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post #141 of 360

Hi all, Sorry that I've been MIA. It's the end of the semester, and thankfully all I need to do is grade and go to a meeting on Wednesday. Then I am done. Hoorah!

 

DD is sick: ear infection and vomiting. She started throwing up after I gave her a first dose of antibiotics, but there's a stomach bug going around too, so I don't know if it's a reaction or something else. DH is also sick with some sort of pelvic infection of unknown cause. The same thing happened to me years ago, and of course they assume it's an STD. No and no. I'm just so tired! And lonely. We were supposed to have a gathering this past weekend, and instead I was basically by myself as they were sleeping. I was so bummed, and there wasn't much I could do.

 

I got Maia's card! Yay! Mine will be going out shortly. Time is flying by way too fast!

post #142 of 360

Good Morning Ladies!  Just a quick drive by this morning, to say hello and catch up on lots of posts. Phew!

 

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Monday morning - its freezing cold here (i.e. 6 degrees!) and figuring out ways to stay warmer in the house without raising the temps too much.

 

post #143 of 360

Hi all!

 

I'm still working on my cards...

 

My mom's funeral behind me, I'm putting my focus on the Solstice and trying to get into the Spirit of the Season...

 

I had ambitious plans (baking, crafting, decorating, hosting...) and I've erased most of them... I just want to have a few special treats that my mom loved (and her mom before her): nougat, marzipan, cream puff... But I'll try to find all of this already made... Same with cookies... Though I think I'll buy what we need and let the kids make the no-bake Peanut Butter~Chocolate cookies we had last year.

 

post #144 of 360


 

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Originally Posted by NewMoonMum View PostIt's my birthday, and I keep forgetting that. My dad, bro and sis did a combo birthday/Yule/Hanukkah gift and got me a Wii!

 

And we just acquired our own copy of Cooking With Seitan, we have not tried it yet but are stoked, it's like the seitan bible!

 

Happy Birthday! birthday.gif My mom's was yesterday, too (she was 74) and M's is today luxlove.gif (he is 54). My mom is 20 years and 1 day older than M, exactly! bigeyes.gif How weird is that?

 

Cooking with Seitan ROTFLMAO.gif  Did you know there really is a Satanist Bible? Which is why I'm laughing so hard but I'm sure the authors knew that!

 

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Originally Posted by wombatclay View PostMaia- I LURV you!  Your card (and proto-yummies) came at the perfect moment.  We're going to have them on Solstice.  :)

 

 

so I feel justified in our decision to use only rugged ornaments this year. 


You're welcome! orngbiggrin.gif I originally planned for this huge box, because things here are SO cheap, but then I realized the postage would be hugely prohibitive greensad.gif Well, know that the thought was there!

 

Rugged ornaments-- lurve them. Prefer them, actually. If you want me to try to describe how to bolt a tree to a wall with wire hangers, I can try. It's easier to demonstrate-- do you have web cam? Maybe I can show you. But if not, I will try to describe. I had a small toddler AND a cat years ago and you know how much a Yule tree is a play-toy for both lol.gif  I'll never forget the year ds was not quite two, and I'd given him a box of old cassette tapes to tear up. I'd walked into the living room to find him "decorating" the bottom half of the tree with cassette tape biglaugh.gif

 



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Originally Posted by witchygrrl View PostI got Maia's card! Yay! Mine will be going out shortly. Time is flying by way too fast!

 

You're welcome! Kinda weird addressing it to "Witchygrrl" though-- I didn't have a real name. Is that OK? Hope your LO feels better soon. Better now than during the high holidays, though, I say.



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Originally Posted by Valerie.Qc View PostMy mom's funeral behind me, I'm putting my focus on the Solstice and trying to get into the Spirit of the Season...

 

I had ambitious plans (baking, crafting, decorating, hosting...) and I've erased most of them... I just want to have a few special treats that my mom loved (and her mom before her): nougat, marzipan, cream puff... But I'll try to find all of this already made... Same with cookies... Though I think I'll buy what we need and let the kids make the no-bake Peanut Butter~Chocolate cookies we had last year.

