The first {and hopefully last} snow of 2014

I took a nasty little tumble off the step stool yesterday while I was putting the groceries in the pantry.  The stool went one way while I landed with a bang on the floor.  It really is a wonder that the shelves didn’t fall down with me.  So, now I am to sit still and “rest”.  I am not one to sit still for any length of time.  The bright side is since it’s raining outside anyway, I have a good excuse to watch reruns of Gilmore Girls that I have seen a dozen times anyway and catch up on some posts. (I haven’t posted anything since September).floyds-barn

Our neighbor’s old barn. I’m jealous, I always liked old barns.

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I sure hope my sago palms survive the rest of winter.  They aren’t looking so well.

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What snow/ice storm is complete with out a roaring fire?  You gotta stay warm, right?

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The last (snow) man standing.  He has melted.  Along with the rest of the snow.  I hope to not see snow for a very long time.  All y’all northerners can keep the cold snowy weather.   😉 I am done.  I am tired of the cold wet weather.  I want my flip-flops back!

Shhh!

Do you hear that?  No?  Listen a little closer.  You still hear nothing?  That nothing is the sound of quite.  Absolute, beautiful quite!  You can actually hear the ac humming and the fans blowing.  You could probably hear a pen drop.  It. Is. Fantastic!

We have had a busy summer full of two summer camps and various mini trips to the lake.  Needless to say I was ready for school to start.  Mommy needed some quite time.

We’ve had enough 100° weather, we are ready for fall.  Now it’s time for football games and after school practices.  Home work and afternoon snacks and everything else the school routine in tells.

If you couldn’t tell: I am so ready!  Woo-hoo!

A few uses for Vinegar

What’s a girl to do when it’s raining,  too wet to work outside, and there is that itchy feeling in the back of your throat that usually indicates a cold?

Between throwing the tennis ball around for the dogs and laundry, I decided to keep up with my spring cleaning.  Yes, I am still spring cleaning.  I figured that if I work in one room at a time, it would be less overwhelming.  The problem is, the cleaning has not stopped!  The clutter just seems to be multiplying today.  Since no one is here today, I think I may be able to fill a box for a donation to Goodwill.

While straightening the pantry (hey, I was there anyway), I was reading the back of the vinegar container.  Did you know you can do more with vinegar other than making a volcano or making pickles?

Here are a few of my favorite uses from the label:

  • Make a wrinkle spray by mixing  1 part vinegar with 3 parts water.  Mist dried, wrinkled clothes and hand to dry.
  • Protect your garden from unwanted pest by soaking a few rags with vinegar and place the rags in stakes around the garden’s perimeter.  Be sure to resoak the rags every seven days or so.  Hmm, there’s a thought.
  • Ease the irritation from a sunburn, bug bites, poison oak or ivy rashes by dabbing the affected areas with a cotton ball that has been dipped in vinegar.  This will defiantly come in handy as poison ivy begins to sprout!
  • Clean produce you bought from the store by rinsing your fruits and veggies with 4 tablespoons of vinegar mixed with one gallon of water.

There are a multitude of other uses for vinegar such as a laundry booster and a drain deodorizer, but I’m not going to bore you with all of them.

What goes up…comes crashing down

Good morning, y’all.  I hope everyone had a happy Easter filled with great food and happy memories with family.  We spent Easter weekend out-of-town.  There must have been a server thunderstorm while we were gone, because the news is still talking about power outages in the area.

We had a busy couple of days with a few stops to see multiple family members, dying and hunting for countless eggs.  The egg hunt was moved inside due to uncooperative rainy weather.

A particular little girl got to help “drive” the big tractor to get hay for the cows and horses.  She’s done that before, but not on the big tractor.

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Sugar highs reached their peak then crashed down, some of us (ahem, Nate) are dragging to get out of bed this morning.  The foggy weather outside doesn’t really intise a person to get out of bed anyway.nate-in-bed

The garden, however, does not take a break and needs tending to.  I found a place to plant those mysterious little plants that popped up.  Between the multiple loads of laundry, I plan to get some of those replanted.  I am not sure how well my multi-taking will work today, but that’s the plan anyway.  Oh, there is still unpacking to do.