Wednesday, November 30, 2011

This November...

... has been rather a bust. A month of FT hours back at work, lots of anxiety (and hence, extra medication) which ultimately culminated in a car accident, then dealing with insurance and auto-body shops and then the holiday, and finally, a cold that's been hanging on, sapping my strength for the past week. Safe to say, I'm glad this is the last day of November!

This week I am...

Watching: The short days get shorter and shorter. Seeing people put up their outdoor holiday decorations and lights, which I love!

Reading: Dawn on a Distant Shore by Sara Donati, second book of the Into the Wilderness series. Strong female character who chose her own husband against the wishes of her father, living in the wilderness of New York state in the late 1700's with her new Native American relatives, lots of adventure and intrigue ensues-- very reminiscent of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. I'm quite enjoying these books!

Listening: To a lot of silence. Sometimes that can be comforting. Finally playing some music today-- my secret boyfriend Steve Perry, of course! and that's been nice too.

Trying: To take care of myself, be gentle with myself...

Realizing: There is so much this month that I didn't get accomplished that I really wanted to-- like my Celtic Tree studies, art journaling, baking, creative work... At some point I drifted from my mantra meditation, time to pick that up again... My house is in major need of cleaning and TLC...

Feeling: Very, very, very tired...

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving for Two

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American readers!

The Mister and I both worked through yesterday, so no chance for us to travel back to Iowa or Wisconsin to visit family for the holiday. However, we found what had to be the only small turkey (7.5 lbs) in the entire Denver Metro area to enjoy for our own little Thanksgiving meal.

The Mister's grandma always called the Thanksgiving bird "Old Tom Turkey"-- since ours was so small, we started calling him "Tiny Tom." Hubby and I cooked all day together and enjoyed a lovely meal, just the two of us.

It's not a bad way to spend the holiday at all. I'm thankful we have each other.

Monday, November 7, 2011

This Week I Am

Watching: Catching up on shows I've missed because I'm back at work FT and have to go to bed early. My sweet Mister taped The Mentalist, American Horror Story and The Walking Dead for me last week; I watch 'em when I get home from work the next day.

Reading: The Last Druid by P.L. Crompton. I am not impressed. Also started reading about the first tree in the Celtic Tree calendar-- birch.

Listening: To the furnace kick on and off at intervals. Cold weather appears to be here to stay.

Realizing: While I don't appreciate how early it gets dark in the evenings since the time change, it *is* nice to not have to get ready and drive to work in the dark in the mornings. Everything is a payoff...

Trying: To find my creative muse. She always goes on vacation when I start working FT at my seasonal job. *sigh*

Feeling: Stressed out and anxious about work. Hoping I can get my anxiety under control. I've been reduced to taking extra medication so that I can function. Not happy about that, but its a necessary evil right now.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Tree Wisdom

All of my early autumn contemplation and turning inward found me yearning to further my pagan knowledge and studies, so I decided to do something I've always wanted to do-- learn about the Celtic Trees and ogham.

To guide me, I'll be working through Sharlyn Hidalgo's The Healing Power of Trees, probably with some extra help from Steven Blamires's Celtic Tree Mysteries. And since I may not have the opportunity to meet very many of these trees-- Colorado being awash in mostly pines, aspens and cottonwoods, it seems-- I have the Celtic Tree Oracle cards to use as a meditation focus, and some very generous friends from around the United States who have offered to send me small branches of some of the trees they have in their yards. Come spring, a visit to the Denver Botanical Gardens will be in order; perhaps I can meet many of these trees there.

Thinking about it now, I'm surprised I didn't decide to do this sooner-- I love working with stones and herbs; but most of all, I love trees. As a child, I was enchanted with the weeping willow tree in our backyard; she was my first taste of the Goddess. Truly, I adore almost all trees I meet. I'm looking forward to seeing what I can learn from them.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Turning Inward

Welcome November! Hard to believe it is here so quickly. As Samhain grew closer and closer, I could sense myself beginning to turn inward for this dark half of the year.

I did a Samhain spread to gain some wisdom as I face the winter months. Interesting cards came up; I think this is a spread I'll need to mull over and perhaps do some meditating with a few of the cards. I sense an opportunity for deep work ahead of me.