November 2022 - Giving Thanks...

November 09, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

November 2022

Giving Thanks…

 

Blog – Gratitude

Word of the month – forge (to, form, shape, make, fashion, create, etc.)

Season – Fall

Time of Day – 6pm-12am

Element of the year – fire

Moon name – Beaver Moon (November 8th)

Moon of the year - Waning moon

Sunset

Popular Holidays – All Saints Day, Sadie Hawkins Day, DST, Election Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Total Lunar Eclipse (Blood Moon)

Things to do – cook, fall clean,

Walking/hiking,

Switch out summer clothes,

Close up the garden and start canning,

Start holiday shopping/planning,

Join a turkey trot,

Host a “Friendsgiving,”

Volunteer,

Attend a festival (beer/wine),

Play football,

Bake cookies.

 

 

 

November is the time when things cool down and kick into holiday gear. It starts the day after Halloween and ends right after Thanksgiving. Back in the colonial days, this is the time when our ancestral “worker ants” would bring in the crops and prepare for the harsh winter to come.

 

As the leaves change from the bright hues of October into the darker maroons and browns of November, we also feel the changes in society. To me, it is the time of gratitude and resilience. I love to pull from the concept of Thanksgiving and the gratefulness of helping a friend in need.

 

Long ago, my ancestors were on the brink of starvation in a new land. People that they had judged to be savages ended up becoming the heroes that saved them in the end. The tribes taught the colonists how to farm the land. Ironically, there was no turkey or pies in the original dinner. Although there are many variations of the story, I would love to focus on the gratitude of survival that the original dinner encompassed.

 

 

Upcoming Shoots:

I unfortunately don’t have nay shoots for November at this month (fantasy photo wise) as I have been very sick (lovely Covid) in the last few weeks but I am hoping to get back on the right path and sneak something in before the end of the month.

 

Events:

African Leadership Awards – Marriot in Manhattan

Trip to Florida

Turkey Trot

Holiday Shopping

Thanksgiving

Working on fixing up a camper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


October 2022 - Living in the Moment

October 10, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

October 2022

Living in the Moment…

 

Blog – Diving into Fall

Word of the month –Lionization (treating something as an object of adoration)

Season – Fall

Time of Day – 6pm-12am

Element of the year – fire

Moon of the year - Waning moon

Sunset

Popular Holidays – Halloween, Columbus Day, Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Things to do – Pumpkin picking,

Walking/hiking,

Watch scary movies,

Decorate for spooky month,

Enjoy all the pumpkin themed foods,

Visit a vineyard,

Go on a hayride,

Watch a soccer game,

Have a campfire,

Carve pumpkins,

Watch scary movies.

 

 

October is the visual cue to the beginning of fall. In the colonies of northeast America, we tend to flourish in the roots of our ancestors. The world is painted in bright colors of corn, pumpkin, and apple. To me, it is the time of creativity. I love to create decorations, costumes, and more during the month. It is when I slowly change over from summer clothes to winter as the nights get a little cooler.

 

This month is about enjoying the colorful world around us and spending time with friends and family. It is warm tea in the morning while snuggling with my son, sweaters and fleece tops, soccer games, about finishing up summer bucket lists for the year and enjoy the last of the season before bunkering down for the colder months. This month’s photo shoot is a reschedule of the mermaids and sailors and I am hosting my own amazing murder mystery Halloween party.

 

Upcoming Shoots:

I have a wonderful photo shoot coming up with Andrew and Alexandra. It is a reschedule from last month due to sickness. We are doing some recreations of the classic story of Hans Christian Anderson’s Little Mermaid. I am hoping to lean more towards the original story and less on the Disney rendition (not that there is anything wrong with our little red headed fin princess and her beau).

 

Events:

A rescheduled photo shoot for Little Mermaid

Murder Mystery Halloween Party

20th High School Reunion

Pumpkin Picking

Adventure Park Ropes Course

Creating a Halloween costume

 

Although September is the official start of fall, I wanted to make a bucket list for fall. I have a PDF available on the website. Although many people are sad when summer is over, I love that October has so many festivities to keep us busy. Feel free to create your own fall bucket list so that you don’t miss out on items you want to fulfil.

