Winter in Maine
It is getting cold again, here in Maine. While the pine trees cling to their needles, the rest of the forest is bare, each trunk anchored in the frozen ground. The calendar may not declare winter for a few more weeks, but here in Maine it is clear that fall has peaked and passed on. An early winter has sauntered in, leaving surplus pumpkins rotting in the fields. The table has been set for the deer to feast.
A major snowstorm has already come and gone. A multitude of glistening snowflakes gathered on the grounds. Wind and ice brought down trees and power lines, forcing travelers to stand still. While most of that snow has since melted, more is gradually taking its place. The coves are newly skimmed with ice. Freezing conditions mean slowing down is no longer luxury, but a necessity.
Early winter is an opportunity to appreciate blessings and evaluate mistakes. It means time to take in enchanting views while leisurely sipping herbal tea. It is a well-deserved break from the busyness of summer and fall. We are still moving forward, but the race-walking pace is slowed to a stroll.
Now there is time to bake pies, catch up with friends, and respond to previously neglected emails. The freezing of time also provides an opportunity to thank our neighbors, near and far, for the bounty they have shared through the harvest season.
With the busywork done, the mind shift to new ideas. There is planning what comes next and brainstorming unique combinations of essential oils and other natural ingredients.
This is a popular time for knitters to break out the needles and begin crafting scarves, hats, mittens, and wool socks. These treasured gifts, though made with love, aren’t always easy on the hands. Did you know that Lulu’s Garden sells Knitter’s Balm? Our blend of cocoa butter, almond oil, lavender, comfrey and rosemary revives and moisturizes overworked hands.
It is also time to start making Christmas lists again, embracing the fun and whimsy of the holiday season. With plenty of time left to plan, there is no need to rush, stress, or hurry. There is even time to stock up on Lulu’s limited edition Stressaholic Lip Balm. With premium ingredients like grapeseed oil, cocoa butter, and vitamin e, this blend soothes and protects your lips while delivering a calming jolt of aromatherapy. It is the ideal antidote for holiday madness.
Stress has no place here in the midst calm before the next snowstorm. This is the time slow down and enjoy family members, attend to the alpacas, and reflect on all that is right in our early winter wonderland.
What do you do to relish the winter months?