Group Buy on Seeds

Hi everyone,

Rebecca taught an amazing class yesterday on gardening, passed out catalogs and we are offering a bulk sale on garden seeds. There are some fantastic varieties at great prices. Have fun choosing which ones to buy. I want five of each!

Have a great day, April ¬†ūüôā

P.S. Thanks Rebekah for a great class with a ton of important information. You inspired me completely. I am going to grow a row of sunflowers, so that I can try all the groovy stuff you talked about in your class. (Wouldn’t Mary Englebrite be so proud!) In the fall, I will post what I am talking about, on a later post about Sunflowers.

 

 

Hi everyone! I am trying to get the seed order finalized. If you didn’t get a chance to order at the class today, or if you didn’t make it to the class, here is some more info for you. I think a lot of people didn’t really understand what we are ordering- These are non hybrid seeds that you can store in your food storage or plant in your garden. You will be getting a lot of seeds- the amount will vary depending on how many people order, but in general it will be 5-10x the amount you would get in a packet from the store. There will be plenty to plant and to store.

 

The more people that order, the cheaper they will be. For example, the seeds that are most expensive right now is the corn- mostly because not many people ordered it. But the people who are getting it will get a lot of seeds. So if more people order, the price will drop, as will the number of seeds you get.

 

Here is a list of the current prices and how many seeds (approx.) you get for that price. As more people order the price will fluctuate, but it will only get better!

 

Please try to get me your order in by the end of Friday, and then we can get payments figured out and get these ordered next week. (So we can start planting!) Please send your order to Rebekah Griffin at milkmaid35@gmail.com. We didn’t have enough demand for compost tumblers and rain barrels, but if you would like to order some pots, we could use more orders to get better prices. These are biodegradable pots for starting plants and can be directly planted into your garden to eliminate transplant shock.

 

  • 2″ pots $7 for 100
  • 3″pots $12 for 100
  • 4″ pots $12 for 50

 

OK, here are the seed prices.

  • Green Beans, bush .60/100 seeds
  • Green beans, pole 2.55/100 seeds
  • Dry Beans, white 1.50/80 seeds
  • Beets 2.50/120 seeds
  • Broccoli .93/500 seeds
  • Canteloupe 1.05/95 seeds
  • Carrots 1.00/1000 seeds
  • Corn, sweet 2.00/150 seeds
  • Corn, dry/field 2.53/220 seeds
  • Cucumber .68/355 seeds
  • Kale 1.38/100 seeds
  • Leeks 3.00/500 seeds
  • Lettuce 1.00/600 seeds
  • Onions 1.50/500 seeds
  • Peas .65/165 seeds
  • Green Peppers 1.00/77 seeds
  • Pie Pumpkins .75/25 seeds
  • Carving Pumpkins .75/25 seeds
  • Radishes .60/250 seeds
  • Spinach .70/830 seeds
  • Acorn squash .90/32 seeds
  • Butternut squash 1.00/57 seeds
  • Spaghetti squash 1.00/ 62 seeds
  • Zucchini 1.30/70 seeds
  • Yellow squash 1.22/110 seeds
  • Roma Tomatoes 1.23/147 seeds
  • Heirloom slicing tomato 1.58/147 seeds
  • Cherry yellow pear tomato .94/100 seeds
  • Turnips .60/7900 seeds
  • Watermelon 1.40/275 seeds
  • Parsley .85/6600 seeds
  • Basil .40/417 seeds
  • Thyme .75/3375 seeds
  • Mint 1.67/1250 seeds
  • Cilantro .68/1000

 

Thanks! Rebekah

March 15-31st Bulk Buys

Hello Sisters,

Quite a few things today- hold onto your hat:

Everyone who has ever purchased handwashers, honey, or a WonderMill, they are here at my house. ūüôā ¬†And, if you ordered Fels-Naptha, Washing Soda or Borax, they have not come in yet, but will hopefully, before Thursdays class! Then, you can come and get that, and attend the gardening class too!

 

More March Bulk Orders:

When things hit the fan, (whatever that means) there are 4 books that I will take with me. My scriptures, and all 3 of these books. Having lived on our garden and food storage for almost 1 year now, I can honestly tell you, that all of my cookbooks have been thrown out the window, (not really, just thrown out of the kitchen into the library) because they are really useless. I do not have the majority of ingredients to make anything and substituting ingredients with powdered or dehydrated something just makes a mess most of the time.

So, here are the top 3 cookbooks that I have PROVEN worthy of emergency, or long-term cooking in my case.

 

Prices do not include tax or shipping, but that will be minimal as always. E-mail me your order, and I will add it all up for you.


¬†¬† ¬† 1. Cookin’ with Home Storage‚ÄĒby Peggy Layton.¬† Regularly $16.95

I have used this cookbook when I can’t find what I am looking for in any other book- now I just look here first. I have been VERY pleased with everything I have tried, and love this book!!!! ******

 

 

10-29  books- $13.99

30-59 books- $10.99

60+ books- $9.99 


¬†¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†2. Mix a Meal–retails for $14.95¬†

This book is all about fast food. If you remember from my earlier classes, there is no such thing as fast food when you have to soak beans over night, and then cook them for the next two.  This book is full of mixes from pancakes and cookies to ranch dressing to sloppy joes and many others. It is also a must!  *****

 

10-29 copies–13.99

30-74 copies-  $12.49

75+ copies– $10.99


     3. Bee Prepared Cook Book  $15.00

This is a ‚Äú¬Ĺ inch binder book‚ÄĚ that is full of information that you might want to know about every grain, and how to use it. The recipes are also very good! *****

Many of you ordered this last year, and we have been adding to it ever since. I thought that I would offer it again for those that didn‚Äôt get it last year. As with all things since last year, the price has gone up too! All of the recipes that I will and have sent you from my classes can be added under their chapter headings. All you‚Äôll have to do from there is contribute yourself, print them off, or get the ones we have done in the past from http://www.aprilshowerspreparedness.com¬†then and add them to your ‚ÄúBee Prepared‚ÄĚ cookbook. Wow! What a great idea! (I‚Äôm glad I thought of that!)

