I hope you all had a delightful and positive Solstice today.  Mine was quite sunny.  No huge celebrations though.  I’ve done them, they’re lovely, but not what I need any longer.  In my googling around earlier I did come across a very useful resource that I thought you guys would like.  Here is a wonderfully informative post.

             It’s so fun when I stumble across these places.  Can’t wait to go read more from this person.  I encourage anyone who is interested in the history of our high holy days spend a few minutes there.  No clue who runs it, but I’m going to find out later.

             I also came across this place.  I’m fascinated by miniatures, as you all well know.  But this takes it to an entirely higher level.  ALIVE gardens!  But TINY!  Will be spending some time there as well.

             As I entered our card altar room this afternoon, right before I headed out on the bike, I was guided to our newest deck.  As it turns out, this one is perfect for today.  (Of course it is.)

 summer solstice definition

“Goddess Of Nature  ~

You reap what you sow; 

Your dream is coming to fruition.

This is a time to reap the rewards and benefits that are derived from the seeds of a project, venture, or idea you planted some time ago.  It has not all be plain sailing, and many a time you have doubted whether your many efforts and labour would ever be rewarded.

Yet harvest time has come.  A time when you reap what you have sown.  Accept all the blessings about to come your way and realise that they are the result of the love, courage, dedication, and commitment you have shown in the recent past.  

Give thanks to Mother Nature and enjoy!”

              Those five-pointed stars caught my eye immediately.  Duh.  And in this case I actually don’t hate the illustration, entirely.  Kinda dark, but the symbolism is nice.  If I don’t look too closely (still lines in her eyes) this one will suffice.  Also, the message is great.

             Last night after he got off work, my son came by.  He had ordered a few things for his dad, and since we were gone last weekend, the gift giving happened around our kitchen table, at one in the morning.

kitchen guns
No. This was not the present.

             That gun was merely the one J.D. had with him.  To show his father?  I guess.  I wasn’t paying attention* to that part of the conversation.  The gifts were outstandingly cool, a combo package of assorted items from both of our Aries babies.  (Gemini girl gave us a baseball game evening and was fabulously generous all weekend.)

*I was very busy trying to avoid his french fries.  I failed, in this attempt, just as I did with the last one (from yesterday).  Don’t even ASK about the  health report right now.

             If you looked at Dan’s new twitter page you saw the tweetie pic he sent out last night (a new watch, guitar pick press, multi-use BBQ implement, and some assorted dried meat snacks).  Later, a miracle occurred.  Jade joined the masses.  Follow him too: @daywalker103 (please and thank you).

backyard gardens
My lettuces!

             When we got home (and it was light out), this was one of the first things I checked on.  My salad bowl continues to amaze and thrill me.  This Friday I’m hoping that the guy who sold us the starts has his booth up at the Farmer’s Market so I can get more.  If not, it’ll still be a great time there, Ally is playing her tuba!  (Yes, there will be pictures.)

             Finally, here’s our Daily Dog.  As soon as I opened the door he shot right out onto the porch.  Then, he immediately collapsed.

front yard decks with dogs
I’m warm,
are you warm?

             See?  Sunny.  We are very glad to see that Summer truly has arrived.  (Even if it was ferociously freaking cloudy yesterday and it’s probably going to rain tomorrow.)

Today’s Deck:

Angels, Gods, and Goddesses Oracle Cards by Toni Carmine Salerno

13 thoughts on “Litha.

  1. I got a bunch of romaine lettuce at the farmers market last week. I ate the lettuce down to the core and then, on an impulse, stuck the base into a bowl filled with water. And a few days ago, it started growing new leaves. I’m going to plant it in some potting soil and see if it will grow back into a head of lettuce.

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    Mary, who *I* do recognize, what a perfect way to follow your inner guide! Let us know what happens. Awesome and super cool urban gardening, for free!!!
    J

    10:23 p.m.
    6-21-12

  2. Shit. I was hoping no one would notice the whole Twitter thing. Please, don’t follow me. I won’t tweet. The only reason I signed up is because, apparently, you can’t really get twitter updates without actually being a member.

