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Monday, May 30, 2011

The Weekend So Far in Pictures....






           

My "baby" Gabby is tuckered out.

           

On top of the other 800 things I needed to accomplish this weekend, I added this frivolty to my list.  Be kind.  I know it's a little odd for me, Queen of the Earth Tones to decide to paint my swing Robin's Egg Blue.  In all honesty though, it really does look great.  A bit of color never hurt anyone.  :)



I really love eating. 





He was a gigantic help this weekend.



My "overseer".  I love this boy.  I don't know what I'd do without him.



This boy, too.  How could you not love a rack like that?  LOL.















Sunday, May 29, 2011

Real Quick...

          Sorry I haven't really posted but you wouldn't believe all that we have been up to.  I promise to fill everybody in tomorrow.  Maybe...but when I do, you'll be envious.  :)  Lovin' this beautiful 90 degree Indiana day and new Jason Aldean on the iPod!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

What a Week...

        Blogger will not let me log out.  Seriously, what the heck is wrong? It won't load the 'help' answers either.  Fun times.
       
        Last night Indiana got hit pretty hard and there was 2 tornadoes.  It was a rough night.  The news was on from about 1 p.m. till well after I guess I got back in bed after midnight.  About 9:30p.m. and having heard the sirens go off and on all afternoon and night I went to bed.  About 11:30, the boy runs in and says "The sirens are going off!!!" So I got up, looked at the news, and proceeded to go right back to bed.  I don't know about anyone else but those sirens go off at the weirdest times.  The worst of it was already passed us, then they go off.  A lot of folks went to their basements.  We didn't.  We just keep an eye out.  Not the safest thing in the world, but when you live in tornado alley, if we went to the basement every time they told us to take cover, we'd not be in our home much in the spring.  It didn't do too much damage out here.  A bunch of big branches down and some leaves stripped from the hail.  The biggest loss was our turkeys.  The pen must have blown all to hell during the storm later on, and a fox got them.  The foxes, coyotes, and rabbits have staged an all out war against our property.   Anyhow I've been bummed about my little turkeys all day I'm looking into planting a wall of Thuja Giants here soon the dogs can't see me... they can't see me, they can't yap at me everytime I go outside. 
           I replanted the gourds for my trellis.  I waited 2 whole weeks with not even a leaf poking through.  Tuesday night I got the big gourd patch out back cleaned up so I am going to plant some bushel gourds tonight, wet or not.  It's past time they should've been out but the weather hasn't cooperated a bit.
           Got a lot to do this weekend.  Thank God for 3 day weekends.  I'm so excited not to have to go in to work for 3 days I could dance.  :)

Monday, May 23, 2011

The Weekend

                 We got a lot done this weekend.  And by "we", I mainly mean my husband. Saturday turned out to be a bust for our rummage sale adventure.  Two rummage sales in, my momma's car dropped both front half-shafts in some guy's driveway right outside Noblesville.  As luck would have it, he had a flatbed and offered to tow it home, and Wood hadn't left to go fishing yet with the boy so he camed and rescued me.  We ended up piling into my car but I didn't find nothing but a wok.  I got home and had somethings to do and it started pouring.  So I took my husband (who cut wood, mowed the yard, took the boy fishing, worked out in the garden, worked on laundry, and had the house clean...all while I was out running around) out for a nice steak dinner.  When we got home it had cleared up so we sat out back with the .22 and guarded our garden.  The rabbits have terrorized our garden this year.                   
          Sunday we went to Rural King so I could hand them half my paycheck and to the grocery.  When we got home I put chicken wire all around one of my gardens because the turkeys have decided to terrorize it.  We finally (duh) remembered we had some deer/rabbit fence leftover from last year and put it up completely around the big garden.  And I sprayed this organic rabbit repellent, but so far it hasn't deterred them.  Hopefully the fence and the spray will salvage what's left.  If we have to we'll replant and fill in somethings this weekend.  I also found some pretty plants cheap, so I "purtied" up around the house.

              Today I had to work but Wood stayed home.  He didn't have much to do at the shop and the boy got sick at school so he got a free day off.  I gotta say, my husband has never been home when I had to work for me to come home and find the house a mess and that he hasn't done anything all day.  I think he almost works harder when he is at home.  I couldn't have done any better than Wood.  He really is the best.  I came home and he had built my grape trellis!  It looks great, but it's kinda hard to see in this pic.

              He also planted about 10 trees today around here, worked on laundry, and he's making steaks, baked potatoes and asparagus on the grill.  He made a bunch of tomato cages too.  I am one lucky girl.

            The radar is showing we may get some storms this evening.  If we don't have rain by about 7 p.m. we'll water everything. 
           I always wanted some clematis growing on an old fence like my great mamaw had.  Now I got it...life is good.


             Hope everyone has a good week.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Oh Man!

Update: The hot pepper spray didn't work.  They have nearly destroyed the gardens.  What do I do?

Friday, May 20, 2011

The Zombie Apocalypse

         I really can't believe that they are talking about that nut job Herald Camping on the news.  The weatherman said, "Well, even though the world ends tomorrow, I'll go ahead and give you the forecast anyway."  I would love to be a debt collector come Monday morning.  I wonder how many people will use "I didn't pay my mortgage because the world was supposed to end."  Really?  If the world's going to end, what did you spend that money on?  Whatever it was, you can't take it with you. Or at least that's what my Mamaw says.  Oh, crazy people is why I believe in my right to bear arms.  I'm just waiting on some nutcase to try and break in and steal our food tonight.  Just in case that does happen, I am putting a link up to my paypal account.  If you're not one of the lucky 2% come tomorrow and someone does break into my house, I'd appreciate it if you'd donate to help my poor husband get me out of jail for shooting a robber.  Generally, I'm very responsible and keep at least $500 back for bail, but the kid just left for his 8th grade dance which I think set us back further than our wedding.  I kid. I'm a kidder.  Our wedding was a little over $500.  :)
           Enough of my sarcastic nonsense.  It was beautiful out today.  If tomorrow actually is the end of the world, at least we got one last sunny 80 degree day.
           In any event, it's kinda hard for me to be anything but excited about tomorrow.  Momma, Memaw and me are going to the big Highway 38 sale.  Well, unless we are fighting off zombies, in which case, remember Zombieland Rule #20: It’s a marathon, not a sprint, unless it’s a sprint, then sprint!

