F*ck Up Friday- Just Come On In!

Heading out to the library one day last week, I found myself in a bit of a pickle.I couldn’t find my keys!

I hadn’t been out of the house for two days and I need them to get into the yard, never mind my dwelling, so I knew they were at least safe. I just had to find them!

I’d probably set them down someplace when I was reorganizing my key chain. No biggie! They’d turn up eventually.

I grabbed an extra set I’d tucked way for exactly this occasion and headed out the door.

Well.

Remember how I had mentioned that my neighbourhood was experiencing an increase in crime?

Remember last month how some jerks broke into my neighbour’s house, in broad daylight?

Remember how this encouraged me to up my home security and put in new locks and reinforce my doors?

Remember how I felt safe (And SO SMUG!),secure and satisfied every time I turned my key in the lock or slid the deadbolts home? Nobody’s getting in to my house.

Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!

That only works if one is not a dumb ass.

On my return trip home from the library, I let myself back into the yard and immediately found my lost keys.

They’d been OUTSIDE, for TWO DAYS ( and NIGHTS ), sitting in plain sight.

I guess I’d left them out there on Sunday when I’d been picking rosehips. Not only had I left my keys outside, my husband had walked past them twice on his way in from work and not seen them either.

Le sigh.

I am buying one of those long, reely key chain thingys and a carbineer and I’m going to attach the whole get up to my bra strap so I never leave them out there again! (This is not my first offense, sadly)

On the plus side, this incident is truly an indication of something I’ve always suspected- I have the BEST LUCK. Seriously. I must have been born with horseshoes up my bum…

Have you had a major fuck up lately? Please share!

Plant Medicine: Spruce Tip Tea

Come September I start boosting my immunue system with a swig of Elderberry syrup – Sambucol- every morning and every evening. That stuff works like magic! I am rarely sick and when I do fall ill it’s so mild I don’t even know I’m ailing.

Take last week for instance. I upped my dose of magic berry juice to 3x a day because I felt a cold coming on. After a week of slightly more snot, a slightly stuffy, itchy nose and a bit of a drier throat I realized THAT was the cold, ha! Thank you Mother Nature for the protection ❤

I was kind of glad to “sick” this year because it gave me an opportunity to try out my Spruce Tips! Do you remember when I harvested them last Spring? You can read that post HERE.

It was so easy, I popped 4 dried tips into a mug, poured some boiling water over top and let the whole thing steep for a bit.

After scooping out a few floaty things – spider eggs?- I took my first sip and got a very mild hint of lemon. I was worried that my brew wasn’t strong enough based on that but I was also worried that my throat wasn’t sore enough either. It turned out they were made for each other because even though the taste was subtle, it was effective. It was exactly the right dose for my throat. I went from having that hint of sore throat feeling to a lovely sort of cool, icy feeling. Almost like when you use an antiseptic numbing spray but not as strong (or annoying).

So that’s a win! Next time I’d use 6 tips instead of 4, just because I want a stronger taste – I like it!-. I might also pick extra tips and infuse them in raw honey over the summer to make a syrup that’s easier to take when I don’t feel like making tea. Raw honey has healing qualities too! Of course I’ll keep you all updated on the results 🙂

Do you have any plant medicine you use and swear by? Tell me all about it!

Monday Ramble, Time, Scary, Everybody Shhhh & Some Good Advice.

Yawn.

Happy Monday?

Happy Monday!

Hello Monday.

If you live in my part of the world -North America- you may be feeling tired this morning. Yesterday we set our clocks back -one hour- to Standard Time and that awful practice has a way of messing with ones body, big time!

It takes me about a week to start to feel closer to normal so today I am dragging my ass.

On top of that, I was woken up out of a dead sleep at 2am with intense uterine pain and had to get up and take Advil AND THEN, the melatonin I took at bedtime kicked in and gave me all sorts of strange dreams- wrestling a cobra while the owner sat by and watched it bite me and refused to help. Listening to ” hard jazz” in a seedy bar. Hanging out with an ex boyfriend and experiencing ex boyfriend behavior over and over and over again!- I woke up sluggish and weirded out, ugh.

But my coffee was ready for me and it was delicious. I chatted with my daughter first thing this AM and I’m anticipating some delicious homemade soup for lunch. Go me! 🙂

Did you have a good weekend?

I had Miss. Sassafras and we went for a short hike to feed chickadees:

And then we went to visit this little guy:

And I got to enjoy both my favourite littles at the same time.

This movie scared the hell out of me as a kid!

Ugh! This is a trick that would work on me, ha ha.

Speaking of tricks (and treats) we had a good Halloween. 22 kids came! That’s a new record! I was happy with the turn out. It was busy-ish for about 45 min and it all died off before 8pm. Now that’s my kind of fun, ha!

Luke seems like a smart guy. I wonder if we can convince the others? This is how I knew I was “older”. I cant tolerate noise anymore. It’s a real thing! I’m not just being crotchety, loud noises just set my teeth on edge and put a cold steel rod in my spine.

