Five things

Spring is in the air.

Laundry was hung out this weekend!

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I bought some fabulous new glasses – in several pastel colours to liven up my every day life.

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The garlic I planted in mid October has sprouted and is very happily growing.

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This cider is oh so delicious on a beautiful spring day!

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This trunk I got at the thrift store for 3.99$ and need to figure out a clever way to display it in all of it’s vintage glory.

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Lexxi also likes spring – as you can tell and the fish are moving about finally – it’s officially. Spring has sprung.

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Raindrops keep falling on my head

This weekend was a busy one! 

Besides hosting a mothers day lobster dinner and working I was able to get some yard work done. We mowed the lawn for the first time. My favourite spring time smell. 

We put the finishing touches on our bathroom renovation – besides one small strip between the wall and tub it’s all done! To remind you what it used to look like…

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and now…

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Feels larger, brighter and cleaner. Nothing better than a freshened up bathroom!

I had to pick up some more seeds to plant and then I wed the gardens, started edging and mulching the front flower gardens and working around the pond. So much left to do that it’s almost overwhelming. That wood isn’t cutting and splitting itself but no need to buy mulch – the wood chips look just like natural bark mulch! Hidden bonus, nothing better than using something you have and saving money.

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It’s been raining since last friday but yesterday we had enough sun to allow me to hang out the laundry and do yard work. I also made a batch of freezer shepherds pies and while cleaning out the pantry tried to figure out what I can start to use with the meat going bad in our freezer. The last of the deer meat was used and some old hamburger!

Ended up getting 6 Shephards Pies to freeze for Mike and Evan to cook on lazy nights when I work or if we’re too lazy to cook!

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I also splurged on a new quilt and matching pillows – nothing like some pink to drain the manly right out of a bedroom. 🙂

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Rain is good for the garden but lets hope it lets up soon.

 

Monday Laundry Blues

Good Morning and Happy monday to all!

While many people are at work grumbling about the weekend being over and eagerly anticipating Friday I am one of the few that works weekends and used Monday as my Saturday/Sunday. So today I have oodles of laundry (a teenager, man who has been working hard renovating = dirty and me) and I was almost out of detergent. Well – I was down to one container and I have the time to make it so I thought I would stock up. 
Now I’m not necessarily cheap but I am not a fan of giving money for something I can easily make or do myself. So when I came across this recipe about two years ago I gave it a try and for the past two years I have spent a total of – 12$ on laundry soap. No Joke Twelve dollars.

You only need three ingredient – Borax, Washing Soda and a bar of soap – I have only ever used Ivory Soap – but I’m sure any kind would work. 
Water – you will need 6 cups, 4 cups of hot water and then 22 cups.
A Stove and giant pot – to heat the ingredients
A grater to grate the bar of ivory soap.

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Three Ingredients

 

So after I have Assembled My ingredients – pretty difficult… I measure out half a cup of the borax and washing soda and then set it aside. I then Grate the bar of soap and put it and 6 cups of water in my giant pot stirring occasionally until the soap has all disolved.

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I then add the borax and washing soda and 4 cups of hot water. Remove from the heat – well I turn the burner off at this point. When it’s all melded together I add the 22 cups of water and pour into my containers. I let it sit and in a couple hours you can use it.

YES you can use it for a new washer – High Efficiency. 
Yes it is that easy, no it shouldn’t be a solid – more like… a gooey, soupy mix. It’s low sudsing – but it does work. The soap doesn’t need to be sudsy to work. 
You can add a bit of essential oil if you want a smell. I don’t, seems like an extra step that I haven’t bothered with since I normally try to hang my clothes up to dry anyway. 

Hope you all enjoy!
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