I found myself in the fortunate situation of having six whole hours, a big bubble of time in my world, to do absolutely anything I wanted to do. When you have as many interests as I have, six hours is hardly enough, but I was delighted to have it nonetheless.
The Garden Comes Indoors
The gardening bug has really bitten me, (no pun intended) and I could not stop myself from going to the garden center and buying a planter, some potting soil, and three small plants from the mint family. This is entirely an experiment since plants have typically not thrived inside my place. It is simply too dark. However, I noticed that my feral mint in the backyard seems to be thriving in a shady, enclosed area, so maybe it would do well in my dining room. I selected three plants: another lemon balm, a Yerba Buena, and an ordinary, garden-variety peppermint. (I am rife with puns today). Here comes the strange thing: when I brought them in, the place I situated them seemed to lighten, and I don’t mean from the sunlight coming through their window. I mean that the energy in the room felt lighter. Living things do that to a place.
Yesterday, I harvested some lemon balm from the outside garden for the purpose of making a tincture. A what? A tincture is any type of herb soaked in alcohol for a length of time. A lemon balm tincture can be used as a stress reducer or sleep aid. My tincture here is made with vodka (you would NEVER use rubbing alcohol). I’ll let it sit in my refrigerator for a few weeks in order for the essential oils In the herbs to extract.
I also made a batch of cleaning solution: purified water, white distilled vinegar, and a few drops of peppermint essential oil. Armed with this solution, I washed down my counters, table tops, even my chairs. I find this much more pleasant than washing everything down with a chemical-laden cleaner. From an aromatherapy perspective, the peppermint oil is a mood-lifter. This too added to the energetic brightening of my home.
Since I seemed to have fallen into cleaning mode, I threw together a spray to scent my pillows and bed linens. Vodka and purified water again, this time in a spray bottle with a few drops of lavender, sweet orange, and vetiver oils, all to lull me into a wonderful sleep tonight.
In the Kitchen
I cook for the entire week on Sundays since I have so little time to do so in the evenings during the week. I usually roast a bunch of vegetables as part of the menu. I was inspired by a cooking show I saw yesterday, and followed suit by roasting chopped sweet potatoes and golden beets in a sweet and spicy rub. Oh, oh, oh! Cumin, coriander, ginger, cayenne, cinnamon, honey, olive oil, and salt. If I could sell the aroma wafting out of my kitchen, I would be a rich woman. I think tomorrow for supper, I will just have this.
Body, Mind, and Spirit
After lunch, I took a few minutes to review my planner and then write a bit in my “Raven Journal”. This journal is the serious one, filled with all sorts of angst, a place to dump the emotional toxins. I felt so much lighter when I was done.
As the afternoon progressed, I felt the need to get outside into the sun. I walked down to the town center, bought a cup of coffee and then meandered back home. When I returned, I rolled out my yoga mat onto the living room floor and went through an Ayurvedic routine designed to drain lymph and detox the body. Of course, like any yoga routine, I ended with a few minutes of savasana, a time of still, motionless meditation. To continue the detox, I took a long, hot, soothing Epsom salt and lavender oil bath. I emerged, calm and clear-headed. (No picture of that, you will be relieved to hear.)
I would have liked to have had a couple of more hours. If so, I would have worked in my sketchbook or maybe drum a bit. However, knowing that I only had a few more minutes left of my afternoon before I had to leave to meet some friends, I did what I am compelled to do on a daily basis. I put my feet up and began to write.