    You didn’t actually mention thee shear VOLUME of dried meats. EIGHT POUNDS of meat: six pounds of “spicy beef stick end pieces,” and two pounds of “carnivour trail mix.”

    In case anyone cares, the gun is a Kel-Tec PLR-16. It is (technically) a pistol, which feeds from AR-15 rifle mags and is chambered in 5.56x45mm (.223 Remington). It is my new project gun.

    And you forgot the watch.

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    Oh, we’re gonna follow you. I’ve been saying this since before anyone but Hanny was tweeting, that particular medium was MADE for you!

    Right, I left off how damn much dried (and processed) meat-like products are here now. And, that “carnivour trail mix” ….. where to begin? Gracias?

    I appreciate you giving the gun details, and was hoping you would. Thanks, I can never remember it all. Yes, oh yes indeedy, someone will absolutely care.

    See tonight’s post.

    Signed,
    Mom.

    10:33 p.m.
    6-21-12

    1. I won’t follow you if you won’t follow me. Anyway, why yes, I am interested but not enough to research how it’s technically a pistol if it feeds from rifle mags. See, this is the kind of shit you could tweet.

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      Way to have my back, Other Mom. Yes, that is EXACTLY the type of shit he could be tweeting!
      J

      10:37 p.m.
      6-21-12

  3. Lovely websites, thanks for sharing! (DO Not go to the link labeled “Paspas,” though… pictures of the type of house pet that you do not care for.) Miniature gardens are super-adorable!

    Very, very appropriate card, yes, and very good tidings, as well! I like the art on this one, too, although I agree that it is a bit dark, especially for “Goddess of Nature.” I mean, shouldn’t a Goddess of Nature have some green & leafy stuff, or is that just my old-fashioned associative thinking?

    Speaking of green & leafy, as days get warmer there, that lettuce will start to bolt (put out flowers), so it’s probably not a great time to plant more… 😦

    Happy Summer!!! (Yes, it’s supposed to rain here, too… WTF, really?!?)

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    Holy crap, thank you SO much! I looked at few of those garden shots, and read how the name was derived from the pet’s bowl or something, but thankgawd you warned me before I actually had to SEE it! Whew!!!

    I thought there should have been more leafy and green too. 😉

    My concern is of bolting as well. So I am being super diligent about making sure none of the lettuces get too mature. Not sure about starting more though, I’ll have to research with the farmer guy.

    We live in a rain forest. 😕
    J

    10:41 p.m.
    6-21-12

    1. Hi, Corina! They have lettuces that are heat resistant. You can get them from places like Cook’s Garden catalogs (seeds). You can also plant the regular lettuces all summer, they just won’t get as big as in spring before they want to flower. And some of them will start getting bitter when they’re ready to flower and it’s hot. So pick’em young! 🙂

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      Thanks Robin! My instincts are good then, I’ve been staying on the awares for aging leaves.
      J

      10:44 p.m.
      6-21-12

      1. Cool, thank you for the info! Mine have always bolted, but then I have never gotten a bolt-resistant variety!

  4. My phobia is rearing it’s head right now. The thing is it’s more than fear of being in small places or imprisoned or something. I can’t wear jewelry because my shiatsu teacher said that it blocks your energy and also I am terrified it won’t come back off.
    I also can’t bear to look at bonsai anything. It reminds me of the hideous old practice of foot binding. I can’t bear the thought of feet or trees being bound so they can’t grow naturally. Slavery. Oppression.
    I’m going to have to go shiver uncontrollably for a while.

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    Uhhh, My Dearest Jude? That’s a past life terror. All of it, but possibly more than one.

    Breathe in breathe out, you aren’t there anymore.
    You are safe and you are whole.
    You are safe and you are free.

