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Light the fire beneath the pot,
13 moons in the lot.
Four days high, four days not,
Solstice and the Equinox.
Gather 'round for the feast,
North, South, West and East.
Bless the children and the beasts,
Gather Crones, Witches and Priests.
Cleanse the tools and the day,
Honor the moon and the day,
Sing and dance, laugh and play.
Honor the moon to which we pray,
Celebrate the Wiccan way.
*Written by 'Belladonna' in
'The Wiccaning,' by Sister Moon.
Oct 30, 2014
October 11 at 3:32pm ·
This will be my last update on myself and what is going on. From there on I want only happy thoughts to take over.
We have been fighting the medical system for a year now and had they done their jobs I would not be where I am now. I went into the hospital in Grayling on Friday for a ultrasound that I demanded because the ass of a Dr. that I have lost all my paper work. They took me over to the emergency. The emergency Dr. said if I had any of the new symptoms in the list to go to Traverse City because Grayling wasn't equipped to handle my severity. That comment didn't make me feel good. I went to the hospital in Traverse City they did more tests on Monday. The results all came back Thursday. End stage pancreatic cancer. One to Two months to live. An in-operable mass that has spread throughout my stomach cavity, no recourse. End game. Wish it was April fools, but it isn't!
This has hit my family quite hard, so please be kind to them all. Since I have stated everything I know there is no reason to ask for updates. I am sure someone will post after I have left. If you are family Call my sister Jackie or Eric if needed, but please, they both are under enough strain. Other than that FB really isn't the place for such posts unless to in list prayers of hope. In this case there is none. If you post anything to my time line please - no "Jesus saves" or "god" shit, No bible verses as I am not in the mood for fiction - In other words respect my religious beliefs. I pray and prayers are always welcome, especially toward my family They are having a hard time of it. Don't feel sorry for me I have lived many lives in this lifetime and will die surrounded in love and light.
Enough said, Blessings to all. Love Stormy.
Stormy has been on my mind, so I went on her facebook page. This was the post left by her husband:
Stormy passed on in her sleep early this morning. She went peacefully and had just experienced the first full day of peace and rest in many weeks. She seemed comfortable and free of pain. The last sound I heard from her sounded like laughter. The many forms of anxiety that come with this process had been lain to rest and I believe she was finally able to let go because of it. Thanks to everyone. Services will be quaint and for close family only. She will rest in the area her parents are, having made the journey back to northern Michigan in time to pass on where she had many childhood memories.
October 26 at 11:29am
Jun 20, 2014
Sometimes things just smell old. There's no two ways around it. If you're a vintage or thrift shopper, then chances are you've come across this in the past. Baking soda has been known to do the trick for upholstery, but what about items that aren't made from fabric? Check out this simple trick!
Jun 19, 2014
Have you heard of this? The lady at the farm told me about it. I think I may get some and try it out.
May 27, 2014
You will need enough to fill a jar full.. not packed tight..but full.
Rinse your violets in cold water and drain, Poor into your jar, over the blossoms, Boiling water.. enough to cover them.
There are a few ways to do this- a jar with a lid. A bowl, then lay a plate on top to keep the blossoms under water.. I use an old Coffee press and lower the plunger just to the surface.
Let the flowers steep for about 24 hours.
*side note.. Look at the petals. you will see them white...with a purple bubble in the center..
You will need to press then drain the blossoms. Keeping the liquid.
*It probably WON'T be purple. It'll likely be teal (greenish).
Measure your Extract.
For every cup of liquid, add 2 cups sugar and the juice of half a lemon.
* it will turn purple when you add the Lemon... Acid indicators anyone?
Bring this to a boil.
DO NOT OVERCOOK.
Once it reaches a boil, remove it from heat, let it cool.
You should have a Thick Liquid of deep purple colour, and a cool taste:).
Keep refrigerated... unless you can it like jelly.
Speaking of jelly.
2 cups extract juice of 1 lemon
4 cups sugar
1 pkg pectin Bring to a boil, Boil hard one minute Jar.
This can also be done with Queen Anne's Lace, or Rose petals, Old fashioned style rosesor rugosas.. Also.. make sure they are not covered in pesticides.
..Most of the "modern Roses" taste Awful.
