Sunday, April 26, 2009

I LOVE these things!

I have a white tile backsplash in my kitchen....... totally bland and boring!!!! And I needed to spice it up a bit, I thought of metal tiles, or just re-tileing them... but that's way too much work!!!

I hate to admit it, but I found this at the "dollar store", they are decals, re-usable, re-stick able, easy to remove, and re-use. Soooooo cooooool.

This fall I put up cute sage green squares, that had bunches of herbs on it, with the names... Like rosemary, sage, ect. But because summer is here... this morning I replaced them with fish's!!!!!

I usually put them every other tile, to give it that custom look, but I needed color!!!! so I put them on every tile. I think it looks cute!!!!!!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Gardening is freaking hard work!!!

Let me tell you, yesterday was NOT my day to do garden stuff.

I went to the store to pick up some cow manure. Yes, I do know about the powder "miracle grow" shit, but I prefer real "SHIT" when I can get it!

Found a nice 40 pound bag of cow dung.... picked it up, to go pay for it, and it proceeded to spill cow dung down my blouse, into my bra!!!!!

YUUUUUUUCCCCCK!!!!! I managed to brush most of it off, but I still smelled like cow shit all day long!!!!!!!!

Then Barb came over, we were doing out summer book exchange.... mainly I buy books, and during the summer (the only time she reads) I give her all my books! GIGGLE
She brought me this huge PINK HYDRANGEA!!!! Ohhhhhhhhh SOOOOOOO PRETTY!!!!!

But then I wanted to go to BJ's, just down the road, and since I no longer have a membership, I welcomed a shopping trip there using her membership card...... But then, she saw this HUGE FLOWERING WEEPING CHERRY TREE!!!!! It was over 6 feet tall, and in a huge pot of dirt!!!! She just had to have it!!!

I don't blame her it was pretty, but then, because of her bad shoulder, I had to pick it up, stuff it in my car, then out again when we got home, then into her car!!!!! Ohhhhh my aching back and arms!!!!

So my whole day was the smell of cow shit, and sore arms. GIGGLE

Tired, yes, but I still worked in my garden, and THAT felt good!!!!!!

Gardening update, early spring

This is the main set up for my "multi garden" The long planters hold:

spinach up front, and in the back one holds string beans, the other cucumbers... hence the trellis work of string and sticks... and on either side are my tomatoes... One large and one cherry tomato

And as you can see the gooseberry's are in full leaf!!! Hopefully they will give a huge crop this year

Goddess bless those people, like my friend Barbara, who know that the best gift to give a gardener is PLANTS!!!!!
She got me this huge hydrangea, pink of course (my fav color!!!) Anytime I get a plant (not cut flowers, but growing plants!!) I'm a VERY, VERY, HAPPY GARDENER!!!!

And these are the mystery Iris's that popped up in the cauldron. I yanked them out and replanted them here, and they seem to be very happy!

And last but not least.... my newly panted RED door!!!! The relief I felt when the red went on was really weird!!! I didn't know how much I missed my red doors till I started painting, and then I felt this overwhelming relief, happiness, and love!!! Guess luck can find me now!!!!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


Sunday, April 19, 2009

candle Magic

Carving and Dressing Candles

As a candle is a tool, it is preferable to consecrate it as such. You can do
a simple little ritual of your own or within your particular tradition of
the craft. The purpose is to charge the candle with power, and charge and
seal the magical tool with your will. If you are going to "dress" the candle
with corresponding oils, you can consecrate, dress, charge and carve your
candle all within the same steps. It's not simply enough to mindlessly say
the words; you need to really focus on your goal mentally. Intent is always
of utmost importance. If you are a solitary practitioner, feel free to
individualize the consecration and dressing phase of charging your candles.
If like me, you have a dish of salt, water, and smoldering incense on the
altar at all times, you can use these elements to cleanse the candle and
charge it.

One important word about carving on candles, some sources suggest that you
can heat the tip of your Athene to carve the wax. I disagree, and would
suggest sharp small easy to handle pushpin tacks, or a long nail are better
choices for this than a beloved ritual tool! It is easier to carve if you
heat the tool you are using in a flame, but be careful of burns!

For anointing, the proper way to dress a candle is to start at the middle
(center) and rub the oil towards the wick, then to start at the middle and
rub the oil down towards the base.