 

I think that's a fabulous idea to honor her, Valerie. It's alright if it's ready-made. Some year you can get more ambitious and do them all homemade, but for now, I'd say it's all about ease and peace, and it's also the intent that counts hug2.gif

 

Dental surgery in 45 minutes cold.gif (that's me being scared). Steroid taken: check. Abx taken: check. Prophylactic ibuprofen taken: check. I have a script for Vicoden but I'm trying not to have to do that. If I can get through an emergency C-section on ibuprofen, surely I can get through this fingersx.gif
 

post #145 of 360

Nice to see your post Valérie.  I've been thinking about you.  And everyone else! Not going to read back too far, just going to do my post.  Hope all who are ill are feeling better by the time they read this, and that everyone has a pleasant break to look forward to.

 

Clay, hope you're feeling better on your new regime.  Every time I see that Mother Holle solstice calendar in your profile pic, I smile.  I have to save up and put an order in for one next year.  We had toddlers tearing up the tree last year, too -- this year they are much more respectful of it.

 

My sister and I are trying to get my aunt and cousin, who always spent Christmas with my Grandma, up to visit us for the Christmas weekend this year.  Crossing my fingers that the logistics work out.  It would be lovely to have them.

 

Got all my cards for US and abroad sent off a while back, still working on my more local cards. My kids thrifted a sturdy wooden doll cradle for a couple bucks this past weekend.  I helped them sand and paint it, and will set them up to sew bedding in it next week, for a gift for their little cousin.  I love this, hope it becomes an advent tradition.  A weekend of helping the kids in planning/gathering supplies for gifts, a weekend of painting/gluing and a weekend of sewing/needlework.

 

I am still recovering from my surgery - did I post about that?  Lost a significant amount of an older bone graft in my upper jaw to the infection, unfortunately.  Now I have to keep my mouth and nose extra clean, and take care of myself and hope to save the rest of it. No cosmetic changes, thus far, but it is probably going to impact my teeth and dental work.  Swelling is still going down so it is too soon to tell how it will settle out.  I'm down to taking painkillers once or twice some days, not needing them others.  Today, every step I take feels like it jars the roots of my teeth, so I broke out the codeine again.   And I've swapped spots in the family bed with dh after ds2 kicked me in the cheek while sleeping (ow!) . Oh, and dh left his job, will not start a new one till January, so we are doing Christmas without him having an income for a month.  It is just lovely having him around though.  I'm making him go work out every morning with his BIL - he needs to be taking better care of his health for sure.

 

Got an extension on my coursework so it feels like I'm on vacation already -- can't let it slide or I'll be doing it all on New Year's weekend!

 

We've had temps in the minus teens and twenties Celcius, and endless light snow.  Today the temps are back up close to freezing and the sun is out.  Have to see if I can get out with the kids for a bit after nap. The painkiller will probably cover the cold-ache-in-the-wound feeling well enough.

 

post #146 of 360
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It's my birthday


 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!  Okami sounds fabulous.  Going to go look it up.

post #147 of 360

birthday.gif HAPPY BIRTHDAY NEWMOONMUMbirthday.gif
 

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Originally Posted by NewMoonMum View Post

It's my birthday, and I keep forgetting that. My dad, bro and sis did a combo birthday/Yule/Hanukkah gift and got me a Wii! Plus my bro sent a copy of the game Okami...if a painting were a game, it would be Okami, it is so drool-worthy!  Then I used some b-day cash to get Lego Harry Potter.orngbiggrin.gif

 

  

post #148 of 360

i am so not motivated! i woke up this morning freaking that i wont get stuff done in time, and, so, of course, i've been stalling all day.... lol!

 

hugs and vibes to all with ickies/procedures/impending testing/recovering (& those with sick littles!)

 

yay for birthdays, promising doc visits, happy memory holiday traditions (esp store bought ones that allow for more relaxing! ;-), good time with family, new traditions, old traditions, trees with non-breakables, and so on!

 

ds and dh tidied the house while i was out swimming, so i can see my floor! squee! i decided i will clean ONCE before the holidays-- next monday. lol. so i'm giving myself the week "off" cleaning. 

 

right. and i'm doing that so i can finish my sewing. which i am so not working on right now. ha! sigh.............