 

Fall bucket list

 

 

 

 

 

 


September 2022 - The Start of Something New...

September 02, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

September 2022

The Start of Something New…

 

Blog – reconnect with the community (connectedness)

Word of the month –Nexus (a series of things linked together)

Season – Summer/Fall

Time of Day – 12p-6pm

Element of the year – fire

Moon of the year - full moon

Noon

Astronomy Event - Autumn/fall equinox (daylight/moonlight are equal September 22nd)

Popular Holidays – Labor Day, Mabon, Oktoberfest, Michaelmas

Things to do – Apple picking,

Walking/hiking,

Complete unfinished projects,

Clean and prepare to hibernate,

Plant bulbs,

Winemaking,

Renaissance festivals,

Weave corn dolls,

Hazelnuts,

Baking bread,

Scarecrows,

Start school,

Replenish office supplies take college classes

 

 

September is the end of summer and the beginning of fall. To me, it is a mark of new beginnings. Even though it has been years since I was last in school, I feel the buzz of excitement over new outfits, bags, supplies, growth for the start of a new school year. It is bittersweet as each day is so beautiful to me and I want to freeze time. In the spring, I can’t wait for the leaves to come in and for it to warm up. In the summer, I bask in the glory of the season while wilting away in the heat. In September, I know that summer is drawing to a close and that fall is just a breath away.

 

This month is about finishing up summer bucket lists for the year and enjoy the last of the season before bunkering down for the colder months. I would love to get some hiking and fairs within the month, but I know that my son’s soccer games will keep me busy throughout most of the weekends. This month’s photo shoot is about mermaids and sailors and I have an amazing murder mystery house warming party that I am hoping to blog as I have a feeling it is going to be very exciting.

 

Upcoming Shoots:

I have a wonderful photo shoot coming up with Andrew and Alexandra. We are doing some recreations of the classic story of Hans Christian Anderson’s Little Mermaid. I am hoping to lean more towards the original story and less on the Disney rendition (not that there is anything wrong with our little red headed fin princess and her beau).

 

Events:

Labor day weekend with a last rendezvous at the beach

Murder Mystery House Warming Party

A Surprise Birthday Party with a Farmhouse theme

A few projects where I dive back into creating clothes

 

Although September is the official end of summer, I wanted to make this month’s blog about our wake from the Covid hibernation and going back into the community of fairs, events, visiting families, etc. in hopes of never having to face this beast again. Life is too short to live within an isolated cage and humans are social creatures that thrive on the community to nurture themselves.

 

 

 


 


Weekly Update - June 6th through 12th

June 13, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

It has been a crazy week, but in a good way. I’ve been racing to create an arsenal of materials and am slowly letting my babies out into the world. It is heart wrenching, and like a child going off to kindergarten for the for time, I am frightened on what will happen. Will people like them? Will they get in trouble? Did I prepare them for the big day well enough?

This week was focused on closing up the old projects. Stalkers has been my baby for years and I have sat on it and prepared it and sat on it again. In the end, I refused to do much with it. I’m so scared that it will never be good enough, and it won’t be anything if I don’t release the whole thing into the wild. So… I am pulling up my big girl panties and sending it off like a submarine. Two books are done and shipped out, and I am hoping to have the third one complete by the end of the month at the latest (at the earliest it will be next week).

My other big project is my contribution to Kindle Vella. It is a new program created by Amazon that allows authors to publish their works as serialized stories. Some of the greatest stories of all times have been created this way and I hope to do the same. Stories like North and South, The Count of Monte Cristo, Vanity Fair, Treasure Island, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and so many more. Now one of my stories called Ultramarine will be a serialized story as well. I will be releasing it one chapter per week. I don’t have the whole thing written yet, but I am hoping having this deadline will light a fire under my ….um….under carriage.

