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

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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

 

Recipe Book: Sugar Wax Beauty

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I am so happy to have met Tiffany, she bequeathed me her magic book of beauty recipes which I have been spending some glouriously fun time experimenting with over the past week. I was thrilled to try out a recipe for sugar waxing, yes, waxing. I know I’m a hippie, but I love the feeling of smooth skin, and shaving while showering outside can be a tad bit brutal. “Sugaring” is significantly less painful than waxing because the resulting caramel from the recipe is strong enough to pull the hair but not the skin, so it’s far easier on the body. It’s also all natural from ingredients in the kitchen, and clean up or disposal is as simple as warm water.

Mix 2 cups sugar with 1/4 cup water and 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, heat in pan stirring continuously until it becomes caramelized (it should become a thick gooey but still liquid consistency). Pour off into a widemouth jar. Keep jar in a pan of warm water to keep the wax liquid. Cover areas of body to be waxed with cornstarch or talcum powder(do not bathe before sugaring). Use popsicle sticks, or similar, to spread wax over desired areas. Let cool on body and peel off. I recommend doing short sections and be sure to keep the skin taunt, pulling the opposite direction of hair growth. Shower off any sugar, shave any minor missed spots and finish with a body oil  such as jojoba for wonderful smooth skin everywhere. Yay bathing suits!

Summer Bar-b-que

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As a perfect prelude to a miraculous few days the weather cleared up on monday, right as Pam and Brian’s daughter Tiffany- the remaining family we had not met- and her husband and kids came down to visit for a few days. Family friends showed up with their 3 month old and before we knew it, summer kicked in full swing with a massive outdoor barbeque with 12 adults, four kids, 9 chickens, I don’t even know how many cats anymore, and a dog just to make everything a little less chaotic. Paradise in a backyard.

I have witnessed a miracle of life in watching this progression of events- from chance meetings one after another that have lead to people connecting to build dreams I never imagined could truly happen before. We had an impromptu community meeting to discuss issues, ideas, concerns and set plans. And it happened automatically. I’ve always felt like dealing with people was frustrating, oftentimes, impossible. I feared that there were only selfish, uncaring people in the world, that I would wander alone forever. Without even realizing how much I wanted and needed a family, one ended up surrounding me, and it is openly growing everyday.

As I was toasting rolled oats in a frying pan this morning, cook the bacon first and toast in the gristle, Tiffany and I talked about the idea of combining forces on this, my blog and hers, so that between the two of us we could post more easily as I have many projects and she has many children. I add eggs and cream to the oats to cook it, and as we shredded cheese and chopped fresh fruit and avocado to top the oatmeal with we discuss book ideas. I love collaborations- all the beauty and creativity of a project, with the support and enhancement of loved ones. Kindred spirits are rare treasures. And with this new influence this page may be coming to you under a new name- The Nature Spirit. ( I have also been informed, repeatedly, that not everyone will think of the old english spelling of Faerie while looking this site up- simplicity has it’s usefulness I guess)

Zoe and I took Tiffany on her first Girls’ Night Out in, well, enough years she didn’t remember anymore. We arrived at Sonia’s house in town, proceeded to kick her boyfriend out of his own room( he was smart enough to bow out gracefully when girl number 6 showed up- a wise man knows when he’s out-numbered) and leave us to our sacred feminine goddess time. We turned up the music, danced wildly, laughed and talked to wake up the next few blocks and made almond-butter cherry chocolate chip cookies- Sonia’s recipe. She is now a contender in the ever ongoing cookie war for “greatest cookie ever”- a very scientific and technical title that can only be conferred after many years of tasting and debating. Consistency is key of course.

After a chance to let loose, hug, laugh, support and care for each other, we were all finally able to go back to our lover’s revitalized and strong. Apparently it had a major effect because I caught Aaron helping to hang laundry without me asking and even before running off to the shooting range. The effects of women coming together can be terrifying ;P

Tiffany had to return home this morning, but I am certain of seeing her again soon, and look forward to further adventures with a new part of my family.

