Off Course

Things haven’t been as I hoped they would be. I spent the money I wanted to use for the first year of herbal college. Didn’t even realize it until I added it all up. Haven’t had time to even work on researching and reading about herbs. Between work, school, Jenna’s wedding, and getting ready for the feast…. Things  have been incredibly hectic and a tad overwhelming. While I know that what I want is my “dream” I  still am working as if it will be reality. I would really like to get a job working with the environment or doing research until then, but it doesn’t seem to be in the cards. I keep hoping and talking to God about it. Maybe one day…. As my health gets worse, I wonder if I will even be able to do what I want to do. I think the time has finally come for me to start researching FM and finding out what I can do to lesson the pain and to be more active. I know it’s possible. I have heard of others following that route and actually having a life.  I know there are herbal remedies that help with the pain as well as homeopathic ones. I just need to start doing some research… One thing I do love to do!

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Never Enough Time in a Day (or should that be “thyme”?) :)

Between school, work, and house there never seems to be enough time in a day. I have off two weeks…well, down to 1 1/2 weeks…off from work for summer break and am trying to get so much done but I can’t get what I want and I get sidetracked online…and I get to doing schoolwork…. Argh! I am working on my listings in my herbal OneNotebook. I am trying to see what I need and have so that I can make some products this week. I need facial cleansers, toner, moisturizer and some skin treatments so I need to figure out what “recipes” to use and what I need to buy.

Slowly getting the workroom organized but there is just so much junk in here! I don’t know where it all came from and I really think it is reproducing on its own!

Well, back to the typewriter…or computer…. and researching some more stuff!

As Time Goes By

Its been over a month since I have posted anything. I know last time I posted I said I would try to keep this blog up and post links or information at least a few times a week… well, I haven’t but I will this month. I started my second subject for my bachelor’s degree program and it seems relatively easy. There is a lot of reading to do though… a lot!

I have been gathering information, searching out websites and copying down “recipes” at least a few days a week, though. I will have to add the websites where I am finding most of my information. I like Henrietta’s Herbals and Herbal Index Online. I’ll add those links in a few minutes. I also have a cool link for Classic Texts. Lots of links for herbalism and medical herbalism there but old texts. Cool to read and keep track of!

Bought two new books last month. “The Holistic Herbal Directory” by Penelope Ody, which is a cool directory of herbal remedies for everyday health problems but given from the standpoint of three traditions: Western medicine, traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine. Its really fascinating. I don’t have the other one handy to write down the information right now… in my office… but I will get it later and post it. Pretty informative as well.

Well have to head back to work! Oh, I forgot! I am signing up for an herbal course that last sixteen weeks, and will give me a traditional herbal certification when I am done! Its about $200  and it’s 8 lessons in various herbs. It comes with lecture CDs, a lesson book, resource kit that has 14 herb samples either in dried form or in a tincture. It teaches you to make 3 tinctures by yourself and 11 teas. Its through the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism, Inc. so it’s a pretty good program. There are also some other classes they have online. This one is considered beginning to intermediate. Then there is the Fundamentals of Herbal Actions and Formulations (Intermediate), Vitalist Therapeutics and Acute Symptoms (Intermediate), Adverse Effects of Common Herbs (Intermediate), Insulin Resistance: Pathophysiology and Natural Therapeutics (Intermediate/Advanced), and Material Medica Intensive (Advanced). They plan to have a distance learning course “Certificate in Western Herbalism” come out by December 2011 that will be a comprehensive 304-hour certificate course. They estimate it will take about two years to complete. The above mentioned courses are included, plus Fundamentals of Western Materia Medica I, II, and III, and Fundamentals of Vitalist Medicine.  The whole course will run about $2,000 . I hope to do that whole program in time, plus the Master Gardener programs well. I want to start sending out resumes soon, possibly within the month to see if I have any chances of a better paying position but I don’t know how that will go. Scotti doesn’t think anyone will be willing to hire me due to my age and lack of experience, but Scotti doesn’t consider the extra help I have from God… We wil just have to see!

I haven’t had time to work on the business plan, but I am learning a lot that I will need to know through my classes. Getting a lot of ideas and a lot of advice for starting my own business…

We will just have to see! TTFN!

Back to School

Started back to college on Tuesday. Spent the day creating calendars and to-do lists, copying chapters and articles to read, and reviewing what I will be doing over the next five weeks. I have a paper due every single week – at least 1100 words or more! Ugh! But I can do it. I like to research and write. I just have to make sure I do it the right way – APA!

But I am still researching my herbs, copying down really cool recipes for cosmetics, and moving my “office” from my bedroom to my workroom in the basement. Its very time consuming and energy consuming, but little by little I will get it done.

My sister and I are going back to Lancaster tomorrow. We really didn’t get  much of a chance to walk around last Friday and see stuff. Most of the counters at the Farmer’s Market were already closed or closing when we got there! I don’t have a lot of money to spend, but I do like to look around. Maybe I ought to take my camera so I can take pictures of ideas, gardens, decorating, etc. That way I have something to remember it by! Thought about taking my scratch pad, but I can’t draw as well as I used to.

Keep looking out the back door at my overgrown garden and wanting…but fearful… to get out there and start cleaning it up. It has really taken over. I have some kind of mulberry “tree” (plural, actually) growing in one herb garden, the mint has taken over the lower half of the yard and my green room, and the kuzoo has taken over the side fence and part of the shed! I need to get out there, but my energy levels haven’t been great lately. FM is acting up! But I have this weekend to work on it and most of next week. I need to take one project at a time, do a little something on each – and hack away until they are all done! Hopefully before we go back to work (school) in August!

I found an article on “on earth” by Paige Smith Orloff. She wrote an article on garden blogs. She has ten favorites and I posted them to my blog as links under “Gardens”. I hope to check back on them regularly and see if I can learn stuff! LOL Maybe it will motivate me to get back out in the garden real soon!

Well, on to more reading for college lessons!

Working on my own

I’ve been off from school since May 28th, and off from work since June 17th. I have been doing more research and trying to get as much information about as many herbs as I can, but I haven’t been reading the articles I’ve been copying. I need to stop copying and start reading. I have so much information copied, but I haven’t really read much of it. I really need to read the information, the recipes and the articles that I have collected or none of it is going to teach me anything. I don’t know how much I will retain, but I can only do what I can. I don’t know where to start though. Do I read the information about each herb that I’ve collected, and organize the information into an “article” that I write, or read articles that I’ve collected… Well, for tonight I will get to bed and get a good night’s sleep.

Change in plans

I think I have to rethink all of this. Studying on my own – without a curriculum – doesn’t seem to be working. Granted, I am coming to the end of my sophomore year of college and things have been kinda hectic… but if I can’t do this, I can’t learn herbs. I need a real curriculum that will get me actually certified. But I can’t afford one right now. … need to do some more research to figure out how I am going to do this and which way to go….. until then….

Slow Down

Its been slow in keeping up with my herbal studies, though I did do some wildcrafting a few days ago. Between my FM acting up and the weather being so ridiculous, I haven’t been feeling great and its been all I can do to keep up with school. I hope to do some work on it this weekend though. It’s Mother’s day Sunday and I don’t plan to do anything but relax. I’ll do my schoolwork on Saturday evening so I can have all day Sunday to do what I want to…for a change!