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post #101 of 618
Happy Full Moon to all you Mommas! Only 17 more days until the light begins to wax!! Anyone else struggle this time of year? Ive heard its called Seasonal Affective Disorder or something like that. Of course theres a name for it and Im sure a list of drugs to combat it. I think its just the dark of the year. Anyone have any blessings/prayers for this specifically?
post #102 of 618
I'd love to do the fruit drying thing, but it's sooo not going to happen in this house! Sliced fruit is *immediately* eaten, usually by children. I don't think that dried fruit would last much longer.

I requested The Shortest Day from the library. I hope my kids like it, but I have no idea of the reading/story level. Anyone else have recommendations? Bean's really into Frog and Toad right now, I guess that's 1st-2nd grade?
post #103 of 618
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Happy Full Moon to all you Mommas! Only 17 more days until the light begins to wax!! Anyone else struggle this time of year? Ive heard its called Seasonal Affective Disorder or something like that. Of course theres a name for it and Im sure a list of drugs to combat it. I think its just the dark of the year. Anyone have any blessings/prayers for this specifically?
I used to have major winter problems which peaked in February every year. Both of the car accidents in which I have been involved occurred in February. The seems to hit the fan around that time each year...

I've found that this is a good time to learn things about myself, and to that end I will likely be spending my private time on divination for my personal self, asking questions about what I need to know, etc.
post #104 of 618
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Are black walnuts big green balls in the summer before they are ripe? I know my DH has mentioned walnut trees growing up in Michigan, but I'm not sure if they were black walnuts or not....
Well, I'm not sure what walnut trees in general are like, but that's what happens with ours. The first year we lived in this house, we had no idea because no one took care of the tree. Our the last few years, sure enough, walnuts have started to come back. It's helping to attract more wildlife into our yard as the city squirrels have discovered it too.

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Black walnuts make a really dark stain, don't they? Maybe use them to dye a piece of cloth?
Isn't it the shell that stains? I wonder how many I'd need...

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Hmmmm...actually...we have a few ornaments on the tree that my mom made when we were little...a little image inside half a walnut shell (so for instance a teeny tiny evergreen tree cut out of felt and glued into the shell, or an itty bitty teddy bear from the craft store also glued into a shell). They're a bit "retro" but they have a "forever home" on our annual tree!
Those sound so neat!

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And a traditional yule ornament is a nut (like a walnut) covered in "gold" and hung from the tree. I've used gold glitter and glue in the past, but gold colored paint or gold leaf would be lovely!
This I think I could do with the kiddos! I might still have colored paint around the house somewhere...

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Do you think that hanging the orange slices up to dry would work? I was thinking of stringing them up after slicing them... or do you think it would be too messy? AND what about adding cloves to them so when they are sliced there is a few cloves sticking out? I have to go to the store to get a couple things, I might pick up some oranges to slice.
As I was reading your clove idea, I thought that maybe I'd "coat" a few in ground clove on both sides and dry it that way. Does anyone think it might not stick if I did that?
post #105 of 618
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I have a question for all of you mamas. Some friends and I are having a Baby/Pregnancy blessing for a friends. Any one have any ideas of a sort of ceremony we could do? Here is what we have so far... we are going to set up an altar and give the mama gifts (small things like baby socks, or wooden sppons, and blessings from us to her), we want to have some drumming, we are going to henna her belly, pot luck (of course, we never get together with out sharing food!), we will also do a candle lighting thing so when she goes into labor we will all light our candles and say a prayer/blessing for her. And last time she had a baby we all made meals for them so they didn't have to worry about dinner for 2 weeks. (we are going to do that too!) Any ideas?? Thanks OH and we are all going to bring a bead to make a braclet for mom to wear while in labor.
I've been meaning to comment, but then I lose the post.

This sounds so lovely! For DS, my close friends threw me a blessingway tea party. It was a middle of the road way of having the ceremony I wanted while keeping a more mainstream baby shower party. Anyhow, ds was a spring baby, so we held it outside in the yard. It was lovely! They had even gotten me a special mommy blend tea and brought bunches and bunches of flowers. Anyhow, the one moment I will always cherish was that we all gathered in a circle, everyone say their wish for me and the baby, and then tied this long strand around their arm, like a bracelet. Once all the wishes were complete, the string was cut and each person had a bracelet to wear, including me. We wore these until ds was born. I still have mine hidden away somewhere...

