CAROUSEL!! Summer of Imagination!

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Ah, the end of July, the month that begins the blood and body warming to temperatures bordering on madness and reveling truths that lie only in shadows of full moons’ light gently covering bodies on blankets in the woods…..(yes, A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream is my Favorite!) This has been a particularly warm and beautiful month, filled with Joy- haircuts, adopting kittens, Brian and Pam finding a new and potentially permanent home near their grandchildren, Aaron’s Birthday and his Mom visiting, and a hundred other things. Hear are a few things I had fun finding across the interwebs this month, hope you enjoy as well!!

XOXO

-V

 

LADIES! If you are tired of Street Harassment, this article is definitely for you, and gents, if you wonder why girls complain about “being complimented”, this gives a full explanation of why it is in fact HARASSMENT, not a compliment

http://www.mookychick.co.uk/feminism/uk-feminism/street-harassment.php

 

Old School Cool photos:

http://news.distractify.com/people/old-school-cool/?variant=0&v=1

 

And we thought New York traffic was bad!

http://www.boredpanda.com/chatillon-car-graveyard-abandoned-cars-cemetery-belgium/

 

TEA DUELING! the best new way of enjoying tea, biscuits and demolishing an opponent, all in one bite 😀 (and you thought we had invented everything)

http://www.mookychick.co.uk/how-to/interesting-hobbies/steampunk-tea-duelling-rules.php

 

THE GUYS WE FUCKED- the Anti- Slut Shaming Podcast. ‘Bout time this happened!!

 

A much overlooked Non-Profit- The Cupcake Girls, because everyone needs love, support and the occasional Cupcake, esp women in the much misaligned sex industry-

http://www.thecupcakegirls.org/

 

Being a Fairy Princess myself I can’t help but love all things based on fairy tale stories:

http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/katerina-plotnikova-photography

http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/disney-princesses-in-real-life

Princesses in Historically accurate costumes- absolutely beautiful!

http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/disney-princesses

 And more Princess Fashion!!

http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/enchanting-fashion-fairy-tale

http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/hansel-and-gretel-remade-for

http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/16-gorgeous-interpretations-of

Pregnancy, from the father’s perspective:

http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/phillip-toledano-reluctant-father

 

Pictures worth 1000 words:

http://www.boredpanda.com/powerful-photos-of-peoples-eyes/

 

Mad Fun with Photos:

http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/laura-williams-photography

http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/alex-stoddard-photography

 

Possibly the only good thing to come out of billboards and FUCK YEAH!

http://www.boredpanda.com/bilboard-houses-for-homeless-project-gregory-slovakia/

 

For the Cinematically inclined:

http://www.mookychick.co.uk/indie-fashion/vintage/vintage-fashion-film-museum.php

 

Wishing I could write recipes this enthusiastically- good read, good recipe, esp if you want the dandelions GONE!! Of course, I am also a hard-core jam enthusiast as well 😀

http://www.mookychick.co.uk/health/vegetarian/dandelion-jam-recipe.php

 

Because mirrors are fun

http://www.boredpanda.org/i-drew-these-mirrorselfies-on-my-bathroom-mirror/

 

Hooray flowers!!

http://www.mookychick.co.uk/health/spirituality/language-of-flowers.php

 

Towel Origami- oh internet, how I love thee….

http://www.mookychick.co.uk/how-to/indie-travel/towel-origami.php

 

INK AND OIL RECIPES!! because I only have eight bottles of ink left and that’s not nearly enough to last the winter, eek!

http://www.mookychick.co.uk/how-to/arts-and-crafts/how-to-make-your-own-magickal-inks-and-oils.php

Grants Pass the woods and the bears

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For turning out to be such a shockingly conservative town in the middle of generally liberal eastern Oregon, this town has been very open to alternative living. There is a large amount of BLM land not far outside of town for camping and a local convience store with great wick service and an impressive alcohol and food selection as well as usps, all useful in the middle of the woods. The town has a surprising number of assistence groups including very clean fully supplied hot showers six days a week and food banks overrun with produce. The people have been incredibly nice as well and Aaron has been shocked at how quickly he has been handing out business cards here compared to elsewhere on the trip. There are also dozens of little festivals within a few hours radius of this city and I have found multiple herbal shops to seek apprenticeship with, so it looks like a goods idea we decided to settle in this area.
Tonight we are headed back to Eugene and then to Portland to pick up Zoe back fromher family trip, I cant wait to show her the campsite, it is the prettiest one yet esp since the rain caused the river to rise. We have collected half a dozens frogs for a new terraium and Aaron accidently caught a scorpion as well, oops!
Valentine also bought a new truck and is in the process of selling his subaru so right now there are six motored vehicles, a trailer, a bike, a dog, two kittens, a rat and soon to be back to four people all camped in the woods. Fortunately the locals have been pretty openminded and figure anyone who owns a 65 VW and carries trash bags around cleaning up the woods are alright by them so they’ve become fairly neighborly which is fine by us. I am trying to figure out the new photo uploading system on here (cave woman better at paper than interwebyness) and soon as I do I will do another photo showcase of all the fun going on!
xoxo
V

Poetry

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a smear of sculpture make more harmony out of this concrete world, a drop of beauty from our hearts hugging people passing on the street bring more health to this ill world, a splatter of truth make some potential dreams shown the path to possibility

