Saturday, December 20, 2014

First Week of Vegetating


Hi all -- What've we been up to? The girls have spent a lot of time staring at screens, recovering from many months of "screen-deprivation," a.k.a. "school." Hmm. Adam threatened to turn off their internet, or change the Netflix password, whichever worked better. They went from watching on separate screens to watching together, sharing a pair of headphones. Thus they claimed to be engaging in a family bonding activity.


Together we've watched While You Were Sleeping, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, A Christmas Story.
Beau likes the couch too :)
 I snipped out a few oblong snowflakes for the front window. It felt festive. The pretty tree is a paper cut-out I did years ago at a ladies' gathering, with quite a bit of help. It's lovely.

 I finally bit the bullet and made some home-made deodorant. Did you know that almost all store brand deodorants and antiperspirants contain aluminum? Many people think that is cancer-causing, and it can't be good to slather a lot of it right near your lymph nodes each day. I used some aluminum-free deodorant for a couple of years -- Arm and Hammer, I think. Then I tried Tom's deodorant, but I was allergic to it. In frustration I switched back to trusty old Suave, but I really wanted to use something natural. Finally I made my own:
 I made 3 bars, 4 oz. each. I've been using this deodorant (I don't need antiperspirant) for several days, and I love it. It works very well, smells nice, applies easily. It's perfect. I keep it in a little ramekin on my dresser, with a bit of plastic wrapper around one edge so I can hold it. And it costs a fraction of what those pricey natural deodorants cost.
We've had a banner year of pecans, as I've said before. Adam has been cracking and picking.
 Tonight I made these for our Christmas church service/reception tomorrow night.
pretzels, Rolos, pecans, powdered sugar
 And on Monday, Peter comes home!!!!! Squeeeee! We bought two boxes of his favorite cereal. That should last him a couple of days. Now ... to empty the milk aisle.
 And for you ladies wondering (Rebecca, Sarah, Mags) -- here's a photo of my nails, mere moments ago. I've done a lot of typing, piano playing, tons of knitting/crocheting, dish washing, 3 soaks in the bathtub, and regular living, and they still look great. But it's only 3 days so far.

7 comments:

  1. You're so darn clever with all your creating. :)

    And happy you have your girls to be around. So sweet. As to the nails, our daughters have used the Jamberries and enjoyed them too. Yours look fine!

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  2. Ha, I like their way of getting round it!!! I've had a lovely 2 days of frantic cleaning and cooking and then entertaining friends and family (we don't do it very often!) both successfully!
    I share your concerns about the deodorant- I tried to use aluminium-free ones for ages but they reaally don't work for me- I really need an antiperspirant! Do you have a recipe at all I could borrow for yours as I'd totally give it a go (as would my Mum- she likes Alum free as well!)x

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    1. Hi, Kezzie -- will email you with it :)

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  3. Ah, I want to watch While You Were Sleeping again! But I have enough movies to last me for a few days!
    I love the natural deodorant I made a while back. It seems to work even better than the store bought ones.
    I was going to make my mom's fruitcake recipe this Christmas, but I figured after buying the pecans, dates and maraschino cherries it would cost me about $20 per loaf!!! Nope! :) Jazzy nails!

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  4. I can't comment on the girls staring at screens. I've been doing the same thing all weekend. lol!

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  5. Ah, the couch, tv, and other winter pleasures! "Downton Abbey" starts on Sunday, Jan. 4. More reasons to turn on the tv!

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