Best wishes and many blessing on your friends upcoming birth!
post #106 of 618
I am going to make ice catchers as soon as it is supposed to stay cold over night (freeze). take a pie tin or other round object. add berries, ribbon that is safe for bird nests, orange slices, anything natural and add colored water to the pie tin. set outside to freeze or in freezer. hang outside in trees.

very pretty.

we sure are chatty!

Welcome to everyone who has joined and who I have lost in the last two pages of reading!
post #107 of 618
Rynna, if your child is reading frog and toad, they can probably read most of "The Shortest Day", from what I remember. I requested it too, just like last year, but whoever took it out after me still has it and it was due in January of this year, so even if they ever get it back, it probably won't be before solstice. I tried inter-library, but still waiting.

My spell was pretty simple. It was really a meditation. I closed my eyes, counted down from 10 to enter a deep state and then I just started chanting these four words, speaking each on the exhale: " strength, patience, understanding, and (oh crap, what was the fourth one? well you get the idea. I chose these words as areas I wanted growth, so you can personalize it anyway). As I spoke them, I imagined ways they could manifest positively in my life, such as visioning myself responding patiently or with understanding, to my daughters. Then I dwelled even longer on each, a few breaths each. I kept going back to 'understanding' until I was happy with the the visions and they felt complete. Then a whole bunch of phrases started coming to me, and the cloth goddess doll in my hands felt like it became my older daughter, and I saw her doing her little dancing goddess thing, spinning around. One of the things I gained was to respect the goddess within my daughter. Lots of thoughts came to me, such as "It's hard being little" and some revelations about her jealousy with her sister " jealousy- loss of love- love and hate - hurting inside- feeling lonely" It was really great, very personal messages, but you could certainly try something similar. Oh and I had a candle going, and when I was done, I put all my negativity into it and let it burn away.
post #108 of 618
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Originally Posted by homeblossom View Post
Happy Full Moon to all you Mommas! Only 17 more days until the light begins to wax!! Anyone else struggle this time of year? Ive heard its called Seasonal Affective Disorder or something like that. Of course theres a name for it and Im sure a list of drugs to combat it. I think its just the dark of the year. Anyone have any blessings/prayers for this specifically?
If the light waxes much more here I'll go nuts lol... we're heading for summer solstice and the sun is up by about 415am : Our days really don't get that much shorter in winter though, sun up by around 630ish I think. I did live in Alaska for 3yrs though and I can totally empathize with SAD...I copped it hard up there, although I loved the place dearly.. I think 'medically' it's treated with the usual antidepressants. But I found the best thing for me at the time was to get OUT and make use of that small amount of daylight (our 'day' was from roughly 10am - 4pm! in winter) I would take a walk, drive or even just sit on my front porch for an hour even if it was snowing and it really helped me to cope. I don't have any blessings or anything though, just practical advice from someone who's been there done that!
post #109 of 618
We did the string around the wrist at my baby blessing. That was very cool.

H
post #110 of 618
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We did the string around the wrist at my baby blessing. That was very cool.

H
Me too.
post #111 of 618
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As I was reading your clove idea, I thought that maybe I'd "coat" a few in ground clove on both sides and dry it that way. Does anyone think it might not stick if I did that?
I would venture to guess that it won't stick very well, but it would sure be worth a try!
post #112 of 618
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I am going to make ice catchers as soon as it is supposed to stay cold over night (freeze). take a pie tin or other round object. add berries, ribbon that is safe for bird nests, orange slices, anything natural and add colored water to the pie tin. set outside to freeze or in freezer. hang outside in trees.

very pretty.

we sure are chatty!

Welcome to everyone who has joined and who I have lost in the last two pages of reading!
that sounds so cute! I don't think we stay cold enough consistently to do that, it was 33 yesterday, but supposed to be around 50 today, if some of the ice melts do the all the pretties fall out, too? I think the kids and I may make peanut butter versions this afternoon- using pinecones, spread with some peanut butter, roll in birdseed and hang....although our fat and sassy squirrels really don't need much more loving one of them BROKE the branch he usually jumps onto yesterday, I think from just being big, and landed in the middle of the yard in the snow it was hilarious, he jumped up real quick, and I swear, almost looked around like "nobody saw that, right" before he headed up the tree again
post #113 of 618
Pam_and_Abigail: That was beautiful. Sounds like it was a very profound meditation. Thank you for sharing!

