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post #21 of 44

oh, and anyone have plans for the fall equinox? we will be camping on the actual day, but i am planning on having a nice feasty type meal the following saturday... we have a 1/2 ham in the deep freeze, and maybe sweet potatoes, and grilled corn??? homemade bread, and pie. not 100% sure yet. the kids and i are planning on making apple sauce sometime in the next week or so, depends on what sorts of apples we get in our bountiful baskets... no one like granny smith. we got a bunch of small ones last week so i made an apple pie. maybe we could do some pear butter. i might make that up this week (like tomorrow). i love pears but we have SO MANY from BB and no one is eating them. hmmm pear butter would be heavenly. i might have to just freeze it though, i don't have my mom's canner any more, and i just don't have the money to pay for the gas to drive over there and get it. 

what does this have to do with fall equinox? lol i have no idea. except maybe pear butter is all fall like, right??

post #22 of 44
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feeling exceptionally productive today. :) i have chicken stock on the stove, made chicken salad from left over chicken from the one i roasted on monday, chocolate chip oatmeal bars are made, pork loin roast in the crockpot (i am so happy i found one on sale a few weeks ago), did the dishes, swept the kitchen floor, started a load of wash. so nice to have some stuff done.

i MIGHT get around to cleaning the bathrooms today, and turning the heel on a sock i am knitting, oh and finish a book. LOL OR i might take a nap.

 

Wow, mama, you are productive! I had chicken salad today, too, out of the roasted chicken from yesterday :D

 

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Originally Posted by mamaofthree View Postmaybe we could do some pear butter. i might make that up this week (like tomorrow). i love pears but we have SO MANY from BB and no one is eating them. hmmm pear butter would be heavenly. i might have to just freeze it though, i don't have my mom's canner any more, and i just don't have the money to pay for the gas to drive over there and get it. 

what does this have to do with fall equinox? lol i have no idea. except maybe pear butter is all fall like, right??

 

Make pear mincemeat-- YUM. I made that once and I can't remember how I did it, but it tasted sort of like mincemeat only vegetarian. Out of pears. It was amazing. You can use it for pie filling, eat it out of the jar, whatever.

 

We're seeking out this organization that has public rituals. Otherwise, dunno yet. DS isn't remotely interested in religion, DP is Catholic (though open-minded)-- my spirituality has become rather a private thing, I suppose.

post #23 of 44

Happy September everyone. Hope everyone is having a good weekend. This morning was nice and cool.  Fun at the farmer's market, and another walk later to get maple scones. mmmmm.  We have a local organic bakery within walking distance and they are starting to bring on the autumnal goodies :-D

 

Yum, y'all are making me hungry :-) mamaofthree you have been cooking up some goodness!  Congrats on your newest little one baking away, too :-)

 

revolting, hope your husband is doing better! And that you are baby are doing great.

 

Maia, glad to hear you are doing well in MA.

 

Thistlemoon, that is so cool about the owls.  I know we'll all be excited to hear when your little one arrives!

 

Wolfcat, wow, you are one busy mama!  Pagan cook book, cool!

 

Not much going on with us, either. *waves to vydalea*.  although I did go back to yoga for the first time in a long while.  Went last Sat. and tried to go today, but no one showed up to open the studio!  Myself and another lady stood there chatting for a while.  Oh well, I met her, so that is something; she was nice and I'm always looking to meet new people, as I still feel like such a newcomer here.  My husband has a couple of new colleagues in his history dept., so I'm hoping to go out for a drink sometime and get to know them.  They are both moms as well, and seem fun and liberal and all-around good eggs.

 

Our house did sell last month, so that burden is lifted.  It is Sooooo nice not be living on the edge financially any more.  Not sure when we will get to start looking for a new home, as we lost money and need to build up a downpayment.  But for now, we are doing o.k.  phew.

 

The weather has been cooling down a bit the past couple of days. ahhhhhhhh.  So much nicer not to be stuck inside out of the broiling heat.  

