I was shopping in town and had just went out to the parking lot when that word came across my cell phone. Whew! One way to raise your heart rate, lol. I was not prepared for this event even though we were told to be prepared.

Several of us had talked about the situation with the dam and we knew it was bad, still I don’t think any of us were truly prepared. I quickly threw stuff in my suitcase and bags. It was not thought out and needless to say, later I found that out.

My family laughed at me later because I was missing things, but I had my raw honey and tea. Well, I really think I could get through about anything if I had those two things!

Loved ones, friends, and the bare essentials are all you can take in a very short notice. What are your bare essentials?



Lately, people who stand for the truth or even want to search out something to see which side is correct are made to look stupid or anything else to turn you against them.

DON’T TRUST WHAT YOU ARE HEARING ON YOUR LOCAL AND NATIONAL NEWS or anywhere else for that matter. Search out the truth. Take time to listen to both sides of the issue. People, they are brainwashing you!

Big Pharma makes a lot of money off of immunizations and drugs (whether the drugs are over the counter or prescribed). Things sometimes are put into those drugs to make them more efficient that might be dangerous. Why? Maybe they didn’t want to spend the money on research to find something that would work and still be positive to our health. Do you really think they care about you? They care about the money.

Lobbyists are sent to make sure their product is made to look good to you. Those are just some examples of what is going on out there where the results could destroy your health. There are so many different avenues where someone is making money while making your health at risk. Big advertisement goes behind this. Main stream media could be behind it also. DON’T TRUST ANYONE WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR HEALTH. Search it out, compare what both sides of a controversy have to say. Skip a television show and spend that time doing a little research on which ever subject has come to your attention.

It is easy to fall prey to deceit when we see some subject on the news, hear it on the radio while driving, and hear our friends parroting what the media told them.

A Few Tips for Better Health

We’ve all been brainwashed to think the only way to heal is from a pill. But there are more natural ways to accomplish this feat that are much kinder to your body and very pleasant.

The problem is that we want to cherry pick when we hear of a natural healing solution.  This means you just pick one thing as a magic bullet and try it. I hate to tell you, but this doesn’t work very well.  It might help a little, but probably won’t work real well.

Let me briefly tell you some quick over all adjustments you need to make and then focus on one particular thing this time.

First, try and cut out most junk food. You can still have pizza, but make your own (or you can buy this) ancient grains crust without wheat or try the cauliflower pizza crust. Add pepperoni that is made without nitrates. Use grass-fed cheese (the cows were not fed grains). This is just an example. You may not be able to totally change your over-all eating habits at once. Change your eating patterns as you can and work on it. Your health will improve and your body will thank you.

Drink lots of good water throughout your day.  Not tap water, but use spring water or filtered water. You are made mostly of water and your body runs more efficiently if you replace the water your body has used. You lose water even in winter time not just when you perspire in summer. Every time you breathe you are expelling water. That is only one way you lose it.

Cut out all over the counter drugs as much as possible. Use Elderberry syrup when you have a cold coming on. Echinacea seems to work synergistically with it too. That combo has stopped a sore throat and cold in one day with me when I used it. If a cold has already settled in, then it can still shorten your time of a cold. Viruses can’t replicate themselves. They need your body’s cells as a host to do that for them. Elderberry has been proven to help stop that process within your body.

Natural Remedies

Natural Remedies

Essential Oils are really awesome. But the kind you pick up from the store is most likely adulterated. You need a good therapeutic grade E.O. from a reputable company.  Then experiment with them. Some oils work better on one person than another. I have found Oregano oil likes my body and the two work together to make me better. But always use a carrier oil with your E.O. as some of the E.O.s, like Oregano, are warm and may be uncomfortable without it. Oregano healed my knee that had hurt me for two years. It has been 4 or 5 years now and my knee is still doing good. It took about 4 to 6 weeks of adding it to my bath at least twice a week until the pain finally went away for good.  Recently, just for the experiment, I rubbed Oregano (with Jojoba oil as a carrier) on my tummy when my intestinal blockage was bothering me. I’ve never heard of doing this with this particular oil, but the other oils suggested for this didn’t seem to work that well. Wow, amazing results from this experiment. Like I said, some oils will work better for you than someone else. See which one is your intimate friend.

Anyway, I just shared a very brief summation of a few things you can do to get that zip and better health back. Start today and you will be doing your body a favor!

