winter has lost its grip

so, spring…………i’ve been waiting for spring for some time now. just yesterday i really started a lot of seeds-mostly herbs. i ordered some valerian roots from horizon and they are very active-it’s like they just couldn’t wait to grow.  i’m so happy to see them poke up greeny-purple spring shoots. soon all of the green stuff will be back-i’ve seen signs here and there. but there is still a bunch of snow on the ground, then mud season…so i’m looking to the tree medicine..the huge ice storm we had this winter dropped so many trees and branches,  i’ve been putting up cedar greens, cottonwood, aspen and willow barks and buds,  pine sap. i got some nice organic turmeric to tincture and i’m still macerating cayennes i dried last summer. also made some rose hip syrup and licorice tincture to get us through the end of cold  season-though what has been working best for me is good old apple cider vinegar and sam’s raw honey.  i am also feeling excited about salves again, and just made a pine sap unguent as well as rose petal salve and more st. john’s wort burn salve.  it helps but–my winter supply(bucket!) of nettles is getting low, my cabin fever has reached it’s peak!

we will be tapping the sugar maples next weekend, and hopefully with food and friends. i like when i need more than one scoop of herbs for the teapot, the big soup pot, it means there’s company coming, community. and…people i can test out my latest creations on. people just dont get as excited to come up here in the winter,what with the solid layer of ice, the foot of snow, howling winds and the house is by no means large. but it’s cozy, it’s warm by the woodstove and we have strawberry wine and ideas.  and-did i mention the 5 gallon bucket of nettles?

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