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I'm posting a bit earlier than usual due to being pretty tired and having a nasty knot in my right shoulder that just doesn't seem to want to go away. I hauled Garuda in for some work this afternoon after dropping Geordie at the bus depot, and ended up spending a couple of hours at the Starbucks across from the garage. Thankfully, the coffee scent wasn't too intense, and I managed to get a few more articles read in the book I've been working my way through this afternoon.

It turns out that it was a good thing I hadn't managed to renew the library card yesterday, as Steamcon III is actually the weekend of the 14-16th instead of in November, as I'd imagined. I bought my ticket for the con's concert on Saturday night today and have been briefly in contact with [livejournal.com profile] fullcontactmuse about hotel room issues. I have to talk with my next door neighbor about dogsitting for that weekend, and I've sent off a missive to [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor about the thing as well, just to make sure we're on the same page.

I spent most of today doing laundry once I got home. I still have stuff in the dryer and am waiting impatiently for it to finish up before I crash for the night. It has finally got chilly enough that I've turned on the heat in the living room, though that may well be a part of my being achy. Tomorrow I have to head down to Seattle for yoga and then back up here for the steampunk meetup. Mostly, right now, I'm just tired and want to go to bed. No writing has been done at all, sadly.
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Yesterday was a pretty full and busy day for me. I hauled cobbles for [livejournal.com profile] martianmooncrab's back porch flower bed. I potted a bazillion plants. I made dinner. By that time, I was utterly fried, so after dinner I collapsed in bed and didn't get up until morning. I think I might be kinda-sorta caught up on sleep. Ish.

The day itself was gorgeous and we got a ton of stuff done. I did a boneless leg of lamb roast and then sauteed veggies from the garden. We tried to do some leeks, but they were hard as rocks. She says she will use them for broth, which is probably about the best she could get out of them like this. They were at the bolted to seven feet tall with flower buds on them stage, so I wasn't sure if they'd be usable anyway.

I spent some of yesterday reading essays in Survivors' Songs: From Maldon to the Somme, a book on English war poets, and thinking about my experiences at the Mensa AG, which only continued to illustrate how thoroughly clueless civilians can be. I'll probably write more about that when I'm home and not borrowing the Crabby One's computer. I need to pack up here soon and head northward, but I wanted to check in and let folks know that I hadn't actually fallen off the face of the earth, I just passed out dead tired before I managed to write anything yesterday.

Soon: on the road. I'll post again when I get home.

Ow

Oct. 7th, 2009 04:19 pm
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Instead of writing, I went out and cleaned up the dead plant matter on the lanai and hauled the empty pots out to the Sekrit Lab. I swept and am waiting for water to dry so I can sweep again and get the rest of the soil from pulled-up plant roots.

Naturally, this means I hurt like feck. No love, hips. None at all.

In an hour I'm meeting friends for dinner at Kalia's, so there will be food joy at the very least, and friendage. I think I'll read the last chapter of the book I'm almost done with.

At least something has been accomplished today.

Writybits

Jun. 15th, 2009 04:37 pm
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I'm hanging out at [livejournal.com profile] agatheringgrove at the moment, working on the Brigid piece. It has gone from most of one page to about two and a half pages, sans some quotes I need to insert. I have rather a ways to go. I'm at just over 1200 words at the moment. I've briefly addressed the Vestal Virgins argument and have moved on to deal with Gerald of Wales. I need to expand a bit, I know, but I want to get things down in brief first. My intent is not in any way to argue against women-only flamekeeping groups but to suggest that there is also room for non-exclusive groups within CR. Given the focus of the women's voices in magic anthology, I think it'll be a good essay.

This morning before I headed out to get Garuda's oil changed, I got email notification that my proposal for the anthology "World Religions and Disability: Cross Cultural and Interdisciplinary Perspectives" was accepted. Deadline is January 2010 so I have ample time to work on it, thank all the Gods. This is not a guarantee of the essay itself being accepted, but it means I get into the running so yay! This will be published through a university press so it will be a great addition to my writing CV.

