Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Growing Up With Practical Parents

My husband and I each grew up in a family of 10 children. Both of us come from farm families. Needless to say we wore hand-me-downs,shared beds/bedrooms and had assigned chores to do. We grew most of our own food (veggies, fruit and meat) and in my mother-in-law's case, sewed most of the girls' clothes.

It was a different time growing up with all those brothers and sisters on a farm. We learned teamwork, how not to waste anything and (we were before our time!) how to reuse and recycle.

So when a friend sent this to me (no author listed) it really hit home. Although you don't need 9 siblings and to have grown up on a farm to appreciate it!

Growing Up with Practical Parents
I grew up with practical parents. A mother, God love her, who washed aluminum foil after she cooked in it, then reused it.  She was the original recycle queen before they had a name for it. A father who was happier getting old shoes fixed than buying new ones.
Their marriage was good, their dreams focused.  Their best friends lived barely a wave away.
I can see them now, Dad in trousers, tee shirt and a hat and Mom in a house dress, lawn mower in one hand, and dish-towel in the other.  It was the time for fixing things.  A curtain rod, the kitchen radio, screen door, the oven door, the hem in a dress.  Things we keep.
It was a way of life, and sometimes it made me crazy.  All that re-fixing, eating, renewing, I wanted just once to be wasteful.  Waste meant affluence.  Throwing things away meant you knew there'd always be more.
But then my mother died, and on that clear summer's night, in the warmth of the hospital room, I was struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn't any more.
Sometimes, what we care about most gets all used up and goes away...never to return..  So... While we have it..... it's best we love it.... And care for it.. And fix it when it's broken......... And heal it when it's sick.
This is true.  For marriage....... And old cars..... And children with bad report cards.... And dogs with bad hips.... And aging parents...... And grandparents.  We keep them because they are worth it, because we are worth it.  Some things we keep.  Like a best friend that moved away or a classmate we grew up with.
There are just some things that make life important, like people we know who are special........ And so, we keep them close!

So true! A great reminder to not just keep the memories close, but the people who are in those memories close too. I think that's one reason why I love to photograph my loved ones. 

 Second generation has kept the family farm going.
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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Paint Your Nails Perfectly

It's been awhile since I posted anything about nails. (and truthfully it's been awhile since I did anything with my nails.) Here's a simple tutorial on how to paint your nails so that they look like your nails were professionally done! 

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

We Remember

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who lost their loved ones on this day. We will never forget.post signature
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

A little face painting...who had more fun--the painter or paintee?
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Friday, September 5, 2014

Fun and Spooky Fonts for Halloween

Halloween already? Isn't it still summer?  Yes, I know, the Halloween stuff is out in the stores. I hadn't really given Halloween a thought until I saw this post on the \ Craftaholics Anonymous site.
I love fun and crazy fonts. If you want any of these Halloween fonts for yourself head over to their site and you'll find the links for each one. I'm gonna have to find out how to use these on my blog! (I've already got them in my Microsoft Word font list.)

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ginormous Bubbles!

After reading the post on Our Best Bites about making Ginormous Bubbles we had to try making our own. It was just as much fun for the grandkids as it was for us grownups!! Once we got the hang of things, they were huge-- some of them were 15-20 feet long!

 To make the bubbles you need Dawn detergent, J-Lube, glycerin, baking powder and water. I had all of the ingredients needed except for the J-Lube. Fortunately for us I have a niece (Thanks, Megan) who is a Veterinarian. J-Lube is a powder she uses and has on hand so she gave us a little more than we actually needed.

Kate from Our Best Bites says...*J-Lube. This is both the most…unusual as well as important ingredient. It’s a polymer that helps make those giant, sturdy bubbles. It’s a veterinary obstetrical lubrication and can be difficult to find. You can order it from farm supply stores (if you live in a farming community, you may be able to find it locally) or you can order it from Amazon (the price is slightly higher, but it may offset shipping costs from other sites. Warning: some of the Amazon reviews/suggested products are a little graphic because, believe it or not, some people use it for things other than assisting in the birth of baby animals and other veterinary care. If this is something that potentially concerns you, just go to the order page and don’t scroll much further.)

You will also need two wooden dowels and about 6-7 feet of 100% cotton yarn (the thicker the better).

You are going to tie one end of the yarn tightly near the top of one of the dowels (you can notch it first to make it stay on. Run a line of yarn about 1 1/2-2 feet to the same spot on the other dowel and tie it securely. Tie the remaining end near the original knot, so you have a tight horizontal line on top and loose yarn hanging down on the bottom.

In a large clean bucket, combine the J-Lube and the baking powder. Slowly whisk in a gallon of warm water and mix until combined. Add 1 cup of Dawn and 2 tablespoons of glycerin and stir to combine completely.

 (Don't cross your sticks, keep them far apart.)

Dip the giant bubble wands (sticks) in the water. When you pull them out, keep the sticks as far apart as possible and start walking backwards kind of slowly. We had the gentlest breeze starting out which helped too. Later the wind picked up and then the bubbles popped quickly. A calm day works best.

Our little guy enjoyed popping the bubbles almost as much as making them! Give it a try--you'll have so much fun!
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