Bidding the Old Goodbye and Crafting Goals for the Future

And so the old year died... There are certainly man year-end posts after Christmas in late December but I feel they aren't as frequent in the first week of January. I prefer to make my hopes and dreams for the new year known in the new year, it feels more possible once you have the…

Wild & Precious Life – Autumn 2021

Technically, winter doesn't begin until the end of December, but in the Finger Lakes it's hard to deny that there's a certain chill to the air that is very reminiscent to winter. And so, for the last three years I've found myself humming Christmas songs* and joyfully walking in snowfall in November. *It should be…

Wild & Precious Life – Mid-Spring to Early Summer 2021

The last I wrote was in April and per usual, the warmer weather drew me outdoors and away from indoor focuses. Gone were journals, left behind were crochet projects, and forgotten were embroideries. We finished the last of our jarred goods from last year's harvest and the snow finally melted. Environmentally, this year is something…

Wild & Precious Life – End of Winter/Start of Spring 2021

January descended upon the Finger Lakes with heavy snow. One snowstorm followed another, although we truthfully didn't get many. The temperatures remained low, and the snow remained on the ground. Too high for play, we stayed indoors. When I look at the past few months, I find myself at a loss for words. How do…

Wild & Precious Life – End of Summer/Start of Autumn 2020

In Pagan traditions, August 1st is the celebration of the start of the harvest. It’s a time to remember that Autumn isn’t far off, even if you’re in the height of summer weather. This seems most appropriate in the Finger Lakes, as August seems to be all of that. We have the most inconsistent weather…

Midsummer

The Swedish tourism site describes Midsummer (Midsommar) as: The successful midsummer never-ending lunch party formula involves flowers in your hair, dancing around a pole, singing songs while drinking unsweetened, flavoured schnapps. And downing a whole load of pickled herring served with delightful new potatoes, chives and sour cream. All in all, a grand day out.Visit…

Wild and Precious Life – End of 2019/New Year

Since posting last, we celebrated Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's--a first as our family of three. Bruce and I were so ready for the winter months so that we would have more time to focus inward and accomplish projects around home that we had previously ignored. We didn't realize how quickly winter would come…