My only contention with this well known
method of candle "dressing" is to first of THINK of the energy. In most
cases, this is indeed the correct way to dress a candle. Most of us are
intending to send energy OUT like a beacon to someone in need of a healing,
banishing, or attraction to someone or something who is yet unknown to us.

However, in my own practice with money candles, my intent is to draw more of
that energy IN. When I mentally visualize what I want to do with a candle, I
have at times switched the process around and started at the wick, drawing
the oil to the middle of the candle and then going to the bottom and
anointing from the bottom to the middle.

While this is my own particular
practice and my own particular style, I believe it's important to know
mentally what you are hoping to accomplish with the will and you
want that energy sent out, or do you want to bring something in? It's a
logical question, and quite often when candle magic I have energy drawing
in on one set of candles and energy going out with another set of candles.
For me, it's a system of balance. I usually oil the candle all around the
sides with either the "OUT" or the "IN" method of candle anointing.

Much has been made of the astrological influences of candle magic and
spell work. Ideally, I personally consider the moon phase to be the most

NEW MOON - If the goal you desire is one of a new beginning or a "start",
the best time to do this is during a New Moon (this is when the moon is dark
in the sky) While many do not like to work with a New Moon, I have come to
discover it's one of my favorite times to work. This is the time I can to
tie up loose ends, smudge the house, seal and protect. This is also a great
moon to work with when you need to retreat a little bit and revive yourself.
As it is the moon of "hidden knowledge" this would be an opportune time to
try to ferret out information that you feel you need to know. Although the
darkness in the sky is startling during a new moon, it is often associated
with dormancy. We know the moon is still there, even though her reflection
may be hidden. I prefer to think often of some of the darker sides of the
Goddess or the darker Goddesses themselves.

WAXING MOON: While the moon is slowly filling in from a crescent on it's way
to full is the best time for work that "increases". I find this an excellent
time to do financial, job, attraction or anything else that needs
increasing" in volume or intensity.

FULL MOON: The full beauty of a full moon night is enough to make you gasp.
Ideally, this is the time for things to come to full fruition, especially if
you have been working on candle craft goal to coincide from the waxing moon
into the full moon. I like to think that the Goddess can hear you better on
a full moon, but seriously, whether culminating an "increase" to end on the
full moon, or starting a "decrease" to begin on the full moon to decline on
the course of a waning moon, the full moon has an advantage because it seems
like our invocations and focus are all in high gear.

WANING MOON: When the moon is slowly crescenting bit by bit into the new
moon, this is an excellent time to work on banishing or getting things out
of your life that you need let go of and leave behind. Again, if it's taking
you longer to let go of things or get rid of situations in your life that
have outlived their usefulness, you can always gear your candle working to
culminate on the New Moon.

Often, a situation might arise which must be dealt with immediately, and
cannot wait until the appropriate lunar phase. Listen to your guy instinct,
and act when you must. Of course, there are always "ideal" times to light a
candle. In fact, if we were to get really obsessive about perfect timing, we
could consider the appropriate positioning of astrological elements, days,
hours, months, and corresponding archangels to help us along. Let's face it,
it's struggle enough to keep track of corresponding colors and oils to meet
with our end goals!

Naturally one should rely on one's own instincts as to which color of a
candle would work the best purpose for a healing, or a Sabbath. We can
sometimes associate what is best for "fertility" or "money" simply by
visualizing the green of a field or cash and associating that with the color
of a candle. There are ancient ties with candles and scientific methods too.
Within the color spectrum there are seven primary wavelengths or vibrations.
Ceremonial Magicians have even ascribed colors to the Kabbalah. Without
overwhelming yourself on technicalities of color, you can always make
exceptions or go with what feels best. If you have a friend who's going
through a tough time and pale blue does NOT feel like the right color to use
why not send healing energy with an orange candle to give her the zing and
zest (and not to mention the strength) to handle whatever she may be dealing

One of my favorite candles to make is one that I call "Justice". The
inspiration for that candle came from watching a woman judge on television.
I loved her no nonsense approach to the riff raff that came before her bench
Wouldn't it be great, I thought, if I could create a candle that would push
justice along? It was my way of focusing on letting the gods sort out
whatever cluster of mess was coming across my path. Funny thing about that
candle is that I was willing to own up to my own actions and take on the
self responsibility for my part in the mess, but in real life, just because
you" may be paying attention, doesn't mean other people are. There was no
color correspondence in anything I ever came across for "Justice" , but in
my visualization the color black seemed most approachable. It was comparable
to a judicial robe, and I also felt strongly that it banished negativity and
protected. So black candles became my own very own "Justice" candles.

