What kinds of things do you do to enhance your days, have fun, and take care of yourself and your loved ones? Some call such things self care, some call them hobbies. 😊 Mine go through cycles. I develop curiosities and interests and immerse myself in them. Sometimes their lifespan is one evening, sometimes weeks or months or years. Currently, and for a couple of years now, I’m loving experimenting with brewing and fermentation, especially of the terroir of my own yard and garden, a la @pascalbaudar. Look him up if you’re not familiar. Making sodas, bugs, shrubs, and other healthy and medicinal bubbly beverages that are worlds away from the chemical concoctions we know as sodas commercially, can be so refreshing and delicious. I find them a wonderful way to interact with the intelligences that are those plants who dwell in my garden, and to feel the support and belonging that’s available to all of us through the wider life we call nature. . This one pictured is a bug of elderberry, sage, bachelor button, wood sorrel, lemon balm, sugar, and ginger. The only one not from my yard in the ginger. It will ferment at room temp for a couple of days, then I’ll put it in the fridge, drink a bit at a time, and add to it as the seasons change (look up “ginger bug” for more about this old method of making an ongoing beverage). It’s the first bug I’ve made, so we’ll see how it goes. There’s a lot of “failure” involved in learning to ferment and brew! And that’s ok with me. I’m experimenting. Making up things. Letting the ingredients guide me. Playing with trial and error. Doing this brewing reminds me that so much of life is experimentation, taking chances is fun, and I don’t have to “be successful” in every dang thing I try to do. I can play! It is self care. And many teachings from the plants.