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"Let us wage a glorious struggle against illiteracy, poverty and terrorism. Let us pick up our books and our pens. They are the most powerful weapons."
---Malala Yousafzai, who survived a Taliban assassination attempt and gave an amazing speech at the U.N. on her 16th birth
day-and won a Nobel Prize.

"We must be careful that the people who make $5000 a year are not pitted against those who make $25,000 a year by those who make $900,000 a year."
Barbara Milkulski,  in a speech, 1974

"The freedom of man,  I contend, is the freedom to eat." Eleanor Roosevelt
PLEASE HELP SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL FOOD PANTRIES

November/December November Moons
    6, Full; 14, Last Qtr;
22, New; 29, 1st Qtr
Election day is Nov. 4-VOTE!
December Moons
 6, Full; 14, Last Qtr;
22, New; 28, 1st Qtr
Winter begins the 21st

Updated Friday, October 30, 2014
Easy access to show listings in Northern and central NY, along with the
occasional article by Sue-Ryn: The Metaphysical Times


Chloe with skullHAPPY HALLOWEEN FROM MISS CHLOE AND ALL THE REST OF US.

October has been another busy month, with a few critters, a few shows, and a lot of getting ready for winter. About 75% of the firewood is split and under cover, the balance due in  the next couple weeks. We've been canning tomatoes, chutney, jellies, hot pepper jelly, applesauce, relishes, and other such stuff. We've got the crabapples juiced, the elderberries frozen. The potatoes, sweet potatoes garlic, onions, beets and turnips are in the root cellar area of the garage,  along with the acorn, delicata, and butternut winter squash. Still have chard, kale, carrots and new vansunchokes to deal with, probably next week.

The other time-eater has been getting this year's mail order catalog ready for printing. There will be a few changes in it, and on this site fairly soon. Some price changes, a couple things added, a few things dropped. Stay tuned.

Steve/the Troll/Mr. Hillwoman ended up getting a new work vehicle when it's former owner made him an offer he couldn't refuse. So he retired--to get ready for sale--his old '88 1 ton Chevy van, and became the bemused owner of the vehicle known around here on the Island as the White Elephant. A 2000 Ford E 450 work van large enough for all his tools and other stuff he needs for work. Big diesel engine, 7 foot ceiling in the back, it even has a built in crane!

A couple shows coming up:
First is the Canton Psychic Fair, November , 8 & 9 at the Best Western, Canton NY
And then a new show, the Psychic Faire & New Age Marketplace November 15 & 16, Greystone Castle, Canastota NY. This a new fall edition of of the popular spring show, with the same wonderful group of readers and vendors, plus a couple new folks--and just in time for holiday shopping!
Bay House Artisans, the co-op store Sue-Ryn and some friends opened last year will be
open though Black Friday weekend, click the link for current hours.

Mail order remains steady, and we'll once again mention here something you will find elsewhere on the site, and as a sticker on order forms. There is now a limit of 5 bundles per scent on incense orders. We have some real fans out there, and that's great, but every so often we get orders so crazy big it wipes our entire stock all at once, and makes it so no one else can get any. Our incense is made by hand in small batches, and can take well over a week to cure enough to be salable or shippable. You can still order 5 bundles each of your favorites, and we hope you do. But orders of 10 and 20 or more bundles of one scent had to stop before we went nuts. Or more nuts.

Okay, now some bad news: because of crazy price hikes in certain oils, the price of Hill Woman's Own Incense has been raised to $3.60 per dozen, Sue-Ryn hated to do it, but had to.

 
LoveyMiss Lovey the cat now has a catio so she can go outside during the days, without becoming a threat to the neighborhood.  Most of her days  are spent out there.
 
In case you missed the story, here's how we got Miss Lovey. We had been dithering about getting another cat, but were pretty particular about what would work for us. We wanted an older cat, preferably female, one that would mostly be an inside cat. Because of our wildlife rehab, we just could not have another Terminator cat like Monkeypants. We thought we had one, but at the last moment, just before we headed to the shelter in Watertown, we learned that she had already been taken.  We were bummed.
That night we went online and checked out the St. Lawrence County shelter in Ogdensburg. There we saw three cats that looked interesting. So the next day we made the trip, and came home with Lovey. She's a bit over 8 years old, a bit tubby, and judging by her name and behavior, was probably some older woman's cat. She loves our big house, adores Sue-Ryn, is learning to trust Chloe, and is blown away by the birds coming to our feeders. As you can see from the pictures above, she's learning how to judge catnip Mousies, Mats, and Mr. Sardini Snakes.
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Naked HunchLongtime Hill Woman friends and customers know that Sue-Ryn's husband, the Computer & Incense Troll, is a writer with two novels and dozens of short stories to his credit. Now he has begun putting out some of his unpublished novels as Kindle ebooks.