The most important point in selecting a colored candle is to find one that
relates to your own path, your own tradition and most importantly, to your
will" and "intent."

Color Correspondences

WHITE: purity, innocence, cleansing, centering, truth, psychic ability,
spirituality, protection, power of divinity, healing, Planet: Moon, Zodiac
sign: Cancer. May also be used as an all purpose corresponding color.
Associated to the South and with the element of Air

BLACK: meditation, uncrossing, protection, banishing of negativity, endings,
death, binding, ridding self of bad habits, Planet: Saturn, Element: Earth,
Zodiac: Scorpio. Samhain Associated to the North and with the element of

RED: South, fire, blood, passion, will power, sex, energy, health,
protection or defensive needs. Zodiac: Aries (Golden Dawn), Leo, Scorpio.
Planet: Mars Associated to the East with the element of Fire


ORANGE: encouragement, adaptability, stimulation, attraction, friendship,
organization, career success, Zodiac: Leo, Gemini Planet: Mercury. Samhain


YELLOW: east, air, intelligence, imagination, mind power, creativity,
confidence, success, action, attraction, concentration, communications.
Zodiac: Leo, Planet: Mercury

GREEN: north, earth, fertility, luck, abundance, success, money, health,
healing. Zodiac: Pisces, Taurus. Planet: Venus. Associated to the West with
the element of Water

BLUE-DARK: west, water, loyalty, wisdom, devotion, deep emotional ties,
occult power, protection. Zodiac: Pisces

BLUE-LIGHT or PALE: Tranquility, patience, peace, health. Planet: Venus

PURPLE: psychic ability, protection, power, wisdom, honors, clarity,
spirituality, Planetary: Jupiter, Moon, Mercury

BROWN: earth, stability, home, work, friendships.

GRAY: neutralize negative forces and influences

GOLD: sun, the God, riches, good luck, Leo

SILVER: lunar/moon, the Goddess, psychic abilities PINK: honor, love, beauty

Spring is here, and a girls fancy turns too.............

If you finished that with "LOVE".... not a freaking chance!!!! Don't want it, don't need it... got a vibrator, and an excellent boy toy to use. GIGGLE

But with me, that sentence finishes with...."SPRING CLEANING"!!!!!!!!

And ONE nice day is all I need too set those neurons firing in my brain, and start me to cleaning!!!!

Yesterday, I stopped it from happening, by sitting out in the sun, and getting my first sunburn of the season..... ahhhhhhhhhhh, warm, relaxing, and sunny.... recharged my solar battery's BIG TIME!

This morning I started out by painting my front door.... not the front door everyone uses... that's actually the back door, but the real front door.... painted it Fire Engine RED!!!!

I've lived for 7 years without a red front door (Burgundy doesn't count!) So, finally got the paint, and repainted it!!!!! The back door, that's actually used as a front door (confusing, isn't it?) will be the next to be painted the same color this week... after the coming rain.

A RED front door is lucky!!!!! And I need that luck coming in my front, and back door.

But I digress..... after finishing the painting, I started on my bedroom. Spring cleaning is a duty, and a blessing, so it's gotta be done right. That means that I had to MOVE the bed... and vacuum under it, then MOVE the dressers... and do the same. If your going to do it, do it RIGHT!!!

This time, I'm not going to overdo it. And as for today, the door and my bedroom is ENOUGH!!!! I'm going to pace myself this year, and not allow my mother to TAKE OVER MY BRAIN!!!!

But then again, the living room and dinning room were done after Easter, because of all the crumbs and stuff. So all I have left is my bathroom and the kitchen. GIGGLE Plus with the new furniture, I had to clean good after I removed the old stuff....

I can afford to take my time with those. GIGGLE

MY BEDROOM IS DUST BUNNY FREE!!!!! Even under the bed, and behind the dressers... so tonight I can rest easy! Giggle

Saturday, April 18, 2009


Thanks to Jamie's incredibly thoughtful birthday gift.... I was able to go out and the the matching ottoman for the sofa.

