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What I’m Digging

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Happy Friday, friends. Here’s hoping this finds you all doing fantastic. Me, I’m nursing a bit of a head cold/tight chest/cough/body ache/watery eye something or other. It showed up Tuesday evening and I’ve been addressing it with herbs and tea and honey and baths and rest ever since. Just when I feel like I’ve got a leg up on it, it takes every ounce of energy to walk across the kitchen.

I think it’s just something going around, but it’s frustrating, nonetheless. I feel like I take really good care of my body, but, admittedly, since Huxley was born, and with it the traumatic birth I experienced, I’ve noticed I seem to get sick much more readily than I did before. I’m thinking that simply means that some deep immune tonic herbs are in order. Reishi mushroom, ashwaganda, astragalus, ginseng-you and I are about to start getting all kinds of up close and personal, regularly.

In other non-Ashley health news, here’s a smattering of this and that’s that caught my attention this week:

*These butternut thyme quesadillas will be happening in my house, stat.

*Really loving this oil lamp.

*Stunning images of sand grains magnified (thanks, Faryn, for sharing this on Facebook!).

*Want to pressure can beans? Want to make them super pretty, in Weck jars? Here’s how.

*The sweetest pixie bonnets for wee ones!

*Winter slaw with roasted garlic & thyme yogurt dressing? I’m in.

*Wonderful article on the importance of texture in designing children’s play spaces.

*These jam-filled chocolates from local business Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon sound sublime.

*Pretty much want all the things Delish General Store is selling (Buffalo Plaid Flannel Infinity Scarf!).

*I like the way Cider & Rye thinks about food and drink.

What are you up to this weekend, friends? We were supposed to go to a Russian foods-themed potluck to watch the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics tonight at a friend’s house, but this yuckus has me feeling more like lying on the couch in my p.j.’s all day. All weekend, really. Either way, I’ll be watching the t.v.. Although I’m not a real “athletic” type, in any organized sports kind of way, I turn into a huge enthusiast when the Olympics roll around. I especially turn into some gnarly-worded snow bunny when the snowboarders are on. I hardly even know myself then. “Totally righteous air, dude! That flip was sick!” I should just end while I’m ahead….

Wherever you go this weekend, whatever you do, and whomever you do it with, may it be grand!

*I post a photo of Huxley in my What I’m Digging round-ups because, truly, he’s what his Papa and I dig the most. During a recent bath, he color coordinated all of his foam bath letters and numbers. I always did feel like the number one was rather blue…”One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do.”

 

 

15 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • amanda says:

    three things. one, I want to come soak in your tub (and I realize that may be a bit personal and all, but still…. I long for a deep tub that doesn’t start draining as soon as I get in and the overflow valve starts doing it’s hideous job). two, I will never look at sand the same again- what lovely photos! and three, I have been on the lookout for a red and black plaid (so is that what the fat plaid is called then? buffalo plaid?) shirt for myself during my thrift store outings of late. I think it’d make a good sugaring shirt, you know?

    • Eliza Twist says:

      If Amanda isn’t opposed to plastic in the tub there is a nifty thingy for purchase at places like bed bath and beyond that covers up the overflow valve so that you can have an almost proper bathing experience in a very shallow tub. I write from experience. Search for “bottomless bath” and you should find it.

      • amanda says:

        oh thankyouthankyouthankyou! I kinda thought maybe there’d be something out there like that, but never actually looked. I am off to find one now!

  • Danielle G says:

    Have you tried acupuncture? My immune system was shot after having two babies 18 months apart while balancing law school and work. I was sick constantly. After three acupuncture visits, my immune system was resuscitated and I literally haven’t been sick since. That was 3 years ago!

  • KC says:

    I have that oil lamp! It works really well. :)

  • Jo says:

    ***Preventative measure differs from immune stimulators/boosters***

    Preventative ~ 1) Acidophilus – and/or yogurt etc. Healthy gut!
    2) Vitamin D – We are always exposed to
    bacteria, they do not disappear or reaper
    depending on the seasons.
    ***The sun does though***
    3) Magnesium Chloride ~ synergistic affect with
    Vitamin D (which is a hormone). Flakes for
    foot bath/ bath and/or oil also… internally in
    powder form mix with warm water.

    **Ultimate is combo..transdermal + internal therapy.**

    N.B ~ Magnesium Chloride is not the same as Epsom Salts as that medium is Magnesium Sulfate. Two very different forms! Also, Magnesium Chloride is primordial in its synergistic effect to assimilate calcium and keep your body muscles nerves arteries, bones from being supple hence not stiff and calcified . We are over calcified in this society!!

    Ashley if you had an extreme birth, chances are your magnesium levels are that more depleted…and that goes for all…stress and coffee + wine instantly deplete magnesium levels (excreted through urine + GI.) Mg is no longer found in our soils!

    Magnesium: Ancient Minerals or Swanson’s~ Barbara Hendel’s. Both are from Ancient Zechstein Sea Netherlands.
    Do not work for anyone just based of life experience.. my husbands and all those I have shared this with.
    Cheers!

  • Jo says:

    Forgot to mention, ~Suggestion for ur Library~
    Both by Stephen Harrod Buhner
    1- Herbal Antibiotics, 2nd Edition: Natural Alternatives for Treating Drug-resistant Bacteria
    2- Herbal Antivirals: Natural Remedies for Emerging & Resistant Viral Infections
    ** Valuable reference for our era of Antibiotic-resistant infections **

  • Ashley,

    Thank you so much for the Delish General Store love! We’d be so utterly tickled to send you a scarf, and do a giveaway on your site to a reader!

    I’ve interviewed you in the past for Delish Magazine, but we kind of quietly took a break, which ended up being a longer break, before I could get the story written. Some time soon our Delish Mag and Delish General Store will amalgamate, and I would love to re-interview you and see what you have been up to.

    PS My four-year-old son Finn and I read ALL of your books, cuddled and cozied up under a blanket together on the couch…he thinks you are a very interesting Mama!

    • hi tamara. you know, i thought delish sounded familiar! thank you so much for offering both the scarf and the giveaway. you can write me directly at ashleyadamsenglish(at)gmail(dot)com to discuss the specifics. nice hearing from you, and so happy you and finn have been enjoying the books!

  • Mariah says:

    Thank you so much for the link to Playful Learning! I am a big fan of your work :-)

  • Valerie Vashon says:

    Ashley, I swear by extra vitamin C and zinc lozenges when I start feeling anything coming on in my throat or chest. I hope you feel better mama.

  • Kem says:

    Dear Ashley,
    I’m sorry you’re not feeling well. If you aren’t familiar with Urban Moonshine’s products yet, you should consider their Immune Tonic. My friend Jovial, an incredible herbalist and person, founded the company and their tonics and bitters are extraordinary (and local to me here in VT!) The immune tonic has everything you’re looking for and then some! It contains atragalus, red reishi, maitake, codonopsis root, eleuthero root, schisandra berry, licorice root, and ginger root, all organic! I have been getting sick a lot less frequently since I’ve been taking it, even with three little ones at foot.
    Check out Urban Moonshine at http://www.urbanmoonshine.com/
    Healthy healing to you!
    Kem

  • Claire Livia says:

    thank you so much for the linking my slaw recipe Ashley! You just made my day! xo