Thursday, September 26, 2013

Writer's Workshop: First Day of Fall!

My sister, Mom, and I decided to go to an apple orchard on the first day of fall.  First we had lunch, where I saw these lovelies turning.  Yay autumn!

An apple I tried to pick decided to fall on my head.  I was not amused.
So we went to a little orchard not far from where we live.  Unfortunately... so did everybody else.  Parking was a bit obnoxious but luckily most of them were there for hayrides and cider.  I dutifully lead my troops (hey, my idea, I get to be the leader) to the apple picking.  We decided to get a whole bushel, one bag for my sister and I and one for the Momo. (which turned out to be a good idea.)
My sister is a weirdo.  Momo always has a smile.
 There were quite a few types to choose from.  We got a little of everything.  Instead of sticking to the paths, of course we had to walk through the brush between the trees.  My sister and I are born country-girls, so what do you expect?  There was the occasional bee though luckily no one was stung.  We made it a point to make it to the end of the orchard before turning back with our haul.  Momo's bag was full long before ours was, so she helped us fill it to the brim.  We made a point to give a prayer of thanks to the earth and trees before leaving the area.

We took the scenic route home (yay no freeway!)  There were a lot of nice houses and cows!  Ooh and a pumpkin patch!  Anywho, once we got home and I rested for a bit, I made a delicious roast chicken dinner to celebrate the equinox.  A very lovely day indeed.
Our haul.  Both the basket and those on the towel, minus the one that are applesaucing right now.

Monday, September 23, 2013

101 Goals in 1001 Days

So last month I mentioned I was going to participate in this project.  Here's how it works.

You have 1001 days, which is about 2 years and 9 months, to complete 101 goals.  Pretty simple right?  Sort of.  It's a bit difficult coming up with so many goals... so dig deep and expand over all areas of your life.  Be specific as specific as possible.  This will help you achieve your goals easier.  

I would suggest not setting a goal that is in the hands of another person or nature, such as getting 'x' amount of followers.  An alternative could be to get yourself out there more via social media sites or finding new way to promote yourself.  You can't force people to follow you, but you can control how much people see you.

I also suggest keeping your list visible.  Somewhere you can see it everyday in passing.  Note the little things you can do to further yourself in your long-term goals, or the little goals you can cross off completely!  It's okay if you don't complete the list.  The whole point of this project is to move forward at all.  Anywho... on to my list!
  1. Get a job
  2. Start college
  3. Get driver's license
  4. Volunteer
  5. Get passport
  6. Ask for help 10 times
  7. Go on a road trip (Massachusetts?)
  8. Make an etsy account
  9. Sell jewelry at an art show or in a store
  10. Get published in a jewelry magazine
  11. Post a piece of jewelry on the jewelry making journal
  12. Create a new piece of jewelry every month
  13. Get/make a gecko piece of jewelry
  14. Take a jewelry making class
  15. Order something from an online bead store
  16. Participate in bead soup
  17. Make a jewelry tutorial
  18. Give plastic beads away
  19. Use my ball pein hammer to make piece of jewelry
  20. Figure out and use the findings my oldest sister gave me
  21. Roast a duck
  22. Can something (pickles, applesauce, jam)
  23. Eat 5 new fruits or vegetables
  24. Make Croquembouche
  25. Participate in Meatless Monday for 12 weeks
  26. Make a recipe from a Wiccan cookbook
  27. Make English toffee
  28. Make southwestern eggrolls
  29. Make angel food cake/chiffon cake from scratch
  30. Learn how to grill
  31. Plant a vegetable garden
  32. Complete exercises in Brighid's Healing book
  33. Make a Brighid altar
  34. Make and dress candles for sabbats/esbats
  35. Complete rituals on all 8 sabbats
  36. Recognize all 13 esbats
  37. Learn how to read tea leaves
  38. Start herbal grimoire
  39. Make a Brighid's Cross with plant material
  40. Go to a metaphysical class
  41. Complete 30 days of Kitchen Witchery
  42. Make a dream pillow/charm bag
  43. Make Kitchen Witch burned spoon-wands
  44. Become a certified crystal healer
  45. Dye something naturally
  46. Complete one of the three Wreck this Journal books
  47. Make a rag rug out of old linens
  48. Sew up pillow
  49. Make a tincture
  50. Make massage oil
  51. Make four seasonal wreaths
  52. Make a nice binder for recipes
  53. Use calligraphy set
  54. Make Frankenstein candle
  55. Make mosaic
  56. Learn to knit/crochet a hat
  57. Refinish dry sink
  58. Finish a latch hook
  59. Make a baby blanket for my oldest sister (in green with a high quality yarn)
  60. Save $100
  61. Save $500
  62. Buy a digital camera
  63. Buy new linens
  64. Buy a flash drive
  65. Sell FFX, FFX-2, and Xenosaga
  66. Buy an e-course from someone whose blog I enjoy
  67. Pare down and sell manga
  68. Check credit history
  69. Write 25 chapters for story or have it complete
  70. Have 200 blog posts
  71. Journal every day for a month straight
  72. Write in a public place
  73. Write blog post about being a late bloomer
  74. Start Team Krimmy blog
  75. Ride bike for five miles straight
  76. Lose 50 pounds
  77. Drink tea every morning for 3 weeks
  78. Take Roxy for a walk for 6 months
  79. Complete beginners yoga dvd
  80. Do sun salutations every morning for 3 weeks
  81. Hike up a trail without dying
  82. Develop a skincare regimen
  83. Get teeth fixed
  84. Visit a spa
  85. Spend an afternoon with my oldest sister doing something fun (crafting, go carts, putt-putt)
  86. Buy Momo something expensive
  87. Introduce myself to the neighbors (after we've moved)
  88. Share something I've baked with the neighbors
  89. See Cheza
  90. See Janelle
  91. See B
  92. Visit Dad and Jackie
  93. Visit Grandma Elsie's grave
  94. Surprise Twinny with something nice
  95. Learn how to put my hair into a bun
  96. Organize craft desk drawer
  97. Finish FFXII
  98. Get computer fixed or get a new one
  99. Take dance lessons
    100. Start learning Spanish
    101. Have Hobbit/LOTR marathon (after the last 2 Hobbit movies come out)
The end date for my goal list is June 19th (MY BIRTHDAY!) 2016.  So wish me luck!  I keep you all posted on my progress.  Let me know if any of you start as well.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Gratitude Where it's Due

