Friday, July 30, 2010

Back to my Roots

Every so often I like to reorganize my labels on this blog, this inspired me to read a couple posts from when I first started this blog over year ago.

Something caught my eye...
May 2009, I was trying to pull up roots from Alder bushes with a pick ax. I was hopeful that we could then just fill in the holes with some dirt and then grow some grass. I ended up taking a tumble down the hill... determined that this is how Jack and Jill tumbled down the hill, I walked home. I was dirty and disgruntled.

This May, I was working on my garden. Every day, while walking to my garden I would trip on these stumps hanging out of the ground. Alder stumps... make mama say GRRR

So one hot May afternoon, I found myself trying to dig up yet another stump with a pick ax. I was successful with this one... what was discouraging however was the fact that there are at least 20 of them to remove. Eventually that whole section will be garden, with some benches and a hammock. I have a feeling however that next May, I will be out there once again, tripping over stumps until I become frustrated once again.... Perfect example of history repeating itself, wouldn't you say!

Oh, here are some low quality picture of my garden flourishing... next year I will start earlier for multiple harvests.

I have Potatoes, Ambercup Squash, Cucumbers, a Salad Bush, Scotia Tomatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Green Peppers and Celery growing. I do have a row of carrots with a few carrots in the row. I also planted a row of  Spinach but the seeds were not good. I tried to Chit some later and nothing sprouted... Next time. My mother told me of a local place that guarantees their seeds. I'm going to start collecting in the fall because I plan on starting some things indoors over the winter.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Lavender Mint Tea

A tea that is wonderful for the digestive and nervous system. It calms both the body and the mind allowing you to savor this moment.

Mix one part dried lavender flowers and 2 parts mint leaves.

Let steep, and enjoy a lovely cup of heaven. Unlike this photo though, I recommend using one of those lovely loose tea infusers.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Book Review: Live Happily, Ever After... NOW!

About the Author:
For over 10 years, Terry M. Drake has been a family therapist, supervisor and life coach who specializes in teaching people how to get what they want. He currently is a Director of mental and behavioral health programs, as well as in private practice as a hypnotherapist, life coach and trainer.

About the Book:
Live Happily, Ever After... Now! Uses age old, time tested secrets (found in NLP, the Law of Attraction, Positive Psychology and Ericksonian Hypnosis) to teach you how to create the life you want. The key is learning how much control you actually you actually have over your life, you beliefs and attitudes about yourself, others and the world you live in. Once you understand that you are in control (and you will), then you can use the 9 simple steps to make changes and begin living the life you want.

My Thoughts:
I have been implementing changes into my life using the Law of Attraction and Positive Psychology, so I was very interested to see what additional information I could find within this book that would assist in additional transformations. I was very pleased with the food for though that is contained within these pages. It is a very easy read and everything is laid out in a manner that is straight forward and easy to follow. If you are new to some of these philosophies I would recommend reading each chapter individually and then attempt to practice those ideologies in your day to day life. Each chapter has a story (most of which are credited to unknown authors) that captures an idea that is contained within the chapter, one of those story is a favorite of mine about called Two Wolves. Each chapter also has a summary and a number of quotes. One of the chapters discusses the need for perfectionism and the fear of failure. Both of which, hit close to home for the hubby and I, in the form of personal limitations that we are trying to break free from. I would recommend this book for anyone who finds that their life is governed by negative thinking that has been keeping them from the happiness they so desire but might not feel they deserve.

Disclaimer: I was provided a free copy for the purpose of this review from Pump Up Your Book book tours.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Long Weekend Loveliness

I hope everyone had a great long weekend! I really enjoyed mine. It was filled with washers (similar to horseshoes for those who have never played), good food, good people and good music. I had a nice little dip in the lake too! The beauty of the lakes in the Tobeatic are captivating. There are some stones by the bridge that would be the "picture perfect" place to practice Tia Chi. It would be a little risky though, just getting to the rocks and then not falling off.... you would need to be professional.

