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Locks of Love

Category: Random bulletins from my brain | Posted: Sat Apr 22, 2006 10:34 pm

I finally did it. After letting my hair grow for roughly six years I decided it was time to get it cut off. It was hot, took too long to take care of and I was tired of it trying to strangle me in my sleep.

The Locks of Love organization uses human hair to make wigs for kids who have lost theirs because of treatment for cancer. I found a local Fanstastic Sam's hair salon that is one of their sponsors and went this morning. My daughter had also let hers grow for about the same length of time so she went too.

The minimum length they will take is 12" even tho their website still says 10". Amanda gave them almost 20" and I gave them 16".

It really is a win-win deal, they got two more hanks of hair for the kids and we got free haircuts.

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Soap-soap-soap-soap-

Category: Random bulletins from my brain | Posted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 6:31 pm

Tommy - soap,soap,soap,soap,soap,soap,soap,soap
Dicky - What are you doing?
Tommy - Singin' about 8 bars.

Old,really old routine by the Smothers Brothers

The soap is setting up, all except the Peppermint. The stems are still steeping for more scent and the peppermint will turn the soap a light green. That's the fun part of using plants in the soaps. I made some last year with the Chocolate mint,that came out a nice shade of green with a wonderful mint scent.
I also use Rosemary cuttings for some that my oldest daughter just loves.

I have an oblong shaped plastic container of Sandalwood, a mini-breadloaf pan of Patchouli, a round plastic bowl of Chocolate, a tall Pringles chip canister of Freesia and the Peppermint will go into another mini-loaf pan.
I use a melt and pour goats milk soap base, really easy project and my family loves the way the soap feels and cleans.

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Red, Orange, Blue, Purple, Lavender, Black

Category: Random bulletins from my brain | Posted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 9:49 pm

The candles are done. I make mostly votives, the molds I have will make only 6 each....my hot plate is on it's last leg and is slooooow to heat up so getting them all done took longer than usual. I had a large bag full of candle bits left over from other candles so it turned into a major project.

The house certainly smells good now, all those scents permiating everything and I haven't even started burning them yet.

Well, not burning the candles that is. Almost set a pot of wax on fire yesterday. Multi-tasking is not the thing to do when one of those tasks is melting wax. Remembered and got back into the kitchen in time to see lots of thick white smoke rolling up out of the pot. No flames but boy did it smell. We have a large exhaust fan in the backroom so I stood out there with it for awhile to cool it down.

Red is cinnamon
Orange is Patchouli
Blue is Rain
Purple is Frankincense and Myrrh
Black is also Frankincense and Mryyh
Lavender is....chocolate by special request from my youngest daughter







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It's 15 o'clock in the morning

Category: Random bulletins from my brain | Posted: Sat Mar 18, 2006 3:26 pm

Has to be cause my cuckoo clock just said so. What can I say, my oldest daughter brought it to me from Switzerland in 1985 when the high school jazz band performed at the Montrose Jazz festival. It is getting old too and with the road construction about two blocks away going on for the last 6+ months, it is probably clogged with dust.

For the first time in what seems like forever, I have the house to myself for the day. No one to ask, request, want or suggest I do anything for them....well except for the dog wanting out once in while.

I was going to work in the garden but I got somewhat caught up yesterday since there is a chance of storms all weekend. As soon as the dishwasher shuts off, I am going to start making candles. My Mom ran out sooner than I expected so I took her most of mine last Sunday.
Haven't decided on the scents yet, but I need purple for the bathroom, orange for the kitchen, red or dark blue for the bedroom, sage green for the living room. While I wait for the wax to harden in the mold, I plan on knitting and watching some of my favorite movies to knit by.

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Evil Day Star

Category: Random bulletins from my brain | Posted: Sun Feb 26, 2006 3:35 pm

10 days since we have seen it, I must close the doors and curtains - hide from the brightness of it. This strange, large, bright ball in the sky....it hurts us!!!

I really prefer cloudy days, the heavier the overcast the better.

