Imbolc and the Groundhog Day Theory

So this post is going to be a little scattered. I’m under-caffeinated and freezing my toes off. I’m ready for spring! I’m ready for heat, really. Brrr, it’s been a long cold one, and not in a good way.

For the bulk of the population of North America and possibly Europe, February 2nd is Groundhog Day. If the little bugger sticks his head out of his den and sees his shadow (good weather), it’s another six weeks of winter for us. However, if he comes out and stays out, winter is over and spring is on the way.

Can you imagine being that species, doomed to living down being afraid of their own shadows? The reality is Groundhog Day takes its idea from a much older, more extended tradition; in Ireland, Scotland and Wales folk celebrated this time of year as the return of not only light, but of life. Oh yes, they did look for the hints of animal life as well, and usually around this time the hedgehogs and other small mammals began making their presence known once more…
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New Year, No Promises

So many weird things have gone on this week, I can’t even begin to explain any of them. Okay, maybe one little try:

It’s like 2013 crammed itself into one week, and said “see ya, sucka!”

I’ve removed Morri’s Moon, Artemis’ Sanctuary and Draco’s Den from the network. None of us were using those blogs, so there was no point in having them there. After the account problems this week, it was just another bit of security to worry about, so…gone.

Still, onward, ever onward. And all that crap, right? Right.

No promises for posts or articles or activities/updates/etc. for the next while. I’m back at the editing desk, back at my writing, back at my crafting. I spent last year overwhelmed, over-stressed and frankly at the end of my tether. Getting back to my writing again helped with that. Fiction, that is… I’m taking a break from the chapbooks for a while.

My editor and I decided that we want to include Esbats in the print version, rather than releasing it as a chapbook with the others. Of course there will be a digital version of the print version as well, so at some point, it’ll be available for all the readers out there. No worries!

I am hoping to get back on the bandwagon with posts here as well. However, if it happens I’m not posting here but you’d still like to see what’s what – stop by Jodi Lee – Into the Mirror. That one is supposed to have daily content this year!

I’ve updated my crafts page again today. Take a look at what the needle’s been up to! —> LINK

Happy Samhain!

Samhain

Samhain has arrived, and the midnight fae have it all ready to go from Smashwords in numerous file formats. Click the image above, and enjoy!

Coming up next, Esbats…

In the meantime, the veil is thin so connect with your ancestors and family. Try a traditional dumb supper, light candles in remembrance, read a spread and divine your future. Most important of all, love and listen!

Try this one for your dumb supper, it’s delicious comfort food everyone can love.

Boxty

Ingredients:

1 c raw, grated potato
1 c cooked leftover (or fresh) mashed potatos
1 onion, minced fine (optional)
1 c all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 beaten egg
1 c buttermilk
2 tbsp butter

Directions:

Combine grated potato, onion and buttermilk. In another bowl, sift together flour, salt and baking powder, then add potato mixture, egg and mashed potato. Batter should be somewhat the consistency of pancake mix. Add additional flour or buttermilk if need be.

Melt butter in heavy skillet over medium heat. Drop spoonfuls of batter into skillet, forming 4″ circles. Brown on both sides.

Many blessings of the season, my hope for you all is a bright new year with enough.

<3
Morri