Monday, October 12, 2020

Basic Principals for Health and a Healthy Immune System  including Covid-19 Protocols

 


I posted an article today Here  about Orthomolecular Covid-19 Protocols from the Townsend Letter because I feel its important to understand that the reason you get sick is because your diet, lifestyle, and other factors undermine your body's immune system.  

The first part of this blog is my thoughts and insight on the issue.  

The second part is directly from the The Townsend Letter on Covid nineteen protocols. It is extremely important to read this article for your health during these times. 


Most of you do not know how your immune system works or what impacts your ability to stay well including stress, sleep issues, diet, exercise, nutrition, medications, and mental state.  

This article will give you the basics plus additional herbs and vitamins that will support your immune system and your health.

Basic Principals for Health and a Healthy Immune System  including Covid-19 Protocols from the Townsend Letter

So click on this link to read my blog for today including the Townsend Letter. 

Friday, September 25, 2020

Herbs and Supplements That Work Effectively for Stress and Anxiety of 2020

2020- this whole year can be summed up in two words...stress and anxiety.  

With everything from Covid to deadly wild fires and floods, it is not a year anyone will want to repeat. Once you have done your best to lower your stress with diet, exercise and other lifestyle changes, there is more help.  This is one of two  or three more  blogs I am writing on this issue. Today the blog will address supplements and the next one herbs. The subject is too important to hit lightly.  So many blogs have so little real content and it doesn't really help people who are unfamiliar with the subject.

All the supplements in this blog will be gentle, not addicting, and do work for most people.  It beats the alternatives in prescriptions which are either addicting or have numerous side effects. There are some individuals who still need a heavier prescription drug but this is for the readers who do not.  

A word of caution.  Do not take prescriptions drugs for depression, anxiety, and more severe disorders with herbs.  You must be under a doctors supervision to lower or discontinue a drug you are taking now. Drugs may stay in the system for days or weeks, so understand that.  You may experience some tough side effects when trying to reduce your prescription medication.  If you want to try herbs, go to your doctor first to supervise and help you lower your prescription drug over weeks.  This is real serious on doing this the right way.  Drugs illegal or prescription have some heavy duty effects that can really make it so you can't work or function.

Now that you fully understand the issues above, lets go into supplements for anxiety and stress.  Supplements in the form of vitamins and minerals vary in their effects depending on the individual and their makeup.  There are a few people and I am one of them that several herbs and supplements have the opposite effect. You need to experiment with your own body on these. You start out with the suggested dosage or half the dosage if you are extremely sensitive to foods. Take that one for a week or two and notice how you feel.  I have to take half of the recommended dose on herbs that can make you sleepy. If I take an herb or supplement with caffeine in it, it affects me the same way as coffee.  If I take a 5 hour energy, it lasts for 12 hours. 

Whether you are taking OTC drugs, prescription drugs or herbs you need to monitor your individual reaction to them.  Supplements and herbs do have some potent effects including effects on blood sugar, blood pressure and cardio effects.  Its a good idea to try herbs  or supplements when you have the weekend off. Herbs and supplements such as magnesium can also effect your trips to the bathroom which if you are a trucker or have limited access to the restroom, can be an issue. 

Supplements for stress and anxiety: 

#1     Stress and anxiety can be an issue of a deficiency of magnesium.  Magnesium is important to the body and plays a part in more than 300 enzyme reactions. It supports healthy nerve and muscle formation and functions, aids in the regulation of blood pressure and aids your immune function. It calms you down when you seem to be stepping on your one last nerve. 

Signs you need magnesium include craving chocolate, muscle cramps, insomnia, constipation, headaches, high blood pressure, heart issues, anxiety issues, emotions that are out of control. This is especially true for women during their period and during menopause. 

With our deficient diets, magnesium is one of the nutrients we probably need to supplement if our stress level in high and we feel we are on our last nerves.  I take 3 caps before bed to help me sleep because I have such an active mind. My husband takes two because he is more sensitive to it.  I also take valerian as well which I will get into in the next blog. So taking a magnesium supplement is one of the first steps in controlling both these problems. Do start out with the minimum dosage, for magnesium can cause loose stools if you take too much.  Its good to start with 100 mg and go gradually up to about 400 mg if you are deficient.If you tend to be constipated, you can take more usually and need more.

I am going to refer you to Healthlines article (link below) on the different kinds of magnesium because one form or another of this mineral may be more effective for your health issue. 

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/magnesium-types

"A proprietary form of magnesium known as magnesium L-threonate, previously found to be exceptionally good at increasing brain magnesium levels, may be the best magnesium supplement for improving brain function. As a memory loss supplement, ,magnesium is a multi-purpose mineral with important roles in the brain. " If you are having memory issues or suffer from Alzheimer's you need to read the article here  from University Health News.


#2    B-Complex Vitamins are equally important in relieving stress and anxiety. Get a B-Complex that contains at least 50 mg per individual element. Ours contains 100mg of each B vitamin. Many of the formulas are so low, you will not feel anything unless you take 10 of them a day.  Read labels. Just because it says high potency does not mean it is in reality.  Some formulas contain magnesium so check that if you are going to take magnesium separately.  How strong a B-complex formula you need depends on your stress level and how long your have been stressed. If you deal with stress better than some people, you may only need a one with 50 mg each B vitamin.  It depends on the formula as well. Some formulas are more easily digestible that other formulations.

Many of your anxiety-stress formulations include -complex elements.  Listen to your body when trying new herbs, supplements and foods.  Keep a diary on how you feel beginning a new supplement, a few days later, and weeks later rating your energy level and how you feel.  It also helps to know from lab tests if you are deficient in B-12, Vitamin D, and other vitamins.  

Should you take extra B-12?  If you are suffering from Chronic Fatigue, tiredness or diaznosed anemia you may need to take extra B-12 shots or under the tongue tablets that dissolve in your mouth.  Many older people are given shots by their doctor to help them.   

Multi-vitamins:  It is suggested that people with high stress lives take a multiple vitamin but it needs to be quality.  Many of the one a day types are so low in their content that they are not worth the money.  

It is important to eat organic veggies and lots of them to get the minerals and micro-nutrients you need to be healthy. Even organic vegetables may not contain the micro-nutrients that you need since it is the soil quality that is responsible for the health of the veggies.  If you can start your own garden and eat as much of your foods straight from your garden.  I am gardening in containers and so can you.  Health starts with a good diet to begin with.  Nuts of all kinds and fruit is important as well and organic is what you should do.   I know its hard, we are on a limited budget as many families and seniors but it is important to the health of your mind and body.  

 GABA-  This is one supplement that many people do not know about. I have used GABA on and off for years and it does work.  You will find supplements which include B-Complex vitamins and GABA. 