I took The Art of Attention: A Poet's Eye by Donald Revell down to the garage today while Garuda was getting worked on. So far I'm enjoying it very much, as I did Art and Fear previously. I'm about halfway through this small tome and was quite inspired and it got me thinking some about what I want to do for the essay in the magical/spiritual poetry anthology that's in progress. It touched on both some of the things that I believe and practice about filidecht and on some of what we're discussing and working with in the mindfulness meditation group at the VA. I'll probably take it in tomorrow for the session and show it to the group leaders. The attention the author speaks of is, in so many words, a species of mindfulness meditation and being present in the moment and to everything that surrounds us. I need to spend a little time outdoors today.

New plants and a storage seat were added to the lanai this weekend. I got a hellebore, a green bean, and two cucumber plants. One is a lemon cucumber and the other is a standard variety long green, both organic. The hellebore went into the brass planter I found by the dumpster and looks good there. I rearranged some of the pots after assembling the seat and stowing some of the unsightly bits within. The HOA sent out a notice that we can't store anything on the lanais or they'll come and haul stuff away. Of course, this is only a viable threat if you happen to live on the ground floor. It's a bit difficult to get up to the second or third floor to steal shit from the residents unless they open the door for you. Anyway, the couple of empty pots and bag of potting soil fit into the storage seat and it qualifies as "patio furniture" so they can't bitch about it.

I'll probably pick some kale and thin the mustard seedlings today so that I'll have some greens for dinner. There's also an artichoke that needs cooking, so that'll be part of tonight's activities as well. I might poke [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht and see if he wants to go to the Steamvent tonight, as Marcellus Von Karsh, one of the locals, is moving to Chicago and is making his farewell appearance at the Wayward tonight.

It's nearly 5pm, so I should be getting on home. No doubt the DoDC+3 needs externalization for his daily constitutional. More later!
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Gus called me this morning about quarter after nine and said he'd be heading up this way today. He expects to make Everett by 5:30, given that I need to drive [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht down to Seattle for the Krishna Das concert. I have a few things to settle here before he arrives. I'm not sure how long he's staying, but I'm assuming he'll stage a few visits with other folks from here if it's more than a day or two. I enjoy his company and he can stay as long as he likes as far as I'm concerned. This does mean we'll be heading down to Seattle a little later today than [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht and I had been intending, but Gus's company is worth a small change in plans.

The day so far is overcast and the temp is about 60f -- pleasant and not yet to the "Juneuary" we get here sometimes. Last night when I was out walking the DoDC+3 I found a brass urn planter by the dumpster. It's perfectly fine, just a little used. I picked it up for my lanai garden. It's maybe a one gallon container, suitable for any number of shade-type plants and should look good with some bronze/reddish foliage in it. Maybe I'll get one of the bronze-leaved coral bells or something to put in it eventually. It looks a little odd next to the terra cotta pots, but the glazed ones in green are very nice with it. I'll see what happens and possibly move it as well. Container gardens, thankfully, are very amenable to rearrangement.

I have had some tea and toast. I foresee a shower in my near future and then a little house stuff. The DoDC+3 in his infinite dogness has managed to scratch a hole through the fitted sheet on my bed in his search for a more comfortable place to sleep. I got my toe stuck in it last night, opening it further, and was too lazy to change it then. I'm a bit perturbed but not that bothered by it. I have other sheets, fortunately. I'll keep the matching top sheet for other purposes when I toss the fitted one. I had been contemplating buying a new set anyway. And also, random tufts of dog fur must be swept up off the floor. The DoDC+3 sheds like a mighty shedding machine.

My desk is an explosion of papers and books. I rather doubt that's going to change. I may considering straightening it up a bit, though.
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The heat that's been cooking the area the past few days has eased off and the sky is mostly overcast today. It's still warm, certainly. I have a window and the sliding door open into the living room. The house is scented with heavy, sweet sandalwood incense and the chicken broth I'm making, flavored with berberi paste.

