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rough start farmgirl Posted - Nov 24 2012 : 11:56:01 PM
Hello!

This is the new home of the Over 50 Farmgirls. This thread originated on the Welcome Wagon Forum. Anyone over the age of 50 is welcome to join in. Feel free to read the older posts for some "history" or just jump in!
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Tall Holly Posted - Jul 10 2021 : 6:58:52 PM
Good evening everyone,

The roses are in full flower now. Well, some of them have gone past. I pick the flowers and put them in a cake pan inside my gas grill in the sun. I do not put on the grill I just use it as a solar oven. Every now and then I fluff them up so they dry evenly. They smell so good. I sometimes put the peony blossoms in the grill too. If I leave the flowers on the porch to dry the wind blows them off. The mint is tall and I pick and dry that as well. The plants are all over the hills here. The farm wives of yore must have shared their bounty with each other and the mint spread.

Does anyone know about Japanese knot weed. It is a very opportunistic plant and takes over where ever it lands. I am trying to discourage it in two of my fields. I have cut it with my brush hog but it came back. When the clover and flowering plants that feed the bees pass I will cut the fields very low. Any suggestions on how to get rid of it are welcome.

Today was a lovely day out. I moved some blocks of firewood with the tractor. I am so happy to have a tractor it saves so much time and effort.

Sweet dreams,

Holly
farmgirl #2499
Ninibini Posted - Jul 07 2021 : 11:52:22 AM
I have a HUGE borage plant growing out there. I'm going to crystallize the flowers for decorating cakes, freeze some in ice cubes for when company comes, and then dehydrate the leaves and figure out what to do with them later - busy busy busy month ahead! Thank you SO much for sharing this information! It's my first time growing them, too! I did read, though, that you have to be careful. They are dangerous for pregnant woman (nobody worrying about that here, are you? lol.), not great for kids under 12, and if you consume too much it can make you ill. I am not sure how much "too much" is, but I am planning on incorporating it into a few tea blends this year. Denise - I will definitely make some oil with it - thank you for the recommendation. I am in hot flash hades! It makes summer so much worse! UGH!

Hugs,

Nini

Farmgirl Sister #1974

God gave us two hands... one to help ourselves, and one to help others!

levisgrammy Posted - Jul 06 2021 : 04:28:39 AM
Borage oil is good for hot flashes. I used to take it and it did help. Primrose oil is also good for that if anyone still has them.

~Denise
Sister #43~1/18/2007

"I am a bookaholic and I have no desire to be cured."

"Home is where we find comfort, security, memories, friendship, hospitality, and above all, family. It is the place that deserves our commitment and loyalty." William J. Bennett

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105

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StitchinWitch Posted - Jul 04 2021 : 11:20:27 PM
Marie -- Try putting a few borage flowers in your salads. We used to do that when I had borage growing. They tasted like cucumber. That's the only part of the plant we ate.

Judith

7932 FGOTM 6/21
I'm old and I do wear purple
churunga Posted - Jun 30 2021 : 3:45:48 PM
Ah, noted. I tried to eat some new growth at the top of the plant and it tasted less bitter. I guess I will refrain from experimental tasting and will use it wisely in my game.

Marie
Sister #5142
Farmgirl of the Month May 2014

Try everything once and the fun things twice.
Tall Holly Posted - Jun 30 2021 : 1:15:50 PM
Good afternoon everyone,

In my Peterson's Field Guide to Medicinal plants and Herbs. The leaves of Borage are listed as historically used for fevers, jaundice and rheumatism. They can also be made into a poultice for wounds, externally. The flowers are edible. Some people candy them. there are recipes online and in books for doing this. The candied flowers can be sold to bakers to decorate cakes. The leaves contain some sort of toxin that is cautioned against eating like the comfrey leaf.

I like the plants to solve problems. For example, touch me not juice can be used externally to counteract stings and especially the stinging nettle sting. they often grow in the same vicinity.

We had a nice thunder and lightning storm this afternoon. My daughter found Bunker, our husky golden cross in the shower stall in the dark bathroom. We do not have thunder very often.





Holly
farmgirl #2499
churunga Posted - Jun 28 2021 : 5:38:33 PM
Holly, there is a great many borage plants on the edge of the park where I walk. I have tasted both the leave and the stalk and found them amazingly bitter. My D&D herbalist character may just put a tiny amount of this dried leaf in their potions to make them taste like medicine. LOL Are there any good medicinal or other uses for borage?

