Sunday, December 9, 2018

Sunday Selections

This box not a regular subscription box.  Saw this Yule box on Etsy and ordered it.  Yule is the time of year when the dark half of the year relinquishes to the light half. Starting the next morning at sunrise, the sun climbs just a little higher and stays a little longer in the sky each day. It's actually one of my favorite days.
When I opened the package.
Everything in the box.
Yule candles.   The color of the candles is red, green and white to represent “season".
Yule Herbal Incense Mix.  Includes Mistletoe, Sage, Rosemary, Frankincense and Myrrh.
Frankincense and Myrrh Resin Incense.  Frankincense and Myrrh incense is a powerful scent long used in ancient magical practices.  Frankincense tears are known for their use in meditation, protection, and purifying.  Myrrh is known for protection, purification, and healing.  Burn it for meditation, peace, protection, and healing.
Gold Candle Holder.  Gold to represent the "Sun God"
Yule Annointing oil  created specifically for this holiday. 
2 small pieces of garnet: a stone of love and relationships, and a stone of protection

3 small pieces of emerald: considered a stone of regeneration and recovery, assisting one in healing negative emotions. A stone of wisdom, love and great harmony. It is said to help one appreciate and enjoy life to its fullest!

2 clear quartz pieces: quartz is known as the "master healer" and will amplify energy and thought as well as effect other crystals
Cinnamon Incense Cones can be burned to sanctify an area or object, increase the spiritual moon and aid in healing in general. It smells really good and fills the room with memories of Christmas past.  (I used it in my kitchen to keep away from fire alarm).
Homemade Herbal Mint Tea.  Peppermint, spearmint, and star anise.
I couldn't find the ingredients, but it appears to have cloves, star anise, some type of wood, and one other spice.
Cedar and little ornament.  Traditionally, a Shaman used the leaf from a cedar tree for protection in sacred ceremony. Native American Traditions: Cedar is burned while praying. The prayers rise on the cedar smoke and are carried to the creator. Cedar branches are brushed in the air to cleanse a home during the house blessing ceremony of many Northwest Indian Nations.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Saturday Thought

(Bertrand's Island.  Long closed now.  Memories of zooming in a space ship over the waters of Lake Hopatcong. As a child I felt like I was soaring off to the stars) 

Forgotten days of long ago,
I wonder where you are!
And if perchance we'll meet again
On some far-distant star!

George Elliston, "Forgotten Days," Everyday Poems, 1921

Friday, December 7, 2018

Friday Roundup

Good morning.  We come to the end of another week.  On Monday I did  huge food shopping and had it delivered.  I'm so loving the new Super Fresh Supermarket.  It was once Key Food, and that was a great store as well, but I am loving the free delivery.  No more depending on Instacart to do my shopping for me...and get it wrong.  Now I just hop on the bus, a 15 minute ride, shop, then head back on home and wait...and it usually doesn't take too long.  

Staying in on Tuesday and made myself a huge pot of veggie and bean soup.  
It was so good, and just spicy enough to warm me on cool days.   Opened my sinuses for sure.
Dolled it out in one serving size containers for freezing.

On Wednesday I hit the banks again.  Hubby felt better and went to the bank to withdraw his half of the rent.  I then took it to my bank and deposited.  I know that sounds like a lot of extra steps, but I don't like to leave cash around the house....and my check doesn't come in until the second Wednesday of the month, and I have credit card bills due the first week. 

Wednesday's Advent gift.
Onyx is the gemstone of strength and power.  It helps increase self-confidence, helping one to be at ease.  Onyx helps stimulate the power of wise decision making and encourages happiness and good fortune.  Can be carried as a worry stone.   It is far more beautiful in person.

Thursday's Advent gift
Clear Quartz is known as the Master Healer.  Draws off negative energy of all kinds.  Helps balance and revitalize the physical, mental. emotional, and spiritual bodies, acting as a deep soul cleanser and connecting the body, mind, and soul.  The mini glass vial filled with clear quartz crystals can be carried in your purse.

Today's Advent gift 
 A special coin...
...with a positive quote on the other side.
One of the changes WW has made is offering incentives in the form of prizes for tracking our daily food intake, daily exercise, and making our workshops.  Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks are all 5 points each.  Exercise is 5 points.  And making a weekly workshop is 50 points.  Prizes start at 1500 points, and I'd had my eye on this one right from the start.  A free month and $25 worth of products from Thrive Market.  Those Nut Thins are out of this world.  Have tried the chocolate bars yet. 

Speaking of WW, I made it by the skin of my teeth again.  Going to do my best to stay on track from now on, but can't guarantee Christmas week.  I have my order from Fijis ready for delivery on the 21st.  

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Wordless Wednesday on Thursday: Magical Mermaids and Dolphins by Doreen Virtue

Oops.  Got my days mixed up again.  (And nobody caught it.  LOL!!!)

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Thursday Odds and Ends.