A Quick, Low Cost – High Nutrition Meal

My Lunch Recipes for today

My Lunch Recipes for today

I made a wonderful white bean soup and had a sourdough pastrami sandwich. Then my desert was cookies and milk.  How can those be healthy and at low expense?  Ah, read my blog and find out!

I’m going to go through my ingredients and how they saved me money and how they are still healthy.

First of all, my bread was on sale. It is NOT organic or sprouted, but it was non GMO, unbleached flour, real sour dough starter and had few ingredients. Wheat tends to scratch your intestines and that I can’t afford with my  colon problem. But sour dough made with a real starter is easier to digest than most other breads. So occasionally I will eat some.

I found pastrami ends that had been cut off the meat roll and packaged up for sale. Ends and pieces of meat is a real money saver. I sliced off what I could for sandwiches and cut the rest of the ends up to put in soups and stews. Then I froze what I was not using today. The pastrami was healthy in the fact that it stated there were no nitrates in it.  Yeah! Nitrates in meat can be cancer causing, nasty stuff.  I prefer grass-fed meat, but this will have to suffice for now.

I slathered the two pieces of sourdough bread with my better butter. That is butter and olive oil mixed in my bullet machine.

I put a slice of my organic pepper jack cheese on my pastrami (which I had put on the bread in the frying pan). The better butter was on the outside of the sandwich. Then I put some Bayerischer Rotkohl on top (that is sauerkraut made with purple cabbage and apples- regular sauerkraut will work too).  The more colorful the vegetables, the healthier it is. The natural chemicals that make the colors are powerful cancer fighting soldiers. I believe they can help you in many ways. So BE COLORFUL with your veggies!

I put some good water in a pan and added some organic cut up carrots, celery, onion and garlic. (I smashed the garlic cloves first and let them set on the cutting board for 15 minutes. It’s important to let the smashed garlic sit at least 10 minutes and work its magic. After that amount of time a chemical change has happened and the cooking won’t destroy the beneficial properties of the garlic as much).

Then I added some chunked up pastrami and two cans of white beans. No, they weren’t organic this time but they were on sale. I usually use organic beans when I find them. Canned food is not the best, but I keep some around in case of an emergency. They need to be used occasionally and replaced.

I salted the soup with my Italian salt I had made from own grown herbs.

For desert I had some gluten free chocolate and vanilla rabbit cookies from Annie’s Organics. I got a very small container and put some in it so I would know exactly how much I ate. They are very small anyway but I need to work on keeping the sugar I consume at a low level. (The cookies were on sale for $.99 a bag).  Then I poured a glass of organic milk and YUM!


Whether I lLove You or Not

Video game

Video game

How silly and stubborn we humans can be. Just because we feel a certain way, we think we have to have what we want. Or we think it must be okay because we want it so much. Then we get caught up in something where it is not so easy to get out.

“But I love Him!” The girl cried out loud as the figure of a young man walked away in his military uniform.  Because she loved him did not alter the fact that he belonged to the army and had a duty to perform. Her love could not stop that fact.

But I love her! The young man frowned as a beautiful girl took the vows of matrimony to his best friend. Because he loved her did not alter the fact that she loved someone else.

Folks, I have to admit that I have followed the wrong path many times. I’m so thankful that I have a God who knew that. If it were up to my works, I would never make it to heaven. But thankfully God looks at Jesus Righteousness and not mine. But my life could be easier if I would still follow that path He set before me.

Sometimes we think the whole world revolves around us because we are centered within ourselves. We may not like the way we look, yet still we love our self. Admit it. You know you do. You feed your tummy the delightful things you crave. You wash and decorate your body according to the styles you feel looks best for you. All this is natural. We just don’t admit that we love our self to anyone else.

What we feel, no matter how strong, does not alter the world around us. Not in general anyway. Sometimes we can be motivated to do things because of how we feel. But circumstances and facts do not always revolve around how strong we feel something. There is more to life than how we feel about it.

One of the things that I love about God’s Word is that He lays out for us a path. How we feel does not always coincide with the direction of the proper path. We cannot walk His path by following our feelings. We have to follow the path He set before us even if we feel differently. Yet, sometimes we step off that path and follow our own path. Usually it is a path that our feelings have drawn us towards. The Bible says our heart is deceitfully wicked and who can know it. Oh, my, we don’t want to admit that.

