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Whiskey River Beach March 10, 2011

Filed under: fall,family,life — jeanius80 @ 1:44 pm

We recently went to Whiskey River Beach for the weekend with some friends and family. It was so much fun! We had rented 3 cabins, two on the beach and one, Look Out cabin, up on the hill. It was very cool having the waves break so close to the cabins, and the next time we go, I plan on staying in one of those, I imagine the sound of the waves would be nice at night!

 

The kids all had a great time looking for special rocks, shells and going on ‘adventures’.  After the first day, M had a pile of rocks and shells she had found on the beach. She also liked seeing the bald eagles flying, as well as the sea gulls. We even saw  family of otters!

 

 

The kids all loved the cabin with an upper loft space, where they could play and dangle a jump rope-tied monkey over the side, trying to tease the grown ups.

 

One night we went out when the tide was very low, and it was very dark, to walk ‘under water’ and see what we could see. We did find a little star fish and lots of sea grass. Not a whole lot more. It might have been better if we had taken more than one lantern! The flashlights just were not bright enough to really offer more than immediate light for walking.

 

 

The cabins were all pretty well stocked with dishes and cooking utensils as well as pots and pans. There were small fridges and an oven/stove in each cabin. Most also had wood stoves, as well as outdoor fire pits (bring your own wood for out side). The kids loved making s’mores and M loved to pay inside where it was always nice and cozy.

 

 

We loved the trail from the beach to the Look Out cabin, where you can see it perched atop the hill. That particular cabin does have electricity, so no soft glow from oil lamps and fire light, though you could if you brought your own, and chose not to use the electric lights…

 

 

All in all, we had a lovely time, and it was very quiet and peaceful, even with the seagulls !

 

I hope we can go back again, maybe in the summer next time. There are a lot of relaxing places to walk too, a nice small town near by and of course, the cabins are sweet and cozy and perfect for a quiet weekend of snuggling and staying indoors.

 

Summer catch up!

Filed under: family,fun,life,local — jeanius80 @ 1:37 pm

I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve posted! It’s just so easy to post daily bits on Facebook and share photos there too. I think I need to make this a weekly posting. Saturdays should be good. Lots of late night time to do so.

Summer has been great, lots of family time and hanging out. We even went to Idaho for a nice break. Rafting lazily down the river has to be one of the best ways to spend a warm summer day!

I have been pretty productive lately too! After picking a bunch of blackberries with the kids, I decided to make a batch of jam. I modified the recipe to use limes instead of lemons (it was what I had on hand), and just before pouring into the jars, I added the zest of both limes. It was genius! The zest became a bit crunchy and adds a great zing when you get a bit in your bite. I will definitely be doing that again!

I also made a batch of blueberry jam, using the immersion blender to get it all nicely smooth with out having to strain any bits out. It’s fantastic on sandwiches as well as a little bit stirred into yogurt. I may be able to make a batch of huckleberry jam next year, as my dads co-worker has a couple of bushes on his property! We got to eat a few today while we visited and cut up some wood for the winter.

The last batch of jelly was pepper! I used 4 ounces each of jalapeno, red bell, and yellow bell to make the jelly. I didn’t get the peppers chopped as finely as I had planned, so next time I think I will try using the blender (or small food processor if I can find it!). It has a mild heat and sweetness, tastes great with cheese and crackers, ans I suspect would be delicious as a sauce on chicken or pork.

 

Pepper Jelly

 

Up next! Dyeing with Lichen!

 

She’s Four!!

Filed under: family,life — jeanius80 @ 1:30 pm
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My little one will be 4 on Wednesday. It really it true about just how fast time flies by. I remember right after giving birth, asking the midwife if I could go home yet.

M is always a delight, singing, sharing things she finds delicious, loves reading books, dinosaurs, princesses, cartoons, swinging, helping to garden (she’s going to grow watermelons this year!), and loves to play with her cousins. Her favourite ice cream is chocolate, she loves broccoli, carrots, and peas, loves meatballs, and usually only eats the frosting from cakes or cupcakes. She loves to meet new kids, so playing at the park and going to Story Time at the library are favourite activities.

We were planning to celebrate M’s birthday at the park, but due to the weather, it’s going to be at Chuck E Cheese. I’ll still be making her a fun cake (this year it will green with a Tom and Jerry figurine on top) and we hope to have lots of family and friends with us.

Her first big girl decision? Getting her hair trimmed! We’ve been suggesting top her that it was a great idea, and taking her with both of us frequently when we get our hair cut. M was convinced cutting her hair would hurt, and despite seeing that it didn’t, she kept saying “No thanks”. Suddenly, this past week, she decided she would be ok with getting her hair cut. I asked if she wanted to go with me, and I would go first, and then she would go. She agreed that that would work.

So in the chair I went, getting my hair cut, and she was the entertainment for the others sitting in the waiting area. She would show off her Ducky dinosaur, and tell them how she was getting her hair cut. Finally, it was her turn, and she climbed into the chair like a pro. She asked about the apron, and the neck tissue guard. She told the lady it was ok for her to spray the detangler, so she could smell like flowers.

This first snip!

