Happy New Year

Today I just want to say thank you to my followers, those who have stuck with us through my erratic posting and those who have just recently joined us (welcome!). I have been working on a new post–actually a few of them–but I just can’t quite wrap them up in the way I envisioned them at the start. I will keep working and will hopefully post soon! I will be posting on thoughts on the luxury of time and some recipes for DIY body scrubs and butters (got the recipes, need some good images).

In the meantime, I have been enjoying our unexpectedly beautiful few days here in the Northwest. Short walks around the property, a bit of work in the garden. Sat on a sunny rock and listened to the birds and frogs for awhile. Played in our seasonal creek. Even saw a snake sunning itself. These two days have felt like spring, but I’ve had to rein myself in and remember that there are still two months of winter yet! Stay away from the garden center for now!! Maybe I’ll just sit down with the Territorial catalog and order my seeds.

This year I am trying to slow down and appreciate time (more on this in a later post). I am also trying to cut out the middle man,and the processing that goes with that, and make more things from scratch. Right now, I have turkey slow roasting for the cats, just finished a tropical body butter (plumeria and pikake–yum!), I’m experimenting with Slippery Elm for tummy disorders for both people and cats (so far so good), and I’m ready to try sourdough again. When you aren’t working and those checks aren’t coming in, making things from scratch generally saves money, but it also makes us slow down and appreciate things.

On a different note, I’ve always been quite a reader, but have slowed down the last few years with all the stress and problems we’ve faced. But I’m getting back into it again, this time with a series of non-fiction. Just thought I would share my list for the new year, as I’ve enjoyed them all! The first is Confessions of a Pagan Nun by Kate Horsley. A fascinating read and surprisingly timely for women, considering the original codex it’s based on was written about 500 AD. Next was Michael Pollan’s Cooked, which makes me want to spend the next few months in the kitchen. I’m now reading The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen, which I’ve thought about reading for years but finally found myself in the perfect frame of mind.

For those of you who enjoy our outdoor adventures–don’t give up! We’ve had a series of setbacks in the form of injuries and illness (nothing serious) but we hope to be back on the trails soon.

Hope the new year is staring out well for all of you! I promise I will be better about engaging with other bloggers this year!!!!

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