Sunday, September 18, 2016

The Ways of My Household ... 9/18/2016

Nasty Virus!  Nasty Virus!  Nasty Virus!  That’s what I had this week!

My husband had it last week…

Did I mention that it was nasty …

Fever …

Chills …

Body aches …

Nausea …

Diarrhea …

Feeling like you were going to pass out when you stood up …

Weakness …

It was a real doozy!

I tried really hard not to get it.   But, in spite of doing all the right things, I got it about 2 days after my husband got over it.  His bout with it lasted about 4 days, mine lasted about 48 hours.  Here’s what I did that he didn’t and why I did them.

Oil Pulling using coconut oil.  I oil pull once every day using coconut oil as part of my regular morning routine because it is so good for you.  Since coconut oil is an anti-viral I oil pulled 3 times a day the first day.  Oil pulling helps pull the toxins from your body and a virus is definitely a toxin in my book!  

Took Cider Fire every 3 – 4 hours.  This little home remedy has several anti-viral ingredients in it.

Popped a ginger ball in my mouth every time I felt nauseous … thankfully I never threw up, my poor husband did though, more than once.  

Went to bed and stayed there … except for bathroom visits.

The second day I got up feeling better (no nausea, no diarrhea), but very weak so I rested the second day as well.

After the second day I was back to normal and thankfully so.

I could have also taken elderberry syrup as elderberries are anti-viral and taken charcoal capsules to help pull the toxins out of my system … why didn’t I?  I haven’t made my winter batch of elderberry syrup yet and although I have the activated charcoal and the capsules on hand, I didn’t have any ready to take.  Guess what is going on my to-do list???

(Disclaimer:  I am not a doctor and have absolutely no medical training at all.  I’m simply sharing what I did for myself and the end results.  Consult your physician for medical treatment for medical issues.)

So, what did my week look like?  Let’s see …

Note:  My Vicky Challenge Savings are added in at the appropriate places.  

Added compost material to the compost bin. 

Saved $85.71 using coupons, shopping sales and loss leaders for pantry and non-pantry related items.  

Earned$16.01 in affiliate links. Thank you to everyone who clicks on my Amazon link and does their shopping through it.  Every little bit helps!

Our fall peas are ready to be harvested and toward the end of the week we did manage to start on this task.  We picked 2 (5 gallon) buckets full and I am in the process of canning them.  So far, I have canned 7 quarts with another 7 quarts to go from these 2 buckets (only one bucket is shown in the picture, but I promise we picked 2).  Then it will be back to the pea patch to pick more.  Saved $12.50

I also harvested a bucket of pears from our pear tree that need to be canned!  Saved $15

I finally got the cayenne pepper strung and it is drying in my dining room window.

I started another batch of cider fire.  It will be ready for use in about a month.

I made a batch of kefir.  I’ve been without it for about a month with traveling and then being sick.  I really need to get those good probiotics back into my digestive system.

I’m still working my 100 Day Crochet Challenge.  I’ve completed 15 days.  I did have to miss three days this week, so my 100 day challenge is going to have a break in it … but that’s okay … sometimes you just have to accept what life hands you and move on.  This week I crocheted edging around 2 baby blankets.  I am so pleased with how they turned out!  I will pack them away in my gift trunk and when I need a baby shower gift.  I’m thinking I’ll have the baby’s name or initials embroidered on it and it will be ready for giving.  Okay, now I’m ready for something a little more complicated … I think!

Not working a job outside my home savings $100.  I continue to get questions on this savings and am in the process of trying to get them answered.

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge Savings  savings/earnings have been $11,174.39, add this week’s amount ($229.22) and I/we have saved $11,403.61.  Please note that this amount is not money we have sitting in a savings account.  It is money we have earned by saving and being frugal that has enabled us to stretch our budget further ... it's like having a second income, only I/we save/earn it from home.  It is a savings how ever you want to look at it!  I truly approach saving money and stretching our budget as I would a job that carried me outside my home.  It's my contribution to our family's economy.

Now it’s your turn, what have you done to build up your pantry, care for your household or live frugally this week?

She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

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  1. I love your crocheted edgings. They are beautiful.

    I'm sorry you didn't feel well. Glad you're feeling better

    1. Becky, thank you! I'm pretty proud of my beginner's efforts.

  2. I am so glad you are feeling better. I hope your husband is too by now.
    I am sorry but oil pulling is a new thing to me. What is it and how to you do it?? Sarah

    1. Hi Sarah, here's a good post that gives some good info on oil pulling.

  3. Hi Patsy!

    I hope your recovery is quick!

    I love how you bring together so many small projects to make your place a home. This is living beauty - working around harvests, and what you have! What type of peas do you grow?

    I have been enjoying working with what I have, and cherishing garden rain, and little plants as they emerge from the soil. I have been enjoying wild greens, and sharing what I learn. A little preserving trial is a contribution for the pantry department.

    Thank you, Patsy!

    Rachel Holt
    P.S. Your crochet looks good!

    1. Rachel, thank you for your sweet words of encouragement. The peas we are harvesting are called purple hull. It is our favorite kind of garden pea. I too enjoy working with what I have on hand, it can sometimes lend itself to a whole new kind of creativity!

  4. Glad you are feeling better. The edging is beautiful! donna

    1. Thank you Donna, this week I'm working on edging on a handkerchief. We'll see how that turns out!

  5. Great post. You inspire. I sure hope you've kicked that bug for good!

    1. Grantham, we have finally kicked the bug and I am so glad!

  6. Patsy, what a nasty virus. I have been meaning to make fire cider for winter bugs for the last few years and finally bought some horseradish to grow in readiness for next year. Hopefully it will grow well now that the frosts have passed and we are in spring.

    1. Nanna Chel, I'll be planting some horseradish a little bit later as well. We can plant it in the fall here or in the spring.

  7. Dear Patsy, I'm so sorry to hear you've been unwell. And I love your tips for shortening these horrid viruses! All the same, you had a great savings week as always. Well done. Love, Mimi xxx

    1. Thank you Mimi, I'm playing catch-up now that both my husband and I are well. It has been a time!


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