Dream a Little Dream

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Our home farm, Summer 2020

Do you ever stop to ponder where you are in life, how you got there, where you’ve been, where you are headed?

I’m an avid reader. And, as I’ve mentioned in a previous post, someday I’d like to write my own stories. “someday I’d like to” Do you see anything wrong with that statement?

A quote I read once upon a time that I often repeat to my sons went something like this: “four birds sat on a wire, one decided to fly away, how many were left on the wire?”

Just because I want to or would like to or think about doing anything doesn’t get it done. I dream, I think, I ponder. These are good starting points but where is the action that catapults these thoughts/dreams/wants/desires into reality.

Ponder, plan, and proceed.

I just finished reading “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho. A great read in my opinion. It has given me a different perspective as I ponder where I’ve been, where I am, how I got here, and the direction in which I travel.

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Follow your dreams! You may face fear, uncertainty, obstacles. It may take some hard work, stamina, motivation, encouragement, time, frustration, and patience. But with your drive, determination and effort, someday in your future as you ponder where you’ve been and how you got there you will find the joys in the journey of your life.

May you make all of your dreams and wishes a reality!

Peace Love and Joy!

Judy

“Herbal Tea Time – Good for the Soul”

Of late I’ve really been getting into and enjoying herbal teas.     I guess you could say they are my newest addiction.   There’s just something about the “mystic” of the blends, the “calm” in waiting for the water to heat, the “melodic” whistle of the tea kettle calling your attention, the “clarity” of the hot water as you pour it into your cup, the “anticipation” of good things to come as the leaves and flowers “meld” together to become a “unity” of unique, earthy flavors and aromas, the “vision” of nature as I add a drop of raw honey to sweeten the moment, the feeling of “peace” that engulfs me as I wrap my hands around the warm cup and  bring it to my lips to enjoy the fruition of my preparations.

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Truly a zen moment and one I enjoy at least twice a day.

I’ve grown herbs, dried herbs but never really started growing and harvesting herbs for the purpose of medicinal and culinary uses.

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Most of my herbs and tea blends I purchase on line from MountainRoseHerbs.com.     I love their blends and their huge selection of herbs and more.     And, I’ve quite the supply on hand.

For quite a while I’ve been on the lookout for a cool, vintage storage cabinet type piece to create an apothecary cabinet to display and store my earthy treasures.   Every now and then I would stumble across something that I thought might work but never got that “this is it” feeling so I’d continue my search.

Recently, on a trip to Lisa’s Antique Mall in Auburn, Illinois I found another piece, actually three pieces, that I thought would be perfect.    Now, Greg doesn’t share my enthusiasm for old, vintage furniture.    So when I would point them out to him he’d just shrug and say, “get it if you want it”.   Hmmm, that doesn’t help solidify a “this it it” feeling.    So I hemmed and hawed with indecision.   Greg went out to the jeep for a fit measurement to be sure we could haul it home.   He came back and gave me the thumbs up.   We put our heads together to discuss an offer and came up with a number.    But in the end, as usual, I had talked myself out of it.

Well, all this took place about two weeks before our wedding anniversary.    Imagine my surprise when Greg disappeared for a few hours and upon returning told me I “had” to go out to the jeep, he had something he wanted to show me.    Yep, the cabinet.    So cool but the real gift is the gem of a husband I have.

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My tea and herb apothecary cabinet

So now I have the start of an apothecary cabinet.   I love it.    And, I think MountainRoseHerbs.com has been loving me lately, too, as I fill my shelves with herbal goodness.

Now my goal is to expand my herbal knowledge and continue to work on creating my very own herb and flower garden that is not only aesthetically pleasing but also with culinary and medicinal benefits and regenerative in nature.   Not to mention more foraging for beneficial plants that grow wild and untamed.    Cool places in which to further enjoy some Zen moments.

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out on a foraging expedition

Then there’s my love of incense which has piqued my creative curiosity with thoughts of blending and forming my own little cones of sensory delights.    But I’ll save that for another day.    Right now I am very happy with the incense from LeftOverHippies.etsy.com.     Hazel’s blends are perfectly earthy and spicy and the best I have ever enoyed.   And, enjoy them I do on a regular basis.

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my cool incense burner

As I grow older I find myself changing my ideas and ways of living in ways I’d never imagined.    It’s refreshing and peaceful and amazing this life.    And, change can lead to growth and experiences and joy you’d never imagine.

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Let your free spirit soar!

And, so I leave you now with Blessings for a joyful journey, a few ideas for perfect Zen moments, and a fruity herbal iced tea recipe…..

