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"Let us wage a glorious struggle against illiteracy, poverty and terrorism. Let us pick up our books and our pens. They are the most powerful weapons."
---Malala Yousafzai, who survived a Taliban assassination attempt and gave an amazing speech at the U.N. on her 16th birth
day-and won a Nobel Prize.

"We must be careful that the people who make $5000 a year are not pitted against those who make $25,000 a year by those who make $900,000 a year."
Barbara Milkulski,  in a speech, 1974

"The freedom of man,  I contend, is the freedom to eat." Eleanor Roosevelt

February/March January Moons
    4, Full; 13, Last Qtr;
20, New; 26, 1st Qtr
Keep your critters warm!
February Moons
 3, Full; 11, Last Qtr; 18 New;
25, 1st Qtr
Valentine's Day is the 14th

Updated Monday, February 2, 2015
Easy access to show listings in Northern and central NY, along with the
occasional article by Sue-Ryn: The Metaphysical Times

Want to read the letter from Sue-Ryn that's part of this year's catalog? Here it is.
On several pages you will find the following:
Bad news--good news.  
Longtime Hill Woman customers will notice that the price on several things have been raised. There really wasn't any choice; it was raise prices or go out of business. Herb and oil prices have gone through the roof--and keep rising--as have the costs of packaging, bottles, the shipping I pay to get and to mail stuff, the cost to maintain an 800 number, and to process credit cards. Hill Woman was not started as a means to get rich, and is not run that way now; I'm trying to make a living, not a killing. These revised prices reflect a desire to offer quality goods at a reasonable price--and still be around next year, and the year after.
And don't forget, Free shipping on orders over $25 for the month of February. 

snowWell, that was bracing!

We've had plenty of cold and snow, though not as much as the eastern coastal areas.

There was another nor'easter afoot, and the edge of it we got was a bit sharp. Started the morning with  blowing drifting snow. Only 6-10 inches, but the 20-30 mph winds made it bad, and the below zero temperatures made it worse. By late afternoon we were up to +2, and the winds had dropped to 10-15, which was eough of an improvement for another bout of shoveling, running the snowblower, refilling bird feeders; still shiversome chores.

January has, at  least, been a good month for Bread!baking.  We do the artisan bread thing, and the Troll's lastest experiments have come up with two refinements to his usual methods. First, instead of corn meal for the bottom of the loaf, we're using sesame seeds. Works just as well to keep the dough from sticking to the peel and baking stone, and the taste . . . is wonderful. Second, rather than making a free-form boule, he's using an 8" springform pan without the bottom. It makes a tall, symmetrical loaf, your still get that stone-baked bottom crust.

Only creature currently in rehab is the crow we've had since late November. Have done some transports, most stuff --a heron, a couple hawks and an owl have moved on to bigger rehab facilities.

Of course the big news for February is our annual Groundhog deal: free shipping on all US orders over $30!  Happy shopping!
No more shows until February, and Bay House Artisans, the co-op store Sue-Ryn and some friends opened the year before last year is closed for the season.

Mail order remains steady, and we'll once again mention here something you will find elsewhere on the site, and as a sticker on order forms. There is now a limit of 5 bundles per scent on incense orders. We have some real fans out there, and that's great, but every so often we get orders so crazy big it wipes our entire stock all at once, and makes it so no one else can get any. Our incense is made by hand in small batches, and can take well over a week to cure enough to be salable or shippable. You can still order 5 bundles each of your favorites, and we hope you do. But orders of 10 and 20 or more bundles of one scent had to stop before we went nuts. Or more nuts.

LoveyMiss Lovey the cat,  now ours for a year, is finding the weather on her  catio not to her high standards; lots of complaints. Wait until there's a foot of snow out there!
In case you missed the story, here's how we got Miss Lovey. We had been dithering about getting another cat, but were pretty particular about what would work for us. We wanted an older cat, preferably female, one that would mostly be an inside cat. Because of our wildlife rehab, we just could not have another Terminator cat like Monkeypants. We thought we had one, but at the last moment, just before we headed to the shelter in Watertown, we learned that she had already been taken.  We were bummed.
That night we went online and checked out the St. Lawrence County shelter in Ogdensburg. There we saw three cats that looked interesting. So the next day we made the trip, and came home with Lovey. She's a bit over 8 years old, a bit tubby, and judging by her name and behavior, was probably some older woman's cat. She loves our big house, adores Sue-Ryn, is learning to trust Chloe, and is blown away by the birds coming to our feeders. As you can see from the pictures above, she's learning how to judge catnip Mousies, Mats, and Mr. Sardini Snakes.
Naked HunchLongtime Hill Woman friends and customers know that Sue-Ryn's husband, the Computer & Incense Troll, is a writer with two novels and dozens of short stories to his credit. Now he has begun putting out some of his unpublished novels as Kindle ebooks.

