My "little experiments" started three years ago. They were really just diversions from my year long obsession trying to find out why I have Lupus. I was diagnosed in July 2009 and I knew there had to be a reason and a fix. I read lots of books, did lots of research on-line, and sadly realized that there's not a whole lot out there other than how to cope because "they" don't know how people get it and "they" don't know how to cure it. Sure, they give you a pill to help with the fatigue, joint pain and overall malaise, but they really have no idea how to do more than "cover up the symptoms". I learned three very important things in all my research; 1. you won't learn much from doctors - you have to go to the source! I joined the message boards at Lupus.org and chatted with other people who have Lupus to find out that other people are dealing with lots of the same issues and a lot of what you experience is "normal" for Lupus patients so you're not crazy, 2. the Sun and Fluorescent lights do bad things to me. Very bad things, and 3 (most importantly) PACE yourself. Don't overdo it. Take a nap if you're overwhelmingly tired. Because if you don't, you'll be doubly worn out later.
The Great Diversion. Hubby got a book called "How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It", read a few chapters, and said "here, you should read this". He admitted it scared him a little bit. I had no idea what it was about, and was certainly not prepared to learn about TEOTWAWKI!!! Then I read "One Second After". And I started prepping. Immediately!
Hubby was overjoyed I had found a new "obsession"! The wallet, not so much.
Experiment #1. We love the Tractor Supply store. One day, I found a pressure canner on sale and brought that baby home. And oh, did I experiment! Beans, veggies, meats, chili, soups - woo hoo!
Fast forward to today - Pigeon Peas! I read a blog post that said Pigeon Peas, like Moringa, are a must have for survival food. I have the moringa, so I must have Pigeon Peas! Right? So I ordered my seeds and planted them two weeks ago. And they are still alive! In SW FL in July!
And I am off and running on a "food forest" adventure (hat tip David the Good at www.floridasurvivalgardening.com)
And that's how Sheila's Little Experiments came about.