I need to weed the garden and I hate weeding so I stacked some wood in place of weeding today. While the new minerals and pain relief salve has helped me get a lot accomplished I do feel like I need to take it easy and recover a bit physically. I’m back to using the 5-15 minute rule of doing a task to get myself working on a task and though I didn’t time it, but I got a good bit of wood stacked after the hardest step of just starting! So far on the pain relief salve, it seems that the coconut oil based is absorbed into the skin a bit faster than the grape seed oil based. My Mom has Fybro but is also looking at some more work on her knee replacement and this salve has helped her pain a lot. So far this salve seems to work on general aches and pains across many age groups and types of pain. Mom gave me a large jar of coconut oil to sort of payback for the salve and the gas to go to Murphy outpost days. I hope to get some more of the beeswax from a local beekeeper and clean it up to use on some more salves as well as making some beeswax candles in July for our next skill building project. Mom wants to see me make the salve perhaps we can watch the soap making you tube and kill 2 birds with one stone. Making the salve is easy and cleaning the beeswax is easy but it does take some time and adding a bit of equipment. As Alton Brown says said “it’s easy, I didn’t say it was fast!”
I stopped by neighbor A and asked about some cabinets they had in the garage and if they were going to trash them or use them. Well they will be using the cabinets but the have a neat looking winged back chair that they said I can have for the help and beer I have given them! Someone dropped off a vent protector for the RV but no one has claimed responsibility so I can thank them. It’s amazing how generous people can be helping me out and want to help others if you show you are doing the best you can and are willing to help them. Sometimes it can be as simple as keeping an eye on the place while they are away. I think many people are willing to give but they are not so willing when someone has an entitlement mentality and some how they are owed because you have more than they do. A couple of things really piss me off is people seem to think they don’t have to help themselves because they are poor/on SS or won’t change how they spend money because they are poor and deserve not only pity but a portion of your paycheck and if you don’t give it to them then you are the hater!
I look at actions and not talk in people. My biggest question is what have you done to help yourself? I understand that many things take time and practice to learn. Heck I’m the poster child for screwing up but not giving up. But if you don’t value yourself enough to try and risk failure, why should anyone else invest time, money or energy to help you? Stop saying “I can’t” and looking for excuses when what you really mean is “I won’t…” There is nothing wrong with being poor, but it’s no great honor either!