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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Cure for those pesty ants!



 The one thing I hate about the hot, humid summer weather which we get around here is the pesty ants that just love to hone in on any little morsel of food they can find - and no matter how small, trust me they will find it! :(

I have been having trouble with ants in our enclosed porch where we feed our cat Haley. These small ants are getting all over her food in no time! So, I found a home remedy that I thought I would try ...

I took a bowl/dish and filled it with water then placed Haley's smaller food dish inside of it. I tried it last night and so far, so good. 

 (Can you see the little drowned ants? ... seems to be working for keeping them OUT of her food dish)


Now, I have seen something similar on google.com from a couple of different sites, but this is a much cheaper way to take care of the problem.  :)

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Throwback Thursday ...


 I thought it only fitting to add a couple of old pics from my mom's high school days for this week's 'Thowback Thursday' post since she just celebrated her 78th birthday this past week.

HAPPY THURSDAY EVERYONE!!


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

R.I.P. Glen Campbell ...

Just wished to share both my dad and my absolute favorite Glen Campbell song of all time ... 

"... and I need you more than want you, and I want you for all time ..."
~ Wichita Lineman
Glen Campbell
(April 22, 1936 ~ August 8, 2017)

Monday, August 7, 2017

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Happy 78th Birthday, Mom!!!

Mom's birthday lunch at Flanagan's Pub 
 Cards 'n' gift
Mom with her dog, Brandi
Us!  :)

Thursday, August 3, 2017

This and That ...

Greetings, my friends! The weekend is finally upon us ... Hope all is well with everyone! Next week, I will be on vacation and it will be a very busy week. 

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To begin with, this weekend marks my mom's 78th birthday! I plan to take her out to lunch on Saturday at her favorite restaurant, "Olive Garden" for some delicious Italian cuisine!


On Sunday, I have my next chakra session which is scheduled with Erica in the afternoon. I am having dinner with my sister Robin and her hubby on Monday night, then dinner with just Kiki-girl and me on Wednesday, plus I am planning on spending some quality time with my MIL (aka my "second mom") sometime during the week, among  few other things I would like to get done that I never seem to have time for during my normal work week. 

As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, I have started back up on my exercise regiment of walking for 45 minutes to an hour a few times a week after work. I began on Tuesday night and will continue every day that the weather will allow me to up until fall arrives. The past couple of months; however, we have had mostly rain and storms followed by hot, humid temperatures! Yuk! I am so looking forward to autumn, which has always been my favorite time of the year.

On a completely different topic, has anyone ever had what is called a laryngospasm? For many years now, I have experienced only what I can describe as "air going down my throat/windpipe the wrong way." I am not eating food nor drinking anything when this happens - it is merely catching air down my throat/larynx which I have breathed in via my mouth that triggers a reaction to my body in which I CAN NOT BREATHE neither through my nose or through my mouth! Consequently, I can not speak either until it passes about 60 seconds later. During this time, it feels as though I am suffocating/drowning and it is THE scariest feeling in the world!
Here is some info I have found on this condition: What causes laryngospasm?
Laryngospasm (luh-RING-go-spaz-um) is a brief spasm of the vocal cords that temporarily makes it difficult to speak or breathe. The onset of vocal cord spasms is usually sudden, and the breathing difficulty can be alarming. However, the problem is not life-threatening, and it's generally brief and self-correcting as the condition typically lasts less than 60 seconds.
Your vocal cords are located in an upper part of the airway called the voice box (larynx). A vocal cord spasm limits the flow of air through the larynx. The cause of laryngospasm is often not known, but certain conditions may be contributing factors or triggers:
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which acid from the stomach backs up into the food pipe (esophagus)
  • Laryngopharyngeal reflux, in which the stomach acid backs up into the throat or back of the nasal passages
  • Anxiety or stress
Fortunately, these "spasms" do not happen frequently, but I do get them once in a while. My friend's aunt had this as well and she told me she had to have minor surgery in order to correct it. 

Well, that's all for now ... until next time all, Brightest Blessings ~

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Another 'Throwback Thursday' poem ...

The Mermaid Lover

The moonlight strikes her long brown hair
She calls to him, "Tis my love there"?
On shore she sits upon a rock
And waits for him to sail the loch

He travels so far for her sweet touch ~
His mermaid yearns for him so much
Crooning for him her ballad of love
And guides his way like stars above

"I'd drown for you, my love, he said,
to spend eternity in your sea bed,
For death is sweet forever with thee ~
Our love transcends the land and sea"

She knows come morn as day draws near
Her star-crosseed lover must disappear
Leaving her behind hence another year
To pine for his love, so true and so dear

~ Lady Caer Morganna

Wordless Wednesday

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Back to work ...

