Friday, July 1, 2016

SEASONAL LIVING AND TIMELESS TRADITIONS JULY 2016

July musings...This month brings with it...heat on the land...and the fire within each one of us to get our projects and goals into full motion.

Most folks believe that goals have to be to obtain something material...or work related...which of course is wonderful...but what about inner goals...or soul projects?

Make this month of July...your month...to free yourself of worry...anger...frustration...and fears...and create personal freedom...of faith...trust...happiness and kindness instead. Stop being a sheep...and following the gloom and doom of others...the media...and even those close to you...who do nothing but complain...talk about everything that is wrong...spread anger and hate...and live their lives from a place of conflict and victim mentality. Do not let anything or anyone outside of you...influence you anymore.See the world...with different eyes...the eyes of higher vision.

I am not writing here...for you not to be concerned about problems in the world...or in your personal life...that would be denial. And of course you must take action steps yourself to make those changes...to solve those problems...that goes without saying. And feelings of anger and sadness are human...and you must... to be emotionally healthy...express them freely...and give others that freedom too. But at some point...you must move on...and see life for what it also is...it is good and beautiful too...filled with wonder and joyful events...and it is up to you...to focus on...and create those positive qualities and experiences in your own life.

A quality...happy life...is no one else's responsibility...it is up to you.

Take some time this July...to really ponder all the ways you perhaps are following the crowd...allowing world events...family and friends to influence you in negative ways.

Ignite your own inner fire this month...and decide to be happy...no matter where you live...where you work...or what relationship you do...or do not have at the moment. Be a free thinker and doer...and shed all that negativity from within you.

Make everyday a day of independence for yourself...and allow freedom and happiness into your life...from this moment on.

Because when you are happy...you will always feel free.

May your inner fire burn,
Victoria



First, April, she with mellow showers
Opens the way for early flowers;
Then after her comes, smiling May,
In a more rich and sweet array;
Next enters June, and brings us more
Gems than those two that went before;
Then, lastly, July comes,and she more
wealth brings in, than all those three.
by Robert Herrick


PRAYER..." I use wisdom and care with my personal power... and never infringe on another's personal choices or freedom".

WORLD TRADITIONS AND CELEBRATIONS... July 1st...Canada Day...July 4th...Fourth of July...July 14th...Bastille Day...July 30th...International Day Of Friendship

FACTS ABOUT JULY...The Roman senate named July in honor of Julius Caesar who was born on July 12th

FOLKLORE ABOUT JULY...Ne'er trust a July sky...If ant hills are high in July...the coming winter will be hard.

GARDENING TIP... Deadhead your blooming flowers...stop fertilizer application...make sure you keep your trees and shrubs watered

HOMEMAKING TIP... Stay organized this month around your home...by putting summer items in large baskets...to keep things tidy. July is a good month to clean your oven...when you will not be using it much. Use natural products to do this...baking soda and white vinegar work really well...just goggle it and follow the directions.

FULL MOON...July 19th

FLOWERS... The larkspur...water lily

GEMS...The Ruby

TEACHINGS...This is the month to take action steps...on your goals and projects...but to also remember to bring fun and relaxation into your daily life. Make one of your goals to connect to your inner spirit more...by learning to meditate or start daily prayers.


JULY CELEBRATION

SUPPLIES
pen and paper
a lit candle
something to dig a small hole outside

Light a candle and get yourself centered with deep breathing for a few minutes.When you are ready...write down...all the ways...you are keeping yourself from freedom within. This can be from any area in your life. Take your time doing this process.

When you feel complete...read over your list...then say a prayer...asking for guidance from The Higher Power...to help you.

Take your written list outside...dig a hole in a potted plant or in the ground...and then bury your list....as a symbol that you are done...living your life without freedom...because of your own self-made prison.

Remember...you must take action steps each day...to change what you need to change within you...to create more personal freedom...but you can do it!

Freedom will set you free!


SEASONAL LIVING AND TIMELESS TRADITIONS

...FOR YOUR HOME

Wipe down bathroom sinks and kitchen counters...and even doorknobs in these rooms...with pure Rosemary essential oil. Rosemary oil kills bacteria and disinfects...and with the warmer weather...bacteria is abound.

MICROWAVE CLEANER
1/4 cup baking soda
1 teaspoon vinegar
5-6 drops pure lemon essential oil

Combine all ingredients to make a paste. Apply to the walls and floor of your microwave with a soft cloth or sponge. Rinse well ... and leave the microwave door open to air-dry for about 25 minutes.


...FOR YOUR HEARTH

Quick...easy...but very good food needs to be on the menu for Summer Suppers...and I think you will love this tasty shrimp dish. Serve with a salad and a rice of your liking...and supper is ready.

SPICY GARLIC AND SHRIMP
serves 4-6
1 large red bell pepper
1 1/2 pounds large shrimp
3 tablespoons olive oil plus more for brushing
8 garlic cloves finely chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons paprika
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
1/4 cup white wine

Cut the bell pepper in half crosswise...removing stem and seeds...and then cut into strips.

Peel and devein the shrimp...leaving the tails intact.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Brush a heavy large roasting pan with olive oil.

Combine the bell pepper...shrimp...garlic...paprika...cayenne pepper...and the olive oil in a large bowl and mix well. Spread the shrimp mixture out on the prepared roasting pan in a single layer. Season with salt and pepper.

Roast for 10 minutes. Turn the shrimp and bell pepper and sprinkle with the oregano. Roast until the shrimp are just opaque in the center about 7 minutes. Transfer to a platter.

Place the roasting pan on a stove burner and set at medium-high heat. Add the wine and boil...scraping up the browned bits...about 2 minutes. Drizzle the pan juices over the shrimp. Serve...garnishing with more fresh oregano and lemons.



...FOR YOUR HEART

Let go of your control issues...and allow those you love and care about...just be who they are...instead of what you need then to be.