It’s Sunday morning, and I’ve accomplished SO much, and yet I feel I haven’t even broken a dent in my day. Summer can be truly glorifying when your home is at a state of organization. But I am sure most of you would agree with me that rare do we have an organized home. Still, I am grateful that I got up this morning, that I got to the store, made 3 ½ pounds of homemade meatballs, and picked up a bag of clothes from my sister. All in all, a productive day so far. My darling husband, sweet man that he is, has been domesticated bliss and I cannot appreciate him any more than I do right now. While I was out gallivanting around to get the unordinary chores completed, he was at home doing laundry, dishes, and taking the trash and recycling out. How amazing is he? And yet, I come home from my chores, incredibly stressed out and irritated, and still manages to be romantic and sweet, even though I wasn’t able to reciprocate it back to him immediately. It’s how we complement each other that makes me so blessed.
My sweetie, isn’t he dishy?
When I am down, he balances me back up, and when he is down, I do the same. As humans, it is impossible to be 100% of the time. We are bound to make mistakes and mess up. And it had been so long since I had a partner in my life who actually GROUNDED me. His love shows me every day I still have so much to learn not only about myself, but how much I can truly give if I just try harder. So, I’m doing my best to be less irritated, and spend more time at being happy my boys are spending some downtime to themselves, something we ALL need.
This summer has been at the very least, semi-challenging. Most weekends have been spent busy at parties and events that required our presence, and although I love being around my friends and family, the lack of quiet time that many of us actually do get in the late autumn pre and post-holiday chaos is significantly felt, which no doubt, aids in my tension. As I am preparing my journey from the Mother to the Crone stage of life, I have found my love for Spring, although still very strong, is beginning to wane, while my love for Autumn is beginning to grow. Spring and Autumn have always been my two favorite seasons, but Spring has been without a doubt my favorite. Easter/Ostara has always been my favorite holiday, however my love for Samhain has definitely curbed my Spring appeal. Something about quieting down, going within, that makes my stomach warm with butterflies. My longing for October and November gets stronger every morning I wake up. I feel the seasons changing as we speak, and my desire for the following things is seriously heeding my call:
- Bon/Camp Fires
- Hot Apple/Mulled Cider
- Caramel Apples
- Burning Leaves
- Everything in their orange, red and yellow glory
- Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes
- My apartment being adorned with orange lights and leaves
I am sitting here, enjoying a nice warm cup of Kratom tea, and the butterflies are fluttering like crazy in my belly. My headset is currently listening to “Embraced” by Paul Cardall, and realizing I need to start making my Autumn 2015 playlist! What shall I put on it this year?????? Last year, I had Ingrid Michelson start my playlist with “Girls Chase Boys” with a follow up of All About That Bass by Post Modern Jukebox featuring Kate Smith and Adele’s Set Fire To the Rain. Would love to know your thoughts, as a musician, I am ALWAYS looking for new music to listen to. Right now I am straight head-on listening to mostly New Age/Dark Celtic music such as Enya, Clannad, Loreena McKennit, Gandalf, 2002 and Secret Garden. Really, this music is sort of my go-to music when I am turning inward, so it only goes to understand why I would be listening to this kind right now. But I do like a twist during my Autumn-time, as I always see Autumn as the romantic season. There is something about cloudy, dark, rainy, cold days that puts me in that “mood”. Maybe it’s the cuddling! Some other artists that have made an Autumn playlist in the past include:
- Nox Arcana
- Damn the Bard
- Emerald Rose
- Spiral Rhythm
- Coyote Run (now respectfully called Picti)
- Dead Can Dance
I love using these artists above because they make SUCH AMAZING music!!!!!! Please let me know if there is a specific band you want to hear more about, because I will definitely blog about them! I am a singer, writer and pianist and sacred drummer, so I’m always looking out for new stuff!
So, I know this was a hodge podge of information today, but I wanted to get it out there, so we can talk more about things! I still have to get back to my 40 days of Spirit, I promise this week I will get a new post on that! In the meantime, I leave you with my new favorite band, I’ve been in love with these ladies since I found them last year on a Woman Tribal Facebook page I am a member of. It’s my new theme song (you know how I feel we all need one), as it truly speaks of who I am. As a Northern Appalachian Shamanka/Hedge Witch, whatever you want to call me, being able to help heal people through the Earth is something that lives within me and truly gets me out of the bed every day. I hope you like them…They are Rising Appalachia: