Work isn’t to make money; you work to justify life. ~Marc Chagall
It’s still raining! Come Saturday, it will be a week of rain. A weather occurrence that is very rare here in So Cal. Anyone have a row boat?
There sure is plenty to do inside but outside the work is piling up; however, it’s hard to do with everything SOOO wet. Animal compound needs cleaning and you can forget laundry (it’s not cold enough to start up the wood stove). We still manage to sneak in some outside work in between waves of rain showers.
Another plant project this year was growing hops. Adding to our couple hundred of flora grown in one season here at the homestead. Since it was the first year, we didn’t really have enough to brew hooch but I did harvest enough to make some herbal sleep sachets. I mixed in some fragrant botanicals that are growing here on the urban homestead like roses, lavender, lemon verbena, mint and chamomile. Smells delightful! The herbs in this blend are traditionally associated with rest and dreaming. Combine them with calming oils they make a dream inspiring sachet to slip into your pillow at night.
Now that all the homestead herbs are nice and dry I put them into little unbleached cotton bags tied up with a ribbon. They are now on display on our front porch farm stand and selling for $4.00. I only have just a few sachets and think they’ll make nice little gifts, especially for the holidays that are just around the corner.
Speaking of gifts, going to put our crafty heads together and hopefully offer more homegrown and handmade goodies from the urban homestead.
How are you growing your own home economy and working for your daily bread?
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