This doesn’t though:

This feels like a nice reminder ❤

It’s supposed to snow today so I’m off for my last (most likely) snow free walk of the season.It’s going to be a while before I’m comfortable walking in the snow because of my balance issue so I intend to make it a good one! What do you have planned today? Tell me all about it!

Happy Halloween!

Do you celebrate? Are you giving out candy?

We dont get too many trick or treaters BUT I am bound and determined to keep up this tradition, no matter what!

Not this kind though, I promise!

Ours is an older neighbourhood but as people die and younger families move in, things will pick up. I’m sure of it.

One plus of not getting all that many kids is that I can afford to give out lots of good stuff! Chips and full sized candy bars all the way Baby!

Ha! Screw orange and yellow!

We dont have kids at home anymore so this doesn’t apply but still…there were definitely some shenangigans played on ours when we did!

Most notably a candy tax. I never tried to limit them on their loot though. They ate it and made themselves sick with wild abandon and that was that!

Do you/did you -or your parents- have a candy policy with your kids? Have you heard about the “Switch Witch”? What do you think about that? ( My views are ranty so I’m declining to answer fully, ha ha)

Ugh! Now here’s a true scary tale.
tee hee

Weather. Ruining everything, since forever.

Stay Safe, Have Fun and Blessed Be!

Things I’ve Learned #2…

since the last time I did this little exercise!

1. I know what I want to be when I grow up!! A consistently warm and friendly person with superb social skills, who makes people feel safe and valued in all interactions.

2. The thru hiker community is AMAZING! I’m not even hiking a thru hike and I’m meeting the nicest, most supportive people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing, in my life!

3. I am a hard ass about a lot of things. And sometimes I use “integrity” as a high and mighty excuse for that flaw. It’s fine to be rigid about some things but its a good idea to question yourself sometimes to make sure you’re being rigid about things that really matter and not just things that trigger your fear and ego.

4. Vanilla Chai Latte’s from Tim Hortons are really good! I was worried they’d be lacklustre but they are pretty tasty indeed. If you don’t want to pay the dollars, you can easily make one at home. Make some chai with half water/milk. Sweeten to taste. Add a splash of vanilla. Heat and whizz up some milk, float on top and finish with a sprinkle of the chai spices of your choice!

5. Homemade soup is the way to go. I mean, I KNOW this, but it’s always seemed easier to just open up a can and heat it up. I don’t think I can do this anymore. I made Split Pea and Ham Soup the other day in my crockpot and it was ten times better than canned. AND it took hardly any effort at all. I mean sure, I made stock from the bone and picked off the meat but the reward was worth it in the end. I chopped a few things and then let it all cook away until a glorious -but ugly, sorry no photos- thing was born.

Now I’ve got servings and servings of homey goodness in the freezer, just waiting for me ❤ I think I’ll try my hand at Italian Wedding Soup next…Do you have a favourite soup recipe to share?

|How about you? Have you learned anything new lately?

Simple Pleasures: The Zen Of Watching Other People Cook.

Being currently currently obsessed with hiking videos, this >🐥Chick🐥< is on YouTube all.the.time. There be vlogs, gear reviews, tips and tricks of people walking long trails, preparing to walk long trails or talking about their past long trails to watch and it’s an awesome way to pass these cold days . I almost feel like I’m really out there too and it’s giving me great insight into the honest truth of what a big thru hike looks like.

But when I’m not watching people live and breathe hiking, I’m watching cooking videos!

There is something so calming about the simple act of making food.

The sounds.

The visuals.

Watching raw ingredients turn into either works of art, or bowls and plates of homey goodness.

I love to watch people cooking their traditional foods and speak a language I don’t speak too. It’s fun to try and figure out what word means what ingredient! And I think my Spanish might be improving!

Some videos have no music or talking at all.Those are nice too, like being in a library or a place of worship.

The experience of watching these videos feels safe and familiar . Restorative too. I find myself comforted in knowing that, even though the human world is fraught with chaos, there will always be someone in a kitchen, somewhere, making a meal for themselves and their loved ones. Insert happy sigh here. 🙂

Here are a few of my favourite channels:

Peaceful Cuisine.

Di mi Rancho a Tu Cocina.

And then we have the ever sensual Nigella:

And quirky Chef John!

Do you enjoy watching people cook? Do you have a favourite channel or site? Please share!

Ain’t No Shame, In My Game!

We can blame thank a pregnant lady for this tasty combination! I would be remiss in sharing it with you because while some might cringe, they who set aside their judgements will be in HAPPY LAND indeed!

First you grab a bag of salty pretzels:

Photo by Lisa Fotios on Pexels.com

Theeeeen, you grab a can of vanilla frosting. Yes, you read that right.

Have you guessed where I’m going with this? YES, YOU SMARTY PANTS YOU!

You dip your salted pretzels in the frosting and it is fucking divine.

One would think…”Ew! Too sweet!” But au contraire mon ami! The salty pretzels cut straight through the sugar. The fat – GLORIOUS FAT – in the frosting leaves you feeling satisfied too. A few bites will do ya good.

Enjoy!