Hello, Pack. We have had a busy week here on the homestead. I am delighted to report, not only have we not been flooded in in quite a while, but only had a brief sprinkling of rain.
I sure hope my excitement about no rain does not come back to haunt us this summer. Last year, we went from the wettest and coldest winter on record in nearly four decades, to a hot and humid summer with nearly a record low for precipitation.
Our home is looking a whole lot like an edible forest right now – or at least a bountiful greenhouse. Our seeds have all sprouted and are thriving, and so are the herb plants and dwarf trees.
Because the weather was decent, we spend a good bit of time chopping up firewood for next winter. Trees that we cut last year were attached to chains and hauled out of the woods for the nearest clearing – or at least level ground, for cutting.
One twentysomething member of our tribe ignored his father’s sound advice and cut trees in the woods that were bunched up where they fell. The saw hit off a lower branch and jump back and tore the heck out of his leg.
When our newest young tribe member came out of the woods far too soon, I figured something was wrong. I figure it was a chainsaw issue and they forgot to take extra fuel, blades, or some tools with them into the woods. But no, there was blood. Lots and lots of blood.
I cleaned out the wound with tea tree oil and then coated it thickly with cayenne pepper to stop the bleeding. The nurse at the ER where the twentysomething tribe member went, couldn’t figure out what on Earth was on his leg.
She had never heard of using cayenne pepper to reduce blood flow. I have found that is works better than one of those expensive QuikClot bandages because it can get down into the wood and attached to the skin quite well.
The wound was long and narrow on the lower leg. At first I thought we were dealing with a chipped bone situation, but thankfully that was not the case. The cleaning out of the wound at the ER was far more painful than the stitches that were given, the young tribe member’s girlfriend told me after the ordeal was finally over.
We are about to get not only some nice meat rabbit kits, but the breeding pair…for free. I love freebies. I am not really fond of rabbit meat, but we stock our pond with fish as a SHTF protein source and I do not eat fish.
Our duck and weird chicken flock are now free ranging experts. They are doing well with all of the other barnyard critters and our blue heelers, as well. Three blue heeler and Australian shepherd puppies were introduced to the barnyard during the free range training and all went well.
Well, almost. The puppies are absolutely terrified of the baby goats and the main Buckeye rooster loathes the goat named Rooster. Watching a rooster beat up on a goat three to four times larger than itself, is basically hilarious.
The goat rooster tried to push its way into the chicken and duck coop run one too many times to steal their nightly snack, apparently. The rooster ran the other young goats away from the free ranging flock, but did not attack any of them, only Rooster.
The lead rooster is otherwise docile, the preschool age and toddler grandkiddos hand feed it on a regular basis.
I cannot hardly wait to finally be outdoors on a daily basis working in our garden. Our vastly expanded group of medicinal and fruit dwarf trees are probably what I am most excited cultivating, harvesting, and using in natural remedies.
This Weeks Questions:
- Are you growing anything new this year for eating or healing? Please tell the Pack all about it, if you are.
- What is your favorite edible that can also be used as a quality natural healer?
- Do you use cayenne pepper as a natural first aid item?
- What is the most hilarious animal fuss you have ever witnessed?