Hibiscus-Clove Cooler

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In the summer months, the new life that emerged in spring is in full swing. The sun is high in the sky casting warmth–or in Florida’s case–excruciating heat upon the land.

During the summer we are active and engaged in the world. Food is plentiful. We can eat as many fresh fruits and vegetables as possible to help keep us cool.

Following is a recipe to help keep you cool this summer.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 to one whole lime, or to taste
  • 4 – 6 hibiscus ice cubes
  • Cold water
  • Tiniest pinch of clove
  • Dash of sweetener or 1-2 fruit ice cubes (optional)

Directions

  • Add lime slices or squeeze desired amount of juice into a tall glass
  • Add sweetener/fruit cubes if desired
  • Pour cold water over contents
  • Stir in tiny pinch of clove

What ways do you keep cool during the hot months?

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Appreciating Home

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Home Sweet Home. Finally feeling more settled and comfortable. We moved from a little under 3 acres to 10 acres. The solitude is bliss. Today’s post is just going to be me sharing our new home with our readers. It’s breathtaking.

 

Photographed by Amanda Harman

 

We have two ponds on our property (hubby calls them lakes). One pond is entirely ours, and the other we share with a very select few. I love to sit and watch the water when it rains. Watching the lightning behind the line of pine trees is mesmerizing. I’ve never really been drawn to bodies of water and I particularly dislike the ocean. I do find quite a bit of solace wandering the perimeter of our bodies of water though in our backyard.

 

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The lily pads in the ponds are in bloom. They’re still beauty demands attention when you walk past.

 

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Happy caterpillars enjoy their do nothing but eat stage of life.

 

 

Our animals are enjoying the extra space as well.

 

 

New life was celebrated on the new homestead. We moved the animals on May 5. Lyris gave birth to two healthy polled bucklings the same day. It is her first time being a mama. She didn’t know what to do so I had to stay home an extra day to teach her how to nurse patience since she didn’t want to sit still while the kids greedily ate. She finally accepted that she had to take care of these babies, not run away from them nonstop.

 

 

There was not a barn on the land, so we had to add that before the animals moved. It has come such a long way.

 

 

The house itself is gorgeous. Very little actually needs to be done do it on the inside. We’re told it’s a French style home. Whatever it is, I am in love with the brick and the trees on the driveway.

 

 

The treasures we find in the yard are priceless. The magnolias are intoxicating and the wild mushrooms are mystical.

 

I cannot get enough of how much the animals love it here. Our family is adjusting nicely to the isolation. It’s really not the bad though. We’re about 20 minutes from town, which is great. It’s so quiet and I’m really learning to appreciate that quiet.

 

We’re slowly, but surely, creating a paradise at home.

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We’re Back!

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It’s been forever. So much has happened in the past three months that has prevented me from writing. First, it’s the end of the school year. I teach special needs and this time of year is pretty paperwork heavy for me. This year is particularly busy because over half of my caseload is graduating. Which means more paperwork and more meetings than normal.

On top of that, we moved the WHOLE farm. ALL OF IT. I cannot believe we did it. We knew that our long term goal was to one day own more land, but that goal became a reality much sooner than we had originally anticipated. Everything happened so quickly and it demanded all of our attention.

My husband got a zillow notification of a property that was on sale a few months back. It was a nice looking house on about 10 acres. We knew we wanted to build but decided to look at this house on a whim. It’s not often than we instantly fall in love with a home, but we did upon looking at this house.

The stars were definitely lined up for us because we hit the ground running as soon as we made the offer. Before we knew it we were packing up the entire house we were living in and getting it ready to be shown to be sold.

Moving a whole farm is far from easy. I enjoyed 0% of the whole moving process. Our animals shared the same feelings with me. On the day we had to move the animals, I rode a donkey.

 

 

It wasn’t an experience I would brag about. It provided much comedic relief and thankfully didn’t end in harm to anyone. We had both donkeys in the trailer. The younger one decided she didn’t want to be on the railer anymore and was able to leave before we could shut the trailer. I was thinking, since she’s my buddy and all, that if I stood in her path and redirected her she would comply. I also knew that plan might not work. It didn’t work.

Merida, our younger donkey, trotted up to me. I tried to kind of nudge her back, but she somehow got her head under my armpit and lifted. That’s when a trot turned into a gallop. Next thing I know, I’m further up on this donkey. I had to lift my leg to get off of her. I was riding her backwards and didn’t realize she was about to turn. As she turned, we both kind of–fell. I fell on my back and as she started to lean down towards me I was able to push her back up to her feet with my hands to make sure she didn’t actually fall on me.

We looked at each other after I stood up. I swear the look on her face said And we will never speak of this. To anyone. Ever. But it was too late. My husband was dying from laughter. And you know what she did later? Simply walked on the trailer by herself.

 

 

We got all the animals moved on Cinco de Mayo. Hours after the move, Lyris had her first kidding. She brought two baby boys into the world and she couldn’t have been more terrified. She just didn’t know what to do with them. Three days in a pen with her babies and me encouraging her to nurse and now she’s an attentive mother. Her boys are gorgeous and I’m hoping to sell them for breeding as they’re just simply stunning.

