Showing posts from April, 2010

My Walk

My Walk. It was not an adventure perhaps today, but it was an experience. I was walking with the boys in their double stroller, and the sky is , as you know, not particularly sunny today... the breeze was blowing the trees, the temperature was just perfect. I was overwhelmed with the beauty of it all, and then, as I walked under a horse chestnut tree, full in bloom, the wind blew the leaves and they made that sound... the sound that trees make when they dance in the wind. In that moment, I felt like God was speaking to me. In a voice that was not a voice. Things suddenly were different. More clear. Like when you finally break down and lift that protective film off of your cellphone and you see how bright and clear the screen is. A veil had flickered and I saw the beauty that is God. Right there. Real. The rest of the walk was somewhat surreal. Off and on , here and there throughout my life I've had those feelings. It was an experience like that once, when watching the sun sink behi

Gnostic Study Group

For anyone in the Upper Fraser Valley or even Vancouver area, I am getting a Narthex up and running in Chilliwack. Info can be found here

Gay elderly couple separated, all they owned, sold...

Sonoma County CA separates elderly gay couple and sells all of their worldly possessions . A very frightening story

Bad Blogger!

I haven't been updating much. I find I get on these blog tangents where I just can't SHUT UP about stuff going on. Then there are other days when I just have absolutely nothing interesting to offer. A forum that I run - not Under the Rose, but a Gnostic forum - was full of drama and animosity the past few days. I hope it's under control. Hubby and I want to do a Beltaine ritual and have a bit of a potluck afterward. I had stepped back from the Craft stuff in the past while, due to my newfound path. I find I often come full circle. Though I bring something new back to the starting line. I was Roman Catholic. Decided I didn't like their general stance on marriage/ divorce, gay/lesbian, closed communion and a few other things. (I had been baptized at 16, right before I had my first son and then married the father. The church would not marry us because of my age, so he and I found a justice of the peace and therfore, even though he and I were both Catholic, we could not re

Quick Kitchen Clean

It's pretty easy to keep your kitchen running smoothly, without it having to feel like a huge chore all of the time, though this doesn't stop the eventuality of having to do a big clean in the  kitchen. At least if your kitchen is tidied up, then it's not a complete disaster zone, and it's useable for surprise visits from company. :P I like to start my quick cleans (which can take anywhere from 15 minutes to 45, depending on how often it's done, and how big your kitchen is) by getting all of my cleaning products together. My basic list would look something like this: Dusters: Swifer, microfiber dusting cloths/mops Trash / Recycling bin All purpose cleaner Baking Soda Kitchen Cleaner Sponges, paper towels, cleaning cloths Scrubbers Gloves Dishsoap Personally I am a big fan of Mr. Clean Antibacterial Multi-Purpose Spray and Windex Multi Surface Cleaner With Vinegar. But really the cleaning products you choose are entirely up to you. ;] Now for actual

Easter Dinner Ideas Cont.

Some other Easter Dinner ideas, that just came to mind at a different time. :) A yummy vegetarian recipe to try would be the Pralined Sweet Potatoes .  Ingredients: 3-4 sweet potatoes or yams, pre-cooked 1/3 cup orange juice dash salt 1 tsp ginger powder 1/4 cup flour 1/2 cup pecans, chopped 1/3 cup brown sugar OR maple syrup 2 tbsp vegan margarine 1/2 tsp cinnamon dash nutmeg (optional) Preparation: Peel sweet potatoes and mash together with orange juice, ginger powder and salt. Spoon into casserole dish or deep baking pan.  In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, pecans, sugar and margarine until well combined. Spoon this mixture over the sweet potatoes.  Sprinkle the top with cinnamon and nutmeg, if desired.  Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees.  This recipe is high fiber, unique, but rather tasty if you are one for Barley and Feta Stuffed Artichokes . :)  Ingredients: 1/2 cup pearl barley 1 1/2 cups water 4 large artichokes 1 tsp salt 1/3 cup ch