Final Days of Summer

The fall equinox is nearly here. The days of summer are coming to a close. This has easily been the hardest summer of my life. Trust me, I have had some doozies, but this one takes the cake. I am praying for a good fall to come. I know it is still a few days away, but my body is already in fall mode, urging me to harvest and nest. Yesterday, that is just what I did. As y’all know, I have been working on several tinctures. I finally got to bottle two of them yesterday; Echinacea flower and lemon balm. I think they both turned out quite nice.

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Making tinctures is very simple, so rewarding, and a great way to preserve all those great herbs. If you are interested in making your own tinctures, you can read more about how we do it here. I am going to harvest this lovely sage and peppermint for my next round.

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My chickens are feeling the change of the season too. I love my girls always, but there is something so delightful about their fall personalities. They lay such an abundance of eggs this time of year and are always open to extra snuggles. Here they are in their coop in the early morning light. They are ready to get their day started and so adorable!

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I have been trying to spend extra meaningful, quality time with my loved ones lately. We have had such a rough road this summer, I want to cherish every moment I have with each of them. We received the horrible news yesterday that we lost a dear family friend. He felt lost and alone and chose to end his life. Reflecting on this makes my heart ache, but then I am instantly restored with love, faith, and hope because of this amazing support system I have been blessed with.

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Never take your support system for granted. Be sure to tell your friends and family that you love them today. It could make all the difference in the world.

Peace,

Nicole

Bits and Pieces

So many things are happening in our lives. It feels like a whirlwind some days. I was able to slow down a bit this week and get back to the basics of what makes me feel whole. I have been spending a lot of time with my family, time in garden, and time with friends.

We have really been enjoying our flower patch this year. They are all so vibrant and have provided an abundance of pollinators for our vegetable garden.

image (14) The zinnias never disappoint!

 

 

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image (12)We didn’t get as much Calendula as I would’ve liked, but there is just enough to make something nice for myself!

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image (8) Our morning glory’s are trellising up our sunflowers, an absolutely gorgeous sight!

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If you neglect your garden, even for a second, this happens. Have I ever mentioned how much I dislike  LOATHE squash bugs?! We pulled up the plants yesterday and hand squished as many of the bugs as we could.

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The lone spaghetti squash. We have had an abundance of many different types of squash this year, but only one spaghetti. Weird, huh?

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We are excited about our super chilies!! We want to ferment them and make a hot sauce. Anyone have a good recipe?

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And have I mentioned this guy lately?! He’s finally home and improving greatly everyday! Just look at him sitting up and kicking so much tail! Thank you all so much for sending love and healing thoughts to my dad and the rest of our little family. (Way to go dad, I still think you hung the moon!).

Peace,

Nicole