27 March 2010

Random Thoughts on a Not-So Random Day

I swear, I will have some more detailed posts coming up soon, however until then:

Bee School is going great! No bees have been interacted with yet (being as this is being taught in a medical school) but I look forward more and more to the day that I have my own hive. It WILL happen!

My nephew is doing well. He's at 28+ weeks now, in technicalities. He had to have one surgery, but has recovered well from that. He may not need heart surgery, which would be amazing. He is off the ventilator and my sister held him for the first time this past week. This little miracle keeps shining.

My seedlings are coming up! Not all of them though, which is a little bit of a bummer, but most. New this year for me are zucchini and summer squash, bush beans and sunflowers. I got lumber for my first raised bed last weekend, when it was sunny and 70 out. This weekend is just as sunny, but in the 30s. Brrr...

For anyone else doing some new stuff in the garden this year, dig this chick is doing a Virgin Harvest challenge. She's a blogger who has inspired me in many ways: as a mom, a gardener, a want-to-be sewer. Check her out for more information.

I went, for my very first time, to an Ostara ritual. The coming of spring is a wonderful time to celebrate renewal. My family connected to the First Kingdom Church of Asphodel though their choir performing at our UU church, so we packed the kids up and headed out to their farm. Besides having a wonderful drive through the country, a tour of their farm, egg coloring and a pot luck, we shared in their circle to find Justice and Peace and renew ourselves. Pages were ripped from a journal of statements of the heart to carry through the year, and I felt mine resonated in more ways than one:

The wild places are where we began. When they end, so do we.

I picked up my first gallon of raw milk today. Our city has a delivery co-op from Robinson Farm. I have been wanting to try it for a while now. Reading the pros and cons these last months, I decided that the benefits outweigh the risks. I desire to take as many preservatives and processing out of my day-to-day foods as possible, and this is just another link in that chain. I am having my first glass right now, in fact. It's different. This may not appeal to many people, but I can taste the farm in my glass. I like it, and cannot wait to make yogurts and cheese with it too.

I celebrate today. For all the gifts and experiences listed above, for the sunshine in the sky and the ground opening up. For my beloved family and friends who remind me that love and joy are a part of each and every moment I walk this earth. And for it being my birthday.

I may just eat cake.

13 March 2010

Little Gifts

I have a post to finish on Bee School thus far, and seed starting for the garden, but I have other things on my mind.

Wednesday was a day to celebrate - it was the birthday of a lot of people I know. Old friends, current colleagues. Plus my mother - a most awesome woman who is dedicated to her family. She did her best to make sure her daughters were loved and prepared for Life. I feel very blessed.

She ended up getting a very surprising gift that morning: a new grandson. My sister delivered her son on our mother's birthday. This is her first, but the celebration was much sooner than expected. Because he wasn't due until the middle of June.

However, all things considered - he is doing amazing for being 26 weeks. It'll be a long journey now, as he will stay at the hospital for several weeks until he is ready to go home.

All signs so far point to a good Path, and everyone is shining a giant light of love and devotion to this new little Life to show him the way home.

I went to see my sister, her fiance and the little one at the hospital on Thursday. My niblets seemed small when they were born (okay, except my son, he fooled us all) but I have never seen one like this.

Little feet with long toes.

He's a peanut. And a fighter.

Welcome to the world, little one. Happy Birthday.