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Introducing Gardening Magic YouTube Channel

January 18, 2022

For a long time, I’ve thought about creating a gardening channel on YouTube. After thinking about it for months on how I’d format it, I’ve finally taken the plunge.

I like short videos because I don’t have a huge chunk of free time. I want videos to be precise and on the topic in the title. When I’m looking for information, say on how to propagate blackberries, I don’t want unrelated stories. I find a lot of YouTubers talk about irrelevant things to add minutes to their videos.

I aim to keep my videos short. Ten minutes or less.

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Moon Journey: The Cold Moon Arrives Today

January 17, 2022

Today is the full moon. Where I live, it is at its fullest at 7:48 pm. Last night when I had finished feeding the animals, I stood in the path and stared up at the moon. Its light glowed upon the snow and provided illumination to easily navigate without a flashlight. The skies were clear, and the stars were bright, but the moon dominated the landscape.

Often, the coldest days of the month surround the full moon. This month is no different. Where I live, we’ve hit -19 degrees Celsius with wind chills in the low -30s.

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ALERT: Possible Seed Potato Shortage in Nova Scotia

January 14, 2022

Last night, my sister contacted me about seed potatoes. She had put her order in at Veseys Seed on Prince Edward Island and received notice that seed potatoes were unavailable.

I checked Veseys’ website but did not find any notice about a disease outbreak. However, all varieties of potatoes are labelled as “Not Available for 2022” and “Out of Stock”.

I found several news articles about PEI potatoes unable to be shipped to the United States, but I am unsure if this is the reason they are not leaving the island for Canadian destinations. The article Canada Halts Exports of Prince Edward Island Potatoes on Modern Farmer states this,  “After cases of potato wart fungus were found on two PEI farms, Canada has put a stop to potato exports into the US.”

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Gardening: It’s Seed Ordering Time

January 13, 2022

There is very little going on in the garden this time of year. The ground is frozen, and plants are tucked beneath an insolating blanket of snow. However, I’m busy inside, finishing my report on last year’s season, planning for the upcoming season, ordering seeds and learning more about the plants I grow and want to grow.

Each year, I grow at least one thing I’ve never grown before. This year, one of those things is broccoli. I ordered the seeds from Veseys Seeds on Prince Edward Island. I chose Arcadia Broccoli.

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Ringing in the New Year

January 11, 2022

There’s an old saying I heard many years ago: We must say good-bye before we can say hello. It’s a way of easing the pain of parting.

A similar saying applies to this time of the year: We must say good-bye to the old before we can say hello to the new.

Good-bye, 2021. You were a little unexpected, a little different, a little the same, a little exciting and a little disappointing. You were far from the hardest year in my lifetime, and you were far from the most difficult year in the past 100 years. Many people died. Many people were born. Many lost hope, and many became enlightened.

Hello, 2022. Not knowing what you’ll bring is a blessing and a curse. I’d like to be better prepared, but I guess I’m going to have to wing it like every year. Regardless of what you bring, the sun is sure to rise, rains to fall, winds to blow, snow to collect, flowers to bloom and birds to sing.

Tarot Reading for Day of the Sun

January 9, 2022

My goal for 2022 is to do a six-card reading each Day of the Sun (Sunday). I wrote about it on the first post here: Tarot Reading for Day of the Sun (January 2nd).

Sun’s Day January 9th Six-card Reading

What negative energy is holding me back?

Queen of Pentacles upright: A bestower of grace and favour, the Queen of Pentacles is an astute business person and lover of life who uses her wealth wisely. Her success is well earned and she is magnanimous towards others, showing her affection in terms of gifts and patronage.

How do I get rid of this negative energy?

Queen of Swords upright: This intelligent, gifted woman is protective of those around her. Quick to praise and challenge, her wit is amazing, as are her inventiveness and grace. In a reading, she represents a firm ally, although ultimately there is a need to put her own interest first.

