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post #501 of 641
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Hi all! Happy belated Clay!

Went to an AWESOME herb class the other night and got all jazzed so had to put my order in to Mountain Rose! Getting excited for that to be delivered soon! Also we went to a big craft fair at the local Waldorf school an that was a good time. And I am not hooked on that True Blood series! Anyone else a fan?
Where did you take the class? I know a while back there were some postings about online classes. I am thinking about going back and finding them and maybe taking a few.

I love True Blood. I didn't know they were based on books either. I bought the books, haven't started reading them yet though.
post #502 of 641
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Believe it or not, my MIL just canceled! Said she's been sick for two days now. Funny thing is last night I had a dream that MIL was on the phone talking to DH and crying that she wanted to see the kids, but DH said no. My feeling in the dream was I felt sorry for MIL because she was really upset and wanted to see the kids, but she couldn't. I told DH about the dream when I woke up and 2 hours later they called and canceled.
Having the sight is a little freaky at times, isn't it?
post #503 of 641
I want DAIRY!
post #504 of 641
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Watertown

I went to SU from 1977-1981, graduated, then lived there and played drums in punk bands till 1988 when I moved south.
Went to a thing at Seneca, once...oh, it was for the equal rights amendment. I have photos, still. Bella Abzug spoke at that. It was pretty cool. And also I spent time at the Women's Peace Encampment over that way, back in the 80s http://peacecampherstory.blogspot.com/
Sounds right - Seneca Falls is the "birth place of woman's rights" so there is often things going on there for that - a convention ever summer and such. shot in 88 i was a 4th grade - hope that doesn't make you feel too old - LOL
post #505 of 641
redveg - sounds like you had an insightful dream

I am getting started on the Yule cards today and while I am at it, decluttering again. I am going to get the altar all cleaned up.

Spiritually, I feel like I need more. I have attended our local UU services 3 times now but I want to have more worship throughout my day. Going to see what I can do.

Hope everyone is enjoying the weekend!
post #506 of 641
Neat dream! Is your dh more "germ phobic" or health protective maybe?

Maia- just don't forget to keep breathing! Like the scene in Ever After. (kind of silly movie, but sweet and with awesome costumes. plus drew barrymore )

camera- still no luck. And to Dora dvd pictures... we've had that happen too. DD1 actually takes some pretty neat pictures, but then she'll take a dozen pictures of the tv or something wacky.

TV- so we went to s bday party last weekend and dd1 played lego star wars. We don't have a tv/computer gaming system so this was her first real exposure to games. And lego star wars is pretty tame. Well... I picked up her artwork on Friday (they do art projects each day at school) and almost every picture had a happy, smiling, princess leia or chewbacca "shooting fire out of their gun". It was scary to see picture after picture with guns shooting fire blobs. And this was after just an hour or so exposure! She's never drawn anything like this before and hopefully the thrill wears off soon.
post #507 of 641
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Quick post: Went to doc. I have to give up dairy. I lurve cream (in my tea) and love cheese. Cheese, I know I can find a vegan substitute. But the cream is another story. She also told me to stay away from soy. So I can't even do the soy cream.
I hate rice milk in tea. blech.

Anyway, had more bloodwork done. Got to go outside with Roo and let him run around. Be back later.
I am working dairy out of my diet too. I have heard good things about hemp milk. (When I go shopping next week)

There is another product that I have heard of called MimicCreme, (sorry DOK has almonds & cashew) ... A friend raves about it for cooking. So trying to track that down.

Yeah my "issues" going dairy-free is cream & shredded cheese. I am already addicted to cashew cream for sour cream, thanks to a raw food friend, so that wasn't a problem.

Gluten free is going surprisingly well if not for prices. Pasta is going to become a luxury instead of a cheap meal, but I am good with that. And hubby LOVES rice so he has no problems with more rice. We now have several types in our pantry.

I see much more baking in my future.
post #508 of 641
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Where did you take the class? I know a while back there were some postings about online classes. I am thinking about going back and finding them and maybe taking a few.

I love True Blood. I didn't know they were based on books either. I bought the books, haven't started reading them yet though.
Crazy how close to reality your dream was Red!

