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Thu, November 5, 2015


#1. Conservation and Conservation Easements made simple:
A Conservation Easement is considered a donation as there are federal deductions and state tax credits for those who "Gift the PROMISE that one's land will never be developed." This promise is legally attached to the deed of trust through what is referred to as a Conservation Easement. You are NOT donating your land, but rather the loss potential that you might benefit from it if it were sold for development. Conservation Easements in the state of Virginia, with the exception of eroded areas near Virginia Beach, are finite with no buy-back options. To learn more, go to Virginia Outdoors Foundation.

#2. Conservation Burial: This is one of the largest movements in conservation at this time.
Dr. Billy Campbell, an Internist from Westminister, SC established the first of it's kind called Ramsey Creek Preserve in 1996. Ramsey Creek Preserve was designed more for the living than for the dead. It is a place to celebrate life, enjoy the outdoors, bless babies and have weddings. He is a maverick in this movement and I hope you'll take the time to hear Dr. Billy Campbell's "Ted Talk."
(Saving One Million Acres for Two Thousand Years: Billy Campbell at TEDxGreenville)
(For more, see Dying Green by Ellen Trippler, a 27-minute video available on Amazon)

Dr. Campbell has been featured on/in numerous documentaries and publications including PBS, People Magazine. The name of the Documentary Film is "Dying Green" which you can google. The best pictures of Ramsey Creek Preserve are on their FB page. Their website:

We spend 20 billion dollars a year memorializing our loved ones while using 90,000 tons of steel and 1,000,000 gallons of embalming fluid to do so. If we just spent 10% of these funds and invested such over 25 years, we could purchase, ecologically restore and endow 1,000,000 acres of woodlands! Cremation is also a choice to consider. This said, the average cremation uses enough fossil fuel to power the average family sedan 4800 miles.

I know that this might be an unusual topic, but this is at the forefront of conservation. I think you'll enjoy hearing him speak. As Billy's wife Kimberly has said...and I'm paraphrasing....American's and particularly those living in the South have a very old and noble way of burial that is natural. Billy hasn't created anything new, he's simply brought to the forefront a tradition that is restorative.

#3 New products and ideas and recipes:
1) Dryer Balls: Dryer balls replace dryer sheets which do 2 things: 1) clothes dry faster, thus using less electricity, and 2) although considered biodegradable, dryer sheets are filled with chemicals and this process takes time...thus not great for our environment.
a) solution one: roll aluminum foil into 3-4 inch balls...about 3 are needed, but please don't use with hosiery or hosiery like products.
b) solution two: tennis balls are perfect and can be sprayed with homemade and inexpensive fragrance.
3) solution three: commercially purchased plastic dryer balls are great! Get them on line or sometimes in stores like Marshall's.

Recipe for dryer fragrance....can also be used as room fragrance:
1. spray pump
2. essential oil of one's choice. Citrus is great for bathrooms, lavender is great for laundry and bedding
3. water...distilled is best, but regular water is fine.
4. add essential oils until fragrance desired is perfected.

Spray tennis balls or plastic dryer balls and toss in dryer. You can also use aluminum balls and add an old washcloth sprayed with dryer fragrance. Also use fragrance on clean sheet day. Just spray a little on a freshly made makes a difference

2) Cloth napkins and new fabric product:
a) cloth napkins can be made inexpensively by cutting fabric to size 20 x 20 or 18x18 with pinking sheers. Toss into laundry and they fringe naturally. Woven fabrics such as ticking stripe, linens, duct, checks or plaids in cotton or cotton blends work best. Jacquards won't work and printed fabrics will have a right and wrong side.
b) Look for fabrics for use in our homes (drapery, bedding, upholstery) made out of what we call "Post Consumer Recyclable Goods" ie...water bottles and milk jugs. They are expensive but worth the price. If this doesn't fit your budget or your needs, fabrics made of natural fibers are best!

3) Coconut Oil: Coconut Oil is important and a stable in the Meditation Diet. Google 101 uses for Coconul Oil or Google Coconut Oil WebMD.
a) I purchase unrefined, organic, Coconut Oil if eaten or cooked with, otherwise it doesn't matter.
b) Coconut Oil has antibiotic properties and is great on skin, it helps my roseasa and is used to treat dandruff, eczema and other skin disease...even diaper rash! It's also great as a moisturizer on hair and skin. DO NOT, REPEAT DO NOT use in any recipe as a Sunblock!
c) I have found that it prevents bladder infections, bone and joint pain, makes some "more regular" and now there are some important studies that it aids in memory loss when ingested.. I have mine in coffee. I put a tablespoon with hot coffee and froth it in the blender. If necessary, I reheat in the microwave. Add sweetener or flavoring and it's really, really easy and good to get down!!!!

