The woods are looking more and more like November. So many of the leaves are gone, and the forest is fading into the palette of brown that will be our companion until the snows. That being said, all color has not left us. On a clear day you can still enjoy the brightness of sun through leaves that remain, the cheerful yellow flowers of witch hazel (which we use in our Yoga Mat Cleaner and our on-the-go sanitizing spray Mommy on the Move!), the cute fluffy seed heads of flowers gone by, and the vibrancy of evergreens.
Oak leaves giving us some late-season color!
In the wake of such an intense election cycle here in the USA, a walk in the woods with some deep breaths to inhale the wisdom of the natural world is something we all could use. We could probably all use some warm, nourishing soup, too. This time of year, with the clocks changing, daylight savings ending, and the feeling that darkness has suddenly sprung upon us, can be hard on folks even when there hasn’t been a hotly contested presidential race added in the mix. Make sure you are taking the time to take care of yourself, nurturing your sweet soul in the dark hours.
The leaves of a Rugosa Rose blushing into shades of orange and fuschia.
(If you miss the smell of roses, our Mi Amore is a soothing floral blend of pure essential oils!)
Make yourself some healthy, comforting food, maybe a nice butternut squash soup with produce from your farmers’ market, or a hearty stew to warm your bones. Eating in rhythm with the season can help us to experience the cycle of the year, allowing us to connect with the energy of this time. (Super exciting tip I learned this year about using squash? You can just roast them whole, and then cut and seed them when they’re cool. That way you don’t need to risk life and limb in your struggle to split a hard squash. I love how easy this is!)
Locally grown organic butternut squash, roasted whole & cut in half!
The most vibrant colors around belong to the swiss chard in the garden. It brings me such joy to harvest (and eat!) these beauties. Before too long, we’ll harvest, blanch and freeze the rest of the crop, but until then, I get to enjoy their burst of brightness outdoors. It feels so good to eat things you grow. Later this winter, it’ll be nice to sit by the fire and dream up next year’s garden, but for now, the joy of late harvesting still thrills.
I hope you find ways to quietly thrill your heart, dear birds, even as the evening dark creeps in on us, winding our way towards the Winter Solstice. Remember to be sweet to yourself, and to be kind in the world. May we all vibrate with love.
Peace from our hearts to yours,
With love from
The Tidy Thyme Crew