Monday, January 31, 2011

Making thieves oil again

Today I made 4 batches of Thieves Oil formula #1 and 2 batches of Thieves Oil formula #2. One of the ingredients I use for it had been hard to obtain. I was finally able to procure the missing ingredient and now am able to make batch after batch. Yeah. I had considered making it without that ingredient but I didn't know how it would affect the end product and its wonderful benefits. It works really well so I didn't want to change anything. I was glad to be able to obtain the missing ingredient.

Tomorrow I will be making a few batches of body whip.

The weather is getting colder and colder. It could get down to 20 below. burrr.

Hello winter again

Our stretch of nice weather is over for now. Yesterday it was in the 70's, at least that's what our thermometer said . Today there is ice on the car windshield. Jeff emptied the tanks last evening in preparation for the cold weather.

Today I will be making a few batches of Thieves oil and decanting and labeling them. I need to make both formulas. Then later in the morning we are meeting my oldest daughter in a town about 70 miles away to give her one of our cars. We now have too many cars and she needs one so it just makes sense. I hope it will be a blessing for them. Right now they are using a big pick up that eats way too much gasoline. This cars fuel economy will help them keep more money in their pockets.

The other day I dropped my lighted makeup mirror and the lights quit working. I had purchased it long ago at a garage sale and its been taped together and glued several times. Jeff looked at it and hard wired it and was sure it was fixed but alas it was not fixed. I had to use it without lights which is not easy. I looked in the stores and online for a replacement but did not care to spend $30.00 or more, when the other day we were in Family Dollar and I happened to see a cart with marked down items. Upon investigation I found a neat folding makeup mirror for $3.00. In our small place folding or collapsible things are great. Of course I bought it and now have a lighted make up mirror again.

I also found a wooden folding dish drainer. I like that because it keeps the dishes up off the towel, in the off chance that the towel isn't perfectly clean. It folds up neatly and will stow beside my stove with the cutting boards.

This weekend we were able to take some Christmas gifts to some friends only over a month late. I guess better late than never.

Enjoy your day today and don't work too hard.

Saturday, January 29, 2011


The laundry is washed and hung on the line. Its going to be nice today and even though I have been trying to only wash twice a week, I could not resist the chance to hang the clothes out. Its suppose to start getting cold again tomorrow and may even snow.

I colored my hair and used aloe vera after sun gel instead of hair gel as my friend Dee Dee suggested and it seems to work fine. I finished it off with a few squirts of homemade hair spray.

Jeff and I are heading to town to wash the car, get gas and a couple of bottles so I can make some chemical free cleaners.

I have been making homemade disinfectant wipes using pieces of old t-shirts in a container. I then put in some vinegar 1/2 c. or so? a squirt or two of dish soap, and a few drops of tea tree oil. I then add some warm water. This smells clean and works well so I want to mix up something similar to put in a spray bottle for counters when I don't want to use the wipes. Oh and after I use the homemade wipes I just toss the cloths into the clothes hamper and wash with everything else. When clean I toss them back into the container with the others and flip them to get them wet. When I have done that too many times and its getting dry I just add more of the ingredients I mentioned. I am really learning how bad the cleaners we use are for us and I know I already have many chemicals in my system, but at least I can quit adding more to it.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Bad chemicals

Cool vertical garden

Now that is a cool garden.

Essential Oils

Now that I make so many products and household cleaners and hygiene products with essential oils it seems like our house always smells so good.

Last evening while we were watching a movie I kept smelling peppermint. Later the girls said they smelled peppermint too. I do love the smell. In this case I think it was from the homemade mouth wash.

Today I am going to start looking for a metal tray type thing to put in my freezer for an ice tray. We buy our ice and need a tray/container of some type to keep it in in the freezer. I don't like to leave it in the bag because it gets all over the freezer. We are using a plastic shoe box but it now has a hole in it and I know if I buy another one it will just break as well. I was trying to thing what we could use instead and came up with the idea of using something metal. I have seen rectangular shaped metal container thingies so that is what I will begin looking for.

I am thankful we have had a mild winter so far this year. I don't think I want to experience snow for days on end in our current situation.

I am thankful for our RV home. I love living here and except that there is no room to have company it meets all my needs. I guess we will just have to save having people over for nice weather when we can be outside. I think if we lived in an old icky RV I might have other feelings but our 5th wheel is only a couple of years old and very nice. I love the oak woodwork and try to keep fingerprints and drips cleaned up so it looks nice all the time.

