Thursday, November 22, 2012
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Friday, December 30, 2011
I'm not alone in these feelings. I've spoken to many folks who feel the same and there are a lot of them out there - where did the time go? Is it that we are older? Is it the fear of 2012 that so many seem to have? I personally have no issues with 2012 because I know exactly what happened with that calendar!
In other news - and there seems to be plenty - I continue working on my project, A Book of Artes and Charms. I have three gals that want to be students/apprentices and I've decided with my magickal partner that we shall take them on. This is something that we really hadn't been interested in before, but these gals are just the right ones. They have that excitement and enthusiasm, the "I just can't wait" energy, it's quite lovely. Multiple tarot readings have been encouraging this path over the last eight months, so here we go. In addition, my partner and I will continue our "inner court" workings.
Stitching wise, well, I have not two, but three large projects just starting: Sampler Sisters of the Thread as mentioned before and only one line done, Autumn At Hawk Run Hallow not yet started but being carried everywhere I go, just in case, and A Marriage by Lizzie Kate. A Marriage will be stitched in time for our 32nd wedding anniversary at the end of May. I saw this on line, called my local shop and found that they had it. I scooted right over there to pick up the chart which comes with all the threads. It calls for 32 count Lambswool linen which I just happen to have an abundance of. The DH drove over with me which was a good thing as I left my wallet at home!!! However, that curtailed my shopping spree a bit. This is very different from what I usually stitch. I prefer traditional or primitive type designs, reproductions of antique samplers - that sort of thing. This one is much more modern looking, to me, but the verse is exactly what my DH and I always say about our marriage. So.... onward stitches! Of course there are a few smalls thrown in for a break such as "Cake For Jane Austen" by The Sampler Girl and a some others from various magazines and on-line freebies. I really plan to knuckle under and not buy anymore charts - well except the two whizzing there way from Europe, oh and Last Stitch Cemetery by Hinzeit - so adorable, I just couldn't resist, LOL, but it isn't quite the New Year yet so it's all good. No comments from the peanut gallery, hehehe!
In any event, our Christmas Eve and Christmas day were both quiet, just the two of us and it was quite lovely. Christmas Eve dinner was spinach dip on crackers, pigs in a blanket and mini bagel pizzas along with homemade egg nog, shortbread and fudge for dessert. We then lit the fire and sat side by side, rocking, chatting and dozing a little, Sterling B at our feet. Christmas Day we slept in a bit, exchanged a couple of gifts, relaxed and chatted on the phone with relatives. Not a bad holiday although I did miss my Christmas Eve open house. Oh well, maybe next year, but we shall see. I really enjoyed just the three of us.
I hope much magick was had by all of you and you enjoyed yourselves. May the New Year be a wonderful one!
Monday, December 26, 2011
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
My poem, Persephone's Ascent, will be included in the soon to be released anthology, Queen of the Sacred Way, A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Persephone. This will be the third anthology/devotional from Bibliotheca Alexandrina that I have been published in -
UnBound, A Devotional Anthology for Artemis
Bearing Torches, A Devotional Anthology for Hekate
Queen of the Sacred Way, A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Persephone
These are all available at Amazon.com. I am not sure of the release date of the Persephone devotional, but the editor's blog has more info:
I am honored to be included and hope you will consider supporting this small publisher by purchasing anthologies for holiday gifts. A list of current titles can be found here:
For forthcoming titles:
And now, I am off with a large cup of tea and Vicki Lane's newest Elizabeth Goodweather saga, Under The Skin (A Full Circle Farm Mystery - there are five others which I highly recommend)! Is there anything so cozy as tea, mystery, murder and mayhem? A delightful evening!
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011
copyright 2010 E A Kaufman
... all things change and pass in the end,
and when they are past we must rest and forget.
That too is the law of the gods.
When the summer is over, the land must sleep,
root and stone and water and earth:
the seed in the furrow, the beast in the hole,
the leaf on the tree giving itself to the air,
lightly - lightly - no weight staying it
- to fall to the ground and to rest.
To rest and to rest, safe on the ground,
deep under the snow,
with nothing to trouble it, only to rest.
... Rest, rest and forget.
The seed to the furrow, the beast to the hole,
the leaf to the ground,
and all to rest and forget.
- from The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope -
Happy September! Ah... how I love the change from August to September. The great wheel of the seasons slowly, slowly moving. I look forward to certain tasks - changing the quilt on our bed, mixing a new cinnamon and clove pot pourri. I also pull out my worn and spattered recipe for apple butter, waiting for new apples to arrive. And then... pomanders! Those clove studded oranges that leave my fingertips stained brown and scented with cloves and orange no matter how many times I wash them. Delish! They add that wonderful orange spice scent to my home along with the apple butter. Oh... and my favorite Fanny Farmer Apple Cake recipe - also spattered and worn - scrumptious, buttery and spicy. Casseroles, stews, soups - all the recipes come out and so what if it is still warm outside? Inside, Autumn is about to arrive! It all makes me feel so Septemberish. Ah, if only I could live in Autumn all year long!
And, of course, there are magicakal tasks too; brews, herbal blends to prepare; spells and rituals to review - all for the coming season - The Autumn Equinox and Hallows; dark moons and full moons.
So tomorrow, upon rising, the September tasks begin! A delightful day ahead.
My very soul is wedded to it.
If I were a bird
I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.
- George Eliot -
Friday, May 13, 2011
A new family member has arrived, safe, sound and healthy! Carter Jay arrived on May 11. This is my sister's first grandchild. Although we have a grand-neice and grand-nephew on Mike's side of the family, I've been waiting for one on mine and now... here he is!
Goddess bless you baby, may She bestow all Her blessings upon you for a happy, healthy, joy-filled life!
Much love and...