I planted the shade garden today in the large pot I got for it. Most of the root/corm bits went in at a depth of 3 inches, the maidenhair ferns at two, and the hepatica just under the surface. I watered them thoroughly then took water out for the rest of the garden as well. I'm a bit worn out after even such a simple thing as hauling soil for one large planting pot. This is a little discouraging, but the garden itself makes me happy and is worth the effort.

The sprouts are all doing quite well. The tomatoes are blooming though it's early yet for them to start setting fruit. The jerusalem artichokes are growing taller. I'm looking forward to my first sprout thinning so that I can have tiny baby greens for a small salad with some kale leaves.

Gus's travel plans are changing by the minute, so he may be with me Monday night as well as Tuesday. If that's the case I'll see if he's interested in coming to the CR schmooze with us and joining us for dinner afterwards at Charlie's. I sent out the script for the midsummer ritual to the group with the caveat that we'll obviously want to change it somewhat for our smaller scale and shorter celebration.

Quite a few of my friends have been blogging sporadically for International Pagan Values blogging month. [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht has put up a couple of good ones in the past few days, as have [livejournal.com profile] sannion and [livejournal.com profile] lupabitch. I don't really have anything profound to say on the whole thing at the moment. I may do a formal entry over on Searching for Imbas later this month, as I believe the search for wisdom is a CR value in and of itself. It's a topic dear to my heart at any rate. I'm not feeling particularly eloquent today, though that's another CR value, at least by my lights.

It's a day when I wish I had more energy. Laundry, at least, should get hauled out of the bedroom and tossed in the washer. Gardening, cooking, laundry. That's all part of a Pagan life as much as any theological position or mystical vision. They're basic things in the world that we need to do to keep ourselves together as humans. There's value in the everyday things of life. They're as worthy of practice as honor, honesty, friendship, hospitality, courage, generosity, or compassion.

Gardening. Cooking. Laundry.

My Pagan life.

Success!

Jun. 5th, 2009 07:25 pm
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As opposed to earlier in the week where the entire day had been made of fail, today was quite successful.

Hair cut - check
Green dye - check (though I had to go to Seattle for it)
Pot for shade garden - check
Air mattress for camping -check
First photo taken - check

My first photo for the project was the Shiva Nataraj altar at Travelers, which is where I spend an immense amount of my time, comparatively speaking. They'd just put some flower heads down in a little design around the linga stone on the altar so it was quite pretty today. And also? Chole plate and a chai. Yum. Poor [livejournal.com profile] evilbusdriver had no idea they were serving Indian food now and has twittered me several times to ask questions. moohahahaha.

Metro, down on Broadway, had not one but three different greens to choose from so I got what I was looking for. I could not for the life of me find any in Everett.

Everett -- listen up! You suck! Grow some punk!

It looks like Gus will be in town next week and I'll be having dinner with him on the 9th, then he'll crash here for the night before he heads on to the next people on his 'to visit' list. It'll be the first time in a long time I've been able to spend some time just hanging out with him. Usually at PCon we're both busy heading somewhere else when we see each other.

A little later this evening I'll water the garden again and put in those shade plant roots/corms I got a couple of weeks ago.
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Today I harvested some kale leaves - yum! I snarfed them down raw as there wasn't really enough to steam for a decent side dish. The mustard seeds are going great guns, the beets and lettuce are doing well, and the chives and forget-me-nots have finally started showing their teeny tips above ground.

It was 89f today at 1pm when I headed down to Seattle for my appointments. I was a very wilty Erynn when I got into the building and was tired and distracted during both the meditation group and the spirituality group. I was rather relieved when they were done for the day. June 16th the spirituality group won't be meeting, just the meditation group.

As usual, I headed down to Travelers for a bit and ran into Amy. We sat and talked while I had some chole, rice pudding, and a cuppa chai. I headed out earlier than I usually do, mostly because though I was now more awake because of the chai, I really kind of wanted to just be at home where I knew it would be cool and quiet and catch up with a few things. The drive home was slow and hot but I was glad to get into the cool of my north-exposure cave.

