Wednesday, July 30, 2008

A political blog tonight-my take on Obama-a very scary thought

Still no rain here, although the air has been thick and we can hear thunder off in the distance-so don't know if the storms turned or will be here later tonight.

Sorry, but I have to share a little politics-to me it is too important to the welfare of our nation and although I really don't get into into political discussions, I believe in the 2nd amendment and the foundation as to why our country was born.

I truly believe that as voting citizens we must really really research deep into the presidential candidates this year and find which one will be the best for our future. I know we don't have real leaders to choose from this time, however this being the case, we need to study what they believe in.

I am so against Obama on so many issues, and he scares me as he has a machine of a campaign going -as he just now set up camp in all the very small rural areas here in Missouri and is knocking on every-ones door. He does the same thing with the young people in college-as he has a charisma about him.

I don't like anything about his background, I don't like the church and its leaders that he attends, I don't like it that he sits when the Pledge of Allegiance to our country is being said, I don't want socialized medicine, I don't want higher taxes on my retirement income, s/s, etc, and above all I don't want my 2nd amendment rights taken away. I also want a leader that respects our soldiers. We have a contact fighting in Iraq that wrote us that when Obama came to visit-he walked right passed all the soldiers like they were not even there-and went directly to the leaders, never giving our soldiers a second or a first look even.

I am sharing with you what I just got in the mail from my NRA political watch group

Barack Obama's Ten Point Plan to "Change" The Second Amendment

1. Ban use of firearms for home defense

2. Pass Federal laws eliminating your right to carry

3. Ban the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns

4. Close down 90% of the gun shops in America

5. Ban the ammunition commonly used for hunting and sport shooting

6. Increase federal taxes on guns and ammunition by 500 %

7. Restore voting rights for 500 million criminals including those who have been convicted of using a gun to commit a violent crime

8. Expand the Clinton semi-auto ban to include millions more firearms

9. Mandate a government issued license to purchase a firearm

10. Appoint judges to the US Supreme Court and Federal judiciary who share his views on the 2nd amendment



I am sorry, but I truly feel Obama is setting us up for our country to be taken over after weakening us with his high taxes-scary.

I feel better now as I just had to speak out.

Comments welcome as always here

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Update on the Twins Quilt Project




I didn't think I would ever get this section completed, but I finally did this afternoon. Will figure out the borders tomorrow. This is the second quilt, I have been working on since spring. I am a new handquilter, so hadn't realized all the time involved on such a small project.
Part of the problem though, has been working with this organic cotton batting. For my new readers, my friend Sandy and I picked up two bales of non processed organic cotton batting, that we paid barely nothing for, when Sandy bought the used Gammil. We are realizing that this is almost impossible to hand quilt if we get it too thick. This is barely put together in thick layers about 4 inches thick, and then we have to pull if off in layers as best we can. It feels soooo soft, and I do love the antique look this has.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Butterflys in the Marigolds While Grilling







The last two evenings I started grilling our supper again, the propane tank is down to 30% now so wanting to make it last another month or so before having to spend big dollars to re fill.
I was visited by a beautiful stranger each night.

Friday, July 11, 2008

My laundry making supplies

This is a copy of todays post of mine from my Multiply blog-which is actually my main blog right now. If you do go on multiply a link to my site is here with the blog links, and it updates with the subject matter there also.
I wanted to share this one as since this past monday I have been posting homemade recipes for our own laundry supplies, I tried out some of the recipes and this following blog is my latest update of what I have made and my results with the final product.
I think I am hooked on this process, fun to make, good for the enviroment and me too, and I have to tell you soooooo much cheaper.


Updates on My Laundry Making Supplies Jul 11, '08 10:40 AM
for everyone




I wanted to share with you which recipes I have made so far-and how I like them.

For the liquid detergent I chose this one, as it looked more concentrated and I also added in glycerin

1 quart boiling water

2 cups bar soap-finely grated-this is important (this time I used Kirks pure castile soap)

2 cups Borax

2 cups Washing soda

2 tablespoons glycerin

instructions

add finely grated bar soap to the boiling water and stir until soap is melted. You can keep on low heat until soap is melted-this is very important at this step to make sure All the soap is totally melted-as it won't melt later-ask me why I know-lol
     Note: do not use fels napha bar soap for this recipe-if you go on their site this soap was never intended for this purpose-but rather to use as spot remover on clothes-this soap is really harsh if you have sensitive skin.

pour the soap water into a large clean pail-I chose a 5 gallon bucket-perfect- and then add in the borax, washing soda and stir well until all is dissolved.

add 2 gallons of water -use very hot tap water-and stir until well mixed, at this point I also added in the glycerin.

cover the pail and use 1/4 cup for each load of laundry. stir the soap each time you use it as it will gel.

