Thursday, December 14, 2006
In memory of Grandma Peachie 1913-2006
Monday, December 11, 2006
As for Yule, I can't wait to lite the fireplace next week for the ritual. I just need to figure out what I'm going to make. Maybe some Serendipity Bars, or some good ol' fashion almond crescent cookies. I'll have plenty of time to think it over, as I'll be knit during every spare moment between here and there.
As I have started this blog fairly recently, you don't know that at this time of year, we celebrate 3 holidays in our house. As the title implies, I am a kitchen witch. But as my Christian family is highly unaccepting of this, I do observe some Christian holidays. Christmas being one of them. And a few years ago I asked, "why should I be limited to Christian holidays while I practice my pagan holidays, and not observe any others?" I decided that we would celebrate Chanukah as well. Where I work, we had an older guy that worked with us who was Jewish. I asked him where I could go to buy a menorah and candles, and he told me to leave it to him. A few days later, he brought me a little brass menorah, a box of colorful candles and phonetically wrote out the Hebrew blessings for me with the english translations. My girls thought it was the greatest thing, to watch mommy light the menorah and say the blessing in Hebrew. Ever since then, he has brought me a box of candles and given my girls presents the first night of Chanukah. This year when I went to get out the menorah, I couldn't remember what box it was packed in. So, I gave in, went to Bed Bath and Beyond and found a lovely little silver menorah and pretty blue candles. This year when I pack down the Chrismas tree, the menorah is going in the box with the tree and my Yule candles. And since this Friday night is the first night of Chanukah, I'll post pics everynight of the lit menorah.
And to everyone:
No matter how you say it, may it be everything you wished for.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Also, for the upcoming holiday, I am preparing for my week of ritual fasting. However, I don't go the complete week without. I do daylight hours only. Sun up to sun down. A few people raise an eyebrow at me when I do this, but everyone else if used to it. And one of the main reason why I do this is to pay homage to the several times in my life that I have had so little food, and still survived. Also to clear my mind, and cleanse my body for the rituals that I have planned. I think I'll also do some clutter cleansing, and space cleansing this time around. Granted, I got rid of a ton of crap when I moved, I can stand to get rid of more. I guess I'll just have to see how motivated I get, huh?
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Beautiful, huh? Too bad I was on my way to work. And this:
Sorry about the little black dot in the middle of the sun. I didn't put that there intentionally, it just showed up. On my way home from work, I stopped and got a bottle of apple wine for my rituals. When I got home, I started by giving the feline population of the house baths. Most people are horrified by this thought. Giving a cat a bath? Welp, mine are used to it. They get atleast 2 a year. And since they were messy kittens, I had to bathe then regularly, they are used to it and don't fight, much. They don't claw me, they just try to grip the side of the bath tub. They have learned that resistance is futile. So, without futher ado, here are my very pi$$ed off kitties:
First up is Mr. Vinny. He is a goofy Siamese mix that is just a little over a year old. He came to live with us because I couldn't stand to see such cuteness die. He has since attached himself to Katie.
Next we have Miss Moonie (short for Anksunamun - named after the evil villianess in the Mummy movies). I got her from Amy's mom. She was the only black kitten in the litter, and I have such affection for black cats. I am the only person she loves, she tolerates the rest of the human race, but only when she feels like it. She is just over 5 years old. I got her when Annie was just 4 months old. And there must be a connection there, because Moonie has let Annie pick her up and haul her around in some very awkward postions since Annie was able to pick her up. And moving on.
When I was done with bath time, I cleaned up and went into the kitchen to bake an apple cake. Amy had this cake mix from Simply Tasteful (one of those home party things - like I'm one to talk, I used to sell Party Lite and Tupperware). It was called Nana's Apple Cake Mix : Just add apples and eggs. That's it? There has to be more. Right? Nope. Just apples & eggs. And boy did it come out great. Here is a pic of the cake:
Here is the ritual pic:
It's a little dark, but I like the effect. And yes, the ritual wine is in a margarita glass. That's because my vindictive familiar (Miss Moonie) broke the only wine glass I had unpacked. I'll need to either unpack another, or by one before Samhaim. After this, I went out to the front yard to freak out the neighbors again - Sorry - I meant, sprinkle the offerings of cake and wine in the yard. After I was done, Amy pointed out that I had another witness, besides her. There was someone walking down the sidewalk on the other side of the street. The story he'll have to tell at school tomorrow.
