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post #341 of 595
Reading all, not posting much. Just too tired and busy.

I was in tears when I read about your neighbor's plants being wantonly destroyed in that way. I know it won't do much good, but I'd seriously consider sending the county a bill for replacing all of those (as if they could ever replace the value of mature plants!) It is just unconscionable.

Got up way too early this morning after 2 nights of raging insomnia...but it was for a good purpose. Needed to go to the bank to get money for a truck we're buying. DH has wanted a pickup forever and now we found one that is within our budget. Woohoo!! No more being stuck at home without transportation because the family van is a at a train station 15 miles away from home.
post #342 of 595
Hi ladies- I'm not officially a part of this group, but have been affiliated with various liberal quaker and uu groups throughout the years and have always been very interested in a more nature-focused spirituality. I was hoping that some of you might share some books that would be helpful for someone just starting to really explore. I'm fortunate to have a few truly lovely ladies in my area who have invited me to join them- and I guess I want to have some better ideas of what to expect and just to help me more clearly discern whether this is the right path for me. Thanks so much!
post #343 of 595
welcome SweetPotato! We're a pretty unofficial group so jump on in!

There are tons of suggested books/websites/videos in the pagan resource thread here.

There are also gobs of info and ideas in the Pagan Summer Camp threads and Holiday threads. Most of those are linked from the resource thread, but you can find 2008 here (pagan mindfulness in daily life) and 2007 here (each week devoted to exploring a different element). 2009 is ongoing and you'll see those threads still floating around the main Spirituality forum.

Personally, my favorite "general" resources are Drawing Down the Moon (a bit old, but a great overview of many many different pagan paths), Spiral Dance (also an older book, and one focused on the Reclaiming tradition of witchcraft, this is more of a "how to" book), Celebrating the Great Mother (aimed at families who want to follow a pagan/earth based yearly cycle, it has great ideas for blending spirituality into daily life with children), and The Paganism Reader (a newer book, nice overview of pagan paths in modern culture... not a "how to" book, it shows up in college libraries and is a bit more "scholarly").
post #344 of 595
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Oh no! My heart goes out to the garden and your neighbour! I can't believe that happened! I don't even think I have any more polite words to add here about it...just heartbreaking!

Mary - fantastic about the truck!

Clay - gotta love warranties! I'm glad that the transmission will be fixed for you and you get a rental.

LM - how are you doing? You must be getting close to term!

SweetPotato - welcome! There are a ton of resources in the camps that wombatclay linked. That's a great place to start! One book that I liked in terms of ritual structure (or explaining why some things are done) was "Elements of Ritual". I think before reading that book though, a general 101 book is good.

We went for a play date this morning and had lunch with them, walked my friend's son to school (senior kindergarden). He didn't want to go, he was crying...I even wanted to start crying. I know she doesn't want to force him to go to school, but they both came to the agreement that he would try. From what I know, he is happy about school after it's over, but is anxious about going. But all in all, the kids had fun playing together (or side by side) lol and I came home with paint on my arm, so that has to be a good day right?

I feel this odd disconnect with my body right now but I do understand that it is going through all kinds of changes. Since it is the new moon...I should take some time to listen, pause, and help it get what it needs.

The high today was 21 degrees (69/70F) and the low tonight will be 7 (44F). That will be a pretty big change but that cool, crisp autumn air is coming in. Okay, no scarves yet, but time to pull out some sweaters probably. And I'm not sure if I will keep the windows open tonight, or at least open all the way.
post #345 of 595
i am 36.5 weeks. i always carry past 41 though. so i am not holding my breath. lol.

trying to figure out how to help DH. his ex is a major manipulator. we are ion the middle of fgetting papers signed for custody and visitation and she doesnt want to sign them b/c she wants wed evening as well. i told DH over my dead body but she keeps getting him to think about it. it is not a good idea and i think it is ridiculous. it would be a major upset to OUR family. he says "i am trying to do what is best for DSD". first it is not best for her, and second is not best for the rest of our family. she has always been able to do this to him. make him think she is good and has good intentions etc. i can see through her but he keeps falling for it. i need to do something to get him to see through her and stand up to her. i am so mad right now. he actually told me he was thinking about calling the lawyer to ask him to change the papers so she could have wed. i said no. i will not put the rest of my family through that. you could do that if you were on your own. but this is a partnership etc. am i being unreasonable? this is the woman who couldnt even pee in a cup to get her kids back.
post #346 of 595
duh-duh-duh-duh! (that's a fanfare) today was the first day i had a hard time getting IN the pool-- it was "that" cold! weeeeeheeewwww!!!


