Friday, September 13, 2013

Friday the 13th

It all started when I was in high school.  Friday the 13ths had a sort of juicy scariness that I loved.  Each time something "unlucky" would happen, it was an affirmation that something could BE unlucky, and how cool was that?  But all in all, my Friday the 13ths were pretty tame.

Until that one day--February 13th, a Friday, the day before Valentine's day.

I'd been seriously crushing on some boy, and rumor had it that he liked me too.  LIKED me, liked me.  So that Friday I giddily waited for him to shower me with cheap carnations and express his true feelings for me.  And I waited.  And waited.  By the end of the school day I was desolate as only a teenaged girl can be.  Obviously Friday the 13th working against me.  I moped my way to my locker, just wanting the day to end, and when I opened it, inside were two of the most beautiful, luscious, glorious pink roses I have ever (to this day) seen.  And a poem.  Best.  Day.  EVER!

Did I mention the poem was unsigned?

Sadly, it turned out that a different boy, who was not even on my radar (a senior no less!), had given me this Valentine's gift.  Nothing came of that, since I wasn't actually allowed to date yet, but it did change my view of Friday the 13th forever.
For me, today is a day to be watched cautiously.  Since that fateful day, my Friday 13ths have been largely lucky, with a twist.  You know--find a twenty on the ground, but get a flat tire you have to pay to patch.  Still, it's luck--and I'll take that.
Wishing you a good one.
The Discreet Witch

Sunday, September 8, 2013


I can't deny it any longer--the Autumn nesting urge is upon me.  Oh, I tried to fight it.  In theory I like to wait until the Autumn Equinox to officially begin decorating for the season.  So to keep my mind off of Fall, I worked on minor home improvement projects hoping for distraction.  But sadly, each project brought another opportunity to Autumnize.  Change out the air conditioner filters--add pumpkin spice air freshener.  Clean out struggling flower pots--time to add mums.  Fresh coat of paint on the back door--choose a color which looks awesome with orange (I like to call it Restoration Hardware Gray).

Today at the grocery store was the final straw though.  Medium pumpkins for $4.  Between you and me, I don't know what scale they judge these pumpkins by because they were huge!  So you know I had to pick up a couple, and once pumpkins are in the house, the battle is lost.  Autumnification must commence.
I like to keep my pumpkins caged until after Mabon