Originally Posted by revolting
Anyone else getting the Samhain bug?
HELL yeah. I brought out my Samhain/Autumn coffee mugs. I know it's silly, but I change them with the holidays. I have two or three for each, and I finally found an Imbolc one on Etsy! Yay! Imbolc is usually when I use the "normal" ones, since I don't have any for the season, and Imbolc kind of gets way overlooked in our house because ds's birthday is 1/31.
I am going to decorate just a tiny bit. No witches or bats or that kind of thing, but a couple small pumpkins or gourds and I have some altar cloths that are really just a yard of seasonal fabric that I will use on a table or two. I wonder if it'd be alright to add orange candles.
Originally Posted by philomom
I've put a lovely bone broth in the crockpot
Do share how you do that? I am on the Paleo thread, too, though that's not why I am; I have been on the hCG diet on and off for a year, and am pretty well grain/starch/sugar free and low carb. I am on the weight loss phase right now, but I have some bones in a baggie in the freezer for the next phase. I want to try to do that, too, make the broth. Do you then make soup from it? Or eat plain? Or both?
Originally Posted by pampered_mom
My new BIL is so anti-pagan that he would never accept us in any way and would likely mean that we would not be able to see my sister or their children (when/if they have any). There are already tensions as it relates to my side of the family and BILs when the understanding was that everyone was an xian - his family does not celebrate Christmas, Easter, etc because of their roots in Paganism (some of his beliefs on the issue aren't correct, but you literally cannot reason with the man). I can't even imagine what would happen if he knew there were real and actual Pagans in his midst.
It feels disingenuous to continue on avoiding the topic and letting the family think all is as it ever was. On the other hand, I've been doing it in one way or another for four years now. We have similarities with universalism so we may just go with that which will still be difficult for the family to accept. Still, since our families are very much the evangelical/fundie types, there's no room in there for anything other than their "right" answer. Leaving that means we're in need of saving in their eyes and no amount of explaining otherwise will change that. Dealing with that is not something I relish in the slightest.
Good gracious, mama, that has to stink. What in the world did your sister marry the oaf for? Sorry...please don't take offense, when you get to know me, you'll know I'm not snarky really But srsly. I'd be all over that, not being able to see my sister, that guy would have an earful out of me for sure. I'm ballsy that way.
Originally Posted by Aubergine68
Maybe there needed to be a stage of training the toddler to walk safely? Though to speak of leash-training one's toddler is to invite wrath and ire from those that hate harnesses, there probably needs to be some practice. I found the harness most useful when the child was old enough to understand "stay with mama or you will have to wear the harness so mama knows you are safe."
Ain't none of that kind of thing happening with this kind of child, I'm afraid. They don't listen. And think it's funny not to. They have their own agenda. Practice, yeah, though; that's true.
Mine was on a harness from the time he could walk. Until he was 3ish. Then, I could *mostly* trust him, but not always. He would randomly decide to take off on me, and it was usually directly towards a busy street, laughing all the way. He had butt length hair at the time, and even standing right beside me, I couldn't catch him.
Training them to walk safely....sorry, after raising my ds, I'm just cracking up about that They don't train.
Originally Posted by Aubergine68 I love the whole cult of Mary, all the different versions of Mary, and a lot of the saints - I know it isn't officially pantheon of dieties but it sure feels like one. I also cultivate a strong earthbased spirituality, perform moon rituals, perform spells on occasion, and rely on spiritual rituals like meditation, astrology, Tarot, and treasure mapping some of which are definitely not sanctioned by the Church. I can't fit all of this in one label so I don't try.
I absolutely believe in reincarnation and that babies choose who they are born to - Maia, you refer to this.
The schedule is awesome for us 5 am-1:30 pm shifts, no travel, so he'll be home during the busy family shift
...He only needs about 6 hours of sleep a night to my 8/9, so the early start isn't so bad
I'd love to hear more, about the "cult of Mary" and your feelings on the saints. I think they're much like gods and goddesses, too. I believe that when the early church took over the Pagan temples and things, that they replaced the gods and goddesses with saints, so people would be able to more seamlessly convert. You could go in the "temple" (now a church) and worship your gods privately, while appearing to venerate a saint or two
I don't believe in reincarnation, necessarily. I don't have any thoughts about afterlife (or lives). When someone comes back to let us know, I'll have thoughts then! But I get what you mean.
Your dh's schedule and y'all's sleep schedules, and sleep amounts, sound just like M and me! How cool is that