From Psychology Today, "Gamma-Aminobutyric acid is an amino acid produced naturally in the brain. GABA functions as a neurotransmitter, facilitating communication among brain cells. GABA’s big role in the body is to reduce the activity of neurons in the brain and central nervous system, which in turn has a broad range of effects on the body and mind, including increased relaxation, reduced stress, a more calm, balanced mood, alleviation of pain, and a boost to sleep."

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/sleep-newzzz/201901/3-amazing-benefits-gaba

If you are taking drugs for anxiety or depression, GABA can interact so get your doctors supervision if you take a GABA supplement.   The next blog will be on GABA because it is so unfamiliar to the majority of people who would benefit from taking it.

So next blog is herb and adaptogens that sooth nerves and anxiety. 

Herbally Yours, Kate Freer, the herbladyisin

 

 


Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Possible war, the horrible killing in Ukraine, Covid, lock downs, business shut downs, kids being home schooled, the devastation of fires and flooding, gas and food skyrocketing are the headlines confronting us daily from every source. We go to the store and get almost nothing for $50.00 now. We just did that this yesterday. Our gas here went up again as well.  

During these times people are becoming hopeless not knowing what their future will be.  I am sure that our parents and grandparents during the depression felt this way too.  In those days there were no unemployment insurance payments, no credit and food lines were the norm. People lost their homes and everything they had during those times. My father-in-law who died at 94 lived during the depression.  They ate only because they grew a garden, bought a milk cow, a few chickens, he fished even as a young child and hunted to help keep the family fed. They lived in a house that was vacant for several years...just squatted there.  The sold watermelon and did whatever they could to survive.  My father in law to the day he died, would not eat watermelon seeds because they saved them to replant the crop.

My mom wore flour sack dresses, shoes with holes, and ate popcorn for dinner many times.  They had little to eat for years and it was rough with harsh times.

During the civil war in earlier times the south lost everything when troops came from the North taking their food, their supplies, leaving nothing behind in their path.  

There are countless elderly and families today who are homeless now because they have lost their jobs. They already know about living out of their car.  I lived in an office for 4 months at one point in 2004 when I was suddenly without a place. The girl I was paying room and board to, didn't pay the rent. I came home from a caregiving job with my stuff packed up in the living room. No warning at all.  I had a dog at the time too. It does not take much at times and circumstances are not always in your control. 

These folks will tell you that they lived through these times and that for most part, times got better and easier eventually. People in those days, just put one put in front of the others and kept on living. They did not expect things to be easy because most of them led hard lives and worked hard every day.  Their relief from those hard times may have been years down the road but they just kept taking each day, one step at a time.

How you make it through the rough times depends on your attitude, creativity, your courage and your resilience to the adverse events in your life. 

How do you react to stress?  I remember when the kids were little and I had to sell some good furniture we had to pay the rent. I loved the hutch but it went. I learned not to get attached to things....to things that in the long run mean nothing. They are not critical even though you love them and enjoy them. I learned through surviving those time periods that they do pass, sooner or later. It taught me many lessons that has kept me strong now into 2022 and the uncertain future we have as seniors. 

*The one thing You Can Control is your reaction to stress and negative people.   

No one can make you angry, unless you let them.  

No one make you give up or see yourself in a negative light unless you let them.  

No one can decide your future, you must do that.  

Nothing anyone says can hurt you, unless you let them. 

It is your choice to hold hatred or anger. It is your choice to forgive. It is your choice to look at your future with faith or to look at it and give up.  It is up to YOU despite the outward circumstances at this point and time. 

One thing I always focused on was my belief that my life would get easier. My belief in God gave me strength and courage to keep fighting. I never stopped believing that I would overcome the circumstances. I never gave in to hopelessness. I was a fighter and still am.  

 I used to have a bumper sticker which read, " I have no time for a nervous breakdown, I have to go to work and feed the kids. "

 After three used refrigerators died one after another, I developed more calm during these situations.  I learned how to deal with the uncertainty that lay before me day after day.  What does not kill you, makes you stronger.  You must learn from the events in your life and let them grow you rather than cause depression and defeat.  I say this from many experiences over 70 years. I say this after going through domestic violence in an early marriage, being a single mom, fighting to survive economically years ago.  You learn resilience. You learn to take a deep breathe and pray for strength and courage to take on the next day.

Stress will always be there in one form or another as we go through our path in life. It is how we react to the event or stress that makes the difference if you turn  to drinking and suicide or you get up and keep fighting.

 Here are some other stress survival tips:  

Turn off the news except for a few minutes every day. The nasty, negative news media is driving up people's blood pressure, creating heart disease, causing depression to worsen and think about harming themselves.  TURN off the news!    

Focus on every blessing you have and be grateful. It is hard to be depressed when you are grateful.  There was a time when I moved to Colorado in 2008 that the car I owned had no working heater.  It was a bad winter that year. It was necessary to have to stop to scrape the ice off every 20 min, for the defroster did not work. I saw the Canadian geese in the snow and felt thankful, it was not me out there. I gave thanks I had a job and a place to live.  I have been there and know how hard it is. 


Do NOT drink if you feel you need a drink...that is a recipe for becoming dependent on alcohol.  Do not take any substance that has addicting properties. If you already have a problem, seek help now not later.  If you are considering harming yourself or others get help and reach out now. Suicide in the deadly answer to a temporary situation.  Let someone know how badly you are feeling inside.  Let them into the pain of your heart and soul. Get help!

 

Instead of resorting to addicting activities, instead take a hot bath, listen to soothing music or music that makes you feel better. When I used to clean houses, there was one family who played really depressing classical music. It really did not help me work to say the least. Music can have a uplifting effect or a depressing effect...play music that lifts your mood. 

Soothing music is a so important to listen to for a calm mind or to recoup from stress during the day.

Exercise reduces stress and makes you feel good. You can exercise at home if it is not safe to go out. Most of us can walk. 


Take a walk with your kids or dogs.  Walk or run the pain out of your heart.  Exercise is important when you are stressed.  Hike in areas of beauty that will help your outlook on life.  


Watch the birds and find beauty in the landscape. Get out in nature to center yourself. Take your kids with you to get them away from their electronic gagets. Teach them the beauty of the outdoors.

 

Take  up Yoga which benefits your blood pressure, your health and attitude.  Go for a massage which will relieve the stress and pain.  Dance to videos at home. Yoga classes can be taken online as well. 

 

Clean up the garage or the room that everyone has where you have thrown things into. Clean up your files in the office which no one usually has time for.  Cleaning is a good activity to relieve stress and anxiety.  


Help others which will make you realize how blessed you are. Look at what is going on in the Ukraine and you will realize how easy most of us have it here in the US.  Look at the homeless living in tents in places like California and you will feel wealthy in comparison.

 

Don't eat sugar and junk foods which has an effect that hurts your health and only makes you feel better while you are eating it.  Sugar adds to depression with weight gain and its effects on your blood sugar level and mood.


Find a friend or friends who lift you up and that make you feel better about your life.