Shiuwen is back from Taiwan with new tea at Floating Leaves. She's got a new tea-tasting policy these days. Rather than signing up for limited tea-tastings, you can just drop by on the days when she's doing a tasting and join in anytime. I think that'll be much easier on her in the tiny space she's moved to. Her email says:

Saturday June 6th: Dong Ding and Tieguanyin tasting from 1 - 5 pm

Sunday June 7th 1to 5pm: Interesting, new teas like Taiwan Shui Xian, Buddha's Hand and Taiwan Wuyi Oolong.

Saturday June 13th: Baozhong tasting from 1 - 5 pm

Sunday June 14th: High Mountain tea tasting from 1 - 5 pm

We will be having a new format for the tastings. No need to sign up for these - just drop by any time from 1 - 5 on the dates here and try our new teas with tea friends.


If you're in Seattle in June and you love tea, give yourself a treat and drop by Floating Leaves over in Ballard to talk to Shiuwen and try the new spring teas! I'm so blessed to live near a place like this.

Tomorrow I need to pick up grandpa's pocket watch and get my hair cut. Later tonight I'll probably finish up the midsummer ritual and send out the script/notes and mp3 files to the folks in California so they have some idea what's coming up. I may also start on the Brigid article for [livejournal.com profile] brandywilliams's women in magic anthology. I made some outline notes while I was sitting at the VA waiting for group to start. I'm currently waiting to hear from [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht who had said something about me possibly picking him up at the base in Everett from his class tonight. After that I want to stop by the store and pick up some half and half and maybe a few other groceries until I can figure out what to do for my major shopping trip.

It's nearly 9pm, dusk, and it's still 74f out there.

Ah, summer weather! Must remember to get Garuda's oil changed before I head out to California at the end of the month.
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My seeds are sprouting! So far I have some good showings from the mustard seeds and the beets and lettuce are also poking up. Still not much from the chives, though.

The tomatoes and kale have settled in nicely into their new pots and are thriving on the west end of the lanai. I have the jerusalem artichokes behind the tomatoes and they're getting to be about waist-high. I'll actually try harvesting some later in the season as I had just let them overwinter in the tub last year rather than trying to use any.

The hostas are doing very well and looking quite healthy in the shade along with the lungwort that I got from [livejournal.com profile] martianmooncrab. The rhubarb from [livejournal.com profile] man_of_snows looks like it would take over the world if I let it. I'm really looking forward to harvesting a few stalks soon. The leaves are huge! The pot of forget me nots hasn't started sprouting yet but that's okay. The seeds were several years old and I'm not sure if they were still any good.

There are two sweet woodruff plants next to the front door now, seeming to do well in the permanent twilight that is the entryway. They withstood transplanting nicely and haven't wilted in the least. The tiny white blooms are coming and going and my next door neighbor doesn't mind my sharing the space between our doors with a pot of woodruff.

I have shade plants sitting awaiting a suitable container for the shadiest corner. I won't be able to pot them until just after June 1st when I get paid again and have some money to put into a nice sizeable pot that will accommodate them all. Once they take, they should be very nice, with maidenhair ferns and dutchman's breeches being the main foliage plants, trilliums, jack in the pulpits and dogtooth lilies and hepatica for spring floral accents.

I'm thinking if the jerusalem artichokes do well enough this year, I'll spread them into a couple more of the five gallon buckets so that I'll have a plenitude of one of my favorite root veggies. They should get tall enough that I won't have to worry about them getting enough sun even if they're situated a little further back on the lanai.

Time now for food!
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So I headed out today and went over to Lowes and got some roots/corms/whatever for shade plants for my lanai. They include Dutchman's Breeches, trilliums (white and red), Jack in the Pulpits, Maidenhair Ferns and a couple of others whose names I don't remember right off the top of my head. They all like dim and damp, so that should be good. I'll pot them all up together. I also got a couple more long window boxes and packets of mustard greens and chive seeds for the edibles. I'll be planting things probably tomorrow after I get home from the spirituality group.

