Carla Burke

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A Christian & devoted Patriot, wife, soap maker, herbalist, formerly a homeschooler, baker, truck driver, and more. I was born in the South, but actually grew up around the Great Lakes. Both of my families had big, lush gardens,& preserved everything they could for the winter. I carried that into my own life. But, change happens and for over a decade, it just wasn't an option. Now, retired in the Ozarks, on 29 heavily wooded acres of mostly ravines, our best crops are nearly inaccessible wild blackberries, rocks, wild herbs, and ticks. We're utilizing our burgeoning small-livestock collection, straw bales, raised beds, and containers to build soil, and a better, healthier life for ourselves and our beloved critters, who provide us with eggs, meat, milk, fiber, fertilizer, tick control, loads of entertainment, and even help turn the compost.
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Gerry Parent wrote:Fine piece of re-engineering there Hillbilly.

Having split dozens of cords with our similar splitter over the years I discovered that by removing the wheels, mounting it on a table at waist height and engineering a homemade foot petal made the chore so much more delightful.

Yes, this means you have to lift all your logs up to that level, but to me, it far outweighed all the bending over or kneeling on the ground.

The table it was mounted to was big enough to stack a bunch on all at once so a log was always within reach until a reload was necessary.

Time to engineer a lift on wheels, to place them? Or maybe a conveyor belt, to move them from the truck bed onto the splitter, with another behind the splitter, to shoot them over to the pile by the stack?

Thomas, I'm sorry to hear just how much your wrist has been damaged. Hopefully you'll gain the vast majority of your movement!
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jordan barton wrote:I recall milk being used on pink eye. I would think raw would be helpful. My recollection is a mother in nepal gave some breast milk for someones pink eye. It was over 10 years ago that this happened. Probably worth reading about more.

I'm not sure if normal dairy works, or not, but yup - La Leche League touts breast milk as a treatment for it.
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Crocs are amazing for those of us who have mobility/joint/ musculoskeletal issues, when we must be on our feet, and I love them, for so many things. But, on our terrain, they can be very hazardous, too. Here, we have steep hills, super sharp, widely variable-sized rocks, loads of wild blackberries that leave hard thorns, as they age & die, bits of metal that seems to simply surface out of the ground, and if any moisture gets inside, while I'm outside, my feet will slip&slide around, and I've rolled my ankle and fallen so many times, I've lost count. I finally broke down and got some Sloggers, on clearance. Now, I'm trying to get used to the MUCH narrower sole (narrower than my foot!), which has also caused my ankle to try to roll...  

My happy dream shoe for outside *and* being on my feet for long periods with be a slip-on with a wide-ish sole(maybe a little narrower than typical crocs), with the crocs material everywhere except the outsole, which would be more protective against punctures and have better traction, and do better at preventing water from being inside, while they're on my feet. Yup. It's probably never going to be more than a dream, unless I can engineer it...
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I've used eyebright/euphrasia officionalis (orally) since my kids were little. Without fail, it was gone in 24hrs or less, often with a single dose.
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No. Oh, HELL NO. No matter how much money.
3 days ago
We harvest it from the meats we cook for ourselves - that might be store-bought, butcher-bought, part of half a cow we've bought locally, etc. When you buy a whole, untrimmed brisket, there's a LOT of fat on that. My husband trims the fat and saves it for me, in the freezer. When I get enough (often, with a brisket, one is plenty!), I grind it, and render it into tallow, myself. I use it for soap, body butters, salves, ointments... So, I'm using a byproduct that would normally go to waste, making it essentially free. And, tallow matches our own human sebum better than any flora-based fats.
3 days ago
This is why I use tallow for most of my soaps. I only use coconut oil in my household soaps.
3 days ago
I plan, then buy plants, then grumble as I remake my plan - sometimes most of the time, completely.
3 days ago
I'm in for feed! At $20 for a50# bag, and $10/bale for hay, vs building compost from the manure and food scraps - no brainer, for me.
3 days ago