The View From Here
Happy Monday to All! A quick stop-press on my Amazing Grass Giveaway: I had originally said that I would run the giveaway until tomorrow, Tuesday September 14th. However, Phil and I may go across the bay tomorrow to look for some late-fruiting currants. If so, and if we don't get back by the end of the day, I may not be here to do the random selection of a winner! So it may turn out that the giveaway runs through Wednesday 15th. I hope this is ok for everyone!
I've been blogging every day lately in honor of the 30 Days of Reflection on Self Love - I'll re-evaluate that pace at the end of the month (and if I'm gone tomorrow, I may have to miss a day, but will try to cram it in unless we have to camp), but at the moment, it feels like a bit too much, quantity over quality for me a little bit - we've had a lot of guests and chores. So apologize if these aren't great posts - some days, it won't be much more than the day's reflection on self love.
So, today's reflection: Tina points out that "we must not forget that outward appearance does not define our worth as a whole. However, we must also feel free to declare out beauty on the outside. We all desire it…and we all have it! What physical characteristic makes you beautiful?"
Ouch - that's a hard one for me to do. But Phil would say it's only hard for my 'demon' - and he would be right. The part of me that squirms and sighs at that assignment is the part that's always trying to tear me down and never wants to acknowledge that I'm precious in any way. Do we all have a character like that within us? What a good way to quiet it, focusing on these things!
Well, I've always had compliments about my lips - except when I was a little kid and was teased. They're middle-eastern lips - full, the lower slightly fuller than the upper. Good kissing! And even I like my eyes. They're large and not brown, not green, but some of both depending on the light, and often golden.
For 'inner beauty,' or nutritional peace, at least, I've been loving my green smoothies since having changed them up a bit as mentioned before.
A couple nights ago I gathered these wild greens for it:
I was experimenting to see if raspberry leaves as well as the berries would be good in a smoothie. Raspberry leaf tea is a godsend for menstrual cramps, especially mixed with licorice. I wanted a test run for that time of the month, to see if I could just blend and drink them. The raspberry leaves are on the left of the photo. On the right are some stinging nettles. Behind the raspberry leaves are some plantain leaves - it's a ubiquitous weed with loads of good herbal properties; the seeds are almost the same thing as psyllium. And behind the plantain is chickweed. They're all sitting on the solar shower that we warm water in to wash with when it's warm enough here. It's very seldom warm enough for me to stand outside naked on the stoop and wash myself, but Phil does it even in midwinter! I stand inside in a rubbermaid tub! Oh, and the smoothie was great - raspberry leaves and all!
Up for this Week
Like I said, I'll try to keep up the pace with daily reflections on self-love.
Gorgeous weather again here, although the fog has rolled in from the ocean this afternoon. Such a blessing, this sudden summery weather, more summer than we had all summer!
I found this weevil in our raspberries - I pick really carefully, and it's still astonishing to me how many bugs end up in the berries!
Under magnification, you can see that it has a veritable drill bit on the end of its nose! Evidently, it can bore into anything!
Those are delectable raspberries… I'm so grateful that I can enjoy them.