My Samhain was great. I went to a public ritual, and I found so much healing from it, mamas.
Originally Posted by DaughterOfKali
So good to have reliable internet access again! The hurricane knocked out cable in my area (i have internet through cable). Even now that it is up and running, it's still not 100%.
The siding blew off my house and part of our fence came down. Branches/limbs still litter my yard. My laundry is piled high. LOL. I think I'm going to be doing laundry daily for an entire week!
But, we certainly were lucky in my area.
Days are growing colder and it's time to break out the crock pot. Time for soup/stews!
Hope everyone is doing well. I'll go back and try to see what I've missed.
Hugs to all.
I'm glad you and your family are safe and nice to see you back online!
Originally Posted by Maiasaura
OMG, I have had my crock pot out for weeks I guess I was looking fwd to the time for needing it, but I LOVE my crock pot. I made a beef stew in there yesterday. Paleo version, of course. Turnips make a wonderful sub for potatoes, in the crock. Same consistency and no turnippy flavor. Though I love turnips anyway.
You're welcome! Oh, and don't even bother finishing off the edges for the cloth. I really am all about simplicity I have a ton of rituals and things written out for kids. Mine's too old to be into it anymore. He identifies as Pagan but he's Christian-curious, and we go to the UU, so he's learning about other faith systems, too.
So...what day is your birthday?
Yeah, crockpot is kind of a yearlong thing here. I think in the past I've used it more in the summer just to avoid heating my apartment with the stove top, but with my eldest starting school this week, I want to try to use it more to free up the evening to spend with her. I will have to try turnips in soup. I get them in my CSA box, but no one's been a big fan of turnips, here.
Originally Posted by Kaydove
Bad news on Samhain - my DH got laid off. He only got one month severance but he's eligible for unemployment. We probably have to move again unfortunately.
He's taking it pretty hard. He started calling colleagues at different companies on the day of and got several leads. He made a kickass resume though and applied to 4-5 jobs from the leads but no leads for jobs here in San Diego.
Our Samhain was more subdued but very nice. I thought we had wood for a fire but apparently we only had a starter log so it was the lamest fire ever, lol. I made the most delicious chicken I've ever tasted! We skyped with step daughter and DDs little baby mind was blown! She was so excited to see her but couldn't figure out how stepd got in the lightup book (laptop)! So cute!
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Oh no! Moving is such a pain. I feel like I'll never catch up from moving and then just the general mess with kids.
Originally Posted by vydalea
I'm currently getting our count down to Yule ready. I purchased a bunch of stockings after the holidays last year for cheap. I'm putting a fun "to-do" item in each one counting down to Yule. Lots of things to get ready or celebrate but not many that include "gifts" (we do, however, do the old German tradition of finding the pickle in the tree and then getting an ornament of your own). That's my big project for now. I have SUN BREAD making in the mix and a suncake for celebrating the birth of the sun!!
Buying stockings last year after the holidays was a great idea. I'd love to see what's on your list of activities for this year.
Last year, I made a spiral out of candles and we lit progressively more candles each year. I got a little overwhelmed towards the end with all those candles to light every day, so this year I think I will do this:
I like the idea of a daily activity, but in the past it's kind of stressed me out to be that organized...so we do more of an inspiration list: I'm going to write up a list to put on the fridge of 21 things we want to do to get ready for Yule this year (and that I have the stuff for), and hopefully we'll do most of the list, one day at a time.
We also do a super laid-back Yule celebration and just watch the sunrise. Before we moved, we went to the lake. Now, I need to scout out a place, since living in the woods makes it hard to watch the sun rise. This year, we will have our own backyard and a fire place, so I'm definitely hoping to make a scared cave as described in Celebrating the Great Mother (basically, an outdoor altar that celebrates the rebirth of the sun child) and lighting a fire. I've really found that having a bunch of little projects rather than one big ritual really works better for our family to focus on the meaning of the year.