Monday, July 30, 2007
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Pause my Sonific SongSpot before watching...
Watch out, you might yourself bouncing along and humming this all day. (Or all weekend, if you're me...)
Friday, July 27, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
These "hanging dryers" used to be very easy to find. I remember my mom having several that she used to dry socks and underwear when I was a kid. We had a terrible time finding them today, though. My dad picked these up on clearance at Ikea while traveling. He bought them out!
My outside clothesline. You can see my bag of clothespins there too! We need to move this. We "installed" it before the leaves were on the tress in what we thought was a sunny spot. Turns out, however, it's shady except for about two hours in late afternoon. Oops!
I recently upgraded by $10 small drying rack to a metal one that I hope will last a little longer! I didn't get a picture of it "at work" this week. I keep this one in the bedroom.
Now it does take a little longer for things to dry, especially on days when I have to keep everything inside, but never more than 24 hours, in my experience. I do plan to hang outdoors even in the cold weather, since my big rack can be moved in and out so easily. Our front porch is very sheltered from the weather, so I'll be able to "air" items all winter too! One trick for damp days, is to give items a head start in the dryer for ten minutes or so. My mom does this, and I'll do it on rainy days (like today!) with things like the diaper inserts since they take FOREVER to dry.
Air drying is great for the summer, especially for those who run air conditioners. It will help to "balance out" your use a little bit.
When I used my dryer, I always dried on low heat to reduce my energy consumption. If you must use the dryer, try a lower setting to lower your electric bill and reduce your "carbon footprint."
In one month of nearly zero dryer use...drumroll...our electric bill was reduced $30! In places where electricity is more expensive, I've heard of reductions of $100. Even if you reduce your dryer use by half, think of what you'll save!
For more Frugal Friday ideas, visit Biblical Womanhood.
Monday, July 16, 2007
After hemming and hawing, though, we took the plunge and went to see Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I could barely enjoy the film because I was so nervous. It's such a long movie and the closest theater is about thirty minutes away, so if there was a problem it would have taken us a while to get home. I kept my hand on my cell phone (switched to vibrate) through the entire movie. Happily, though, they had a great time! Grandma and Auntie Whit took DS out to lunch (more for them than him, obviously!), played the piano, and went outside.
In fact, they were having so much fun, DS didn't take his afternoon nap, and around 5:30, in the middle of supper...
The head bobbed, the eyes closed, the teething cracker went unnoticed. Cruel parents that we are, we of course whipped out the cameras and I called my sister to let her know. Don't worry! He kept jerking back awake, and after a minute we rescued him and cleaned him up. Needless to say, we had an early bedtime last night!
Friday, July 13, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Please excuse the poor lighting, etc. I didn't want to take the time to fuss with the camera. I was afraid he'd lose interest in the vacuum and focus on me and the camera instead!
Me: Would you have married me if I was allergic to peanut butter?
DH (without hesitating): No!
Short pause while enjoying more chocolate and peanut butter goodness.
DH: Would you have married me?
Me (derisive snort): NO!
Ah, peanut butter. The glue holding our marriage together!*
*Note to those without a sense of humor: obviously this is not really the case. We do take our peanut butter seriously, though.
Thursday, July 5, 2007
Here are the Rules:
- Those tagged will share 5 things they "dig" about Jesus.
- Those tagged will tag 5 other bloggers.
- Those tagged will provide a link in the comments section here with their name so that others can read them.
I'm not crazy about the name of the tag (I "dig" Jesus), so I'm going to say five things I love about Jesus. This was really hard because I can think of so many things, but here's what came to mind first.
5 Things I Love about Jesus:
- Enduring death on the Cross to redeem mankind.
- The Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.
- His Church.
- He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
- Though we may turn our backs on Him, He never turns His back on us and will always welcome us home again.
Monday, July 2, 2007
Sunday, July 1, 2007
The Fennec foxes were also fun to watch and so cute, we just had to bring one home. (In stuffed animal form, of course! Apparently, however, they are the only breed of fox that can be relatively "domesticated.")
Here are a few things you may or may not know about the Little Guy:
- His favorite songs are "Hernando's Hideaway," "Istanbul Not Constantinople" and "My Hand on My Head" (from Wee Sing Silly Songs).
- He has loved water from the day he was born.
- He has eight teeth. They all came in before he was nine months old. Since then, nada.
- It looks like he's going to have my "dishwater blond" hair despite his Italian heritage.
- He loves the cats, and loves to pounce on Nunzio and hug him.
- His first food was avocado.
- He wasn't impressed.
- He was born on the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul.
- Neither Peter nor Paul are part of his name.
- He loves music and already has pretty good hand position on the piano and organ.
- He prefers the outdoors to being inside (who wouldn't?).
- He loves to go for walks; he and I have gone on daily morning walks since he was 1 1/2 weeks old.