There’s a new feeling in the air here in the Ozark Mountains. It’s fall and the leaves are doing that very thing, falling all over the homestead. The leaves are falling faster than I can mulch them into the lawn. Because my Sissy Sue is here to help us out with John’s recovery from the stroke, we decided to do A Fall Wreath Project on the Homestead this week. [Read more…] about Fall Wreath Project On The Homestead
With all the hustle bustle that’s been going on around the homestead these days, it’s nice to just spend some time in the kitchen. I’m going to show you how to make freezer pickles today.
This is a great alternative to canning pickles. I’m not a homesteader that cans our fruits and veggies. I don’t like the idea of losing the nutrients in the hot bath process. So freezing is the next best choice for pickles. And they are yummy.
It’s was finally here – it took one day shy of six weeks and the big day of the homecoming; homestead style had arrived. I got to come home from the hospital where I had been serving time for a stroke I had back on July 16th. Serving time sounds like prison, but no, I very much am so appreciative of all those who cared and helped me get back on my feet. Forever I will be grateful for that.
A Homecoming; Emotions
I can honestly say, my emotions were flying as high as a kite preparing for leaving the hospital and getting ready for a homecoming; homestead style.
It was a bitter-sweet day for me. If I could just get past the “goodbyes” with all the forever friends I made at the hospital things would start looking up. However, in the final minutes, as we awaited dismissal, Lisa and my sister-in-law Sue were about to experience a gift from God that nearly overwhelmed us on the spot. And our emotions took over.
I was expecting an out of the pocket charge for the medicines that the hospital was sending home for me; I don’t have prescription coverage on my health insurance. So I sent Lisa and Sue over to the pharmacy to pick them up. My excitement was rising and I was going to be home soon and all was going well and smooth for my Homecoming: Homestead style.
When Lisa and her sister arrived with no medication is hand I thought it was a little strange. As time went on Lisa started to cry and gave me the news she was not able to pick up the meds because of the cost. I reassured her that God is on our side and that He would work this out like He does every time for us.
We did some finagling with the Dr. and got some of the scripts taken off. and our WONDERFUL Social Worker Brenda went to bat for us and we ended up paying ZERO for the meds for this month. What a blessing, talk about emotions flying high. We all cried.
A Homecoming; The Drive Home
I felt like I was free, I had been inside for so long I had forgotten about the colors outside. Everything was so beautiful, the greens on the trees and the blue sky was gorgeous. It looked like trees and bushes had grown 5 feet
since I’d seen them last. I just sat quietly on the ride home taking in all the beauty. I will never take God’s beautiful handiwork for granted again.
Homecoming; Homestead Style
I had prepared myself early that morning for my homecoming with my dogs, I put on long pants so they could feel free to jump up on me and so I wouldn’t get scratched by their paws. It was all I had dreamed about for so many weeks, spending time with my three dogs and reacquainting ourselves. Their tails were wagging and they were smiling from ear to ear. I was so happy, to say the least.
My homestead was beautifully groomed, thank you, Frank, my neighbor took good care of my lawn while I was gone. And the ramp that Lisa had ordered was great. I can run my wheel chair up and down it and not be fearful. And I am beginning to even walk up and down it with help from my Hemi Walker and my friends.
I am so happy to be home. I do continue with my PT (Physical Therapy) and my OT (Occupational Therapy) twice a week. I’m doing great with the homework of exercises they are giving me. Sue, Lisa’s sister is in charge of helping me do the exercises every day.
I have had some falls since I’ve been home, my Physical Therapist Hunter was not real happy about that. I got a little
chewing over it this week, I know now I have to ask for help and not be so independent. It’s going to take time and I have to be patient. But overall I am working hard to get my brain to spark the different areas of my body so sometime soon I will be able to do more around the homestead.
Homecoming; Homestead Style Conclusion
You know I really wish this would not have happened to me, but I have learned so much and met so many people that have impacted my life in a big way. I think I will just take what I have and be grateful that things didn’t turn out worse than they did. I’m eager to learn more and excited to see the accomplishments that come my way.
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Love God – Love People – Impact Lives
John & Lisa Over The Hill Homesteaders in the beautiful Ozark Mountains in Southwest Missouri
It’s been the most amazing 6 weeks of our lives. We never thought in our wildest dreams this kind of medical situation would happen to us. We hear about it happening to others, we read about it and watch videos concerning strokes, but the chance of it happening to one of us was not something that ever crossed our minds. Now we are leaving the stroke rehabilitation, after 6 weeks, it’s time to go home.
For the past 30 years, we have eaten so well, nothing but organic veggies and lean meat, and very few carbohydrates and absolutely no refined white sugar in our diet. We have made sure we have exercised in one form or another through our 49 years together.
