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Ringing in the New Year!

Wishing only good health, much peace & love
in the coming year.! Happy 2010 !

Quote:

I made no resolutions for the New Year. The habit of making plans, of criticizing, sanctioning and molding my life, is too much of a daily event for me. ~~Anaïs Nin

This New Year’s Eve is a Full Moon and also a Blue Moon (2 full moons in one month), it is also the 13th full moon of 2009. The next Blue Moon will be in 29 years on December 31th, 2028 .. and Lunar Eclipse in Cancer.

It is widely known, that we tend to be more emotionally expressive during a Full Moon. The energy is high due to the change in the electromagnetic energy that affects us mentally and neurologically. ‘Luna Magic’ for sure.

As we close out 2009, I want to thank all of you that have shared this journey with me,

and wish you all the best that 2010 can bring you.

Remember to scroll down for the December 2009 Blog give a way, if you have not already left a comment to be included in the drawing.!! Be sure to include your full name and email address so that we may contact you.

End Quote:

We will open the book. Its pages are blank.
We are going to put words on them ourselves.
The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.
~~Edith Lovejoy Pierce
~ stay cozy and warm,
see you next year!
Rosanne
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New Year’s Eve Sky Show

Another year coming to a close ..
Much reflecting on the year gone by.

Thought the ‘star watchers’ might find this information interesting:

NEW YEAR’S EVE: What a way to end the year. On Dec. 31st, Venus and the slender crescent Moon will gather together high in the southwestern sky for a beautiful conjunction visible for hours after sunset. The two brightest objects in the night sky can be seen through city lights and even fireworks–so everyone can enjoy the show. Meanwhile, closer to the horizon, Mercury and Jupiter are converging for their own Dec. 31st conjunction. This one is not so easy to see, but rewarding for those who make the effort to find the two planets shining through the rosy glow of sunset.

Visit http://spaceweather.com for sky maps and photos of the converging planets.

New Year’s Ball in Times Square

New Year’s Ball in Times Square to stay bright, All Year Round.
We often celebrate big events with lots of bright lights, and the dropping of a giant illuminated ball in Times Square marking the New Year for revelers in Manhattan .. visit to read more of the New Year’s Ball

New Year’s Quote:

‘Be always at war with your vices,
… at peace with your neighbors,
and let each new year find you –
…. a better man.’
~~ Benjamin Franklin

Wishing you a safe and healthy 2009.!

~ stay cozy and warm,
Rosanne
www.SunRoseAromatics.com

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Summer Solstice ~ This & That

Solstice Moon Illusion ~
June 16 , 2008: Sometimes you just can’t believe your eyes. This week is one of those times.On Wednesday night, June 18th, step outside at sunset and look around. You’ll see a giant form rising in the east. At first glance it looks like the full Moon. It has craters and seas and the face of a man, but this “moon” is strangely inflated. It’s huge!

A shout out to one of our very own locals:
Dr. Mike Shapiro is a long time family friend, and someone that has helped me thru the years. A true healer in his own right, if you are in the area and need a chiropractor, he is the ‘go to’ guy.! To read more about Dr. Mike and what he does, please visit his website: Dr.MikeShapiro.com

On the Essential Herbal list that I am on, Sue over at Farm At Coventry, spoke about drying herbs .. with her permission here is the post where she describes the process:

It’s almost too simple …
– Harvest herbs right after dew dries on a sunny day
(with the knowledge that the next few days will be dry and sunny)
– Put small amounts of herbs in paper bags being careful not to load it up to full.
– They have to be able to breathe.
– Keep the doors and windows of the vehicle closed.
– You can either put the bag in the trunk or the back seat.
– Give the bag a shake a few times a day.
– By the third day they should be completely dry.

Note:
(I have dried lemon verbena completely in 6-8 hours in a hot car!)
Fleshier leaves will take longer.

We dry all of our calendula flowers, mints and oregano this way.
They dry very crisp and retain the color. Its amazing.