I would love to take more, maybe online! So suggest away mamas!!This class was offered by our local awesome herbalist!

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I want DAIRY!
You can get thru this DoK!!

[QUOTE=singin_angel;14708651]redveg - sounds like you had an insightful dream

I am getting started on the Yule cards today and while I am at it, decluttering again. I am going to get the altar all cleaned up.
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I am getting started too! I just picked up my supplies last night!

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Well... I picked up her artwork on Friday (they do art projects each day at school) and almost every picture had a happy, smiling, princess leia or chewbacca "shooting fire out of their gun". It was scary to see picture after picture with guns shooting fire blobs. And this was after just an hour or so exposure! She's never drawn anything like this before and hopefully the thrill wears off soon.
Wow, it sure had a powerful impact on her. Kind of scary and makes me think twice about the exposure DD has to shows.


We got all of our foodstuffs for turkey day this afternoon, and I am happy that's put of our way! We also went out to a Goodwill store and I found some goodies at the Goodwill!! I got a sweater and nice matching skirt and two cardigans! Plus a purse for my niece that is NWT!! A big dragon kite that DD wants to "fly to the moon" on. She has been big on wanting to fly the last couple days here. She actually said she needs to hold on to a witch to fly. I am not sure where she got that, and am not sure how comfy DH felt about it so I didn't say word one!

(Did I mention I am loving True Blood?!!)
post #509 of 641
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I am working dairy out of my diet too. I have heard good things about hemp milk. (When I go shopping next week)
My son pretty much only drinks hemp milk. He really likes it. I never willingly drank milk as a kid (allergic in early years and never got a taste for it & my parent's don't like it) - so I'm not a good gauge of milk substitutes but I think it is okay.

I belong to a buying club and order hemp milk in bulk (12 quart cases) through Azure Standard. I also buy brown rice pasta through Azure and it makes it affordable. I don't think I'll go back to regular wheat pasta except for special occasions where I want a particular type of pasta (i.e. ravioli). I love ravioli but have a hard time finding dairy free, yet alone dairy and gluten free ravioli.
post #510 of 641
video violence- yeah, I was really surprised. I mean, the lego star wars game looked really tame in terms of "violence". For those who haven't seen it, the characters really are those little lego figures and when someone/something gets shot it tumbled into individual legos before reassembling itself. No blood or gore or realistic anything. DD1 didn't seem upset or more violent or anything and I don't think she understands "what" she was drawing. Every figure is happy and smiling.... they're just also shooting a gun. Which is what makes it a bit creepy to my mind.

Ok, way late, must sleep!
post #511 of 641
It sounds lovely!
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holidays- complicated.

Our season starts in November with Thanksgiving. Part of our family tradition is to make holiday helper boxes that will arrive around Thanksgiving (and I make Yule Cards ). From there we focus on an inward/outward spiral.

We make a Solstice Calendar and every night (dec 1-21) I light the candles and tell the story of Mother Holle. After the story one of the kids hangs another snowflake on the calendar, the candle is blown out, and bedtime routine resumes. Each week during this time we have both and outward activity (volunteer at food pantry, wrap gifts for kids at the domestic violence shelter, pick up litter, make/distribute bird feeding pine cones) and an inward one (find and decorate our tree, build our solstice altar, plant protective charms on our land, make holiday cookies, stir the fruitcake batter together). So a balancing between giving and getting.

Solstice eve we walk a winter spiral, stay up late with lots of candles (no electric lights), have a special meal with the same basic foods each year, hang stockings for Mother Holle to fill (and leave cocoa and snowflake cookies for her to share ), and stay snug. Solstice morning we wake for dawn, make lots of happy birthday sun music (bells, pan lids, clapping, singing), eat sun bread, and put a baby sun symbol on the altar. Then we open our stockings... generally handmade or personal gifts.

Between Solstice and Christmas Eve we're generally up for parties and socializing. Christmas Eve we hang the stockings again for Santa (he prefers cookies and straw for the reindeer), watch his journey on NORAD, play carols, and go to bed early. In the morning we get up, open stockings (generally more "mass produced" gifts from extended family), and set up an "all day buffet". This is when we call family and friends, visit people, play crazy loud music, and touch base with others.

