Oct 29, 2012

The Hunter's Moon


Tonight's Full Moon comes as Hurricane Sandy is hitting the East Coast....So it is on that note that I hope that everyone, as well as all the animals, in it's path remain safe from harm & have found safe havens...


I took this picture last night and you can see that it has quite a large ring around it...that usually indicates a blizzard so I was not surprised to see today some areas on the East Coast that have already received at least a foot of snow...  The wind is getting stronger here at our place & hopefully not much damage will occur from that... I am sure that this hurricane will be one for the books with all the different systems going on with this one storm...
Stay Safe Everyone!


Oct 20, 2012

Dandelion Root

I dug up some dandelion roots yesterday to dry... The benefits from this plant are too good to pass up... I am going to dig up more tomorrow in the back field...


I dried them in my oven dehydrator for about 4 hrs at 140 degrees. They resemble twigs when they are completely dried...I ended up with about 3 ounces from this batch....


Dandelion can be used for the treatment for fever, eye disorders, kidney disease, skin irritation, digestion problems & inflammation or lack of milk in breasts. It is often used as a treatment for anemia because of its high iron and zinc content & as a mild diuretic. It has mild laxative properties which helps maintain  regularity. Dandelion root is also a mild appetite stimulant, an aid to many digestive problems.  It is highly regarded as a ‘liver tonic’, a blood cleanser & great at detoxifying poisons & waste from the body.. It increases the bile production which flushes toxins from the liver...

The benefits you get from a liver cleanse can be a great help correct the following issues: 

Vitamin A, D, or E deficiency (all are produced in the liver!)
High or low cholesterol numbers (the liver also produces and balances cholesterol) 
Hormonal problems- the liver filters out mutated hormones 
Excessive gas or bloating
Allergies to chemicals or things in the environment
Inability to digest fats
Blood sugar fluctuations (the liver helps regulate blood sugar along with the pancreas and adrenals)
Gallstones

My interest stemmed from allergies & migraines which apparently can come from the liver having toxin build-up...Dandelion root seems to be an answer in reliving these problems...

For a tea:
1 quart filtered water
2-3 teabags or 2-3 teaspoons of loose dandelion root, dried
3 tablespoons honey

Bring the water to a boil. pour over the dandelion root and allow to steep for 20-30 mins...add honey & enjoy...




Before using any herb however please read up on it & make sure it does not interfere with any medicine you may be on....The Live Strong site is excellent for this...

If you cannot harvest the root yourself I recommend this wonderful website to order...

 Resources:

On making tinctures, this is an excellent source for herbal information....




Enjoy!!

Oct 15, 2012

Yard Sales & the New Moon......


We had our yard sale this past weekend...
My sign got a lot of compliments....there were neon pink signs up the hill to this one... this is a color I highly recommend if you plan a sale yourself....People loved them...


I can say this was a great success...We sold almost everything we had...made a lot of money....I keep my prices low & people remarked on that...another tip I would recommend ..one lady said it was nice to finally see some yard sale prices...my items were priced to move....It felt good to see these things go to new homes..


What was left will be donated...my storage room was emptied by 3/4....Now on to the next phase...the items to be sold online...


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We have reached  New Moon....

It is a time for new beginning.....re-charging our focus.....setting new goals.....Things will take root.....you may get what you wish for OR  something even better...

One of the reasons I had my yard sale was to clear out things that contain stagnant & negative energy ....I already feel a difference...my focus is on clearing my environment..tonight I will take a sea salt bath.... burn candles.....meditate....and write my goals..... I feel good....Good things are already happening!!  I feel like I was knocked off the road for a while but now I have climbed back up....Tonight I stand up & start walking.... I won't let anyone or anything ever knock me off the road again!! 

My focus is clear...I wish the same for all of you as well....

Have a Blessed Full Moon night...

Oct 9, 2012

Happy Birthday John Lennon

We sure could use your voice today...



Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today
Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace
You, you may say 
I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will be as one
Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people sharing all the world
You, you may say 
I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will live as one


Oct 8, 2012

Bohemian Decor...

