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55 Things # 22 – Dirt Don’t Hurt

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Gardening season is upon us, and yes, we have been busy playing in the dirt. Tilling and planting began nearly two weeks ago. My husband planted potatoes and cabbage after the threat of frost and freezing temperatures was presumably over. He has since, in between rain days, planted tomatoes, eggplant, squash and pumpkins, sunflowers and buckwheat. There are still seeds to go in the ground but we are off to a good start.

Weeding has also begun. I spent some time pulling weeds in the asparagus patch and about three hours on Wednesday weeding the garlic bed. Weeding the Prayer Garden is next on my list.

The contrary among you may argue that the title of this post,  Dirt Don’t Hurt, is misleading because there are ways that dirt can be harmful to us. That I will concede. Now that I’ve got you here though I would like to share some ways that dirt may therapeutic.

Grounding or Earthing

Grounding or earthing refers to the simple act of placing our bare feet on the natural ground, such as dirt, sand or grass. By doing that, we are in direct contact with the Earth. While the proposed science behind it is explained in this article some of the heath benefits are said to be reduced inflammation, reduce stress, improve mood, reduced pain. Personally I don’t care how it works I just know that it feels good to go barefoot in the cool green grass or on a sand beach.

Antidepressant Microbes In Soil

A while back a Rory, a fellow blogger included this interesting article in his gardening series. The article explains that “The soil microbe mycobacterium vaccae has been found to mirror the effect on neurons in the brain that drugs like Prozac can provide, but without side effects.” It also suggests that the benefits may be gained either topically by having your hands in the soil or by inhaling it while working in the garden.

All this time I’ve been using the term “garden  therapy” I never thought that there may be some science behind it I just knew that I find working in the garden enjoyable and I feel good when I do it.

Bacillus Subtilis Probiotic

It was right around the time I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease that I began including probiotics in my diet daily. Largely I was doing this by eating and drinking fermented foods such as yogurt, sauerkraut, and kombucha. There did seem to be a connection between my poor digestion and some of the other symptoms of the PD, and probiotics did have some positive effects.

Bacillus subtilis is a probiotic that is derived from the soil and as this article explains is able to endure extreme conditions such as heat, dryness, humidity and acidity. It is said to improve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, suppress harmful pathogens, strengthen the mucosal biofilm and enhance the growth of other probiotic strains.

Several months ago my husband came across  this information which describes studies being done on bacillus subtilis in relationship to PD and positive results that are being seen. This got my attention. This particular strain of probiotic is not one that is included in the many probiotic supplements that I found on the store shelves. I did find one blend at a nutrition store that contained it but beyond that it is easier to find online.

I have been taking bacillus subtilis supplements for a few months now and have noticed several benefits to my health.

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to “Play in the Dirt” this summer. 🙂

55 Things #20 – Full Flower Moon

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You might remember that in March we only had intermittent views of the full worm moon and in April while others were viewing the full pink moon we were treated to a different act of nature. (click the month to read those posts.) So on Wednesday evening when the moon was rising and the skies were clear I headed to the farm to view the nearly full flower moon. It was still 24 hours before peak fullness but I didn’t want to take any chances on missing it. Below are some of the views from that evening.

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The orange glow in the foreground is from the campfire that I was sitting by.

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Sun setting in the west as the moon was rising in the east.

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The sky to the south as darkness falls.

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Before I explain this last picture I thought we would have a little fun and see if you can guess what is going on here. Leave your guess in the comments below. I will provide an explanation in my next post so be sure to follow along.

Did you see the full flower moon?

 

55 Things #19 – Celebrating May

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In the U.S. We have a couple of holidays that we celebrate in May. The first is Mother’s Day which is always celebrated on the second Sunday of May (May 10, 2020). The other is Memorial Day which is observed on the last Monday of May (May 25, 2020).

For those who don’t celebrate these, or might want to get an early start in celebrating this month, I thought I would share with you some other options.

May 2

According to Days of the Year.com May 2 is Naked Gardening Day. As much as I love gardening I have to tell you that I will not be celebrating this day. I certainly won’t judge those who opt in, but I can imagine this activity being both uncomfortable and dangerous. No Thanks!!! I do, however, believe that there was a time and place when naked gardening was the way to go. The time was “In The Beginning” and the place was The Garden of Eden.

May 4

According to World National Days.com May 4th is Respect for Chickens Day. This is another day that I won’t be doing anything out of the ordinary. I always treat our chickens with respect. I greet them with “Hi Girls” as we arrive at the farm and they run up to the car; I thank them while I collect eggs from the coop; and I bid them a “good night gang” as we close them in the coop at night. So however you might decide to celebrate Respect for Chickens Day you can be assured that our chickens are being respected also.

May 7

World National Days.com also lists the first Sunday in May (May 7, 2020) as World Laughter Day. This is a day that I would like to see everyone make an effort to celebrate. In fact I think everyone should make an effort to laugh at least a little everyday. So why not start your celebration today?

Will you be celebrating any of these?

If you could pick a holiday for everyone to celebrate what would it be?

Do you have a good joke you would like to share?

 

 

 

 

55 Things # 18 – Thunder and Lightning

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On April 7th while many people around the world marveled at the spectacular super moon, my husband and I witnessed a different incredible act of nature. Our daytime weather was warm and partly sunny but storms were predicted for the hours between 7:00 and 11:00 P.M.

In the evening the sky clouded over cancelling any chance that we would be viewing the pink super moon. Shortly after dark the radio reported a severe thunder storm warning was issued for the county to the North – Northwest of us. A short time later the warning was repeated to include our county. My husband went out to take a look at the sky and a few minutes later he called me outside, “You have got to see this light show!”

As I walked outside the first thing I noticed was the continual roll of thunder. It was not the loud booming thunder that accompanies a lightning strike as it hits the ground, but a continual roll more like the sound of a freight train. The thunder was constant for the next 10 minutes or so while we stood in front of our house and watched a light show more magnificent than any fireworks display I have ever seen. Lightning bolts zigzagged from cloud to cloud sometimes two bolts meeting each other midway. At the same time there were continual flashes which illuminated the sky behind and above the clouds.

When we first started watching, the show was in the sky to the North – Northwest, but as the storm moved closer it permeated the sky to the West and East as well. The show was still going but as the rain started we retreated into the house.

This storm brought to my mind the following song.

Isn’t it true that in the midst of a storm what scares us most might just noise?

Thanks for reading and be well. 🙂

Did you see the pink super moon?

55 Things # 17 – Good Advice

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People are often unreasonable and self-centered.

Forgive them anyway.

If your are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives.

Be kind anyway.

If you are honest, people may cheat you.

Be honest anyway.

If you find happiness, people may be jealous.

Be happy anyway.

The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow.

Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough.

Give your best anyway.

For you see, in the end it is between you and God.

It was never about them anyway.

                                                                ~Mother Theresa