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so, i'm sitting here wishing tracy's new moon article was up already... *sigh* (eta: ok, so i googled some other articles, and now i'm really excited... looks like this could be a ... refreshing... new moon!!)
yes, i am quoting me. i was right! read tracy's article! squeeee!


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I know it won't do much good, but I'd seriously consider sending the county a bill for replacing all of those (as if they could ever replace the value of mature plants!) It is just unconscionable.
actually, it might. when we lived in a condo, the plant butchers, uh, i mean "landscapers," killed several of my plants, and i got the manager to pay me back. (i had to fight for it, though... but kill my plants, and you've got a serious momma bear to deal with!


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Hi ladies- I'm not officially a part of this group...
well met! come join in! (or lurk, lol... that seems to be very popular....)
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Originally Posted by wombatclay View Post
There are also gobs of info and ideas in the Pagan Summer Camp threads and Holiday threads. Most of those are linked from the resource thread, but you can find 2008 here (pagan mindfulness in daily life) and 2007 here (each week devoted to exploring a different element). 2009 is ongoing and you'll see those threads still floating around the main Spirituality forum.
ya know... that should just be your sig.


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I feel this odd disconnect with my body ...Since it is the new moon...
Okay, no scarves yet, but time to pull out some sweaters probably. And I'm not sure if I will keep the windows open tonight, or at least open all the way.
part one-- ohh, check out tracy's new moon article!
part two-- augh! ok, i guess i have to come visit YOU, too!


yes, yes, i am in a hopping good mood..... i have made a decision about something very important to me (libra enfp, so that's a huge thing, making a decision, that is... lol).... AND... DH and i are going on a DATE tonight! squeeeeeeee!!!! it's his bday next week, and he got this coupon for this wonderful local pizza place, and my mom's feeling guilty for some merc retro havoc she caused earlier this week, so she's taking the boy, and so we're going to go all by ourselves.
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Flu/vax- Since ds has an Immune Deficiency, I'm not sure what I'll decide. I'm going to try to talk with his doc about it but I'm sure they will just push the vax and not give any thought to a sensitive immune system.

I'm even thinking of trying to host a pagan pampered chef party. giggle.
I hear ya dok, Lucas doesn't have an 'official' immune deficiency, but I really think he does.. the rest of us get a minor cold.. he goes down like a ton of bricks. This happens every.single.time! If he was in school I have no idea what I'd do re: flu shot, because I do.not.trust them...since he's home I can relax a bit. I would LOVE to come to your pagan pampered chef do hehehe.. AWESOME idea.

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In sad news, my dear friend Faith, went into the hospital yesterday for swelling and a few other related problems. She is doing o.k. but will be in the hospital for a few days.
Hope a few days of R&R (if you can get that in a hospital will do her as much good as any treatments they give her!

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Hi ladies- I'm not officially a part of this group, but have been affiliated with various liberal quaker and uu groups throughout the years and have always been very interested in a more nature-focused spirituality.
We aren't terribly official here, so c'mon in and get comfy! I've got about 5mins before I must log off so I'll let the other mamas hand suggestions for now, but will coem back to it later!

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trying to figure out how to help DH. his ex is a major manipulator. we are ion the middle of fgetting papers signed for custody and visitation and she doesnt want to sign them b/c she wants wed evening as well.
Just UGH. Wish I had wise advice, but I don't really If you think it is not the best thing, then keep advocating for what you think is right!

Off to pick up my gf, whom I haven't seen in quite some time, and she's going to come back and spend a few days with us very cool to have a pagan chicky around to chat with!
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I would LOVE to come to your pagan pampered chef do hehehe.. AWESOME idea.
Eye of newt, toe of frog? No wait, that can't be right. I think thats 'olives and green beans, right?'
I picture a gathering like in Practical Magic only much more domestic and mundane.
Now mix all the ingredients together, wave your wand and...
... Ta da! You have a delicious veggie and cheese calzone!
post #349 of 595
Midnight margaritas!!!!!!!!!!

