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   BirdsNest posted on Health & Diet  Worst.Leg.Cramps.EVER.
I had just gotten into bed when they hit, both legs from feet to hips. Try getting up from that. I had taken some cramp pills but they did not even begin to alleviate the pain. After 10 minutes of pain I relented and took something stronger. It took an additional 10 minutes for that to work. Felt like my legs were going to break, the muscles were angry. I guess it was from so much standing yesterday. Nothing physical, just working on relish and canning it. And it was chilly, we have not turned on any heat as yet.
October 20 at 07:37 EST .

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   MeiDei  Suffer from leg cramps from time to time - especially those that wake you up in the middle of your sleep. My doctor suggested I drink quinine water (tonic w/quinine ) the amount of which is too slight to affect other medications you may be taking. What did you take that helped? I find getting up and walking on it helps - but sometimes the foot is so contorted I can't put on my slippers. BTW the same can happen from too much sitting.
October 20 at 13:57 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Drinking too much tonic water really affects my blood sugar, so I don't take as much as Hagar does. I took a muscle relaxer and it did not work as fast as i wanted it to so I grabbed 1/2 of a pain pill. Still it took 15 minutes to start easing the cramps. My big toe was sticking straight up and I was in awful pain. I left the bedroom and went into the office where the parrots are. Two of them started making soothing noises while I was whining in pain, I knew what they were trying to do and I thought it was sweet. Once the pain quit I hobbled in the other room and took my blood sugar, it was 438 from stress, it certainly wasn't from eating anything after dinner. And I had just taken my night time shot so all that elevation was from the stress of the pain.
October 20 at 18:03 EST .

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   MeiDei  I found this article interesting & thought of you Bird (& me )it relates to mineral deficiency. It sparked my memory banks about making sure to get enough magnesium/potassium.
http://truththeory.com/2013/04/02/16-sig
ns-youre-magnesium-deficient-symptoms-of
-low-magnesium-levels/
I'm going to adjust my meals/supplements to see what happens.
October 21 at 12:30 EST .

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   Wrightwinger  I take diuretics, and I don't have any real solutions when the electrolytes get out of whack. Diet is one source of magnesium/potassium/sodium, of course, but sometimes one needs supplements. A doctor and a blood test can see what you are deficient from in your diet. They are excruciating, aren't they? I usually have to walk them off. It is a poor night sleep that occurs when the cramps are happening. Someone I met in a Dr. Waiting room suggested warm water soaking the foot might help.
Wednesday at 21:47 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I take daily calcium/magnesium/potassium and D all at the same time. Get plenty of vit B complex, K2, and also take cinnamon and turmeric for blood sugar.Lutein for eyes and a small dose of Lisinopril to protect the kidneys.
Wednesday at 22:08 EST .

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   MeiDei  Sounds as if you're doing everything right. I get regular blood work done from primary care & oncology & the tests almost always show up within normal parameters. I think it's time to praise God anyway and let Him handle the occurrences and severity - or just stop them cold : ) The last one I had the big toe tried to romance my knee but the hollow in my calf (size & shape of an English cucumber ) was an impediment. : ) I'm just grateful to live to talk about it .. and yes, walk it off making faces - that always helps ....
Yesterday at 11:52 EST .


   Clipped wings  My husband also suffers from leg cramps from time to time. He found if he drinks V-8 juice they diminish in frequency. A woman I knew had the problem and she relied on pickle juice. Old time remedies but each providing a needed nutrient.
Yesterday at 12:09 EST .




   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  The garden....still have peppers producing,some eggplant,beets are making,savoy growing nicely,chard ready to pick,and luffa gourds getting ready to harvest. Hagar bought 90(! ) asparagus roots that had to be done something with. Our friend came over and tilled the row for us, she was sick but promised she would do it and she did it. I got out the shovel and dug down to make a trench.....took 2 tries to get the 75 ft row done, then I collapsed for a couple of days. Put mushroom compost in the hole,laid out the roots(107 actually )and filled in the trench. Boy was I ever glad to be done!!!! I have been dealing with a sore throat from breathing the fumes of Habanero jellymaking. Not my best week for sure.
October 16 at 14:33 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Hagar reminded me that I said I would mulch the asparagus row and cover the mulch with netting to keep it from blowing away. Darn!! Thought I was finished with that row. I did get the mulch on top but the thought of stretching the netting out and somehow anchoring it so IT doesn't blow away was too much.....so I worked on the last of the blueberries from the freezer, making them into jam. Then because I was not yet totally exhausted I dug up a big clump of horseradish and worked it up into prepared horseradish. Hagar helped me, so glad because I was getting worn out and crabby. We made 2 half pint jars, one is sold already to a customer we will see tomorrow. It packs a punch. Sometime on Sunday I will cover the asparagus row with netting. THEN I am done with it til Spring.
October 17 at 20:05 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Today's work involved making piccalilli(also called chow chow or green tomato relish ). I forgot to net the asparagus row...ruh roh, I could get fired!!
October 19 at 19:29 EST .

