I’m a creature of habit and I love my rituals. They change throughout the season and over the years. The one thing that remains constant is how they keep me going. On track. Moving along. Without them I get lost and find myself in a sea of unnavigable waters. My newest ritual involves a warm cup of Yogi Bedtime tea every night. It puts me to sleep and keeps me there until the morning light peeks in on me. Jeff says it’s the valerian root that relaxes me. Yes, that is probably it. But how can I explain the way I am now starting to get sleepy just by thinking about and making the tea? There you see the power of ritual. It keeps me on track.

Other rituals that will be embraced here in the next few days:

~ preserving our tomato harvest

~ cutting the basil and turning it into (even more) pesto

~ freezing corn (again)

~ embracing the well-loved and much missed ritual of making yogurt for our daily breakfast

~ surely the yogurt making will be followed by granola making

~ back to school, in a structured way: grammar lessons, math activities, scientific observations and record-keeping, journal writing and art classes

and of course, checking on the chickens and thanking them for the eggs.

One Response to rituals

  1. Farida November 20, 2012 at 8:28 am #

    We grew lettuce, sipanch, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, herbs, peas and strawberries (although the darn birds ate the few strawberries we got). We also had a community garden plot so this was just what we grew around the house. We got old pickle buckets free from a restaurant, made some holes around the bottom and put in about 2 inches of landscaping rock from our flowerbed. Then we filled it with organic potting soil we got from the store. (You don’t have to use organic since it is more expensive but we wanted organic.) Then plant away! Some things like tomatoes and peas need extras support in pots just like they do when planted in the ground. Oh and make sure your fertilize the pots according to the fertilizer instructions. We bought organic vegetable fertilizer from the store and just feed the plants based on the package recommendations. Some things like herbs and peas are quick and easy to start from seed but things like peppers and tomatoes are easier to buy as little plants when you are just getting started. Container gardening and gardening vertically really can open up a whole new level of gardening for people in smaller places. I’d suggest googling it or checking out some library books there are lots of good references out there. Have fun!

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