The Stress is Rising

Okay, so I’m not feeling so good today. I think my allergies are morphing my lungs into fluid traps. I need to find a good homeopathic remedy for lung problems due to allergies or colds. I have so much to do, and really can’t stop just because I can’t breath.

I have looked and looked through my available materials and haven’t found anything to put on the rabbit hutch roof, so today I will *gasp* buy a piece of plywood so I can finish the thing. I also have to install the latches…still…

So, why the title for this post? Well, first, the rabbit hutch was supposed to be done by now and I pick the rabbits up tomorrow. Nothing like not completing it until the last minute! The garden really has to be planted this week. I’m really late on the early stuff, and I have to put in the irrigation system too. I’m going to have to start milking Ellie, the alpine, but she broke her stand thanks to it being old wood, and it’s not worth replacing since she will be going to a new home in a week (I hope). Now, here is what’s really bad! I have a breeder bringing me a goat next week. That wouldn’t be bad, but my homestead looks like, well… it looks like a homestead! She, on the other hand, runs a bed and breakfast and has immaculate barns and huge fenced pastures. I am feeling the pressure to have my house company ready and my yard too, plus doing all the spring stuff that simply has to be done. And while doing all this, I have been doing little things to help my husband get started on his roller coaster! I sure hope I look lovely in gray since my hair is sure to be that color in a week at this rate! 🙂

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About nigerianmeadows

I am a homeschooling mother of 2 autistic children and cook gluten-free, I homestead on 2.5 acre and raise goats and chickens for dairy and eggs, I garden, cook, quilt, and take photographs. I build, paint, scrub, and dance on tables. I am the ultimate WOMAN!!! Oh, yeah, and I like my husband a whole lot (he is the one that makes all this possible, and he loves me like no other!)
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6 Responses to The Stress is Rising

  1. Uddermost Farm Girl says:

    Sending up prayers for you! You will get what needs to be done and the good LORD will extend grace on the rest! Several notes:
    — bunnies live very well in a bathtub until their hutch is ready. ours slept there at night while they acclimated to the outside.
    — Scott used corregated plastic for our hutch roof. It’s a little more expensive than plywood, but you don’t have to paint/cover it to keep it from rotting.
    — I don’t know what you are planning for your garden, but my grandfather — who farmed this area his whole life — said never put anything in the ground before May 1.
    — do you really have to milk Ellie? Can’t the babies just nurse? Sometimes Scott asks me this kind of question when I get overwhelmed …
    — forgive yourself, commend yourself for all the good things you HAVE accomplished (instead of focusing on what needs to be done) and your allergies will improve. Trust me 🙂

    I so admire you, Jordana. You are incredible. I marvel at what you accomplish as wife, mom, goat breeder, builder, antique restorer, cook/baker, writer and homesteader . … and those are just your qualities I came up with off the top of my head! Our LORD is the burden-bearer. Give your burden to Him and let Him be responsible if it doesn’t all get done. He can take it 🙂

    • Thank you Amelia! These are some of the nicest words I have heard. I appreciate the advice too 🙂 In answer to your question about Ellie, I do have to milk her even with both kids on. Her milk has come in strong and I was afraid of mastitis starting in one side. In another week the kids will be eating enough I wouldn’t have to milk her if I didn’t want to, but for now I do. I got about a quart with her kids on 24/7, and one side was where most of it came from. You have to watch when you let the kids do the job; they tend to nurse one side all the time and create an imbalanced udder and infection.

      I start cold crops early, and potatoes are due in the ground according to the farmers almanac. I usually plant lettuces, broccoli, and cabbage mid-February with great success, and it helps having a micro-climate due to our fencing. We can plant earlier and harvest later many times. The raised beds and heavy mulching also create great growing conditions! By the time I’m ready to start planting other stuff we are already eating fresh produce, and it’s bug-free because they haven’t come out yet. You can plant another crop in fall for harvest just before winter too.

  2. KLSGrem says:

    My brother-in-law and his wife are like the lady you mention. My hubby and I will never have a house like theirs. And while it’s really nice and all that? I’d never want one like that.

    Don’t worry. Everything in it’s time and all that. Have a blessed day! 🙂

  3. laura little says:

    I found a blog post for you that is strictly about homeopathy: http://homeocure4all.blogspot.com/2010/04/homeopathy-for-common-cold-and-cough.html

    Then another: http://www.nativeremedies.com/ailment/coughing-mucus-phlegm-and-sputum.html which lists some remedies at the bottom of the page.

    And, a very informed friend of mine always used to recommend astragalus for anything with the lungs. Sloan-Kettering states the following: “Astragalus may also suppress airway hyper reactivity associated with allergic asthma in vivo (9)” I used it on my kids whenever they were exposed to anything inhaled that I felt would be bad for them. (We used to meet for worship at a building right next to an Experimental Pesticide field. When my kids started to get sick, I instituted a routine in which after the meetings I made sure they were bathed in water with some astragalus in it, their clothes were washed and anything they had taken with them was wiped down. I know, I’m a freak. ) Anyway, know that I’m thinking of you and that if you don’t finish everything that it will not be the end of the world. As I tell myself often: “Nobody will die because I didn’t get this done. It’s okay.” Oh, and a medicinal glass of wine may not be a bad idea. 🙂

    • Thanks, Laura! I’m having the medicinal glass of wine now 🙂 Very soothing actually. I’ll check these out further tomorrow. Maybe it will have some good stuff for all of us!

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