Saturday, September 14, 2013

New Pages

I have added two new tabs/pages to this blog. One explains the purpose of Stillwater Private Library and how to contact me regarding donations. The other page describes what we do at Mother Gaia's Apothecary and how to contact me to place an order. Please feel free to check them both out and don't forget to visit Suncoast Artisans!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

The Witch's Cottage ebook now on sale!

You can now purchase my ebook "The Witch's Cottage" on Amazon!!!

The Witch's Cottage

If you don't have a Kindle, you can still get the software for your PC or iPod/iPad for free!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Experimenting with the wardrobe

I have been reading a lot lately about different ways to get one's wardrobe under control. Chris and I are going to buy a set of velvet covered (flocked) hangars and use them. We are going to keep our individual wardrobes under control by limiting the number of hangars. We'll keep our favorite articles of clothing on these special hangars. If we want to buy a new item, something old has to go. Though I don't have a problem with TOO many clothes personally, I am looking forward to this as a way of keeping my things better organized.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

The miracle of birth!

(taken with my iPod)

On August 29th between the hours of 8pm and 10pm, my daughter's cat, Chloe, gave birth two four kittens.  Kitten number one was a bit of a struggle for Chloe since this is the first time for her to give birth (and hopefully she'll be spayed before it happens again!). The second kitten was breach and came out fighting. Cat amniotic sacks must be tough stuff because it was trying to claw it's way out. Kitten number three had it's umbilical cord wrapped around it's neck and abdomen. I had to intervene there. Kitten number four was breach and it's head was stuck for a few moments. Again, I had to intervene. (Please, no lectures. I'm well experienced and know what to do and what NOT to do.) But, all four babies are safe, healthy and full of life. They are all black with the exception of the first born. The tip of his tail has a tuft of white fur. He has been dubbed Woody. His first attempts at nursing had him rapidly bobbing his head much like a woodpecker. The second born is Screech. Screech was the little fighter but just as Screech is tough, Screech is also VERY vocal. The only time that one shuts up is when it's asleep. LOL The other two.... Typically, when a cat gives birth, they deliver a kitten and then the placenta before the next kitten is born. That is exactly what happened with Woody and Screech. Then, the third kitten was born and when Chloe began pushing again, she gave birth to the fourth kitten rather than a placenta. (Yes, she did ultimately deliver both placentas.) But since they were both still "hardwired to the motherboard" at the same time, they have been labeled "The Twins".

They will be ready for forever homes just before Halloween. However, that presents a very real danger to black cats so we will wait until AFTER Halloween to search for homes...or at least not allow them to go to their perspective homes, unless they are people known and trusted by us, until after Halloween.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Introducing Suncoast!

Suncoast Artisans sells hand-crafted items such as crocheted pieces, digital photography and much more.

Bandits of Marseille Herbs

Queen of Hungary Herbs

Thursday, August 29, 2013


It has been quite a long time since I have posted. For awhile now I have been feeling led to restart this blog but wanted to wait to see if the feeling passed. When it became apparent that it would not, I began to start thinking about it directly and feel this blog has tremendous potential. I hope you all will enjoy what I share. I assure you, the content will be as eclectic as I am. Variety is the spice of life as I am told. :)

Now, I am off to attend the birth of some kittens.


Sunday, January 22, 2012

Getting back to your authentic self

Young children are usually authentic to their personality. They do what they want. If you feel you've gotten off track with your life, think back to when you were little, what things awed you? What type of imaginative play did you enjoy? What games did you play? Ask your parents and older family members what types of things do they remember about you as a child. Its amazing how much you'll learn/remember about what truly brings you joy.

I remember as a child, one of my favorite things to do was play house. I imagined a husband, babies, lots of pets, a beautiful home and garden. My favorite board game to play was Life. I always wanted the big house and lots of kids. I always felt like the game was just starting when I got to the "get married" square. Now, as an adult, I'm playing house for real and I truly enjoy it. It really is authentically me. I know many people don't understand how I feel about it. They always question how I can be happy as a homebody. Because it wouldn't suit them, they assume I'm miserable and think I'm lying when I assure them I'm perfectly content. For me, leaving home takes me away from what I love in life and from the activities I enjoy most. I even asked my Mother what she could remember about me from when I was a child. She said other than my life-long love of the water, she usually found me exploring in the kitchen. Taking care of hearth and home is part of my authentic self.

My love of the water....that is another part of my authentic self. My family often jokes I'm part mermaid because I naturally was drawn to the water. I was born knowing how to swim. I never really had to be taught since it came so naturally to me. There are photos of me as a baby playing in the dog's water bowl. My love of the water goes so deep that the one time I tried living in the desert, I didn't last a year. It was a place of rugged beauty and a wildness that appealed to me but the lack of water was more than I could tolerate. I headed back to wetter climes in short order. Today, I live on a river and would kill for a swimming pool! When my youngest graduates from High School, my husband I will be moving to a different town. When we do, we are specifically looking for a home with a pool or a backyard of sufficient setup that we can put a pool in. I also bring the water world into my home by keeping several planted aquariums and I'm fiddling with them on a regular basis. So water has always been a major component of my life and always will be. Its a part of my authentic self.

 Books...I love to read! In my teen years and early 20's when I was career oriented, I didn't do a lot of reading. But before and after that phase, I had my nose in a book quite regularly. I still do! I enjoy reading a great deal. Beyond that, I love he look and feel of books. Libraries feel comfortable to me. If I did it all over again, there's a good chance I would have chosen a career as a librarian. By my estimation, you can never have too many books. No...instead, its a case of not enough book shelves. But, unlike many, if its a book I didn't care for, I don't keep it around just for looks or to remember I've read it. If its a book I didn't care for, I pass it on, sell it, donate it, etc. I don't want to waste my precious little space on books I don't care for. Again, there are stories in the family of how if they wanted me out from under foot as a young child, they could sit me on a couch or chair, hand me a book and tell me to stay put. When they'd come back, I'd still be sitting there with my nose in the book. Books are a part of my authentic self.

Creativity...I like to make things! I enjoy working with my hands and creating new things. My creativity has taken many forms over the years. I've cross-stitched. I've crocheted. I've done collages. I've sewn. I've done interior decorating. I've crafted various items. For me, even sex is a creative outlet. But whatever form my creativity comes about in, its always been a part of me. Without some sort of creative outlet...some way to express myself creatively, I quickly become surly. Creativity is a part of my authentic self.

So, think back to childhood, ask family members, discover bits of your past you may have forgotten and see how they might make you more authentically you today. Don't waste time trying to fit into someone else's mold. It will never bring you the joy that being your authentic self will and I am a firm believer that the more we are authentic to ourselves, the happier we are. The happier we are, the more we have to offer others.