Wednesday, September 23, 2009


Haven't blogged much lately. Life's been boring. Not exactly for me, just from the standpoint of other people.

Here are some highlights - you be the judge:

University where hubby works just opened new stadium. We have season tickets. At game on Saturday, mascot rode into stadium on a segway, lost control, fell off and lost her head. Hilarious! To me.

Drove into downtown Cleveland at 6:30 AM the other day. Don't usually do that.

Finally made Yarrow and Goldenrod salve. It's been a long time in the planning. Had to find yarrow when in bloom (mid summer) and infuse oil with the fresh herb (only fresh will work for infused oil, although dry is fine for tea). Then had to wait for September to roll around for the goldenrod to bloom and infuse oil with fresh goldenrod (I suspect that fresh is also best for goldenrod, but I hung some up to dry too). Then had to wait for goldenrod oil to settle out and clear. And finally, yesterday made Yarrow and Goldenrod salve. Now I'm excited to try it on stiff necks and sore muscles to see if my wait was worth it.

Steam-cleaned carpet. Hey, it's a big deal in my house.

Got some spooky books from library in prep for Halloween, including spell books. Thought about doing one spell/day during October and reporting results, but realized there were only maybe three that looked like I might want to try. Since they call for essential oils that I will have to put $ out for, decided against whole idea. But maybe now I have some ideas for Halloween decorations.

Picked chilies from garden and made Chilies Rellenos. Also picked first ripe beefsteak tomato (was getting worried nothing would ripen before frosts come), and harvested first greenbeans from plants sown mid-summer.

Put a few new things on my Etsy site for sale, including two types of tea - one to drink if you have flu or cold, one to drink if you feel like you're coming down with something. Then daughter got a cold and I felt like I was coming down with it. While preparing the teas for us to drink I kept thinking about the already prepared teabags. Was tempted to de-list the teas from etsy site and use them instead. Avoided temptation and continued to prepare teas as needed. Everyone is feeling fine and dandy now.

Found out that a type of tea I bought while in Greece (mountain tea made with the ironwort plant) may help fight against osteoporosis according to some preliminary studies by a University in Greece. More studies have been planned. Will keep an eye on that.

If you're still reading, wow! I'm flattered.

Hopefully something more blogworthy will occur soon : )


adrienne said...

Ooh, spooky... I just brought a spell book full of herbal recipes home from the library, too. I thought concoctions like 'Carpet Freshener for Good Luck and Prosperity' sounded interesting, but soon realized there was no way I was going to go through all that trouble.

I do hope your salve was worth the effort!

ICQB said...

Hi adrienne!

I know - lots of the spells involve a lot of preparing this and mixing that and then rubbing it all on a candle, etc... Not sure I'm up to all of that : )

Of course salve is another matter : )