"He causeth the grass to grow for food, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth a man's heart." ~Psalm 104: 14-15


Little kitchenette on hold {on not complaining and flying rodents}

The next post about my little kitchenette is well on it's way, but there's (another) problem. Bats. Bats - as in, the flying little rat creatures that may or may not carry rabies. Yes, those little creatures have invaded my little abode. What I thought was mice in the ceiling seems to have been a less furry problem. When the guys opened a hole to put in a mouse trap, it seems to have given the flying creatures the perfect entrance. It is located right at the ridgepole, just above my loft bed. So I've fled -for a short time, Lord willing- to my sister's place.

When a little feral-turned-tame kitty brought fleas into the house, I had thought those were a hassle. Now? Let me tell you, fleas over bats...um, yes please! (I found a few natural ways to rid kitties of fleas, including DE, because of issues with flea poison.  And I got a large bottle of Eucalyptus essential oil.)

With those problems in mind, I wanted to share a story with you that I read as a girl. I'm reminded of it over and over throughout the years, and especially when I'm soo soo tempted to complain about circumstance - like having fleas and bats in my house! (I'll leave my thoughts on Pollyanna thinking to another post, another day.) Jacqueline of Deep Roots at Home has already shared the flea story on her blog, so I leave you with a link to that post:

 Betsie and the Fleas

(This story is by Corrie ten Boom, and comes from the time she and her sister spent in the dreaded German concentration camp Ravensbrück, during World War 2.) Seriously, go read the story-it's sure sticks with you! *click here*

 And hopefully by World Rabies Day you'll get to read a more detailed kitchenette update!

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Blueberry picking (sans bugs)

Went out blueberry picking for the first time. (That's when we mixed up some of this essential oil bug repellant, to keep the chiggers, mosquitoes, and ticks at bay. Sure did the trick ~ only got one bite the whole morning!)  I picked that pail (almost) full that you see above! :]  (It was 3/4 of a gallon.) After eating my fill for the rest of the week, I took the remainder home to my family at the end of my trip. Mama had fresh blueberry muffins for her birthday gift.

Lesson learned out there? 

If you don't like the taste of the berries as you pick them, you wont want to eat them later either; look for a sweet bush, then pick the darkest, plumpest bluest berries you can find.

(Also, a bug repellant that is excellent will even keep bugs away from a mosquito magnet such as myself.)

What do you do with your fresh blueberries? Do you have any favorite blueberry recipes? 

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A Little Travel Tip

I learned something useful from a nameless man (we can call him Mr "Wildlife" for this story), and thought it helpful enough to pass on to you. Here's what I picked up this trip...

In Search of a Travel Pack

I recently needed to acquire a new bag. It had to fit certain requirements. I couldn't be too short, it had to be wide enough. It needed to be a backpack with at least one shoulder strap (over shoulder), preferably two (old fashioned backpack style). And, most importantly, it couldn't be bright and eye catching. The idea is simple one-bag-travel. Everything needs to fit, without excess space to invite unneeded extras.

I was imagining the cost of this new bag. But then, new wasn't on the required list. So, this old bag. That makes a sub-list; if it's used (and cheap) it is not absolutely necessary that it be durable (as long as it would last 24 hours without falling apart or loosing it's contents). On the other hand, if it is new (and costs more than an old used one) it should be durable and resilient enough to last for years.

I finally found it!

It's dark, wide enough, tall enough, and not too big! Everything fits like a glove; it's perfect! It did have some straps (with extra ones added on to those), but all were removed easily enough.

Little Travel Tip

The final thing that came with this pack?  It also came with wordless travel advice: always bring along extra large safety pins. How so? Well, on a side zipper was a tag. It clearly stated that the former owner was a wildlife fellow. He seems to have made good use of this bag; even adding strap extenders, tagging it, and then leaving 2 large safety pins attached to the zip-pull on the very front of the bag. Hmm. Well, they certainly had potential (and were useful to Mr "Wildlife" for something), so when I removed all the extraneous straps and tags, the pins stayed. They wouldn't added any noticeable weight, and I a use for them could come up...

Take Large Safety-Pins on Your Travels: You'll probably use them

Not two hours into the trip this bag was destined for, I found use for those pins! It's worth passing on the idea, so when y'all are traveling, you'll know to pin a couple extra large safety pins to your bags; they're almost certain to be useful as lightweight carabiners! 

A Little Travel Tip: Safety Pin = substitute carabiner!

Just be careful not to clip something too heavy with them; you don't want it to come tumbling down and an inopportune time! (pictured is an empty water bottle on it's way to be returned to it's forgetful owner) :]


Kittchenette Update part 2: My 5 Favorite Cookbooks

Well as I wrote in part one of my little kitchenette up-dates, I was so excited about my new arrivals coming, that I thought sure I'd take pictures of everything! But since living life (getting rid of fleas and mixing up some remedies for bug bites) sometimes gets in the way of that, I'm just briefly sharing a bit about the cookbooks in my kitchenette today.

Favorite cookbooks

These are the books I go to time and again knowing I'll find good recipes, frugal options, and good ol' fashion methods. Half sit on the shelf in perfect reach in the kitchenette, but a few require getting out the computer. (In the future, I'd much prefer to get hard-copies. But since I was so much on-the-go when I added a couple of these titles, kindle was a great option.)

  The best cookbooks I have and the ones I'd recommend to everyone:


Find these and more of my favorite books on my here on my Books page, or over on my Library pinboard.

What are you favorite cookbooks? Do you take them on long adventures with you? 

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Managing Bug Bites with Herbal Remedies @ BHS Blog

This post is exciting because I've found multiple DIY recipes and remedies that are helping me managing a variety of bug bites!

I seem to be a regular bug magnet, and if that wasn't bad enough, I also react to some types of but bites. (Keep reading and you'll find a link that talks about "Skeeter Syndrome".) I get bites when other people don't even notice any bugs. Fleas will leave me with multiple when others in the family barely notice they were there. Some bites (like from midget flies) turn into awful welts that drive me crazy for an entire week at a time.

Needless to say, I've been searching for natural ways to deal with these pesky reactions. After compiling recipes and links for a couple years, I've recently tried out even more great finds. Now I'm privileged to share my favorites with you in BHS Blog's current series on Herbal First Aid.

So, click to read a nice selections of wonderfully soothing, relief giving ideas for

Managing Bug Bites with Herbal Remedies @ Bulk Herb Store Blog


More links:

  • A Christian Herbal has a nice info-graphic for Naturally Treating Summer Ailments.
  • There's also a neat Itchy-Stick for Bug Bite Relief at The Nerdy Farm Wife.  (I especially love her idea of using an old tin can for the bee's wax melting!)
  • Find these bite remedies, plus natural DIY bug sprays on my pinboard: Bugs!
  • Have you seen the Summer Sale (affiliate link) this week? It that includes bentonite clay @ 40% off! ~ it's good time to stock-up!

What do you do for bug bites? Have any other ideas you can share with us? 


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Trying Recipes: BHS's Black Drawing Salve

This recipe is by Alexis of Herbal Trading Post (she shares her recipe @ Bulk Herb Store Blog).

One of my favorite Herbal Remedies that I've tried out in my search for to help manage all these summer time bug bites! The texture is amazing, and the salve is working! (To find out what kind of bite I'm finally seeing heal using Black Drawing Salve, watch at the end of the week for my post about managing bug bites!)

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