Stroke Rehabilitation: The Last Week In The Hospital
Two weeks ago I heard that my stay at the hospital was going to be extended one week. Not that I wasn’t progressing as well as the Rehab Department wanted me to, but it was because I was doing so well they wanted a final push to get me going on my way. That meant a lot to me because I really gave it my all. Working out every day in each of the three therapies I attended. It was my goal to leave Rehab giving all the gusto I could give. And then to move on to the next level of this season of my life.
- Physical Therapy – Matt worked very hard every day to push me in my capabilities. I gave him my all plus a little bit more. We would go from 20 full squats. Then over to the therapy bed where I did leg lifts and other leg exercises. He and I would walk almost every day; I ended up walking 800 to 900 feet. I have a lot of assistance with my Hemi Walker, soon that too will be a memory of the past. One of my favorite exercises was the stairs. I have to admit, I was really proud of myself for tackling that piece of equipment.
- Occupational Therapy – It was not easy learning how to function with only my left hand. Terry and her team were great coaches. They encouraged me and gave me so much hope that life was going to become easier and better quickly. I can now dress and bathe which I thought would be impossible. It’s also a blessing to Lisa because she can now concentrate on other tasks that come our way with the transition of going home.
- Speech Therapy – Of all the hard work I have put in these past 6 weeks I think Speech Therapy has been the most difficult challenge to overcome. If anyone knows me well knows I love to talk and communicate what’s in my heart on a variety of subjects. This has been a difficult task since the stroke. I’ve got some words in my head and heart, they just won’t come out of my mouth correctly. I’m working on it. Chris and Wendy have both been excellent at coaching me to slow down and over pronounce the words. I find singing a great help, so I will be pulling out all the old worship songs from years back to help me in this new season. I enjoy singing.
A Huge Thank You To All My New Forever Friends
I can’t go much further and not say “thank you” to all of you who have become so near and dear to my heart. I will be forever indebted to your service to make my life whole again. From those of you who saved my life back in the ER in Springfield. I know I was a problem to you with a blood pressure reading of 323/160. That was quite a night of uncertainty as Lisa reminds me.
Then on to ICU and the Stroke Unit up in Springfield – I can’t say thank you enough helping me through the first days of my new journey. I remember you all were so kind and gentle with my situation. And I am so very thankful for your service to myself and Lisa as we were trying to understand this new season of life.
Transferring to The Acute Rehab Unit in Branson was at that point was an exciting/fearful experience for me. I couldn’t do anything for myself, how could I participate? In Springfield, they were calling it “boot-camp”. I was going to “boot-camp” to give it my all. It wasn’t long and life started to look up in a wonderful way. With so much encouragement and help, I quickly lost the fear and became motivated and ready for whatever was set before me.
I will never be able to thank those who took such awesome care of me for that full month. If it hadn’t been for their tender kindness and thoughtful ways of caring for me I would not be at the point I am today – whole and healing and on my way to a new season in my life. Going back to my previous ways of life is not an option for me, God has brought me to this place for such a time as this. And I’m looking forward to this “new season”. One that will bring “new” direction, “new” insight, a “new” appreciation for life and most of all, a “new” fresh walk with the number one love of my life – my Father God.
Transitioning To Home
I really miss my three dogs. We will have a homecoming reunion with Blanco, Buggy, and Dutchie. Lisa has said that the dogs are in depression and morning because they can’t find their dad. I’m looking forward to sitting and loving on them for as long as they can stand it.
We have many areas to tackle once we get home, but I’m sure all will work out in the end. I just need to remember to slow down, take a deep breath and give it my all. We have awhile to figure this out.
Again I want to thank you all for your prayers and concern for me during this time I’ve been in the hospital. I have so much more sympathy for those who ask for prayer in different areas, I will be diligent to pray for you as you have for me. Thank you, neighbors, friends, our church family and our immediate family for all your love.
Blessing to you all, Lisa and I will see you next week here at Over The Hill Homesteaders.
Don’t Ever Forget, Love God – Love People – Impact Lives
John & Lisa – overthehillhomesteaders.com
In the southwest corner of the beautiful Missouri Ozark Mountains
Another natural pain reliever. You might be thinking here we go again. Instead of going there with that thought, come join us for a real pain relief answer that works on the homestead. It’s simple and natural. And it really works on all the aches and pains we deal with working around our place!
Does this ever happen to you? You set out to do a chore or two. It can be most anything large or small. Ha! Sometimes it might be as simple as sitting in a chair holding a book or tablet, sowing or tying a fly for your tackle box! Suddenly, you are aware that you’ve got pain.
That nagging pain is all it takes to make a task turn from easily doable to a fight to survive it to the end. Thankfully, there is a natural pain reliever you can reach for that brings fast relief to what ails you.
Natural Pain Relief: It’s not a dream!
Lisa and I have been into natural health care for many years. It has kept us strong and healthy our whole lives. But, life still happens and aches and pains arise at times. When muscles get tight or joints feel sore, the everyday things you have to do turn into something painful, difficult, and even stressful at times.