Between Christmas and New Years we again turn inward, cleaning the house physically and spiritually. We burn seasonal incense, light candles, fill the space with happy energy and the warmth of family. New Years Eve we burn symbols of what we want to leave behind and draw images of those things we want to welcome in. We spend the evening/night doing a jigsaw puzzle then toast the new year and make lots of happy new year noise.

Finally we celebrate 12th night by removing the holiday decore/tree and decorating with an eye towards spring and the sun. The house is clean, smells great, we have a fun party, and that night La Befana leaves an orange, some nuts, and a tiny toy (clothespin doll, wooden "matchbox" car, jacks) in the shoes by the door.

And that's the end of the "gee it's getting dark, maybe we should have a party" season!

It sounds like a lot, but in actuality it is nice to have things really spread out. You don't get that huge buildup with immediate "that was it?!?" feeling that sometimes hits when you've got a month or two all building towards a single (consumer oriented) holiday. Plus it lets dh and I start/maintain new traditions without giving up the favorite traditions of our own childhood (me- every year a gift of new underwear/socks from a fictitious Aunt, all day low key holiday buffet, a candle/calendar for the season, the new years eve jigsaw puzzle. dh- cutting a tree and dragging it home, big holiday meal, carols and nog on Christmas eve, visiting family on Christmas day)
post #512 of 641
Some of my blood work came back abnormal. Once I find out more, I'll update. Busy day today.
post #513 of 641
Good morning,

I should add myself to another one who should really get off dairy, and it's my morning cuppa that keeps me from doing it. I am going to try coconut milk. Thanks for all the great suggestions.

We're back from our trip, and it's time to start preparing for Thanksgiving. It's the first time in my adult life that I've hosted it at my house I'm hoping it offsets some of the stress I feel when I don't like how something's going, but "it's not my house." Or maybe the hosting stress will cancel that out. We'll see. I think it should be nice. Hopefully the guests can handle a TV-free thanksgiving. We're going to put out lots of games, and I was thinking of building a fire outside to attempt to draw folks outdoors.

Yesterday we stopped on our drive home and knocked some mistletoe of an oak I'm excited to to start winter decorating.

DoK- I hope the results aren't anything too serious.
post #514 of 641
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Having the sight is a little freaky at times, isn't it?
It is, I just wish I could turn it on when I want. Maybe more practice??

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I want DAIRY!


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Neat dream! Is your dh more "germ phobic" or health protective maybe?
I hope it's not germ phobic, with all the animals around he would be be going bonkers.

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My son pretty much only drinks hemp milk.
I am going to try that. My kids really light soy milk, but I don't like a lot of soy in the diet.

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Originally Posted by wombatclay View Post
video violence- yeah, I was really surprised. I mean, the lego star wars game looked really tame in terms of "violence". For those who haven't seen it, the characters really are those little lego figures and when someone/something gets shot it tumbled into individual legos before reassembling itself. No blood or gore or realistic anything. DD1 didn't seem upset or more violent or anything and I don't think she understands "what" she was drawing. Every figure is happy and smiling.... they're just also shooting a gun. Which is what makes it a bit creepy to my mind.
It's odd how kids pick that up quickly. My kids never watched TV, played video games, had any toy weapons of any kind, not even water guns, then around 5 or so they started using their fingers as pretend guns?? My DS plays video games now, and they are wild, very violent.

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It's the first time in my adult life that I've hosted it at my house I'm hoping it offsets some of the stress I feel when I don't like how something's going, but "it's not my house." Or maybe the hosting stress will cancel that out. We'll see. I think it should be nice. Hopefully the guests can handle a TV-free thanksgiving. We're going to put out lots of games, and I was thinking of building a fire outside to attempt to draw folks outdoors.
It will be fine. I feel more relaxed when holidays are at my house. With food, games, music and good company everyone will have a great time!
post #515 of 641
Well, morning mamas. I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. My kids only have 2 days of school this week, which I love. We had our Thanksgiving Dinner last night, just us 5 and it was nice. Sometimes it's hard with teens to get them all home and at the dinner table together.
post #516 of 641
Turkey day Tv- it's not an issue for us (no tv anyway) but you may want to let your guests know the day will be tv free. I know a few of my relatives "need" to watch the Macy's parade. They would seriously flip out if they arrived at our house and there was no way to watch the parade. I remember one year my cousin was at college and the dorm tv wasn't available for some reason so his parents gave him a cc number so he could rent a hotel room on Thanksgiving! It was crazy. So I wouldn't worry about it, but maybe a heads up just so no one dies of shock.