Let us pray for one another in this life. We need it. Life is not easy. But there are many blessings along the way, if we find them. I think of the video games we play where there is a coin underneath a block. In real life under that block may be a blessing. There are many levels we can go through in life, just like a video game. And there are many blessings hiding in each level of life we enter.

Whether I love you or not (I probably do), God loves you more. That in itself is a blessing!

Being A Little Crazy!

I was actually standing on a dry area when I took this picture.

I was actually standing on a dry area when I took this picture.

Just because I’m  a woman and not a teenager doesn’t mean I can’t go out and have a little adventure and fun!

The guys admit to driving off in their four-wheeler trucks to see the flood waters that’s pouring over the streets. They try to find the deeper spots and see if they can get their truck across.

I just take a walk in the rain and walk across some puddles to take a couple pictures and people say,”What is she doing out in the rain? Is she crazy!”

I have always loved taking walks in the rain or snow. I bundle up and go! Cold doesn’t make you sick. California  isn’t even cold in the valley when it rains. At least, it wasn’t cold yesterday when I was out in it.  Oh, yes, it was certainly raining and I got wet. But I changed into dry clothes when I got home and was fine.

I never was a woman’s libber, but it irritates me that guys can go out, do things and everyone thinks it is fine and dandy. But if I, a woman, take a walk in the rain, it is scandalous and embarrassing.

I don’t want to put myself in danger, but I like to live a little. I love nature, pictures and long walks. Just because I’m no longer a kid or I’m not a brawny man does not mean I should stay locked up in a house or office all day.

I implore all you older women out there, live a little!  Get out and do something exciting and fun. Don’t shrivel up in a little ball somewhere. Neither water nor cold will hurt you!  It will actually invigorate you and make you feel alive.

Don’t put your self at risk crossing deep swift water or something. Be sensible, but get out there and explore the world around you!  Its wonderful and exhilarating. It is so much better than watching it on television.

Another shot of the flooding here. that this crazy women who walks in the rain took.

Another shot of the flooding here. that this crazy women who walks in the rain took.

The Dark Room—A re-vamp of an older post

wp_20151003_15_42_04_proWalking through life is like walking through many rooms. You never know what each room will bring. Sometimes the room can be very dark.  You may stumble and walk in circles looking for the way out of the room. It may seem you will never find that hidden door.  Yes, the enemy seems to have blocked the way out. Creatures of the dark may bite and tear at your emotions and you feel like there will be no end. But don’t give up! The door will open to a new room one day. In the midst of that darkness, just try to praise the Lord who bought your soul.

Praise? How can I praise when I feel like this. I don’t want to praise…That is why the Bible calls it the Sacrifice of Praise. It is a sacrifice of your pride, emotions and whatever else to set aside the injustices you feel have come upon you and cut loose in praise. But sometimes it is that very praise that will open the door to sunshine.

Believe me. I’ve come out of that dark room more than once. It took several tries of praise. Then all the sudden the door started opening and sunshine peeked through at me!

The Battle We Must Fight

It is a fight to care for yourself in this modern U.S.A. Yet, we can combat some of the incoming artillery that is threatening our health. A lot of it is chemical warfare. But not like our military may encounter. This  invasion is not as obvious but just as dangerous to our body.  We only have one body. What do we do?  No matter what you do, you are going to have accidents and physical problems. Yet there are many strategies we can follow to battle for our health.

A quiet place to go.

A quiet place to go.

There are many forms of danger. One you may not realize is noise.  Yeah, noise. It seems harmless but it wears on our nerves and steals our energy. I don’t know about you, but energy is pretty important to me. I need mine! Even if you wear those irritating ear plugs, noise still affects your body. Your hearing isn’t the only sense being attacked.  So, if possible, stay away from a lot of loud noise. Some noise you can mentally block out of your mind and continue on without seeming to be bothered. But again, your body is being affected and wore down. Try to find time to be in a quiet environment as much as possible. I’ve already written in a past blog about the importance of nature. There are many benefits to that, one being the quietness you can find.

Another place where toxins explode into our valued abode is through the water. Most obviously is the water we drink. Tap water has all kinds of chemicals, hormones etc. I drink glacial water from a local company that has been around for many years. Financially it is another small bill that adds up, but it is one of the ways I fight to take care of my one and only body. The water we bath in also invades our temple. Chlorine is one of the many chemicals in this chemical warfare. When I was living in town where chlorine was used, I put special Vitamin C tablets into my tub. It is suppose to neutralize the chlorine. I’m not certain how much it does, but I used it nevertheless. I

Water affects us in various modes.

