on any particular area. It’s there, but it stays in the background.  When it “lands” or touches or relates with another planet or house, changes are in the air.  My Ascendent is Cancer, or the Earth Mother sign.  The Ascendent is in your first house; your style, the first impression you make.  A square usually means some tension, or difficulty. Depending on which house – there are twelve, representing various areas of your life – the Sun is in, that tells you where to expect the changes.

Without giving away my secrets – and I am secretive and can keep a secret – there are definitely big changes happening for me right now with regard to what is important, my interests and how I project myself in the world.  Yup, my Earth Mother is definitely coming through more and more as I progress.

I had dinner with a friend a couple of weeks ago.  She is someone who I’ve been acquainted with for about 20 years.  We know each other, but we don’t know each other on a really personal level.  I probably know a lot more about her than she does about me.  She is chatty and I…keep things close.  We enjoy each other’s company and the conversation is always lively.  She soooo doesn’t get what I’ve gone through with leaving the corporate world and now being a caregiver for my parents.  We saw each other much more often when I was the “corporate” me.  That’s ok.  I still very much enjoy our dinners and getting caught up.  I did the corporate world for 34 years.  I remember.  We lead much different lives, but that’s what makes the conversation interesting!

I always get the questions:  “So, are you going back to work?” and “Aren’t you bored?”.

Ummmm, first of all, define “work”.  And bored?  I don’t have time to be bored.  Haha – this is just the tip of the iceberg in all things Earth Mother and the changes and the morphing that I have been going through.

What have I been up to?

Gardening, for one.  Not just my flowers and herbs, but I’m growing veggies now, which is some work and now that there is harvesting, something has to be done with the food – that’s work.  I also volunteer some time gardening at a community garden through my garden club.  I’m part of a garden club and love all things plants. (But you already know that!)  I make my own medicine, vinegars, tinctures and oils using plants.  I teach classes sometimes.  I’m part of a book club and I read.  A lot.  I organize a social meet-up group – and we are busy, I’m in the process of organizing a social art group and getting that set up. I deal with all of my parents’ needs.  I write.  You’re thinking, “not very much lately”, but I have been writing, I just haven’t been writing here.  Not expanding on that one just yet.  I’m out on the boat, weather permitting and have a social life at the boat club.  I love to cook and I love to make things by hand.  I go to classes and workshops, of many varieties.  I am constantly researching things and learning.  I love all things art and nature.  There’s my Ascendent.  I’ve always loved all things art and nature and to learn, but now I’m giving myself the time and space to live in it and do my own thing.  And then there’s the thinking…lots and lots of thinking.  Also of course, I own a house, and they don’t run themselves. 🙂  Lots of “I’s” there, huh? Permission given to be a little selfish during this progression…besides, the Sun and the Moon are in Leo…

Nope, I’m not bored.  I’ve created a whole different world for myself in the past five years.  Five is my number, I’ve written about that before here.  So the Sun, progressing or shining his spotlight on my Ascendent at this time makes perfect sense.  This world, this so-not-corporate world, is the one I feel most at home in.  Still a bossy pants – some things never change…

“Am I going back to “work”?”  “Not the corporate world work”, I thought, “How about never?  Is never good for you?”  I’ve found my happy place.  I’m reinventing myself and in change mode and it feels pretty good.

Think the whole woo woo, sky and planet thing is a bunch of bunk?  I challenge you to have your birth chart prepared by someone who knows what they’re doing.  I guarantee, you will be amazed at what you find out about yourself. 🙂  Contact me if you’d like a recommendation.

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams”
-Henry David Thoreau

Sorry to disappoint if you were looking for some plant talk today.  Instead, a little sage wisdom and advice. (See what I did there?) 🙂  The pouring out of feelings; the emptying of the soul.  We’ll talk about sage another time – hint – sage is feminine, all about the woo woo and yes, you can smoke it! 🙂

Today’s colour is ivory.

Enjoy the wonder of today’s solar eclipse in Leo!  Yes, Leo is ruled by the Sun on this “Moon-day”.  Mo(o)nday is ruled by the Moon, also in Leo today, doubly powerful, full speed ahead with all things ego.

Until next time,

-Debra