Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Post it Note Tuesday Aug 30 2016

This is again from Dianne Sylvan's The Body Sacred.

August Break- Day 29- Favorite mug(s)

because, you can't make the Queen of indecisivitits choose just one!
Am I having tea? or coffee?  that will help tell which mug I want! LOL
The orange one was a gift at a Yule swap, the "With enough coffee anything is possible" came as a freebie from Shutterfly, and has pictures on it.  The "I'll croak till I get my Coffee" one was one my Grandma brought me from a trip.  And the silver cauldron-y one, is one from TJ Maxx that was on clearance for $4 that one kind of becomes a "ritual" cup, if I want special tea!  since it has a saucer too.

August Break Day 28 - I am....

So this is a day late, but this is what I did yesterday. I waited for, and then built this:
never mind my open pantry doors in the background....
It is called the "Meower Tower"  the kitties needed something to have as their own.  Now the training to scratch it (I've had posts and the like but never a full cat tree)  Sasha, fortunately will work for treats!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

August Break Day 27 - Little

Last year at Manito, a duckling.

at one point we had 4 cats,  Wisp (dilute calico, S'more regular calico, Snowbell the cream tabby, and Jessica regular tabby)  

these were some of the tiny kittens,  We are pretty sure one Mom didn't make it through labor, we saw her have one kitten then they all disappeared until we found this.  Notice how much bigger 2 of them are.  S'more tried to take care of them all but none of the little ones made it.  These were Wisp's and S'more's kittens.

My kitties now are just indoor only.  Though there are some of the outdoor only barn cats too.  It helps to have them around

Friday, August 26, 2016

August Break Day 26- Oranges- I don't have oranges!

Aren't my melons nice?
I have these!  They are orange inside, so it counts, right?  Funny story, *I* knew who it was when the truck stopped by the house.  Living here around the Hutterites it is common for them to drop by this season with extra YUMMIES!  The kids were all outside, playing.  When a random truck pulls in and the guy says "hop in grab from that box"  LOL  The kids didn't, so this is a GOOD thing!  However it was the Hutterite guy with cantaloupes for us.  A side effect of our house being the only one for years, my Great Grandfather used to have them over a lot, and they were invited to the Christmas events and able to have meals with them on occasion.  Times change a little bit, My Grandparents don't quite have the same relations, though there are still some there.  My younger Uncle does have some connections farm to farm so to speak.  I hear there is corn too....  Wonderful corn that will ruin store corn for you hahaha.  Also maybe a reason I'm kind of stuck in old style farm in my mind.  I see cows at pasture, I've called when one gets loose.  Once we watched a cow squeeze through the fence and do the cow version of a happy dance and smile when she got the grass she wanted on that other side!  Kind of like this:

minus the horns and she was a Holstein so black and white.  Funny thing though, BEING out here, and seeing this "farm life" that DOES line up nicely with the wheel of the year.  Early Feb, we do start to see calves. Watched the water break on one cow this year!  We could go to town, and there would be more babies when we came home, early August means wheat harvest, and corn too, apparently.  (I've never had luck growing corn here at home) The micro climate here is a bit cooler than where they grow the corn.  That is my theory anyway!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

August Break-Day 25-Peaceful

a feather, and the first signs of fall!

This is "Fred" OR "Branchfur" depending on who you ask.  He's a mostly feral Tom, who showed up just before one winter YEARS ago.  My Uncle started giving him some food, so he sticks around.  He will let you pet him IF there is food in it for him, but he won't come up to you otherwise, and runs if you get near.

this one... I'm pretty sure that the camera snapped on it's own, but I'm going to embrace it!

August Break-Day 24- Three

Our 3 cottonwood trees!  "Daddy, Mommy, and Baby tree!