I have narrowed the amount of cooking utensils and vessels so I am not overcrowded. The hard thing here is lack of counter space. I cope by always having the dishes washed and put away and cleaning up after one project before another one is started.

It seems like this little RV gets very dusty though. I wonder if its just as dusty as the big house or is it really dustier here and we just notice it more because its a smaller space? Housekeeping is definitely easier.

One thing I am wondering how it will work is canning. I will be finding the answer to that question soon because I will be canning the bacon I ordered. At one point I was thinking of cutting back on my canned goods and going heavier on the dehydrated and freeze dried foods for weight reasons but home canned meat is just so superior I have to continue with that if not fruits and vegetables as well. I have a feeling I will continue to can everything because I like to can and because home canned food is so much better in so many ways.

I did notice that chicken was not near as cheap in January of this year as it was last year. This year the cheapest I have seen boneless, skinless chicken breasts if $1.77 a pound. Last year I paid .77 cents a pound for it. I am glad I canned 110 pints last year.

Jeff also order me some pork butt so I will be canning that as well. I will probably cut it into chunks and can it plain like that. Last time I canned pork butt I canned it as pork chili which we love, but this time I think I will can just the chunks so it can be used for bar b que or pork chili or whatever.

Well I hope you all have a great day. Its going to be nice weather here and our Sunday school class is having a get together. Yeah.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

More than one way to play a guitar.

Sweet story

An older, tired-looking dog wandered into my yard.

I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that

he had a home and was well taken care of.

He calmly came over to me, I gave him a few pats on

his head; he then followed me into my house, slowly

walked down the hall, curled up in the corner and

fell asleep.

An hour later, he went to the door, and I let him out.

The next day he was back, greeted me in my yard, walked

inside and resumed his spot in the hall and again slept

for about an hour. This continued off and on for several


Curious I pinned a note to his collar: 'I would like to

find out who the owner of this wonderful sweet dog is

and ask if you are aware that almost every afternoon your

dog comes to my house for a nap.'

The next day he arrived for his nap, with a different

note pinned to his collar:

'He lives in a home with 6 children, 2 under the age of 3

- he's trying to catch up on his sleep. Can I come with

him tomorrow?'

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The wheels are turning

Well the wheels are turning and it looks like there will probably be some changes for our family. They are good changes. All changes come with adjustment and this one will be no different but it will be all good in the end. I darent say anymore until the powers that be are notified of the upcoming changes.

The girls washed the ceiling in the bathroom and the vent in the kitchen and the fan.

Its been nice here weather wise. Today its 68 degrees. Every afternoon we have been opening the door and letting the nice air into the RV. It doesn't really get stuffy in here very often but its good to have warm enough weather to open the doors.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


One evening an old Choctaw told his grandson about a battle that

goes on inside people.

He said, "My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all.

"One is Evil - It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed,

arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride,

superiority, and ego.

"The other is God - It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility,

kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion

and faith."

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his

grandfather: "Which wolf wins?"

The old Choctaw simply replied, "The one you feed."

Not much to say

Believe it or not I have not had much to say lately. For those of you who know me personally you know that is highly unusual. There are some things going on in our lives but much of it I don't want to blog about until things are more sure.

Mollie's friend's parents are selling their home and moving far away. The girls are both a bit disconcerted about it.

We have started doing some sort of cleaning project every day. I had tended to let things pile up and you really should not do that when you live in such a small space. So far this week the girls have swept and mopped and vacuumed all the floors. They made sure they got along all the edges and corners where dirt tends to collect. They also cleaned the refrigerator. Today I want them to clean the ceiling fan and the vent close by it. I appreciate my daughters very much. They also took all the laundry to the laundry mat yesterday and washed, dried and folded it.

I cleaned a lot of the stuff I had piled up on the kitchen counter. Its stuff I use often but I just had to put it away for visual peace of mind. That helped.

Today we ran some errands and took the van through the car wash. As we were leaving I saw the attendant and asked if they sold their empty barrels. He said he had two and I could have them if I wanted. Of course I said yes. I just need to thoroughly clean them and disinfect them. They previously help soap so I am not concerned chemical wise about them. I wanted them to fill with water in the event we lose electricity and the well cant pump the water. If we need to move they are easy to empty and refill at a new destination. I told a friend of mine about the barrels and she may have two clean empty ones I can have that are metal. They have a sealing top on them and would be useful for storing grains and such. I hope she does indeed give them to me. They are also great to store feed in to keep animals and critters out.