 

     4. Bosch  (Deadline March 31, 2009)

  • Universal Plus 800 Watt¬† Reg. $399.99

5-10 ordered  $350.00 without blender, plus tax

 

  • Classic 700 Watts Reg.¬† $389.99

5-10 ordered $325.00 without blender, plus tax

 

      5. 6th order of handwashers. (Can you believe it? You would think that we do a lot of laundry or something!) Price increase to $13.00- everything is going up now-a-days!  www.breathingwasher.com 


     6. Nuclear Kit (Can save 20 peoples lives) Post sales are still $50.00 until March 31st.

Nuclear kit Contents:‚Ä®

 

Nuclear War Survival Skills ($20.00 retail)
kI chemical

USP 40 grams   ($26.00 retail)


Book of Revelation Today   ($14.00) retail


Restoration of the Republic  ($12.50 retail)


Trace mineral liquid label seconds (3 month supply) $24.00 retail)

DVD Last Day Devastation vs. Latter-day Preparation ($10.00 ea. DVD)‚Ä®

DVD A more Perfect

Union
KI tablets   ($8.00)


Liquid electrolyte spray energy salt and sprayer  (12.00)

 

Last but not least, Macey’s has their Case Lot sale going on, and there are some great prices. Make sure that you compare with the Lindon cannery though, because some of their prices cannot be beat!

 

Homemade Sanitary Pads

I know what you are all thinking, but this is something that we have to think about ladies-OK, I must totally admit that I am one who said, “EEEeeeew, that is totally gross”. But the fact remains, that this is a natural thing that all of us girls all experience- as do our husbands and sons sooner or later. If we don’t think about it, the alternitive is really the EEEeeeew part! Fortunately, having 6 daughters, we bought all of the supplies we needed long ago! The employees at Costco followed us around with their jaws dragging on the floor, and many of them asked us if we were Polygamists, or house parents of a “girls-only dorm” when the realized, that those carts my husband and I were pushing and dragging behind us were full of pads and tampons alone! (Please do not line up at my house when the time comes, we also bought a gun that day!) ūüôā

I came from a house hold of 6 daughters myself, so I saw first hand, how many cases of feminine products six girls could go through quarterly, and knew that this is something I DID NOT want to live without- ever! However, I have changed my tune after reading the information below, realizing that we could have flown to Europe as a family on the frequent flier miles alone, from the purchase of those same feminine hygiene supplies that took us 5 carts, on two separate occasions to fill! Next time, when we need to restock, I think that I will seriously consider purchasing some thread and some fun dark fabric (like big flowers, stripes or polka-dots for example,) then take that trip to Europe, with several zip lock bags in my suitcase. The trip to Europe would be a lot more fun and memorable anyway!

(Did you know that we, who live in the States, are the only ones who freak about such “personal, private” things? Everywhere I have traveled, topics such as theses are common table talk. These are the facts of life and that is just the way it is. Perhaps it is because others might be more comfortable with themselves and their sexuality? Perhaps it is a cultural thing, (a Mormonism) to be so modest about things? Regardless of the reasons, if I hadn’t already broke the bank and made a storage shed to house all of theses supplies, ūüôā I would DEFINITLY start sewing, and book my trip to the Swiss Alps to eat Swiss chocolate and fresh yogurt (what am I talking about? I make fresh yogurt twice weekly, and have a two-year supply of Swiss chocolate in the freezer?) and happily consume it while basking in the spring sun soaking up the Jung Frau!)(That is an amazing glacial Mountain 1/2 a days trip on several special mountain trains from Zurich, Switzerland, my favorite place in the world!) The funny thing is, I can soak up the spring rays sitting on my front porch, gazing directly at the beautiful Mount Timpanogos, listening to our Swiss goats bleating, while grazing with her two kids! (The grass is always greener isn’t it?) Enough of this romanticism, let’s get on with the show!

 

 

 

Homemade Sanitary Pads
Okay, but  EEEwww . . .  NEW 10-9-05

 

I learned about homemade cloth menstrual pads on a¬†Christian Ladies’ message board in 2002.¬† I had just been diagnosed with Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS.¬† Some of my symptoms were heavy, irregular and painful menses which left me feeling very much like¬†the¬†Woman in the New Testament with the issue of blood¬†who touched Jesus’s garment to be healed.¬† I even joked that I had periods of biblical proportions.¬† Financially, we were in a tough spot at the time.¬† Making decisions between groceries or sanitary pads is not a pleasant place to be so I was tickled when another mom shared a link to homemade pads.¬† I ran some simple ones up on my sewing machine that day and have pretty much been a convert ever since.

Before the 20th Century, most women used cloth pads or “rags” during their menstruation.¬† Disposable pads didn‚Äôt become common in America until after WW II.¬† Among rural and low-income women they didn’t catch on until the 1960’s.¬† As with diapers, there have always been people who prefer cloth to disposable.¬†¬† Disposable pads do not biodegrade very quickly.¬†Plastic diapers and sanitary napkins are likely to be two of the most common artifacts that future archaeologists will find when excavating landfills from the 20 and 21 Centuries.¬† I wonder what kind of commentary this will be on our present lifestyles?¬† Only time will tell.

 

Outer Pad with Wings
Cut 2 with flap extended & 1 on fold with flap closed

Inner Pad
Cut 2 of flannel and 1 or 2 of filling or more flannel

Printing Instructios:  Set Margins to 0.25 or 1/4 inch each.

