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Drinking a hot cup of chamomile tea in the hopes of ruining a perfectly horrid boogieman night.

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As is part and parcel of my daily life, today is Friday, the first day of my weekend.  I wake way before dawn in what I like to call the gloaming (around 3:30ish - 4am) just about the time many of my friends are heading to bed. It is my ritual during this time of the year to make a cup of tea or coffee depending on what strikes my fancy, this morning it was chocolate velvet coffee; and walk through my garden and observe what my work has done.

The nearly wild rosebush is fully leaved and is setting blooms, they should pop sometime this week. The chokecherry is done blooming and is getting ready to start berries.  I rarely get any because the squirrels get to them while they are green, so be it, one of my many blessings is bringing wildlife to the yard.  The dogwood is heavy with blooms and the birds will be feasting this fall. The tulips are done and turning brown.  It's time to plant the perennials to replace them.  The lavender is doing great and this is the year the foxglove should bloom, so I'm looking forward to that.  The hollyhocks are happy and setting leaves as fast as they can.  The Philadelphus (mock orange) that I thought I'd killed a couple of years ago, is growing strong and getting ready to send out blossoms.  My raspberries are covered in blooms as are the blackberries and the strawberries are doing OK.  I will have to move them this year or next, depending on when we get that garden box built. The large maple next door has grown so much since we moved in they are just not getting enough sunlight to really produce the way I'd like them to.  The lilac is the same way, time to think about where I want to move that bush as well.

Ahhhh the sun is starting to rise I can see the light peeking up over the trees out front.  Live by the sun and love by the moon!

The garden boxes we finished last weekend in the rain and planted, are still only growing rocks, but I expect great things from them in a couple of weeks.  I need to plant peas and beans yet, as the rain kept us from finishing that last little bit.  I am continually amazed at the tenacity of the common Johnny Jump up, I have managed to fill my neighbors rock-way full of them and I plan to replant some of mine into pots but let the rest just grow wild in the yard!

So many new things to add this year, hydrangeas, mountain ash, delphinium, lupine, and more fox gloves!  Guess it's time to get off the computer, go back out into the garden and finish up the last of the planting.

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Current Music: Midsummer Moon, Al Petteway

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Spent yesterday making soap, lotion and PFM. This should be enough to last us through the winter, until we can get back out in the mountains and do some wildcrafting. I'm out of arnica, yarrow, and I need to make a fresh jar of oil of Gilead next spring. I'm also going to try and dry my comfrey next weekend in the hopes of not having to wait to make the PFM until end of August beginning of September. Spending time with friends, making salsa with tomatoes from the garden and making lotions, potions, soap and balm was wonderful! The jury is still out on the soap. I'll have to try again in a couple of weeks. The lye didn't heat up as high as I would have liked and I'm not sure it's going to cure correctly...we'll see.

         

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While making the PFM I was reminded of the "friend" I invited over to make balm a couple of years ago. She's turned making it into a business, which isn't the thing that upsets me, more power to her. What pisses me off is she makes it sound like she's been doing this for over 18 years, that she has all this experience and knowledge, and didn't manage to give me any of the credit for teaching her. When we met she didn't know the difference between arnica and a daisy nor where to find it, she got her comfrey from my garden and I'm sure she hasn't got a clue what oil of gilead is made from, nor did she know how to turn what she had into a healing salve...but according to her website, she was taught by an old Indian woman back when she was in college (probably in some damn cave where the secrets were revealed under a peyote haze). I'll have you know I don't have any Native American ancestry and OLD!!! my ass..well ok...maybe the OLD part..but that's it and it was only 3 years ago! She also claims to be "ethically wildcrafting" I wonder if she understands what that means. It certainly doesn't mean to walk up and yank up all the flowers in the field until there are none left and ask me if I want what you have left over.
Why is it some people try to get by with lies when the truth works just as well if not better! She keeps making the wrong choices and karma is kicking her in the ass!
*end RANT*

sorry had to get that out of my system...that is until next year when I'm reminded again!

Note: PFM (pure fuck'n magic)

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Plans have changed, with the smoke being so daunting this week, we are not going to head to lake placid or the Lochsa. Instead Michelle and I are going to get together and make lotions. potions, salves and soaps. I'm making castile soap, goat's milk (luxury bar) soap and some huckleberry marble soap for this winter and Yule gifts. I'll be making my PFM (pure fuck'n magic) salve because I have such a hue and cry for it right now.Everyone seems to be out of what I gave them and need more. The comfrey in the garden has been ready for weeks and I've got dried arnica and yarrow from this spring. Gallons of olive oil, lots of beeswax and I'm set. I've got lots of jars and tins saved as well as my order from the supplier has arrived, so it's time to get busy. Now where did I put those soap molds???

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Busy putting a quick picnic together, deviled eggs, homemade kale chips, cut up fresh tomatoes from the garden and chicken/spinach/red pepper sausages for grilling. Bjorn and I are going to head down the Lochsa which is designated as wild water reserve. Actually we will be going up over Lolo Pass and into Idaho, then down. I'm looking forward to the spending some time in my favorite place, DeSoto Grove. It's a cedar grove full of wonderful ferns, mushrooms, yews, tall cedars and wild water.

