Two Months

I've taken some time away from this space.  Intentionally, but somewhat more unintentionally.  The results of the election have hit me hard.  Self care is the name of the game.  This included purchasing lots of plants when I felt sad.  I anticipate that things will be difficult to witness for the foreseeable future, and though I'm not resigned to that (deep down, I'm a fighter), I'm also not a naturally optimistic person.  And I'm not sure anyone comes here to read what might be considered the thoughts of a downer.

Even when I'm able to blog consistently, it's hard to know what everyone wants to read.  

In two months' time, several new developments have happened.  I've taken up archery as an activity, and can now kind of understand the appeal of sports in general.  I think the appeal in archery to me is that I can compete with myself, and that I can do it alone or with others if I want to.  Chris has also embraced archery with me, and we're hoping to attend Schutzenfest at Four Quarters in October.

My arrangement from Thanksgiving for my mother-in-law.

My arrangement from Thanksgiving for my mother-in-law.

I've taken several herbalism courses with Kelly of Attic Apothecary.  Having enjoyed classes on tinctures, salves, and herbal bitters, I have enrolled in her 8-month course "Building Your Home Apothecary," beginning March through October.  There's a herbalism conference that I'm dying to attend in June, but it's far from Philadelphia, and I haven't decided if I can make the commitment yet.  But I'm committed to studying, making, and learning more.  I might even have a product or two in the works to sell.

Infusing the oil with vanilla beans.

Infusing the oil with vanilla beans.

To combat feelings of helplessness, aside from learning about archery and herbalism, I am now a volunteer for Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania.  I am able to attend trainings on different volunteer opportunities now that I've made it through a first session, and I'm proud to say that I'm able to volunteer as a clinic escort, having completed the training on that position specifically.  

More developments to come.