Who’s Gabbing and Who’s Gushing

Immune Boosting Tea

Posted on April 16, 2014 by Tammy Trayer, Sister #4170

What with the rough winter weather, the storms, and the temperature fluctuations, many sicknesses and germs are sticking around longer than usual. There's a constant battle waging against our immune systems. However, our own backyards, wild meadows, and even bulk herb stores on the internet yield much more to preserving our health more than you may think ... Read more →

Tetanus Anyone?

Posted on April 16, 2014 by Donna Oshaughnessy, Sister #3062

Several combined decades of farming between Keith and I and you would think we'd seen it all. Not even close. The unusual on our farm often starts with a phone call from husband to wife.

Keith: "You got time to come look at a calf?"

This is not good news. Once when he asked me to come "look at" one of our goats, she had a compound fracture (bone protruding through the skin) after jumping over a fence. Another request to "look at" a goat resulting in him holding her upright, upper limbs in his arms, bottom in my face, while we delivered triplets. It was very cold that day and I almost lost my wedding rings inside that caprines uterus.

Last evening the request to "look at" an animal turned out to be a calf with a third eye ... Read more →

LINENS & LACE on the LATTICE

Posted on April 16, 2014 by CJ Armstrong, Sister #665

At our backyard glamper party we also used some linens and lacy items to glamp up Robin's back patio. She has this section of lattice over a built in flower bed and is a perfect place to drape/hang some lovely things. The lacy tablecloth belonged to her maternal grandmother . . . my mom, Evelyn . . . and then other items are curtain panels, tablecloth and dresser scarves! Just to help create the "glamper girl" atmosphere! ... Read more →

147 | CANINES | A Holistic Approach to Dog Feeding: Why I Dropped the Kibble {Urban Wolf Review}

Posted on April 16, 2014 by Maria Chamorro, Sister #3030

The other day I was having a conversation with a friend discussing how switching my wheaten Jack to home cooked food had made such a positive effect on him, and she gave me the weird look. The one that says "you are becoming the crazy dog lady". When I asked her she said that she just didn't understand why some people cooked for their dogs when there are so many good foods in the market. And my reply to her was: "Well let me put it like this; we strive to find what food works better for us so we are healthy. Same goes for pets. Pet parents want the best for their pets and they strive to find the best food possible... which is NOT kibble. If that doesn't make sense try this. You and I know that part of being fit depends on what we eat. same goes for a dog; if what he eats makes him sick then he is not a fit dog."

Here is the thing: humans and animals share about 75% of their genetic makeup. So basically you can say we have similar genetic needs. While kibble, even the expensive organic with great ingredients one, is more economical it is processed with additives to expand shelf life-- so you see where I am going with this. We humans pay attention to what we eat but we are basically feeding our dogs foods that are full of preservatives. I am not saying that I know better than you what is best for your dog, just sharing what works for mine ... Read more →

A Monster In My Yard!

Posted on April 16, 2014 by Suzanne Holland, Sister #828

Just Kidding!

But seriously, take a look at this fellow. He is a massive mound of stinging points. How in the world did he get so big? Has he been eating my plant fertilizer? If you look close enough you will notice he it laying next to a water bottle top which measures 1″ across. That puts this guy at little past 2″ long and 3/4″ wide.

I found him in my flower garden while transplanting ferns. Just imagine if I had not seen him before my hand had? I remember in elementary school playing at recess. There was a very large Live Oak tree (the ones Louisiana is famous for) in the middle of our play ground. We would climb on the branches and run up the roots. It was during one of these wonderful recesses that the palm of my hand landed smack dab on top of a little monster like this one, but much smaller that goodness. But….boy did it hurt! I can still feel it today. It left a red prickly swollen whelp and I was rushed to the office for ice and a call to my mom for permission for meds ... Read more →

Glamping in Kennewick II

Posted on April 16, 2014 by Karen L. Bates, Sister #377

It's so much fun to see how everyone decorates and the wide spectrum of styles ... Read more →

Angela T. Roberts

Posted on April 16, 2014 by Gina McKnight, Sister #5281

Welcome author Angela T. Roberts!
Angela explains the importance of canine nutrition...
NUTRITION

I consider "Nutrition" to be the most important chapter in my book, Raising Dogs With Common Sense. First, I encourage you to follow the advice and instruction of your trusted veterinarian. Some dogs require specific diets due to certain illnesses or peculiarities associated with their breed. While I am a bully-breed fan, I love all dog breeds, and I have done much research into the ingredients that seem to work best for most breeds ... Read more →

Mountain Woman Rendezvous #42 (Blog Hop)

Posted on April 16, 2014 by Tammy Trayer, Sister #4170

Be sure to spread the word and tell your friend’s!

Grab your favorite beverage and sit down with me. Enjoy what others have shared, add your own post or share a comment. I would like to encourage everyone to join in.

This week was another tough week in choosing my favorite for sure. SO many great posts being shared, but one specifically caught my eye ... Read more →