Oh.. The syrups can be used on crepes, in ice water, Tea, cold soda water.
lemonade is good with rose syrup.
If you know how to make hard candy..try it as well:).. but be careful..
over cooking may kill the colour.
Witchy Woman Cheri
*ps* be careful eating flowers. many are poisonous.
I think violets are nummy. ;D
Violet syrup is easy to make, and quite good.
Fill a glass jar (any size) with violet flowers, and cover with boiling
water. Put a lid on the jar, and let stand a day. (The water will be
blue). Strain the blue water, discarding the flowers. For every cup of
violet water, add the juice of 1/2 lemon, and 2 cups of sugar. Bring to a
boil, then pour into sterilized containers, and seal.
Add a package of pectin to violet syrup, like making any type of jelly from
sugar & juice.
The violet water itself can be used for many things as well - put in your
iron to mist the scent into your clothes, pour into your washing machine on
the rinse cycle. Put in a mister and spray your pillows and sheets light
before you go to sleep. Use as a magickal wash for tools and other items.
Pour into your bathwater. These are just a few ways I use floral waters
(lavender water can be used the same way).
This is more for summer, but speaking of lavender... I grow a ton of
lavender because it's so very useful for just about everything - magick to
mundane! I usually make some lavender sugar. I occasionally use it in
black tea (I don't sugar my tea usually) but I always make up a batch of
lavender sugar cookies. It's simple! Just put an amount (however much you
want to perfume) of sugar in an airtight container and bury 4-5 sprigs of
lavender in it (I usually make a quart). Make sure the lavender is clean,
fresh and *dry*! Leave for several weeks. This does NOT have a strong
scent or flavor; it is very delicate but you CAN tell it's there! It's also
yummy in plain pound or white cakes, or white icing (scent confectioners
sugar or grind regular scented sugar in a blender or food processor).
May 27, 2014
Crop Planting Time
Artichoke Full Moon
Asparagus Waxing Moon
Barley Waxing Moon
Beans When the Horns of the Moon are up
Beets Waning Moon, under the sign of Pisces
Broccoli Waxing Moon
Brussel Sprouts Waxing Moon
Cabbage Full Moon
Carrots Waxing Moon, under the sign of Pisces
Cauliflower Waxing Moon
Celery Waxing Moon
Chicory Full Moon
Citrons Full Moon
Corn Plant in Waxing Moon; cut in Waning Moon
Cress Waxing Moon
Cucumbers Full Moon, under the sign of Pisces
Eggplant Full Moon
Endive Waxing Moon
Kohl Rabi Waxing Moon
Leek Waxing Moon
Muskmelon Full Moon
Oats Waxing Moon
Onions When the Horns of the Moon are down
Parsley Waxing Moon
Peas The day after the New Moon
Peppers Between the Full Moon and the Third Quarter
Parsnips Waxing Moon, in Pisces
Potatoes Waning Moon
Pumpkin Between the Full Moon and Third Quarter
Radishes Waning Moon, in Pisces
Rutabaga Waning Moon
Spinach Waning Moon
Squash Full Moon
Tomatoes Full Moon
Turnips Third Quarter
Watermelon Second Quarter
A Few More Gardening Tips
*Transplant flowers between the New Moon and the First Quarter.
*Flowers transplanted under the Full Moon will bloom double.
*Weed during the Old of the Moon.
*Plant flowers during the Waxing Moon.
*Spread manure when the horns of the moon are down.
Gardening by the Phases of the Moon
This is intended as a brief overview of the concept of using the moon
as a guide to gardening. Most devotees of this practice are people
who believe in astrology, but you don't have to believe in
astrology to believe that the moon has influence over earthly
events--after all, the tides are determined by the moon.
In the most general form:
Increasing Light: The period from the new moon to the full moon,
which is the period in which the light is increasing, is best
for planting annuals which provide their yield above the ground.
Decreasing Light: The period from the full moon to the new moon,
when the light is decreasing, is best for planting biennials
(those plants on a two-year cycle), perennials, and root and bulb
crops. Plant potatoes during the dark of the moon" is an old adage.
During the first quarter, or the time from the new moon to
about half- full, plant annuals with above-ground yields,
particularly leafy plants which produce their seed outside
the fruit. Some examples of first quarter plants are asparagus,
cabbage, celery, endive, and spinach.
