We dont get too many trick or treaters BUT I am bound and determined to keep up this tradition, no matter what!
Ours is an older neighbourhood but as people die and younger families move in, things will pick up. I’m sure of it.
One plus of not getting all that many kids is that I can afford to give out lots of good stuff! Chips and full sized candy bars all the way Baby!
We dont have kids at home anymore so this doesn’t apply but still…there were definitely some shenangigans played on ours when we did!
Most notably a candy tax. I never tried to limit them on their loot though. They ate it and made themselves sick with wild abandon and that was that!
Do you/did you -or your parents- have a candy policy with your kids? Have you heard about the “Switch Witch”? What do you think about that? ( My views are ranty so I’m declining to answer fully, ha ha)
In my quest to suffer less from a wonky seasonal brain, I’ve become very aware of the seasons and how they change.
( Although to be fair, I am an Earth Child anyway )
A few Winters ago, I realized that while we count the Solstice as the beginning of Winter, it really wasn’t, seasonally speaking. Solstice is when the light comes back and we begin our slow climb back to Spring. It just didn’t make sense to me that Winter began then, when we were returning to the light… it seemed Winter began much earlier!
Anyone who lives in a Northern climate knows this, even if they don’t KNOW they know this. We know that snow before Halloween is light and impermanent. It’s not going to stick around long. But snow after Halloween is a different story! That’s the stuff that stays, along with the much colder temperatures. After Halloween is when weather gets real. November 1 felt like the true start of Winter to me.
Once I learned this for myself, I started to question the other seasonal discrepancies. Spring starts at the Equinox, right? Sometime in mid March.
Well, if you’re paying attention you may notice Spring in the sky at the beginning of February instead.
How about Summer? June 21 is the Solstice…BUT it always felt like Summer in late April/early May. Right around May 1!
The Solstice is the mid point of Summer. The days start their descent into darkness. How can any of us call this the beginning?!
When did you notice Fall this year? For me, it was in the end of July. But the Equinox and start of the season isn’t until mid September! Doesn’t the Equinox really feel like the middle of Fall? We’ve all “called” Fall, well before the Equinox!
Our calendar doesn’t match up with reality. No wonder I feel so discombobulated! I’ve been out of sync with Nature for most of my life!
I came across an excellent piece that finally put all the pieces together for me. The author puts into words all the things I’ve noticed and reading it was clarifying! Way more cohesive than my jumbly observations. Written by Hyggejem on their blog – How to hygge the British Way- this FABULOUS post, tied it all together. Humans have been noticing these things too and celebrating them, most differently than we do currently, since forever! Go and have a read. I hope it resonates with you too!
I’m changing the way I mark the seasons now too. This appeals to my witchy self of course but mostly, it just feels right. More in tune with reality. In sync.
Happy Monday! It’s a long weekend here and I am “enjoying” this little one:
I say “enjoying” because after FOUR WHOLE DAYS with a 14 month old, it’s actually “enduring” ha! Toddlers are a lot of work! How did I ever have my own? How do any of us? Even my bestie- a child care PROFESSIONAL- is a little in awe of us. She thinks we’re brave…
He goes home today and while his current nickname is The Terrorist, he’s been most excellent for someone with such high needs. He’s napping now so I can say that ;P I know five seconds after he leaves I’ll miss him <3. And how lucky am I to have full and easy access to him? Pretty damn lucky!
I bought a flat of strawberries on Friday. I froze them all up -made some jam too!- and am thinking about all the yummy things I’m going to make with them:
I love me a man who swears and this human is a particularly fine one 🙂
My birds are so hilariously bold now! The Crow visits me every so often and calls to me to come out. I am very well trained! The Blue Jays sit in the tree and stare in at me, if they cant find me in one room, they fly to another window and the Magpies seem pretty content to just ignore me. I bought some seed for the little birds so we’ll see how they react. As it is now they like to take me out at the knee in the yard by flying straight past me as I walk by…little asses! So far no Mockingbirds though 😛
I hope your Monday is going well and if it’s not I hope it goes quickly for you so you can start fresh on Tuesday!
Boston Pizza had an event on the 14th, for Valentine’s Day. Buy any small or medium pizza ( heart shaped or not ) and one dollar from each pizza would be donated to a local children’s charity.
I like pizza. I like excuses to go out for lunch in the middle of the week. I like celebrating love with my Hubby. I like money going to kids.
We ordered the Viva Italia. The description from their website:
Arrabbiata pizza sauce, pizza mozzarella, Genoa salami, chopped bacon, spicy Italian sausage, roasted red peppers, banana peppers, goat cheese, freshly grated Parmesan and a pesto drizzle.
What we got:
How did it taste?
Damn good! Even with that slightly dark crust.
I’m not a huge Boston Pizza fan. I find the food to be … pretty basic. There is nothing wrong with it, it’s just me. Having said that, I do have a favourite go to whenever the Hubs wants to eat there – Jambalaya Fettucine- and whenever I order it, it is consistently good. That is HUGE for me. So right away the place gets props for that.