So, here's hopeing your Mabon was pleasant. Goddess Bless!
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
But, I think the other person got the worst end of the deal. But considering that she turned left infront of me, she deserved it. Here is her vehicle looked like:
Not bad for a little Kia, huh? The cop that showed up didn't site her for causing the accident, leaving the scene of an accident (as she walked off and he had to go get her), or for not being able to show current proof of insurance. However, her own insurance company found her to be at fault, but for only 75%? WTF? Apparently, I'm responsible for 25% becuase I couldn't channel Miss Cleo from behind prison bars to see what she was about to do. All that happened last Wednesday, and by Friday I had to go to the doctor's because my shoulder swelled up where my seat belt jerked me back. But it was good thing I was wearing my seat belt, or I would've kissed the windshield. Ouch! So, I'm on anti-inflammitories, muscle relaxants, an exercise program and I have to return next week. I dropped my car off to the body shop yesterday morning, and they are supposed to have it until next Monday, but they told me that they would try to have it done by Friday.
But, my week has gotten better. Today, I got a card from Meow who is Austraila. Thanks, it comes at a time when I need some cheering up. Also, I won some wonderful yarn from a fellow knit blogger, and I never win anything. So things are looking up. Maybe the Goddess has decided to smile on me once again.
Sunday, September 03, 2006
Saturday, August 26, 2006
My left palm.
The back side of my left hand.
The design on my feet.
The design I put on Miss Amy's leg. Not bad for free hand, huh?
I forgot to get pics of my right palm and back of hand, oops! I have been busy knitting lately. If you want to see that, you can visit here.
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Oh, and no henna in the mail yet. Hopefully it will be here by Friday, that way I can mix it and use in Saturday.
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Happy First Harvest! I forgot to ask mom to make corn bread, and I didn't make Full Moon corn bread. I did make some corn cake, though. I had to run to the store for few final ingrediants and a bottle of wine, but I did celebrate a holiday in a somewhat proper way. See:
There is my corn cake, a piece each for the Goddess and God, a glass of wine and my lit candle. After saying my incantation over them, I took a pinch of each piece of corn cake and the glass of wine out to the front yard to make my offerings. Let's see if the neighbors complain about the batty girls next door. Especially after the "trying to take a picture of the full moon over the neighbors house across the street" episode.Yeah, that was interesting. We actually heard him lock his screen door to keep us wierdos out. Hee hee! But with Miss Amy's girls living with us, I forgot what it was like to have to explain what I was doing and why. My girls just know, because it's the way it's always been. But her girls are catching on. When I mentioned Mabon for next month, Renae asked what that was, and when I asked her if she remembered the picnic in the park last year, she got very excited. I love sharing these kinds of things with all the girls. Annie actually begs me to let go on the Gingerbread Grandma's site to play. I think it's great. We get to read the stories together, pick out recipes, and activities to do.
I had an idea. (Look out world!) If anyone still reads this (I hope someone does), I was wondering if anyone would like to join a Yule/Solstice exchange. Just a something to let everyone exchange a seasonal or ritual item, and make more friends. Maybe set it up like a "Secret Santa" swap, where you know who you are sending stuff to, but not who will be sending to you. If anyone is interested, please leave a comment, that way I have time to get everything set up. If I only get a few people who are interested, not really enough to do a swap, maybe we can just arrange a gift swap between us.
Monday, July 31, 2006
Anyway, tomorrow is Lughnasadh. The first harvest festival, and the festival of corn. If I can't get mom to make corn bread for dinner, I may just to come home and make a Full Moon corn bread for the occasion. I would also love to have some mead with it, but I haven't brewed any for several years. I may just to fix that. Nothing is better for rituals than a a good honey mead, flavored with leamons and/or oranges.
