Connecting to Your Higher Self
Cannabis is an important herb in our house and we’re fortunate to have a program in our state that allows for medical marijuana. For those who are looking for more information below are links for the Department of Health website as well as links for their applications.
So I hosted a family reunion this weekend. It seems I would only see that side of my family at funerals or an occasional bump in at one of our favorite restaurants. I have fond memories of my childhood around the holidays and the last time I can remember a holiday with my family was well over 20 years ago. Needless to say, it was time for a get together!
One of my favorite memories is visiting my grandmas house for Christmas and looking for our personal ornaments. Over the years we each had our own and it was exciting finding them year after year. I even remember licking them to taste the salt.
This year I decided to bring back the tradition of salt dough ornaments. A special memento for our reunion, bringing old and new together.
1/2 cup salt
1 cup flour
1/2(+/-) cupish warm water
Bake in 250 degree oven for two hours.
Here’s the original link Salt Dough Ornaments
My first batch came out a bit dry, you can see the cracks in the picture above. The second batch was much better after adding a bit more water for smoothness. I knew I would be painting mine so smooth was good.
I’m glad I made two batches since I only had a few left overs and much more inspiration to finish them off later. Poor planning left us without ribbon to hang and I chose not to shellac them but we had a great time anyway.
Members of the family were able to take the ones I made and those provided inspiration for their masterpieces in return.
All-in-all it was a huge success and I loved seeing the creative genius of my little cousins. Hopefully they’ll continue to pass the tradition on and they’ll be able to tell their families where it came from. I’m grateful for my family’s participation and their help in letting me relive a bit of childhood. My grandparents would be amazed at how big our family has grown.
This has taught me that tradition is important and if I want it, I need to create it. My goal is to at least do salt ornaments as gifts from now on. They’re so versatile and any occasion works. What tradition you would bring back from your childhood? Tell me about your favorite holiday memory.
Oh, if you’re wondering how medical marijuana relates, I was medicated during the planning process, the creative process, the actual reunion, and writing this. Sativas work well for my energy and creativity and Indica works for my pain. I try to focus on the benefits of the medicine and if I medicate and dose accordingly then it helps me complete my to-do list for the day.
So partake in your favorite medicine blend an don’t forget to tell me what tradition you would bring back from your past.
From my family to yours, have a Happy and Prosperous New Year!
There’s nothing quite like taking your first hit of a new strain from a clean apparatus. True flavors can be appreciated and not tainted with old resin and ash. Check out our dirty glass below, before I cleaned them.
All you need is some salt and 91% alcohol. I like to use my super long pincers and a magic eraser. It helps to get those tough to reach and hard to clean areas.
Pour in some salt and alcohol – and shake! Be careful if you have fragile pieces with necks or fine details, we don’t want those to break.
Instead of pouring it down the sink, we reuse ours by saving it in a plastic tub after use. Once it’s empty, make sure you rinse well. Salt can hide in small areas and the alcohol can be tasted if not rinsed thoroughly.
You’ve now got shiny clean glass! Sit back and admire the beauty of your piece.
My most gratifying piece to clean… I seriously thought it was made black. Nope, clear glass with blue and yellow.
Enjoy the full flavor of your medicine by spending a few minutes to clean your pieces once in awhile, it’s worth it. Residual ash and resin can build up tainting your first inhale of fresh medicine.
So do yourself a flavor and clean your glass, then show me your before and after pictures!
I need one.
And the struggle is real. I can’t remember when I last took one but it was a long time ago. Now I need a serious one, for several reasons. I don’t get high anymore, at least not like I used to. My lungs and throat could use it. It’s expensive. Anything I smoke puts me to sleep, anything. Edibles, sleep. Vape, sleep. I should be caught up on my sleep but I feel exhausted all the time. Don’t get me wrong, I sleep damn good at night but it’s never enough and I don’t remember my dreams anymore. And that’s a pisser. Which is my main reason for wanting a tolerance break.
Before weed I loved falling asleep at night because I looked forward to what dreams would show up. They were so vivid and telling but the downside was that I would get bouts of insomnia. Now I sleep all night, but I can’t remember my dreams. Unfortunately, I don’t know if I can balance this one. Smoking has become such a part of my life that it’s hard to just not smoke. Thomas needs it for his pain and so his consumption is way up there. He could use a tolerance break as well but for him it’s much harder. The pain gets unbearable. For me, it’s not so bad and I can go longer periods of time without cannabis.
But let’s be honest; while we’re smoking our medicine for the aches and pains, there’s also a social aspect to it. I love sitting in the bathtub with my hubby, sharing a joint and 4 bowls, listening to music and talking about the day. Sitting around with my family laughing our asses off about whatever is always fun. Our house is probably very different than most in that we have two adult kids living with us and a third that comes over and hangs. They’re all over 21 and each have their own lives but we spend a lot of time together and the majority involves smoking, drinking, and just having fun.
It’s hard to participate in things like that when I’m the one person not partaking and the natural habit is to puff, puff, pass; I usually give in to the offer. So here I am, getting ready to load another bowl and contemplating another tolerance break. They say I should get rid of all the weed in the house before I quit. Another justification for lighting up. Maybe I should just go camping for two weeks alone. Or, maybe I should just slow down and plan a little better. Tolerance breaks are still needed and I don’t see cannabis leaving anytime soon, I suppose I’ll have to figure out a way to do both. Probably cutting back is a good start.
It’ll be interesting to see how long it takes before my dreams start making an appearance once I actually commit to a break. I’m certain I’ll be writing those down as they come.