 

The girls will be 1 on 10/3.  CANNOT believe it.  when people told me that time would go quickly, and that babies are only tiny for like, a second, I knew logically it must be so. But you really don't feel the impact of it until it happens, do you?  Some days last winter seemed endless. But now, it seems like their first year has gone by in a flash, and they are on their way to being toddlers.  Crazy! uhoh3.gif   Sometimes I miss them being teeny tiny, but life sure is a lot easier now, and it is great to be able to have fun with the girls and see them becoming little people.

post #24 of 44

Hi mama's!  I just realized why I keep forgetting to check in here.  The bookmark on my computer is missing!  Guess I need to fix that.  :wink

 

Hope you all are doing well.  We are entering autumn and with that, I feel excitement and anxiety.  I love autumn but I can't stand what follows!  LOL.

 

Since I haven't checked in here with any detail, I figured I'd let you know what's been happening.  My son has been going to a Neurologist for epilepsy testing.  We are pretty sure that is what is going on but it's hard to formally diagnosis these kind of seizures on a video EEG unless they catch a seizure in action.  It's deep in his Temporal Lobe so the only clue that something is going on is periods of slow brain waves.  Of course, when he has bigger seizure activity, it is visible by weird repetitive motions and absence.

 

My stuff: I have weird swelling in my right foot. At first, docs thought it was from an injury. Now, they are testing for DVT and other venous issues.  :(  Plus, I have to have a root canal on Wednesday (I have a huge dental phobia).

 

Good stuff: I started a business.  I got tired of not having money. LOL. Super excited about it so that gives me something positive and fun.

 

I'd love to hear how everyone else is doing.  

post #25 of 44

Hi guys,

 

Just checking back in! I was in labor when I wrote my last post and we welcomed Alba Rose Jenevieve into the world on September 8, 2013 at 2:50 am.

 

I had a great labor, most of the early parts I was out and about - we went to our favorite place for brunch then went for a nice hour walk with the dogs, came home and rested. Around 9:30 contractions started coming on harder and I was fully dilated by 1 am and around 2 am I got into the birth tub and she was born less than an hour later.

 

She is the joy of our life and yesterday we celebrated her one week birthday! :)

post #26 of 44
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Hi guys,

 

Just checking back in! I was in labor when I wrote my last post and we welcomed Alba Rose Jenevieve into the world on September 8, 2013 at 2:50 am.

 

Congratulations!  partytime.gif

post #27 of 44
Ahhhh!!!! yikes2.gif
 
I feel like I missed so much!!  For some reason MDC doesn't send me daily updates even though I asked for them...glitch in the system or something small, I'm sure...
 
So....
 
Wolfcat: I am glad you're feeling better. Sounds like you've been super busy, mama!  How hard did you find it to make ricotta and moz?  I see you can get the kits, etc. and I've always thought of getting them but... Do you know if you can freeze cheese?  Hooray for the great reception on the intro to Goddess of Ick.  I will have to check it out!  I'm also to hear that BIL moving in is working out for you!!! 
 
Maiasaura: Have you been assigned a person to work with yet?  That sounds totally up your alley.  I hope you do get some awesome, crazy old lady!!!  Hard to believe you've been in MA for 3 mos!!  Love hearing that DS is transitioning so well to his new school! hooray, hooray, all around!! :joy  How is M?   
 
siddal: Your babies are ONE!!?  I'm always looking for mamas to hang with, too.  I am in my hometown but most of my friends have either moved out of the area or aren't moms which gives us very different schedules.  

 

DoK: What is your new business? Good luck, my friend!  As for your son: are you relieved to get an idea of what is going on with him?  I hope your dentist appt went well and all the craziness in your foot works itself out.  wow!
 
mamaofthree (plus4more - haha):  Your posts are causing me to eat my arm off.  yum yum yum.  :yum  How old are all your babies?
 