 

 If you are going to a church, join a group that give you hope and supports you.  Once when the kids were young, my back went out, and we had to live with my mom. She was visiting my sister at the time.  We had no money, no resources and I had no idea when I would be able to work again. My mom belonged to the local church. While she was gone, one of the members came by.  He learned of our situation but I did not ask for help. I had too much pride.  It was Christmas and there was no money. It was cold and there was no money for coats and warm clothing.  On Christmas eve, there was a knock on the door. When I answered, a man was there with multiple presents and food including a turkey. In the presents were clothes for the kids and I.  The coats I needed were part of it too.  I was so overwhelmed with the generosity of my mother's church where I did not belong at that point, that I cried.  Churches do help those that don't belong to them.  Twice in the past years, people from a church we did not belong to helped us move. This year when we moved to Yuma, the local church who did not know us, helped us unload the U-Hall. 

 

If your friends or family depress you further, take a vacation from those who are angry and fearful.  If you know their view is set and it differs from yours, leave it alone. You are wasting time and health on those who will not listen to you. You can only save those who have an open mind. In the next 50 days before the election, avoid political conversations.  Refuse to argue with friends or family who disagree with your views. It will only drive you crazy.  Do vote and do sign any petitions that go along with your beliefs.  


Stay calm for you cannot make responsible decisions when reacting in emotion and fear.   

 

Fear will disable you from thinking clearly and coming up with decisions that might help you to survive.  Listen to what you are thinking and saying out loud. If you are telling yourself that you Cannot do it or survive what is happening, you won't. When you tell yourself negative statements, it will fulfill itself.   If you are swimming in a swamp with possible alligators, the best thing you can do it quickly but smartly take the best route out. Standing in the middle of the swamp giving up will get you killed.  

 

Life is a swamp at times, and your best path is moving through it step by step focusing on the land ahead...the way out. 

If you are calm, your children will be calmer. Be an example of strength and optimism rather than fear. 

Do not be afraid to ask for help from your family, churches, food donations, or any other sources that might be available.  If you find yourself unable to pay the rent, move in with relatives until you get back on your feet. That takes putting your family before your pride.  I know that, I was there once many years ago when I couldn't work because of severe back pain. Did I enjoy that? No but I survived and my back got better with time. 


Trim down where you can. Do you really need Netflix? Do you really need Starbucks? It is really needed to eat out as much as you do? There are no many things you have that you use only frequently, sell them on FB market place and several other aps.  Have a garage sale at your home.  

 

When my kids were small I cleaned houses and later took care of seniors. I did what I had to do to make a living.  While cleaning houses, I wore wrist braces because I had carpal tunnel and couldn't get hired. I learned to clean with the tips of my fingers and hands.  I did that for two years as a fact.  There are many ways to make a living and you may have to change yours to survive.  Don't let pride get in your way.  Be thankful for whatever work you can get at the time. 

Brain storm with others for answers. At times, our mind is so full of 'WHAT IFs,' we cannot see the answers even when they are staring at us.  When minds are open, things happen.  

 

Ask others for ideas and to spread the work you need help or work to survive.  If you ask enough people, you will get answers and find the help you need.  

 

Open you mind to other options, you might not have considered at an earlier time in your life.   

 

Focus on what you need, where you need to go, not what you don't have today. 

Where your focus goes, so does your direction and energy.  

There was a time in 2000 when I found myself without a car, credit or much money for a down payment. Taking a bus to work and walking several miles was what I had to do. Instead of complaining, I would think about the exercise I was getting walking.  I took a bus for a number of months without complaining and giving up. I left it up to God for I had no answers. I kept the focus on having a car but had no idea of how I would get one. I was working as a caregiver for a man who was rich and had a 1979 Mercedes at the time.   He adored the car and it had come over on a ship from Germany.  He was getting so dangerous with his driving that his son wanted to sell the car but the old man wouldn't budge.  In the end, I was allowed to buy the car with no money down, low payments, and a simple contract. I drove that car for years and it kept me safe.  I could never have dreamed or imagined ending up with my 1979 Mercedes. They sold it to me for $500 and it was in great shape. They did not need the money.  

When that car got stolen later and the police gave me zero chance for recovering it, I kept the faith it would be returned.  It did get recovered and with only broken wind shield wipers and out of diesel.  I never had a doubt I would find it despite being told by the local police that I was crazy. It was returned exactly two weeks later. 

If there is nothing to be done to alter your situation at this point, I direct you to the Serenity poem below and to the Psalms in the bible. 

Keep the Serenity Prayer on your wall.    This helped me through so many times in my life, I can't count them.  The second one I will leave you with is Psalms 121:1.  These two that I leave you with kept me going.

 The Serenity Prayer
(full version)

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
As it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
If I surrender to His Will;
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him
Forever and ever in the next.

Amen 

 

Psalms 121:1

 I Will Lift Up My Eyes to the Hills. 1 {A Song of degrees.} I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 2 My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.. 3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.. 4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.. 5 The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon ...

Blessings to all of you during these harsh, uncertain times.  Cathryn Freer, The Herbladyisin

 

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Dealing with Stress- Use your Life Lines

Excessive stress hurts your health and mind.  Stress zaps your energy and your ability to enjoy life. It weakens the immune system and is the basis for the formation of imbalance in the body and mind. Stress that is not controlled is the basis for illness and disease. So it is important to deal with the stress in your life so you remain healthy. In modern life, it is almost impossible to live your life without times when stress becomes toxic. For those of us, who are more driven and who are not easy going by personality, it is harder. I wish when God was designing me, he would have given me more humor in my personality. Instead I got an extra dose of seriousness and drive.  Humor goes a long way to surviving life. Personality traits do influence how you deal with stress.

All of us deal with stress on a daily basis. At times stress seems to get unbearable. When your stress level exceeds your energy and coping ability, it is time to call in your life lines. What are life lines?

Life lines support you, when life gets too much. The life line depends on each person and their life.

#1  Your Spouse unless he or she is the one sick.  Women tend to do it all, rather than ask for help. Women need to express specifically what they need help with and how they want  help. Men don't read your mind well. Neither do they read your emotions or what those emotions really mean. Men want to fix things when what women really want is for them to listen only, not advise. Many men just don't see what needs to be done like women do.  They are not designed for the most part to see chores that need to be done.  You need to make a  list with what exactly you want done. Men don't seem to retain chore specifics.  Women feel they should not need to remind their husbands on things, but they do.  It is just not the way most men work.  When  you need help, don't keep taking it all on yourself, let him help. If he doesn't do it like you do, be thankful he is doing it at all. Try not to criticize his help.  Understand he is doing the best he can in the situation. Relationships gets harder when the stress escalates for whatever the reason. If you need to scream or cry to relieve the stress, do it when hes gone or someplace that offers you the space to do that. Men do not know how to deal with it.  Use your female friends instead. They have been in that same emotional place before. They know what you are feeling.