One of my  followers asked me for advice on decorating the Bohemian way..I tried emailing her but could not go through so hopefully she will see this... I was very flattered but I am in no way a designer.... but I will share something that I read in a magazine back in the 70's that influenced my approach to decorating... It said that developing a style is simple...Just put up only the things you love...not what is the latest rage or style...just what you love...it will reflect who you are as a person...your personality will be evident when people walk in...


 Over the years that has evolved & changed...it has to if you do...I feel like I have come full circle to my hippie roots...Beaded curtains, Baskets & Bells, Macrame & Mirrors, Antiques & Wrought Iron, Pillows & Lace, Plants & ~~Patchouli~~ all have a place in my home ..& still I keep evolving...I display the items that say comfort...that say I am an individual...I do not follow the crowd...which is what makes a Bohemian style so great....For me right now it is color, patterns & textures...


This also ties in with the clutter clearing....those things that I have outgrown, that no longer reflect who I am is going...this week.... they are off to new homes for someone else to enjoy...with the exception of a few things, I want things out where I can see them & enjoy them... I am by no means a minimalist, but I want to keep only that I truly love & enjoy....that uplift not bring down...


Getting inspiration from others is in abundance now thanks to the internet & Pinterest...
Here are a few photos that inspire me....







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The great thing about Bohemian style is it is all your own...unique...risk-taking...try anything once if you don't like it take it down or move it out.....thinking outside the box... 
as Madonna would say...Express Yourself!!

Oct 6, 2012

50 Years Ago Today

The Beatles released their hit "Love Me Do"...
The British Invasion started...


The world was never the same...It was better!!!




Oct 5, 2012

Fall Clearing & De-Cluttering...


I haven't kept up very well with my posts... summer has slowed me down somewhat & I am being a MAJOR political junkie right now  :)   Plus we are cleaning out more than we usually do....I do miss writing my regular posts so I plan to get back to it after Oct...


Fall is beautiful time and we are enjoying it but we are also getting ready for winter...It is coming...Everyone is cleaning out, picking up & putting away.. or setting up a rescued arbor leading into the woodlands...


I have noticed that many of the blogs I follow have been discussing this subject frequently...downsizing & de-cluttering...transforming your environment to bring in better energy & clear out the stuck, negative or stagnant energy that is attached to things around you...
For us, that means a Yard Sale!!!


Our clean-out started when I read the hubby a section of a wonderful little book I love called 
Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui by Karen Kingston.......it was about the entrance way...I did this because if you saw the doorway into the basement you would understand... it was an obstacle course!! 


The hubby believes in the Feng Shui philosophy so it is nice to have someone on the same page as you are...(no pun intended  LOL )  So the next morning he was at it, things were flying out & it didn't stop at the doorway!!  He went through all of his things...So we have been going through storage rooms, sheds, & basements.....Sale items are ready to be spread across our old doors set up as tables this week....Donations will be carted off as well...


Then we got very ambitious!!  We went around  the land & loaded up a trailer full of steel & metal.....down into our back field ...behind the sheds.....things that have been sitting around...cluttering the landscape... we loaded it all up..500 lbs worth.... & off it went to the junk guys...What a difference around the homestead...& we made some money to boot...


So now we are getting ready for the yard sale.. .It will be good to get rid of this clutter...much of it is unfinished projects, unused household items & furniture not being used..This will open a new path for new things...& this downsizing fits in with our future plans...more on that later...


So today as the hubby hooked up his plow lights on his 71 Ford truck the girls soak up the sunshine...something that has been elusive this week... 


The girls seem pretty content right now...napping away...
It makes me happy to see them so happy....
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Of course, come the day of the sale they will have to stay in the run......Madder than a wet hen comes to mind!!


Oh Yes...I have a new tenant...there has been some renovation work done..If you look through the doorway, you can see a tunnel going deep into the hill plus.....



A little side door has been added...right below the rock...The Hubby says it is an escape route.. I prefer to think of it as a kitchen door... Whoever has moved in, has excellent taste in real estate.....I am thinking more dwellings are in order...Yes???

Have a great weekend!
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