in my hands this holiday thanks to a molecular Archaeologist who unlocked the ancient Asia Minor secret by analyzing residues from the largest Iron Age drinking vessels ever found from the tomb of King Midas. Forever grateful for his discovery, we can enjoy the barley, honey, white muscat grapes and saffron, in our nest—chilled of course. Midas was the king of Pessinus, capital of Phrygia, a region in Asia Minor. King Midas adored his pristine rose garden and most certainly enjoyed the pleasures of life. He inspired the legend the Midas Touch—his power to transmute whatever he touched into gold. If you enjoy sweet yet dry beer…this ale’s for you. I will toast to my dear little nest with this handcrafted ancient ale this Fourth of July. After all she keeps me safe and warm, and delightfully content. My nest is forever reliable welcoming friendly guest at any time of day. Whether I’m gone for a couple of hours, a few days or even weeks, she is there waiting to greet me with her unconditional warmth, like a loyal pet. She keeps a close eye on all my plants and at one time my little nervous Chihuahua. From the moment I turn the doorknob, I am overcome with a fantastic state of anticipation upon entering into the half-light of my mostly nocturnal retreat. The scent of the lavender candle still wafting in the air from the previous evening…and the soft clean sheets on my bed beckoning me to sink in, snooze and rejuvenate. I am grateful for everything my nest provides me and in turn I keep it pristine and ceremoniously light a candle or two in the evening–my favorite time to enjoy her sweetness. Remember to honor yourself and your nest by opening windows to promote the circulation of fresh air and to prevent stagnant energy from building up especially if she is exposed to clutter. Be safe this 4th and if you are out and about celebrating this fine holiday, may you find your nest to be especially comforting when you arrive back from your celebratory adventures. Let her know it everyday by finding your “Midas Touch” in your nest. Make a special effort to clear clutter or even roll up your sleeves for some scrubbing or a quick dusting with wide-opened windows to refresh her chi–your efforts will be immensely appreciated. The longer you hold onto your clutter, the more attached you tend to be to the items and unfortunately the denser the stagnant energy coagulating around them. You don’t have to be royalty to adore your palace; by clearing clutter you will feel like a king of your own royal residence and may even desire conquering other rooms of your kingdom from such a admiral feat. Once clutter is removed, refresh your nest by offering her eye-catching flowers–always select fresh and keep the arrangement simple and ideally fragrant, not too tall or fussy. Then sit back on your thrown and enjoy your notable deeds–you and your nest deserve it!