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Seal those cracks. January 2, 2015

Posted by ourfriendben in homesteading, wit and wisdom.
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I don’t know if you’re like us, but every winter, once it gets cold and dry, we get the most painful, bleeding cracks on the sides of our fingernails and our heels. Ouch!!! These cracks aren’t big, but they hurt so much, and make it almost impossible to do the simplest tasks, like fastening a curtain (or anything else, for that matter). Seeing your bedroom slipper stained with blood isn’t fun either.

What to do? After extensive research, we have to give our recommendation to O’Keeffe’s Working Hands. The top says “For Hands & Feet That Crack & Split” and “The LEADING Skin Therapy For People Who WORK With Their HANDS.” (O’Keeffe’s also makes a tub of cream just for feet, but we find that, as advertised, Working Hands is great for both hands and feet.) You need to apply a minuscule amount a few times a day, rub it in, and enjoy the relief. After about three days, it will have worked its magic, and you can put the little tub away until the next episode.

If you have this problem, try Working Hands! We found our first tub at a local hardware store, but we think Tractor Supply also carries it. Check it out online and see where it’s offered near you. It’s probably on Amazon as well. And it’s both affordable and long-lasting: We bought a second tub as backup but are still on our first, years later.


Help for gardeners’ hands. May 15, 2010

Posted by ourfriendben in gardening, homesteading, Uncategorized, wit and wisdom.
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Silence Dogood here. I don’t know about you, but dirt under the fingernails isn’t the only malady I struggle with during the gardening season. I’m right-handed, and the skin of my index finger and thumb around the fingernail of my right hand split and bleed as I try to work in the garden.

This is humiliating and inconvenient—hey, I have work to do!—but it’s also amazingly painful. Try doing the most trivial thing—winding your watch, plucking your eyebrows, unscrewing a bottle cap—with a split finger and you’ll learn first-hand why torturers stick bamboo splinters under people’s fingernails. The least stupid thing is just incredibly painful. Owww!!!!

As a result, I’ve been on the hunt for something that could help alleviate the situation. It’s not like I don’t take care of my hands—I put on hand lotion every morning and night—but it simply can’t combat the stress of gardening (or, say, winter cold and dryness) on my fingers.

The best thing I’ve found so far is a cream called O’Keeffe’s Working Hands. Its claims are “For Hands & Feet That Crack & Split” and “The LEADING Skin Therapy for People Who WORK with Their HANDS.” I stumbled on a jar at an ancient hardware store in scenic Kutztown, PA, and have been applying it to cracks and splits ever since. But sadly, last time I visited that store, they didn’t have any. And of course there’s no website on the jar.

Thank God for our good friend Google. They came up with O’Keeffe’s own website, http://shop.okeeffescompany.com/, which revealed that, in addition to O’Keeffe’s Working Hands, the company makes and sells O’Keeffe’s Healthy Feet and O’Keeffe’s Life Out There. All are extremely reasonably priced, at $5.99 to $6.99.

So, fellow gardeners, what do you use on your own chapped, splitting, cracking, bleeding, miserable hands and/or feet? And how do you like what you use? This inquiring mind wants to know.

          ‘Til next time,