Value Village

190 Aurora Crescent, Kelowna, BC V1X 7M3

★★★★ 

While most things are overpriced, (used items at full price), you can be sure to find a few hidden gems, sometimes finding brand name items with tags still on! It’s a rewarding treasure hunt every-time!

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Catnip – A Cure Right Under Our Noses

So, we all know how good cats find catnip, but did you know it was good for humans too? To know why, let’s take a look at where it comes from.

There is a slight relation between cannabis and catnip, being that they are both of the mint family,  in fact, if you’ve ever smelled fresh catnip, you’ll agree. It is far enough away however in it’s family tree that I’ve seen those with mint allergies be able to ingest it. I grew up with this stuff growing on our family estate, and as I was fairly sheltered and didn’t really learn about weed till my early 20’s, it explained why it always smelled ‘stronger’ around the back pathway after the teens of the neighborhood had walked through. I recently brought some into work for someones cats, after an argument with someone who said there was no way it smelt like it, yet even after tying it up in two garbage bags I was still getting looks and questions, to which I replied ‘Told ya so!!’

An amuzing article from a study done back in 1988 points to “Nepeta cataria, is a chemical called nepetalactone that sets off in the cat’s brain the behavioral patterns usually connected with a variety of pleasurable or exciting things,” and that it’s the smell not the ingestion that triggers it,  according to research by Dr. Benjamin L. Hart. The eating of catnip by a cat is thought to be an effort to bruise the catnip leaves to release more of the nepetalactone.

Now while catnip does not effect humans the same way, as in we do NOT get high from it, it does have other beneficial properties.

Herbapathy.com lists catnip as Most Effective against non other then MOSQUITO BITES – That’s right, that plant that grows like a weed, something man tries to control, another one of nature’s wonders, and it’s reach out to HELP US!

That’s just the tip of the ice-berg!

For Cures, it’s considered Highly Effective against Anemia, Convalescence and Fever.

Effective against – Abdominal disorders, Acne, ADHD, Allergy, Anhidrosis, Anorexia, Anxiety, Arthritis, Ascaris, Bipolar Disorders, Bleeding Externally, Bloating, Bone Pain, Bronchitis, Bruises, Chicken Pox, Cold, Colic, Constipation, Convulsions, Cough, Cramps, Cuts, Dandruff, Depression, Diarrhea, Difficult Menses, Digestive Disorders, Diphtheria, Early Satiety, Eye Diseases, Eyes Bloodshot, Flatulence, Flu, Gastrointestines, Hay Fever, Headache, Hoarseness, Hysteria, Indigestion, Insanity, Insect Bites, Insomnia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Keshan Disease, Measles, Menses Scanty, Migraine, Morning Sickness, Motion Sickness, Multiple Scloerosis, Muscle Cramps, Muscle Spasm, Muscle Sprains, Nausea, Nervous Disorders, Pain, Panophthalmitis, Piles, Pneumonia, Premenstrual Syndrome, Repeated Miscarriages, Respiratory Diseases, Restlessness, Rheumatism, Scarlet Fever, Sinusitis, Small Pox, Sore Throat, Stomach Ache, Stress, Swelling, Swine Flu, Tachycardia, Teething Problems, Toothache, Urine Retention, Urticaria, Water Retention and Wounds.

I’ve personally and successfully used it against items in bold in above list.

But WHY Sarah!? How does this ‘Weed’ have so many benefits for us?

The active ingredient list for this plant explains far better then I.

Acetic Acid, Alpha Humulene, Alpha Nepetalactone, Beta Elemene, Beta Nepetalactone, Butyric Acid, Calcium, Camphor, Carvacrol, Caryophyllene, Chromium, Citral, Citral Nepetalactone, Citronellal, Cintronellol, Dipentene, Essential Oil, Geraniol, Iridoids, Iron, Magnesium,  Manganese, Myrcene, Nepetalic Acid, Nerol, Phosphorus, Pipertone, Potassium, Pulegone, Rosmarinic acid, Selenium, Silicon, Tannins, Terpenoids, Thymol, Valeric Acid, Vitamin A(Or Retinol), Vitamin B complex, Vitamin C and Zinc.

As you read that list, did you notice it looked a lot like shelf of bottles in a Natural Health Foods store? If you’ve done any research in this topic, you’ll see the common result of too much of this stuff makes you sick. The reason people get sick after too much of this plant is it’s an active medicinal plant, and as your body has an easier time recognizing elements that will help it in natural form then in pill, you must keep this in mind when ingesting.  It took me a bit to get the tea dosage right, but if you always remember that too much of a good thing = not good at all and start with 1 leaf, 3 if dried, (yes I know it sounds small, but this stuff is strong!!) and slowly increase dosage to test effectiveness, you will know what is just right for you.

Note that each one of the ailments and ingredients listed above can be further researched here, if you click on an ailment it will provide you with a list of potential cures:

https://herbpathy.com/Uses-and-Benefits-of-Catnip-Cid276

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The Keg Steakhouse & Bar

1825 UNDERHILL ST, KELOWNA, BC V1X 8G8

★★★★★

Step into a homey lit parlor with a contemporary feel, sporting designer sound control seating allowing for a private night out. Elegant respectful service along with amazing food makes this an experience to be looked forward to. Prices match service and quality, while portions on a medium size, the taste of each bite making you want to savor it instead of scarfing it down. Meat was cooked to perfection for both me and my partner, even though the way we requested it was on opposite ends of the spectrum. Well done!

