Transformation

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When we came to this place I wanted something of my own to call home. A place where my daughter could make friends and grow up.

My family and I had been living out of boxes for years.
One of the reasons is we really didn’t want to put down roots where we lived before.  I want to buy this place. I want a place where we could put down roots and leave a legacy at. I want to do some women’s circles. I want the area down at the creek to be warm and inviting for all who visit it. Deer included. I want protection from the hunters down there.

You have heard me a few times mention this place was wounded when we moved here.

A few decades ago the people that lived here were busy at work. Someone came and stole most of their livestock and when the guy tried to catch them but the tire on his motorcycle blew out and he wrecked. The man died and had no next of kin to save the rest of his animals that got left behind from the animal thieves so they starved to death. There are mixed stories regarding this ordeal. It was a couple of years later that the city discovered there was no one else that could have done anything sooner.

Every nature walk turns up sun bleached cattle or deer bones unearthed from behind rocks and small native plants. Upon looking into the old abandoned shed there was the skeleton of a deer that had been shot and managed to get away from the hunter only to die in the corner of the shed alone. Being an animal lover I feel outraged.

Was it the mother or father to the deer that live here now? It had to be. One of the biggest obstacles that we have living here is that the hunters have no regard for the property lines. How can I make a difference here and heal this wounded place? How can I give back to nature in some grand way. Just being here and saying prayers seems to help my troubled mind. Does it help the animals as well? I hope so.

There have been three deer born since I moved here. A set of twins the second time because the mother had plenty of food during the winter.

Since being here I have transformed from the nervous work-a-holic tendencies to dancing my way through life. Connecting more to spirit and being guided to write more books and share my wisdom with others in my Reiki newsletters and classes. I have become so involved in healing and bettering myself that I haven’t posted any personal videos in a very long time. I am only interested in the love of this place.

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Ten things I Love About Fall

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Ten Things I love about Fall

 

1. Apple cider

2. hot chocolate

3.Warm breakfast

4. Cozy blankets

5. Campfires

6. Pumpkins

7. Shopping for Holiday supplies

8. The leaves turning Red

9. Fall Festivals

10. Hay rides down long back roads

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Top Ten Necessary Items in an Emergency

1. Emergency water

An emergency water supply is one of the most important things you can have in your home during and after a disaster.

Oftentimes, blackouts prevent water treatment facilities from operating properly and having an emergency clean drinking water supply can help you stay-put and ride out a disaster at your home without worrying about where your next drink will come from.

Dehydration is common during disasters and having a supply of emergency water can prevent this from occurring. This is especially important for those of us who have medical conditions such as diabetes and hypertension.

Keep a supply of emergency water in your home, and your car. One gallon of water per person per day is best, but in a pinch, a five to seven gallon container can usually get you by until you find a clean water source. Use clean water bottles and containers. If you must, clean out your bathtub and fill it up with water!

2. Emergency water filter

Mini water filtration/purification units are now available at low cost, and some are small enough to be carried in your personal toolkit.

You never know where you might wind up after a disaster and the safety of your source of water may be questionable. A small water filter/purifier can solve this problem by allowing you to always have safe drinking water. The following filters are some of the best portable filters available:

SteriPEN Adventurer Opti Handheld UV Water Purifier
SteriPEN Prefilter,
Katadyn Hiker PRO Water Microfilter,
MSR SweetWater Microfilter Water Filter
MSR Miniworks EX Water Filter,

If you don’t have the cash for a filter, always remember to boil all questionable water before drinking.

3. Emergency food

You need to have at least a week of emergency food to ride out a large scale disaster. 72 hours is NOT enough. Most of the Katrina survivors I encountered in 2005 needed emergency food rations nearly two weeks AFTER the event.

Buy non-perishable canned items, preferably food you don’t need to cook but is high in nutritional content. Freeze dried hikers meals are a bit on the expensive side but delicious and easy to prepare. Military Meals Ready To Eat (MRE’s) are also another option. You can also learn how to dehydrate and can your own food too.

4. First-aid

A first-aid kit is another essential item. It should contain band-aids, antibacterial cream, antiseptic /disinfectant wipes, Tylenol, Motrin, Asprin, tweezers, a small roll of medical tape, small dental emergency kit, gauze and other items that can help you to treat scrapes, insect stings, splinters, small eye injuries and a number of other minor injuries. If you are allergic to insect stings, your first-aid kit should also include an Epi-pen Auto-Injector (epinephrine) to avoid anaphylaxis. Adventure Medical Kits makes some of the best available. If you need prescription medication, you should keep extra refills in your kit.

