It’s a quiet day here in the mountains. The husband slept in and and I had two big cups of coffee. I slept for ten hours last night, after a long and grueling week. I don’t always sleep well at night, so by the end of the week it usually catches up with me. Yesterday I was so exhausted I could hardly keep my eyes open. Thankfully this is a three-day weekend, and I’m going to savor every second of it. I will be planning lots of three-day weekends after July 1st, when my new allotment of PTO (paid time off) goes into effect at the day job.
Last weekend I went to the Spiritual Holistic Expo, which they have twice a year in town. It’s a large expo with many vendors offering tarot readings, aura photos, crystals, herbs and all manner of magical and pagan items. This was the first time I’d gone since the plague hit (and they had cancelled it a couple times). I was a little disappointed this time around because the booksellers weren’t there, and they were one of the main reasons I went. They used to have a book vendor who sold mainly pagan books, hundreds of them, and all at half-price. I found so many wonderful books there over the years. If I had known they weren’t going to be there, I probably would not have gone. I was told recently that this particular vendor is currently having some health problems, which is why they weren’t there. I didn’t buy much this time, only some herbs that I needed for my rituals. Among them were Rue, St. John’s Wort and Vervain. One of my favorite teachers, the late Raven Grimassi (whom I met in person and attended two of his classes) shared that a blend of Rue, Vervain and St. John’s Wort is an Old Ways method of marking the perimeter of a magic circle. This can be used as an alternative to casting with a wand. I will be blending these together after I purchase more herb bottles (the ones I have are all currently full). I also bought some powdered Myrrh and Sandalwood. I use the powders to make incense.
Book writing projects are still on hold. I have the novel all mapped out. Plot, characters, the whole thing. The witchcraft book has been started, but only when I’ve had a spare moment to work on it. I need more time to actually sit down and devote to it. It’s hard to find the time when I also work a full-time job, I have a home and a husband and a dog to attend to, not to mention my long commute to and from the cottage, and there’s my anxiety flare-ups. I’ve had a few of those the past couple of weeks. I’ll have to take time off to do any serious work on writing projects. I’ve been kind of on the fence about these two books. I still want to finish them, but maybe now is not the time. Sometimes I feel as though I should be writing a different sort of book. Something unique and ‘outside the box’ as they say. It sometimes feels like there’s an idea just hovering out there, but it has not yet entered my consciousness.
The husband’s birthday was May 24th, so I made him a sugar-free cake with sugar-free frosting. It’s not as bad as it sounds. He’s diabetic, so we’ve had to get creative with cooking and sweets. They have sugar-free cake mixes that are sweetened with Stevia, and to make them taste better you can use mayonaisse instead of eggs and add a little extra water. For the frosting, I prepare some of the Jello sugar-free cheesecake pudding mix, and then blend it with whipped cream, which is already low in sugar. It has more of a mousse texture but it still works as a cake frosting. It came out perfect, both cake and frosting were light and fluffy. We’ve already eaten the whole thing. FYI, the Jello Cheesecake Pudding is delicious.
Today we went into town so the husband could get a haircut. Only the husband gets haircuts, I’m bald as a doorknob and I shave my own head. This particular salon is gay-owned and the owners are friends of ours. After this we went to a nearby music store where I purchased a used CD from PULP. I’d been wanting this one for awhile, I’ll listen to it later this evening. We then went to a plant nursery, where the husband purchased another plant for the cottage. He is outside at this moment putting it in the ground. Before coming home we stopped at the market to pick up something for dinner tonight (corn dogs!), and then went to a place called Rita’s. It’s a frozen custard shop with a walk up window and outdoor seating. They’re only open during the Spring and Summer. It’s a favorite around these parts. I had a sort of custard shake with Reese’s peanut butter cups and hot fudge. (The husband may be diabetic but I’m certainly not). He had a sugar-free tangerine gelato. After coming home, I put some fresh snake repellent all around the house, since it is getting warmer now and they’ll be out poking around soon. Hopefully it keeps them away. It smells like crushed moth balls.
I hope to do lots of writing this weekend, on at least one of my projects. I’d like to start reading “The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood” by Howard Pyle at some point as well. I saw a leather-bound copy at Barnes and Noble that is just beautiful. And I plan to watch lots of vintage British comedies, such as Last of the Summer Wine.
So these are my weekend plans. Nothing exciting, no drama, nothing anxiety-inducing. That’s just how I like it.