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Just because he’s so pretty! This is probably one of the most beautiful roosters we’ve had. I believe he is a Blue Orpington…..but we got him as a chick at the feed store, so who knows! Looking for a name for him and for some reason, Conrad seems appropriate to me. Continue reading “Farm Update”

FARFA

I hardly know where to begin. I am so far behind on all the wildly magical things going on in our life that this Summer has somehow morphed into Fall. I can hardly recall a year that has gone so quickly in my adult life.

I’ve always said I could be a professional student if only I was independently wealthy. Well, We’re still not independently wealthy, but we have somehow begun building a life that is allowing me to explore my passions and get paid. I pinch myself occasionally. Is this really me, getting to do this? Continue reading “FARFA”

The dung hill.

I have been following this fellow blogger for several months now. Amy Moser is a child of God. Importantly, her story is a tragic reminder of how much damage the antibiotic group, the Quinolones (Cipro, Levaquin etc) are capable of. I personally believe that many people’s walk thru chronic pain may have begun with a course or two of this particular class of drugs.
Antibiotics are not innocuous. They don’t just ‘kill the bad stuff’ and leave everything good alone. The gut is damaged after each round, but the damage can spread beyond the gut as Amy’s story illustrates. Yes, there is a time and a place for antibiotics, but given that ONE in THREE antibiotic prescriptions are unnecessary (a CDC factual statistic), choose your battles wisely.
Choose your tools wisely.
Be proactive.
Be preventative.
Don’t be the one ASKING for an antibiotic at the Dr’s office.
Don’t be a statistic.
Use your wellness tools in your tool kit. If you don’t have any tools in that kit, let me know…. we need to talk. It doesn’t have to be that way. ~TWP

Mountains and Mustard Seeds

Dung BeetleHere is a family pic. I’m on the left, that’s my hardworking husband on the right. Okay okay…not really. Sometimes it does feel like this though…

Psalms 113:7 He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill;

Well…that’s real good news! I am in some dung.

I had an appointment with my surgeon yesterday. He is an excellent guy and I know his concern is genuine and he wants to make the right choices for my health and I do trust him. Judging from my last appointment, I thought I knew what today’s appointment would hold. I was wrong. My spine is unstable again and it’s been getting progressively worse. We tried injections and they helped some, but not enough to think that burning the nerves would grant the relief I need. I thought we would schedule surgery and I could at least…

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Power Struggle

I’m back home and done with travelling for a few months. While I have loved meeting new friends and teaching in other states, it has taken several days to feel like balance has been restored around here. As my sweetest of husbands said (more than once)… “we fall apart when you are not around”. My being gone is a relatively rare occurrence…. I am the homebody after all. Neither one of us is ever gone for long, but in our 25 year marriage, he has had to travel much more than I have.  Continue reading “Power Struggle”

Carrier Oils… Essential Oils… What’s the Difference?

I really never gave too much thought about carrier oils until recently. My standby has always been fractionated coconut oil. Coconut oil can be great for certain skin types, and I’ve just never felt the need to venture beyond FCO….. until recently. Oh sure, I’ve dabbled here and there…. stepping out on my old friend, but always coming back home to my tried and true love. I was well aware of carrier oils for skin types (see above), but did you know that…. just like essential oils…. carrier oils have attributes that support and affect body systems beyond the integumentary system/skin? Continue reading “Carrier Oils… Essential Oils… What’s the Difference?”

Home

These past two weeks have been very different for our household. I am the poster child homebody. I get homesick after about 4 days away from my refuge. I am grounded and in harmony with my ‘feeps’ (farm peeps), and start to feel off when I’m gone for too long.  Back in January, Charlie and I made the decision to cut back my hours at the pharmacy to 20hrs/week. I was killing myself trying to get everything done on the farm, educate others on holistic wellness, and work at the pharmacy. Something had to give…. either that or I was going to run out of steam. I was scared to death. It was the first time in my 25+ year career that I carried no benefits of my own. Our new routine took about 5 months to settle into but I finally got my groove, and I am loving every minute of it! My income from Young Living has enabled me to step out from behind the pharmacy counter and actually DO life the way it was meant to be done.  Continue reading “Home”

It’s Not What You Think

In the last month, I’ve encountered three women whose health stories have captured my heart. My career choice as a pharmacist puts me in the direct path of people who have body system dysfunctions of varying degrees…. I mean, unless someone is asking me about a supplement or a probiotic (a rarity I might add), I am there to aid and abet a health woe.

The further I get down my own life’s path, the more I see the Jekyll and Hyde aspects of ….well…. me. It is a difficult thing, being Mrs. Jekyll & Hyde in the healthcare industry…. and more and more frequently, I feel like Mrs. Hyde once I’ve donned the white coat and become the purveyor of tonics, brews, and pills that have been blessed by the FDA. Continue reading “It’s Not What You Think”

Listen to Mama

Yesterday was such an awesome day! So fun…. Henri brought the kid(s) down for a meet and greet. Honestly, I’m not sure if there were one or two babies. Briefly, it seemed like there were squirrel sightings all over our porch. In retrospect, I believe there might have been two. Teenage squirrels are not the best climbers. It’s definitely a skill that is honed with age and experience. Continue reading “Listen to Mama”

Who gives a fig !?!

Yowsers! We have figs. In fact, we have a disproportionate amount of figs. We have figs coming out our ears all from one very happy (but unknown species) tree.

We planted the little gal (there are male and female plants…. the girls being the producers) about 7 or 8 years ago, and it got off to a very rocky start…. multiple times. Every winter it appeared to die back to the brink of true death until two years ago. Last year we got spoiled by simply eating all we wanted off of the tree. There were enough to pick and eat daily, but not enough to make anything with. This year, the stars must have been lined up right because we have whopper crop this year. I’ve had to get on the ball and start collecting fig recipes. There are some amazing ones out there!  Continue reading “Who gives a fig !?!”

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