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Uncategorized Archives · Page 3 of 10 · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
Uncategorized Archives · Page 3 of 10 · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
We to a big leap of faith, quit our jobs are moved to the the heart of the Shawnee National Forest to follow our dreams of self sufficiency and to make a go of living off the land… Can we help you feed your family?
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Colloidal Silver turns man blue?

Several weeks ago I wrote about colloidal silver and many readers mentioned "The Blue Man" who I hadn't heard of and how his condition (called argyria) was caused by using colloidal silver. The blue man is Paul Karason who has appeared in many news stories sharing his experience and his condition. The majority of news stories discuss how the FDA has not tested nor do they recommend the use of it, people have varying opinions about the safety and usefulness of it. Colloidal Silver is sold over the counter as a supplement as are many herbs and other natural remedies that the FDA hasn't approved or tested. Many believe it to be safe and harmless in small doses because the typical bottle only has about 10 or 30 silver parts per million...

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The space men stole our hotel!

I had the strangest dream last night that I thought you might get a kick out of. I dreamed that I was at this vacation resort that had hot springs and a number of other nice amenities. I was out enjoying the springs with other people when we spotted a craft flying in the sky. It looked rather odd so we kept watching it and trying to figure out what it was, then it takes a turn and starts coming right for us! We watch for a while in disbelief before coming to our senses and deciding to flee the area. I take off running towards the hotel, I knew I would be safe there. I am running so fast and eventually get to the building. I enter through the front lobby...

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Remembering a great leader: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

I got this in my email from moveon.org and loved the quotes! Just wanted to share them with you all in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. What powerful words even 40 years later! "A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom." "I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality...

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Linky love! A list of blogs I frequent.

Sometimes I need a list okay? This list is mostly for me, to help me remember to visit all the blogs I enjoy but you can use it to, check these sites out if you need something to read. I love them so you will too! http://hotfessional.com http://andthepursuitofhappiness.blogspot.com/ http://vtroom.wordpress.com http://psychicgeek.com/ http://hyphenmama.blogspot.com/ http://www.nucksnook.spaces.live.com/ http://maiden53.wordpress.com/ http://greenpreferred.com/ http://www.officeopen.com/itaintallwork/ http://www.junkfood4thesoul.com/ http://talinaripper.typepad.com/true_story http://corrinrenee.com ...

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Useful tools for a committed blogger.

Are you a committed blogger? I remember someone referring to blog upkeep as "watering the blog" to keep it growing and healthy. This is a great way to put it! If you are not consistently publishing content and responding to comments you will loose readers! People who take the time to return to your blop after the first initial visit will become disappointed with the lack of content if you don't regularly post, they will also feel ignored if you aren't responding to their comments. Feeling disappointed in a blog usually means they don not return. There are many up and coming bloggers publishing the same content who will steal your readers simply by spending more time nurturing their blog than you do. The key to success is consistent commitment...

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Pledge to buy handmade this holiday!!

With all the toy recalls, the ethics of big businesses and the state of the economy many consumers are looking for holiday shopping alternatives this year. As a small craft business owner I prefer to support fellow small business owners and this year I joined thousands of other consumers and pledged to buy handmade this holiday! You can take the pledge too and find some cool handmade stuff over at buyhandmade.org Why buy handmade? Handmade gifts are usually great keepsakes, give a gift this year that the recipient will keep and use for more than one year! Many of the current "hot gifts" are short lived fads that are obsolete within a year. If you don't believe me check out this blog post about the fads back in the 70's! Gift giving used...

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So how do you feel today? What are you waiting for?

Your mind is a powerful tool that influences how you perceive the world around you and it can even influence your future. Keeping a fresh and positive outlook can be the difference between whether or not you feel happy each day. Furthermore those people that you choose to associate yourself with can influence your perspective. Understanding and being aware of your thoughts/ perspective and trying to alter them can truly change your life! If you want to feel happy you need to enjoy the beauty and wonder that surrounds you, focusing on this will in turn make you happy. Don’t focus on the crappy things; there is always something that is good in every situation. I know bad stuff happens but don’t dwell on it. The only things worth dwelling on...

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Real estate news- It's a buyers market!

We have been home hunting for about a year now and we are still in no position to buy but the reality of the situation is that it's quickly becoming a buyers market. A buyers market "is one in which there are too many homes on the market for the number of buyers. Homes take longer to sell and prices fall." We are renting a home that is also for sale. A number of people have toured the home but lately the showing frequency and quantity are really decreasing. The house is a two bedroom in the Flagstaff/ Kachina Village area of Arizona. When we moved into it the price was $280,000...

