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With a few hours alone I decided to take advantage of the rare peace offered and go for a walk up the road, as I’ve not had a chance to explore the area much. The lady across the street has a small farm and a couple of horses, quietly grazing as I strolled by picking wildflowers. I must have found twenty kinds just within sight of the road in the mile or so I walked. I picked one of each to show to Zoe when she got back, though I did not pick any wild strawberry blossoms, that would just be cruel. I also found a gorgeous white star shaped flower that grew just a foot to far to reach on my own. I found a tree with a moss blanket sprinkled with flower so tiny it required a magnifying glass to see their detail. A true fairy forest indeed.
The strawberry theme continues, as Pam brought back a flat of strawberries from a farm a few miles down the road, and we have already had more chocolate dipped strawberries, oatmeal with strawberries and bananas, and as I write this there is a strawberry rhubarb pie in the oven. I even chopped up some of the chocolate dipped strawberries into a parfait for extra decadent deliciousness. Five of the seven in our group love to cook, so fortunately primitive living is very physically active or I would never be able to keep up with what the kitchen produces! Even so, I try to make sure to carve out time for more relaxing and fun physical activity, walks, yoga, hula hooping, dancing to music and whatnot. For a long time I tried the “fitness regime” of daily activity but found I was more likely to actually be active at all if I just made it a goal to play everyday instead. Much easier to look forward too, though sometimes easy to toss aside in favor of more “practical” activities. Be firm, go have fun.
I’m not typically one for endorsing a brand, but the greek gods original plain yogurt is the most delicious healthy yogurt I’ve ever eaten. It’s very thick, actually more like ice cream when it’s cold and makes a perfect afternoon treat when topped with granola, nuts, and in my most recent foray into true decadence mango and strawberry drizzled in chocolate 😀
Oatmeal for a Pile
Cook bacon in griddle pan, pour rolled oats, a serving per person, into leftover gristle, add butter and toast oats to golden brown. Splash in milk or cream, crack in one-two eggs per person, add pile of grated cheese, stir until cooked through. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and dill. For savory oatmeal top with bacon, avocado, roasted peppers, onions and other vegetables. For sweet, top with strawberries, bananas, cocoa powder, jam, honey or nuts. If you love the taste of toasted oats, you can also fire the oats with whiskey before adding the milk, to give a rich and nuanced flavor. ( I love variations, base recipes, let everyone add extras to their preference, easiest way to cook for a crowd)
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I’ve been relishing the time at home the last few days, the chance to explore and catch up on activities set aside due to the rigors of travel. I even got a chance to paint my toe nails- an opportunity that should never be passed up . Every time you look at them you can remember that there was a time when you weren’t running frantically around trying to be productive and can look forward to such moments again. It’s such a wonderful mode of self-care. I can get aesthetic about such indulgence sometimes- what about the chemicals? the corporate overlords? the societal expectation for how women should look or act, am I playing into that role? and on and on and on. Sometimes, painting nails is just that, enjoyment and creative expression. I smile when I see gold shining on my toes, mission accomplished.
I woke up to what might be a miracle of evolution in the greenhouse. Two sister cats had been pregnant, one gave birth about two weeks ago- the kittens I’ve been talking about on here. And the other was still pregnant, and surprisingly taking on baby sitting duties quite regularly(even grandma kitty did some kitten sitting), and at some time in the night, the second cat gave birth to four more miniscule bundles of fur in the very same nest in the greenhouse! So I walked in with my tea and journal for my morning kitten meditation and found a pile of fluffy purring joy! Four newborns, three two week olds, two momma kittys and a grandma all piled together happy for me to join them (though that might have been the turkey I brought too…) in reveling in baby-wonderfulness.
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Poor Aaron was torn between holding adorable kittens and dealing with the sudden upheaval in his allergies. As it turns out adding some cinnamon to local honey can enhance the anti-allergy effects, and there are some very good homeopathic treatments out there, look for ones that mention histamines for the best effect in my experience. Zoe had been complaining of excess breakouts from stress recently so I made her some bail infused jojoba oil as treatment, and in just a day(two applications) it’s started to clear up. I put in a handful of fresh chopped basil in a jar, smashed it some to release the oils, added about a 1/2 cup of jojoba and put the jar in a crockpot of water to slowly warm it, making the infusion time a day rather than two weeks.
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Magic and all things beside
If you don’t look you’ll never find
or hear the changes on the tide
whispering what needs to die
or hear the challenge to the self
a power beyond mortal health
seeking to steer us to farther places
than we could reach with mortal paces
but close your eyes and soul to hide
wake young wishing you had died