 

hugs and sunshine to all....

xoxoxox

post #149 of 360
Sorry I've been MIA for a bit. Its been a crazy few weeks. But now I'm here because I want to share with you my weekend. I met Margot Adler, and spent the weekend with her and many other amazing women. I am still on a total high from my weekend. I got to not only meet MARGOT ADLER...but she even let me french braid her hair TWICE and honored me by wearing my circlet during the ritual! We had a Solstice women's weekend in CT. We spent the weekend in song, meditation, light, sisterhood and ritual. Margot is so awesome! She bears this incredible energy in her, one of motherly love and comfort. I was very anxious going into the weekend and kept having panic attacks. Saturday morning we did an exercise and we broke off into little groups to work on it. I had a breakdown and walked away, crying. My dear friend, who brought me this weekend, went and asked one of the priestesses (Margot being one, Eclipse the other) to come and help. Margot came to me and she knew what was wrong without me saying anything. She understood and she told me it was going to be ok and then gave me the best hug ever! After she returned to her group, I was able to finish the exercise and the weekend. We found our bigger selves, the selves that are most happy and content and we worked to bring that self into our future. It was an amazing weekend and I am so full of love, light and joy, that I can't even begin to express!


In other news, after bringing my dear friend back home from solstice, I went to visit an old friend in the hospital. I knew that bringing my signed copy of Margot's book would cheer my friend. Well while I was sitting there chatting, I suddenly got dizzy and the next thing I knew I was waking up on the floor, surrounded by nurses. I had collapsed and blacked out while trying to lie myself down. They wound up putting me on a stretcher and taking me down to the ER. What a way to end my weekend! I spent today mostly in bed. My friend called it being "chi drained". I don't know. I feel charged up spiritually, but physically drained!
post #150 of 360

trying to convince myself to buy Fern Knight's newest album with my b-day cash...you all heard it?

It's tarot-themed, so fantastic...drool.gif and thanks for the birthday wishes! 32 is fine so far.

 

Aubergine-that sounds terrible! Try to stay well!!hug2.gif

sunshine-too rockin! but eww, blacking out is so not fun.

Maia-how'd surgery go?? I have to have gum surgery within a few years....surgery of any kind terrifies me.hug2.gif

valerie-love and light, and lots of hugs hon.candle.gif

witchy-how is everybody??

 

having replied to a post earlier about how much face time you spend with your LO...I am concerned that I need to try harder to show DS that we can be in the same room, doing our own thing. I am pretty much constantly playing with him, talking with him, etc. He is great at playing alone when he's in his quiet time, but I probably need to demonstrate that my universe does not always revolve around him....it's been about 3 minutes and I'm already feeling so guilty!!greensad.gif Any pointers? 

post #151 of 360

NMM: HAPPY BIRTHDAY! :)

 

hugs to all who need them for yucky sickness, and healing vibes to those who are trying to get better. :)

 

i am in no mood today. lol so i will just crawl back into my moody hole. 

 

h

post #152 of 360
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Originally Posted by mamaofthree View Post

NMM: HAPPY BIRTHDAY! :)

 

hugs to all who need them for yucky sickness, and healing vibes to those who are trying to get better. :)

 

i am in no mood today. lol so i will just crawl back into my moody hole. 

 

h

 

but you're pregnant and due... any day now?  soon?  with #6 no less.  you absolutely deserve to be grumpy from time to time.

 

my sister just had #3 in the summer and her dh declared that he was done with reproduction.  so i think i'll be making him a mock gift certificate for a vasectomy, complete with clip-art scissors.  }:)
 

post #153 of 360

http://www.pookapages.com/MagazinePage.htm

 

the yule issue is up. :)

 

h

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Originally Posted by aweynsayl View Postds and dh tidied the house while i was out swimming, so i can see my floor! squee! i decided i will clean ONCE before the holidays-- next monday. lol. so i'm giving myself the week "off" cleaning.

 

Excellent plan, aweyn-- and kudos to your DH and DS for cleaning the floor for you! What a giftie!


