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10A The Mountain Messenger, Thursday, May 24, 1990 t The Joy of Farmin Ella S. Galford Like most farmers, we keep a few cats, This is the most economical way to keep rats and mice under control and I refuse to discuss the cost of the bags and bags of cat food and veterinary medicine with those who would argue otherwise. We have five grown cats. Four of them are Cooky's kittens. Cooky, a long haired calico, has had over a hundred kittens in the eight years of her life. From these we have kept' two other calicos which are spayed, a neutered ginger and white tom and a blue and white tom. t've never had any trouble giving her kittens away but I was really hoping she had gotten too old to have any more. However, by the first of March it was obvious we could expect another good-sized lit. ter: Cooky is supposed to boa barn cat but she doesn't really believe that and despite her bulging sides. she can flash between my legs and into the house before I can get the door shut. Not at all awkward in her pregnancy, she can hang by one paw from the storm door until I let her in the house where she rolls on her back and demands that I mas- sage her tummy. She just squints her eyes in a smile when I inquire where she has decided the kittens will be born. Most times she ,has a hidden nest and we have to trail her to find them. it was March 16 when Robert came to supper saying he could scarcely get the chores done be- cause Cooky was under his feet at every step and tried to get in the cab every time he got in the pick-up. Farmers' Day Friday, June I -- Street dance 9-12 She is now on me,,, porch wan.,n~t; ,-, in and I say she is getting old and must be getting uneasy about hav- ing this litter. We hope there is noth- ing wrong We'd hate to loose her because her prowess as a huntress has been proven to us many times by the deposits of rats, mice, shrews, moles and even baby wea- sels on the front porch. I decide she can come inside and fix her a bed in a box in the base- ment. Ten minutes later she is at the top of the stairs declaring she can't stay down there alone. It is obvious she is having some labor pains but they are pretty far apart so I return her to her box and rub her tummy before going back upstairs. She seems to accept this. Two hours later, I had made nu- merous trips up and down the stairs, so I try to put her outside. Quick-as- a-flash she runs to the basement and I go to bed. Next morning I find she has spurned my box for a basket of newspapers and there are three kit- tens. She said she didn't want my company now so I left her. A couple of hours later there were five kittens .and Cooky purred and squinted her eyes in a proud smile when bragged on the nice fat babies. They now reside in the wood- shed, Cooky. struts with arrogance and pride among the other cats, pausing occasionally to box the jaw, s of the other calicos because they are so worthless -- they can't even reproduce. The five cunning, Irish kittens -- well they were born on Saint Pat's Day --- are long haired black striped tabbies. How many do you want? Soil Group Will Meet Every plant f,rom the very large cruciferae, Mustard Family, is useful as an edible food or a medicinal product. These herbs are especially noted for drawing out unwanted tox- ins from the body with a specific ac- tion of removing congestion and cre- ating an overall effect of improved blood circulation. Although there are no dangerous or harmful plants in this family one should note that the oil of mustard is a strong ingredient. This oil, found in varying degrees in any and all of the cruciferae plants, can, if overused on a day to day basis, cause burn- ing (both internally and externally). In other words these are herbs that are truly used for flavoring, as a vegetable no more than a few times a week when in season, or accord- ing to prescription if and when ap- plied as a medicine, as in the use of a mustard plaster. "More is better" does not apply to any of this family's herbs. We ali know how too much mustard can ruin a ham and cheese sandwich, but the right amount is all the differ- ence between none at all. The same rule can be applied to the need fo~ medical uses. Too much can create other problems to cure. Besides black mustard, brassica nigra, and white mustard, brassica hirta, vegetables like cabbage, rad- ish, turnip and cresses like mustard cress, field cress and watercress be- long to this family group, Fresh