The last several days, we had spring-like weather. The temperatures reached into the mid to upper 70s (24ºC – 26ºC) during the day. It was perfect weather to go out for a hike. Last night, we had a cold front coming in. And now the temperatures dropped into the mid 40s (8ºC). That’s a change of more than 30 degrees Fahrenheit (16ºC – 18ºC). The cooler front suppose to last only for a few days. And then we will be back to the warmer temperatures, again. Yep, North Texas is famous for its “Roller Coaster Weather” in Winter.
Due to the cooler temperatures, I gave the birds some food. It didn’t take five minutes before the Blue Jay showed up. And of course, he had to announce with a loud voice that it is LUNCHTIME. Quite a few birds flew into my yard. They were happy to enjoy some seeds. The squirrel heard the Blue Jay and came over for a snack as well. But first, it had to drink some water. The squirrel stretched towards the baby pool as far as it could to reach the water. Seconds later, it lost balance and fell into the pool. Wet and annoyed, the squirrel cleaned itself up, before it climbed back in the tree to see what’s for lunch. I think, the Blue Jay was laughing at the squirrel. He made a funny noise as he wanted to say: “Silly squirrel, you just fell in the pool and got all wet… LOL!” “Aren’t you a smart bird?!” The squirrel was not happy with the Blue Jay. And it kinda looked embarrassed into my lens. But it was glad, that it dried fast in this cold wind.
Female Northern Cardinal
The Common Starling has company from the Common Grackle, which sits in the background.
The Fox Squirrel sits dry and happy in the tree, again.
Imbolc, also called Oimealg, by the Druits, is the festival of the lactating sheep. It is derived from the Gaelic word “Oimelc”, which means “ewes milk”. Herd animals have either given birth to the first offspring of the year or their wombs are swollen and the milk of life is flowing into their teats and udders. It is the time of Blessing of the seeds and consecration of agricultural tools. It marks the center point of the dark half of the year. It is the festival of the Maiden, for from this day to March 21st, it is her season to prepare for growth and renewal. Brighid’s snake emerges from the womb of the Earth Mother to test the weather, (the origin of Groundhog Day), and in many places the first crocus flowers began to Spring forth from frozen earth.
The Maiden is honored, as the Bride, on Sabbat. Straw Brideo’gas (corn dollies) are created from oat or wheat straw and placed in baskets with white flower bedding. Young girls then carry the Brideo’gas door to door, and gifts are bestowed upon the image from each household. Afterwards the traditional feast, the older women make special acorn wands for the dollies to hold, and in the morning the ashes in the hearth are examined to see if the magic wands left marks as a good omen. Brighid’s Crosses are fashioned from wheat stalks and exchanged as symbols of protection and prosperity in the coming year. Home hearth fires are put out and re-lit, and a besom is place by the front door to symbolize sweeping out the old and welcoming the new. Candles are lit and placed in each room of the house to honor the re-birth of the Sun.
Little Ewe at Preston Trail Farms in Gunter, Texas
My friends, who know me personal or through social media, know that I like essential oils as well.
3 drops of Cinnamon Leaf Oil
6 drops of Sweet Orange Oil
2 drops of Clove Oil
4 drops of Nutmeg Oil
and a tablespoon full of Coconut Oil for my electric burner.
REMEMBER: Essential oils should always be diluted!!!
Imbolc Essential Oils for the wax burner