Sep. 6, 2022

A Bit About Me, Jonnie Dee

A bit about me...
I live in the Black Swamp Territory...I live in NW Ohio.  The Great Black Swamp was a glacially fed wetland in northwest Ohio, sections of lower Michigan, and extreme northeast Indiana, United States, that existed from the end of the Wisconsin glaciation until the late 19th century. Comprising extensive swamps and marshes, with some higher, drier ground interspersed, it occupied what was formerly the southwestern part of proglacial Lake Maumee, a holocene precursor to Lake Erie. (Per Wikipediia) 
 
A bit about me. I am the oldest of 8. Born a copper colored redhead and I was a tomboy for years. My given name is Jonnie even though I have 5 brothers. I'm named after John, my grandfather who lost 2 boys and had 5 girls. John died a few weeks before I hatched. In remembrance, I was named Jonnie after him.
 
I am an avid thrifter, crafter, herb collector and junker.  My journey with herbs started as a youngster with my father and I stepped up the pace about 30 years ago when I was told by Doctors that my liver was one of a serious alcoholic, yet I was a non drinker. I had no insurance & had to heal myself. I'm self taught when it comes to learning and experimenting with my herby wild weedy friends. I found comfort and a closeness to God and nature while learning the many benefits of herbs.
 
I now use them in many ways, making medicine, tinctures, salves, liniments, oils and more.  I use them in crafts, foods and recipes, spices, salts, and for cosmetic uses. I am constantly amazed. 
I have taught a few classes and my aim is to write a book, but for now most of my time goes to my full time job as a real estate agent. I resell some of my vintage and garage sale finds. Although I forgot to mention that for 25 years I sold at craft and art shows. At my high end I employed 18. 
 
For now, I'm slowing down a bit, volunteering, selling houses, junking, writing, picking herbs, making medicine and sharing with you...At the end of the day I'm tired and happy.  I thank you for listening, much love, jonnie dee