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post #21 of 61

Maia, you could have a sensory processing disorder which makes you sensitive to loud noises. I have one. It makes it difficult for me to learn some things, and I am also sensitive to loud noise.

post #22 of 61

I suppose I could. I've got ADD, too, but I didn't know that (because they didn't have it when I was little), and I'm 54 now and really I've been compensating for years. And years.

 

For noises, it's not *loud* so much as *sustained loud*, as in like, crowds. Or parties. I did those for so long, being a drinking person that went to bars/clubs/bands, that I really think I'm just over it-- and overly sensitive to make up for all that. Maybe.

For whatever reason, I really value silence, now, and I also think I'm an introvert, even though I am very outgoing and gregarious and I talk too much-- it's about how I recharge. I can handle about 3 hours in public or with people and then I have to Go Away And Be Silent, All By Myself. For hours.

I learn things best by being shown by someone, or being in a class. I don't do well at all if left to my own devices. I lose interest or attention too quickly.

 

You could be right, though. Who knows?

post #23 of 61

Welcome Leslie!

Vy - Did you do your presentation yet? How'd it go?

AFM - E is doing great! He looks at you and smiles and coos now, which is so much fun. I still am really grieving my grandmother, but I'm really trying to lighten the tone in my house. It's the holiday season, after all. Like Maia, we have snow. I hope that by this afternoon we have enough snow to go sledding.

 

Is everyone ready for Yule? What are your plans?

post #24 of 61
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For noises, it's not *loud* so much as *sustained loud*, as in like, crowds. Or parties. I did those for so long, being a drinking person that went to bars/clubs/bands, that I really think I'm just over it-- and overly sensitive to make up for all that. Maybe.

For whatever reason, I really value silence, now, and I also think I'm an introvert, even though I am very outgoing and gregarious and I talk too much-- it's about how I recharge. I can handle about 3 hours in public or with people and then I have to Go Away And Be Silent, All By Myself. For hours.

 

:yeah I am super outgoing always called "welcoming" but seriously cannot stand to be around people for too long.  The longer I am it's like I start to break down... I have to regenerate alone and drink lots of water.  

 

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Welcome Leslie!

Vy - Did you do your presentation yet? How'd it go?

AFM - E is doing great! He looks at you and smiles and coos now, which is so much fun. I still am really grieving my grandmother, but I'm really trying to lighten the tone in my house. It's the holiday season, after all. Like Maia, we have snow. I hope that by this afternoon we have enough snow to go sledding.

 

Is everyone ready for Yule? What are your plans?

My presentation is next Tuesday!  I'll be giving a shout out for some good energy for sure!!!!

 

OOOOhhh, I am sooooo excited for YULE!  We're, of course, making bread and throwing it at the sun to welcome him back... and reading our Sun Bread thanks to Ms. Maiasaura.  We also will light our Yule log and ring some jingle bells as we make wishes for the new year and clear out the energy of the old.  I also read from Circle Round "Birth of the Sun" which I made felt pieces to illustrate and play with.  Then we talk about what the sun "gives" us.  Warmth and energy, etc. I LOVE LOVE LOVE YULE almost as much as Summer Solstice...almost.... 

post #25 of 61
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OOOOhhh, I am sooooo excited for YULE!  We're, of course, making bread and throwing it at the sun to welcome him back... and reading our Sun Bread thanks to Ms. Maiasaura.  We also will light our Yule log and ring some jingle bells as we make wishes for the new year and clear out the energy of the old.  I also read from Circle Round "Birth of the Sun" which I made felt pieces to illustrate and play with.  Then we talk about what the sun "gives" us.  Warmth and energy, etc. I LOVE LOVE LOVE YULE almost as much as Summer Solstice...almost.... 

 

I miss ds being little. Nobody cares about Yule, or any other holiday, except me, anymore. I doubt I'll be making Sun Bread anymore, cause I know that M can't get up at sunrise because of his meds, and ds won't care, I'm pretty sure. Sigh. I'm glad y'all are carrying on the tradition, though.

 

We're doing Christmas at my brother's house, though, with my brother, his dd's 19 and 24, my mom, and ds and me. It should be a good time. Cross fingers.

 

In other news, I woke up sick this morning :( AND, I lost my Monday client. The agency paying for my services only paid for 10 weeks and they just ended. I didn't know that. I'm so sad. Because besides $30 for me, that poor woman has been in that facility for 7 years with no visitors. At all. Granted she's got dementia, but still. That is so sad.

post #26 of 61

I am in the process of writing a Yule ritual for my family.

 

Leslie

post #27 of 61

Vy - You need to post a picture of the felt pieces you made! Yule definitely rates as one of my favorite holidays as well.

Maia - That is super sad. Does she not have any family? I hope tomorrow goes better for you. I like to think that if/when my kids have decided that the traditions we keep don't jive with them anymore that I'll still observe in some way, even if it changes.

Leslie - I'd love to see what you wrote! I think I've tried a scripted ritual with my kids all of once...way not where my littles are right now! How old are your kids?

post #28 of 61

Ryan is 6yo and Liam is 3yo.

 

Leslie

post #29 of 61
I love hearing about other families traditions. smile.gif

For Yule, we will have a candlelit dinner with our friends - the same thing every year...potato soup, crusty bread, salad and cake, and we'll also have a bonfire with last years tree. We'll get up early to greet the sun as it rises and have a nice breakfast - then I'll take a nap! - and maybe we'll hike in the park...

We haven't exchanged gifts on Solstice before, and I'm debating on wether or not to this year. I kinda like the holiday for itself, without the present aspect. Probably because Christmas Eve / Day is part of our Winter holidays, too, and thats when we do presents - everyone gets one gift under the tree and a stocking (although, I'm considering next year doing stockings on St. Nicholas Day instead). We don't exchange gifts with family or friends.

