New knitting project - Supernatural Mystery MKAL

9/29/15 - In a few more days the first clue will be available for my latest knitting project - Supernatural MKAL by Shannon Sanchez.   The link describes how a mystery pattern works.  I am excited to get started.  Working with a group of other people on the same project inspires me to "keep up".  I also love seeing the results achieved with all the different yarns being used by the other participants.  I love all the variegated and bright colorful yarns but chose a silver grey solid for this project.  From the clues offered in the description, I think there will be a design/symbol on the shawl and I want it to stand out by using a solid color, picture at right.  My yarn is called Cool Gray by Loops and Threads, Woolike brand.  I am a self-taught knitter.  I never know if I can even do the project so I purchased an inexpensive yarn.  It was only $2.98 a skein. 

 I am hoping the shawl will feature the Sun Symbol containing a PENTACLE or PENTAGRAM (FIVE-POINTED STAR pointing up): A standard symbol for witches, freemasons, and many other pagan or occult groups. To witches, it represent the four basic elements (wind, water, earth and fire) plus a pantheistic spiritual being such as Gaia or Mother Earth. The pentagram is also "used for protection. to banish energy, or to bring it to you, depending on how it's drawn."
  Time will tell.  Below are more Supernatural Protective Symbols.  I have watched the show off and on.  Now that I am working on this shawl, I will make it a point to view the program.


I heard a "Good Job".................................

9/22/2015 - Barn painting is coming right along.  I also got the eaves cleaned out on the south side. Picture at left is an idea of how high I have to go to accomplish this task.  Even that wouldn't be too bad, but it is so hard to position the heavy ladder in that little space above those large windows. Today, I got the Lost Woods sign removed from the implement shed.  Painter is power washing that barn today.

I have a couple days off coming up so I will get the plexiglass over the top inside window tomorrow.  As you can see in the right photo, it is more ladder work!

Last night I was put on the pharmacy side door of Wal-Mart as a greeter from 8:30 til 10 pm.  I caught me a thief!  We were told to be sure and check receipts for any items that were not in a sack.  Well, this lady starts out the door with one little crumpled sack containing a box of something and the rest of the cart was filled with BIG items.........too big for the regular sack.  Cart was heaping with containers of laundry soap, huge container of Downy, cartons of coke, etc - you get the idea.  All kinds of things in BIG boxes!  I asked the lady for her receipt.  She replies, "Oh, my husband has it.  He is still in the store, blah, blah, blah......"  I say, "Ma'm, I can't let you out of the store without a receipt for this stuff."  To make a long story short, she heads out of the store, leaving the cart.  Items in there totaled over $200!  I finally got a "Good Job" comment from the Wal-Mart employers.

So, now I need to get to the license branch and renew my plates. 


Vests and Necklace

9/18/2015 - A couple of days ago I packed up this old wooden safari necklace to send to a customer. Occasionally I still sell an item or two on Artfire where my seller name is Panacea.  I felt a little sad about letting this old necklace go. I had sold an even nicer one with more carved animals earlier.  So, this may be a "good seller" if I run across more of them.  I really need to add some new items to my online store.  Heaven knows I have enough things to list!  I got a little discouraged with the high price of postage, the increases in what Paypal takes, poor computer connection, etc. & haven't been updating the site. 
Today started with a need to change the apartment's toilet fill mechanism.  I watched a couple U-tube videos and am ready to tackle that task,  In fact, I removed it already, cleaned out a little of the rust and I may be able to get by without a new one. 
Next I am going to Panera to meet up with the Knit'n Bitch group.  I really don't have a WIP going on right now.    I just signed up for a new Mystery shawl on Ravelry.  It is a circular, lace shawl, neck cowl, in-the-roiund, eyelet, mesh, one-piece, chart,  type thing from the clues I have so far.  I need  1100-1300 yards of fingering yarn to complete this project.  Here is the info on this Supernatural MKAL project if anyone wants to follow along or make their own. It is linked somehow to the show entitled Supernatural.  The  clues for the knitting project, Supernatural MKAL, will be released starting with the Season Premier of Season 11 on October 7, with each subsequent clue being released once a week on
Wednesdays.  I am hoping it will look something like this top circular crochet vest.  Tonal or solid colors were suggested so it may look more like the one on the bottom, left or top right.

