Day 27 -Spring Fever, it’s really a thing


Having had my walk and fixed up my favorite, non-weird, chocolate blueberry smoothie, I sit here and contemplate what I want to write. My thoughts keep turning to the seeds and the dirt that I bought yesterday. My favorite thing to do right now would be to plant those seeds, and spend some time in the sunshine fussing over them. That’s something I will be doing tonight. I have the pots, the dirt, and the seeds. I just need the time to plant them.

Yeah, I’ve got Spring Fever pretty badly. I’m really tired of all of the darkness and cold. I would really love to sit in the sunshine and soak up some heat and light.

Yesterday, I shut off my furnace and opened several windows. It’s so nice to get the stale winter air out, and I don’t care if it was only 8 degrees yesterday. At work, I am fortunate to have a working window. It faces North, so I don’t get any sunshine, but I do get fresh air if I need it.

Funny thing about my window at work – the pigeons like it too. One day I came back from lunch to discover that Bob the Pigeon had ducked into my slightly open window while I was gone. I was able to get him out again but, lesson learned, I always make sure the window is only open a crack now.

Here’s hoping you have lots of sunshine and fresh air where ever you are, and that your pigeons are less curious than Bob. Blessings all!

Day 26 – The Binding and the Backlash


Right off the bat today, let me provide the disclaimer that mine is a religion of one; specifically, I don’t adhere to any group or other individual’s idea of how they think religion or spirituality ought to work. My beliefs are my own and, quite frankly, are an amalgamation of things that I have picked up along the way. I tend to be more eclectic pagan than anything else, but you also can’t take all of the Lutheran out of the girl, even if you take the girl out of the Lutheran church. While I am mostly a very conservative person, I am very liberal when it comes to social and religious topics. As long as you aren’t harming anyone, I don’t have a problem with what you are doing…mostly because it’s just none of my business. I guess you could say I am a libertarian white-lighter, if a label is needed.

Having said all of that, I ran into a very interesting article on the internet today, which lead to a flurry of reading and listening this morning. A diverse group of witches/pagans has decided to participate in an ongoing spell to “…bind Trump and all those who abet him…”, and has invited the internet to join them by publishing the spell, the list of supplies, and the waning crescent moon dates when these rituals are to take place.

As part of my internet travels this morning, I had a look at Twitter. By searching #bindtrump and #magicalresistance, I ran into a whole lot of interesting things. Some of what you find out there are pictures of people’s altars, which I find interesting, and pictures of some things that were immediately funny to me like the picture of a cheeto with sewing needles sticking out of it. I giggled at that, thinking to my self that this lady really meant business, and moved on with my internet meanderings.

This picture stuck with me though, because it’s such a graphic representation of the lengths people are willing to go to when they feel cornered and afraid. Or, maybe they feel righteous indignation over having someone elected to be president who is (IMHO) clearly not a good fit to be a national leader.

I understand all of that and empathize with those feelings, but I have a few observations to share.

  1. Fear is your biggest enemy here. No president lasts for more than 8 years, and I realize this guy behaves like a wrecking ball wherever he goes, but please just take a minute to breathe and think before you act.
  2. When you bind someone, it’s no small thing. Binding should be a last resort in your spiritual tool kit. In my estimation it is something you do only in the direst of times when you have nothing left to lose, and maybe not even then. Not only are you binding yourself to the person(s) who is the focus of the ritual (and their energy can travel up that connection you have made if you aren’t careful), but it may be hard to get rid of down the line. Who wants energy like Trump’s or, even worse, Bannon’s, on or near you?  Ew….that’s just nasty. Every time I think about that I get a mental image of sharing my toothbrush with some random dog who has just  been chowing down on days-old road kill in July. Bleh!!. Again this is just my opinion, so take it for what it’s worth to you.
  3. For anyone out there thinking to take a prayerful approach and wants to pray for Trump & company to fail, please consider that prayer and spell work aren’t really much different. Praying for someone to fail is just black magic in my book, and isn’t nice. It could also come back on you, and who wants that kind of backlash?

