Greetings, Goddess Gals and Guys,

  carried away (def.) made very emotional or enthusiastic | swept away
~ Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms

That's it! Definitely it. I'm carried away!

I am so very emotional AND enthusiastic this Halloween that I've started not one, but three newsletters to send you!

Emotional because I've missed you, missed writing to you regularly (did you notice? plz tell me you did!), and am feeling pretty guilty/shameful that I didn't 'Just Do It!' instead of waiting till everything was 'good enough'.

I'm enthusiastic because [sound of happy feet dancing in the background] I've managed to avoid the Scary Surgery [sigh of relief] and I've improved so much I'm able to return to working a few hours each day.

I'm also now believing complete recovery is a doable thing. Yippee!

One of the three Halloween projects I started for you is really nifty. You're gonna' love it!  That's the good news.

The bad news is that, at the rate I'm going, you'll get them in your mail box in time for Valentine's Day :-(

That's the hard thing about healing work . . . you tend to get lots of great ideas while you're laying around or doing physical therapy but just aren't able to get them done.

Come to think of it, that's always been an issue for me, healthy or not ... the starting of projects that never manage to get finished. Do any of you have that issue too??

Bottom Line:  I'm not putting it off one minute longer.

I'm writing you whether or not it's fancy, well-done, up to my high standards, whatever. 

Just to say Happy Halloween, Trick or Treat, you're the best community anyone ever had -- loyal, interesting, super-fantastic, and downright fun.

I hope you get lots of your favorite candy tomorrow and feast on it
for weeks without gaining a single ounce. You deserve it!

OK, it's not all about me. I get that.

Here are links so you can get your goddess fix for the month:

Recall the young Greek goddess Persephone who was abducted by Hades, the God of the Underworld, and carried away to the Underworld to become his wife.

(The Underworld was the home of the dead, sleeping and comatose.) Just the future that every young girl dreams of, right?

Well, some carryings-away are good, others are decidedly not. Persephone had it both ways -- as they say, you have to take the good with the bad.

As distraught as she was, Persephone soon realized that the moody Hades was actually very exciting and, well, let's face it, sexy in a bad-boy kind of way. 

So maybe Persephone really loved this guy and just didn't look forward to spending ALL her time back home being momma's girl!

When her frantic mother (Demeter, the Goddess of Grain and the Harvest) refused to make the crops grow, forcing  the gods to rescue Persephone, the young goddess played a sneaky trick on them all.

Persephone accepted a pomegranate Hades' offered, knowing perfectly well that no one who'd eaten while they were visiting the Underworld would be allowed to return to the earth.

But the clever lass ate only 6 of the twelve seeds. And that gave them all some room to negotiate a solution.

The final decision? She would be allowed to return to earth for 6 months (spring and summer) and to return to Hades for the autumn and winter months.

Celebrating the spirit of Persephone and the Pomegranate, here's my gift: the recipe for a drink that's as wickedly wonderful, moody, soothing, and charismatic as the legendary goddess.

Persephone's Pomegranate Cider


1 quart Apple juice
1 gal. pomegranate

1 cup honey
1 cup water

20 cloves (whole)
2 cinnamon sticks
20 cardamom seeds
1 c. almond slivers
1 c. dried cranberries

Place cloves, cardamom seeds and cinnamon in cheesecloth bag and tie. Heat  juices, water and honey to boiling, then drop in the bag of spices. Let this simmer for 20 minutes on low heat. Add cranberries and almonds then continue to simmer for another twenty minutes. Remove and discard the spice bag.

Best served warm. (Keep it refrigerated and warm it in the microwave.)

In closing . . .

a quote from Malcolm Forbes,

People who never get carried away should be.

Or this one from the goddess Persephone,

speaking as the Queen of the Underworld:

Keep Calm and Scary On!

Happy Halloween


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