(I thought I would like this recipe better to add to saved laundry soap bottles and use that way, but after seeing what it does, I am going to keep it in the bucket so I can stir well before using, I will decide after this batch if this is the way to go and the soap stays clean)

I used this for the first time on a load of towels, and I also used my fabric softener that had lavender essential oil added. They just came out of the dryer-and very nice-just a hint of lavender, soft, and so clean.

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For the dry detergent I used this recipe.

1 cup grated bar soap I used kirks pure castile soap, this would be a good recipe for using the fels napha soap for very very soild clothes-like a mechanics clothes, or for dirty throw rugs-it is too hars a soap for general laundry use.

1/2 cup washing soda

1/2 cup borax

Stir all together and put in air tight container. use 1 tablespoon for light soiled load and 1 tablespoons for heavy soiled loads.

and for tips they suggested:

liquid detergent can be used to pretreat stains-(soak in a bucket of your homemade liquid detergent)

ivory soap, or any bar soap of your choosing can be used-finely grate all soap

essential oils can be added to soap for a bit of fragrance if you choose.



I really like this soap for heavily soiled clothes along with my fabric softener. I have done a couple loads now and really really like this one.

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Bleach substitute

1 cup hydrogen peroxide

1/4 cup lemon juice

12 cups water

store in a labeled plastic jug. add 2 cups per load

they suggest to hang your clothes to a dry on a clothesline. first of all saves energy, prolongs the life of your clothes and will keep whites brighter. line drying in the sun also kills bacteria.

This one worked so so on a load of whites. I may experiment with this as a soak first on dirty white socks, and I think the line drying makes the lemon juice work better afterwards

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Fabric Softener

You need a very large pot as the mixture will foam up at first

add 1 cup of baking soad to the pot

add 1 cup of water-don't need to mix yet

slowly add 6 cups of distilled white vinegar. this will cause the chemical reaction with the baking soda and the mixture will fiz up. Let fiz and do its thing for a few minutes.

now add 6 more cups of water to the mixture. this will stop the fizzing process. stir to properly mix all the ingredients.

store in saved fabric softener bottles-may add some essential oils of your choice. 10 to 15 drops at first and see if you like the results first.

Add 1 cup to the final rinse



I really really like this alot and know I will continue to make this one for sure. I split this in half with 2 bottles and left one with no essential oils, and put 12 drops of lavender essential oil in the second-I love it

I also wanted to mention again, in case you did not catch my updated updated blog from a couple days ago-that the best thing I really like about all this is the huge reduction in lint. Our Nikita causes soooo much lint in the wash-and the vinegar I think took care of this-really amazing to me.

You can also just use straight vinegar for the rinse water-which I now do.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Firefighters blog and Zen

http://firefighterblog.blogspot.com/2008/07/state-firefighters-stretched-and.html

http://www.sittingwithfire.blogspot.com/

Thursday, July 3, 2008

2nd Shower Wall Completed-Finally!! and a Great Find





Isn't this piece just fantastic! I fell in love with this gorgeous vintage linen. It is on my blue trunk now with Sandy's crochet piece in the middle. I found it at the resale shop for around 1.50 so had to rescue it and find it a home.

And yesterday afternoon-I finally found the rock I was looking for and was able to complete this wall. My neck is "killing me" big time-but it is done So doing the happy dance!!

That big white rock on the left has texture and personality and compliments Jacquis big red lava rock on the right. It really turned out different than what I was looking for-but I like it. I was getting down to rocks being all the same shades of color and textures, so hope this top 1/4 of the wall doesn't look too much the same.

I have a major sinus headache today-the kind that makes you feel sick-but don't want to just lay around doing nothing today-so am doing some laundry and washing and pressing some new fabric I bought-also at the resale shop in a big bag for 3.00. so I did good. I also got 3 new pairs like new jean overalls for a dollar each-Cool!

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