Water affects us in various modes.

know Vitamin C won’t hurt. I was still exposed to other chemicals in the water. But hopefully I alleviated one that I knew about. So there was one less to cause damage.  I’m living on well water now. But I don’t have a tub, just a shower. I hope to rid myself of that problem one of these days. I MISS MY RELAXING BATHS. I think back to the comforting hot water with Epson salts and the wonderful aroma of essential oils wafting all around me.

After just these two things I’ve only mentioned, you may think me a fanatic. No, I am not nearly as into all of this as many of the scientists, holistic doctors and researchers I’ve been following through seminars and on their blogs. But I take their valued information and try to start applying what will fit into my life. I hope for your sake, that you also start wondering why there are so many cancers, brain problems and sickness growing and attacking us at this time in history. Disease has always been around, but it is more prevalent in some countries and times. Ask yourself why and start listening to the research on it. Be sure to see who is doing the research. Many pharmaceuticals and money invested researchers are biased. Like I said it is a battle for our health and there are enemies in many forms.





Time Takes Wing

I watched a young mother pull a wagon with her two children in it. The scene took me back to my motherhood days. I could see my two young boys in their red flyer wagon. It almost seemed a lifetime ago. Ahhh, well, it practically is a lifetime ago now.

I remember some older ladies commenting to me that I looked to be only child myself as I held my oldest baby boy. That is kind of what I was thinking of the young mother I observed today.

Time really does take wing and fly away. You mothers out there should enjoy your

Small town parades...

Small town parades…

children and grand children now to the full extent. They will be grown and gone before you realize it.

I think back to a day when I was visiting my 70 year old Dad. He told me that inside of

himself he just didn’t feel like that age. He didn’t know where the time had gone.

We need to ask ourselves some questions. What will others remember about us when

we are gone? Will our children think

Fishing together is a way to make memories

Fishing together is a way to make memories

of the times we were patient and loving to them? Will they

Doing things for others like Vacation Bible School. The kids learn and have fun.

Doing things for others like Vacation Bible School. The kids learn and have fun.

have memories that we helped to create for them? What will others remember about us? Did we put our own things aside and reach out to someone else?

One last question you might contemplate…Did you prepare for eternity? Did you seek answers and truth about the life after this one? Why were you here at all? Was it just to have fun or is there more? Why does time take wing and fly away?

Gail’s Get Well Soup

When I got home from the hospital, I was very weak but knew I needed to build myself back up physically.

I have a lot of knowledge of what is right to put in my body but I don’t always follow what I know. And now I have paid the price and ended up in the hospital. I’m back home and determined to stay on the right road. I don’t like being sick.

Thankfully, I had stuff readily available to make a light, but nutritious soup. I had frozen

I luv colored carrots!

I luv colored carrots!

some chicken broth from when I boiled some chicken. I had a bunch of homegrown tomatoes that needed to be used soon. So I washed and peeled them and put them in my food processor. Then I washed some organic colored carrots and added those to the tomatoes. I thought about cauliflower but didn’t think my tummy was up to that yet. I put some chopped veggies like organic celery on to cook in the chicken broth and added water occasionally.Patio herbs 1

Separately I cut up green onions and garlic. I went out to my garden in pots and harvested some basil, oregano and rosemary. All of this I chopped and put in a container in the refrigerator.

While my soup cooked I added a dash of Worchester sauce, salt and pepper and little

Spices to cook with.

Spices to cook with.

dash of powdered herbs. I put this in the refrigerator. My tummy couldn’t take it yet, but it was ready for tomorrow. Today I just ate applesauce and the water from boiled rice. Later in the day I ate a small piece of boiled sweet potato.  When I first woke up, before eating, I took a heaping tablespoon of organic, unsweetened yogurt. I do this at least a half hour before eating anything else. I’m trying to build my intestinal flora back up after having had antibiotics.

Next day– for lunch I warmed up my soup and added turmeric. When that was done, I added the garlic, green onions, and herbs on top of my bowl of soup. It gave my soup a little crunch and lots of flavor.

I like to sit in my glider chair surrounded by my plants and herbs.

I like to sit in my glider chair surrounded by my plants and herbs.