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Happy New Year!

Just a quick post to wish you all a wonderful new 2009!

Remember, anything can happen :).

Here are a few of my favorite New Year’s Traditions:

` Clean today, not tomorrow! Sweep out the old, sit back and let the new come in and get comfy. No washing (not even hair!!) clothes, no sweeping or cleaning out closets….Do it today, if you must, take it easy and enjoy tomorrow.

` Black Eyed Peas – good luck and happy digestion :).
My simple recipe: Soak beans overnight. Drain. Fill up with water, chopped onions, chopped garlic (I use lots of both), salt pork (there’s that pig again!!), cheyenne pepper, salt, regular pepper. Cook for 2 hours or until beans are done. Yum.

` Make a list of things you want to happen in 2009. Hang it somewhere you will see it every day. Cross of things as they happen. I like to read mine over and over…great family activity 🙂

Today I spoke to my Tante Erna, who raised me for much of my life while my mama worked. She makes “Krapfen” every New Years, and puts money into a few of them. As kids, this was a thrill, especially when you got the BIG FIVE :). I am calling her next week to discuss the recipe, and will post that for 2010…

Much love. Have a safe, happy, healthy, and prosperous 2009.
Heike

What I am grateful for: My life.

What I am manifesting: Health

A day at our house…..

Mama is the Green Machine, she makes our house smell yummy.
She always has something in her cabinet,
for sniffles or your yucky tummy.

B’s Lego people are ready to roll, all in a row, and funny.

And in our magic garden nothing grows,
except Rexi-Hexi’s,
and no,
that’s not a bunny.

What I am grateful for: Days of laughter

What I am manifesting: Health (seems to be the theme this week…)

A day at our house…..

Mama is the Green Machine, she makes our house smell yummy.
She always has something in her cabinet,
for sniffles or your yucky tummy.

B’s Lego people are ready to roll, all in a row, and funny.

And in our magic garden nothing grows,
except Rexi-Hexi’s,
and no,
that’s not a bunny.

What I am grateful for: Days of laughter

What I am manifesting: Health (seems to be the theme this week…)

The day after…and things are still MERRY :)

It is the day after Christmas, and I am happy to say that no one in this family felt the need to go “return” anything today :)..or buy anything else because it was on sale. I actually spent a few fun hours with one of my best friends.

Anywhoooo…

here are some of our favorites of this Happy Holiday:

Gaia Girls
I bought the first in this series of books for my daughter. OMG…every little Goddess should read this book! Both Heike Jr. and I devoured it and give it an A+++. The girls hear the Earth….and help her…

Bedtime Stories: This movie with Adam Sandler is the perfect family movie. Funny, both for old and young. Great effects :).

LEGOS!!! ‘Nuff said. Nothing spells hours of intense building like Legos and little Lego people. We just aquired a Police Interrogation Center, and it came with 4(!) new little people….

Winter Beer: Dark, dark beer, with lots of spices, brewed only once a year. Yummy.

Hot Chocolate soap: Made by my best friend named above. She makes some AWESOME soaps, it is the only soap we want to use, EVER. Hot Chocolate is HOT…so is the goat’s milk soap :).

We enjoyed our standard Christmas Eve dinner of “Wuerstschen” and potatoe salad, thanks to our German butcher. I also made Schnitzel the next day, and I think I have eaten more pig in the last two day than I should. I normally do not eat pig…Not sure what got into me!

Then there are many, many cookies. My ass is very thankful for all the cookies.

One more thing that makes my heart all warm and fuzzy. On Tuesday, I took my kids to Loaves & Fishes, a local homeless park, to drop off warm jackets, clothes, and boots. I was very touched by the scene there, and sad. I came home and shot all my friends an email, asking them to check their closets for warm items they can spare, because the need is great, especially for kids. I am going back next Friday, with lots of warm clothes. These women are making it happen. Women are awesome. My best friend above, again, also came down the mountain with 5 boxes of nice clothes that we dropped off today. Did I already say “AWESOME”? Those who did not have clothes sent their love. Lots of good Karma in my circle…

What I am grateful for: My circle of women.

What I am manifesting: Health

The day after…and things are still MERRY :)

It is the day after Christmas, and I am happy to say that no one in this family felt the need to go “return” anything today :)..or buy anything else because it was on sale. I actually spent a few fun hours with one of my best friends.

Anywhoooo…

here are some of our favorites of this Happy Holiday:

Gaia Girls
I bought the first in this series of books for my daughter. OMG…every little Goddess should read this book! Both Heike Jr. and I devoured it and give it an A+++. The girls hear the Earth….and help her…

Bedtime Stories: This movie with Adam Sandler is the perfect family movie. Funny, both for old and young. Great effects :).

LEGOS!!! ‘Nuff said. Nothing spells hours of intense building like Legos and little Lego people. We just aquired a Police Interrogation Center, and it came with 4(!) new little people….

Winter Beer: Dark, dark beer, with lots of spices, brewed only once a year. Yummy.

Hot Chocolate soap: Made by my best friend named above. She makes some AWESOME soaps, it is the only soap we want to use, EVER. Hot Chocolate is HOT…so is the goat’s milk soap :).

We enjoyed our standard Christmas Eve dinner of “Wuerstschen” and potatoe salad, thanks to our German butcher. I also made Schnitzel the next day, and I think I have eaten more pig in the last two day than I should. I normally do not eat pig…Not sure what got into me!

Then there are many, many cookies. My ass is very thankful for all the cookies.

One more thing that makes my heart all warm and fuzzy. On Tuesday, I took my kids to Loaves & Fishes, a local homeless park, to drop off warm jackets, clothes, and boots. I was very touched by the scene there, and sad. I came home and shot all my friends an email, asking them to check their closets for warm items they can spare, because the need is great, especially for kids. I am going back next Friday, with lots of warm clothes. These women are making it happen. Women are awesome. My best friend above, again, also came down the mountain with 5 boxes of nice clothes that we dropped off today. Did I already say “AWESOME”? Those who did not have clothes sent their love. Lots of good Karma in my circle…

What I am grateful for: My circle of women.

What I am manifesting:
Health

My Baby


I just found this poem, and am dedicating it to my baby :).

After a While
By Veronica Shoffstall

After a while you learn the subtle difference between
holding a hand and chaining a soul,

And you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning and
company doesn’t mean security,

And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts
and presents aren’t promises,

And you begin to accept your defeats with your head
up and your eyes open, with the grace of an adult,
not the grief of a child,

And you learn to build all your roads on today
because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans.

After a while you learn that even sunshine burns if
you get too much.

So plant your own garden and decorate your own
soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring your
flowers.

And you learn that you really can endure…

That you really are strong,

And you really do have worth.

***************
So mote it be 🙂

What I am grateful for: The choice to raise my babies….

What I am manifesting: Health

My Baby


I just found this poem, and am dedicating it to my baby :).

After a While
By Veronica Shoffstall

After a while you learn the subtle difference between
holding a hand and chaining a soul,

And you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning and
company doesn’t mean security,

And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts
and presents aren’t promises,

And you begin to accept your defeats with your head
up and your eyes open, with the grace of an adult,
not the grief of a child,

And you learn to build all your roads on today
because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans.

After a while you learn that even sunshine burns if
you get too much.

So plant your own garden and decorate your own
soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring your
flowers.

And you learn that you really can endure…

That you really are strong,

And you really do have worth.

***************
So mote it be 🙂

What I am grateful for: The choice to raise my babies….

What I am manifesting:
Health

Energia!


It is getting cold here, and I love it! I am thinking of our friends in the East, who are still suffering the wrath of “IcE”, I am sure they would love some of our mild California weather.

With that said, the cold brings on a natural instinct to “hibernate” in me :). I want to sleep, unfortunately not at night, but at the most inconvenient moments of the day. One of my favorite herbalists is Susun Weed, she is my mentor. I am beginning my cycle of Nettles again for “energy”, so here is an excerpt about Nettles from her website:

Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) is my favorite energizing infusion. It gives me the energy to work 14-15 hours a day on my dairy goat farm, train my apprentices, write books, run a publishing company and a workshop center, and fly all over the world to teach. I don’t know how I could do so much otherwise.

I buy dried stinging nettle and prepare it like this:

1. Put 1 ounce by weight in a quart canning jar.
2. Fill the jar with boiling water, cap well, and allow to steep for 4 hours or overnight.
3. Strain and enjoy.
4. Refrigerate the remainder.
5. Drink within 36 hours.

Because stinging nettle strengthens the kidneys and adrenals, it builds powerful energy from the inside out, and gives one amazing stamina. If you drink 4-5 quarts of nettle infusion weekly, you can expect to see results within 3-6 weeks.

There are no contraindications to the use of stinging nettle infusion. Side effects may include: thicker hair, softer skin, stronger veins, and greater delight in life.

Nourishing herbal infusions can be made with other herbs too. I like red clover blossoms, lots of anticancer protection there, as well as lots of phytoestrogens. And oatstraw, such a mellow brew, and it’s so great for easing and nourishing the nerves. I also use chickweed, comfrey leaf, linden blossoms, and mullein as infusion herbs, depending on my need.

All nourishing herbal infusions are made as instructed above.

I am not a creature of habit, so the “consistancy” is my challenge. But I did a round of Nettles before, and must say they made me feel a lot better after about 2 weeks. I make the infusion at night before going to bed, and drink it the next day. You can get excellent organic herbs (only use organic, you really don’t want to injest the pesticides that regular herbs can give you.) at Mountain Rose Herbs, the prices are great, and so are they. They also carry wonderful spices, you will notice the difference to storebought ones the second you open your box. Love the cinnamon!!

