I’m feeling much less grumpy than I was earlier this week. We’ve had some breaks in the rain and even had a couple of sun breaks yesterday afternoon. Outside, the earliest signs of spring are bursting forth very quickly. There are crocus flowers opening where there were only stems a week ago and a few small, shrubby things are getting tiny leaves on them.
In my back yard, hyacinth stems are springing out of the ground and my chives are shooting up toward the distant sky.
But what boosted my mood most was the three hour webinar I watched/listened to last night. It was hosted by Learning Herbs and was all about how to stop a cold from taking hold. Even though I’ve been able to stop a cold from taking hold for several years with my friends elderberry and ginger, it was exciting to learn more. So exciting, in fact, that I made another impulse purchase (I’ve made several of those lately) and bought the ten lesson course they offered at half price. Now I’m enrolled in three online courses – The Art and Science of Herbalism through Sage Mountain Retreat Center, Balms, Butters and Salves through the East West School of Aromatic Studies and now Herbal Cold Care: Natural Remedies for the Cold and Flu Season through Learning Herbs.
Learning makes me happy. That’s one thing I’ve come to realize over the past couple of years. Still, taking on another course when I can’t get myself to finish the first one I started – The Art and Science of Herbalism – probably isn’t going to help my sense of being overwhelmed with things to do. Still, I’m excited about my new courses and having access to the Learning Herbs website for the next month (one month of access to the Learning Herbs website was part of the package I bought last night).
So today, instead of making appointments and doing the things I should be doing, I am going to make a new batch of Elderberry Immune Elixir, start some tinctures, (I’m going to start blogging about the things I make), and hang out on the Learning Herbs website, probably taking in more information than my brain can store. My must-do list will sit, not getting any shorter, but I won’t be grumpy as long as I don’t think about it!