  The bottom right shawl is great, but a little too long for me to ever wear! It is advertised for sale at $145.


Gem and Fossil Show 2015

9/15/2015 - Well, I made it to the Greenfield Gem Mineral and Fossil Show last Friday.  I found an ammonite but didn't buy any blue or white fluorite.  I think I may have some in my rock stash.  If not, it will be on my list for the next outing.  I bought the ammonite pendant, shown here, from a girl who has a shop in Knightstown (Earth's Creations www.earths-creations.com ).  I could probably find some there if I decide I can't live without it and cannot wait for my next gem outing. 
The other stone I purchased is an Epidote.  I was just attracted to the green color, the feel and shape of the stone.  Epidote Info: Epidote will enhance the energy of whatever it touches, including other stones.  Epidote increases perception and interaction with spiritual beings, and brings spiritual growth.  Epidote is a great stone for releasing negativity and raising one's vibrational energy.  It is helpful for those stuck in modes of depression, hopelessness, or other negative thinking pattern.  Epidote can inject a sense of hopeful optimism into one's emotional body, helping to bring the mind into a higher vibration.  Crystal healers like to work with Epidote for its ability to clear congestion and energy blockages in the physical and subtle bodies.  Epidote will help to balance and stabilize the energy flow in the body.  Epidote is also used to help dissipate tumors by releasing stagnant energies in the area.

Epidote is an excellent stone for attunement with nature and her healing qualities.  It puts forth a simple, calming, grounding, “back to Earth” vibration, which is particularly good for those living in a high energy, city setting.

On a more physical level, Epidote’s ability to increase energy is useful in strengthening the physical body.   Epidote facilitates a more complete assimilation of nutrients.  Epidote stimulates the immune system, aids in the healing process, and is a great stone to use for physical recovery.  Epidote increases personal power, clears the emotional body aura, and even increases memory, making it a helpful when looking for lost object. 

Of Interest:  Epidote is said to be very helpful to aid prosperity, because as long as you are generous you will manifest more generosity and more prosperity.  I took the stone/mineral with me today when I went to Indiana Downs Racetrack with Randy.  We had the buffet, stopped to play slots for a minute = I hit $227 on the first machine, played another machine and cashed out $1062........Next, we went to the track to watch the races.  I ended up loosing a total of $2.20 there but I found a voucher left in one of the betting machines valued at $72.  Did I keep it?  No.  I decided the best thing to do would be to turn it in to the cashier......................I don't know if anyone claimed it but there is such a thing as Karma!  I've been lucky a few times, i.e. when I recently lost my billfold and it was returned to me with everything intact!

To the right is a picture of my final purchase at the gem show.   It is a Ginkgo tree.  I think I will plant it out by the medicine wheel.  I don't want any more trees in the yard.  I have enough to mow around.  I haven't decided if I will keep it in the house for the winter and plant it in the spring, or put it out now.  Decisions, decisions!


Astrology and Crystals


Today I am going to the rock and gem show in Greenfield, Indiana.  I really don't have a special item in mind to buy.  Just being in all that wonderful stone energy is a treat for me.  I did look up some info on the web and found a couple items suggested for a Libra born October 9.  Perhaps I will look for an Ammonite.  The spiral is a special symbol for me.  Note: Check out your birthdate here -  place the cursor on Astrology/Crystal heading and select your sign from the drop down list - great site, full of fun info!  Three crystal suggestions are given for past, present and future.  Here are mine:


Birthdays - October 7 – 9
Key Word - Congruity

Crystal - Ammonite
Attributes - This fossil brings you harmony, dignity and splendor. It gives you a sense of beauty, charm and charisma. Ammonite releases mental obsessions. It normalizes cell metabolism, energy output, heartbeat and fortifies the heart.
Message - Living with the natural rhythms and cycles of life.
Focus - Throughout life you revisit ideas, places and situations, spiraling upward toward holistic awareness.
Affirmation - I rejoice in the circle of life.


