Week of July 4th, 2020

The Wandering Gants’ journal – week of July 4th, 2020.

I wish to start this entry by acknowledging and lifting my hands up to the Skokomish People (People of the River) who used to live on this land we’re currently parked on. They now mainly reside on the Skokomish Tribal Nation land (reservation) just south of here.

You’ll notice this is a new style of writing for our blog. I’m moving toward journaling about our life experiences, mundane or exciting, and things we care about instead of ‘blogging’. It may not ‘sell’, but maybe some future historian or anthropologist will use our writings to solve a puzzle. 😉

Driving around Sequim

We’re hoping to make our home base here on the Olympic Peninsula and are using the next few months to drive around certain areas and see what we like; so we drove around Sequim (pronounced skwim) the other day. We do like the area, especially closer to the water instead of up in the hills. It’s close enough to Port Townsend and Poulsbo for day trips and it’s easy to get up into the mountains. Of course, Port Townsend and Poulsbo are other areas we’ll be looking at too.

A photo of the lighthouse in Sequim. Photo credit to Evilmonkey0013.
Photo credit: Evilmonkey0013

July 4th

Brian and I don’t typically celebrate the federal holidays because they’ve become a commercialized mess. They’ve lost their meaning and sometimes, such as the case with the U.S. Independence Day and Columbus Day, they offend or hurt others.

So Saturday, for us, was just another day. We took a walk up a local road and saw some cute houses and plenty of native plants. I’m so excited to be back in the Northwest among the trees and plants, water and mountains!

Blackberry flower

There were a few fireworks off in the distance, but none allowed in the RV park. We did have a weird dude tent-camping across the way from us – bizarre energy that even the park manager commented on – and creating huge fires right underneath cedar trees. They talked to him a couple of times, without our prompting, and he calmed down on the fire. Still – just weird and I can’t even say exactly why. We were concerned about the trees catching fire and getting to our rig, so we were relieved when he left!

Sunday Breakfast

On Sunday, we headed into the nearby town of Silverdale to run some errands and decided to have breakfast at a restaurant. This was our third time doing dine-in since the pandemic hit and, I have to say, it’s still a bit awkward. Not because we have to wear masks, but because we just don’t know how well restaurants are doing with keeping things sanitary and there so many things we have to touch. Jeez. I was kind of a microphobe before all this, but now… *shudder*

Plant Medicine

Many of you know that I started working with plant medicine (folk medicine/herbalism) again. My latest goal is to move away from some of the supplements I’m taking to creating my own products that are fresher (and much cheaper.)

This week, I started two tinctures to take the place of some very expensive capsules – a milk thistle and dandelion root blend. As a diabetic struggling with inflammation, I need to protect and support my organs and this blend is fantastic for your liver. Making a tincture of each is so much less expensive and it absorbs better into my body (plus it’s three less pills to take each day.)

Aren’t these tinctures pretty? Love the color!

These will have to sit for six weeks (and I’ll shake them once a day) before I can strain and use them, but this amount, including the vodka, cost me less than $15.00 and will be enough for about 5 or 6 months. The pills are about $36.00 for a one month supply. See what I mean?

I also have some infused oil I want to make into lotion bars. Yes, bars. They’re solid and you rub them on your skin. It’s a new thing for me, an experiment; but I like the idea of having lotion that doesn’t require individual containers. The infused oil was an experiment too. I had this herbal tea that wasn’t rocking my flavor world, but the ingredients are all really great for moisturizing your skin. I ground it up and let it infuse in the slightly-warmed oil (avocado, jojoba, and a touch of vitamin E) that will become part of the lotion bars. If they work out, I’ll have some for friends!

Oh. Speaking of all this, I post more about plant medicine on my GoodJuJu Instagram and Facebook feeds; so follow me there if you want to know more.

The Mundane

Otherwise, this week, we’ve been working and relaxing. I do spend quite a bit of time prepping photos and creating posts for both of our Instagram and Facebook feeds, as well as research, reading, self-reflection and writing about my personal journey toward anti-racism. I post about that more on my personal Facebook profile and a little on my GoodJuJu social media.

Post Highlights

Favorite posts from the week of July 4th.

Powerful. You’ll want to listen all the way through.
Think also of the Indigenous Peoples and how they might feel about our ‘Independence’ Day.
How do you celebrate the 4th of July? Do you give gratitude on that day to our ancestors who won our independence from England? Do you damage the environment and scare pets and wildlife with firecrackers or by supporting large fireworks shows? Do you acknowledge that our independence came while people were trying to kill or convert Indigenous Peoples? While our country enslaved Black people?
Is it time to start thinking about this day differently?

Thanks for following along, friends, and remember to live your journey…


2 thoughts on “Week of July 4th, 2020

  1. I love the new blog format. Glad you guys are enjoying the PNW this summer. ❤️

    1. Thanks! We’re so happy to be here and just wish we could be seeing all our friends. It would have been fun to have a big bbq or two.

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