5. Multi-tool

A good multi-tool is an item that you should “never leave home without! Most models contain a strong pliers, folding knife, small saw, metal file, hole punch, Phillips and flat head screwdriver, wood saw, wire cutter – and for some scissors. They range in price from $10 dollars (less in some $.99 cet stores) to $120. Whatever you pay, recognize that it is worth the price. During disasters, a good multi-tool is an indispensable item that cannot be undervalued.
6. LED Flashlights (preferably hand crank, solar or shakelight)

You should own one or several LED flashlights. I say several because they are now so inexpensive and readily available that there is no reason to only own one. Make sure you purchase lots of extra batteries when you buy them. It should be durable, and non-incendive meaning simply that it cannot spark an explosion.

Non-incendive flashlights are typically waterproof and they are typically rubberized and sealed with “O” rings to prevent the accidental ignition of flammable gases and vapors by static charges or electrical sparks generated on the outside or, inside of the flashlight. Some of the best L.E.D. lights available are manufactured by BoGoLight favorite), Inova, Fenix, and Streamlight.

Even better are the hand crank models. They don’t need batteries & only a few winds on the crank will power them up to operate. They are easily recharged by winding the crank. The only drawback is that the hand crank models are not waterproof or, non-incendiary. They are also more delicate because of their mechanics. The magnetic shake lights are great, but must be kept isolated from credit cards, I-pods & computers due to their strong magnetic fields. The easiest way to balance this is to carry both types! Their compact size low price and light weight makes it possible. I carry two at all times with no problem.

7. Personal hygiene kit

Personal hygiene is one of the first things to go in a large disaster, and maintaining YOUR personal hygiene during disasters and emergencies is of the highest order. You CAN survive without it but … why try if you don’t have to? Toothbrushes, travel-sized tubes of toothpaste, deodorant bottles or, cans along with hand sanitizer and wipes can all be carried in small pouch. In addition, you should have a generous supply of wipes on hand, feminine products and whatever else you need to keep yourself fresh and clean.

8. Lighter/matches

You never know when you’ll need to light a fire for warmth, to cook, boil water, or even sterilize medical equipment. You should also carry some extra “fuel” for your fire in the form of what is called “tinder” and a sparking device (magnesium) just in case your lighter malfunctions & your matches don’t work. Cotton balls dipped in petroleum jelly work great! place them in a small plastic bag, squeeze out the air, roll or flatten them up and you are good to go. I carry a small “tea” candle and special trick birthday candles that can’t be blown out.

9. Emergency hand crank radio

When disasters strike, you will need to stay informed. Your cellular phone may not work due to downed towers or high levels of traffic but a radio will. Hand crank multi-band radios are best.

9. Duct tape

You may laugh if you recall some of the crazy things people did with duct tape after the anthrax attacks of 2001, but it is truly one of the most useful items in your kit.

10. Cordage

550-pound test paracord is a must own item. It allows you to have the ability to tie down or hang items with high strength line that won’t break.

Grab and go

In addition to the above items, you should also own a “Grab & Go” bag. In many cases, emergencies and disasters produce extreme conditions that may require a rapid evacuation of your home, and if you are at work, your office. When this occurs, you will need more equipment and material that can be carried in an E-kit. This additional gear must be stored in a large backpack called a Grab & Go or, G&G bag for short.

What a G&G bag should contain:

A G&G-bag contains all of the items (food, shelter, first-aid etc.) that you and your family would need to survive a disaster for a basic minimum of seven days (hence 72 hour kit).

Many emergencies extend well beyond seven days. This is why we suggest that you pack enough supplies to last for a longer time period (one to two weeks). This will increase the weight & size of your bag – but, the extra food & other items will more than make up for the added size & weight.

Also, as time passes, the weight of the bag will reduce with the consumption of the food and other perishable items in the bag. You will also need to include duplicates (or originals) of all your most important records (insurance, will etc.) and even valued pictures.

NEVER BUY PRE-ASSEMBLED G&G BAGS -They should ALWAYS be assembled by the user.

Pre-packaged bags are designed for people that are too lazy to take the time to learn how to construct their own personalized pack.

Most of the time, they are usually stuffed with low-end equipment and useless filler items like flimsy, faux Swiss Army knives and flashlights that are designed to trick the consumers into believing that they have actually purchased something of value.

Do yourself a favor – take the time to design and pack your own.

