How does she do it? Another startlinglygorgeous poem from Ms Mary Oliver.
My work is loving the world.
Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird — equal seekers of sweetness.
Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums. Here the clam deep in
the speckled sand.
Are my boots old? Is my coat
torn? Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect? Let me keep my
mind on what matters, which is my work,
which is mostly standing
still and learning to be astonished. The phoebe, the delphinium. The
sheep in the pasture, and the pasture. Which is mostly rejoicing, since all
ingredients are here,
which is gratitude, to be
given a mind and a heart and these body-clothes, a mouth with which to
give shouts of joy to the moth and the wren, to the sleepy dug-up clam,
telling them all, over and over, how it is that we live
~ Mary Oliver ~
The flower circle above is a beautiful dhamma
cakkha (wheel of dharma) mandala. This wheel of flower petals symbolizes
the Buddha's teachings of awakening and liberation. It was made at IMS in Barre MA
Oh it is a bit of a shock every year how much time it takes to obtain bottles, sterilize them, pour off the herbal potions and then label and ribbon them. Yikes. There goes November!
Here's the bright pink rose tincture concentrate. Lovely this year. Bright and tasty!
Here's the newly made vanilla. it get so much darker so quick!
I made alot of salve this year. St Johnswort and Comfrey in big and small jars because I always sell out and it is quite a production to make.
Lily and I did the craft fair at St James Church again and she had a great time making bracelets and hanging out. Here is my newest fairy who I LOVE and did not want to sell even though Lily kept trying to get me to price them to move!