Doug is off to Scuba class with his buzos viejos amigos.
So, he loads 40 bales of hay last night onto the Big Black Beast Silverado to deliver to Murray State this morning. After checking on his chicks, and feeding and watering the horses, he gets in the damned thing to come back to the house to get ready for Scuba and the rat-bastard truck won't start. The alternator belt is blown in about 15 pieces. He has had more trouble with that stupid truck! But, in keeping with our positive attitudes and counting our blessings, at least he wasn't on the highway headed to Murray with that load!
Meanwhile, I'm snoozing right along in the warm bed with thick flannel sheets and 7 blankets when, BAM! I get a wet nose, 40 pound paw, and warm, wet tongue in my face. Princess Zeeva Bear is wound up and ready to go at 7:00a.m. on this freakingly cold Saturday morning. But look and see who is back to sleep...
The chickens' water is frozen, so I've let them out of their house and run so they can drink from the heated bowl. I've hauled in a couple of armfuls of firewood, drank 2 mugs of coffee, and am ready to clean the house! Yippee! I love a clean house, but it seems I just can't get it that way--and keep it that way--very well anymore. I get a little sidetracked. I find more ways to distract myself than you can possibly imagine. For instance, right now I'm trying to figure out the subject of a new book I intend to write and self-publish on Amazon.com. I've already got my yoga sock pattern published--although I can't seem to find it when I search for it--but, I'm sure it is there. Oh, I need to get down to the mailbox and mail some socks that a wonderful person ordered. Need to get some warm clothes on....a good morning to walk to the mailbox so I can get my 10,000 steps in today...BAM! There goes another tangent....
Hey, who hasn't tried to figure out an alternative to expensive fabric softeners? I thought vinegar would be the answer. While, it is for dishcloths, tea towels, etc., it is NO CHEAPER than, say Downy Ultra. Here's why: For a full load, I use about 1/4 - 1/3 cup of vinegar in the rinse cycle, but just one Tablespoon of Downy. Downy costs about $12 for a gallon, while 5% acidity vinegar costs $3. But, turns out, I'm using 3 to 4 times the amount of vinegar than Downy. I just thought I'd share that today. Environmentally, vinegar is best--especially for septic tanks.
The house smells like hickory smoked pepper. Doug is marinating the deer meat for the jerky. Not exactly the "special, homey scent" I would have chosen for my wax tarts, but the jerky will be good when it's done! Anyway, I'm armed with my can of Pledge and dust rags and shall commence cleaning--but only until noon. Recall, that is my "cut-off" time for daily chores.
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We are avid seamstresses and crafters since the ORIGINAL 1970's, and we're still going strong. We're also yarn, fabric, and pattern hoarders. ("Speak for yourself," protests Alice.) We, ok, I haven't parted with my stash in over 40 years until now. Maybe we'll have something that you just can't live without! Enjoy browsing!
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