Archive for June, 2009

one of those tearjerk awww irresistable stories

Monday, June 29th, 2009

I can’t help it. Some of them are just too sweet. A facebook friend shared this one —- especially good for dog lovers. And elephant lovers.

Wildcrafting Tweets next 10

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Follow me
But if you don’t twitter, here are the last ten posts –

# wildcraftingOils are used externally, most tinctures internally. Takes 4-6 weeks to make, really easy. Use olive oil and for tinctures 100 proof vodka.less than 5 seconds ago from web

#
Linda Diane Feldt
wildcraftingSt John’s Wort is in bloom – use the flowering tops in oil or vodka – not only antidepressant also topically heal nerves, bruises, shingles!less than 5 seconds ago from web

#
Linda Diane Feldt
wildcraftingWalk in the woods – I’ll carry/wear catnip to keep mosquitoes away. Don’t laugh, it works. I’ll use tincture in a few weeks once it is readyabout 7 hours ago from web

#
Linda Diane Feldt
wildcraftingFroze my first pint of black raspberries for this season. Where to find? Most A2 school yards seem to have some along back fences. Unsprayedabout 18 hours ago from web

#
Linda Diane Feldt
wildcraftingInsect stung the back of my knee. At the lake crushed jewel weed leaves, decrease pain and swelling. Home, plantain leaf chewed & spit on.11:00 PM Jun 27th from web

#
Linda Diane Feldt
wildcraftingthe black rasberries have begun. I found ripe berries in a sunny patch. The berries seem larger and earlier than last year. Enjoy!10:31 PM Jun 26th from txt

#
Linda Diane Feldt
wildcraftingMore on how to make vinegars and their value http://www.holisticwisdom.o…11:26 AM Jun 26th from web

#
Linda Diane Feldt
wildcraftingComfrey leaves chopped and put into apple cider vinegar. Vinegar extracts minerals, including calcium. 4 wks later strain and use.11:24 AM Jun 26th from web

#
Linda Diane Feldt
wildcraftingIn an hour I’ll be teaching the class “There is a free lunch” on wild edibles. Now to collect wet samples (washed by severe rainstorm).6:09 PM Jun 25th from web

#
Linda Diane Feldt
wildcraftingThis morning, picked ripe service berries to add to my oatmeal. Yesterday snacked on mulberries each time I biked by the tree on 7th. Yum!!6:08 PM Jun 25th from web

Wildcrafting tweets – last 12

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

to follow me

# wildcraftingIn an hour I’ll be teaching the class “There is a free lunch” on wild edibles. Now to collect wet samples (washed by severe rainstorm).less than 5 seconds ago from web

#
Linda Diane Feldt
wildcraftingThis morning, picked ripe service berries to add to my oatmeal. Yesterday snacked on mulberries each time I biked by the tree on 7th. Yum!!less than 5 seconds ago from web

#
Linda Diane Feldt
wildcraftingSumac – from Staghorn Sumac – harvested in the fall, they keep well once dried. Red color, lots of vit C. Use as condiment or sumacade.12:50 PM Jun 24th from web

#
Linda Diane Feldt
wildcraftingUsing up dried sumac berries from last year. A handful in a 1/2 gallon jar, add water, set in sun for 30 min-2 hours, strain drink w/ ice.12:49 PM Jun 24th from web

#
Linda Diane Feldt
wildcraftingMulberries on the sidewalk? Look up and enjoy handfuls. They are ripe! Yogurt pie recipe http://bit.ly/bZLr710:30 PM Jun 23rd from web

#
Linda Diane Feldt
wildcraftingFor an abundance of berries all winter, want to have 6+ gallons in the freezer. I’ll pick every day & freeze: service, mulberry, raspberry,10:08 AM Jun 23rd from web

#
Linda Diane Feldt
wildcraftingJust added myself to the http://wefollow.com twitter directory under: #locavore #wildfood #herbology8:57 PM Jun 22nd from WeFollow

#
Linda Diane Feldt
wildcraftingHad my first service berries yesterday, they are ripening slowly this year. White mulberries ripe, more rain = less taste. Wait a few days.1:42 PM Jun 22nd from web

#
Linda Diane Feldt
wildcraftingI’m giving a free class “There is a Free Lunch” Thu Jun 25, 7-8:30 Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, PFC sponsored – wild foods, what where and why10:37 AM Jun 22nd from web

#
Linda Diane Feldt
wildcraftingToday – Cattail pollen. Upper level of the two browning fuzzy tops. Shake into a container, or use with the fiber you can pull off easily.10:19 PM Jun 21st from web

#
Linda Diane Feldt
wildcraftingMy mom used motherwort for irregular heart beat. If it didn’t work, nitro, if that failed she would call the ambulance. It often helped.9:04 PM Jun 20th from web

#
Linda Diane Feldt
wildcraftingThe motherwort is just flowering, an ideal time to tincture the flowering tops. Use to regulate cycles – periods, menopause. Use low dose.9:02 PM Jun 20th from web

Mulberry Pie

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

They are ripe and falling all over!
I make this crust – a hand full of almonds, 7 squares whole wheat graham crackers, and about 2-3 TBSP butter in a food processor, add more butter if needed to hold it together. For an extra treat, add a small handful of chocolate chips to the mix as well.