 

To make your own sanitary napkins you need the following supplies:  

  • A sewing machine with a zigzag stitch.¬†¬†

  • Flannel:¬† Old flannel shirts & baby blankets work beautifully but new flannel works fine too.¬† Be sure to wash it in hot water before using to prevent shrinkage.
  • Thread
  • Snaps or Safety Pins
  • Scissors¬†

The Outer Pad
Begin by printing both of the patterns and cutting them out. The Inner Pad is a large oval.  The Outer Pad is actually 2 patterns in 1.  With the long straight side extended, it is the topside.  You will need to cut 2 of these.  With the long straight side folded in, it is the bottom side.  Place the straight edge on a fold of fabric and cut 1 of these. Look at the pictures for examples.   

Make 1/2-inch hem down the long straight side of each of the 2 top pieces.  Straight stitch or zigzag stitch this hem, as you prefer.  Now arrange the 2 upper layers of the outer pad over the lower layer.  The front hems should overlap slightly, or by about 1/2-inch. 

Zigzag stitch around the outside twice.  If desired you may straight stitch down the dotted lines shown on the picture to the right.  This allows the inner pad to fit more securely inside the outer pad and also makes folding the wings a bit handier.  

Some women apply a snap or button to the wings at this time.¬† Place them at points “A” in the illustration.¬† Velcro is not advisable because it has a tendency to chafe.¬† Personally, I don’t¬†like¬†to go through all the work of applying snaps or buttons so I use a safety pin instead.¬† Large diaper safety pins work beautifully for pinning the wings together.¬† To the right you will see a picture of the pad pinned closed.¬†¬† The wings fit around your underwear just like disposable pads with wings.¬† Some women wear the pad with the pocket seam facing down, next to their underwear.¬† Other women prefer the pad placed with the seam-side next to their skin.¬† Try it both ways to see which you prefer.

The Inner Pad
The inner pad is the absorbent part of the sanitary napkin.  It slips inside the pocket of the pad.  The beauty of this is that you can use as many inner pads as necessary for the rate of your flow.  During heavy times, or overnight, use 3 or 4 Inner pads.  For a lighter flow use only 1 Inner pad.  For a panty liner, use the outer pad without an inner pad.  The reason you use several layers instead of 1 very thick layer is because several thinner layers are easier to wash and have a shorter drying time.  Additionally, the many exterior surfaces of the pad layers makes them more absorbent than a single thick pad would be. 

For the inner pad you want to cut at least 3 layers, maybe 4, depending on the thickness of your fabric.  Use the same pattern for all of the layers. Use flannel for the 2 exterior layers of the inner pad.  Use 1 or 2 layers of flannel or terry cloth, cotton quilt batting or another absorbent material for the interior layers of the inner pad.  I used old flannel shirts, a flannel baby blanket and an old towel for my fabric.  The towel was ripped and had a few holes.  I used it as the interior layer of my inner pads.  The flannel baby blanket was the exterior of the inner pads, and the flannel shirt was the outer pad, the part with wings.

After cutting out your layers for the inner pad stack them neatly.  Zigzag stitch around the edges twice.  Trim the edges if desired.  I used dark thread in the picture so you could see it against the light flannel.  Make 2 of these inner pads for each outer pad.  They are very easy to cut and stitch, so you may want to make a few extras for heavy days.

After completing each part of the pad, slip the inner pad inside the pocket of the outer pad.  Pin it in place and see how it feels.  You will be surprised at how comfortable it is. 

Washing and Maintenance
When you make your own pads you have to wash them instead of tossing them into the garbage.¬† Keep a small bucket of water with a lid in the bathroom, preferably out of the reach of children and pets.¬† Add a spoonful of vinegar if desired.¬† Remove the inner pad from the outer pad.¬† Soak the used pads in the bucket of water.¬† Drain the water into the toilet before washing the pads.¬† The water can also be used to water house plants because they like all the extra vitamins and minerals. Make sure you use cold water so that the stains will come out.¬† I wash every morning.¬† Some women stash all of the used pads in a pillowcase or plastic bag and wash them all at once when their period is over.¬† I don’t do this because I have a washer in the house and I find it more sanitary to wash them every day.¬† They can drip dry or machine dry.

If you do not have a washing machine, then they may be washed by hand.¬† Run cold water over them in the bathtub to remove most of the blood.¬† Place the pads in a medium bucket or tub.¬† Add a little soap and cold water.¬† Using a clean plunger, plunge the pads until they are as clean as you can get them.¬† Plunge for a good 10 minutes for the best results.¬† Rinse the pads well and squeeze them dry.¬† Hang each pad by it’s own clothespin and they should dry pretty fast, even in the winter.¬†

If you like, you can iron the pads, but do not use starch on them.  Be careful not to use fabric softener either because it will make them less absorbent.

A No-Sew Alternative
If your sewing skills are lacking, or you simply do not want to go through the trouble of sewing your own pads you can try this instead.¬† Purchase absorbent terry-cloth dishtowels.¬† Wash them before using.¬† Fold them into rectangles about 3 or 4-inches by 10 or 12 inches.¬† Use safety pins to pin them into your underwear at both narrow ends (the front and the back).¬† These are a bit bulkier than home-sewn pads.¬† They are quite comfortable though, and are a legitimate alternative.¬† They may be washed the same as home-sewn pads.¬† I’ve also seen washcloths recommended.¬† Fold them into thirds, or quarters (long ways) and fit them into your underwear.¬† Apparently they stay in place without pinning because of the friction between the terry-cloth and underwear.¬† For heavier flows fold together 2 or more wash cloths.

