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Uncategorized Archives · Page 7 of 10 · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
Uncategorized Archives · Page 7 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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Be patient with your growth and success.

Great ideas at the last minute don't always pay off immediately. This is something I have learned over the course of my year long small business adventure. On November 20th 2005 I officially decided to look into creating an "online business" for the crafts I have enjoyed producing. I got a overwhelming response from family and friends when I would present my crafted items. People began inquiring about how they could get some of the same items made for them to give out. The it hit me...

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Have you started you holiday shopping yet?

Holiday Shopping just keeps getting easier and easier every year with the constant advancements in internet commerce! I know some people are still reluctant about shopping online but organizations like PayPal and Google Checkout are taking great strides to make the shopping experience safer and easier for the consumer. Tonight I managed to buy 5 Christmas gifts for under $120 in less than an hour online. "Black Friday" is not even here yet and I am getting most of my large holiday gifts purchased and on their way here in my sweat pants and cow slippers. What could be better?? I used froogle.com to search for the specific items I needed. I got to compare prices, item specifics, shipping info and I didn't even need to dig out my wallet/...

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Craft Shows, Grand Canyon Tours and Orders.. Oh my!!

Some family came to visit us this last week before the craziness of the holidays sets in. Nathan and I took them on a train ride to the Grand Canyon and had a blast. We were invited to attend the Grand Canyons "Sunset Limited" inaugural run awhile back and we had such a great time that we decided we should share the fun with others. We boarded the train at 10am and arrived at the canyon about 2 hours later. On the train we enjoyed snacks, drinks, live entertainment and the scenery. When we arrived at the canyon we got to enjoy the canyon, take pictures and shop. We boarded the train at about 3pm enjoyed more snacks, drinks and entertainment and got off board about about 7pm. We got to...

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Spreading good will all year round

Many people around me are sick of always hearing about the bad things in life. We are all just seeking good news and are longing to make a difference in the lives around us. Do you believe that reaching out to one person can make a difference? I do! The kindness you extend to that one person could literally change their life. If your actions can help that one person maybe that one person will see how good it felt to be cared about and they will want to "pay it forward". That is what I believe and want to happen. Don't you see this concept could literally spread like wild fire? I am writing this blog entry because I am hoping others will agree with me and want to take...

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Clean wax drips off your carpet with your iron.

Ever had wax drip onto your carpet clothes or furniture? Today I had a red candle burning in the bedroom while I was off doing stuff in another room. I know, every candle says "do not burn unattended" and what do I do? I left it burning unattended and red wax dripped all the way down my dresser and into a big puddle on my carpet! Lucky for me I know how to get wax out of material and I thought I would share it with you here! After a wax disaster it is often best to allow the waxy mess to dry before you attempt to clean it up. If you try to wipe it up it will often smear and become more mashed into the material it has dripped on....

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Home Depot Selling Solar Power to Mainstream America

Well this is the best news I have read today!! The Home Depot has teamed up with BP Solar to provide solar installation service to customers. It is offering its customers the ability to sign-up online for free, in-home consultations. This is making simple living more achievable for Mainstream America. If you want to read more about this great story click here to visit the stories site. read more | digg story...

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The message in a bottle brings hope and memories..

This was such a heart warming story that I found on digg.com today. Follow the link below to see the video: Josh Baker was a Marine fighting in Iraq. He died in a car crash a few months after his return home, but his family and friends recently found a happy reminder. Steve Hartman reports. The message in a bottle truly is a keepsake that has the power to preserve memories for a lifetime. Whether it is found in a lake, ocean or simply given as a gift it is a great way to send a heart felt message and it allows others to cherish the memories that accompany message in a bottle forever!...

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Save water and have a beautiful garden!

"Snow water harvesting can bring life to cold deserts and renew traditional heritage as an example of sustainability that all of us can learn from, globally. " (quote taken from: rain barrel.net) Collecting rain/ snow for watering the garden is a great way to save water and lower your water bills! Lots of people are doing this and it is something I have been wanting to do for quite sometime. All of the collection systems I have seen are quite big and somewhat intrusive. I have honestly been putting off rain/ snow collection because we do not have a home of our own. Today I was searching other blogs and I saw some smaller scale rain/ snow collection barrels that we could use and take with us when we leave our rental!...