I lurve Practical Magic (though the book isn't much like the movie)... but then, I'm a sucker for Sandra.
post #350 of 595
Hi everyone!! I read only this last page, but I felt like I've missed being on this thread! I LOVE Practical Magic and only just recently read the book. I loved the book!

I would LOVE to go to your pagan pampered chef party! my small bar pan just broke last week and I use that one all the time for my own personal serving of sweet potato fries. Or chicken nuggets or fish sticks for the kids! Many uses! And to have a party pagan themed in the kitchen! Just my style!

Well, I'm coming up to full term almost. I'm 34 weeks and still having labor symptoms. TMI- my uterus has lowered which is usually high until delivery, I'm soft, and the normal dilated and effaced for a mother of prior babies. But the lower and soft is unusual for me so I'm taking it easy and drinking lots. Getting the bags packed which finished today. My labor buddy comes home tomorrow night. My neighbor/friend is my labor buddy until daddy comes home, but he doesn't come home until mid-October. In a way, I feel like I'm going to have this baby on Mabon. I don't know why. Just a feeling. In a way, I hope I'm wrong because daddy will miss it. But I am sooo ready! LOL.
post #351 of 595
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Midnight margaritas!!!!!!!!!!

I lurve Practical Magic (though the book isn't much like the movie)... but then, I'm a sucker for Sandra.
Oh my goodness, so am I! I'd marry her if I could.

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I would LOVE to go to your pagan pampered chef party! my small bar pan just broke last week and I use that one all the time for my own personal serving of sweet potato fries. Or chicken nuggets or fish sticks for the kids! Many uses! And to have a party pagan themed in the kitchen! Just my style!
The stoneware is on sale this month! Pm'ing you.
post #352 of 595
Preggo Moms who are due soon- woohoo! Lioness and Southern Mommy you guys are so close, it could anytime in the next few weeks or so. I am so happy for you!

We are going to the farmers market this morning and then off to clean the house for Bean's birthday. Gilli still prefers to be called Bean. lol

Welcome SweetPotato!
post #353 of 595
Slacking off on Saturday morning, eek, I should be studying Dosage Calculations and Pharmacology, because we're having an exam on Monday. We're going to the orchard this afternoon, though, for yummy fresh apples and cider! And I'm going to a Mabon ritual tonight
I'm hoping the orchard will have pumpkin butter, too, but last year they didn't have any, because get this-- they sold it in previous years, but it was made in a crock pot in their kitchen, and since they sell other foodstuffs, the FDA or whoever, told them they couldn't make and sell the pumpkin butter anymore because it was home-done and not quality-controlled or whatever
It was so yummy, too-- the last time I bought it, it was still warm


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(even in nursing Maia.. and I worked in county psych units .. I DID however get my hep vax)
Oh, I know when I'm a nurse I can refuse them, but in school I am not so sure. They haven't said a thing about it yet, though.

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Evening mamas. Today was a chilly, overcast day. I think we made it in the low 60's?
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Brrr...Cold this morning! It's 64 degrees in the house.
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Fighting the need to turn on the heat yet....brrrr, we wore jackets today instead of hoodies.
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Our house is currently 64 degrees, 61 outside
I am SO JEALOUS!!! It's still in the 70s in the daytime, here, unless it rains and then it stays in the 60s. And it's in the high 50s at night. I can't wait to put the flannel sheets on!!

Making berry tarts today

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Originally Posted by DaughterOfKali View Post
I'm even thinking of trying to host a pagan pampered chef party. giggle.
Now wouldn't that be fun. I'd go to that!

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We (a group that I work with) applied for a grant and was awarded it. I am beyond thrilled!
YAY!
OTOH, I'm sorry about your friend. I hope she gets better soon.

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Hi ladies- I'm not officially a part of this group
Welcome! As always, I love Phyllis Curott. Her first and 2nd books are wonderful, IMO. The first ("Book of Shadows") is autobiographical, and reads like a recovery story, but instead of going from drunk to sober, she goes from mundane to magickal and the 2nd ("Witch Crafting") is more of a why-to than a how-to, though it does have rituals and altar stuff in it.

