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Monday, December 31, 2012
It took some time, but winter has finally arrived in our neck of the woods.
J & I keep checking the forecast. Now that we work for ourselves, a snow day is fun, without all the worries. For a fleeting few moments yesterday, there was snow in the forecast, then...poof... it was gone.
I figure a little snowy energy can't hurt. Wishing you all manner of good things in 2013!
Monday, December 24, 2012
Thursday, December 20, 2012
First off, I wanted to let you know about my learning curve with homemade vinegar. I had mentioned starting a batch back in August. Today, in cleaning out some little used areas, I came across an article on making vinegar, and was reminded that I forgot to strain the fruit out of the jars. They had been on a pantry shelf, behind closed doors, and I just forgot about the straining. When I took a look today, I found the pear vinegar had molded on top, and the two jars of apple vinegar had fruit flies. Bummer. A few weeks into the process, all jars had a pleasant fermenting smell and a nice layer of mother on top. The article recommended straining after 30 days, then letting it sit for another 3 months. Then you can begin tasting it to see when it meets with your tastebuds approval. If it doesn't taste ready after 4 months, just check in for a monthly taste. Oh well, there's another layer in the compost bin today. Nothing goes to waste here on the homestead.
Tomorrow morning, Winter and the Winter Solstice arrive at 6:12AM (EST). It always cheers me to think we will begin to move back towards the light-filled days. The days since 12-12-12, through 12-21 and into next year are also said to be very energetically charged, assisting in the shift that is upon us. Wishing you light and energy to support you on your way. Happy Winter Solstice, friends!
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Today is said to be an auspicious day energetically, for the planet and all beings who reside upon her. There are events happening around the globe to mark the day. There are two I'm aware of. Earth-Keeper is doing a live streaming event from Arkansas, an area with significant crystalline deposits. I'll be joining in a World Meditation with World Puja here. Most events are centered around the noon or 12:12 timeframe. However you spend your day, my wish is that you are surrounded by energies that support you in growth and joy.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Not long ago, I spoke of the increase in wildlife we expected here, due to the pond. We were dismayed to find out today that something tried very hard to get to our cats last night. That's the bottom of our shed door in the photo, and the hole is about a foot in height. Though our cats have access to another outbuilding, the shed is typically where they choose to sleep. Thankfully, Sage, Callie and Famata are present and looking fine today. There was obviously some commotion that took place in the dogtrot between the shed and a small shop building as well. There are signs of gray hair along the hole in the door. As all the foxes seen here have been red ones, my best guess is that it was a coyote, which we regularly hear. The pups were worked up the previous two nights... now we likely know why, but strangely, last night they did not wake us up. Now I'm awfully worried about our hens. We've had building a new chicken pen on our to-do list, but at present, if something wanted to go through the wood to get at them, there's nothing that would stop them. I've said a prayer of protection for all of the animals in our care. I hope that will be enough.