The days are drawing in again and it's impossible to really air the house nicely when it's 20 degrees F outside. Dried rosemary from the summer gardens really gives me an emotional lift during these dark evenings. Just a small handful in a simmering pot of water makes the house smell clean and fresh. I especially like to use this natural air freshener after cooking seafood or bacon.
The simmering water turns a most beautiful shade of purple after an hour which I've tried to use as a dye without much luck. No matter. If you've never scented your home before with rosemary - well, just try it.
I've found a book that I read and reread when I was just a very little girl. It is the true story of a white girl - Mary Jemison -held captive by the Seneca Indians in the 1700's in Upstate New York. I've thought of this story over the years and have unsuccessfully looked for a copy of it from time to time. I always thought the book was entitled "Corn Tassel" because that was the name the Seneca's gave her when she was first adopted into the tribe. They were referring to her blonde hair.
As you can see, I had the title wrong so no wonder the book eluded me over the years.
The illustrations are lovely. Mary Jemison ultimately decided to stay with her adopted people. Now I have the tale to read to my grandchildren!