#2  Family or Friends:  Most people have at least one person or more than one who they can talk to. Use that life line as a sounding board or to give you some ideas you may be too tired and stressed out to think about. Stress shorts out your thinking at time. I have a sister close by who is a great listener. She is there for me even with her busy life. No judgment, just loving support. She is just there when I need her. Women need the support of other women. There are things we voice to women that men just don't understand. Emotions are hard for men to understand but our women friends and sisters do understand. For years, I did not realize how important that was. I was not physically close to my sister until we moved to Tennessee. We did not see much of each other for most of our adult life. After living near my sister, I have come to realize the great value she is to my life. I have become closer to my other sister as well, but we live many miles apart. I have a special female friend as well with whom we can talk about most anything. They are life lines when the going gets rough

#1-3  Faith in God is for me is number 1 for a life line.  For others it may be family that is first. It depends on your life style.  Call on your church family.  Let them know you need help.  Let them help you.  Have them put you and your loved one on their prayer list. It is amazing what prayer can do when there is a group praying.  Realize that asking for help is not a weakness. Everyone needs support at one time or another in their life.  There is no one who does not need support at sometime in their life.  Don't try to do it alone.  Let others know you need help or need to talk. One verse in the bible has become my favorite.  This too shall pass sayeth the Lord. 

#4  Learn to say no.  Learn to realize you must cut down your work load. That is very hard. This is planting season and spring. Normally I would be planting a garden and buying garden plants. With moving my father-in-law to a new facility which is going to add to my driving time and workload keeping him independent, I simply realized there is not enough of me to raise a garden this year.  I am avoiding garden catalogs and buying any plants.  You must face the fact you are not a superwoman and there is not enough of you to do all of it. 
Perhaps you just plant a few tomatoes, not a whole acre of veggies.
 
Sometimes you can't have it all. There is not enough of you to go around without driving yourself into the ground. That is really hard for women, like myself, who feel they can have it all.  As you get older, juggling too many things, it just not sane. Everyone has a limit so come to healthy terms with yours. Your limit may change later, but at a certain point, just scale down your life activities.

#5 Don't dwell on the future in hard times but take one day or hour at a time.  When dealing with loved ones who are sick, their situation can improve or get worse at any time.  There is no known path, other than the current state of things.  Learn to accept that your life can't be predicted...it is out of your hands other than what you can do as it shows itself.  That is hard for those of us who are planners, who try to look ahead for problems and ways to solve them.  This is where my faith in God saves my sanity.  In the times, when I feel I have no patience left or nerves left, my faith in God gets me through.  It renews the patience that I have run out of.  It restores my faith that I will be able to keep going. 


#6  Reduce your Stress!  Whatever makes you feel better, put a few minutes of that activity into your life.  It may be exercise, music, painting, gardening, reading, yoga, meditation, walking your dog or going for a drive.  Make a real effort to get that activity into your everyday life.  It is important to make time for yourself and your health.  Once you burn out, all the people who depend on you will be let down.  If you are the mainstay, you MUST take time for yourself.

#7  Laugh and watch funny shows.  Laughing is so healthy and good for your mind and body.

#8  Rest even when your chores are not finished, if you need to.  Rest your mind. Stop thinking!  Stop planning!  Give your body and mind a break during tough days. 

This only touches on life lines but I do hope it has been helpful.  

Blessings! Kate Freer, the herbladyisin

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 My #1 choice is Banyan Botanicals Organic Moringa Powder here 
 
 

 

What is the right amount of Moringa powder or leaves to include in your meals?

 


This is a picture of our Moringa Trees when we lived in Nevada.  These are kept in the house during the winter.

What is a good serving of Moringa powder to take for health and nutritional support?

I have had several letters asking my advice on how much of the Moringa leaves or powder to take everyday. I cannot tell you to how much Moringa to use, because that is dispensing medical advice.

Moringa leaves are a nutritious food source, not a drug or herb, high in protein, calcium, iron, vitamins and minerals. It is a natural, organic powerhouse of nutrition. It is one of the foods that is considered a super food which contributes to living a long life.
 
It is like asking me how many salads should you eat a day. It depends on you individually and your food tastes. Why are you taking it? General nutrition or a special health need?
 
Adding Moringa leaves or Moringa powder is supplementing our diet that is sadly deficient due to poor soils and the lack of trace minerals and micronutrients in most of our foods.  Moringa is a wonderful to up your nutritional reserves and create better health. You can also give it to your dogs and cats to improve their nutrition as well. Cats will eat Moringa leaves right off the plant. I know that from experience.  




 
 
Our New Moringa seedlings here in the new home in Yuma, Co.
 
 
What is your health Goal? 
 
In places like the Philippines, the people there eat it like we do lettuce. The use it in many cultural dishes every day. They just go out in their back yard and pick some leaves. You can find it in CA and Florida in Asian markets in those localities.  Moringa is a nutritious food that also has medicinal value as well.

How much  Moringa you eat depends on your goal. I personally either use Moringa in salads, green drinks, or tea. I make the hot tea with the leaves, then refrigerate and put it over ice. Cold Moringa tea is refreshing and gives you energy to do your work. I use the powder in green drinks and Moringa-Spirulina balls that we eat for breakfast often.  I sprinkle it into cottage cheese or yogurt. Be creative.

If you are using Moringa to improve your nutrition or to help with high or low blood pressure, you would take more of it. It is not toxic in any amount so you are free to decide. You might want to work up on the amount, simply because it has a unique spicy taste.If you are sensitive to new foods or have stomach issues, start out slowly with a half Tsp a day.

Realize if you become healthier, you may need less of a medicine. Please monitor your blood sugar and blood pressure while you take Moringa or other herbs. It could have an impact on their performance.

A general suggestion for a long term goal is one to two tablespoons of the powder a day. One tablespoon is sufficient for many people. Start with a tsp to begin with. Again, the easiest way to use Moringa powder is to add it to a green drink, yogurt, or cottage cheese. Divide it out into several foods.

Using Fresh Moringa Leaves:

Add them daily to salads. Make hot or cold tea from the leaves. Add them to egg dishes. Fresh Moringa leaves can be added to any food as you would spinach leaves.  Try to add them to the last few minutes of cooking. 
 
I did not use or buy Moringa products for two or three years because of the safety issues with products. In 2014 I imported Moringa and sold products. After a serious of problems with customs, I learned the sad truth that most certified Moringa products tested in their home countries are NOT safe to eat.  I did not have the money to batch test the product here in the US, so I stopped selling Moringa.  After doing a lot of research, I finally found these and bought each one to try them. I use one of the other, mostly the powder for our family. I am now raising the trees again, so in Spring and summer next year, I ought to have plenty of fresh leaf as well.

This is the two brands I trust because they test their imported products for contamination, E-Coli, and heavy metals in a US lab.  I have now been using a number of their products for over two years including Moringa powder. 
 
