To Soften Water, or Not to Soften?

I’ve been thinking lately about hard water. Some people may think we must have a water softener if we have a water filter, but no, when we purchased the water filter, chlorine removal was on our minds, not hardness. I’ve never really had to think about hard water. Since detergents work so well in both […]


Weddings

This weekend I went to a wedding, about four hours from home. It was a beautiful wedding incorporating all sorts of rituals and touches special to the bride and groom. There were family of the bride and groom, friends galore, and lots of hugging and dancing. Food was typical buffet style. That’s what you typically […]


Nightshade Allergy Trials, Day 9

You may remember my blog post last week about food allergies and intolerances, and how I felt I may be allergic or sensitive to nightshades like potatoes and tomatoes. I began wondering if I might be sensitive in some way when I was camping and found that the lymph node swelling that I had been experiencing […]


Allergic B.O.

It’s a short post today because I’ve already talked about a related topic in the past, but I wanted to mention something that I’ve been noticing for a year or so. When I was working in an office, I had unpleasant B.O. I did everything I could to deal with it: Trying different deodorants, washing […]


My Favourite Non-Dairy and Non-Egg Products

I’ve been intolerant to eggs and dairy for several years now, which means that, as a dairy-lover, every time I find something remotely like dairy that I can eat I get really excited. One of the best things I’ve done in finding non-meat products is to search for things labelled vegan. I’m far from vegan, […]


Food Intolerance Fun

A few years ago, I discovered that something I was eating wasn’t sitting well with me. I noticed that eating dairy would be followed by heavy bloating and gas and other, later less I-want-to-share-in-public-type discomforts. I went to my doctor, who told me that if this was happening, if *not* eating milk fixed the problem, […]


Bug Repellent Coffee Grounds?

A little while ago, I was scanning Facebook and came across an article claiming that coffee grounds make a good bug repellent. That is, spreading them around outside or lighting them on fire would effectively remove mosquitoes from your vicinity. Not that you should rub them on yourself. Though that wouldn’t smell half bad… Not […]


Aloe and Oil: After-Sun Care, or More?

← Previous Post: Gardening, Sun, and Sun Protection Two weeks ago, as mentioned on this blog, I spent way too much time outside and earned myself a nice sunburn. Not wanting to apply medication which could further thin or sensitize my skin on my tender arms, and needing to treat my burns, I immediately made […]


Having a Gifted and Sensitive Child

My daughter is gifted and sensitive. I don’t say this be be elitist, because frankly it’s usually far from a walk in the park. I think most of the world sees being gifted as doing well in school, learning quickly, and being easy to deal with. The dictionary defines “gifted” as “having exceptional talent or […]


Lichen and Air Quality

When I visited California, I spent a great deal of time with people learning about natural dyes. One of the most interesting and challenging types of dyeing involved the use of fungus or lichens to dye fabric. Lichen is a delicate symbiosis of fungus and algae, which requires moisture, sunlight, and good air to grow. […]