aries full moon – the hunters moon

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On October 13 at 20.14 degrees at 2:08 pm PST.

This full moon brings tides of emotion to the surface. Full moons signify endings.
And something can end quickly and with big emotion at this time.
That’s what you need to be on the lookout for.

Are you being overly emotional about something?
Is someone else?

The sun is in Libra, the moon in Aries. These clash big time. The sun in Libra is gentle and slow moving and the Aries moon wants action, resolution NOW! The Aries moon wants you to come out of the shadows and speak your mind and be your self. But remember that others feelings matter as well so speak and act with kindness even when trying to get your point across or your way in a matter or you may have many regrets.

If you seek power at this time, step back and reflect. If you have been feeling high strung, easily frustrated, or even overwhelmed, this would be the time to release that tension to the bright orange full moon. BUT, In order to use this energy to our fullest advantage, we have to do some work to snip the cords that bind us to our negative emotions and what we are bound by.

A Full Hunter’s Moon will reach its peak on Sunday, Oct. 13, and it’s the only moon all month that will appear in the sky from sunset to sunrise. According to The Old Farmer’s Almanacthe moon will be full from Saturday morning through Tuesday morning, but its brightest phase will be Sunday at 5:08 p.m. ET

 

Meditations For The October 2019 Full Moon

 

 

Esther’s Pumpkin Pie

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From Esther’s Kitchen 


Esther’s Pumpkin Pie
Cuisine: Esther Approved, Dessert
Prep Time: 1 hour
Serves: 9″ pie, 8 slices
Author: Chef Linda | Esther’s Kitchen

Ingredients
2-1/4 cups pumpkin (canned)
2 Tablespoons unsweetened plant milk such as almond or coconut
1/4 cup vegan light brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup plus 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice blend
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 store bought 9″ frozen pie crust, thawed, unbaked (confirm it is Esther Approved and does not contain lard)

Preheat the oven to 350F.
1. Combine all filling ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. You can also use a mixing bowl with electric hand mixer.
2. Pour the pumpkin filling into the pie crust. Use a spatula to smooth the top. Spread the filling out and upwards to meet the edge of the sides of the pie crust.
3. Bake the pie for 40 minutes. Check the crust for browning at 30 minutes. If it looks like it is darkening, wrap foil around the crust.
4. Allow the pie to cool completely before refrigerating it. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours or overnight prior to serving. Serve alone or top with an Esther Approved, non-dairy whipped cream.

Note: Purchase 2 (15 oz) cans of plain pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling. Measure 2-1/4 cups of pumpkin and refrigerate the remaining pumpkin for another use such as a smoothie. Use a gluten-free pie crust for a gluten-free option.
Photo by Scott.

Meet Sammy

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This young man has stolen our hearts images (2) We don’t know much about Sammy. His name was Tilton and he is a year and a half at best guess (may be a little younger). We adopted him from Animal Alliance New Jersey Animal Alliance rescue’s from high kill shelters. And Sammy was no exception to that. The kill shelter knew virtually nothing of him, or didn’t care to ask. We know he is amazingly healthy, has immaculate teeth and is super smart. Sammy has some skills…

  • knows how to plat fetch
  • knows how to give a paw
  • knows to sit and stay when told to

We are pretty sure Sammy is a Shiba-Chi (Shiba Inu/Chihuahua). Some day we may do the DNA test but breed has never mattered to us. But we do know that he carries himself very well and has traits, build and markings of both breeds. To me though he is simply Sammy, our furkid. I won’t say furbaby because although he loves to cuddle, he is fiercely independent. Once he gained the confidence in us, his true personality was able to be fully out there.

Sammy loves to parkour off furniture to windows. He loves balls. He’s taken over our bed and likes to start the night under the covers. And he loves to go for walks, fast walks lol. He is high energy, super intelligent, and a whole lot of fun. 

But you know what? All this didn’t present itself at the rescue. While we were still there, at first he seemed very afraid and uninterested in us. But we saw something in his eyes that said this dog isn’t showing all he is to us, yet. And that’s something people who go see animals at rescues and shelters have to remember. They may seem shy, scared, distant. But when they finally get the love and attention they need, they blossom.