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an early walk down our lane

  • daily; read inspirational, deep, thought provoking books.   I am currently reading Wayne W. Dyer’s “There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem” Great read!
  • have a tea ritual like the one I explained in my opening here
  • take a walk in the country, breathe deep, look beyond what you seen in front of you, and listen for the sounds that aren’t obvious
  • think of someone you know, maybe even someone you don’t know well,  look beyond their appearance and the little you know about them; think of their spirit and send them blessings

This recipe is from “The Medical Medium” by Anthony William and an excerpt from a recent post from his Facebook page.

“Lemon Balm Wild Blueberry Iced Tea

Ingredients:
1 cup frozen wild blueberries
1/2 cup maple syrup
3 tbsp lemon juice
4 lemon balm tea bags https://amzn.to/2FyeF04
4 cups of water
Ice, to serve
Handful of fresh lemon balm, for garnish

Directions:
Place the wild blueberries, maple syrup and lemon juice in a medium-sized saucepan. Cook over low heat until the wild blueberries are mushy, about 5 minutes.

Add the water and bring to a simmer. Turn the heat off, add the tea bags and allow to steep for 10 minutes. Pour everything through a fine-mesh sieve into a pitcher or bowl, using the back of a spoon to squeeze out juice from the blueberries and tea bags. Chill the tea for about an hour in the fridge, then serve over ice with fresh lemon balm for garnish.

Serves 4-6

Lemon balm: Kills viruses, bacteria, and other pathogenic microorganisms inside the liver. Makes a better environment in the intestinal tract, which supports the delivery of cleaner nutrients from the gut to the liver. Lemon balm calms the nerves of the liver, causing it to be less spasmodic, agitated, and angry, while also calming the nerves inside of the intestinal lining, which lowers toxic heat inside the liver. It also supports the adrenals, which makes the liver less toxic.

Wild blueberries: Contain dozens of undiscovered antioxidants, including anthocyanin varieties. There’s not just one pigment inside a wild blueberry; there are dozens of pigments not yet researched or studied. The wild blueberry is to the liver as mother’s milk is to a baby. Not only do wild blueberries have the ability to grab on to plenty of troublemakers, they also hold on to them as they leave the liver, in a way that most other healing foods cannot. The pigments in wild blueberries have the ability to saturate deep into liver cells and cross cell walls and membranes inside the liver, spreading their blue everywhere. Wild blueberries enhance the intestinal tract, feeding good bacteria there, which benefits the liver greatly.”

So, let your wild self free, enjoy new journeys and adventures and always look beyond for the glory of each and every moment.

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From My Sunflower Garden 2018

Peace Love and Joy

Judy

 

Glory Days

The summer days are ticking by.    Beautiful sounds, changing scenery, gorgeous colors, earthy scents!

I love summertime…………

And, I love taking walks.     I’ve started this quest to walk 500 miles…….just a few miles at a time mind you…..I’m not Wonder Woman……although, aren’t we all full of wonder!   Yes, we are.    Sometimes we just have to dig deep down inside to reminder ourselves.    I find walking is a great way to find peace of mind and gratitude for all of the beauty and greatness this life has to offer.

 

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You can join in and walk with me @ https://www.facebook.com/groups/doppelgangersforahealthylifestyle/

And, yes, I am still creating unique jewelry and gifts at https://www.etsy.com/shop/JudysTreehouse

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I have some really cool zodiac pendants and tiny birthstone gemstone necklaces in the works.   And, a few hand wrapped gemstone chokers waiting for a final hand polishing.    Coming soon!

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And, I’ve made a few trips to the post office.   I enjoy creating the packaging almost as much as I do creating the items!

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And, I have my flower gardens and vegetable gardens to tend.

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And, I’ve been canning and preserving a bit…..made some sweet pickle relish last week and kosher dills on the agenda for this week.

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And, we have a new puppy, Spot, our outside security guard.    And, of course, Otis to keep an eye on things, too.

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And, a little reading here and there.   A few short road trips.    Time with family and friends.    And, always something creative on the agenda!

So there you have it……..a little glimpse of my glorious summer days.    Hope you are having a great summer, too, and making the most out of every precious moment!

And, I hope you’ll keep in touch.    You can find me here:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/JudysTreehouse (“Favorite” Judystreehouse on etsy and you’ll see m new listings as they become available)

https://www.facebook.com/judystreehouse (“Like” and “Follow” JudysTreehouse on Facebook.    From time to time I’ll post items I have in the works, new items, fashion ideas, and just plain cool “shares” of things I find beautiful and interesting.”

https://www.facebook.com/groups/doppelgangersforahealthylifestyle/ (closed group but you can request to join to give and get health and fitness inspiration (no solicitors, please)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/thingsyoumightfindinatreehouse/ (public group…..just a fun place where I share cool, creative finds and ideas)

Instagram @judystreehouse

https://Twitter.com/JudysTreehouse

Thanks for stopping by.   Have a terrific Day!

Peace Love and Joy!

Judy