Friday, January 13, 2006


We're in the middle of a January thaw here in southern New Hampshire. It's a treat to see the green peeking out from underneath the blanket of white that has been the customary landscape here since we moved in at the beginning of December, but as seasoned New Englanders we are under no illusions that it will last nor that it is a harbinger of an early spring. Nevertheless our hearts begin their yearning for the snow to melt and the pussywillows to bud. Forsythia will blossom and crocuses will push their bright heads up out of the chilled soil. The first robin will make its appearance and the blackbird will sound a hopeful call from its home in the marsh sometimes while the ground is yet white. Living in a temperate climate seems appealing at times, but how I would miss the sense of anticipation the changing of the seasons brings.

Indoors, we are experiencing some changes as well. The Terrorist Baby has been hit with a second virus and the living room has been transformed into a sickroom. The vaporizer is spewing enough thyme-scented steam to tickle the fancy of a Finn while she lies in state on her pillow-strewn divan spewing orders in between fits of coughing and nose-blowing. Speaking of tickles I can feel the commencement of one in my throat. Not a surprise after three almost sleepless nights. Being thankful in all circumstances, I am grateful that my responsiblities do not include tending livestock or gardens at the moment. As a mother, I do know what it is like to run on sheer willpower, though, and anticipate that my usual round of duties will be accomplished in a near-coma state in the coming week while visions of crocuses dance in my head.


Blogger The BadgerMum said...

Hi Emily, I just found your blog through Scott Terry's. What you have so far looks pretty interesting.

Since you asked for advice in your previous post, I'll offer this: When I feel a sore throat coming on, I use a few drops of hydrogen peroxide in each ear, one ear at a time, waiting until it stops bubbling before turning over and doing the other ear. HTH. I'm sorry you have a sick little one - hope she feels better soon!


5:03 PM  
Blogger HomesteadHerbs said...

I pray that the household occupants get better and healthier.

You might know this already, but just in case, here's some suggestions for the sore throat.

Warm garlic water gargle is good for sore thorates. Pour water over crushed garlic, strain and gargle with the water.

If you don't care for garlic, you can use sage. Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 2 teaspoons of dried sage. Cover and steep for 15 minutes. Strain and add mpany with 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt. Gargle.

And take some echinacea tincture!

5:57 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Ladies, thanks so much for visiting me! Your advice is very welcome.

Kelly, I've been using herbs for years but have never heard of the peroxide trick. I'm looking forward to trying it. Have you used this on children as well? My daughter is used to herbal oil ear drops so putting liquid into her ears wouldn't be a problem. Do I need to warm it up as I do the oil?

HH, thank you for the prayers! I'm going to try both of your suggestions to see which I prefer! :) I love both garlic and sage. I have gargled with tea tree oil in warm water and that seems to help. Isn't the Lord good to give us all these natural remedies?

I will stop by your blogs soon! God bless!

6:11 PM  
Blogger The BadgerMum said...

I've never warmed it before and my kids actually enjoy it - they like the tickling. I, on the other hand, do not enjoy it at all! Just the other night I needed it, and my dh saturated a cotton ball with the peroxide and warmed it in his hands before squeezing it into my ears and that was much more pleasant.

I've successfully used warm, homemade garlic oil in the kids' ears for earache for several years, but I have one daughter who doesn't like oil, so I use witch hazel for her, and it works well for her.

I think I got the peroxide trick from Dr. Mercola's site a couple of years ago. He reccommended using it at the first sign of cold or flu.


5:51 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Thank you, Kelly! I'm feeling fine today so hopefully this virus has passed me by. I will add that remedy to my repertoire! :) Hope your Lord's Day is blessed...Emily

6:04 PM  
Anonymous Kelsey said...

oh, I fell in love with this blog at the words 'forsythia' and 'crocuses!' (I'm in Texas, and have neither at this home) Praying blessings of health for your entire thyme scented home!

3:50 PM  
Anonymous KS Milkmaid said...

Hi Emily and welcome!

Boy do I know those sleepless nights. We just finished up our round of that a few weeks ago. We call ours migit terrorists.

5:31 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Hi Kelsey and KSMilkmaid,
Nice to see you here. I've been on your site several times, KSM, and have profited from your wisdom. I'm encouraged greatly by your joyful transformation from city girl to country gal. You're quite a gifted storyteller and I'm looking forward to reading your upcoming books. As our journey into the agrarian culture deepens, it's a blessing to be guided by those who have forged the trail.

Kelsey, I haven't had a chance to visit your blog yet, but am looking forward to stopping by soon. God's blessings to you, ladies!....Emily

6:24 PM  

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