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Life is Good……

I cant seem to o get into writing today.

So much to write about yet…….

What about the feelings..

So much to write about there too.

Where do I start.

By just writing

I guess.

Much to say.

Much to hide

Much to keep locked away.


Should it


I write.

And talk here about what to say.

Let it all out.

The joy of another child married off.

And happy.

And well…. I am so happy for her.

But yet…

Sad because she is off on her own.


And very happily married.

Which makes me happy.

Time for her to make her own way

With her new husband.

And its ok.

No tears for her, but happy tears.

So proud

And so happy for her.

And then….

A graduate.

Another graduate.

The 6th graduate in our house.

And yet….

And there are more happy tears.

Because he moves on.

And we move on.

Still staying with CYT, yes, for us.

But off to College this one goes.

All too soon.

All too quickly.

And more happy tears.

And yet, none shed.

I am happy for these events

I am happy for these kids who

Grow and go

And do

What the Lord has for them to do.

Much to say.

Much to see

Much to experience.

What joy.

What love.

So thankful for all who took part in their happiness

So thankful for all who have taken a part in their growth.

So thankful they are shining in their own way

And on their own paths…..

And life is good….


I pray all is well in your world as well..


natural health · Young Living Essential Oils

Making an Insect Repellent Bandanna for Dogs

I recently came across a flea and tick collar advertised on Facebook, that is made using essential oils. I shared it because, let’s be real here, to find something that is not full of chemicals that works, is a miraculous thing!!

The collar is called the “Enviro Collar”. Click here Enviro Collar for a link to their website. This collar uses essential oils imbedded in the collar to repel insects- most importantly here in WI, TICKS!!! They use Cedarwood and Rose Geranium oil for a potent repellent that works great! You will have to replace it every 30 days, which is more often than the other collar, I am sure, but it is safer for you and your pet.

I have been making my own oils bandannas for our dogs for the last couple of years. My problem is remembering to add oils to them over the course of the summer. I should do that once a month, I am realizing now. As a result of my lack of follow through, we do have dogs that have dealt with Lymes.

But when I do keep up, we have not found any ticks on our dogs. I was actually pleasantly surprised at that. We have one dog that is literally a “tick magnet”. If any of them are going to have ticks on them, it will for sure be that one!! Even he did not have any ticks on him while using the bandannas properly.

Here is my recipe:

  • A bandanna cut in half.
  • Oils- any combination of 2 or 3 of these oils:
    • Purification OR Repelaroma (This is from the Animal Scents line from Young Living.)
    • Lavender
    • Cedarwood
    • Geranium (I am out of geranium right now.)
    • Lemongrass
    • Clove
    • Thyme

This is what I do:

1. Take a Cotton (or any non- synthetic cloth) bandanna and cut it in half. For a small dog, cut it in half again. As you can see, I am not worried about neatness! If I would have thought about it, I could have gone downstairs and got my “pinking shears” and made it a prettier cut!

2. Fold over on the long side, once.

3. Apply 2 or 3 of your chosen combination of oils. Any of these are good for repelling insects so all will work well. I use about 3-5 drops of each- depending on the size of the dog.

4. Finish folding the bandanna so you have a nice collar. If you like, leave a little more of the point.

5. Let the odor dissipate a little before tying on your dog. Isn’t she a cute model??!!

I have not used these on cats. My cats are used to oil use, so they might be ok with them. Be sure to use your oils sparingly for a cat.

If your pet does get a tick imbedded in them, use a drop of Purification or Thieves on the tick. The tick will back out then. Apply then Lavender or Thieves to the wound 3 times a day for a few days. It will heal up nicely then.

ONLY use oils from a reputable source- I prefer Young Living because I know their quality is the best. They know where their plants come from because they grow them! The Seed to Seal guarantee!!! Please do NOT use oils from the grocery store because what is exactly in the bottle may or may not be what the label says. You could end up causing serious harm to your pet.

I would love to hear that you have tried either the Enviro Collar or the bandannas and what you thought. If you have any questions, comment.