- Yule Cookie Recipes, 2003-2008
- Raising Chickens
- Companion Planting
- Container Gardening
- Non-Toxic Cleaning
- Organic Pest Control
- Gardening by the Moon
- Seasonal Kitchen-August 2008
- Seasonal Kitchen-Summer Solstice 2008, 2009
- Seasonal Kitchen-Samhuinn 2008
- Seasonal Kitchen-Harvest 2008
- Seasonal Kitchen-July 2008
05 February 2012
Ready for Spring
Hibernating away in a cosy, warm home with a woodstove or fireplace, with picture windows to watch a gentle pastoral scene of wild life coming in to poke about as I sit warming myself by a fire, knitting and dreaming of Spring planting. the not having to go anywhere is key for me, then perhaps I'd revel in the slowness that the Winter season brings. However in this day and age we are a go go go society and life has not brought be to a place where I can tuck in for a season. It is a goal, for my older years, however for now I have to continue building the foundation for that future.
For this Winter I have been appreciating a slower life, this year we lay low to keep Pixie out of the frequently sick populace while her immune system is suppressed. One cold in September nearly wiped out her neutrophils and nearly landed us back in the hospital. After spending so many weeks there last winter I am bound and determined to keep her healthy and far away from the in patient floor! Six months more of treatment and then things return to normal (well, normal for us). I am starting to look at job opportunities, as I must find work, a new home and a foster home for all of my plants this year. It feels rather daunting but the battle to maintain a positive chatter in my head helps some.
In the meantime I've been working more with crystals, doing readings for people and working to exercise my intuitive self. One of the most amazing happenings for me of late is my sudden ability to handle and wear carnelian! I have never been able to, it caused headaches and increased heart issues and made me quite irritable. I was reading The Illustrated Directory of Healing Crystals by Cassandra Eason a few days ago and suddenly got it in my mind to try holding the one piece of carnelian I have. It was an amazing experience, my hands hummed, my heart chakra area got warm and energized. I wore it for a few hours and then again most of yesterday and the energy level is fantastic, it uplifts my moods and gives such a sense of confidence and power. I am still trying to figure out why this has suddenly changed, my theory is that I had some serious blockage somewhere that the carnelian was trying to work open and I fought it subconsciously. Either way, I'll work with it now for as long as I can. I also invite others to reexamine their reactions to certain stones and see if perhaps it's stirring up emotions, etc. that you may not be ready to deal with.
I was hoping to write more however my laptop stopped working, I am sad that I was unable to get all my photos, recipes, etc off of it before it crapped out. I knew it was going to happen but didn't have the sd cards or the funds for sd cards to back it all up. sigh. For now I am back on a desktop PC however the hard wooden chair is most uncomfortable so I don't sit for as long anymore. Probably a good thing!
So in order to set up the desktop in our new room I had to clean and pack away stuff. I must say just this little work in one corner of the room has made a huge difference in the overall energy of the space. Since Pixie's diagnosis we have been stuffed into this tiny room because it is on the first floor and has it's own bathroom. While the danger of her on the stairs has passed, the ability to control contagions in the bathroom keeps us here. I stay with her because all other rooms are on the second floor and I'd never sleep knowing she was downstairs all by herself. So this way we sleep better, despite the noisy people and early morning hungry cat stomping all over me howling for food.
It will be interesting to see what comes of this new burst of energy both in me and in our sleep space/haven. Hopefully more knitting! In the meantime I'll poke through old backups and try to retrieve as many photos and files as I can, and hopefully somewhere a computer geek can power up my laptop long enough to remove all my precious files. Until then, family tree climbing and knitting!