sports day at the elementary school….





Kayla--2nd place

Kayla--2nd place


the four goddesses….

The four goddesses(jude, tik tiki, ditoh, and miss behaving) sat together discussing the very best and most flavorful way to prepare the lunch… which vegetables to be chopped and saute’ed and which herbs to be gathered…

“I shall gather the celery, it will be so fresh, and hunt for some mushrooms, I know just where to find some”…said Hestia,(ditoh) the goddess of the hearth… “I know this land well, some call me the queen, I will be back here soon, with my finds”….

“and I,” said Artemis,(tik tiki) the goddess of nature…nurturer and protector… “will go and hunt for some basil, oregano and perhaps even some rosemary..I  saw some just yesterday on my walk, these will be delicious additions to our meal…”

“while you are all traipsing both hither and yon, I will wash up some rice and boil it all nicely,  dancing and singing  while I await your return” sang Oya, (miss behaving)…the goddess of music and dance, wind and fire…”like lightning, I will have hot victuals ready for our lunch…”

“and I will remain with you, Oya.. and prepare the onions, and set a table for our feast ” chimed in Tait, (jude)the goddess of weaving… and knotter of the threads of fate. “I will adorn our table with cloth woven from magic thread and silk and embellished with the spirits of our ancestors”

The four scattered in their ways and brought together the makings for lunch,prepared it with love and sat down to partake…but first they gave thanks to the four winds that blow… and to love and to peace …and they prayed…

Let’s gather round the lake now

hold hands

and sing from our luminous throats

our proud bellies

Let’s charge up the water molecules

with our love

and send out a current of healing

to the sleepy houses

all filled with TV static and the loss of

everyday divinity


(Prayer by–Shae Savoy)

dancing goddesses

dancing goddesses


boil 1 cup of rice in 1 3/4 cup water.

meanwhile… in a large skillet, cook  in  1 TBSP. butter :

1 cup chopped onion

1 cup sliced celery

1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms

salt and pepper

Add the fragrant and lovely vegetables to the cooked rice and stir gently.

Snip you favorite herbs and add them to the mix…

basil, oregano, parsley, thyme, verbena and rosemary are good!!!


Special thanks to Miss Behaving,  Jude, ditoh, and tik tiki for commenting and participating in the “Name that Herb!” contest.  They will each be sent a goddess….


dear mom….


you are my sunshine

you are the wind beneath my wings

you light up my life

you make me feel like a natural woman

you ain’t nuthin’ but a hound dog.

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thanks mom!!!



barbie and goddess x 2

barbie and goddess x 2


goddess and barbie…

curiously …about the same size


I think….NOT.

wow!!! get ready for goosebumps!!!


this is great.

(click on those red  letters above to get to the link, it’s good, I promise)

inch by inch…row by row…gonna make this garden grow…

“about the seasons of the year,

Astrologers may make a fuss;

But this I know, that spring is here

When I can eat asparagus.”

-Poor Robin 1808

Yay!!! It’s gardening season.  Warm days, cool nights and not many mosquitos, yet.  I dug in all the compost , pulled out all the weeds and prepared the earth for planting…..


The beginning always looks so empty.

Soon it will be overgrown and out of control,

bursting with beans, tomatoes and fresh basil!!!

new goddess x 3

new goddess x 3

three new goddess …from left to right…..flora goddess, rainbow/iris  goddess and oya goddess.


Today is day one (of 5) of Golden Week… a string of national holidays.  The highways will be crowded , the parks will be full…the whole nation will be out and about enjoying spring in Japan….I, however, have no plans.  Kazu will have volleyball club all day every day. The hubcap is going alone to visit his mom and dad and I will be home with Kayla and Kai…..probably gardening and sewing…. Kayla will go off with her friends and Kai will spend a lot of time playing with  his nintendo DS, duel master cards and bei blade….

3 girls going in to town....

3 girls going in to town....