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On death and living Life to the fullest..

Today two students from the high school I teach at were killed in a tradgic car accident. One of them was a member of the marching band that I work with. Death is always difficult to deal with and it is always so much harder when young people are involved. I had my first brush with death and tragedy when I was in 6th grade, a classmate of mine was killed in by a semi truck while riding his bike. Since then I have lost several other classmates, students and teachers. Each time I loose somebody it reminds me of how fleeting life is. Everyday that we have here on this earth is a gift and we don't know how long we have here. Each time I lost a classmate I would automatically...

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Sustainable Living in Arizona

Our dream is to one day have a property that allows us to grow our own food, harvest rain water, and to live a little more sustainability .. I saw this story on the news and thought it was kind of cool. The guy that the story is on lives in Prescott, AZ so that is proof that you don't need a ton of land to practice sustainable living in the city!! Enjoy the story!! http://www.ecohood.info/blogsection/the-ecohood-arizona/...

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Wildlife swoops in for a visit..

I had a great laugh yesterday when a bird that was tormenting my cats took a wrong turn and flew into my house!! My cats play outside on this fenced in patio area that I have. I have many plants and wildlife in this area and apparently the birds were teasing the cats by dive bombing them and trying to get them worked up. One bird had a close call and ran into my kitchen almost flying smack into my face. I screamed crouched down and took a few minutes to gather myself...

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Upcoming Craft Shows 2006…

Crafters and vendors everywhere have already started signing up for holiday craft shows and festivals for the busy winter months. The holiday months are often the time when businesses make the most profits and this is also why craft shows are so big during the winter months!As a crafter/ vendor I have found many resources for finding craft shows. The one I use the most is: CraftLister.com. You can post event for free and also search for events in your area. Lots of great info can be found on this site!! If you are looking to buy or sell crafts this holiday season I would strongly encourage you to check out CraftLister.com for your local event listings! </p>...

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Fall is here!! The busiest time of year!

Fall is here and I am so excited because that means winter is just around the corner! I love it when the seasons change and I am so happy to be living in an area where we get to experience the seasons! On the other hand, fall is the craziest, most hectic time of year for me as far as teaching goes. Marching band groups compete from August to December and that means I am working my butt off choreographing, designing and teaching my students a show that they will perform thought the months. This year I am working with a high school group and also a university group so I really do have my plate full! I am also working part time at my resort job to get the bills...

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Our gift… A mouse..

Now my own mother is harassing me about how I need to update my blog so I guess it is well overdue!   This morning our cats left a fresh treat for us on the side of the bed.. A mouse!!     Nathan I and I saw the mouse about 4 days ago when we were on a “go through boxes and get rid of what we don’t need” spree. I brought in a very old box from back when I was in high school. I went through it and noticed it was very weathered and beaten up. Then Nathan spots a mouse running around our kitchen floor. The mouse ran and hid under our cabinets and we noticed that the stuffed bunny my mother gave me for my high school graduation had some...

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Microwaved Water Experiment

I got this emailed to me from a friend and found it very interesting! Let me know what you think!! "Below is a science fair project that my granddaughter did for 2006. In it she took filtered water and divided it into two parts. The first part she heated to boiling in a pan on the stove, and the second part she heated to boiling in a microwave. Then after cooling she used the water to water two identical plants to see if there would be any difference in the growth between the normal boiled water and the water boiled in a microwave. She was thinking that the structure or energy of the water may be compromised by microwave. As it turned out, even she was amazed at the difference."                         Please note: This...

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Child free areas??

Okay here is something to ponder: Someone suggested tonight that we should designate "child free areas" around the hotel that I work at. This is because many parents allow their children to simply do whatever they please even if it is disturbing the other guests. The common areas are a problem (like the pools and dining facilities) and many people really despise the way children run a muck in their rooms (banging chairs around, stomping, yelling, etc) and disturb them. This is a difficult situation because ultimately it is the parents responsibility to keep the children in line. However, children will be children...

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