Hugs and Love

 

While binge watching Grimm on Amazon and Playoff Football on network TV (with antennae) I managed to get 90% of my kitchen re-organized and cleaned. The coffee mugs and spices cupboard are left to organize and the stove top is left to clean. Anyone who knows me is aware of what a Herculean task this was. My oldest step-son came out of his cave for sustenance, blinked and said ” we have counter space, everywhere”. I responded “let’s try to keep it that way” to which of course I received a blank stare back.

I also made super yummy homemade mac and cheese on Saturday and a great smelling chicken tortilla casserole on Sunday. Now I’m set to meal plan for the week and try to get to the grocery store. That may be tomorrow though. We have plenty of leftovers and my youngest son has a concert for choir this afternoon.

Oh in cleaning I managed to sell multiple appliances for which I will get 1 appliance that replaces them all. So more space in general. This is super exciting. Once I get my new appliance I will have one more single serve blender I can sell.

As someone who loves to practice kitchen witchery I am always relieved when I purge and clean. However, I suck at keeping it that way and then I get overwhelmed. So what are your tips for keeping a kitchen that regularly feeds 5, and has maybe 2 that clean it, clean? Let me know because I could use the tips. I am thinking that in a few months I may want to hire someone that comes every other week to help with bathrooms and general cleaning. Do you have an outside house keeper?

I am most excited because with the kitchen the way it is right now I can also get, a water garden and start growing my herbs again. That was the major motive behind cleaning it as thoroughly as I did. Hydroponic Gardens for the kitchen are super fun and easy and fresh herbs are the best. Do you have one? If so do you love it? What brand is it? Pros and cons?

Okay. Off to check the casserole and get ready for the concert. May your weekend be blessed.

Thank You Notes

 

I was recently reminded that taking the time to hand-write a note of thanks, or thinking of you, is extremely important. Writing connects our bodies to our brains and our brains to our emotions. We often talk of journeying to get our feeling out. Well that shows in what you write.

The act of writing a note to someone, even “have a nice day”, makes you smile, makes them smile and reminds everyone that no matter how bad there is someone who cares. The handwriting, the penmanship, the ink color, all bring the emotions and sentiment to life. A typed email or text message is always loved and a wonderful sentiment, but the feeling behind a hand-written note…the idea someone took the time to hand-write a note, long hand, means so much more.

I try to send “love” notes, as I call them to lots of people. Little notes which say, “hey”. Erin Condren has some great notes which have a fun saying on the front and room to write on the back.

Here is a link:Compliment Cards

I highly recommend sending one or two of these a day. People truly appreciate them. I give them to fellow teachers and to students. The smiles and thank you’s and positive energy are well worth the extra time it takes to pick one and hand write the note on the back.

What about you? Do you like receiving notes? Do you remember to handwrite them as it gives better every and emotion?

Weekend Work

While binge watching Grimm on Amazon and Playoff Football on network TV (with antennae) I managed to get 90% of my kitchen re-organized and cleaned. The coffee mugs and spices cupboard are left to organize and the stove top is left to clean. Anyone who knows me is aware of what a Herculean task this was. My oldest step-son came out of his cave for sustenance, blinked and said ” we have counter space, everywhere”. I responded “lets try to keep it that way” to which of course I received a blank stare back.

I also made super yummy homemade mac and cheese on Saturday and a great smelling chicken tortilla casserole on Sunday. Now I’m set to meal plan for the week and try to get to the grocery store. That may be tomorrow though. We have plenty of leftovers and my youngest son has a concert for choir this afternoon.

Oh in cleaning I managed to sell multiple appliances for which I will get 1 appliance that replaces them all. So more space in general. This is super exciting. Once I get my new appliance I will have one more single serve blender I can sell.

As someone who loves to practice kitchen witchery I am always relieved when I purge and clean. However, I suck at keeping it that way and then I get overwhelmed. So what are your tips for keeping a kitchen that regularly feeds 5, and has maybe 2 that clean it, clean? Let me know because I could use the tips. I am thinking that in a few months I may want to hire someone that comes every other week to help with bathrooms and general cleaning. Do you have an outside house keeper?

I am most excited because with the kitchen the way it is right now I can also get, a water garden and start growing my herbs again. That was the major motive behind cleaning it as thoroughly as I did. Hydroponic Gardens for the kitchen are super fun and easy and fresh herbs are the best. Do you have one? If so do you love it? What brand is it? Pros and cons?

Okay. Off to check the casserole and get ready for the concert. May your weekend be blessed.