    J
    10:47 p.m.
    6-21-12

  5. We’ve just about harvested our salad bowl, had a lovely salad from its bounty last night with our grilled stuff. I will look for more starts; I hope that the next week of Junuarey that is forrecast will be good for lettuces.

    Judy3 my Dad was the same way about jewelry; never wore a watch or a wedding band and his ties were always about 2 inches down; perfect knot, just below his throat.

    Good on the gift front, too. Happy day to Dan. Mayberry will be glad to see him.

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    We will be around for all of July (Junuary, lol) so don’t we need to be scheduling some SHARED salad and grilling time soon?

    I know they will be glad to have him back. Don’t tell anyone, but he calls them his “Needy Creswellians.”

    See you tomorrow!!!
    J

    10:51 p.m.
    6-21-12

  6. Liked the websites. Will have to do more exploring later. (You know I don’t need -more- websites… 🙂 )

    I’m voting for a more tradtional nature theme. Is my age showing?

    Isn’t it funny how the guys have to hop in and make sure we get all the details ‘exactly’ right? 🙂

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    I know, I don’t need anymore either (in fact, I’ve cut a few out recently), but these seemed like places we all needed to at least SEE for the moment.

    Your age, my age, who cares? Only a number, right? 😉

    In this case, I HOPE my guys jump in. I leave the details out because I know I won’t get them correct. Fortunately, that cop I married, and his off-spring, are really good at helping me fill in the blanks. I count on them to.
    J

    10:56 p.m.
    6-21-12

  7. Y’know, JD, we may all follow you just to make you crazy. 😀

    The lettuce looks beautiful. It would be nice to grow some here but I think it only grows here in the winter and very early spring. Our climate is all messed up: we are supposed to hit 100 degrees Saturday for the first time this year, a little over a month early. We’ve been in the 90s since like March or April, way early. And we are still not very humid. Although it did rain and create still pools in the middle of the walking/running track where the damned mosquitoes have laid eggs. I made one brief walk around the trail and came home with THREE bites right in my knee joints. I need to be a snowbird and be able to live and work up north in the summer.

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    Wait, you went out and walked around the lake? That’s wonderful. Just dab your bites with some magical blue stuff on a cottonball and you’ll be good to go.

    Yes, being a SnowBird would be ideal for you!
    J

    10:59 p.m.
    6-21-12

  8. JJJ – I feel the same way about jewlery. Occasionally I’ll wear a necklace but when it comes time to take it off if I can’t get it off on the first try I freak out and go skittering through the house looking for my daughter to rescue me.

    The websites are cool. I’ll have to book mark them and take a gander.

    I like the card today.

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    Oh hell, I’ve gotten stuck (PANIC !!!) inside of clothing more times than I can count. It’s a past life thing, too. Or maybe it’s a Ju-name thing. We all seem to have it. 😉
    J

    11:03 p.m.
    6-21-12

    (When Dan got home from work we took Max out with us for a late-nite wander about three a.m. and were talking about you and Chester.)

  9. I have a question about the salad bowl. It may be a stupid question (stop it, yes there are), but I haven’t grown lettuces before, so…when you pick some leaves, do more grow back? Is this an our lady of perpetual lettuce type of arrangement?

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    I agree,there ARE stupid questions, but this is not one of them. We didn’t know a thing about growing lettuce either. I had no clue how to “harvest” this crop, so I just took a pair of scissors to the leaves that looked “ready” for eating, ignoring the tiniest, inner bits. What is so freaking amazing (and yes, miraculous! LOL, Our Lady Of The Perpetual Salad) is that in a few days there’s MORE! It just keeps doing this. I am in love. And want to have bowls like this forever. FOR. EVER.
    J

    11:09 p.m.
    6-21-12

    (Tomorrow I’ll take some better pictures for you, of how they keep giving. We’re going to snip some tonight, were supposed to do it last night, but we forgot.)

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