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
As, I have found the motivation to write again. Inspiration has hit me at almost every turn. Maybe I'll find enough of it to finally write the novel I know is trapped in my brain. Here's hopeing, cause I could use what little money it might bring in.
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
I have had a very quiet couple of days. My mom took my girls camping. It's given me plenty of time to catch up on my knitting. They'll come home either tonight or tomorrow.
Stop by my knitting blog if you'd like to see pics of out hike for Saturday.
Friday, June 09, 2006
Monday, June 05, 2006
I still haven't heard from Miss Rachel. I am starting to worry about her. Maybe I'll call her tonight and see how she is doing.
Friday, May 26, 2006
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Also, you can check here to see why I was followed like a shoplifter in a museum.
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
As for the bad news. I talked to Miss Rachel yesterday, and she has cancelled the cleansing ritual for this weekend. But I don't blame her. She has been dealing with so much lately, with the new meds. She just doesn't have the time or drive to finish organizing it. And with them uping, lowering or switching her meds to try to make her normal, she doesn't seem to be the same person that I have known since the first day of high school. I also feel so helpless, cause there is nothing I can do for her. If she isn't sleeping, then she's depressed. My hands just feel so tied when it comes to that situation.
But, I do look forward to this weekend, as it's the weekend for the cook out, even though I'm on call. Oh well, when has that ever stopped me?
Maybe I'll get motivated to cleanse my room, now that it's clean.
Monday, May 15, 2006
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Monday, May 01, 2006
Blessed Be on this holiday!
Saturday, April 29, 2006
Last night, I thought I would change the template on my knitting blog. That'll teach me for thinking. I forgot to save the current template, and screwed it all up. I did fix it for the most part, and I looks pretty nice, but I ended up going with the the black template like this one. I do have a few photos that I posted on there today, one of my recently finished socks, and one of Mr. Vinny, sleeping with his tongue out. Check it out.
Beltaine is on Monday, and we are having a potluck at work on Tuesday. They aren't connected, we just haven't had a potluck in a long time. So, it's up to me to make some coleslaw and maybe a caramel apple crostata. Yum! But, we are going to try to do the Beltaine picnic next Saturday, when everyone will be in town (mainly Miss Tammi). We'll be doing this one potluck style. I still need to pick a place, be someone's back yard or a park, and a time. There's not many of us for this one, so it doesn't really matter. And, I do need to call everyone and remind them. Hey, maybe my new Sabbat entertaining book will come in handy for this. :)
Also, on Saturday May 20th, Miss Rachel is hosting a cleansing ritual at Blendon Park, here in Columbus. I think it's something we all need, as she has pointed out, this year has sucked so far. So, if you are in Columbus or the surrounding area, feel free to join us. This is a family oriented event, and is a picnic, so please bring your own food and refreshments. I will post the time as soon as she let's me know. We will be doing a short ritual (about 3 to 4 minutes) then the picnic will commence. If you need directions, or would like to know any other info, please leave me a comment, and I will respond to you as quickly as I can.
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Then, being big Harry Potter fans, we found this one:
Then, I couldn't resist this one:
And this one:
One more! I promise it's the last one:
That thing kept us busy for atleast an hour.
During the time that we were playing with this, Miss Tammi's daughter called me. It seems that she is having very disturbing dreams lately. Dreams of a close friend that commited suicide last year. From what she has been telling me, it seems as if he has been trying to communicate with her, but it's freaking her out, and it's only been since they have moved into their new house. I told her to carry my cell # with her everywhere, and call me no matter what time of day or night it was. So, I'm going to call her tonight to check on her, because she was pretty shaken up last night.
On a lighter note, if you'd like to see what my cats have been up to, please visit my knitting blog. I hope you find it as funny as I did.
