Yes, I Am Much Better!


Hello everyone! I am still alive and kicking here in eastern Kentucky. We are in a really strange weather pattern here. While some are getting snow or ice, we are getting tons of rain. The Kentucky river runs through our town and it has already flooded once last week and now it is going to flood again. Our house is up high so if it floods here, it would be a biblical flood. I feel bad for those in the flood plain though. The Red river is near too and it generally floods each spring so things are interesting around here.

I am feeling much better lately. I got down a few days but I believe it is rain related. I upped my turmeric and feel better.

I got all my seeds so now I am waiting until mid March to get my seeds started! Woohoo! I have my garden all planned out and I cannot wait to get things rolling. I am growing a bunch of different things this year so it will be a learning curve for a few things.

I also got a ton of new books I bought at the auction. Crocheting books, clay books, and a bunch of cookbooks. It is like opening a package of delightful surprises. I may do a giveaway of some book soon.

For now, I am getting excited about March 9-11 and the scrapbooking retreat I won! It is in Nashville. It will be fun to get out and hang out with my cousin Janine. The closer it gets the more excited I get. I will take pics and share when I get home.

I hope you are all doing well!



Reaction, part two



I felt that this frankincense had triggered my rash. I might have been right. When I take prednisone, it always triggers a rash because it is fighting the lupus. I was thinking that the frankincense was doing the same. I got the rash soon after I started taking it.

Guess what? The rash is gone, and I feel much improved. I think I was right. So, I just wanted to update you all and let you know that I am feeling much better and the rash is gone. It is working for me.

My Babies




I have three babies. Fur babies. They are a hoot! After my last kitty passed away from cancer, I waited to get another one. When I was ready, I adopted my Grayson. He is totally gray, short haired, with one white spot under his chin. He is gorgeous! His paw pads, nose and ears are dark gray but he has brilliant green eyes.

Grayson is different, personality wise, from my sweet Shelby. She was gentle, loving, intuitive and empathic. Grayson is rambunctious, energetic, and clueless. I adore him in all his craziness.

I thought Grayson was enough. He was. Until…the neighborhood feral mama kitty had kittens. I found them and raised them. I found them homes. She had a second litter. I found them and raised them. I found them homes, except for one little baby boy.

Grayson had helped me with the second litter. How? Well, he bathed them, he licked their tiny butts so they would potty, he sheltered them. He basically did everything except nurse them. When one didn’t get a home, we named him and kept him. Rufus was our baby boy now.

Rufus, bless his heart, is a little slow. He also has no clue how to be a cat. He thinks he is a people. He walks beside me all through the house. I am mommy. He is almost four now and the biggest of our bunch. He sleeps on my pillow, lays in my lap, and is by my side all the time. He is a sweetie. He is a gray short haired tabby with a little orange around his eyes. He is beautiful too.

We now had two kitties and that was enough. As time went by, we separated and the kitties went with me. My husband opened the door one day and this petite female kitty with big eyes walked into the house. He fed her and she curled up in his lap purring. He named her Betsy. She is semi feral in that she has a hard time letting you pet her or hold her unless she wants you to. Betsy is a short haired tortoise with a striped tail that has orange fur the last two inches of it. It is a striking marking and so cute!

Now, we reconciled our marriage and have three kitties. Betsy is our street wise girl who keeps the house free of varmints. Grayson is our stinker who can get into trouble a lot, and Rufus is our sweet, simple boy. Betsy was an outdoor cat but she is now indoor only. She will get outside every once in awhile but comes right back in. She knows she has it good.

All three kitties are spayed or neutered, they are chipped and healthy. They are rotten and spoiled. We love them very much.

We only wanted one kitty, but now these three are a pack and there is no way we could see life any other way. They love each other too. Despite cats being solitary creatures, these three have bonded and are such fun. They are family now and I cannot imagine life without them.

Oats Are Good Food



Many people grew up eating oats for breakfast. Did you know that this simple food has many good benefits? It sure does! Oats are loaded with healthy antioxidants, vitamins, fiber and minerals.

Oats can help reduce blood pressure by aiding in removing cholesterol. They reduce the risk of heart disease as well.

They can also add valuable fiber into the daily diet. They taste great and fill you up so that you do not feel hungry for some time after eating them. They are gluten free. They can aid in weight loss and can lower your blood sugar levels.

