It’s been raining off and on all last night and all day. We’ve gotten most of 3/4 of an inch today, and yesterday well over 1/3 of an inch. 43F, wind at 7 and hitting 15 in spots. Sunday looks like it’ll clear up a bit and then after a bit more rain, next week looks like we’ll get a break.
We actually had a lot of folks in for a winter day, but as it got dark everything got quiet. …and in the early evening Tempus and I got some bad news. A friend of both of ours Crossed the Veil yesterday. I had been looking forward to seeing her this winter, but never got to any of the events where she was. She’s been ill, off and on, but nothing serious, it’s just we’re getting to that age, where folks we know are wearing out and going on. Tempus is grieving, too, but I fell apart.
We finally got home around 9pm and he tucked me into bed and took off to do his paper route, which went well, despite the rain and hail. I slept a little, but in the early morning my teeth started hurting and I can’t sleep with a bad toothache, so while he got enough sleep to get by on, I didn’t.
Tempus left me home, trying to get me a little more sleep, and I finally did, although I’m still pretty tired. He’s been at the shop all day, working with customers and visiting with some friends. I only just realized that I hadn’t done anything toward a newsletter today. I’ll re-post this with the rest of the info, probably tomorrow, but at least you know what’s happening.
Today’s Plant is the Linden Tree, tilia species. It is also called lime tree (no relation to the fruit) and basswood. It is the national tree of many countries, particularly in Central Europe, (the Czech Republic!) where at one time it was sacred and councils met at the sacred linden, just as in the British Isles they met at an oak. The wood is widely used for carving and for guitars. The inner bark of the tree has been used in making fabric. The flowers, which smell delicious, are used in teas and perfumes and a valuable honey is derived from them. The flowers, leaves, wood, and charcoal (obtained from the wood) are used for medicinal purposes.– Feminine, Jupiter, Water, Taurus – Bark used for protection, leaves and flowers for immortality. Good Fortune, Sleep and Love. Hang branches over the door for protection or grow in the garden. Use in love spells/mixtures and protection spells & incenses. Mix equal parts Linden and Lavender flowers and place in a sachet under your pillowcase to relieve insomnia. Keep Linden on a table to release the energies needed to keep the spirit alive and healthy.
Today’s feast is the anniversary of the day in 1993 that Vaclav Havel was elected President of the Czech Republic. How many playwrights, even dissident playwrights, become president? How many countries would *pick* a playwright as president? Maybe the country whose anthem is this:
Where is my home, where is my home?
Water roars across the meadows,
Pinewoods rustle among crags,
The garden is glorious with spring blossom,
Paradise on earth it is to see.
And this is that beautiful land,
The Czech land, my home,
The Czech land, my home!
No war, no battles, no glorious gore…. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaclav_Havel and on the republic here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Czech_Republic and the anthem here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Czech_national_anthem A youtube of the anthem http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPTwOZWnm6E and another with some lovely sights http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qn87PI9K99M Or even better still for today…. The version from Havel’s state funeral. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zL1fBSyXI5U Can you tell that I love my ancestral home?
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Love & Light,