Ward House

Oh the possibilities

Ronnie has just left for work, the girls are still sleeping, dishes are almost done and the sun is already shining.  Laundry is out on the line, recycling is sorted and loaded in the van for the quick trip down the road to the green boxes, kids are up and getting ready to visit their Dad for the Easter weekend and I am bursting with energy!  Time to walk away from the machine – I’ll post some tonite, once the sun goes down.

April 2, 2010 Posted by | celebrations, family, Recycling | , | Leave a comment

Early morning

I love early mornings at my house; the crisp air, filtering the sunlight into streamers of golden warmth flowing through the trees.  The garden is almost finished.  There are a few pepper plants still producing and one cherry tomato plant that does not yet realize that fall is here.  These little tomatoes ripen so quickly that they burst from their skins before I can eat them.  =( 

This next pix is taken from the back yard (where I hang the laundry) and faces Rte 220 (Sam Snead Highway).  My maples, which are next to these to the right (cannot see them in the picture) are always the last to turn and have not begun to color. 

The furnace is complete with exception to the thermostat installation and that I must wait until the guy can come out on Tuesday.  In the meantime, the days are still fairly warm, the evenings cool so we just layer on a sweater and snugg under more blankets.  Even if the furnace were finished, it does not seem worth the wood to fire it up just yet since the house warms up during the day.  Sleeping in a cool house is good for you anyway (or so I am told).

Yesterday, the package from Soaps Gone Buy arrived.  The small size of the box suprised me – so much savings in such a tiny thing!  This weekend I hope to brew some liquid laundry soap using Rhonda Jean’s recipe.  I’ll post pictures of the results.  I cannot wait to begin mixing!   

My next project is going to be creating yule gifts for my family and few friends.  Christmas has always been low key at our house – the resources are not here for a commercial christmas.  That kind of flies in the face of what the season is about anyway, yes?  Ronnie and I usually create a stocking for each of the girls that includes some small things that they have been wanting: make up, glitter, funky socks, etc. Last year we went into the woods and cut down a small yule tree to decorate.  We made cinnamon ornaments to hang with a few ornaments I had from my Mom (family items passed down) and strung cranberries and pop corn.  I loved that tree.  Will have to search my computer for a picture.  Anyway, I’ve started to think about what family needs and to plan accordingly.  I believe I have enough yarn here for a few projects without buying a new skein and then there are preserves. The apple butter I made a few weeks ago is almost gone!  Looks like everyone else gets grape!

Oh, I made applesauce the other day – first time ever – and it turned out!  I canned three pints and we have almost used up the 4th.  Wish I had more apples (and the time to put them up).

Time to run – more later!

October 10, 2008 Posted by | Cleaning, Cooking | , , , , | 2 Comments

Laundry

We are working hard to become more chemical free AND save some $$.  Perhaps more frugal is the better word.  I’ve been following Rhonda’s blog and she has great information on living a more sustainable, frugal lifestyle.  In this blog I found some great cleaning recipes that really work and are cheaper than commercial cleaners!  I’ve made the change to using baking soda and vinegar in the bathrooms and have already noticed a big difference in how clean everything looks – and how much I enjoy using these items knowing I no longer need to worry about the cat or dog licking up the water when I am done.  I think the fun-ness of knowing how cheaply I am cleaning and that I am caring for my home makes cleaning fun again and I am more likely to do it! 

In the attempt to save some $$, I have also started the process of stock piling following the inspiration of the ladies of my blog roll.  Laundry tends to be big at my house, with 2 kids in sports and a maintenance man.  Using a laundry soap that does not create an allergic reaction is also EXTREMELY important.  Back to Rhonda’s blog, she has a whole post on simple cleaning recipes, including this one for laundry and cleaning recipes.  I ordered the items I needed from Soaps Gone By and using Rhonda’s recipe, I will be able to make 10 liters of laundry soap for $2.65.  Now 10L = 42.2675 US cups.  If I use 1/4C to do a load of laundry, and my math is right (which is sometimes suspect), I think I will get 165 loads out of one batch of this laundry soap.  Hmm.  I am such a cheap date!

October 6, 2008 Posted by | Cleaning | | 2 Comments