Mixer Subway Art

The mister of the house is a very generous guy.  He bought me a vinyl cutting machine a couple of months ago and I have been having fun learning the software, the capabilities of it and the machine, and decorating things with it.  Over the weekend, I decided to decorate my trusty stand mixer.  I had seen a picture on Pinterest of one but wanted to use my own words and designs.  After playing around a little, here’s what I came up with:

Side 1

Side 1

Side 2

Side 2

Base

Base

Side 1 and Side 2 are actually one piece of vinyl that wrap around the top of the mixer.  The base design is a second design I came up with because I wanted to add a little customization to my mixer.  My mixer gets a lot of use on a weekly basis and it’s been with us for a long time and through quite a few moves.  I like “her” facelift.

It’s Been Awhile

It’s been almost a year since I last posted and I feel like I should be making a confession.  So here goes…forgive me readers for I have fallen short on blogging.  Life has been rather interesting since I last wrote, but thankfully things are getting back to normal if there even is such a thing.

As I wrote before, our dream of a farm full of fibery animals just didn’t happen.  No farm, no land, no country living.  We are smack dab in town but that hasn’t stopped us.  We are now “urban farmers” or at least trying to be.  So join us, if you will, in this new phase of our lives as continue to raise our children and watch some fly from the nest, raise backyard chickens, garden the best way we can, spin, weave, and grow with God.

Reading In The New Year

My amazing son wanted to get me a Kindle  for the holidays.  It really was out of his budget but he was willing to spend all his own gift money to get it for me.  My awesome hubby struck a deal with him, and they split the cost to buy me one.  Now, honestly, I’ve had the kindle app on my iPad for quite awhile now and loved it, but was finding it difficult and bulky to carry that around in my bag for those times when you need a book while waiting at the doctors office, or car rides, or whatever.  I didn’t want the more expensive but very cool Kindle Fire .  So I just needed the basic model.  I didn’t mind that it didn’t have the 3G technology and has a few ads on the front rather then a different screen saver.  I am loving my new Kindle and have already read 2 books on it.

My husband and I share an account because he too has his own fancier Kindle with a keyboard.  We found that if we shared the account, we could share the books.  Admittedly, most of our books were free (at the time) downloads, we have bought quite a few as well.  As I was transferring things over to my new reader I was looking at our tastes in reading.

*Disclaimer* As I list these books, please know that I am not rating them or their content.  Some were free at the time and some were purchased.  Some were very good and some only needed a page or two read before we decided they weren’t for us.  I was just interested in our very vast differences yet our similarities as well.

(Just some of) His Kindle Content:

30 Minute Plan

Apocalypse Dawn (The Left Behind Apocalypse Series #1) (Left Behind Military)

A Mortal Terror: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery (Billy Boyle World War II Mysteries)

Democracy in America, Volume I and II (Optimized for Kindle)

House of Dark Shadows (Dreamhouse Kings Series, Book 1)

A Life of General Robert E. Lee (Illustrated)

No More Victims

Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith #1: Precipice

(Just some of) My Kindle Content:

1022 Evergreen Place (Cedar Cove)

Against All Odds (Heroes of Quantico Series, Book 1)

The Centurion’s Wife (Acts of Faith, Book 1)

Circle of Friends Cookbook – 25 Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes

Divine

Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking

Redemption

(Just some of) Our Joint Kindle Content:

Danger in the Shadows (O’Malley)

ESV Study Bible

Last Light (Restoration)

Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse

Shattered: A Daughter’s Regret (Secrets)

The Tanach (Tanakh) or Jewish Bible (mobi)

However, no matter what you read or how you read it, I encourage you to just read, read, read.  Reading is so very important. Many years ago, as a teen, living in North Carolina, I used to teach adults how to read.  I remember the joy in their discovery as a whole new world opened for them. I also remember thinking that I couldn’t fathom not being able to read something as basic as a menu or knowing how to sign my own name.  As a home school mom for 8 years, I have seen my children’s eyes light up when they connected it all together and truly “got it”.  Reading opens a whole new world.  It also helps to keep us informed, prepared, and alert.  Don’t just listen to the news or books on tape (which are, admittedly, good for long distance drives across the country) but read books and explore new possibilities.  Start this new year off with a good book.