The last, but not least, item done this week was a photo shoot for our monthly shoot. This was our own version of a damsel in distress. We had a lovely damsel (Rebecca Munroe) and her knight in shining armor (Mark Longo) posing up on Bailey's Ravine Sunday afternoon. Then we switched it up and had our damsel save the knight. Even at 5pm in the evening, it was still a whopping 90+ degrees. Becky had on a long sleeve dress with layers attached to the back while Mark was wearing several pounds of heavy armor. There was a lot of sweat, but the two of them took the shots like troopers. Even Mike and I were layered in sweat by the end of the shoot. I'm so glad it is done as it was very hot, and I can't wait to edit the pictures. I've only had the opportunity to load them on the computer so far. 

Projects completed for the week:

Stalkers: The Resurrection – Kindle is available for purchase (this was technically done last week)

Stalkers: The Resurrection – It is available on paperback but I have not approved final cover yet

Stalkers: The Illusion – Kindle is available for purchase

Stalkers: The Illusion – It is currently submitted and in review for paperback version on Amazon

Ultramarine – The first two chapter have been released and will be available on Kindle Vella when it opens! My goal is to release a chapter a week until it is complete.

Damsel in Distress photo shoot at Bailey's Ravine in North Franklin, CT with Rebecca Munroe and Mark Longo

Hanfu Princess photo edits are complete 

-I am currently doing final edits for Stalkers: The New Covenant. Adrian was getting a little wiry in the book and I have to clean him up a bit.

And all this was done with multiple dentist appointments, unexpected half days due to heat, zoom calls to old colleges, field days at school, and the wrapping up of the school year! I feel so happy and accomplished!!!!

 


October - The Family Meal

October 01, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

The lights are low as the meal presses on. There are five plates piled high with food at the dining room table, but only four people are present. A single candle stands in the spot where the fifth person should be seated. No one speaks a word, but mischievous smiles are aplenty. We are all waiting to see who can make it through the entire meal without making a single sound.

The Holiday Meal

The meal is called a “dumb” supper, but it has nothing to do with being stupid. In fact, dumb is an old English word that means that you are mute and/or unable to talk. Unfortunately, it was used so many times as slang for stupid – especially since many people believe that lack of communication meant stupidity – that the words became synonymous. oct-2oct-2

As All Hallows Eve (aka Halloween, Samhain, November Eve, etc.) is supposed to be the night when the veils between the words are the thinnest, it is also the time to show respect to those that passed on and can no longer converse with the living. The dumb supper, aka mute supper, is a tradition in my family where we put one extra place setting out (and a candle to represent those that have departed) at dinner time to let our loved ones know that we love and miss them (It is also a wedding tradition to leave a candle out on the welcome table to symbolize the same concept). We try our best to eat the entire meal in silence, but we slip up sometimes and it becomes a fun game during the holiday meal to see who can make it the longest.

After the meal is over, we place the remains outside. It is an offering to those that passed before us. It is similar to leaving cookies out for Santa on Christmas Eve. It is neat to go back out the next morning with little ones and see how excited they get when the food is gone (and some fox or raccoon is very happy back in the forest). We keep a white candle in the window at night to invite in the good spirits of our loved ones and a carved pumpkin to scare away the bad.

Halloween is arguable my favorite holiday of the year. My biggest reason why I love it so much is because I like making costumes and it is my excuse to wear my crazy outfits all day long.  I also love the fact that Halloween is the one of the only holidays that is about community. Christmas is as well but, for most families, Halloween is the one time a year when you go door-to-door and say hello to your neighbors on your block while your children are trick-or-treating.

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Have you ever hear someone say:  “once in a blue moon?” It is actually in old saying that meant once a year. It was the way people told time passing long ago. In fact, there are thirteen full moons a year in our present calendar and only one lucky month a year gets to host this grand event. It actually changes months each year. This year it is in October. The first full moon will be on October 1st and is called the harvest moon (the full moon that is closest to the autumn equinox is always called the harvest moon because…well…it was a heads up that it was the time to harvest the crops). The second full moon is – ironically – on Halloween and is called a Blue moon.

So…once in a blue moon, there is a blue moon on All Hallows Even, when the holiday is seated on a weekend…and anything could occur! Hahaha! (Enter my evil laugh here)

 

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