Building a community and doing good things with the garden produce

October 6, 2014

My tomatoes are coming on a bit late but I made a few deliveries of  my garden produce to some neighbors that had a bit of bad luck on their garden and a few new members that could not plant a garden because of timing.  If you want to build a community you must reach out and be nice. Sometimes you will get a verbal slap in the face but that is actually a good thing as you start learning who will work with the community and who wants or needs to be left alone.  My brewing beer opens up a lot people, but some don’t drink, but everyone eats and a home grown garden tomato can be a great way to break the ice and get to know your neighbors.

I know I can’t be a “lone wolf” and survive.  Because of my disability I know I will need help so I have already spent years of helping my neighbors via tools I have lent to them to dropping off a few veggies to using my stove to cook or charcoal to BBQ.  I think a those little items have built up a lot of good will for the future.  I don’t have a problem with a person trading value for value and I don’t think you need to be self -sacrificing in order to be a good Christian.  I do get a bit peeved at some Christians that seem to think they don’t have to prepare because God or other christians must step up to provide for them.  That’s a cop-out and excuse for them not to do the work and prepping done well costs and is work ! I believe that God gave us examples to prepare. That does not mean we will be perfect only that we will do the best we can and trust that God handles any little over sights on our part.  If you don’t put forth the effort to prepare I don’t see why God should save you.  To me it seems you are throwing that gift of life he gave you.  If you don’t value your life why should any one else?

I’m not talking about a run of “bad luck” that happens, but I am talking about choosing to do your best and sacrificing to get prepared. You might fail but you should at least get a little bit prepared.

New Essential oil experiment:

I think that Rice bran oil is a great carrier oil and it is naturally high in vitamin E that works as a natural preservative as well as being good for your skin. Now compared to the salves made with coconut oil the rice bran oil seems to be absorbed quicker and a bit less greasy/oily feeling, staying on top of the skin. I’m not sure how to describe it except the rice bran oil seems to soak into the skin and coconut oil seem to stay on top of the skin and sort of form a light protective barrier.  Using coconut oil in my pain salve is wonderful and it it is a bit water resistant. But for a dry skin healing salve I think the rice bran oil maybe a bit better soaking into the skin.

I have some dry skin problems but nothing major. Now my sister has major skin problems with psoriasis and has bad rash looking breakouts. So I want to make a salve that address both a bit of dry skin as well as major skin issues. Bad thing is my sister is very sensitive to citrus products so using a lemon essential oil does not work.  I made up a skin oil with tea tree (mellaluca) and a equal amount of  Rosemary (about 12-14 drops in 8 oz. of carrier oil) I also added a bit of lavender (2-4 drops) to kick up the oils and a scent. I added about 6 drops of clove and cedarwood for a nice fragrance but I think the clove adds a bit of warmth to the skin. It’s not unpleasant just a bit unexpected result.

Now I have only tested this on myself so it may work differently for you but so far the salve feels very good when applying it. It smells pleasant and I think most guys would like the woodsy cedar and clove smell.  I tested this on my left hand and I had a little pain in my thumb (arthritic/bad weather related) and it seem to help a bit with the pain. Or at least loosen up the joint a bit.

Speaking for myself the salve feels wonderful put on dry  skin and I’m not much of a person worried about dry skin. I think you should watch the amount of clove oil as it might make the salve overly hot rather than a pleasant slightly warm feeling I had testing it out.