 

About Fabrics
When I made these, I used fabrics I already had in the house.¬† You may purchase new fabric instead if you like.¬† Use a sturdy double-napped flannel if you go this route.¬† It will last the longest and give you the best results.¬† Cotton quilt batting is very nice filler, but you can also use additional flannel, which is less expensive. Wash everything before cutting or sewing.¬† Flannel will shrink.¬† After sewing, wash the pads again before using.¬† This helps them hold their shape better.¬† Men’s flannel shirts and flannel baby blankets make excellent flannel for your own menstrual pads.¬† They can sometimes be found for 25¬Ę or 50¬Ę a piece at yard sales, which makes pads very cheap to sew at home.¬†¬† Brightly colored fabric is less likely to show stains than solid colored or light fabric is.¬† I prefer to use patterns and dark colors for this reason.

About the Pattern
I created this pattern free hand after measuring commercially available, disposable pads.  My pattern is a little bit wider and longer than some patterns available on the Internet.  This is to accommodate the average woman, who is a size 14 or larger.  Standard pads and liners are created for a size-6 woman.  Pads made from this pattern are less likely to leak because they are large enough to fit properly.  If you are a smaller woman, or prefer slightly smaller pads, there are several other patterns available online.  You will find them linked below.  Note:  Some of the sites may refer to ideas you do not agree with.  Please overlook anything you find offensive and focus on the useful information instead.

 

Cloth Menstrual Pads Main Page
Patterns & Instructions

Born to Love
(HM Tampon Alternative)

One Woman
Practical Information

Natural Choices
The Cloth Menstrual Pad
Many links with lots of information

Cloth Menstrual Pads 
by Debi Elrod
Patterns & Instructions

Instructions for Cloth Menstrual Pads
Patterns & Instructions

Many Moons Menstrual Pads
Patterns & Instructions

Frugal Baby Pattern
Scroll down to see information on making your own sanitary pads

Museum of Menstruation or MUM
www.mum.org
Everythign you ever wanted to know about the history of menstruation.  Fascinating!

 

Okay, But EEEwww . . .

I’ll admit, many people have this reaction the first time they consider homemade pads.¬† It¬†is¬†weird.¬† We never see anything about it on television so that’s the first sign that it’s NOT socially acceptable.¬† Sewing and using homemade pads seems like something that only weird-os and freaks do, probably off in the woods somewhere, or maybe a nice cave in the wilderness where they can commune with nature and get in touch with the moon.¬† Nice women would never use homemade pads.¬† After all, your hands get wet and you have to touch your own body fluids which is kinda gross.¬† Plus you have that icky bucket in the bathroom so everyone knows that you’re up to something sneaky.¬† The whole idea is enough to make some women vomit and make some men run for cover in a sweaty, testosterone filled locker room.¬†

Believe me, I sympathize.¬† I had to get used to the idea before I became a convert.¬† For some women the conversion process happens overnight.¬† For others of us, it takes time.¬† We have to go slow, talk it over with other women, learn a lot more about it, and try it secretly to see if it really does work (it does).¬† If we have always hated pads, then homemade ones may seem like an even more uncomfortable way of dealing with a monthly necessity.¬† Everyone may say cloth pads are more comfortable, but just because it works for them, doesn’t mean it will be the same for us.¬† Besides, the bucket in the bathroom is just tooooo gross.¬† And what if the husband sees them and laughs at them or thinks that we’ve lost our minds.¬† What if the mother in law visits and sees the bucket and we have to explain it to her, or a visiting preacher’s wife, or worse yet, the Preacher?!!!¬† Gee whiz, it all becomes such a statement, and honestly, this is not the type of statement that most of us want to make to the world.

Relax.¬† Take a deep breath.¬† It is less weird than it seems at first glance.¬† Think about women from the past.¬† Our hearty ancestors who pioneered this country; while they rode their covered wagons west, what did they use every month?¬† What did Native American women use back when they owned the continent?¬† What about Eve and her daughters?¬† What did Sarah use?¬† Well, Sarah was barren, so maybe she didn’t need them.¬† But what about other women in the bible? Give it some deep thought. Queens and peasants, Pilgrims and Puritans, they all have one thing in common.¬† They had to use something to catch their monthly flow.¬† If you visit the¬†Museum of Menstruation, you’ll discover all types of articles that inventive women have used over the years. Absorbent sea sponges and baby socks have been used as tampons.¬† Animal fur, dried plant fibers, and various types of cloth have been used for pads.¬†

The truth of the matter is that cloth pads are not weird.  Disposable ones are.  Disposable pads and tampons have been commonplace for less than 50 years.  This means that pretty much all of the women who are currently menstruating have only been exposed to disposable choices for their monthlies.  Pads or tampons seem to be the only option.  This is very much a comment on our current society.  We use everything once and then toss it away.  Disposable feminine hygiene products are a big scam perpetrated by manufacturers who want to keep us on a leash so we have to keep buying their products.  They are making as much as TEN to TWENTY Thousand dollars per woman over her lifetime.  If you think of the millions of women in the USA alone, the profits are staggering! 

At heart, I am a rebel.¬† One of my goals in life is to be dependant upon as few manufactured products as possible.¬† My life and my money are more valuable than that.¬† My freedom is more valuable than that.¬† I will not give myself over to disposable pads if there is a free or cheap alternative that gives ME control over my budget and my body.¬† Modern consumerism is a crock.¬† It is an illusion that makes us feel like we have a semblance of power over our lives, but really it’s just newspeak for letting commercialism and it’s attending obsessions consume¬†us.¬†Extricating ourselves from consumerism is frightfully difficult.¬† The strings and layers it encompasses are sneaky little buggers that are hidden in all aspects of our lives.¬† One of the ways that we can achieve more personal freedom and attain genuine control over our circumstances is to snip those strings every time we find a self-sufficient alternative.¬† For me, this means turning to cloth pads exclusively.¬†

I would rather get my hands wet than give Corporate America one more ounce of control over my budget or even more importantly, my body.  There are so many things I have to buy that when I find something I can make for myself, it is reason for rejoicing. 