The angle to get all three makes one end up seeming
smaller than it actually is though it IS still the smallest of them!
ignore the shadow of a finger LOL

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Post It Note Tuesday Aug 23

August Break Day 23- My Face

I wasn't really looking forward to this one!  I'm not really a selfie fan, I mean I do them as needed when there are not others to take pictures, Who am I kidding, I fall into the category of those who don't generally like pictures of myself!  No they are never truly bad, but I don't really like them as much as I should.  There are exceptions of course!
JUST took this one, you can tell Sasha is so into the selfie!
This is one of my favorite selfies, Ironically I had JUST got the glasses so I wasn't sure how I felt about that part, hence the look.  This was July of last year.  Pre Henna

Monday, August 22, 2016

August Break-Day 22- Squares

I KNEW this one was going to be a doodle! *this post contains an affiliate links*
technically not all "square" since most of it is freehand and wobbly, but I'm not terribly picky on this.  Sure I could have made them more square but that kind of defeats the zentangle purpose.
I got to experiment with different pens this time, after an ink smudge my Daughter took pity on me and got her Sakura 30062 6-Piece Pigma Micron Ink Pen Set, Black that she got as a gift at Yule/ Christmas.  I learned that I don't like the Pilot Neo-Gel ball point  for this, even if that is what they gave at the library.  I'm also seeing more of Sharpie Pens, Fine Point, Black, Box of 12 in my future I LOVE the Sharpie pens!  BUT I do find I don't do cursive in them, my default with a ball point LOL

For the tangles however, they and the Micron ROCK!

Make it Monday Aug 22nd Crochet coasters FREE pattern



Naturally I didn't get a picture, but this was part of the Wedding gift!  
My adaptation of some I made from another pattern.  Since I made a few of the other pattern I kind of knew what I was doing so I just went with it

For the gift I did them using acrylic camo yarn, as they are both hunters.  Bud did I take a picture of them?  Nope I forgot to do so!  So I will have to make another one for you lovely dear readers.   

What I use the coasters for is telling who's cup belongs to whom (Is that right I rarely if ever, as in NEVER, use whom LOL)  this makes it so I don't have an endless chain of cups going to the dishwasher.  Well, that is the THEORY.  So I make mine in various colors so the children can tell what coaster is theirs :D  I picked up a few "real" coasters at the $1 store too, for my oldest, and for myself and my husband.  They ended up being desk coasters though.  

For these coasters though, you can call them mug mats, or even use them for candles, or other magic(k)al uses.  Dress up your altar, and make one in corresponding colors for the elements, I'm sure you can come up with ways to use them outside of just a coaster (even a dish scrubbie!)my "test" is me making a few of these, if you have issues please leave a comment!  Feel free to sell, gift or whatever with whatever YOU make, but don't sell this pattern (besides it is BASIC!!)

I used a "G" 4mm hook
and yarn, acrylic in the gift ones, but it is cotton here.  Worsted weight yarn.

Round 1:  make a magic ring or chain 5 
11 DC in the ring or first chain join with a slip stitch

Round 2: chain  3, DC in same stitch as join, 2 DC in each stitch around (24 DC)
Round 3: chain 3, 2DC in next stitch, then *1 DC in the next, 2 DC in fallowing stich* repeat * around. (36 stitches counting the ch 3)
Round 4:  Do NOT chain up, (this will count as your first slip stitch) *SKIP one stitch, 5 DC in the 2nd stitch from hook, SKIP one stitch, Slip stitch in the next stitch* *Repeat around Join, with slip stitch at the beginning 

Here:
the stitch I point to! connect them there!  think of it as crochetharmony.com!
 Then, just weave in your ends and TADA!  you have a coaster, dish thingy, special face cloth, cauldron parking, etc.

As an alternate ending row if you don't want the scallop edge you can do a chain 3, DC in next stitch, 2 DC in fallowing stitch, DC in next 2 stitches and repeat that pattern around ending with a 2 DC in the last stitch. , then you can do a crab stitch (reverse single crochet) around if you want a little bit of decoration, have fun!

Come to think of it I think I may do a set of 7, as a  chakra set.....  Do I NEED this?  Nope, I have crystals I use for that too, but it may be FUN and add a great visualization for a laying down meditation.
Or, a wall hanging..... I feel another MiM coming on

Action shot!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

August Break Day 21- Today is....or in this case tonight!

just a pretty moon shot, the camera never does justice... but I had to try anyway!  And it isn't terrible, pretty good actually for cell camera
This one was from the wedding yesterday (My Uncle got married)  there was a goose I was trying to photograph but you cannot really see.  Still a pretty view though!  Yes that is a greenhouse, it is an organic farm.  Plus we got to see 300, and 200, and 100 gallon vats full of wine in the making, because they added a winery to the farm too.  Technically, this was yesterday, BUT today is the first day for the new couple so I think it works.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

August Break-day 20- Clouds

I was thinking this one would be hard, because we have been pretty cloudless lately!

clouds and the junk out back LOL


I think this is the best shot 

Friday, August 19, 2016

August Break Day-19- My Hands


Paganism, X-men, and Politics, and a little Dr Seuss

I'm not too nerdy on this subject, I've only watched the animated series LOL  mainly the one on in the 90's and the movies of recent origin.  I never was a comic book "nerd".

