I feel that I am about to forget about Litha this year, especially since I am not feeling good about keeping track of the six weeks between the Pagan holidays as I should. But I am going to give myself a bit of slack, because blogging is pretty new to me, and I have to carve time out of my life to do it. Here are some things that I have been up to this week:
Clearing and cleaning the school room:
The kids are done with school this year! During testing I hosted a cartooning class in the school room for those kids who are interested, and when those three weeks were done, the room was, well, a disaster. But, because it is already messy, I went ahead and messed it up some more, by pulling out every single thing out of every drawer and book shelf, rearranged the furniture and rugs, and I am now trying to put it all back together again. A little voice in the back of my head keeps asking, what if this is like Humpty Dumpty, AND THERE IS NO BACK TOGETHER AGAIN??!! I have all summer long, over 100 days, to put that room back to rights, so I hope I can make it pretty again in time for September…
Taking Witchcraft classes:
I have mentioned taking my first Witchcraft class a while ago, and I feel that it was very enlightening. I had reached the limit to all the reading I could have done in a year, and it was time to move on beyond reading into practical experience. Nothing can take the place of actual hands on, and in this arena, I am super cautious about who I get the information from, especially if it is crystal clear there is a bias. But I am very fortunate to live very close to a shop that provides classes that align with my worldview of inclusiveness for all paths, pagan, wiccan, druid, and beyond. Fortunately, they also offer the ability to be a part of the class via a webcam if you live beyond a resonable driving distance. You can find the wonderful class I mentioned here.
Writing in my diary:
I have wanted to do this forever. Fortunately I am taking a class that makes me track the moon cycle, and how I am feeling, or things I notice. Because I feel the need to expand and explain beyond just assigning a number to how I feel, I am taking the advantage of just writing it down as well as tracking it. So far I have completed a couple of weeks of this, with no slowing in sight.
Yard work… Sigh:
OK, as a back story, I am passionate about growing vegitables, and making my yard pretty with a sensible landscaping design. However, confession time, I have not been able to successfully grow diddly squat in the last 5 years of trying. So I am really trying this year to make it work. I have done everything right, with no good results, so this year I have merging hard work with A LOT of wishful thinking. So… back to the accomplishments. I ordered 5 tons of topsoil, which is over 100 wheelbarrows full of dirt, and put them all over the yard to grow grass, and made a lot of new flowerbeds. It took 3 weeks to put all of those wheelbarrows where I wanted them. Then, I unsuccessfully installed rain barrels. Then I killed the weed eater, and fixed it, the lawn mower, and bought a new one, and finally installed the rain barrels in correctly. I can tell you what, I will have sunflowers this year, and that is about it. Goddess, I hope not!
And lastly, catching up with friends:
We did not do many fun or regular playdates because I had to make headway into the school year. Of course, to do that and work full time, I could not meet with friends hardly at all, and let the kids play. But we are making up for it now, and doing up to 3 playdates a week! The best fun was during strawberry picking, and the kids found Bugitah (Bogata) and Juicitah (almost like Utah). I made strawberry jam with only honey and pectin, and it is soo wonderful!! I used low sugar pectin, and it worked like a charm!