Monday, April 30, 2012
Sunday, April 29, 2012
For the past few days my feet have really bothered me. They used to swell late in the day a little bit but nothing a little elevation wouldn't fix. Yesterday and today was a different story. Nothing I did helped. I usually get easy relief when I take a cool bath or just rinse my feet in cool water. Today I needed to take drastic measures. Evan, Eliot, and I busted out the kiddy pool. Cold water straight from the hose worked wonders! The bottom of the pool is soft and it feels so nice. And of course getting a chance to wear my mama swim dress is always a plus....
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Evan is getting ready for kindergarten graduation. We are having a private ceremony with friends that home school and have their own children his age.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
The kids have been watching a robin's nest in their shady tree. One bird left the nest and is still being fed by a parent as it sits upon a nearby fence. This little guy either fell from the nest or was pushed out. Eliot was sweet enough to put her blanket down for it to rest upon. Of course it got a good washing later. It seems to be being ignored. I had Lyn go look up what we should do. The consensus was to wait an hour to see what the parent bird does and then put the bird back in the nest. We waited and then scooped it up and put him back. We will see what happens.
We have been having an experiment in savings at our house. I have turned the heater and /or air conditioner off and stopped using the dryer. Our electric bill went from $144.74 to $80.43. Not too bad!! We have used the dryer for a few items when we absolutely needed some dry diapers or a comforter dried. It is getting warmer so I am not sure how long we can do without the air conditioner. The clothes dry fast outside in the hot Alabama sun. What I really need is a real full sized clothes line. I want the old fashioned stretched across the yard line like our grandmothers who lived in the country had. Ahhh, a girl can dream.....
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
I received some new containers to put my herbal and household creations in. This is just a sampling of what I have. Notice the lovely red wool blanket they are sitting on? I found it at alocalthrift store for $3. I plan on felting and lanolizing it and using it as a puddle pad on the sofa. With Ben flirting with the idea of potty training and a new baby on its way we need all the waterproofing we can get.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
|Ben didn't make it.. he finished his nap while the other kids picked berries. (Yes, I know he is in a pink carseat...)|
Saturday, April 21, 2012
When the kids find old tongue depressor sticks left over from my old toddler classroom of course they need to make stick puppets. Eliot's had full anatomy and were "princesses". Evan's were just a shirt on a stick.....
I use an 8 ounce mason jar to infuse the oil. I fill a quarter of the jar with dry comfrey leaves, then I put in a quarter of dried calendula petals, a quarter of dried arnica flowers, and then another quarter of dried comfrey leaves. If you want you can throw in some dried lavender flowers for scent and slight soothing properties. Comfrey has a strong smell so lavender can help mask that. I pour almond oil into the jar till it permeates at least half of the jar. I then add coconut oil till the jar is full. It helps to heat the coconut oil first so it will be a liquid when you add it. I place a lid on the jar and set it into water in my crock pot. I heat it on low for 2 days. I then strain the herbs out of the oil and there you go... I add some vitamin E or grapefruit seed extract to help preserve the oil but it is not necessary if it is to be used right away. When I want a salve I add a little beeswax to it. If I want a balm I add MORE beeswax to it. Try and make your own or just head over to my Esty store (Motherly Creations) and order some.... I have the oil and the salve available. I can make up some balm easily if needed.
Friday, April 20, 2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Sunday, April 15, 2012
These diapers are awesome! Ben will actually let me put them on him. That boy will run around naked all day if we let him. They were made by a friend of mine years ago. She used to make them as a home business. She had these left over and sold them in a yard sale. I was helping her out at the yard sale and I scooped them up. There were about 5 in total. I picked up some scrap fabric at the yard sale too. I gave the fabric to my mother and showed her the diapers. She is going to try to make some for me. They work so well!
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
|Eliot holding a handful of calendula petals. You can see the baking soda paste on her leg....|