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Five Full Months!

Tomorrowis the five month anniversary of my blog.  I’m making this post so that I can look back and see how far I’ve come.

Here are the stats as of today:
5,384 total views
2,190 views this month (october)
between 400 and 600 views per week
between 60 and 100 views per day
160 posts
28 comments
the busiest day was Monday September 15th2008, with 106 views

The most common things viewed are the Dragon Cave and Valenth pages and posts.  Although the ponytail cutting posts are pretty common to.

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Posted by on October 31, 2008 in EbN Site Stuff

 

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Catnip Experiment – Week 4 – part 2

Preparation:   I used the second half of the batches of both Baking Soda and Catnip that I made on sunday.

Routine:   I put some of the Baking Soda on my hair and massaged it around then rinsed it out.  Then I applied the Catnip, starting at the back of the neck and working forward.  I clipped up my hair and let that sit for maybe 5 minutes and then rinsed it.
I put coconut oil on it this morning.

Results:   It was dry until I used the coconut oil.  It’s still a little on the dry side now, but it’s ok.

Comments:   This week was totally different then all the previous weeks, so I’m thinking I did something that made it this way.
1 – I think I used to much baking soda.  I think that made the solution to strong and dries out my hair to much.  I think I need to start measuring it rather then just dumping some in my shampoo bottle.
2 – I only let the catnip stew for little while (like a half hour), instead of several hours like I normally do.  I think that the oils in the catnip didn’t come out into the water before I strained it.  So I’ll make sure to make the batch early enough that I can let it sit and totally cool off for several hours before I strain it.

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2008 in Misc Stuff

 

Samhain 2008

Happy All Hallows Eve!

Samhain (also known as Halloween and All Hallows) is probably my favorite of the Sabbats.
It’s kind of tied with Ostara and Yule.

I kind of think of All Hallows as the day that you take the time to remember the past.  It may be the loss of a loved one (the traditional meaning), or the friend or family memeber you’re no longer in contact with, or a house or place that you no longer get to visit, or a hobby that you used to love but has been lost over time.  It’s also a time to think about all that has happened in the past year.  For me it’s a day to remember what was, enjoy what is, and take that knowledge to plan for the future.

So here are some things that I remember about the past:

I remember one summer when I was about 8 my dad and uncle were replacing the roof on my grandpa’s garage.  Even though it was hard work there was also a lot of laughing and joking around.  There was lots of stories from their childhood and the teasing that siblings tend to do.  I was deemed the official gofer (I quite often was now that I think about it), so I was always running around to get this or that.  I’d get nails if they needed them, or bring a cool drink when they got thirsty.  We had grilled food every night, and we normally ate it outside.
It was lots of fun, and probably one of my favorite memories of that time in my life.

When I was 15 I had a job on the farm of a lady who had two horses and about 30 cats that she had taken in.  I remember how much I loved standing in the pasture and watching the horses graze.  The beauty of watching the seasons change.  The feel of horseflesh beneath my hands while I brushed them.  And how funny the horses looked when they started to loose their winter coats.  Or the time I spent in the cat houses (that were actually old farm buildings) and how excited all the cats were to have a person there to pet them.  I would end up just covered in cats.  There would be several on my lap, a couple on the arm of the chairs, and a lot more rubbing my legs hoping for some attention.  I never minded the work.  I hated doing chores around the house, but all the stuff I did there never seemed like work.  Even when it was below zero and I looked like the marshmallow man because I had so many layers of clothes on.  I didn’t even mind the blisters on my hands from mucking out the stalls.
To this day remembering that place brings me total peace.

I remember the feeling I had when I walked into my house the day a bought it.  I had a lot of feelings racing around inside of me.  I was excited to have a place that was all mine.  I couldn’t wait to move all my stuff in and truly make it mine.  But mostly I remember this sense of peace.  I finally felt like I was home.

 

I’ve realized that I need to make some changes around the house.  I have a second bedroom that I’ve been using for storage.  But it was supposed to be my meditation/reading room.  I kept it that way for the first two years I lived there, but then I put one box of stuff in there, which became two boxes, which became a pile of stuff, and now I can barely get in there.  I want to reclaim that place.  I want to move all of that stuff out of there this weekend.

And I want to start drawing again.  I love to draw and every once and a while I get the urge to draw something.  I think I need to bring out my drawing supplies again.  I want to keep them somewhere that I can get at them whenever the urge strikes.  Not packed away and inaccessible.

Oh, and I’m taking a big step today.  I’m wearing my pentacle on the outside of my clothes today.  I normally keeped it tucked in under my shirt.  But today I’m wearing it out for everyone to see.  I thought I would feel self-contous about it, but instead I’m feelling empowered.

So those are some things I’m thinking about this Hallows Eve.

Blessed Be

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This post is dedicated to those that I have lost:
Sammy, Shadow, Smokey, and most importantly my Dad    Lawrence Peter Bach
I miss you all very much.
 
