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Less Product Dependent
1/28/2006 12:19:31 PM    [ Flag as Inappropriate ]

Origanaly posted Jan 1,2006

I know. I know. New Year's resolutions! Who keeps them anyway? I usually don't bother. But this year I resolve to do it,especially since I have started doing "it" anyway.
The "it" is to strive to become less product dependent than I have been in the past. I started thinking this way when I posted pictures on my other website (see below) showing the pots and pans that my father made out of cast
off aluminum airplane and war wreckage after WWII in Europe. I started to ask myself, "How can I be creative like that?"

I don't think I will be a metal smith. But I am making my own soap, and household cleaning stuff. Last week I made some cold cream. I call it my face mayonaise. It is very emollient. I like the way it feels on my face and hands. With the price of beauty products a person can save a lot of money by making their own. Plus I am not exposing myself to all kinds of unwanted andpossibly carcinogenic chemicals. Cosmetics are full of them. I am even washing my hair with homemade product. I discovered that my hair is not so fly-away when I use my own product. For hairspray, if that should be necessary, squeeze a little bit of lemon juice into your hands and brush it over your hair. The hair will stay where you put it. It works.

I'm looking at a packet of Oregano seed, which is sitting on the table right in front of me. That needs to get planted this morning. I'm planning on enlarging my herb garden, both medicinal and culinary. I'm working on getting less doctor dependent. So far it's working well.

Never before have I been able to live this far into the winter without having to resort to anti-biotics. This year when the flu bug hit. I went to my garden and picked Sage, Hyssop and Thyme and made a strong tea. With that and additional vitamin C, I kicked the flu.

I found a recipe on the inter-net for making lavender water. I thought that would be a nice perfume. It didn't turn out so well. I have more studying to do.

My reasons for doing this are two-fold. I want to emulate my father's creativity which helped us to survive after WWII. And should there be another 9/11, but on a grander scale, I want us to be able to not only survive but thrive. These are only the beginnings of what I am planning. More will be added to this as I become aware of them.


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More Blogs by Alice E Lewis
• Passing On - Wednesday, August 20, 2008
• WASHING - Tuesday, September 05, 2006
• Persistence - Tuesday, August 29, 2006
• TIME - Tuesday, August 22, 2006
• Dehydrating - Tuesday, August 08, 2006
• Dreadful Discovery - Monday, August 07, 2006
• Run Through the Rain - Sunday, August 06, 2006
• Dominators - Saturday, August 05, 2006
• dDehydrating - Friday, August 04, 2006
• Robbery Attempt - Thursday, August 03, 2006
• A Limmerick - Wednesday, August 02, 2006
• The Rillito - Tuesday, August 01, 2006
• Looking For Trouble - Monday, May 01, 2006
•  Less Product Dependent - Saturday, January 28, 2006  
• Sour Dough Ali - Saturday, January 28, 2006
• Pots and Pans - Wednesday, October 19, 2005
• How sweet it is! - Thursday, October 06, 2005
• I Think I Can - Friday, September 23, 2005
• Missing Children - Sunday, September 18, 2005
• Emergency Preparedness - Wednesday, September 07, 2005
• Do I look good? - Tuesday, August 23, 2005
• Blog - Thursday, August 04, 2005
• I did it. - Monday, July 18, 2005
• Anticipation - Monday, June 27, 2005
• Amazon - Sunday, June 19, 2005
• Move Over - Saturday, June 18, 2005
• Angel Unaware - Thursday, June 16, 2005
• Famous authors - Tuesday, June 14, 2005
• In Hand - Monday, June 13, 2005
• It's Live - Friday, June 03, 2005
• SHAKE IT OFF - Friday, May 27, 2005
• Cartwheels - Tuesday, May 24, 2005
• Time - Saturday, May 21, 2005
• Lemons and Phoenix - Wednesday, May 18, 2005
• Sales - Sunday, May 15, 2005
• Never Forgotten; Never alone - Wednesday, May 11, 2005
• More reason to celebrate - Tuesday, May 10, 2005
• Today I celebrated - Sunday, May 08, 2005

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