The Elderberry Incident aka The Peace Pipe

The Elderberry Incident aka The Peace Pipe

Homestead Stories
An Elderberry Poem My uncle is a jack of all trades... He was a barber, he was a police detective, he was a park ranger and there are probably a few I've long since forgotten (or never even knew!) ;) But these days, as the whirlwind of activity that used to keep you in a good hard sleep all night are winding down to a calmer slower life, he writes. This time, he is writing an elderberry poem... sort of, LOL. And I don't mean that casually. He "writes". He puts history into words on paper. He makes us chuckle. He makes us cry. Sometimes I'm not entirely sure I "get" the whole picture, but one thing is certain... when I log on to facebook, I look for them. The…
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Plant Names

Plant Names

Organic Gardening
Does anyone REALLY have any idea how many different plants there are on our planet. New plants are constantly being discovered. The Flora of North America Project will treat more than 20,000 species of plants native or naturalized in North America north of Mexico, about 7% of the world's total. Both vascular plants and bryophytes are included. FYI: Bryophytes are a group consisting of three divisions of non-vascular land plants (embryophytes), the liverworts, hornworts and mosses. With such large numbers, it is quite obvious that turmoil is just a marigold away, unless there is a system that provides every plant with it's own exlusive unique name. I say gratefully that a slick system is already in place, and it allows plant people the world over to correspond with a given…
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Join Us At Bloglovin’

Join Us At Bloglovin’

Community
Follow my blog with Bloglovin From Wikipedia... Bloglovin' is a platform that allows users to read, organize, and discover their favorite blogs on mobile and desktop. It is a design-focused platform that aggregates feeds from sources with RSS feeds, allowing users to discover and organize content. As of April 2014, Bloglovin’ reaches over 16 million global users monthly. Bloglovin' caters primarily to the “lifestyle” crowd. 90% of Bloglovin’s users are female.
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Eucakisses

Eucakisses

Herbs and Children
Just had to share with you all because only you folks will understand how happy this makes me...I had my 6 year old grand-daughter over yesterday and the weather was calling for a light frost last night so I had her help me pull in some of my more tender herbs growing in pots. Well of course we had to pinch and sniff...right? So the first plant was eucalyptus...and I asked her to repeat it back. She now knows this plant as eucakisses...she pinched and sniffed..and says, 'Grammy it smells like medicine...delicious!' Next on the agenda was my lavender, same thing, pinch and sniff...and ohhhh she loved it! Then came the catnip and the peppermint. She decided that she would take her pinches of all the herbs, combine them, rub…
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3 Ideas Where To Buy Fresh, Organic Fruit

3 Ideas Where To Buy Fresh, Organic Fruit

Healthy Eating
Would you like a few new ideas about where to buy fresh, organic fruit? Buying fresh fruit that doesn’t come with toxins and chemicals can be a challenge to find. Not only that... when they are in the local grocery stores they are usually quite a bit more expensive than the other fruits. A recent Consumer Reports study found that organic foods cost 47% more, on average, than conventional foods. So, where should you buy your fresh fruit if you want to get the best value for your hard earned dollar? Can you imagine the days before grocery stores? We have lived our lives with food just down the road for so long that getting our mind around the ease and fairly mellow composure of the local grocers where you…
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Adding Fruit To Edible Landscape

Adding Fruit To Edible Landscape

Sustainable Landscaping
Small fruits are often easier to integrate into the edible landscape than fruit trees. Strawberries are excellent ground covers, often covering the surface much faster than ornamental ground covers. The foliage becomes an attractive red in the fall, and the fruit are a tasty bonus. Select varieties that will not require mulching in the winter as the straw could prove quite distracting in the front yard. [caption id="attachment_4975" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Strawberry plants make an excellent, edible ground cover![/caption] Anywhere you can grow azaleas will be equally suitable for blueberries. However, unless you are willing to view bird netting for much of the harvest season, plant enough to share with the birds. Several Berries Are Shrubs Blackberries, raspberries, or gooseberries could effectively substitute for a shrub border. They will undoubtedly help…
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DIY Back Pain Solutions

DIY Back Pain Solutions

Health
If you’re like most people, you want to avoid surgery if at all possible. That’s why you should try some DIY back pain solutions that have been known to work to ease the pain you may be experiencing. When you’re experiencing back pain, it can make you feel frustrated because it often limits what you can comfortably do. Back pain can make sleeping difficult, it can make walking painful and it can make doing the stuff you’d like to do an impossibility. Exercises That Can Help Ease Back Pain When it’s painful to move, the last thing you might imagine yourself doing is any kind of exercises - but strangely enough, it really does help. Avoiding as much movement as possible can actually make the pain worsen because it increases…
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Awareness for Survival

Awareness for Survival

Emergency Preparedness
While an unpleasant topic, never forget... "Chance favors the prepared." When it comes to dangerous situations where mass murders are more likely to occur, most people are completely unprepared. You’ll even hear news accounts where witnesses will remark that they never suspected or never saw the situation coming. But by having awareness, you can raise your odds of surviving such a disaster. Pay attention to your surroundings - but also pay attention to special days and anniversaries of events. Terrorists and mass shooters will often attack on the anniversary of something significant that happened, such as the 9/11 terrorist attack. Sometimes it’s a celebratory attack honoring a previous attack - and sometimes it’s revenge for something that happened to their side. School Shootings School shootings are on the list of…
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How To Make and Use Dandelion Flower Infused Oil

How To Make and Use Dandelion Flower Infused Oil

Using Herbs
Dandelion flower infused oil is a "spring thing". Just be sure to leave some flowers for the bees! Dandelion flowers just grow anywhere and everywhere! For some inexplicable reason, people want them eradicated from their yard, I have never understood why. The broad sweeping green of lawn is simply uninteresting and bland without the presence of the dandelion's bright pop of yellow in the spring. The first food of the year for bees, dandelions emerge before the beginning of spring and bloom intensely all summer and into autumn making them, also, the last of the seasonal food for your local bees. That is enough to allow the hardy dandelion its place even if you do nothing but appreciate its tenacity and benevolence. When harvesting dandelion flowers in early spring, I…
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Broadley Penitentiary

Broadley Penitentiary

Homestead Stories
And, The past two day here at Broadley Penitentiary have been interesting to say the least and with the onset of yet another snow event, I am feeling the extra work with having the Frolicking Frisky Fat girls amongst the prisoners. The Little Nasties have gone on strike and not laid their little duckie eggs for two days, the Little Chicken Mafia have been practicing their own brand of payback and Peckerhead…well he’s just being a peckerhead. Everyone in the cells are protesting the crowded conditions… The Frolicking Frisky Fat girls are loving and fun and ohhhh so curious…nosing the other prisoners creating a flurry of quacks and squawks…outrage from the fluffy feathered fowl…they charge the door each time I enter, all sixty to seventy pounds of them trying to…
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