Weekend round-up

We celebrated summer Saturday with a little ritual and picnic. There’s a nice stream that has become our wish-making stream that runs through a “hidden” park nearby. I made a wish on a blade of grass (a big blade) and then tied it up and sent it on it’s way. I made strawberry jam part 1 that night. I have to make a second batch because we run out through the year if I don’t.

Sunday was the World Beat Festival down in Salem (oregon). We go to this every year and enjoy everything about it. There’s music, dancing, food and multicultural goodies including a new parasol every year. Melody’s last year was pink and it lasted till a couple of months ago in our house. 🙂 We had ice cream and Kathmandu food and Melody made friends with a belly dancer while listening to Celtic music. She is not quite old enough to start belly dancing class but I think when she is we will start going together. I took it a long time ago before two children and loved it. Melody loves dancing and all the accessories that go with belly dancing of course. The dancer was showing her everything and Melody was completely in awe.

The sand mandala that was being created was my favorite I think. I watched this man bend over and sprinkle one grain of sand at a time onto a line of magenta. I was scared to breathe but it was hypnotizing to watch. When they are finished they destroy the mandala. From wikipedia: “A sand mandala is ritualistically destroyed once it has been completed and its accompanying ceremonies and viewing are finished to symbolize the Buddhist doctrinal belief in the transitory nature of material life.”

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