Friday, October 24, 2014

Visiting the Past

Earlier this week, Lollipop Pop and her high school golf team, after winning their league, played in the Area Tourney. 
 It took place in the town north of us. 
The town in which my Dad and his family moved to when they first came to California. 
The cemetery is where all four of my Great Grandparents are buried as well as my paternal grandparents. 
I had not been in many years and wanted to make the time to do so before golf.
  My ever supportive Hubby agreed and off we went. 
While I never knew any of my Great Grandparents, they are with my each day.
  The organ that I have, was originally given to Emily as a wedding present from HER parents. 

 It was treasured by her  and then her granddaughter, my Aunt Jan who passed it on to me. 
I was and am still honored beyond words.
I think Emily would be pleased that it is still loved and cared for after so many years.

Many of the stories that my Grandma shared about her family were hilarious. 
 I need to sit down with my Dad and write them down. 
I wonder if my cousins would write the ones they know down know who you are.
 What a gift to pass down to future generations.
As I was trimming grass from Delia Mariah's gravestone, I got a wet footprint on it...lousy picture.
Growing up, I always adored her sister's names...
Sarah Carolina
Sophronia Elizabeth...
 Ethel Pearl Lillian.
They sounded romantic and exotic for some reason.
  This guy's lineage is far reaching and exciting....Civil War Veteran and is also the tie to the American Revolution!

And of course, the two people whom if not for, I would not exist.
 Granddad died when I was a little girl but my memories of him are vivid...just not enough of them.  My Grandma on the other hand was every girl's dream of a grandma. 
She was loving, funny, energetic and made the BEST Oatmeal Raisin cookies on the planet.
I was blessed to know her as an adult as well and I miss her.
What a great lady she was. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Two-fer

For quite some time, I have wanted to make my own laundry soap.
  It is less expensive and not filled with chemicals that I don't want. 
Our orthopedic doctor has given me a list of  chemicals that will exacerbate acne for years.
Each time I have taken a kidnick in for sprains or breaks over the years he does this.
I think his wife was a dermatologist.
Laundry detergents were on the list because of pillowcases, towels and the like.
Makes sense, but I never did anything further.
Anyway...I digress.
I made one batch to try and have been using it without telling my family. 
What I have noticed is that the clothes off the clothesline are softer. 
 The fact that I only have to use 1 tablespoon of this is terrific as well. 
 I used the "recipe" that I found here
Sasha is often my go to girl and she seems like such a sweetie.
Anyway, rather than grating the soap, I thought I'd include Sugar Plum Fairy in a science experiment. 
 I am all about killing two birds with one stone.
We placed a bar on a plate, put it all in the microwave and"cooked" on high for about 2 minutes. 
 After 20-30 seconds, the bar changes and continues to grow into a mountain of fluff!
Apparently, Ivory is whipped and there are more air bubbles in this bar than other bars.
It also contains no dyes or heavy perfumes.
When the air heats, it expands created this fun pile.
Don't worry...she only had her face this close to the micro for a couple seconds before she was asked to stand back.
We ended up doing this three times in order to triple to laundry detergent recipe.
What I learned...plastic disposable plates melt a bit.
Turning off the turntable prior to starting the micro, keeps the soap from hitting the sides and door of micro.
AND...the added benefit is my microwave has never been more clean!
The fluff will deflate a bit as it cools and is too hot at first for little hands.
After a minute or so, the fun began. 

I had Sugar Plum Fairy break the soap apart and put in the blender.
  I added washing soda and Borax and blended for just a few seconds. until a consistent powder if formed.
Another thing I learned....after blending, wait until the dust settles before removing the lid.

I found this cool jar at Wal-Mart and it was made in the USA!
I stuck a tablespoon in the jar and am in love.
It seriously doesn't take much to make me happy.

1 bar of grated, shredded or pulverized Ivory Soap
1/2 cup Borax
1/2 Washing Soda
Mix all together and add 1 TBL to each load.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

My Pioneer Girl and Birthdays

Sugar Plum Fairy had a field trip last week to a type of Pioneer Day.
  In the past, students have learned things like how to churn butter, spin wool, weave fabric and cut wood. 
The kidnicks were allowed to dress up as well. 
This was right up my daughter's alley. 
 Since Halloween is coming up, I agreed to make a costume that could be worn for the field trip if she would also use it for the school's Carnival as well as Halloween. 
She agreed.
I found an adult skirt at the thrift store that I was able to alter.
Long socks, riding boots and a blouse were already in her closet. 

I cut a pillowcase apart and taught her how to sew it into an apron.

I found the sun bonnet here and the owner of the shop was so wonderful to work with. 
We had the perfect bonnet in the mailbox within two days. 
I must say that she, as well as I, was thrilled with the result.

On a side note, these guys are celebrating a special day today.
 Happy Birthday!!!

Monday, October 20, 2014

From Stick to Harvest

 Just over 2 1/2 years ago, I shared with you the planting of a new walnut orchard next door.
 In that short amount of time, these trees have grown into lovelies and produced their first crop of walnuts for Mr. and Mrs. Farmer.
God is good and it is truly amazing what comes from a seemingly scrawny stick in such a short period of time.
 It is also amazing what our youngest looked like such a short time ago!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday Truism

 We need to find God, and He cannot be found in noise and restlessness.
God is the friend of silence.
See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence...
We need silence to be able to touch souls.
~Mother Teresa

Friday, October 17, 2014

How I Changed the Weather

Several days ago, I decided that cleaning out the summer garden was a must. 
Besides, maybe the weather was hanging onto 90* temps because I still had tomatoes blooming and ripening like crazy and not the other way around.
At this point I was ready to try all came out!
 I made and canned Tomato Jam. 
 I started the final batch of Tomato Sauce for the freezer and this morning?
This morning, I was greeted by this....
There is not a number that begins with a 9 in sight. 
 I think we mat just have made it through the hottest summer on record....granted it is the middle of October, but we made it.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Advice for Your Thursday

This morning, I want to share some VERY important advice.
Very important.
I request most of the books I read from our local library. 
 I will see a suggestion on a blog that interests me.
Much of the time, I do this early in the morning when the house is quiet and the coffee has not kicked in. 
Case in point.
It is important to request the book in ENGLISH. 
 It has been many moons since my two years of high school Spanish with Mr. Rugeroni.
Even had I done well in his class, I don't think I could have managed.
Once I requested the proper language, it was an enjoyable book.

You are welcome.