I have also been trying to spend less time on the Internet. I feel like I am wasting too much time fiddling around on the computer.

I have made the homemade mouth wash twice and we like it quite well. Jeff and I both feel like it actually freshens our breath better and lasts longer. I will make another batch when I finish this post.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

What love

Body Whip

Yesterday I made 5 batches of body whip. It thought that might last for at least a few days but it turns out I got an order for all that plus more. So today I will be making a few more batches. One batch makes about 12 jars/bottles.

So I guess I'd better hop to it.

Have a great day every one.

Oh, yesterday I posted a recipe to make home made drawing salve and Linda commented that they were gathering recipes like this for their own use. Do you have a recipe for some homemade formula that we might like? Let me know and we can post it here.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Homemade drawing salve recipe

How to Make Your Own Drawing Salve -- a Family Recipe
By Angela Lynn, eHow Member
User-Submitted Article
Drawing salve is specifically made to remove splinters, stings, and several other common conditions such as boils. It can also work adequately to draw out small infections, ingrown toenails, and even acne. These days you can buy a satisfactory drawing salve at your local pharmacy, but making your own allows you to know exactly what your using, can be cheap, and can be helpful when you don't have any store bought salves on hand.

This recipe was around during the great depression when the need for alternatives sparked an age of inventions. I can remember myself as a child using thinly sliced, salted bacon fat applied directly to the wound to draw out splinters and bee stings (which really works most of the time). Another, excellent method used includes the following...
.Difficulty: Easy
Instructions.Things You'll Need:
1/2 teaspoon of Brown Soap (Octagon or Fels Naptha) found at any local drug or health food store.
1/2 teaspoon of Granulated Sugar
3/4 teaspoon of water
Start by measuring your soap, sugar, and water into the palm of your hand and mix thoroughly. The palm of your hand is used because it is warm and helps mixing.

Then, using the handle of a spoon [or similar item] as a spatula, spread the salve heavily over affected area.

Read more: How to Make Your Own Drawing Salve -- a Family Recipe

Is it Friday again already?

Time passes quickly for me. I must be getting old. We don't have too much planned for this weekend except today I will be making at least 3 batches of body whip with out thieves oil. One of my mom's reps. who has a beauty shop has several customers who love the stuff. I have not developed a system yet to tell me what to make and when to make it. Maybe along with a daily cleaning list I should just make a different product each day. That might work.

I am thinking of cleaning out one of my kitchen cabinets so I have a place to put my Herbalife products and keep them off the counter. Counter space here is a premium.

The weather is cold and there is snow left on the ground from the 1/2 to 1 inch we got the other day. I am not a cold weather person and the older I get the less I like it.

Well the work isn't going to do itself so I better get to it.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

I'm still here

I am sorry for the absence from this blog. We made an unexpected out of town trip for a few days. While it was a very very long drive I think the outcome will be beneficial. More later as the details develop.

On other topics.

Has anyone used the Dyna-Jet Mean green washing machine? It looks like it would work similar to the James washer. I saw a break out of the parts used and it looks like it would be simple to build if a person had those type of building skills. I will have to think on it and figure out if its something Jeff and I could make.

Here is a link to the picture:

Today I think I'd better do some house cleaning. Things are looking a bit drab around here.

The weather was warm yesterday so when we got back we made a trip to the laundry mat and washed 4 loads of clothes. We returned home and hung them on the line. It was almost 5 when we got home so of course the clothes did not dry before night. I am hoping for a warm day today so they will finish drying and I can take them in and fold and put away.

I ordered several cases of ingredients for my lotions and they came in yesterday. Now I have enough ingredients to make about 14 batches. Yeah. I may make a couple of batches today. I have new bottles so now we have lotion in 4 different containers. We have the squat 8 oz. canning jars, an 8oz. pump bottle, an 8 oz. flat bottle that is plastic and can be carried in your purse as well as a 1 oz bottle for your purse. These new and varied container make using Pink Monkey body whip easy and convenient.

I also have several essential oils on order so I can make more Thieves Oil.

I can hear Hannah in her room working on her Spanish. Mollie is helping her. I love my girls.
I hope everyone has a nice day today.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Where are we heading?