Saturday, April 22, 2006
Shortly after starting the yard work, the mail man came by and had a box for me. My books from Amazon.com. I was very excited. And the mailman remarked that we got a lot of boxes. What, with the e-bay orders, Knit Picks orders, and Amazon.com orders, he said that we make sure that he does gets out of his truck and get a little exercise every now and then. Nice guy. I'll have to see about giving him some cookies this Yule. And, here is the obligatory pic of said books:
Thursday, April 20, 2006
A short while ago, I was coming out of the kitchen from getting the girlies some strawberry ice cream, and this is what I saw:
Aren't they cute? They haven't sat together like this in a long time. That's Moonie and Vinny. Moonie is my black cat, my familiar, and Vinny is my pain in the arse. Even now, Moonie is in the window enjoying the spring air.
The other day I found a site for pagan children that I fell in love with. Most of you probably already now about it, but it's Elsie and Pooka. I just love the coloring pages. I printed off some for the girls earlier, as I took the day off (and no, I didn't play hookie, I asked for it off) to spend with the girls, as Katie is on spring break this week. I thought that Annie would be the one to want to color them right away, since she 5. But no, she was more interested in Sponge Bob. Katie on the other hand, who is 11, jumped right in and did every one that I printed off for her, right away. But, right now Annie is sitting at the kitchen table with mommy's crayons. Maybe later I'll scan the master pieces and post them. I like the pages so much, I may even color a few.
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Anyway, those of you who visit me on a regular basis will notice that I have finaly done something with my side bar. Doesn't it look pretty?
Monday, April 17, 2006
We did have a good holiday weekend. I went to Miss Tammi's for Easter, my mom wasn't too happy with me, but hey, she didn't speak up soon enough. And for the dinner I made 4 loaves of breaded egg bread, 2 loaves of braided honey whole wheat bread, 1 large and 1 small Hiawiian sweet potatoe casseroles, and 2 caramel apple crostas. Everything was a big hit, as I made it home with only the small casserole and 1 loaf of egg bread. If anyone is interested in the recipes I used, you can e-mail me at tonia underscore u at hotmail dot com, and I will be more than happy to share.
Oh, and I won the drawal of the hat for a set of my boss' season hockey tickets. Saturday night, I took Tammi's daughter, Jessi with me and we went to see the Columbus Blue Jackets play the Chicago Black Hawks. We won 5 to 2, and the Black Hawks only scored when Jessi and I went to get some pop and hot dogs. Here are a few pics that I took that night:
Here's our mascot Stinger just before the game.
And here is pic of #27 - Manny Malhotra, he reminds me of a very skinny Vin Diesel.
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Anyway, at Barnes & Noble, I bought a natural healing book by Mark Evans. I also bought Cerulean Sins and Incubus Dreams by Laurell K. Hamilton. Then I spotted Every Which Way But Dead by Kim Harrison. The cover caught my eye, and the blurb on the back sucked me in. And I think for the first time, I got the first book in a series instead of one in the middle. I'll let you know how it is when I'm done.
I didn't get to do my meditation, but I did get my facial done last night. Let's see what I can accomplish tonight!
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
And so, on that note, I did pamper myself today. I ran out of my favorite lip balm, so we went to Bath & Body at lunch so I could get a new one. And I found a sample pack of body butters that I couldn't pass up. There was Brazil Nut, Pumkin, Lychee, Black Currant and Aloe. They are at least a good couple of ounces each, and the pack was $24.00, a really good deal, as they are half of the full size jars that are $12.00 each. And when we got back from lunch, I went on to Amazon.com and bought a book that I could find at Barnes & Noble during lunch. I got Sabbat Entertaining by Willow Polson. Then I noticed that if I had purchases totaling $25.00, then I could get free shipping. Well, I love free shipping, so I also bought the 2006 Witches' Datebook (as I still hadn't got one - I know, kinda late in the year) and Cakes and Ale For The Pagan Soul by Patricia Telesco.
I was going to go to the grocery store tonight, but I think I'll meditate instead, if I can get all the kids to play outside. And I think I'll try a ritual sun up to sun down fasting to let this general yuckiness run it's course. I mean I really feel horrid. So, any good thoughts and energy would be very helpful right now.