Press into a pie pan, bake 350 until browned, 5-10 minutes. Let cool.

Mix mulberries (about 2 cups) with plain yogurt (also about 2 cups are a little more), and maple syrup or other sweetener. How much ? Mulberries vary in sweetness so much. 1/4 cup is about right most of the time, but you might like more or less depending on how they taste and how sweet you want it. Agave, maple syrup, mix well. If you use honey you might need to heat it a bit to mix in well. Don’t use sugar.

Mix together, and enjoy the color while you do. Pour into the mostly cooled pie crust. Freeze. Serve just slightly thawed. Great mix of textures and flavors!

on being safe

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

One of the obvious cautions in internet dating is being safe. Truthfully, wondering about the potential lunatic, the person who might hurt you or your stuff, who might be a nut requiring a restraining order further down the line. Yes, they are out there, no question about it. And there are basic precautions to take.

Google is a friend to on line daters, being bold enough to ask for full names, addresses, phone and more before a first date. Any guy dating a woman who is offended by that isn’t putting himself in her position. Sure there are women who will go nuts on you, but the greater risk in this culture is still male on female violence or problems.

I consider myself, at 50, still pretty new to dating. I’ve never done this dating someone new nearly every weekend thing before. Previous relationships were pretty much see a guy who I was interested in or who was interested in me, go out a few times, and we were in relationship for the next few months or years.

Worked for me, sort of.

So I’ve been doing all the safety things and had my antennae up for lunatics and crazy guys and guys who I didn’t think I’d match, and a huge range of concerns and checklists. And yes, I have found many. Only a few actually slipped through the cracks, and nothing serious or dangerous. Just a bit bewildering and disappointing.

But truthfully, I am now encountering that whole area of guys who are actually attracted to me. I guess I was carrying a lot of weight, and attitude, and was able to avoid that for, oh, a couple of decades. Now, I get a lot of compliments, a lot of suggestive e-mail, and a lot of invitations.

Some of it it — if you give him even a little encouragement it gets creepy and gross really fast. So it has been hard to know what to do. For about 40 years I’ve been dealing with that crap. A construction worker nods to you, you nod back in a friendly way, next thing you know he is rating your tits. Loudly. With gestures and suggestions. I’ve encountered that sh– since I was a ten year old girl. Yeah, 10. That’s what happens when you develop early, and fully.

It is a similar world on line. What are some men thinking? Is that really working for you, really?

So I have been entirely focused on am I safe. Is this guy stable and sane. Am I going to a safe place, am I taking the right precautions. It is a given, it has to be done. I do google checks, I leave info with friends or family about who I’m going out with, when and other details. I often have my dog with me, who I know would defend me to the death — and short of that she gives really perceptive cues about what is going on and any danger she perceives. And her record so far? Perfection. I have never felt more safe than I have since having large, intelligent, protective dogs around.

But here is what I figured out this last week. I have been missing a whole other part. Being safe and feeling safe are two different things. And feeling safe with a man is a really important part of what I have to look for in a relationship. And I haven’t been.

And by ignoring that basic need, I’ve gotten into some confusing and awkward situations that I shouldn’t have. I was safe, no one was going to be killed or hurt, there was no danger. But exposing too much of myself emotionally and physically and having too much intimacy before I feel safe is not OK. It isn’t honoring me. And it is stirring up some very old and very important feelings.

And those feelings go back to my first real relationship, my first boyfriend. I had dated him for many months, and one night he lost it and sexually assaulted me. And the ramifications of that linger on. Even when I don’t want them to, even when I say I’m over it, even with 35 years gone since that night in May of 1974. In an apartment building on Packard, next to the old Co-op. Where I had trouble shopping the whole time it was there.

Yeah – many tangles, many lingering threads and reactions.

I am a survivor of sexual assault, like so many women. Mine was easier than most. He even came back and apologized 4 years later, and took full responsibility for what happened, although at the time he told me it was all my fault and I believed him.

So that simple yet permanent trauma shows up again in a new form now. Feeling safe.

And it is a puzzling thing. With some men it is immediate. Yes. My inner sense and my outer logic agree and are at peace. And I’m a more animated, happy, friendly, less needy and less talkative person. (Less talkative is good, just ask anyone….) I can enjoy the other person, be myself, tease, laugh, it is very sweet for me.