After dropping stuff off from Lowes I went down to [livejournal.com profile] agatheringgrove to do a little writing and put together about 1100 words in response to the ogam article in Thorn from a few months back. I'm not sure it will be what Chip wants, but we'll see. I can do edits tomorrow if he gives the go-ahead for it. I tried to be nice but there was a lot of WTF in the article including the author claiming that Robert Graves was one of the earliest NeoPagan reconstructionists. I have no idea what it is with folks these days claiming everyone and their brother is a reconstructionist. I'm sorry -- Robert Graves was pulling it out of his ass. There was nothing reconstructionist about him at all. This is in the same class of WTFery as Leon claiming that the BDO are "the real Celtic reconstructionists". It was to the point where if I were to point out every problem with the article, it would fall into the category of pedantry. Seriously.

Anyway, after that I headed over to a fabric store to get the remaining bits I needed for the Antinous altar box and a couple of other projects. The echtra was a success and now all I have to do is sit down with things and play around a bit with ribbon and glue. I also got some decent thread in both red and black to do some mending work (reattaching a button, etc) that will need doing at some point. This was vaguely happy-making.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] mistress_gaelan I watched the first trailer for the upcoming Sherlock Holmes movie. It looks fun and exciting, but I'm not at all sure I can see it as Sherlock Holmes. *sigh* I'll probably watch it and pretend it's some other Victorian detective or something. Really -- this guy doesn't look or act like you'd expect from Holmes in canon. Just... not.

Ah, well. Perhaps I'll just stick my fingers in my ears and chant "lalalalala! I'm not listening!"
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The hot cocoa last night really seemed to help. I went back to bed and eventually fell asleep until about 1:30pm. The migraine is finally gone and [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht is off for dogsitting at his mom's place for a few days. He'll be back Thursday. I may take Wednesday and head up to the woods for a hike and some photography, but today I need to work on my response to the Thorn ogam article from a couple of issues ago. I need to have it together by tomorrow, latest, if it's going into the next issue.

The plants seem to be doing well after transplantation. I'll be watering them again shortly but they don't seem to have wilted at all since yesterday. Sometimes transplant shock does hit and they fade a bit. I need to check my finances and see if I can afford some more plants for the shade garden this month or if I'll have to wait until next. Last year's sweet woodruff is making a very slow comeback. The groundskeepers don't seem to really give a shit when dealing with anyone's non-standard stuff and most of it got raked out quite carelessly last fall when it started to die back so it's having a bit of a time recovering. I'm thinking about getting a little bit of wire fencing to put around what I do plant in the ground so as to interrupt errant rakes.

In a bit I may head down to [livejournal.com profile] agatheringgrove with the laptop to work on my article. It's overcast here but it's often slightly sunnier in downtown Everett than it is here by the lake. Getting away from the house often helps me focus a bit more on my work because even if there's wireless, I don't have the same associations with "oh, I'll just check on the email again" to keep me from my writing.

Later tonight I'll probably upgrade Office on my laptop. [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht got the new edition earlier this year from his mom and my Word program is really optimized for OS9 rather than OSX, so it's about time to move on a bit. Perhaps it'll fix some of the minor annoyances I have with the way it doesn't remember stuff from one use to another.
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Ah well.

[livejournal.com profile] yiaya will be over later this afternoon for a walk around the lake and lamb ribs with rhubarb. The ribs are currently thawing on the counter.

I think today I'll plant my beets, lettuce, and a pot of forget-me-nots.
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I have got no energy today at all. Tomorrow is shrinkage so I'll be down in Seattle then, but for right now I'm just vegging.

I have laundry going (first load is already done) and have done a little bit of my gardening today. [livejournal.com profile] yiaya came by last night for Perfect Creature (a fun New Zealand vampire movie with a very steampunk aesthetic) and brought a couple of kale plants that she didn't need. Those got transplanted today into a larger pot. The hostas have all survived the winter, and one got put in a different pot as it was still in its plastic nursery container. The rhubarb was repotted in a larger ceramic pot as well. [livejournal.com profile] martianmooncrab's lungwort got transplanted as well.