 

 

The property itself is breath-taking. I will be posting more about the property next week. Now that we’ve moved and mostly settled I’m hoping to be writing a bit more routinely again. I don’t have my camera unpacked yet, so you’ll have to settle for my pictures off my phone.

Looking forward to writing about our crazy adventures on the farm again. Thank you everyone who waited so patiently for us to return. Have a great week!

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Mercury Retrograde in Pisces

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This month. Is going. To. Be. Hell. Mercury retrograde begins March 5, 2019 and ends March 28, 2019.

When Mercury goes retrograde mistakes, misunderstandings, and problems in communication and transportation are likely. Now might not be the greatest of times to sign contracts, make large purchases, or begin new projects. Instead, it is a better time to plan, research, and prepare for something that will happen later.

Mercury conjunct Chiron suggests communications can be a source of pain. Hurtful words may be exchanged.

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You might find it difficult to obtain decisions from others.

Despite all the potential negativity this month, Mercury conjunct Neptune enhances imagination, creativity, and empathy. It will focus your focus onto matters of the spirit and/or the occult. Valuable insights can be gained through meditation and dream work, but matters of the day-to-day will seem less important. If you’ve been thinking of taking up astrology or Tarot, or any other spiritual endeavor, now is the time to do it.

For me personally, I normally love the days where I can get lost in my craft and spend some time refusing to be completely grounded. However, right now, I’m incredibly busy at work. I won’t lie. I already feel the woods at home calling. My fingers tingle at the thought of my Tarot deck. The idea of paying music and recording creates bliss–without even actually playing. But, I need to study for a test I’m about to take. I need to prep my classroom for state testing. I need to grade. I need to write IEPs. I need to go to the dentist. Life just isn’t fair.

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Spring Tonic

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Spring symbolizes growth and renewal. Spring is fast approaching and it’s time to share this basic Spring Tonic. During the winter months animals hibernate and plants go dormant. Everyone begins to wake up. Humans are included in this.

The first plants to emerge are called spring tonics. Some of these herbs are dandelion, chickweed, young poke shoots, and nettles. These spring tonics can help with digestion and stimulate liver function.

Wake up from winter with a Spring Tonic.

Ingredients

Directions

  • Place the nettles, dandelion leaf, and red clover blossoms into a heat safe container.
  • Decoct roots in a quart of water. Simmer for twenty minutes.
  • Pour hot water decoction over the leafy greens
  • Steep for twenty minutes then strain.

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Sun in Pisces February 18, 2019-March 20, 2019

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Pisces rules empathy, selfless love, devotion, and wisdom. With the Sun in Pisces, we will find ourselves guided by altruistic feelings. We’re likely to feel less motivated to take action, being more interested in dreaming and being imaginative.

Don’t be surprised if you’re feeling more sensitive or more impressionable than you may feel comfortable with. Expect to be warm and loving (or moreso than usual).

You’ll feel optimistic and seek peaceful solitude. A strong sense of service and compassion for others or for causes are going to be felt at this time. You may find yourself being torn by emotions with a desperate need to do the right thing at all costs. You may find issues with this as you have a strong desire to keep the peace as well and “doing the right thing” can sometimes lead to conflict.

You may be more intuitive and sentimental.

Although it may be difficult, try to be as practical as possible during this time. It’s going to be hard because emotions are high. Take as much time as needed to ground, meditate, and refocus and rebalance during this heightened time.

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Mercury in Pisces February 20, 2019-April 17, 2019

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I’m by no means an astrology nerd–in a sense. I do appreciate it and read up on it, but I don’t do readings. I read what professionals have to say about what’s going on in the stars and then I take what knowledge I do have and combine interpretations with what I’m observing and feeling.

Mercury is in Pisces from February 20-April 17. From my understanding, this indicates that our thinking processes will lean more towards being visual, intuitive, and imaginative. Expect being more involved in emotions in thought and communication.

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This time period is going to be overrun with intuitive decision making. Whether you like it or not, you may be more attracted to the raising of consciousness and any information that leads to it.

Mercury in Pisces can give you a more sensitive, sympathetic, and intuitive outlook, while also being shy and somewhat reserved. Intellectual matters may not be top of your list right now. Mercury is powerful for creativity. If you like to write, paint, draw, or perform any medium of art, you may feel especially drawn to it now.

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You may find days that are overbearing emotionally. Seek seclusion to regain balance and ground.

Quite frankly, I am not looking forward to this. Music is my artistic calling, but I have a pretty hectic work schedule coming up during this time period. I will find myself either feeling like I’m neglecting my duties or completely drained during the time Mercury is in Pisces. I’ll have to make some time for artistic outlet, I’m sure, just to keep my sanity. Interested in astrology? I’m always told the older the book, the better. If you can’t find a book, I recommend Astrology: The 12 Zodiac Signs: Their Traits, Their Meanings & the Nature of Your Soul

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