DH replaced a window yesterday and then realized it was upside down. Funny, but in a not so funny way. He'll need to pull it out and flip it over (drainage issues) tonight.

Ideas- any ideas on how to help kiddos tidy up their space? DD1 and DD2 are driving me nuts today! We've talked about house brownies and all that but for some reason the last day or two they've been going crazy.
post #517 of 641
yay for coatses and mooses, boo for allergies, yay for fun family times, boo for owies...

i'm almost done with holiday gifties crafting! got a really whiney babe today, not sure what that's about...

counting down til maia's trip.......

sending all hugs and fresh hot pumpkin bread (without whatever it is you dont eat, lol)....
post #518 of 641
Been away for a few days- for anyone who was asking about the card exchange, here is the post which explains it.

Card Exchange-
Send out when? anytime before Yule
Homemade, store bought, does it matter? Nope, send what you can. Some people send little goodies, bookmarks, beads, stones etc
How many do I send? please send to each person on the list. ** list updated as of today

anymore questions can be sent to me in pm
post #519 of 641
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Turkey day Tv- it's not an issue for us (no tv anyway) but you may want to let your guests know the day will be tv free. I know a few of my relatives "need" to watch the Macy's parade. They would seriously flip out if they arrived at our house and there was no way to watch the parade. I remember one year my cousin was at college and the dorm tv wasn't available for some reason so his parents gave him a cc number so he could rent a hotel room on Thanksgiving! It was crazy. So I wouldn't worry about it, but maybe a heads up just so no one dies of shock.
Oh, so we've met - LOL... i never needed to watch the parade growing up - but its tradition now (that and listening to the local radio station play Arlo Guthrie's Alice's Restaurant - that started way back when i was a kid!).. but wow i would never pay for a hotel room to see the parade!!
post #520 of 641
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Some of my blood work came back abnormal. Once I find out more, I'll update. Busy day today.
That sucks, BUT hopefully it will at least help sort out what the problem is. You've had an absurd run of health... come to think of it.. it's just been one of those years here too, so I totally empathize!

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Yesterday we stopped on our drive home and knocked some mistletoe of an oak I'm excited to to start winter decorating.
Me too! Yesterday I got an email with a counter on it.. there were only 27days to solsice & 32 to Xmas! That was it, the tree HAD to go up . It's up, one strand of lights on it (others MIA, going to search today and if not found, hit the bargain shop for replacements) and TONIGHT is decorating night!!! The boys are very excited, I could almost leave the tree nekkid and they wouldn't care LOL. It has 3 strings of tinsel from last year (the individual strand stuff) on it and the boys keep dancing around it like it's the best thing EVARR!

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DH replaced a window yesterday and then realized it was upside down. Funny, but in a not so funny way. He'll need to pull it out and flip it over (drainage issues) tonight.

Ideas- any ideas on how to help kiddos tidy up their space?
Oh no Way back a million years ago, my ex & I did the same thing in our mobile home hehehe. Thankfully we noticed it BEFORE it rained, when I went to open said window How's the construction coming on your addition hun?? Any updated piccies?

Kiddos & space... I found the ikea trofast things to be easiest for my guys... because they know every item has a bin it 'lives' in Usually I have to sit in the room and pull out a bin and say OK, little legos IN!!!! and they race to get the most. After a couple of bins it makes a dent hehe

Maia is probably just beside herself at this point I remember when *my* love was coming to meet me.. I spent days looking for the perfect dress In his eyes, I could have showed up at the airport in a burlap sack though
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