Friday, March 21, 2014

Spring Chickens

Finally! An afternoon off work and the sun is shining and we can see the ground!
The chickens get to come outside and play!

Friday, January 24, 2014

A Charlie's Soap Post - Again! (I love this stuff!)

Yes, it is time for another Charlie's Soap Laundry Powder post.

Why, you may ask?

Because I am scraping the bottom of the bucket and need to buy some more!

I went on Amazon and found it and put it in my cart and found that the last time I purchased it was on March 3, 2011.

That was 3 years ago, folks! That means I have spent $40/year doing laundry.

And it means that, going by the # of loads the bucket says it will do, I have done 333 1/3 loads of laundry each year (that's a lot of laundry!).

I still recommend it. Works well in our hard water (unlike the homemade stuff), doesn't bother my or my kids' eczema-prone skin (like the homemade stuff did), and it's cloth-diaper friendly (if you're into that).

Go get yourself some. They sell smaller containers(cost more/load though) if you feel sorry for your delivery guy or just don't know where you would stash a bucket of the stuff or want to try it before you commit to a 3 year supply. (lol)

(and, no, I'm not being paid to put this out for you all to read. I just love the stuff and am passing the news on to my friends! :) )

Friday, October 18, 2013

Meet Heather: Mesothelioma Survivor!

Today I would like to share with you a story from one of my readers by the name of Heather.  She is a wife, mother, and a mesothelioma survivor. When her daughter was 3 ½ months old, she was diagnosed with this rare and deadly cancer, and given 15 months to live.  Her prognosis was grim, but she knew that she needed to beat the odds for her newborn daughter, Lily.  It’s been 7 years now and she feels that it is her duty to pay it forward and inspire others.

Her words: "I clung on to hope throughout my whole journey with mesothelioma. When you have hope, it makes the battle easier.  I want people to be inspired by me, I want to make them fight; give them something to hold on to when all else fails. That is why I do it.  If I inspire one person, I've done my job.

I'm using my personal story to help raise awareness of this little known cancer, and to provide a sense of hope for others facing life’s difficult challenges."

You can read more and watch a video of her telling her story here:

If you want more information about mesothelioma treatment, you can find it here:

For any of us who are struggling with mesothelioma, or any other health issue, I think we can take some inspiration from Heather's words at the end of the video: "Don't give up. Don't take a death sentence as a diagnosis. There is hope."

What an amazing outlook on life. Thanks for sharing your story with us, Heather!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Hatching Chicks

Here's a glimpse of my day today--our chicks are hatching!
This batch is having a better hatch rate than the last batch we did in the spring.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Home-Grown Watermelon!

Well, the garden is a sorry sight this year, thanks to my being extra-busy this summer, our leaving for Colorado for over a week, and now the ragweed season keeping me inside. (I knew I shouldn't have said anything last week when it was going well...think I jinxed myself!)

But....this is the first year we have had a decent sized watermelon come out of our garden! Perhaps they love neglect?  I just popped these into the corner of the garden before our trip to CO, watered them, and haven't done much since! 

The pic above(thanks to my 8yo for taking the pic) was of our first one that we cut into last night. Could have probably gone a couple more days, but oh well!  Totally edible, though.