But one thing I LOVE about the X-men, there really isn't a "bad" buy, there isn't really a true villain.  You object?  Sure, there are those who act as villains or the common enemy, but at the end of the day, even Apocalypse has a side.  Neither of those sides are totally evil.  I think this reflects to the modern day politics and the debates that go around the blogosphere.

One of my favorite moments is when Mystique and Nightcrawler are talking and Nightcrawler says "You can blend in, you can look however you want" (or something like that I'm paraphrasing here)
Mystique says "I shouldn't HAVE to" This goes into any sort of closet notion.  After all, America is supposed to be free right?  Rarely does it actually end up that way in practice though.  Here in this example we have someone on the "wrong" side making a incredibly valid point, and that happens ALL THE TIME.
Take another example, Magneto and Professor X's relationship, deep down they really get along, they are friends, at one point it was shown they really were good friends.  They just disagree on what is better for the perceived greater good, and HOW to go about that ideal.  Both are willing to fight for it.  Sound familiar?

X-Men uses neutral language to bring up topics that are "hush" around children, seeing things from the view of these characters that they grow to admire, but seeing how the mob mentality wants to shut them down out of fear.  It shows that things are not neat little boxes, and that it isn't black or white, instead many shades of grey.  Xavier teaches any mutant, he tries to guide down what he sees as the correct, or just path, but at the end of the day he doesn't stop anyone from going their own direction.  If they choose to do something different, the door is always open.  Maybe without the trust that was once given, but it is open.

You can't even blame Magneto for his position, he had a rough go of things.  With his powers coming via Nazi camp.  Still, he is blind to the fact that he is basically doing the same thing as seeing mutants as "greater than", the irony there is fascinating.  This sums up American politics IMO.  My side is better, yours is full of suck.  Polarize, divide and conquer.  Ignore the validity of the other side they are always wrong.  Absolutes are rarely how the world really works.

We've all seen it too with the new Pagan convert.  Or any time around Yule, when the "Christians STOLE the holiday"  followed up by "The WAR on Christmas."  Many, many blogs out there arguing over similar stances but varied praxis, disagreeing on the definition of a word, trying to enforce concepts that don't exist for other groups.  We all have our bias, we are not immune.

This idea that unless you are doing X you cannot be Y
Unless you are politically motivated you can't be Pagan
Unless you are a career woman, your not a TRUE feminist
Unless you do _______ (threefold law,  worship deity name, etc.) you are not Wiccan
Unless you are going to do your homework, you can't be a recon.  (the homework is never finished)
Unless you support THESE rights, in THIS manner you are working against us.
Don't use that word UNLESS......
If you don't support green energy, you are a bad Pagan.  Let's not talk about the birds/bats that are killed by wind and solar energy, m'kay?**
Either abortion has to be on demand, or outlawed, setting restrictions is placing you in one bin or the other.  You know, Pro-Life or Pro-Choice.  Even Pro-Life can be challenged when it is their own teen daughter, Pro Choice, when it is your best friend and you can't have kids.
Just a few attitudes I have encountered.  I find nuance, and I've been called ignorant for it.  HA.

Differing views/actions are dismissed, as being "not really one of us".
I can think of instances where these are totally true, well, some of them anyway! Some I emphasize and I'm sure there are those that will read this and miss that point, because text is terrible on some forms of communication.

