Friday, November 6, 2015

Tiny House Trend, Hand soap recipe and mold sprays

If you watch tv or follow Facebook, you must have seen the trend to tiny house living. It kind of makes me laugh, as back in 1955, newly married, 18 whole years old, we moved to Amarillo Air Base in Texas, and our first house was an 8x25 mobile home. If that's not tiny, don't know what is. Our bedroom had a small corner, maybe 4x4 that was a "bathroom, a stainless steel grinder toilet, a wall mounted sink and the whole room was the shower. A very tiny kitchen, big enough freezer in the frig for 2 ice cube trays, no food. An apartment sized stove, and the front room had a couch. Period. But it was home, my first one. And we were happy. Until a baby was on the way. Oops, no place for a baby bed or any other needed stuff, so we moved into a big house. Ha. 8x 57. Well, it felt big. And this one we bought, the first one was rented. This one had been burned in a fire so it required a lot of repair, but we lived in it for quite a while. Even moved it from Amarillo to Wichita Falls. Nothing like taking your house with you. Ah, the adventures we had doing that. Anyway, tiny houses are not new, they have been around for a long time. Guess leaving big utility bills behind has a draw. If you are getting into the DIY of loosing chemicals in your useable products, how about some great home made soap, liquid of course. In a container put 1/2 cup of boiled or distilled water. Add 1/2 cup of castile soap, 1 T of vitamin E oil, 1 T jojoba(or grapeseed or apricot kernel) oil, and 15 drops of tea tree oil. Shake a little before using. These items can all be bought at Amazon, or Mountain Rose Herbs. I tend to get them from Swanson Vitamins, they have so much these days. If you have a saved pump bottle use that, or you can buy one. Maybe a pretty one in the bathroom department. Got mold on the north side of your house? In a spray bottle mix 1 cup of white vinegar, 1 cup of water and 1 T baking soda. Spray on, don't wash off, rain will take it and all the mold away. One of my blogs gave a list of stuff healthy people eat on a regular basis, here goes: Apples, Asparagus, Blueberries, spices, broccoli, butternut squash, dark chocolate, legumes, nuts, plain yogurt, greens, oatmeal, olive oil, pears, quinoa and salmon. Wild caught salmon. I do eat this stuff, and a large amount comes from the gardens here on the mountain. It's November and Doug still has lettuce and cherry tomatoes, so we are blessed with good food most of the year. Still enjoying t shirt sleeve weather here, looks like next week will be a little cooler but not bad for November. Just three weeks til Thanksgiving, the holidays sneak up and roll rapidly by. Working on my Christmas cards, do a lot of them, with notes to a lot of folk, not big on form letters, seems like a short cut, not personal. The colors of the trees are spectacular but fading, my snowball bush is blooming. As are petunias and cosmos. Hope you are enjoying fall in your area, not looking forward to the cold days coming. Enjoy each day, never know how long we will be allowed to be here. Til next time, Love one another!

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