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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I Am Snow Fatigued

I Am Snow Fatigued

Homestead Stories
Another guest post from our ever humerous, Nancy Broadley. I have had only scant hints of snow all winter here in NE Oklahoma, but up North, it's a whole different story... And... I am snow fatigued. Yes, there is a condition in the North East that is snow fatigue and after three Nor’ Easters in the span of two weeks I’ve had enough. So on this morning hubby is out, bundled up in a snow suit, pushing the blasted white stuff out of the driveway…I am still in my pajama's and wrapped in my blue and white Eyore bathrobe. I can hear the prisoners squawking for breakfast and I dread the thought of slumping my way through two feet of snow, carrying a water pail, to feed and water the…
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Katahdin Dorper Cross Ewe Lamb

Katahdin Dorper Cross Ewe Lamb

Sheep
Born March 14 early in the morning mist. Norma Jean's first lamb, Emma Kate. If you'd like to know more about these breeds, I wrote a little bit more about the breeds and this cross at Katahdin Dorper Cross [caption id="attachment_4679" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Our newest little bundle of joy, Emma Kate[/caption]
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Let’s Go to Bed – I don’t like this day. I need a new one.

Let’s Go to Bed – I don’t like this day. I need a new one.

Homestead Stories
And... This morning I feel like a murderer…..I woke to the darkness and took my time out on the deck to enjoy the mornings peaceful and finally, warmer temps. Coffee in hand I could hear Peckerhead crowing his own greeting to what promises to be a nice day. The Little Chicken Mafia clucking away quietly, almost as if whispering. The Little Nasties, a bit louder with their demanding, rowdy quacks. I am coming out of a sleepless night….I am tired and groggy trying to dig deep to find any little scrap of energy that will carry me through the normal morning chores. My restless night started at about 1 a.m. Bumping under the kitchen floor, the dogs scrabbling across the room trying to get whatever it was that chose this…
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Our first lamb – Katahdin Dorper Cross

Our first lamb – Katahdin Dorper Cross

Sheep
Haven't written a post in what seems like forever, I broke my leg and sitting at the desk is hard! But I'm back on my feet and with a beautiful surprise taBoot! This is what I woke up to this morning. Our first lamb, a Katahdin-Dorper cross... Our ewes are "hair sheep" that means (among other things) they do not need to be sheared. I hate sewing and knitting and all things in "that" department. (much to my lovely quilting mother's dismay!) I watched my mother deal with wool, pulling and pulling the hair, cleaning it, bleh. Yes, hair sheep are for me. The mother, Mattie Belle is a Katahdin breed. Our one and only ram is a Dorper. The Katahdin breed is an easy to care for, meat type…
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How To Stay Committed To Reaching Your Goals

How To Stay Committed To Reaching Your Goals

Personal Development
Let's admit it, we all have that one goal we've been trying to set yet failed to achieve. Think about countless New Year’s resolution attempts, broken piggy banks, a planned vacation that remains a plan. So how exactly do we go about having a goal and then actually achieve it? The key to success is an overly used cliché, yet only followed by a few – "commitment". Yes, the word does not only apply to relationships. It also applies to everything else in life that one wishes to achieve. It could be applied to using good records so that you don't lamb in winter (unless that IS your goal!) your weight-loss program, a more productive garden, or simply beating your early-morning alarm. Commitment is the Key to Reaching your Goals…
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How Accountability Is Key To Self-Discipline

How Accountability Is Key To Self-Discipline

Personal Development
If you’ve ever tried disciplining yourself on your own, you know just incredibly hard it can be. And it’s really no fun. You have no one to share your successes and rewards with, and over time, you may end up eschewing your goals altogether because you had no one to push you or cheer you on to continue working on your goals. So you just up and quit. Homesteading can be like that.... even if you have a partner, children... no one gets as excited as you do when you accomplish something magnificent, not matter how small or large. Note: My six year old grandson is the only, and I mean ONLY person in my life, that squeals and jumps up and down with me when the peas start poking…
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