Thursday, March 29, 2012

Spring is here

Yep that first day of spring came . Here it is always ify quite often we can still snowshoe round throughout March . Yet we had really wonky weather this winter . A really warm and dry Autumn with barely much snow in Winter months . Then extremely warn temps at times in the mid to high 20's !
As I wrote on the other blog I did not have a ritual for Spring Equinox , not a formal one anyway . I was out at My Mum's place as we usually are for that day. I just took it all in for 3 glorious days .
Walking the woods , seeing the signs . The ice has completely left the shore but the lake still frozen . This means right now huge sand bars til the lake level rises . How I hope hydro would leave the lake low this yr.
We also went out to our property this past Sunday and did some good walking & picking along with having our first fire of the yr.
I wrote about the spiritual experience on the other blog if you wish to check it out ☺
So below are some of the photos I took . I think I'll just leave it wordless as the pics speak for themselves . ♥




























Wednesday, March 28, 2012

balm of gilead ~ poplar cream


This past weekend I picked the poplar buds out on our property .
I've been wanting to make the salve that is used for healing that my Mum makes .
Wow do those buds stink !
I also want to try doing it with spruce gum as well .
So I found the typical balm of gilead recipe online
However because I really wanted to use this for my eczema and salves tend to irritate more than creams . although most of the ingredients are the same .
So I found a video online on how to make creams . There are a ton of great Youtube videos on how to make lotions & creams .
I'll have the video at the end of this post so you can check it out ☺

So I brought the buds home and chucked them in the slow cooker and let steep for many hrs .
I then took the oil off the buds and placed in double boiler with beeswax

I made 1c of chamomile tea and let cool I also added 1 T aloe vera gel to this
now I think this may have made my cream more like a lotion adding the aloe vera but I don't care it turned out silky smooth .

I then poured the wax/oil mixture into a cup to let cool

once it was cooled I added it to a mixing bowl . now having one of those braun whizzy things like in the video would be nice because my hand got sore from whisking .

So dumped the oil into the mixing bowl &  I whisked it while slowly adding the liquid chamomile aloe in .
I have some in a pint jar in the fridge and a small jar in the bathroom for daily use on my eczema .
below is the video I used as a guide

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Earth Day Everyday ~ Week 2




Oh I'm terrible at promoting ! Here it will soon be week 3 and I'm just getting to week 2 of Earth Day Everyday .
Pathetic soul that I am I'm trying to do it anyway ☺
Week Two is a focus on our dependency on oil .
This week we were asked
" See if you and your family can list at least 10 different things in your household (or within its construction) that do NOT have parts, sealants, or any other materials in them made from oil. "

Those who read my blog know I've written about this issue before . I've often been shocked at how unearth friendly the pagan community is considering so many claim to be earth worshipping .
Books and websites promote the use of petroleum based products such as candles , fabric , jewelry , statues , making cosmetics using petroleum jelly etc.
I watched a great show a year or so ago about a family , I believe they were either in Denmark or Sweden who chose to live a year without anything petroleum based . They did use public bus instead of car which did use fossil fuels but that was it . They even began using oars to row their boat to reach their cottage instead of a boat motor .
The husband was determined he got rid of all plastic items , cups you name it . later he said he shouldn't have gone that extreme because in fact it added to the landfill most of the items he threw out . that was indeed the purpose of plastic when it first hit the market .It was used so things would last not to use as a instant throw out .
So 10 items in our home without any of these articles made from petroleum based products ?
so far in my sight I see
1. birchbark container for ds sweatlodge blanket
2. antique chair wooden , leather seat with tacks
3. old quilt ticking from my gramma's old cot I'm using to make an overhead cover for the swing
4. antique waffle iron , cast iron with wooden handle
5. my Inuit wool felt wall hanging with seal skin and carved bone  hanger
6. willow basket that holds reading books
7. raw 100yo hardwood floors which dh wants to refinish using natural oil

