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Getting Settled In

Well, I’m safely in California and have already started having a good time and getting to work! This week I saw Brave (That new disney Pixar film that there’s been a shitton of hype about) It was really good, thoroughly enjoyable though it did feel a bit short imho.  I saw that with my brother early in the morning at like 8:35 or so and was super surprised by how many little kids there were in the theater even though it was so early!

Then we went out to lunch and I got back to the house a little after 1.  At 2:30 my mother drove us out to the aquarium to see my sister and niece and we had a nice time and had dinner and stuff but I was TIRED let me tell you @__@

When I was hanging out with my brother i found out a few interesting tidbits for when I get to crafting, his girlfriend has a large garden and I’m allowed to help myself to pretty much anything but the food from it (flowers, weeds, tree blossoms, bird-pecked strawberries, etc.) so that’s kind of exciting for me! It means I don’t have to start from scratch which is fantastic.

I also saw Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter with him and his girlfriend. That was really good too and i really enjoyed it haha. Yesterday or so my brother brought me some plant material to work with Dandelion flowers (just the heads/flowers… i don’t think he knows how these things work XDD; I have to admit I”m tempted to make wine or dye with them or something instead though…) and some mint, and lastly, parsley.

Parsley! I have a ton of dried parsley i have no idea what to do with! I mean, I looked around online and I can’t find anything to use it for! I mean I could make anything with it btu what would it be good for? From what I read a tincture of it would be pretty worthless as you could just as well eat the bloody things… and that would probably at least taste better. My sister told me to make some spray cleaner like parsley plus. BUT that stuff isn’t… well… it’s not the PARSLEY that cleans! the parsley is just the garnish fancy smell! It’s actually some kind of coconut surfactant(detergent) that actually does the cleaning part! Looking around as I’ve done it’s mostly used in addition to other herbs to make them smell nicer. so I really don’t know what to do with it. I’m half debating whether or not just to save it for some incense but I don’t know if it’s good for that or not! Not to mention there can also be the issue of magical uses if I do make incense, or anything else really… But then…

My bestest witchbro Jasie gave me this quote by Cat Yronwode (which she said, despite it’s source, is a perfect quote).  “PARSLEY is an herb of mixed meanings. Of course we all know it is employed in cooking, generally as a garnish, but as to its magical uses, there is almost no agreement. When a common garden or grocery store herb like this carries such widely diversified symbolism, the wise root worker may suspect that it is not very strong for any particular use, but just happens to be handy and easy to come by. In other words, in magic, as in food preparation, Parsley may be primarily a garnish.”

So… yeah… I’m kind of stumped there… But if anyone’s got any ideas on how to use this parsley (not cooking) I may be exceedingly nice and send you a free sample of whatever I make with it~! (Yeah, you want to help now, don’t you~?) 

But in other plans I”m probably just going to make some different dandelion tincture and some mint balm. Also one thing I”m trying to figure out is that, in process, what’s the difference between hand balm and lip balm? seriously? I mean I guess it would all come down to consistency but that can be changed easily by how much beeswax is added amirite? I guess that’s something to think about before I make it =3= hrm.

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Starting seeds? Now??

I’ll admit, I have never gardened before. Yes that’s right, never had a garden. Hell, I’ve never even had a plant (aside from a small bear-paw cactus that my brother adopted.) So, forgive me if I’m a little bit confused when on most of the blogs I read on gardening are talking about “Yay It’s February! Time to start my seeds for this year’s garden! I hope we get a better crop than last year!”.

I’m sorry, what?

There’s still at least a foot of snow on the ground (Okay, maybe like 4in across the street.) But regardless. The weatherman is still threatening snow for like, tomorrow, and it’s time to start the seeds??

I understand you won’t be putting them outside immediately and there’s hardening to be done and all that, but, shouldn’t you like, start the seeds maybe one month before? two even? but not like… 3-4…?  I mean, it would have to be that long before the ground would be warm enough for the plants here. At least that’s what my grandmother says and She seems to do just fine with her plants.

I mean, when I told my cousin we would try growing ‘big tomatoes’ this year (as opposed to cherry) she said “You’ll have to start that before you plant it or it won’t get nearly big enough to have good tomatoes.” But surely she didn’t mean to start them now.  That’s just kind of… bizarre to me. Though I admit I have zero experience, it doesn’t seem to make sense to me I guess… But

What do you think? Do plants grow slow enough that starting them now will be alright? Does the type of plant matter? 

Please help me out and leave a comment!

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