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Honey Healing

One of the first weekends we were living in the country, this happened…

I was taking both of the dogs (Cane Corso females) for a walk. Since we were new to the country I did not want to trust to just let them out in the yard. Now, our yard is 42 acres. There are coyotes and other animals around here. I was gazing at the stars when all the sudden Sadie pulled really hard, and I did not let go. I was pulled across the rocks like I was a rag doll. I screamed, and Sheba stopped. Sheba stayed right by my side, and Sadie was running after what ever it was that was near our house. I limped back into the house with Sheba.

I went upstairs and washed my legs with soap and water. I had to take a wash cloth to get all the debris that was embedded in my legs. My left leg looked a lot worse than my right leg. It burned like hell…it was really painful. I took some honey, and put it all over the wounds, and took another wash cloth that was damp and kept it over the wound.

I kept the wound clean every day, and also added honey to it every day. By the third day it was really looking so much better. By two weeks it was healed. I believe I was in less pain, and it healed faster with the honey.

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A Deer, my dear

My daughter and I were on our way home from the grocery store, and we were doing as most mothers and daughters, listening to music and talking. All the sudden, I saw something out of my peripheral vision. I stomped on the breaks, and told my daughter, I thought I saw a baby deer. What? Are you sure, she asked. I am not sure…There was no one behind us, so I put the car in reverse. We got near the tree, and we confirmed that it was a deer. IMG_8159

My daughter tells me “there is a towel in my polo bag”. I got into the bag, pulled out the towel, and ran over to the deer. I wrapped up the deer, and had my baby hold the deer on the way home. We decided to put it into a stable for the night. We made it a bottle with the goat colostrum. The deer didn’t want too much. We believed the little thing was just too traumatized to drink any milk. We called a friend that we knew had also helped a baby deer. She confirmed what we already knew, don’t rescue a deer that has a mom nearby, and if you do have to rescue, you will need to feed in goat milk. We noticed that she had a little scrape on her head, and was holding her neck in a strange way.

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The next morning the baby was hungry, and looked a little better. She was walking around, and the day before she wouldn’t walk at all. She was still holding her head at a slight angle, but she was walking around the stable. We called the conservatory, and drove over there. We gave them the fawn, and the blanket since it had her scent on it.

We wanted to make sure she had a fighting chance, and that she would be able to get into an herd. We will have to post an update once we have more information about her.

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Art Festival

IMG_8153Lately, I haven’t had much time to write, and do many of my hobbies. Spending time renovating rental property and working at the winery. I was downtown for just a little bit to attend the Art Festival. Being a passionate collector of art, and viewing work of new artists is always enjoyable.

There are usually aspects of the art fair that only fleeting art, unless they are captured by a photographer. Some art is better while it is exists in a particular time and space, like the sand castle. The sand castle was surrounded by children and families being joyful and having fun, and the photo just does not convey that to the viewers.

This “Before I die…” is all about sharing your response and reading the ones others left. Your response may be something different on different days. Art is what makes an impression. Sometimes it is good, and sometimes it starts a conversation or even an inner dialog.

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South Carolina Plantation

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This is Jamie, he was the carriage driver at a plantation in South Carolina. His horses are May and June.  I wanted to go see a few plantations while visiting South Carolina. I’m so glad they give tours about the owners of the plantation as well as the slaves that worked the plantation. Jamie’s family were friends with Eliza, a lady that was a child of a slave.

He told us beautiful stories of growing up on the plantation, and how Eliza loved the place so much she would run away at 90+ years old back to the plantation. He told us of her dislike of toilets because they would suck you to hell. Anyone that misbehaved had to get her chamber pot and empty it for her. She would not use the toilet in her lifetime.  He brought Eliza to life for all of on the carriage. He told us how the ladies knew the healing powers of Spanish Moss. The Moss was known as Spanish Moss because the Native Americans thought the long strands looked like the beards of the Spanish. The moss, is not even moss, it is a fern. the fern has many insect inhabitants including chiggers. When someone got a cut the moss was put in the cut, and they chiggers would eat at the infected area. Once the healing was near the end, a piece of bacon was put on the top of the wound, and the chiggers would come out to feast on the bacon.

She would often tell Jamie and the other children that lived around the plantation that our hearts are the same color, and one day we are going to acknowledge that fact. People are people and each of us have a story, and each of us have had heartbreak. When we share our heartbreak instead of judging, we should listen with our hearts. The pain of another person is not your pain to judge. Hold hands with your neighbor and rejoice that you are alive because of the sacrifices your ancestors had to make. We don’t know all the stories from the past…Thank your ancestors, and be grateful you didn’t have to live the lives they did, see what they saw, and mourn what they lost.

Thank you Jamie for your beautiful stories and insight. This plantation will stay with me as an experience that I will never forget!!!

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Gift Shop

IMG_7947The week I got back from South Carolina I was really busy. We had so many items arrive for the gift shop, prom weekend, and snickdoddle was leaving the farm. Plus, I am finishing a couple of renovation projects. So, not much time left in the day to write.

