its national arbor day!

Here is some good advice for National Arbor day…..Now…..go hug a tree!!!

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oh, go take a hike…so we did….

What a glorious day!!!  A perfect day for a perfect hike!

Jimmy and I decided to go for a quick ride…which turned into a hike, back into the Caribou National Forest.

It was so beautiful back there, that we got out of the ‘gator’ and decided to walk.  I picked up my camera and Jimmy picked up his……well…..

Yeah…it was a perfect spot for a phone call………..sigh….

Oh well!  There was soo much to be discovered!  Trees that would make a perfect fort…

The moss on the trees was gorgeous and green…

It kinda gave the forest a creepy feel to it….but the sky was blue so we kept going!

We found a little stream, with just enough water to be ice!  It was only in the 40’s when we set out, so it was pretty cold!

Then I was so excited to see a little chipmunk!  He was so cute and let me take some pictures of him eating…

And this next picture is of him with 2 seconds left….

before the biggest owl EVER swooped down and snatched him up!!!!  IT WAS 2 FEET AWAY FROM MY HAIR!!!  

I was so startled that I fell over backwards and wasn’t able to snap a pic of that brute….It was his last supper.  (side note:  Jimmy thought this was the most hysterical thing he had ever seen….naturally)

So, thus ends the beautiful day in the forest.  Turns out, you CAN see the forest for the trees!!

what the heck is moringa?

Glad you asked…..or maybe you didn’t’….. but humor me while I tell you what I dug up…

According to the book Lost Crops of Africa, volume II” by the National Research Council, moringa leaves contain seven times the vitamin C in oranges, four times the calcium in milk, four times the vitamin A in carrots, two times the protein in milk, three times the potassium in bananas and twice the amount of iron in spinach. Optima of Africa, Ltd., a group working with the tree in Tanzania, also points out that 25 g — or close to an ounce — of moringa leaf powder per day provides a child with 42 percent of his daily protein requirement, 125 percent of calcium, 61 percent of magnesium, 41 percent of potassium, 71 percent of iron, 272 percent of vitamin A and 22 percent of vitamin C. Various parts of the tree also contain the minerals zinc, manganese, phosphorus and copper. (via)
Now there’s a nutritional powerhouse!!
Turns out this little miracle tree can not only provide for you medicinally, but it can even purify your water! Virtually every part of the tree can be used!
Craaazy! 
Natural News says, “The immature pods are the most valued and widely used of all  the tree parts. The pods are extremely nutritious, containing all the essential  amino acids along with many vitamins and other nutrients. The immature pod can  be eaten raw or prepared like green peas or green beans, while the mature pods  are usually fried and possess a peanut-like flavor The thickened root is used as a substitute for horseradish  although this is now discouraged as it contains alkaloids, especially  moriginine, and a bacteriocide, spirochin, both of which can prove fatal  following ingestion. The leaves are eaten as greens, in salads,  in vegetable curries, as pickles and for seasoning. They can be pounded up and  used for scrubbing utensils and for cleaning walls. Leaves and young branches  are relished by livestock. The Bark can be used for tanning and  also yields a coarse fiber. The flowers, which must be cooked,  are eaten either mixed with other foods or fried in batter and have been shown  to be rich in potassium and calcium.”
So where the heck have I been?  Even Dr. Oz has been talking about it!!!  It’s practically a money tree….of nutrition!
Moringa Leaves are full of essential disease-preventing nutrients:
  • Vitamin A, which acts as a shield against eye disease, skin disease, heart ailments, diarrhea, and many other diseases.
  • Vitamin C, fighting a host of illnesses including colds and flu.
  • Calcium, which builds strong bones and teeth, and helps prevent osteoporosis.
  • Potassium, essential for the functioning of the brain and nerves.
  • Proteins, the basic building blocks of all our body cells.

