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DIY woman

The last few days have been a craze! Here is a quick update on miscellaneous happenings:

1. I am still doing no poo….shampoo, that is. Baking soda and vinegar. The interesting thing is that the time between washings is getting longer and longer. Though I do think the combo is drying my hair out a bit, will have to find an in between alternative. My hair is growing, and is at the hair raising length of nothingness…not short, not long, just there.

2. I am successfully medicating my dog :). He seems prone to this weird ear infection in his floppy ear. As a trip to the vet, with a very small tube of antibiotic, costs $75, plus another $35 for the follow up a week later, and so on….Not only that, while trying to find the Guatamala version of this antibiotic online (so I am cheap, hey, I am an artist….) I found out that it has caused dogs to go deaf. Thank the Goddess for my diverse friends and the internet. I have made him ear drops with beautiful purple gentian violet that stains the world when he shakes..but it seems to helping! Also, adding nettles to his food (what is good for mama can only be good for the pooch), and salmon oil. Today I took him for some primping around at Petsmart (we don’t buy food there, but it is great for socializing!! LOL), damn, it must hard being so LARGE, FURRY, and CUDDLY! After several attempts of people trying to touch & tousle….he fell asleep, mentally exhausted.

3. Thank you to my friend Julia who gifted me a macrobiotic cookbook. OMg…I am in love. It was written in 1987, and I cannot believe how right on it is about the effects of certain foods. I am switching our diets.

4. Still not eating meat. Only had one craving attack after reading a post about Elk Stew. Had to settle for buffalo, and at 3 plates of hot, steamy, stew. It was fabulous, and I am good.

5. Planted an apricot tree. Now we have fig, plums, kiwi, grapes, boysenberry, rasberry (if the cane ever sprouts), rhubarb (still in the bag, but will be planted), and oranges. Found out our parcel is too small for chickens :(.

6. My baby turned 8 today!! I am …..???

7. My big baby is growing up and writing awesome essays, I am so proud of her.

8. My mom is coming in a few days…YIPEE!! Love it when she is here……Just love it.

9. Feng Shuied my bedroom, turned my bed…only to find that I could not sleep. Turned it all around again, and there you have it.

10. Attmepting to get more sleep. Good night.

DIY woman

The last few days have been a craze! Here is a quick update on miscellaneous happenings:

1. I am still doing no poo….shampoo, that is. Baking soda and vinegar. The interesting thing is that the time between washings is getting longer and longer. Though I do think the combo is drying my hair out a bit, will have to find an in between alternative. My hair is growing, and is at the hair raising length of nothingness…not short, not long, just there.

2. I am successfully medicating my dog :). He seems prone to this weird ear infection in his floppy ear. As a trip to the vet, with a very small tube of antibiotic, costs $75, plus another $35 for the follow up a week later, and so on….Not only that, while trying to find the Guatamala version of this antibiotic online (so I am cheap, hey, I am an artist….) I found out that it has caused dogs to go deaf. Thank the Goddess for my diverse friends and the internet. I have made him ear drops with beautiful purple gentian violet that stains the world when he shakes..but it seems to helping! Also, adding nettles to his food (what is good for mama can only be good for the pooch), and salmon oil. Today I took him for some primping around at Petsmart (we don’t buy food there, but it is great for socializing!! LOL), damn, it must hard being so LARGE, FURRY, and CUDDLY! After several attempts of people trying to touch & tousle….he fell asleep, mentally exhausted.

3. Thank you to my friend Julia who gifted me a macrobiotic cookbook. OMg…I am in love. It was written in 1987, and I cannot believe how right on it is about the effects of certain foods. I am switching our diets.

4. Still not eating meat. Only had one craving attack after reading a post about Elk Stew. Had to settle for buffalo, and at 3 plates of hot, steamy, stew. It was fabulous, and I am good.

5. Planted an apricot tree. Now we have fig, plums, kiwi, grapes, boysenberry, rasberry (if the cane ever sprouts), rhubarb (still in the bag, but will be planted), and oranges. Found out our parcel is too small for chickens :(.

6. My baby turned 8 today!! I am …..???

7. My big baby is growing up and writing awesome essays, I am so proud of her.

8. My mom is coming in a few days…YIPEE!! Love it when she is here……Just love it.

9. Feng Shuied my bedroom, turned my bed…only to find that I could not sleep. Turned it all around again, and there you have it.

10. Attmepting to get more sleep. Good night.

Volcano on my head

I am a hair girl.

Over the last few years, I have been brunette, black, streaked, red, mahagony, dirty blonde, and everything in between. My hair has been styled every which way, but mostly short. When it did not work, I pulled out my scissors and CUT. Voila! Luckily, my hair is forgiving and grows fast.

A few weeks ago it was time for a cut, and since I swore to my friend that I would NEVER attempt to “fix” the back of my hair again, I had to wait for an appointment.