The stylist attached the first snip to a little fold over card, and wrote down the time, place and date of her first hair cut, which will go into her baby book.  M said “It didn’t hurt!” when the stylist showed her the first cut. She was a really good listener when ever the stylist asked her to move a certain way, or look up or down. She was also surprised at the hair on the apron and floor when it was done.  Afterward, she got to pick a sucker for being good, and showed off her new hair to everyone once we got home.

Duckie approves!

No more split ends and hopefully, less tangling!

So here is to 4 years, and to New and BIGGER adventures M!

 

Homemade Laundry Soap

Filed under: how to,learning,life — jeanius80 @ 1:26 pm

I’ve noticed lately that my psoriasis seems to be more irritated lately. I suspect it is the laundry soap we use. (It’s usually the cheapest, Sun?) After a few forum chats about being greener, saving money, being more self-sufficient and making instead of buying…laundry detergent came up a few times. Enough times that I thought it would be worth the effort to try it out.

 

A few people would post recipes or links to such (like this, I used recipe 1), and they are  all usually variants on the same.

 

What you’ll need:

a bar of soap 4-5 ounces (make sure it is labeled as SOAP). I used a bar of Dr. Bronners Peppermint soap:

A box of Borax. I used 20 Mule Team Borax:

Be aware, that they are changing the look, but not product. The new boxes are mostly white, with light green and the name is slightly less prominent.

You’ll also need washing soda. NOT the same as baking soda! I used Arm & Hammer:

 

I didn’t have a bucket, so I went to my local hardware store, and picked up a 5 gallon bucket, and lid. I also bought a 1 gallon water jug, to make measuring easier.

In a pot, you need to heat to boiling, 1 quart (4 cups) of water. While it is heating, grate you bar of soap. This step makes it easier to melt the soap in the water.  Once you are done grating the soap,. add it in thirds, stirring and making sure each addition has disolved. After the last of the soap has been added , turn off the heat, and let the soap water finish combing.

In your bucket, add 2 cups of the Borax, and 2 cups of the washing soda. Mix them and then add the hot soap water. Stir this and get the powders dissolved as best you can. Add a gallon of hot water, stir and then add a 2nd gallon of water.

 

That’s it! Let it cool before you use it, and it only takes about 1/4 cup per load of laundry. The best part is that you can customize each batch using a soap you like, or that suits your skin (fragranced or not!). You can even add essential oils once the mixture has cooled, 10-15 drops per 2 gallons.

 

I am planning making a batch using Pears soap.. It’s so easy to make, that I am almost disappointed that I have to wait to make another batch!

 

 

I know! March 18, 2008

Filed under: dress,hair color,hat,knitting,life,tattoo — jeanius80 @ 5:16 pm

Sorry for the lack of pictures.. my camera made a run for it in the car somewhere on the trip back from Idaho. (No pictures from the trip, except of my aunt and mom with BAAAD highlights. ugh indeed.) ahem. I still need to search the van for it. when i do find it, pictures for everyone! YAY!

updates on the home front:
I still hate housework. truly and deeply.
I dyed my hair. It was *supposed* to be a rich auburn (after using the clairol.com try-it-on studio). Instead, my roots are a medium auburn and the rest is a dark auburn brown. I plan on getting a box of the loreal colour rays in red and ‘handpainting’ highlights. I have always wanted bad-ass hair, but never did it for personal fears that i will not be able to pull it off. Considering that i am very much a jeans and t or sweater girl, i feel like it will look too contrived since i don’t dress the ‘part’, KWIM?? Same reason i feel out of place at a tattoo shop, even though i love tattoos and am in desperate need of getting my back finished. *it’s about a 4-5 hour job, and i only have 1 hour of work done- outlines a a touch of shading..so saaaad 😦

Updates on knitting:
I finished the birthday dress for DD. It’s lovely and soft (crystal palace bunny hop yarn). It is also way to big. I got to the waist, did the two rounds of decrease, then you are supposed to do an increase round, and then another decrease round. i thought it looked to big. she REFUSED to try it in, so I rechecked my gauge on the skirt on about 6 places. Spot on 5 SPI. So when i finished the back and straps, i weaved in and trimmed all the ends. Very proud of my work, i tricked her into trying it on by telling her it was jammies. I could cry. The armscythes are HUGE and the top is so baggy. I am going to measure her, then figure out how many stitches i need to decrease the top by. I am also going to increase the number of rounds i do before casting off for the armscythes. They look like those muscle T’s from the 80’s. sigh I was so looking forward to her wearing this. it is adorable if she had gorilla arms and a wide chest.

Knitting DH a hat, The Boy Hat by Elizabeth Heath-Heckman. I am using the left over suri alpaca/merino yarn from DD christmas sweater. The main body will be dark grey, and I am using the dark green to add some stripes. I am pretty sure I will run out of yarn if i made it all grey. Should be very warm, and man approved 😉

I also plan on knitting Kirkcaldy from Berroco, using either a skein of Peace Fleece Dk in Antarctica White, or some soft BFL yarn i bought on ebay. I’ll probablt do the kirkcaldy toe up, two at a time so I don’t run out of yarn. That means they will most likely not be as high. I think I’ll use the Peace fleece and use the skein of Sakhalin Salmon (Peace Fleece) to do the toes and heels. They won’t be as soft as the BFL, but should wash up nice and last alooooong time 🙂