Nov 15
by Dean Mayes

View From My Window – Trigger

View from my windowOur son and his wife and their little baby girl all headed down south to visit with family for Thanksgiving. Their dog, Trigger doesn’t get to go, but he did get to stay here on the farm with us. He is a good boy and loves it here even though he does miss the family. Believe it or not; this is his happy face :o)

Oct 15
by Maryclaire Mayes

View From My Window – Teach Them Well

Teaching gardeningTeach them well.  Just in case you haven’t figured it out yet, we really love having our grandkids come up and hang out here. Dean would tell you that we like the free labor.  But anyone who tries to get work done with 4 kids, between the ages of 2 and 6 would tell you it is more work to have them “help” then if you did it yourself.  But we just enjoy having them around.

I saw something recently that reinforced what we did with our kids, and now teach our grandkids too.  What am I talking about?  Getting kids involved in work, creative activities that are a reward in itself.  Teach real life skills like gardening, raising animals, repair skills, sewing, cooking, camping, hiking, exploring and helping others. Things that shape them. These things give kids a real feeling of accomplishment and are important life lessons.

Working with your kids and grandkids on projects, adventures and responsibilities like these not only teach useful skills, they also instill values, self-reliance and caring for others. We enjoyed our kids when they were little – not to say we don’t enjoy them now too :o) – and they worked along side us and also learned to like the things we liked, x-country skiing, rock climbing, camping, horseback riding etc.  I think letting your kids be involved in your life is one of the best things you can teach them.

Sep 15
by Maryclaire Mayes

View From My Window – A Sweet Little Harvest

IMG_1025It is harvest time here on the farm. We have had a great year in our gardens so we have lots of work to harvest everything when it’s ready. I’m so thankful our children and grandchildren love to come and help.

The grandkids love to ride on papa’s tractor, run in the fields and help us to harvest in the garden. At least they think they are helping. Dean sometimes ponders whether it might go a little quicker without all the little hands (and the occasional little tantrum :o) here to help.

Of course sometimes it would. But we both know that if you don’t let little ones help when they want to ( and aren’t really any help), they probably won’t want to help when they are older, when they can really be a big help. If you want to instill a good work ethic, you have to teach them when they are little and really not much help. But even if they might make the chore a little longer, we know they are worth the investment of our time.  And they always bring a smile to our face.

Aug 15
by Maryclaire Mayes

Alabu Tea Tree for Skin Health

I-Love-Tea-Tree-400Our Tea Tree soap is made with goat buttermilk and Shea butter. We add Lavender essential oil to balance it out. It is a favorite of people with skin problems, because it’s moisturizing plus you get the medicinal properties of Tea Tree oil. Many folks use Tea Tree soap in conjunction with Tea Tree Body Butter to ease the symptoms  of skin problems during the winter months.

Skin Care Tip
Tea Tree oil has natural anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. By adding itl to our Shea Body Butter, you get a very good multipurpose lotion.

Tea tree can be useful in helping to ease the symptoms of eczema, psoriasis, fungal infections of the nail, diaper rash,  acne, and other problems like athlete’s foot, head lice, poison ivy and ringworm. It is also used as a local antiseptic for cuts and abrasions, for burns, insect bites, boils, toothache, infections of the mouth and nose, sore throat, and for ear infections.and.

Some people add a Tea Tree diluted in a carrier oil and add it to bath water to treat cough, bronchial congestion, and pulmonary inflammation.

We have 3 products containing Tea Tree and we have put them together in the I Love Tea Tree Collection.

I Love Tea Tree Collection

  • 1 Tea Tree Soap
  • 1 Shea Body Butter Tea Tree
  • 1 Tea Tree Lip Balm”

Aug 15
by Maryclaire Mayes

View From My Window: Carpal Tunnel

I’ve had carpal tunnel pain on and off for years. If you do a lot of repetitive motion you are more prone to get it. I think mine started 20 years ago when I did a lot of canning. About 4 years ago I had some tests done and surgery was suggested. I decided to try alternative therapy first. I splinted my hands at night and did stretching exercises during the day. It really helped for about 3 years. But it had gotten to the point that it was keeping me awake at night and nothing was helping anymore.

I finally just had the surgery.  I thought it was funny that after I had my surgery I found out my brother had his other hand done on a Tuesday, my little sister that Wednesday and me on Thursday. Anyway, after surgery you are only restricted by your pain, not that bad, but I pretty much didn’t do anything at all for two days. I also had to keep it dry (yeah, I wasn’t very good at that, but I’m really good at re-bandaging). By 2 weeks l thought I had full use of my hand but found out clipping Chia was a little too much too soon. But my hand hasn’t bothered me at all at night since the surgery. So I’m happy that I finally had it fixed.  A big thank you to Dr. Ferrara for a great job and for being so nice.

Anyway I just thought I’d share my experience since I know a lot of people also experience carpal tunnel pain.