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yes, yes, i am in a hopping good mood..... i have made a decision about something very important to me (libra enfp, so that's a huge thing, making a decision, that is... lol).... AND... DH and i are going on a DATE tonight! squeeeeeeee!!!! it's his bday next week, and he got this coupon for this wonderful local pizza place, and my mom's feeling guilty for some merc retro havoc she caused earlier this week, so she's taking the boy, and so we're going to go all by ourselves.
Woohoo for good decisions and date night! How did it go?
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We (a group that I work with) applied for a grant and was awarded it. I am beyond thrilled!

In sad news, my dear friend Faith, went into the hospital yesterday for swelling and a few other related problems. She is doing o.k. but will be in the hospital for a few days. She is like a friend and grandmother all rolled into one. She is the original teacher/owner of the Rainbow School, of which we are formed after. She is such a form of strength and encouragement.

I am looking forward to more recipes and the cool weather and warm toasty nights. Blankets and wool sweaters!
Congrats on the grant! I am so sorry to here about your friend. I hope she gets better quickly.

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Originally Posted by SweetPotato View Post
Hi ladies- I'm not officially a part of this group, but have been affiliated with various liberal quaker and uu groups throughout the years and have always been very interested in a more nature-focused spirituality. I was hoping that some of you might share some books that would be helpful for someone just starting to really explore. I'm fortunate to have a few truly lovely ladies in my area who have invited me to join them- and I guess I want to have some better ideas of what to expect and just to help me more clearly discern whether this is the right path for me. Thanks so much!
Hi and welcome. Love your name.

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Originally Posted by DaughterOfKali View Post
Eye of newt, toe of frog? No wait, that can't be right. I think thats 'olives and green beans, right?'
I picture a gathering like in Practical Magic only much more domestic and mundane.
Now mix all the ingredients together, wave your wand and...
... Ta da! You have a delicious veggie and cheese calzone!
I love Practical Magic! My kids hate it because I have watched the movie so much. The book was so different and difficult for me to enjoy because I watched the movie first. I love pampered chef too. I wish I lived close enough to come to a party!
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Originally Posted by DaughterOfKali View Post
Eye of newt, toe of frog? No wait, that can't be right. I think thats 'olives and green beans, right?'
I picture a gathering like in Practical Magic only much more domestic and mundane.
Now mix all the ingredients together, wave your wand and...
... Ta da! You have a delicious veggie and cheese calzone!
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Originally Posted by wombatclay View Post
Midnight margaritas!!!!!!!!!!

I lurve Practical Magic (though the book isn't much like the movie)... but then, I'm a sucker for Sandra.
I love Practical Magic, too! Should watch it soon. I wouldn't want it to be mundane, DOK! Domestic, yes, though
So...how do you make a veggie and cheese calzone? Do you have to have Pampered Chef stuff to do it?

On the Bad News end, I've gained back almost all the weight I lost during the Jumpstart Into Fitness thingy back in May I've put on like 4lb just in the last month since I started school. I do NOT want to be 200 again, and I'm so close
Other people in class have said the same thing. Totally laying on beds or sitting at tables *all the time*, studying, no activity at all. Not to mention stress chocolate
My roommate made this utterly awesome thing yesterday, called Korma; it's Greek and has chicken, potatoes, veggies, curry, and this wonderful sauce, but I didn't know this, the sauce was bottled and when I looked at the label, it was like thirty-four grams of fat per serving! I had two helpings-- I really need to watch my portion sizes. I could've done without the 2nd helping. But it was so yummy
post #356 of 595
I shouldn't laugh, but oh dear! For all the Mediteranean diet hype, Turkish and Greek food can pack a serious wallop!

