Thursday, November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving From Our House to Yours!

I know there are many different feelings about this holiday, we don't celebrate the things we were taught in school all those years ago. Our gathering is for us to remember family and friends and to give thanks for the things we've been able to do for the past year. We also remember those we have lost who made a difference in our life. Yes, we cook a huge meal and enjoy time together as a family. 

However, we aren't having our feast today, the Little Witch is at her Dad's today so our big day will be tomorrow. And then on Saturday, we are going up to Old Grandfather Christmas Tree Farm in northern NC to cut our Yule tree!  We've been creating our own traditions and this trip each year is one of the most important and fun-filled ones so far.

On Sunday, I've got a bunch of things to begin, TLW and I are making paper snowflakes, construction paper ring garlands, wooden ornaments to paint and stockings to personalize and the new front door wreath is just waiting to be all tied together. Jimmy has been asking for more traditional Old Fashioned decorations. We began last year and will be adding to the stock as the years go by. Tanya is in charge of the exterior decorations and she's got quite the collection going on, LOL! Yes, I'm excited once again for the holidays!! It took a while to get to this point, but now I look forward to everything. 

Today so far, I've spent the biggest part of the morning unpacking the things I had with me in The Big Ass truck for the past 2 months. It seems like there is a mountain of laundry (there really isn't, LOL) but sorting and putting things away is at best time-consuming. I'll be home until the 7th of January when the Little Witch goes back to school after the holiday break. Then it's back in the truck with Jimmy and we'll come home every 2 1/2 to 3 weeks and be here for 2 or 3 days. 

A couple weeks ago, we were able to get a 12 X 20 building and have it delivered, set up, anchored and today Jimmy is adding the electric so Tanya and I have a place for crafting. Everything goes out there except the journal supplies. While I'm home I'll be sorting through my journal/planner supplies and reorganizing the things I use on a regular basis. I have a huge office sized desk in what should be the dining room (I've converted it into my office space) that sits right in front of the huge window and this is where you will find me acting like a kid and playing with my books and stickers.

So on this day, my wish for you ALL is a day is full of love and laughter, memories and magic!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Trying to Get My Shit Together ...

AND remain calm while preparing for a visit from Florence ... sigh.

If you lived in my house for even 1 day you would find yourself having multiple anxiety attacks. I'm not kidding! As the Matriarch of the family and the one everyone goes to when they have a problem, issue, or need advice, my life is more than hectic. But, let me say right here, I would NOT change anything at all for any reason.

Hurricane Florence is tracking to directly impact us here in the Sand Hills. As of this morning, Hope Mills has declared a state of emergency, they have set a curfew in place and have begun lowering the water level in our town lake. The damn reconstruction was completed this past Spring and so many people have enjoyed being able to once again swim or kayak, and it would be pretty devastating to have it damaged in any way. No, I do not have any control over the weather, much as I'd love to be able to do so.

As of this morning, reports say Florence will have winds of upwards of 50MPH when she comes barreling into town, with gusts clocking between 75-90MPH. Rainfall is supposed to be somewhere around 8-10 inches, which will most assuredly be causing flooding in the waterways around the area. I'm not too worried about the flooding, our house is on a raised foundation and it will take quite a lot of rain to reach the doors. I'm more than a little worried about the wind, though. We are surrounded by trees, some of them are NC pines and those are notorious for shallow roots, it doesn't take much to send them toppling. We also have 2 large trees (not pine) in the front yard that could cause some major damage if they come down or any of the branches are destroyed. I'm looking for a place to safely park my car away from the larger trees ...that is still not a settled thing.

I've moved everything that isn't planted or anchored in the ground to the shed in the backyard, however, I'm not sure of the stability of that shed, it's pretty rickety. All the plants that are in pots are nestled securely in the area between the concrete steps and the side of the house away from the direct path of the wind, the water in the pool has been emptied quite a bit and all the pool toys have been secured as well.

Amidst all of the hurricane preparations, I'm also getting things together to go back on the road with Jimmy on the 24th of September. This means everything I have taken before needs to be laundered and packed into the travel bag I use. I haven't been out with him since April and when I came home the last time, I just unpacked, washed and put everything away in its designated spot in the closet or drawers. I'm packing for at least 2 weeks and will need to make sure I have clothes for warm weather and a couple changes in case we go someplace the temps are beginning to feel like autumn. Honestly? I'm hoping for a trip to Vermont! Jimmy was able to get a load there last month and that gave him the opportunity to see his parents for the first time in oh so many years. At any rate, I'm looking forward to seeing the changing leaves and cooler temps where ever we go, I'm seriously over the hot humid weather and long for fall. It's my favorite time of the year!!

