Eucalyptus has anti-virus, anti-inflammatory, and decongestant properties. Perfect for warding off a cold or sinus issues!
Effie looking a bit unsure of it all.
Just as I though I avoided the winter sickness going around - it struck. And got me bad. Sore throat, runny nose, headaches, you name it. I'm just thankful it's not the flu, although I feel like I'll jinx myself saying that! I've been loading up on zinc, vitamin c, cayenne pepper, and raw garlic for a speedy recovery. I've also been making one of my favorite steam concoction I threw together one night for Philip when he was having a sneezing attack (culprit spotted in third photo). It is refreshing and really clears you out. You can change a few of these ingredients depending on what you have handy - but here is what I use: - about two or three citrus wedge (I prefer to use oranges) - peppermint, rosemary, eucalyptus leaves - dried lavender - tea tree oil - peppermint castile soap, or if you have peppermint oil on hand that would work too - water
It is really quite simple. Place all ingredients in the water and put on a low simmer until it is almost to a boil. Place in a mug or bowl and cover your head with a towel or blanket.... now breeeeathe in.... much better! It really works like a charm. Bottle it up and save it for later in the refrigerator (it is best between 1-4 days).
Yesterday we took a short adventure to a little town only fifteen minutes away. We drove on a random road (typical) up a mountain that looked quite promising, and sure enough, the view was beautiful. We hiked a bit and found a Lion King-esque rock to sit on to take in the view. A trip to Morro Bay is not complete without going to Taco Temple (quite possibly the best mexican food and chocolate bread pudding of my life). Exploring with my favorite guy and his wolf has got to be one of my favorite things in life.... along with chocolate bread pudding, of course.
And on another note - my man moved to LA on new years day. Quite a change for the new year, huh? 2012 was a quiet, comfortable, ordinary year. It was a good one, but I am exited for what the future holds. Lots of exciting things are in store for 2013. I already miss him a lot but I am excited for the opportunities their band has been given (mostly thanks to Fergie... yes the Fergalicious Fergie). Funny how life works.
well to begin, I moved into a quaint victorian apartment.
effie's favorite place to sleep. poor thing had a hard time adjusting at first, but I think she's doing just fine now, and she has a new kitty housemate too!
I take walks as often as possible now, being so close to my favorite coffee shops, and I always make sure to make a little bouquet on the way. Phil warns me that I might look like a crazy to the neighbors if I keep collecting foliage on my walk, but I can't help it!
rain - my favorite weather!
a few Christmas presents
I hope everyone of you had a joyful, relaxing holiday!
* all photos taken on iphone, edited using afterglow