Thoughtful Thursday – November Playlist

So, today I am stuck inside, windows closed, air filters running. The AQI (Air Quality Index) is a good deal higher than my safety zone allows due to forest fires. Sometimes I feel like I’ve spent my whole life running from fires *shrug* so today I’m feeling a little sorry for myself (stupid fires, grumble, grumble) and nothing lifts my little heart and soul like music. Here is my November playlist filled with songs of celebration and home.

Image by David Mark from Pixabay

Under a Violet Moon – Blackmore’s Night

A Pirate Looks at Forty – Jimmy Buffet

Book of Days – Enya

Jesus and Mama – Confederate Railroad

Home Again – Blackmore’s Night

Colors of the Wind – Judy Kuhn

Medicine – Rising Appalachia

Kentucky Woman – Neil Diamond

Easy Come, Easy Go – Bobby Sherman

I Have a Dream – ABBA

Moon River – Andy Williams

Back Home Again – John Denver

If you’d like to listen on Spotify, click here.

Til next time ~ Music is a window to the soul ~JP

When Witches go Riding

digital collage from my polyvore collection

Because hey, it’s NEAR Samhaim er ahhh Halloween

Black Cats

She was black and sleek
with slitted yellow eyes
that stare but never blink
on silent feet she prowls
like a shadow in the night
piercing cries, unearthly yowls
nemesis to mole and rat
this tiny stalking panther
is my very own black cat


1 ounce vodka
1 ounce cherry brandy
3 ounces cranberry juice (more or less as needed)
3 ounces cola (more or less as needed)

In a highball glass, add ice, pour vodka and cherry brandy over, add equal amounts cranberry juice and cola. Yes, it really does turn black. 😉

Til next time ~Buahahaha ~JP

Friday Flashback – Cooking Up Witchy Goodness

Witch’s Way

Welcome to another Friday Flashback where Fandango invites us to share some of our older work. It’s October and all I can say is my little witchy heart sings. Now first off, I love all types of witchery but by far my favorite is Kitchen Witchery. Secondly, it’s flipping cold and windy in mid-October and soups and teas are just my thing right now.

Kitchen Witchery

When recipes drive you up a wall
and make you want to shout
here’s a little kitchen spell
you should never be without

Grab a pillow from the couch
and find some place to slam it
and as you whack it’s stuffing out

Works every time! 🙂

Witches Stew

1 box Troll Sweat (32 oz chicken broth)
1/2 chopped Cyclops eye (medium onion)
1 Tbs crumbled grasshopper legs (chicken bouillion granules (or 2 small cubes)
1 Griffin breast (large bone-in chicken breast)
2 large Gargoyle toes (carrots)
3 Mummy fingers (celery stalks)
1 Cup Newt Eyes (ditalini pasta or pearl couscous)
2 handfuls swamp weed (fresh baby spinach)
1 handful lizard bones (stick pretzels)
several drops wicked fairy blood (green food coloring)

1. Add chicken broth, onion, and bouillon to a large pot.
2. Bring to a boil.
3. Add chicken breast, reduce to simmer.
4. Cook until chicken is cooked through, 30 to 60 minutes.
5. Remove chicken from broth and set aside to cool.
6. Add 4 cups of water to the broth and bring to boil
7. Add carrots, celery, and pasta.
8. Boil for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring frequently.
9. Reduce heat to medium and continue to cook until pasta is fully cooked. Stirring frequently to
keep pasta from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
10. The broth will soak into the pasta.
11. Add spinach and stir into soup.
12. Add green food coloring a few drops at a time until the desired coloring is reached.
13. Add back the cut up chicken and more water if a soupier soup is desired.
14. top each bowl with a few pretzels

Witches Brew tea (meditation tea)

6 tsp black tea (I like Irish Breakfast)
2 tsp chamomile buds
1 tsp rose hips
3 tsp lavender buds
2 tsp mint leaves

mix all herbs together and keep in air tight container. Use 1 tsp per cup of boiling water steep for 4-5 minutes

This post inspired by Fandangos Flashback Friday

and originally posted on 10.21.2019

Til next time ~Put pepper in your mashed potatoes ~JP

Friday Flashback – Ancient Rites


Hair unbound wild and free
she dances round the sacred tree
and sings her chant in rhymes of three
Fan the fire watch it grow
bring the creatures to the grove
where they come from no one knows
when at last the world between
signals planets align all unseen
Spirits rise on Halloween

This post inspired by Fandango’s Friday Flashback and was originally posted on October 14, 2019.

Til next time ~Eat, Drink and Be Scary ~JP

Thoughtful Thursday – October Playlist

Some spooky tunes for October.

digital collage from my polyvore collection

I put a spell on you – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Magic Man – Heart
Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked – Cage The Elephant
Zombie Jamboree – The Kingston Trio
Monster Mash – Bobby Pickett
Swamp Witch – Jim Stafford
Witchy Woman – The Eagles
Sky Fire (Mandragora) – Llewellyn
Abracadabra – Steve Miller Band
Demons – Imagine Dragons
Thriller – Michael Jackson
Black Magic Woman – Santana
Crystal – Fleetwood Mac
Hanging Tree – Blackmore’s Night
Autumn Leaves – Ed Sheeran

Listen on Spotify here

Til next time ~Peace Peeps ~JP

Grandmother Tree – Crimson Creative Challenge Tale

Time for another reach into the dark recesses of my creative mind. When I looked at the picture prompt, all I saw was Gaia weeping, dark clouds of tears. OK could, possibly been influenced by listening to Blackmore’s Night lately.

digital collage from my polyvore collection

Grandmother Tree

On a craggy old clifftop
there once grew an elegant tree
her branches were strong
but it wasn’t too long
‘ere they named her
“The Olde Hanging Tree”

Time and again, they strung up a man
on branches barren of leaves
stumps twisted and dark
it soon broke her heart
innocent souls lost on
The Olde Hanging Tree

One day they brought a young woman
practicing witchcraft she had been seen
despite her innocent cries
they condemned her to die
by a rope hung from
The Olde Hangin’ Tree

They left her choking and dying
there came a terrible sound
the wind gave a scream
there on the ground
lay the last branch of
The Olde Hangin’ Tree

Now the tree blooms brightly
in springtime, as the girl dances
Tree and wind sing their song
branches covered with leaves
and she named her
“Grandmother Tree”

Word count 146

This post inspired by Crimsons Creative Challenge

Til next time ~Be Kind ~JP