It has lots of uses:

1. The cat has his own sofa!!!! No more fighting over the other one with him.... plus he gets to sit and look outside!

2. roll it over to the sofa, and you have a lounge chair. Putting your feet up is good. giggle

3. Also, putting it by the sofa, you have a extra bed!!! almost a full size one!!!!

4. It's a storage ottoman!!!! it opens up to this HUGE BOX that hold tons of stuff!!!!!!


Merlin, on a GOOD day!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

I got Cats!

Really cute wall hanging my daughter quilted for me, and gave me for my birthday!!!! I'm thinking of sewing it onto my black bedspread to give it some pizzzzazzz!!! But I'm not sure where I'm going to hang it. I was thinking about the living room, since I smoke in the bedroom, and don't want to get it all smokey. Hummmmmm, gotta think on it.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Food, Fun, and Friends!

Sunday, April 12, 2009



Little bunnies hopping round,
as I smash them in the ground.
spring is here I hear them say,
but those bunnies are too gay!
smash them down, and grind them up!
bunny butter for my sup

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Easter Dinner

OK, here's what I should look like, but it's not gonna happen. Happy housewife isn't me!!! But I have the menu and shopping done for Easter Dinner:

Roast Pork... the fresh kind, unhappy with the size!!! Usually get a 15 lb. one but could only find a 7 lb. one. So I'm cooking two of them to make up for the small size.

Fresh and smoked Kielbasi..... OK, I'm Russian, what can I say... gotta have the kielbasi

Sauerkraut with European Dried mushroom

Rosemary roasted baby red potatoes

Roasted Asparagus

Lemon zest String beans


Bread, and butter

And the appetizers are:

Fresh made antipasto... and I mean fresh made by ME!! No store bought shit at this table

Shrimp... lots of it with sauce and lemon

Cream cheese and caviar with crackers

Pickles, stuffed celery, and olives ... green and black

Now this is the real me!!!! Giggle

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Hay! That's my plan too!!!!

The dolls

Here's a picture of our dolls. Morticia the stunning Red Head is mine. And Janu and Sangre are Steph's! Of course Morticia is the one talking non-stop. GIGGLE If you check her blog, she's introducing her new friends to her house.


Steph came over this weekend, and even though it was windy..... Steph, Matt, and I went off to enlishtown!!!!!

I got myself some scrumptious leopard print sheets!!!! Even though they laughed at me, I can't help it. I LOVE LEOPARD! GIGGLE

And I picked up 2 containers of the SUPER SOUR PICKLES. A large one for me, and a little less large one for Jamie... who's coming for Easter

Then Steph and I introduced our dolls to each other.... and had an enjoyable time posing them, and taking TONS of photo's to put on the dolls blogs!!!

We had a really nice time, and Steph will be over for Easter also!!! Oh, and she LOVES the super sour pickles.... we even had some for breakfast with out coffee! GIGGLE

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Spring has finally Sprung!!!!!

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Candle Gazing


Sit on the ground, and hold your candle in your hands.
This is your flame. You created it. It burns as your symbol in the
universe.Look at the flame. As you breathe, the flame moves with you.
It plays and frolics as you watch it.
As you look at the flame, you can see that it is actually made of the
colors of the rainbow. Subtle shades of red glow at the very tip of
the flame. Your passion, your physical body are being left behind, as
a faint reminder of who you are.

The orange that follows spans a short time on the flame. Your anchor
on this earth, also reminds you that there is a life on this plane.
Then, the yellow, the most prevalent, the most powerful part of the
flame draws your attention. It burns as your creativity, yearning to
burst free and shower you with its inspirations.
Your eyes follow down and see the tiny segment of green, your center,
your growth. This is where the bountiful harvest of your life lies.
Feel the growth and abundance everywhere in the universe before you
fall into the blue at the base of the flame. The blue, the higher
emotion of your secret self burns brightly if only you look at it.
Below it, barely perceptible, is the violet of your spirit..

