Wednesday, September 14, 2016

“Calendula strengthens the heart exceedingly.”

~ Nicholas Culpepper


Calendula flowers are also soothing to the skin. I’m harvesting them to make an infused oil I’ll use in my next batch of soap.

Yesterday. Canned navy beans and chickpeas yesterday. I like to keep a supply on the shelf to have on hand for supper recipes. Here’s my girl and I hanging out waiting for the canner to finish processing.


Today. We’re squeezing as much as we can out of these beautiful September days with a little road trip today to explore and take photos.

Rumour has it we’re stopping for a cheeseburger on the way home–an occasional and decadent treat for this mostly-vegetarian. Oh yes. And desert will be a slice of the equally decadent pumpkin pie hubby brought home from Costco yesterday.

Salad days will resume tomorrow.



I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. Beautiful pic – I mean of you! How grand you look. The flowers are nice too, heh heh. So how do you get the oil out of the flower? Press really hard? Heat in water?

    1. Ha ha, Karen.

      For the infused oil I dried the petals then, when I had enough, put them in a jar and poured olive oil over top. I set the jar in the sun on nice days, other times it’s on my window will. After 4-6 weeks I’ll strain the oil and use it in my soap.

  2. Beautiful shot of you and your sidekick Linda. She looks pretty comfy in your arms. ?

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