refining an old skill

I am slowly feeling better from the food poisoning.  I actually got to do some yoga yesterday.  It was also helpful that Koda Bear was with his Dad because yoga with Koda Bear around is a full contact sport!  I am not exaggerating. 

I woke up this morning to sunshine and decided to start working in the garden for this year.  When we were in Washington state, my Dad showed me a different way to dig up a garden.  Many years ago, when small town railroad stations still existed and there were railmen there, my Dad watched a railman dig up a gravel driveway to become a garden.  Dig a trench with a shovel.  Then, with the same shove, move back an inch or two, take the scoop of dirt out, throw it on top of the dirt from the trench.  Work your way backward.

In an hour, I got more done better then if I had dug the garden my own way or with help.  I need to learn better ways in the garden because it is normally just me no matter what the other words may be.  My Dad strongly suggested to just work an hour at a time.  Then take a rest.  Today, that was exactly what I needed.  I did not think I was even close to overdoing until I came inside to write.  One hour!

That green is a tomato plant that still has tomatoes on it.  It has overwintered so far.  I was surprised it was in such good condition after the cold we have had.  I was a bit more careful around it then it places I had no plants to worry about.  We may have a few tomatoes soon. 

Sometimes all it takes is to ask and to listen.


another variation

I made another woven t-shirt as a gift.  It will actually be gifted next week or the week after.  I am still working on gifts and have not gotten things sent out like I should.  I am moving slowly.

The request was for long sleeves so that was how I changed it.  It turned out well now I will see if it is liked.

I am thinking about making myself one.  Three quarter sleeves though to facilitate bread baking.  Especially when the rambunctious Koda Bear (what Small Mister is now calling himself) is helping.  Punching bread dough is the only approved punching in the house, especially by anyone called Bear.

I will get to the post office soon!


making my own

So I am still wiped out.  The healing from the food poisoning is taking much longer then I hoped.  My stomach is still not settled but there is not any active sickness.  And I get tired.  Tired minutes after I sleep.  The problem is there is just too much to do.  Always. 

The stress at work is pretty interesting as well.  Even though I do not really feel very stressed dealing with the people who are is enough in itself.  Breath at a time.  Maybe I will take a walk on the beach this weekend.

I had found a natural deodorant that worked very well for me.  The problem is that I have to order it.  Well, that is really not the problem.  The problem is I have to remember to order it.  I looked at a few recipes and the ingredients on the jar and decided to try to make my own.  I think it turned out well.  It works very similar to the natural deodorant I was purchasing.  I actually had most of the ingredients in the house.  Who would have thought!


Note:  The clay is not necessary.  If you do not use it, lower the amount of oil used.

3 tablespoons arrowroot flour

3 tablespoons baking soda (aluminum free)

3 tablespoons kaolin type clay (pick I light color.  I did not)

3 tablespoons coconut oil

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/4 teaspoon lavender essential oil

1/4 teaspoon tea tree essential oil

Melt the coconut oil on the stove.  Put the arrowroot flour, baking soda, and clay in a small bowl.  Mix in the oils.  Transfer to a glass jar.

It only takes a small bit under each arm pit.  Smaller then you think!  Next time, I am going to use a lighter colored clay.  The green is a bit dark but this amount of deodorant may last most of the year.  I did say a small amount.  Too much leaves clumps by the way.


well, i thought it was the last one

I thought this was going to be the last pillowcase I made for a gift.  But, I was wrong.  I feel like Elephant and Piggie when I say that.  I saw my Mother and she asked for another silk one.  A tad bit longer because I somehow got the measurements wrong.  My Dad's response was that two was a good number because then you could change them out.

We got back safely this last weekend but the last place we ate did me in.  Food poisoning put me down.  I made it to work today but I am tired.  My stomach is still not settled but fluids and food stay in.  I am getting better everyday.

Getting back to work is interesting.  The layoffs have started.  So far it has been people that have had problems.  The next will be those who have been waiting for early retirement packages.  We are going to lose some important intellectual capital with the next pass.  I am not looking forward to some of those who are going to chose to leave.  It will be a loss.


started late

I started the pajamas of Christmas late.  I still have three pairs to make and every time I think I may be getting ahead, there is a new twist.  Life is just very twisty.

But these pajamas are done and just need to be mailed.  I am going to be honest and say it will be at least a week.  Part of the twist is that we are going to the mountain next week.  Not for the main reason that we were going but there may be much done.  I am hoping for at least some sleep.  My throat suddenly get sore again and that was before I got caught in a cold rain on my bicycle.  Even bundled, it was probably not a good thing.

It will all get done and I will get some sleep.  I know that this wil happen at some point.