Trip into Town

I am truly an introvert, these windy, sunshiney scattered shower days are so deeply quiet, so deeply fulfilling.  The neighbor, who is only here for two weeks, checks in periodically, to charge something electric, to shower with his wife and children, to ask if there is anything I need, or stops along the road to ask me if I have picked any wild blueberries yet.  Other than that my only human interaction is a phone call from my mom, to my daughter, the pirate in his way only answers his phone, he is incapable of calling.  The counselor told me, before I left to plan outings into public, but I hardly need it, I am feeling astonishingly strong and deeply moved, and touched by mother earth.  Herons abound.
But each time I venture into one of the towns nearby, I am rewarded with just the right things.  Today I am absolutely dizzy with congestion in my sinus, I found eucalyptus rub, and a book by Rosemary Gladstar, outlining several of her herbal remedies that are in the correspondence course on loan from my friend.  Oh yes and wasabi, ginger chocolate truffles.

COLTSFOOT

Colstfoot leaves ( I believe)

calendula

Calendula Flower

herbalremedy

Barkeaters Chocolates and Funny River Trading, both local businesses.

 

I have loved the quiet, and the long walks with the dogs, and the breeze keeping the bugs at bay.  Especially the breeze keeping the bugs at bay.

Today I raided my friend’s cupboards, pulling out skullcap and lobelia, and vodka to make tinctures with fresh herbs from her garden, some to dry on her screen, though she has plenty of all jarred in the basement.  Tomorrow I have to go and get more vodka, I used up the last drops, not much more than four shots worth, but I hate to leave her empty.  These tinctures designed to help me sleep.  Plus I stole a little of her mullein oil and put some fresh mullein flowers in it, to make ear drops for my daughter, who suffered terribly with ear infections as a baby, and still has to have the wax removed from her ears, and has frequent ear aches.

Herbal Tinctures

Herbal Tinctures

Off to deliver some cucumbers and squash to the neighbor, they will go bad before the family returns, and are more than I can possibly eat.

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3 comments on “Trip into Town

  1. Hey Meg.
    You’re a busy woman out there in lush land.
    Vodka? Did I read that correctly?
    I hope you’re getting the GREAT stuff aka Chopin from Poland. Is there any other kind worth shot-ting? Yeah yeah, tinctures. True. But, — I have little resistance regarding my id of late………. yeah…..

    • You can make vinegar tinctures, or you can burn off the alcohol before giving. Since the ones I made are for sleeping I think the vodka will be okay. I bought something to replace what I used, tripled distilled something or other. I don’t do shots anymore, I cannot process the alcohol, usually beer or wine, and anymore only white wine.

      Whats with the id anyway? dig in sister, dig in, embrace your id and then let it go.

      • Meg, easy for you to say embrace your id–you have no idea how much ‘trouble’ that has gotten me into! LOL. Oh yeah, give my id enough rope and it will hange me ten times over before it’s done. LOL. I wish that was a joke.
        Hi.

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