Tuesday, October 17, 2017

THE RAVEN (COTTAGE WITCH STYLE)...












I'd like to thank all of you
 for your concerns 
about our well-being and 
the wild fires here 
in Northern California. 
 Although 
there were about seven fires 
burning in 
different locations,
 all at the same time, 
we, in Nevada County,
 were much more fortunate 
than those in 
Santa Rosa and
 the surrounding areas.

  We are so 
thankful
 for that.






The fire 
that was the closest to our home 
(about two miles) 
started with a transformer blowing up
 due to very high winds. 
 It blackened a large portion 
of the field below 
and then demolished 
one house next to the field 
(pictured above).  
The winds then shifted and 
 saved the house next door 
which belonged to our 
next door neighbor's son.  
It then shifted back and
 burned another home close by...




...see the siding 
on the little green house
 where it came so close?

The transformer was 
right across the road 
from our fairgrounds, 
which was one of the 
main evacuation points. 
One loose spark and 
that could have all been taken away.
  The fairgrounds are nestled 
into groves of cedar and pine trees and,
with the heavy winds, 
could have easily been destroyed.

  Many thanks to the 
first responders 
for their hard and conscientious work.

  Now let us slip back in
BeTWeen the MooNlIght and the MaJic.


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THE RAVEN
(COTTAGE WITCH STYLE)









In the very dark of night
Something large and black takes flight

While I lounge upon my bed
I hear a voice within my head

"What is that creature coming near,
Could it be something I should fear?"







I went to the window
Not much I could see

The dark of night was 
As thick as could be

But, yet, I heard this gentle rustling
The thought of wings beside me puzzling.




Into the darkness
I continued to stare

What was I hearing
Was there something there?





Was it only the wind
That has found me here?

 Or just a dream
So loud and so clear?






I opened the door
Moved as if in a trance

There sat the Raven
High up on a branch

He looked down on me
And uttered these words,

"I am not a Raven
I am but a crow"

And quoth the Raven:

 "My sincere apologies to Mr. Edgar Allen Poe."





The Cottage Witch
Week Four
October, 2017


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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

THE RIGHT PLAN...














Tis the month of October
The beginning of fall

Breast Cancer Awareness month
(Show the girls some love, my pretties)

and

Halloween

With a little MOonLiGht and MaJic in between...


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The Right Plan








The first thing she does
 When a witch wakes up

Is go for the coffee
And fill up her cup.





It's not until then
She is ready to fly

And a second cup makes her
Go higher than high.





And once she is up there
Way up in the sky

She will map out her plan
And then ask herself why?





Why spend her time
Riding a broom

When she just as easily
Could be hanging the moon.







The Cottage Witch
Week Two
October, 2017


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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO?...









This is not how I imagined 
starting out this post today
 but in light of all the recent tragedies, 
I feel that I need to say something.

 The devastation that occurs
 due to natural causes 
is always hard to accept and 
all we can do is
 give some part of ourselves
 to try to help make it right again
 for the victims and 
what they have lost,
 but what that horrible animal
 did to all those unsuspecting people
 in Las Vegas,
 no human being has the right
 to do to another, ever.

  Watching the videos and 
hearing the rounds of gun shots
 was something that will 
stick in my mind for a long time to come.

 I can only imagine
 how it will affect
 all those involved.

 Unfortunately, 
this is something that is happening 
in our world all too often.

 It hurts to think that
 it probably is 
just a matter of time 
before it happens again.

 There has to be a solution.

 Our hearts go out to 
all the families 
who have lost loved ones and 
pray for a speedy recovery 
for those injured.


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Whatever Happened to...







Whatever happened to...

Miss Sara Jane
She stood so proud and so tall

Her shadow fell
As she entered a room

But, she wasn't 
scary at all.







Whatever happened to...

Old Witch Hazel

With her long and pointy chin

Her hair was a mess
Resembling bird's nests

But, she could sit on
 the head of a pin.







Whatever happened to...

Wee Baby Boo

She had something so hard to resist

With dimples so deep
And a smile that was sweet

She was a beacon of light,
With a twist.








They all have returned  
coming into the light

With potions and spells that are new

And as they conspire
They sing like a choir

About...

Whatever happened to you?







And so begins
 the journey between 
the MoOnliGhT and the MaJiC.


I hope you will return
 each and every week...

Come on in and...





I think you
 will be 
glad you did.


The Cottage Witch
Week One
October, 2017


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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

A FEW MORE FALL FAVORITES...










Fall 
has finally arrived.

 The fires are lit and 
we are settling in
 for some comfortable time.

 The leaves are not quite turning yet,
 but there is a nip in the air
 even though the sun is
 still shining.






The Secret Garden 
is the first to
 come to the party.
  
These leaves have been falling
 well before the calendar
 said it was time.

 The squirrels will soon be 
scurrying along the limbs 
of the walnut tree, 
with visions of a 
long, cold winter in view.

 We will sit a little longer 
on the screened porch and 
watch their antics, 
but not before
 being wrapped up
 in woolie blankets.






Here are a few more 
nooks and crannies 
that have taken on 
the colors of autumn 
in the Cottage...



















...and a front porch welcome
 to all who come 
through the gate...








The guest room 
is decorated 
with a nod to contradiction.

  Last week
 I said that the 
earthy, warm colors of autumn 
were my favorites.
  While that is the truth,
 our guest room, 
decorated in shades of 
green, pink and soft lavender, 
simply needs 
the softer side.

 Nothing much is changed 
from the ordinary, 
except the addition of 
one of the affordable pillows 
that I keep adding
 to my collection...




  This one made of a 
silky material 
with colors that celebrate the season 
but don't compete 
with the basic style 
of the room
 and came with a price tag of 
between two and three dollars...






...and instead of 
fresh flowers 
that I normally place on the nightstand,
 I fashioned a tree of green leaves.

  I pinned leaves 
from the garden 
to a tall cone.

 They become a little drier each day 
and add a feeling of the harvest 
that is soon to come.

 Along with a small white pumpkin 
this is my contribution to 
the softer side 
of autumn.





The newest little chicken 
has gotten into the act.

 Posing with a new kitchen towel
 that nods toward 
what is coming 
to the Cottage
 next week
 and...





...along with another cute pillow 
that tells the tale 
of what you can expect
 BetWEen the MoONliGhT 
and the MaJiC...




~~~~~~~~~~


Here is your standing invitation 
for the month of October 
when the Cottage Witch 
will welcome you with open arms.






 Come into her embrace.......if you dare!



...Judy...







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