Do you ever wonder where we are heading as a country? Is there going to be a food shortage? Should I stock up on food or ammo? How will things work out if and when bad things happen?

I have been reading a blog by a man named MD Creekmore. He is a survivalist. I find many of his articles interesting and informative.
Check out his blog at:

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Atta girl

My mom, Vera Miller signed up to be a Pink Monkey rep about a week ago. She immediately got two more people to be reps under her the first day and moved up to independent distributor. She is growing my business faster than I can believe. I think she now has 3 or 4 reps below her. Good job Mom, Vera. This is the kind of people I like having sell Pink Monkey. They believe in the product and just tell others about it and my product sells itself. I like to make sure all reps have testers of Thieves Oil and body whip because most times, once a person tries it they buy it.

I am proud of my mom. Now I better go make some more product. I love it.

This is why I believe in God


It was written by an 8-year-old named Danny Dutton, who lives in Chula
Vista , CA . He wrote it for his third grade homework assignment, to
'explain God.' I wonder if any of us could have done as well?
(and he had such an assignment, in California , and someone published
it, I guess miracles do happen!)

'One of God's main jobs is making people. He makes them to replace the
ones that die, so there will be enough people to take care of things on
earth. He doesn't make grownups, just babies. I think because they are
smaller and easier to make. That way he doesn't have to take up his
valuable time teaching them to talk and walk. He can just leave that to
mothers and fathers.'

'God's second most important job is listening to prayers. An awful lot of
this goes on, since some people, like preachers and things, pray at times
beside bedtime. God doesn't have time to listen to the radio or TV
because of this. Because he hears everything, there must be a terrible
lot of noise in his ears, unless he has thought of a way to turn it off.'

'God sees everything and hears everything and is everywhere which keeps
Him pretty busy. So you shouldn't go wasting his time by going over your
mom and dad's head asking for something they said you couldn't have.'

'Atheists are people who don't believe in God. I don't think there are any
in Chula Vista . At least there aren't any who come to our church.'

'Jesus is God's Son. He used to do all the hard work, like walking on
water and performing miracles and trying to teach the people who didn't
want to learn about God. They finally got tired of him preaching to them
and they crucified him. But he was good and kind, like his father, and he
told his father that they didn't know what they were doing and to forgive
them and God said O.K.'

'His dad (God) appreciated everything that he had done and all his hard
work on earth so he told him he didn't have to go out on the road anymore.
He could stay in heaven. So he did. And now he helps his dad out by
listening to prayers and seeing things which are important for God to take
care of and which ones he can take care of himself without having to
bother God. Like a secretary, only more important.'

'You can pray anytime you want and they are sure to help you because they
got it worked out so one of them is on duty all the time.'

'You should always go to church on Sunday because it makes God happy, and
if there's anybody you want to make happy, it's God!

Don't skip church to do something you think will be more fun like going to
the beach. This is wrong. And besides the sun doesn't come out at the
beach until noon anyway.'

'If you don't believe in God, besides being an atheist, you will be very
lonely, because your parents can't go everywhere with you, like to camp,
but God can. It is good to know He's around you when you're scared, in the
dark or when you can't swim and you get thrown into real deep water by big

' shouldn't just always think of what God can do for you. I
figure God put me here and he can take me back anytime he pleases.

And...that's why I believe in God.'

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Tree Medicine

A friend gave me this recipe for sick trees and to keep your healthy trees healthy.
1 c. beer
4 1/2 T. instant tea
1 T. gelatin
1 T. baby shampoo
1 T. ammonia
1 T. whiskey
1 T. hydrogen peroxide
Mix this into 2 gallons of warm water.
Feed each tree 1 quart once a month through the summer. If your tree/s are sick. Feed once every two weeks.
To feed pour 1 quart of the concoction around the base of the tree not on the drip line. She said you will be surprised at the bugs that will come out of the trunk.

Monday, January 10, 2011

This is cute

Twas the month after Christmas,

And all through the house,

Nothing would fit me,

Not even a blouse.

The cookies I’d munched,

The eggnog I’d taste,

The holiday parties,

Had gone to my waist.

When I got on the scales,

There arose such a number,

That I walked to the store,

(Less a walk, more a lumber.)

I’d remembered the marvelous meals I’d prepared;

The gravies,

And sauces and beef,

Nicely rared.

The wine and the rum balls,

The bread and the cheese,

And the way I never said,

"No thank you, please."

