Yep, the world is a strange place right now.
Here we are in October of 2020, the weirdest October ever. With the pandemic, stolen election fears, crazy weather, and a general feeling of anxiety pervading the air what have what is there to enjoy? Gorgeous fall colors, harvest bounty, corn mazes, and the crisp cool air of autumn, that’s what. With cooler temps that mask you’re wearing will add warmth instead of sweat and discomfort. We will finally feel like cooking again, well at least some of us will.
It is easy to get discouraged with all the malaise swirling around. Let’s stay focused on what we can do to improve the situation. We all need to vote, preferably early, and preferably for candidates that will tell the truth, be consistent, take responsibility, have plans for health, environment, and social issues that will benefit all, and try to heal, not rip us further apart.
With the pandemic predicted to ramp up what can you do to help? Check out https://www.coloradoresponds.org/ for those of you in Colorado, if not check out volunteer opportunities in your state. Anything we can do to improve the life of another helps us all.
How many hours do you spend on screen? It is so easy to let our lives pass us by as we sit and stare at Facebook, Instagram, youtube, etc. Discipline your inner screen addict and get outside. Go for a hike in the changing leaves, take a nap under a tree, take the dog for a walk. Get up, get out, and find some joy and beauty in your everyday.
You will thank yourself for getting those snow tires on early before the chaos of the first real snow. Put your window scraper in, I like to add a broom for faster snow removal. It’s also a good idea to throw in some boots, a flashlight, cat litter for traction, and extra outdoor wear. You’ll feel ready for anything.
Yep, we’re back in business, online for now. Did my first video class in September, (terrifying, but fun) Here is what’s online for October. A great class for the upcoming flu/pandemic season.
Folk Cures and Kitchen Remedies – ONLINE
Folk Cures and Kitchen Remedies – ONLINE
Friday, October 23, 2020, 10 – 11 AM, a replay will be available. $25, $20 members.
Learn how to use herbs and simple but effective kitchen ingredients to fight off those winter maladies. We’ll discover essentials for winter health including spicy fire cider, tasty herbal teas for flu and cold, and warming elderberry/ginger syrup for immunity. Explore the many attributes of garlic and apple cider vinegar, and easy, inexpensive lifestyle tweaks to improve resilience and keep your family healthy and well. Handout with recipes provided.
This session will be held streamed online through Vimeo. Details on how to join the class will be emailed the day of the program. Info here
Things to Do!
Historic Denver is offering small group walking tours around town. https://historicdenver.org/tours-events/walking-tours/
Want a ghost tour? One of my favorite October activities, try Denver Free Walking Tours, the tour is $25. https://denverwalkingtours.rezgo.com/details/104527/ghosts-of-capitol-hill-walking-tour-2-25-hours
Check out Harvest Week where 50 restaurants are offering special harvest menu items inspired by Colorado farmers. Until October 4. https://www.harvestweek.com
The Denver Zoo is offering Boo at the Zoo every day in October. Grab the youngins’ and go have some fun. https://denverzoo.org/events/boo-at-the-zoo/
Farmers Markets are still running this month. Stock up on winter squashes, apples, pears, pumpkins, and all the harvest bounty.
Check out the corn maze at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, running weekends through October. https://www.botanicgardens.org/programs/corn-maze
They are also running outdoor ghost walks, the York Street location was built over a graveyard.
For more ideas around the state check out https://www.colorado.com
Yes, it’s time to bid adieu to the garden as it settles in for the winter rest. The time for procrastination is over. Snow will fall, tomatoes will freeze, annuals will turn black. Get those houseplants in, the herbs and produce harvested, any perennials in your pots transplanted into the garden and your ceramic containers dumped out and stored for winter.
Put in some fall bulbs for your spring show and plant some pansies and mums to brighten up the yard.
Mound up the soil from your emptied pots over your tender perennials and wait until spring to cut back your roses and grasses. I usually let all of my perennials stay unpruned and just cut back the messy dead annuals. The extra foliage adds protection and makes for some winter interest. Then it’s time to relax, those garden chores are over for a while.
Herb of the Month - Oats (ok really a grain but herbalists love it)
In crazy, stressful times I turn to oats for solace. Oats are nourishing, calming, and fortifying. They contain iron, vitamin B complex, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and vitamins A and C. High in fiber and protein, a steaming bowl of steel-cut oats makes the perfect warming breakfast. Oats help lower cholesterol, assist in circulation, and they have a soothing effect on our nervous systems along with a calming and moisturizing effect on the skin. Eat, drink, and bathe in oats for delicious, nourishing, cold weather support.