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Bits and Pieces……..

daffodils_in_snow_Wallpaper_caq12Merry Meet my friends!  It’s Sun day….and it’s snowing and blowing outside.  Winter still has us in her grip.  Here in Ohio that is perfectly normal.  Spring doesn’t come for us until April and well into it too!   We were predicted at one point to have up to a foot of snow coming but it has been dropped back to 4-7 inches.  However, I’m not sure we’ll even get that.  We only have an inch so far.  It’s very pretty to watch on a lazy Sun day at home so I’m enjoying it.  Hope you all are safe and sound and tuckered in depending on whether you are getting the rains out west or the snow in the midwest and east.

My post today is about a few things I wanted to talk about.  I have given this blog a lot of serious thought lately. I debated not writing anymore.  I just had my 4th year anniversary here and I just wasn’t sure I had it in me to write here in anymore. I think I was losing my muse to write.  However, after some thought, I decided that I enjoy writing for my own enjoyment and will continue.  I’m grateful to my readers who seem to enjoy it too!  I am going to change up my writings a bit though.  I want to write MORE!  In the future, I’ll be doing posts about herbs, crystals, other blogs I want to feature, books, gardening, recipes, witchy craft pages of my friends,  and just more about my life as a Witch.  How I live it everyday.  I’m excited to take my blog in a new direction! I’ll also be working on my blogroll..updating, taking away those who aren’t writing anymore and adding some wonderful blogs I’ve discovered!

Another thing I wanted to share with my readers is that I have been a “chef” or writer for an online Pagan/Witch blog called the Sunday Stew.  Here is the link.

http://mypaganworld.blogspot.com/2014/03/the-sunday-stew-march-2-8-2014.html

I was asked to come on as the Herbalist Witch and I am enjoying it tremendously.  The Stew has been around for some time..I’ve been reading it for some time.  I was so honored when my friend and blog owner Kallan Kennedy asked me to write for the Stew.  It comes out every Sun day morning.  Lots of great news articles, other bloggers thoughts and ideas, info on totems, tarot, businesses, recipes, spells and rituals and really a great read!  You can follow the blog via email or network blogs to be sure that the Stew shows up in your inbox every Sun day as well! Be sure to check it out.  I started writing at the end of December…so go back and check out my herbal info and recipes!  I have made some amazing new friends amongst the other writers and feel very blessed!

Another thing I’ve gotten much busier with is my own herbal business.  You can find the link here.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/verbenalaneshoppe

Verbena Lane Botanicals has been something I’ve just dabbled in a bit but I’m getting more serious about it now!  Thanks to the Stew featuring my shop, business has picked up a bit!   I’ve gotten more motivated and having a lot of fun kitchen witchin..making up new wonderful products for my shop. It’s something I really love doing!  Be sure and find me as Verbena Lane Botanicals on Facebook as well here……

https://www.facebook.com/VerbenaLane

Along those lines, I have started working, finally, on getting my Herbalist certification thru Rosemary Gladstar’s home study course.  I’m really excited !  I signed up right before I had the brain bleed nearly two years ago, and needless to say, it got set aside while I healed.  Then we moved, then etc etc etc and it always seemed to be put aside.  Now I’m making it a must do and I’m learning a lot!  The course is well written, beautifully presented in a huge binder, and makes you do the homework etc.  It’s just great! I highly recommend it! Here is the link for that!

http://www.sagemountain.com/herbal-home-study-course.html

Ostara is coming up fast!  Yes, my friends, despite the Winter we’ve had, Spring WILL come! We’ve even had a few days here and there that brought to mind a beautiful Spring day!  My mind has turned to my gardens, herbs, being outside with my feet on Mother Earth’s soft ground without snow! I want to get my hands dirty, plan and plant.  As we are in a new home, just a year now, I have more beds to landscape and plan. So much fun to think about doing…and even more fun to DO when I can!

Oh despite the snow and frigid cold days, I can feel the Wheel turning as most all Witches can!  The movement of Sun and Moon have changed, the days are longer, the shadows cast by the trees have changed.  The behavior of the birds and ground critters is different..I’m even seeing Robins!  Even here in Ohio there is Spring flowers trying to bloom and some bushes are showing buds.  As much as I love Winter, I am looking forward to Spring!  What are your plans for Ostara, for Spring?  Spring cleaning? Planting your seedlings indoors?  Gathering with friends to feast? Dying eggs? Putting up new wards and protection for your home and those who dwell there?  Cleansing your tools, altars, crystals and home to prepare for Spring?  All are wonderful ways to prepare for Spring and for the awakening of Mother Earth!

I’ll be back soon…and often! Please do check out the Stew for some wonderful reading and knowledge.  I want to thank you all for being a reader and a friend. I continue to be inspired by those around me everyday….  and just one more word….the old adage…Be KIND to one another!!!

Blessings and Love, Autumn

 

 

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Well, we no sooner get over one winter storm and here comes another!  We’re expecting another 5-7 inches starting tonight and going thru wed. evening…I love snow but this is getting ridiculous!  I’m more and more hoping for Spring to come very soon!  Starting to feel cooped up and that I need to get out and get some exercise and fresh air.

This morning I had a huge flock of Robins!  yes, Robins!  at the bird feeder.  They are huge and fat and a wonderful sight to see.  Maybe thats a sign??  I’ve got to get my better half to fill the feeders again tonight before the storm comes.  This morning also I noticed deer tracks going right across the backyard..sure wish I would have seen the deer.  We are very lucky here to be in the country enough to have herds of deer and we very often see them right in our year.  We have  a large acreage of woods behind our home and the houses around us that they shelter in..such a beautiful sight to see.  I feel such an affinity with them, they are so majestic.

Today I’m going to run some errands before I’m stuck in again for the next couple of days.  Luckily I don’t have to go to the grocery again and fight that chaos LOL..I did such a good stock up last week, I’m good to go.  Sure enjoyed the Super Bowl game last night and i’m happy for the Saints.  My favorite part was after the game, the cameras panned in on Drew Brees with his baby boy.  He was completely focused on his son and had tears in his eyes and it was so precious..my heart filled from seeing it.  Drew definitely has his priorities straight..knows what is important.  Just lovely to see.

I have signed up to take Ellen Dugan’s online class “Hearth and Home” based on her Cottage Witchery book.  Gonna start on it today I think.  I loved that book and have read it twice now..can’t wait to see what she is going to teach me more about.  My home is important to me and the more magickal I can make it the better.  We all should make our homes to reflect ourselves, to bring comfort and peace to ourselves and our loved ones.  I’m often told my home is comforting and thats what I want to hear.  One of the errands I need to do today is to buy some candles..My yankee candles are gone and I’m missing their delicious smells..hum..wonder what scents I’ll come home with today??  My hubby is partial to the ones that smell like food..his favorite being the hazelnut coffee.  I like those too for the kitchen but for my other rooms I like natural scents like jasmine, lavender, vanilla etc.  Yummy.

I’m enjoying blogging very much and get excited when I get some hits..still learning how to use the site..if anyone has any suggestions for my site I’d be happy to listen.  I want to learn how to post pics..haven’t figured that out yet.  Don’t forget to click on charity link..its for the environment which I’m passionate about..doesn’t cost you anything..just a couple of minutes to do a couple of tasks..thanks in advance for that!

Blessed Be, Autumn

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