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   BirdsNest  The asparagus row is done,done,done. Til Spring.

We jarred 18 pints and 2 half pints of Piccalilli(Chow chow ). One of the half pints we will open to give samples out. Today we are making prepared horseradish and pickling some beets. Our friend Teresa got some beets from someone and asked if we would like them. She said she did not have time to deal with making pickled beets, but if we made some she would appreciate a small amount. These 6 beets were enormous!!I cooked them and they were not fibrous so will make pickled beets and give her some.
Wednesday at 11:12 EST .

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   MeiDei  I love sweet pickled beets. Someone gave me a bag of them when I came home from the hospital after foot surgery. I hated beets. My mother was visiting to help me with the baby & she reminded me I should be grateful - suggesting that my father liked pickled beets. So I made & canned 7-8 pints. She flew home with 6. I finished off the rest & have been a fan since. I've seen them in the store but the cost was way too much for the amount. One day my garden will be ready for me to plant again - by then my knees may say otherwise : ) I'm happy for you.
Wednesday at 20:49 EST .

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   BirdsNest  MeiDei, these beets were bigger than softballs and we were sure they would be fibrous but they were sweet and yummy. The result was 7 pints of finished pickled beets. We will keep one and gift the rest to Teresa. She will be tickled.
Yesterday at 10:23 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Recipes  I guess I could have put this in Health & Diet but I wanted more people to read it.
http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/09/19/baking-sprouted-g
rains


We priced it from the one online source and it is pricey, however there are no stores close by us that carry it. Closest is Va Beach-60 miles and $20 tolls + gas.
October 10 at 10:53 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Coffee Klatch  Read this from a blog. Very interesting.

http://www.paratusfamiliablog.com/
October 10 at 10:48 EST .

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   Phooey  Thank you. A wonderful blog.
October 12 at 12:34 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Coffee Klatch  Okay, Hollyhock, I made the hot pepper jelly from the recipe you posted the link for. Since I used Habanero peppers for the hot peppers, it is nuclear. I had both orange and red Habanero peppers so I made separate colours. I used another recipe I found online to make sage jelly, but it did not jell. It makes a nice drizzle over pork I must say. I probably should make some Jalapeno jelly for those who are scared of Habanero.It is blazing hot I tell you. And I think the red ones were hotter.
October 9 at 19:29 EST .

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   Hollyhock  Ay Yi Yi!!! Habaneros are pretty hot. I can tell you I will not be following Drick's Cafe recipe. I hope you have some customers that luv super hot. I feel personally responsible.

http://www.pepperscale.com/
October 10 at 22:02 EST .

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   BirdsNest  HH, you can use Jalapenos instead of Habaneros. I had a request to make some with Jalapenos. We sold 4 half pints of the nuclear red jelly. Gave samples on a Ritz cracker with a spot of pepper jelly and some cooling cream cheese on top. Everyone agreed it was HOT but so very good.
October 11 at 17:56 EST .

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   StormCnter  Several years ago, I sent to some British friends the recipe for my veggie chili that they had loved when here for a visit. There's nothing exotic in the recipe, just the usual ingredients for that sort of dish. But when they wrote back to tell me how it went, it turned out to be so pepper-hot they couldn't eat it. Well, I put on my Sherlock Holmes hat to see what happened. It seems our chili powder isn't available in England. What the English call chili powder is actually ground hot chilies instead of the blend of spices we call chili powder. I, muy pronto, packaged up a few little jars of Gephardt's (the ONLY brand to use ) and the Brits lived happily ever after.
October 17 at 08:56 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Faith  I am asking for prayers for our friend Danny.

He is due to have surgery next week on a serious spine problem, one that could leave him in a bad way. Even with surgery he could be a cripple. He is an artist and paints the most beautiful pictures of days gone by. I don't know if I should list his website, mainly because if someone wanted to buy a painting he has no agent anymore. All the paintings he has are at a show in Carolina and a couple of them are here locally. We have talked about trying to secure them in his absence, one is huge. His place is not secure, he had been working to close it up for the winter when all the medical problems came to the forefront of his life.