Which brings us back to that bucket.¬† An ice cream bucket with a lid works great.¬† I keep mine under the bathroom sink so it’s not a topic of conversation.¬† Most women keep their disposable products in the bathroom, and the bucket is the same thing.¬† Stash it in a private place and don’t give it a second thought.¬† When I drain the bucket in the mornings, I do it in the bathroom while I’m already in there and no one is the wiser.¬† As I start the first load of laundry for the day, I dump the rinsed pads in there and they wash up with whatever else is in the laundry.¬† The wet pads cannot contaminate the other clothes in the washer.¬† Dirty clothes are dirty clothes.¬† Mud, dust, grime, dishcloths that have been used on bloody noses, rags used to wipe up the floor, it all comes out in the wash.¬† The clothes in the washer are getting clean and one type of dirt will not give cooties to another type of dirt.¬† After the washer has run it’s cycle, all the laundry is clean and ready to start its life anew, sort of a fabric version of baptism.¬†

I live in a house with boys.¬† They are blissfully unconscious of what the bucket is for.¬† They don’t even ask.¬† When they help fold the laundry, they just put the clean pads in the “Mommy Pile” and assume it is part of the world of women that they don’t want to know about.¬† When the boys were younger, and I had to wash my pads by hand with a clean plunger, I did it in the bathroom as part of normal, daily chores.¬† They had no idea and no care what I was doing in there.¬† I could have been cleaning the tub or the sink or the toilet as far as they were concerned.¬† It was all the same thing to them.¬† Now that they are older, and one is a teenager, they have chosen blissful ignorance about my pads.¬† Sometimes I have dried them by hanging them individually on a string strung up in the shower.¬† I close the shower curtain and the boys ignore them completely, the same way they ignore my bras and frillies when I hang them up to dry.¬† Fred doesn’t even notice the pads anymore, or if he does, they are just a normal part of married life.¬† He is married to a woman, and therefore there are feminine details he must get used to and accommodate.¬†

When I must travel a lot during my period, I bring a few plastic zipper bags to store any used ones until I get a chance to wash them.¬† In hotels they are easily washed by hand and dried by laying them over the tub, or for the more adventurous, by laying them over the heater in the room.¬† Fresh pads can be stored in zipper bags and used as needed.¬† Once we grow accustomed to the idea of using cloth pads, it seems like such a normal part of life, that the details become irrelevant.¬† The details of brushing our teeth or washing our hair are mundane.¬† No one is interested in them and we do them without a second thought.¬† Cloth pads are the same way.¬† Once we get into the cloth pad zone, it becomes abundantly clear that they are the best solution available.¬† Our first thought may be “Ewww!” but our final thought is “Aaahhh!”

 

The Story Of The Woman With The Issue Of Blood
Mark 5:25-34
(25)  And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,
(26)  And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,
(27)  When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.
(28)  For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.
(29)  And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.
(30)  And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?
(31)  And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?
(32)  And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.
(33)  But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.
(34)  And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.

This article may be copied or linked to as desired.¬†Please include a link back to hillbillyhousewife.com.¬† The patterns I made are placed firmly in the public domain.¬† They are not copyrighted and can be used however you see fit, even to sew and sell in your own home business.¬† ¬† –Maggie

From a Sarajevo War Survivor:


Experiencing horrible things that can happen in a war Рdeath of parents and friends, hunger and malnutrition, endless freezing cold, fear, sniper attacks.

1. Stockpiling helps. but you never know how long trouble will last, so locate near renewable food sources.

2. Living near a well with a manual pump is like being in Eden.

3. After awhile, even gold can lose its luster. But there is no luxury in war¬†quite like toilet paper. Its surplus value is greater than gold’s.

4. If you had to go without one utility, lose electricity – it’s the easiest to¬†do without (unless you’re in a very nice climate with no need for heat.)

5.¬†Canned foods¬†are awesome, especially if their contents are tasty without¬†heating. One of the best things to stockpile is canned gravy – it makes a lot of¬†the dry unappetizing things you find to eat in war somewhat edible. Only needs¬†enough heat to “warm”, not to cook. It’s cheap too, especially if you buy it in¬†bulk.

6. Bring some books – escapist ones like romance or mysteries become more¬†valuable as the war continues. Sure, it’s great to have a lot of survival¬†guides, but you’ll figure most of that out on your own anyway – trust me, you’ll¬†have a lot of time on your hands.

7. The feeling that you’re human can fade pretty fast. I can’t tell you how many¬†people I knew who would have traded a much needed meal for just a little bit of¬†toothpaste, rouge, soap or cologne. Not much point in fighting if you have to¬†lose your humanity. These things are morale-builders like nothing else.

8. Slow burning candles and matches, matches, matches

¬†Sources: Taken from an e-mail many years before this website existed and my sources didn’t matter. Sorry folks, but it is still a good list. ūüôā


Gardening Class Reminder

Yesterday, while I was outside, the goats were bleating, the chicks were peeping and guess what? The winter doldrums were lifted from me and bottled up energy just busted out all over! I saw my darling purple crocuses blooming their pretty little faces off, the lime green grass blades are reaching up out of their winter graves, and the seed catalogues were screaming “Come and get me!” “Oh my gosh”, with such excitement in the air, I ran over to the roto-tiller and was ready to “start up my engines!” Unfortunately, it is literally busted, so I had to borrow Tina Curzon’s pruning sheers and give our orchard a haircut! “Just wait until Monday I thought, I’ll put Siggy to work and we’ll have our seedlings planted before our gardening class this Thursday!” (Honestly, I can hardly wait to go play in the dirt again!)