Marie
Sister #5142
Farmgirl of the Month May 2014

Try everything once and the fun things twice.
Tall Holly Posted - Jun 28 2021 : 5:31:35 PM
Good evening,

G called again today to ask me to send him a care package. Sugar is his number one food group so camp must be only providing food that is good for him. In addition to candy today he asked me to include cereal. I will see. I think earlier before camp started I received an email about care packages so I will have to look back and read it.

The age of the root of the burdock should be a first year root. You could dig and use the root the second year but it must be before the stalk rises. I think I have made burdock root pickles. The recipe is online someplace.

Today I spent the morning limbing trees for firewood. My shirt was soaked front and back with sweat. I think this is the first time I have soaked my shirt front and back. I remember it getting wet around the collar but not the whole front and back.

Good for your Dad getting it together to learn to cook and clean out the fridge. My Dad had to learn as well. He is the older generation that relied on his wife but when she was sick he had to step up. I think he approached it as a science experiment and then it was at least edible.

Have a good night.

Holly
farmgirl #2499
Ninibini Posted - Jun 27 2021 : 12:00:08 AM
Marie - I hope you're doing better! I want you to be feeling "YES!" not "meh!" Do you think the weakness is due to the heat and sun, or are you thinking it might be something else. I hate the heat. I am so looking forward to fall. If I could sleep the summer away, I sure would! LOL.

Holly - I didn't know you could stir fry the root! That's great!! When should it be harvested? I haven't made tinctures yet. I'm just starting to learn. I started out with essential oils and teas, too. I am amazed at how good they are and how quickly they really do work. We are so trained to just run to the pharmacy and plop whatever they have to help us. But considering how well the oils and teas work, now I am starting to get more serious about it. I was told by a lady at our local nursery, though, that we can't grow herbs that provide consistent levels of medicinal value. I am really willing to try! To me, it's just so important to boost our natural immune systems as naturally as possible so they can do their job. But I do believe God gave us doctors, too. Over the years, however, experience has taught me that they call what they do a "practice" for a reason! LOL. Just kidding!!! We are very blessed to have excellent doctors, and I am extremely grateful for each and every one of them!

That's so great that your teen is enjoying camp! What fun to put a care package together for him! Are you thinking of putting anything special inside?

Hugs,

Nini

Farmgirl Sister #1974

God gave us two hands... one to help ourselves, and one to help others!

Tall Holly Posted - Jun 26 2021 : 12:43:26 PM
Good afternoon everyone,

It is raining here now. I spent the morning doing yard sales and other errands. We needed a new stove so we went to the appliance store. It is coming on Thursday. We actually needed new ovens not the stove part. The stove we have now has two ovens. The new stove has just one. We will make do. Two ovens are handy on holidays.

I donot use burdock root medicinally but, we do eat it in stir fries. My partner is 35 years sober and making tinctures would put alcohol in the house and it is just something we do not do. Some or many of our children were born addicted to drugs and our pediatrician said drugs co existed with alcohol so we do not keep it in the house. Many years ago we had some and we thought our oldest boys were nipping so out it went. At holiday people can bring their own but the extra goes home with them.
I am not into tinctures enough to use glycerin either. I prefer teas.

I took our 15 year old to tennis camp in New Hampshire on Wednesday. He was so excited to go. He called to day and asked me to send him a care package filled with candy and treats. lol He will be there for 3 1/2 weeks.

I hope everyone is well.



Holly
farmgirl #2499
churunga Posted - Jun 24 2021 : 11:03:19 AM
Meh.


Marie
Sister #5142
Farmgirl of the Month May 2014

Try everything once and the fun things twice.
Ninibini Posted - Jun 24 2021 : 10:24:55 AM
Good for him, Marie! Good for him! I agree - he IS quite a guy! That's awesome!

How are you feeling?

Hugs -

Nini

Farmgirl Sister #1974

God gave us two hands... one to help ourselves, and one to help others!

churunga Posted - Jun 22 2021 : 10:12:44 AM
Our Dad has been really busy. He has cleaned out the refrigerator. My mom tends to save small bits of food to use later in a "mystery" casserole or stew. Dad said he tossed anything that looked dubious or was growling at him. Now he's taking on the freezer. Anything he can't identify, he throws out. I would believe that perhaps the wild animals in the woods would like to tackle it but oh well. I believe he is having a great time bonding with Duke and relearning the skills he was using in the Marines. What a guy!

Marie
Sister #5142
Farmgirl of the Month May 2014

Try everything once and the fun things twice.
Ninibini Posted - Jun 22 2021 : 09:53:52 AM
Vanessa, thank you for the update on your Mom and Dad - God bless them! I hope your Mom's recovery keeps her meeting with successes, and that's awesome your Dad is learning to cook! I hope he is enjoying it!!! And GO DUKE GO!!! LOLOL...