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Need a reason to smile?

I was just sent a link to a video called "free hugs". The idea of the video was to reach out to others and to connect with someone just because. [youtube vr3x_RRJdd4 Free Hugs] You can visit the video creators website at: http://www.freehugscampaign.org/ Reach out to a stranger today!...

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Buy holiday gifts without breaking the bank…

Studies indicate that consumers are starting their holiday shopping in the fall. More and more shoppers are doing their holiday shopping in advance to reduce the amount of stress (both financial and emotional). For consumers with a biweekly pay schedule, like us, this November and December will only provide 4 paychecks for holiday shopping and we will also need to pay the bills during this time. With the current economy most people are finding themselves living more paycheck to paycheck and with only 4 paychecks that doesn't amount to much money for that holiday shopping after all the bills are paid. If you are barely scraping by as it is don't despair! You don't even need resort to maxing out those credit cards to do the holiday shopping! Simply buying some of...

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New Vacuum Review- Eureka Altima Upright

Last week we were vacuuming the house and our vacuum started smoking. That's right a billowing stream of smoke was coming out of the vacuum so we unplugged it and took it outside (just in case it burst into flames). It was a good vacuum considering the demands. We have a dog, four cats, a bunny and two zebra finches. We vacuum up pet hair, the occasional dumped over planter, my craft and sewing messes and all the usual dirty house debris. Our vacuum takes a beating and the poor Eureka Whirlwind Vacuum was toast- literally! I was perusing Target with some friends on Tuesday, we ended up in the vacuum area and proceeded to try to figure out the various vacuum cleaners when I found our new vacuum! At target it was...

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Press on…

I just read an article by Shari G. about the excitement and motivation that often drives us. She was discussing the varying degrees of motivation and drive in her business endeavors and how to keep from loosing steam. I think this topic touches almost every aspect of our lives. In the beginning everything is new and exciting. Love is new in the beginning so it is exciting but after time the excitement fades...

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Page translator by Google.com

While helping a fellow website owner I discovered the google page translator page. Yes, that means anyone can translate any page thanks to google.com! Check out the link: http://66.249.91.104/translate_t or http://www.google.com/translate_t and test your favorite site out today! Now you can brush up on your foreign language skills and marvel at the wonderful technology. I love google!!...

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Growing Anemones/ Grecian Windflowers

Yesterday my shipment of gardening goodies arrived from Burgess Seed and Plant Co. It's always exciting when my plants and goodies arrive! I got several Lily of the valley pips, tall dutch iris bulbs, painted daises, purple d'oro daylilies and some native daylilies. I usually forget what I have ordered between the time I order my stuff and when it actually arrives so I spend some time looking up some info on the plants I bought. I found out that the Grecian Windflowers are Anemones. They come as tubers (they look like hard clumps of dirt or rock). The flower looks a lot like a daisy but is better because the Grecian Windflower actually has a longer bloom period than daisies. This type of Anemone likes sun/ filtered shade under trees and...

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Observing Nature

It's always nice to take time out of the day to observe or enjoy the work around you. I can often become engrossed in the day to day tasks but I when I find a moment to just enjoy the simple things. Today when I came home from class I let the dog outside and noticed that she immediately became interested in something that was crawling on the ground. I went out to see what she was so concerned about and realized it was a spiked caterpillar. I ran inside to grab my camera and I got a stick to move the caterpillar to a safer place away from the dog because I just know she will try to munch the caterpillar while I am recording it...

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Bulb Info: Amaryllis

I am a bulb addict, still.. We were grocery shopping yesterday and I just had to have another box of bearded irises and an amaryllis bulb for my garden! This is the first time I have grown amaryllis so I needed to learn some stuff about it before I got started. Amaryllis is a bulb that needs a chilling period between seasons to bloom. These bulbs need to chill at 41-55°F for about 8-10 weeks, do not let them dry out while they are chilling. You can chill your bulb in the refrigerator if you live in a warm area or you can leave your bulb out through the cold winter so it can chill. Either way this bulb will produce a large an showy bloom that will be well...

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Tips and tricks for the home and garden..

So, you are looking for natural ways to clean your brass and copper items? If you don't like the idea of using commercial and potentially harmful products to clean then you will be pleased to find out that many items already in your home can help you tackle those cleaning tasks more naturally and safely! Find out how by reading my published article Cleaning brass and copper without harmful chemicals. If you want to enjoy the beauty of plants but don't have the time or energy to slave away all day then you need to read about self sustaining gardens and bulbs! Visit my other published article Tips and tricks for the lazy gardener. I know how annoying pet hair can be around the house. I have tried so many methods for...

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