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Pooka

Pooka

The creator of Pooka Pages, Lora Craig-Gaddis, needs our help. Yes, I know, lots of people in the world needs our help and we can’t help them all. So, if you feel like you can spare 1 dollar it can make a difference, and if you can’t (and you don’t have to make up any official excuse, if you can’t, you can’t and that is the way things are now and then) you could light a candle and send some love and positive thoughts their way.

What happened is that Lora’s’ husband suffered a severe stroke at the beginning of this month and ends wont meet for Lora with paying bills, be there for her husband and be able to work with her Pooka Pages and not having the money her husband would have put into all this. I know how time- and energy consuming things like these are and if just some weight are lifted from her shoulders life will be easier for her at this time. Could we, pagan or not, show her some appreciation and support and make her goal come through and some more? I’ve sent a small donation since I’m not having much money myself, but I love reading about Pooka and his Elsie and translate it for my daughter so that is part of why I give something anyway.

For the GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/rgbmz6tw

Blessings to all of you, wherever and whoever you are.

Pooka and Elsie

Pooka and Elsie

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“Deck the halls with…” no, not just yet. I just got my Samhain/Halloween stuff off last week. But it does start to creep in on you, doesn’t it? A little hard to imagine it though, at least for me. I would like to have some snow now, thank you. Making things a little brighter too. And perhaps making my daughter want to walk home from school by herself in the afternoons. She’s afraid of the dark and feel much more comfortable having company with me or friends, but it isn’t always any friends going the same way at the end of school. But earlier this week I asked her to start walking from school and I was going to come and meet her somewhere along the way. She had actually come quite a bit on her way when we met, and after a little while of chatting about this and that she told me that she had asked/imagined her dad and granddad to keep her company and holding her hands until she would see me. It worked apparently, if they were there for real or not (dead both of them) doesn’t matter to me, if that made her feel safe, it works for me.

Winter 2014

Winter 2014

But going into the coming of holidays in December then. I’m not going to go around being all tingly and with shiny eyes at all the stuff jumping at me from all directions, commercials for kids that their parents must buy this and that, and the more it costs the better. I’m not going to run around like crazy already, there will be plenty of chances for that later. Actually I’ve been given the chance to be an admin in a small Facebook group that is about together finding and learning about the pagan way. We’ve started out in a small way with going into the topic about who or what is a Witch? Do you call yourself that, or do you feel you are one? And if not, what do you think/call yourself? Will be interesting when everyone who’s asked to be a member of the group starts piping up a little. Then me and the founder of the group started looking at Yule/Joule/Jul/Winter Solstice or whatever we call it here in the northern parts of the world. I kind of like it, there is a lot to read, consider, compare and learn from, and I find that I have forgotten some stuff and being reminded when I look for facts and other things are new to me. Love that part of learning and sharing what I find.

For example I’ve been diving into the texts of Mike Nichols about the Sabbaths in general and each and everyone by themselves, I found some other stuff about the Oak King and Holly King, reindeer’s and all that from this page. I’m going to add some more and hope the others have something to add too. Hopefully something that isn’t geared so much towards wicca, but some other path of paganism. And if there could be some songs, food and drink, rituals and all that. Would love to see more of that. I found some stories actually, have translated them too for those in the group that doesn’t feel too confident in this language, the first one is from Sparkle Stories and is called The Candleberry Elf. The other one is The Yule Fairies, and I hope my daughter will like to hear them both.

Geek Nerd Dork

Geek Nerd Dork

Yes, I’m getting quite a nerd, or is it geek, when it comes to things that interests me, and I’ve got plenty of time to work on this just because I think it’s fun. If someone else benefits or is helped by it, so much better. And I hope I’m not scaring any of the new people off with all the stuff I’ve added. On the other hand I’ve told them that this isn’t supposed to be learnt from memory or reading all of it at once, it’s just there to give you a chance to get some idea of what this is all about, a different perspective than the Christian one, and where many of our traditions come from, before the coming of big C. Geek, nerd or whatever, I’m having fun. Off to do some more translating and writing.

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So, October came and went and now it’s November. Seen the last week of October the stores filling up with Halloween stuff and at the next row of shelves it’s everything concerning the month of December. Wish they could wait until closer to that month… or as when I was a kid (looong time ago) when all the stores spent the days just before the first of advent decorating their windows, and you just had to wait until that Sunday until you could see what they had decorated with. That was a real family day, not like now, there is stress, all is about money and how much you can spend on buying a lot of stuff that you wont need in the end and it doesn’t make you happier either.

Sorry, got away from the things I was going to write. So photos and October it was. It’s been an unusually warm fall this year, not that I mind really. Today on the other hand fall and November is showing its not so nice side, but that is part of the turning of the wheel too. You can always grab a blanket, a great book or a movie, and light some candles and feel warm and cozy, if you haven’t got to go grocery shopping or some other important stuff. Besides that then? It’s been daughters birthday, she’s 10 now and time does fly I think, or am I just getting old? The kids had great fun and the cat was saved from the invasion since we had a chance to use a bigger place for it, for free. It’s something we can book where we live and use for meetings, festivities, and if you like that, a sauna. It’s been sort of an invasion of the religious people again, been quite a long time and now in just a couple of days I’ve run into Mormons and Witnesses. Well, I can talk with them and all that, but don’t try and convert me or get too into my private space, because that wont work with this old witch.

Ok, enough talking, over to the photos. I guess that is what you are most interested in seeing anyway.

October

October

October

October winding path

October sunrise

October sunrise

October mallards

October mallards

October first frost

October first frost

October golden leaves

October golden leaves

October swans

October swans

October stillness

October stillness

October playing crows

October playing crows

October sunshine

October sunshine

October sun between tree trunks

October sun between tree trunks

October fall

October fall

October admit you stole the warmth

October admit you stole the warmth

October birds!

October birds!

October rosehips

October rosehips

October dragon from Pumpkin Lady

October dragon from Pumpkin Lady

October my bag!

October my bag!

October churchyard memorial the 31st

October churchyard memorial the 31st

October part of the churchyard October 31st

October part of the churchyard October 31st

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