Entranced

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Are you tired of these pictures yet? I’m not. I’m entranced by this place, every day.
I love Saturdays because I get to take the dogs out after sunrise. So, we took a little walk around the yard instead of just standing around in the “dog pen,” the fenced area on the slope in front of the house.

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This is the dog-walking maneuver I like to call the Troika.

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Isn’t it magical? Can you stand it? I can’t.

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The chickens would like to move out of the FEMA coop into their chicken palace. And they would like the snow to melt. That is all.

Grief today

Some days, the grief of the world breaks into my heart and overtakes me. Sometimes I know why, but usually not. Today I will just ride the wave of tears that is flowing through me. No one thing is worse today than yesterday. And tomorrow will be easier. But I have a thin skin and a tender heart today.

Peace and kindness, love and light be with you all.

House Blessing

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Last night we had the house blessing for our new house.  It just ended up being four of us… Weez and I, along with 2 old friends.  And it was perfect.  We ate, drank a little wine, then spoke words of invocation and blessing for the life we are building in this place.  We walked through the house, smudging all the corners with sage to bless it and cleanse it and bring good fresh upwelling energy throughout.  Then we sat together, drank a little more wine, and spoke words of friendship and laughter and gratitude for what we share.

The house feels good this morning.  Really good.  This afternoon, a deluge (large or small, not sure!) of friends will start flowing through.  We’re not done unpacking, we haven’t hung all the pictures, or put away all the dishes, or figured out where everything should go in the kitchen.  But we have claimed our space and are filling it with love.

Thank you, and blessed be.

My Favorite Herbal Resources for Beginners

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Hello Antlerstockers!  I decided to be fancy and post my book and resource recommendations here rather than trying to generate a handout for you all.  This way we can share ideas and add to this as we think of things.  Thanks for coming by!

Edited to add:  The salve we made today is Rosemary Gladstar’s St. John’s Wort-Comfrey-Calendula Salve.  Don’t forget to label your tin!!

This is a collection of some of the books and websites that I have used in my explorations with basic and simple herbalism.  The most important thing is to learn for yourself and just start somewhere.  I’m not a doctor nor any kind of healthcare practitioner and therefore can’t give any medical advice.  But these are resources I used while I was teaching myself.

Books:

Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health: 175 Teas, Tonics, Oils, Salves, Tinctures, and Other Natural Remedies for the Entire Family by Rosemary Gladstar

http://www.amazon.com/Rosemary-Gladstars-Herbal-Recipes-Vibrant/dp/1603420789/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1413588800&sr=8-2&keywords=hands+on+healing+remedies

Hands On Healing Remedies: 150 Recipes for Herbal Balms, Salves, Oils, Liniments, and Other Topical Therapies by Stephanie L. Tourles

http://www.amazon.com/Hands–Healing-Remedies-Liniments-Therapies-ebook/dp/B008NEZOQU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1413588800&sr=8-1&keywords=hands+on+healing+remedies

Organic Body Care Recipes: 175 Homemade Herbal Formulas for Glowing Skin and a Vibrant Self by Stephanie Tourles

http://www.amazon.com/Organic-Body-Care-Recipes-Homemade-ebook/dp/B004A7YIMU/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1413588800&sr=8-3&keywords=hands+on+healing+remedies

Homegrown Herbs: A Complete Guide to Growing, Using, and Enjoying More than 100 Herbs by Tammi Hartung with a Foreword by Rosemary Gladstar

http://www.amazon.com/Homegrown-Herbs-Complete-Growing-Enjoying/dp/1603427031/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1413589124&sr=8-1&keywords=homegrown+herbs

The Herbal Medicine-Maker’s Handbook: A Home Manual by James Green

http://www.amazon.com/The-Herbal-Medicine-Makers-Handbook-Manual/dp/0895949903/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1413589198&sr=8-1

 

Places to Buy Supplies:

For high-quality herbs, anything you could think of:  Mountain Rose Herbs, https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/

For basic herbs, and especially for pre-mixed herbs; a really great place to start out if you don’t want to buy bags of different ingredients:  The Bulk Herb Store.  I find this site more approachable and less overwhelming.  They also have bundles and kits for beginners.  http://www.bulkherbstore.com/

For tins, bottles, jars, and containers for all your concoctions: Specialty Bottle  http://www.specialtybottle.com/  Mountain Rose and Bulk Herb Store both carry some containers, but you pay a lot more because it’s not their main thing.  For more choices and better prices, I go to Specialty Bottle.

For soap-making: Bramble Berry Soap Making Supplies.  They even sell lye via mail-order, although you have to sign a release and send it to them before they’ll actually send it to you.  http://www.brambleberry.com/

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