Greetings, dear friends! Hope all is well with everyone. As for me, well, it is time to get serious again about my weight loss! As some of you who have been following my blog may already know, I have been going through an extremely difficult time in my personal life the past few months or so which has caused extreme depression. As a result, I had been struggling with my motivation to exercise and push myself to keep my weight down. I have been seeking help regarding this, but I refuse to take medications for this issue because I know, at least from my personal experience, that weight loss and anti-depressants do not mix as they seem to work against the goal of losing and/or keeping my weight off.

I also know that it is very important for me to maintain a reasonable weight in order to keep the pain in my bad knee at bay. With the extra weight off of my knee, I sleep much better at night and I have no need for pain pills (also hindered my weight loss) which I have not taken in the two years since I lost weight. 


In addition to the reduction in knee pain, my weight loss has also helped to avoid the threat of type two diabetes which was a big concern to my family doctor. Needless to say, I am not a fan of taking pills unnecessarily and I avoid having to do so any chance I get. :)

My plan is to begin once again my 45 minute walking regiment as much as possible beginning this week until the end of fall. I also have a couple of weeks vacation scheduled between August and October so I indend to make the most of them (weather permitting)!

Until next time, love and light ~

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Frankincense, not just for magick

As a practicing Wiccan/witch, I have learned which essential oils to use in the craft as well as for what purpose in ritual and spell work these oils are to be used. Since my mother had been diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder known as bullous pemphigoid, her doctor had suggested that she try rubbing some pure essential Frankincense oil on her skin to help heal her open wounds.

Frankincense oil, as well as many other essential oils, are used and recommended by a great many physicians and homeopathic practitioners to help treat a number of illnesses. They are also good for muscle issues, anti-aging creams and, in general, relaxation among other things.



There are many different ways in which to use these wonderful oils. Some require a bit of mixing with other ingredients and some may need to be diluted. I have found a few good sites which can give you helpful hints and recipes on how to mix them for their specific purposes.

My mom and I had gone shopping today at our local "Celtic Myth & Moonlight" shop (as recommended by her physician) and she can not wait to begin using her new bottle of Frankincense oil. My mother is a wise woman and much prefers this path of treatment as opposed to the steroids her other doctors were prescribing her.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

A 'Throwback Thursday' poem ...



"Peace up to heaven,
 Heaven over Earth,
 Earth under heaven,
 Peace in everyone."


(photo was taken by me at sunset in Hamilton, Bermuda)

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Lughnasadh


Wiccans use the names "Lughnasadh" or "Lammas" for the first of their autumn harvest festivals. It is one of the eight yearly "Sabbats" of their Wheel of the Year, following Midsummer and preceding Mabon. It is seen as one of the two most auspicious times for handfasting, the other being at Beltane. Some Wiccans mark the holiday by baking a figure of the "corn god" in bread, and then symbolically sacrificing and eating it.

Lughnasadh and Lughnasadh-based festivals are held by some Neopagans, especially Celtic Neopagans. However, their Lughnasadh celebrations can be very different despite the shared name. Some try to emulate the historic festival as much as possible, while others base their celebrations on many sources, the Gaelic festival being only one of them.

Neopagans usually celebrate Lughnasadh on 31 July – 1 August in the Northern Hemisphere and 31 January – 1 February in the Southern Hemisphere, beginning and ending at sunset. Some Neopagans celebrate it at the astronomical midpoint between the summer solstice and autumn equinox (or the full moon nearest this point). In 2017, this is on 7 August in the Northern Hemisphere.


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Sunflower

In the field she blooms,
But once a year
This luscious sunflower ~
So sweet and so dear
The love she shows,
With kindness she cares
Our Mother's fruit ~
The seeds she bears
Both yellow and bright,
This sunflower grows
Then leaves us again ~
When winter's wind blows

~ Lady Caer Morganna

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Wordless Wednesday ... and some cool music!



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The Struts ~ "Kiss This (live)"

"Sweet Caroline" (an excellent Neil Diamond cover as sung acoustic by The Struts' Adam Slack)

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Fun Friday: I love dragons!





Whether or not you happen to be a fan of the show "Game of Thrones," you just gotta love this very strong, beautiful, and powerful female character named Daenerys Stormborn. She is known as the 'mother of dragons' and this wonderful video clip shows you exactly why. I hope you enjoy it and have a blessed weekend everyone!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

This and That ...

Greetings all! Hope all is well with everyone. Not a whole lot happening here lately. I do; however, wish to to share with you that I am still working with Erica and she had given me a couple of more tools to use to help balance my chakras ...

My new chakra bracelet for balance

... and my carnelian pendant. Both were given to me by Erica in order to aid in my difficult transition. Beautiful, aren't they? :)

Speaking of transition, Dark Elf is doing quite well with his current move to Athens. Here he is just "chillin." LOL!


Well, that is about all for now, until next time dear friends ...