As I dressed myself,

In my husband’s old shirt,

And prepared once again,

To do battle with dirt.

I said to myself,

As only I can,

"You can’t spend the winter,

Disguised as a man!"

So away with the last,

Of the sour cream dip,

Get rid of the fruitcake,

Every cracker and chip.

Every last bit of food,

That I like must be banished,

Till all the additional ounces,

Have vanished.

I won’t have a cookie --

Not even a lick. I’ll want only,

To chew on a long celery stick.

I won’t have hot biscuits,

Or cornbread or pie,

I’ll munch on a carrot,

And quietly cry.

I’m hungry,

I’m lonesome,

And life is a bore,

But isn’t that what January is for?

Unable to giggle,

No longer a riot.

Happy new year to all,

And to all a good diet.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Cheap Laundry detergent

I was able to print 8 1.00 off coupons for Xtra laundry detergent because of all the computers we have. The local United has the 42 load size of Xtra detergent on sale for $2.49. The coupons double so it ends up costing only .49 plus tax each. United will only double one coupon per like item in a transaction so we have had to make several transactions. Actually six of them so far. Anyway we have two more transactions to make and then we should be set for laundry soap for a while. I figured I could not even make my own for that cheap.

Tomorrow I plan to make the fabric softener I blogged about a few days ago.

Friday, January 7, 2011

A carrot, an egg and some coffee

You will never look at a cup of coffee the same way again.

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up; She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, ' Tell me what you see.'

'Carrots, eggs, and coffee,' she replied.

Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg.

Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, 'What does it mean, mother?'

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

'Which are you?' she asked her daughter. 'When adversity knocks on your door,how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?

Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst,you get better and change the situation around you. When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to make you happy..

The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can't go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.

When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling.

Live your life so at the end, you're the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.

Something to ponder

The following is the philosophy of Charles Schulz, the creator of the 'Peanuts' comic strip.

You don't have to actually answer the questions.Just ponder on them.

Just read the e-mail straight through, and you'll get the point.

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.

2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.

3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant.

4 Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.

5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.

6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.

How did you do?

The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday.

These are no second-rate achievers.

They are the best in their fields.

But the applause dies..

Awards tarnish..

Achievements are forgotten.

Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one:

1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.

2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.

3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.

4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.

5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.


The lesson:

The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the
most credentials, the most money...or the most awards.

They simply are the ones who care the most

Tell me...............


Gives every bird it's food, but He does not

throw it into its nest.

I read this in an email today and it struck me as important. I know what it means to me, but I would like to know what it means to all of you. Please leave a comment with your take on it.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Pink Monkey Got a new sales rep today

Pink Monkey got another sales representative today. My mom, Vera Miller signed up to sell Pink Monkey. She uses the products so she is an excellent choice as a rep. If you use a product and love it and believe in it, its easy to sell.

Pink Monkey is rolling along and gaining momentum. Its exciting to be on the ground floor of such an exciting venture.

Its super exciting to be the owner/inventor of a cool company. I have great friends who help with names, packaging, sales etc. Just because they are cool that way. Who could ask for more?

Pink Monkey will have at least two new products in February of this year. Yep that's right next month.
Thieves Oil soap and Tea Tree Oil soap are for sure. We are hoping to launch another exciting new product as well. Its still in the testing stages so I wont bore you with the details.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Joy goes back to college

Joy is heading back to college today as are many other kids. She has a six hour drive. Pray for her safety. She is a competent driver so I do not fear her skills.

I will be taking Hannah to work for what may be the first and last time for this week and then head over to do laundry. I haven't done it for about three days and I think I have two loads to do.
I might wash all the towels so that will make it three loads.

I will be able to pass the time easier now because I GOT MY EREADER. Yeah. Joy and Jeff helped me figure out how to use it and I am sure I will continue to learn.

Mollie wants to go to Amarillo with a friend to help her with her twins while they go to the doctor tomorrow so she must get two days of school work done. Hannah will do her school work when she gets off work.

A dear man from church mangled his hand yesterday in a jig saw and had to be taken to Amarillo. It is feared he may lose his hand or at least some fingers. He was making little wooden chapels to give to each family in the church to put money in to save towards our new sanctuary. His name is Frank Bogner. He is a dear man and we are praying for his healing.