Monday, May 16, 2011

How to Make Homemade Laundry Soap...(Not MOONSHINE, Momma.)

I just want you all to know that this man is not me.  I don't even know who he is.  But I know what copper is worth, so he better hide it. 
  
        I feel like I should put a disclaimer at the beginning of this post.  Apparently, my mom's aversion to me making her laundry soap is because she thought I was talking about moonshine, rotgut, white lightening... you know, illegal booze.  So, Momma, if you read this, I really am making laundry soap.  Not corn liquor, and I don't have a still, and you of all people know how gosh darn expensive copper is.  So the moonshinin' will wait...
    
             Laundry soap is so easy and cheap to make that it ought to be illegal what they charge for the stuff premade.  It's 4 ingredients: water, Borax, washing soda, and Fels Naptha.  You also need a 2 or 5 gallon bucket to put it in.  All this you should be able to find in your laundry section at your store.  Or, even better, at your local Rural King.  If you don't have a Rural King, I'm sure sad for you.  I suggest you write your local congressman and demand one.  Friday nights just aren't Friday nights without a Rural King.
     


             Since most people look at me like I'm crazy when I tell them what's in it, I'll tell you what the stuff is.  Borax is what my Memaw used to wash clothes in.  Alot of folks don't know, but Borax is all natural and always has been.  It's safe, no one's died from their memaw washing their clothes so rest easy.  Washing soda is kinda like baking soda but super-charged.  It's all natural too.  Fels-Naptha is like a bar of laundry soap, and I like the way it smells, but you may not.  Keep in mind that I also think WD-40 smells wonderful too.  If you can't find these 3 things, you need to move closer to a Rural King.  Your life will be better.  (And no, Rural King doesn't pay me to promote them, I just love them.  They love the fact they get a good chunk of money from me I'm sure, too.)
      
               It's 4 easy steps. None of which involve copper tubing, hiding in the woods, oak barrels, or running from Boss Hogg in a 1969 Dodge Charger r/t with a 440 magnum named "The General Lee".  But anyhow...
            #1.  Grate 1/3 bar Fels Naptha soap into 6 cups of water in a saucepan and heat it till it melts.
            #2.  Add 1/2 cup of your Borax and 1/2 cup of your washing soda and stir that up until it dissolves.
            #3.  Pour 4 cups hot water into your bucket/container and add your Fels Naptha mixture to that.
            #4.  Add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water to all that and stir it up.  Let it sit for about 24 hours and    
                   it'll gel up just like the fancy brands at Walmart.

             You use about 1/2 cup per load.  Tide cost about $.35 per load, this runs in the neighborhood of $.01 to $.02.   The Borax was $3.49, Washing Soda $2.99, and Fels Naptha $1.49.  One bar of Fels Naptha will make you 3 batches of soap.

              Now...Momma would you like some laundry soap?

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Laundry Soap...


I wonder how many people started their blog while waiting on 1/3 of a bar of Fels-Naptha to melt in a stockpot...





             I'm going to go with probably zero...but I sincerely hope I'm wrong.  I went to Rural King Friday and they had 5 gallon buckets and lids on sale for $1.99, and anything you could stuff in the bucket was 10% off.  And as luck would have it, everything to make laundry detergent was on sale as well.  (I get REALLY excited about the Rural King.)
             So as we headed home in a downpour...I said, "I should've grabbed another 5 gallon bucket so I could make mom some laundry soap."  Yeah, right.  Good one.
             So after we got home and let the turkeys out to run, I texted my mom and said that the Rural King has 5 gallon buckets on sale and I am making laundry soap this weekend, (I'm so cool) and if she brought me a bucket I would make her some.  I got this back...(read this with full contempt)..."You make your own laundry soap?"  Feel free to add a snort there.  I did.
            So after 24 hours of silence, I called my mom.  I called her back quickly as we had bigger issues than working out our homemade-laundry-soap-issues, because of our neighbor. (That's a WHOLE other post...)  I think she was relieved I couldn't ask about to her aversion to homemade laundry soap because of the neighbor bulldozing about 400 trees and really I just called to make sure if needed she could bail me out of jail. 
             Eventually, I called her back and asked if she had thought anymore about wanting some laundry soap and I got silence.  "Uh, I, uh, don't know if I should because you know, your dad, he, uhh, has sensitive skin, and uh..."  First, my dad doesn't have sensitive skin.  Second, what in the hell does she think I am going to do?  Put battery acid in her laundry soap?  If I did, it would just dissolve her clothes in her washer and not harm my dad's baby-soft skin.  Duh, mom.
             Anyways, so this morning I made laundry soap in a 5 gallon Rural King bucket, because I'm high class like that.  And while I was waiting on the Fels-Naptha to melt, I started this blog.  Like most things I start, out of boredom and impatience.  So welcome to my crazy life.  Take of your shoes (or don't, my 200 pound dog doesn't clean his feet off before he comes in) and relish the fact that you are probably normal and don't run inner monologues about what could possibly be your mothers aversion to homemade laundry detergent.