I lived in Turkey for a year and my fav dish was Iskender Kebab (well, one of my fav dishes). Basically you cut a flat bread into cubes and cover a plate with these. Then you cover the bread with thin slivers of meat (lamb usually, and cooked in a specific way... slice meat, jam onto metal spkie adding veggies every now/then, spin spike next to open flame and shave cooked meat off as it spins). Now, bread and meat isn't soooo bad for you. But once you have your plate of bread/meat the host or waiter comes over with a huge pan of hot browned butter and pours it all over the plate! To eat it you use your fork to spear a bit of meat, pin it to the butter/juices soaked bread, and then dunk everything into a tangy yogurt or tomato sauce. MMMmmmmmmm. Weight gain by the pound!

I was about 115lbs when I went to Turkey. I was about 145 when I got home. Mostly I lived in Ankara (great street food), but I did spend time in Istanbul (not Constantinople ) and a lot of time on the coast near Side. It was wild to visit places and the realize "hey! that's where X historical thingie happened!". Like spending christmas at Myra (where st Nicholas was bishop), or a week in Iznik (formerly called Nicea, the church had a big throw down there).

Hey... there's even a wiki page! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C4%B0skender_kebap and another for doner kebab (the meat used) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%C3%B6ner_kebab
post #357 of 595
Good morning ladies!
Those recipes sound so yummy. I can't believe that the orchird can't sell their pumpkin butter over a stupid reason like the crock pot. What a bummer. Maybe if enough people ask for it, they will find a way to make it legally and sell it.

It's still in the 80's here. But on a good note, the sun is finally setting around late 6pm or early 7pm. Which is what I like. It's hard for me when the sun sets around 9pm at night. I am so ready for fall this year. I already have one of my daughter's halloween costume and know what I'm doing for mine. I still have DS costume, Annikan from Star Wars he saw at Walmart. And my 19 month old DD.

I am SOO ready for this baby to come out, but not really wanting it to come out this early. Must be crazy for this baby. She doesn't know when she's wanted?!

I have a question for you ladies.
I have been practicing the basic meditation last night. Then I got to thinking, if I try the more deeper meditation and the grounding, should I be more cautious and not do it since I am also trying to ground another life inside me? Should I just stick to the basic meditation? What are your thoughts on doing anything magickal with a baby inside you?
post #358 of 595
i guess i'm the lone one out... really did not enjoy practical magic at all. freaked me the heck out. i watched it cause you all raved about it a while back, and i couldnt sleep for days.


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Woohoo for good decisions and date night! How did it go?
both completely fell apart. i'm hanging by a thread, but i know we'll be "done" here soon... i just hope there's some of "me" left by that time, lol.


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What are your thoughts on doing anything magickal with a baby inside you?
when i was pg with ds, i felt like he led me in everything. maybe try grounding yourself in your belly and see where that leads you?


ahhh. listening to stephen foster songs on dh's computer (making itunes playlists!), sipping iced coffee, nibbling a pumpkin scone... huge cinnamon candle burning on the altar, my sketch of my tree of the year project twinkling at me in the flickering light... surely this will inspire me, right?

happy weekend, hope you're all enjoying the virgo new moon, and whatever version of fall is with you!
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So...how do you make a veggie and cheese calzone? Do you have to have Pampered Chef stuff to do it?
You don't need Pampered Chef stuff but the recipe was tested on Pampered Chef bakeware. So cooking times may vary, etc.

Maybe I'll host this Pagan Pampered Chef Party online! That way, all of you can come! And I'll pm the recipe to people that place an order with me.

It's a pretty day today. I did errands and now I just want to eat and nap. But, I must clean instead.
post #360 of 595
My mom is okay! They drained the cyst by ultrasounds on Friday. Don't know how long she'll stay in the hospital but the big scare is over.


Mercury retrograde is hitting hard and I was so ready for the last Moon to be over... Then, DD2 is very connected cause her behaviour this morning is the biggest incentive to "fix" our diet as Tracy wrote in her New Moon article. I've been thinking about getting rid of artificial flavours and colours again (we did it when DS was 4 but let it slip over the years), now is the time to DO it.

Mabon... It's DH's birthday I still don't know what we'll do.

Weather: it's really feeling like Fall. Chimney is ready. Wood is ready. And we'll start the evening fire ritual tonight as they announce freezing temp.


I'm celebrating good scores, and happy news with everyone. Sending Hugs and Good vibes to those who needs/wants them.

Off to go and try to be productive...
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