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160110 NO Condemnation

Romans 8:1-4 (1) There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spir...

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Essential Oils: How To Keep Your Fingernails During Chemotherapy

Essential Oils: How To Keep Your Fingernails During Chemotherapy

Seemingly little, but important to know.

Essential Oils: Brown Recluse Spider Bite Looked Like A War Wound

Essential Oils: Brown Recluse Spider Bite Looked Like A War Wound

Like the woman said, this is not for everyone. It takes work and caution, but you CAN avoid an ER visit.

121129 Better

I'm better and less stressed. The situation has not changed, but my attitude has. Now, I'm vacillating about whether to speak up or not. If I just hang on for four years more, then Emily will graduate, and the 'problem' will go away.

Monday, November 26, 2012

121126 Major Rant

This article is a symptom, but not the cause: I'm going to rant. 

Since March of 2002, I have been actively homeschooling my children. The elder had just turned 8, and the younger was 3, almost 4. My children are well behaved, articulate, and educated. The elder graduated at 16, and at last report, had a 3.8 GPA in a STEM degree program while carrying a full load. She also works about 20 hours per week and has more friends than I can count. How has homeschooling failed her!? Yet, There are three people in my life who WILL NOT relent. They are after me continually to put the younger in public school, because surely, her mind is warped and damaged by homeschooling. She also has a keen mind, many friends, and does her best to control her impulses. (ADHD and LD complicate her life.) One of the naysayers is a relative, but the other two are in my fellowship. It is driving me to distraction! If I didn't love the Word so much, I would quit going to fellowship! It is THAT bad!

This is not the school she would have to attend, but the girls know people who go there or have already graduated from there. My elder did well. She is FINE. The younger is FINE. Why do people have to meddle?

Thursday, November 22, 2012

121123 The Day After Thankfulness

Does any other country have a holiday like Thanksgiving? Maybe Sukkot? Sukkot, however, is celebrated by the scattered tribes, not just a single country. Other than those two, my limited knowledge doesn't call forth any other.

Thankfulness is an interesting position. When one is unthankful, nothing is right. There is no justice. Lack dominates. Greed takes hold of one's mind and bitterness invades. The scale may be large or small, but any amount of bitterness and greed can disrupt one's peace.

Allow the thankful heart to grow, and bitterness has to flee. It's amazing what a little change in attitude can do. It doesn't change circumstances, at least not right away, but it will change one's mental and physical responses to circumstance.

Proverbs 17:22  
A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

Thankfulness brings peace.

Philippians 4:6,7  
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Thankfulness is not the same as a Pollyanna attitude. Thankfulness acknowledges that something good does exist, and it leaves us in a better position to improve the not-so-good. Thankfulness reduces stress. Therefore, you can continue to work on improvements as needed, but be thankful for what you already have.

121122 Happy Thanksgiving

This holiday is one of my two favorite days. It started because a group of 'refugees' decided to be thankful instead of depressed. They had lost half their number to a mysterious disease or to exposure, but because some had survived for a year, they celebrated with thankfulness. Sounds like a good reason for a holiday!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Essential Oils: The Wasp Body Parts Were Under His Eyelid

Essential Oils: The Wasp Body Parts Were Under His Eyelid

I love reading these things. Yesterday, I heard a doctor exclaim that "heartburn is not a deficiency of Rolaids!" He advocated ending the cause, not treating the symptoms. That is why I seek natural remedies first. 

121121 Hinoki

Hinoki essential oil comes from the Japanese cypress, Chamaecyparis obtusa, and is native to central Japan. Hinoki wood has a spicy, lemon scent, is light pinkish-brown in color, and is highly rot and insect resistant. Considered a very high quality timber and one of the “Five Sacred Trees of Kiso,” it has been used historically in building palaces, temples, shrines, baths, and traditional noh theatres. Hinoki's woody aroma has been known to energize and uplift the mind and may help calm and relax during brief periods of agitation.* (anecdotal)

I decided to try this oil, for some specific reason, but forgot what it was. Maybe, I need to try something involved with memory!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

121120 Who Really Helps

"Let's stop making the mistake of expecting government to be our savior in times like these."

Chuck Norris

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

121113-2 Gray Day

For South Texas, 40F(4C) is kind of cool. This should go up to 60F(15C) this afternoon. Add to that thick clouds and humidity, and I had to start the heater. The snake, who had been roaming freely, is back in his cage. We haven't seen any mice for months, so he did his job. I figured that the population was depleted and bought him two pet store mice. As soon as he saw them, they were gone. That confirmed his hunger. I'll get more next week, if I don't find the trap I want. The trap needs to preserve them alive. Like the Cat in Red Dwarf, he likes his food to MOOVE!

I've been feeling lazy and stiff. Holiday foods don't help, so this morning I had bacon and eggs, with cheese. All that protein will energize me. Not everyone should eat as much protein as I need, but my intestines simply cannot process grains and legumes. For lunch, I'll have tuna salad, or perhaps shrimp gumbo, since it's 'cold'.

My toes hurt when it's cold, and it's time to cook.

121113 Thieves Essential Oil

For the cold and flu season, I am an authorized distributor of this product:

"Young Living’s Thieves essential oil blend was formulated based
on the historical account of four thieves in France who
protected themselves from the Black Plague with cloves,
rosemary, and other aromatics while robbing victims of the
killer disease. When captured, they were offered a lighter
sentence in exchange for their secret recipe. Young Living’s
proprietary Thieves oil blend includes clove, cinnamon bark,
rosemary, lemon, and Eucalyptus radiata and has been
specially blended to offer the same kind of defense. Thieves
has been university tested and found to be highly effective
against airborne bacteria."

Monday, November 12, 2012

121112 Bee Sting?

Saturday, I had a yard sale. It was sunny and warm, so the bees and all their friends were out and about. I felt something crawling up my leg under my pants, to I swatted it. OUCH! It stung me! Immediately, I went inside the house and applied Purification, a blend of various essential oils. Then, I alternated with Thieves to kill infection, and Wintergreen to sooth the itch. The creature I killed was black, rather than yellow, but it was crushed beyond recognition.

My leg itches, and the red dot has turned into a large red patch. The sting was two days ago, and the climax of the reaction seems to have passed. Three times per day, I apply the oils. At the very least, they make the wound feel better. Never before have I had this severe a reaction to any insect bite, but I feel confident that it is healing well.