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Harvest Time!

Not much of one compared to what I used to grow back at our old place but those few I do helps keep me aligned with the rhythms of the Earth.
After a decade and a half of searching getting slips and failing I FINALLY got some 'Okinawan' Sweet Potatoes. SOME being the operative word;>. 7 and only 2 were normal sized. Guess I'm like most folks who can't grow this one....
The last 4 Persimmons are almost Orange and ready to harvest. Can't Wait!
Cheers,
Pat

Nice Surprise!!!

So, while I was dragging all the containers whose contents had died or were butt ugly to the wheelbarrow, I noticed I had a ripe Persimmon! Then, I noticed that I didn't just have 4 Persimmons but 5! Glad I decided to give it another yr in my garden;>....
Cheers,
Pat(who's ordering a 'So' Jujube next month...)

Names, Names, Names;>.....

For a Recon, today's world with it's internet access is great...as long as you have basic background to tell dross from gold. I learn something new at least weekly. One area I've been focusing on lately is Names(and their attendant heiti).
Back when I 1st "Came Home", the internet was in it's early days. It was still mostly through individuals, kindreds books and libraries. You were pretty much stuck with what was available where you lived. A lot of the stuff we had access to came with agendas or at least biases. I was at least familiar with the Eddas when I met my 1st Heathens to be VERY uncomfortable with, the image of Freya presented for an example. "Frolic" was not a term my reading of the Vanadis gave as appropriate;>!
Then there was the "real" issues. Names changed with time and location. Even when they kept the same spelling, the pronunciation DIDN'T. Add in the Victorians and their penchant to "tidy up" things and you get Blots that make Norse scholars CRINGE.
Oddly enough, while many Heathens place their Practice at the Migration or Conversion Periods, few bother to check if their spelling or pronunciation is time appropriate. A decade ago it wouldn't have been possible unless you lived near a university with a Scandinavian Studies dept and even today, unless yo make the effort you're not going to find the right Names and how they were pronounced(to the best modern linguists can make it out to be;>).
So, who gives a karp? Depends on how important accuracy is to your Practice. If it isn't, it's not. So...how Anal Retentive are you;>?
Cheers,
Pat

Season Changes....

are beginning to show even here in "The Dangly Bits". Annuals are petering out and the Persimmons are starting to show some colour. Nights are still warm but at least not hot. I'm beginning to see more Hummingbirds and Butterflies, esp on the Salvias and Cypress vines.
I've pretty much decided what is going to be kept and what's getting tossed. One of the Plumerias is going. Grown from a seed from Thailand, it was supposted to be Purple and is a common Yellow throated White. It's pretty and has a nice Citrus scent but it's too big as well as being to common. I've already got rid of one of the Brugmansias and the White blossomed Turk's Cap. One for not blooming and the other for not blooming enough and always looking ratty. I'm also tossing an Elephant ear("White Lava") for having an ugly growth habit...no matter how pretty the leaves are.
I've 2 new subtropicals to test; "Witches Hat" and "Cuban Jasmine". The "WH" might bloom this Fall and Winter but more likely next yr. The 'CJ" should be big enough next Spring to do so...
Cheers,
Pat

nice.....

Two lovely sights as I drove through the Woods to the grocery this morning; Beautyberry bushes coming into their Glory and one of the three foxes in our neighborhood "tidying up" the roadway....
Cheers,
Pat

Series Recommendation: 'Letterkenney'.....

When my brother downloaded this series to our system he dd so with the caveat: 'This is one you need to be in the right mood for'....and he was right.
The 1st time I watched a couple episodes and thought it was OK but nothing special. Than last week Chuck and I watched it together and now it's part of or nightly Viewing;>!
'LK' is a funny look at the lives of the inhabitants of a small Canadian farm town; centered around 3 siblings(2 men 1 woman) an their best mate. If you've lived in a small farm town at any time in your life, you'll recognize a LOT of the characters. This show is really hard to describe. It definitely needs to be seen. To get an idea, pull up some of the Letterkenney bits on You Tube esp those of Wayne's monologues. Those of you out their will really appreciate that a lot of them are Alliterative. Thne there are running jokes that go on for more than one season....like the Ostrich fkkng joke;>! "Allegedly";>.....
Cheers,
Pat

Update II

It's been 2 days since my last shot and I didn't get the "bounce" that I got from the 1st...which means it was a good thing to get the ball rolling about surgery;>!
There are 2 surgeons that do the procedure on the Panhandle that take Medicare only patients though the closest may not any longer. We'll find out in a week or two. If not, there' on in Pensacola that does.
Keeping hopes alive....
Cheers,
Pat

Update....

Well, the Cortisone shot into my lower spine worked GLORIOUSLY for about 10 days. Since then it's been wearing off. No 3 months for me;>! When I see the doc Thursday for my next shot I'm pushing for Surgery to make that wonderful absence of back and hip pain a permanent thing.
Cheers,
Pat

Reading is Fundamental;>!

It's been nice rereading again 'Gods of the North', 'The Well and the Tree', Grimm's Teutonic Mythology and many others this last month. I needed a good "wallow" in tertiary or quaternary sources. I always see them as sort of the "clif notes" version of Lore;>. And in the case of TyR, the classic tendency to lump Beings under different Roman Deities helped, since He is ID'ed as "Jupiter" under that system. Oddly, this made Him more "approachable" to me than the Ultimate Arthurian Knight Archetype that Id been taught by my 1st Heathens I'd met.Everyone has their own comfort reading;>....
Cheers,
Pat

Ketchup;>.....

Haven't been in the mood to post for a while but figured I'd better:
The Pain clinic's been a "meh" experience. The prescription he ordered my insurance wouldn't cover and he wasn't going to be in the office for 3 days so I used my old prescription...which works maybe a bit too well in the AM. The shots in my spine DID work WONDERFULLY, for the 1st week. It's still not as bad as before but I'm obviously not going to get the 3 months that my brother got...
Chuck's the same and my SIL's getting Deeper into all that Q conspiracy shite. I don't think his marriage will last even to his Retirement.
Been reviewing old Beliefs, old in that the one's I was taught when I 1st "Came Home" to Heathenry. Back in the late 80's-early 90's Heathenry tended to be heavy toward Working class Het males. For Example, Thor was often presented as either an Uber Redneck or Conservative frat boy. Freya was Venus with clothes on, etc. While I long "got over" such BS concerning those two Regin, I didn't examine too Deeply certain Others. Esp Those who I felt Uncomfortable with. It's going to be an Interesting yr.....
Cheers,
Pat