Merry Meet friends. Hot, Humid and Dry. Pretty well sums up the end of June and all of July here in Ohio..as I know many of you are experiencing the same thing where you live. Those who know me, know I’m not a fan of Summer…and this oppressive weather makes that even more true. lol. I’ve heard so many talking about it being the hottest, driest Summer they can remember for a while..and I thought the same thing. Until I went back and read my Lugnasadh post from last year at right about this same time. What was I talking about? How hot and dry it was! Just goes to show how quickly we forget from year to year. So I will wait this out, try to find something good about it..and keep sweating and lagging along til it cools off. 🙂 We are expecting some rain tomorrow..that will go a long way to making things better!
I have really struggled to keep my flowers and herbs alive this year. Despite watering constantly, they are not all lush and green like usual. Water from a hose just is not the same as a good fresh rain. Our grass….pretty well looks dead…but with a good soaking I’m sure it will come back. I feel so badly for the farmers and their crops and the poor animals who must be struggling to find water. I have put out big bins of water..keeping them filled…and I’ve seen everything from birds to groundhogs and possums to deer drinking from it. Seeing deer drinking from it…amazing! Made me feel good to see it….like I am doing a good thing 🙂
I can’t believe it’s the middle of July already. Lughnasadh is not far off..August 1….and tonight is the New Moon as well. I will be doing a small ritual ..for new beginnings on my new project. Well kind of new. I have started an online business…something I’ve wanted to do for 2 years now…and something has kept me from doing it for that long…my own hesitations..and my recent illness..but I have finally got the show on the road. Verbena Lane Botanicals is my herbal products business. I make bath, beauty and healing products. Right now we have a facebook page and we are selling from it (we being my daughter Kate and I). She is very busy being a mom of 2 little ones, studying medical billing and coding, and being pregnant with baby #3 :))) Yes, I’m going to have another grandchild in January..I’m thrilled! Anyway I digress LOL. So I have taken over the business pretty much for now. I’m listing new products each week and orders are coming in nicely and keeping me busy. An etsy shop will be our next step as well. Check it out if you’d like 🙂
I’ve received some wonderful messages asking how I’m doing. I’m happy to say that just in the last couple weeks, I am feeling much much better. My energy level is returning, my headaches are better, and I continue to improve some of the cognitive problems I was having. I feel sharper mentally. I still get tired and am still remembering what I told all of you…to put myself first more often..to take care of myself…to rest when I need to etc. I thank you all again for your prayers and well wishes.
Back to Lugnasadh. There is not much more I can say about this first Harvest Sabbat that I haven’t said in previous posts from the last 3 years. It is one of my favorite Sabbats simply because it is the first Harvest one! Harvest..what a wonderful word. It implys the end of the Summer. Coming soon, my favorite Season of Autumn. Harvest..meaning farm stands will be full of produce, grown by Mother Earth with the help of hardworking farmers and gardeners. Harvest….time to cut my herbs, dry them, and enjoy my own harvested work. Harvest..reminds me of my grandmother, canning and preserving all the bounty from her own gardens, with me by her side, doing what I could and watching her, learning. Harvest..animals gathering, nesting, hustling.
Lugnasadh for me is baking homemade, grain-filled breads. It’s making herb infused oils and vinegars so I can enjoy my herbs all Winter long. It’s enjoying the last hot, hazy days of Summer…family cook-outs, family vacation, tending gardens and herbs, making some jams to go with that great homemade bread, time outdoors, porch sitting, and starting to think about cooler days. I love to pull out my Autumn cookbooks…start perusing recipes I want to try this year..putting me in the mood for Fall and good hot meals…and lets not forget mid August brings back football!! (Go Bengals!)
I hope that all of you have some plans made for Lugnasadh. I usually light candles all over the house in the evening, enjoy a glass of wine and dream of bright colored leaves falling from trees, pumpkins, mums, woodsmoke and fires, good foods made with apples, sweaters and crisp air. Lugnasadh reminds us that the season will be changing soon 🙂
I will come back soon and post a couple of recipes from those cookbooks I was talking about. In the meantime, I hope you have a Blessed New Moon!
“Whilst August yet wears her golden crown,
Ripening fields lush- bright with promise;
Summer waxes long, then wanes, quietly passing
Her fading green glory on to riotous Autumn.”
– Michelle L. Thieme,
Love and Blessings, Autumn
*Pics of bread, oils and jams are my own. 🙂 *ok..for some reason the oils and jam picture won’t post…I’ll try again tomorrow 🙂