Monday, September 28, 2015

Our New Dog A Great Pyrenees & Neat Can Storage

We have a new dog and we really hope she works out. Her name is Lily. Her owner died around 3 months ago and has had someone dropping by the house to feed her twice a day.
We put her out this morning (they spent the night in the enclosed front porch) with grandsons dog Bear in an area that is field fenced and they somehow got out this morning. They went for a walkabout and we had to go find them. Bear will follow her anywhere and he was all tuckered out and climbed into the truck gladly.
We started her off on scrambled eggs as she wasn't eating and today I mixed a scrambled egg with her dog food and she ate it :).
It has been cold the last couple of nights, night before last it was 30 degrees F. when we got up this morning it was 32 degrees.
The days have been nice but we sure could use some more rain as it is getting pretty dried out again.

Food Storage:
Daughter shared this with me. It is a great idea for keeping cans in a neat space.

This is a wooden pallet.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Potatoes and Rain

We received some rain this morning in our area, was wonderful to see. We have dug up about 75 lbs of potatoes but still have 5 more 50 foot rows to go. We grew Red Patomics, Goldens and Blues.

That was going to be today's chore but we gladly are taking the rain instead :).

Our daughter C is here safe after driving pretty much straight through from Northern Virginia earlier this week and has already been job hunting and got a job. She is living here for the time being.

We are also babysitting a grandsons dog and Bear who has lived here before is doing just fine.

We have another couple of loads of wood in the woodshed from trees on our property and it doesn't look good for getting back in the forest to cut wood. They are saying if the area doesn't get a good amount of rain to put the fires out that the fires in Umatilla National forest would burn well into October.

The south fence is finished except for putting the ties on a few t-posts and then it is on to another side.

We are just trying to get as much finished as possible while the weather is still good and before the snow flies.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Frost On The Pumpkins

Yep, it frosted here already. Friday the 4th of September. We had 30 degrees. This coming week we are supposed to get out of the 40's and 50's and be back to the 70's in the day time.

Cleaning the chimney at 40 degrees outside.
The fire is out on the east and south east. But still raging on the north and west :(. We have been without smoke for three days now and it is wonderful to breathe clean air again. We have also been blessed with a couple of nights and a morning with rain. But unlike parts of Montana we did not get snow at our elevation.

We just finished yesterday getting all our camping gear put back away and only a few kitchen items to unpack yet. We feel very blessed to be able to unpack.

On another note we finally got to buy a wood splitter instead of having to rent or borrow one. Which always meant a day of marathon wood splitting to get it all done and the splitter back. It is getting harder for us to be able to do that anymore. The splitter isn't a big one but works well and it was on sale. Took us a long time to be able to get one of our own. We spent a part of yesterday afternoon splitting wood. It is already stacked in our wood shed.

Cleaning and etc.

I found a site with some great ideas on uses of peroxide.

