Deer

25 Mar

Yesterday I actually had the car so had to drive into the next town to go to the Goodwill (not to buy) but, to get rid of some clothing that gasp my husband (who never seems to get rid of anything) put in the box along with some of my daughters clothes that she has out grown. I also got rid of a few pictures that I have had up on my walls ages ago but, have not put up for almost 10 years so it was time to say good bye to them.
On my way back home I was driving along and saw two doe’s running across the road acting like they were being chased by something big and scary. I immediately back off my accelerator and started to hit the brakes a bit. The black car in front of me and a bit down the road does not even bother to slow down. I really thought that they were going to hit one of the poor doe’s and in fact they did or maybe she just hit there car with her head. She was slightly dazed but, able to run off. As I got closer to where they crossed the road I did slow down to make sure nothing else was coming down from this hill. The crazy thing about this whole incident is that it was the middle of the day. I am not used to seeing deer until either around sunset or if I happen to be up around sunrise.
We got a letter recently from ABCBS stating that they believe that our daughters information has been compromised. So fun. I did immediately sign her up for the id protection service for two years that ABCBS will be paying for and personally they should. I did try to go to the big threes websites to put a freeze and see about a fraud alert. This was pretty much a waste of time since my daughter is a minor I have to write a letter along with other documentation and send it in to them.
My daughter attended her second birthday party this past weekend. It was a pool party. She had a blast and I am really proud of her for getting back in the pool after she freaked out about being in the pool she does not know yet how to swim. We will be fixing that soon.
Been getting rid of more stuff. It has been liberating. I plan on having a certain box with DVDs that my husband said he wanted to go through but has yet to do of mine. I will do that next week when my daughter is off for spring break.

Soap

19 Mar

Yesterday was another LONG day with my daughter. She has been crying at every little thing especially if she does not get her way, I say no, or something else catastrophic happens. I was so exhausted from everything that I forgot it was St. Patty’s day and did not have my Irish brew to celebrate.

We have once again been going through the drama of trying to get her up in the mornings even though she is going to bed at a good time. Arrrggggghhhh.

Today I made my first batch of shampoo soap. I even had a bit left over that did not fit in the mold so I will now have a bit extra for free samples, give to friends and family or just use for myself. I did spill the essential oil on the counter…no worries I did clean up all my mess and even used vinegar to get rid of the smell. I forgot oops that I had put the soap in the basement to cure and so every time I open the door I smell the soap. I really thought I was going crazy there for a bit. Remember first batch of soap so really new to this smell of soap curing. I will post pictures of the soap once it is done curing. Not saying my soap smells bad it smells like almonds, just think almond cookies or an almond scone baking and you will understand the smell. It is very pleasant.

It has been so warm and sunny lately that it has been hard for me to actually sit inside and deal with email or my blog. Guess I have spring fever or something.

Take 2

11 Mar

Ok we are melting again and now having rain so once again trying to take a walk is so fun without sidewalks.
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Weekend and other bits

10 Mar

Our weekend was quiet with improving weather and snow melting again.
We had our daughter with us for the weekend which was nice and a bit annoying since she cannot stop watching Star Wars Clone Wars. She absolutely loves it. We did play more Zombie Dice with the two expansions she got as a holiday gift.

I finally got to talk to a friend. I had called her twice before but, she was usually with family. I have bad timing so we actually got to talk this time. It was nice playing catch up.

I also cleared out a lot of mental clutter. I took all my previous hurts and anger toward various people and either did a person at a time or sometimes all together and I imagined putting the pieces of a mirror together and then I smashed those pieces with a very large hammer and then breathing out those pieces. It has helped a lot and I now feel lighter and freer. Or you can do whatever works for you. It is a good visualization exercise and a great way to get rid of a lot of junk. Think of it as spring cleaning for the soul.

During our extra bout of snow I made more brownies and another apple coffee cake.
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This time I added left over vegan aka Dandies marshmallows and sort of made up the recipe.