This we can see in examples of the discussion on "cultural appropriation"*  I shudder to think how it would have went when I was 5 or 6 and dressed as a Native American for Halloween.  At that tender age I truly was appreciating a side of my family, that I knew little about but I knew existed.  My Great Grandmother was quick to point out that her Middle name was Wanita, "spelled the Native American way."  Yet, I was taken back when they said I was dressed up as a "Squaw"
From their perspective it meant a Native Woman, as that was how it was used while they were growing up (20's-30's, I think)  These days colleges are banning insensitive costumes (some I agree with) but I've seen the flip side where a white student wearing dreadlocks is accosted.  Or a "white" girl with a tan is accused of "Blackface" in quotes because while it may be a spray tan, she can acquire that tan in natural sunlight, Gods forbid you decide to go the skin safe(r) route!
You can see examples in feminism, SAHM?  Letting down feminism!  Want to focus on career?  Didn't we fight to "have it all?"
Pagan and worship the Greek Gods?  you are going to upset someone (this works for other cultures too)
You cannot win for losing!

I find myself thinking of this particular principle of Wiccan Belief (copy pasted):

"4. We conceive of the Creative Power in the universe as manifesting through polarity-as masculine and feminine-and that this same Creative Power lies in all people, and functions through the interaction of the masculine and feminine. We value neither above the other, knowing each to be supportive of the other. We value sex as pleasure, as the symbol and embodiment of life, and as one of the sources of energies used in magickal practice and religious worship."

BUT polarity doesn't mean there isn't a spectrum, there are Gods and Goddesses of War, and of Love.  Of Civilization, and of the Wild.  Of health of of pestilence..... and ALL which is between.  There are things to consider on all accounts,

*this is in quotes because while there are real concerns, there are the examples I list.  Don't believe me?  Google it!
** Renewable energy is on the whole good, but if we are going to be upset about dolphins caught in tuna nets, the birds killed by green energy is just as valid.  Hint: 300,000 dolphins compared to 500,000 birds/bats and you can opt out of tuna.  opting out of the power grid is much more difficult.

an interesting read I found while researching, not on topic per se, other than the cultural appropriation bit, but interesting


and I finish with this:  Seems the Lorax lives on the fence of the butter battle

http://cbrl.ca/support/books2eatpictures/books2eatentries2010.html
Even Dr Seuss being a liberal Democrat, supported Japanese Internment camps.  Food for thought.  He overcame that thought, AFTER but it still stands as a good point, I think.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

August Break Day 18- 5 years ago

So, I don't have any easily accessible pictures from 5 years ago.  All would have to be scanned or added via non existent SD card port on my computer (that was an oversight when purchasing...)  I have some in a digital photo frame but I have no way to transfer them to this computer LOL
We are going to settle for 4 years ago okay?  I probably have some on a thumb drive somewhere too but meh....
I'm Catman

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

August Break Day 17- Bedroom Window

Here is mine :D
I could have toyed with different angles or taking the fan out... but... it is AUGUST and I don't have central A/C so the fan stays LOL
I was happy enough with the picture so it stays too 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

August Break day 16 - Breathe

Here are two for today
was a hard one to capture!  I wanted it to be in front of the door but the glare of the sun washed out the picture.  So... backdrops
I've been in a bit of a funk so it was needed two birds one stone

August Break day 15 (a day late)-Unicorn

just forgot to take the pictures!  This is the one we joked about being so super hard /sarcasm.
one really old unicorn pillow pet, that serves as Snowbells sucky thing!

Unicorn painting, it was a pre-printed canvas that came in an art kit

Post It Note Tuesday Aug 16

Not explicitly witchy.  I felt that you could take it to heart for things like meditation and ritual in general.  Going out into nature to renew your spirit.  It is important to your well being to just BE sometimes.
so,
Go on a walk
Read a book
BS with a friend on the phone or online
play that silly FB game that you enjoy
play the game on your tablet that you enjoy
Watch the sunset/sunrise
Watch the clouds
Dance in the rain
Watch your favorite movie
pick/buy yourself flowers
color or tangle
whatever you enjoy!

Inspired by this decorative wine bottle  and also this post :D




Monday, August 15, 2016

Make It Monday Aug 15 - Elemental Zentangle inspired art



So, you saw SOME of these in prior posts, and this one will not be a tutorial of any sort.  You can't really duplicate the finished product anyway.  It is all about being in the moment and taking time to do it so....

