AU –  Clato meeting at the Combat Academy 

“I’ve been watching you for a while, throwing knives. And I must say you’re quite good for your age.”

“I guess you’re quite good yourself. Cato, right? It’s funny to see how you intimidate the masters with your sword skills. They fear you might stab them once you’re completely in your element. I just kind of noticed that.”

“Well, perhaps we should just become partners then, letting some heads roll.”

“Hmh. Sounds good.”


etsyfindoftheday | gifts for: your boss | 12.13.16

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Samhain Charm

In your mortar and pestle, combine equal parts of pine (needles or resin), clove buds, and dried ginger root. Grind them together into a fine powder. Place the mixture in the center of a three-inch round piece of black felt. Gather up the edges and tie them closed with a red thread. Wear this herbal charm on your persons, or keep it in your pocket. The pine will deflect evil, while the clove is sacred to Hecate, and the ginger is an offering to the dead.

- “The Wiccan Year: Spells, Rituals, Holiday Celebrations,” by Judy Ann Nock


My entire family got the actual, serious flu (influenza) this year. Ironically, I was the only one who didn’t get a flu shot and I didn’t get sick.

At least… Not yet, anyway. As a backup, I’ve come up with my own delicious flu tea. Good for keeping it away and kicking it down if you’ve already started showing mild symptoms.

¼ tsp cardamom, for clearing congestion.
¼ tsp cloves, as a slight pain killer and expectorant
¼ tsp ginger, for upset tummy and clearing congestion
½ tsp cinnamon, for its antibacterial, antiviral, and anti inflammatory properties
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice, for vitamin c
2 tbsp honey, for its throat-coating and antibacterial properties

Pour 12oz of boiling water over ground spices and liquids, stir, and then drink when cool enough. You can drink the spices if you want, but I prefer to let them settle and just drink the powder-free liquid off the top.

The taste is very akin to spiced apple cider and it gives the tongue and throat a slight numbness.

Think positive, cold and flu-fighting thoughts while you prepare and drink this delicious tea, but also know there’s a limit to healing herbs and know when it’s time to see a real doctor if your symptoms progress. You don’t want to be giving your flu to anyone else!