Tuesday, May 22, 2012

World Wide Knit In Public Day

World Wide Knit In Public Day is the largest knitter run event in the world.

Each local event is put together by a volunteer or a group of volunteers

The dates for 2012 are June 9th to the 17th.  The second Saturday to the third Sunday in June. 

9 whole days of fun! 

You can get your special gear here...buttons, t-shirts, bags and more!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

What's in a Washing Machine

Have you ever wondered what's in a washing machine?  Ok, maybe not.  Anyway I'm gonna tell you.  Your clothes are exactly what's in a washing machine.  Yes, the same ones that you spend hundreds of dollars on.  Yes, the same ones that you try to take such good care of.  Well, there's more than just your clothes in there.  There's your money.  I told you that you spend hundreds of dollars on those clothes.  How about laundry soap?  Yeppers, that's in there too.  Funny how we spend so much on laundry soap and then we put it in the washing machine and the washing machine just pours it down the drain.  Ha, I bet you never thought about that!  Well my laundry soap cost me 1 cent per load.  Yes, I make it myself. 
So anyway....
The Tuesday before Mothers Day, my washing machine decided to quit.  No two week notice, no retirement pension plan, just quit.  Now that I think about it, maybe for the past 4 years it was on it's retirement pension plan.  It sure was needing parts about every 4 or 6 months.  So now I am the proud owner of a brand spanking new washing machine and dryer.  Yes!  The whole set!  The dryer timer quit about 2 years ago and we have been nursing it along all that time.  Besides that, it was geriatric any way.  Not that there's anything wrong with that.  I'm kinda geriatric and I'm ok (I think).  So we made that decision to just kick them both out of the house and buy new ones.
Part of the washing machine now lives in the chicken pen.  It is the 2 sides and front piece that we put in the chicken pen.  It's pretty cool and the chickens love it.  So...maybe it's not what's in a washing machine...maybe it's what's on a washing machine.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Stop Wasting so Much Water

Not too long ago I wrote an article about water.  Our water is so precious and there is no way that I can stress that enough.  Recently I went back to work and on my drive to and from work, I see large irrigation systems running.  Are they watering anything that we can eat?  No.  They are watering grass.  Grass!  I don't know what they are going to do with the grass but I do know that if the animals don't have any water to drink, then the grass isn't any good.  About 2 weeks ago, around 12 noon, a sod farm had their irrigation going also.  Why?  We are in a severe drought.  People are loosing their homes to sink holes as I type this. Wells are going dry.  Bottling companies are pumping water by the millions of gallons a day, depleting our aquifer and our drinking water.  People stop wasting so much water!

It saddens me to hear of so much bacteria in our water.  Recently one that has really touched my heart is a young lady from Georgia.  Aimee Copeland is a vibrant young lady that I have never met.  I was listening to my favorite radio station yesterday on the way home from work and there was a prayer that went out to her.  I was curious and today I searched and found her website and learned of her accident.  Aimee had an accident from a zip line and developed Necrotizing fasciitis also known as Flesh-eating bacteria.  She needs your prayers! 
So you are asking what exactly this has to do with water.  It has everything to do with water.  The less water we have the more bacteria we will have.  Go and read the story about Aimee.  And put her in your prayers.

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Watering the Garden

We haven't had much rain here in my area and my garden is hesitant to grow and produce without the rain.  I've had to really get creative in ways to water without waste.  By that I mean that I have to water my plants without wasting water.  When watering the garden, it is important to water deep because it sets the roots in deeper soil allowing them to go without irrigation for longer periods of time.  Now the best water for any plant is rain water, but we can't control when or how often or how much of that we get.  I love the Rainbird products for my sprinkler heads and I like dealing with a company that I can trust.

Take care of your garden and it will take care of you.  Water the garden but don't waste the water.  Use products, supplies and a company that you can trust.  Ask questions from other gardeners, join a forum and relax with irrigation supplies that you can count on from a company that you can trust.

Enjoy the water that we have and the garden that you will grow!