Are you ready?

Are you ready for a natural disaster?  I know that I am not, I know that my home doesn’t have enough food or water to sustain myself, husband my son, let alone our dog, two cats and 10 chickens for longer then a day or two.  Living in Oregon, we are just several hours away from the ocean and just hours away from sleeping volcanos… yep we’re fucked if the earth finally decided to crack wide open, or spew hot ash and rocks on us!  The ring of fire is a wonderful, yet slightly scary place to call home.

 

I am trying to just be a responsible parent/pet owner/ adult here and I am starting to plan out and think that I should get ourselves organized a bit just in the event the “big one” comes.  But really we all should think about being more prepared, not in a crazy underground bunker way, but have enough food, supplies to last 3 days until who knows when.

Have you ever thought what if the bridges were unsafe to travel over, would my family be okay? Would we have any access to food, water, medical help, and my answer is nope, not even close…  I want to go more in-depth with this topic, and what we are doing to make sure that we will be okay in the event of an earthquake, or severe weather… government lock down?

I created this Pinterest board to get inspired and get a few ideas of what to put in an emergency kit.  I will be posting weekly on this subject, and sharing what we are doing to get organized in the event of a disaster.

On a side note I feel I need to say that I am just a normal mom who might worry too much, this is something I think about at night…

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Where have I been?

I haven’t made a post in a long time, I feel like coming out of the woodwork.  I was busy this spring, and have been busy this summer too.  During this past spring I started taking a look inward to what I want and don’t want in life.  It was like I woke up one day and just decided that some things needed to change.  I joined Beach Body for a few months and lost a little bit of weight, and that was cool.  I am still working on health and fitness, but not with Beach Body, just on my own.  I know that if you want to change you can do it for free, not with shakes and huge payments, and get rich scams.  Currently my fitness program has been idle, my motivation has been slim to none.  The weather has really been a drag, and I have felt like an absolute slug in all areas of my life.

Our little one acre homestead is proving to be a lot of work to fix up.  It took us until the end of June to figure out how our irrigation water worked, so our field was bone dry and no garden this year, next season though it is on!   I did however plant a few plants off of our back patio, I have fought off the aphids ever since!  We finally have our first zucchini growing, we have got a lot of them, but once they get to about 3 inches in length they turn yellow and die.

I haven’t reread my last few posts, I don’t think and I don’t think I am going to.  If I do read what I spoke of in the past I know I will discourage myself from blogging.  This is just me chit chatting with you and letting you know what’s new and what not.  I know we have worked on a few projects since last March, and are in the middle of a few projects right now around the house.  Our chicken coup is working out great, or chickens are doing well, and we are still getting eggs.  We have added to our family, we adopted two kittens a few months ago.  If you follow me on Instagram, you have already seen pictures.  We were on the fence for so long about getting a kitten or a cat, and we went with a brother and sister pair of kittens,  Little John Paddington and Miss. Kitty Marshmallow, we figured that they would grow with our 2 yr old and grow to be comfortable with us rather than adopting an older cat who might not be so forgiving of little kids.

This summer we have enjoyed spending time in the creek and swimming, drinking cool beverages, backyard camp outs, family get together, and just doing fun quick little family outings.  Trying to soak all the summer in…

I and my husband have some business ideas we are starting to work on, that we have brainstormed about, and that has led me back to start posting again.  I will be helping him launch his business (Will post more as the time comes) and I am going to start working on a story I have been writing off and on this last year or so, I also will be creating artwork for this story and I am so excited about all of this and it is a HUGE leap of faith, so we will see where this little adventure takes us.

This morning I started cleaning up my work space that I have neglected for about 4 months.  My desk became the place for the stuff you just are not sure what to do with went to die.  You can now walk to the desk, and I put a chair in front of it… so I guess you can say that things are getting kinda serious around here?  If you would like to see images of all the things I have done over the last 3 months please feel free to check out my Instagram account, and follow me so you don’t miss out on something cool.

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To new beginnings

Starseed- Starchild Tarot

I am really looking forward to the first day of spring.

On Friday, the first day of spring the day and night are equal in length also there is a lunar eclipse.  For me personally I really feel as if I am in the dawn of a new beginning.

I have brainstormed ideas, and projects I want to work on, one being I have started to work on a new blog.  I am not just a homesteader, I am a closet hippie, a metaphysical practitioner in training, crunchy momma, a starseed, a lightworker, a gardener, and healer.  I want to share more than the label I feel I have given this space.

Spring is the perfect time to get rid of what is no longer of service to us, and this blog isn’t where my heart is anymore.  I will post again when new site is up, if you wish to continue following me.

*Update*

I have given it some thought and I will be changing this space a little bit, in the near future.  As we grow and learn more so do our interests and passions, and that is what makes blogging and the connections we make with others interesting.

Starseed- Starchild Tarot
I feel like I am still the fool on my lifes journey, but I am evolving.- Starchild Tarot Card

 

 

 

More Blossoms are blooming

Just a few update shots of things starting to pop out in the yard.  Click here to see it just two weeks ago.

Blum tree in blume
Plum Blossom
Cherry Tree
Cherry Blossom

pink blossomI am not sure what exactly this little flower is, maybe an almond?

Periwinkle
More periwinkle
white flowers
White flowered shrub

FeatherWe found a feather in our yard today!

bulbs
Lilly of the Valley

Lunar Flow

As I posted last week, I said I was starting courses to be a Metaphysical Practitioner.  Right now I am 100% doing this for myself and when I am through with my studies I will see where the road will take me.  I will say I do like the idea of sharing the knowledge I am learning, and the idea of helping others or teaching others does appeal to me.

