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

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.

Spotlight On: Zen Tempest – Spoken Word Hip-Hop for a Spiritual Generation

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I’m extremely picked about music, especially in the hip-hop arena, as I am more of a new age/classical/indie music type person. However, Gab Rima of Zen Tempest is one of my few exceptions to the rule. If you are fond of spoken word artists such as Atmosphere, Aesop Rock or Immortal Technique, this up-and-coming lyric artist is worth your full attention. Few people in history have been gifted with such talent for wordsmithing, and this compassionate man uses his talent to help others feel capable and comfortable expressing their deepest thoughts as a hip-hop educator for youth groups in New Mexico and most recently Oregon. He is currently entered into a contest for a complete album and music video, take a listen and open your heart for one of the most moving voices of our generation.

Contest link:

http://nextbigthingeugene.com/frontpage?page=1

The song is Fath and Hope. It’s on the second page.

Music link:

http://www.reverbnation.com/zentempest

http://www.facebook.com/zentempest

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

June Moon

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The new family rooster, Starbuck, who’s way to pretty for his own good. All the hens have been beating him up!

It has definitely been a mercury retrograde kind of week- all plans have just somehow gone awry or taken ten times as long as they should have, but all that being said it’s been busy. Radiators fixed, five loaves of bread and two cinnamon rolls baked, kitchen and laundry room all squeaky clean, and all in time for tomorrow’s Strawberry Moon!

Galadarling “how to survive mercury retrograde”
http://galadarling.com/article/how-to-survive-mercury-retrograde/

Cinnamon Rolls

Use base bread recipe: yeast let to ferment in warm water(about 4 cups water will end up with about two large loaves) with honey and a bit of flour for about 20 mins. Add flour(about two cups to start, esp if you add flax, bran or other grains), salt and melted butter or oil, stif into soft mush let stand in warm oven or sun for about two hours(24 is ideal, but let’s face it, you want to eat some bread), for sponge rise. Add flour to stiff texture, let rise, repeat once more. After second rise, flour and split into two portions, roll out on floured surface, coat with melted butter and cinnamon/sugar until the melted butter becomes thick. sprinkle with salt, roll up and place in pan, bake at 350 for about 35-40 minutes. Can also add cream cheese, marcapone cheese, dried fruit or nuts to filling.

I’m looking forward to a full moon celebration, I’ve been sorely neglected my nature practice, and I’ve noticed it’s so much harder in the winter. One wants to be outside to enjoy the sky and honor nature, but she can be just so cold! Watching the January Wolf’s Moon rise over the mountains was definitely the best one so far this year. I’m hoping the weather will work for a small bonfire tomorrow night to celebrate. As it’s the Strawberry moon, or sometimes known as the flower moon, a bowl of strawberries shared among friends and a little bouquet given to someone who needs uplifting seem like as excellent way to honor the moving into summer phase. Along with gourmet s’mores of course! Cinnamon graham crackers, dark chocolate Lindt bars, and fresh vanilla marshmallows(whole foods carries very good ones, often in the deli section) make outdoor living absolutely lush.

For other moon ritual ideas:

 

http://mooncircles.com/full-strawberry-moon/

http://journeyingtothegoddess.wordpress.com/2012/06/02/full-strawberry-moon-june

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Brian has been preparing to bring in honey bees and spent the time Zoe and I were redecorating the RV making a giant “beehouse”, not the traditional upright hive, but a long bird house style home, with a lid that can be taken off and everything ready to go but the screens. It’s longer than I am tall! (Not that I’m very tall at all or anything…)

Momma Pam seems to have invented an excellent allergy remedy- Aaron and Brian have been seriously suffering so we’ve been working on a concoction. It seems that if you pack a jar of fresh grated ginger, cover it with warm water, let it steep for a day and strain, then mix it with a bunch of local honey, coconut oil, fresh ground cinnamon and drink about 2-3 shots a day of it, the allergies disappear. Aaron’s been so happy to be able to breathe through his nose again, I’m getting chapped lips from all the kisses, which would be easily remedied with some honey, but that just makes him kiss me more 😉

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Promise has declared that the rest of her time here is “Fairy Week” and set Brian to making her fairy wings, and has commandeered Zoe and I as actors in a play she is writing. It seems to involve covering everyone in glitter, so I am definitely looking forward to it. Uncle Sakka has been set to work on building a stage and Momma Pam, as always, is support with dinner and cookies. Aaron has not been pressed into labour, she’s too fascinated by the fact he’s doing things like building a motorcycle and melting metal.