4) Recipe for Coconut Body Scrub:
a) 1/2 cup melted Coconut Oil
b) 2 to 2 1/2 cups sugar or salt (you can use either)
c) 1 large or two small lemons
I take the lemon and cut off the grind (verses grading), pop it into the blender to grate, add the melted Coconut Oil, mix and then pour over sugar. I add the juice of the lemons and stir. Add and subtract Coconut Oil or Sugar (you can use Salt) as needed
d) The above recipe is all natural and needs to be used within several weeks. You can also leave out the lemons and add essential oils and if you choose just a little food last longer this way!
e) Place in mason jar for storage. The other option is to put into ice cube holders until set, then store cubes in jar. This way, they are taken out as needed in the shower and jar isn't diluted with water.

5) Peroxide and Dawn Dish Detergent (FOR SOME REASON, IT NEEDS TO BE BLUE) This is IMPORTANT!!! For Blood Stains of any kind, start with Peroxide directly on the stain and watch it bubble up and disappear...this is a Dr.'s wife big tip. Great for sheets and towels too! (One of the main ingratiates in OXYCLEAN is Hydrogen Peroxide!
a) Use Peroxide (ONLY) in laundry instead of Clorox as it doesn't bleach or stain! It's usually great directly on stains, especially blood!!! It's a perfect alternative to bleach!! It doesn't yellow! 1 cup added to laundry is usually perfect for whites.
b) Use the same as a general household cleaner with Dawn, especially for bathrooms the mixture is 3 part peroxide to 1 parts Dawn. I use a 50/50 mixture of both as a spot cleaner, especially on white dinner's the best! It's also great for ink stains!
c) Blue Dawn is a valuable stain fighter and spot cleaner by gets most anything out (including red wine and lipstick)...until it doesn't and then you add Peroxide!!
d) A mixture of Hydrogen Peroxide and Blue Dawn is great for armpit stains, even on whites. If you need to, add Baking Soda and make a paste. Let it sit for a while and then wash as normal. It's a perfect solution to a hard problem!
e) Hydrogen Peroxide kills bacteria and viruses so it's great in humidifies and steamers especially during cold and flu season!

6) Aluminum Foil, Baking Soda and/Salt. This is our Grandmother's recipe for silver and it works! Sadly, there is no sure recipe for this!
a) line vessel with Aluminum Foil, shiny face up....I do loads at a time and use a large soaking sink! Line bottom and sink half way up.
b) place silver in vessel...sink, tub, etc. and COVER with either Baking Soda or Salt...sometimes, I use both
c) Cover in really hot or boiling water! The water must be really hot!!! And just let it sit! I do batches at a time and when the aluminum turns black, it's either time to take it out (I use kitchen tongues) , if clean or time to REDO! All pieces need to either be touching one another and/or the foil. I do my husband's family Repousse Kirk and Son's silver, a pattern with much indentation and it works perfectly. You can also add ammonia to make it go quicker.
d) Did you also know that non-grit toothpaste is a great natural silver polish and ring cleaner also! For a quick fix, I use a tooth brush. Clean, rinse, and dry down and you're ready to go!


1) NON-GEL WHITE Toothpaste takes water rings off furniture...even antiques. Rub paste on furniture, BUT do NOT leave or let dry. Repeat until ring is gone. Remove residue with damp, not wet cloth and buff!
2) Natural Tooth Whitener: A mixture of Peroxide, Baking Soda and Tooth Paste mixed together ONCE A WEEK will act as a terrific tooth whitener and less harmful that commercial whiteners. You'll have to experiment here, if you have a little burning sensation, lighten up on the Peroxide.
3) To restore scratches on wood and cabinets, make a mixture of 1/2 White Cider Vinegar and 1/2 Olive Oil and rub...this one's
almost miraculous!
4) Hydrogen Peroxide is perfect on it's own to remove mold and soap scum.
5) Cut a lemon in half and scrub glass to get rid of really stubborn soap scum. If this isn't working, dip you lemon half into baking soda, scrub and then rinse!
6) Blue Dawn is great to put on Poison Ivy blisters or rashes to prevent spreading. It's a great degreaser/paint remover for hands!
7) Pour about cup of Blue Dawn in a clogged drain and let sit at least 15 minutes to a hour. Then pour a bucket/spicket of boiling or really, really hot water (from waist high if possible) to clear a drain! This one really works!!!!! The same works for toilets!!! I did this during the holidays with no plumber in sight!!!!!
8) Washing your pet in Blue Dawn dish washing liquid kills fleas
9) How about filling nail holes with a bar a old showroom trick
10) Recipe for homemade Oxiclean: 1 cup water, 1/2 cup peroxide and 1/2 baking soda
11) Recipe for homemade carpet cleaner equal parts baking soda peroxide...blot out NOT rub in. Then I just sprinkle with more baking soda and let sit until completely dry, then vacuum. Repeat if necessary.
12) Recipe for homemade Jetdry: 1 cup 3 % Peroxide and 15 drops of essential oil, I use citrus. This fills my dish washer for about a month.
13) Recipe for homemade Windex: Using a "Windex" size spray bottle, add 1/8 Cup white ammonia, 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol, a drop of Dawn and fill to the top with water.

Conservation is being conservative and responsible. Be a good steward to each other, our community and the environment!

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