Friday, November 13, 2015
Bear with me today, I am just saying things I have observed, studied and learned, all of which you can verify on line. About six years ago, driving to town down the beautiful mountains, I watched them working in the tomato and corn fields, and it struck me that something was odd. They brought in big sprayer trucks almost weekly and used chemicals to kill bugs and weeds, and then they started picking green tomatoes. Why? Are not vine ripened the ones that taste good? Well, it turns out you can't ship ripe ones across the country, they would be rotten when they arrived. So they ship them green and ripen them in gas chambers. The gas, ethylene is somewhat natural, but still,a man can't walk into the ripening chambers with out being killed by this gas. Well, that got me looking at a lot of the growing we do in this country, it's not good. There are 6 big company's, including Monsanto, Basf, Bayer, Syngenta, Dow and one more that use GMO growing practices on everything they grow. So for about 30 years, we have been eating all this Round up, agent orange, Hep c etc. And over those years, we have increased cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer's, allergy's, ADHD and many other ills. On this mornings news, we are told that ADHD has doubled the last few years. A mother to be that eats GMO grown foods, passes on to her child big chances of cancer ADHD etc. This is all documented, and can be pulled up and checked out. It's not so much that we need cancer cures, we need to just stop it by what we eat. And there is now a big swing to organic foods, and non GMO foods. The stores are picking up on our desire to be healthier. Yeah. We have options. Why would we choose to be sick, or to make our kids sick? All that needless suffering. Ok, nuf ranting. Looking for a safe mouthwash? Try this, In a container, glass if possible, put 1 cup of aloe vera juice, 1/2 cup distilled water, 2 teaspoons baking soda, a dash of salt, and 20 drops of peppermint oil, 10 drops of clove oil, and 10 drops of tea tree oil. All this can be found in most stores now, if not look for them at Amazon or Swanson Vitamins, or Mountain Rose Herbs. If you are not big on flu shots, here is an immune builder for you, in a cup put 1 teaspoon of raw or organic honey, 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric,1 Tablespoon of lemon juice, 2 ounces of hot water, mix and drink it all. It may not taste too good, but gives your system a good boost. Seems a front moved across a lot of the states this last week, we didn't get any of the wicked weather, but we have a few cool days ahead, down to the freezing mark for 2 nights, but then rebounding into the 70s by next week. Don't mind a few days, just hate prolonged cold weather. We are coming up on Thanksgiving before long, the holidays seem to gather momentum and just rapidly pass by. I have so much to be thankful for, a wonderful family, a beautiful place to live, and now a paid for home. Not that I didn't work for that! And of course the Good Lord to bless me every day. Hope you are counting your blessings too, as we get ready for that turkey dinner. Til next time, stay well. '
Friday, November 6, 2015
There is a trend now to tiny house living. You have seen them on HGTV and Facebook. Funny, in 1955 when I married and moved to Amarillo Air Base, we had a tiny house. An 8x25 foot trailer we rented. Our bathroom was a corner of the bedroom big enough for a grinder toilet and wall mout sink, both stainless steel, and the whole room was a shower. The kitchen had a tiny frig with a freezer big enough for 2 ice cube trays. Apartment sized stove, and the living room was big enough for a couch. But it was my first home, and special. When our first baby was on they way, it was clear we could not fit a baby bed or anything else into this place so we bought a burned out mansion, 8 by 37. That one moved with us to Wichita Falls, in fact we moved our house around a lot, that was an adventure in itself. Learned a lot about "Fish tailing" one trip, wondered why cars kept diving for the side of the road as we approached. Guess the big thing is to avoid high utility bills, otherwise, some of these houses could be easily stolen while you were away. And they are not cheap. Need some hand soap? Chemical free? Mix 1/2 cup boiled or distilled water 1/2 cup castile soap, 1 T jojoba( or apricot kernel or grapeseed) and 15 drops of sea tree oil. Put in a pump bottle, shake slightly before use. All this stuff'seasy to find at Walmart, or I get mine from Swanson Vitamins or Amazon or Mountain Rose Herbs. Got mole on the north side of your house? Mix 1 cup white vinegar, 1 cup water, and 1 T baking Spray on, do not wash off, rain will take it and the mold off. One of the blogs I read listed foods healthy people eat, will share. Apples, asparagus, blueberries, spices, broccoli, butternut squash, dark chocolate, legumes, nuts, plain yogurt, greens, oatmeal, olive oil, pears quinoa and salmon(wild caught). Lucky us, we still have greens and tomatoes, DOug extends the season well on salad stuff. Its still warm, but will change a little this week, 60's instead of close to 80. still not bad. Thanksgiving is less than 3 weeks away, holiday season really rushes up on us, I am working on notes to many friends on Christmas cards, a once a year occurrence. Never did like form letters, easy but so impersonal. Enjoy the end of fall, that cold stuff will arrive too soon. Have a good week, and love one another.
If you watch tv or follow Facebook, you must have seen the trend to tiny house living. It kind of makes me laugh, as back in 1955, newly married, 18 whole years old, we moved to Amarillo Air Base in Texas, and our first house was an 8x25 mobile home. If that's not tiny, don't know what is. Our bedroom had a small corner, maybe 4x4 that was a "bathroom, a stainless steel grinder toilet, a wall mounted sink and the whole room was the shower. A very tiny kitchen, big enough freezer in the frig for 2 ice cube trays, no food. An apartment sized stove, and the front room had a couch. Period. But it was home, my first one. And we were happy. Until a baby was on the way. Oops, no place for a baby bed or any other needed stuff, so we moved into a big house. Ha. 8x 57. Well, it felt big. And this one we bought, the first one was rented. This one had been burned in a fire so it required a lot of repair, but we lived in it for quite a while. Even moved it from Amarillo to Wichita Falls. Nothing like taking your house with you. Ah, the adventures we had doing that. Anyway, tiny houses are not new, they have been around for a long time. Guess leaving big utility bills behind has a draw. If you are getting into the DIY of loosing chemicals in your useable products, how about some great home made soap, liquid of course. In a container put 1/2 cup of boiled or distilled water. Add 1/2 cup of castile soap, 1 T of vitamin E oil, 1 T jojoba(or grapeseed or apricot kernel) oil, and 15 drops of tea tree oil. Shake a little before using. These items can all be bought at Amazon, or Mountain Rose Herbs. I tend to get them from Swanson Vitamins, they have so much these days. If you have a saved pump bottle use that, or you can buy one. Maybe a pretty one in the bathroom department. Got mold on the north side of your house? In a spray bottle mix 1 cup of white vinegar, 1 cup of water and 1 T baking soda. Spray on, don't wash off, rain will take it and all the mold away. One of my blogs gave a list of stuff healthy people eat on a regular basis, here goes: Apples, Asparagus, Blueberries, spices, broccoli, butternut squash, dark chocolate, legumes, nuts, plain yogurt, greens, oatmeal, olive oil, pears, quinoa and salmon. Wild caught salmon. I do eat this stuff, and a large amount comes from the gardens here on the mountain. It's November and Doug still has lettuce and cherry tomatoes, so we are blessed with good food most of the year. Still enjoying t shirt sleeve weather here, looks like next week will be a little cooler but not bad for November. Just three weeks til Thanksgiving, the holidays sneak up and roll rapidly by. Working on my Christmas cards, do a lot of them, with notes to a lot of folk, not big on form letters, seems like a short cut, not personal. The colors of the trees are spectacular but fading, my snowball bush is blooming. As are petunias and cosmos. Hope you are enjoying fall in your area, not looking forward to the cold days coming. Enjoy each day, never know how long we will be allowed to be here. Til next time, Love one another!