Thistlemoon: CONGRATULATIONS and many blessings to your little Alba Rose Jenevieve!  :heartbeat  YAY!!!  Sounds like you had a great delivery!  So awesome!  Did you have a doula or midwife with you?
 
revolting: thinking of you, mama!!  :blowkiss
 
AFM: I did my first diaper delivery last week for my diaper service.  I have found a couple of doulas to work with and am now trying to market like a madwoman.  I am trying to concentrate on being strong and courageous and call on Brigit for some warrior energy to not freak out that I have invested time and money into something that seems like it's not taking off like I hoped it would.  
 
Sunday is the equinox - I'll likely make some apple bread or apple sauce.  Our tree that has been next to our house for the past 4 years that we've owned it gave us an ABUNDANCE of apples this year.  I am making applesauce and bread like a MAD WOMAN!  Our garden is winding down but there is lots of bnut squash so perhaps I will make this delicious bnut squash casserole with leeks that our family loves.  so savory and delicious!!!  
 
Sending you all much love!!! 
post #28 of 44
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DoK: What is your new business? Good luck, my friend!  As for your son: are you relieved to get an idea of what is going on with him?

 

 My new business is in my sig line.  ;)  

About my son: I feel we don't have definite answers. Hate not knowing for sure.

post #29 of 44

mamaofthree: Congrats on the pregnancy. Both of my kids came in February, and I think it's a great time to have a baby. If we have a fourth, I'll shoot for another late winter baby. For the fall equinox, we will go apple picking, plant our bulbs, and probably make this: http://www.thekitchn.com/-best-pie-bakeoff-2008-entry-1-10-69632

Wolf: Man, what a rough stretch! I hope things go better for you and your kids!

Siddal: Yay on the house!!!

DoK: I hope the medical stuff for both you and your son goes well. How stressful!

Thistle: Congrats!!! And welcome little Alba!

Vy: Yay for your first delivery. That's great you have some connections with local doulas!

 

AFM: I freaking hate September. My husband worked last week, but his superintendent says he will sit at home (unpaid) until his arm heals. In the meantime, we got into a car crash, totaled the car, and had to replace it since three car seats won't even fit in my husband's car. His car is now at the shop, and I worry about a big car bill we can't afford right now. Plus my oldest desperately needs clothes, I still don't have everything we need for the baby, etc.. I am so stressed out about money. I keep repeating to myself this Wendell Berry poem:

 

The Peace of Wild Things

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

— Wendell Berry


Edited by revolting - 9/16/13 at 3:19pm
post #30 of 44
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what does this have to do with fall equinox? lol i have no idea. except maybe pear butter is all fall like, right??

 

Hi friend!!  LOL at pear butter.  It does sound yummy.  I don't have any plans for the equinox but that's nothing new.  Would love to start getting together with other pagans again.  It's been years.

post #31 of 44
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Originally Posted by Thistlemoon View Postand we welcomed Alba Rose Jenevieve into the world on September 8, 2013 at 2:50 am.

 

Wow, yay! Pretty name, too. What are you going to call her; have you decided yet?

 

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Originally Posted by vydalea View PostMaiasaura: Have you been assigned a person to work with yet?  That sounds totally up your alley.  I hope you do get some awesome, crazy old lady!!!  Hard to believe you've been in MA for 3 mos!!  Love hearing that DS is transitioning so well to his new school! hooray, hooray, all around!! :joy  How is M?  

 

No, not yet. I should have, but I realized two things: 1) I forgot to schedule my physical, and I can't work till a doctor signs off that I can :innocent and 2) I said I didn't want to work till the PCA training is over, and that's this week. Had the first day today. It's very much like CNA training in NC, only nothing medical like taking BP or temperature. Other stuff the same, though, like helping someone to dress, or changing an occupied bed, or cleaning dentures.

 

I know! I can't believe we've been here so long already, too. I am LOVING the chilly mornings and evenings. We put the flannel sheets on by September 8th. Usually in NC it's around Mabon!