He has a new Kindle eBook novel available for your reading at Amazon. Like the cover says, it's death and danger at a Renaissance Faire--and a nudist camp, investigated by one of the oddest law officers to ever pin on a badge, the one and only Sheriff Abe Van Wynk. It's funny, fairly mysterious, and only $2.99! Available soon is a Kindle edition of his novel Call From A Distant Shore



Or you can try his bent fantasy novel Festivael. Want to know more? Click on the cover or the earlier link. It is available from Amazon for $2.99.

Blood and BreadA third novel of Amazon resurgence titled Blood and Bread is out there.
A most unlikely woman becomes the first Amazon warrior in over 2000 years--and ends up in the middle of a war with the men who wiped out the Amazons the last time around.

Also available at Amazon for a measly $2.99 is another Stephen L. Burns Kindle e-book, the rollicking, satirical SF novel Zero Day Baby.

Zero Day BabyA brief aside: we love the US Post Office and depend on the mail. We ship our orders via mail, get many orders via mail, and even some of Hill Woman's suppliers send what has been ordered via mail. We pay our bills via mail, We have been through periods--once three weeks long--when there was no power and sporadic phone, but dammit we got mail long before any of that came back.  The mail system was created when this country was created, and attempts to kill it off or 'privatize' it are ill-considered, short-sighted, and just plain evil. So below are a couple links to Post Office saving sites, and one to an op-ed piece by Bernie Sanders, one of the more vocal and tireless defenders of the USPS.

A note for those herbal tea lovers out there! We discovered a lost stash of copies of 'Herbal Teas-101 Nourishing Blends' by Kathleen Brown and Jeanine Pollak. $14.00 a copy plus $1 S&H if ordered alone, or make it part of your order and regular S&H charges will apply. Supplies are limited!

Sue-Ryn's upcoming shows are below; click here for the full listing.

Book coverSue-Ryn's book is here! It has over 30 recipes for cooking, tea-sipping and bathing blends, from Apple Spices and Baba Yaga's Tea, to Vapor Bath and Venison Blend.
For more about the book, along with pricing,  check the page about it.

From Time to time I have needed an Animal Communicator. I first met Sally Gewinner at a small event in Fulton. At that time our old kitty Belle was showing some odd behaviors. Sally helped confirm my suspicions and figure out ways to help deal with belle's transition.         Since then I have called upon Sally for help with domestic pets and Wildlife too. Her gentle healing wisdom has always proved supportive of the animals in our care.         Sally still works full time as a teacher, but you can often find her at weekend psychic and holistic fairs in the central NY region. You can find her on line at http://www.energy-light.com or call her at 315.458.2430 if you need faster help or an appointment.                 

And now available, Kitty Magic Carpets in extra heavy-duty fabric--what we call the 'Sherman the Shredder' edition.  Want to check them out? Go to the Catnip Goodies Page There are also some new pictures of cats with their Party Animals  and Mr. Sardini Snakes on the Party Animals page.

Worth visiting is the Pets Page, a listing of tips and resources and books and links for the owner of animals  of every stripe, including information on fostering animals for people in the service.
If you are looking for a pet, be it a dog or cat or whatever, you will find a link on that page to http://www.petfinder.org
a place that can be  a world of help. That's how we found our Chloe.
Give an animal in need a home! 
What we really want is help making the page (pages, actually) even more useful. Got useful info? Regular mail it to us or email it to troll@hillwoman.com for possible inclusion.

Some more of the Troll's fiction is now available as downloadable versions
(for a modest price) online at Fictionwise. For more info, visit the Stephen L. Burns page.

A personal note from Sue-Ryn:
I frequently joke with customers, saying,  "Accept no substitutes," when asked if I am the Hill Womanwho has been around and selling herbs and scents for over two decades. Last summer a few people asked if I knew a few different people who claimed to be 'apprentices' or 'students' of mine.
While I know I have inspired and empowered many along their own herbal and spiritual paths, I have no apprentices, students (or acolytes, or subjugated minions, for that matter).
Anyone who claims to a student or apprentice is not being completely honest with you.

Feeling a bit isolated? Having a hard time finding things to help feed your spiritual side?
Desperately Seeking Serenity is a page listing some sources for books, music and more.
Check it out for a listing of catalogs and newsletters. Got suggestions for listings? Drop
us a line and let us know, please. Knowledge is best when it's shared.

As always, I'm grateful to the many folks who help keep Hill Woman grounded and growing;
the family and friends, the helpers both hired and volunteer.
I count such fine companions and co-conspirators as treasure.
Special thanks are due to each and every one of you who visits this site or reads my
brochure and accords me the honor and pleasure of serving you. Your encouragement,
kindness, and continuing support mean more to me than you will ever know.  And to
those who've visited, used, and  complimented this site, the Computer & Incense Troll
thanks you from the rubbly bottom of his black little heart.



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