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Zoe made her niece the fluffiest purse imaginable, and this is only her third completed project! (Aaron calls it the octopus, guess what he’s getting for his birthday) I have barely even progressed past the basic scarf stage of crochet! I am learning to make socks though, being a size four foot makes that a very useful skill. I’m learning that it takes me so long to make stuff, and custom fitted wool things get very coveted come winter, that I’m working on getting the supply done now. Maybe I’ll even finish a christmas list in time this year? EEK!

Paint Fumes become a Gypsy Vardo

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Aaron is home! He got in late last night to an overwhelming change in the environment- the entire RV redecorated. (Pics to come- even I was recovering from this one). I have spent the last four days, from 7 am to 8 pm cleaning, organizing, repainting, dyeing and redecorating the entire place. And the rest of the community helped as well- Zoe helped me inside, Brian and Sakka made shelves and cleaned up the campground by clearing out more space for a workshop area, and Momma Pam was support staff with dinner and cookies every night for fuel. we’ve had Lemon Bars, No-Bake Cookies, Coconut cranberry chocolate macaroons and Poo-kies, chocolate cookies with peanut butter chips(they look like poo, get it? I know, way to many boys in this household!)

It has been gorgeous weather for Oregon, sunny and warm, perfect for the job I was doing, as we needed to have the windows open because of all the fumes. The kittens have started to come out of the greenhouse on their own, though there is a lot of hissing and arched backs about silly things like foot steps and chickens. Right now the chickens are bigger and picking on the kittens, but soon, that battle will go a different direction. There may be a recipe for shredded chicken sandwiches if they don’t start behaving. I’ve readjusted my schedule to rise with the sun and it’s been a beautiful transformation. I love the quiet feeling of the morning to drink tea and write my story. I sit in my robe to meditate and journal for a while, then move to writing. I’ve found the robe to be particularly inspiring. One reads fantasy in a robe, writing it in the same mode just feels condusive to the creative process. By the time I’m done the sun is fully up, as is everyone else, and the day is ready to start.

There is a 9 year old granddaughter visiting Pam and Brian, and it’s been fun to have a kid around, she has such a quirky perspective on everything, still in the stage of just saying what she thinks, though I’ve been forced to bite my tongue more times than I can count when she’s made a comment that any response too is just entirely inappropriate. But she’s been forcing us to slow down and realize what’s going on around us. We’ve made daisy chains and fern leaf fairy wings, and collaborated to get revenge on Uncle Sakka’s teasing (there was a lot of water and glitter involved :D)

In doing so much work in such a short amount of time, the last few days have been almost damaging in the amount of stress I’ve put on my body. So, when I reached the point of muscles starting to give out from overwork and shaking from anxiety, I reach for passionflower herb. About two teaspoons dried to a cup of hot water (I use less, but I’m sensitive to, well, everything), works as a anti-anxiety, sedative and even has properties to promote muscle repair. It’s often used by bodybuilders to build up damaged tissues. If you are trying to get into shape, it’s excellent to help handle the pain of getting back to the gym.

Now that the RV is redecorated I finally have a proper place to put all of my medical supplies and herbs and so on. I was very happy for Aaron’s comment “Now it looks like a proper gypsy vardo in here!” With green, yellow and purple walls, silver trim, glitter accents, and blue and wine dyed couch, I should hope it looks gorgeous! And now that it’s all “finished” (it’s my pet project, it will never really be finished, of course), I can get back to, well, sanity. Zoe’s first comment to Aaron was “Yeah, she went a little psycho while you were gone”- yup, I exploded my sanity and rainbows and glitter came out, but everyone expected that anyway! We did learn lots of fun things such as: always get the paint with primer, the few extra dollars will save you half the work, double check what supplies you have and always get a little more that you think you’ll need, Rit liquid dye is the only dye worth buying, chalkboard paint is epic, roller curtains are evil, chicken feathers make fun texture when dipped in glitter paint and most importantly, if you’re going to get high off of that many paint fumes, do it with a friend, it’s way more fun 😀