Monday, May 23, 2011
Pondering The Simple Life
I won't show off just yet. At least that's my story for now. Maybe later in the week.
My family is so fortunate to be far from the flooding. So far we have not been hit by any tornado's. We never have. They seem to travel in the same places each year. I feel very blessed to have my home and be spared from the suffering that these people are going through.
husband is going to paint the house this summer, it needs it. I'm thinking about a change of colors since it has to be done anyway. I'd like him the build some new shutters and stain them. I'm thinking about a dark rich green (like my laundry room) and some wood. He won't change the trim color because it'd be too much work, but maybe he'll go for cream instead of bright white. The new roof is going to be brown. Jennifer picked the color. I'm a bit nervous because no one has a brown roof here but she has good taste. It is also the lightest color choice and that is good for reflecting heat.
I have been going back to my roots. Making things from scratch, fixing clothes and living as inexpensively as possible. A friend of mine told me about HOME MADE laundry soap! The Dugger's have a recipe on their blog and she made it. She told me it works fine. I am going to buy the ingredients tomorrow and fix my first 5 gallon bucket of it. I have some nice essential oils for fragrance.
I also read a tip on stretching fabric softener. Get a bottle of your favorite liquid softener and pour it into a bucket. Fill the fabric softener bottle with water and add it to the bucket two times. Keep a designated sponge in the laundry room the you dip into this and ring out. Toss the sponge into the dryer. You can imagine how long the softener will last using a wrung out sponge! I read testimonials that it works and I'm willing to give it a try. I'd like to make that myself too if it's cheaper.
The simple life. I want it enough to grab it with both hands and also let go.