PS…(I had mine rare ;-))

Water CAN Be made

I was told recently that humans will never be able to make water, that it’s just not possible. I stopped dead from whatever I was doing and cocked my head to the side in bewilderment. They then stuttered out something about how God is the only one that can make water, making up a million excuses as to how we couldn’t make water.

While it is super dangerous (many scientists left Hydrogen studies behind after the Hindenburg Zeppelin crash), it is possible.

With Elements Hydrogen and Oxygen:

https://www.thoughtco.com/making-water-from-hydrogen-and-oxygen-4021101

https://van.physics.illinois.edu/qa/listing.php?id=460

And with Alcohol!

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/10/071031125457.htm

Not only can humans make water, but we have many different methods of doing so!

Please, to those of you who keep a faith, stop making your faith look bad by using it as an excuse for ignorance. That’s right up there with the Catholic church and gas lamps. No one will believe anything you say if you keep spouting garbage.

Phones and Messaging in the Modern world

Remember the good old days when you got 1 LETTER, and that 1 letter you’d carefully reply with a well worded response? This is still how I view anything sent to me in written form, and if I feel I don’t have the time and energy that message deserves to be answered with, I don’t answer until said time and energy arrives.

Now, with our tracking within message apps to ensure someone has seen our message, I must often times refrain from opening a message, because if I do, the person watching that message thinks I am ignoring them (which I rightfully am allowed) and they start the annoying tirade of messages, ‘HELLO’ (MY ALL TIME FAVORITE BTW) ‘Did you see this’, a complete rewording of their first question, 10 more messages I have to answer, or the old timer favorite copy and RESEND.

Wow Sarah, you may say, ‘That’s rude’. Well let me explain to you why I just don’t think you’re right.

When I first got a phone, I watched it like a hawk because I knew anything coming through that was probably important. I was on call for my job, and besides family emergencies, that was all I ever got called about. 

But then, I started texting this one person who would freak out if I didn’t respond right away. I was accused of many things during that period, and I found myself tied to my phone like a ball and chain. If I didn’t respond within a minute of the message being sent, I’d get another one saying I must be cheating or something to that effect. I turned off all message tracking in an effort to stop some of this, but it only got worse, the reality of how ridiculous it had gotten only hit me when I was out with my sister and had to start sending pictures of where I was so I’d stop being accused. 

So maybe I’m a little burned, but maybe I just learned a valuable lesson as to not let somebody have that kind of power over me, to not feel guilty when someone tries to guilt trip me into answering and to allow myself the time required to come up with the answer that person deserves.

The reason I bring this forward is I see the tendencies within many throughout our modern day world, trapping our partners and friends in requiring an answer your every waking moment and thought. That is not a responsibility that should ever be put on anyone, especially if they don’t ask for it. Maybe talk about it with yourself first and see if it’s even worth bringing forward, then if it is, how about you use proper punctuation and spelling instead of flinging off messages  halfheartedly. I get super distracted reading a message that looks like a five-year old sent it to me. If you’re upset and messaging in emotion, maybe take a moment and settle down before firing it off.

Communication is the fastest it’s ever been, but us humans still need to take time to THINK before we respond. So rest assured if you send me a message and it doesn’t get answered right away, that it will get answered with the best part of me in due time.

Maybe if we all allowed each other the time to put our best foot forward, who knows, maybe this world will be one step closer to a better place!

DeathTrap Co-Op Play-through With Khazzad!

My partner and I take great pride in working together to complete a game, whether it be figuring out which strategies work best in a puzzle game, or having each others back in a shooter, and as this one has a sweet combination of both makes it a very appealing game! We decided to make it our first fully streamed Co-op game, and hope to make more in the future!

Fight alone or with a partner or two to keep the horde from flooding your gates with a variety of mystical, mechanical and summoning traps. 

As you progress through the game, the levels repeat but the traps are shuffled around, some being replaced entirely with level specific ‘special’ traps.

This playlist is still incomplete, expect daily updates till you see the final level posted. 🙂

Watch live on evenings and weekends here at: https://www.twitch.tv/freyja91t

I hope you enjoy the play-through as much as we are!

Tier 1
Tier 2
Tier 3
Tier 4
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*Please Note* Strong language is used quite frequently, viewer discretion is advised.

A Simple Gift

Just beautiful.

MidiMike

          I see you are disappointed by the answers

          But it’s really the questions that you ask.

          Critical of the way things look

          Yet you will never remove your mask.

          So what if you keep painting masterpieces

          Clearly no one else will ever see?

          Surrounding yourself with splendor

          Makes you lazy and rarely sets you free.

                   So let me leave you with this;

                   It is but a simple gift.

                   Friendship is the only thing

                   That can reach across the rift.

                   Soon you may face the edge;

                   One you cannot cross or could not see.

                   Only friends will tell you when to jump

                   Or when to just let it be.

         

          From nowhere you are puzzled by a memory

          So clear you question who you are.

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Wasabi Ramen and Izakaya

1623 Pandosy St, Kelowna, BC V1Y 1P6

★★★★★ 

DELICIOUS RAMEN!! Fair prices with fast and friendly service! 

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