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Snails and slugs are useful! They are an important part of the ecosystem. <3

“Land snails serve an important role in the ecosystem. They eat very low on the food web, as most land snails will consume rotting vegetation like moist leaf litter, and also fungi and sometimes eat soil directly. The land snail relies on a diet rich in calcium and other nutrients to support the growth and repair of its shell as well as its overall health.

Snails then in turn are consumed by a variety of predators that rely on snails for their calcium and other dietary needs. A great diversity of animal life feeds upon land snails, from insects to lizards and snakes, salamanders, birds and mammals. Some species of fireflies consume snails exclusively during their larval stage.”

There is a pattern emerging that suggests a direct correlation between Facebook and … my depression.

Mid 2015 I began Facebook. By January, I crashed into a severe depression that last many months. The rest of the year remained a moderate-high level state. I noticed in a distant way that when I was away from Facebook for a few days, I felt better.

By the time 2017 rolled in, and the horror of the political situation had devastated me, I began pulling back just to avoid the onslaught of ‘news’. And I felt a little better.

March 7th, I got sick. Being sick, for me, is a mixed experience. The pain and annoyance factor is heavily offset by a very strange phenomena …. when I am sick, the depression is 100% absent.  My mood is almost always buoyant (though tempered with that annoyance factor of a sinus painfully packed!).

It is an amazing feeling … the continual struggle and weight is lifted.  It also confirms that depression is a chemical imbalance. When my body is fighting invaders, that chemistry changes.

Yes, life-events can trigger a depressive episode. Emotional distress in any form can trigger it. Emotional overload, sensory overload … all this contributes. I am in a constant state of vigilance where I expend a great deal of effort trying to keep my thoughts away from the danger-zones. When that fails, the effort goes into a sort of endurance marathon.

It is exhausting, and more so when tied with any emotional pain causing Fibromyalgia flares.

But when I’m sick ……. !! Ohhhh, the emotional relief!

After 11 days, it was over, and I noticed I didn’t ‘crash’.  The depression was there, but at the very low-grade level it had been in mid 2015. What was different??  Ahhh. I haven’t been on Facebook for weeks.

My grandmother died in her sleep last Wednesday. She had been living with my Mom for the last 4 months, and my job was the ‘morning shift’ so that my Mom could sleep. The last 5 weeks, my grandmother was bed-ridden after a fall.  The work involved was tremendous, and heart-breaking.

Her agony is finally over.

I am not sad that she is gone. I’m sad (and very angry) that she had to endure so much pain and that our society is so cruel and indifferent to the our elderly.

This sort of daze I am in now is not unpleasant.

And I still haven’t returned to Facebook.

Patterns. Life is filled with patterns.

Sending Love & Compassion to All <3


The Stolen Child by WB Yeats

Where dips the rocky highland
Of Sleuth Wood in the lake,
There lies a leafy island
Where flapping herons wake
The drowsy water rats;
There we’ve hid our faery vats,
Full of berrys
And of reddest stolen cherries.

Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.

Where the wave of moonlight glosses
The dim gray sands with light,
Far off by furthest Rosses
We foot it all the night,
Weaving olden dances
Mingling hands and mingling glances
Till the moon has taken flight;
To and fro we leap
And chase the frothy bubbles,
While the world is full of troubles
And anxious in its sleep.

Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.

Where the wandering water gushes
From the hills above Glen-Car,
In pools among the rushes
That scarce could bathe a star,
We seek for slumbering trout
And whispering in their ears
Give them unquiet dreams;
Leaning softly out
From ferns that drop their tears
Over the young streams.

Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.

Away with us he’s going,
The solemn-eyed:
He’ll hear no more the lowing
Of the calves on the warm hillside
Or the kettle on the hob
Sing peace into his breast,
Or see the brown mice bob
Round and round the oatmeal chest.

For he comes, the human child,
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than he can understand.


Eliminate the chemicals in your home …

Take a look under your sinks and in any cabinets you keep cleaners and personal hygiene stuff. Everything is labeled with hazard warnings. Poison.

You do not need 409 or bathroom foam for your tubs and toilets or abrasive nasties for your glass stove top or aerosol furniture spray.

You only need these:
Baking soda (I get it in bulk from Costco)
Vinegar (case from Costco)
Castile liquid soap (this comes in Lemon, Lavender, and other nice essential oil scents)
Organic Coconut oil
Olive Oil
Bobs Red Mill Potato starch

Some hardy spray bottles and a couple containers to dilute the castile soap. I reused a squirt-able organic mustard container. When-ever possible, reuse reuse reuse!

Baking soda for lightly abrasive cleaning (do NOT mix with vinegar .. it neutralizes the cleaning).
Vinegar diluted with water for disinfectant.

For toilets, undiluted Castile soap. Swish it around, let it sit for about 10 minutes. Flush. Do again. If there are hardwater stains, use a pumice stone. Be sure to keep it wet. Yes, wear gloves! 😉

For showers, bath, sinks … use baking soda, and/or vinegar (after), and/or Castile. Any will work.

Spray down counters with diluted vinegar. Clean appliances the same way.

To make furniture spray, 1 cup water, 1/4 cup vinegar, 2TB olive oil, lemon essential oil (or lemongrass, or orange, etc).  Shake gently before spraying. Easy!

