Journeys of the Soul: Poetry – Love like Seasons

The energies of this most recent full moon in Scorpio have hit me hard in my feelings and the re-establishment of boundaries with people who are close to me.

Today as I was staring into the clear golden liquid of a free range chicken, mushroom, and leek bone broth, skimming the impurities, I felt inspired to write about how the love I have experienced is much like the seasons I have come to love in the hill country of Texas.

And it also seems that ‘seemingly’ is the word of the day. (Ha! Without even trying, until just a moment ago, I have been typing and saying this word all day!)

As nothing is as what it seems, and the waves of life often come in hidden messages and metaphors, I hope you enjoy these poems on the seasons (of love)

This series of poems is titled “Love like Seasons”

1. Love like Seasons

A love like seasons

Of the Texas Hill Country

Seemingly fickle

Capricious in all seasons

Except the brazen summer

2. Brazen is the Season

Steadfast is Summer

Frangible weather is through

Just paving the way

For a new season of growth

Burning hot with a passion

3. After Summer

Erratic Autumn

Variable like Spring

Sporadic Relief

With Wild rain and untamed wind

Enfolded and slaked dry grounds

4. Ephemeral Winter

Oh fleetingly so

Evanescent winter greets

With just a few days

Galid, do the tree limbs creak

Rapidly thawing to heat.

5. When the torrent fades

Wild blossoms flourish

Scattered by wind, birds, and bees

Speckle fields of green

Sun-kissed flowers so gratis

Radiant, wild, giddy…

Spring Actvities for Kids

Spring is here! And what better are activities that are budget friendly and allergy friendly?!

This spring, mom’s, dad’s, aunt’s, uncle’s, older siblings, and cousins can enjoy these simple activities with the children in our lives.

The first fun activity is making little baskets from toilet paper rolls, glue, and burlap. Be sure to save one or two toilet paper rolls for the next activity!

To make one basket you will:

  • Cut four toilet paper rolls in half length wise, then cut each of those halves in half length wise
  • Weave 3×3 squares and glue to secure. Make 3.
  • Use one square as the base. The other two squares will be cut in half to create the sides of the basket.
  • You should have 1 quarter of a toilet paper roll left. Use this to create the binding seems to glue each piece together.
  • Use a piece of burlap, fabric, or an additional toilet paper roll to glue or staple a handle to the basket
  • Once the glue is dry, it is ready to paint!

Use the basket to hold spring celebration goodies or surprises from a scavenger hunt! A shout out to Inspired Wraps for picture credit and inspiring this craft idea! Click the finished basket picture to be directed to their etsy or check them out on Instragram @inspiredwraps

The second activity is to make a paper mache flower vase using:

  • a lightly inflated balloon: the lightly inflated balloon to seal in the air, cut the band of the balloon tie off. Tuck the tied end into the balloon until you feel the knot on the other side of the balloon. Tie the end of the balloon where you feel the knot inside of the top of the aloof to create a donut shape
  • half of a toilet paper roll
  • Liquid white glue (elmers)
  • News paper
  • White tissue paper
  • Low odor acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes

WikiHow has great step by step instructions: https://wikihow.com/Make-a-Papier-Mâché-Vase

The final activity to do is to make these dairy free almond flour cookies modified from a paleo pie crust recipe.

With the addition of a chocolate egg or Unreal chocolate gem on top these cookies are so delicious and a worry free teat to indulge in.

Recipe: Almond Flour Cookies

Recipe: Almond Flour Cookies

These almond flour cookies are east and delicious!

You will need:

  • A medium sized bowl
  • A spoon
  • A cookie sheet pan
  • A oven preheated to 350F

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of Almond Flour
  • 1 Tbs Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tbs honey or nectar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • Optionally – 1/2 tsp cinnamon, pinch of sea salt, unreal chocolate gems (I used Cadbury eggs in the photo because my roommate had some and they looked cute.)

While I prefer to make conscious purchases, I am not above making adjustments based on what ingredients are on hand, staying in a budget, or using a less desirable ingredient for the purposes of eliminating food waste.

Steps:

  1. Preheat the oven and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine all ingredients into a bowl and mix until well combined.
  3. Form the dough into balls and flatten when pressing them onto the pan
  4. Bake for 12-14 minutes

Notes: for a more firm cookie, use only the egg yolk. The whole egg makes for a softer cookie.

This recipe is really simple for kids to prepare and eventually learn to do all on their own once they know basic kitchen safety.

If you or the child you are working with is autistic, (dis)abled, or has impaired motor skills, this recipe is also easy to follow and can be cooked in a toaster oven for those looking to overcome limitations of their (dis)abilities.