Yippy, it is our gardening class this Thursday at 10:00 here at my house!

Hopefully, we have all made it through the ward-winter-bog that we have so lovingly shared with one another, (that is a true Zion community that loves and serves each other so much, that we can share our own love-pandemic with everyone in just 3 hours or less on just one day of the week. ūüôā )

Anyway, back to business, please come to Rebekah Griffins class on organic gardening, and be prepared to learn the greatest information ever from our very own serious, expert organic gardener! Hopefully, you too, can share your own experiences and tips with us, because I know that there are many gardeners and closet gardeners out there with many tricks up your sleeves that we are wanting/needing to know. (Becky Juchau, RaCail Hayes, Heidi & Judy Conover and Karen Gardener- just to name a few.)

See you on Thursday- hopefully we will have good weather that day. Then you are welcome to bring your little kiddies to play in the backyard for our one our class.

Everyone is welcome ūüôā

P.S. Someone who ordered the cookbooks from the bulk buy suggested that they would also buy their Mother’s day and birthday presents in theses cookbooks this year. I must admit, they are the difference between delicious food, and “food storage” meals, which can be really awful. (Trust me, I have made made of those too.) I thought she had an excellent idea, so I am passing it on to you. ūüôā

Questions about Fels-naptha Soap

Question:

 How much of the Fels-naptha soap would you recommend for a  years supply?  

 

Answer:

That depends on how much laundry you do. I would think that if you made your own laundry detergent, 5-10 would last for about 1 year. I am purchasing 50 bars because it won’t go bad, it’s cheap, you can share if you want, and better yet, it is a great bardering tool!¬†It is also an indefinate¬†storage item. That’s the sort of stuff I love!

 

Thanks for asking,

April ūüôā

March Group Orders

 

Hi Sisters,

Here are the new group orders:

(Please be aware that I an not a retailer, only someone looking for a great deal for all of you! If you can find better prices, help us out, and share the word with me, too.)

 

Bosch Bread Mixer’s, ¬†Fels-naptha, Washing Soda and Borax soap order:

 

 

Bosch  (Deadline March 31, 2009)

Universal Plus 800 Watt  Reg. $399.99

5-10 ordered  $350.00 without blender, plus tax

 

Classic 700 Watts Reg.  $389.99

5-10 ordered $325.00 without blender, plus tax

 

Fels-naptha soap $1.10 per bar

What is it and why do I want it?

 

I have been to many preparedness seminars where they always talk about Fels-Naptha and say that that is something that we need to have in our storage. I decided to put it to the test. My daughter got married in March and dragged her beautiful wedding dress all along the ground in the snow and dirty grounds of the temple. To complicate the matter, her little sisters (and others) couldn’t help but also walk all over the top of her train. I thought the dress was a gonner! I was told at the bridal store that that was what they use to clean the rental dresses by hand in the bath tub. So, I did the same. After 2 washings, I was AMAZED! The dress looked brand new and all markings and dirt were removed. I was converted instantly! Since then, I have done some homework and can plainly see that it is a must for your laundry kit and storage. It is small, and cheap! So here is a group order for it.

Each bar is $1.10. If you are interested, email me back to place your order, then mail me your check.

 

 

 Fels Naptha- order due before March 13, 2009

Frugal zealots all over sing the praises of Fels Naptha Soap, saying it is an inexpensive way to cut the greasiest of messy and can be used on everything from hands to your tile shower. You can create inexpensive all-purpose cleaners with it. Of course, many use this soap as it was intended, by shaving off pieces and soaking it in hot water for laundry, and it can be a very inexpensive way to clean your clothes. I would estimate that you can spend as little as 10 percent to do you laundry compared to other laundry detergents. When Fels Naptha came along, most people used a soap made from tallow and lye. Today, the chemical makeup seems to have changed a bit, and the label lists cleaners, soil and stain removers, chelating agents and perfumes and colorants. A chelating agent is something that forms chemical bonds to other things, such as dirt. It is currently made by Dial and can be found mostly on the Internet, although you may be able to find it in grocery stores, either in the laundry aisle or the soap aisle.

 

According to Dial Soap Company, here are some things that it can do:

 

Poison Ivy Prevention: Fels Naptha Soap has been used for over 100 years for the treatment and prevention of poison ivy, sumac and oak rash.  My family has personally used it for over 10 years.  If you think you have been exposed to poison ivy, oak or sumac, shower immediately with Fels Naptha to remove the resin from your skin.  This will greatly reduce and in most cases, prevent any skin reaction to the poison ivy oil.  Make sure to launder your clothes in some shaved or grated fels naptha (about 1/16th of the bar) to remove the resin from your clothes.  Poison Ivy resin can stay on your clothes for over 1 year even if the clothes have been washed with normal detergent. 

 

 

Poison Ivy Treatment:  If you are exposed to poison ivy and you have a reaction, simply shower with Fels Naptha to remove any resin left on the skin and it will help to dry up the rash as well.

 

 

To clean your shower, rub a non-abrasive scouring sponge with a wet bar of Fels Naptha and start cleaning. It will take a little hard work the first time you use it but it will be a breeze after that.

 

 

Washing with Fels Naptha can greatly reduce the itching and discomfort from bug bites. Though it is NOT a hand soap, it can cut even the grimiest of messes. Wash hands with Fels Naptha to remove ink, grease, or a variety of other nasty stains. Again, remember that this can be a skin irritant and should be used carefully and only after reading the warning label on the soap.

 

 

 

To clean paint brushes, simply drag the wet brush through a lathered bar of Fels Naptha and work in. Rinse well with warm water. The brushes stay soft and supple using this method.