Sammy is NOTHING like any other animal I have ever called my furbaby. His personality is uniquely him and I love him all the more for it. He’s filled up and empty space in my soul and we know that we have lots of adventures to go on and lots of memories to make with this sweet boy images (2) 

welcome home sam “sammy” winchester

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As most of you know our last remaining furbaby passed away a few months ago. Keith and I as a married couple had five furbabies; Buster, Odin, Tinka Belle & Loki our cats, and Ippo our spoiled chihuahua. Even before I married Keith I always had cats. My entire adult life from week one of moving out of my parents house I had at least one cat. In all I’ve had 3 other cats, plus 1 rescued mamma cat and her litter that were adopted out, 1 bird, a couple hamsters, a lizard and a fish tank prior to married life. All either have crossed the rainbow bridge, were re-homed (three cats when I moved out of state), or adopted out (momma and her litter).

When our last furbaby had to be released from this world I couldn’t breathe. I had never been without a companion animal by my side. And not being able to have kids, our furkids were our kids. I even had a mild panic attack at the emergency vets office. And in that moment I said, “no more animals”. After losing so many, I was wore out from the illnesses, care and emotional heartbreak of caring for a senior animal. I was heartsick.

As time passed I found myself looking on Petfinder and the Facebook pages of local rescues. I knew so many needed homes that I couldn’t not consider adopting again, “someday”. A week or so later the hubby and I started talking about what we wanted to do. Do we want to commit to this again? If we do, do we want a cat, a dog, a hedgehog, what??? Dogs have such great heart healing power and my heart indeed was still hurting. The wise hubby insisted we needed to adopt a dog.

So we looked and looked and looked. And we found about 20 that we were interested in. I had criteria.

  1. I wanted a younger dog. I’m that person who is always adopting the un-adoptable, the seniors, etc.. This time I wanted a young one.
  2. They would need to get along with either another dog, another cat, or both. We knew eventually we would want to adopt at least one more shelter animal someday.
  3. I wanted one that had been at the shelter either a long time, or one who was not adjusting to shelter life.

So we had to narrow it down and had to start with one of them. To meet them and see if they liked us. We found an adorable Cairn Terrier at a shelter here in N.J. so we sent in an application and we were off to meet him. Sadly, once there, the rescue owner said they had been having behavior problems with him and would prefer not to adopt him out right then. She said one of the staff would likely adopt him to work with him.

So now what? She wanted to show us other dogs. Luckily there were 2 or 3 others there who we also had on our list and Sammy (Tilton at the time), was one of them.

And, we fell in love.
We fell in love with Sammy and 2 other dogs! What are we gonna do?? I knew I was and would be sad who we left behind but right now we can only do one. Well we spent a couple hours there and Sammy (Tilton) was the best fit for us and for him. And we knew pretty quickly that his name would be Sammy (after the Sam Winchester on the TV show, Supernatural).

Welcome home Sammy images (2)
(check out my next post to find out all about Sammy!!)

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Does Your State Still Allow Puppy Mills?

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by: Care2 Team
recipient: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, etc…

Filthy cages, extreme temperatures, maggot-infested food, dirty water, emaciated dogs, and dogs covered in feces. Step into a puppy mill, and that’s the heartbreaking sight you’ll see, according to The Humane Society of the United States’ most recent Horrible Hundred report.

“Puppy mills” or “pet mills” refer to commercial breeders that force animals to continuously produce more and more young to feed the pet trade. Unfortunately, many of the animals end up in shelters and being euthanized.

Despite the horrific conditions in pet mills across the country, only two states – California and Maryland – have banned pet stores from selling puppies and kittens from commercial breeders. That means 48 states still allow these horrible places to exist.

Puppies and kittens don’t deserve this inhumane treatment. We need to take a stand and end this despicable practice now.

Does your state still allow puppy mills? Sign now to demand that it bans puppy mills for good!
https://www.thepetitionsite.com/423/052/971/does-your-state-still-allow-puppy-mills/

My Mindful Morning

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1. Don’t look at the phone when you open your eyes!

Charge your phone in another room, keep it out of the bedroom. You will sleep better and not be tempted to check social media. And there’s no pressing issue or someone would have called you! Here’s a great article on how waking up with technology is wrecking your morning vibe!

Instead, take a moment and focus on your intention for the day. Choose a mantra perhaps, like “I will find joy in my work” and really feel it. Sip some warm water with lemon and just contemplate how good your day will be. 

2. Just breathe

Now it’s time to grab your phone or other device. But, STOP, don’t open social media!! Instead head over to this video and just breathe.