Here are some of the cool items we now carry at the gift shop of the winery. I was even testing how everything would fit into a basket. Alle-Pia salami, if you haven’t had this salami, it’s out of this world delicious. It also has not nitrates. I have probably met the pigs that became this salami.

The bread sticks are the ones that we offer in the tasting room for people that are tasting wine. They have a savory rosemary essence that just marries the wine so well. I added a Swell bottle since having water is always helpful.

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Our beautiful baskets we offer…

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The one on the far left, is hand painted, the platinum and rose gold are part of the metallic collection, purple is in the middle, blue marble in the front with the kelly green.

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Some of our newest coasters…

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Olive utensils, aprons and magnets too.

 

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Air BNB Experience

Traveling for the winery is one of the aspects I really enjoy. About a week ago, I took a trip to Charleston, South Carolina. I went to Charleston to visit my friend and gallery owner Ella, of Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art Gallery. The art walk in the spring would be a great way to launch San Marcos Creek Vineyard and Winery and introduced our wine to the most popular tourist destination of the spring.

I found a great location, in between the airport and the downtown area. Beth and Joe were fantastic, and their home was so lovely. A true southern hostess, Beth made me feel as though I was family that was welcome. The two of them swapped stories with me, and we stayed up late night talking. Beth and Joe even made recommendations for future travel in South Carolina. If you get a chance to become a part of a family as you travel, it is not to be missed. Air BNB is such a great way to get an experience that goes beyond just staying in a hotel. IMG_8052

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Farming

Farming is a business, and it is a tough one. There are losses that tug at your heart strings. Some of our favorite chickens and ducks have been lost to foxes and coyotes. We have helped to bring goats in the world, and sold some of the males. We recently acquired two kittens, and sold our miniature donkey. It is a blessing to have such a beautiful way of life. It is never easy, but so worthwhile.

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Salem, and Kenai IMG_8074

Snickerdoodle

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Political Environment

Recently, I haven’t been able to bring myself to post anything because I have had this philosophical debate with myself (in my head).

As much as I like my friends I have seen so much tension and unrest. Friends threatening other friends to “unfriend” them. I’m thinking…why? Honestly, we all have our own right to our opinion. This is America, and we have been through a lot worse than Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. Neither of them are what I believe to be worthy as Presidential candidates, but I believe they are so popular because we are all so sick of “Washington, business as usual”. They represent the pulling away from arguing endlessly on giving a tax breaks to study pig farts, and finding real solutions to problems that are pervasive in America. We want action, not endless arguing, we want our government to work for us not their own agenda. This is why we pay taxes!!!

I am in the middle of the road with so many of the issues. I want people to be able to marry whomever they wish. I want our taxes to be fair, and government to be more streamlined. People that are able to work, should work at doing something. There should be a fair and streamlined way for people to become citizens. We can’t overburden the rich with taxes, but we can’t allow our own people to go hungry.

When do we address Pine Ridge, and help our own people? People that were moved to that area by the GOVERNMENT!  The people of Pine Ridge are living life like a third world country, right here in United States. When do we make sure that we are taking care of own people that have fought for our country? Some of those people didn’t want to go to war, they were drafted into war. What about the people in the Appalachian Mountains? Now, that we don’t rely on coal as much as we did in the past, there are no jobs. How can we help our fellow Americans get on their feet? How can we help them help themselves? We can’t just give, give, give. People need skills so they can become self reliant.

The refugees…I’m all for helping the women and children. Why aren’t the men fighting? Are we going to be expected to send our own young people over to help when the able body men are not fighting? I don’t know the answer to these questions. I would like to know the answers.

Building a new wall to keep people out of United States seems ludicrous to me.  I don’t believe for one minute that it will work. Then again, free college for everyone is just as crazy. C’mon, it did work in California, and now lets try it out on all of America? The colleges and Universities got greedy and bloated, and California just could not keep up with the cost. Property taxes got so out of hand, and the people of California had Prop. 13. People blame Prop 13 for everything. If it wasn’t for Prop 13, many older Californians would not be able to afford their homes. I agree with a lower interest rate for loans, so that college is more affordable. Giving people a hand up is fantastic, giving them a hand out is a catastrophe.

America will recover from either of these becoming President, and it doesn’t matter to me which one of them you support because I believe in freedom to choose whom ever you wish. I get that each one of us has different political views, and reasons why we have those views. You will still be my friend at the end of the day. I believe your unique qualities are what makes you a great asset to the American fabric. I would never assume that my political, religious, or other opinions are something I should shove down your throat.

I want our government to listen and compromise. There is no need for the government to be in our bedrooms, and or in the doctors office. Women are just as important as men, and we should be allowed to do whatever we wish with our bodies. It’s so 1900 to believe that this is still an issue. We are all important, men, women, white, black, native, …there is no reason why one group should be at a higher plane than another. Justice should serve each and everyone one of us. Well, like a said before, if you are a friend of mine, I respect you and your decision for 2016. We are going to make it through this, just like we made it through all the other historical ups and downs our country has been through. Lets just respect each other, and be open to listen to debates of each side.

No need for yelling…

We can do this!!!