I will never hang bundles again in this humid old PA farmhouse! You’ll? just need to bring them in, strip off the leaves and IMMEDIATELY store them in a dark place in an airtight container.

My best advice for this process is to harvest small amounts at a time.

One time I harvested all my oregano at once and decided to put down the back seat of my SUV , lay down a cloth tablecloth, then all the oregano and cover it all with paper bags. My car smelled like a pizzeria for a week until it was dry! and it took forever to get it stripped off and put away.

Remember:: Only pick what you can comfortably process.

Sue said credit for this information should be given to Jim Long at Long Creek Herbs .

Well, Summer is officially here.! Don’t forget to stay hydrated, drink plenty of fluids, and protect your skin. And remember that little children and the elderly on really hot days need extra attention.!

Summer veggies, farmers markets, bounty from your garden, fresh cut flowers, the ocean and just relaxing .. the lazy days of summer are here. Be safe and enjoy,!

~ until next time, Rosanne
SunRoseAromatics.com

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Spring Equinox, Full Moon, New Beginnings

Well, this year is just moving along for me .. Spring is always a sign of ‘rebirth’ and ‘new beginnings’. My Mom would always say how beautiful it was to watch Mother Nature wake up from her sleep and the beautiful ‘new green’ color on trees.

My garden here in the Bronx is slowly waking up,the day lilies are about 2 inches tall already, as are my irises. The grass is even starting to act up.! This year I am planning to put some blueberries & raspberries in, and some ‘bee boxes’.

Part of my thing is ‘recycling’. Friends bring me their peanuts and bubble wrap that I use here at SunRose. However, there is an area that some folks do not know what to do with :
their old / broken electronics i.e. cell phones, old laptops, etc.

This is an informative article:
Engineering a Tough Switch: Getting New Yorkers to Recycle Electronics – New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/10/nyregion/10recycle.html?ex=1362801600&en=1e83a25ec0dd81d1&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

Some upcoming events that may be in your area:

For those in the New England Area:
Boston Gift Show ‘Gift Rap’ – April 5 – 8, 2008
BGS Gift Rap http://link.ixs1.net/s/ve?eli=2187959&si=5166747554&cfc=3html

Down in Texas:
The International Congress of Esthetics & Spa
April 13 & 14, 2008
International Congress of Esthetics and Spa, Dallas 2008
http://dallas.skincareshows.com/

Attending these shows are a great way to keep in touch with the ‘new wave’ of products and just to meet folks in the industry.

My niece, Christie Marie Tartaro, who is also my ‘house mate’ at the 1120 Club here in the Bronx… is doing the Revlon Run/Walk for Women. Some of us are survivors and some, though fought the good fight, have moved on to the next plane.

Revlon Run/Walk For Women – New York https://www.revlonrunwalk.com/ny/secure/MyWebPage.cfm?pID=416752

On Saturday, May 3rd I will be participating in the 11th annual Revlon Run/Walk for Women in NYC. This 5k race will help raise money for women’s cancer research (breast and ovarian cancers).
While I’ve been hitting the gym 5-6 days a week, I’m planning on walking the 5k with my Mom and my friend Peggy.
I have set a personal fundraising goal of $500 for this great cause. I am hoping that you will be able to help me achieve my goal! Remember, no donation is too small!

If you would like to make a donation, please visit click on the link below to visit my personal fundraising page. Revlon Run/Walk For Women – New York https://www.revlonrunwalk.com/ny/secure/MyWebPage.cfm?pID=416752
Thank you in advance for your support!

Also, back in stock is the Chamomile Roman Organic, for those who have been waiting patiently I thank you.! To read about this wonderful essential oil please visit:
Chamomile Roman (O) http://sunrosearomatics.com/catalog/shop/shopexd.asp?id=721

It sure has been a hectic few weeks here, life in progress. Spring reminds me to celebrate life with the rebirth of Nature ! Even when things seem bleak, look outside and see the beauty of nature.

thanks for stopping by,
until next time ~Rosanne