It is going to be hard to live with hubby for a while. He bought me that humongous rain gauge on Friday, got it mounted in the back yard just as the rain was really starting to come down heavy and we got just over 4 inches of rain from then thru last night. He is certain he made it happen. The upside is we got just over 4 inches of rain.


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New, Large....really Large rain gauge

Category: Random bulletins from my brain | Posted: Fri Feb 24, 2006 11:50 pm

My hubby bought me a new rain gauge at the garden center today.
He has trouble seeing the markings on the small one I have used for years and apparently translated that into MY having trouble seeing the markings since I am older than he is.

I know he is trying to be helpful, thoughtful and sweet...... remembering that prevents me from doing him bodily harm.



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Colder than a well diggers back pocket

Category: Random bulletins from my brain | Posted: Sun Feb 19, 2006 1:00 am

Winter is here. Only three months late and only 4 days long but I was afraid it had forgotten us completely.
24 degrees F outside with a wind chill of 11 degrees now.
Supper of red beans with rice and cornbread.....hubby will be making lattes later and I am starting over for the 4th time on a sweater whose gauge I just can't seem to get correct.

Grandsons are here for the weekend, they are playing video games with my youngest daughter and eating supper.



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Oh yeah, the front yard

Category: Random bulletins from my brain | Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 2:57 pm

I need a lackey, my husband thinks it is him but he hates yard work and won't do but a portion of the work that needs done out in the front yard. He did buy a chainsaw last week and volunteered to use it last evening...saying something about making up for forgetting to buy me chocolates or flowers for Valentines. Guilt can be a good thing, wonder how much yard work I can get out of him because of it. hehehehe

We have two crepe myrtles between the sidewalk and the street that I trimmed yesterday morning. I do NOT cut them way back as appears to be the way the so called landscapers say it should be done, most landscape experts call that crepe murder. Mine are just trimmed enough to keep them from scratching cars parking in the street and let people walk down the sidewalk by them without having to double over to do it.

We will be taking out the remains of the original shrubs next to the house. They were planted when the house was built and are way too high maintenance. I want to replace them with an assortment of native grass plants, then work on filling the rest of the yard with native plants.





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The Moon doesn't lie

Category: Random bulletins from my brain | Posted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 3:41 pm

Last Saturday (Jan 28) we had just about 1.5 inches of rain and it was wonderful. No drought breaker but it was nice. After that the weather people stated that they didn't see anymore rain in our future, at least for the next 7-10 days, since February is typically one of our dryer months. Heck, the last 10 months have been dryer than the normal February.

They did forecast a cool front to come thru last night, dropping the temps from the 70's(f) down to the 40-50's(f) for today but any rain that came with it would be well to our south and east....we would remain dry.

Last night I needed my hubbys muscles and pickup truck for a trip to Home Depot for mulch, a new rake and a few bits to put together an arbor this weekend. Got the things at the indoor part of the store and headed out to the enclosed but unroofed garden center. Loaded bags of mulch on the cart and I happened to look up to see the sliver of the waxing moon surrounded by a mist. Aha, that means rain within 24 hours.

My hubby works at home two days a week and this week his home days are Thurs and Friday. So this morning when he got up he heard it and immediately woke me since he knows how much I love to watch it........RAIN!!

The sky is getting lighter now and the rain has almost stopped but my rain gauge out back has just a bit over 1/2 inch in it and I am happy.

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Sleep is so overrated

Category: Random bulletins from my brain | Posted: Tue Jan 17, 2006 9:34 pm

I was a baaaaaad girl yesterday evening. I forced my hubby to take me to the really large HalfPriced books in Dallas.....he says I forced him but I just suggested it might be a nice place to spend a couple of hours on his day off.

Now I have 6 gardening themed books to add to the 4 unread knitting themed books in the basket by the sofa. Also found another copy of Anne Morrow Lingbergh's Gift From The Sea. I had it years ago and lost it in a move. Like I said sleep is so overrated.

The gardening books aren't "how to" books, they are memoirs, essays and various stories by gardeners about their gardens.

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