Our Yule Celebration & a Winter Thunderstorm! (2 videos)

Happy Holidays…as I post this video this week, we’re looking forward to beginning a New Year. I’m hoping that 2017 will be prosperous, peaceful, enlightening, and pleasantly adventuresome for everyone….From Our House to Yours.

I happened to be filming on the back porch when we were hit by a December thunderstorm here in Nebraska USA…a very rare piece of weather for this time of year. If it were doing anything on Christmas Day in Nebraska, it should have been snowing and creating the “White Christmas” effect. I enjoyed the storm, I hope you do too.

PS– my back porch is “winterized” right now, which means that it’s set up for animal shelter; an outdoor fridge for the Big Kettles that go along with winter cooking; and it’s not “Company Ready”…enter at your own risk.

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The Magick of a Thundershower

This is my first attempt at creating an ambient music video (the music is courtesy of the royalty free public-domain music lists offered for download by Youtube). Ironically, the song that I chose was titled “Hydra”, how perfect is that! This was fun, and it sparked my interest to try again, and maybe to save towards a better bigger camera! Location– our back porch, and our front yard.

From Hedgewytch Hollow: Storm Clouds, Spells, n’ More

On one evening, my husband called me out of the house and pointed to the sky. He said, “Look up.” And this is what I saw– a huge long cloud bank moving in. It looked ominous– the whole thing, which you don’t see here– like some big monster sneaking in the backdoor. It was really awesome.

I took ths photo while standing in the backyard, looking south. This would have been right in the direction of town where my daughter’s apartment is located. And it wasn’t too much later that a funnel cloud was spotted right over the hospital, only blocks from where she lives. We were on the phone together by that time, comparing notes and watching the sky ‘together’, so to speak.

I took this photo after the storm. What was left when the thunder and lightening and wind had passed were tremendous cloud formations. I know that there is a technical name for these clouds, but my grandmother always called them ‘booby clouds’ (for obvious reasons), and she said that they go with ‘bad weather’, so beware when you see them. But aren’t they gorgeous!

It’s been a strange year, with strange weather everywhere. It started for us in May, when the temperature stayed, more often than not, in the thirties– with a couple days that went the other way and broke heat records, reaching 100 degrees and over. I consider myself lucky if we pull through a storm and I don’t have any water in the basement, and we didn’t this time, so I won’t complain– I’ll just enjoy the show.

I have some new spells up at ‘Enchanted Jewelry’. Although these pieces have been enchanted and are ready to spread their magick just as is, I think it enhances the magick if the person who is going to wear this jewelry adds their own energies to the spell; so I often post things that they can do when they wear the piece for the first time. However, the candle magicks and mojo bags that I’ve suggested to be used with the jewelry can also be used on they’re own. And I’m posting them here.

Eventually I’ll get all the little spells and ‘suggestions’ that I send off with my jewelry typed up this way and posted; but I have so much going on, I won’t be doing it all in one sitting.

 

To Aide in Spiritual Journeys

Happy Hearth Spell

To Ward Off Troublemakers

Book Updates: I’ve completed “The Gray Witch’s Grimoire” (working title) and recently sent it off to the publisher for consideration. I was working on another book, “The Book of Magick” (also working title), simultaneously, and I finished this book just a couple weeks after sending the first one off. Then I sat down with both manuscripts to re-read and tinker, and it suddenly dawned on me…I think these books could be merged into one nice hefty volume. I contacted the editor with the outline for the second book and my suggestion, and she agreed, so I shipped this manuscript off too. In the meantime, I was going to give myself a break from any ‘big’ writing projects. It gets pretty intense sometimes. I’ll find myself writing from very early morning till noon and suddenly realize that I haven’t eaten anything, so I thought, ‘it’s time for a break’. But things don’t always work out the way we planned, and when I sat down to my typewriter, ideas started rolling and so did my fingers to the keys…I’ve started a fourth book that just came to me out of the blue and seems to be writing itself. I’m going to keep the topic and the title for this one a secret until it’s finished. Everyone loves a surprise! 🙂

This is ‘Baby’. She says,“I don’t want you to talk to me right now.” You know when she wants to be left alone by her ears– she lays them back and gets a snotty look on her face.

I had started a little website ages ago and then kind of forgot about it: The Goddess Grove

This website is for women, though men can certainly sneak in and take a peek, but it’s basically a woman’s site. If anyone thinks this is sexist, well, yep– it is, and that’s the way the old ball rolls. You won’t be hearing any apologies here. Women like to get together, plain and simple. We have lots of things to talk about– spirituality, periods, pregnancy, husbands, relationships, babies, parents, breast cancer, pap smears, boyfriends, education, magick, the goddess, and lots and lots of other issues to examine. We also have about two thousand years of religious sexism and persecution to work through– so we have hen parties, we huddle together…laugh, cry, cuss, and shoot the breeze.

It’s fun to be a woman. 🙂

I was working this morning on the links page– and this is the page you’ll be taken to if you click on the link above. I want to add links to this site that will help women deal with everyday mundane issues: both social issues and health issues. I feel that The Goddess Grove could be built to be a very inspirational and useful site for women. This site is a shoot-off from a similar page that I had on Myspace, with over 900 women on the friends list. When Myspace evolved, I deleted the page. It takes a lot of work to build something like this back up, but I’m just going to have to make the time to do it.

Thunder, Lightening, & Raine…er, Rain

Storms moved through our area last night, some pretty strong ones. My youngest daughter and I had fallen asleep together watching tv, and about 2am I was woken up by the sound of a vacuum in the basement. Water was coming in, and my husband was trying to stay ahead of it with our vacuum/shampooer, which only has a 1 gallon capacity. Eventually, as the rain got heavier and the winds whipped up, he couldn’t keep up with it anymore.

About 3:30am we decided that I’d run out to Wal-mart and get a shop vac with the largest capacity I could find.

When I opened the garage door, Mother Nature was just revving up for a second round. I’ll bet I stood there for about five minutes, watching the fantastic lightening, and watching the awesome cloud formations that were revealed with each new flash. I actually debated about just how smart it was to be traipsing out into this wild night.

We have a scanner, so I knew that some city streets were flooded. This meant taking a round-a-bout route to the store. Even when it’s not storming, I think the atmosphere of a sleeping city is strange, especially when you’re not use to being up and about at this time of night. The rain let up on my way there; and I thought, this is pretty cool, not really too bad as I scurried into Wally-world. The storm kicked back into high gear only after I had loaded the new shop vac into the back of the vehicle and was just turning the ignition key to start her up and head for home– what timing!

I wish I could say that I had worked some incredible powerful mojo to control the weather; but no, Mother Nature just happened to be looking out for me.

Hubby was vacuuming water till after 5am this morning. And then, just as suddenly as it started coming in, it stopped.

The weather channel said that this evening it’s suppose to start raining again, and it’s suppose to rain through the night. If I didn’t work any weather mojo for my trip to the store, you can bet that I will be working weather mojo today to keep the rain at bay.

Nebraska Rain at Hedgewytch Hollow (video)

We’ve had lots of rain here in Nebraska over the past few days.  These thundershowers have included hail and flash flood warnings in some areas.  For us, it means water in the basement– a huge *mess*!  

But I can’t help admire the beauty of a dark rainy day.  The color of everything is intensified– the trunks of the trees, the leaves, the grass and flowers.  Rainy days are my favorite…I just wish we wouldn’t get so much at one time. 🙂