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Beltane Ramble

May. 2nd, 2017 11:49 am
pt_tangles: (Aunt Jet)
 A few things to get out of my brain before they are lost:

• I started writing a new blog. Well, an old blog renewed. - don't know why. I just did. Maybe because I didn't want everything linked to a pseudonym that I'm not sure about keeping. Maybe when I let expire, I'll buy one for the new blog. Maybe I'll just let it be.

• Less social media time. I haven't been taking the mental health breaks that have been suggested over and over, and I'm worn out on hate and anger and incredulity. I want to spend the growing season revelling in the beauty of nature instead of sitting helpless while a foreign country's​ heartless regime destroys it and everything else that is beautiful in life. I need rest. I am going to take it. And I am not going to apologize for it.

• More books. There are hundreds of classics that I have never read. Summer is for reading. There will be reading.

• Feri. I have signed up for Vee's class this summer. Re-reading Evolutionary Witchcraft as well, and finally working through the lessons. It's powerful stuff. Stuff that's needed.

• Also, old tv shows with coffee. This is my self care. It helps me remember what it was like before the rise of the regime.

• Poetry. I'm going to add more to my life. Reading, writing, finding. 

The sun is shining. I'm going to go out and soak some up.
 Setting up a new blog is kind of fun. I can easily remember why I was so addicted to it. A clean slate. Everything is fresh and new. I had also forgotten how many things that need doing. Customizing templates, adjusting sharing options (to be off for the most part), and setting commenting to be moderated. "Discouraging indexing" is not the same as private, and the last thing I am interested in these days is visits from assorted paperback priestesses who figure that they are the guardians of all knowledge.

I do have a new post percolating, and I have decided that I'm going to use the About Me page as a place to set down my own manifesto for the coming years. I just need to sit down and meditate on it a while before setting fingers to keys. I will probably write it down on paper first, actually.

I am trying to be patient for my kit from the OBOD to get here. I know intellectually that it is coming from England, and it is the holiday season, but I want it NOW!!! *stomps foot*

Ah, well, I guess I have other things to get done. Holiday cards, printing photos, getting things to the mail on time. Finishing up the shopping. Yada yada. I am so very looking forward to a quiet Solstice - simple candle light, yule log on the television, reading a good book, and then a good long sleep.

That's about all I've got right now because other things are pulling at me - mostly coffee. I love seeing the sort of work that folks are setting into motion to prepare for the coming years. So many little things are providing a glimmer of hope that things won't be as bad as we fear. It is all starting to feel like faery lights right now. Especially this new turn on the Standing Rock protest. I don't trust it, as tempting as it is to feel relieved. 
Why exactly am I justifying my culinary decisions to you?  GF cooking is sticky enough if you aren't used to it (or don't know what you're doing).  GF baking is another level all together.  I've been doing it for two years and I am still not proficient enough to wing it.  

I'm happy for you that "letting dough rise" is no problem for you.  When you've made GF baked goods from scratch, and they came out tasting just like the "regular" version, then talk to me about how terrible it is to look for shortcuts for folks who are new to GF living.  It's enough of a strain on your wallet to try and get GF versions of regular food, making Sabbat meals GF should not make your life even more difficult.

 So, I think I've narrowed my Rrrrticle down to two choices.  Either an exploration of my "Realm" (aka Land of the Phae) or a stream of consciousness exercise entitled "Randomness".  

Read more... )
 So, I just finished up P.  I have Q started (I started it before I'd finished N, just never got around to finishing it).  R, S and T and then I will be all caught up.  My summer was pretty good, thanks :)  How have all of you been?

I have an idea for what I want to write about for S, but I'm finding myself a little stumped on R.  I'd love to do another short story or maybe do an image for one of them, but I'm not really sure what.  T, maybe trees or totemism or travelling.  

I'm also gonna get back to doing the Witchy Wednesday meme, when I remember.  It's really important to me that I embody the 'Blogginh Without Obligation' tag that I have on all of my public blogs now.  Somehow it helps me to keep things in perspective.  Just that little graphic and the pledge not to beat myself up if I don't blog every day or even every week.