3. Meditate:

Five minutes of meditation

4. Yoga stretches:

I start my day with these standing poses with Rodney Yee ( I also end my day with his PM yoga release). Here is an alternate that is specifically designed for beginners and also included is an am/pm meditation, AM & PM Yoga & Meditation for Beginners – Gaiam

5. Drink more water:

In the morning after I’ve done all of these things, I drink 16 to 32 oz of tepid water with hot lemon. This seems to give my body a better start to the morning and I am hydrated before I even start to get ready for the day. 

6. Seize the day!

Now get ready and go take the day and make it yours!!

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What’s Next For Climate Action?

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So most if not all Climate Strike events are winding down.
Now what?

 

1. make sure you’re actually registered to vote:

In the US you can double check here ➡️ Am I registered to vote?
Need help getting to the voter I.D. office or the polls, go here ➡️  carpoolvote.com
Then ask family, friends, and co-workers if they are registered.

2. donate:

Here are several of the organizations I support and you can support!

 3. join your local Climate Lobby:

The Citizens Climate Lobby is a great organization that will put you in touch with your legislators. They will help you successfully advocate for a carbon tax, and equip you with the tools to be a more active citizen.

4. check your investments & where you shop

Do they lobby, give money, or support the fossil fuel industry? Know where YOUR money is being spent!

5. email your reps & take action:

Take a look at your local Sierra Club Chapter and find the section where they have bills currently in your legislature and actions you can take to be involved.

6. stop using single-use plastics:

Hopefully you’re already doing this or in the process of converting but if not…? IHead over to ➡️  7 easy ways to ditch single-use plastics, and get started!

7. eat plant-based:

It’s that simple to lower your carbon footprint. You can start with Meatless Monday as a start. Then browse the web for some delicious Vegan/Vegetarian recipes and change your life and health, forever!

8. use green living solutions:

The Queen Of Green

9. change your bulbs:

Use only LED bulbs.

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Want even more ideas, there’s so much we as individuals can do!!?? Check out the links below for more ways you can take action and stay up to date on upcoming events to speak out about our defending precious planet And be up to date with statistics and trends relating to climate change. 

earthday.org

NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council)

Climate Kids

NASA

NOAA

The United Nations 2019 Reports On Climate Change

Canada take action –  The David Suzuki Foundation

35 Gifting “moments”

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Here are some great ideas to gift to kids and families.

  1. Donate to an animal sanctuary or sponsor an animal. 
  2. Gift a yearly membership to a museum. 
  3. Buy a gift certificate to a fun activity. 
  4. Membership to the botanical gardens or national park passes. 
  5. A road trip with you somewhere fun. 
  6. Movie night for the whole family. 
  7. Gift an indoor veggie garden starter kit. 
  8. Buy a passes to an amusement or theme park. 
  9. Gift certificates for bowling or mini golf
  10. Buy games to have an ongoing weekly family game night
  11. Gift a family photo shoot
  12. Gift a local class or paint night
  13. Gift Certificate for a massage
  14. Gift tickets to a sports game
  15. Gift a session with a tarot reader 
  16. Gift tickets to a live show
  17. Write a poem on pretty paper and wrap in ribbon
  18. Gift dance classes for two
  19. Buy them an online course
  20. Give the gift of food
  21. Book a house cleaning for a day
  22. Make them a playlist
  23. Yoga class passes
  24. Gift a makeup session to pamper them for dinner out
  25. Gift language instruction
  26. Spa day, mani pedi or facial gift certificate
  27. Rock climbing gift certificate
  28. Give the gift of outdoor gear
  29. Escape room!
  30. Tickets for a wine tasting event
  31. Gift a cooking class
  32. Puzzles
  33. Online guitar class (here)
  34.  Experience gift ideas for kids (here)
  35. (USA) Cloud 9 experience gifts (here)

Have more ideas?? I’d love to see them in comments!!

 

 

 

Fall Bucket List

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Fall Bucket List

Hike a portion of the Appalachian trail.
This has been on my list for a long time. And we finally live close! Just waiting for cooler temps and autumn leaves to start turning. Ticks are super bad here in NJ so I’d rather wait till the little evil things are resting!

Finish my Crystal Healer’s Certification Classes!!
Should have this completed this month!