BRIGHTEST BLESSINGS ~

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Witch Wars


Witches/witchcraft are a religious belief. Either believing in them or believing that they are evil is a religious belief. It is my belief that witches have created too much controversy in our civilization.

There are many occult orders claiming that they have secrets but none of them are real secrets to those who do a good job researching facts. Occult Witch Orders and Sects are really troublesome because they refuse to become "religions" regulated by the state. They depend on secrecy to work their way inside of the followers minds. Sometimes a schism in the sect creates two enemy groups.

Also, legal covens and "churches" often antagonize for followers.

A conflict is inevitable and is called a witch war. Unlike the islamic jihad and the suicide bomber attacks, witches look after their self conservation because there is no paradise with "sex slaves" for them. These wars are done by legal means and target to create a faith which seems wrong and to defame people, groups and other covens.

It is most like gossip, only it is well premeditated and in accordance to psychological techniques as to cause fear to would-be-members and confusion to members. The witch wars are actually "psi-ops". Additionally there can be also spells, hexes, curses, attacks through the astral and other psychic attacks.

So be careful when considering  joining a group because doing so may make you a target of another one.

Beautiful fantasy art by Cyra R. Cancel

Greetings everyone! Just wanted to share some more beautiful cat art from one of my favorite cat artists, Cyra R. Cancel. These are her gorgeous black cats with the seven chakras. Enjoy!!








Love & Light ~

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The 4th of July

Independence Day, also referred to as the Fourth of July or July Fourth, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and were no longer part of the British Empire. The Congress actually voted to declare independence two days earlier, on July 2.

During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain in 1776 actually occurred on July 2, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia declaring the United States independent from Great Britain rule. After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration, finally approving it two days later on July 4. A day earlier, John Adams had written to his wife Abigail:

"The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more."

Adams's prediction was off by two days. From the outset, Americans celebrated independence on July 4, the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence, rather than on July 2, the date the resolution of independence was approved in a closed session of Congress.

Historians have long disputed whether members of Congress signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, even though Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin all later wrote that they had signed it on that day. Most historians have concluded that the Declaration was signed nearly a month after its adoption, on August 2, 1776, and not on July 4 as is commonly believed.

Coincidentally, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as Presidents of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration. Although not a signer of the Declaration of Independence, James Monroe, another Founding Father who was elected as President, also died on July 4, 1831. He was the third President in a row who died on the anniversary of independence. Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President, was born on July 4, 1872; so far he is the only U.S. President to have been born on Independence Day.

On July 4, 1776, the Founding Fathers declared to the world not only that the colonies would henceforth be independent from Britain, but also, and more fundamentally,

“that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

This was the beginning of the first moral country on earth—a country in which individual rights were to be explicitly recognized and protected.

Although slavery persisted for several decades after the founding, this aberration was ultimately recognized as incompatible with the basic principle of America and thus eradicated. Between the end of the Civil War and the turn of the century, while certain lesser rights-violations legally continued, America came as close as any society has ever come to establishing an exclusively rights-protecting government. Americans were almost fully free to live their own lives, by their own judgment, for their own sake. This is the moral ideal we should embrace and redouble our efforts to achieve: a society in which the basic law of the land is liberty—which means: a society in which government protects the rights of all citizens and violates the rights of none.

On the Fourth of July, celebrate not the rights-violating, crony-enabling welfare state that America has become, but what America once virtually was and factually ought to be: the Land of Liberty. Celebrate man’s “unalienable Rights.” Celebrate the principle that the proper purpose of government is “to secure these rights.” Celebrate the principle that “whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it.” And, most of all, celebrate the Founders, who recognized and codified these principles, thus making possible the degree of freedom we still enjoy and the moral ideal to which we should rise.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Continuing my spiritual journey ...

Greetings all, I hope everyone had a wonderful and Blessed Midsummer/Litha! I have been very busy as usual. I am still working with my spiritual adviser, Erica, whom as most of you who may have been following my blog for the past few months already know, I have been seeking some well-needed guidance from in order to deal with a lot of major life changes going on in my life at the moment. For the time being, all I can tell you is that my marriage and relationship of 23 years has broken up as my "husband" has decided to leave me for another woman. It is a very long story and I will spare you all the unpleasant details. 

Life is nothing but a series of changes and some are more difficult to handle than others it seems. But, Erica has been a great help to me ... mentally, emotionally and spiritually. There are two steps to my spiritual journey and the process is a long one. One of the many tools with which Erica has provided me with are her very own chakra pyramids that she has personally designed and created to use in balancing. Each one is designed for a specific purpose. I have already worked with the first chakra pyramid and I have just begun to work with the second one. This pyramid is mostly pink and green in color with the corresponding gemstones added to it as well ...

The second chakra pyramid has the "Third Eye" symbol placed on the side door which opens up. As with the first pyramid, this one also has a mirror inside of it ...



Well, that is about all for now. Brightest Blessings, my dear friends!!

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