THE BEST TYPES OF G&G BAGS – Without question, backpacks are the best type of bags for 72-hour kits. You must choose a high quality bag to secure your survival materials.

They should be selected for strength & durability, storage capacity, weight, function and, water resistance. A rain cover can be purchased to protect your gear. A good strong large trash bag can also do the trick in a pinch.

For an additional edge of protection against moisture, waterproof bags used by white water rafters and special ops in the military called dry bags such as the Armor Bags dry backpack shown at screen left can also be purchased. They are completely waterproof.

The downside is that they are usually either very expensive or, they are constructed from vinyl and sacrifice strength for waterproofing.

G&G Bags for the physically challenged or, injured – Your choice of backpack or bag for your G&G bag is determined by your specific needs. If you are physically challenged or injured, you will not be able to use a backpack.

If this is the case, there are a number of alternative ways to carry your gear. You will need to use a combination of different types of bag to substitute for a larger backpack.

With the right mix, you will be able to haul quite a bit of gear and supplies. Not as much as a backpack, because of weight limitations, but more than enough to help you in an extended crisis.

Your first bag should be a large messenger bag. They can be slung over the shoulder and placed on the lap for easy access to your essential items such as flashlights, tools, water or medicine. The next bag should be a wheelchair bag. These bags have straps that can be slung around wheelchair seat posts. Adaptable designs Inc. sells a great model called “Jazz” It has deep multi-pockets and room for more important gear.

These are the things we must begin to collect to help make our households and community safe and prepared for any emergency. There is no longer any time to wait.

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Things I love about the Country

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1. The air is always fresher than being in the City.

2. The water tastes like-WATER and not heavily chlorinated or sulfur smelling stuff you drink in the City.

3. It is common to see a farmer chasing his horse, goat, pig, or cow down the road back to his house.

4. You have an ongoing contest with the neighbors down the way to see who can get the most farm animals in the least amount of time. The neighbor invested in 2 goats and 2 alpacas this year so they win over my 4 new chickens.

5. Sunrises and sunsets are more beautiful in the Country.

6. The wildlife is the real deal.

7. There is more room for gardening than in the City.

8. The seasons are more breathtaking and vibrant. Especially in the Fall, which is my favorite season.

9. It is a safer place to raise children. They love the wide open spaces and playing with pets.

10. Everyone knows everyone else and they call each other by first names. “Hi George.” “Hey Sam.”

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Fall Bucket List Ideas from daringtolivefully

1. Take the time to witness the dramatic display of colors amongst the foliage –bronze, brilliant orange, gold, crimson, and other autumn shades.

2. Celebrate the colors of the season. Get a sweater in warm pumpkin or burnt sienna; paint a wall of your house in a cool olive or mustard yellow; or get a few throw cushions in chocolate browns.

3. Go for a walk and take in the clean, crisp autumn air. Enjoy the sound of leaves crinkling and crackling underneath your shoes.

4. Have a photo-shoot among the falling leaves.

5. Collect golden autumn leaves and use them to decorate your dinner table, windowsills, or any other surface you choose. Also, make a bouquet of autumn leaves.

6. Make leaf art; here are some ideas:

7. Decorate the mantle with a fall theme.

8. Rake a giant pile of leaves, take a few steps back, run, and jump in! End up lying on the ground, face up, watching the leaves fall from the trees, and the clear blue sky beyond.

9. Get a horn of plenty-a woven horned basket-and fill it with autumn produce such as apples, grapes, pears, potatoes, Indian corn, nuts, and wheat.

fall bucket list: jump into a pile of leaves

10. Start an impromptu football game.

11. Spend a Sunday afternoon doing nothing but watching football and eating chili.

12. Buy roasted chestnuts from a street vendor.

13. Find a foolproof recipe for a crock-pot meal or a hearty soup.

14. Listen to Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons – Fall.

15. Go on a hayride. Choose between horse and buggy or a truck-driven hayride.

16. Bake cookies shaped like autumn leaves.

17. Get a 1000-piece puzzle with an autumn motif to put together on a chilly night.

18. Attend a Fall Festival.

19. Make a Harvest Broom and hang it from your front door. You can also make a Fall Wreath like this one or like this one.

20. Get some nutmeg, cinnamon sticks, vanilla beans, and cloves, and make Fall potpourri. Add pine cones, twigs, and dried flowers. You can also get Yankee Candles in Autumn Wreath, Spiced Pumpkin, or Harvest.