 

M is doing really well. He's really nervous right now because he is at his neighbor's for a football "party" (3 or 4 people watching a game). He does not socialize. He has paranoid schizophrenia and tends to stay in his little studio box, even though he's managed pretty well with meds and is a wonderful social conversationalist. He's just very nervous inside, and tends to say no a lot. He's starting to break out a little, though :D

 

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Originally Posted by revolting View PostAFM: I freaking hate September. My husband worked last week, but his superintendent says he will sit at home (unpaid) until his arm heals. In the meantime, we got into a car crash, totaled the car, and had to replace it since three car seats won't even fit in my husband's car. His car is now at the shop, and I worry about a big car bill we can't afford right now. Plus my oldest desperately needs clothes, I still don't have everything we need for the baby, etc.. I am so stressed out about money. I keep repeating to myself this Wendell Berry poem:

 

The Peace of Wild Things

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

— Wendell Berry

 

Yikes, mama. Hang in there, breathe, trust. Things will work out. LOVE the poem. I might have to print that out.

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Originally Posted by DaughterOfKali View PostHi friend!!  LOL at pear butter.  It does sound yummy.  I don't have any plans for the equinox but that's nothing new.  Would love to start getting together with other pagans again.  It's been years.

 

So....you should have come out to that apple farm. It turned out to be crazy expensive for the dang apples, though. I spent every cent I had with me ($20 for a small bag of apples, $3 for a caramel apple with sprinkles, and $5 for a dang bag of donuts, but they were cider cinnamon and fresh, at least). I had planned for that money to last weeks. Oh well.

 

Dunno what we are doing for the actual Equinox. It's my favorite holiday and there's no public ritual around here that I know of, and it's the first Mabon in 3 years I actually get to EAT and I'm not dieting. And we're alone mecry.gif

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Yikes, Wolfcat, you have a lot going on! It sounds like the ick is balanced by the good, though. Hopefully. Yum on the cheese! Is it better than bought cheese? I would think so! Do you have a cow? Or access to one? How did you do it?
Goddess of Ick-- love it lol.gif
No cow. I use whole milk, heat and lemon juice. It is pretty easy. You can Google it. I use the 30 minute mozzarella recipe and the ricotta recipe from Caio Chow. It is totally delicious. I use the ricotta to make flavored spreads and dips, and in meatloaf and meatballs. The mozzarella is silky and smooth-tasting.
post #33 of 44

I hope you all had a wonderful harvest moon last night! We actually will celebrate tonight, since the full moon fire jam got schedule tonight. Unfortunately, the clouds never cleared for us to get a peak, and it looks unlikely to clear tonight either. I had hoped for one last month this year of watching the moon rise over Lake Michigan, but unless this baby comes late, we probably won't make it to another full moon fire jam this year. I love the children's books about the harvest moon like Possum's Harvest Moon and Hello Harvest Moon. I often wish that I could find books like that for every moon!

post #34 of 44

Hey Pagan Parents!

 

How is everyone doing?  I hope the fall equinox was amazing!  That moon!  uhhh!!  So perfect.

 

DoK: How is the oragami owl sales going?  I know it's all the rage here in my town.  Very cool idea.

revolting: how are you?  how is your DH?  any movement with babykins?  I hope September has turned around for you!!! Thanks for the reminder of those books!  I need to own more Pagan books...

Maia: have you started work yet? how did M do at the football party? 

wolfcat: mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. cheeeeeeese.  Thanks for the info on cheese making.  I wish I could dip myself in a giant pot of melty cheese (you know, in makebelieve land where I don't get 3rd degree burns all over my body).  How are the books coming along?

 

My daughter is currently obsessed with death.  Who has been through this?  Each of her grandparents cats has died in the past year (3 sets of grandparents).  We talk a lot about the garden and the cycle of life through that.  Someone (or all of them) told her that the cats went to heaven and when we die we go to heaven because that is where we came from.  Now she is upset as she doesn't want to go back to heaven she would like to stay here with me.  (her words) I NEED BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS!  and advice.  We believe in a form of heaven so that isn't the issue.  I like what Circle Round says about children asking about dying - I just would like a non-christian children's book on dying that can start our conversation.