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Posted by on October 31, 2008 in Sabbats

 

EbN Updates – My Store

I’ve added three new pages to My Store.  I’ve decided to separate the items by their design.  So I now have the Magic Square, Pentacle, and Wheel of Being pages.  You can go to the My Store page to see the designs and go to each of their pages.  On the individual pages all you have to do is click on a picture to buy it.

I’m having lots of fun making stuff on Zazzle.  So far no one has bought anything, but that’s ok.  I’m doing it because it’s fun, not because it’s making me money.  I’m thinking about other designs I can do to increase the line.  Let me know if there is anything you’d like to see.

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2008 in Misc Stuff

 

BGK news

My two new Black Ghost Knife fish, Blake and Devin, are still fighting.  Some of the fights are getting pretty nasty.  I haven’t seen any serious damage, but there are ripped fins, which I would prefer not to see.  Last night they spent most of the night fighting.  They will chase each other (actually Devin will chase Blake) and then they will just entwine themselves around each other and nip and bite.  Then they would take a rest for a few minutes and then they go back at it.  It reminded me of a boxing match.  The way that the two fighters will dance around each other for a while and then they actually come together and fight, and then they each go back to their respective corners before they start all over again.
In some ways it is very beautiful the way they dance around each other and entwine themselves, but it is also very violent.

I’m thinking that I need to move them over to the big tank sooner rather then later.  I’m not sure if I should move them over one at a time or move both together.  Part of me says that I should move Blake (the non-aggressive one) first so that he can establish “ownership” and maybe get a leg up on Devin.  But on the other hand I would rather move Devin first so that if something goes wrong (like a big fight between Cole and the new fish) I would rather that Devin gets hurt then Blake.  On the other hand (if I had three hands that is 😀 ) I think it would be better to move both of them at once so that they are both on equal footing.

I’m hoping that when I move them Cole will end up in charge.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed that that will take Devin down a notch or two.  I know that some times “alpha” animals will become submissive when their pack is changed.  That was the case with my cat Sammy.  When it was just her and Shadow, she was the dominant, but when we got Smokey the order went Shadow, Smokey and then Sammy.  That was a hard transition for her, going from top dog (or cat in this case) to being the bottom of the totem pole.  And it was weird that the addition of Smokey left Shadow in charge, but that’s the way it worked out.

But anyway, back to the fish:
I’m nervous about how the introductions will go.  Cole hasn’t ever had takemates other then the zebras he shares this tank with.  He has never shown any aggression towards the zebras, and I’m hoping that it will be the same with these new BGKs.  But he’s never been around his own kind before (well since I’ve had him anyway) and I don’t know what his reaction will be.  And I don’t know if Devin will take it upon himself to fight with Cole, who just happens to be almost twice his size.  It could be that everything will go fine, and all this worry will be for nothing.  But it also could be that I could end up with fish that are hurt or even dead.

So here’s what I’m thinking (as of this moment anyway): I’m thinking that I’ll move both of them over on Saturday morning.  That way I have the whole day to watch how they interact with each other.  I think I’ll also rearrange the stuff in the big tank.  I need to create room for the two new slate caves anyway.  If the two of them got along I would have just put the two caves right next to each other, but with the way things are now I want them to be as far from each other as possible.

Keep your fingers crossed that everything goes well!

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2008 in Fish

 

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Catnip Experiment – Week 4

Preparation:   Mixed up my Baking Soda and Catnip mixes for the week.  I again used 300ml of water in the catnip.

Routine:   I poured half of my BS mix on my hair and massaged it around.  It only got slightly foamy this time.  Then I rinsed that out and made sure I squeezed out as much water as I could.  Then I poured the Catnip over my head, starting at the nape and moving toward my forehead.  I cliped up my hair and left that in for 5 or so minutes, then I rinsed it out.

Results:   My hair is dry and tangly.  I tried putting a little coconut oil on it, and that helped, but not enough.  It looks fine, it just feels like straw.

Comments:   I made up the catnip mix about an hour before I got in the shower.  I normally make it up in the morning or sometimes even the night before.  I’m wondering if I didn’t let the catnip stew long enough.  I’m hoping that the second half will be ok when I go to use it on wednesday night.  If not then I know that I really do need to let it sit longer before I use it.

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2008 in Catnip for Hair

 

Book Review: 10-21-08

Definitely Dead  (Sookie Stackhouse, Book 6) – by Charlaine Harris
Sookie goes to New Orleans to close out her cousin’s apartment after her death.  Or re-death, as Hadley was a vampire and thus already dead.  She finds out that her cousin was the lover of the Queen of Louisiana and she (Hadley) had been quite upset when the Queen got married to the King of Arkansas.  Sookie needs to find out who killed her cousin, and why, before they try to harm someone else.  And in the middle of this there is Quinn, the handsome were-tiger, who is both a great help and a major distraction.
~~ I like this book.  It’s not fantastic, but it is good.  I’m not a big fan of Quinn, but he plays a very good role in this book.  We learn more of the vampire society, which is cool.  And as always Sookie is fun to spend time with.