21. Get a special mug for autumn. It can have brightly colored leaves on it, or a Halloween-theme, such as zombies or pumpkins.

Everything Pumpkin

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22. Grab a cup of Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte (Espresso, pumpkin-flavored syrup and steamed milk. Topped with sweetened whipped cream and pumpkin pie spices.)

23. Visit a pumpkin patch and choose several pumpkins to take home.

24. Make pumpkin cupcakes, or pumpkin pancakes.

25. Roast pumpkin seeds.

26. Carve your own Jack-0-Lantern.

Apple Pickin’ Time

27. Go to your nearest apple orchard and look for the best apples to take home.

28. Bake an apple pie–with a flaky, light, delicious crust–from scratch.

29. Get a large tub of water, fill it with apples, gather a fun group of people, and go bobbing for apples.

30. Make caramel-coated apples.

31. Enjoy some apple cider. Get yourself a warm mug of cider and sit out on the porch or balcony when it’s cool out.

Ideas for Celebrating Halloween

32. Visit a haunted house, or put together your own.

33. Dress up in Steampunk attire for Halloween (Victorian science fiction).

34. Organize a Spooky Pooch parade and dress your dog in a Halloween costume.

35. Decorate your home for Halloween. Make sure to include monsters, witches, ghosts, skeletons, spider webs, and black cats.

36. Put up a Halloween Tree and hang up ornaments shaped like Frankenstein, Dracula, skulls, and orange and black glass balls.

37. Create a Halloween Village filled with creepy, scary Halloween themed houses, figurines and accessories.

38. Organize a Halloween party.

39. Participate in a costume contest.

40. Make Halloween-themed cupcakes.

41. Watch “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”.

42. Listen to your favorite Halloween songs:

43. Get a big bag of fresh Brach candy corn, and a big bag of mellowcreme pumpkins.

44. Be the house with the best Halloween candy on the block.

45. Make a scarecrow (here’s a good tutorial).

46. Read spooky stories like “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” or “The Telltale Heart”.

47. Have a horror movie night marathon.

48. Have a marathon of “The Addam’s Family”.

49. Have a marathon of “The Munsters”.

Ideas for Celebrating Thanksgiving

50. Set an elegant harvest table of Thanksgiving.

51. Make a classic Thanksgiving meal: turkey with all the trimmings.

52. Go around the table and have each person give thanks for at least one blessing they’ve received this year. Better yet, create a Thankful Tree.

53. Take the wishbone from the turkey and make a wish.

54. Watch “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”, in which Charlie Brown hosts a Thanksgiving meal in which he serves each of his friends the following:

  • Two slices of buttered toast;
  • Some pretzel sticks;
  • A handful of popcorn; and
  • A few jelly beans.

55. Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade on TV.

56. Spend “Black Friday” making homemade gifts for loved ones.

“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting; autumn a mosaic of them all.” –Stanley Horowitz

What’s on your Fall/Autumn Bucket List? Please share in the comments.

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The Bridges of Meigs County in my backyard

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This afternoon I took a walk in Nature. I needed some time to be by myself. We all get like that sometimes.

I like to walk down to the creek and observe the beauty of this magical place. When I arrived Mr. & Mrs Beaver thunked themselves into the water. When someone dumped a tree down the edge of the mountain behind us, it caused their house to fall into the water with it so they have had to rebuild.

This is my favorite place to hide from the world. Here I can go within. Back to my true self. Nature calls me here again and again. we haven’t mowed here for a couple of weeks so things are left undone. The wild creatures that live here want it left alone but sometimes we have to mow down there for our own safety.

Being here in this place reminds me that I am not alone. I can connect with our Mother any time I feel like it. And today I feel like it. Why don’t more people realize this connection exists?

The water in the creek rises and falls with each rain shower. While down there I walk along the path that takes me to an old bridge now covered in lush green foliage. It reminds me of the bridges in the movie The Bridges of Madison County. So picturesque and effeminately a sight to behold. It looks like a scene from a movie that fairies would love to dance and play around..  I embrace this place like a marriage. With my full heart.

I imagine in the past how grand this place must have been with the mill here along side the mountain with rushing water for electricity. How talented our forefathers were with their engineering. And imagine the lady wearing a large sun bonnet picking and preening over her golden yellow colored daffodils.

From this distance I hear the rush of the rapids flowing by. So quickly yet so beautiful. I am of the element of water so I am at home here. I am at ease here and could just as easily fall into a deep sleep beneath the trees while the forest protects me from outsiders.

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