Love to all!

xoxo

V

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Enjoy some lovely end of May thoughts!! XOXO!!

 

All your relationship problems solved:

http://theeditorsjournal.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/the-difference-between-men-and-women-very-very-true/

For the Love of Lingerie:

http://en.rocketnews24.com/2014/04/29/what-if-sailor-moon-characters-were-lingerie-models-theyd-look-stunning-like-this-【photos】

True Help for the Homeless, I can’t wait for the rest of the country to follow suit:

http://www.nationofchange.org/utah-ending-homelessness-giving-people-homes-1390056183

As the noose tightens around our freedoms, here is proof that even charity is now a crime, i.e. if you want to help people, your donation must go through a specific or government organization so WE can determine how it’s used, control the money, control it all:

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/05/12/3436712/daytona-beach-feeding-homeless/

From Makeup to ART!

http://upopin.com/tal-peleg-eyelid-paintings/

It’s art, no it’s a landscape, no it’s a photo, no it’s real……

http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/neil-simone-surreal-paintings

Nutrition data, otherwise known as the eat-real-food-and-enjoy-life-because-it-doesn’t-matter-anyway science:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/05/140512214128.htm

I don’t know which is worse- how much the Pharmacutical industry will charge for a treatment to bypass exercising, or the fact that American’s will pay anything to mot have to live a healthy lifestyle in the first place:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/05/140512112547.htm

When you’d lost all hope in science and medicine, this comes to renew the world of possibility!:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/05/140513132703.htm

Paper sculptures!

http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/katharine-morling-ceramic-sculptures

For the Relationship challenged, here are some difficult but renewing truths:

http://markmanson.net/6-healthy-habits

Whole new level of Flower Fairy Fashion 😀

http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/grace-ciao-fashion-illustrations

so much cute!!

http://www.mymodernmet.com/xn/detail/2100445%3ABlogPost%3A1209765

I want this artist to do a mural in my home!!

http://www.mymodernmet.com/xn/detail/2100445%3ABlogPost%3A1235755

Fashion, Art, Cosplay and just downright beautiful!

http://the-dame.com/epic-headwear-posh-fairytail-couture/

What is homesteading exactly?

http://woodridgehomestead.com/rebirth-of-self-sufficiency/to-make-a-homestead/

If you are interested in becoming more self-sufficent and overwhelmed at how, this article is a great start for learning how to take the transition to your own comfort level:

http://newlifeonahomestead.com/2012/10/how-to-homestead/

Zoe and I just started getting super into knitting, this is now the goal:

http://www.mymodernmet.com/xn/detail/2100445%3ABlogPost%3A1235472

Political statement- Photographic proof that we all in fact are just people, what a novel idea!

http://www.mymodernmet.com/xn/detail/2100445%3ABlogPost%3A1205326

Art coming out your ears!

http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/smartwater-10-artists-who-shatter-perceptions-of-reality

For the DIY and environmentally inclined, homemade solar lamps:

http://newlifeonahomestead.com/2012/04/diy-sun-jars-homemade-solar-lights/

Summertime Stroll

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Pic: Deviant Art d1efwgs

With a few hours alone I decided to take advantage of the rare peace offered and go for a walk up the road, as I’ve not had a chance to explore the area much. The lady across the street has a small farm and a couple of horses, quietly grazing as I strolled by picking wildflowers. I must have found twenty kinds just within sight of the road in the mile or so I walked. I picked one of each to show to Zoe when she got back, though I did not pick any wild strawberry blossoms, that would just be cruel. I also found a gorgeous white star shaped flower that grew just a foot to far to reach on my own. I found a tree with a moss blanket sprinkled with flower so tiny it required a magnifying glass to see their detail. A true fairy forest indeed.