I don’t wait well for anything.

I made the decision that it was time to grow out my hair. My husband will rejoice, he has the male long hair syndrome.

I have suffered for 4 weeks, as it is too long for me, but way too short to try to put up. My attempt to a ponytail looks like a little duck butt.

I have crocheted a hat just cover my hair. I have considered shaving it all off.

So it is growing. Which means I have to stop torturing it with chemicals. Today, I began washing my hair with plain baking soda, topping it off with apple cider vinegar. Over time, this will rebalance my scalp, which totally over produces due to being washed & conditioned with harsh agents (and I use natural hair products….)

I was like our favorite volcano experiment! If you have never done it, put some baking soda in a glass jar. Top it off with vinegar, and watch it rise……

Hmm…..Now my hair looks and feels like it did when I lived in a hut in Jamaica for 4 weeks with no shower.

(Heike has removed this picture after the wine wore off. WHAT was I thinking??)

We will call it Phase One – Determination – of the Hair Project.

Volcano on my head

I am a hair girl.

Over the last few years, I have been brunette, black, streaked, red, mahagony, dirty blonde, and everything in between. My hair has been styled every which way, but mostly short. When it did not work, I pulled out my scissors and CUT. Voila! Luckily, my hair is forgiving and grows fast.

A few weeks ago it was time for a cut, and since I swore to my friend that I would NEVER attempt to “fix” the back of my hair again, I had to wait for an appointment.

I don’t wait well for anything.

I made the decision that it was time to grow out my hair. My husband will rejoice, he has the male long hair syndrome.

I have suffered for 4 weeks, as it is too long for me, but way too short to try to put up. My attempt to a ponytail looks like a little duck butt.

I have crocheted a hat just cover my hair. I have considered shaving it all off.

So it is growing. Which means I have to stop torturing it with chemicals. Today, I began washing my hair with plain baking soda, topping it off with apple cider vinegar. Over time, this will rebalance my scalp, which totally over produces due to being washed & conditioned with harsh agents (and I use natural hair products….)

I was like our favorite volcano experiment! If you have never done it, put some baking soda in a glass jar. Top it off with vinegar, and watch it rise……

Hmm…..Now my hair looks and feels like it did when I lived in a hut in Jamaica for 4 weeks with no shower.

(Heike has removed this picture after the wine wore off. WHAT was I thinking??)

We will call it Phase One – Determination – of the Hair Project.

If I had only kept my mouth shut.

I am sure we have all had a time in our life when we wish we would have kept our mouths SHUT.

You know the instant the wrong thing comes out of your mouth. In your mind, you are saying “Oh shit.” Yet, it is too late. It is out. You try to paddle back and save your grace, but you know deep down inside that the cat is out of the bag.

Or when the friend you spilled your soul to, turns out not to be such a close friend after all. Either you part suddenly over a difference, or you slowly drift apart. Intimate parts of your life have now become public knowledge.

How about our favorite Facebook & Twitter? Striptease on the internet…..I am always amazed at some of the things I read. Tirades, accusations, divorce announcement, love flings, busting out of others….Hmmm. You can hit that REMOVE button, but what has been said has been said. Once it is on the internet, baby, you can’t take it back. Today, I saw so many wonderful things that made me laugh on my FB, but days like this are rare. Facebook and Twitter are revealing that inner need to expose ourselves, and get recognized for it.

How do we remedy this? Zip our lips? Bottle it up inside until we burst? Talk to ourselves?

If I had only kept my mouth shut.

I am sure we have all had a time in our life when we wish we would have kept our mouths SHUT.

You know the instant the wrong thing comes out of your mouth. In your mind, you are saying “Oh shit.” Yet, it is too late. It is out. You try to paddle back and save your grace, but you know deep down inside that the cat is out of the bag.

Or when the friend you spilled your soul to, turns out not to be such a close friend after all. Either you part suddenly over a difference, or you slowly drift apart. Intimate parts of your life have now become public knowledge.

How about our favorite Facebook & Twitter? Striptease on the internet…..I am always amazed at some of the things I read. Tirades, accusations, divorce announcement, love flings, busting out of others….Hmmm. You can hit that REMOVE button, but what has been said has been said. Once it is on the internet, baby, you can’t take it back. Today, I saw so many wonderful things that made me laugh on my FB, but days like this are rare. Facebook and Twitter are revealing that inner need to expose ourselves, and get recognized for it.

How do we remedy this? Zip our lips? Bottle it up inside until we burst? Talk to ourselves?