This is the same spirit that resides within you, but it is barely
perceptible day to day. You must catch it unawares to know it. As you
watch your flame/spirit, Let the violet flame enlarge and envelop the
blue, green,yellow, orange and red of the fire. Let your spirit
enlarge to fill you in the same way. As you inhale, feel your spirit
fill you. Let it permeate your fingers, palms, arms, shoulders, head,
neck, chest, pelvis, thigs,calves,feet, and toes. Let it have
control, however briefly, over the flesh form you have chosen for
this lifetime.
Breathe the flame.. As you breathe, let your spirit speak with you.
Let it give you its innermost confidence. Breathe your spirit. After a
while, I'll come back to you.

As you breathe your spirit, allow it to slowly begin to recede from
every secret part of you. Begin to feel the sensations that have not
been so present in your body. Relax into the form you have known for
so long. As you watch the flame, see the violet begin to recede from
the other colors in the candle. It will leave a little of itself
behind in every color as will your spirit leave a little of itself
behind in every part of you. Feel it leave the red, the orange, the
yellow, and the green. As it recedes from the blue,feel it mix with
the blue and flow downward to reform as the base of the flame and the
base of your being.

You have met what guides you in your innermost dreams. It will visit
you again. unknown

pseudonymnames for the herbs to keep them secret

Here are some old time names for herbs.

Old time witch's used them to keep the names of their herbs secret.

No WONDER why so many rumors started about us!!! DUH!!! those old gals should thought about this more..... giggle