Friday Musings

So today, here in Northern California, it is a blustery day.  One that reminds me of the 100 Acre Woods with blowing winds and pouring rains and puddles, and pile ups.  Winnie and the 100 Acre Woods is one of my favorite escape places.  Eeyore is my soul-buddy.  We have a lot in common.  These days though, just like Eeyore, I perk right up.  Just another day, but the wind is energizing and washes away the cares.

One of the great things is that each of the Cardinal Directions (North, South, East, West) also has an element associated with it.  Those elements all have correspondences and actions that help the soul, the body and the mind.  Because it is so windy today I thought I would talk about the element of Air, associated with the East.

Air is associated with the Zodiac signs of Aquarius, Gemini and Libra.  They will often be thinkers who want to be allowed to think their own way.  Flighty and floaty they are often whimsical and most that I know appear ethereal.  I can always spot an Air Element, just from their energy.

Air bring clarity and communication.  I love standing in the wind as it blows away the cobwebs and helps me to think clearer.  It seems to pen my mind and create within me the space to be alive and energized.  In addition, I can listen to the voices.  The trees are talking, the wind itself is speaking to us, if we listen closely.

In this fast paced work we live in, constantly running from place to place, the wind reminds us to stop and listen.  I always feel when there is an abundance of one of the elements where I am at, that I must need a reminder.  I would agree with the wind today.  Some clarity in thought, some energy and rejuvenation and of course, the cold.

Cold is something I have come to associate with the wind when I need it most.  The harshness of the brisk feeling against my cheek and pushing on my body help that clarity of thought happen.  The walking against a 24 mph can bring forth effort, determination and a single mission, which helps with focus.

I try to remember I am not against the wind, nor is it against me, rather it is reminding me that all is possible if I just listen and think clearly and creatively.  Today was a great day for that reminder. (However, I wouldn’t be adverse the thunderstorms slowing down some so my fence stays sorta upright).

May the light of the times shine down on you this weekend.

(All information on Correspondences comes from my favorite reference The Complete Book of Correspondences by Sandra Kynes, published by Llewellyn).

Crystals…

or rocks as my husband calls them.

Anyone else have a passion/obsession for collecting the most gorgeous nature made products on the planet?  I am sitting at my desk at school while the kids take a test and I realized I have 1/4 of my desk filled with different crystals that work well for classrooms.

Let’s start with the obvious one.  Selenite.  I have an 18″ non-polished rod of it sitting across the front of my desk.  Why?  Well it is great for helping students focus.  The properties of Selenite include: adaptability, calm, clarity, communication, emotions, harmony, respect and peace (Sandra Kynes, Complete Book of Correspondences). I love this mineral so much that at the next gem and rock show I am going to get small pieces to give to every student to have with them.  In my house all my kiddos have some on their desks and in their backpacks.  I give them polished pieces that they can “fiddle” with which of course is two-fold.  It keeps them busy without being disruptive and it gives them all those great energies.

I also have smoky quartz on my desk. Again, for anyone who knows, it would seem obvious.  It has some of the same qualities with regard to calm and mood, but it also purifies and keeps negative emotions to a lesser amount (Kynes). It also helps students see past obstacles and keep a nice balance in the room.  Hmmm… I may need a bigger piece this term.

I have some amethyst for balance and harmony and generally clear minds and good communication.  I have some regular quartz, for keeping everything else cleansed and ready to work.  I have some emerald, some ruby, and some tourmaline to keep mind, body and emotions in balance.

I have kyanite to help get rid of anxiety and to again work with clarity of communication.  I have some labradorite for confidence and balance and I have some lepidolite for concentration and focus.  In addition, I have some miscellaneous pieces that I have picked up on my travels and shopping trips that I just liked or that had a good feel to them.

None of the major pieces are small, I let the kids come up and “play” with them when they want, but they aren’t allowed to take them.  I do have some small quartz pieces that I give out for anxiety when needed or if a student needs something to occupy their hands while they are reading or discussing in class.  Those they can keep, as I replenish anytime I go to a rock/gem show.

The good news is that is just my desk at work.  LOL.  At home every windowsill, every door jamb, the altar, the tables next to the altar, pretty soon the night stand and any other available surface is covered as well.  Pink Quartz at the entrance to the house and any rooms as well as Selenite in the kid’s rooms and other fun things keep the house feeling pretty good most of the time. Our mantle is generally covered with some amazing rocks we found at a rock yard, quartz and citrine laden and of course the fairy cat candle holders.  Over all we have a tremendous collection. So much so in fact, that we are getting two barristers shelves from my parents to keep collecting and showing off.

