Merry Meet friends. I hope that your Spring has been as beautiful as mine and that all is well with all of you. I haven’t written for a while…my health issues have caused a bit of a problem with coming up with what to write and even the desire to write..but I was in the mood so here I am 🙂 Spring came quite early here in Ohio, probably for you too. It was such a mild Winter most everywhere and it warmed up fast. It’s been just beautiful here…though we are now having quite hot temperatures, hitting 90’s the next several days already. Because of the warm Winter and even warmer Spring, gardening and outdoor activities got under way much earlier then usual and it’s been wonderful!
My herbs from last year happily sprang back up and are huge and ready to be harvested already! Many of my flowers are already in full bloom and everything is green and lush. Lawns needed to be cut early, mulching done, garden centers hopping busy, and Mother Earth is in full bloom in May! I have noticed that birds are singing louder and happier..(I know..it could be my imagination but I don’t think so!) , critters are scurrying and playing. We have a koi pond and the frogs are so abundant and so noisy it’s amazing! There are a lot of new baby fish this year too.
Porch time started early…and the bugs…well…the bad thing about a mild Winter is the bugs are multiplied. June bugs, lady bugs, crickets, spiders, wasps, bees, mosquitos…yep…they are everywhere! I haven’t seen any lightning bugs yet but I’m sure they’ll be along any day 🙂 LOL maybe thats why the birds are so happy? 🙂 I can’t wait for the farmers markets and produce stands to open around us…it won’t be long now. I have the biggest craving for grilled corn on the cob, big, ripe and red tomatoes and some ice cold watermelon!
The Summer Solstice…I can’t believe how fast it’s coming up. Just those words bring back so many memories of carefree Summer days not only when I was a child but when my girls were little too. Now I get to watch my grandchildren play in the dirt, collect bugs, swim, run in the sprinkler, get sticky with watermelon and need baths more then once a day LOL. The cycle continues and the lazy, hazy days of Summer always bring back some nostalgia for me. Though I’m not a fan of really hot days these days..crone that I am…I still love the whole idea that Summer is a time for families, outdoor activities, cookouts and 4th of July parades. Riding bikes, picnics, swimming in lakes, oceans and pools, being tan and active and soooo tired at the end of the day. It’s reading in hammocks and lawn chairs or blankets under a tree in the shade. It’s fishing, and hiking and gardening. Ice tea on the porch and lemonade stands….have you seen a lemonade stand lately? I think they are making a come back! I often think that Summer is for the young…but as I get older, I find my own appreciation of it as well, in a different way. It’s time to feel young again..to join the kids running thru sprinklers, cranking the ice cream maker, playing frisbee or floating on a raft. Ah..Summer..it’s such a great time of year.
Some fond memories I have as a child was drive-in movies…remember those? There are just a couple left near where I live and I think it’s sad that they’ve gone away. When I was quite young…my dad worked a 2nd job at a drive-in movie theatre on the weekends…well..apparantly, that allowed our family of 4 kids and my mom to get to come see movies most weekends. I can remember mom and dad loading us up..in our jammies of all things LOL but we all were under the age of 8-10 with me being the oldest. We would make up a big bag of popcorn..cheaper to bring our own…a jug of Kool-aid, toys and books etc. We would get here early so my dad could report to work and we’d get a good spot to park. Right by the play-yard and the concession stand. We’d get out a play til the movie started. The rules were…we were allowed to watch the first movie..had to lay down for the 2nd movie. LOL Apparantly the first movie was kid friendly, the 2nd one was not. That’s why I would take a book and a flashlight 🙂 We often thru blankets out in front of the car and laid on them to watch the movie. I remember seeing Disney movies mostly. My dad would come sit with us between movies a bit…bring us some candy sometimes. It’s a good memory I have from a childhood that wasn’t always so great. I took my girls to a few drive-in movies when they were little as they were still around then. I wonder if my grandkids will even know what they are?
As a Witch, the Summer Solstice..or Litha..is the time of year I put out new protection bottles, place new protection around my home, give offerings to the Fae and Goddess, harvest my herbs as they grow, and keep myself grounded to Mother Earth..my feet in her dirt and grass and sand, my face to the Sun, my back leaning against a tree, my hands weeding or planting or watering, and my heart connects to the starry skies, the Moon, the warm Summer winds or the warm refreshing rain. It’s a beautiful time of year.
As I am still recovering..I think I appreciate even more the Seasons of the year then I always have. I have always done my best to make the most of every day, to find magick everyday, to be sure my loved ones know they are loved by me everyday. Now…I find it even more important to be sure I enjoy the moments..not let my mind be spinning constantly with what is coming next or what needs to be done tomorrow. Summer is a slow-down and stop and smell the roses season…that is what I intend to do this Summer! and oh yes..I intend to play….like a child….everyday! I know many of you do that too!
“There shall be eternal Summer in the grateful heart.”
I am perusing recipes for Litha for my next post. Be sure to check out the last two years of posts for the Summer Solstice too..recipes, altars, pics etc. Just type it in the Search gadget. I want to thank so many of you again for all the healing, prayers and well wishes sent my way. I will always remember and be grateful for it. Thank you.
Blessings and Love, Autumn
Sources…some pics are internet, some are mine….