Summer is Nearly Here

It has been quite a few weeks since I posted. I had a bit of a setback when I developed lymphedema in my arm….a very challenging condition that is often the result of the brutal treatments for breast cancer. Learn more here- What is lymphedema?

In addition to this new challenge, we’ve celebrated some birthdays, my husband’s, mine and our lovely daughter’s. We celebrated the Hunter’s high school graduation, and the Dancer performed beautifully in another pair of dance concerts. We’ve gotten the gardens nearly planted, added a new raised bed built by our Grandson- with a little help from his Grandpa. I finished my 30th  school year as a teacher. We added some supports for the wisteria. Also, my BFF (aka husband) added two small cupboards to my workspace and put doors on the tall shelves to make proper storage for the herbs, flower essences and tinctures I’m accumulating as I take a two year course in herbalism.  Check it out here.

I’ve been adding many herbs and flowers to food. Birthday cakes with lemon balm, lemon verbena, calendula petals and decorated with Violets and Pansies. Herbed goat cheese spread, adding more wild greens to salads. It’s such fun to make things healthier and more beautiful. Food for the soul as well as the body. I’m really developing an affinity for calendula which is awesome since this sunny, happy making, flower-food is a lymphagogue, which means it’s helping my lymphedema.

imageWe’ve had a lot, I mean LOT of rain, so I haven’t gotten new photos to share. When the sun does shine, I’m too busy planting, weeding, harvesting, drying, and making essences to even think of taking photos. I will do better for future posts.

Peace and love from Green Grove, a beautiful place to grow.