Sunday, October 31, 2010

Sunday, October 31, 2010
Waning Moon
Uranus Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Venus Retrograde
Sunny and cold

My festive kitchen stove in the house.

I’m posting this today so you can read it tomorrow morning while I take another load of stuff up to the house. And I thought it was about darned time I showed you some pictures!

Weekend was really good. I got a lot of sleep, I did my work, I caught up on a bunch of paperwork. I ironed out the last few details with the movers. I rough outlined 3 new stories. One, I’ve done all I can on for now — I need to write the first few chapters, then outline the next bit, etc. The second either has to grow or be dumped, because, as it stands, it is, quite frankly, lame. The third isn’t quite sure what it wants to be yet — a novel outline or a series outline. It needs more percolation time.

My lovely fireplace, with Samhain decorations and the silver-plated candleabra. Once they’ve got tapers in them, they will look awesome! Typical — no furniture, but I’ve got the decorations up. Because I am just that kind of freak.

I also read — finished Terry Pratchett’s UNSEEN ACADEMICALS, which was highly entertaining, and re-read and continued reading a book I’m going to feature on Biblio Paradise shortly. I’m not quite finished with it yet, but I’m taking notes on it, and it should be a very interesting review.

Detail of fireplace with lit candles.

Came home late afternoon today, packed as much as I could, doing this, then I will start my Samhain rituals and then have to start my four/five days of rituals for the Dead. It is simply not an option to skip them because I’m busy. One either lives one’s beliefs or one doesn’t. I took an oath that I would fulfill these rituals for the dead at this time period every year, so that’s what I do. Hopefully, when I’m dead, someone will be kind enough to do the same for me. When it’s time to do the Ritual for the Animals in a few days, I know I will cry my eyes out over Elsa. I miss her more each day, and wish she was with us in her well and healthy form to enjoy the move. She’d love the new house, and she’d have a calming effect on the twins. I have to say, I’m shocked and saddened this year at the amount of people denigrating my religion. Some of them are even running for political office, as that nutjob in Delaware. I unfollowed a bunch of people on Twitter — I don’t make nasty comments about your religion, so give me the same respect!

This will be my writing room eventually — gets great sun, and yes, it will contain lots of plants!

So, that’s basically it. The “stuff” I usually use for these nights is packed, some at the house, some here, so it’s all about working from the heart. At least, this year, although I still work in serious and honor, there’s also a lot of joy involved.

I can’t wait to get back to the house tomorrow morning.


Photo of the shelves in the Writing Room — the contents will change a lot over the next few weeks, but I will enjoy every bit of it!

Published in: on October 31, 2010 at 4:43 pm  Comments (13)  


  1. Your house is so cheerful. Your study, where you will write, is sunny and pleasant. YES! Thanks for the pics.

    I know you miss dear Elsa. From what you have told us, she would absolutely love the new place. AND she would want you to live your best life, because she loved you too.


  2. Your place looks lovely and as Teresa said, cheerful.

    Thanks for sharing photos of your new place.

  3. Devon, I was interested in you talking about Samhain. I’ve never heard of it but as a Celt myself I now intend to find out more about it. I had a quick look around online and I’m fascinated by what I’ve seen. I’ll certainly look into it more.
    Enjoy your new home.

  4. You’re already making it your own! And OMGosh the sunlight will be so warm and healing! There’s something about a bright, sunlit room!

    So happy you’re happy about the new place!!! I love the pics!

  5. Gorgeous. 🙂 I love it. You can see and feel the peace there. Amen.

  6. It looks beautiful! So glad you got some pictures up.

  7. It looks so lovely and jolly and sunny and HAPPY.

  8. LOVE IT! It’s beautiful! I can’t wait to see it when it’s furnished. 🙂

  9. What a lovely home you’re making! I know you miss Elsa, but she’s with you, in your heart. I don’t disrespect your religion. I believe everyone has a right to their own beliefs.
    Thank you for sharing the photos of your new home.

  10. Love the hardwoods and the fireplace. Very cozy. I’m really happy for you.

  11. That is lovely, and lots of sun. I can’t wait to see your writing room when its done.

  12. Fantastic, Devon! I love houses with wood floors and built-in shelves. I’m happy for you, d:))

  13. As ever, I’m late dropping by…
    It all looks absolutely beautiful. Fabulous decorations. I love the way you have no furniture but lots of decorations. 🙂
    It’s so sad when we think of the pets who ‘should’ be with us. I’m sure Elsa is with you in spirit though.

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