After that I broke up the soil in the pots from last year's beets and lettuce and watered them thoroughly. They were much too dry to plant in at this point. Probably tomorrow I'll put out the beet and lettuce seed. Swept the floor to get up the tracked dirt from the lanai.

My stomach is not doing that well today and I'm just exhausted. I'm surprised I made it through the repotting projects. I may get my poem for the day done later this evening. I still have laundry to transfer from the washer to the dryer. Feh.

I need to curl up on the couch and read, if I don't fall asleep in the middle of a paragraph.
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I'll probably start home about 7 or 7:30-ish tonight to avoid traffic. That should put me in by about 11pm. I'm probably going to hold off on picking up grandpa's pocket watch until May 1st, given the expense and the fact that I bought a few books. (Really, only 3, and all of them were used.) I did, however, stop in with [livejournal.com profile] martianmooncrab at Sock Dreams, of [livejournal.com profile] steamfashion fame and pick up some nice velvety fingerless gloves there.

Brunch was unagi donburi and after Powells was a quick trip through Voodoo Donuts. It was okay, but I guess I'm just not enough of a donut person to properly appreciate their amazing variety. I had a mango filled one and a raspberry filled one. They tasted good.

I'm still creaking like crazy. I probably will for the next several days. [livejournal.com profile] martianmooncrab gave me a lungwort to bring home for my shade garden. When I get back I'm going to get out onto the porch and disassemble the dying entertainment stand that has been serving as a plant stand and fix things so I have a little more room to move around. It takes up too much real estate for what it does and it gets in the way for other things.

Beets and lettuce will be planted this weekend. Yes.
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I hurt like a sumbitch.

There were four of us and we did about ten people's worth of work today. [livejournal.com profile] martianmooncrab bought me an awesome dinner at a lovely middle eastern place/bar and I had a lamb shank (they did something with clove that was amazing) and a glass of shiraz. OMG yum.

No writing so far, probably won't be any tonight. I'm tired and creaky and hurt, as I said, like hells. If I can walk tomorrow, it'll be a miracle.

Watchmasters called and said grandpa's pocketwatch is finally fixed. I'll go in Saturday and pick it up.

*rummages for tylenol*
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Went down to VA dental today and had two fillings replaced. My mouth is finally no longer numb and is feeling a wee bit achy from the procedure, but all is otherwise well. A little ways into the first filling I really needed some music. I'd forgotten earbuds for my ipod but had put music on the iphone, so I listened to some Mary Jane Lamond with the phone under my ear. The resident and the dental tech both really liked it and asked about it. They said it was really relaxing. This was, of course, why I wanted to listen to it during a dental procedure. I told them I had a lot of less relaxing things and could put that on if they liked... ;)

I have been bad and purchased DVDs from Amazon. Somebody in the MUNCLE slash community posted that they were having a one-day special on the series and it's about $100 off for the whole fancy shebang in the briefcase packaging. I really didn't want to pay over $190 for the set (it started out at $250 from Time-Life), so I grabbed it at $89. That sale, if you're into the Man From UNCLE, should last until midnight, I'm guessing. I put it on a credit card, so yeah, I was bad, but WHEEE! Blast from the past!

News reports say that Michelle Obama is breaking ground at the White House for an organic garden. That has to be some of the best news I've heard in a long time. It's an incredibly hopeful gesture and one I would be delighted to see other people echo elsewhere. It'll be great to see some follow-through into legislature and regulatory agencies for supporting organic, community, and small-farming agriculture.

Tonight's movie will probably be Krzyzacy, a 1960 film about the medieval Polish struggle for independence, including the Battle of Grunwald where the Poles and Lithuanians defeated the Teutonic Knights. Not sure yet what to do for dinner but I'm sure I'll think of something.
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From the Organic Consumers newsletter:

Internet Myth of the Week:
Congress To Pass Bill That Will Outlaw Organic Farming?

