Around the Homestead

Rain…Arthritis…

It rained!  Woo hoo!  1.4 inches to be exact.  Everything was dying, and I was feeling so discouraged.  Did I mention it has been over 100 degrees for the past three days?  I was in the garden picking tomatoes watching the storm heading towards us and making its usual turn north to go around us.  I wanted to cry.  I was tired and so burned out on sprinklers, and hoses, and watering cans, and buckets of water.  A little bit later I glanced at the sky again and noticed the storm was back building to the west of us.  Hmmm, maybe there was still a chance.  We went to bed and sure enough in the middle of the night it came pouring down.  Our old mama ewe who we named, Ma, (any Babe fans out there?) apparently spent the night outside in it cooling off.  Everyone was happy to have rain, even the sheep.  Our pastures will hopefully green up, our tomatoes will increase production (we were unable to fulfill an order for someone who wanted some so that was a bummer), and with any luck at all Dad will get another cutting out of his hay due to the rain.  He was very discouraged after his doctor’s appointment yesterday, so at least the rain helped.  Not often does rain brighten your day, but it did his. 

If any of you have suggestions for a natural way of treating arthritis I would love suggestions.  The doctor prescribed Celebrex for my dad and this scares me to death.  Anything he could do to avoid this dangerous drug, but not have the constant pain of arthritis would be a blessing.  Mom is going to make an attempt to change their diet.  They have a VERY poor diet and VERY poor eating habits.  I wish they would change their ways, but they tend to see me as a know-it-all or roll their eyes when I mention the dangers of soda or suggest they use olive oil regardless of cost.  Minor changes in their diet could prove to be very beneficial.  I guess children stress their parents out for the first half of their lives, then it’s the parent’s turn to stress out the child the second half.  I worry about them so much.  I would love to see them make some healthy changes in their lifestyle. 

It’s my Friday, so you know what that means.  I will visit you all again Monday.  Take care and have a wonderful weekend.  I appreciate you all on this blog more than you will ever know.

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