All Together Dead  (Sookie Stackhouse, Book 7) – by Charlaine Harris
Sookie goes to the vampire summit as the guest of the Queen of Louisiana.  She is there to read the minds of anyone she can so that she can she if someone is plotting to harm the Queen.  Everyone knows there is danger, but no one knows where from.  At every turn there is more plots with in plots.  Sookie wants to have more time to spend with Quinn (who’s company prepared the event), but he is so busy she doesn’t get to see him much.  And we meet back up with Barry, the other telepath from Texas, and he and Sookie have fun playing with their “gift” together.
~~ Ok, from that description you would think that I didn’t like the book much, but in fact it might be my favorite in the series (tied with book #4).  I love Barry, and all that he brings to the story.  There is more on the ever growing list of love interests for Sookie.  And as always there is a mystery to solve.

Cry Wolf  (Alpha & Omega, Book 1) – by Patricia Briggs
This is set in the same world as the Mercy Thompson series.  But rather then focusing on Mercy’s pack we are focused on the Marrok’s pack.
Anna meets Charles when he rescues her from a pack that has been abusing her.  She was kept in check by that pack by repeated beatings and many rapes.  But then Charles comes and not only takes her away, but also tells her that he is her mate.  Although the wolf side of her accepts this, the human side of her is still very wary of men and relationships.  She and Charles just barely get home when his father sends him out on a dangerous mission to hunt down a rouge werewolf who has been attacking humans up in the mountains.  Anna decides to go along, and finds herself totally out of her element.  Charles and Anna only know the area that this rouge is in, so they have to search for it.  But they find much more then they ever expected.
~~ This is a fantastic book!  I really liked the Mercy Thompson series, and this one is just as good, if not even better.  I can’t wait for the rest of the books to come out!

Angels Fall – by Nora Roberts
Reese is always running.  She was the sole survivor of a shooting that killed all of her coworkers, and she has developed phobias of just about everything.  She lives in constant fear that someone is going to hurt her again.  This fear keeps her moving from town to town.  But when her car brakes down in the little town of Angels Fist, she has to find work to pay for the repairs.  She just barely gets settled when she sees a murder while hiking on trail.  But the cops find no evidence of a murder.  No body, no evidence, there isn’t even any sign that anybody was at that location.  While she is sure that this really happened, almost everyone seems to doubt that she saw anything.  They think she just had an “episode” and saw something that wasn’t there.  But then strange things start happening.  Her comes home to find her clothes packed.  Or her kitchen supplies in a coat closet.  One day her bathroom is covered with copies of the sketch of the victim.  She knows it is possible that she did all of those things, but she doesn’t remember doing them.  Is she doing these things, or is there someone trying to convince her that she is really crazy?
~~ As always Nora Roberts writes a fantastic book.  Reece is deep and it is wonderful to watch her become a whole person again.  There is a great twist in the end that is totally shocking.
This is also a Lifetime movie.

Dune  (Dune Chronicles, Book 1) – by Frank Herbert
The planet Dune, or Arrakis, is a desert planet.  It is the only source of the Spice, which is a drug of sorts that gives the taker health and long life, but is also addictive.  Paul’s father, Duke Leto Atreides, has been given the responsibility of governing this prized planet.  So the whole Atreides household moves to Arrakis.  But soon after their arival the Duke is killed by their enimies, the family Harkonnen, and Paul and his mother must flee into the deep desert to escape the same fate.  The seek refuge amonst the Fremen, the desert dwellers who see Paul as their messiah.  Paul himself is starting to realize that he is different from other people.  He can see into the future.  He can see a dangerous war coming, and he is trying to do all he can to stop it from happening.  The Fremen give him the name Muad’Dib to make him a part of their world.  After several years he becomes a very prominant part of the Fremen society.  Eventually he leads the Fremen to take back the planet from the Harkonnen.
~~ This is an AWESOME book.  There is so much detail that you can really imagne yourself in this world.  All of the characters are interesting, and the stories is almost impossible to put down.
This is both a movie (from the 80’s I think) and the Sci-fi Channel made a mini-series based on this book.  As with most things I saw the mini-series first, and liked it so much I decided to read the book.  If you like this book at all I highly recommend the mini-series (the movie was ok, but the mini-series is great!).

Dune Messiah  (Dune Chronicles, Book 2) – by Frank Herbert
We pick up the story of Paul/Muad’Dib 12 years after the first book.  He is now the Emperor and his army has traveled the universe bringing everyone (or almost everyone) under the rule of Muad’Dib.  The war that he tried so hard to avoid is now a reality.  He tries to find a way to get rid of this godhood that has been given him.  But every road seems to lead to the same result.  He knows the only way out is for him to be gone and for his child to fix the mistakes he made.  But his love, Chani, hasn’t been able to get pregnant.  While many forces are comming together to bring his distruction, Paul tries to stay one step ahead and do what needs to be done.
~~  This is a great continuation of the story.  You really feel the strugle that Paul faces, the fact that he knows the future, but is unable to change it.
This, combined with the next book Children of Dune, is another mini-series from Sci-fi Channel.  I like this mini-series almost better then the first.

 

My next book was loaned to me by a coworker.  It’s called Nature of Daughters.

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2008 in Book Reviews