Having said all of that, I have some suggestions to make:

  • For magical practioners out there who feel like they want to do something to make a difference, how about casting protective spells, or spells for peace, or spells for our government to be guided by wisdom and not greed?
  • How about we be circumspect about our spell work and prayers, and not be flashy and in your face about it, especially in a negative way. Even Jesus instructed his followers to go into their closet and pray. And, why not treat our neighbors as ourselves? Is Trump a complete ignoramus who appears to be doing harm to our country? I think so, but he is still a human being and to curse him is to curse ourselves.
  • I used to belong to a group that sent what we called spiritual love bombs to folks who were hurting, or in need of help. What if we prayed for love, peace, and healing, rather than praying for someone to fail? I think the world would be a lot better place.
  • For some interesting opinions, check out Dragonfeather369 and Bluesage on You Tube. They have some interesting wisdom to share on this topic.

Again, this is all just my two cents right off the cuff this morning. I would welcome all of you to chime in. Here’s hoping you all find much love and light in your life to share. If you don’t find much, give out as much as you can. It just amplifies, because what you put out into the world comes back to you, and that’s the truth no matter what religion you practice. Many blessings to you all!

 

Day 23 – Dining fun


Today, I’m doing something a little different and blogging from a local restaurant. Sometimes I draw a blank trying to blog in the morning right away, so we will change things up a bit.

Tonight after work I had to run some errands, and decided to go to supper all by my lonesome. I have developed a real taste, if you will pardon the phrase, for eating out alone.

I am at Sakura, which is a Japanese-style hibachi restaurant. It’s one of my favorite places to eat. The sushi is good, and the people are nice, and they play good 80’s music, which is right up my alley. Tonight, someone was having a birthday supper around one of the big grills, and the owner came out with his guitar and sang. It’s really fun to watch the hibachi cooks do their thing.

I love to just hang out and watch people sometimes without actually having to interact with them too much. As a natural introvert, I get all peopled out by the end of most days.

Looks like my sushi is here, so time to pay attention to that. Before I close

Spicy shrimp and cream cheese roll. Yum!

this post, I’d like to say that I highly recommend Sakura. It’s good food in a great atmosphere.

Here’s hoping you are having as good a time as I am at supper tonight. Blessing all!

Day 22 – Back in the saddle


I’ve been away for a few days, and now it’s time to get back in the saddle with the exercise and blogging. I missed the blogging, but not so much the exercise. As it happens I got a lot of walking in by default while I was away, which was a bonus. Exercising is so much easier when it just happens as a part of what you are doing.  I won’t count those days here since I didn’t stop to document them, but I will resume the count.

It had been my intention to blog while I was away, but the weekend was so jam-packed with all kinds of activities that there was barely time to breathe. So, I will try to do double duty and get a couple of Travel Blogs done this week as well. I have a boat load of pictures, and tales of adventures by a Bumpkin and her Flirt visiting a foreign land. But, more about that later.

On today’s list of things to do are several things. This afternoon involves lots of housework, and laundry. It’s my last day of vacation, and I need to catch up with everything that went neglected while I was away. Tonight I need to go grocery shopping. Older Son was kind enough to clear out the fridge while I was gone, and now there’s a lot of empty space that needs filling. He even cleaned and organized the inside. Big brownie point score for Older Son!

Before I dive into all of that, this morning I will go help my Mom shave her dog.  My parents recently adopted an older dog who has some health issues. Her last owner lavished her with things like pork chops, eggs and ice cream. Needless to say she’s much larger than she needs to be, but since living with my parents her weight has come down and she’s much more active. Her former diet also caused some rotten teeth, and those will be addressed at an upcoming vet visit. She’s a hairy little beastie, and needs a little help cleaning away some of the excess.  This poor poochie (let’s call her Furry Schnitzel) has got mats and all kinds of issues with hair around her eyes, legs and mouth. Hopefully today we’ll be able to help her get rid of some of that so she can be more comfortable.

There’s a little hitch in my morning plan. In my old age I have developed a few allergies, and cats and dogs are on the list of things that make my nose run now, when they didn’t before. I don’t know why that is the case, but I love dogs and won’t let a little runny nose stop me from lavishing attention on any available and willing canine. Life is too short not to.

Here’s hoping you have a lovely day, and it finds you doing something that will give you much joy and no regrets. Blessings all!

Day 21 – The world is so noisy


As I sit here cooling down after my morning walk, I’m sipping coffee and contemplating the sounds I hear around me.

This is a topic I’ve written about before, a long time ago, but I think it bears mentioning again. There’s so much noise in the world, and I’m kind of tired of it.