From the Life of Me ~ It was all good, until I exploded the oven

This morning we finished up some more of our kitchen remodeling project. I still can’t find space for all the things that were in my kitchen before we started painting. Today, I began to just throw things in the trash that I could not find space for. I wanted to hang up my pictures & misc. items, yet I could not find small nails. I also wanted to touch up any spots and the huge gash the clock that fell off the wall yesterday left (I was just yelling at one of my children to stop chasing the dog and making him crazy….and off plopped the clock. Just like that. I hid my laughter and I told him that was the rise in energy created by yelling, LOL. Creative parenting), yet, I could not find the small brush. So after doing our school work and getting dressed, we swooped up the dog and drove to our favorite nature area. After a nice long walk & exploration, and meeting a new dog friend, we made our way to our favorite thrift store, conveniently located 5 minutes away. May as well make the ride worth our while, right?

The oldest scored with the cutest jacket and 4 great books, the youngest found a bag full of Legos (Mama, look there are even LEGO PEOPLE!!!) for $4, and found a brand new J. Jlll linen dress in my FAVORITE color teal for $3 :)…

I am not vegetarian. We then went to buy some buffalo meat because after 4 weeks of not eating meat, my body was screaming for MEAT! I thought before I wake up at night as a wolf and accidently devour the dog, I had better listen and eat. So I made a delicious stew with buffalo and root veggies (Mama, this is your BEST yet!)

With my belly full, I decided to try out the recipe in this great book I found “Artisian Bread in 5 minutes a day”. I made my dough, shaped my loaf, heated the oven with my stone. It also said to put in a broiler pan for the hot water (that will make steam, for the crust). I was too lazy to find my broiler pan, so I put in my favorite pyrex brownie pan. The beauty of this method is that you prepare dough once, put part of it in the fridge, and then all you have to do it pull it out and let it rest before putting it in the oven. Fast & fabulous, I love it!

My beautiful loaf slipped right onto the stone, then I quickly poured the hot water in the pyrex dish, and

BAM!!!

It exploxed into 6 million tiny glass pieces.
Crap. I instantly realized why it said “Put a BROILER pan into the oven.” It is metal, so when it is hot, it will not explode into tiny pieces. Yes, I did KNOW that, I may have just forgot.

So, I have just spent 2 hours picking pieces of glass out of my oven and off my floor. I have also learned to unscrew and remove the bake pan from the bottom of my oven, since we have gas, a ton of glass slipped into the slits :(…I had to throw my dough away, and am now baking the dough I had in the fridge for tomorrow.

I am drinking wine.

Salute!

From the Life of Me ~ It was all good, until I exploded the oven

This morning we finished up some more of our kitchen remodeling project. I still can’t find space for all the things that were in my kitchen before we started painting. Today, I began to just throw things in the trash that I could not find space for. I wanted to hang up my pictures & misc. items, yet I could not find small nails. I also wanted to touch up any spots and the huge gash the clock that fell off the wall yesterday left (I was just yelling at one of my children to stop chasing the dog and making him crazy….and off plopped the clock. Just like that. I hid my laughter and I told him that was the rise in energy created by yelling, LOL. Creative parenting), yet, I could not find the small brush. So after doing our school work and getting dressed, we swooped up the dog and drove to our favorite nature area. After a nice long walk & exploration, and meeting a new dog friend, we made our way to our favorite thrift store, conveniently located 5 minutes away. May as well make the ride worth our while, right?

The oldest scored with the cutest jacket and 4 great books, the youngest found a bag full of Legos (Mama, look there are even LEGO PEOPLE!!!) for $4, and found a brand new J. Jlll linen dress in my FAVORITE color teal for $3 :)…

I am not vegetarian. We then went to buy some buffalo meat because after 4 weeks of not eating meat, my body was screaming for MEAT! I thought before I wake up at night as a wolf and accidently devour the dog, I had better listen and eat. So I made a delicious stew with buffalo and root veggies (Mama, this is your BEST yet!)

With my belly full, I decided to try out the recipe in this great book I found “Artisian Bread in 5 minutes a day”. I made my dough, shaped my loaf, heated the oven with my stone. It also said to put in a broiler pan for the hot water (that will make steam, for the crust). I was too lazy to find my broiler pan, so I put in my favorite pyrex brownie pan. The beauty of this method is that you prepare dough once, put part of it in the fridge, and then all you have to do it pull it out and let it rest before putting it in the oven. Fast & fabulous, I love it!

My beautiful loaf slipped right onto the stone, then I quickly poured the hot water in the pyrex dish, and

BAM!!!

It exploxed into 6 million tiny glass pieces.
Crap. I instantly realized why it said “Put a BROILER pan into the oven.” It is metal, so when it is hot, it will not explode into tiny pieces. Yes, I did KNOW that, I may have just forgot.

So, I have just spent 2 hours picking pieces of glass out of my oven and off my floor. I have also learned to unscrew and remove the bake pan from the bottom of my oven, since we have gas, a ton of glass slipped into the slits :(…I had to throw my dough away, and am now baking the dough I had in the fridge for tomorrow.

I am drinking wine.

Salute!