February is fast approaching. And the 1st day of the month will mark the celebration of Imbolc. This is the halfway point between the first day of winter (winter solstice) and the first day of spring (spring equinox).
Our ancestors celebrated this mid-season marker in many ways. One of the prominent elements in those celebrations was dairy foods, particularly sheep’s milk.
I’ve always been a big fan of natural dyes. They fascinate me. I admittedly have not spent a great deal of time learning about them. I have simply admired them from afar. But I am fully aware that they are a rather in-depth art form.
I’ve watched a few YouTube videos on them, read a few blog posts, and I follow several practicers of this art on my facebook page as well. Additionally, I once had the privilege of meeting and chatting with an artist, who works with natural dyes made from mushrooms, at a mycology fair. Her work was particularly fascinating to me. But then mushrooms are hovering at the top of my ‘interests to extensively explore’ list for sure.
Now that the holidays are fully behind us, I’m going to take the liberty of suggesting an easily attainable New Year’s resolution for you … bring herbal bitters into your daily routine. It is a simple and affordable way to take care of yourself on one of the most fundamental levels of overall health; your gut microbiome.
My gorgeous Bulldogge King just turned 4 years old on the 4th of January! It seems like I should be feeling as though it is hard to believe that much time has passed since I brought him home. But the fact is, it actually feels like so much longer than that!
Not because time drags with this guy around. No, it’s not that at all. Not with this guy. And most certainly not because it is unpleasant to have him here. Truth is, he makes every day so darn delightful that it passes before I can even blink!