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Thursday, February 28, 2013

For Raethan

It's a beautiful day, no matter the weather. Today our family celebrates the birthday of our darling Raethan. Wonderful daughter. Sweet sister. Lovable niece. Amazing wife. 
Wishing we could be together, though she is always so close in our hearts.
Happy birthday!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Well..A "Funny" Thing Happened on the Way To Surgery

Get this.  My husband had been admitted to the hospital. Gone through all the preliminaries, I.V. in place, funky hospital socks on his feet, wheeled down to the O.R. Waiting, waiting. Interviewed by anesthesiologist, the nursing assistant.  Waiting some more. Then the surgeon comes in and says:

"Did you receive instructions for pre-surgery preparation?"

"No," my husband says, "what instructions?"

It turns out he should have been on clear liquids for 24 hours before surgery, plus a large prescription bottle of, how shall I put this delicately, "bowel cleanser".

This was omitted from his pre-surgical interview two weeks ago. surgery today. And it took forever to get out of the hospital. With all the protocols, we needed to wait for someone to fetch him back up to a room where he could have I.V. removed and get dressed. All the rooms had since been filled since he left there almost three hours before. I wanted to just pull out the I.V. myself at one point.

Now we wait for the scheduler to call us with a new surgery date.

At least they gave us a ticket for free parking.

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Monday, February 25, 2013


In a few hours we will be off to the hospital for my husband's surgery. He wanted me to thank everyone who has left such caring comments and thoughtful emails on his behalf.

We had a relaxed evening, with his favorite food, and homemade chocolate chip cookies, and a bit of whiskey.

Now for a good night's sleep, perhaps.

Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleave of care
The death of each day's life, sore labour's bath
Balm of hurt minds, great nature's second course,
Chief nourisher in life's feast.
~William Shakespeare, Macbeth

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Rhubarb (for lack of any other title)

I have not been anywhere. I have not done much of anything. It's been friggin' cold. So I have not had much of anything to blog about. How's that for boring?

Just reading a lot, listening to music, cooking and baking, housework (arg!), web browsing, cat, dog and canary care.  Playing "CatchPhrase" with Nick, some de-cluttering, dreaming of spring gardening, deciding to re-do my magickal herb cupboard and looking at the laundry!!

Next Tuesday, my sweet husband goes to the hospital for major surgery. This is the one where he will be in hospital for at least 10 days, then home for a 6-8 week convalescence. He has been doing relatively well over the last few weeks, still on antibiotics, still a little discomfort. He does go to work, though some days he should come home earlier than he does. We are keeping a very positive attitude that af ter this is all done and over with, things will be so much better for him. And life can get back to more normalcy! Sure would love that.

Yes, I am still griping about the change in newspaper delivery from daily to three days a week; it's been three weeks now. Obviously I have a problem with change!!

The woodstove is burning cheerfully and filling the house with warmth. My son is rearranging furniture, so I am off to rearrange things too, and vacuum underneath. (It is amazing how many cat toys we are finding!)

Bright blessings from Robin. (still looking for the %$#! camera)

Friday, February 15, 2013

Crazy Friday, and it wasn't even the 13th!

Wow, the news today was out of this world, wasn't it? The huge meteorite crashing into Earth. An asteroid passing close by Earth. And a floating disaster in the guise of a relaxing cruise ship limps back into port. (and those poor passengers who finally get off the ship, get on a bus, and the bus breaks down).

I am happy to be landlocked and safe from ships. Of course no one is safe from flying space debris, but really, the odds are rather slim. Unless you live in Russia.

Other than the above, it was a quiet calm day all the way around here, and that is how I like it, usually. Of course we don't get a newspaper on Fridays, so who knows what was going on, lol!

Anyway, wishing you a fantabulous weekend. We are going to be trying to catch up with some chores and might even do something fun.

Take care, bright blessings!!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

So, I went with cute

Couldn't decide how I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Valentine's Day.

chipmunk love source*
*see post title

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Pancake Day, Penny Man & a Quip

Happy Mardi Gras! Tradition dictates pancakes for supper tonight. Love it!!

(though I won't be coloring the pancakes. I know, boring, right?)

Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln.

Kudos to Debra (She Who Seeks blog)
 I laughed so hard when I read this comment from Debra on my post yesterday about ordering plants:
"Garden catalogues are like crack to you flower junkies, aren't they?"

Cold and windy here in the Salt City. Stay warm and cozy, be happy and safe.


Monday, February 11, 2013

Make a New Plan, Stan

It's a rainy day and a Monday; does that always get you down? (always loved the Carpenters).

The plan for the week:

1. Find camera. It seems to have settled somewhere out of my view. Maybe the kittens hid it.

2. That list of plants I want to order from various garden catalogs: Really? I actually think I can spend over $500.00??!! Make a new, shorter list and cut cost by about $450.00. (and where exactly would I plant that many plants anyway?!)