 

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Originally Posted by sweetsunshine85 View PostBut now I'm here because I want to share with you my weekend. I met Margot Adler, and spent the weekend with her and many other amazing women. I am still on a total high from my weekend.
 
Well while I was sitting there chatting, I suddenly got dizzy and the next thing I knew I was waking up on the floor, surrounded by nurses. I had collapsed and blacked out while trying to lie myself down. They wound up putting me on a stretcher and taking me down to the ER. What a way to end my weekend! I spent today mostly in bed. My friend called it being "chi drained". I don't know. I feel charged up spiritually, but physically drained!

 

Isn't she awesome? I met her at PSG a couple of times and I have a signed Drawing Down The Moon from that time. Her hair is amazing. Did you find out why you blacked out? Are you alright now?



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Originally Posted by NewMoonMum View PostMaia-how'd surgery go?? I have to have gum surgery within a few years....surgery of any kind terrifies me.hug2.gif

 

 

 

having replied to a post earlier about how much face time you spend with your LO...I am concerned that I need to try harder to show DS that we can be in the same room, doing our own thing. I am pretty much constantly playing with him, talking with him, etc. He is great at playing alone when he's in his quiet time, but I probably need to demonstrate that my universe does not always revolve around him....it's been about 3 minutes and I'm already feeling so guilty!!greensad.gif Any pointers? 

 

Thanks for asking! It went especially well, yay! thumb.gif I took some Rescue Remedy in the waiting room and while I've always had a little bit of "that's woo-woo stuff, whatever" about RR, it really did calm me down nearly instantly. I peed a thousand times before surgery started. I brought a meditation tape so I couldn't hear the banter btw the dentist and his assistant unless I specifically focused on it, and I did lots of deep breathing and brought myself into one hell of a deep trance, so yay me. Plus they gave me plenty of numbing stuff, which, I had asked them to. When I got home I only took one therapeutic dose of ibuprofen at 10pm and today I don't even need that! I ate a little bit and I am off in a minute to try to clean my mouth-- that oughtta be fun, lol-- and put the blue stuff on that they gave me. But yeah, it was cake.

 

Oh, guilt-- LOL-- how old is your LO again? Dunno how to assuage the guilt, but really, he'll be fine. You can satellite around one another in a room and be just fine. I used to be like that with my ds, always focusing on him, but part of what relieved my guilt over that was realizing that if I didn't let out the apron string a little, he'd be clingy at older ages and unable to occupy himself at all, without help-- and that freaked me out, lol, because I'm a single parent and no WAY did I want that to happen! lol.gif

 

Aubergine, thinking of you hug2.gif Since this surgery, it's easier to understand what you're going through, and OW. I hope you heal well, sweetie.

 

Valerie? How are you today?

 

DS has a 2-hour delay, but his BFF has no school at all. I'd offered to watch her while her mom's at work, so I just am keeping ds out of school so they can play. I'm SO not all about watching someone else's kid if mine's not there to occupy her, kwim? No freaking way lol.gif
 

 



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Originally Posted by mamaofthree View Posti am in no mood today. lol so i will just crawl back into my moody hole.

 

It's all good. You're allowed. Here is your official permission, if you need it winky.gif


 

post #155 of 360

A-ha!  I learned what happens at age 50.  We crone.  http://divinenourishment.net/blog/2010/12/crone-empowered-wise-self-defined/  And according to Mary (the author), we become even more empowered.  

 

She's also got a nice piece about honoring the Dark Goddess during Winter Solstice.  http://divinenourishment.net/blog/2010/12/winter-solstice/

 

post #156 of 360
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Originally Posted by NewMoonMum View Post I am pretty much constantly playing with him, talking with him, etc. He is great at playing alone when he's in his quiet time, but I probably need to demonstrate that my universe does not always revolve around him....it's been about 3 minutes and I'm already feeling so guilty!!greensad.gif Any pointers? 

 

Well, happy birthday!

 

Have a routine of things that you do usually do together and make sure he knows that he can look forward to the next mama face time reliably.  Like, I always read a bedtime story to my youngest ds, and I can say earlier in the evening, "Mama is reading her book right now - you can play in here with me till bedtime and then you can pick the story for me to read to you."  I found my boys to be pretty clingy/anxious around that age, though, so it can be tough.  It helped if we were all in the same room together; they couldn't handle mama being unpredictably hard to find/not home when they needed to touch base with me.  No sneaking out of the house and leaving the kids with dh to run an errand in blessed solitude - I would always pay for that!
 