Air

Earth

Water

Fire

First off it is the "wrong" paper, as it is card stock and using watercolor warped it a little,  I need to frame, or contact paper, or something anyway.  If I want them to be altar tiles/wall art, I'd rather have a bit of protection/permanence to them.  I wanted to add some color for the background, so paint was the answer there.  I wanted things that were easy to incorporate into the background but could be worked over as well,  the tree on Earth didn't have too much detail on the paint, the detail was to be added later.  Seems to be that Earth is the "busy" one.  I LOVE each one for different things.

I just thought of what shapes and patterns *I* thought of when I thought of that element,  What colors corresponded, and kind of just felt what seemed correct.  If I were to do them again they would be totally different (Earth could have a mountain shape!)  But that is one of the things I like about doing this, it isn't SUPPOSED to be anything, no right side up, you are not even really supposed to be doing a theme (I broke that rule for this one)  I think the results speak for themselves.  I did find myself over my head when researching the Zentangle stuff,  People can be pick over format, and what counts as a "tangle", a tangle is the verb format, you are not Zentangling you are just tangling *cue "the more you know" jingle*  there is copyright on individual patterns, so some sites don't allow for pinning.  And there are some "official" patterns.

Some of these were a turn off!  It is art, and drawing lines..... I'm not doing it wrong!  Granted it is art as a meditative practice, which is really cool and I highly suggest you look into it!

Then go make your own art!

Art, beauty, perfection.... all things that are subjective and are impossible to measure


August Break- Day 14 Love is...

I've got lots that fit here, but I am hesitant to post pictures of my kids on a public blog, or even my Husband (though I could ASK him!)  Still I think this will do.

Mothers Day Breakfast in Bed

Puppeh cuddlez (miss you Minion)

A locket with a picture of my Mother, (Miss you Mom!)  This picture she is holding my oldest and was the only child she got to hold as she passed when my oldest was 2 1/2 weeks old

Saturday, August 13, 2016

August Break day 13- 6 o'clock- ouija boards

I had forgotten about this one for today.  So we are going to go on the theme of a text from a friend!  Because why NOT cover 6 o'clock by what pictures were taken at 6 o'clock?
She sent me this:




Which lead to this:


Because I'm one who views the ouija as just another tool.  One that yes, you should take precautions on.  And I may have even had a "bad" experience with one once, but I'd like to think I've come a long way since 4th grade!  Freaked my friend out though!

The one on the left, is my old one, it is a larger version of the common one, fairly rare.  Vintage and interesting story here, that I'm sure will make some readers wary HAHAHAHA.

I had the exact one before, but I didn't want to take it with me in a move.  So I got rid of it.  A few years later a friend was moving and she didn't want hers, they were the same style.  I had regretted letting mine go after I did. so my house was a perfect fit.  This style is the one to have if you want a mass market one.  It is bigger and the planchette reaches all around very well.

Fast forward to Many Gods West, and the one on the right is my take home souvenir.  It was the only item that really called to me, and it did from across the room, I resisted and had to go back twice before I "caved"

So, Samhain... who is up for a seance? Or any time before, I'm game for either!

that is one of my precautions, I like to use with a partner, I feel like if there is a negative energy being contacted that it is harder to latch on if there is more than one person.  I have used alone in the past without ill effect though too, so it most likely is just a personal preference.  It is a Ouija-stition, and I'm really not to keen on most of those

Because, if there was any documented dangers....

Would it still be on the shelves?  And still 8 and up?

http://www.museumoftalkingboards.com/index.html  <------  fun link on Ouija

One Ouija-stition that IS NOT listed that I heard from a witch?
that it must be written in Sumerian or cuneiform to work (I forget which)
that was the first and last time I ever heard that one!
besides I'm more inclined to go with this story, personally.  Since they have a bit of a vested interest in the history of talking boards, even if it is just a hobby.  You did up pictures of the originals, you get a little bit of credit in my book ;)

Well, if this isn't a post that morphed from one thing to another!

August Break Day 12- A Secret

Not SUPER secret
but this is a Diana statue that was my Great Grandmothers
at one time I had it in my room, but once upon a move, it ended up being "taken in" by my Grandmother again...  I had to beg and plead to get it back and finally after YEARS, I got to have her in my possession again.  Not the BEST picture but still it works for today's post
I had to sneak her out of the house so my Grandpa wouldn't know (he won't notice it gone.... but he was the one Grandma was saying didn't want to let it go)  I don't tend to believe her but still.....