Category Archives: Inspirational
The Beaver Moon, also called the Frost Moon, is when everything truly settles into the colder season. This was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. Another interpretation suggests that the name Full Beaver Moon comes from the fact that the beavers are now actively preparing for winter. It is sometimes also referred to as the Frosty Moon. Beavers are preparing for winter, and you can, too.
♠ I get my last hair cut and color before the new year. During the holidays it is much too crazy for me to think about carving out time to get something done. Better to get it done now, than not at all until…March.
♠ Stock up all your cold & flu remedies, and catch them before they start with vitamins and daily lemon water with ginger. If that doesn’t appeal to you, Real Simple has some other ideas for prevention, like taking a daily brisk walk, wash your hands more frequently than you would.
♠ Design Sponge also has a great list of the creative community’s favorite prevention tips.
♠ Walk around your house and think about insulation. Are there drafts that need to be re-caulked, or perhaps a “snake” can help keep out the cold?
♠ Bird and Moon has a great little comic about how to take your winter cues from animals:
A lot of things have happened since I started this adventure, both personally and online. Trying to write something genuine every week is a serious struggle for a serial diary-abandoner, but I have found that for a forgetful person like me, it is invaluable to have little tidbits of my life and things I love in one place. Invaluable. The only thing I regret is not writing more. Luckily, that is something I can change.
I have been telling myself that writing a little something is infinitely better than leaving an empty page and a full mind. So full that I can’t sleep, thinking about all of everything. So I really should think of this as my place to come and write about whatever needs to being taken from my mind.
I am thankful that there are some of you that tell me that you enjoy this blog – it helps keeps me going.
Some great calendars this month, from colorful cheery and ginger-beards, to stark, almost-winter gray and whites – take a look and pick your favorite to grace your desktop, or print out a physical copy to tack up on the wall!Row 1: Smashing Magazine, Paper Leaf
“I find it so much easier to be creatively free at night. Daytime is for sleeping. Nighttime is the best time for making art. The later at night it gets the further into another world you go.” – Mark Ryden
(photo by Carol Highsmith)
Illlustration by James Reads
Summer ends, and Autumn comes, and he who would have it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night… October is the fallen leaf, but it is also a wider horizon more clearly seen. It is the distant hills once more in sight, and the enduring constellations above them once again. – Hal Borland
This full moon is often referred to as the Full Hunter’s Moon, Blood Moon, or Sanguine Moon. Many moons ago, Native Americans named this bright moon for obvious reasons. The leaves are falling from trees, the deer are fattened, and it’s time to begin storing up meat for the long winter ahead. Because the fields were traditionally reaped in late September or early October, hunters could easily see fox and other animals that come out to glean from the fallen grains. Probably because of the threat of winter looming close, the Hunter’s Moon is generally accorded with special honor, historically serving as an important feast day in both Western Europe and among many Native American tribes.
♠ in-season food to buy (pumpkins, in case you were wondering)
♠ For me, personally, this moon will be all about transition. Packing away my summer clothes, purging all the things I no longer love, and things that don’t fit, to make room in my life for things I love, and things that make me fully happy. Bringing out the blankets, the flannel, and of course, the candles. I might even go crazy and get my hair mask on!
October! MY FAVORITE MONTH!
October is for dusting off your oven mitts (if you live in a place like Arizona, you don’t use the oven from May-September), crunching the falling leaves, making road trip plans to see fall leaves and of course, HALLOWEEN!
Orange being one of my favorite colors, I am happy that so many of these calendars are orange and proud. And if you see my Instagram pics, I barely waited until the end of September to break out my Halloween storage boxes!