Thanks.
October 7 at 07:55 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  Mine are on the way BN.
October 8 at 15:34 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Thank you, that means a lot.
October 9 at 07:11 EST .

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   MeiDei  I'm already praising God for a positive outcome.
Bird, I know paralysis is tough - but it seems only the really tough can manage it well with God's grace. My prayers are for your friend, his doctors & nurses; & for you for being kind enough to request them. Think positive & expect good news.
October 10 at 21:16 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Dogs, Cats & Critters  We brought home a new flock of chickens last night from our friend Danny's place. He is in serious trouble from health problems, prayers would be welcomed for him. I mean SERIOUS trouble. He asked us to take the chickens before he left to go to UVA hospital. We have been feeding them daily on our trip to town, but they have found escape routes and we were afraid they would get killed on the highway or someone would walk off with them. I wanted to wait til I had a chance to disinfect the chicken house from the flock we sold off before bringing them here, but I cleaned 2 moveable cages and that's where they are now. And that's where they will be til the house is cleaned and new bedding is put down.
October 7 at 07:47 EST .

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   Gerty  Thank you for rescuing these little guys, MissBirdie!

And a healing prayer for Danny.
October 7 at 08:10 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Thanks, Gerty.
October 9 at 07:09 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Recipes  Visit this site to see some amazing cookie decorating. This lady makes some beautiful cookies and her skill at decorating...wow! She is promoting her new book plus giving away a KitchenAid mixer and other prizes.Maybe someone from here might win something. Good luck.

http://bakeat350.blogspot.com/
October 7 at 07:17 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Coffee Klatch  Help! I am in need of some recipes for basil jelly, pepper jelly, and hot pepper jelly. Can anyone provide them? Have had requests for these, I am not very experienced with making jelly so here goes.

The watermelon rind pickles will be ready to put in jars tomorrow. I am hoping they turn out okay.
October 4 at 17:20 EST .

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   Hollyhock  I am intending to try his pepper jelly recipe. It looks tasty and pretty in the jar.

http://dricksramblingcafe.blogspot.com/2
013/08/top-5-canning-recipes.html
October 4 at 22:50 EST .

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   Balogreene  I like this site. http://www.canning-recipes.com
October 5 at 15:08 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Thanks to both Hollyhock and Balogreene for these links. I have saved both and will make the hot pepper jelly with 2 kinds of Habanero peppers.Actually I will make orange Habanero and Red Habanero jellies-to see which ones my customers like best. Next year we WILL have hot peppers of our own. These peppers were gifted from people we met at the Parksley Feed livestock swap 2 weeks ago. We sold all the chickens we took plus sold 4 Cushaw squash pies, squash, peppers and relishes and jams. We had a blast!

I have looked over Balo's canning site and have great interest in many of the recipes there.
October 7 at 07:42 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Recipes  Run, don't walk to you nearest grocery store and buy chuck roast for this recipe. It is delicious. I even made it using a pork butt and it was good. The only change was no soy sauce, didn't have any in-house, so I did not use any. And when i made it with the pork butt I added 1 T. poultry seasoning to it in addition to the Italian seasoning. Hagar is not one to like things like this but he loved it both ways.

http://www.aspicyperspective.com/2014/09/italian-beef-recipe
.html
October 3 at 19:13 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  Bird,
I've made this recipe (or one close to it ) many times.You are correct. So very good. I have a handy little tool I absolutely could not do without anymore. I originally bought it to help with Lucianne's pulled pork recipe. Shredding meat with two forks is hard, time consuming work. Amazon sells something called Bear Paw Meat Handler Forks. They look goofy. But they are heavy and sturdy. You can shred a roast in about 5 minutes, and all of it is consistent in size. This is one of those kitchen tools you can't imagine how you ever lived without. I've given some as little gifts. Got a thank you and a funny look. Then got a call telling me how wonderful they were from everyone who ever got one.
October 4 at 15:42 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I like those claws. Would really make short work of shredding a big hunk of meat.
October 7 at 07:18 EST .

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   Balogreene  I got those Claws for my sister's birthday present. Sure hope she uses them.
October 13 at 19:07 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  If she tries them just once, she'll adore them. Bigtime.
October 15 at 19:27 EST .

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