I also got a comment encouraging me to go back to working on my Wheel of the Year section as well.  And snooping around my blog, I found that I could pretty easily get a handful of book review posts up pretty quick as well.  Time to start scheduling again so that I don't have to worry about things getting done on time ;)

I've recently finished the line art for my Halloween painting.  I have a great idea for one to do for November as well.  The November one involves snow impressions  - which is another area that I've never really explored before.  I love trying new techniques.  It makes me feel like I am really moving forward rather than catching up on rusty old skills.  I think I may call the November one something like 'A Thousand Words' or '50,000 Words' in honor of NaNo.

What would be really fun is to team up with someone who planned to write and have them use one of my paintings as the base for their NaNo submission.  That would require getting my snow painting finished before November, which wouldn't be impossible. Hmmm, anyone wanna do NaNo but don't have an idea yet?  If I get no takers, I may advertise that idea on my blog.

That's about all that's new and interesting with me.  Time to turn Gobbles the turkey into the sink to finish thawing before he goes in the brine for tomorrow.
So, I did go and get a blogger blog.  Several actually.  I've been flipflopping on the name.  Right now it's at - I'm liking it.  It's pretty.  I've been having trouble with focus lately.  It's summer, and this is the season that I am naturally all over the place - taking care of the house, cooking, playing with the baby, cleaning up after the baby, feeding baby, washing baby, etc with baby ;)

I am letting go of the idea of having a regular religious practise.  At least for now.  I've never been very good at it.  I'm good at holidays generally - when there is cooking and decorating and visitors etc.  Moving repeatedly and far away has kinda wrecked me for this year.  I'm sure by Mabon I will be back in the swing of things.  The cooking holidays were always my best :)

And now ... the point -> )

 I have about half a dozen articles/tutorials that I should be putting together for my blog(s).  I have a kitchen full of produce that needs to be prepped so that I don't have to do it before/while cooking.  My house needs to be dusted in a bad way.  There is also laundry, a project from my old school that I said I would do a month ago and various other things that are half finished ATM.  I've misplaced a lot of things that I need for my various sewing projects (straight pins, sleeve press, new needles), so I need to hit the fabric store soon too.

I just signed up for three different web forums (well, two, but it seems that my MW account has been deactivated, probably from disuse, so I count that one as well), all accounts are awaiting moderation approval - which is something I'm not used to.  Probably for the best.  Something tells me that I'm not going to get approved at one of them (I didn't realize that you needed to fill out the profile info completely to get approved).

I want it to be sunny so that I can go outside and enjoy my coffee on the deck.  Weather app says it's going to rain for the next 3 days.  I love rain, don't get me wrong, but I've gotten used to sunshine now.

I've also fallen down on my daily meditations.  I should get back to that.  There isn't a whole lot of peaceful time with a teething baby, tho - both bottom eye teeth coming in.  Her poor little mouth is so swollen :(

I think I will finish my coffee and play catch with my baby.  Maybe I'll be productive later.

 Does that woman have no shame?  I know this is probably old news to most, but I only just found this book while writing up my reviews of her other crap books.  Ick.

Anyway, I don't care enough to rant any more than that.  Been out working in my garden today, and I'm making tarot/herb bags for my etsy store.  Going to be making up another batch of hand cream in the next week or so as well.  I just ran out :(

That's really about all.  I have been writing a little in my *new* blog.  I'll post a link there once I've finished up my first tutorial post so that I can get folks opinions on if it should be integrated with PP or if I should keep them separate.  So far, I like Blogger.  But Google has a tendency to change things and what they think is intuitive is actually infuriating.  We'll see how it goes.  If WP had more functionality and were more 3rd party app friendly, then this would even be an issue.  Meh.

The End.

 Well, not all.  Let's say LOTS of the things.

So, the cold snap is over ... for now.  Temperatures outside are finally on the plus side of the thermometer.  Yay!  