 

 

 

Spring and Fall Lawn Tonic

 

*1 cup of fels soap solution 1 flat beer, 4 ounces of liquid dish soap, household ammonia and a 20 gallon hose-end sprayer. (*Fels soap solution is made by shaving 1/2 bar of Fels Naptha Soap into a quart of very hot water to dissolve. Add 4 ounces of liquid dish soap as an emulsifier. You can store the solution until needed. Shake well before use.) Mix the 1-cup Fels solution, 1 can of beer in the sprayer. Fill the remainder of sprayer with ammonia. For spring and fall garden spraying, add 2 oz of molasses.

 

 

 

Spray aphids with 3 tablespoons grated Fels Naptha Soap dissolved in 1 gallon of hot water. Mix well and let cool. Spray as needed.

 

 

 

Insect Control: Prepare Fels Naptha Solution first. (Solution – shave 1 inch of Fels Naptha bar in a nylon stocking and place it into a gallon of boiling water along with 4 oz. liquid dish soap(Ivory). Store as needed and shake well before use. It will have a gel-like consistency.) Mix 1 cup of Fels Naptha Solution with 1 cup antiseptic mouthwash (mint flavored if nematodes are a problem) and 1 cup chewing tobacco juice. Spray with a 20-gal hose-end sprayer with a golf ball in it to keep mixture mixed. Follow-up with an application of Dursban or Diazinon, if needed.

 

 

 

For Black-spot fungus on roses: Make the Fels Naptha Solution by shaving 1 inch of Fels Naptha bar into a nylon stocking and placing it into a gallon of boiling water along with 4 ounce of liquid dish soap (Ivory). This will keep nicely and you can use it as needed. It will have a gel-like consistency so mix well before using. For the black-spot fungus, mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda, 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil, 1 tablespoon of Fels naptha solution and 1 gallon of water. Spray as needed.

 

 

 

IMPORTANT***** In recent years soap manufacturers have added degreasers and antibacterial ingredients to their products. These are VERY harmful to your plants and most likely will burn or kill them. When a home gardening technique calls for liquid dish soap be very careful that you use only Ivory or Fels Naptha Solution. You can also use the original liquid lemon type detergent which has no additives, just be careful that it does not contain a degreaser or is antibacterial.

 

 

 

Fels Naptha Soap is a fantastic stain remover and pre-treater. It works especially well on oil-based stains. Just rub the stain with a wet bar of Fels Naptha Soap. Let it sit for a while and launder as usual. It works great on baby clothes which have formula stains.

 

 

 

* For chocolate smudge on clothes, rub the stain with Fels Naptha Soap and let sit in your filled washer with 20 Mule Team Borax for 30 minutes. Launder as usual.

 

 

 

* Thoroughly wash all clothing including hats, gloves coats in Fels Naptha Soap to prevent an outbreak of poison ivy. Poison Ivy resin can remain on your clothes for over 1 year. Washing with Fels Naptha will eliminate the resin from your clothing.

 

 

 

* To remove Halloween makeup from clothing, simply work a little Fels Naptha into the stain and launder as usual. It may take a repeat washing to completely remove the stain.

 

 

 

* To clean white canvas tennis shoes, simply work the Fels Naptha Soap into a lather and use a soft brush to work into the canvas. Launder as usual without chlorine bleach.

 

 

 

* To remove old stains on colored clothes, make a solution of 2 cups warm water and 1/2 cup white vinegar. Pour on stain. Let soak for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Rinse well and work in Fels Naptha Soap. Launder as usual.

 

 

 

Homemade Laundry Detergent:

 

 

 

First Recipe: 3 Pints Water 1/3 bar Fels Naptha Soap, grated 1/2 cup Washing Soda (Arm and Hammer, NOT baking soda though!!) 1/2 cup 20 Mule Team Borax 2 Gallon bucket to mix it in 1 Quart hot water Additional Hot Water Mix Fels Naptha soap in a saucepan with 3 pints hot water and heat on low until dissolved. Stir in Washing Soda and Borax. Stir until thickened, and remove from heat. Add 1 Quart Hot Water to 2 gallon Bucket. Add soap mixture, and mix well. Fill bucket completely with additional hot water, and mix well. Set aside for 24 hours, or until mixture thickens. If mixture becomes to thick, add HOT water and mix well until desired consistency.  Use 1/2 cup of mixture per load. Cost per load .03 load.

 

 

 

Second Recipe: Water 1 bar grated Fels Naptha soap 5 gallon bucket 1 cup washing soda (Again, Arm and Hammer) 1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax  4 1/2 gallons water Put grated Fels Naptha in saucepan and cover with water. Heat on low until dissolved. Fill bucket with hot water and add soap. Stir to combine. Add 1 cup washing soda and 1 cup Borax and mix well. As it cools, it will thicken. If thickens too much, add

HOT water and mix well. May be used immediately. Use 1/2 – 1 cup per load. Cost per load .04.

 

 

 

Powdered Laundry Detergent 1 cup grated Fels Naptha Soap 1/2 cup washing soda 1/2 cup 20 mule team borax Mix and store in airtight container or bag. For¬†light loads use 1 tablespoon.¬†For normal loads, use 2 tablespoons. For heavy loads, use 3 tablespoons. Cost per “normal” load .15

 

 

 

Recipe for tanning hides submitted by a gentleman in Indiana…. Did you know that Fels-Naptha makes a great leather tanning solution??? It’s much safer than almost any other (chromium or solvent) method for tanning. In 1980, a friend and I tanned 30 deer hides….some for leather, and some with the hair on for rugs, with great success! The hides with the hair on, STILL retain the hair to this day! Use 1 bar per gallon of liquid….we reduced the bars to shavings first, over low heat (we did this in a big cast iron kettle over a campfire), then allowed it to cool. It turns into a runny “gel”. Then the hides need to be fully immersed for 1-2 months, depending on ambient temperature. Just thought I’d pass this along, as I’m preparing to do some tanning again just now.

