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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Summer Solstice

The Summer Solstice is coming up soon, on Thursday June 21st. I love this holiday for its sheer joy and exuberance, and even wrote a book about it--one of the Llewellyn Sabbat series.

The Solstice is a celebration of abundance and energy and all the green (and pink and purple) growing things of summer. Even if you're not a Witch, you can get together with friends and have a BBQ or a picnic, or go to the shore if you are lucky enough to live near the ocean.

I'll actually be in San Diego on the Solstice, so hopefully I'll get to the ocean with my daughter Jenn and her guy Ian, and maybe my parents. Jenn's a Pagan too, so maybe we'll even get to do some little ritual together. (The one with Blue Moon Circle will have to wait until I get home.)

The book is still available (here's the Amazon Link) but I thought just for fun I'd give away one of my last few copies--signed, of course. This will be a quickie giveaway, so I can get the book mailed out in time for the Solstice. As always, just fill out the Rafflecopter form.

Happy summer!


Thursday, June 7, 2018

Kitty Update: Koshka

The new kitties are getting big enough that it is hard to look at them and think "kitten" instead of "cat." Until they start ramming around, getting into everything, and then it is clear that they are still kittens at heart.

Koshka is a little bit bigger than he was, but at about 10-11 months old, it is still clear that he isn't likely to get nearly as large as he probably should have been, because of his rough start at life (in a 25-cat hoarding situation with his sister Ember). He looks more and more like a Maine Coon Cat or a Norwegian Forest Cat every day, with long hair and a tail that looks like it has a mind of its own! Thankfully, he is very cooperative about being brushed.

He gets along fine with Harry Dresden and Angus, as well as his sister, and is generally a very mellow kitten. But he does get into EVERYTHING, especially if food or paper are involved. Luckily, he is so sweet, I mostly forgive him... He also chews on my shoes, so maybe he was a puppy in another life?

Here he is:

He loves to sit in the window and watch what's going on outside

with his sister

Brush my belly now!

With his favorite toy. I had to get three of them!
 I call him my "Fluffernutter" because he is both fluffy and completely nuts.

What do you think? Isn't he gorgeous?

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

In the Garden

I'm not around as much at this time of the year, in part because I am madly trying to get the garden in and up. Here are some pictures so you have proof that I'm not just ignoring you!

The strawberry bed


Iris at the edge of the pond

Various kinds of lettuce and some spinach

Pond guardian

Other irises

a frog and a crystal at the edge of the pond
Anyone else gardening? What are you growing?