Welcome to Fern Valley

Here in central Alberta prime farm country,my husband Martin and I work together raising beef cattle and Appaloosa horses. Fern valley appaloosas have long been known for their quality of temperament conformation and color.I have recently rediscovered a love of writing and have published 2 collections of poetry. "Telling Tails" and Tails Trails and Campfire stories" . I look forward to a future spreading my wings as an author and as a horse woman .


The boiling frog is a fable describing a frog being slowly boiled alive. The premise is that if a frog is put suddenly into boiling water, it will jump out, but if the frog is put in tepid water which is then brought to a boil slowly, it will not perceive the danger and will be cooked to death.
So this fable, while disturbing and likely a bit exaggerated is a metaphor for many things.
When we look at pain, physical or emotional, we can see similarities. In that in the event of a sudden trauma, we react quickly and at least attempt to escape, but when facing small insidious changes, like those that occur with aging , arthritis, wear and tear injuries, fatigue etc., we tend to “lean into the discomfort and try to “soldier through”
Being super reactive all the time like the frog in the boiling water will add to exhaustion, but ignoring pain, and indicators of illness can be just as harmful.
So to the point of this ramble, what can we do to essentially keep the water cool?
What I do, regular massage, follow up with my rheumatologist and GP.
But I also do a few  more things on the holistic side
I strive to drink more water, Adding Slique to this with its citrusy mint flavor makes this task a more pleasant one.
Daily I take , Ningxia, full of antioxidants and designed support healthy energy and vitality for body and mind, To this I add a drop each of, Ocotea, an essential oil related to  the cinnamon family with high levels of alpha humulene, cleansing and purifying properties. Frankinsence, to support wellbeing and immune support, Copiaba ,  supports the body's natural response to irritation and support healthy digestion.
  And supplements that include ,
Agile Ease-Supports Healthy joints and resilience/recovery 
 Sulphurzyme-“A combination of wolfberry and (MSM), a naturally occurring organic form of Helps to relieve discomfort in joints
 Super B-comprehensive multi-vitamin/multi-mineral complex containing all eight essential, energy-boosting B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9 and B12). Combined with Nutmeg essential oil and bioavailable chelated minerals such as magnesium, manganese, selenium, and zinc
Multi Greens- “spirulina, alfalfa sprouts, barley grass, bee pollen, eleuthero, Pacific kelp, and essential oils. Provides a daily source of greens, for those of us(pretty much everyone) who needs more greens in their diet.
Omegagize- omega-3, DHA-rich fish oil supplement , support brain, heart, skeletal, dental, and overall good health.
Topically I apply the oils that support my needs that day, but will save that for another post.
So what do you do to keep the water cool?
Stay safe and well friends !

Possibilities, my why


This post is something a little different. Sharing  one of the new(er) things I am doing in my world.
I recently started a page on Facebook called Possibilities . It is about and for my use of young living essential oils. Here is part of my "why"
In this current day and age we are seeing a trend towards people returning to nature and returning to a more organic way of life. With so much technology and pollution both of the air and of our minds, we are seeking a simpler gentle lifestyle.
People are turning back to ancient ritual, ancient learning and ways of knowing. Using homegrown natural products, making/growing our own food, and looking to the plants and the earth for medicine, and healing. One of the ways we're doing this is the use of pure extracted essential oils.
I have used essential oils for many years, and have reaped great benefit from the natural healing properties. In approximately 2009 I signed up with Young Living, essentially just to get my oils at a discount. I wasn't interested at that time in building a business or networking just wanted my oils.
 I have recently connected with a wonderful group of people who are sharing education, supports, and mentor-ship for those of us who are interested in building community with Young living oils.
 If this is something that interests you , let me know, if not carry on and we will keep talking horses and poetry and life. 
I am just sharing this part of my life with you all as well 


Possibilities, supplements- Agilease

"AgilEase; Supports Healthy joints and resilience/recovery after exercise. Normal healthy joints can become uncomfortable and reactive after activity, and those who live with inflammatory conditions can experience discomfort far more easily. AgilEase harnesses the benefits of Turmeric, frankincense powder, hyaluronic acid, along with copaiba, wintergreen and clove essential oils along with other key ingredients for use to support joint health or as a preventative measure to protect joint and cartilage health."

I mentioned in a previous post that I have been very busy. Road trips, teaching, lots of time on my feet and not a lot of rest in between. It was worth it, don't get me wrong but I takes a toll. This time last year I spent an entire weekend in bed, basically unable to do much more than hobble out to the kitchen for meals or to the restroom. I live with Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis, and while my work is very rewarding I do have to be mindful of stress and fatigue. That was how the teaching rounds affected me lat year.

This year I have made some changes . and this series of posts will share what those changes have been and how I feel I have benefited.
I am not , nor does Young Living claim this to be a magic bullet or wonder cure but I certainly have noticed a considerable difference

 I have been taking this for a couple of months now and while I still experience pain and swelling after standing teaching all day ,I have not experienced any serious flare ups of Lupus or RA and my recovery and resilience are wonderful. Literally overnight I am much improved. Which then enhances to increase my ability to keep moving and exercise, a winning combination!

I am linking this review in Joint Health Magazine  for your consideration 

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