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Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Septic Bucket List: A Bucket List You Don’t Want to Miss

Dating an astronaut. Becoming an astronaut. Learning to speak Swahili. Your bucket list may be packed with all kinds of glorious things you want to do before you die; some tangible, some fantastical and some just for the fun of the thought.

And the thought of certain activities can be much more exciting that actually completing them. Think climbing Mount Everest or breeding lemurs.

That makes the traditional bucket list a bit impractical. The traditional list also has another factor working against it. Although the phrase and concept of a bucket list have been kicking around for years (excuse the pun), the term really roared into regular use after the release of the 2007 movie of the same name.

Subsequent mentions on TV shows that range from “Glee” to “NCIS” further cemented the concept into popular culture. And when anything soars into popular culture, you know what needs to happen next.

It’s time to rebel.

Enter ‘The Septic Bucket List’

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Monday, November 21st, 2016

Wheel of the Year: Celtic Calendar with Pagan Holidays

wheel of year

Dang Celtic catalog.

As with most folks, I end up on a bazillion mailing lists and receive about 46 pounds of printed catalogs every week. Some I recycle without thinking, but something made me look through the Celtic catalog of goodies.

And now I’m hooked.

While I have yet to actually buy anything from the specific company that sent the catalog, I feel in love with several items — like the crystal ball, a delicious leather carrying pouch, and the Wheel of the Year.

Wheel of the Year Explained

The Wheel of the Year is a calendar that depicts the four Celtic fire festivals/holidays, with the two solstices and equinoxes.

  • Samhain: Oct. 31
  • YULE: Dec. 21, Winter solstice
  • Imbolc: Feb. 1 (or 2)
  • OSTARA: March 21, Spring equinox
  • Beltane: May 1
  • LITHA: June 21, Summer solstice
  • Lughnasad: Aug. 1
  • MABON: Sept. 21, Fall equinox

You can clearly see the link to holidays like Halloween, Easter, May Day and even Groundhog Day, especially if you like Imbolc being on Feb. 2 instead of Feb. 1.

A variety of Wheel of the Year versions are all for sale all over the web, but none had the exact je ne sais quoi for which I was searching. So I made my own.
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Materials:

  • Antique steel wagon wheel found on eBay
  • Sheet metal
  • Wire and glue
  • Paint, paint and more paint: Matte black, hammered black, hammered copper, aluminum and hammered silver, and paint markers in black, white, metallic gold and silver.

wheelyr5-sm

Love the style? Check out more rynski artski on Etsy.

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Monday, October 31st, 2016

Goats, Sheep and Cider with Bees: Yates Cider Mill

Yates Cider Mill: Michigan Must for Fall from Ryn Gargulinski
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Monday, October 31st, 2016

Halloween Displays to Die For (not literally)

Halloween Displays to Die for (not literally) from Ryn Gargulinski
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Sunday, September 25th, 2016

cartoonski: doggie proverb

dog sit cartoon

 

more fun DOG STUFF on rynski etsy shop.

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Monday, September 12th, 2016

Camping in Roosevelt Lake, AZ: Artsy Shots

Camping at Roosevelt Lake, AZ: Artsy Shots from Ryn Gargulinski
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Monday, September 12th, 2016

Dogs’ First Camping Trip: Gigi and Elmo in Roosevelt Lake, AZ

The Dogs’ First Camping Trip: Elmo and Gigi from Ryn Gargulinski
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Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Finally at Peace: Greg Gargulinski, Nov. 17, 1946 to July 12, 2016

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A gentle, kind man who loved his family and his God, Gregory James Gargulinski died at 3:45 a.m. July 12, 2016, at the age of 69. His cause of death remains unknown, even by doctors, and came after more than a decade of chronic pain and a handful of surgeries following his retirement in 2012.

Retirement years that were supposed to have been spent traveling, playing golf, riding his bicycle and relaxing with his loving wife Marcy were instead largely spent on couches and in hospital beds. But Greg soldiered on. Despite his agonizing pain and supreme unfairness of life, he remained strong and stoic with nary a complaint.

His body finally gave out, surrendering before his spirit. He died quietly at home surrounded by wife Marcy, daughter Ryn, son Mat and Marcy’s adopted stray cat named Chloe.  (more…)

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Friday, May 20th, 2016

SIX HAIKU ON OUR ROAD TRIP

roadtrip car

There’s only so much

disco you can take, even

dear Donna Summer.

All other cars on

the road are there to test your

patience, block your way.

Distance looks shorter

on a map, time goes faster

when you hide the clock.

You’ll remember you

forgot paper towel when your

dog pukes in the back.

That journey stuff is

bullshit when you’re still four hours

from destination.

Whining and scratching

at doors is the dog version

of “Are we there yet?”

-ryn gargulinski.05.20.16

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