If I may ask for some extra healing energy to go out into the Universe, I would appreciate it . . . My friend's husband fell off the roof of their house while hanging lights over the weekend, and broke his leg in several places. He is recuperating from his first surgery now, with more to come in the future, and is looking at a long recovery. With three kids and another one on the way, he is needed at home!
post #114 of 618
heket- like zavierchick said, it may not stick once the slice starts to dry out. BUT cloved fruits are very popular in the SCA an that could be a cool holidy decoration!

You take a fruit (usually citrus, a lemon, lime, orange, etc) and stud the whole thing with cloves. Just poke them right through the skin so that the whole fruit is eventually covered in cloves. Then you let the whole thing sit and dry out. Some people suggest rolling the drying fruit in ground orris root, or another powder to speed things along, but I never have. At the end you'll have a round "ball" that smells wonderful and can be hung from a ribbon or put inside a mesh bag and hung up that way. You can also pile them up in a bowl for a neat centerpiece/room freshener.

Of course, in the SCA, they're mainly used to get kisses (offer a person a cloved fruit and they are supposed to take a clove and offer a body part for you to kiss...it can get...ahem...creative), but one traditional use was to block out unpleasant smells and feshen breath. You'd carry a cloved fruit and sniff it to block out all those less than lovely smells, and you could chew on a clove after eating to sweeten the breath.
post #115 of 618
yes, they do fall out but it looks pretty in the snow
post #116 of 618

Herb Snips: Mistletoe Magic

(Thought I'd share...)


Pucker up! The holidays won't be complete without a sprig of mistletoe hung in the doorway to invite yuletide kisses. (Mistletoe lore is connected with the European plant, Viscum alba, but the traditions have been transferred to the North American mistletoes, which belong to the genus Phorodenron). Hanging a sprig in the doorway goes back to the Druids, who called the herb "all-heal" and considered it sacred. At the winter solstice, mistletoe was cut from the sacred oak with a ritual knife and caught in a white cloth so that it did not touch the ground. Hung in a doorway, it protected the home from evil spirits during the darkest time of the year and created a sanctuary where a kiss of peace could be exchanged. In Victorian times, every kiss required the plucking of a white berry. When the berries were gone, lovers were out of luck.

Medicinally, mistletoe has been used to treat convulsions, hysteria, neuralgia, and heart conditions. Recent research suggests that European mistletoe may also inhibit the growth of tumors and hence be useful in cancer treatment. (Scientists say that the berries aren't poisonous, as has been thought. But it's still not a good idea to eat them.)
post #117 of 618
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heket- like zavierchick said, it may not stick once the slice starts to dry out. BUT cloved fruits are very popular in the SCA an that could be a cool holidy decoration!

You take a fruit (usually citrus, a lemon, lime, orange, etc) and stud the whole thing with cloves. Just poke them right through the skin so that the whole fruit is eventually covered in cloves. Then you let the whole thing sit and dry out. Some people suggest rolling the drying fruit in ground orris root, or another powder to speed things along, but I never have. At the end you'll have a round "ball" that smells wonderful and can be hung from a ribbon or put inside a mesh bag and hung up that way. You can also pile them up in a bowl for a neat centerpiece/room freshener.

Of course, in the SCA, they're mainly used to get kisses (offer a person a cloved fruit and they are supposed to take a clove and offer a body part for you to kiss...it can get...ahem...creative), but one traditional use was to block out unpleasant smells and feshen breath. You'd carry a cloved fruit and sniff it to block out all those less than lovely smells, and you could chew on a clove after eating to sweeten the breath.
I tired this once and most of the oranges got moldy instead of drying out. What did I do wrong?
post #118 of 618
kleine- I dunno I've made a few using lemons so maybe smaller fruits (or ones with less sugar) work better, or maybe you really do need the orris poweder when using bigger fruit?

I haven't made any in a long time, in part because I'm married and in part because I don't have a lot of "craft" time these days and I can only imagine Laia's face if she took a bite out of a clove encrusted lemon!

Anyone else have a history with cloved fruit? Any ideas to thwart the fuzzies?
post #119 of 618
I used to make cloved oranges. I've never had one get moldy. I wrapped it in waxed paper while drying but can't remember if I did anything else to it.
I'm sure there must be something online about making pomanders.
post #120 of 618
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Pomanders with a Pagan twist.
A couple pics of my hazel branchs- which I may never take down!
Branches

fruit slices
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