Ever sit in a long line of cars wondering what's happened up ahead to stop traffic? That's how I've been feeling the last few days/weeks/months off and on. There's a line of thoughts up ahead of me, another building up behind. So what's the hold-up? Was there a collision? Is there road work going on? Well??
This post isn't strictly about mullein, but it begins there.
I've got my slow cooker on the counter and it's on a good simmer. After a few hours cooking last evening and sitting to cool overnight it's been humming along all day. It holds my latest experiment, a couple of days' long deep decoction of 4 or 5 quite small first year mullein plants, roots and leaves together. One doesn't usually decoct (as in simmer for a long time) the leaves of plants because they're too delicate; decoctions are for the tough stuff like barks and roots. But as I said, this is an experiment. Besides, mullein leaves are made of stronger stuff than most leaves, and I want to find out just what they'll offer up this way.
I dug the plants out of the snow yesterday as we were having a bit of a thaw - oh man, that was fun - because, well, I have lots of mullein out there and I could. It's been calling me, mullein has.
The rest of this post is over here at the garbling blog. It's opened up again, so anyone can read it, no membership required (don't ask, it's a long story).
In the video below, the (to my mind very interesting) psychology professor Jordan Peterson responds to a question about the cliche of 'following your passion'. He ends by saying ".. so if you want to personalise your life .. you'd better act in a way that makes you a reliable guide".