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Sunday Ramblings of a Tired Hobbit….

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.

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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.

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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
  • Hayrides
  • Mums
  • My apartment being adorned with orange lights and leaves

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Beautiful enchanted forest during fall or autumn, great fairy tale background, hdr

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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:

  • Omnia
  • Nox Arcana
  • Faun
  • Damn the Bard
  • Emerald Rose
  • Spiral Rhythm
  • Coyote Run (now respectfully called Picti)
  • Albannach
  • Dead Can Dance
  • Qntal

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:

The Little Miracle Plant That Could…

feetOy. My feet are cold. Over here in Southeastern Pennsylvania the temperatures are going to drop into the single digits tonight. Yikes. We had some snow a couple days ago, and I got to take my new car (properly named Stella-Bella) on the back roads this week to see how she handles. For someone who has driven petrified for years in my little Honda during winter weather, I did rather well! No problems whatsoever, so I consider it a success.

I had a goal to get our bedroom cleaned and organized after the holidays, and sadly I haven’t met that goal yet. I sit here in bed, gazing over at the mound of clothes that doesn’t seem to fold itself. Ah well, I get to tackle it this week. That’s it, keep saying that, Bridget. (Smiling slyly at myself). I know I will get it done. Eventually.

The cold weather has taken a toll on my chronic pain in my hip and low back. My hands and feet are ice cold and honestly sleep has been a welcome joy when I know it’s time to go to bed. Thankfully for my Kratom tea, my pain is subsided in the evening, but quite honestly, it doesn’t help with my energy, that I had loads of during the day. Coming home, though….that’s a different story.

So I decided to talk a little bit about Kratom. This miracle little plant hails from the depths of Southeast Asian forests, growing into trees of such beauty. A relative of the coffee plant, Kratom has medicinal properties that are truly amazing. From the green vein leaves with energy, and the red vein with pain relief, Kratom does even so much more for the human body. As someone who has dealt with chronic pain from years of abuse of food addiction, resulting in severe pain in my hips, knees, legs and back. Also a migraine sufferer since the ripe age of 6 years old, I have had my share of pain. Then the lovely anxiety disorder. From therapy years ago, I’ve been suffering from anxiety since I was 12. So, at one point I was on close to 8 different types of medication. EIGHT. Taken along with my supplements and vitamins, allergy pills and such, I was without a doubt, a pill pusher. I needed to get off this crap. So, with the help of a friend, I got on Juice Plus+, which we all know how much I love that! But it didn’t help with the pain and anxiety. So, after doing TONS of research of Kratom, I decided to give it a try. Now, for the naysayers, let me say this: This is a legal herb. It is legal in my state. It is NOT an opiate. It is NOT a drug. It is sad that many people who have abused this plant, politics has tried to intervene to see if this plant needs to go on the drug database. Sadly, there are about 4 states and a County in Florida that bans it. But as far as I’m concerned, I’m good.

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Talk about a difference in my life! I don’t remember the last time I felt true pain! And the feeling of wellness inside of you…The great thing about Kratom is that although it is NOT an opiate, it does have opiate-like qualities. Depending on the type you take, you can get a Euphoric feeling from it. This feeling of wellness and happiness makes it only more amazing. I have found along with my Juice Plus+, I have a sense of CONSTANT motivation, as well as a peace and happiness inside myself. I’ve become a major advocate of Kratom, to the point I have started writing reviews for certain social media pages that are dedicated to Kratom. As much as it pains me to see people use it the wrong way, I believe we need to keep the momentum going.

As I sit here at my laptop, just finishing my Kratom tea I just made, I’m just going to say life is swell. People keep asking me what the hell am I doing that I look so good, that I always seem so happy, always smiling? Well, now you know.

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~ Bridget