During the second quarter, or the time from the half-full
to the full moon, plant annuals that have above-ground
yields which are vining and produce seed inside the fruit.
Second quarter plants include beans, peas, peppers,
squash, eggplant, tomatoes, and cucumbers.
Some plants, such as garlic, melons, hay, and grains and cereals,
do well if planted in either the first or second quarter.
During the third quarter, from the full moon to half-full,
plant biennials, perennials, bulb and root crops, any crops
which are planted in one season to winter over and produce
yields the following year, trees, and shrubs. Some third
quarter plants include onions, potatoes, rhubarb, grapes,
winter wheat, and berries.
During the fourth quarter, from half-full to new moon,
cultivate, pull weeds, destroy pests, and turn sod.
May 27, 2014
HOW TO PRUNE TOMATOES
When growing tomatoes, you want to get the maximum yield of crops, with the best flavour you can. Pruning your plants to remove unwanted shoots and leaves is an essential part of this. Tom Cole shows us how.
STEP 1: WHEN TO DE-SHOOT
The aim when growing a tomato plant is to have a single stem. Wait until four or five fruit bearing trusses have grown from the stem, then pinch out any additional side shoots, leaving the plant's top shoot, known as the terminal shoot.
STEP 2: PINCHING OUT
Grab a growing tip by the base between the thumb and forefinger, and bend it back and forth until it snaps cleanly. This should ideally be done when the shoot is young and supple. This should ensure that the majority of the nutrients are sent to the fruits, instead of being wasted on the unwanted growing tips. Avoid cutting with a blade as the wound can become easily infected, although this may be easier on older, tougher shoots.
STEP 3: REMOVING LEAVES
As the plant begins to mature, the lower leaves will naturally begin to yellow and wilt. This is perfectly normal, so pull these from the plant when they appear. It will keep the plant fresh, looking good, and help ward of disease.
STEP 4: TOPPING
To get the best out of the last growth of the season, it is necessary to "top" the plant. About a month before the first expected frost, or when the plant hits the roof of your greenhouse, remove the plants terminal shoot. At this point in the season, the tomatoes currently growing will have a limited time to reach maturity, so all nutrients must be directed straight to the fruit.
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May 24, 2014
Culinary uses for cream of tartar
Cream of tartar is used as a stabilizing agent and is added:
To beaten egg whites to increase their stability and volume.
To candies or frostings to give them a creamier texture.
To stabilize whipped cream, helps to maintain its texture and volume.
To prevent the crystallization of sugar syrups.
Reduces discoloration of boiled vegetables.
Additionally it is used as a component of:
Baking powder, as an acid ingredient to activate baking soda. Mix 2 parts cream of tartar to one part baking soda and you have baking powder.
Sodium-free salt substitutes, in combination with potassium chloride (check with your doctor before using this as a salt replacement).
Household uses for Cream of Tartar
This is where Cream of Tartar really “shines”
Mixed with an acidic liquid such as lemon juice or white vinegar, make a paste to clean metal pans such as brass, aluminum or copper.
Mix with water to remove light stains from porcelain.
Make a paste out of cream of tartar and lemon juice and apply to laundry stains. Let it sit for about 20 minutes and then throw it in the wash.
Make your own “play-dough”
Mix it into a paste with hydrogen peroxide and clean rust from garden hand tools. According to Wikipedia – The paste is applied and allowed to set for a few hours and then washed off with a baking soda/water solution. Another rinse with water, a thorough drying and a thin application of oil will protect the file from further rusting.
I’ve also heard that mixing it into a paste with vinegar will repel ants, but I haven’t tried it myself. You could try placing the paste over their “ant highways” and see if it will keep them out of the house.
Cream of Tartar Substitutes from Frugalliving.about.com
If you don’t have any cream of tartar in your pantry, you can use one of these substitutes in its place:
For beating egg whites – use an equal amount of white vinegar or lemon juice, or omit the cream of tartar entirely
As a leavening agent – replace the baking soda and the cream of tartar in the recipe with baking powder. One teaspoon of baking powder replaces 1/3 tsp of baking soda and 2/3 tsp cream of tartar
For frosting – leave the cream of tartar out. No substitution is necessary