As for all the spring funks that seem to be going around, a conversation with a ‘found’ relative that joined us for Easter Sunday snapped something back into my brain. (A lot of dusty file cabinets in there.) Once Upon A Time Long, Long Ago… when I was working horses and gardening and nature loving on a daily basis and was in tune with the seasons, this part of spring was expected and accepted. It was known as March Madness (and had nothing at all to do with basketball) or Spring Fever (and had nothing at all to do with big retail sales). This really hit me in the face since I have been struggling for several weeks now.
Between the lengthening days, more noticeable now, and the dramatic swings in the weather (that barometric pressure going up and down affects your body), animals and people alike are restless, moody, depressed and ecstatic all at the same time. Life can swoop from awful to wonderful from one step to another. It is just that time of year.
Those believing in Fairies say the upheaval is the passing of seasons from one Fairy Queen to the next.
Greek mythology talks of Demeter (in brief, Goddess of the Harvest), cursing the world and taking life from all growing things; when her daughter Persephone is taken to the underworld by Hades. The deal to bring Persephone back is that for 4 months of the year she must return to the underworld. During that time Demeter grieves and nothing grows. Persephone’s return marks the beginning of spring.
Pagans and Witches have celebrated Ostara for hundreds of years (It’s the precursor to the Christian holiday of Easter). This holiday is celebrated on the Spring Equinox when the hours of day and night are equal. It is a celebration of rebirth as the world awakens from its winter sleep and “life” begins anew.
It’s all about Change. From our seasonal sleep we are thrust fairly abruptly into our “awakening”. There is a primal need, often unacknowledged by us humans, to take advantage of the cycle of growth, resulting in “March Madness” or “Spring Fever”. When I was working on the farms, allowances were made for man and animal alike. “This too shall pass.” (Or in some cases, “Aw hell, it’s spring again.”) In this “modern” civilization we forget that we, too, are creatures of Mother Earth and thus subject, to a certain extent, to her whims. We may forget our “roots” but our bodies don’t. We need to be patient with ourselves and others right now. Acknowledge and accept the unsettled feelings as part of life’s cycles. Remember that with this huge burst of Mother’s Earth’s creative energies, things are bound to be unstable for a while. Just hold on tight!
Life At Our House
Saver went LARPing this weekend. I’m currently sitting here waiting for a text message or Skype bloop announcing her return.
This weekend was spent with Spider Bait’s last high school play. *sigh*
While doing some sorting and when I was running around the store and some unintentional site jumps on the computer, I kept coming up against Prayer shawls, wraps, and stoles. As I mentioned above, the past few weeks have not been fun for me and having something semi-quick to make (I’m slower than dirt) would help save my sanity and make me feel as if something was getting accomplished. And it just so happened I had 5 skeins of yarn that have been sitting around for several years waiting to be made into something. They were clearancing them out and the colors were beautiful. So now they’re a shawl. I just wish the photos did the colors justice.
It’s roughly 22″ wide by 67″ long.
Shells to cover up my nasty ends.
A close-up in the sun. Imagine the colors a bit more brilliant.
Fur Babies and Other Friends
While Saver was home on Spring Break she combined her 5 gallon fish tank and her 2 gallon fish tank into a 10 gallon fish tank.
I wasn’t fast enough to get a picture of the 5 before she started tearing it down. So here is a picture of the amount of plants that came out of it. That’s a 1 gallon ice cream container.
The 2 gallon before tear down. It’s a jungle in there.
Fish are HARD to photograph! They refuse to sit still! Here are some of the ‘clearer’ pics:
A Glo-Light Tetra peeking out.
Otocinclus. “Oto” for short. Cute little algae-eater.
A Cardinal Tetra on the left and hanging out in the plant is a Kuhli Loach. A slender eel-like fish. Can you see him?
And, of course, a must have at our house. A Corydoras Catfish.
And since my tanks are as overgrown as Saver’s, I really should do some Spring Cleaning myself!
Out In The Yard
Spring is finally showing itself!
Rhubarb is peeking!
I’m going to leave you with a quote from Robert Frost:
“I’m not confused, I’m just well mixed.”
(Squee! Saver arrived safely back at school as I was checking this after I posted it. NOW I can go to bed!)