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Solstice day

Published June 21, 2017 by Lunapo

Today we enjoyed the Solstice.

After braving the morning rain for a lovely breakfast, we did some errands and enjoyed lunch at home with a movie and home popped popcorn for Watch It Wednesday.

As Witchling napped and Witchlette and I played, the sun burned through the rest of the clouds and it finally looked like what we all imagine Litha looks like.

Upon his waking, the three of us went to a local park and played in the warm afternoon sun, including a good amount of puddle splashing.

At dinner, we said a Litha prayer and utilized my new offering bowl to make Libations.

We talked about what we want to do this summer.

After dinner and more playing, we drizzled honey on our Fairy cakes and left them in a small thicket at the front of our driveway with the Libations from dinner.

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The Littles enjoyed their own cakes in the Fae’s honor with a summer time smores topping.

All in all, a very blessed Solstice indeed!

Freaky Friday

Published June 16, 2017 by Lunapo

This morning, around 7:45, when I realized I didn’t think I could do all day of free play, I rediscovered science experiments for kids I saved on Pinterest a few years ago, and I was thinking since science can get freaky, we should do experiments on Freaky Friday. 

Winner!!!

Today, we did two weather experiments: clouds and rain and tornadoes. 

We put shave foam over water in a jar. Witchlette and I refreshed our memory of the water cycle using itsy-bitsy spider then dripped water and blue food coloring from a medicine plunger over the foam and watched it go down into the water below. 

After, we put dishsoap into water and closed the lid. Shake in a circular motion, and voila! Tornado! 

Witchlette continued with various experiments on her own for two hours with joyful results. Two hours!

Freaky Friday it is!

An ode to diapers

Published June 15, 2017 by Lunapo

Waste catchers, 

Nothing more.

Not given much thought

Until it’s time to end. 

In decades past,

To wash one’s own was

The only way. 

Then to take and toss 

While out and about

Became the balance. 

Since then the convenience

Of take and toss

In our disposable society

Has lead to massive piles

Of incompostable waste. 

Waste that wastes but never wastes away. 

My how glad I am for my

Research

Commitment

Follow through. 

How glad I am to have done cloth

At home and away. 

No take and toss past 

Meconium tar. 

This chapter closes

From breast to fork

From diapers to toilet

From baby to child. 

The last of the babe

Is the waste collector. 

Washed but once more

And passed on to the next

To hold the waste

But never wasting away. 

To be part of the solution

Not adding to the problem. 

Thanks you cloth diapers

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For the bottoms you’ve covered

And conservation you’ve provided. 

Loving summer living

Published June 13, 2017 by Lunapo

Summer vacation, stay at home mom for 12 weeks. 

Kids thrive in structure. 

Our structure, which I have written about previously, has recently evolved to allow for Witchlette’s ideas and preferences. 

Monday continues to be Make it Monday and it’s everyone’s favorite day. A day of baking!

Tuesday is still Touring Tuesday, where we go to a local kids museum to which we have memberships. 

Wednesday is went from Wonder Wednesday where we planned, and failed, to go to library story time. We now, per Witchlette’s request, have Watch It Wednesday. The movie theatre has $1 tickets, with parents getting in for free. On weeks when the movie is not worth a dollar, we’ll pop corn at home and watch some Netflix. 

Thursday is Thinking Thursday. We read a book and make a craft related to the book. Thoughtful Thursday, where we give back to the community, is slowly becoming a regular thing. It feels disingenuous only doing it over the summer and is hard to arrange with toddler schedules. 

Friday is still Free Play Friday, which is going to involve park time, in-home playing, and just general unscheduled time. I couldn’t handle day after day of unstructured time, but once a week is good for their development, especially when Witchlette complains she is board. 

I’m greatly looking forward to the summer time with my loves!

Practical Magick

Published June 12, 2017 by Lunapo

On Saturday, I led a Kitchen Witch and herbology basics class for CotE. 

The bulk of the class was terms and definitions to bring Magick into one’s everyday life. 

The latter of the class was dedicated to using herbs to enhance Magick. 

I shared the recipe for the sleep spray Witchlette and I make together to help her fall asleep on restless nights and to help prevent bad dreams. 

That night, Witchlette noted that her bottle is almost empty and we need to make more. Time got away from us yesterday, so we made it this morning before mama heads out to a studentless workday. 

Witchlette and I set up her ingredients in the moter and pestule…

…then set it in a tea ball to steep…

…and here it stayed until it cooled. At that point, we poured it into the sleep spray bottle and it’s ready for the nights ahead. 


Witchling, seeing his sister making, wanted to do making too. 

Since we have lots of spray ready, we will hold onto his to steep for a later date. 

The post-steeped ingredients will be placed into the planters to enrich the soil. 

