Friday, December 17, 2010


no not hazelnuts or pistachio nuts

NO more like Bicycle Nuts!

You see yesterday we had RAIN
all day and it was heaven!

Today we had left over FOG!

And this guy thinks it's safe
to ride in the fog on streets
that don't have a bicycle lane
all the way through?


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Homemade Laundry Detergent!!!

20 Mule Team Borax ~ $2.67 (WalMart)
Pink Zote Soap ~ $.97 (WalMart)
Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda ~ $3.99 (Ace Hardware)

Whopping Total = $7.63

You will need a few more bars of soap since most
recipes only call for a cup each of the 
borax and washing soda.  Therefore making the 
boxes go a looong way!

20 Mule Team Borax, Washing Soda & Zote Soap

The hardest ingredient to find is the Arm & Hammer Washing Soda.
You can also substitute Zote with Fels Naptha, Ivory Soap (plain) 
or homemade soap if you choose. 

Zote divided into thirds

This soap is soft and easy to cut or grate

Melting the zote with water, then add borax & washing soda

Add water to a large bucket along with melted Zote

This was fun and easy to make.  

I did both types, dry and liquid.  

You can get the recipes off the internet.  
There's no specific way to make
either one as each area of the country 
differs because of water hardness.
Some even call for baking soda but I didn't add any at this time.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Dec. 7th 1941 ~ Pearl Harbor

These pics were taken 5 yrs. ago...

hard to believe our son is now serving in the military
and our daughter is finishing high school this year.

This was our favorite part of the trip!
I could go back just for the history and
remembering our Men and Women.