Today I unpack our books and photos, writings and my aprons. I will make this downstairs area emanate life and our love for each other and home. Tomorrow we will pick up all my plants from the greenhouse at Margie’s and will be officially moved out of her home.
I owe Margie and Pat a great amount of gratitude for taking us in while in the depths of despair holding nine cats. We made such beautiful memories over there this summer, flying in Pat’s airplane, feeding the raccoon on the porch while watching bats, enjoying drinks together as the moon rose over the horizon of trees. Their graciousness held no bounds and I am truly thankful.
The shop continues to change and form each day. Each day it looks more and more like how I envisioned it. And in mad rushes it will be done and ready to open Tuesday with cups of tea and glowing medicines ready to pour.
But now I sit here as the dawn stretches and rises quietly over the earth illuminating all the autumn splendor and old trees as the cool breeze awakes the upper branches. My spirit is tired and my back is sore but I sit in peace with my cup of coffee. These things we hold onto to bring us joy. A sip of this coffee brings me back to years of holidays, and years of happiness. Each sip holds magic. We call it Christmas coffee but I start it in October. A sweet reminder of all the fun to come, of trick-or-treating, sharing Thanksgiving meals, of the childlike wonder of Christmas and Hanukkah, and the new beginnings of the New Year.
This year (and last) may have been a wild ride, but all I feel at this moment is peace and intense gratitude. For the memories with my children and family and friends that are family, for sunrises so beautiful they erase the previous day, and for sips of magic coffee.
In a coffee pot, or preferably a French press, add 2 drops of peppermint essential oil to regular scoops of coffee ( I do like a nice strong roast myself, 7 heaping scoops to an 8 cup press) and brew as you would.