So given that it's almost the equinox, or the Witches' Thanksgiving, I figure I need to be thanking the lovely ladies over at Kitchen Witches for their prize package that I *won*.  Well, that, and I wanted to get pictures of my spoils.  Click here to go to their blog.  They have a lot of tasty recipes.

Among my prizes was the tea light decoration up there ^^.  It's my first Samhain decoration, so I'm really excited to have received it.

I also got a whole bunch of kitchen stuff!  Yay kitchen stuff!  I received two spatulas (at least what I call spatulas) of the flipping kind and the whipping/frosting kind.  I also got a whisk and some tongs!  The tongs actually lock and unlock so they fit in a drawer divider properly, which I think is neat.  The tea sample is brewing right now and there was a mulled cider mix that will be used on Samhain.  All of this was sent in the orange tote which is now holding socks for a rag rug XD.  Thank you again ladies.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Career Choices
The prompt I chose this week was 'Something you wanted to be when you grew up.'  Now, I'm not quite there yet to be honest.  I'm finally secure in what I want to do, barring any unforeseen circumstances *knock on wood*

When I was little I wanted to be a ballerina.  Let it be known that I never actually finished ballet lessons.  I think it may have been the pink outfits... and the shoes.  Perhaps the creativity.  

When I got a little older, though till in the single digits, I wanted to be an astronomer.  I LOVED space.  I still do, but all that math that's involved... not to mention that NASA has gone to crap.  I suppose that it's a good thing that I've limited myself to stargazing and lunar calendars.

 Eventually I evolved more... realistic career goals?  Is that terribly pessimistic of me?  Seriously.  I wanted to be a dentist.  Or dental hygienist.  Yeah.  Blech.  Both very important jobs, yes.  I actually liked going to the dentist.  Until I got my first cavity.  That was the beginning of the end for my medical ambitions.

Then I wanted to be a chef.  I love cooking and baking.  I cook dinner for my family (nearly) every night.  I bake for fun.  It's enjoyable for me.  But after having this dream for awhile, I began thinking.  How stressful is working in a kitchen for 8+ hours?  I get irritable sharing the kitchen with my sister, let alone several other people.  I wouldn't want to own my own restaurant, but I think the heat of the kitchen would have adverse effects on my passion for cooking.

So I've settled on massage therapy.  It's soothing for both myself and those I work on.  It's cooling and relieving as opposed to hot and stifling like cooking can be.  Not to mention there is immense room for growth in other areas I love, such as aromatherapy and herbalism.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Being New is Never Fun
So!  Doing something new!  I'm starting this writing prompt thing that comes out every week.  There are 5 prompts released on Monday and a blog hop every Thursday.  If you want to join, click on the link over -> that way.

This week's prompt that I'm doing is 'First day of school!'  I have no kids to post about, so I'll share with you one of my many experiences on the subject.  I suppose I shouldn't say being new is never fun...but it's anxiety provoking at best, let alone when you do it *counts on fingers* seven times.  And that isn't counting high school, for which I was home schooled.

One of the more memorable would be sixth grade.  Not only was my first day in the middle of the year (we moved at an inopportune time for me) but my Mom came in with me.  She insisted on talking to the teachers and be all mom-like.  I was so nervous that I was really quiet, as I always was.  I had friends at my own school.  I rode my bike to my old school for the last week before break, why couldn't I do it the rest of the year?  *shakes fist at the institution*  

Once my mom finally left (thank goodness) and people quit looking at me funny, we actually got the day started.  I was good at the school part.  I loved Math (I don't have the foggiest clue as to why) and was a well-behaved kid.  I was just crap at the socializing part.  Luckily for me, I didn't have to try so hard.  A group of girls came over to me and were really quite friendly.  I was surprised that it was so easy, but I didn't question it.  I even got one of their phone numbers!  Score!  I was set.  I was (and still am) a person who didn't need everybody to like me.  Just a few people being pleasant to me on a regular basis was all I needed.  I went home that day feeling absolutely fabulous.