Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway

Monday, May 02, 2011

Finally….Justice for 9-11-01

It was wonderful news to hear last night that Osama bin Laden had been eliminated. 

We should all remember the sacrifices that our military (and their families) have made in their effort against terrorism.  Good JOB!

 

Yesterday we decided to just hang around the house.

Al had been after me to make a new batch of bath soap.  Our supply from the last batch is fast dwindling, and it takes 3 to 6 weeks to cure.   We have gotten so spoiled having this nice soap and really hate to use store bought soap any more.

I made two batches.  The first one I used Olive Oil and Coconut oil and added some vanilla bean fragrance and some poppy seeds.  

On the second batch, I used olive oil, coconut oil and lard.  I added some ground oatmeal (for exfoliation) to this batch.  We’ll see how it turns out.  I like the coconut oil because it makes it lather up really well.   If any of you have any inclination to make soap, I encourage you to go for it.  It’s really easy.  You just mix the lye and water and let it cool.  Then you  warm the oils together.  You stir the lye mixture into the oil mixture, stir it a while, and shortly you have soap!  I pour the liquid into a cardboard box to cure and you have soap! There is a little more to it than that, but that’s the basics of soap making.  Easy and fun, and you have some wonderful homemade soap.  For people with allergies or skin sensitivities, you can make a real pure soap with no fragrances.  The soap is so gentle and mild, that you can even wash your hair with it.

After the soap making, I decided to start mowing the lawn. With our lawn, it’s pretty much a never ending project :)  We’re still hoping the appraiser will get here this week (yeah right), and want the place spiffy! 

Al’s big project was to put down some Round Up, which was no easy task considering his number one helper, Bella, was over to visit.  She’s the little Jack Russell terrier that belongs to a neighbor.  She  really likes to visit us and is always to happy to see us.  She’s such a little cutie and we’re both getting attached to her.  I need to take some pictures of her, but every time I try, she’s moving too fast to snap a picture!  I think she thinks we’re more fun than her owners because we’re outside “playing” more!  He had to lock her up in “her” cage so that he could apply the Round Up. 

After that project, Al decided to mow around the pond.  It’s a terrible job and he hates it. It’s hard to mow up down the banks with the mower and the weed-eater isn’t any better.  It’s a big job and he was worn out last night. He said “that’s the last time I’m going to do that.”   I hope so! 

11 comments:

  1. thanks for the 'soap making lesson'!..sounds like it is pretty easy..you just need all the supplies..
    have a good one..

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  2. I remember when we had our pond in front the job is was to keep it mowed and nice looking, now that it's filled in I just glide over it on the tractor like any other patch of grass,So much easier. Although we miss the ducks and fish and birds the pond used to have.Be safe out there. Sam & Donna.

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  3. I am so grateful to our troops who never gave up and finally rid this earth of that evil man.

    Fingers are still crossed for your appraiser and no more mowing.

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  5. May the monster be burnt in hell in eternity!

    Yeap, hope all your lawn/yard maintenance works will come to an end soon!

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  6. Congrats to President Obama and the Special Forces troops who finally delivered a just end to this terrorist monster.

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  7. As I watched Craig weed eat the steep hill below the house I thought "I hope this is the last year," but who knows!

    Glad the finally got him! But we know it is not the end.

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  8. We can attest to the wonders of Karen's soap. She gave us a bar when we visited them in Georgia. It is wonderful! Let us know when the new batch is ready :)

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  9. Sounds like a rough mowing job. Really DO hope it is the last time and the appraiser gets there soon.

    I remember waiting for an appriaser and it seemed like forever.

    Sherry
    www.directionofourdreams.blogspot.com

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  10. Maybe the appraisers are all busy because the market is picking up pace. One can hope.
    I've been saying "last time" for a few things at work. Boy does it feel great!!
    Syl

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