Saturday, January 12, 2013

A Saturday in Winter

 Only it didn't feel like winter. It felt like late spring, with temperatures already in the mid-fifties when I checked the computer at 9 AM. Insanity. Yesterday and today both were about 20-30 degrees above typical. (Since there doesn't seem to be a "normal" anymore).  The birds and squirrels were all bandy-ing about and even the chickens were in rare form. I spent a little time doing some outside chores this morning and then moved myself inside to do a little of that too. I washed the bedsheets and swept some floors, but mostly I made a small pot of vegetable soup for lunch, with garlic bread.  That's what the Irishman and I had for lunch.

 By about 3 o'clock, the clouds started gathering and the sky darkened. The temps started slowly falling and the wind picked up a little. By 5 it was starting to rain.  And now it is late, and 32 degrees and the rain is a light mix of snow and rain.  Nothing serious, but bone chilling cold.  We spent the evening in front of the tv and under a blanket. We watched Shrek2  and then we watched Cowboys and Aliens, as we ate a supper of giant burritos filled with a ground beef, peppers and onions mixture, simmered in enchilada sauce, refried pinto beans, sliced black olives, chopped onion and lettuce, cheese and sour cream and salsa.  They were good. And filling. And warming. lol

 Now all the puppies and kitties and husbands are in bed and sleeping and I'm in here pecking away at the keyboard.  I should be in bed, but I'm not. My head hurts and I'm coughing, but otherwise, the bug seems to be on it's way out.  

  Thank Goodness.  I'm really tired of not feeling good. I have things to do, darn it. 

 Okay. I do need to go to bed. I've missed my goal bedtime by an hour. Not acceptable. lol

 I was thinking today of things I'd like to get on with in the coming year...and one of them is making more and more of my own stuff like soaps, toothpaste, etc. I found some recipes to try today making toothpaste using coconut oil.  Can't wait to try it.  I make my own laundry soap.  I make several cleaners  for the house. I make my own fabric freshener. I make cough medicine.  I make spice mixtures.  I looked at some recipes for making a home made version of Dr Bronners Peppermint Castille liquid soap...OMG.  I'll be buying that.  Making liquid soap is an ordeal. LOL.

  My head is getting goopy....I'm off to sleepytime.....



Cloudia said...

thanks for the info on making soap. Bronners is expensive- but we buy it.

Veg soup and garlic bread sounds just like home!

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Beth said...

It is time for you to feel better Annie!!

We got ice but no snow here last night and the temp is 20 degrees so no melting today. I am afraid to step a foot outside.

DJan said...

Well, since you don't have anything else to do, you could fill the long hours of your days with making toothpaste and soap. NOT! Sometimes i wonder if you are just pulling my leg. :-)

BTW, love that picture, Annie.

Carol said...

The short days remind us it is still winter! I am going to google toothpaste!