Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Spiritual Room In-Progress

On Sunday, I started officially trying to put together our new spiritual room.  What a challenge it has proven to be!  The room is perfect for the area in so many ways, but also has some obstacles that I'm going to have to overcome before Samhain.  Goodness.  No pressure!

I know what you're thinking: Marietta, you're a obsessive-compulsive ISTJ Virgo II.  Why in the world did you wait this late to start putting this room together?  Truth is, the house had a bit of a flooding issue when we first moved in.  Nothing that hasn't been fixed, but it took a while to solve it, and a little longer for me to trust my things in that room.

Once we had it fully resolved (and the floor properly steam cleaned), fellow CNF member and friend Jessica came over and we started unpacking the room.

Apparently, it's a much bigger task than either of us realized.

The room itself is between 2 and 3 times bigger than the original spiritual room.  Both a bonus and a bit of an issue.  I can already tell that I almost don't have enough stuff for it. Who knew that'd be an issue considering that it took me three diligent days to pack it!  Since most of my money is currently tied up in the move, I've started dumpster and curbside scouting for shelves and small hallway tables.  Anything that can go against a wall and leave space in the center of the room.  Anything that isn't completely trashed or wet.  So far, no luck.  But most of my furniture for the room was curbside at one point, so something's bound to turn up.

For this room, each corner happens to be a quarter as well.  That's perfect, except when it isn't.  For example, Earth's corner is a bit of a problem.  Two doors right there.  So I can't actually put anything in that corner.  I have to dance around it.  You can see that I'm starting to set up my ancestor/memory altar on the right, and I've moved one of my altars from east because it perfectly fit in that little space between the door in the closet.  It's going to hold stones from here on out.  It was tough to repurpose my first altar to be a stone altar, but since I most closely relate to the element Earth if I have to pick, it still makes enough sense that I can justify it.

Of course, when the door is pretty much right against the wall, I had to aim for narrow furniture.  Here's South's corner so far.  Our front room lamp didn't fit in the front room (and we have ceiling light in there anyway), so it became a part of my spiritual room.  Good thing too.  Apparently I've developed a bit of an obsession with candles and they no longer all fit on one shelf.  Yeesh!

As a plus, over each quarter, there's a little ceiling light.  An even bigger plus?  Light dimmers!  While I'll still probably opt for string lights, the dimmers give us an option of keeping the lights on so we can actually read and see while still keeping it dark for mood.  Bonus!

And there's the closet.  No doors, which is actually just perfect because it not only makes everything accessible but shows off the gorgeous cedar wood inside!  After getting this far in unpacking and setting up the shelves, I started to think that I maybe wanted to make this a little seating area - much like our old seating area near fire in our old room:

But of course, this presents its own problems.  Beyond the obvious of having to move everything I just unpacked out of the closet, the seating area items I have are red and gold for fire.  The closet falls between water and earth - blue and green.  Whoops!

The hardest part is trying to set up this room mostly on my own.  I had Jessica's help on Sunday, but I've been busting my rear on it ever since and it's still not even close to done!  I see my spiritual room as communal.  It's not mine per se, but my circle's.  I love to let everyone have a say on it.  But considering that Samhain is a little over a week away, I think I'm going to have to let go of that idea and just get it together.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Random Updates!

I've been incredibly busy the past week since my last update!  Mostly from unpacking, but some other fun things as well.  Like dying my hair a new color.  Still red and blonde, but a different kind of red with some violet streaks and a slight lavender tint to the blonde.  I'm enjoying it!  I still haven't gotten used to it being darker, as I had the previous red for, gosh, around two years.  It results in a lot of random selfies, which has brought on a lot of funny faces.

I also attended a Wiccan initiation ceremony last Saturday and took photos.  I didn't get permission to make a blog entry on it, but this picture has been used in a lot of cover photo so I figure it's probably safe to post it up.  It also barely shows any faces.

Congratulations to all the new initiates!

We had a bit of a scare with our dog, Artemis.  One morning, I woke up and vomit was literally pouring out of his mouth (I apologize for the visual!).  No gagging sounds, no upchuck sounds.  It was so strange.  Thank goodness most of the house is tile!  After three times, I took him to the vet.  I told them that I might be overreacting, but after his life-threatening impacted colon in mid-August, I wanted to take no chances.  Turns out, I was actually overreacting.  Thank goodness.

Yes, he is laying across and off my stomach, while using my thigh as a pillow.  Dog.
Artie's doing much better now.  No other incidents to report! I'm so glad it was just a fluke.  To fair, one of the nurses said that I've never brought in a pet that didn't definitely have something going on.  I thought I was being a ridiculous, overbearing, hyper-protective pet mom.  She thought I was doing the right thing, regardless.  Phew!

Because I'm on the subject of our dog, he's started a new method of looking out the window and it's absolutely adorable.

Also, Artie has made friends with the neighbor's dog (Chester, I believe).  He's such a cutie!  They'll race each other up and down the fence line, wagging their tails frantically.  It's nice to have a neighboring dog that Artie actually likes!

The other pets are doing great as well.  In fact, the cats have been hamming it up over the past week or so.  It's not unusual to see Hermes or Apollo "crab-walking" across the floor in a skitter, chasing each other and creating quite a commotion.  I'll take that as a sign they're feeling better in the new house.

Thinking of the cats, I did something almost unspeakable a few weeks ago.  Hermes was playing on their nearly-seven-foot-tall cat tree when I leaned it down a bit to chase him.  Off snapped the top-most tier!

It pulled up some of the chipboard, so I'm going to have to find plywood to fix it with.  Some Gorilla Glue and a drill and it should be good as new.  The cats haven't been too sore that it's broken, but Hermes wouldn't go near it for 24 hours.  Poor guy.

And that's about all the news I have! Unpacking has soaked up almost all of my time.  As for upcoming events, some of my friends and I will be unpacking and arranging the spiritual room this Sunday, and we're having the Circle of Fountains (previously Circle of Northern Fountains) Samhain ritual on midnight, October 31st-November 1st.  If the gorgeous weather persists, we might even have it outside.  I'm excited!  And, of course, my series about our house cleansing ceremony should pick up again next week. Something to look forward to!

Have a fantastic day!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

My Career!

A little over a week ago, I went out to FHSU to draw at an event. Turns out, a segment of me drawing made their university news. Check it out about 26 seconds in:

I had a horrible cold that weekend (though no fear, I got myself on the proper medication to make sure I wasn't passable by the time of the event). However, I can definitely hear it in my voice. It was so deep I can barely recognize it. Yikes!

The event was a ton of fun though!  I just thought I'd share with my readers a brief glimpse into what I do for a living.  Drawing funny faces is my life, and I can't believe I get paid to do it, let alone paid enough to make it my full-time job.  What a life this is!