Birthdays - October 8 – 10
Key Word - Respite

Crystal - Blue Fluorite
Attributes - Blue fluorite will help you achieve justice in your life. Reduces over excitement and will settle you down to be quiet. Helps with frustration and disappointment. It helps you release obsessions. Alleviates coughs and hoarseness; helps with posture damage, deformities, bony growths and swelling.
Message - Pamper yourself, regain balance and confidence.
Focus - You speak up for yourself and others with a clear voice and a strong heart.
Affirmation - I feel relaxed and rejuvenated.

Birthdays - October 9 – 11
Key Word - Relaxation

Crystal - White Fluorite
Attributes - This stone will help you with ordering your life and purifying your soul. It is for emotional stability and inner peace. Helps you to learn more easily and being able to concentrate; it clears confusion and helps you maintain order. Aids in the healing of the skin, mucous membranes, respiratory tract, nerves and brain. It eases coughs and allergies.
Message - Time out for quiet solitude, reflecting on adventurous days.
Focus - You pass your knowledge and experiences on to others, helping them to successfully navigate life.
Affirmation - I am in control and choose when to chart a new course in my life.


Evil Eye Amulet - 9/8/2015


9/8/2015 - This amulet hangs in the window of my stairwell.  While lowering the shade a couple of days ago, part of it came unhooked and dropped to the floor.  Just to be safe, I wasted no time in getting some pliers and repairing the link. 

This happened a day before the "big wind" blew through the farm.  I had some damage but things could have been a lot worse.  I choose to believe my amulet was warning me of approaching danger.

Note:  The evil eye amulets are traditionally used to protect you, your family, your home, your business, etc., from the evil eye, envy and negativity.  The Elephant brings good luck.  


Jungle Jim Trip and Tulsi Tea - 9/7/2015

"Oh, Narada! Every house, every village, every forest, wherever the plant of Tulsi is grown, there misery, fear, disease and poverty do not exist."

 Today I rode to Cincinnati with Randy and Corrine for a trip to Jungle Jim's International Market.  It was a good trip.  I purchased some Tulsi Tea (3 different flavors), honey, oreos, Ancient Essence MYRHH, spicy mustard and Jungle Blend Whole Bean Medium Roast Coffee.  I heard about Tulsi Tea (also known as Holy Basil) during the herbal class I took in Browne County.  About Tulsi: Throughout India Tulsi is acclaimed as "The Queen of Herbs" and is revered as a sacred plant infused with healing powers.  Traditionally grown in an earthen pot in every family home or garden, Tulsi makes a delicious and nourishing herbal "tea" abundant in a vast array of health benefits.*
      • Reduces Stress                                
      • Supports the Immune System
      • Abundant in Antioxidants
      • Builds Stamina
      • Powerful Adaptogen
      • Aids Digestion
      • Anti-Aging
      • Balances Metabolism
      • Balances Energy Levels
      • Uplifts Mood
Well, I will give it a try instead of a candy bar on break.  Maybe even strive for one cup a day.  There is a lot of information on the Tulsi plant available on the internet. If I ever get my herb garden  in order, I think this would be a wonderful addition. "Tulsi in all aspects and places is holier than holy. Where the breeze blows through Tulsi plants, it makes the surrounding areas pure." There are at least 3 varieties of Tulsi (see here)......................


Stormy weather 9/5/2015

9/5/2015 Storm:  My sentry, Howie (short for Howard meaning Guardian of the Home, Defender) managed to hang on through the wind and hurling branches.  It also blew a couple screens from my windows.  It blew up fast while I was at work.  I had left a bedroom window open and found the wind had blown the pillows off my bed!   A   small piece of siding was twisted off the roof of the meat house, but all in all little damage other than limbs down.  A neighbor had 6 large, old trees damaged.  Some uprooted.  I haven't checked the back woods but my favorite tree - the yellow locust - has a large limb sheared off but still hanging in the tree.