At my job. This little guy was so special.   Smart as a whip he was, and he loved to play and pose for pictures, as you can see. I was devastated when he passed away.  We think a client put a little piece of some kind of food in his tank. 
Before we moved here, I used to have to climb all these stairs every morning to catch the train.  I couldn't do it anymore.
My workspace was always filled with whimsical characters.  I was always a prankster and loved lightening up the mood of a tense office environment.  (I've shown that shell sitting next to my keyboard on a previous Odds and Ends.  A gift from a client). 
Both of these little guys sang.  The flower used to sing 'hello' and was very sensitive to touch.  I had her sitting next to the candy dish I always kept in my office...when I had one before my office moved.  One day my co-worker reached over to grab a few candies, and the flower started singing.  Scared the crap out of my co-worker.
 This little frog used to sing Kenny Roger's "The Gambler".
The white one with the bushy hair used to sing  "Play that Funky Music White Boy', and little Officer Ron sang "Bad Boys".   One evening I was about to run my parole group and informed members that Officer Ron would be attending.  Lots of grumbles and client's saying, "I'm not saying a word if HE is going to be here."  Then I pulled him out of my bag and introduced him.  Clients had a healthy laugh on this one.  (Told you I was a jokester).
The beautiful Angel on top of my old tree.  She is half as big as my new little tree so for the time being, she has been retired.
This was such an awesome book, interesting and a bit out of the norm for me.  The author was struck down by a debilitating virus and spent months in bed.  A friend picked up a woodland snail and brought it to her in a pot.  This book is an account of her time with the snail. She spent hours observing it, reading about the biology of mollusks, and even became the first person known to witness a snail tending its eggs. Eventually, she was well enough to convalesce at home, and she chose to have the snail returned to its natural home, too.
A Halloween party at the senior center I used to attend.
One day I was eating a watermelon and a pit dropped to the ground.  Before I knew it, this little watermelon, along with several others, was growing in my magical garden.
My hair went from this one morning....
To this by the afternoon...and I have never had it long again.
Bought these candles at EBay.  They were supposed to be Yankee Candles, but all of them had the same floral smell despite one supposedly being pine, another citrus, etc.  And when lit, they didn't really smell at all.  Last time I ever shopped with EBay.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Tuesday Ramble

Good Tuesday morning. Got out yesterday to do a bit of shopping.  Bought the ingredients needed for Aloo Gobi, an Indian cauliflower and potato curry...recipe through the subscription box I get from Piquant Post.  
Oh my, was it ever delicious. Had it with some green beans and carrots.  Quite filling.

Today's gift.  
 I really don't need anymore incense, but this one smells so good. 

Going to put together another pot of soup today.  Love my soups in the winter.  It's hard trying to find things to do to keep myself occupied.  No classes for the month of December.  I cannot stand the Senior Centers around here.  No Christmas shopping left to do.  Too chilly to go sit in the park.  Guess I'll just take a walk around the block. 

Don't even feel like reading. I finished my book--The Age of Miracles-- on Sunday.  It was one of those books that when you finish, you wonder if you will be able to find anything as good.  Thankfully, my Book of the Month club books are on the way, "Circe", by Madeline Miller, a retelling of the goddess's story,  and "Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance" by Ruth Emmie Long, a modern magic tale.  Both have rave reviews.

Hubby is sick again.  Every time I turn around he's got one of these nasty colds that linger on and on.  I know people with emphysema get more colds and bronchitis than others.  I just wish I could do something for him besides make ginger tea.  It's so hard when you have to sit around and watch a loved one suffer. 

Have a good one.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Monday Morning This and That

Good Monday morning.  On Friday I sure did run about.  Banking time.  I usually get all the bills together, and hubby pays them, but he's down with another cold so this time it was up to me.  Went to banks in two different directions, then walked 6 blocks to the check cashing to pay the utility bills, then walked back the 6 blocks and looked around for some Christmas gifts in the department store I always shop at.  Nothing there so I went to Walgreens and ended up getting gifts for all three little ones for only $14.  It was more, but I had points to use up.  Then stopped at the market for a few things.  No salad stuff anyplace...not like I would buy it.  I won't be trusting romaine for a good long while, if ever.

Dropped everything off at home and then headed to the fruit stand.  Picked up some apples and oranges.  Strawberries were too expensive.  After that stopped at the 99 cent store for wrapping paper and ended up getting three cute little mittens for the little ones.  Then headed up and took care of sorting the little gifts I made and putting them in bags.

Saturday I stayed and did some cooking for hubby.  It's weigh in week so I will be eating very lightly this week.  We cleaned up the inside of the computer because it kept crashing on me.   So far so good.  I was beginning to worry that it was on its way out.

I also got to open my first gift from the Advent calendar.  It came in a pretty little silver bag which I plan on reusing.
Two Herkimer Diamonds which I plan on putting to good use.  Have a couple of chains left.  These will make a nice Christmas gift.
Day two is this pretty little silver necklace with eternity and goddess symbol.  

Sunday I woke up to pouring rain and decided it was a good day to stay in.  Didn't accomplish much, but I did get some presents wrapped.  Waiting on some small boxes to wrap the rest of them. 
Day three gift.  Peppermint Hot Chocolate Lip Balm: Shea butter, apricot kernel oil, beeswax, and flavoring.  Smells and tastes delicious.  Get my chocolate fix without eating a bar of chocolate.

That perverted woman who seemed to have a crush on my niece and actually sent me nude photos of her has continued to message me off and on.  I ignore them.  The other day she messaged me that she spoke with my niece and had a long story to tell me.  I did not respond.  Finally, on Saturday when she messaged me "How are you? I miss having a friend and I am sorry if I offended you." I responded  that I did not want to talk about my niece, that it made me very uncomfortable.  Haven't heard from her since.  Guess she didn't really want a friend.

Have a good one.