"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


What I didn't Know About Bats ... until they moved in!

There are a few reasons I'm sharing this post, mostly because of advice I've heard since finding out that bats were apparently the culprits, not mice, in the incidence of squeaks in my ceiling... Said advice almost never took into account that these bats had been living in my house while I was sleeping in there. The significance of this will be noted below, but it's Rabies Awareness Day ... please be informed!

4 Benefits of Herbs in Your Home with Your Daughters

Did you know it can be simple to spend less than an hour to inspire and enjoy your daughters?  You sure can! Including your girls in a special herbal project time can be very beneficial. 


How I Used an Hour in My Home: Herbs with One of the Girls

We spent an hour -or less- on this project. Started by looking through an herbal recipe e-book, picked a recipe that would help us that day, and then got out the herbs we found in the recipe. Celeste helped me mix up that herbal tea...

I let her have the fun of measuring and mixing; she really liked that! She made sure to double check amounts as she went on, using a separate dish to measure into - just in case - and then combined everything together by adding to our little jar, lidding and shaking.

Celeste helped me put together this tea blend from Herbal Nurturing.
Get the e-book by Michele Augur (of Frugal Granola), for details on amounts and herbs.

Four Benefits of Working with Herbs in My Home with one of the Girls:

  1. We got to spend some quality time together, working on a productive activity.
  2. She experienced accomplishment in a small-scale, fun way.
  3. She now has this sweet memory of working with herbs.
  4. Bed-time was easier for the little girls, knowing they'd get to taste "her" tea! 

"Her" tea to share with the little girls before bed.

Have You Spent a Great Time With Your Girls on an Herbal Project? Share in a comment below!

NOTE: see Tuesday's post for my list of "bed-time" herbs.

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Researching & "Bed-Time" Herbs

General Herbal Study

When making use of herbs, it's important to study how to use them safely and learn about what they do. When choosing herbs, use herbs you don't have allergies to, that combine well with each other, and in the right proportions for the body and need. (Don't just throw a bunch of plants together and hope it all comes out well!)  

"The competent physician, before he attempts to give medicine to the patient, makes himself acquainted not only with the disease, but also with the habits and constitution of the sick man." -Cicero
(You can see my list of favorite books for a place to start studying for yourself. I suggest checking these out from your local public library. Then you could pick your favorites, make a list, and save up to add them one-by-one to your own personal library. Also, there are many online resources you can read through for free!)

My List of Bed-Time Herbs

I'm gathered together a list of herbs... With a some farther research, I can chose from this list which of these I want to use in bed-time tea blends. I'm gathering information on herbs that aid in sleep, help prevent nightmares, and calm nerves or muscles. (This is not a recipe; I'm not just throwing all these herbs together.)

  • thyme
  • lemon verbena
  • rose petals 
  • chamomile 
  • lavender
  • lobelia
  • passion flower
  • valerian
  • St John's Wort
  • catnip
  • hibiscus
Do any of these grow in your yard or garden? 

Come back Saturday to See Saturday's post on how I made a fun family event out of putting together a bed-time tea

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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!  Update: September 28th

Read more about my kitchenette: Unpacking (Kitchenette Gets Plumbing), Kitchenette Update part 1, Kitchenette Update part 2: My Favorite Cookbooks , Kitchenette On Hold (and Not Complaining), Bats in the Belfry ...

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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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