grated horseradish, another family member, is a wonderful flavoring for red meats. For congested sinus channels, a teaspoon a day held in the mouth for about a minute before swallowing has a wonderful cleans- ing effect. Candytuft and nasturtium are two other mustard family mem- bers that are both edible and me- dicinal yet neither can compare to Helen Woodward the overall medical use or the vita- min and mineral content of shepard's purse. Shepard's purse, capsella bursa- pastoris, is very high in vitimin C and K and contains a good dose of the minerals calcium, natural sodium and sulphur. Many mustards contain all of these elements but the highest concentrations can be found in shepard's pure with lesser magni- tude in other of the capsella genus herbs. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why ground mustards and seed mustards are actually more fla- vorful and nutritious than totally processed mustards. Common to most uncultivated mustard family plants, shepard's purse is basically an annual plant that reseeds itself in common fields and waste places. Characterstic of all cruciferae, the white flowers con- sist of four petals which create the shape of an equal-sided cross when flattened out. The simple branching stem grows !rom six to eighteen inches tall with the flowers stag- gered from the basal of gray-green dentate leaves. In less severe cli- mates the plant will bloom all year. With consistent use and within a month's time, the pureed juice, a teaspoon three or four times a day, can regulate blood pressure and heart action while the herb's septic action will cleanse impurities from the blood system. When there are no snags from congested blockages in our circulatory system, overall health wilt remain stable. Editor's Note: These articles are intended for educational pur- poses only. They are not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe, nor to be considered as a substi- tute for professional care. p.m. Greenbrier Valley Soil Conserva- _ , .~ Saturday, June 2 -- Parade 11 tion District will hold its annual f ,,,,_ .......... a.m. Evening of music; games;County Plan-of-WorkMeetingforfis- / /ne Desl:.tnlngs In me ureater / horse pull; horse show; fire works at " | Greenbner Valley are free ,., | dusk. , ca year 1990 91 Thursday, May 24 Sunday, June 3 -- Union High at 1 p.m: The meeting' will be held I Including The Mountain Messenger/ School Alumni Reunion. Worship in the comerence room at the Lewis- ' .,~ service 9:30-i1:00 p.m. Registration burg Agriculture Service Center. All ......... and covered dish lunch at 12:30, All interested persons are welcome. graduates, family and friends are in- vited and encouraged to attend. I you like The Mountain Messenger.,. Please thank our advertisers : i i i I of all types to sell to 100's of Out-of-State Buyers that we mail to weekly! FOR SALE 1700+ sq. ft.. 4 bdrm, 2 b, brick, 1/2 ac. quiet, views ................... $75,000 Minutes from Lewisburg, 7 ac. mfl, homesite, great access ...... $4,500 Victorian style cottage, 3 bdrm, river frontage, reduced to ........ $35,000 1-150 ac. mountaintop estate, 5 bdrm, 2b, full basement ........... $79.000 Neat brick on 3 lots, 3 wells, efficient, 3 bdrm, 2b ................... $79,500 2-5.5 ac. w2, 260 sq. ft. home, edge of town, near river .............. $22,500 Mountaintop farm, 73.5 ac, remodelled farmhouse, outbuildings. ................... ~ .............................................................................. $79,000 3,Next to Droop Park, 3 bdrm home 5n 3 ac., great views ......... $61,000 125+ ac, of mountain woodland, walnut, cherry, apple trees ..... $36,000 Country hom~ on 3 ac., great hunting/fishing, needs TLC ....... $23,000 4-225 no. raw lahd, Pocahontas Cry., secluded, good h~Jnting .... $50,000 Log home on 5.4 ac., 3 bdrm, close to 1-64 .............................. $59,500 5-Lewisburg, 1 ac., 3 bdrm frame, private, remodelled .............. $53,500 Greenbrier River frontage, 1 mi. to St. Park, 3 bdrm,, 2 1/2 b. $63,000 6-Residence in Alderson. 1 ac, outbuildings, gardenspace ...... $29,500 Efficient, low maintainance. 4 bdrm, 2 1/2b., private setting. ................................................................................................ $123,000 7-142 ac pasture, woodland, creek, spring ............................... $71,000 Mini-farm; 9 ac., 80% finished 1800 sq. ft., vinyl-sided home. $45,000 8-20 a., 4 bdrm, 3b, brick, fantastic views ................................. $72,000 Commercial zoning 5 bdrm, 21/2b, plus 2-unit apt. building... $125,000 9-4.5 ac. ridgetop homesite, views of New River, private .............. $9,500 30.84 ac. farm, Monroe Cty., 6 yr. old 3 bdrm frame, views...