Monday is as Monday does!

Yep, we have arrived at Monday.  I have discovered that Mondays come with their own unique set of issues.  One that I discovered today, language.  My seniors were finishing up their presentations.  Friday they had amazing presentations, great speech patterns, despite being nervous, and no language slippage.  Today…well let’s just say I had some great presentations that received poor marks due to poor speaking, inappropriate language, and slang!!!! Yes, slang in a formal presentation and project.  *sigh*

I know that the world is different for those who are younger, I teach high school and have for many, many years.  However, I also believe that if you are given a set of instructions, time to work in the classroom where questions can be answered by both the facilitator and those working around you, you should be able to create something according to those directions. Maybe I am just out of touch, but last time I checked, if I am asked to do something a specific way and I don’t, there are consequences.

After several false starts today, my students finally realized I was going to make them do their presentation until they met the guidelines, or they were taking a loss in points.  Most opted to re-do their presentations.  Some however, were content to just take a loss in points.  The understanding of why putting the work in to do something right, simply didn’t compute for them.

I ended up having to put a happy blend into the diffuser for my own soul.  In addition, I took several small trips to the outside so that I could let go of the frustration.  I took in the cool, crisp air and let go of the feelings building inside.  I have to realize I have done what I can, and continue to offer them the chance to grow and learn.  If they choose not to take the chance given, there is not much I can do about it.  Thank goodness I have a great green space right outside of my classroom door.  I can ground, center and come back in ready to tackle the next thing.

This weekend I accomplished nothing and it felt wonderful.  Today marks the beginning of a new week, and a new start.  I am going to stay the positive route, keep my mind and body moving forward and find some new blends and mixes for the diffuser.  Lavender and immune are still going at home as hubby still isn’t well, but I will be back soon with something new!

Today’s Tarot: Eight of Pentacles – Slow, steady work…labor intensive but commit with a sincere effort.

Happy Friday!

We have made it through the week!  Congratulations. Today’s oils are anxiety ease and breathe easier.  The kids are doing presentations so keeping their anxiety to a minimum and helping them take deep breaths is in order.

These are blends created by Eden’s Garden.  Anxiety ease is a balanced mixture of Sweet Orange, Ylang Ylang and Lemongrass.   Breathe Easier  is a healing mixture of Lemon, Peppermint, Eucalyptus and Rosemary. The two blend so well together and the classroom smells amazing. (Eden’s Garden)

The diffuser not only helps them, but it keeps any anxiety I might be having at bay as well.  I have done a better job the last half of the week keeping the anxiety at bay.  I’m not as productive at home as I want to be, but I think that may be the cold I am fighting off.  Hubby sounds like he has pneumonia, but he assures me it’s just a chest cold with head congestion.  I am doing all I can to make sure he is sleeping, keeping the air clean and not getting sick.

I have the same blends at school that I have at home.  At home I also use an immune support blend that is amazing.  That one is made by Ho’ola oils.  It has Orange, Eucalyptus, Clove, Cinnamon and Rosemary.  It is a sweet spicy blend that keeps the immune system boosted and the house smelling wonderful. Clove is one of my favorite scents, so I use it often, especially in the bedroom. (Ho’ola Oils)

Today’s tarot: The High Priestesses: the High Priestess can help you become more connected with the rhythm of the cosmos.  She is the female principle and reflects lunar mysteries. With her at our side we can begin to acquire the awareness and knowledge that there are greater forces at work in our everyday lives.

So…..

It happens.  I missed a day. I was doing so well too! However, I have decided not to worry about it.  I realized it right around 11 p.m. last night and decided I was too tired to type something up.  It had really been one of those days.

I am a reader.  I love books.  The issue when I read is that I tune everything and everyone out.  I get so focused that I forget the real world is happening.  I had taken a break from reading last week to see what it felt like.  Go figure, dishes got done, things happened with the hubby, grades were inputted, litter was cleaned and the blog was going strong.  Yesterday, I fell into a book series, actually two.  This means I am not up moving, I forget to do the things I need/want to do and I just read.  Not really healthy, at all.

This also leads to short tempers, miscommunications (I’m not actually listening when people are talking), arguments and of course nothing happening.  By 11 p.m. I was truly wondering who would miss me if I wasn’t here today. Hubby and I had argued and then he left for work (early) so we didn’t really resolve, although we did text, my oldest child can’t make Mother’s Day, I did something to upset the daughter and she told the youngest  she “needs space”, although I can’t actually recall talking with her recently, and of course the argument.

