Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

It is a warm Halloween.
A glorious day.
We are stirring up all sorts of treats.

If I have poppy seed to plant I do so on Halloween.

This year I am planting seed a dear friend sent.

I cleaned out a spot last May in the Poppy bed for these seed.

I lit my candle and said my thanksgivings.

It is Halloween.

I am looking forward to trick-or-treaters.

I am looking forward to the waxing crescent moon.

I am looking forward to Spring and seeing poppies.

Magical plants from my friend's garden.
We are connected.

Happy Halloween.

Monday, October 24, 2011


I am working with lavender this week.
Some of the lavender in the garden is reblooming.
It often will do this in October.

I dried over a thousand stems this past summer.

I always have dried lavender in my house.
It is delightful to have fresh.
This week I will begin making lavender sachets.
I am working up pieces of silk.
I want to do some fancy stitches on the silk before I fill with my dried lavender.

I have a journal to keep track of my fancy work this winter.
Lavender sachets will be an on going project.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Tulips and Soup

I planted 14 tulips for my indoor garden.

They should be in bloom around December 1st.
I will pot up 14 every Monday until all 84 bulbs are in soil.
This should give me white tulips for
 December and January decorating.
I picked tomatoes and patty pan squash.
The vegetable garden has lots of squash on the vine.
We are to have scattered frost this week.
 I will cover the plants.

Now is the time to do the last of the herb harvests.
Time to make my herb vinegars and dry herbs
for winter teas.

I put a pot of bean soup on this morning.
It is our first soup of the season.
My herb this week is Sweet Annie.
It is drying in the entry way.
I love the way it smells.

We bought 20 heads of garlic to plant.
Our garlic patch will be large.
I am excited about growing garlic. It is my herb for 2012.
I want to learn how to make garlic braids.

I should have enough garlic to share.

When I was at the festival on Saturday
 I bought bees wax for cosmetics
and a handmade bees wax candle.
I shall wait for a special occassion to light it.

I like having a special candle
for a special remembrance.
It is my new blessing candle.

Monday, October 10, 2011


This week I am studying garlic.

I always have a couple of garlic heads to add to stir fries.

In October I have ceramic garlic for decorating.
My daughter made these for me many years ago.
The Garlic keeper guards the stair well.
I want to grow garlic this year.
I read October is the time to plant the bulbs for summer solstice harvest.
This week I shall plant garlic!

Monday, October 3, 2011

On schedule

I had breakfast outside with the birds.
The Robins are enjoying the berries in the Dogwoods.
I was told if they eat the berries early it will be a mild winter.
It seems early.

Many Monarchs are migrating.
My cosmos are an excellent food source.

This week I am studying Oregano.
I grow some as a ground cover in the back patio bed.

I shall add some to my stir fry this evening.
In October I am choosing a card each morning from this set.

Today I chose Lady's Mantle.
A reminder to treasure the small ways.

I have done up the kitchen for October.
A friend asked for photographs.
I have five counter tops. Each has an October scape with a theme.
This one is about cats. I added white on white as a color theme for 2011. White cat teapot works.
The Autumn vegetable garden is producing squash

and kale.
I have picked a couple for supper.
The butterflies continue to come to the butterfly bushes.
Time to dead head again.

I have a new schedule for Autumn.
I meditate twice a day,
in the morning with the birds
in the afternoon with the butterflies.