Recipe:

One part each, with another pintch each time the ingredient is renamed:

For sleep: chamomile, lavendar, thyme, rosemary

For peace: lavendar

For wishes: sage, sunflower, dandelion

For happiness: lavender, majoram

For purification: bay, chamomile, lavendar, parsley, rosemary, thyme

For success: cinnamon

*I use cinnamon in all my spells 

An outing and a new connection

Published June 11, 2017 by Lunapo

Today, Witchlette had a playdate. 

She and her friend have been friends since they were 3 months and 6 months respectively. They have been in the same preschool class since then. They are districted to the same elementary school. 

K, friend’s mom, and I have been chatting more and more frequently. We both realized how much we wanted to get us and the girls together, but our own social hesitations prevented us from ever reaching out. So last weekend, we planned for this morning. 

K and I shared non-stop conversation and the girls played together without conflict for 4 hours. 

FOUR HOURS. WITHOUT CONFLICT. FROM PRESCHOOLERS. 

During our conversation, we were discussing language and words we use to help our kids express themselves. I shared that I am careful with the  words I give Witchlette because our beliefs are ones that could cause others to disengage. One of my biggest fears is Witchlette will lose a friend because friend’s mama said her kids can’t play her anymore, so it’s very important to me that folks know us before they know our beliefs. Its hard to undo an established relationship with a small fact. 

Not at all impossible. Happens all the time. But I like to think it’s more difficult. 

So after I shared all that, she asked what my faith is. 

We’re Pagans. 

I held my breath. 

“That’s. So. Cool!”

I figured that would be the response, as K is rather relaxed and is quite modern. But to actually hear it, to know that it was not only no big deal, but was also something to look up to, was reinforcing. 

That was earlier in the day, so the whole time we had no guards or pretence. No sheild or barriers. Just openness. 

So much goodness. 

Bonus: her guacamole is avacado and lime, nothing else. 

Return of Saturn

Published June 9, 2017 by Lunapo

I am just now getting to a point where I am whole after my Return of Saturn.

Wait…what?

Return of Saturn is when the planet Saturn completes its solar orbit compared to the point where it was at the time of one’s birth. It takes 29 years for Saturn to complete one solar orbit so people typically experience two Saturn returns: late 20s (quarter life crisis) and late 50s (midlife crisis). The implications of a Saturn return can be felt a year or two before to a year or two after the actual return. Most folks feel it from 27-32 and 57-62. Apparently, it is a time when one is either riding high and feeling great with everything that could be wanted from life or it seems as though the whole universe is against you and you’ll never get there.

i am just now coming out of my Saturn return and, looking back upon that time frame, I was put through some tests.

At 26, I was told I would never have kids- the only thing in life I ever really wanted. I went through surgery and infertility treatment through my 27 to bring Witchlette shortly after my 28th birthday. At 29, I learned Witchling was on the way and he arrived a bit after my 30th. I dealt with postpartum issues, including suicidal images but not actual ideations, through my 31st and am now in year 32.

Life is good.

Hubby and I share the household load with him taking day to day chores- dishes, breakfast, lunch- and me taking “woman’s work”- kids’ stuff and housekeeping tasks.

since moving to North Carolina, I have struggled to establish a social group with folks who I share commonalities outside of vocational location. There have been folks I was close with, but due to life circumstances, time has caused a drift. As I got more involved in CotE, I have established friendships with folks who I want to go out of my way to see because of the joy of their company. I still feel pangs and triggers of PPD, and I do a lot of balancing to keep the, at bay. I have a great group of friends who understand social time beginning after bedtime or my kids coming along. Luckily, they like my little Witches.

Life is good.

I was doing some soul searching: what has driven my Gus far to the point where I am now?

in high school, I was one of the leaders of our school’s chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Atheltes. I was always driven my by spirituality and I have been a leader, so it makes sense that I am one of the Board members for CotE and a leader in my spiritual community presently.

As far back as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a teacher. I always wanted to use sign language to make a difference in the lives of students who are Deaf. This year marks the end of my 9th year in education. The first 7 years we spent with Deaf students. The last two years have bee in an administrative role with all special needs students. Being an administrator is not something I ever saw myself doing. I am really good at the administrator aspects, but I was a really great teacher too. I miss the hustle and bustle of the classroom. I miss the lesson planning and the student engagement. I miss being a “teacher”. I thought the classroom was done with me, and I went into the administrative role. I was wrong. I put in a transfer back to my previous role as a Teacher of the Deaf.

My first return of Saturn complete. I personally have everything I ever wanted. It was an uphill to get here, but I made it. Hubby and my Things; I love them with all that I am. I professionally had everything I ever wanted, but I didn’t know it at the time. I see it now.

 

So It Goes

“It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.” J.R.R. Tolkien

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