Chronic Illness as a Caregiver: Don’t Burn the Whole Candle

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Heavy Content

  Being a caregiver for someone with a chronic illness sucks. There, I said it. Watching someone you know and love live in constant pain, or watching them slip away from themselves and who they’ve always been is a battle in and of itself. Nothing can prepare you for watching Continue Reading →

Desert Sage Natural Spring 2018 Giveaway

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Giveaways, Sales, Events

  If you are familiar with Desert Sage Natural and our work, you are aware that I create a lot of teas. Possibly too many teas. At least when considered from a storage perspective. For each new blend, we create a loose tea sample, a teabag sample, a single teabag, Continue Reading →

Chronic Illness: Lacking a Manual (Part 1)

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Heavy Content

Chronic illness is hard. Strangely enough, that is actually something that needs to be said. In the first world we are trained to expect answers.  Honestly, I think that this training is part of why chronic illness is so hard to deal with – both by the people living with Continue Reading →

12/23/17: Maintenance and Paperwork, Holidays, and the Love of Dogs

This entry is part 16 of 16 in the series Periodic Updates

Life, Our Universe, and Pets: Things continue to be a bit of a mess here. At least as far as my physical condition.  There have been a few things that we had to do that had a pretty steep cost, and recovery from pushing myself that far beyond what I Continue Reading →

Our World of Tea (Update Post 11/29/17)

This entry is part 15 of 16 in the series Periodic Updates

We dropped off the update radar for a bit due to a combination of health issues and the intense effort a young puppy requires. I’d forgotten just how much time and energy is required when a dog is young.  Raubahn is amazing, and I love him, and I am very Continue Reading →

“Girls Just Wanna Have Naps” (with apologies to Cyndi Lauper)

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Altered Song Lyrics

Mister Tea and I start rewriting songs for a variety of reasons.  Sometimes it is Chronic Life connected (Here Comes the Pain Again is a favorite inside my head), sometimes it is for a tea (Pie of the Tiger), sometimes it is just because we are a bit odd. Recently Continue Reading →

“Pie of the Tiger” (with apologies to Survivor)

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Altered Song Lyrics

Warning:  I had really hoped that the original lyrics would have engraven themselves deeply enough into my mind that Mister Tea’s parody would not supplant them.  I was wrong.  Sometimes the two versions run at the same time.  Madness. Rising up, back on the plate Took my time, did my Continue Reading →

Introduction to Intensive Ingredients 4: Turmeric

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series The Making of Things

Turmeric is one of my favorite ingredients to work with. And not just because it looks so amusing in root form.  It triggers the imagination in a fun way.  Which is good when you need to deal with multiple pounds of it.  Random flickers of amusement help greatly when faced Continue Reading →

Rollercoaster Life: The Good, The Bad, and The Spoonie (04/11/2017)

This entry is part 14 of 16 in the series Periodic Updates

Life, Our Universe, and Pets: To start with – an accidental coffee mishap this morning might make this a bit more scattershot than usual.  If so, I apologize. We keep two Keurigs in the house, as the single cup brewing helped a ton with our widely varying approaches to sleep. Continue Reading →

The Undying Cold, Medical Roulettes, and the Hope/Terror Balancing Act

This entry is part 13 of 16 in the series Periodic Updates

Life, Our Universe, and Pets: A lot has happened since the last time I managed an updates post. Frankly, I’m not quite sure where to start. Probably with the fact that the past months have been hard, on a number of different levels. We said goodbye to two of our Continue Reading →