Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Finally, snow! Weather! Yay!

It's only a dusting, but there must have been ice, because vehicles are having trouble making it up and down my hilly street. We're near the bottom. I can see that cars are driving probably fine on the highway, but the 1/4 mile it would take for me to get to the highway would be an issue. It's slippery out there, seems like.

There's a AAA tow truck outside our driveway. I think it's for someone in the building, but not sure. The tow truck pulled backward into the driveway and had trouble getting back out, with his tires turning and not getting any traction.
It's finally seasonal! It's not inches and inches like NPR said it was going to be, but I'll take it.

I don't get people complaining about the weather. I have caught my ownself doing it, but I'm getting better.

Weather falls under Things We Cannot Change, and I'm a big fan of the Serenity Prayer. I'm working on getting better at following it. Super simple, but not easy! 

In case y'all are not familiar, here it is:

"God/dess, grant me the Serenity

To accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And Wisdom to know the difference."

See? Hard as the Wiccan Rede-- which, for a religion having one "rule", is not easy. Try it.

Here is the Wiccan Rede, if you're unfamiliar with that, too:

"An' it harm none, do as ye will."

Remember, "none" includes yourself. See? Because if you are not saying a simple "thank-you" to a compliment, for instance, brushing it off and saying "but...", then you are dissing yourself and that's harming. I'm trying not to go "ugh" at every photograph taken of me. Because harm.

Right now I am white-lighting the tow truck and the AAA guy and my neighbor. 
I'm practicing gratitude for those folks who go out in weather to help people, even if they do get paid for it, because they signed up for the job to begin with, so they deserve my prayers and gratitude. 

It's a day for staying in and eating soup. Drinking tea, or coffee. Being homely-- as in, doing home things. Hibernating. 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Blessed Yule!

The Winter Solstice has just passed, yesterday morn, and my boy and I are here in Virginia Beach to celebrate Christmas with my family of origin.

It's going to be eighty degrees tomorrow, Christmas Eve. EIGHTY. Eighty is not normal this time of year, even for Virginia.
I think it's to be near 70-something in Worcester, MA. 70-something for sure is not normal for this time of year in Massachusetts.
This frightens me. I know there are plenty of fluctuations in the weather over the years, but I just do not see how people can deny that humans and their machines have any influence on the planet. Any? None at all? How could that be?? We are making such a mess of our little blue world, and so many folks in charge seem to care so very little.

Anyway...in my own little world, I had so much joy and introspection and focus and BE HERE NOW with Joanna Powell Colbert's 30 Days of Hecate online course, that I decided to take the 30 Days of Yule, too. Here is a link to her page where her e-courses are, if I can do it right: http://www.gaiansoul.com/work-with-me/ecourses/

It's nice...well, more than nice, it's necessary... to take some intentional time, especially this time of year, to turn inward, to hibernate, to eat soup and bundle up on the couch, or in my bed under the covers, to watch movies or read books. We're not supposed to be doing all this glittery holiday stuff, with company and parties and buying and shopping and commercials and loudness. It's grating on the nerves, and it's no wonder people get SAD (seasonal affective disorder, not actually sad) this time of year, because I think we're going against our natural inclinations to hide. I think it very possibly has very little to do with the need for sunshine. Because there's often plenty sunshine when it's cold or snowy.

And actually, all this warmness, that's contrary too, to what this part of our world is supposed to be doing at this time of year.

I'm glad we're getting to see family, though. We're only getting to see them once a year, now, and so I make the journey South with intention, because I love them. Yay for family! Yay Yule! Yay Christmas!