Skip to main content

6 More Weeks Of Winter

Now isn't this a cute little furry animal AND a weather predictor as well! Today is February 2, Groundhog Day in the United States and Canada and Candlemas in other areas of the world. It is said that the cute, furry little groundhog emerges from his burrow today and if he fails to see his shadow because of cloudy weather, winter will be over soon. If he DOES see his shadow because it is a bright, sunshiny day, he will be frightened and run back into his hole and winter will continue for another 6 weeks, until approximately the first day of Spring. 

Groundhog Day originated in Punxutawney, PA on February 2, 1887 and is derived from a little Scottish poem that goes like this: 

If Candlemas Day is bright and Clear,
There'll be two winters in the year.

Now, what is Candlemas you might ask? Long ago, before organized Religion/Christianity, the Northern European farming cultures celebrated the seasonal Wheel Of The Year. In that calendar, today would be called Imbolc (In The Belly) or Oimelc (Milk of Ewes). At this time of year when snow enveloped the land, the seeds lay out of sight in the "womb" of Mother Earth. As the "light" grows, so do the seeds. Today is also called St. Brigit's Day in honor of the Irish Goddess Brigit, goddess or fire, patroness of Smithcraft, poetry and healing, especially midwifery. Brigit's holiday involved lighting sacred bonfires and blessing candles for the upcoming year. 

Here in California, we are having THE best weather, dry but wonderful every day! I've checked the Farmer's Almanac and it doesn't look like we are going to get much rain this year at all. So what am I going to do on this fabulously warm day? Make some homemade candles this afternoon, BBQ for dinner, then have a nice little bonfire in the chiminea to finish out the day. 

I'm also going to be thinking about those things I want to "GROW" in the new year. I'm planting the "seeds" for traits or themes I want to manifest this year; Simplicity, Unconditional Love, Gratitude, A Giving Heart.

Yes, I did get to cleaning out my drawers over the weekend, the closet is next. You should see the PILE! Probably 60% of my clothes are going. When I chose what to wear this morning, it was so easy because I LOVE everything I kept! Simple! 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Baby Shower Busy-ness

Ok, you probably thought I fell off the face of the earth right? Nope, there is just alot happening around here. The next event is Beckie's Baby Shower this Sunday. Decided to make my very first Diaper Cake and these are just a few of the pictures.

The first thing I did was watch about 20 YouTube videos describing how to do it. Then I bought my supplies and put it together roughly first then more refined about a day later. This is a close up of the baby sock roses with mitten leaves. Yes, that video DOES exist!

Next is a close up of wrist rattles and a little caterpiller radio that makes soothing sounds for baby. Background ribbon is from WalMart and the blanket set is from the Jungle Adventure Collection at K-mart.


The topper for our "Jungle" themed cake is a Silver Back Ganz Gorilla.


These little links slipped easily over the ribbon and added a little extra bling to the sides of the cake.


Each layer consists of diapers along with extras like washcloths, burp pads and Ones…

Hey Retirement! Don't take OUR Date Night Away!!

"Wait! Did we budget for Date Night??"

Wednesday night is Date Night at our house. It's been that way for a LONG time! And we didn't want retirement to do away with our weekly fun. So today, I'm going to cover some good ways to keep that fun coming and be able to pay for it with slightly reduced funds.
Put some money in the budget. Analyze what you can afford and how many times you will be going out during the month. If you get paid twice a month, budget for two date nights. If you get paid weekly, you only need to budget it in for the week. For us, we are getting paid once a month so we will budget for 4 to 5 nights out. We set aside about $20 to $25 per week for date nightRemember, it's about spending time together not how fancy the dining is. You can make a picnic one week and then spend double the following week at a nice place. You can make dinner at home and go to see a play or movie. In our case we could go to the beach with some hot dogs, potato chips a…

Valentino!

As last year drew to a close, so did the life of my most cherished chihuahua, Rico. I'd had him for almost 16 years and over the past 3 or 4, I watched as he went mostly blind and began suffering with trachea collapse. After 4 visits to the doggie hospital for oxygen in December, he finally had his final ER visit on New Year's Eve and we made sad decision to have him put down. What a way for a year to end. By this time, I had already chosen my "Word of the Year" for 2018 which was Joy and was having trouble figuring out just what was joyful about little Rico's passing. I also decided that he was going to be my last dog because my husband and I are getting older and I didn't want to have a dog that would need to be "passed down" in the event of our deaths. But, every day, I found myself cruising the online breeders for another chihuahua. I visited the local pet shops with their super high priced dogs looking for a replacement for Rico, and had nearly…