In the morning, it is kind of quiet here. The train hasn’t come by yet, and all I hear is the traffic, and my typing. I think the thing I like most about the morning is that there is nobody talking to me. Yesterday, there was a lot of talking going on at work. When there wasn’t talking at my desk, I was plugged into my phone listening to podcasts so that I could drown out other conversations. There’s a lot that goes on at my office which isn’t anyone else’s business so I try my best to stay out of it.

When I visited the little town where my brother’s family lives, I was struck by how quiet it is. It could be that a move to a small town may be in my distant future. lol…very distant future.

Sounds can be comforting sometimes, though. I don’t mind the sound of traffic, because that’s what I heard outside of my grandparent’s front door the whole time I was growing up. Pair that with the ticking of a clock, and it sounds like home to me. I love the sound of my boys talking together like men, even though sometimes they still fight and argue like boys. I love the sound of my parents fussing over their new dog. I like the sound of the coffee pot burbling away, and the smell that goes with it.  I can’t ever go wrong with the sound of good old-fashioned Rock and Roll.

Here’s hoping you all have sounds in your lives that give you good memories, and a lot of warm fuzzies. Blessings all!

Day 20 – Bumpkinitis


Newsflash for all of you, my Faithful Readers. I’m a Bumpkin. Yep, that’s right. I’m a Bumpkin and I like it that way.

I live in a very rural area, and my idea of being in a big city is going to Bismarck or Fargo. Those are even too peopley for me. I hate Minneapolis, and forget driving through Chicago. Every time I go to one of those places I am so grateful to leave it, even though I may have enjoyed my stay.

It’s pretty rare to see an actual homeless person where I live, even though they exist. I remember when I was very young, we took a trip and ended up in Chicago walking around downtown during a layover. My Dad had to explain to me about homelessness when I inquired about the old man laying on a bench covered in newspaper. I didn’t really have the capacity to understand at that age, and to some extent I still have a hard time wrapping my head around it.

I don’t like crowds, and I’m not much of a party girl. I like my life simple, and quiet. If there’s excitement going on, it’s probably because something bad is happening. Hum drum is where life is warm and comfy.

Given all of the above, you may wonder why I am taking a trip to Las Vegas this week. Well, it’s been on the bucket list for a long time, and when some friends decided to get married there, I jumped on the opportunity to go.

We’ll be flying, and I am terrified. I’ve flown before, but that was with someone who knows about these things, and it was many years ago.This time I will be flying with my Flirt, and he has never flown. Thank goodness he is excited about the trip. I don’t know that I would do this by myself. I’m hoping we like it, and that he wants to fly some more. It would be nice see more of our own country, and I’d love to see it with him. I’d really love to fly out to see Younger Son where he is stationed.  I’d really love to have a girls weekend somewhere…Patty Sue, let’s go see somewhere we’ve never been. Maybe Denver?

So, this little country mouse is making ready to go to the big city. My suitcase is mostly packed and laying on my living room couch so I can put things in it that I have forgotten. Yesterday we took a trip to the airport, just to scope it out. I feel like I’m ready, now I just have to wait a few more days. It’s scary, but I think it will be great.

Here’s hoping you get up and go do that thing that you really want to do, even though it scares you. Blessings all!

Day 19 – A lovely weekend in Minnesota


Well, it looks like I finally missed a day on my 100 day walk challenge. In fairness, I only missed it because I was on the road, coming back from Minnesota. I did get to walk one of the days I was there, but no blogging. That’s ok. Sometimes you have to put down the electronics and just hang out with your people.

The little town they live in is Hallock, MN, which appears to be a really awesome, close-knit town. As part of my blogging going forward, I’ll be doing a bit of a travelog. Stay tuned for more on Hallock and any other place I’ve been.

It was a lovely weekend. I don’t get to spend time with my Brother’s family very often, so we packed in a lot of visiting, and watched Older Nephew play hockey. Not only did he score a goal, but it apparently was the best game they played all year. It was the last home game for him ever. I am so happy that I was able to see him play.

It’s amazing to me how quickly time passes. It wasn’t so long ago that my nephews were just little boys that I could pick up and hug. Now they are both so tall they have to bend down to hug me. I wish so badly, that things had been different between when they were little, and now that they are big. I have missed out so much on their lives that it just makes my heart break.

Well, now things are better and I can afford the time and money to travel to see them. I will take a lot of pleasure in seeing them as much as I can. Next trip will be in May to see Older Nephew graduate from high school.