CREATE BEAUTY, you never know what can happen

 

Joy

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Fabulous Haircuts at a Beauty School 🙂 * Fresh red current sauce mixed with a dash of sugar and squeeze of lemon to make syrup for french toast* kittens, kittens, and did I mention kittens (the adolescent phase is over and they have sold their souls and self-respect for bacon 😀 ) *New phases of life- getting back on the road*  funny faces*  forgiveness for friends’ mistakes, big or small and the look of faces when they know they are loved*  cold brewed ice coffee in 95 degree weather*  fresh painted toe-nails*  happy puppies*  writing letters to grandpa and learning the real history of the world, right from the horses’ mouth*  new music*  friends’ successes- Gabe Rima won the contest, music video coming soon!!*  honest poetry*  unicorn luck*  picking fresh herbs from the garden*  any excuse to wear lingerie or kiss someone special*  watching dreams become reality, one day at a time

Enjoy your tuesday and your everyday, good for your health, heart, and world, xoxo!!

-V

Community Living or Why Siblings are good for your spiritual growth

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I was an only child, and homeschooled to boot and believe me, my education was exceptional. My mom was a creative badass who believed that colonial williamsburg counted as history class and grocery shopping built math and kitchen skills. These things have served me well in life, not to mention a serious self-motivated drive. However, life, and my own choices are throwing me another curve ball called “getting along with other people”, and it is a tumultuous stage of growth, and more than a little embarrassing to be going through at good god am I actually closer to 30 than 20? When did that happen?!? Ah, let’s not think about that, anyway, the point is, I choose to pursue a path in life that led me smack dab in the center of the family/community I always wished I’d had and now I’m dealing with both sides of the consequences of that decision.
Dealing with 8 people’s opinions on laundry, basic hygiene, food preferences and don’t even mention the word dishes, is WAAAAAY more complicated than I could have ever previously imagined. I’m finally beginning to understand why people first started going to war. And we don’t even have the background of social expectation/tradition to help us along- it’s all trial and error. Thank goodness all of us are, generally, patient, committed and (thank whatever deity you recognize) pacifists.
But on a personal level, learning how to let go and not micro-manage, be open to new ways of doing things and generally learning to accept that there are people in the world who care about me even dealing with my crazy on a day to day basis (glitter, chocolate addiction, extreme emotional sensitivity which the glitter and chocolate help to medicate) has been a much-needed area of growth and balm to my isolated soul.
When it comes to my romantic relationship, I’ve been learning something else, something that is often said but hard to put into practice in the modern world- That you don’t have to be, and in fact shouldn’t be, everything to one person. Having this community has allowed me to start taking the perspective of, hey, maybe my romantic relationship can be just that- romantic. Since all of the stress of day to day life and major decisions, etc are generally shared amongst the whole community, not to mention hobbies and companionship, it’s much easier to just be romantic love, comfort and fun with my chosen lover. Don’t get me wrong, we still argue plenty, but I feel that I’m finally beginning understand what true day to day romance and connection are, both within an “intimate” relationship and on a wider social level as well.

Picnic Luxury Lunchboxes!

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One of the ways I have learned to live so cheaply, yet luxuriously is knowing when it’s worth it to put in the effort. I’d much rather do the extra few minutes of work to pack a lunch than to work for someone else the extra hours to pay for eating out. I’ve also found that if you eat quality food, you don’t need as much. Gourmet is truly achievable if you eat portion sizes. Have a few small luxuries and if there are certain people in your family or group who need extra calories, make that up with more staple fare- sweet potatoes, pastas, sandwich bread, eggs and other cheap but filling options.
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Here are a few ideas for picnic luxury lunch boxes:
bread with brie and apple slices, plus chocolate of course
bread with cream cheese, nut butter and jam,
yogurt parfait- yogurt, granola, and fresh berries, or a quality trail mix(my favorite is hazelnuts, cashews, pecans, pumpkin seeds, cranberries, shredded coconut and chocolate chips)
cream cheese, roast beef and fresh greens sandwich
shrimp with curry powder, fresh fruit , crackers with herbed goat cheese

If you have a chance to cook: sliced ham, brie, caramelized red onions, and a very light drizzle of honey, toasted like a grilled cheese is one of the most memorable tastes imaginable.

And in my world, lunch is not complete without a few bites of dark chocolate at the end, never forget the chocolate!
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What is… The difference between an Infusion and a Decoction?

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There is actually an even further distinction to make here- the difference between tea and an infusion. Tea is actually made from steeping the leaves of tea plants, white, green, black, etc in hot water. An herbal infusion is made when you steep the leaves or sometimes seeds of a herb in hot water, such as chamomile, lavender, yarrow, etc. A decoction is made by simmering the roots or bark of a plant over heat for 10-20 minutes to extract their full quality.

If you want to create a recipe that calls for various forms of the plant, for instance mixing ginger and fennel for a digestion soothing tonic, simply simmering about a tablespoon of fresh ginger in 1 1/2 cups of water(some will steam off) for about 20 minutes. Turn off the heat and add 1 tsp dried fennel, let steep for 5 minutes, strain and serve.

Do keep in mind that ginger is very stimulating to the blood, so be cautious if you have high blood pressure or anxiety. As with all herbs, just because they are not pharmaceuticals doesn’t mean they don’t have effects. Be certain you have no adverse reaction before using a full dosage and listen to your body.