Common Sense Home Good News Letter 11/19/23

Counting your blessings is better than counting sheep.

Sometimes things feel so overwhelming.

Working to get the new workshop buttoned up before real winter sets in. The unknown with August wrapping up his current job and starting a consulting business. Family members with health issues (very thankful everyone is out of the hospital right now), and on and on.

When the to do list gets too long, it’s important to take a deep breath and tackle one thing at a time. Make sure to take time to rest, because you’ll work better and think clearer with enough sleep.

Organize your work areas and clear some clutter. This will help focus your thoughts and show an obvious improvement for time spent.

Don’t overcommit, or overspend this holiday season, and take it easy on “treat” foods. Wearing yourself out and eating junk takes a toll on your immune system. ​Homemade chicken stock​ and ​beef stock​ are great ways to boost nutrition cheaply.

Do make time to get outdoors and stay active. It’s a good remedy for the lack of daylight blues.

Finally, taking time to simply give thanks and count your blessings really is good medicine.

All our best to you and yours,

Laurie (and August IV, August V, and Duncan)

P.S. I ran out of time this week to get the holiday deals page up, but I’ll have it up for next weekend. We’ll also have a new article in the home apothecary series featuring one of my favorite herbs.

This week’s featured articles…

I would like to thank Paul’s mom for sharing her apple pie bar recipe with my neighbor, who shared it with me, so now I can share it with you. This ​apple pie bar recipe​ makes a 9×13 pan, so there’s plenty to share.

We are wrapping up November, which means that winter is officially beginning soon. Make sure you have ​basic preps in place to stay warm during an extended power outage​.

I am sipping some herbal tea tonight, but at some point this holiday season I am making some wassail punch. I love how the fruit juices and spices smell as they heat on the stove top or in the crock pot. It’s perfect to enjoy while decorating the tree or having a holiday party.

Popular on Instagram this week: ​work on the new workshop continues​ and ​prepping easy meals for the grandparents​.

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