And here’s something cool…..Trees for Life is helping to spread awareness of Moringa’s benefits, and helping people grow their own Moringa trees.   That is waaay cool!  Helping people help themselves!!

They are also encouraging scientific research on Moringa and its potential uses.  Your gift of Moringa trees can help hungry people lead healtier, happier lives.

Wanna try some Moringa in capsule form?  I just purchased some HERE.  You can choose from a tea, leaf powder or the capsule form.  Since I am a bit silly when it comes to something new, I decided on the capsule form.  I will keep you posted on my new super-powers to come!

more thoughts from Jimmy…

I don’t know if you remember from a previous post (Jimmy got a thought), but when Jimmy is thinking…things start to happen.

Well, it happened.  Seems that Jimmy got another thought and this required the services of Nate and the Knuckleheads.  (Remember the Knuckleheads?)  They do great work and I enjoy peering out the window to watch.  (once again, it is my job to stay out of the way and stop distracting the workers).

So….here come some trees.  Yes, I know what you are thinking…..Who buys dead trees?  

Well, they aren’t dead…..I think they are just…sleeping.

They are really good at sleeping,  aren’t they?  Hmm…..

Ok.  Not to worry.  We have the best team of Knuckleheads working out here.  And remember the driveway?

Oh please, people!  That driveway is sooo last year.  The rock is going….grass will grow to the edge and in the middle.  No more rock.  Plus 14 new trees, updated flower beds and more grass.

So this morning begins the work.  There is shoveling, mulching, digging, tree planting and other dirty stuff.  I’m going to be busy staying out of the way……..again.

Get to work, Knuckleheads!!

walking in the storm

How fitting! It seems that most of us are walking through our own personal storms and I want to give a quote from “Streams in the Desert” devotional book by L.B. Cowen..

“Faith grows during storms.  These are just four little words, but what significance they have to someone who has endured life-threatening storms!

Faith is that God given ability that, when exercised, brings the unseen into plain view.  It deals with the supernatural and makes impossible things possible.  And yes, it rows during storms–that is, it grows through disturbances in the spiritual atmosphere.  Storms are caused by conflicts between physical elements, and the storms of the spiritual world are conflicts with supernatural, hostile elements.  And it is in this atmosphere of conflict that faith finds its most fertile soil and grows most rapidly to maturity.

The strongest trees are found not in the thick shelter of the forest but out in the open, where winds from every direction bear down upon them.  The fierce winds bend and twist them until they become giant in stature.  These are the trees that tool-makers seek for handles for their tools, because of the wood’s great strength.

It is the same in the spiritual world.  Remember, when you see a person of great spiritual stature, the road you must travel to walk with him is not one where the sun always shines and wildflowers always bloom.  Instead, the way is a steep, rocky, and narrow path, where the winds of hell will try to knock you off your feet, and where sharp rocks will cut you, prickly thorns will scratch your face, and poisonous snakes with slither and hiss all around you.

The path of faith is one of sorrow and joy, suffering and healing comfort, tears and smiles, trials and victories, conflicts and triumphs, and also hardships, dangers, beatings, persecutions, misunderstanding, trouble, and distress.  Yet “in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37)

I love these words. If you are going through “something” today….stand strong.  He is with you and He loves you and He wants you to accept His sacrifice and mercy.  I am talking to YOU.

trees, glorious trees….

Do you remember last year when Jimmy got a thought?  He thought he would like some grass. The next day the men came and there was grass.

Yesterday,  Jimmy got another thought.  This time the thought was trees.  So the men came … they dug..

and there were trees.

Some were laying, some were standing…some just waiting for their new home. But there were many…

many trees. In fact, twenty trees….. 

Little did they know that I was inside (warm, taking pictures)  while they were caught in the hailstorm (cold, digging tree holes.)  It only took them twenty minutes to dig twenty holes.    They are so clever..

I think the scientific name for that is twenty- hole-digger.  Tomorrow…they will all be standing….all because … Jimmy had a thought.