I am really looking forward to being back in the Big Ass Truck! I absolutely love the time we spend together seeing places I've never been to and the one on one quality time of talking and sharing dreams and ideas is one of the things I miss most when he's away from home. There has been some talk of me going in the truck with him full time, but so far that subject is still in the discussion stage. And there would need to be a couple small investments made for me to do that. 

There are going to be some other changes taking place here at home and there will be some shuffling done to make them work. This is one of the reasons we have been talking about me going with him full time. I'll give you more about that when they become reality.

So, today, I'm spending time sorting clothes, doing laundry, making sure my planner and journal is ready to travel, checking out which books I have on the Kindle app on my iPad, making sure I have all the passwords I may or may not need to pay bills or take care of business while on the road in a safe place and getting Lily to the vet for her final inoculations and rabies shot. She loves to ride in the Edge, I'm excited to see how she does in the BAT!

So, here I sit on Tuesday, checking things off my written list as I complete them, watching every report I can find on Florence and keeping the candles lit for safety and minimal damage that may be coming our way.

Hurricane Florence

Yes, that time of the year has settled in quite well. Hurricane season is off with a bang! I've been trying to keep track of all the happenings, but now the next one is coming straight for us here in North Carolina. In fact, all the modules have Florence tracking straight for the Hope Mills-Fayetteville area.

I posted the following on my Facebook profile on Monday afternoon, but I don't know how many of you who are faithful readers of The Feisty Witch also check in on me on Facebook, so it's going here too ...

Here in the Sand Hills of NC, we are under a hurricane warning for Florence to visit with us on Thursday. From all reports, it's possible she will stall once she makes landfall. Governor Cooper has already called for the State of Emergency.

Most likely we will lose power, but our house sits high enough we "shouldn't" have to worry about flooding inside. We have bottled water and food that can be cooked on the side burner of the grill or just eaten out of the package. As soon as it starts raining here, I'll fill the big soaking tub in my bathroom with water so we can flush the toilet. We are on a private well and when the power goes, so does the water. We have 14 of those large 7-day candles, flashlights and a couple external power sources that will be charged in order to keep the cell phones working.

The gas tank on my car will be full and that's about all we can do. We dealt with hurricane Matthew a couple years ago and were without power for 5 days. The highway department has made repairs and reconstructed most of the bridges across the major roads that were impacted by Matthew.

My primary concern is the wind damage. There are TWO large trees in the front yard that could pose a problem. The roof is new, less than a year old, so I'm hoping it survives.

There will be flooding in the waterways and the one at the end of the major street we use for access to town and the highway is sure to overflow.

I'll check in from my phone as often as I can, but will save the battery as much as possible. I'll also check in from the desktop sometime Thursday morning as that is when we should begin to see the wind and rain.

Keep us in your thoughts and say a little prayer to the Gods that there isn't much damage from this one. Florence has been upgraded to a CAT 4 as of noon today. This one is gonna be a doozy!!

In the back of my mind, I hold the hope that this will peter out before it gets to us, but all reports say I'm whistling in the dark. We will get some major wind and rain from Florence. I hope I have prepared enough to get through an extended period of time without electricity and knowing that our major energy source has already sent out the call for reinforcements to join in the repair work is a tiny bit comforting. 

After living most of my life in Arizona where the norm was to have gas or propane appliances so you at least had a way to cook during a big weather event and then moving to an area where everything is electric, I STILL haven't found my comfort zone for any type of storm that has the risk of power outages. 

Oh yeah, did I mention that Jimmy is on the road and we have no idea if he will be able to get home? Yeah, that's a major concern too ... 

Monday, August 27, 2018

Hail Hecate

Hail Hekate Brimo,
Hail Hekate The Fierce,
Hail Hekate The Terrifying.
May I be prepared for the storms of life,
May I honor You through my actions,
May I learn from your gifts.
Guide me through life’s storms,
Remind me that I am strong beyond measure,
As I weather the chaos.
Grateful I am
For the terrors, You send my way,
As I grow wise and fierce.
Hail Hekate Brimo, Storm Bringer
Hail Hekate The Fierce,
Hail Hekate The Terrifying.

©Cyndi Brannen
used with permission