This is the Life I Choose

Hey Everyone!

Earlier this week, one of the evenings I had been out picking raspberries, and I was been eaten alive by mosquitoes and cut up by the raspberry bushes.

The next afternoon I went digging in my closet looking for an old button down shirt that I didn’t really care about and hadn’t worn for ages. I found one that would work and put it on before going out to pick berries.

While the scratches from the raspberry bushes hurts, it’s the mosquito bites that concern me a bit more. While we don’t really worry about things like Yellow Fever or Malaria, or anything that is typically in the humid subtropical areas of the world, our biggest worries are West Nile Virus and to some extent Zika. Other than travel related cases where someone had travelled to a place where Zika is prevalent and gets bit, it is a pretty low risk still at this point in this part of the country that you could get Zika from a mosquito bite here. That being said it’s something I don’t want to take the chance of.

This evening I had gone out picking, and I got about 7/8 of a pint. The berries are slowly coming on. It is a wait and see kind of thing to see what the crop is like this year.

The berries I have gotten thus far have been gotten eaten. If and when I start getting a pint and a half to two pints a day, then making jam is a definite possibility.

There are a couple DIY hacks I would like to try in the future, such as homemade Citronella candles and using citronella essential oil mixed with fractionated coconut oil applied topically. I would also like to give some proper work clothes a try like some Duluth Trading Company clothes a try for the summer months (as well as some Carhartt for the colder months).

It seems that the older I get, the desire to grow as much of my own produce as possible, and do so much more Homesteading and DIY stuff. Knowing where my food comes from and what is in my food is a big deal to me. I realize that growing a garden, as well as going and locally procuring what isn’t feasible to grow on the small scale, hunting for and fishing my own food is the life I am working my rear end off to make happen for myself.

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What I am Warming Wednesday & Favorite Essential Oil Blends

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Now that I have had a few essential oils for a bit, I figured it was time for an update.

Most of the essential oils blends I am using are from Saje. I am still loving the DoTerra OnGuard as well. I have to say that the Saje Inhale seems to be helping with my allergies, they are usually brutal this time of year. At night, I am using several blends and creating my own nighttime blend, which I am loving. All of these that I am going to be listing are from Saje: 4 drops of be still, 4 drops of tranquility, 4 drops of unwind, and a couple drops of stress release.

This afternoon in my Scentsy Warmer, I have been warming 2 cubes of Eggnog and a cube of St. Nickerdoodle. Both of these scents are from the 2016 scents of the season collection.

To me St. Nickerdoodle smells like overly cinnamon apple pie. Egg Nog is a very sweet creamy scent. I decided to combine them and see what happened. I actually like the combination, it smells more like Apple Pie A La Mode.

While I am well aware it’s well past Christmas, as it is spring now, I am still kind of in a winter-y mood, partly because I spent this past weekend at the beach, where it was cool, and wet part of the time. I am also not a huge fan of a lot of the super sweet floral-y spring and summer scents. I prefer the clean scents and the richer, deeper scents.

I am also trying to get a lot of my Scentsy bars used up. I am trying to simplify my stash. I am trying to get down to two or three scents for year round, and two scents for autumn and two scents for winter/Christmas.