The strawberry theme continues, as Pam brought back a flat of strawberries from a farm a few miles down the road, and we have already had more chocolate dipped strawberries, oatmeal with strawberries and bananas, and as I write this there is a strawberry rhubarb pie in the oven. I even chopped up some of the chocolate dipped strawberries into a parfait for extra decadent deliciousness. Five of the seven in our group love to cook, so fortunately primitive living is very physically active or I would never be able to keep up with what the kitchen produces! Even so, I try to make sure to carve out time for more relaxing and fun physical activity, walks, yoga, hula hooping, dancing to music and whatnot. For a long time I tried the “fitness regime” of daily activity but found I was more likely to actually be active at all if I just made it a goal to play everyday instead. Much easier to look forward too, though sometimes easy to toss aside in favor of more “practical” activities. Be firm, go have fun.

Parfait Decadence
I’m not typically one for endorsing a brand, but the greek gods original plain yogurt is the most delicious healthy yogurt I’ve ever eaten. It’s very thick, actually more like ice cream when it’s cold and makes a perfect afternoon treat when topped with granola, nuts, and in my most recent foray into true decadence mango and strawberry drizzled in chocolate 😀

 

Oatmeal for a Pile
Cook bacon in griddle pan, pour rolled oats, a serving per person, into leftover gristle, add butter and toast oats to golden brown. Splash in milk or cream, crack in one-two eggs per person, add pile of grated cheese, stir until cooked through. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and dill. For savory oatmeal top with bacon, avocado, roasted peppers, onions and other vegetables. For sweet, top with strawberries, bananas, cocoa powder, jam, honey or nuts. If you love the taste of toasted oats, you can also fire the oats with whiskey before adding the milk, to give a rich and nuanced flavor. ( I love variations, base recipes, let everyone add extras to their preference, easiest way to cook for a crowd)

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Pic: Deviant Art Suuperx

I’ve been relishing the time at home the last few days, the chance to explore and catch up on activities set aside due to the rigors of travel. I even got a chance to paint my toe nails- an opportunity that should never be passed up . Every time you look at them you can remember that there was a time when you weren’t running frantically around trying to be productive and can look forward to such moments again. It’s such a wonderful mode of self-care. I can get aesthetic about such indulgence sometimes- what about the chemicals? the corporate overlords? the societal expectation for how women should look or act, am I playing into that role? and on and on and on. Sometimes, painting nails is just that, enjoyment and creative expression. I smile when I see gold shining on my toes, mission accomplished.

 

I woke up to what might be a miracle of evolution in the greenhouse. Two sister cats had been pregnant, one gave birth about two weeks ago- the kittens I’ve been talking about on here. And the other was still pregnant, and surprisingly taking on baby sitting duties quite regularly(even grandma kitty did some kitten sitting), and at some time in the night, the second cat gave birth to four more miniscule bundles of fur in the very same nest in the greenhouse! So I walked in with my tea and journal for my morning kitten meditation and found a pile of fluffy purring joy! Four newborns, three two week olds, two momma kittys and a grandma all piled together happy for me to join them (though that might have been the turkey I brought too…) in reveling in baby-wonderfulness.

 

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Pic:Mother Earth News

Poor Aaron was torn between holding adorable kittens and dealing with the sudden upheaval in his allergies. As it turns out adding some cinnamon to local honey can enhance the anti-allergy effects, and there are some very good homeopathic treatments out there, look for ones that mention histamines for the best effect in my experience. Zoe had been complaining of excess breakouts from stress recently so I made her some bail infused jojoba oil as treatment, and in just a day(two applications) it’s started to clear up. I put in a handful of fresh chopped basil in a jar, smashed it some to release the oils, added about a 1/2 cup of jojoba and put the jar in a crockpot of water to slowly warm it, making the infusion time a day rather than two weeks.

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Pic: Deviant Art Andarin

Perception

Magic and all things beside

If you don’t look you’ll never find

or hear the changes on the tide

whispering what needs to die

or hear the challenge to the self

a power beyond mortal health

seeking to steer us to farther places

than we could reach with mortal paces

but close your eyes and soul to hide

wake young wishing you had died