Well, many hard decisions were made and we have concluded we are moving to Cedar Rapids Iowa. This is a huge change for us. I have never lived outside New England, so I am more nervous than S. whom grew up not too far from our new destination. The boys are excited for only one reason. We will be within 4 hours of my dearest and best friend Lynnie. We all love!!!! her, so I am excited to finally get to live near her as well.
Before I get to caught up in the now…let me back track a little and show these fine examples of our Samhain celebrations this year. For those whom might not know, Samhain is the Pagan Sabbath, that falls upon All Hollows Eve, or Halloween!!! It is one of my all time favorite holidays. We invited my parents over for our Dumb Supper(eating in silence in honor of our ancestors, leaving a table setting and plate full of goodness for them, afterward leaving it outside for the animals to enjoy or wandering spirits;). Afterward, the boys bobbed for donuts hanging from a string attached to the ceiling. This could go on for hours and the laughter never ends!! We held no rites this year, which felt very weird especially as we had so many recent deaths in our family, but I was able to personally take some time to remember and “talk to them” and it was incredibly uplifting for me. Then came the onslaught of Halloween Movie Marathon!! Our tradition.
Earlier in the week, the boys attended a fun Halloween party at our UU Church. We carved our pumpkins early so we could enter them into the contest. All were really great. I loved mine the best. It just made me laugh everytime I saw it.
Now onto the next post!
What an indescribably painful time.
I picked up Christine, to join me in a jaunt up to Rindge, NH for a walk through , The Cathedral of Pines. I love this spot. It is beautiful and sacred. One of my all time favorite places in the world. If you don’t know what it is, go look it up.
I got out of the car and we walked to the enterance where the bell tower looms above as you walk by. An right away,, I noticed something wasn’t quite right. I figured it was my memory hadn’t held onto enough of this place to have noticed the enterance to the catherdral being this low lying and landscaped, then I met upon a clearing. If you know anything about The Cathedral of Pines, the only clearings are ones for memorial gardens wrapped around the back perimeter of The Pines. I stood in horror. I couldn’t grasp what I was seeing. It was all too shocking. It was all gone. Other than the Alter of Nations, everything was gone. All the huge, tall, spyring Pine trees were all gone. The lovely benches tucked under the the tall pines that you could sit in and just breath in the peace of this place and look out between the trees the Alter of Nations with Mount Monadnock as the backdrop. It was alll wrong!!
What had happened?! All was landscaped mounds as you traveled a path to the a small seating area aroung the Alter. None of the memorials were kept up in their beauty and serenity. The paths were overgrown, gardens were missing and dug up in some locations. The pagan circle that took so much to actually have placed there was now leveled dirt as so many of the surrounding sacred places with in these grounds. It was horrifying.
I walked around taking in all that I could manage and we entered the museum and teetered on about all the neat items folks have donated over the years as memorials to loved one. We entered the main hall and there is was. An Explanation. Ice Storm of 2008. It had brought down every single Pine of the Cathedral. I just didn’t know what to say or do. I don’t dare take pictures of what it looks like now. It is definitely not the same place as my memories held. Instead I took these:
The first day of Spring!! For us Pagan folk we celebrate the Vernal Equinox also called Ostara.
I woke this morning to find my boys following the trail of Hare Poo (jelly beans) from their rooms to the baskets found on the couch. Each basket was brimming with all sorts of fun goodies. T. found some personalized items in his which consisted of a coyote pendant necklace and a wooden croaking frog. B. found a custom made leather cuff with a Celtic clasp. They both received exploding frogs and candy covered marshmallows, both found on Etsy, btw. Each had a cake in the shape of a frog with green frosting and much more. Everything was fun! We ran outside(it is very cold today) and threw poppers on the ground to help wake the earth.
After basket raiding and making our morning Ostara calls to family, we headed out side again to Hunt for eggs! B. finished finding his 16 in record time. S. helped T. find his 16. After exploring the sweets found in the eggs it was time to get some kind of substance in our bellies. Off to Denny’s for breakfast. Haven’t been there in years, but it fufilled my need for them to have some kind of substance to thier breakfast without me having to cook. 😛
Now, the rest of the day is ours to make of it what we want. We will watch “Peter Cottontail” and yesterday we watched “Nausicaa, Valley of the Wind” for our spring themed movies. If it were warmer I would love to take a short hike and gte some outside time, but I think we will have to find alternatives for today.
We were very blessed today, in that, S. had today off from work so he could join us in celebrating the first day of Spring. I wonder what today will bring!
You will also notice that we are all wearing the same shirt. We purchased these colorful, most entertaining, evilish, shirts from Woot.com to celebrate this day. LOL The title of the shirt is, “You outta try this.” I love the expressions of the horrified little bunnies staring at the oblivious carnivorous bunny! Hysterical in my, I Love Gross boys, way! LOL LOL Too funny!!!
We opened out presents on the 25th of December this year. Not our usual, as we celebrate the Winter Solstice, but this year S. was out of town for a wedding and since my parents celebrate Christmas, I figured it couldn’t hurt to do all on one day.
My parents arrived at my home at 1am, after midnight mass and promptly passed out. Thankfully, since presents had been sitting under the tree all week, I was not awakened before dawn this year. T. had taken it upon himself to play in the snow outside in the morning till we all awoke. Around 7:30ish we all dragged ourselves into the Living room. From that point on, it is all a blur. I only have these pictures to remind of the event as I was still in Coma status throughout most of the morning, until Breakfast around 11am. We had yummy waffles! You’ll see why below.
Everyone enjoyed their copiious amounts of stuff and fun was to be had for the remainder of the day by having our Movie Marathon. All movies having to do with this particular holiday have been consumed for the last week and that day was the pinnacle of our marathon with several goodies, such as “The Christmas Story” and “HogFather”.
We made captive of my parents for a couple more days before releasing them back out into the wild. They enjoyed themselves, I think.
Enjoy the faces of pure glutuny and greed below! Hope you holidays were bright and blessed with much love!
We had a great time on Dec. 23rd creating our Gingerbread house to be broken on X-mas day.
Here is the outcome: