Thursday, July 30, 2009
Close to Nowhere
The “dog days” are here
Several folks I know have made comments about the “early fall.” I keep on saying, August is not here yet!
I don’t like the idea of “fall” in July and August. I want the seasons to remain in their proper place.
“The Old Farmer’s Almanac” used to mail the newspaper a copy every year, hoping we’d mention it somewhere. I think I always did, because if you can’t trust “The Old Farmer,” who can you trust?
According to the online “Old Farmer” (that’s got to be an oxymoron!) the entire next week in Holly Springs is gonna be stormy -- and -- there are 56 more days until autumn! No early fall for the Old Farmer!
Reading the online Old Farmer, I thought maybe I’d look up the anxiety and stress remedies. I’ve certainly had enough stress and anxiety lately to need advice and remedies.
Here’s what the Old Farmer says:
Advice and Natural Remedies
“Here are herbal remedies to help ease stress, anxiety and sleep.
• Massage the temples with lavender oil.
• Drink chamomile tea to ease stress.
• Drink rosemary tea to alleviate melancholy or depression.
• Certain scents, such as spiced apple and salty sea air, are said to lower stress. The right smell can help you to relax and get to sleep more easily.
• For a relaxing body rub, soak equal parts finely chopped dandelions, burdock (roots and/or aerial parts), yellow dock, and lobelia in one quart rubbing alcohol for two weeks. Apply externally.
• Trying to remain relaxed but alert? Some studies suggest that the smell of apples, apple cider vinegar, or spiced apples have this effect.
• A tea of elderberry flowers is considered relaxing to the nerves and is sleep inducing.
• For insomnia, drink bee balm or chamomile tea and eat mandarin oranges.
Good health and good sense are two of life’s greatest blessings.
Publius Syrus (c. 42 B.C.)”
What does the Old Farmer say about this coming winter?
Colder than normal in late December, January and early February with above normal precipitation.
Oh, and the “dog days” of summer -- hottest, sultriest and coincide with the rising of Sirius, the Dog Star.
• Our “Dog Days” support the Humane Society! Don’t forget to have a good time with them on August 1!
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