Have a Blessed evening!
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
And last night, I found the first dandelion of the season:
And here is my favorite plum tree:
You can just barely see that it is sprouting leaves. This tree is at my mom's, and it is my favorite plum tree because it produces such nice Japanese Table Plums, that my mom turns into such great home made wine. I have the very last bottle from her 2004 batch, and I'm hording it! It's that good! So, maybe the Goddess will bless us with another good crop this year, as last year was the off season for it.
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
I have decided to set the group Beltaine party for the weekend of May 6-7. That's a weekend that Tammi is in, and we may have to adjust a little of PJ does little B's birthday party that weekend. Now, that I have made my mind up on that one, I can start to plan. I'll need to find where we want to have it, and what the menu will be, and who will bring what dish. Maybe Miss Rachel will feel well enough to join us. I would love it she does, and it would do her some good.
Monday, April 03, 2006
On the holiday front, I haven't starte making any plans for Beltaine, yet. I need to check the calender and see what day will work for everyone. Then I can start planning menus, a place to hold it, and games and activities for the kiddies. So, we'll see!
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Pic B.F. (Before Fire):
Pic A.F (After Fire):
You can just barely see my cauldron sitting right in front.
Ok, on the plan the next holiday, and see if we can actually celebrate this one the way we used to, as a group of close friends. Next holiday is Beltaine on May 1st. Tonight, I'm going to trudge out to the garage and bring in all the boxes with my books in them, so I can get the back on the shelves in my room. Fun, Fun, Fun!
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
On Monday, we spent time knitting, so was very relaxed. Then at midnight, Miss Amy and I decided to try to light the fire place for Ostara. Our fears of blowing up my room and having to share hers were unfounded, as the Gods were against us. It wouldn't light. So, last night when Amy got home, we called the neighbor, R, and had him come over to look at it, since he has one too. And it appears that the people who lived there before us had a phobia about gas appliances. SHe mad the land lord remove the stove and put in an electric one, and they shut off all 3 valves to the fireplace. Yes, 3 valves. But, R figured it out, and we got lit, and in the process, we found were someone was stupid enough to try and burn a cd in it. We need to give them a Carlos Mencia award for that one, The Da-de-da-de Award! Now, I can finish unpacking my room (my sacred space), and get settled in. And, since it's snowed again, it'll be cozy in my room. I can light the fireplace, turn on a good movie or some soothing music and knit, as the cats try to lay all over me. Especially Moonie, since she never leaves my room, but that's a good thing, for the mean, evil kitty that she is.
Since we didn't get to color eggs, I did find this to share:
There is only 1 of 4, as I am still have the same problem with Blogger being hungery, as I had on my knitting blog. Besides, this one is my favorite.
Thursday, March 16, 2006
Here's an image I found many (maybe 4 or 5) years ago for St. Patrick's Day. I can't remember where I found, so I can't give credit for it now, I may remember later. If anyone knows, please feel free to comment and remind me.
Happy St. Patrick's Day
Gotta love that time of year for Green Beer!
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
I seem to do really well at blogging on knitting, that I thought I'd give it a go on blogging on my pagan religion.
I am a kitchen witch of the Celtic flavor, from my athame, to my broom stick, cauldron, and black cat that hates the world, loves me and tolerates the rest of the household. I try to find ways to incorporate magic in my daily life, and not just dust it off for the Sabbats.
Speacking of Sabbats. Ostara is approaching, March 20th. And typically, we celebrate it on the weekend closer to the holiday. It's been awhile since we've been able to have a large celebration, Mabon was the last one that I remember. So, tonight I'll be calling to let everyone know. The only one I don't have to call is Miss Amy, now that we are room mates. Miss Tammi will be in Georgia this weekend. Miss PJ will probably not show, as has been her habit of late. And if Miss Rachel feels up to coming, she won't have any children with her, yet. I'll also need to go over a menu. Amy did say that she wants me to make chili this weekend, but I don't see how that's going to fit in. But, I'll let you know what I come up with.