Although there’s no solid historical basis for using ogham as a divination tool its certainly popular to do so today and there is more than enough material to make it a viable system. Much like tarot, actually, there is so much that it takes a while to learn to really read ogham well. I highly recommend checking out the original source material, the Auraicept na n-Eces as well as modern books on…
Report – Testing a New Underwire Bra.
I got a couple of new bras. From Torrid, my first order from them – they were recommended by one of my co-workers. See, finding comfortable bras is difficult when you have Bodacious Tatas, and I got ’em. Band size is 36. Cup size is G in a 38, should be H in a 36, but I’ve yet to find an H in a 36. Ever. And it’s very hard to find G’s in a 36. Continue reading…
Complete List of My Published Works 2022
Its been about 18 months since I last shared my complete bibliography so its time for an update.
Ritual for the Ocean Waters”, Circle Magazine issue 109 summer 2011
Gaelic View of Samhain”, Celtic Guide, vol. 1 issue 10 Oct. 2012
“Celebrating Imbolc with the Family”, Air n-Aithesc, vol.1 issue 1, Feb.
“The Witch, the Bean Feasa, and the Fairy Doctor in…
Garden Centers are WAY too tempting.
I bought some vegetable plants today. Yes, I started more veggie seeds yesterday, too, but I’m really worried about the food supply, and I do better with bought plants, so I’m doing both.
You should have seen me going thru’ all the potted tomatoes/peppers/etc at the store, looking for pots where they had screwed up and had TWO plants in the pot!
I’ve planted the four heritage tomato plants in the rolling tomato ‘raised garden’ planters already. When (if) the basil sprouts, I’ll put a basil or two in each of them as well.
We ARE due to have some cold nights in the next week, but I have clotches I can put over them those nights. And by ‘clotches’ I mean empty coffee cans.
April Tarps make . . . July green beans?
I’m really pushing myself on this day off, to get stuff done in the garden. But first I have to make ‘tarps’ to put over the soil (to keep the weeds down) by taping black plastic garden bags (cheap, from Costco) together.
I HATE using plastic in the garden. But I’ve been so horribly low on spoons that every 8 X 8 area I make tarps for and get the tarps in place on is an area that some day soon, when I have spoons, I’ll be able to plant fast and easily. If I can just cover the entire garden now, in April, then planting in May and June will be easy.
The problem is finding spoons in April. The plastic bags I’ve had forever, so they are here. The duct tape is here.
Spoons, as always, are on back order.
We had another hard freeze Sunday night. It did a lot of damage to my sprouting Swiss Chard, which we were hoping to use for salad and cooking greens right quick. Most of the plants survived, but there will be delays.
HOWEVER – the freeze didn’t bother the wild spring greens. Today on my 10 minute break at work I filled a gallon bag with some lovely dead nettle. It will become a creamy green topping for pasta tomorrow night.
This all matters because my job exists, but doesn’t really pay a living wage. And the price of food has jumped . . . and so has the price of propane. We are down to the point that out propane tank has only about 12% of its capacity left, about 51 gallons. So I ordered another 100 gallons. Which is more than 3 times the price per gallon it was when we first moved in here, some 4 or 5 years ago. I DID get a small discount for our first fill, I’m sure. But with Covid induced price increases (due to workers missing work from illness and/or deaths, leading to supply problems) followed by supply pressure from the Russian invasion of Ukraine, added to the fact that the past month was 3 degrees F colder here than it had been one year before (and that year wasn’t a warm one) – I’m going to be spending $500 to just get 100 gallons of propane. 100 gallons. We usually use 400 gallons a year. In November I spent $1400 on propane (we really were sucking fumes at that point, 4% left in the tank). It looks as if I’ll be spending at LEAST $2000 for propane this year.
I expect there will be a lot of weed – excuse me, wild crafted vegetable eating in our future.
The Fairy Folklore in Pan’s Labyrinth
Continuing on with my series of fairy folklore in films and television let’s look at the 2006 film Pan’s Labyrinth, or ‘El laberinto del fauno’ [the labyrinth of the Faun]. This movie, much like Henson’s Labyrinth, is full of folklore references which are worth discussing, as well as many references to classical literature and mythology which are beyond the purview of this blog. As with previous…
Are Fairies Physical?
One of the most common questions I’m asked is if fairies have physicality, if they are tangible beings. This is rooted I think in the common idea perpetuated especially in new age and post-Victorian fairy belief that these beings are entirely energy or thoughtforms, creatures that can be perceived by the mind but lack physical reality in this world. So let’s dig into this shall we?Arthur…
Baobhan Sìth in Folklore vs my Fiction
I recently gave a presentation ‘Elves After Dark 2’ in which I discussed several specific types of folkloric beings known to directly and intimately interact with humans. This included the Scottish Baobhan Sìth a being that I also include in my fiction and in the Q&A after the presentation I was asked about how the folklore differed from my interpretation in my Between the Worlds series. I…
GoodRx actually works. Sometimes.
I’m going to take a moment to talk about GoodRx. You might have seen it’s ads on TV, about how it can help you get the prescription meds that you need for affordable prices.
Well, we had to try it out the other day. Here’s what happened.
The Chubby Hubby, being old, has an assortment of stuff about his body that isn’t optimal. One of them is the dreaded “I have to get up and pee once or twice overnight”. It’s not something that *I* see as a critical thing, but it’s his body and sometimes he has trouble getting back to sleep after getting up to pee. Anyway –
So he sees a urologist. No prostate issues, just the ‘overactive bladder’ stuff. Fine. Tries one drug, doesn’t work. Tries another drug, doesn’t work. Now they want him to try another drug, maybe two drugs together. Welp, while the original drugs were cheap, especially with our AARP medicare drug coverage – these are NOT AT ALL affordable, even with the drug coverage. Like, $300+ and $400+ per month.
Cue freak out. And a call to the urologist about other options due to the prices. The nurse there says to try a different pharmacy (I’ll talk about Walgreens some other post) and use GoodRx there. He does. The price for Expensive Drug #1 drops to under $17. OTOH, the price for Expensive Drug #2 stays over $400.
He’s getting Drug #1 and trying it out. Expensive Drug #2 is not on our menu.
So, somewhat mixed results, but those of you who don’t have drug coverage, or whose drug coverage leaves some drugs unaffordable, might get some help thru’ it. It’s worth looking at.