Our nurseries here are practically sold out of everything - fruits, veggies, trees, shrubs, flowers, you name it. The one place that isn't - my FAVORITE place - is owned by a few older ladies who carry LOTS of really cool plants grown from seed from some of our favorite companies online1 They are out in the boonies a bit, but I tell EVERYONE about them, and have taken more people out to visit them than I can remember. If I need it, they have it. If they don't, it's suddenly in their greenhouse the next season! And their plants are the ones that ALWAYS thrive in my garden. They do it right! They are awesome!

GREAT rain barrel set up! My hubby has one outside for us, too, that we use for watering our garden if and when necessary. We get a LOT of rain here, so it's not used very often; but it sure does give us peace of mind when things run dry!!

Hugs -

Nini


Farmgirl Sister #1974

God gave us two hands... one to help ourselves, and one to help others!

Audra Rose Posted - Jun 22 2021 : 05:15:43 AM
Nini, our mon is still in the nursing home doing therapy. Dad visits her and is learning to cook for himself (he rarely had to before- older generation). One fun thing that has happened is their corgi pup, Duke, seems to be the epitome of corgi conformation and since he isn't fixed, the breeder they got him from has a couple gals they want him to meet. I told dad to get Duke some Axe and breath mints!
The local nurseries had lots of veggies and flowers, but now at least one, the Greenhouse in Gertrude,is closing for the season. The other, Lipperts, May still be open. It is waaaay out in the middle of the country. I got some bushes for my mother in law's area.
Sunday I put up a rain chain and water barrels, then last night it poured and filled the first one. I will need to modify the barrel because the water splashes all over and the plastic grid doesn't let the rain get inside quickly. I'll run the chain through a bin with holes that will drip into the barrel and replace the plastic with metal chicken wire.
Plus sweetie needs to get a 1" spade bit so I can link both barrels.

Vanessa
Farmgirl Sister #6754
Ninibini Posted - Jun 21 2021 : 11:05:46 PM
Awww... Holly... First, the fencing, the cows and the flowers... Awww... The cows love the flowers just as much as you do! That's so great and such a bummer at the same time!

But even MORESO your furbaby... AWWWwww... I feel so sad that he's having these problems - God bless him! Your poor baby! Poor YOU!! I am so sorry this is happening. I know it's part of life, but it sure is a heartbreaking one. SO painful. We had to put our girl Pawlee down a few years ago and it just about killed me. I went from strong loving mama who was determined to be there to see her through to an absolutely blubbering idiot who cried and begged the doctor to stop because I was SURE she was suffering with the shot. I won't go into detail, but I definitely was not prepared and was a total mess. My poor girl. I just pray it truly was easier on her than it was on me, as the doctor said. But never again... I vowed never again. I totally understand your desire to have him sleep his way into Heaven. I pray he does, too, when it's his time. Until then, I pray he has a wonderful, carefree time running and barking and chasing the cows, and that he never realizes that he isn't a puppy anymore! And I pray he doesn't cross the rainbow bridge until you're BOTH ready, if such a time can ever come!

Funny story... Bella used to love going to the farms and the butcher with us. While I did grocery shopping, my hubby would walk her down the parking lots and over to the barnyards. She always loved going over and "playing" with them on the other side of the fence. They always seemed to find her quite entertaining, and she actually had a few friends for a long while. The cows at the butcher's place, in particular, would always come out to the fence to see her and walk along side with her. A couple of the calves would even "jump" a little like they were bucking with excitement when they saw her. It was so cute. Well one day, she and one of the cows at the butcher decided to get to know each other a little better. She went over to the fence, and the cow leaned in to get a better look at her. My husband said suddenly the cow let out her long, wet tongue and licked Bella on the nose. Bella was stunned and didn't know what to do. He said she seemed to suddenly realize how little she was and how big the cow was, and she wasn't having any of it. She turned right around and headed right back to the car. Since then, she will walk down the drive, but the minute the cows come out, she pulls my husband away in the opposite direction. Lol. Brave no more! She is much happier watching them from afar!

Our furbabies sure fill our lives with so much joy and love. How blessed we are to have them!

Hugs -

Nini

Farmgirl Sister #1974

God gave us two hands... one to help ourselves, and one to help others!