And others there is that immediate no, or not knowing. And I was trying to get to know this one guy by phone, but his voice sounds very much like that first boyfriend. And I feel less safe. I once went on a blind date with a guy who smelled like him. It has only happened once, out of all the people I hug and am near. his sense of humor was a little similar as well. I couldn’t stand to be around him. He really didn’t understand or appreciate my reasons for saying no to another date. I can’t say blame him – “you smell like someone who assaulted me”. Not what a guy can easily hear and understand.

It is at heart a very deep intuitive thing. A whole other story that goes on next to the other one – am I safe – is the story of do I feel safe. And until I do you can’t take me into your arms, kiss me deeply, or even hold hands without some bit of tension and concern.

I really want to feel safe. And when I do, it is a wonderful feeling. With a friend, certainly, and with a lover even more so. And nothing less that that full feeling is acceptable in an intimate relationship.

It may take time, it may take adventures, it may take something totally unexpected. Yeah, over 1,000 words later and I’m explaining something that couldn’t be simpler. But that is sort of the whole point in writing this. It is simple, when that sense of safety hasn’t been so devastatingly destroyed by someone you loved and trusted.

And when it comes in the form of sexual assault, which is harder to talk about, harder to work out, harder to be frank about, when the details are too embarrassing to easily share, it has that deeper longer impact. Sexual assault is a different sort of violation that has tentacles reaching into some unexpected places. How can soldiers come back from war and explain to civilians what it is like, when it so far away and incomprehensible to someone who has never experienced anything close it it? How can a survivor of sexual assault easily overcome someone forcing themselves into your body, showing violence in the most intimate of acts and places in your being? If you havne’t been there, it may seem like not such a big deal. Trust me, it is.

We all have stories that are hard to tell.

But I am a story teller. And telling mine helps the healing, helps me to feel normal. It helps the healing that I welcome. And, I’ve told a lot of stories that have helped other people learn more about themselves as well. Maybe this will be one.

____________
Since I’ve renewed contact with a number of people who knew me then, who are now reading my blog, this may be a new bit of info for them. And you are wondering was it…?
I’m not naming names in a public place, but rest assured his initials were NOT P.L. And if you want more detailed info, contact me privately, and I don’t think you will be at all surprised by the rest of the story. If you were paying attention, you probably have already put it together. And that’s Ok.

Wildcrafting tweets

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Follow wildcrafting for daily ideas on what to harvest, when, and how and often where.

Here are the last ten tweets –

# wildcraftingTwo good mosquito repellents – catnip leaves also yarrow flowers. Prepare as tincture or oil. I’m doing it in vodka and 6 week wait. Works!less than 5 seconds ago from web

#
Linda Diane Feldt
wildcraftingGarlic mustard crowds out other plants, and can harm trees by changing the soil. Roots need to be composted or put into trash. Please help!about 12 hours ago from web

#
Linda Diane Feldt
wildcraftingGarlic mustard seedlings are up – tasty and a good service to pick and eat. Toss the roots, eat the leaves raw, cooked, or blanche & freezeabout 12 hours ago from web

#
Linda Diane Feldt
wildcraftingThe Mallow plant grows in disturbed soil, has roundish leaves, and these 1/4 inch small “fruits” called cheeses. Edible. Slightly slimy.9:48 PM Jun 18th from web

#
Linda Diane Feldt
wildcraftingMilk weed buds are edible – & also poison. Cook with at least 3 changes of water. Or leave them to bloom for the monarchs to enjoy.6:56 PM Jun 17th from web

#
Linda Diane Feldt
wildcraftingthe tendrils from wild grape and virginia creeper are tasty good in salads lots of vitamin c . a sour taste treat.12:45 PM Jun 17th from txt

#
Linda Diane Feldt
wildcraftingplantain leaf is mild tasting, nutritious, also topically used for bites, rashes, canker sores, radiation burns of throat. In most lawns.8:18 AM Jun 16th from web

#
Linda Diane Feldt
wildcraftingJewel weed leaf is getting large enough to pick and juice. Topically – helpful for poison ivy, bug bites. Find near water, damp woods.8:35 PM Jun 15th from web

#
Linda Diane Feldt
wildcraftingblanche and freeze extra greens for winter. Kale, amaranth, beet greens, mustards, yellow dock etc. – dip in boiling water and into freezer.10:29 PM Jun 14th from web

#
Linda Diane Feldt
wildcraftingLambs quarter in vinegar – glass jar, plastic lid, 6 weeks later calcium and mineral rich – use in cooking, 1 tbsp in water, on salads more10:27 PM Jun 14th from web