Start taking some pottery classes to get my hands back into the craft.
I loved making pottery. But don’t love using it. I took a pottery class in college and loved it. I found it to be very meditative to work with my hands crafting. I didn’t pursue it as a hobby because I don’t use pottery. I love the artistry but the weightiness of the pieces seemed just clunky to me. So I would love to get back into it to challenge myself to create pieces I would actually use and display in my home. And who knows, perhaps a business opportunity? Or a side line I could add to a little shop me and the hubby have been dreaming up lately 😉

Complete 1 of my Reiki certifications, level 2 classes.
With everything that’s been happening the last several months I haven’t focused on classes or practice. I miss it!

Go apple picking.
I’ve never gone apple picking before and we have orchards close by. So this fall we plan to go picking @ Battleview Orchards

Bike a scenic trail or two.
Yayyy we finally got bikes! A friend very generously gifted us 1 gently used and 1 new bike this summer. Sadly we still haven’t taken them out. Next week we plan a test run.

Baking & making 90% of our holiday gifts this year.
Last year we decided we wanted most of our gift giving to be homemade. Last year we baked breads and made jams and bought a few thoughtfully coordinated extras to add on to the experience. We haven’t quite laid out our plans yet, but we are on staycation next week and have time to come up with our ideas for this year.

Geocaching.
Here’s the app!

Take lots of mini road trips around NJ, PA & NY.
While we’re here we need to do some exploring!

Adopt a puppy or kitty.
Happy to say we already checked this one off the list before I finished this blog post!! I’ll be posting about him! Check out Petfinder, there are thousands and thousands of animals to choose from.

Bake a pie, from scratch.
Remember, apple picking will be done!

Host a scary movie night. 
Lights off. Autumn snacks and beverages a plenty. Plenty of comfy pillows and sleeping bags/blankets so people can be cozy and comfy if they fall asleep lol.

Send notes to friends and family for Thanksgiving telling them why you are thankful for them.
This is something I’ve thought about doing for a few years. But every year I over think it and just don’t do it. This year, scale it simple. Just little notes of love, appreciation and gratitude. Doesn’t have to be fancy to be heartfelt.

Take lots of fall foliage walks.
Drive somewhere new and just walk the town or area we’re in and take in the beauty.  Try and keep a photo journal and blog it!

Make leaf art; here are some ideas…
37 Best Leaf Craft Ideas to Help You Fall Into the Season

Get a 1000-piece puzzle with an autumn theme to put together on a chilly night.
I want to make hot apple cider and just spend a quiet evening working on a puzzle with my honey.  Perhaps some Vivaldi, Four seasons playing in the background?

Learn how to knit and create a scarf for fall or winter.
Pretty simple plan. And best part, my hubby would help. He’s actually the sewer in the house so he has a few skills in this department.

Visit the local farmers markets/Eat Everything That’s in Season.
We didn’t get a chance this summer to check them out.

Make homemade autumn latte’s
Here are some of the recipes we want to try –  https://vegnews.com/2018/9/5-must-make-vegan-lattes-perfect-for-fall

Preserve something to enjoy for throughout winter
This will fall right in with us making homemade holiday gifts this year! 

Go through a corn maze!
I’ve never gone through a cornfield maze before, hopefully this is the year. 

Donate another bin or two to a shelter or resale shop
Since I started this list I already have a full trash bag and a full bin just waiting to be donated!

Normally I blog my bucket lists and forget to post updates. Fingers crossed I keep up!

Hugging Meditation

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Step One

The first thing to do is to make yourself available. Breathe in and out, and come back to the present moment, so you are really there. Then go to the person you want to hug and bow to them. If they have practiced mindfulness, then they will do their best to abandon the things that are possessing them and make themselves available to you. They will smile and bow, and you will know that they are available. Now hugging is possible.

Stand facing each other with your palms joined, breathing in and out three times. You can say silently:

Breathing in, I know that life is precious in this moment.

Breathing out, I cherish this moment of life.

Step Two

Take the person in your arms. While hugging, breathe consciously and hug with all your body, spirit, and heart. While you hold the other person, they become real, and you also become real. You can say silently something like this:

Breathing in, my loved one is in my arms. Breathing out, I am so happy.

Breathing in, they are alive. Breathing out, it is so precious to be alive together.

Breathing in, it is so wonderful to have them in my arms. Breathing out, I am very happy.

You may then release the other person and bow to each other to show thanks.

This instruction is an edited excerpt from Thich Nhat Hanh’s dharma talks, and reposted from an article @ Lion’s Roar.