Ward House

Declutter update

Decluttering the living room went well – and I took the sofa to Rickerman’s to be redone; the price is VERY reasonable and the fabric will be a beautiful burgundy.  In the  meantime we have the porch sofa in the house and it looks really nice with the remaining furnishings.

Today is kind of bleck for me and tomorrow evening will be even more so.  My Granddaddy (the ones we spent summer’s with in Florida) has gone down hill fast.  He no longer recognizes people and is in hospice care; we will visit him and Grandmother tomorrow evening.

So in the meantime, I will leave you with these pictures from this weekend:

April 26, 2010 Posted by | Cleaning | , , , | Leave a comment

Its time to declutter

Because I am housekeeping challenged it is important that items we do not use do not stay and clutter; clutter drains energy from the owner.  Items that I want to keep need to displayed or used in some manner; taking up drawer space does not count.

I have a love seat that belongs to my great-grandmother that I would love to keep and use.  This piece is so old that it still has the original horsehair stuffing!  Odis loves this material and has proceeded to chew a big hole in the seat – Mom, this is why I suggested it come to live at your house for the time being.  I believe I would probably recover/stuff it yet am scared to try as I have never tried something like this before.  Some of the springs have begun to push through the fabric and, well, it just needs a makeover.  *sighs*  Bartering for the fix would be divine though not realistic.  Googling to see if this is something I can tackle – any advise would be helpful.

Other items my step daughter has put dibs on for when she moves, starting out with candelabras and the leather porch sofa (you’d have to see it).  Whatever else there is, if she does not want it, it will go into the “everythings a-dollar” yard sale.  If it does not rain (like it is supposed to be doing right now) this’ll happen tomorrow.  I need to get this stuff outta here.  My next challenge is on how to better manage my paperwork.  Would scanning items and saving them to an external drive be a better idea?  I saw this the other day and have an extra dresser that can be converted into such a beautiful and useful item.   Check out those binders – makes me want to organize papers!  My challenge with organizing is having what I need at hand to create that organized space.  I’ll nit Ronnie up for some nails later this evening.  Muhaha

April 23, 2010 Posted by | Cleaning, Recycling | , | 3 Comments

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

Informational humor

Mom sent this to me and I just had to pass it along:

A cowboy named Bud was overseeing his herd in a remote mountainous pasture in Wyoming when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced toward him out of a cloud of dust..

The driver, a young man in a Brioni suit, Gucci shoes, RayBan sunglasses and YSL tie, leaned out the window and asked the cowboy, “If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, will you give me a calf?”

Bud looks at the man, obviously a yuppie, then looks at his peacefully grazing herd and calmly answers, “Sure, Why not?”

The yuppie parks his car, whips out his Dell notebook computer, connects it to his Cingular RAZR V3 cell phone, and surfs to a NASA page on the Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite to get an exact fix on his location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo.

The young man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop and exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg , Germany ..

Within seconds, he receives an email on his Palm Pilot that the image has been processed and the data stored. He then accesses an MS-SQL database through an ODBC connected Excel spreadsheet with email on his Blackberry and, after a few minutes, receives a response.

Finally, he prints out a full-color, 150-page report on his hi-tech, miniaturized HP LaserJet printer, turns to the cowboy and says, “You have exactly 1,586 cows and calves.”

“That’s right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves,” says Bud.

He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on with amusement as the young man stuffs it into the trunk of his car.

Then Bud says to the young man, “Hey, if I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my calf?”

The young man thinks about it for a second and then says, “Okay, why not?”

“You’re a Congressman for the U.S. Government”, says Bud.

“Wow! That’s correct,” says the yuppie, “but how did you guess that?”

“No guessing required.” answered the cowboy. “You showed up here even though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked. You used millions of dollars worth of equipment trying to show me how much smarter than me you are; and you don’t know a thing about how working people make a living – or about cows, for that matter. This is a herd of sheep…

Now give me back my dog.


Having gained access to my old account, I have been catching up on reading everyone’s blogs.  This one caught my eye as Chiot’s Run will be growing Egyptian Walking Onions.  Well I snagged some of these during Howling Hills last seed exchange, planted them and then just forgot them.  They came through the winter wonderfully and are strong and green.  I wondered how to propagate them and, well, Chiot’s answered that question for me.

Egyptian Onions are described by Southern Exposure this way:
The onion to plant if you always want onions. Egyptian Walking Onions grow perennially in a bed. Hardy bulbs set bulblets on stalks. Air bound bulblets will sprout new smaller stalks, which fall over and replant themselves, hence the name “Walking”. Bulbs can be harvested over Fall and Winter. Green Onions can be harvested selectively as they grow. Plant them where you intend to have them for a long time, as they are quite hardy.

The office is closed tomorrow so the three day weekend will see all sorts of garden activity: the remaining potatoes will go into the ground along with yellow and purple onion sets, some cabbage, and. . . I know there is more, just cannot think of it at the moment.  Looks like a list is in the making!