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Fasting: an Ancient Health Practice

January 7, 2022
Northern Survival

I’ve talked about fasting and its benefits on this blog before because it ties into my survival novel, Northern Survival. One of the main characters, Olive Tweed, fasted to improve her health. The two posts were

In the novel, there’s a scene where Olive shares personal information with the other main character, Jonathan ‘John’ Stone, on how she got hooked on fasting. Here’s a short clip:

“I had a health scare a few years ago. Doctors said I had six months to live. They said there was nothing I could do.” A muscle twitched in her cheek. “I refused to believe them. Shortly afterwards, my brother died with complications due to Type 2 diabetes. I didn’t eat for a week, and I felt better.” She released an uneasy chuckle. “I thought I was crazy until a friend told me about the benefits of fasting. She gave me a book; it changed the way I thought about food and my body. I read other books and researched online. I watched countless YouTube videos. Some only recycled what the others said but now and again, I’d find a nugget I could use to help improve my health. Six months passed. Ten months. The doctor’s office called, and I ignored them. The diet and drugs they wanted to put me on would have killed me quicker.” She shrugged. “I haven’t been to a doctor since. That was four years ago.”

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Tarot Reading for Day of the Sun

January 2, 2022

One thing I’d like to learn more about is tarot card reading. I’ve dabbled in it since I bought the cards about five years ago but for one reason or another, I kept forgetting or putting it off. Not anymore.

To do this, I’ve decided to do a reading for myself every Day of the Sun (Sunday). This reading will consist of six questions and six cards drawn. The question are:

  • 1. What negative energy is holding me back?
  • 2. How do I get rid of this negative energy?
  • 3. What are possible obstacles?
  • 4. What is the positive energy in my life?
  • 5. Is there Inspiration on embracing the energies?
  • 6. What are the opportunities that lay ahead?

The deck I’m using is The Art of Tarot by Liz Dean. The interpretations are from the booklet that came with the cards. This is a deck of 78 cards.

Sun’s Day January 2nd Six-card Reading

What negative energy is holding me back?

Seven Swords Upright: The Seven of Swords indicates lies and mistrust, which can manifest as difficult dealings with a dangerous opponent. Hemmed in and confronted, you will need excellent tactics in order to win, and you may resort to outright cunning. The message is to fight hard for what belongs to you.

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Where were you when you heard the news?

December 31, 2021

This post was supposed to be about the end. The end of the year, not the end of someone’s life. The post I had written needed only one more reading before it went live. However, that changed when I heard the news.

I was on my way back from picking up pizza from Frank’s Pizza in Stewiacke. It was for my youngest son’s birthday supper. On the Bokma Plains, the song ended, and the announcer came on. My finger was on the way to the button to put on another station to have non-stop music when I heard her name. My finger hovered over the button.

Betty White had passed away 18 days shy of her 100th birthday.

Her face instantly came to mind. I’ve been watching Betty all my life. She’d been acting longer than I was alive. My mom and I loved Golden Girls and saw every episode. In fact, Betty reminded me a lot of mom.

Now she’s gone. Just like that.

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Romance Collection #7: Garden T-shirt

December 30, 2021

I started writing chapter 6 of my next romance novel, temporarily titled Romance Collection #7, yesterday. Before I did though, I played around with a T-shirt design for the garden centre that appears in the novel. Here’s what I got.

I believe uniforms are important. They provide instant notification to whatever group the person is associated with. It’s why armies, hockey teams and companies use uniforms.

For the individual, feeling part of a team gives them confidence. They are not alone. It erases diversity and makes everyone the same. This sameness creates a common goal and empowers the individual to act for the good of everyone, not just the individual.

In military and sports, everyone wearing the same outfit gives the impression to the enemy and opposing team that there are many against them. They can’t target an individual for looking different.

In a retail setting, a uniform separates customers from store staff.

From my experience, a positive feeling is generated by ‘suiting up’. Putting on a uniform triggers something in my brain that tells me I’m ready for business. This might be a baseball jersey or a garden centre T-shirt.