He has a new Kindle eBook novel available for your reading at Amazon. Like the cover says, it's death and danger at a Renaissance Faire--and a nudist camp, investigated by one of the oddest law officers to ever pin on a badge, the one and only Sheriff Abe Van Wynk. It's funny, fairly mysterious, and only $2.99! Available soon is a Kindle edition of his novel Call From A Distant Shore

 


Festivael




Or you can try his bent fantasy novel Festivael. Want to know more? Click on the cover or the earlier link. It is available from Amazon for $2.99.





Blood and BreadA third novel of Amazon resurgence titled Blood and Bread is out there.
A most unlikely woman becomes the first Amazon warrior in over 2000 years--and ends up in the middle of a war with the men who wiped out the Amazons the last time around.

Also available at Amazon for a measly $2.99 is another Stephen L. Burns Kindle e-book, the rollicking, satirical SF novel Zero Day Baby.



Zero Day BabyA brief aside: we love the US Post Office and depend on the mail. We ship our orders via mail, get many orders via mail, and even some of Hill Woman's suppliers send what has been ordered via mail. We pay our bills via mail, We have been through periods--once three weeks long--when there was no power and sporadic phone, but dammit we got mail long before any of that came back.  The mail system was created when this country was created, and attempts to kill it off or 'privatize' it are ill-considered, short-sighted, and just plain evil. So below are a couple links to Post Office saving sites, and one to an op-ed piece by Bernie Sanders, one of the more vocal and tireless defenders of the USPS.
www.saveamericaspostalservice.org
www.savethepostoffice.com
www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/73508.html

A note for those herbal tea lovers out there! We discovered a lost stash of copies of 'Herbal Teas-101 Nourishing Blends' by Kathleen Brown and Jeanine Pollak. $14.00 a copy plus $1 S&H if ordered alone, or make it part of your order and regular S&H charges will apply. Supplies are limited!

Sue-Ryn's upcoming shows are below; click here for the full listing.

Book coverSue-Ryn's book is here! It has over 30 recipes for cooking, tea-sipping and bathing blends, from Apple Spices and Baba Yaga's Tea, to Vapor Bath and Venison Blend.
For more about the book, along with pricing,  check the page about it.


From Time to time I have needed an Animal Communicator. I first met Sally Gewinner at a small event in Fulton. At that time our old kitty Belle was showing some odd behaviors. Sally helped confirm my suspicions and figure out ways to help deal with belle's transition.         Since then I have called upon Sally for help with domestic pets and Wildlife too. Her gentle healing wisdom has always proved supportive of the animals in our care.         Sally still works full time as a teacher, but you can often find her at weekend psychic and holistic fairs in the central NY region. You can find her on line at http://www.energy-light.com or call her at 315.458.2430 if you need faster help or an appointment.                 

And now available, Kitty Magic Carpets in extra heavy-duty fabric--what we call the 'Sherman the Shredder' edition.  Want to check them out? Go to the Catnip Goodies Page There are also some new pictures of cats with their Party Animals  and Mr. Sardini Snakes on the Party Animals page.

Worth visiting is the Pets Page, a listing of tips and resources and books and links for the owner of animals  of every stripe, including information on fostering animals for people in the service.
If you are looking for a pet, be it a dog or cat or whatever, you will find a link on that page to http://www.petfinder.org
a place that can be  a world of help. That's how we found our Chloe.
Give an animal in need a home! 
What we really want is help making the page (pages, actually) even more useful. Got useful info? Regular mail it to us or email it to troll@hillwoman.com for possible inclusion.

Some more of the Troll's fiction is now available as downloadable versions
(for a modest price) online at Fictionwise. For more info, visit the Stephen L. Burns page.

A personal note from Sue-Ryn:
I frequently joke with customers, saying,  "Accept no substitutes," when asked if I am the Hill Womanwho has been around and selling herbs and scents for over two decades. Last summer a few people asked if I knew a few different people who claimed to be 'apprentices' or 'students' of mine.
While I know I have inspired and empowered many along their own herbal and spiritual paths, I have no apprentices, students (or acolytes, or subjugated minions, for that matter).
Anyone who claims to a student or apprentice is not being completely honest with you.

Feeling a bit isolated? Having a hard time finding things to help feed your spiritual side?
Desperately Seeking Serenity is a page listing some sources for books, music and more.
Check it out for a listing of catalogs and newsletters. Got suggestions for listings? Drop
us a line and let us know, please. Knowledge is best when it's shared.

As always, I'm grateful to the many folks who help keep Hill Woman grounded and growing;
the family and friends, the helpers both hired and volunteer.
I count such fine companions and co-conspirators as treasure.
Special thanks are due to each and every one of you who visits this site or reads my
brochure and accords me the honor and pleasure of serving you. Your encouragement,
kindness, and continuing support mean more to me than you will ever know.  And to
those who've visited, used, and  complimented this site, the Computer & Incense Troll
thanks you from the rubbly bottom of his black little heart.

 

 

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