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Ep 86 – Ali’s Staycation Solid Lotion Tutorial

Mike had to go to Denver for a few days to do Denver things, and left Ali home alone to do those things that Ali won’t do while Mike is around
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Makes 9 solid lotions if you’re using 2 oz tins.
Just under 1 cup of beeswax. Leave about 1/4″ from the top. Use less if you’d like it a little softer
1 cup coconut oil
1 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons of evening primrose oil or any other supplemental oil you’d like (optional)
2 tablespoons vitamin e oil (optional)
2 tablespoons fragrance oil. I used Nag Champa in this batch.**** If using essential oils, I would use a capful at the most. They are potent!****

Melt your beeswax & coconut oil in a jar or pyrex measuring glass in a bath of hot water, and add in your olive oil to heat and blend. Once all the oils are melted, remove from heat and add the optional oils and fragrance oil. Blend well with a popsicle stick, and pour into your 2 oz tins. Allow to cool. 

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Ep 84 If a tree falls in the woods, does anyone hear it?

I got my revenge on the log that smashed my toe. More weather delays, and preparing for winter on the homestead.
One of the standing dead down by our gate blew over. The tree was easily 70′ long. Had to get it out of the way so we could go about our day.
Have a teenager who is a bit nervous about learning to drive? I got mine going on the ATV to take some of the fear out of operating a car or truck. #archedcabin #firewood #chainsaw #husqvarna

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Ep 83 – Murphy’s Law

Murphy’s Law – As always whatever can go wrong during the build process goes wrong. That’s okay though, we just keep on trucking!
Weather spoiled some of our plans and a mild injury slowed us down, but we’ll be at it again hopefully this week!
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Ep 81 – Mistakes Were Made

So we thought we were prepared to move forward. We did a ton of work, and then realized we forgot a very important step.
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Ep 80 – Setting up the forms for the Arched Cabin

We are beginning construction! We began setting up the forms for the foundation for the arched cabin, but in usual fashion, something has gotten in the way! We keep going like we always do though! You can’t keep us down for very long!
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Have I Lost My Mind?

So we have one day of building under our belts, and I’m on day 2 of Painsomnia, and really wondering if I’ve bitten off more than I can chew.

I didn’t even DO that much. Our hole wasn’t quite wide enough so we have to dig out the outside rows of footers by hand. I managed to do exactly 1 to the 4 or 5 of Mike’s. I knew there would be zero way of keeping up with him on this build, but it’s so important to me to be as physically involved with each step as I possibly can. In my head though, I put unrealistic pressure on myself to somehow keep up with him, and then the negative voice in my head berates me for not trying hard enough when logically I know that I’ve overdone it and will be paying for it.

During those fitful moments of sleep, all of my dreams were centered around finding relief from the pain and people being judgy about my need for pain relief.

I realize that all of this is anxiety bubbling to the surface and probably a little bit or a lot of me getting in my own way, which I’m really good at, but part of me is really evaluating how much of this build should I be scrubbing in on.

Time will tell. I just wish that I could DO things on the level of any of these other women that I admire on YouTube. I’m good for about 2 minutes, and the rest of the time I’m just willing myself to keep putting one foot in front of the other.

Spoonies unite. I want to put my best foot forward, but I don’t want to put a false face on chronic pain by not addressing this periodically for the sake of appearances. I’m struggling, and my hope is that like any normal person I’ll get better with time. My fear is that this is going to break me even more. The common theme in my life right now is striking balance, so I need to find that balance in the physical stuff. How do you know how far is far enough when pushing yourself physically?

Fellow Spoonies, what is your gauge? How do you know when to stop pushing? Leave a comment. Share your experiences and wisdom.

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Ep 79 – Signs

Ali was super sick this week, and was on light duty as a result. Signs were made in August while Mike’s mom was here to visit, and we put the sign post up yesterday. This weekend we’ll be putting up the forms and inspections early next week. #archedcabin #archedcabins #DIY #woods #colorado #woodworking #archedcabinbuild #sideprojects