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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

This and That ...

BLESSED OSTARA TO EVERYONE! It is "officially" the first day of Spring; however, we have had snow here all day. It is supposed to continue snowing into tomorrow. My sister, Aurora Skye and I are planning our Ostara celebration together this coming Saturday - a couple of days or so later but perhaps by then we will actually "feel" as if spring has sprung? At any rate, we wish to get together this weekend.

In other news, we have agreed on a trial basis only to take in a stray kitty who was found by a friend of mine. He has been looking for  homes for at least two outside cats since he already has five indoor cats, he can not take anymore at this time. He thinks she is a little over a year old (not exactly sure of her age), she is long-haired and looks much like a tortie in her coat color. She is not thrilled about being in my house and since we can not get her into our vet to get checked for Fe-Leuk (Feline Leukemia), her shots, take care of any parasites she may have from being outside in the wild, etc. until next Monday evening, we have temporarily set her up in a large dog cage downstairs away from my other cats until she is given (hopefully) a clean  bill of health.
Should she get the okay from the vet after her examination, the next step is the difficult task of gaining her trust (as you can see, all she wants to do is hide in her litter box) then try to acclimate her to her new life with my other two house cats. I have to say, she is not an easy case so far, but we are trying and will give her a bit of time to get used to us; however, the choice is ultimately hers in the end. We are thinking about naming her "Eva" (I also liked the name Pandora), but we shall see.

Moving on, I had decided to add a witches cord to our Ostara ritual this year since it has been quite a while since we performed one and I truly do enjoy them as part of our celebration!
The witches cords: Lavender, pink and light blue ribbons (3 ft. long each) and a bag for gemstones, herbs associated with the sabbat holiday , and/or personal items you  may wish to use.

The snow has all melted
And winter has gone, 
Now Nature is singing
Springs’ most beautiful song;
As we honor the Goddess -
The Devine Eostre, 
While she breathes her life
Into the birds and the bees;
She's fertile and loving
Ancient Mother is she
From the youngest child
To the oldest tree

 ~ Lady Caer Morganna

Saturday, March 17, 2018

St. Patty's Day post!

Happy St. Patty's Day to those of my friends who celebrate this day. I am not Irish but, after spending the morning at the dentist and then cleaning the entire house after I got home, I decided to make myself one of these ...  :)

And dress a bit festive ... 

My sister Robin and her hubby are having fun chilling with the crowd at Flanny's Pub. ...

I, myself, much prefer to hang out at home rather than deal the the huge crowds, drunk drivers on the road, and having to wait 20 minutes or so to get a drink, so I will gladly stay home and relax with my fur babies! 

(Just as an aside, my favorite Irishman, folks!) ...
Guess who???? (still the most adorable smile in the world)

(I "borrowed" this cute pic from CJ & Ink blog ... THANKS, CJ!)

Saturday, March 10, 2018

A real "Rain Man"?

Who has not seen or at the very least heard of the academy-award winning film, "Rain Man"? Well, I have a little story I would like to share will all of you. You see, my husband's cousin has a teenage son who is considered a "high functioning" autistic. I have heard stories about him from the family, but never actually had the chance to meet him in person as they live in New Jersey. I finally had the pleasure of meeting him for the first time. 

His name is Mikey and ever since he was a small boy, he had a talent with numbers! His father told me that he would spend hours and hours just reading calendars. Yes, I said the plural form of that word. I felt much like I was in a scene from the movie, "Rain Man" after his dad asked me to tell Mikey my birth date and Mikey could tell me what day of the week my birthday fell on this year. I told him, "February 23." Mikey responded, "It was a Friday." Was he correct? YUP! Then he proceeded to tell me what day of the week my husband's birthday would be on this year - December 4th. Mikey quickly replied, "It will be on a Tuesday." Right again! Still not convinced? His dad asked what day of the week the next leap year in 2020 would be on and I googled it ... yup, he said "on a Saturday" and he is correct!

How he has this unbelievable ability to do this is simply astounding to me! I did find an interesting article on this particular subject. Please click on this link to read more on this.

Another example of how incredibly high functioning some individuals with autism can be, one only need think of the amazing talents of the following people ... as I said, UNBELIEVABLE!

(For more about Kim Peek, please click here)

There is also Derek Paravicini, who is both autistic and blind since birth. One of my favorite books entitled, "In the Key of Genius" written by Adam Ockelford (Derek's music teacher who also specializes in working with special needs children) tells the story of Derek's amazing journey. Here is a link to a short video to learn more about this inspirational book.

(For more info on Derek, just click on his name here: Derek Paravicini)

I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to finally meet Mikey after all this time. He is quite amazing to me!

Happy weekend & a Saturday song

Happy Saturday everyone! I do sincerely want to THANK all of you for your heartfelt condolences on the passing of my father-in-law. Dear friends are hard to come by and I just want you all to know how much I truly do appreciate all of you!  

Here is Saturday's song. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, my friends!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

And so it goes ...

Happy Wednesday everyone! Well, as of this morning there has been a 'Winter Storm Warning' in effect for my area. They are predicting 4 to 8 inches of wet, heavy snow and we were told yesterday to work from home today ... although my fellow co-worker and I were forced to take one of our vacation days because even though the physical office is officially "closed" and we have laptops in order to work mobil, we do not have the type of job/duties in which we are able to do so.


Severe Weather Alerts - Reading, PA

  • Winter Storm Warning

    Winter Storm Warning in effect until Thursday, 3:00 AM EST. Source: U.S. National Weather Service

* WHAT...Heavy snow. Additional snow accumulations of 11 to 15
inches, with localized amounts up to 18 inches, are expected.

* WHERE...Portions of northern and northwest New Jersey and east
central and southeast Pennsylvania.

* WHEN...Until 3 AM EST Thursday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel will become very difficult to
impossible, including during the evening commute. Be prepared
for significant reductions in visibility at times. Snowfall
rates of nearly 2 inches an hour are expected at times from
around 11 AM to 7 PM. Heavy wet snow could result in widespread
power outages from breaking branches and possible trees

And so it begins ...
9:10 AM

Leo watching the "pretty white stuff" from the cat's room window

As well as being off work today, I also had to take two bereavement days as my father-in-law finally passed away at home last Saturday night. The funeral will be on Friday morning. The impending bad snow storm made it too risky to hold his funeral before then. And, last night we got a call from our vet (I am guessing that Haley's back and her ashes are ready for pick up) so I will call them back today and we will most likely get her sometime tomorrow as long as the weather cooperates.