Another lady at church said her old classmate emailed her that their grown son was out checking fence because the neighbors have a zebra and they were suppose to fix an area of fence that apparently the zebra had broken down. Well the fence wasn't fixed and the zebra attacked the 47 year old man and chewed one of his feet off and part of the other one. How horrifying. He crawled back to the house and his wife showed up while he was trying to call 911. Can you imagine a creature eating your foot plum off? They live near Austin, Tx. Jeff said he had heard that when zebra's get hold of you they wont let go.

I hope everyone has a great day and your hands and feet stay safe and warm.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Simple Truths - We Hope You Enjoyed the movie!

Click on the link below for a short two minute movie about procrastination.

Simple Truths - We Hope You Enjoyed the movie!

Tracking expenses

For two months now I have been tracking expenses and expenditures. I want to get a handle on our spending. I purchased a columnar Pad to record the receipts. I try to save every receipt, even if I buy a pop. I don't really know a good way to make it readable and usable. Today at Money Saving Mom she has four programs you can download for free to track your expenses. Jeff downloaded one for me and is tweaking it to fit us.

Since I have only recorded one month of expenses in the columnar pad I plan to go back and put those figures into the new expense tracker. I had wanted to make it a habit of keeping receipts and tracking expenses so I could do it all through 2011. That is why I started at the beginning of November, to begin training myself so in 2011 it would already be a habit.

In the columnar pad I had to add each column by hand, with the downloaded system I don't have to add things up.

I should get my ereader today and am hoping that I might be able to transfer the program to it and then I could enter the receipts almost as soon as I get them. Certain receipts I will and do keep for a period of time in case we need to return something, but for many receipts if I can enter them quickly then I can dispose of them. I am getting excited about this new system.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Homemade mouth wash

1-2 drops anise essential oil
1-2 drops rosemary essential oil
1-2 drops spearmint essential oil
and or 1-2 drops peppermint essential oil
1-2 drops tea tree oil
Fill bottle with distilled water. Shake before using. I used a pint bottle to make this.

Jeff said it had a bit of a bitter taste at first and I think that is due to using the tea tree oil. He said he did not mind the taste after the first time he used it. I got rid of all traces of bad breath. The combination of essential oils should help with oral health. Jeff said that the minty smell stays with him.

If I was making this to have a longer shelf life I would add 1 tsp of myrrh as a natural preservative.

Make your own fabric softner

Homemade Fabric Softner

Making your own fabric softener is easy and much more economical that purchasing fancy fabric softener from the store. It's also much better for your family and the environment, since it is made from natural ingredients.

You will need to mix your ingredients in a large container, that will hold at least one gallon of fluid. You can do this in a large bucket or pot, and once the fabric softener is mixed, you can transfer it to the container you want to store it.

Start by adding 1 cup of baking soda to your large bucket or container. Then add 1 cup of water to the baking soda. You do not have to stir to dissolve the baking soda, as the next step will do that for you.

Now, slowly pour in 6 cups of distilled white vinegar. This will cause a chemical reaction with the baking soda, and the mixture will start to fizz. (This is why you need to mix it in a large container.) Let the mixture fizz for a few minutes to help dissolve the baking soda.

Now add 6 more cups of water to the mixture. This will stop the fizzing process. Stir to properly mix all ingredients together.

If you want to add essential oil, you will now add your choice of oil. 10-15 drops of pure essential oil is generally sufficient enough to give the fabric softener a pleasant scent.

Pour your fabric softener into your choice of container. If you have left over fabric softener or laundry soap bottles, those will work excellent for storage of your new fabric softener. Just make sure they are properly cleansed before you add your new mix.

When you are ready to do laundry, add 1 cup of your fabric softener to the final rinse of your laundry, just as you would a store bought fabric softener.

Read more: How to Make Homemade Fabric Softener

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Threading ~~~A new technique

My mom forewarded this to me and I think its a good read for all of us and a reminder too.


I am particularly interested in the part about the wasp spray...


1. Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.

2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.

3. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste... and taste means there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming system they have.

4. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it..

5. If it snows while you're out of town, get a neighbor to create car and foot tracks into the house.. Virgin drifts in the driveway are a dead giveaway.

6. If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don't let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it's set. That makes it too easy.

7. A good security company alarms the window over the sink. And the windows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroom - and your jewelry. It's not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too.

8. It's raining, you're fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to lock your door - understandable. But understand this: I don't take a day off because of bad weather.