 

In happier news: My birthday is next month and the local park/nature area is hosting a children's fall tree walk on my birthday!  I am so excited to spend time with Z and trees and nature to celebrate my latest journey around the sun!  Weeeee!  :treehugger

 

post #35 of 44

It's going well!  Once people see it in person, they are hooked.  :D  Of course, I think I'll probably end up being my best customer.  hahah.

 

I'm loving early autumn. But, the cooler weather makes me so sleepy.  I don't get it.  I think it must be because I find this season so comforting.

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Maia: have you started work yet? how did M do at the football party? 

 

My daughter is currently obsessed with death.  Who has been through this? 

In happier news: My birthday is next month and the local park/nature area is hosting a children's fall tree walk on my birthday!  I am so excited to spend time with Z and trees and nature to celebrate my latest journey around the sun!  Weeeee!  :treehugger

 

 

No, I haven't-- I had an opportunity to meet a client, but she canceled. I don't honestly know if it had to do with me, cause my car had issues and I said I might have issues making it (then I said nevermind I could get a ride), or if she really did have something come up. It's alright, cause honestly, that client is only 4y older than me, has stage 4 breast cancer, and is ornery as a cat on fire, hates life and everyone in it, and, she smokes...I'd rather have someone in my own town, that's old and just needs help. Someone nice and not resentful.

 

Death-- can't remember ds's Young Kid death stage, honestly, but even now at 12 he gets reallyreally upset if I talk about ME dying. I don't know what he believes about afterlife, and I don't really have a clear idea of what I believe. Did you ask Z what she thinks?

 

Happy birthday! Mine's in November. I'm pretty stoked that M and ds and I get to celebrate secular Thanksgiving all together, for a change. DS hasn't had it with me in 4 years. Not that anyone really cares about it; there's no longer any Big Family Thang, but it's nice that we can celebrate with M. I found a huge turkey breast on sale at the store yesterday for $1.29 (I think) a pound. Got the last one! And put it in my newish deep freezer. Yay! I don't think I can ever go w/o a deep freezer again. Even if I had to hide it as furniture in my room or something, I would have one forever.

 

And, I am loving the weather up here! It's the right temperature at the right time of year, the leaves are changing, it's not too wet not too dry, really cold in morning and evening. LOVE it.

 

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Originally Posted by DaughterOfKali View PostI'm loving early autumn. But, the cooler weather makes me so sleepy.  I don't get it.  I think it must be because I find this season so comforting.

 

You and me both. My crock pot is my best friend again already!

post #37 of 44
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Oh, football...he took his meds before he went over, he did well, I got to talk to him a couple times but I did not pester and he did not blow me off, he went home around 10:45 and fell promptly asleep :thumb

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You and me both. My crock pot is my best friend again already!

 

Ooh, I need to go through my long forgotten bottom cupboards to see if I still have a crock pot.  I think it would be a good idea for me to start using one.  I also can't wait to start baking!

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Ooh, I need to go through my long forgotten bottom cupboards to see if I still have a crock pot.  I think it would be a good idea for me to start using one.  I also can't wait to start baking!

 

Here is what I made yesterday:

Boneless, skinless chicken thighs, with a can of Muir Glen fire roasted tomatoes, sliced onion, green and black olives, mushrooms, salt, pepper, oregano, threw in some leftover zucchini and a partial bag of fresh spinach before it went bad...guys had rice under, I did not. Awesomely yummy, but I bumped up 1.5lbs this morning and I think it was: too much salt, too many olives, eating too late (for me), eating too much. Gah. But it sure was delish.

post #40 of 44

Sounds so good!  I love olives!  How long did you let it cook? And at what setting?

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