My purse has a fairly large “travel” collection too.  With my studies at Sacred Mists I have had to create this travel collection.  In both the first and the second degree courses there are intense lessons on crystals, their meanings and the ones that speak to you as well as the ones everyone should carry in general.  During both courses I created a travel pouch and have since discovered that I love having them with me at all times.  Anytime I am nervous or need a fidget tool I just reach in and grab a stone.  I never look, as I figure I will grab what I need to help with the moment.  So far, that has worked great!

What stones do you like? Do you carry them with you?  Is your house full of things to help the energy flow?  Where else do you think they would help?  Do you have any suggestions for me to add to my school collection?

Candles

Candles are so important to  everyday life here.  As a matter of fact, we were burning so many candles and spending so much money that it became cheaper to make our own.  We researched and found the best way to make candles and now make all our own soy container candles and candle melts.  It became such a great thing as I gave them away for gifts that I began selling them.  You can see what I do at Touch of Magick Candles and feel free to ask any questions.

Why are candles so important?  Well in magick there are many associations with candles.  Fire, color, scent.  Candle magick is an area within my practice that I am an advanced student and practitioner.  I am hoping to rewrite the lessons and begin teaching candle magick at Sacred Mists very soon.  Fire is my element and candles help me focus using that element.  Color is a correspondence area that enhances fire magick and candles can be made in any color.

Scent of course is simply something that we can all relate to.  Whether it is  a sugar cookie scent that brings memories of happy childhoods, or winter sleigh ride that helps the inside of our house smell like the outside sometimes.  Scents are important to everyone whether they realize it or not. They trigger memories, or bring feelings of comfort close to the surface.

When working magick with candles they enhance your energy and carry it further.  Fire magick is one of the more intense magicks, and should be handled with care.  Candles are perfect for learning as they carry smaller flames.  I often do magick with the fireplace or the fire pit outside.  So much energy to draw on.  However, for daily magick and healing spells (unless something significant is going on) I use candles.

I am in the process of making a candle of healing for a family.  I am going to be using a combination of evergreen and honey suckle.  You wouldn’t think it would work, but it smells amazing when mixed together.  I will be making it purple, a healing color, also it is for a little girl.

Candles bring to home the sense of completion, of warmth, of being complete.  Colors and scents play more of a role than most people realize, but know that you will often choose those intuitively and for a purpose, whether you know it or not.

Do you burn candles?  What are your favorite colors and scents?  Do you need a healing candle? Can I answer any questions?

Write It Down

 

Journaling…what does it mean to you? As I have been using my planners and keeping track of things, one of the things that I love most about both planners I am using is that they have review of the week, and daily “what are you excited about” and “what will you improve on” and “wins for today”.  In addition, I bought the Danielle LePorte Planner and I have washi taped the “schedule” section and use it for daily reflection.  The whole set up is designed in such a way that it is perfect for daily journaling.

It asks for your soul prompt (how are you feeling), it asks for 3 things to do (always with a prompt for what is best for you) and it asks for goals.  In addition, it has what are you going to work on stopping.  I fill each of these out at the beginning of the day and then at the end of the day do a reflection.  For me this has been invaluable.  Even if I journal as a reflection the next day, it has given me the perspective that I need.

In looking back at what I was feeling at the beginning and where I am when I reflect, I can see how I let things affect me through the day and where I am at.  This type of journaling has given me some structure as well as the ability to gauge myself and my emotions.  The difference, for me, is incredible.  I have always been a writer.  I love to journal, I write notes to express myself if I am having trouble doing so verbally.  I will often write my husband long letters, take pictures of what I wrote and send them to him.  For me I have found the written word to be an easier form of communication.  However, journaling has been difficult.  I never know where to start.  The Danielle LePorte allows me the structure and still the freedom.

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I know that she offers a journal with prompts, but for me the day planner with the daily prompts has worked fabulous.  I love my Panda Planners for the planner function as well as the daily and weekly review.  I review my actual productivity with those.  I am able to keep track of both what I need to do in my personal life with what I need to do for Sacred Mists and even with my school needs.  At school, in the classroom, I use both a Happy Planner and an Erin Condren LifePlanner, along with the Personal Planner. However, with the changes I made to the Danielle LePorte, I have created, for me, a perfect journal.

Do you journal?  What is your favorite way to write things down?  If you don’t journal I challenge you to try it.  We often tell those who are struggling with their emotions or with where they are in life to begin writing.  It is cathartic and can help take those jumbled thoughts and make some sense of them.  Let me know how it goes for you…