2022 · Samhain · Halloween Season

My Jack-o-Lanterns ~ 2003 – 2007

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Back in 2003, Kevin was on leave for Katelynn’s birth, from Iraq. Before he had to go back for another couple of months, we went to the Commissary. Kevin looked in a box filled with β€˜Jack-o-Lantern’ and found the perfect pumpkin. That squash looked like it fell out of a painting or was in the story of Cinderella. Kevin knew he couldn’t be with us for Halloween. And I wanted to make something really cute for Katelynn. Kevin and I found a booklet, and we picked the perfect stencil. Kevin said: β€œI want you to make the pumpkin as beautiful as you can, capture a few pictures, and send them to me on Halloween! I will be stuck in Iraq, again. But I want to be a part of it! It is Katelynn’s very first Halloween.” Said, done! Since our little family was ripped apart for this special day, the β€˜Pumpkin 2003’ will always be my favorite. It was an emotional one. From that day on forwarding, I made a tradition out of pumpkin carving. Every year, Katelynn gets her stenciled β€˜Jack’. And when Sara came along, she got her own β€˜Jack’, as well.

I will introduce some pumpkins every Friday throughout October. Enjoy, and maybe get your own ideas! If you like to show me pictures of your Jack-o-Lantern, feel free to drop a link in the comment section below. I would love to see your artwork.

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2022 · Halloween Season · Samhain

And So, It Begins …. Halloween Season 2022

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My favorite season has begun. And now it is time to get out the Halloween decorations. Since we have pallets from the greenhouse floor, cinder blocks, and soil delivery, Kevin and I wanted to make a pirate ship out of them. Unfortunately, that takes more time and planning than just slapping it together. It also needs to look good. So, we decided we would let the pirate ship go and make an old charred-looking fence out of some of the pallets. Meanwhile, I might get some more ideas about what I could do with the rest of them. The idea of the graveyard came to mind when I pulled my 5-foot skeleton out of the box and I sat it on the tree stump. Kevin still has to run the electric line up the hill and get the lights installed in the graveyard. But this has to wait.

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2022 · Beautiful Colors of Autumn · Mabon

Autumnal Equinox/Mabon 2022

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Happy Autumn & Blessed Mabon!

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2022 · Mabon · The Night Sky

The Full Harvest Moon

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The Pumpkins, squash, and beans are ready for harvest. And the bright light of the Harvest Moon allows us the extra time needed to finish the harvest. The leaves on the trees begin to turn color. The Summer’s sunshine gives way to the fall’s Darkening evenings.
The Harvest Full Moon is a time to find balance in our lives, of settling into a slower rhythm after the Summer’s adventures. It is a time of giving thanks and enjoying the abundance in our lives.
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2022 · Lughnasadh · Wheel of The Year

Late Summer In Texas

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Happy Harvest Season!

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2022 · Lughnasadh · On Our Property · The Greenhouse · Wheel of The Year

Summer Poppies ~ Lughnasadh 2022

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I love my garden poppies!

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2022 · Lughnasadh · Wheel of The Year

Beautiful Harvest Season 2022 (2)

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Happy Harvest Season!

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2022 · Lughnasadh · Wheel of The Year

Beautiful Harvest Season 2022 (1)

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Lughnasadh, also known as Lammas, is the festival of the First Harvest. It’s held from the 1st to the 2nd of August, halfway between the Summer Solstice and the Autumn Equinox. This festival is named after the Celtic God Lugh It focus on the First Harvest of crops and offering them to the Deities.

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2022 · Lughnasadh · Wheel of The Year

The First Harvest ~ Lughnasadh/Lammas 2022

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Nature stands at the threshold of Autumn, it is still filled with summer’s warm delightful energy, yet there is something in the orange-tinted sunlight that speaks of change. Dusk arrives a little sooner than anticipated. The grain in the field and the fruits and vegetables in the garden begin to ripen.
We celebrate our progress and achievements, as well as the harvest at hand. We celebrate, knowing that we must stay focused on the crops that are still ripening. It is a time to reconcile our hopes with our fears. We joyfully receive the first rewards for our efforts, yet we still await the outcome of the remaining crops.

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2022 · Litha · Wheel of The Year

First Day of Summer 2022

Happy Summer Solstice ~ Blessed Litha!

Blessed Litha! Sacred fire!
Magical sunrise stirs desire
Queen of Heaven and of Earth
We celebrate your bright rebirth
We see your first blessed rays
In these magical solstice days
Ascending cycle to fulfil
Dancing on the silver hill.
Lilies burn with your desire
Intoxicating spirit fire
As oak and myrrh and mugwort burn
Elder, chamomile and fern
The sacred serpent eats the Spring
Then brings Autumn on the wing
Burning wreaths of sweet vervain
The Goddess will return again.

Martha Magenta