Healthy Living

Another Visit to the MS Gulf Coast, Helping Others, & Preparedness  

Happy Friday y’all! Hope you are gearing up for a great weekend. I am a day late posting this week because I was out of town yesterday. So why didn’t I just schedule my post in advance? Because I knew I would want to tell you about the trip.
My mom is friends with an older lady who has never spent time walking or sitting on the beach. She has heard us talk about it and wanted to go. Mom volunteered to take her since we love an excuse to go. 
We also have a friend who is totally blind and doesn’t get out much. She loves to eat at restaurants and get out. Everyone is so busy with their own lives that they forget those who can’t drive themselves. So, we invited her to go as well.
We had a great day. We were able to spend a couple of hours on the beach and enjoy a delicious meal at Olive Garden. It was a relaxing day.The waters of the Gulf of Mexico were pretty warm. That’s what makes it famous or infamous for hurricanes. It’s not beautiful water like the Atlantic or Pacific, but it’s all we have.
Our wonderful and beloved MS humidity is a result of the Gulf of Mexico. That fact alone almost makes it hard to appreciate it. Our high temperatures aren’t what makes MS heat so unbearable. It’s the horrible humidity. Anyway, despite all that, we enjoyed the coast.
Let me encourage you, if you know someone who is shut-in and cannot drive or get out alone, be a friend to them. Check on them and see if they need anything. Invite them to lunch or something from time to time. Send a text to let them know you are thinking of them. 
I don’t deal with this as much anymore since my mom is retired, but I can tell you that being shut-in is very lonely. We do live.  Busy lives, but we should never be too busy to reach out to someone in need. Jesus said when we do it for the least of these, we do it as unto Him. So, be a Good Samaritan and help someone in need.
My dad purchased a pressure canner today, so my mom will be canning our butter beans and peas now. We have always frozen them, but due to trouble looming on the horizon, we feel that canning would be wiser. We have never done this before, so it will be interesting. We are harvesting butter beans and peas now. We have been shelling them almost every day this week.
If you are reading this post and you live in the Lincoln or Lawrence County areas of MS and you are interested in disaster preparedness (natural or man-made), there will be a meeting held at the State Room in Brookhaven at 6:00pm on Monday, July 25th. I don’t know the details, but it sounds like a worthwhile cause. I’m sure people from other counties would be welcome as well. No matter what you think the future holds, it’s always wise to have a plan.

For more information about Homestead Nutrition, or to make an appointment, email me at homesteadnutrition@dr.com. Have a healthy and blessed week! 🙂

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