Eating a half cup a day can provide many beneficial things such as:

  • Manganese: 191% of the RDI
  • Phosphorus: 41% of the RDI
  • Magnesium: 34% of the RDI
  • Copper: 24% of the RDI
  • Iron: 20% of the RDI
  • Zinc: 20% of the RDI
  • Folate: 11% of the RDI
  • Vitamin B1 (thiamin): 39% of the RDI
  • Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid): 10% of the RDI
  • Smaller amounts of calcium, potassium, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) and vitamin B3 (niacin)

Oats contain beta-glucans, fibers good for your body, which help your body to reduce cholesterol.

The health benefits of beta-glucan fiber include:

  • Reduced LDL and total cholesterol levels
  • Reduced blood sugar and insulin response
  • Increased feeling of fullness
  • Increased growth of good bacteria in the digestive tract

Oats also benefit us because they work to combat itching skin. Oats contain a substance that can improve eczema itching. They do this when mixed up and applied directly onto the skin.

Oats also help if you are constipated. They provide much needed fiber to help move things along in your digestive tract. Bulk is added and causes your colon to react by having a bowel movement.

Bottom line is that oats have many proven benefits and to add this nutrient dense food to your daily diet can improve several areas of your health. When you are deciding what to eat for breakfast, remember this grain. It can help you get a great start on your day and can provide the health benefits above. Oats are not just for kids.

Family History

I am an historian for our family. I love history. It was a natural fit. However, I want to caution those of you doing your family history to a few facts that are essential to being accurately represented in history.
Fact 1: You only put the facts.
Just because someone in your family wants to put their spin on the family, such as hiding an illegitimate birth, it does not make it real. I know, it happens and all that. However, even if the child is adopted by another man, if should be recorded as being adopted. It may not make you popular, but you are not doing this to put a spin on the truth. You should put the truth. Likewise, if you are the step parent of a child and you raised that child, you still need to be honest. Especially if you did not adopt the child. While you may be the child’s “father of the heart”, you are not the biological parent so be honest.  If you put these items in your family tree, it muddies the truth and makes it much harder to future generations in their search. To do genealogy, historical accuracy must be maintained.
Fact 2: Cite your sources.
Sources are where you get the information you add to your tree. Typically, sources are things like census records, city directories, court records, death records, birth records, etc. It is vitally important to use your sources in your research. If  you add something to your tree, without a source, you could find that you were wrong and it obliterates the whole line you have researched for years. When you put your source, it shows those coming behind you that you did your research in an approved manner, and that what you have in your tree is not fantasy. I know it sounds like it is not important, but it is. Also, if the person you add is still living, please research by adding their facts. If you put what you think from memory, it becomes distorted at times and can truly lead off into the wrong path. How do I know? Because I have seen it done. Trust me, it cannot be factual if it is not found in sources. I mean, it might be factual for you, but not historically, unless it is a source that can be cited.
Fact 3: Be flexible on dates
When you are researching a person in your tree, remember that int he past, people may not have known the true dates of things. For example, if my grandfather was born on say, December 1, 1890 and I know that is true because I have his birth certificate, yet in researching I find a census that says his birthday was December 31, 1889, is it the same person? It is important to check other facts before you add this source, since I have found that sometimes it is the same person, yet other times it is not. This is especially true if you have a common surname like Jones. Try to be as diligent in your fact checking to ensure you do not add someone who is not your ancestor.
Fact 4: Be flexible on names.
My family surname is quite unique and as such, pretty easy to trace. However, you can find that even if your name is unique, it may be spelled differently on some records. For example, my maiden is is Pieratt, pronounced pier at. On researching my family, I have found it written as Perat, Pratt, Perret, etc. In historical records, many times the person writing the record, be it a clerk or census taker, may write the name phonetically. Sometimes this occurred because the family member being interviewed is illiterate and does not know how to read or write, thus, the name is spelled by the record taker. So, think of your surname, and how it could be spelled differently and expand your search. You might be surprised at what you find.
Fact 5: Keep good records.
I have records in my home of birth certificates, death certificate, and census records of my family. I also have pictures. It is easier these days to get these records. When I started gathering information, it was much harder. You had to go to the places and states. Today, a lot of states have added their records to a database that can be accessed quite easily via the internet. Your tree records can still be stored as sources online in your tree. It is fascinating to see these records and it shows those following your tree that you did your research.
That is it for now, but if you start looking into your family history, just try to follow these five things. You can have the journey of a lifetime and learn so many things about your family. I hope you enjoy you path and find interesting characters in your tree branches!