9. I always knock first. If you answer, I'll ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters. (Don't take me up on it.)
10. Do you really think I won't look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet.

11. Here's a helpful hint: I almost never go into kids' rooms.

12. You're right: I won't have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. But if it's not bolted down, I'll take it with me.

13. A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the best alarm system. If you're reluctant to leave your TV on while you're out of town, you can buy a $35 device that works on a timer and simulates the flickering glow of a real television. (Find it at http://www.faketv/.com/)


1. Sometimes, I carry a clipboard. Sometimes, I dress like a lawn guy and carry a rake. I do my best to never, ever look like a crook.

2. The two things I hate most: loud dogs and nosy neighbors.

3. I'll break a window to get in, even if it makes a little noise. If your neighbor hears one loud sound, he'll stop what he's doing and wait to hear it again. If he doesn't hear it again, he'll just go back to what he was doing. It's human nature.

4. I'm not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it?

5. I love looking in your windows. I'm looking for signs that you're home, and for flat screen TVs or gaming systems I'd like. I'll drive or walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the blinds, just to pick my targets.

6. Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It's easier than you think to look up your address.

7. To you, leaving that window open just a crack during the day is a way to let in a little fresh air. To me, it's an invitation.

8. If you don't answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in.

Sources: Convicted burglars in North Carolina , Oregon , California , and Kentucky ; security consultant Chris McGoey, who runs and Richard T. Wright, a criminology professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, who interviewed 105 burglars for his book Burglars on the Job.

Protection for you and your home:
If you don't have a gun, here's a more humane way to wreck someone's evil plans for you.


A friend who is a receptionist in a church in a high risk area was concerned about someone coming into the office on Monday to rob them when they were counting the collection. She asked the local police department about using pepper spray and they recommended to her that she get a can of wasp spray instead.

The wasp spray, they told her, can shoot up to twenty feet away and is a lot more accurate, while with the pepper spray, they have to get too close to you and could overpower you. The wasp spray temporarily blinds an attacker until they get to the hospital for an antidote. She keeps a can on her desk in the office and it doesn't attract attention from people like a can of pepper spray would. She also keeps one nearby at home for home protection.. Thought this was interesting and might be of use.

On the heels of a break-in and beating that left an elderly woman in Toledo dead, self-defense experts have a tip that could save your life.

Val Glinka teaches self-defense to students at Sylvania Southview High School . For decades, he's suggested putting a can of wasp and hornet spray near your door or bed.
Glinka says, "This is better than anything I can teach them."
Glinka considers it inexpensive, easy to find, and more effective than mace or pepper spray. The cans typically shoot 20 to 30 feet; so if someone tries to break into your home, Glinka says, "spray the culprit in the eyes". It's a tip he's given to students for decades. It's also one he wants everyone to hear. If you're looking for protection, Glinka says look to the spray.

"That's going to give you a chance to call the police; maybe get out." Maybe even save a life.

Put your car keys beside your bed at night.
Tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your parents, your Dr.'s office, the check-out girl at the market, everyone you run across. Put your car keys beside your bed at night.

If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies. This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this: It's a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain. It works if you park in your driveway or garage. If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the burglar/rapist won't stick around. After a few seconds all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won't want that. And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there. This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or a sexual abuse crime.

New years day at the Olson's

Last evening we spent time at church fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ. It was great fun but ended too soon. We had a rousing game of domino's going and we had to cut it way short to enter the sanctuary and pray for the new year.

This morning we got up early for having stayed up late and the first thing I did was get a batch of rolls started. We have friends coming for an early lunch so I knew I needed (kneaded) to get the rolls started first thing. We are having chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes and rolls.

As I was forming the rolls I got to thinking about how my neighbor had grown and harvested the wheat these rolls were made from. He gave me the wheat, I cleaned it and ground it and now was making rolls with it. I was thinking how not too many people now days know where their bread came from or if they make their own bread even where the wheat came from. It felt good to know that a large part of our meal was from my own hands. The chicken is some I canned last January. I did not make the noodles but I do know how to, nor did I grow the potatoes. I guess the meal is about half and half.

I have learned that I can cook just about anything here in the RV. I just have to use smaller baking pans and clean up and put things away all the time. No leaving things out at all. I am anxious to try canning in this small space. I am sure that will be a challenge. I am pretty sure I wont be able to have more than one canner going at a time. I usually like to have two going to make it go twice as fast.