While I am still and as ever an atheist, this card really spoke to me when I was searching for the words to describe my day today:
So I did what I do when I am burdened with more feelings than is good for me or those around me, and spent two hours mowing as fast as I could push the damn mower while listening to Belleruth Naparstek. It's how I find my happy place. IT BEATS DRINKING, OKAY?*
I still had some feelings when the daylight deserted me and my hands threatened to blister despite gardening gloves, so I decided to put them to productive use. First, I made dandelion syrup, which I actually started yesterday after turning the MFA Children loose on the yard armed with safety scissors and a bucket (you have to let it sit for twenty-four hours as one of the steps when you make it):
Figure Two: How d'ya like my redneck double-boiler? The color of the syrup is so dark not because of spoilage or carmelization, but because I used organic evaporated cane juice instead of bleached white sugar.
Then, while the dandelion syrup was reducing, I chopped comfrey and mint to make my own herbal oil (on a Twitter-friend's advice I used Sweet Almond Oil as a carrier). Comfrey is amazing stuff, but it's not advisable to take internally or use for long periods of time. That's okay though! I plan to turn the oil into lotion for Hotter to massage into my achy back, and since homemade lotion breaks down after about three weeks (because organic emulsifying wax does not work as well over time as petroleum products), when the lotion breaks down I will know it's time to lay off the stuff. WIN!
And I know I had other things to say but I am falling asleep. Good night!
* And no, I did not participate in the "4/20" festivities either, haha. I am of an age where I would prefer to have clean urine in the event that a permanent job opportunity comes up, but I hope any of you crazy kids who...observed...had fun and stayed safe.