- Farmers Insurance: 5th Farmers School Supply Drive
- Permaculture Homesteader Ben Maestas: On Life
- Health Corner: Wildfire Smoke, Herbicide Drift, Air Quality + More
- Today: TES PTO Kids Garden Needs Help, Toledo Thursday Market
- Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Forms, Fun & More
Plus: Putting together back to school gifts for teachers. #Thankamericasteachers
WSU Lewis County Master Gardeners shared a post:
Permaculture Homestead poster Ben Maestas wrote this open letter last week. It is reprinted here with his permission.
In 2013 my wife developed serious symptoms of palmoplantar pustulosis;* it was serious and she was wheelchair-bound for over a year. The symptoms and stress of that time were traumatic enough on their own but during that first year, her dad was diagnosed with a severe cancer and literally wasted away over the next year. He passed away in 2014. This was her best friend in the world and was a devastating loss for my wife.
Pushing through Afib palpitations that almost made me blackout, I managed a restaurant and moved my family to an abandoned farm in Washington. I didn't know serious problems were unfolding in my own health. I figured it was stress and depression and, as I always have, I just pushed through acting like nothing was wrong. I kept trying to take on jobs and get involved in projects like the healthy me would have...
My children went through health issues and surgeries, my oldest was beginning her own family, all my girls were going through their last few years of school (two grads, one college girl, one senior soon and a new to high school), life was happening and here I was falling to pieces and trying my damndest to go on being the guy I was just a few short years ago. After the heart ablation surgery and the gallbladder removal, a year long process, I was so ready to be healthy again.
The only challenge I had was a mental fog, depression, lack of energy and unwarranted aches - all of which seemed to be part of recovery to me. I even wrote back then about how the heart and blood flow must have damaged my brain some... I didn't know anything about hyperthyroidism or thyroid autoimmune disease or the symptoms, that it causes symptoms that mimic dementia, causes muscle fatigue, bone loss or a whole mess of other issues... I only thought I was getting hotter than usual because I was acclimating to the Northwest...
Hindsight is 20/20 still, even if my eyesight is deteriorating at an uncomfortable rate.... And unfortunately the last few years of trying to be the old me when I can't be has let down a lot of dear people. I truly wanted to be involved or I wouldn't have said I did. This is new ground for me and not something I saw coming nor do I think I could have seen it. They tell me the symptoms are reversible, once they figure out what's causing it, but the amount of times I let people down isn't reversible and only adds to the trauma that has made up this last few years of changes.
ALL of this and so much more has made the last five years one epoch battle for our whole family, the stress evident in everyone. We are all still happy and full of life but tired. Which is why we have chosen one last big change for our family…
A dear friend of the family has asked us to move with her to the Olympic Peninsula and we have chosen to accept the offer. We will still share our journey and all we do on the land. I will spend more time writing on my book, and doing the time clock income while getting my health back and the family can all find their Zen again.
Lewis County is amazing and the people here beyond awesome! We still want to be a part of so much here and if it had been anywhere else I would have been reluctant to entertain the idea of moving but as we share the land we are moving to and the nature that surrounds it you will quickly see why we fell in love and have chosen to take this new path for our family.
Here's to a healing future and a time of peace. And thank you all for letting me rant, being our support and sharing your wisdom, for praying for us and for being patient with us... Sometimes the smallest kindness gives strength beyond measure.
I will start sharing pictures of the the place and other GOOD news soon, ikr...
Finally, till then aloha all.
* palmoplantar pustulosis - an autoimmune disease causing painful blisters on palms or soles.
Health Corner: Wildfire Smoke, Air Quality, Herbicide Drift + 1 More
CapRadio.org asked and answered What To Know About Air Quality During Fire Season.
And the facts are worse than first thought: Wildfire smoke contains a complex mixture of organic chemicals including carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons, plus water vapor, particles, nitrogen oxides and trace minerals. The main concern with smoke is “fine particles” — tiny bits of matter that you can inhale deeply into your lungs.
Airnow.gov lets you check out the AQI* locally at this Environmental Protection Agency’s site.
In the U.S., these air quality measurements range from 0 to 500, with 500 being the most harmful. Any measurement below 100 isn’t likely to affect your health. Above that, sensitive groups may be at risk. Measurements above 300 are considered hazardous to all.
Mercola.com updated the David & Goliath “drift” lawsuit brought by groundskeeper DeWayne “Lee” Johnson against Monsanto, maker of Roundup - the world’s most widely used herbicide - in last week’s article.
Too Important To Miss: WholeNewMom posted this article link warning about pesticides banned in the US found in popular tea brands, citing imported teas as worst offenders.
McDonalds pulled all salads from their menu in May 2018, also traced back to Fresh Express.
*AQI = Air Quality Index
**Disclaimer: As always, check with your medical practitioner before embarking on lifestyle changes. Health Corner topics are intended to raise questions rather than answer them definitively. Things change. New knowledge arises. Ancient wisdom is revived.
And miracles take place against all odds.
Today: Common Ground Toledo & TES PTO invite everyone to join them this morning from 9:00am till 10:30 at the Kid’s Garden for some good ol' fashioned weed-eating, clean-up, and general volunteering.
The School garden is an amazing part of this community and they could really use your help!
River House Bake Shop announces: The return of Elvis!
With the cooler weather tomorrow, Elvis cookies will be back. Along with Lemon bars, Chocolate Stout Cake and other tasty stuff. Come have a cookie at the Toledo Thursday Market 3 - 7PM.
Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Fun & More
NEW! Toledo Youth Football Fundraiser: Car Wash Saturday!
NEW! Dakota Robins plays Riverside* Golf Course August 9th
*Wednesday’s TOT incorrectly identified the location as Three Rivers Golf Course.
August 10-12: Mt St Helens Bluegrass Festival 34th Annual @ Toledo High School
August 25-26: Cowlitz Prairie Grange 54th Annual Gas Show & Threshing Bee
September 1-3: Toledo Food Bank Labor Day Garage Sale. (360)269-7001 or (360)269-2443
September 22: Esther Borte’s 3rd Annual Walk in the Park
September 28-30: Camp Singing Wind Hosts 11th Permaculture Convergence
Citizens for Great Toledo Schools ISO* campaign contributions for this school bond
Toledo Thursday Market PDF vendor forms. $10/week, handmade & homegrown.
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