Happy Holidays & Vick Plays Harmonica

When it first became apparent to me that our kids were with us to stay, I decided I was going to afford them every possible opportunity to teach them all I could so they could be the most awesome humans possible.  Unfortunately, I lack knowledge in the music category.  I decided it would be best if I learned how to play something.  I fired up Amazon and looked around and settled on the harmonica.  I knew a little bit about them, and knew the name Hohner, a German manufacturer.  Much to my surprise, I found one for under $10. For a beginner instrument, it was all I needed.  Although, I would also recommend a case.  I have taped the box many times over, and finally got myself a little case. It pays to keep it clean. After all, you do put it in your mouth!

I then proceeded to watch YouTube videos.  It certainly is harder than it looks to blow in one of those ten tiny holes! Watch me below 🙂  I really Do try, though!  I’m hoping that in a year my playing will be much better and it will be fun to look back on this.

I decided to teach the kids how to play and I bought a DVD instructional by Hal Leonard to teach us all. It even comes with a Hohner harmonica.  I highly recommend this little set.  However, while it is good for me to learn, that doesn’t work for the kids.  SO instead, I have been teaching them how the tablature works.  I go to Harptabs.com and we pick songs and try them from there.

I never knew I would enjoy it as much as I do!  At 48, any sense of accomplishment is fuel for more progress.  I suggest that you give it a try.  Just get the cheap little harmonica and pull up some Youtube vids.  It could be fun 🙂

 

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Lighted Tractor Parade and Good Neighbors

Before you watch, I must acknowledge Suzanne Becker and the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce’s Lighted Tractor Parade Facebook, who shared my video!!

 

We were so fortunate to attend the 5th Annual Greenwich Chamber of Commerce Holiday Lighted Tractor Parade 2017 in the neighboring town of Greenwich. NY.  It was raining but we had a few blankets and we were lucky the temps were moderate.  The place was packed!! There was no problem seeing, however, as the nice couple in front of us that were smart enough to bring folding chairs let our kids sit in front of them on the curb on the extra blanket we brought.  The kindness of the people in our new community so far has been remarkable.

We have moved 13 times in the past 14 years and no where else have we seen such consideration (even when dealing with strangers), kindness, and generosity.  Case in point: Ray and I were just putting out the chickens the other morning when a huge black pickup truck trundled up the driveway with a nice older couple inside.  The gent rolled down his window and reminded Ray who he was (Ray had gone out looking for someone to hay our fields a few months back, and this “Mr. G” was a gent in the know).  We chatted, and the Missusses were introduced.  After some chat, the reason for their visit was revealed– Mr. G has a log yard, and was looking down into the valley at our outdoor furnace and didn’t think it was burning enough.  “You got enough wood?”  Ray and I looked at each other in slight disbelief.  Lately we had been harvesting wood from Craigslist Free ads.  We have 28 acres, but only 5 is woods, so it wouldn’t be smart to over-harvest there.  So now we can go up to Mr. G’s anytime we’d like and grab a truckload of his many leftover lumber rounds, and he’s just around the corner!  This is just ONE of the many examples of neighborly conduct we’ve experienced since we moved into this area in July.

I hope you are a good neighbor.  If everyone could be, imagine the peace in your community!

Love,

Vicki

Vincent recites “The Duck” by Ogden Nash

We recently learned about poetry here at Noble Academy.  Both of my children love it!  Vincent has shown a huge affinity for some of Ogden Nash’s poetry.  Here, he shows off, intending to delight and amuse!

Enjoy!

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Pine Needle Calendula Tea and Catching Up!

Did you ever try Pine Needle Tea? I learned about it on YouTube, through Off Grid with Doug & Stacy . I bet you never knew it was delicious!

It is simple and a whole food and so mild.  Be careful though, and know what you are harvesting:

A few words of caution: while there are over 100 different varieties of pine, the Ponderosa, Norfolk Island and Yew needles should be avoided, as brewing can prove toxic. You’ll want to collect your needles from trees at a distance from the roadside to be sure they haven’t been

exposed to exhaust or chemicals, and far away from dump sites. Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant should avoid pine needle tea as it has been linked by some sources to miscarriage. -source: http://www.medicinalfoodnews.com/articles/pine-needle-tea

What’s so good about pine needle tea?

1. Pine needle tea has a pleasant taste and smell (always a good start).

I LOVE these bags!

2. It is rich in vitamin C (5 times the concentration of vitamin C found in lemons) and can bring relief to conditions such as heart disease, varicose veins, skin complaints and fatigue

3. Vitamin C is also an immune system booster which means that pine needle tea can help to fight illness and infections.

4. Pine needle tea also contains high levels of Vitamin A, which is good for your eyesight, improves hair and skin regeneration and improves red blood cell production.

5. It can be used as an expectorant for coughs and to help relieve chest congestion; it is also good for sore throats.

6. It brings you clarity and mental clearness.

7. It can help with depression, obesity, allergies and high blood pressure.

8. Pine needles contain antioxidants. These reduce free radicals, which are harmful to humans and can cause disease.

9. Taoist priests drank pine needle tea as they believed it made them live longer. There is researched evidence that pine needle tea can help to slow the ageing process.

10. Pick some pine needles and let them soak in boiling water on your stove and it will add a crisp pine smell all over the house. Perfect for Christmas.

source: https://www.forestholidays.co.uk/forestipedia/10-reasons-you-should-be-drinking-pine-needle-tea