I live in Rockingham County surrounding Harrisonburg City in Virginia back in one of the most remote and rural areas. You won’t see any subdivisions around here and I love it like this! ┬áThere are vacant fields, crop fields, large farms, large wooded areas, mountains and rivers surrounding my home and it fits me just right and makes me smile! I can just take a walk outside to get in tune with nature and the seasons! I’m also thankful to live in an area in which the change of the seasons is heavily marked with changes in temperature, plants and animals. I can take a scenic drive any day in any direction; I can go up to the top of Reddish Knob or just tour the backroads of the country. The West Virginia line is just a few miles from my home and I can have a drive through the heavily wooded areas and see deer, bear, red foxes and many more types of animal life.

I can truly see the final harvest of the growing season where I live because I can watch the farmers cut the crops and clear their land for the winter. We have a heavy population of hunters where I live and they strive to bring in squirrel, deer, bear and fish to store for the winter. This area is very busy at this time of year! People here also reap the final bounty of their gardens and either freeze or can the fruits and vegetables. If you’re like me, you try to reap the final bits of herbs and plants and dry them to use during the winter season. I grow Sage, Lemon Balm, a variety of mints, Comfrey, Basil and plants such as Red Clover, Plantain and Mullien grow wild out here. It is time for me to make my Four Thieves Vinegar which I use to ward off winter sicknesses such as the cold and flu. For my Four Thieves Vinegar, I use a half gallon of apple cider vinegar, about 1/2 cup minced fresh garlic cloves, 1 cup dried rosemary, 1/2 to 1 cup dried thyme, 1 cup dried sage, the peels of about 2-3 lemons and I may try some cayenne pepper this year. I put all of the dried herbs, the garlic and the lemon peels into the half gallon canning jar and pour the apple cider vinegar over them. When I have everything put into the canning jar I have two options: I can either put the lid on the jar and let it sit in a dark place for two to four weeks, or I can dump it all into a big pot on the stove and heat it without boiling it until I feel I have gotten the precious oils and liquids out of all of my ingredients, strain it and put it into the canning jar and store the liquid in a dark place to take as a tincture during the winter to ward off illnesses. I have recently learned that I can add honey to the mixture as well! I believe adding honey would be a good thing because not only is honey another natural preservative, but it would tame the flavor of the vinegar mixture which I already take as a tincture and marinate chicken in! I think I will try mixing honey into my Four Thieves Vinegar this fall as well!

I will leave you with a few pictures of our scenic land:



Bats, Black Cats, Owls and SPIDERS!!! I happen to be in love with SPIDERS! They are actually rather docile and they are helpful around the garden as they swallow up some of the pesky bugs! As I spot spiders around the house and yard, I choose to re-home them as opposed to killing them if they are in the way of traffic of people and pets especially if I know they are poisonous! Did you know that the most poisonous spider in the United States is the Grandaddy Longlegs? Fortunately, his mouth is too small to bite humans and animals!

Other things about spiders that you might not know is that they are actually a very good totem animal, or aracnid rather, to have! If the spider shows up in your life, it brings with it brilliant creativity as it weaves its intricate web! Some American Indian Tribes share the story of Grandmother Spider weaving the universe together. Grandmother Spider wove every spirit and entity together to make a whole, connected web of energy. All of us and all living and spiritual beings are a part of this web and receive energy from it. So, knowing that you may tap into your creative energy at anytime; just call on Grandmother Spider to help you!

Spiders have other good traits as well such as being patient and receptive and being a weaver of life’s fate. Call on the spider totem to help bring you more patience with difficult situations that have to work themselves out. You see, the spider not only weaves the web, but can unravel it as well and begin a new web. Let the spider help you be receptive and to know when the web of your life needs some unraveling, repair and renewing. Looking at the spider totem, know that when we die, our spirit energy is still hanging on to a thread in the web so to speak and know that this thread is the beginning of a new web of life for us.

At Samhain, when we are entering the dark part of the year, the energy is right to contact beings in the web of life who are not on our Mother Earth at the moment. Use the Earth’s treasures of crystals, herbs, resins and oils and the spider totem to help you to connect with friends and ancenstors … You may even find a new friend on your journey!

Samhain Soy Tarts!

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I had the BEST time yesterday creating my Samhain Soy Tarts! I’m also having a great time using them! They are for sale in my Etsy Shop, Miss Tammy’s Conjurings for $4.31 while supplies last … Just click on the blue link to get to the tarts in my shop! I love creating wonderful blends of essential oils! It’s one of my favorite things to do and my scents turn out extremely well! The Samhain Soy Tarts are a blend of Patchouli, Clove Bud, Allspice, Pumpkin, Orange and more! They give off a classic Halloween scent that is remeniscent of old Halloween, Black Cats, Haunted Houses, Treats, Tricks, Ghosts, Foggy Graveyards and more! I think I’ll make some Pumpkin Spice Soy Tarts today! I just love the scents of this season of the year! I string it out as long as I can because this time of the year is SO MAGICKAL!!! Samhain itself lands on a Dark Moon this year making it all the more spooky and mysterious! Don’t forget to pick up your Samhain Soy Tarts at Miss Tammy’s Etsy Shop today!