Tears were my companion as I went to sleep last night, I woke up multiple times in the middle of the night, sometimes with anxiety, sometimes still crying.  Good news, here I am today.  Kids have projects to work on, AP exams to review for and the end of the year to look forward to.  My resolution, get through the day.

I pulled a tarot card today (something else I had not done yesterday), got the 3 of Pentacles again. Guess I need to be looking at the amazing kids I have, let them be busy in their own lives and minds, and figure out the new journey in front of me.  I must have done something right, 3 of Pentacles says it all paid off in a positive way.

Today the oils are Breathe Easier and a Citrus Cream Blend.  Happy scents, happy moods and just maybe a happy day!

Have a great one…I promise to get back to informative stuff soon.

I Did It!

Merry Meet!!

I hope your Monday is going well.  Over the weekend I managed to get the meditation/altar/exercise space cleaned and I sorted through all my clothes and got rid of 4 bags of stuff.  I am sure there is more I can do, but for now it is a start.

Everything isn’t all organized yet, that’s for the next couple of evenings when hubby is at work.  However, there is a start, and clean space on the floor, which means I can at least keep moving, get grounded and return to a state of being me. This is important!

In addition to the hours spent getting that space cleaned I managed to go look at some open houses for ideas on flooring, run to Costco and spend too much money.  On Sunday we even managed to run up to the wineries and grab our quarterly boxes, as well as find some bubbly for Mother’s Day.  All in all not a bad weekend.

I ran a diffuser with grapefruit and clary sage mixed while I was cleaning.   Grapefruit essential oil helps remind us of those life-giving and inspiring moments of our lives. Letting your toes soak into the ocean, sipping coffee on a quiet morning, landing a job or getting on a plane to an exotic location. Grapefruit’s unique properties uplift, revive and inspire healthy lifestyles (Eden’s Garden).

Clary sage is considered to be one of the top essential oils for hormones, especially in women. Many claims have been made as to its benefits when dealing with cramps, heavy menstrual cycles, hot flashes and hormonal imbalances. It’s also known for its ability to increase circulation, support the digestive system, improve eye health and fight leukemia. Clary sage is one of the most healthful essential oils, with anticonvulsive, antidepressant, antifungal, anti-infectious, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also a nerve tonic and sedative with soothing and warming components (draxe.com/clarysage).

The delightful blend of these two oils made for a perfect place to keep busy and stay focused.  I felt like I was moving forward and not stagnating, and that I was helping not only myself but my husband.  I watched The Matrix trilogy and kept that fighting, never give up mindset through the whole of the weekend.

Today’s tarot: Three of Pentacles – keyword: planning

The three of Pentacles signifies a culmination of your efforts – your planning, hard work and dedication have paid off.  But the journey continues.  what hidden surprises await you as continue forward? There is nothing to fear as you continue forward, for this card shows you are on the right path!

Meditation

We all know we should, even if it isn’t part of a religious practice, it is now common knowledge that meditation, or purposeful breathing, is a practice every person should put into their day for at least 15 minutes.

The Mayo Clinic says “The emotional benefits of meditation can include:

Meditation is a simple practice in its purpose.  It simply helps us keep grounded and do a check in with ourselves. We can stay present better, our minds don’t wander as much or worry as much if we meditate.

However, the practicality of incorporating meditation into the busy lives we all have is not quite as simple.  One would think, given that I am a practicing pagan/Wiccan that I would make this a part of my daily life.  The truth is I am also a full time High School teacher, a mom of 4 boys (2 of whom are at home still), and a wife. What that means in reality is that when I have 15 minutes, I don’t sit and meditate. I have it on my planner as a daily practice, but I haven’t been able to check it off in weeks.  I have three apps on my phone, two of which remind me I need to do this; I simply snooze them.

I am very aware that I need to get this practice back into my daily routines.  My feelings of being unsettled, ungrounded and flighty would all go away.  I also know that to do this I need to spend about 5 hours cleaning the space in my bedroom where my altar and meditation space is set up.  This has turned into the “house everything not in use” space for us. That alone is enough to make me give up.

This ties into yesterday’s post about everyday being a new day.  Today, when my husband goes to work (so really tonight), I clean my room until it is where I want it to be and where I need it.  My mental health isn’t horrid, but it is enough that it is beginning to wear on me.  When that happens, things slip and slide into oblivion.  I don’t want to clean, I don’t want to get off the couch, I don’t want to do anything.  This is a spot I have been in often lately, but I am working on it.

Today is the New Day/Fresh Start I was talking about yesterday.

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).