Starting work on our homestead at our ages has been a great reminder of those aches and pains! Thankfully, we were introduced to a natural pain reliever in the form of a topical spray that works like magic! It is so simple to use and so effective, we won’t ever be without it.
Lisa nor I ever take any kind of over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers. Neither of us like the way they make us feel. We much prefer any natural product that is effective and safe for use.
Our search for the right natural pain relief for us came in the form of a proprietary essential oil blend. The five oils used in this convenient pump spray are:
- Australian Eucalyptus Oil
- Grapeseed Oil
- Aloe Vera Oil
- Jojoba Oil
- Vitamin E Oil
People have used eucalyptus oil for hundreds of years. It is no secret that it has been around a long time and is quite effective against pain, among other things. Because it is all natural, Lisa and I use it whenever we need it–anytime
Natural Pain Relief: What these oils do together
Let’s take a look at what each of these oils does as you use this product. The five of them together are a powerhouse of relief to body pains. Here’s a brief rundown of why that is.
The main ingredient in this blend is Australian Eucalyptus Oil. It actually penetrates into the skin when topically applied. It brings tissue and muscular pain relief while it increases circulation. Muscles relax naturally. If there is itching present, the Eucalyptus Oil relieves that as well.
Grapeseed oil is used as the carrier oil. Its purpose is to carry all the other oils deep into the tissue. In addition to this, it is also an anti-inflammatory and relieves pain, too.
The Aloe Vera plant contains at least six antiseptic agents. It helps eliminate infection and aids in healing minor wounds. (Have you ever kept an Aloe Vera plant around to use on minor cuts and burns?) The marvelous oil also relieves pain.
Jojoba oil regenerates damaged skin and heals minor wounds. You find it in many hair and skin care products now.
The final oil is Vitamin E. This is also well known for its antioxidant properties as well as its ability to repair damaged skin tissue. Did you know that it also aids in healing minor wounds?
This unique combination of quality oils is absorbed into the skin, causing the blood vessels to dilate (open, relax). When this occurs, more blood can flow through these vessels bringing more oxygen and nutrition to the surrounding muscles, tendons, and tissues. This causes them the relax and reduce (or eliminate) the pain and discomfort.
For most people, it starts to work within five minutes! Continued use will add circulation to the area. With more and better blood flow, the condition that caused the pain will be improved.
Spray the oil onto the area hurting and lightly massage it in. The oils are designed to penetrate the skin to help reduce any inflammation. This increases the circulation and stimulates the nerve endings in just a few minutes.
Natural Pain Relief: What kind of pain are we talking about?
When Lisa and I set out way back when to find an effective solution for natural pain relief, it was easy to be overwhelmed just looking at the different products. That’s before we even started reading their claims and learning about their ingredients!
That’s why, now that we’ve found our answer, we are happy to share with you some of our findings! We are not medical doctors, and therefore, we are not telling you what to do for your situation. But we have years of broad experience with natural pain relief in general, and now we have been using this product ever since we moved to the homestead.
Here is a list of conditions for which this product is effective in dealing with the associated pain. Lisa and I obviously have not personally experienced all of them! But some we have. The rest of the list comes from the manufacturer of this product.
Natural Pain Relief: Bring hope to painful places!
- Arthritis, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel, plantar fasciitis, back aches, muscle aches
- Headaches, sinus, migraines, hay fever, colds & head congestion
- Sore feet, neuropathy, poor circulation, rotator cuff, stiff joints
- Dust mites
- Cold sores, sores, cuts, abrasions
- Rashes, chiggers, poison oak, poison ivy, insect bites
John’s go-to natural pain relief!
Folks, I’ve been using this spray for three years now. I refuse to go a day without it! I often have pain in my lower back and my shoulder. And there is some neuropathy in my feet.When I have pain, I spray it on and rub it in lightly. Almost immediately, that pain is 90% – 100% gone. As I rub in the oil, I feel it going deep into my muscles and tissues. It feels so comforting. I apply it once a day and sometimes, if it’s been a really busy day around the homestead, I use it again before I go to bed. It works better than Tylenol or any prescribed medications to relieve my pain. This product even stops my snoring!
It’s called Check Pain Now!
We maintain natural pain relief with Check Pain Now! Here on the homestead, we are always making lists to keep
us on track with all the projects we have going. When we finish a project we put a check mark beside it on the list. That shows us it’s over and we’re done with that one! That’s why we call this product Check Pain Now. Are you ready for some fast and effective, natural pain relief? You’re at the right place! We are here to help.
You can order Check Pain Now by clicking the button below and that will take you directly to Pay Pal so you can use your debit or credit card. We have included the shipping and handling at a cost of $39.95 for a single bottle (within the continental United States).
ORDER NOW – don’t put up with that pain a day longer!
The information provided here is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to take the place of medical diagnosis and treatment.