>Travels

>on the El in Chicago on our way to Union Station, we had a portrait party

more sketches to come soon (I hope!)

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>12 of June 12, 2009

>here’s my offering for June 2009 12 of 12 Thanks to Chad Darnell!1. morning drive to work, 9:30-ish 2. scenes from my drive (oaks Park in the distance, there.)3. I like this mural in Sellwood:

4. Arriving at work

5. my parking spot, by this tree, who keeps on eye on the caravan

6. Lunch, Trader Joe’s gnocchi al gorgonzola

7.checking my agenda to make sure I’ve done everything I need to do!

8. leaving work, I’m excited to see my shadow

9. Look up to see beautiful blue sky (which isn’t the way the sky looked over my house.)

10. met up with Tad and his brother…walked to QFC, wish I had a pic of the wine sampling (5 different wines.) and the cheese samples…instead I got this shot of the purchasing of doughnuts.

11. at home, we made dessert first: banana splits! Yowzer!

12. to make up for it, I made an awesome salad which included fresh herbs from the garden, veggies, avocado, black olives, sunflower seeds, cashews and yummy vegan ceaser dressing.

the bonus shot: Xiao Mao looking out into the rainy evening.

>I also made this..

>Today, I took a workshop on how to make herbal tinctures. As part of the class, we each made a tincture of lemon balm. Nice!

As requested, Some more information:
Here’s the gist of what we did. We went out in to the garden and identified the Lemon Balm herb. We then harvested the leaves of the plant and brought it inside. We, then, ‘garbaled’ the plant, which means we sorted through the harvested leaves to make sure everything looked healthy, to take off any ‘woody’ stems and to save any bugs from drowning in alcohol. We then chopped the leaves and stem as fine as possible. We then filled our jars wiht the chopped lemon balm. We filled the jar (so that all the herb was covered) with a menstruum of 66% alcohol (this was made from a bottle of 190 proof alcohol mixed with water…)We capped the jar and wrote out the label! I’m shaking the jar daily for a few weeks. I’ll then strain the mixture through a cheesecloth and maybe a second time through a coffee filter. I’ll pour the finished tincture into a special dark bottle to keep for years!
What will I use this tincture for? lemon balm can treat emotional stress, wintertime lethargy or depression. it’s a gentle sedative and is also a celebrfated anti-viral. It can shorten the duration and severity of cold sores and herpes outbreaks. It can also treat an overactive thyroid gland. It’s also a good anti-inflammatory, great for seasonal allergies. Happy herbaling!
Now, I’m shaking the jar every

>Saturday

>I sketched my new shoe this morning! and then played with words cut from magazines.

took pictures of words together

and pictures of other things- like sagis’ arms, the hair growing back in, so lightly, from his IV.

gorgeous flowers. I should know the names of these. Are they gladiola??? Snapdragons…thanks, Virginia!

and interesting patterns on a tree.I hope you are enjoying your creative Saturday!