$128,000 10-5.5 a, country home, 3 bdrm, 2 1/2b, full basement, private.s65,000 2 ac, 4 bdrm, 1 1/2b, large brick home. office building on Rt. 219. ................................................................................................. $110,000 11-4 bdrm contemporary, guest cottage, 3 ac., minutes to town. .............................................................................................. $72,000 121 ac horse or cattle farm, 2400 sq. ft. frame home, ponds ............................................................................................. $165,000 12-Mountain retreat, 3 ac m/I, farmhouse, barn fruit trees ......... $25,000 ,I 1991 GMC TS603 Sonoma 9311.00 Rebate 1000.00 '$8311.00 1990 GMC 4X4 TK20903 17,326.75 Auto Rebate 700.00 Discount 326.75 $16,300.00 |1 Fairlea GMC Union Future Home A tend Cedar Lakes SPECIALISTS IN INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP MEDICAL INSURANCE Phone 645-2400 Fairlea, W.Va. DISAPPOINTEL R The Union Chapter Future Home makers of America recently at- tended the 44th Annual State Meet- ing at Cedar Lakes. The theme for the weekend was "West Virginia FHA/HERO: THE RIGHT STUFF." The Union chapter received the Chapter of Excellence Award which is the highest award given to a chapter. It was presented to three chapters in the state. The chapter received recognition as a Champion Chapter, Pauline Stout Golden Circle Contributor, and 100 per cent county participation. The chapter was also the largest group in atten- dance. Individuals from Union High School who received awards and recognition were Pam White -- Lena M. Charter Leadership Award. Rebekah Gill- Pauline Stout Scholarship, First place Job Inter- view. Terri Tomlinson -- Pauline Stout Conservation Camp Scholar- ship, Silver award in the Poster competition. Dawn Diem---Second place Nutritious Snacks (Silver Award). Patti- McMahon -- First place Family Communications (Sil- 1/2 stick Margarine 1 cup sugar 1 egg 2 cups chopped apples 1 tap. Baking Soda 1/4 cup Black Walnuts ver). Patricia Brown place Housing on a vet). Deidi VanDyke and -- third place All (Bronze). Becky Sibold -- T.A.N. Kerri Sandelt- Stephanie Weiss -- Si (Gold). Ann Bradley, and Anthony Toliver ing delegates. Melinda Melissa Gill served as Phoebe McGuire, advisor, an award as Honorary State Association. Pam White and received a silver award show. Rebekah Gill and Patti will be representing the well as the state in Texas in July. These be competing in the and Family Cc titions. Anyone who make a contribution to these individuals to send it to Union High FHA, Apple Torte 1 tap. Soda 1 1/3 cup Flour 1/4 tap. Cinnamon 1/4 tap. nutmeg 1/4 tap. Salt Cream margarine & Sugar. Add egg & chopped apple. gether flour, soda, salt, cinnamon & nutmeg. Add to crear ture. Add walnuts, pour mixture into greased & floured Bake in 3500 oven 40 minutes. Cool and serve with wh topping or cool whip. Serves 6 By Opal Moore H illsboro WV 5,10,11,= JUST ARRIVED! ! List of buyers for HISTORIC HOMES! ! Over 100 for WV ! ! Remember, if you want us to sell your property, you need to list with: MOUNTAIN HOME PROPERTIES Dave Cedafleaf: Broker Sales Associates: 108 S. Jefferson St. Marianne Cedarleaf-645-4110 Lewisburg, WV 24901 Kay Gumm-392-6263 645-4110 ANYTIME EIIch Ofhce InOependenr/y Owne1 and Operated ..... Send your favoriterecipe to Mountain Messenger 647-5724 122 N. Court St. Lewisburg, WV 24901 A Page For People Who Close To The Earth 9 JIM McCUTCHEON. Managing Agent- UNITED NATIONAL REAL ESTATE FOR BROCHURES & INFORMATION CALL I 645-3666 I OR STOP BY 1! 7 EAST WASHINGTON ST,. SUITE 18 LEWlSBURG W,VA. HOME DECORATING CENTER See Us Fof AII Your Decorating Needs. Bluegrass 209 W. Washington Street Monday thru Saturday Lewisburg, W.Va. 645-6348 8 am to 5 pm Saturday May I! 309 head sold to Amounting to S~C~R& STEERS Under 500# 500 --750# 79.00 Over 750# 72.00 HEIFERS Under 500# 61.00 501 --750# 65.00 Over 750# 49.00 BULL CALVES 68.00 BABY CALVES 25.00 VEAL CALVES SLAUGHTER STEERS HEIFERS COWS 46.50 BULLS 60.00 Under 1000# 60.00 Over I000# COW & PAIRS COWS, BH HOGS SLAUGHTER SOWS BOARS PIGS By Head PONIES none HORSES 140. O0 .SHEEP & BLUE RED OTHERS EWES 12.~ EWES - BH BUCKS WETHERS GoATS GOATs,BH 12.50