This pizza brings my list from one to two. It was amazing! Lots of ingredients, spread evenly over the crust. The overall taste was salty-in a good way-briny, creamy, spicy, and savoury. Not one ingredient overpowered the other. Each one was distinct and everything worked so well together. I even liked the pesto drizzle. I HATE pesto but it was a STAR on this pie. I would order this again. Hell, I’m craving more now!
We didnt eat the whole pie-I wanted to!- because we were saving room for dessert! One dollar from each sale of their Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake goes to a local children’s charity, too. From their site:
Dark chocolate sponge cake layered with milk chocolate and white chocolate mousse, topped with whipped cream and a chocolate coin.
The verdict. Good if not plain. There was nothing wrong with it and nothing overly spectacular either. That didn’t stop me from stuffing my face 🙂
Our service was fast, friendly and efficient. The food was good. It was a great way to spend the lunch hour, that’s for sure.
And because it was Valentine’s Day, I bring you this:
One neatly folded napkin -my husband. And one crumpled messy one-mine.
This makes me laugh because a. my Hubs pointed it out to me, which means he’s gathering insight which is unusual for him. b. this is a direct view inside each of our brains-him neat and organized, me- messy and all over the place c. despite this huge difference and despite some pretty major troubles in our 20 odd year marriage, we’re still here together, living and working and growing through it all ❤
We made it! Well, some of us. Its such a gift to live to see another day.
I honestly feel really uncomfortable saying that. I know for a fact a lot of people don’t think another day is a gift. Another day of suffering. Woohoo. *eye roll. Shelter, food and safety would be the real gift. Good health would be another.
I live with someone who thinks his life has gone on way too long and considers death, the real gift. The impulse to scold him or try and “inspire” him to change his mind is strong. I’ve since learned its actually pretty fucking hurtful, annoying and not the least bit helpful to do so. Not to mention totally disrespectful and reeking of my good privilege. Gah!
How’s this: If you’re happy and grateful to have another day, YAY! Let’s do this!
If having another day brings you nothing but sorrow and suffering. I’m sorry. May you be free from suffering. I love you.
You all know what camp I’m in! I am excited and grateful for another day, another week, another month , another year. Hopefully I get all those!
You see, I’ve got some plans 🙂 Some things I’m looking forward to.
Its six months until Lune, my birthday month. One whole month devoted to Moi. An entire month of intentionally devoting my days to the joy of being me in this world. I highly recommend all people celebrate themselves this way. 1. its fun 2. the very act of doing so shows others that you know you are worthy of respect and love 3. you get to act the fool for a month and GET AWAY WITH IT 4. you totally deserve it! 5. It really fosters a loving relationship with yourself, over time. You might feel silly at first but it wont be long before you’re planning fucking trips to Europe for your 50th. 6. It spills out positively in other areas of your life.
Planning my garden. I want to grown some more unusual -for me- things this year. And I cannot wait to eat the shit out of my asparagus patch ❤
Being all creative. I’ve got an idea for some paintings and some bracelets and some scarves and some decorations and some rocks…
Book Club! We’ve got some good books picked out and the ladies in the club are just the BEST. I’m excited to get to know them better. I’m excited for more fun and shenanigans!
Mr. OV and Ms. Sassafras turn one and five. I’m excited to watch them as they grow and develop further.
Walking and hiking in nicer weather. Our winter thus far has been lovely! If only people would CLEAR THE FUCKING ICE OFF THEIR SIDEWALKS! Ahem. Sorry. I’m looking forward to stress free walking and hikes in the woods.
Our road trip to a little mountain town and a couple of zips on a coaster!
Getting back on my Hubs motorcycle. It feels so good to zoom through the warm air with nothing between me and the sky but my clothing.
All the little holidays and celebrations that are coming up.
Family dinner, lunches and brunches.
Meals out with friends.
My big solo trip to one of my favourite places on Earth. Just me, my ocean and my trees. Back to my Sea Witch roots 🙂
Opening up my big jar of good memories for the year.
Becoming my own boss. I mean I am, already. I just don’t get paid for it. Ha ha. I’m talking about earning all the moola as my own boss.
More bird song. Kinda like more cow bell.
Every new recipe I’m going to try.
Every new drink the coffee places bring out this year.
More time with the people who love me.
The funny memes that make me laugh, the inspirational quotes that shore me up and the poems that empower me.
The moments of wonder in Nature that stop me and fill my heart and soul.
Lazy days of reading.
Hectic days of doing ALL THE THINGS!
Camping. Hopefully. If we get a new hoopty or fix the old one.
Becoming stronger, stable and more bendy.
Those weird little moments in life that make you think and feel.
Geesh! I could go on and on 🙂 Now, its your turn! What are you looking forward to?
I don’t know what you’re doing right now. Hell, I don’t even know what I’m doing right now (because I am a sneaky post scheduler) Probably sleeping or opening presents with my man or eating some delicious breakfast or drinking some delicious drink. BUT whatever it is I hope it fills your heart with joy and love.
If that’s not possible for whatever reason just know that I LOVE YOU (yes YOU. Yes, I REALLY do) and that my heart is with you. No matter what.