Tall Holly Posted - Jun 21 2021 : 6:30:12 PM
Good evening everyone,

I have not been to a nursery because then I would need to plant the flowers and since I have failed fencing 101, 201 and 301 our cows just roam up here on the hill. I have a GPS on the mother cow so I know where she is and if she does go down the hill I can know. So, far so good this year. So, since I have not done fencing if I plant flowers the cows will eat them just as they are flowering. I do love flowers. We have many rosa rugosa. the cows do not eat the flowers but once the hips come out they like to nip those off the stems. They also like to eat the jerusalem artichoke (sunchoke) bulbs. I did them up in the spring and fall and feed them by the bucket full. The cows are not good at digging up the tubers.

Nini, I say that I sleep on a half of a camp cot when I am crowded to the edge. Our dog is 15 years old and has tumors on him. He also has a bad cough to clear his throat. I think one of the tumors is leaking into his throat. I think we will be lucky if he makes it through the summer. I told him it would be good if he went to sleep and did not wake up. That is preferable to me than having to give him a death shot or a black pill. I think he has some constant low level pain and his hearing and sight is going from being an old dog. Other than that he seems to be ok. He can still run and bark and chase the cows. He is a large dog and I think 15 is old for someone his size.

Stay well everyone.



Holly
farmgirl #2499
Ninibini Posted - Jun 17 2021 : 11:20:33 PM
Hi girls! Just finally catching up on things!

Marie and Vanessa - how is your mother doing? My goodness, she has been through a lot! And Marie, are you feeling better? That must've been scary!

Holly and Denise - I think chiropractors are amazing! I have only been twice in my life, but both times I walked away feeling like I was a new person. I remember an elderly neighbor once told me that she took her children to a chiropractor whenever they had colds and ear infections as kids. She said he would tug on their ears a certain way and their ears and sinuses would drain and they would be well the next day! I never heard of an adjustment for perimenopause/menopause, but our chiropractor is across the street and down a few houses. I will ask him. I know friends of ours took their dog to their chiropractor after hours when she was elderly, ill and needed help walking. He was a tremendous help. He wouldn't charge them, did it as a favor, because he said he wasn't licensed to adjust dogs, but he was happy to do it! Talk about a nice guy!

We have had a couple of good, cool nights, too, Holly. I just can't sleep. I've been experiencing insomnia for the past week. It's terrible. But I sure do like the chill and snuggling up to my hubby at night and nestling my feet close to our dog at the foot of the bed! I hate how they both hog the bed. But when it's chilly out at night, their warmth is HEAVENLY!

I never wanted Bella to share our bed, but when she was an older puppy she had a tough night one night and I made the mistake of letting her up with us - just so I could get some sleep! BIG mistake! Now she takes up the foot, he takes up the side, and I get a little section in the upper left corner to ball up in, all twisted, like yarn. Lol. When the two of them are snoring in stereo and then start stretching out and pushing me over the edge, I just sigh and remember how blessed I am to have them with me! And sometimes, I just crawl downstairs to the easy chair... ;)

I miss yard sales... My hubby and I used to do that all the time! I love a good treasure hunt!

Holly, do you use burdock root medicinally?

I grew horehound this year. My aunt always had horehound candy out in the barn for treats for the kids. I just loved it. I am hoping to try to make some myself this year! Have any of you ever made it?

Also I am just wondering... Do any of you visit local nurseries? Are you finding that they don't have nearly the selection or quantities they have had in past years? Ours all seem to have cut back considerably on stock, not just in type but in quantity. Everything - flowers, veggies, herbs, etc. - flew off the shelves and most are of such low stock, it's shocking. Nobody had Easter flowers for more than a day or two, and now the shelves are virtually empty at our favorite haunts. It's just so weird! Just wondering if it's a local thing or a nationwide phenomenon?

Hugs -

Nini



Farmgirl Sister #1974

God gave us two hands... one to help ourselves, and one to help others!

Tall Holly Posted - Jun 15 2021 : 1:31:43 PM
Good afternoon,

Today is a lovely day. Temperatures are in the high seventies with a light breeze.

Our calf, Leonard, was born the beginning of February. I put him in his own stall last night. It is next to his mother's stall so she can see him. Until now he has been in her stall but he has been guzzling her dry for two mornings now before I got down to take my share. So, now he will sleep on his own at night. After the calf gets big enough I separate him from his mother in the night and in the morning I milk. Then they are together all day. I do not need to milk at night. Last night he did alright by himself.

I have been cutting burdock out of the aisles of my garden. It looks good but it takes up too much space.





Holly
farmgirl #2499
Audra Rose Posted - Jun 13 2021 : 6:54:50 PM
In my house, if anything marches it's an accident!