DO NOT buy Moringa products unless the company states that they test for heavy metals and contamination on their website. If you do you are risking your health. Organic certified can still contain E-coli, dirt, bugs, weeds, filth and insects.  This is the way it is folks.

 
 

 

Saturday, September 19, 2020

How do You Overcome Emotional Blocks to Your Health from the Past? 5 Important Steps to Heal.


 

 In the last column, I talked about releasing the pain or anger you may have buried so that you can be well. So in this blog, it is important to talk about how we do that.  Talking from experience, it is not easy but it needs to be done to be completely well.  Your health is not a deficiency of Prozac or heart medication but a result of a number of areas in your life that need to be cleaned up.  

Blocks to healing may be lifestyle like diet or lack of exercise or emotional such as anger and other negative emotions. Here is some insight on how to overcome these emotionally based blocks. 

#1 

The first and most important step is to love yourself including your mistakes, regrets, wrinkles and imperfections.  No one is perfect and never will be. You may think you are the only one who has ever made mistakes but you aren't . Women are especially self-critical at looking into the mirror and seeing only the wrinkles, blemishes, areas of their face or body that have flaws.  You need to stop that and learn to love and accept you as you are, flaws and all. Start by going to the mirror, and smile at your reflection.  Look at yourself, and say I am beautiful and perfect and whole. That may be one of the hardest things you have ever done...try it. Stop the negative self talk.  Change the way you talk to yourself in every layer of your life.  You are what you say you are. If you say I am a failure, you will be. If you say I can't do it, you will not be able to.  What ever you tell yourself, will be self -fulfilling. Replace every negative statement with a positive one. This one takes a lot of practice. Fire you negative inner voice that is putting blocks into your path. Those negative little voices in your head need to be replaced. Learn to catch yourself doing this and make the effort to turn it around.

#2.  You must forgive yourself first for any past mistakes.  You have paid for them in one way or another so do that for yourself.  That is one of the hardest steps to do. It does not matter what the mistake is as long as you learned from it and it helped you to mature or become a better person in your life. Mistakes are only stepping stones to improvement or advancement in your life. They are lessons to advance you in becoming a better person. I remember at a church we went to for a few years, they have what is called cardboard Sunday. People who are members of the church line up with cardboard signs in front of the whole congregation.  On the front of their sign, it states they were a drug addict or sold drugs or had an abortion. In one case, they had been to prison. Then they turn around and on the other side of the cardboard sign it states, now I am drug free or alcohol free and forgiven by God. Each sign represented mistakes that they made in their life but now were living examples on how they had changed for the positive. I have never taken drugs, but in that day looking at all these people before me that I realized that most of the people you see and meet have made mistakes in their lives. It made me realize, that I had less reason to be unhappy with mine after seeing theirs. If you have ever failed at a marriage, you realize there are far worse things to regret. Do yourself a huge favor and forgive yourself first.

#3  Forgive the people in your life that have hurt you.  It may be your parents or family in many cases. Is is helping you to keep the anger and hatred?  This does not mean that you let them continue to hurt you. In some cases, people in your life are toxic and toxic to you. Healing in some cases means to separate yourself from these toxic people. This does not mean you allow someone to keep on abusing you.You need to let go of these people, the negative emotions and pain that you have experienced. If you concentrate on the negative in your life, you will make more mistakes and attract these kind of people again.  Learn from your mistake, but do not focus on that mistake. Focus on how you want your life to be, not your mistakes. What we focus on, it where our energy is directed to. Where do you want your energy ....doing negative or positive things.

In the courses I have taken, I have learned that most people who have hurt you, were hurt by others. They did not learn how to treat others because of their parents or family. Forgiveness does not let them out of the pain they are causing others.  Karma or God will deal with them. Forgiveness benefits you so that you can go on without the anger, hatred and pain. When you let go of all of that, you are released so you can replace those negative emotions with happiness. There is no room in your heart or mind for being happy, if you are filled with anger and resentment. You have to make the choice to either keep the pain or let it go. I had a marriage when I was very young and it ended up to be a very bad choice with mental abuse. Mistakes happen and you must learn from them and let them make you a more mature person with better judgement. 

#4  If someone has hurt you and there is pain, find a way to release it such as using a diary or a letter to that person telling them how you feel.  The letter is not to be sent but just to express and get out how you feel. Burn it afterwards.  Another method is to set a chair in front of you and imagine that person who hurt you sitting in it. Then tell them everything you feel about the way they treated you. Yell or scream at them until all the anger is gone.  Use your anger to change the system or fight for others. Turn your anger into action to prevent others from experiencing your fate such as in child abuse. Help others who have gone through what you have. Work at a women's shelter helping others.

#5. If you can afford therapy with a professional, it can be very helpful.  Therapy can help you when your past is too painful to do it by yourself.  Therapy such as NLP therapy is very good and more positive than standard therapy. If nothing else, find a group in your community or on FB of people who have gone through what you are experiencing such  as grief or abuse. Their support because they understand what you are going through, may help you to heal.

The next blog will go into getting over blocks  to healing such as diet.  Why did I discuss this first. If the reason you are obese is because you eat out of abuse or pain from the past, you will not be able to lose weight until you deal with those issues. If you take drugs because of your past mistakes, you need to do the healing first that I am writing about. I hope this blog makes your realize how important it is to do the deep cleaning of your life so that you can get well completely. Healing holistically starts from the inside. 

I wish you love and blessings. Kate Freer, the herbladyisin

Thursday, September 17, 2020

How Do I Get Well Holistically? The difference between standard and holistic medicine? What are your blocks to healing?

 If you are reading this blog, you need answers to your health crisis.  There is no magic wand I can offer you. There is no pill to bring back your health in a few days. I wish I could do that.  Healing comes through you and the great healer, God above.  Healing comes from changes we make in our mind, our body, our soul and steps along the way.  It takes faith and commitment from you each step of your journey. It may take days, weeks, months or years. Going to a holistic doctor can speed up the process and get you on the path to health sooner. Even he can only guide you, not force you into the life style changes you need to make in your daily habits.You are the only who can stop what is going into your mouth that is causing health issues. A doctor can give you exercises to do but it is you who must do them on a daily basis. 



What does getting well holistically mean? How is this different from the way Standard medicine works?   It means getting to the cause of the problem such as headaches.  A standard medicine doctor will give you medicine for your headaches without taking time to try and find out why you are having headaches. He addresses the symptoms, rather than solve the base problem. It takes time to ask you questions, look at a diary on when the headaches occur.  With modern insurance a doctor is given about 15 minutes to see you and give you his advise. You fill out 10 pages of paperwork but he has no time to look at it before he sees you. There are exceptions to this but that is the experience most of you will have seeing a standard medicine doctor. He often does not listen to you either. You are the one who lives in your body and knows when it is not working as it should.  Medicines do not generally do anything about the main cause. They simply stop the pain or address a symptom. In some cases that is important if you having severe pain but they medicines are also addicting and cause other side effects often equally as upsetting. Unless your symptoms become severe such as passing out or being unable to walk, they often will not order tests or labs unless it is a yearly physical. Standard medicine deals with medicine and surgery in this country. If you were seeing a doctor in Asia, they are more likely to treat you more as a holistic doctor. 