I am almost ready to start crafting the things for my business. I just placed an order for a few more supplies and am hoping to get started by the end of this month. Hope it all goes well. Plus since my daughters spring break is coming up soon I am hoping to at least make something one day for 3 days out of her spring break (I have three different products I want to make) and spend the rest of the time doing fun stuff like taking her to the park, going to a movie (if I can find anything good on for her besides the sponge bob movie), and maybe visiting grandma too. I refuse to drag her in to spring cleaning our house while it is nice and sunny outside. I remember spending spring breaks stuck inside cleaning with my mom while it was nice outside and I really wanted to be outside. I refuse to be that kind of mom.

Does anyone have mother natures home address?

6 Mar

I really want to go toilet paper her house. Here is why
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A little snow left over.
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To rain and 60 degree weather so nice and then….
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I feel as though spring went straight back into winter a la Monty Python style. I was really enjoying the 60 degree weather and liking the fact that there was no more snow and now this. Arrrrrgh! Of course according to the weather it might all be gone again early next week. Bizarre weather. Is anyone else out there sick of winter, cold, and snow? or is it just me? Anyone want to join me in moving somewhere tropical even if it is for just a little while?

Still snow

3 Mar

There is still snow on the ground after all this time but, the good news is that it is doing the great slow melt.
Spring is on its way. The birds are a bit more chatty and tweeting. I even got to see our resident chipmunk. The poor little thing was pretty skinny and I was a bit surprised to see him/her up and about. I figured he/she would still be hibernating. This little creature was up and about. I assume searching for food. I was kind enough and put a lot of sunflower seeds out for our little friend. It is so cute it has a bit of red to its fur especially along its back haunches.

I have been such a clutz lately yesterday I managed to step on my cats back toes with shoes on and she shrieked in pain. Cant say as I blame her. Today I managed to cut my other cats claw a bit too close so made her bleed. I just hope that when it comes time for me to clip Noels claws I dont do the same to her.

It has been Blood Orange season or at least they are available in our local co-op so I have been stocking up. I hardly ever eat oranges or drink oj but, these combine orange with raspberry in taste. They are the Best in my opinion.

Just an FYI for folks. Hipsters for sisters has a new product out with the feel of suede so soft, fringe, and lots of room. It is stylish, roomy and no animals were harmed. Plus the strap is long enough to actually be used as a purse over the shoulder, or as a belt. The mulberry is a great deep red or wine red. If you want something stylish, animal friendly, and perfect for spring this is a great little bag to have and stuff everything and maybe more that you need.
Go to http://www.hipstersforsisters.com. I am getting nothing for my mentioning of this product or any other products you might be interested in. Plus they have GREAT customer service. If you have a problem they will fix or send you a new one at no extra cost to you.

Almost

24 Feb

I came really close to doing a “Heres Johnny”. I had not been out of the house because of the weather and my daughter being sick.

So yesterday was the day that I actually left the HOUSE. WAHOO. We went out to lunch, then off to a big box store, and then off to a bookstore where I got a used CD and a book on knitting projects based on how many beers it is safe to drink and still be able to knit the project. So fun! Plus there are a lot of good projects that I can’t wait to get started on. There is a scarf with mittens attached that I want to knit for my daughter. This way she has a way to keep her neck warm and have mittens so cool. Then off to a local coffee shop for more beans for coffee in the am along with running into a friend we have not seen in awhile. I also got coffee to go for me. Hehehe.
Then off to the one store we usually shop at to get a few things we needed and of course my husband decided to get more than enough stuff. ARGH! Ah well. Plus I got to talk with a friend who works there. So I got to be chatty and happy. I gotta say that actually getting out of the house is a great mood booster.

This weekend while it was so bitterly cold aka weather trying to kill us. It was -14 if not colder. So I took my own advice and made a few things with the help of my best and greatest helper.
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The first is ginger brownies made from 1000 Vegan Recipes and the other is an apple coffee cake from the same cookbook. Both are low in sugar. The brownies I “goofed” on and used “light brown sugar” instead of regular sugar. So they are not very sweet which I personally love. The Apple coffee cake is sugar free and you get the sweetness from the apple. Enjoy.

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