Vanessa
Farmgirl Sister #6754
Tall Holly Posted - Jun 12 2021 : 4:20:45 PM
Good afternoon,

Today was a lovely day. The last two nights have been good sleeping nights. The temperatures have dropped and the breezes picked up enough to cool me off enough to sleep and not wake up in a sweat.

We went to several yard sales. Mostly picked up replacement mugs. I have given up trying to have matching dinner ware. it was too upsetting to think I had a matching set of dinnerware when one or more pieces would get broken. So, I gave up and we just collect mugs and plates and bowls at yard sales. Last year made it tough to replace pieces. So, this year we are catching up.



Holly
farmgirl #2499
levisgrammy Posted - Jun 11 2021 : 8:07:07 PM
Holly,
I have been going to a chiropractor for years and it has never made a difference for me as far as menopause was concerned.
There is a lot that getting adjustments does help such as the immune system but there isn't much to be done when it comes to your body dealing with the changes. I did use progesterone cream and that helped with the mood swings but diet is the only thing I have found that helps with hot flashes.

Everything is getting back to normal here somewhat. I would think it would be a privacy issue the reason they aren't allowed to ask about the vaccinations. I have family who are immuno-compromised ( I think that is what it is called) and are advised not to have the vaccine. But it is totally a personal decision.

I hope everyone here is well and enjoying a good weekend.

~Denise
Sister #43~1/18/2007

"I am a bookaholic and I have no desire to be cured."

"Home is where we find comfort, security, memories, friendship, hospitality, and above all, family. It is the place that deserves our commitment and loyalty." William J. Bennett

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105

http://www.ladybugsandlilacs.blogspot.com/
Tall Holly Posted - Jun 09 2021 : 6:25:40 PM
Good evening,

Third try. How come the perennial problem. The children ignore me for hours and then when I am doing something I want to do without them here they come wanting something that can wait. oh, well.

So, my perimenopause started when I was 35 with nasty moods swings. My skin would hum and I knew I could really not be civil. I would tell the oldest boys who are now late thirties early forties to please go outside. I told them they had not done anything wrong but if they stayed inside I would find a reason to rip their faces off for no reason. The four of them would go outside and after a while I would hear them quietly turn on the tv.

The mood swings lasted through the second set of children as well. I can remember going snowshoeing and one of their shoes would accidently hit mine and I wanted to toss them into the bank. I did not. It was a lot of self control.

I can also remember Cheri ( my partner) coming home from work and I would be in the rocking chair in the bedroom crying my guts out. She would says what did the children do. I would blubber, nothing. Could you please just make them dinner. she did.

I understand that crying is cathartic and healing but I would cry for no real reason in the present.

I finally stopped bleeding when I was 54. My primary care physician told me she was sure I would be done at 42.

The only solace I took in it was that the longer I bled the less osteoporosis I would have early. I am glad it is over.

I still have hot flashes. Mostly at night now. In the winter I put my hands on the window panes to cool off. I took a Tai Chi class and my sweatshirt would go on and off throughout the evening so I could maintain a tolerable temperature.

I spoke to a friend of mine who is not doing vaccinations.I found out today that the school personel can not ask the children/families if they have done the vaccination. I told her I support her decisions I was relieved that her daughters would not be pressured by either the staff or the other children. She had this concern as well. We are in a wait and see mode. I do worry about her though because she had familial breast cancer last year and so her immune system must be compromised in some way. She does everything to be very healthy.

This last year has been a difficult year to downsize or to just keep the clutter in control. Usually our town has two clothing swaps and a book swap in a year. Last year none.... I have more old clothes that are still good sitting in boxes. I would so like to get rid of them . Even the yellow boxes that collect clothing for Africa or someplace are usually in the parking lots are not there. I was assured on Sunday that a clothing swap would happen in July. Keeping my fingers crossed.

One of the women chiropractors in a near by town is around my age. I asked her how she dealt with perimenopause. She said she went to her chiropractor and had an adjustment and had no further problems. Maybe I should have tried that when she told me.

Stay well my friends.


Holly
farmgirl #2499
churunga Posted - Jun 09 2021 : 09:08:07 AM
Yeah, I'm okay. I didn't pass-out. I just collapsed and the nurse caught me.

I couldn't sleep last night so I got up and worked on stuff for a while. Then, I had a hot flash and had to take a cold shower.

Marie
Sister #5142
Farmgirl of the Month May 2014

Try everything once and the fun things twice.
Audra Rose Posted - Jun 09 2021 : 03:07:43 AM
Oh my! Are you ok? I hope you didn't hurt yourself.

Vanessa
Farmgirl Sister #6754

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