A Bone of an Ibis: Buckthorn
Adders Tongue: Dogstooth Violet
A Titan's Blood: Wild Lettuce
A Lion's Hairs: Tongue of a Turnip [i.e., the leaves of the taproot]
A Man's Bile: Turnip Sap
A Pig's Tail: Leopard's Bane
A Hawk's Heart: Heart of Wormwood
An Eagle: Wild Garlic
Ass's Foot or Bull's Foot: Coltsfoot
Blood: Elder sap or another tree sap
Blood of Hephaistos: Wormwood
Burning Bush: White Dittany
Bread and Cheese Tree: Hawthorne
Blood from a Head: Lupine
Bird's Eye: Germander Speedwell
Blood of Ares: Purslane
Blood of a Goose: A Mulberry Tree's Milk
Bloodwort: Yarrow
Blood of Hestia: Camomile
Blood of an Eye: Tamarisk Gall
Blood from a Shoulder: Bear's Breach
Bat's Wings: Holly
Black Sampson: Echinacea
Bull's Blood or Seed of Horus: Horehound
Bear's Foot: Lady's Mantle
Calf's Snout: Snapdragon
Cat's Foot: Canada Snake Root and/or Ground Ivy
Candelmas Maiden: Snowdrop.
Capon's Tail: Valerian.
Christ's Ladder: Centaury Cheeses: Marsh Mallow
Chocolate Flower: Wild Geranium
Christ's Eye: Vervain Sage
Clear-eye: Clary Sage
Click: Goosegrass
Cucumber Tree: Magnolia
Clot: Great Mullein
Corpse Plant: Indian Pipe.
Crowdy Kit: Figwort
Cuddy's Lungs: Great Mullein
Crow Foot: Cranesbill
Cuckoo's Bread: Common Plantain
Clear Eye: Clary Sage
Crow's Foot: Wild Geranium
Devils Dung: Asafoetida
Dragon's Blood: Calamus
Dog's Mouth: Snap Dragon
Daphne: Laurel/Bay
Devil's Plaything: Yarrow
Dove's Foot: Wild Geranium
Dew of the Sea: Rosemary
Dragon Wort: Bistort
Earth Smoke: Fumitory
Eye of Christ: Germander Speedwell
Elf's Wort: Elecampane
Enchanter's Plant: Vervain
Englishman's Foot: Common Plantain
Erba Santa Maria: Spearmint
Everlasting Friendship: Goosegrass
Eye of the Day: Common Daisy
Eye of the Star: Horehound
Eye Root: Goldenseal
Eyes: Aster, Daisy, Eyebright
Frog's Foot: Bulbous Buttercup
From the Loins: Camomile
Fat from a Head: Spurge
Fairy Smoke: Indian Pipe
Felon Herb: Mugwort
From the Belly: Earth-apple
From the Foot: Houseleek
Five Fingers: Cinquefoil
Fox's Clote: Burdock Graveyard Dust: Mullein
Goat's Foot: Ash Weed
God's Hair: Hart's Tongue Fern
Golden Star: Avens
Gosling Wing: Goosegrass
Graveyard Dust: Mullein
Great Ox-eye: Ox-eye Daisy
Hairs of a Hamadryas Baboon: Dill Seed
Hair of Venus: Maidenhair Fern
Hag's Taper: Great Mullein
Hagthorn: Hawthorn
Hare's Beard: Great Mullein
Herb of Grace: Vervain
Hind's Tongue: Hart's Tongue Fern
Holy Herb: Yerba Santa
Holy Rope: Hemp Agrimony
Hook and Arn: Yerba Santa
Horse Tongue: Hart's Tongue Fern
Horse Hoof: Coltsfoot
Hundred Eyes: Periwinkle
Innocense: Bluets
Jacob's Staff: Great Mullein
Joy of the Mountain: Marjoram
Jupiter's Staff: Great Mullein
King's Crown: Black Haw
Knight's Milfoil: Yarrow
Kronos' Blood: of Cedar
Lady's Glove: Foxglove aka Witches' Gloves
Lion's Tooth: Dandelion aka Priest's Crown
Lad's Love: Southernwood
Lamb's Ears: Betony
Little Dragon: Tarragon
Love in Idleness: Pansy
Love Leaves: Burdock
Love Lies Bleeding: Amaranth or Anemone
Love Man: Goosegrass
Love Parsley: Lovage
Love Root: Orris Root
Man's Health: Ginseng
Maiden's Ruin: Southernwood
Master of the Woods: Woodruff
May: Black Haw May Lily: Lily of the Valley
May Rose: Black Haw
Maypops: Passion Flower
Mistress of the Night: Tuberose
Mutton Chops: Goosegrass
Nose Bleed: Yarrow
Old-Maid's-Nightcap : Wild Geranium
Old Man's Flannel: Great Mullein
Old Man's Pepper: Yarrow
Oliver: Olive
Password: Primrose
Pucha-pat: Patchouli
Peter's Staff: Great Mullein
Priest's Crown: Dandelion leaves
Poor Man's Treacle: Garlic
Queen of the Night: Vanilla Cactus
Queen of the Meadow: Meadowsweet
Queen of the Meadow Root: Gravelroot
Ram's Head: American Valerian
Red Cockscomb: Amaranth
Ring-o-bells: Bluebells
Robin-run-in- the-grass: Goosegrass
Semen of Helios: White Hellebore
Semen of Herakles: Mustard-rocket
Semen of Hermes: Dill
Semen of Hephaistos: This is Fleabane
Semen of Ammon: Houseleek
Semen of Ares: Clover
Seed of Horus: Horehound
Sparrow's Tongue: Knotweed
Soapwort: Comfrey or Daisy
Shepherd's Heart: Shepherd's Purse
Swine's Snout: Dandelion leaves
Shameface: Wild Geranium
See Bright: Clary Sage
Scaldhead: Blackberry
Seven Year's Love: Yarrow
Silver Bells: Black Haw
Sorcerer's Violet: Periwinkle
St. John's Herb: Hemp Agrimony.(this is not St. John's Wort)
St. John's Plant: Mugwort
Star Flower: Borage Star of the Earth: Avens
Starweed: Chickweed
Sweethearts: Goosegrass
Tarragon: Mugwort
Tartar Root: Ginseng
Thousand Weed: Yarrow
Thunder Plant: House Leek
Tanner's Bark: Common Oak
Toad: Toadflax
Torches: Great Mullein
Tongue of dog: houndstongue
Tears of a Hamadryas Baboon: Dill Juice
Unicorn Root: Ague Root
Unicorn's Horn: False Unicorn:Helonias Dioica
Unicorn Horn: True Unicorn Root
Wax Dolls: Fumitory
Weazel Snout: Yellow Dead Nettles/Yellow Archangel
White: Ox-eye Daisy
White Wood: White Cinnamon
Witch's Asprin: White Willow/Willow Bark
Witch's Brier: Brier Hips
Weasel Snout: Yellow Archangel
Wolf Foot: Bugle Weed
Wolf Claw: Club Moss
Wolf's Milk: Euphorbia
Weed: Ox-Eye Daisy
White Man's Foot: Common Plantain