We had a run of bad luck with computers earlier this year, and during that time I thought I had lost years worth of photos that I hadn't backed up. Happily, I was able to retrieve all those photos and now try to upload them in various places online so I will always have them. One of my greatest joys is photographing birds. We have feeders and now my grandmother's birdbath (at least I think it's hers, if not it's the spitting image if it) and our oasis in urban sprawl brings us countless varieties of birds visiting. So, without further ado-birds of the Concord Heights:
- 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
23 July 2012
So this summer has been glorious, we have so much to be thankful for with a healthy Pixie whose cancer treatment is finished in 21 days! It has been a long 2 year and nearly four months and her health having returned is the light of my life. She is in flux, as her 13th birthday nears this fall we have the oh.so.lovely hormonal mood swings starting. I have begun thinking of her moon time, when it finally starts, and what can I do to make it a celebration. We are blessed to have a lovely circle of magical folk around us to help celebrate with us. She is one day lamenting that her Hogwarts acceptance letter didn't arrive (the explanation I offered was that she was in cancer treatment at 11 so perhaps at 13 something will arrive) and the next she is oogling and sighing over shirtless, well muscled men as we drive. Oh the joys of nearly teenaged girlies!
She got to enjoy a few hours of fishing last month, she delighted in finding a snail (above) and sung "shellicky shellicky bookey" quietly trying to entice it from it's shell. No such luck, so she spent the remaining time trying to catch bass. Her reconnecting to nature and the magical part of herself has been moving forward quite solidly. A few days after her treatment ends next month we will be in Scotland for her Make A Wish trip, the itinerary is amazing-we'll tour a few islands, ride the Jacobite Steam train, see Loch Ness and spend several days in Edinburgh having some haunted fun. We will also be visiting The Wyrd Shop, a lovely looking witchy shop in Edinburgh that she is anxious to shop at. I'll spend the weeks following resizing and uploading the photos of our adventures there, so keep an eye out.
To beat the heat we have been crafting indoors in cooler weather, lots of knitting and jewelry making. I was asked if I would write a food article for the online magazine Pagan Living, so I'll be sure to link to the autumn issue when it's out! So this article found us experimenting with persimmons and creating various recipes and hopefully everyone enjoys them as much as Pixie and I did!
So, if you know anyone looking for an intuitive reading, be sure to send them my way. Every little bit will help! In the meantime, cleaning, sorting, knitting and staying happy and positive. It's a lovely summer, hopefully I'll write here more frequently!