 

Seasons of Change

I know I haven’t been around much lately.  As many of you are aware, not only did we change seasons of the year, our family changed seasons in our life.  Lots of changes in a short period of time.  I would like to think that in the past I was much more  adaptable to change.  But this move, for some reason, has me spinning.  Not a laid back sitting at my spinning wheel with some scrumptious fiber kind of spinning.  More like spinning in a tizzy.  An emotional whirlwind.

 

With moves in the past, boxes would already be unpacked, things organized, and put away.  We are a week in our new home and there are still boxes in some rooms and things still not put away.  Granted, this time around we moved over a huge holiday season and there was no rush for the Mr. to report to work like yesterday.  But still, this lack of umph has me far more concerned then the boxes that still need to be unpacked.

 

There have been a lot of emotional changes, family changes, not to mention work changes that have thrown me off my game.  But I hope to be back playing again real soon.  I don’t want to whine, but I do covet your prayers from G-d above to help make this transition go smoother.

 

If I don’t make it back here before the weekend, I wish you a very Happy New Year.

My View This Morning

After the kids got off to school, I sat in the stillness of the morning to spin.  It was dark outside and there was one a table lamp on in the house.  Here’s a look at what I see across the room:

 

When I switched the camera over to low level light this is the picture that came out:

Yes that is a fake fire going on in the “fireplace” heater.  It’s cold this morning!  Even with this on your lap:

I was reading while spinning (you can barely see my iPad there) and Bear-Kat decided he was either cold to or he wanted to read and jumped in my lap.  He didn’t want to move and was quite unhappy when I decided to get up.  He is currently under a blanket trying to stay warm.

Still Here….

I am still here.  Just was busy doing other things.  First there was Spring Break, then preparing for Mr. Kimberglen’s surgery, then the surgery, and now recovery.  So….I am here, I am knitting lots and lots of socks and having a blast doing it.  More to come later.

Dryer Lint, TP Tubes, and Cotton Balls

So, we have found out that dryer lint (and believe me we have a lot of that), empty toilet paper tubes (we have LOTS of those too), and cotton balls make excellent fire starters.  Of course, we took it one step further and coated them in candle wax as well.

 

First the cotton balls, coat them in a little bit of petroleum jelly:

Why petroleum jelly?  It  helps them burn.  Then they got a quick dip in melted candle wax.

Then we took they dryer lint and TP tubes:

 

stuffed them and coated them in wax.

The whole idea of coating them in the candle wax is to help make them water proof.  (As a side benefit we learned they burn a bit longer as well).  Since it was raining, the finished projects were thrown out on the back porch to see if indeed they would be water proof.  Success!  When the rain stopped, a few wet pine branches were collected, and the fire experiments began.

The coated cotton balls were cracked open and ignited.  They burned steady.  More pine branches were added and the TP tube, and we had a nice steady fire going for a while.

All in all, a sure-fire success and we will be making more fire starters in the very near future.

 

All In A Days Work

On today’s agenda:

6 loads of laundry (done)

Make 1/2 gallon of yogurt (warming for 7 hours as I type)

Make a pot of chicken soup (simmering on the stove)

Make dough for bread (bread done and smells so awesome)

Help kids with school work (done)

Clean bathroom (done)

Make appointment for oldest male child (have tried, but his referral isn’t in the system yet)

Start new blog (yeah….I think I did it)

Make granola (done)

Clean up in garage (ongoing project but got three boxes completed)

Place Coffee Order (yummy….done)

Make and Drink Green smoothie (yum…love them)

And it’s not even noon yet.