If you are interested in making your own laundry soap from the recipes I have listed on my website www.aprilshowerspreparedness.com/category/classes/laundry-ideas/

Bulk order on: Washing Soda $3.00 a box including tax and shipping.

Borax- $4.00 a box including tax and shipping. 

 

(The Borax has 11 cups in it.  The Washing Soda has almost 8 cups in it.)

HONEY AND YOUR HEALTH

“Nectar for the Gods”

For centuries, honey has been the most bartered commodity next to gold and silver. The idea came from the pure sweet honey mythologies, poetry, symbolism, expressions, religions, medical uses (cures and surgery), and miracles. Honey has been highly sought by all people in all lands since the creation of the earth. In the ancient Americas B.of M., Ether 2:3, “And they did also carry with them deseret, which, by interpretation, is a honey bee; and thus they did carry with them swarms of bees, and all manner of seeds that which was upon the face of the land, seeds of every kind.

 

In today world we have ignored honey and its many uses and have substituted it with granulated sugar and artificial sweeteners. Every day we hear the horror stories and see the effects from using substitute sweeteners. If you want rotten teeth, a destroyed liver and pancreas, cancer, diabetes, and other problems, be sure to use granulated sugar and artificial sweeteners.

 

It is time to take a new look at Raw Honey in your diet. Raw honey is complete with all its enzymes, minerals, high vitamin content (especially vitamin C), and will store almost indefinitely. There are many types and colors of honey; some are better than others. Snow white honey is one of the most favored of all and should be stored in its granulated or crystallized state until ready to use.

 

Raw Honey in past times has been known to do many things including the following:  

 1. Raw Honey is simple sugar (levulose and dextrose). It helps build up reserves of glycogen and blood sugar in preparation for any feat of endurance such as needed by athletes.

 2. Raw Honey builds hemoglobin in the blood to prevent hemorrhaging.

 3. Raw Honey destroys bacteria such as typhosus, para typhosus (A&B), enteritidis, dysenteriae, suipestifer, coli communis, botulism, and others. Too much moisture or processing honey at temperatures over 105 degrees kills the enzymes and has the opposite effect. Processed honey is no longer raw and can carry botulism.

¬†4. The “hygroscopic” (draws moisture) powers of honey are phenomenal and were used in the process of mummification by the Egyptians.

 5. The sedative, hypnotic, and diuretic effects of honey are well known.

 6. Raw Honey is very helpful in cases of marasmus, rickets, scurvy, diarrhea, and malnutrition because it contains proteins, mineral salts, and vitamins, which are missing in sugar.

 7. Raw Honey has been used for the perfect sweet for children-the ideal milk supplement in infant feeding. Sugar is a poison to children leading to head colds, otitis, enlarged tonsils, recurrent bronchitis, bronchial asthma, vomiting, rheumatism, chorea, eczema and urticaria, caused in some cases even by a small piece of candy (ref. Dr. Ch. G. Kerley).

 8. Raw Honey is a perfect carrier in tinctures and formulations for herbal medicine; it has the ability to assimilate faster than other liquids. Honey and garlic is the oldest known formulation.

¬†9. The soporific power of honey has been used to cure insomnia. Other cures include gastric and intestinal ulceration’s, gall bladder diseases, inflammation of kidneys, kidney stones, and diabetes. Honey can also be used as a laxative.

 10. Honey is used as a food all over the world. Many recipes are available. As you study other cultures, the list for uses of raw honey continues to grow.

From Lifesprouts.com

Benefits of Raw Honey

This never has to be rotated! If stored properly it will last forever!


Honey is considered the food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life. History has recorded honey as the most used medicine in ancient Egypt while in the First World War, honey mixed with cod liver oil were used to treat soldier’s wounds.

 

“There are many scientific researches that show honey is a wonderful food. I would only give one as an example. In one recent study, researchers at the University of California, Davis, reported on March 2004 that daily consumption of raw honey might raise polyphenolic ¬†antioxidant levels in blood and reduce the risk of damage by free radicals. In English this means better immune system and stronger body.”

 

Listed below are some common problems and ailments, which can easily be avoided from using honey:

 

Skin: Honey is extremely nourishing for the skin when used as a face pack and helps in rejuvenating the skin leading to the elimination of fine wrinkles. It is a good moisturizer.

 

Antibacterial and antifungal properties: Honey contains many minerals and vitamins beneficial to man. However, one of the most important properties seems to be its antibiotic action.

 

Healing wounds and grazes: Honey is of value in treating burns, infected surgical wounds and ulcers. It is very vicious in absorbing water from the surrounding inflamed tissue. Just cover the wound with honey (raw) and a bandage.

 

Stomach Ache: Take one teaspoon of honey, juice of ¬Ĺ lemon with a hot glass of water first thing in the morning.

 

Coughs and Colds: Mix 6 oz. liquid honey, 2 oz. glycerin with juice of 2 lemons. Bottle and cork firmly. Use as required. For sore throats, let 1 teaspoon of honey melt in the back of the mouth and trickle down the throat. Eases inflamed raw tissues.

 

Burns: Apply freely over burns. It cools, removes pain and aids fast healing without scarring. Apart from being a sale and antibiotic, bacteria cannot live in honey.

 

Insomnia: Honey helps in nervous disorders including insomnia and acts as a tonic in recovery of any damage to the human nervous system. In case of insomnia one teaspoon full of honey mixed in luke-warm water and drunk before going to bed helps in getting sound sleep.

 

From Rebecca Lee’s 20 things I wouldn’t do without.