This week, we received numerous calls and emails from OCA supporters who came across alarming YouTube videos and emails circulating on the internet that claimed a new food safety bill (HR 875) introduced in Congress would make "organic farming illegal." Although the Bill certainly has its shortcomings, it is an exaggeration to say that is a secret plot by Monsanto and the USDA to destroy the nation's alternative food and farming system. In actuality, HR 875, the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009, is a limited-vision attempt by moderate Democrats and Republicans to craft food safety legislation to address the out-of-control filth and contamination that are inherent in our industrialized, now globalized, "profit-at-any-cost" food system.

This being said, OCA does not support HR 875 in its present form, given the fact that, if the Bill's regulations were applied in a one-size-fits-all manner to certified organic and farm-to-consumer operations, it could have a devastating impact on small farmers, especially raw milk producers who are already unfairly targeted by state food-safety regulators. Although the OCA deems this Bill as somewhat well-intentioned, we are calling on Congress to focus its attentions on the real threats to food safety: globalized food sourcing from nations such as China where food safety is a joke, domestic industrial-scale and factory farms whose collateral damage includes pesticide and antibiotic-tainted food, mad cow disease, E.coli contamination and salmonella poisoning--and to support a massive transition to organic farming practices.

Click here to learn more and take action:
http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_17194.cfm
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From [livejournal.com profile] xi_o_teaz

Criminalization of Organic Farms

House and Senate will vote on bill to end organic gardening . . HR 875

Food Safety Modernization Act (HR 875): Criminalization of Organic Farms

Bills are:

House H.R. 875
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-875

Senate S 425
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s111-425

IF YOU LIKE TO GARDEN OR BUY ORGANIC FOOD YOU BETTER GET ON THAT PHONE TO YOUR CONGRESS PERSON N O W !

There is an enormous rush to get this into law within the next 2 weeks before people realize what is happening. Main backer and lobbyist is (guess who) Monsanto. This bill will require organic farms to use specific fertilizers and poisonous insect sprays dictated by the newly formed agency to "make sure there is no danger to the public food supply". This will include backyard gardens that grow food only for a family and not for sales.

If this passes then NO more heirloom clean seeds but only Monsanto genetically altered seeds that are now showing up with unexpected diseases in humans. The name on this outrageous food plan is "Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009."* (Really makes it sound like the feds are trying protect us.) This has NOTHING to do with food safety. This is only about TOTAL CONTROL by multi-billion dollar corporations. Get on that phone TODAY \and burn up the wires. Get anyone else you can to do the same thing. The House and Senate WILL pass this if they are not massively threatened with loss of their position... they only fear your voice and your vote.
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I got out early this afternoon with [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht to head down to Seattle. Our first stop was Emerald City Gardens, where we stopped to chat with [livejournal.com profile] greenshadows for a bit and I bought some bulbs to pot for next spring. I got two varieties of species tulips and a fascinating-looking double snowdrop that should go smashingly well together in the pot. Now I just have to google to see how deep a pot I should put them in.

After our pleasant plant interlude, we headed for the Suzzallo. Many books were rescued from the stacks that will help me work up my research for the geilt book. I got the life of St. Kentigern that contains the Lailoken story and a couple of sources on Merlin. I also picked up a few other things that should be interesting, if peripheral, to the thread.

Pho was had after our library raid, and then we were on to the steampunk meetup. [livejournal.com profile] wingedelf was there and we had a great chat with him. He will probably be at the CR schmooze next Monday. We also discussed the idea of doing a Burns supper with the CR group. As he's a piper, he could possibly provide us with the whole traditional piping in the haggis thing. We would, of course, need a place to do the supper, and things other than haggis to eat, but I think a creative and capable group such as ours should be able to come up with all the various bells and whistles. I know that [livejournal.com profile] joyful_storm is likely to be able to choose some appropriate scotch whiskys for the evening! I have collection of Burns poetry. [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht knows the songs one is supposed to sing. Should be fun. But the priority for this month's schmooze will, of course, be our Samhain celebration and vigil. Being as Samhain falls on a Friday night this year, we should be able to do the overnight with most of the crew, and I think that'll be a lot of fun.