Also, we found a house.  Again yay!  I am tempted to gush over it, but we haven't signed the lease yet, and we don't have the keys, so I'm feeling a bit superstitious about the whole thing.  I'll gush when keys are in hand.  Suffice to say that it's a 2 bedroom bungalow built in the 20s. And even though we will be the last tenants before the owner tears it down in favour of building something bigger and brand new, I intend to make sure this little blue house feels lots of love in it's last years :)

I haven't been as careful as I should since I've been here, diet-wise.  A house full of gluten is a minefield for me, since everything in my kitchen is safe for me to eat (unless it's DW's bread, which is easy to spot because it's the only white bread).  And because I haven't been careful I got one hell of a head cold (crappy immune system, plus -40 weather, plus dry as desert climate).  I'm feeling a bit better now, but I hadn't been that sick since before I went gluten free.  It sucked.  I only hope that I didn't pass it on to the baby.

I've been inspired by the cold and dry to start making my own hand creams and lip balms.  If they turn out, I'll put them up for sale on my etsy store.  After some thorough product testing, of course. I'll be looking for volunteers as soon as we are moved in, set up and I have my first batch finished ;)

I also dug out my old BOS file from my back-up hard drive.  I need to go through it and make something cohesive and useful.  Maybe a PDF.  I have Acrobat trial for another month or so.  We'll see how I go about learning to work with it.  It may turn out to be a beloved program like PS.

I also found my old website files.  And the files for Wickets.  That made me smile.  Even though it didn't really work out.  I liked working on it, and I learned a lot about BB coding and whatnot.  I have been thinking a lot lately about updating my blog from 'school enforced business idea' to something more easy, personal, more me, but had been having trouble coming up with an identity for it.  I've been doing a lot of reviving lately, maybe Wickets deserves another incarnation as well.

I have a new computer.  It's just a little netbook, but it's portable and lets me surf or get things done while the baby is asleep in my lap.  I don't have PS on it because it isn't powerful enough to run it, so I have been making use of Picnik and it's pre-google-absorption special.  It's pretty awesome for an online photo editor.  I hope that G+ doesn't change too much. 


Jan. 8th, 2012 09:18 am
pt_tangles: (Hair Flower)
A friend of mine made the resolution that 2012 would be the year of reconnecting. Of being less robot and more human. To her that meant seeing her friends and loved ones in person more often. It meant talking on the phone rather than texting. More real human interaction; less social media.

This idea really spoke to me. I can remember using phrases like IRL or meat-life, like there was another kind. As if your online presence can be an additional life outside of the day to day slog. A few years back I pulled the plug on my cyber-life.

I have noticed that with the rise of social media, the computer is not only threatening to pull me back in, but everyone else as well. Now, I'm not going to give up my Facebook (having just moved away from all my friends and most of my family, I think I would be lynched for going that far), but I think I do want to make an effort at reconnecting on a human level.

For me, I think that will mean letters. Next week, I plan to go out and pick up some stationary. Then, I am going to write out our 'Thank you' notes for L'il R's Xmas presents, as well as some letters to loved ones who I already miss. There's something about writing longhand that I need. I don't really know how to describe it, but it's the reason that I still keep a paper journal. It's the reason that I am keeping a notebook of letters that I will one day give to my daughter. It's the reason I feel closest to my mom is when I read her letters and recipes; even after ten long years, I can feel her near me when I see her handwriting.

I was also contemplating making masks to help me reconnect with the Sabbats. I had come across my old element mask design sketches (I think I had only done water), while I was packing. I have a couple ideas floating around for Imbolc. Dunno if I could get it done in time what with the move and all of my crafting materials being in storage for the month. Maybe I'll do the sketches for the Sabbat masks and start putting the Element masks together.

I have a DeviantArt account, phaetalon, if anyone is interested in seeing photos in progress and finished. I may post the sketches too, if I can remember to either photograph them or if I can figure a way to get access to a scanner.