Huron River Watershed Council River Swim

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Please join me for the one mile swim at Baseline Lake, Sunday July 12. I swam last year and it is a rare opportunity to safely swim across the lake and back (normally there are too many fast boats). With a kayak and canoe escort, as well as Sheriff Dept. Boats it couldn’t be easier. I was the slowest swimmer that day, and it was still really fun. I would love to have some company this time! No charge, all in fun, and a pleasant way to start the day. It begins and ends at teh UM Sailing club. Register with the HRWC by going to the web site, or call 734-769-5123 ask fr Margaret, tell her I sent you. Her e-mail is msmith (at) hrwc.org

The water is a bit choppy (wind and waves are common) and while you can be picked up if needed, you should be used to swimming for about an hour. I just canoed across this lake a few weeks ago, across where we will swim. It is a large lake, an interesting part of the Huron River! Let me know if you want more info.

bat rescue video

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

I’ve always loved bats. I got to visit a real bat cave in Puerto Rico and is was just thrilling. And an odor like I had never experienced before!
A friend on Facebook shared this video which is just delightful. If you’re into baby bats.

Twitter “Wildcrafting”

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

Here are the last ten updates from my twitter feed. Follow me on “wildcrafting”

# wildcraftingService berries are ripening. Look like blueberries, taste like, treat like same. Eat, freeze, pies… in small trees on many local streets2 minutes ago from web

# Linda Diane FeldtwildcraftingPicking weeds to demo at the green fair – mallows, comfrey, yellow dock, catnip, chocolate mint, burdock, celandine, lambs quarters, + moreabout 18 hours ago from web

# Linda Diane FeldtwildcraftingThe roots from from 1st year burdock. dandelion, chicory, wild carrot are very tasty right now. Raw in salads or stir fry or in vinegar.8:28 AM Jun 11th from web

# Linda Diane FeldtwildcraftingCelandine blooming, yellow flower, lobed leaves, yellow sap. Used for warts and liver, immune system, has side effects read about it first!2:32 PM Jun 10th from web

# Linda Diane FeldtwildcraftingSee weeds and pick up free helpful articles – Ann Arbor Green Fair Fri Jun 12 6-9 I’ll be on Washington between Liberty and Ashley2:28 PM Jun 10th from web

# Linda Diane FeldtwildcraftingFound ripe wild strawberries at the arb this morning. Tiny but totally packed with flavor. They won’t last long – a quick season. Yum!12:41 PM Jun 9th from web

# Linda Diane FeldtwildcraftingChive blossoms in organic white vinegar for 6 weeks pretty and tasty and extra minerals8:48 PM Jun 8th from txt

# Linda Diane Feldtwildcraftingchive blossoms can be added to salads for spice . Tear into small pieces8:46 PM Jun 8th from txt

# Linda Diane Feldtwildcraftingdames rocket flowers are fading but great in salads6:58 PM Jun 7th from txt

# Linda Diane FeldtwildcraftingA good day to harvest yellow dock for pesto – the leaves are huge.6:04 PM Jun 7th from web

The Green Fair

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

This was the fourth Green Fair for me as an exhibitor. And the first time I had a not so good location, a couple people couldn’t find me at all. Sitting (or mostly standing) behind a table strewn with wilting greens and books many people were curious about my purpose. Which is to encourage people to eat weeds.

That gets their attention. This year Nala also joined me, and she also drew people to the booth. Especially when she decided to stand on the table for periods of time. Well, why not? It always caused a rush of people to stop over. Marketing with my dog…. hmmm.

One of the interactions I especially enjoyed was a guy who saw the weeds and said his neighbor had lots he had been asking them to get rid of. When I said they were great, good for you, he was dumbfounded. His neighbor mostly has dandelions, so he quizzed me about them. And kept shaking his head as though this was a revelation.

He took a bunch of info and said he had to talk to his neighbor, and share this info about keeping weeds. Now this makes the whole hassle of dragging all that stuff downtown and spending ours in the sun worthwhile.

I had decided ahead of time that my major purpose was to give out cards and promote my new twitter feed — wildcrafting. Mission accomplished – I gave out 75 cards. I sold 10 books. And apparently talked to over 100 people! A couple remembered me from last year, and had follow up questions. That was cool. The twitter feed was a great answer to them, although of course not everyone twitters. But a couple said this might be a reason to start, up until then they hadn’t heard of any practical reason to twitter. I’ve had 5 new subscribers since last night, so that is a good sign.

Nala slept in until 10 am today – so I guess I wore her out with all the excitement. She was very good until the last 20 minutes when she lost it. I had brought treats, so I just gave her one every minute and we made it to the end.

I had just a little time to see a few other people’s tables. It was very lovely, very positive, a really affirmative time encouraging ideas and exploration and inspiration. So sweet. A great Ann Arbor event. My left arm hurts from pulling my little cart downtown and back (and maybe from lifting over 100 gallons of milk in the morning for the cow share group). I’ll work on it.

The weather was perfect, not too hot, not to windy, although I wish I was in the shaded spot. Next year perhaps.