She had ever-bearing strawberries that she would pick as soon as they showed a blush of red so the birds didn't get them.

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That one took a little longer (about two weeks), but it's cleared up now, too. I was at my Great Uncle's house scrubbing egg off a plate with a metal scouring pad, when “the pad” stabbed me.

I set the scrubber down and out crawls a large black wasp.

A decoction of the roots is used in the treatment of a wide range of complaints including diarrhoea, dysentery, gastritis, peptic ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, haemorrhage, haemorrhoids, cystitis, bronchitis, catarrh, sinusitis, coughs, asthma and hay fever.

It also causes a natural aversion to tobacco and is currently being used in stop smoking preparations.

Grandma and I would dance and sing on the front lawn, and every Saturday night we had a “date” watching Hee Haw. I've rediscovered “medicine leaf”, and it's become a staple of my first aid kit.

It turns out grandma's “weed” was actually common plantain (Plantago major).From Alternative Nature Online Healer: Plantain Medicinal Properties and Herbal Use Plantain is edible and medicinal, the young leaves are edible raw in salad or cooked as a pot herb, they are very rich in vitamin B1 and riboflavin.The herb has a long history of use as an alternative medicine dating back to ancient times.When I was a little girl, my father's mother, Catherine, and I were very close.Mom was awfully busy trying to raise six kids and run a farm by herself, so I spent a lot of time with grandma (I'm the baby of the family).I was planning on salve, I wasn't sure how to use it, I'm new at this – all the usual excuses apply.