To remove labels –
This is a little more involved. It depends on the label. Some labels can be soaked off in a container of water. Some labels require a heat gun (use with care!) to remove. This can only be used with very sturdy plastic and glass. The final aspect is the coconut oil and baking soda. In a small bowl, put in a tablespoon or so of baking soda. Add in coconut oil, just enough to make a paste. Use a butterknife to spread the paste on the glue. Let it sit for 24 hours. Then use the flat part of the knife to scrape off the excess into a … you got it … saved pill jar that is ideal for excess oils before it gets tossed out (obviously there is a lid). Then use an old cloth and scrub away the paste. It make take some doing, but it is good exercise for your arms. Voila!

Carpet freshener … sprinkle baking soda, smear it in with your hands or feet. Let it sit, then vacuum.

Room freshener ….. NEVER NEVER NEVER use store bought junk. POISON ALERT! And none of that plug in stuff, either. Get yourself a nice dark spray bottle. Fill with water, and add your favorite ORGANIC essential oils. I like Cinnamon, Cloves, Lavender, Lemongrass, Dill, Basil, Orange .. all sorts of choices.

I also spray Cedarwood onto my pillows. It discourages little mites (microscopic!). And it helps promote sleep. On my wood stove, in the pot of water that is always there, I drop in Cinnamon. Yummy!

Buy eco-friendly or organic laundry detergent.
Do NOT USE DRYER SHEETS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Static problem? Easy. Take about 4 feet of aluminum foil, roll into a loose ball, toss in. It takes the static. You can also toss in a muslin bag of lavender flowers. Or if you have some extra money, go to Etsy and buy some Wool Dryer Balls. They work for static, too.

The only thing that continues to stump me is the dishwasher. We’ve tried many variations, but still can’t quite get a good combo.  So I don’t stress too much over that, since we are super eco everywhere else.

Mouthwash … yeah, that is a ‘chemical’. Bleh.
I make a mixture of dried rose petals, dried rosemary, dried sage, dried calendula (all or one of those will work great!) and make a ‘tea’. (do not boil the water … take the water off just before it boils). I make it in a canning jar and refrigerate. It will last a week or so. Schwish it around in your mouth and SWALLOW. Yup. Swallow.

Toothpaste … another chemical. Yuk!
Toothpowder — I use a 2 oz container (you can use any size) and fill 2/3 with baking soda. About a tsp of cinnamon, about 1/2 tsp clove. Use a bamboo stick to stir (or anything else that is handy!). Close the lid and finish by shaking it. Then, without getting your bamboo toothbrush wet, dip it into the powder. I just get the top half, really. Then brush. Your saliva will make it wet. After brushing … swallow it! Baking soda settles the stomach, and cinnamon and cloves are good for you! (Note on Cinnamon .. buy Ceylon Cinnamon, NOT the regular store kind).  You should be able to swallow what you put in your mouth!

Toothpaste — make the toothpowder (but a less) and add in the coconut oil.  Swallow!  

And finally …… deoderant.  A very serious poison.  In a reused spice jar with small holes as the filter, mix fairly equal parts of potato starch and baking soda. Many people us corn starch, but that is GMO and harmful to your body and the Earth.  Make friends with your underarm. Get used to touching it. Sprinkle the mixture on your fingers and apply. It does make white powder, but I keep a dry washcloth available to catch and wipe the excess. I apply this several times a day and it works great!  You can do another part with a bottle of essential oil mixed a tsp of aloe vera gel (be sure to shake gently), water, and a TBL of witch hazel. This gives a ‘scent’. It seems messy at first, but it becomes routine. Note: under the arm is the gateway to your lymph system, and very vulnerable to poison.

Easy and cheaper alternatives …. and healthier.

… with love <3

“The problems of the next generation will undoubtedly deal with how to give the laborers of all nations a fair share of the wealth and leisure they help create, and at the same time preserve individual initiative. These problems will also include an attempt to bring about a lasting peace. Within a very short time, travel facilities will be such that even the average man may board a plane and be whisked safely and comfortably from snow and ice to orchids and tropical fruits. Then we will be in a fair way to become in truth “good neighbors.” People don’t make friends with governments. They make friends with people. You can’t buy friendship, and you can’t command friendship. You can only cultivate friendship.”
“I went to Mexico and South America to gather material for magazine articles. I hope to return there to renew some of the most pleasant, some of the most intellectually stimulating associations that I have ever formed.”
“And so I dedicate this book to those who helped make its writing such a pleasant task — To The Friends I Have Found South of the Border.”
~ Erle Stanley Gardner 1945 (Dedication in the book: The Golddiggers Purse – Perry Mason)

“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity … and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.” ~ William Blake


“Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.” ~ Carl Sandburg
“The poetry of the Earth is never dead.” ~ John Keats
“Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.” Plato


“You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.”
“Some day, you’ll be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”
“You don’t have a soul. You ARE a soul. You have a body.”
C.S. Lewis




Ants. Every year, ants. This year I prepared and got ready for any onslaught, but removed any possible food temptations at their usual entrance.

Clever little things. They totally took me by surprise by a new entrance. Which was completely food-free, so why there??

Ahh, the battle begins! Vinegar. Baking soda. Baby powder. Eventually it works. But it takes time and diligence!

I’m patient!