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In the interest of fair play, I am opening my filters to those of my friends that wish to be included. I should warn you now, what you read is indeed personal and I would ask that you get permission before sharing with anyone. If you feel you need to criticize, please keep it insightful. I'm not going to pretend what I have to say really means a hill of beans to anyone but me, but you are more than welcome to join, if you so wish.

I have my reasons for putting the filters on, some of my friends won't give a rat's ass about my sex life or poetry while others could care less about my SCA files or writing; to some it's just TMI. I'm trying to spare everyone my ramblings, indecisions, and rants. So, if you want in, let me know; otherwise, see you on the public pages.

I'm moving from an endless number of paper journals on my bookshelves, impossible to find when I need them and missing pages, to here (do you feel my frustration here). Time to move into the 21st century. Yes, that is where I've been when I haven't been here. I may be in the middle of something, so I apologize for the disjointed writing, and in some cases I'm going to start over so I have everything in one place.

Spiritual - tarot, explorations in ritual, musings, poetry, music, ideas, spell work, herbal workings, book reviews, so on and so forth.

Writing - yes, I'm working on something; no, these are not the written pages, they are elsewhere. This is my journal about writing - character development, dialog choices, ebb and flow, plot development, glitches, writers block and anything else that moves me, inspires me or otherwise gets me off my ass. It will contain some conversations with others about ideas as well. Disclaimer: this is not about, pertaining to, or otherwise associated with fanfic. Not that I don't enjoy it and have friends that write it, but it's not here.

Sex - pretty self explanatory, this is NOT a hop on pop type of place. If you aren't into some of the kinkier side of life, you may not want to be here.

SCA - these are my arts pages, documentation and research, fiber arts, scrolls, herbal, etc.

The public postings are where we all get along and play nice nice (at least in my world), my filters, not so much. My personal opinions and expressions are here, if you don't like them, I'm sorry, get over it, move on. You have your personal opinions, and I respectfully leave you to them. I expect the same in return.

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So very long ago I watched as a friend picked raspberries out in her garden. She had on a big straw hat and clunky garden boots, but there was such grace in the day that I have never forgotten that image all these years later. This evening after work and just before dark I realized a life long ambition. I was able to go out into my garden and pick "my" raspberries. I took out a large bowl and was picking the little red nuggets off canes that were far above my head. It is a raspberry patch thought out long ago and realized today. It warms me that grace and dreams can be found in a raspberry patch.

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I no longer entice or hold the glimmer of lust in the eyes of a young man.

I no longer walk to the tips of mountains and touch the sky.

I no longer run wild in the meadows and hold my babies in my arms.

I no longer feel I could, can and will do anything.

I no longer feel I can fix all things and make them better.

I no longer touch the faces of family and friends gone to the four winds.

I no longer cry out in bliss or sing the songs of times well past.

But, I did...oh yes I did them all...and I did them all well, so very well.

Current Music: Old songs long past their prime

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Bjorn and I spent yesterday doing a bit of garden shopping/pricing. I've big plans this year to expand the garden into the back yard, with my beloved Shiloh no longer needing the space. I plan to make more room for space needy plants, such as corn and potatoes. Up to this point I've only had the front yard and have had to pull back my reins. It is my goal to become a locavore. I'd like to grow enough in the garden this year to sustain us through the winter. Bjorn has also promised to make me a greenhouse that will attach to the front of the house and enclose the front porch. This will give us a heat barrier for winter as well as housing tomatoes, greens, herbs and other fresh veggies for the winter and starters for the spring. I'm not sure we will get to the greenhouse this year. We've also been looking into the options of adding solar panels to reduce our costs as well as adding another room onto the house. We will have to see just how much we can get done and how long the money holds out. In today's economy that might get us the panels for sure and the expanded gardens, not sure about the rest. It looks as if the panels are only going to cost us about 5k and will reduce our cost 1/4 per double panel. We're talking about getting a home loan and putting in more insulation, radiant heat on the floors and the panels. Maybe we could work the greenhouse into that equation.

I'm putting in the normal root plants, beets, onions, carrots again this year. As well as expanding the peas and bean. I'm putting in a bean arch near where I put the tomatoes this year, I was thinking of an arbor but I hate to waste the ground space with shade and so have decided to make it just an arch with the beans growing up and over. In this way I can double the peas with them not having to share the fence with the beans any longer. I'm adding rainbow carrots this year for fun and diversity in salads and stews. I'm looking forward to them just because I've never grown them before. I've also changed the beets to a more space conscious variety in the hopes of getting more bang for my buck, so to speak. I'm planning to expand the raspberry and blackberry patch as well as finally getting around to a strawberry garden this year.

I'm going to add a Mountain Ash and a couple of hydrangeas and some Lewis' Mock Orange this year and am going to severally cut back on the sunflowers. Last year I was too tenderhearted about them and they took over the garden, along with a lack of planning and some neglect, I really didn't get much from the garden at all last year. I plan to amend all of this for 2009 and make it a bumper crop.

Bjorn has also promised me a water feature in the backyard. I'd like to make an sacred space and small waterfall, of which I've not made any definite plans yet, but will start to work on that soon, as the garden takes precedence.

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I will build the stone
Taken from mist and dark
Brought to the light

I will build the floor
Taken from rush and tree
Peeled and hewed

I will build the hearth
Taken from brick and board
Leveled and true

I will build the fire
Guarding the stone
Guarding the tree
Guarding the hearth
Guarding the household all

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