Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Looking out my windows


These two pictures are just part of the view out of my back windows.

These two are looking out my front windows.
We are pretty much surrounded by trees, so I have a wonderful view with every window!

Fall is such a beautiful time! I'm truly amazed every single year at the beauty of the trees. Last week was cold, damp and yucky, but the trees were still beautiful. This week has been a little warmer and sunny. There are a couple of trees out the back that are so bright, they are almost irridescent!

Tomorrow I'm leaving for Florida for a week! I know, I know, I'll be missing a few more days of beauty, but I also need a vacation!! I wanted Warren to go, but he couldn't take off work right now because someone retired and they're extra busy. So my sister quickly volunteered to go with me. And we asked my friend Karen too. Mary Beth and I are flying for free because Michael and Lindsay got bumped coming back from their honeymoon in June and since they are both busy in dental school, they gave it to us. Usually they are non-transferrable, but these were!! So that was fun! I'm going to work outside this afternoon and enjoy the colored leaves...tomorrow I'll be enjoying palm trees!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Simplifying



What, you might ask, is THIS??? Yes, you might think I'm nuts, but I tried making my own laundry detergent! It all started, because I'm sensitive to cleaning items. I just have a hard time breathing them. I've tried the Seventh Generation stuff, but it's expensive. So I've been looking into ways of using simple ingredients I have on hand to clean with and also found a recipe for laundry detergent, which comes out to about 1 to 2 cents a load! I just had to try it and it was very easy to make. It uses the items in the first picture, all found in the laundry section. It cost less than $7.00 and I used one bar of the Fels Naptha, and had tons of the other left for more. The Fels bars are $1.19. IF you want to try it, here's the recipe:

1 Fels Naptha bar
3/4 C washing soda (NOT baking soda)
3/4 C borax
You can hand grate the bar, but I thought that was too much work, so I ground it up in my food processor. It looked like shredded cheese, so I kept running it with the blade in the bottom and it kept getting finer. It took only a few minutes to do the whole thing. You use 2 T per load. I put it in and fill the washer before I add the clothes. I've washed several loads, they get very clean. It also takes up VERY little space. You can also make this into a liquid, but to me it seemed like it would take up more space and you have to stir it every time you use it. Plus it seemed like it would be slimy??

For fabric softener, you can just add some white vinegar to the rinse cycle.

Here are a couple more cleaning ideas...

Pure dish soap cleans about anything.

Warm water with some white vinegar in it is a great disinfectant for counter tops.

All purpose cleaner:
1 t borax
1/2 T washing soda
2 T lemon juice
Combine ingredients in spray bottle with 1 C hot water and shake.

Drain cleaner:
Pour 1 C white vinegar and 1 C baking soda in drain. Let stand a few minutes. It bubbles. Flush with several cups of hot water. This freshens the drain or garbage disposal.

Sink cleaner:
Combine equal amounts of baking soda and salt to scrub sinks, tubs and stainless steel. Rinse well.

Windows:
Warm water, a couple T of white vinegar and a little dish soap. This doesn't streak!

Toilet bowl:
Sprinkle some baking soda and lemon juice in toilet and wait awhile. Later scrub with toilet brush.

Ink stain remover:
1 T white vinegar
1 T milk
1 t borax
1 t lemon juice
Mix together, then apply to ink stain. Let on for 10 minutes. Dampen sponge with cool water and dab till gone.

Furniture polish:
Mix 1 C olive oil
1/2 C lemon juice
Shake well and apply small amount to cloth.

There you have it...cheap basic stuff and easier to breathe it!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Turning the page

This morning the calendar page gets turned to October. It has been really chilly this week, kind of like skipping from summer to winter overnight. I've been drinking hot chocolate instead of my smoothie! I had to wear socks, shoes, long sleeve shirt and jeans! Felt so weird! And I was freezing when picking my raspberries, so I changed from my jacket to my winter coat! This picture was from yesterday...I was going to lay down and rest for a bit in the afternoon. I turned the heating pad on, but Meg and Mickey beat me to it! Meg LOVES my heating pad, if I'm on it, she will paw at me to move over and share...and I usually do! We had frost this morning, but at least the sun is out again. If it warms up this afternoon, I'm going to pull out my annual flowers. I was going to take Cindy to a doctor appointment, but it was cancelled, so I have extra time. On Thursdays, I have Jeremy's family over for supper. I will see if dad and Cindy can come too. We are having chicken enchiladas, chips and salsa. I also made pumpkin bars for dessert and Warren can take the leftover ones to work tomorrow. Tomorrow I have a clinic appointment at Akron.

During October Killbuck Savings Bank, where Jeremy works, is selling pumpkins and all the proceeds will go to the CF foundation. I'm going to go check it out this afternoon.