April 2, 2010 Posted by | Gardening, humor, politics | , , , | Leave a comment

Thank you’s with a sprinkle of randomness

     First, thank you to everyone who forwarded suggestions on alternate ‘jobs’ for extra income.  Times are tight for all of us and I am checking into the different ideas.  In the meantime, I have continued to create my Etsy shop, think I have it the way I want it and will post my first item tonite – a beret!  Woohoo.  The peacock at the bottom of the right column will take you to the store front – if you go, please critique.  This is my first endeavor.

     Last night Ronnie and I went next store to see the Todd wood cook stove that we are going to buy for $300!  Thought I was going to fall on the floor as I thought this was a great price.  Glad I saved up that christmas $$!  Our stove looks similar to this one; Todd wood cook stoveit solves the problems of heat in the winter (kitchen is unheated) and will help reduce the electric bill.  It also fits into our homesteading plans.

     As some of you have already guessed, I ramble here about what is going on in our lives, brainstorming and listing posts I do not want to forget.  I found some amazing patterns last night and spent a few pennies on patterns from Stitch Diva, Ashley is crocheting her first pair of cottage socks, pattern from Lionbrand.com, and I found this on Carries blog.  Other things to remember are from Rhonda’s post about reducing what we use, mentration pads and an amazing waffle pattern for knit dishcloth.  Rhonda makes a statement that I need to remember,

Throwing it “away” doesn’t make it not exist, it simple removes the used product from your environment.

     A coworker and I were talking about crafting projects and how frustrating it is to try to find yarn or wait for it to come in on order.  Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just open a store locally and have knitting/crochet classes, quilting circles, etc?  If I were to open such a store I would call it In Stitches or Hooked.  The graphic to go along would be like crossed swords only one would be a crochet hook and the other a knitting needle.  =P

January 8, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Lime smoothie and fresh winter veggies

     Ashley’s room is complete!  She thought for a long time and decided on this color – lime smoothie.  Now I realize that to see it on the wall, with not much else in the room, it can be kind of scary; however, now that it is decorated, her room is amazing.  She has two recessed lights above her bed that are on a dimmer Lime Smoothieswitch.  She often studies while lying on her bed and these two lights are wonderful for that type of work.  For those who have seen this room before, behind the bookshelf is the old chimney flu. 

In another bedroom upstairs, the brick flu will be exposed – a bookcase will still be over the front, with brick showing yellow front roombehind.  Ronnie decided he was going to through the larger debris out the window and into the back of his truck.  Sounds good, right?  No mess through the house, no Odi trying to each plaster peices or chewing on the wood and paw prints down the hall.  Hmmm.  It all went well until a peice of wood bounced out of the back of the truck and shattered the truck’s rear window!  Tempered glass EVERYWHERE in the cab (glad his windows were up).  I felt so bad for him and while he replaced shattered tempered glass with plexiglass, I snagged the shop vac and started vaccuuming up little brown glass nuggets.  Poor guy.  He has had the worst luck. 

     As you are aware, Ronnie and I are working towards a more simple lifestyle.  Consume less (reduce), reuse what we do have or recycle.  We look at what we need and then see where we might reuse something to fill that need.  We are currently looking at rebuilding the grape arbor for this spring and planning our garden for the spring and next fall/winter!  It just amazes me that greens can survive in the winter.  We do not get as cold here as in some areas and I wonder if winter gardening will work.  Check out this post about fresh winter veggies. I picked up the book Four Season Harvest and will post once I get into the book more.  I am also trying to finish up The Expected One and picked up In Defense of Food.  Talk about taking on alot to read!  Where am I going to fit this in???   =P

 Enough rambling for the moment.  I also found these – Yummy!

November 13, 2008 Posted by | Cooking, Gardening, Recycling | , , , | 2 Comments

1st newsletter

Our first newsletter!  My article is titled “Electricity.  Something we all take for granted”.


November 10, 2008 Posted by | Recycling | | Leave a comment

It’s electric!

Not the slide, though I still love that 80’s classic.  What is cool is that my girls love to do the slide and don’t think it is weird when I jump in with them.  =)  Today, I believe, Sally unveals our first Recycling (sustainability) newsletter.  As soon as I have an official copy, I’ll post.

DNTC update:  Recycling at the Preserve is going well, even as an infant.  In Bath County, we do not have trash pickup as you would in cities.  I take my trash to the recycling center (and dump if it cannot be recycled at the center or my compost pile) and then we have Jacks Trash service who will pick up your stuff for a fee.  The Preserve contracts through him for our regular trash as well as recycling.  He called me the other day to say that he still notices alot of mixed paper in our regular trash.  I went ‘dumpster diving’ (we dont really have dumpters, just very large cans) to find the building’s tennant (First National Bank) is not part of the program and then individuals from one of our other buildings are also not recycling – makes it easy to identify individuals when their names are still on the paperwork!

Anyway, for the next newletter in December, my article is about where our electricity comes from (in Virginia we import the same amount we create by burning coal) include copies of the three building electric bills and set a challenge – like no space heaters for a week and see how it impacts the bill.  Our local electric coop can give me the usage for the week we choose for the challenge and then the usage from that same week last year to use as a comparison.

November 10, 2008 Posted by | Doing not thinking, Recycling | , | Leave a comment