You Tube Issues


I have noticed a disturbing trend going on lately. I watch a lot of you tube channels about homesteading, gardening and many other interests. As a matter of fact, my husband and I have gone off satellite and cable and only have internet now. This means we watch TV online via Netflix, Hulu, amazon, and channels we pay for like britbox and acorn TV. You tube is such a wonderful source of information for folks no matter your interest.

*I personally have a channel but no videos uploaded. So I don’t have a dog in this fight as far as having videos for view. *

What bothers me is that the channels I am subscribed to are being censored. Oh, they don’t call it censorship, but what else could it be?

At first, these channels saw their videos being demonetized, that is, you tube saying the video is not “advertiser friendly”. The channel creators have to challenge you tube to get it monetized again. It is not clear why a video get demonetized. It can be the title or the content. Who knows? Only you tube knows.

Now you tube is rolling out new rules for these creators. Apparently, they may only be monetized after February 28th, if they do not meet the new guidelines. What are these new guidelines?

A channel on you tube has to have over 1,000 viewers who are subscribers. OK, that is reasonable. The next requirement is that they must have over 4,000 hours of content viewed. For small channels this can be difficult.

I guess it can be put this way, even if you tube demonetized their videos, when we (the viewers) watch that demonetized video we still see an advertisement. So who pockets this cash? You tube.

Another troubling issue is that each time a creator “meets” you tubes latest algorithm monetization “rules”, you tube changes the ” rules”. The line gets erased and moved further.

I know you tube is a business. I get that. However, if advertisements are still being shown on videos deemed not advertiser friendly, it becomes blatantly obvious that you tube is still making revenue on the videos, and all of the advertising goes into you tube’s pocket. The creators are being fleeced in the process.

It was this reason I bypassed you tube and went to patreon. If folks like my content, they can show it without the arbitrary line being moved and more requirements being needed.

I have noticed on you tube that this disturbing trend crosses all lines of what I watch. From travel shows to homesteading to gardening to camping, most channels I watch are being impacted. So, if these creators get tired of jumping more hoops whenever you tube rolls out a new set of rules, then you tube will see their bottom line get moved too. Bottom line is their revenue. Money. In their pockets, not the creators.

Maybe in the near future a boycott will be organized. I don’t know personally what can be done, but I hate to see good and honest people being taken to the cleaners while the you tube brand rakes in all the revenue for these channels. It just doesn’t make sense to me but that is how the greedy get greedier. These corporate people need to stop and realize that these channels were their bread and butter. If they enjoy eating that bread and butter then they will find it hard to eat when they have no flour and butter. OK, off my soapbox now.

*End of rant*

Bipolar Mama


Is your winter as weird as ours here in eastern Kentucky? I mean, seriously. Yesterday, I took my buggy and walked to the store for a few groceries. It was gorgeous! I think it was in the 60’s (F). Light breezes. I mean, like spring. Today, I am getting weather bulletins, or “special weather statement” on my phone. Why?

Well, last night the temperatures dropped and we had a super dense fog. In that fog were millions of little droplets of water that turned to ice because of the temperature. So we had ice fog. Ok, we made it through that. Next!

New weather bulletin… it seems this evening and overnight we will be getting rain mixed with snow then all snow. The statement said we might get an inch total. Go figure!

Now, as you lupies well know, these types of big temperature swings definitely are problematic to us. They bring painful joints, migraines, and a host of other wonderful symptoms. I just wish if it is winter, to get winter weather.

Oh! I forgot to mention that on Thursday night into Friday we are getting more than an inch of snow. Not sure how much but depending on who you listen to we can get from one inch to up to a foot. Those pesky weather models just cannot be sure yet.

I think that mama nature needs her meds. She is not sure what she wants to bring to us. I have a request for her…could we please have an actual winter then an actual spring followed by an actual summer then an actual fall? Here in our area, we go straight from winter to summer with no spring. I love spring and fall so I would like a bit of them anyway.

So, how is the weather where  you live? Are you having a true winter or are you like us here in the bluegrass state?