April 28, 2016

{me} Honest, open... and a little nervous.

So much is flowing, thoughts and questions are pouring over each moment of the day. Really, I am not even confident that I can write it all down. To share it, in a way that would make sense to anyone ~ except God and myself.  It's not chaos or confusion...  but the reality is there is much on my plate, there are piles heaped... but it's okay. On the inside its flowing shalom. He's got this!

For that I am grateful. Because I was not in that place three weeks ago.

But I don't want to share about that... instead I have other things to share.

Things like the new pair of earrings my husband bought for me. I really like them.

If you knew me, you would know that I don't wear earrings. For one, I am a very hands on type of woman. These hands have held babies, and dying hands of the elderly. Butchered chickens and gutted deer. Played car mechanic and knitted wool mittens. And two, time and snag factor... I don't want to mess with it, or like times past... snag them in or on something. Hoops and farm tools don't mix.

But... I am learning that somethings are worth adding a little frosting to.

And the book I am reading. Okay. I have six books that I am actually reading, and I am some where between the beginning and middle of them all... but this is the one that I have been going to most often.

It's keeping me focused on my task of looking for property, a home for our family.

And there are things like: Dad's in the hospital, he stepped on a nail... hit the tendon and well, it went from bad to worse in less than four days. His surgery went well. Healing is in progress. My Husband is still in his fight with poison sumac, and it's not better or worse... so I would say he is holding his own. My daughter is signed up for college, something we both process and ponder on every day, God help me give her advice based on your Wisdom. 

I have a new milking job. We are still working out a schedule... but basically I will be milking goats for milk for our family. It's gives the owner a break and it gives us yummy, raw goat's milk. And I was excepted as a contributing herbalist for The Biblical Herbal...

Yeah. Let me say that again. I was accepted as a contributor for The Biblical Herbal.


Yep. I may be a little nervous.

And this has all happened in the last three weeks...

 ~ Blessings!

April 23, 2016

Of Wood piles and Sumac... an itch for Spring

It took Cletus and my husband five trips to achieve removal of the old wood pile, and it took both of them getting pretty dirty in the process. Although within twenty four hours it was clear that Cletus came out in better shape...

You see my husband is highly sensitive to two things... bee stings and poison ivy. There was a day when ~ if he was down wind of a poison ivy breeze he would get it. Epi-pens were a reality in his life for bee sting season.

So when he came in that afternoon with a reactive mark across the forehead, I was concerned... honestly he looked like someone hit him across the head with a whip. We knew it was something, but I wasn't sold on poison ivy... I remembered what that looked like, and how he responded to it.

Over the next two days, he had more evidence of urushiol contact...  on his throat, ankles and wrists. Some along his fingers too. Clearly any where he touched the culprit or where the oily substance touched him, he was developing issues.

From day one I began the home remedies, monitoring for severe allergic issues and hitting my resources... but it was not until I noticed his wrists and surveyed the area in which the contact was made that I was sure of what it was. The verdict according to me: Poison Sumac.

With what's left of my apothecary in storage, I am limited on available resources for at home treatments... currently we are using a blend of witch hazel, lavender and melaleuca and increasing proper foods for boosting the bodies immune system.

And I am praising God that he has not had complications with breathing, or being swollen of face. 

What I need now is to locate some jewel weed and inspiration!

~ Blessings!

April 17, 2016

{hearth} an Amish tip: for easier to peel hard boiled eggs

Laying hens this time of year often start giving on a more regular basis. Which means a lot more eggs... and if you have been keeping chickens for sometime, you are well acquainted with the known problem of tough to peel egg shells. Mine usually came out looking like the surface of the globe.

This very topic came up with my {former} Amish neighbors, when a friend of mine was admiring their jars of pickled eggs, okay not the actual pickled part... but those nice little orbs with no pits on them. So what do the Amish do, to have farm fresh eggs look like surfaces of satin?

Tip: Take a spoon or butter knife and tap on the raw - egg shell, just hard enough to crack the shell and not the membrane. Then place the egg/s in the water to boil, once the eggs have been hard boiled... place them in cold water. Let them sit just long enough to handle and peel... and there you have it. Better surfaces for those egg dishes we love to serve!

What tips do you have for being successful with farm fresh ~ hard boiled eggs?

~ Blessings!

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