So far that is it not even 10 !
here is the list of things that have petroleum in them
I will see if I can find the doc. I mentioned and post a link or something if I do find it .
Thanks again to Polly for starting this project



Thursday, March 8, 2012

WEEK ONE ~ EARTH DAY EVERYDAY


I am almost a full week late on posting this .
We've been dealing with so much illness in the home lately , needed to focus on getting  us well first.
This past week I decided to write about the element of Earth for my post in the Pagan Blog project for the letter E .
With all my writing about education of sustainable wildcrafting , eating wild , growing local it seemed a good fit .
Then the news letter from Sacred Earth came in and something really it home for me
This statement in particular
" Denial is a schizophrenic state of mind "
Wow ! those who know me and my work to educate regarding abuse of children and advocating for victims & survivors of abuse have also probably read my statement and writings regarding denial is a form of mental illness .
Well it brought to light how this state is always present in any type of abuse .Be it sexual , physical , emotional and yes Environmental !
Is that not what I've been writing about ? defending & protection !
Yet often people are tricked by the outer image , we all know just because the outer shell appears perfect and good what is on the inside may be very much a different story .
Here in Canada there is a known practice of clearcutting , companies leave a wall of trees along the hwy , people driving out to cottage country like to see the wilderness in all its glory , pristine Canadian shield , untouched . NOT !
Just beyond that tree line in fact often are hundreds of acres cut down , gone .
Look at the tar sands . The big oil has now put out advertising on tv showing how safe and wonderful their practices are . The images used all show clean forest , a tidy educated worker speaking .
Of course they do not show the retention ponds with the toxic scum , the dirty water which was once fresh taken from the land . the birds which land on these ponds in their migratory cycle only to be soaked and die . never mind the effect on the ground underneath . the vast tracts of land used by machines , pipelines built .
No one promotes decreased use . Even when speaking of decreasing consumption of fossil fuels it is always just spoken of how we can find alternative sources to maintain the consumption of power and in fact how can we increase it .
We have the debate of the huge hyrdo bipole line to be built on what side of the lake . no one speaks of not building the line and decreasing consumption .
what I have learned about the behaviour of people is we defend our right to have it easy . Even the so called liberal mined earth friendly types somehow have a legitimate reason to fly to Costa Rica , after all they are taking an eco trip , volunteering at a wildlife refuge etc.
Every single person loves some aspect of convience and it is incredibly difficult to leave the habit of convenience .
There are examples all over the world of people putting up image to cover environmental abuse .
The use of palm oil has resulted in local peoples giving up natural resources to grow palms so oil can be shipped all over the world . Everyone is familiar with the rain forests of the amazon , how about the mega resorts being built for tourists with the gorgeous golf courses and marinas . whole eco systems are lost and peoples displaced . In many of these places it has led to implementing slavery and very often child slavery .
So back to the Project !
How does this tie in for me today ?
Well the first week of the project is beginning !
It's Never Too Late to Begin!

I think I pretty much said my why Lol .
but how do I begin , someone old like me .
Remembering , we all forget stuff, the who we are , our purpose , our roles as Mum , partner , a person within community etc.
 So I am remembering me . My role as Rox , strong tree woman . My focus to do my best to educate family , community here and out there .
My love of earth and what this gift means to me .
I remembered my very first Earth Day and how I was shocked to find out when it first began . It is shameful to me that with the being around for so long not more people know of it .
I remembered how I could not do much in regards to activities that first yr because I was tandem nursing our two boys , yet thinking now well maybe I was example to another young Mother . Encouraging someone else to live a healthier wholesome life , being example is so very important and it can be done in just small ways like that .
So my first week really has just been the remembering the Earth . This is my gift , my commitment , to try and not forget .
To educate & be example .
I hope I'm doing a good job so far  .
I'd like to also leave by suggesting a few videos to watch which really have influenced my own ethics etc.