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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Good Morning, Glory!

Hello from the foothills!  
 We are sooo looking forward to fall weather, but we're enjoying a few clumps of Morning Glory vines on the pasture fences in the meantime. 

The summer season started out wet and pleasant, but it's closing out hot, parched and dry for us here in the hills.

 This Burning Bush (another volunteer from the neighbor's bush)  has already turned red due to lack of moisture.  I don't know how this will affect the fall colors in the Smokies.  Hopefully it won't.

Earlier this year a family member was taken to the emergency room at their local hospital and was diagnosed with gallbladder issues and told it should come out immediately.  The diagnosis was extremely helpful, and we're ever so grateful for that, but the surgery was NOT necessary at all*.  In fact, what the family member wasn't told is that there are often lasting ill-effects to having it removed.  I personally know two people who have shared that they are plagued with virtually chronic diarrhea years after they had theirs removed.  

*We referenced our  Be Your Own "Doctor" book and that family member followed the directions for flushing the gallbladder along with diet recommendations - totally avoiding the recommended surgery. 

1. Bile ducts: 2. Intrahepatic bile ducts, 3. Left and right hepatic ducts, 4. Common hepatic duct, 5. Cystic duct, 6. Common bile duct, 7. Ampulla of Vater, 8. Major duodenal papilla
9. Gallbladder, 10–11. Right and left lobes of liver. 12. Spleen.
13. Esophagus. 14. Stomach. 15. Pancreas: 16. Accessory pancreatic duct, 17. Pancreatic duct.
18. Small intestine: 19. Duodenum, 20. Jejunum
21–22. Right and left kidneys.
The front border of the liver has been lifted up (brown arrow).[14]

The purpose is to:
Its primary function is to store and concentrate bile, a yellow-brown digestive enzyme produced by the liver. The gallbladder is part of the biliary tract. The gallbladder serves as a reservoir for bile while it's not being used for digestion. The gallbladder's absorbent lining concentrates the stored bile.
I believe we are wonderfully and fearfully made as the Word of God states.  And I believe that the idea that we don't need certain body parts is a might remiss.  I am convinced many surgeries are unnecessary and are suggested in order to keep a revolving door spinning at medical centers and hospitals all over the country.  If you have a gallbladder story you'd like to share, please do so in the comments.
Have a great weekend, y'all!
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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

My Li'l Corner in August

Hello from the hills!

Double Pink Rose of Sharon

 I wanted to tell you about a very short shortcut  (Thank you, Joybilie Farm, for the idea!)  for making fresh sauerkraut if you don't like to bother with shredding cabbage.  I didn't grow cabbage this year so I bought 4 bags of coleslaw mix (on sale, of course :)  to make this half-gallon of  probiotic rich kraut.   I used this method for the fermentation process and let it ferment for four weeks.

We've indulged in lots of homegrown Rutger's tomatoes with our meals all month long.

August has been a busy, hot mess of interminably muggy days, but thankfully we've had rain and cooler temperatures for the past couple of days.  A friend from out of state was here visiting for a week so we did day trips to places she wanted to see.  However, this is the only photo I took.

There was a monumental traffic delay due to construction just yesterday in the GSMNP.   So, if you're planning a trip to the Smokies soon go here and check the status of construction in the areas you'd like to visit.

My friend took a few pictures, and sent them to me so I'm adding them here.
This is an overlook on the Foothills Parkway.

And this one is a shot from Wears Valley Road in Townsend.
I love seeing the misty clouds hovering on the treetops.

Rosacea Update:
For the past two years I've tried a lot of things that didn't clear up the rash I had.  On July 4th, just last month I talked with someone that had taken a supplement that cleared the rash so I decided to give it a try.  I've been taking Dr. Gundry's Vital Reds supplement for the past month, and it has helped in reducing the degree of flushing and cleared nearly all the bumps I had experienced for the past two years.  I'm also watching my carb intake, but that alone wasn't enough.  I'm glad I heard of this product.

Flowering Spurge in the pasture:

Have a lovely week, y'all!
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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Diabetes Docu-Series, Eye-Opening

Hello from the hills! 

I'm interrupting my normally irregular posting schedule to tell you I'm watching a docu-series on the black plague of the 21st century, diabetes.   It's free now but will not be free after this airing.  I have to tell you I'm only into the second video, and I'm very concerned by what I've learned.  If you or anyone you know has diabetes this series will help you understand the disease from a totally different perspective as there are interviews with health professionals that will surprise you.   Most patients think as long as they have diabetes under "control" with insulin they're okay.  Not so.   I don't have it myself, but I have family members who do, so I'm all in to help them.

Go here and request a link to watch, but hurry as each episode airs for only 24 hours.

Our plain white Rose of Sharons finally opened up.

This will be our second heirloom cantaloupe, that is if the night critters don't take a shine to it first.  ;)   Did you know raccoons and coyotes poke holes in them and scoop out the juice?  Ask me how I know, lol.

I don't think I've ever posted about my Mulberry trees.  They're 1 1/2 years old and already 5 feet high growing in pots on the deck.  We're hoping for a small berry harvest next year.

I'll leave you with these sleepy looking hydrangea blossoms.  They were blue last month, but the color has turned to fallish hues.   Have a great weekend y'all!