3. It's still way too early for spring cleaning, so scratch that off the list till about, oh, April. (or May).

4. Gotta bake chocolate chip cookies, thanks, Akasa!

5. Make Valentine for hubby. Every year I make one for him. It's sweet of me, ain't it??

6  Take a trip to Hobby Lobby to look for supplies for Celebrate Altered Oz. (click on the button on my sidebar for info)

7. That reminds me, what am I doing for Celebrate Altered Oz??

8. Please, please, please tidy up Book of Shadows (witch's journal).

9. Time to make a trip to the store for wild bird food. Feeders are low, thanks to Squirrels.

10. Explain to the dogs (again) that cat food is for cats. Not dogs.

That wraps up my plans for the week.  I feel very organized now.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Crystalline Fury

The beauty of a fresh snowfall can not be denied. Trees are festooned with fluffy garlands and houses are painted with frosty brushstrokes. There is a silence that embraces and lulls into a peaceful state. A fresh, crisp smell to the air, offset by the puffs of chimney smoke that rise and fall in the now-gentle winter breeze.

But winter can turn the gentle snowflake into a harsh attack of crystalline fury. Wild winds and icy cold join forces to beat the weary world into submission. Blizzards bring with them a brutal strength that wreaks havoc like no other storm.

To survive and be victorious over weather's attempts to overrule an orderly existence, one must strive to be strong, prepared and patient. Damning the storm serves no purpose. Nature will not be cowed.

And in the end, the sun will shine again, the great banks of snow will recede, melting away, disappearing into ponds and lakes and ground and seas, providing refreshment for plants and animals and humans alike during a hot dry summer.

Nature can punish, but also reward.

Courage and strength to those battling in the Northeast against the blizzard.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013


Heavy snow today.

Experiencing withdrawals from lack of newspaper four days a week.
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Bought myself cheery orangey-yellow roses yesterday.

Enjoyed the dvd, "Premium Rush", lots of exciting bicycle riding through NYC.
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Read a fabulous novel, "The Winter Witch" by Paula Brackston. Highly recommend this well-written story about a young, mute woman with magickal powers.

The skeleton of King Richard III was identified, solving the 500 year old mystery of where his body was buried. His skull had many wounds inflicted by blades. Gruesome, yes, but still interesting.
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Chip Ahoys taste really good when dunked in hot coffee.

The kittens love Friskies salmon and beef. Gaah, what a combination.

Life is so exciting, isn't it?

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Newspaper Woes

If I were to state that I am not that much excited about the Superbowl, would I cause a flurry of comments asking me if I am nuts? I just don't care that much about football. Also, I cannot believe that there have been "trailers" for the Superbowl commercials. Isn't that a little extreme? Oh well, just MHO.

Hey, I baked yesterday! That is unusual. Peanut butter cookies, a very old family recipe. No picture though, as they somehow vanished.

Here's something. The Syracuse newspaper, The Post-Standard, is changing how we, the public, read the paper. No more daily home deliveries. We will receive home delivery on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. A small version of the newspaper can be purchased the other days of the week at newstands. A new on-line  digital version of the newspaper will be available 24/7. In other words, they pretty much want to do away with home delivery. I have been a newspaper reader since I started reading the comics (the "funnies") when I was very young. I am trying to be a grown-up about this, but truly I am not happy to lose the daily paper. The comforting routine of morning coffee, sitting with my husband as we both read the paper will be difficult to lose. Somehow, both of us using the computer to read the newspaper early in the morning is not going to be the same.

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Not much else to report today. Hope all is well in your neck of the woods.

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Here's a picture of Johnny Depp because I haven't posted one in a while and well, why not?

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Blessed Imbolc

Here we are looking for signs that Spring will be arriving soon. The most notable sign is the longer days. It is good to have sunset later each evening. Every day there is a bit more brightness.

But alas, there will be no other physical signs around here. It has been snowing heavily most of the day and it is now snowing late into the night. I imagine most of February will be like this.

Still, candles are lit to celebrate the midpoint between winter and spring, the sabbat of Imbolc.

I think about this long strange winter with it's roller coaster weather. There does not appear to be a "normal" any longer concerning the seasons. Sitting by the window, watching the snow fall, and dreaming about spring flowers and summer gardens. Planning and preparing is a good way to spend the cold days.

"There is a privacy about winter which no other season gives you … Only in winter can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself." 
-  Ruth Stout

With my feet firmly planted in the present, I look to the Spring and all the many things I would like to do. Projects, ideas, goals, dreams as well as garden planning. And I think of the things I need to let go, get rid of; not just the physical, but mental and emotional "stuff". It is good, in these quiet February days to stop and look within, as well as without.

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The promise of Spring is one that Nature will keep. We wait, sometimes impatiently, for those days when the daffodils bloom and songbirds fill the air.

For now, we work quietly, steadily finding beauty in a fresh snow fall, comfort in hearth and home and the splendor of a winter's night sky.

February Twilight

by Sara Teasdale