How a holistic doctor works with patients is quite different.  

Holistic medicine works on the person as a whole including evaluating stress and lifestyle patterns. As an example is depression which causes both mental and physical symptoms and can come from many causes.  A standard doctor will give out depression medication often without asking questions. They do not spend time looking for the cause of your depression.  Even professional standard medicine counselors do not look at the patients lifestyle or diet to see if those factors are in part at least making the depression worse. Many of them only look at your relationships  or relationship history. They miss the physical causes such as diet or life style.

If you go to a herbalist or doctor who is educated in holistic medicine, you will first fill out a form that asks detailed information about family history, your diet, your health habits, your exercise habits, details about when your symptoms began and what you have done to try and solve the problem already.  He first actually reads the papers you submitted. He then asks you for more information about what you have put on those questionnaires. He then lets you tell him about what you are experiencing and he asks more questions.  He then may order lab tests, but knows lab tests only diagnose disease in the end stages. They do not show the body as it is becoming imbalanced and disrupted in its ability to function. Tests are only one tool he uses. the tests he orders may be to see if you are deficient in Vit D, Vitamin C or B-12. He may examine your eyes, your tongue, your nails or use muscle testing to determine if you might have deficiencies or toxicity in your home or work environment.  He searches for the signs your body is giving out that it needs help before it becomes a disease.  After doing all this above, he may give you supplements or herbal formulas to aid and support the body to cleanse, heal, or detoxify your body.  His main purpose is to get to the main cause or the imbalance causing the symptoms.  If you have relationship problems he will send you perhaps to a NLP counselor or professional counselor that treats not with medicine but with certain therapies that help you to deal with your stress and life. 

This is the difference between holistic medicine and standard medicine. The problem is most insurance does not cover the cost of holistic medicine so this is out of reach for the majority of patients. This then causes many patients to have to deal with their health problems by themselves since most have been to standard doctors already and have found no relief.  So for you who are trying to get well not having the help of a holistic minded doctor, this is some of the steps you need to look at to get well.

Blocks to healing mean looking at all areas of your life from mental stress to eating and lifestyle habits. You can get your own blood tests done at a lab if your doctor or insurance won't order them.

 

Step # 1 to getting well is looking at your blocks to healing.  

This takes courage but needs to be done first.

Blocks to Healing 

Grief is one of the emotions that disrupt health including the immune system. This is the gravestone of my husbands father who I took care of for 3 years.  When he died, the grief was deep even though he was in a better place. Grief is hard on the mind, body, and heart. After taking care of him for 24 hours a day in the last weeks of his life, it hit me far more than the death of my own father who I was not close to.  He was a commander whose motto was "I did it my way." We put this on the gravestone. He was known for "What part of NO don't you understand?". He was a pistol, a pro golfer, and a pain but he was loved deeply. Grief is one of the roadblocks to healing.

It was early in the 1970's that I became an herbalist taking courses and wanting to heal all in my path. I soon realized that many of the people who came to me had serious blocks to healing.  I remember one lady who was morbidly obese who deeply hated who she was after being abused as a child and later by a husband.  I realized that without healing in her deep wounded soul, she could not lose weight or be healed.  There was a gambler who wanted me to help his memory but he was an alcoholic who was in bad shape. I realized that my background in herbs would and could not help them with these deep problems. I referred them to professional counselors. There was a nurse friend of mine who was obese who finally told me her father subjected her to being in porn movies. She ate to deal with the pain from those memories. Blocks to healing may be emotional pain such as anger, fear, sexual abuse, childhood abuse, spouse abuse, drugs, addictions, unhealthy eating and lifestyle, obesity, and it goes on.  Abortions are another one that is stuffed down that causes healing blocks. 

Are you willing to dig these up from your past?

Are you willing to deal with these issues, the pain, the memories, the events and people who have caused you grief that you have not dealt with?  

Are you ready to make the decision to let these go...release them?  Can you think about forgiveness.  Forgiveness is not for their sake but for you so that you can be healthy. What you stuff down will rear its ugly head sooner or later with illness and pain. Like a splinter that is still buried, it is still down there, but you forget it until pus and pain drive you to the doctor to dig it out.

There is a story of a woman who was told she had breast cancer. Instead of therapy, she went and rented a cabin in a beautiful area for a month. She knew that she had a lot she needed to deal with.  In that month she saw no one. She spent time looking at those people and events that had wounded her heart and soul. She cried, she screamed, and she talked to God.  Through this, she was able to forgive those that had hurt her and let the pain go. When she went back to the doctors for a followup, her cancer was gone.  This is a true story.    

Anger, hatred, un-forgiveness, grief, negative emotions effect you mentally and physically. These negative emotions poison your whole body causing disruption in your immune system, your endocrine system, your digestive system, and your whole body.  That is why often after the death of a spouse, the one left gets cancer and dies within a year or two.  Often cancer is a result of these negative emotions held down and buried. You may have genetics for cancer but your mental and heart health, your lifestyle, your eating habits, your life health habits are more the cause of cancer than genetics.

This blog is from experience. I do know how hard it is to dig up what is hurting your heart and soul. There is a profound release to doing this and letting these things go.  So I will leave this blog at this point for now.  Think about this and how wonderful it would feel to be released from your past pain.

God bless you. Herbally Yours, 

Kate Freer, the Herbladyisin

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Spirulina and Moringa Superfood Balls for an Easy Breakfast

Today I am sharing a special recipe which I use for breakfast many mornings. I hope you get inspired and enjoy trying it for your family. It tastes good and is good for you.

Moringa/Spirulina Balls are what I make for our breakfast often. It contains protein and a full load of micro-nutrients for energy and good health. They are very filling and satisfying. Three of these balls have more protein than the majority of the cereals you give your family. You make them the night before so there is no work in the morning.  I pop these for a mid afternoon snack too for an energy boost. 

Moringa and Spirulina are two of the greatest super-foods to include in your daily meals.  Most of our food is now devoid of micro-nutrients and vitamins, has a list of chemicals to preserve the cereal, contains either too much sugar or corn syrup. These breakfast foods may taste good but are not good for you, despite what the box says.  Unless you are buying organic, your foods contain GMO corn and grains, Glyphosate and preservatives, even some of the more expensive brands.  None of these corrupted cereals are good for you or your health.  So adding Moringa powder and Spirulina powders to your smoothies or these breakfast balls helps to make up for what your other food does not contain.