 

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Originally Posted by mamaofthree View Post

the yule issue is up. :)

 


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Lucky you, Sweetsunshine!  I was just listening to a panel discussion including Margot Adler about the history of feminism and paganism (the latest Thorne Coyle Elemental Castings podcast) and thinking that Adler sounded so cool!  

 

Thanks for the good wishes Maia.  Glad your surgery went well. RR is some great stuff, isn't it?  I have come to rely on it.  I used to be the biggest homeopathic/FE sceptic, but RR worked on my youngest son's monster 3-yr-old tantrums and homeopathic remedies worked on teething pain and surely my kids were too young to be affected by the placebo effect? 
 

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Thanks for asking! It went especially well, yay! thumb.gif I took some Rescue Remedy in the waiting room and while I've always had a little bit of "that's woo-woo stuff, whatever" about RR, it really did calm me down nearly instantly. 

 

 

post #157 of 360

yay, maia! i'm so glad the RR helped. :-) here's the part where i tell you that as far as FEs go, RR is so only the tip of the iceberg. as much as i loved RR, the other flowers have been mind-blowingly powerful....

 

bluets, lol @ what we get at 50. excellent! you post so many lovely linkies, lady! must find time to go read!

 

nmm, ds and i have slowly developed the ability to do our own things for periods of time, but it took some work.... just keep finding little ways.... he's better if i'm doing something like sewing, vs. being online, for example... if i'm "doing" something, he'll happily play by himself for hours. if i'm reading or on the computer, no way. :lol you'll figure it out. (there's always FEs, too! :-)

 

mo3~ hugs, hon. hang in there! 

 

had a challenging (and enlightening) experience with my mother last night, so today is a "soft" day..... mellow, rounded, nurturing energies and activities to counterbalance the harsh, bitting energy we were subjected to last night. (and a fresh FE blend for me, of course.;-)

 

hope everyone has a lovely day!

xoxoxox

post #158 of 360

NewMoonMom- Happy Birthday!!

 

Maia- so glad everything went well and you are recovering with little to no pain.

 

Aweyn- Yep, the Bachs are great! After the holidays, I am placing a new order. I need a few more... Plus, I am putting in an order for some tinctures.

 

Well gals, time to get some lunch for the kids. grilled cheese and soup. It is -11 today brrr

post #159 of 360

Our update is that DH and Rhea are better. DH is on Cipro for 3 weeks because of the severity of his infection. Our doc said that sometimes bacterial infections just happen, so I'm glad he wasn't judgmental. DD is also better, though I think she reacted to her antibiotics. I'm allergic to the ones she was prescribed, and since she started throwing up after her first dose (after not throwing up at all), I think she may have a problem with it too. So needless to say, her ear infection cleared up without the drug, and she's back to normal.

 

We're having some serious boundary issues with the ILs, especially MIL. She loves to micromanage us, and we can't take it anymore. That and we're invited to DH's cousin's son's birthday party on the 30th (he's 5?). But we don't like those cousins, and it would mean MORE driving than we're already doing to get to NJ to the ILs (3.5 hours at least each way, and if we went to this party, it'd be an additional 4 hours in the car), and then we'd be driving back to MA on New Year's Eve. Um, no thank you. DD hates being in the car for long stretches-we know this all too well. Not to mention that if we had a birthday party for DD up here, and invited them, there is no way they would come.

 

But enough whining on my part. Happy belated birthday to NewMoonMum!

 

Got my card from Aubergine! Yay! I will send mine out soon.

 

SweetSunshine--how awesome that you got to meet and connect with Margot Adler. I saw her give a talk a few years ago, and did a Spiral Dance with her, but I didn't get to really talk to her at all. So special for you--sounds liek you really needed her at that moment!

 

Maia--I'm going to PM you. I'm glad surgery went well for you!!

 

 

post #160 of 360

Is this week over yet?

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