Some are great ideas.
3% Hydrogen Peroxide Uses:
  • Acne – to help clear up skin, dab pimples with peroxide using a cotton ball.
  • Finger Nails – to whiten, soak a cotton ball with peroxide and rub it on your nails.
  • Hair – to gradually give your hair highlights, mix equal parts peroxide and water and spray on wet hair. Comb the solution through your hair and dry.
  • Mouthwash – instead of purchasing expensive mouthwashes, try using peroxide instead.
  • Teeth – to whiten, hold one capful of peroxide in your mouth for 10 minutes daily.
  • Toothpaste – to make your own, make a paste using peroxide and baking soda.
  • Health care
  • always consult a doctor before using hydrogen peroxide as a treatment
  • Boils – to heal, pour ½ a bottle of peroxide in your bathwater.
  • Canker Sores – to prevent, hold one capful of peroxide in your mouth for 10 minutes.
  • Colds – to cure in 24 hours, put a few drops of peroxide in your ear, when the bubbling stops (5-10 minutes), drain onto a tissue. Repeat for the other ear. Colonic – to make your own, add 1 cup of peroxide to 5 gallons of warm water.
  • Corns and Calluses – to soften, soak feet in a solution made of equal parts water and peroxide.
  • Cuts – to keep from getting infected, clean the cut with peroxide.
  • Detox Bath – to rejuvenate, add 2 quarts of peroxide to your bath water. Soak for at least a ½ hour.
  • Ear Infections – to relieve, place 6-8 drops in the affected ear.
  • Ear Wax – to remove, add a couple of drops of warm olive oil followed by a couple of drops of peroxide. Sit with head tilted for several minutes and then flush the ear with warm water.
  • Enema – to make your own, add 1 tablespoon to 4 cups of water.
  • Foot Fungus – to cure, spray a solution made of equal parts peroxide and water to your feet every night.
  • Infections – to heal, soak the infected area in peroxide for 5-10 minutes several times a day.
  • Sinus Infection – to relieve, add one tablespoon of peroxide to non-chlorinated water to be used as a nasal spray.
  • Toothache – to relieve pain, hold one capful of peroxide in your mouth for 10 minutes.
  • Yeast Infections – to control, add 2 capfuls of peroxide to your douche 1-2 time per week. 
  • General Cleaning
  • Bathroom – to disinfect, fill a spray bottle with equal parts peroxide and water.
  • Counter tops – to kill germs, spray the counter tops with peroxide and wipe with a clean cloth.
  • Grout – to whiten, make sure the grout is dry, then spray a generous amount of peroxide on the grout. Let it sit for 1-2 hours and scrub the area with an old toothbrush and some warm soapy water.
  • Mirrors – for a no steak clean, spray mirrors with peroxide and wipe with a paper towel or newspaper.
  • Mold – to control, clean the area with peroxide.
  • Tile – to remove stains, make a thick paste using flour and peroxide. Apply the mixture to the stain, cover with plastic wrap and let it sit overnight. Rinse clean.
  • Toothbrush – to kill germs, soak your toothbrush in peroxide.
  • Kitchen
  • Cutting Board – to kill germs, after rinsing off your cutting board, spray it with peroxide.
  • Dishrags and sponges – to clean, soak them for 15-30 minutes in a solution using equal parts peroxide and warm water. Rinse.
  • Fruits & Vegetables – to clean, spray them with peroxide (food grade) and let them stand for a few minutes, then rinse and dry.
  • Fruits & Vegetables – for a non-toxic sanitizer, pour peroxide (food grade) into a dark colored spray bottle (light destroys peroxide) and fill another spray bottle with vinegar. Spray your fruits and vegetables with the peroxide and then repeat using the vinegar.
  • Fruits & Vegetables – to neutralize chemicals and prolong freshness, add ¼ cup of peroxide (food grade) to a sink full of cold water. Soak vegetables for 20-30 minutes. Rinse, drain and let dry.
  • Refrigerator – to disinfect, spray the interior with peroxide and wipe with a clean cloth.
  • Salad – to prolong freshness, lightly spray with a solution of ½ cup water and 1 tablespoon of peroxide (food grade).
  • Laundry
  • Blood Stains – to remove, pour peroxide on the spot and let it sit for a few minutes. Then rub and rinse with cold water.
  • Clothes – to whiten, add a cup of peroxide to your wash.
  • Peroxide is more mild than bleach and will keep your clothes from wearing out as fast.
  • Wine Stain – to remove, mix together equal parts peroxide and liquid detergent. Pour the mixture over the stain. With a clean cloth blot the stain and wash with warm water.
  • Wring Around the Collar – to remove, spray the area with a mixture of 2 parts peroxide and 1 part liquid detergent. Let it sit for an hour before rinsing. *Works great on armpit stains too.
  • Miscellaneous
  • Mites – to kill, spray with area with peroxide.
  • Plants – to improve their root system, water them with a mixture of 32 parts water and 1 part peroxide.
  • Seeds – to sprout, soak seeds overnight in a mixture of 1 ounce peroxide and 2 cups water.