 


 

There are only two of us at home as seniors and we get up at different times. I have always been an early riser and my husband is a late morning kind of guy. I am hungry when I first get up and he is isn't so this is how we work this out. I put together the night before,  No Cook Spirulina Balls.  I can eat them when I get up in the morning and he can eat his when he gets up.

So here is the flexible recipe I make for the morning. You can use either crunchy or creamy peanut butter or other nut butters.  I use organic ingredients but that is up to you.

Mix Well the following ingredients:

Two cups of organic peanut butter or substitute almond butter or any kind of nut butter.

Walnuts or whatever nuts are your favorite

Chia Seeds, about two tablespoons

Hemp Seeds about the same

Flax seeds about two tablespoons

Sunflower seeds about two tablespoons

1 tablespoon each of Moringa Powder and Spirulina powder  ( yes you will have a very green mixture)

A TBL of organic honey, pure black-strap molasses, pure maple syrup, or a tablespoon of the preserves of your choice. You could add elderberry preserves or blackberry.  Apple butter goes well too.

Mix all the ingredients above until the dough is very stiff.

Cover the mix then put into the refrigerator for awhile.

Next step is to take about a tablespoon of the mix for each ball.

Roll in a mix of organic oatmeal flakes, fax, chia and hemp seed powder. Three per person for each breakfast.

Don't tell your husband or your kids, that they are healthy.  Just give them a couple to try out as a treat first.  

 


 

 

 

 

Fresh Moringa leaves can be used in place of lettuce in your sandwich, in your salads, steeped as a tea, or popped into your mouth. Moringa leaves have a taste of their own and you just have to try them. It is almost impossible to find fresh Moringa leaves in a farmers market in the USA unless you live in CA or Florida. If you find them, it will probably be in a Asian market or farmers market that specializes in ethnic foods.The trees are native to Ecuador, the Philippines, India and other foreign lands. In those countries, the people grow them in their yards and include them in their ethnic foods daily.  

Spirulina is an special one of a kind special algae that is grown on pristine waters. It is grown for food. Most algae cannot be eaten and will make your sick.   It is NOT the algae you see in ponds or ditches. Spirulina is a wonderful superfood that contains protein, vitamins and micro-nutrients.  

I am going to be blogging on these superfoods in the future because they are so important to our health.

Moringa trees do not grow easily in most of the states except for Florida and California, so you need to purchase most of your product.  It is extremely important to buy both superfoods organically and that have been tested for heavy metals and contamination.  I know from experience that many of the products sold out there are NOT properly tested.  

I buy Moringa leaf from this company only because they clearly state the tests they use on their products to make sure they are safe to eat. Visit their page that tells you how they test their products. You will not find this on most company websites because they don't do these tests.

 https://www.banyanbotanicals.com/info/banyan-herbs/quality-control-and-testing/

Article on the problems with organic Moringa not tested by independent labs in the US. I used to import and sell my own products until I learned how worthless some of the organic certificated are.

https://alternativemedicine-womenshealth-articles.com/8/exposing-the-lies-and-deceptions-on-organic-quality-moringa-oleifera-products-9-thread.html

https://www.healthline.com/health-news/can-you-get-lead-poisoning-from-spices 

I do get a small commission when you click on the links below but these are the products I use in my household for our meals.  I buy them after doing as much research as I can on their quality. 

 

Banyan Botanicals Moringa Leaf Powder - USDA Certified Organic - Moringa Oleifera - Sun Dried - Raw Herbal Superfood - Natural Energy Boost for Optimal Wellness *

 You will find my picks for any of the herbs or foods I discuss in blogs here in either my Ayurvedic Herbs page or my favorite supplement page here.

Banyan Botanicals does not carry some of the products I use for my cooking so here is what I buy to make my Superfoods Balls.   


Organic Spirulina Powder: 4 Organic Certifications - Certified Organic by USDA, Ecocert, Naturland & OCIA - Vegan Farming Process, Non-Irraditated, Max Nutrient Density (8 oz.)

Organic Chia Seeds

 Wunder Basket Organic Chia Seeds, 3 LB Bag, Natural Raw Black Chia Seed Packed with Omega 3, Fiber, Protein, Vitamins, Minerals & Antioxidants, USDA Certified, Non-Gmo, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Keto-Friendly

Organic Hemp Seeds

 

Manitoba Harvest Organic Hemp Hearts Shelled Hemp Seeds, 7oz; 10g Plant-Based Protein & 12g Omegas per Serving, Whole 30 Approved, Vegan, Keto, Paleo, Non-GMO, Gluten Free


Organic Flaxseeds 

Herbal Secrets USDA Certified Organic Ground Flaxseed 2 Lbs (Non-GMO) - Excellent Vegan Source of Fiber & Omega -3 Fatty Acids - Promotes Joint Health,Supports Healthy Weight Management*

 



Monday, September 14, 2020

Moringa Seedlings -Will they die if the cat eats the top off them?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our kitty culprit who ate the tops off the Moringa Seedlings.


 

 

 

 

 

 

My plant corner in our new living room with a huge sunny window. They are up on the table to help keep them safe from the cats with a see through green netting surrounding them as well. The other stand has some small Moringa seedlings and two gotu kola plants as well.  When they get tall, the tubs will be ground level.

Here below in the first picture are the seedlings started first, not damaged by our cat. The next pictures are the damaged seedlings the cat ate the tops off. If you don't protect them well enough, they will get eaten to the ground. Cats seem to love Moringa and it is good for them. Later on in Spring, I will grow them some plants they can eat and enjoy. Moringa can be grown like tomato plants, for just the growing season. The young tender leaves can also be eaten as young greens by growing them closely in a big tub like baby green lettuce plants. It depends on where you live and your climate.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These Moringa are growing slowly.  These are only a month old. We did not plant these until August toward the middle of the month. These are the ones the cat did not get to.

 

This tub in the picture above is now is the house with the larger ones, still small that did not get eaten.

Now living in Yuma, I started a number of Moringa seedlings for fun and as a experiment here. The seed was from 2 years ago so was not sure how well they would come up. I started about 10 to begin with, then another 10.  They were only about 6 inches high when our cat ate all the tops off, leaving only a stem. I almost threw them out but got curious to see if they would live.  Two weeks later all of them are either growing up from the root or getting branches on the top. Here are the pictures. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The above picture shows how one damaged seedling is branching out from the top and the others are growing up from the root. None of them died. There was only about 3 to 4 inches of stem left in the ground about a week or so ago.

This is an experiment growing them in front of our new southern exposure picture glass window here in Colorado.  There are new Neem seedlings as well beside them in a tub. It is pretty warm in that room and because it is part of the living room will get heated when its cold. I have a light overhead as well to give them supplemental light when its cloudy and when the days shorten.  They are not growing as quickly as they would normally, but still growing. It will be interesting to see if they lose their leaves when winter hits.  Three of all of these, the best ones will become house trees and the rest eaten before its through. On that note, the small tender baby Moringa leaves are tasty and can be layered into a sandwich instead of lettuce or thrown into a salad. Will post pictures as they grow. 

