This is our sage bush. As you can see, it will be going to seed soon. I think we have saved some from previous years, but I am going to double check and make sure. This plant clearly comes from very good stock!
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Sage smoke is one of my very favorite things. My boyfriend has made a number of large smudging wands. I have only had the chance to make one so far, and it did not come together right, so I need more practice.
See, we have so much that I'm giving away some fresh sprigs, but I am also now hoping to perfect my wand making skills, so that I can give away and sell those, too. (Blessed or not blessed, depending on what people want.)
All of that aside, I love this plant, and I use it in many aspects of my life. It has a hearty, positive spirit!
Saturday, April 13, 2013
The garden is going in pretty well, now that the weather has warmed up. It looks a bit weedy, because it's in progress. Some beds have not yet been cleaned up and planted. Right now, we have parsley, peppers (in the pots on the fence), tomatoes, and carrots in. (By "in", I mean they've been planted.)
The tall, scraggly things in the center of this photo are our 2nd year kohlrabi plants. We don't have a plan for them, other than to eat the greens. I don't think we are saving seeds. Eventually, we will finish the greens up, and they will be cleared out, possibly for a new crop.
The brick planter in the corner contains sage. I believe it's three years old now. We have been using it to make smudging wands. (There's just so much, and you can only dry so much for cooking!) We may end up selling some of it, if we end up with too much.
The bed in the foreground is the carrot bed. They had to be replanted, because the first batch of seeds did not sprout. It may have been too cold when they were planted. We don't know. Now that it's warmed up, hopefully we will end up with a bumper crop!
The bed in the background is the tomato bed. There were eight planted in all. The variety we planted is purple! (Sadly, I do not remember the name.)
Thursday, April 4, 2013
I'm posting from my phone, so I apologize for the unedited photo. If you see something weird, please ignore it. LOL!
This post is about sponges and plastic baggies, both of which we recycle. (Well, zipper bags, anyway.) They have their own laundry line, right above the sink. All it took was two screw eyes and heavy cotton thread. (In this case, the thread was recycled from a cat food bag.)
I just anchored the screws into the cabinets on either side of the sink a little above eye level, and voila! I believe the term my boyfriend used when he first saw it was "rustic." I'm OK with that, because to me, it says "treading lightly."
The thread is not that thick, but I've been using this setup for a few years now.
Monday, April 1, 2013
Friday, December 7, 2012
I'm not a fan of the "traditional" Thanksgiving Holiday. In fact, I really dislike it. I was going to come on here that day while the rest of the US was stuffing itself and rant. I decided to give myself a couple of days to cool off, though, so that my post would be more coherent and less ranty. ...Or so I thought.
The post did not happen. Instead of writing that ranty post on Thanksgiving Thursday, I did this:
I spent a quiet day at home with my cats and my boyfriend, with nowhere to be and no belt-busting food plans (just pizza and a movie for dinner, like any other day off), and I made pet toys.
This was part of a team effort. A group of us crafters got together and donated money and toys to a few animal shelters in NY and NJ that had been affected by Hurricane Sandy. The project was called Operation Chew Toys. The 40 or so toys I made for dogs and cats went to Newark, NJ!
My point in making this post is to say that, for the first time in many years, I chose to take my angry energy and transform it into good. I think of it as the Alchemy of Giving.
When I went back to work on Monday, everyone was so happy and seemed so refreshed and upbeat, I ended up being glad I did not rant. If a Holiday makes people happy, who am I to take it away from them? I like for the people around me to be happy. I know what my own views are and why, and I abide by my own standards. That's good enough, right?
I have made the decision that, in future years, instead of feeling angry about a Holiday I find offensive, I will try and put that energy into doing something charitable. (Being who I am, the majority of the time it will involve animals, but not always. I will look to see where the greatest need is.) Maybe instead of "Thanksgiving Day," I will celebrate "Giving Day."
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