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September 30, 2015

Fall Harvest Update

Filed under: Uncategorized — urbandumpsterdiver @ 1:38 pm

Hello all you fine ladies and gentleman who read my blog. This has been a grueling hot summer. Actually too hot for diving (food wise). Pickings have been slim. We’ve found an occasional box of cleansers, paper goods or non-food items but nothing to write home about. Now that the hot weather is finally coming to an end, I can work on insulating my old home and cleaning up clutter.

We had a serious power outage here that knocked down huge trees and left the residents here without electricity. Of all times to have a power outage in the middle of July with no AC and no means of cooling off. We took cold showers every two hours and fanned ourselves. We finally drove to another town where they did have power and sat in the AC and charged our phones at a local fast food joint.

About a week later I got hit with a nasty viral type bacterial infection. I was in agony. I’m a very holistic person, but this wasn’t being treated with natural medicine, so off to the urgent care I go. I was given some strong antibiotics that had such serious side affects I was homebound. I found out later (unfortunately) that Ciproflaxin has long term damaging side affects, which I’m still getting over.

I’ve come to the conclusion that eating a vegan or near vegan diet is the only choice for us. The last two times I’ve eaten pork I’ve felt very lousy for a few days. So has my husband. I believe it’s the parasites in the pork. So we’re merging into a diet of more fruits, vegetables, rice, beans, potatoes, soups and salads and maybe fish occasionally. But steak, pork and bacon are out. Don’t get me wrong I love those foods. Maybe once in a while I’ll eat them. But for now, at my age, those foods are not good for me and they’re anti-aging. When you look at people who are either raw foodies or vegans, they look far younger than their age.

I’ve been focusing on my garden. We didn’t grow enough to feed us for a long time, but enough to put some veggies in the freezer for long term use. We saved tomatillos, serrano peppers, habanero peppers, peppermint, lemon balm, tomatoes, strawberries, corn, oregano and basil. Not bad for a first timer.

I’m not that great of a gardener yet, but I’m still learning and doing better each time. We bought a dog pen with a roof on it. We’re going be placing bins inside thedog pen (keeping the critters out that way) and growing food there.

It’s better to learn and be quite proficient in gardening and growing your own food now. Dig a well before you’re thirsty I’ve been told. Whether or not a collapse happens economically or environmentally, it’s always good to have some sort of food freedom. This way if disaster strikes you are prepared, if not you have organic veggies that you know what was put into them.

So for now, it’s remodel, garden and heal from these toxic pharma drugs. Once things get cooler I’ll be back to diving again.



  1. Good to hear you update here…sorry you had an illness. I do not eat any pork or beef products and haven’t for nearly a year. I stick to turkey and chicken so far. I do not take meds much and find that when I do, I take half what they tell me to. Sure don’t need a system overload. This year has been so crazy weather wise. I sure hope the winter will not be too harsh. Take care.

    Comment by CAROL — September 30, 2015 @ 1:45 pm

  2. hey, i like your blog and your posts.

    keep up the good work with gardening!

    HOpe you`re feeling better by now. Markus

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    On Wed, Sep 30, 2015 at 8:38 PM, Urbandumpsterdiver’s Blog

    Comment by Markus Beachy — September 30, 2015 @ 2:16 pm

  3. Hey Carol, thank you for your kind words and thoughts. I’ll be having more content in the future. I’ve got some pork and beef that has been sitting in my freezer for a while. It’s still good. I’m going to take it to the local food bank I usually donate to.

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — September 30, 2015 @ 2:24 pm

  4. Why thank you Markus. I am feeling better. I’m taking fire cider (which is a natural antiobiotic) for any type of bacterial viral type of infections. I can feel it working inside of me. I’m taking it easy and drinking lots of water.

    Some of my plants are starting to bloom again after the heat has died down. My habaneros and herbs are coming back to life. I’m now making a tonic with habaneros, collodial silver water and other ingredients. When it’s finished and take it, I’ll post the results and the recipe.

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — September 30, 2015 @ 2:26 pm

  5. Glad to see your update and sorry you were ill. Your blog is one I totally enjoy reading. You were missed. Looking forward to future posts.
    Kathi in Florida

    Comment by Kathi — September 30, 2015 @ 8:49 pm

  6. Thank you Miss Kathi. Good to be blogging again.

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — September 30, 2015 @ 11:49 pm

  7. Hi so glad you are back and on the mend. I really enjoy reading your dumpster diving stories so keep the stories coming.

    Comment by Melinda — October 9, 2015 @ 10:32 pm

  8. Thank you Miss Melinda. I am back on the mend. Getting stronger every day.

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — October 10, 2015 @ 2:28 am

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