There is a lot of Granite out there, which is full of quartz and feldspar. I brought a little bit home, I've had a fondness for different stones. In fact, I had a rock collection when I was a child. It was composed of different rocks that I had collected near bunkers island when I was a kid, before the sewage plant was built on the lower part of water street in town. I had a grocery bag filled with different rocks that I was drawn to as a child for whatever reason. My grandmother threw them out and I was devastated. Funny isn't it! To my grandmother it was just a bag of rocks, to me they were my Pokemon cards.

I absolutely LOVED having my banjo out in the middle of the wilderness. I am fond of just sitting under a tree a just fiddling with it, working out new ideas while I watch the birds and listen to the random commotion.

So, back again at the homestead, after a much needed venture into the heart of Nova Scotia (as far as I'm concerned!) after a nice little unexpected BBQ at my father's house on the way home. It was so nice of him and Patty to watch the kids for the weekend while we embarked on our adventure. They had a wonderful time.

I arrived at home to find that the crows had indeed left my garden alone while I was gone (it seems they prefer to play games with me when I am around. It is much funner after all to witness my reaction.) My remaining squash are in rough shape from the dry weather and lack of rain. So I gave them a nice bath and noticed.... my POTATOES are sprouting! YAY :)

A lovely end to a lovely weekend! Tonight I am off to see Eclipse with my mother, my dear friend Jessi and her mother. I am the one in the group who hasn't read the books and I refuse to read the books until I have seen the movies. I dislike comparing the movies to the books. So I read them afterwards and in my mind it is very much like visualizing the Directors cut. Jessi has read all of the books, so by averaging out our opinions we get a very accurate representation of how good the movie is.

Monday, July 5, 2010

The wonders of Violet / How to make Violet Vinegar

Violets have a long history of a healing . In ancient times the violet was used to treat liver disorders as well as bad tempers. I'm sure every one of us have had days where we all could have used a nice violet mixture! The violet was also later used to treat a variety of eye and skin disorders and constipation and congestion.

The facts are violets contain flavonoids, which act as a diuretic. They also contain alkaloids which allow the blood vessels to relax thus possibly increased blood flow. The saponins found in violets act as an expectorant.  Salicylic acid, a painkiller and anti-inflammatory agent, similar to the active ingredient found within aspirin can be found in violets. These are just some of the many health benefits found within this amazing flower.

I think I'm going to have a go at planting some around here... there are so many amazing things you can make with violets, including Jam and Honey and different teas. I want to share a recipe for violet vinegar with you though.

Combine 3 ounces of violet flowers and 1 quart of high-quality white wine vinegar together in a covered container and let sit for several weeks in a warm place. Shake the mixture daily. Strain the herb using a cheesecloth and then bottle. Store in a cool, dark location. The mixture will keep for two years and can be used as a base for salad dressing, drizzled over fruit and even splash a little on your face as an after-cleansing aromatic toner.

This recipe was discovered in Country Wisdom & Know-How on page 374.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Acupressure, Yet another tiny history lesson

You might remember my tiny history lesson in Acupressure history last week. Well since I have a ridiculous amount of information on the subject I thought I would continue where I left off.

So essentially, the ancient physicians (and Taoists) who developed acupressure believed that humans beings are an integral part of the universe. Like trees, clouds, land, animals, planets... we are all a part of one substance, one fabric. This belief can be found in various other religions and spiritual groups throughout the world and is the foundation of many different unity groups. So, humans are subject to the laws of nature and just as the physical universe we also continually move through a yearly cycle. So when we fail to adapt to these cyclical changes we are more prone to illnesses.

The Chinese philosophers believed in a 5-season year and each of those seasons were associated with one of 5 elements that compose the one fabric of the natural universe. Each element is as part of your being as it is a part of the world you live in. When your 5 elements are in harmony, you are balanced and healthy.