I recently ordered new herbs and began stocking up my pantry so that I can continue my studies and make more concoctions. I experimented last night with Irish Moss, making a Mermaid lotion. When it was done, my kitchen smelled like Fisherman’s Wharf in San Fransisco, and not in a good way :)..I tried the lotion and smelled like a dead fish. Rex thought I was very lickable, I probably reminded him of his favorite salmon treat. Yuck. I have tried to mask it with some essential oil, as the lotion itself is wonderful and seems to do my skin well. We will see.

I am trying to make a natural hair pomade for my kids. If you have any secret family recipes that you would like me to dissect, please email them to me :). I will keep you posted on further experiments.

What I am grateful for: My friends, who are encouraging me to pursue my passions.

What I am manifesting: Money. Yep, just like that. Money

Energia!


It is getting cold here, and I love it! I am thinking of our friends in the East, who are still suffering the wrath of “IcE”, I am sure they would love some of our mild California weather.

With that said, the cold brings on a natural instinct to “hibernate” in me :). I want to sleep, unfortunately not at night, but at the most inconvenient moments of the day. One of my favorite herbalists is Susun Weed, she is my mentor. I am beginning my cycle of Nettles again for “energy”, so here is an excerpt about Nettles from her website:

Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) is my favorite energizing infusion. It gives me the energy to work 14-15 hours a day on my dairy goat farm, train my apprentices, write books, run a publishing company and a workshop center, and fly all over the world to teach. I don’t know how I could do so much otherwise.

I buy dried stinging nettle and prepare it like this:

1. Put 1 ounce by weight in a quart canning jar.
2. Fill the jar with boiling water, cap well, and allow to steep for 4 hours or overnight.
3. Strain and enjoy.
4. Refrigerate the remainder.
5. Drink within 36 hours.

Because stinging nettle strengthens the kidneys and adrenals, it builds powerful energy from the inside out, and gives one amazing stamina. If you drink 4-5 quarts of nettle infusion weekly, you can expect to see results within 3-6 weeks.

There are no contraindications to the use of stinging nettle infusion. Side effects may include: thicker hair, softer skin, stronger veins, and greater delight in life.

Nourishing herbal infusions can be made with other herbs too. I like red clover blossoms, lots of anticancer protection there, as well as lots of phytoestrogens. And oatstraw, such a mellow brew, and it’s so great for easing and nourishing the nerves. I also use chickweed, comfrey leaf, linden blossoms, and mullein as infusion herbs, depending on my need.

All nourishing herbal infusions are made as instructed above.

I am not a creature of habit, so the “consistancy” is my challenge. But I did a round of Nettles before, and must say they made me feel a lot better after about 2 weeks. I make the infusion at night before going to bed, and drink it the next day. You can get excellent organic herbs (only use organic, you really don’t want to injest the pesticides that regular herbs can give you.) at Mountain Rose Herbs, the prices are great, and so are they. They also carry wonderful spices, you will notice the difference to storebought ones the second you open your box. Love the cinnamon!!

I recently ordered new herbs and began stocking up my pantry so that I can continue my studies and make more concoctions. I experimented last night with Irish Moss, making a Mermaid lotion. When it was done, my kitchen smelled like Fisherman’s Wharf in San Fransisco, and not in a good way :)..I tried the lotion and smelled like a dead fish. Rex thought I was very lickable, I probably reminded him of his favorite salmon treat. Yuck. I have tried to mask it with some essential oil, as the lotion itself is wonderful and seems to do my skin well. We will see.

I am trying to make a natural hair pomade for my kids. If you have any secret family recipes that you would like me to dissect, please email them to me :). I will keep you posted on further experiments.

What I am grateful for: My friends, who are encouraging me to pursue my passions.

What I am manifesting: Money. Yep, just like that. Money

Snow Hunters

More pictures, but these are from YESTERDAY!

For me, snow is magic. Growing up, snow days meant “No School”, snowball fights, snow men, cold outside, hot chocolate and heat inside. There is nothing more beautiful than waking up to a city covered in a white blanket of snow. Yes, I did have to drive, and there were days when it snowed so hard I had to shovel out my car, and by the time I finished in the back, the front was snowed in again.

But I still love snow.

So when the weather got chilly on Sunday, and it rained, the Sharp family rejoiced. Monday morning we put on our boots, packed cookies, licorice, and water, and hit the road up the mountain to the Sierras.

At a little over 2000ft we found:

Yipee!


and one more:

I found that when you are over 12, you should not ride the round little sled. Really. It goes fast once your bigger butt packs the snow down, and it turns. It is not as much fun sledding backwards when you are “slightly” over 25 as it was when you were 12. My family thought I was quite funny :).

I left all my responsibilities at home and had a blast. We came home wet, stuffed full of burgers and fries that we picked up on the way back, and happily exhausted.

What I am grateful for: SNOW…and in the winter: living where I can get to the ocean or the snow in 1.5 hours.

What I am manifesting: Organization.