I have been day dreaming of evolving into something I only thought was obtainable in my wildest of dreams.  But I am now seeing that my crazy wild dreams may become a reality, and it makes me feel amazing, so alive, and inspired to keep moving forward.

So, for this moon cycle I have set my intentions on my family, love, and just wanting to learn everything I can about the moon, and how it affects myself and my family. I have learned about our moon signs, I am a Virgo with a Gemini moon… the way I am is all starting to make more and more sense now.  We are into the first quarter now starting with the moon in Gemini and I am feeling very impulsive, and washy-washy.  Trying to stay focused, taking baby steps and making changes daily towards something bigger and better.

 

How to make Buttermilk

I was in search for a muffin recipe this week and came across this one, for pumpkin bran muffins.  I made a special trip to the store and made sure that I had all of my ingredients, but of course I forgot the buttermilk.  Buttermilk is one of those things that I just don’t buy because most recipes only use just a little bit, and then your stuck with a cup or so left over, and what do you do with left over butter milk?

Maybe this is common knowledge, but I just discovered all you need to make buttermilk is, milk and vinegar or lemon juice.  That’s IT!

How to make Buttermilk
Homemade buttermilk ingredients
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 1/2 tsp vinegar

Mix 1 cup of milk with 4 1/2 tsp vinegar (or lemon juice) let it sit on the counter for 15 min or so and you will have instant homemade buttermilk!

*note* If you do happen to remember to buy buttermilk for your cooking you can pour it into ice cube trays and freeze it.

Here is a link to 66 yummy buttermilk recipes, YUM!

 

Winter Pearl Diving

I love the way she describes this hot chocolate. Intentionally beautiful for sure!

Woolgathering & Wildcrafting

Screen shot 2015-02-02 at 1.59.41 PMToday is Imbolc and winter has reached its fullest depths in our blue-hued mountains. Here in Southern Appalachia we don’t get the same thick quilts of winter-hewn snow as our neighbors farther to the north. Instead, we are tucked in by the frost that touches the early chickweed and the amber fountains of summer’s lemongrass still left in garden plots. The earth resumes a subtle wheel, one of silver on gold, glimmer on pewter— a frostshine that disappears with the afternoon sun. Here, we normally get only a dusting of snow, subtle gusts that come through like the tiniest song. A sonatina, quick and small, relished and then released in warmer winds. Here, winter is a fawn-colored mixture of dried beech leaves and muddy raccoon prints. Rivers of grey clouds and frost-covered stones. The white pines sigh and reach upwards through the empty forests, bare armed in the white milk…

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Disappointment

Marrigold Chamomile Seeds
Seeds I had saved for the 2015 season

Last fall I had saved these wonderful seeds.  I had the seeds tucked away with other seeds I had saved, I had even planned on sending some to a friend… to my disappointment when I took a peek at my seeds several days ago I noticed they all had molded over.  All of these beautiful little flower seeds moldy and sad-looking.  I wish I had an after picture to share my horrible surprise.

Looking back on how I dried them it shouldn’t have been a shock that they got moldy.  I think that I didn’t let them all dry properly before I put them in a bag (obviously).  It’s okay, I still have morning glories and dill I can plant saved by family… and dried properly.

And on the bright side I get to shop for more seeds and plants! Spring is a month away!!

Bulbs and Blossoms

The air is filled with a sweet smell of blossoms about to burst,  I wish I knew where and what plant was making such a wonderful aroma, the smell is really quite indescribable.  We have had warm 60º weather with lots of sunshine the last few days.  The grass has grown a foot in just a few days, and the maple bugs are out in full force it seems.

Our chicken coop is coming a long, we hung the doors for the chicken yard and the hen-house this weekend.  I  am crossing my fingers that we will finish the coop this coming weekend, and I will give you a chicken coop tour after then.

I hear that the back east they are having blizzards still… All I can think is how lucky I am living on the west coast (the best coast is what “they” call it).  All I know is that moving to where we are living now I have seen less fog, less clouds, less mud, more rain, more sun.  I believe moving just 11 miles away out of the valley was the best thing we have ever done.

Here are just a few pictures of the visions of Spring I am seeing, more signs have popped up after taking these.  More funny mushrooms, more blossoms, more bulbs, bugs, and birds are singing their songs to the trees.

Filbert Hazelnut Tree Oregon
From my Filbert tree (Oregon Hazelnut)
Blue Periwinkle Flower Vine
Periwinkle
Iris Bulbs
Iris along the pump house
Tree Blossom
An apple blossom?
Tree Blossom
More apple blossoms?
Backyard in Winter
Part of the side yard with periwinkle vines growing like mad along the fence line.
Plum Blossom
Future plums!
Flower Bulb
A sweet lone crocus bulb in the middle of the front yard.

Flower Bulb Feet Rainboots Pacific Northwest

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Starting mystic school

On the new moon, February 18th I am starting school!  I am starting courses to become a Certified Metaphysical Practitioner.  I will be taking a self-study courses in learning more about the Moon, tarot card reading, the chakras and how to use gemstones.  I’m excited about diving into something I have always been interested in, but never knew where to go to learn more for myself.  I am taking the classes through Moondaughter who has worked with the World Metaphysical Association to offer a legit accredited program.

CMP
The first course is on the moon

It will be interesting to see what I learn, and how it will change the dynamic of this blog.  Underneath it all I am a closet hippie, a daydreaming granola mom, obsessed with the Earth, and how everything’s connected all while being self-sufficient on our little 1 acre plot of land.  I hope to enrich my family, and broaden our horizons.  I want to keep my readers interested, and inspired, and maybe teach something new.  So, only time will tell where this will all lead.

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist