You can find Grama Sue's Rainbow Eggs at:

The Hy Vee on Agency in Burlington, IA


Wednesday - Friday 9am to 1pm at the farm 1/2 mi east of the Nauvoo-Colusa Jr. High then 3/4 mile North on 1050.

Wednesday 3-7 pm at the Painted Corners on HWY 96 in Lomax, IL


7 - 11 am Keokuk Farmer's Market at the mall

Sunday, September 29, 2013

New Roof Plans for Trailer

It's been a busy summer, but I finally added a new post to Grama Sue's Floor Plan Play Land .

For those of you who may not know, one of my hobbies is creating floor plans for working/country families. I love looking at floor plans, but they rarely have the features that Grampa Tom and I think ought to be in a home, like large mudrooms and master bedrooms that are away from the main living spaces.

The designs are, for the most part, dreams that we will never build, but I'd sure like to see some of them exist outside of my mind and my computer so I created a blog to show them to the world.

My most recent post though, is something Grampa Tom and I are actually planning to do :) Trailer roofs are notorious for leaking and ours is no exception. We often have to get up there to paint and fill the cracks that inevitably occur when a thin metal roof is blown around by the wind. We have often talked about putting a pole building roof over it, but not seriously, until one day a few weeks ago when Grampa Tom happened to mention our ideas to a couple of friends of ours who got all excited about it and told him they were going to help him.

This plan includes not only a roof, but a greenhouse designed for passive solar heating and cooling, a cold room for our veggies and lots of extra storage. Check it out at Grama Sue's Floor Plan Play Land

God Bless You All!

~Grama Sue

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Sweet Annie

My Sweet Annie is ready!

Grampa Tom used to kill this stuff all the time. Then, one day a lady who grows it came to my garage sale. She was oohing and awing over it. She said she grows it in her garden on purpose and sells it in bundles for people to use in flower arrangements, wreaths and potpourri. 

Sweet Annie grows in our fence lines naturally and this year we have an extra abundant harvest because we don't have any sheep. Sheep really love this stuff! Fortunately, we have a friend who does the Spoon River Drive the first weekend in October. He said he'd love to sell it for us there.

According to WebMD, Sweet Annie is used medicinally for malaria. It has a chemical in it that drug companies concentrate to make malaria drugs. It is also used for  "colds, dysentery, diarrhea, indigestion, flatulence, heat stroke, tuberculosis and as a poultice on abscesses. Often used to treat night sweats. Can be used both topically and internally for bacterial and fungal infections." It is a member of the wormwood family (caution is advised) and should not be over used or taken by people using anti seizure medicines.

That's good to know. If you are inclined to use it medicinally, do some research. I'm not a doctor :)

So now you've probably learned something. One of the homeschooling groups I have been involved with had a rule, "Learn something every day." It's a good rule. You can go back to bed now :)

God Bless You All! 

~Grama Sue

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Young Living's Valor for Arthritis

I gotta show you something!

This is often difficult if not impossible for me to do at 4 in the afternoon. I bought some Valor because it has frankincense in it. Straight frankincense is really expensive. 

I have been having some dark spots growing into moles around where my bra was tight. I quit wearing a bra and have been using Young Living's Melaluca on those spots. It has been doing an awesome job! ALL of those spots are at least 50% smaller than they were before I started using it, but there is one that was particularity large to begin with. I read that frankincense was really potent for this use, but since I had other priorities for my money, I went with Valor instead just for some extra umph!

One of the suggestions for Valor is to put it on your wrists and your neck. I thought, since I had it, I might as well. I was hoping it would alleviate the problems I've had for years with my hands falling asleep while I was sleeping. Within a couple of nights, I noticed a real improvement in this area. Then this morning, I woke up and was able to make a tight fist! I wasn't even expecting that!

By the way, I am not a doctor. I'm just sharing what has worked for me. Check with yours before using this. There may be reasons why you shouldn't. And do your own research!

God Bless You All!

~Grama Sue

Thursday, September 12, 2013


Ahhhhh ... rain!

Grampa Tom says we got a half inch! The last rain we got was on July 30th. Thank God it was 3 inches then, but even 3 inches of rain tends to dry out after a while. It has been hot for the last couple of weeks on top of that. 

Grampa Tom and I have been rather depressed lately. My knee has been out of wack, so Grampa Tom is having to do double duty. The chickens aren't laying and veggie production has really slowed down. We've been worried about our wheat/beans. Hopefully this rain isn't to late to save them. We haven't seen any bees in weeks, but there's a lot of them in the garden this morning :) It's hard to trust when nothing seems to be going right. But God is able even when we can't see His plan!

I've been working on setting up a blog, Facebook page and Pinterest site for the Art and Needlework shop in town. Mary Lou saw the post I did about it and hired me to enhance her internet presence. I'm hoping to get it up and generating more sales for her soon. It's a lot of fun. I will post links when I think they are presentable :) Hopefully it will make her a lot of money and she will be really thankful ;)

That's it for today folks! Gotta get to the market in Burlington. Come see me! It's at the Port from 5 - 7:30 tonight!

God Bless You All!

~Grama Sue

Monday, September 2, 2013

Good Morning Cyber World!

Oh how I have missed you!  I have survived my lack of internet access! It was difficult, given the fact that my knee is sprained and I can't do much in the garden, but I did it.

I read a real book, printed on that old fashioned stuff they call paper. 

I spent a good deal of time creating a plan for roof, shed and greenhouse for my trailer that I think we just might do. 

I watched the Red Green show and more TV than I've watched in years.

I snapped a lot of green beans.

Took care of short people

and slept a lot.

The real world is a wonderful place, but it's nice to be able to look up how to make a fruit fly trap when you are being overrun, price things you need to plan for, post prayer requests and get the latest important news like your great-niece's first steps, and all those hilarious stories about my friend's and family's daily life.

Please let me know what I have missed!

God Bless You All!

~Grama Sue