Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Last Friday DISH was to be here anytime between 8am and noon. Excited about the new house the kids were up at 7am so were sitting on the porch, and as Anne would say, drinking in the view. The Hunter told me I better get clothes on (I was in PJs not naked people!) because the DISH guy would be here any minute. I said, "no way! He'll be here about 10:30...you watch." DISH guy drives up at 8am SHARP! After my last episode with DISH repairmen this guy was WONDERFUL! Showed up on time, crawled up on the roof, installed dish, ran the wire where I wanted and was out of here in about 20 minutes. That's how it's done!
With that completed I should have Internet by supper, right? Yeah, he never showed up. I called and they didn't even have me in their system. They had NEVER heard of me. I wonder who I gave all my important information to?? So, I had to wait a WHOLE FIVE DAYS before I could have Internet. Felt VERY cut off. This is my view to the east. I do have a neighbor pretty close but I still need my Internet.Today while trying to buy peaches I ran over a nail...but not just any ol' nail it was a HUGE nail. I don't know what people even use nails like this for but it ruined my tire. A very nice man took time away from his fishing to help me change the tire. Thank God there are still people willing to stop and help someone.
So, now I have TV, Internet and a new tire. If I could only find my kitchen curtains life would be good.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Posting this clip scares me. I couldn't even watch the whole thing! I think it's the one where Mel is in the field and he first spots the alien. Again...not sure cause I'm not watching that movie EVER again. At one point in the movie theater I was so freaked out that I told The Hunter we can leave. I could care less at that point what happens to the family. I wanted out!!
So, now you know. I'm not afraid of mass murderers or rapists...it's aliens in the cornfield. Completely unrealistic I know. And just so ya'll know....I'm very well armed if anyone tries to come out here and think it's all funny to scare me. I'm just saying...
Yeah, that's not funny! But no worries.....our truck arrived. I'm not sure when those guys slept because they came rolling up the road at 9am. It's at least a 5 hour trip from were they were. They backed the truck in and got organized.
The first item off the truck was the most important.
Even if I never have professional movers again I learned some great packing tips. I've never seen someone pick up items so heavy and move them with such ease. They packed everything so well! I did not have one single nick or scratch on anything! They even packed some things I didn't want..haha! I tried to get organized before the movers came. I went around the house and put things where they belonged. I put books with books, DVDs with other DVDs...if it went together I tried to put it where it belonged. I found 8 or 10 little packets of diaper cremes that I have received as freebies in the last 6 years. My kids never had diaper rash so I never used this stuff. I piled it all together cause I was going to give it to someone who might need it or drop it off at church. Totally forgot about it. Not even sure where it was but I unpacked it yesterday. They were all carefully wrapped in paper along with a VBS flyer!
The view from my new front porch. Yeah, it's pretty flat but there are no neighbors, no dogs barking, no stereos going by. And of course it's pointed toward home...south.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Mexican Coca-Cola....sigh..... It's made with real cane sugar and not with high fructose corn syrup and I'm loving it! It makes my habit a little healthier...haha! (it's my blog and what I say is true!) Nikki bought me 6 bottles and I have one left....I'm hording it till I find another source. Thanks Nikki!!
Friday, July 24, 2009
These women and I are all SO different but we each click with each other in such a unique way. I have learned so much about myself.....how to be a better friend, mother and wife with this group. I could not have survived without these women the past couple of years! Between all my girlfriends we have 27 children but we still found the time for so many moments of laughter, tears, praying, heartache, shopping, bitchy moments, puking children, knitting, pool visits, play lands, scrapbooking, fevers, movies, road trips, shopping trips, texts, emails, midnight Facebook chats, dinners, lunches, snacks, picnics, parks, stroller trips, and even one bat.
To sum it all up in one sentence is hard but I'm going to try....
- Rachel taught me to knit. I can't even begin to tell you what a rewarding experience that has been.
- Nikki taught me the power of the almighty coupon and where all the best bargain places are.
- Liz taught me there are better ways to vacuum the carpet and that Western riding isn't the ONLY way.
- Penny showed me some great gardening tips and how to eat healthier.
- Esther showed me it's ok to laugh at yourself and you can read the bible and still be cool.
- Sarah taught me the proper use of a Lysol wipe and not all doctor's wives are the same.
- Cheryl made me laugh and shared my great love for all things paper.
- Sami for being such a wonderful smiling face on day 1 and day 1408.
- Stephanie H. shared my love of a good book.
- Stephanie B. shared my love of the Oprah show and all things Eddie Bauer.
- Chris has been such a great cheerleader for me....always a smile and a positive word.
- Renea taught me not all questions need answered.
- Jennifer taught me that people aren't always what they seem on the outside...sometimes they are even better.
That is probably what I have learned most about living here....appearances aren't what they seem. People are just people...they are the same pretty much everywhere. With that being said I pray I find another group of girls JUST as good as these...they can't be better that's for sure....nobody could be better!
Not everyone who has touched my life has been mentioned but know that you are loved just as much. I will miss everyone!
Love you guys and can't wait to see you again!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
The slides were too much fun and a bit scary I thought. I do not like the dark tunnels...how is that fun?! But the wave pool was a super hit! I haven't laughed so hard in a long time. I tried body surfing and of course my timing was a bit off.
The day was a success...the mom's were EXHAUSTED and the girls ready to hit another park!
Saturday, July 18, 2009
So, the All-Natural Mama tells me about this Amish bent and dent store up in what I consider the North Country. So, while the hubby's are watching the kids, Nikki, All-Natural Mama and myself go grocery shopping and boy are we excited.
Monday, July 13, 2009
These are your cast of characters.
- 1/2 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (NOT baking soda) I found this at our local grocery store.
- 1/2 cup Borax powder (I found this at Wal-Mart)
- 1/3 bar Dr. Bronner's bar soap (I bought this from the local co-op but you can find it anywhere that sells all natural soaps.) You can use any kind of soap or scent you like but remember if you want it to be all natural pick a soap with no chemicals or dyes.
First, you grate the soap into a cooking pot. I started out using the hand grater and decided this was going to take WAY too long so I got out the big guns. Can't go wrong with the Cuisinart food processor. It chopped up the bar of soap in no time!!It was so much fun to put the bar of soap through the food processor that I messed up my recipe. I sliced up the whole bar before I even realized it!! Well, you know me....I do everything a little half-ass so I decided it was fine. So far it hasn't messed up the recipe so I guess it was ok. I poured the shavings into the cooking pot and then added 6 cups of water and heated it until the soap melted. You then add the washing soda and borax and stirred until dissolved. Remove pot from heat and pour 2 gallons of hot water into the bucket. Now add your soap mixture to a 5 gallon bucket and stir thoroughly. Let the soap sit for about 24 hours and it should be a gel. Mine did not turn into a gel after 24 hours. I don't know if it was the added soap or what. Two days later it did turn more gel-like. I poured the mixture into a old detergent bottle and I'm using the lid to measure it into the wash....about 1/3 to 1/2 cup per load. As you can see this isn't an exact science so if it's too hard after 24 hours add a little more hot water and let sit for 24 more hours.
This only took about 15 minutes of my time and I should be able to wash about 110 loads of laundry at about a dollar a bucket. How does that compare with your store bought?