[livejournal.com profile] alfrecht went over my CR and animism essay yesterday and offered some comments and corrections, so I'll be sending off a revised draft of the article to [livejournal.com profile] lupabitch later this week for her editorial suggestions on expanding the text a bit. One thing [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht suggested was a mention of the dindsenechas, so we talked about that a bit this afternoon as we were heading from the library to the restaurant. He had some good points and some that didn't really work for what I'm doing with the article. Really the topic deserves a much longer treatment than I'd be able to give in in an essay of this nature, but I think that a good article could come out of it with a different purpose at a later date.

The concert we attended last night was a lot of fun. [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht gave a lengthy account in his own LJ and so I shall direct you there for that. I enjoyed the music, the venue, and the folks in attendance. Definitely worth the price of admission.

Tomorrow will be a little grocery shopping and some writing. Other than that it should pretty much be an at-home day. I'm feeling really tired and my arms and wrists are aching pretty badly from the weather lately, so I'm wanting to take it easy. Perhaps we'll also watch Night Watch, a Russian SF film I got from Netflix last week.

Tired.
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I lit up the altar for my Brighid shift today despite being really emotionally exhausted and physically tired. My everything aches and I have a nasty crick in the back of my neck that I'd love to get straightened out but am not quite sure how to handle at the moment. I've been doing all the usual stretchy rotatey things that sometimes help. I've got a big mug of hot cocoa next to the computer.

Today I finished up with the veggie gardening stuff. I got about 15 small tomatoes off the vines, most of which are ripe and a few of which are green. Pulled the last four beets from the pot and rinsed them and put them in the keeper in the fridge. I pulled up all the dead veggie plants and piled them on the patio, uncertain of quite what to do with them next given that I don't have a compost heap. Maybe [livejournal.com profile] yiaya will take them for her friend, as I know she has a compost bucket where she saves stuff.

The jerusalem artichokes are still in the pot but the rest of the edibles are all emptied and the pots stacked for next year. It's really apparent that my north facing is not that good for veggies. Next year it'll be one tomato plant and one squash and we'll see what happens. I feel like I was lucky to get anything from them at all. I was much more successful with the lettuce and beets and will definitely be repeating that part of the gardening. I was very pleased with the tender little beets I got from my pot. I suspect I'll plant more jerusalem artichokes in the pots I used for tomatoes and squash this year. I like them a lot and they can be hard to find most of the time.

Finished up the Merlin book by Tolstoy. Some of his arguments were interesting, but his epilogue chapter was virtually unreadable. Still, the book as a whole was useful for some references and a few potential research directions so it wasn't exactly a loss. I can't by his argument for the actual existence of Merlin than I buy the actual existence of Jesus -- great mythology, not so great history. I'm now about 30 pages into Tom Harpur's The Pagan Christ: Is Blind Faith Killing Christianity?. He talks about how "shocking" his arguments and conclusions are but, aside from a lot of outdated sun god mythology and stretching some mythologies to the breaking point, he's so far been arguing a lot of stuff Pagans have known for years. I guess it's really easy to shock Anglican theologians or something.

Renewed library books online today. I really want to get down to the Suzzallo again sometime this month and pick up some sources for my geilt work and more on filidecht generally. There's such an immense amount to do with all of this. It would be nice if my body would give me a break again so I had a little energy to deal with things. It was really hard to get it together energetically for my Brighid shift but I went into it anyway. I feel better for having done so rather than skipping it, I'm just really tired.

I have a busy Sunday coming up, but I'm still looking forward to it. Getting out of bed is going to be the hard part, but once I'm up to the Shinto shrine, everything else will be easy and the concert should be a lot of fun.

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