Here’s hoping you have ready access to your loved ones, don’t miss a thing. If you don’t have quick access, I hope that you go when you can. Life’s too short.

Blessings all!

Day 17 – Minnesota, here I come!


TGIF, Faithful Readers!  I am so excited today, because not only did I wade through a kind of stressful week at work and made it to the end, but I also get to go to Minnesota to visit with my brother’s family this weekend.

My Older Nephew has been asking me for years to come see him play in one of his sports, either football or hockey, and either the weather or working two jobs always conspired against me. Well, Oldest Nephew is graduating from high school this May, and tomorrow is the last home hockey game (Go Bearcats!) he will ever have on a Saturday. Given my work situation right now, it’s my last chance to go see him play. Ever.

So, my parents and I are leaving after I get off work tonight, and staying at their house for the weekend. It’s always a good time when we get together, and I am so excited to go.

I don’t know where 18 years went, but Older Nephew is all grown up, and I missed out on so much of his life. Now that I am back on my feet enough that I don’t have to keep my two jobs all year round, I’m looking forward to more travel in their direction.

Here’s hoping that you have the ability to get up and go when those important people ask for you, and that you always have safe travels. Blessings and have a good weekend… Go Bearcats!!

Day 16 – Need to get my hands in the garden dirt


As I sit here wrapped in my shawl, slurping my post-walk coffee, I feel longing for warmer temps and green things.

It’s about this time every year that I begin to wonder if I will have the time to garden this year and, if I think I do, what will I plant?

I always plant tomatoes. I love the little grape tomatoes the most. They are my favorite snack to eat while puttering around my back yard. I don’t often get to putter, but when I do, I have a handful of these lovely little beauties. It’s like sunshine on a vine, the best flavor, and one of my most favorite things about Summer.

This year, I think I am going to try to spruce up my front yard a little bit. It’s been a blank slate for the whole of the almost 17 years I’ve lived in this house, with the exception of one summer when I planted flowers down by the sidewalk. This year, I think it’s going to be fruit bearing shrubs. I might just get wild and plant something different like Lingon berries, and maybe some blueberries. I’m hoping to create a space that is pretty, yet useful.

Some years ago, I planted some trees on my western property line, and they have made a difference in how the snow blows through my yard. I even had quite a few Nanking cherries on my bush last year, but the birds and squirrels got them. This year maybe I will net the tree to  keep the birds out, so I can have enough to make some jelly for my Dad.

My Dad told me a story about eating Nanking cherries off of bushes as a kid, just out playing in the neighborhood. They grow so well here, that they just grow everywhere if left alone. That’s the kind of plant I like.

I have a rule for my property, and any plant that lives here. They must enjoy neglect and abuse. I am not home a lot, and anything I plant here cannot be delicate or needy.

Or, maybe I just need to be home more so I can plant a larger variety of things? That’s certainly a consideration that has bowled across my brain consistently this winter, for a whole host of reasons.

If you enjoy gardening and the itch to dig around the soil and plant things has got you, here’s hoping you have fun planning your garden. These last months running up to Spring seem to last forever! Blessings all!

 

Day 15 -You can’t make this stuff up


I look at the news on-line for a few minutes every day before I get out of bed. Apparently, Elizabeth Warren tried to read a statement from Coretta Scott King, as part of testimony for Jeff Session’s hearing, and was made to stop.

Like any strong woman of conviction, she got on the internet and read it out loud for the world to hear. It’s an interesting account of Mr. Session’s activities and character, and you can read it here.  Mrs. King’s letter aside, I think Mr. Sessions is not a good choice as Attorney General. Having read up on the man, I don’t think he has the ability to be neutral and just carry out the law.

The very notion that censorship is alive and well in our government, especially in such a blatant manner, is frightening. Every time I turn around, the new administration is pushing the envelope, and are emboldened by the fact that nobody can seem to stop them.

I try really hard to stay away from politics in my blog, but as I am a fully formed person with all kinds of thoughts, this is the one that is top on my mind today. Please forgive my opinion dropping on national matters, but it occurs to me that if we don’t talk about these things, more censorship will take place, and more wrong things will happen. It occurs to me that I will have much more to say in the coming days.

Here’s hoping you all find the courage to speak out against something you know is wrong, or will bring even worse consequenses. Blessings all! #LetLizSpeak

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