I am also a total introvert. And becoming very comfortable with it! ;-)
post #30 of 61

On Solstice, we normally read Sun Bread on Solstice Eve, and I make a Sun Bread, and Solstice Morning we wake before Sunrise and when He peeks out (or if it's cloudy, we mark the time He is supposed to rise), we throw bits of bread up to Him, and pour libations on the ground, and dance and sing Sun songs, then we go in for stockings (which usually only have a couple little things in, and an orange) for everybody. Then lazy, lazy day, and feasting later. This year I might make Solstice Stew (mostly beef stew with veggies) or maybe roast a chicken, but whatever I do it'll have oranges and/or lemons.

I doubt I can get anyone awake at Sunrise, though. Might have to do that part myself.

 

No, poor lady has no family that I know of. Nobody seems to know her history or anything about her, and she's mostly non-verbal so no answers out of her herself :( I wonder if it's unethical or inappropriate (with my work, I mean) if I go visit her now and then anyway.

 

Gods, I'm sick. Woke up sick yesterday, today I'm slightly feverish :( I have so much to do for Christmas...and I feel like typing is exhausting me. Dang.

post #31 of 61

No plans this year, just getting through the holidays and then looking forward to making my 1st appt w/ new MW.

post #32 of 61
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No plans this year, just getting through the holidays and then looking forward to making my 1st appt w/ new MW.

We're due just 3 weeks apart. I am also planning a home birth. :D

post #33 of 61

Congratulations to both of you! :) 

 

I'm really enjoying the season and festivities, but find myself looking ahead...

The saying "out with the old, in with the new" comes to mind. 

 

I typically keep the week before New Years to be at home; go through all the closets, cabinets, drawers, etc. I purge everything I can, organize everything that is left, and deep clean the whole house. 

 

I tend to focus on the physical home at the beginning of the calendar year, and focus on the energetic/spiritual/self at the beginning of the zodiac calendar. Although, I think it is particularly exciting that there is a New Moon on New Years Day! And the second New Moon is on the 31st. So cool! 

 

Anyone have any particular rituals that they perform for the New Year? 

post #34 of 61

Thanks! We'll be purging the RV to move into the cabin, does that count? haha!!

 

Winter is usually a hard time for me to feel spiritual, the spring and fall are the times when I rock LOL!!

post #35 of 61
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Congratulations to both of you! :) 

 

Anyone have any particular rituals that they perform for the New Year? 

 

What she said: Congrats!

 

Our old group on here (we've all got older kiddos now-- middle school mostly, some older, some younger)-- we're on FB now-- still picks a Word Of The Year to focus on for the year. Last year, mine was Love. Because I figured that if it was something as general as Love, I would remember it in all kinds of situations. I've been having anger issues-- I'm hoping it's menopausally hormonal-- so it helps to remember ANYthing that has to do with kindness!

 

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Oh goodness-- I'm generally the other way 'round from you.

 

This Winter I'm feeling especially Adventy and hibernatey-- because I came down sick on Tuesday, Wednesday started the fever, ds got the fever Thursday, and we've been laid flat since. Today I finally thought we were starting to be on the mend-- but ds is still on-and-off fevery :( I have to work on Monday. This needs to GO.

post #36 of 61

My December has been rough, as was November. My boys are in foster care because we angered a DCF worker. 

 

I will be allowed to have them overnight for Yule and for 3 days over Xmas. It's a start...

post #37 of 61

Congrats Becky and Preggo!

 

Treslo - I prefer to leave gifts until Christmas, too. I also love that we will have a new moon on the first. I'd love to do a deep purge of the house on the week before the new year, but I know with a new baby it won't happen. My house needs it, though! I do the word of the year thing, too. I picked "Nest" for this year. I have started to think about next year's word: abundance, prosperity, something along those lines. We had a financially disastrous year and I want to rebuild in 2014. I also did this tarot ritual last year: http://witchesandpagans.com/Pagan-Culture-Blogs/tarot-magick-for-the-new-year.html and hope to do it again this year.

Maia - I hope you feel better! Preparation for the holidays overwhelm me, too.

Mommybear - So sorry to hear about CPS taking your kids. I hope you reunite soon!

post #38 of 61

It's not the prep that's overwhelming... I probably would be near done by now, but the sickness laid us flat for 5 days, and will still keep me down some while I work part time and spend the rest of my days recuperating. Gah.

 

Dang, Mommybear, that is horrid. I had someone call on me in '09 (because they didn't like my parenting style-- they knew me for ONE WEEK) and that was scary enough that I haven't been back to the event I met them at. And prior to that, I'd gone for 10 straight years. I'm so sorry, mama. Those people are evil, IMO.

post #39 of 61
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My December has been rough, as was November. My boys are in foster care because we angered a DCF worker. 

 

I will be allowed to have them overnight for Yule and for 3 days over Xmas. It's a start...

 

Oh my goodness, that's awful!  I'm so sorry!  Why did they take them away??  :(

post #40 of 61

My 10 year old had "body odor" at school. He had showered the night before and was wearing clothes fresh out of the dryer but his school nurse felt the need to call the POLICE. The social worker assigned to us doesn't like that we don't bed over and take it, so she lied in her report (she even used DH's military service against him). They've were taken on November 4 and I've seen them for 6 hours since then. Our current case worker and support worker say that they can't figure out why my boys were taken at all and are trying to get them back to us ASAP but if everything goes to plan, it'll be Spring Break before we get them back.

 

My boys are not all in the same home, my older two are together but my youngest is on his own in another city. The older two have a terrible foster mom who made them bathe in alcohol and has a grandson who peeps on my oldest in the shower and looks down his pants while he sleeps. Somehow, that is better than them being home where they are loved and greatly valued.

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