Again, I have no idea on how this will go. The seed quality was questionable at two years old.  It is fun to do this

 

 

 

 

 

I can hardly stand not to be growing anything until Spring. I also have sage and thyme cuttings as well to see what happens.  I bought Gotu Kola and will share those along with Ashwaganda babies that did not look well after their ride from Florida but are getting new baby leaves so will see.  As we go along, I will share all of this.  Most of these will have to kept in the house for 6 months of the year.  Now I have room for plants and a real living room with a comfy couch. 

All for today. Herbally Yours....Kate Freer

 


Sunday, September 13, 2020

Miracles Flow When You Let Go.. ...Yuma, Co is Our Perfect Answer

 Miracles do happen in these dark times. It is often said that the darkest hour comes before the dawn.  This is part three of moving to Yuma where we experienced a number of miracles in our path.

The 2 1/2 hour drive from Littleton, Co to Yuma to see the house and meet with the landlord was filled with questions. We knew she wasn't fond of cats but had agreed to them. We needed to give her our references as well, so our getting the house was far from settled. I knew if she turned us down, there would be another house for us.  An hour from Yuma, our ATT phones lost service so we had no way to call her when we got to Yuma.  One of the first places to stop was a donut shop. I went in and asked the first person I saw there, if they could help us make a phone call. He asked who we were to meet there and oh yes, her number was in his contacts. Everyone there  seemed to know our possible new landlady. He was wonderful to help us do that. His friendliness on helping us impressed us.  We wanted to live in a town that was open and friendly. 


    

 

 

 

 

 

This is our new home above in Yuma, Co and all we could want.
 

We then drove the 4 blocks to the house. She was not there yet so we looked around.  It was big with a two car garage, a large back yard with a good strong wooden fence for the dogs. The garage had a Bear sized dog door leading out to the back yard. They could be warm and safe this winter going in and out as they pleased.  We could even put a heater out there for them if needed. That was one of the important issues since many houses we had researched did not have fenced yards...sturdy enough for our dogs. 

It was a corner house and we only had one real neighbor. When the landlord got there, she was our age and very nice. She looked at our references.  She wanted to call them before giving us an answer.  We went on a tour of the house..huge family room with windows that would make a great office, kit, dining room with a huge southern exposure picture window. I saw the potential for my winter house trees without using lights and added heat. The living room was huge with lots of light overall.  There were three bedrooms on the lower floor and 2 bathrooms. We would not even have to use the top floor rooms.The washer and dryer was on the first floor so I wouldn't have to drag the clothes up and down stairs.  The upper floor rooms could be shut off by a door to save on heat. There was even central air and heating.  The basement off the dining room was set up for canning with shelves.  There was room for my library of books, for my house trees, for all of it.  I was overwhelmed with how well it met my dreams.  Marty liked it as well. It was a 1950's house and had vintage shelves in the kitchen and dining room...not fancy but warm and comfortable.  We now had room for company at Christmas or for visits.

 

We asked if we go out for lunch to discuss it. We agreed to meet in two hours. Subway was around the corner so we went there and were greeted warmly by the owners there. That made us feel like we already belonged.  That house was just what we had asked for in our hearts but felt we could not afford.  The house was $750 a month which was very undervalued for Colorado. Her explanation was she wanted renters who would stay for a long time and treat it like it was their home. She had grown up there so it was very special to her heart.  We knew it was meant to be.  When we went back over to meet her she said you have the house if you want it. We could have either a one or two year lease. My only thought was thank God. The whole thing flowed smoothly without any issues. It seemed surreal that our search for a new home for the dogs, the cats and us was over.

 

I share this not to brag, for it isn't an expensive fancy house but all its qualities were what deep in my heart I wanted. I would have taken a double wide trailer or a smaller house if needed.   The whole layout seemed to be as we needed.  My reason for telling this story,  is that I would have settled for less, but I got everything we needed in a house we could afford.  God provides if we have faith and patience. We may have to go through the storm before we get there. It may be weeks or months before you get relief.  There are lessons to be learned while you go through the hell. One of them is what is really important in life. Another is learning how to ask God and others for help..and letting them help you. It takes courage to reach out for help at times if you are independent. I learned that sometimes life and circumstances are not in your control. You can only do so much. You only have so much strength to fight when alone. Patience is not a virtue for some of us but a virtue we have to learn.  You will be stronger in the end, even though you feel broken and weak at times. There may be anger and tears as you cope with your circumstances but you can make it through. 

We are so blessed, the way this played out for us in the end,  was a miracle in the real sense.  

 

Now that we had this huge house, we had no furniture except for a bed and chest of drawers located in Nevada. We had personal things, clothes, misc stuff but no furniture. This is where the next miracle happens.  When we got back to my daughters after signing the papers, she told me that a neighbor of theirs who runs a non profit in Denver had furniture for us that was free...it had to be picked up the next day. My son in law took his trailer over and we went to the house. The woman's deceased mother it seemed was a hoarder and the daughter just wanted the furniture gone. 

 

The house was indeed a mess but the furniture, all old antique cherry wood, was in great shape. There were two dining room tables, end tables, classic old lamps, a wood rocker and an antique wet dresser. There were two wood bedroom dressers,end tables and a bed that was in good shape. The box springs was made of metal and weighed a ton. The furniture when we brought it down to this house,  fit in the house as if it belonged there. Every piece was beautiful with just a little wear and tear. I was amazed at how well it looked. It was far better than the furniture we had given away or left in Tennessee.  I was overwhelmed at the blessing. Later on that week, we ended up with a huge wonderful couch for $100 that went well too. The couch had been more expensive but reduced because we were seniors. The blessings came without work or stress.....it all just fell into place. 


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictures above of the park at the end of our street just 4 blocks away.

We did have to go into debt to bring our stuff back from Nevada but overall, the immense blessings outweighed by far what we had lost in getting to this point.  I just gave it to God and he blessed us in ways we could not have imagined.  

 

Two days later we realized that three blocks away is a nice park with a large pond and benches to sit on.  The park is a great walk for us and the dogs and it is an easy walk.  You can go around further and see some very unique old houses as well for a longer walk. You can walk the whole town if you are a mind to.  The weather here will be more temperate than in the Denver area with less snow and icy days. He brought us to a perfect place after all we had been through from May until then.  I do hope and pray that some of you who are going through dark times will keep the faith to see it through, not giving up, not losing hope despite the grim circumstances. I know its hard keeping up your faith when you cannot see the light in the distance and all hell seems to be breaking loose but the light is there....even if you cannot grasp it right now. God loves you ...all of you having harsh and seemingly unending hardship.

Blessings to you all, Kate Freer, the herbladyisin