Monthly Archives: April 2013
I have 8 inside furbabies. Yes, you read that right. Eight! 4 cats & 4 dogs. Needless to say, when it comes to products that make my house smell nice – I am a fan.
Carpet powder is one product that I can’t do without. Even though it is a reasonable price, I buy so much of it that it works out to be pretty expensive. Plus, it doesn’t always work as well as I like.
Homemade carpet powder to the rescue!! It’s cheap & it has not met an odor that it doesn’t take care of.
All you need is baking soda & orange essential oil. You can use other essential oils if you like, but I like the orange because of the great clean smell that it gives off. Some readers have also suggested using cloves instead of the essential oil, and while I haven’t tried that personally – I’ve heard some great stuff about it!
It is also nice to have an empty Parmesan cheese container, or some other shaker.
Mix the baking soda & several drops of the orange essential oil (or other essential oil of your choice) together in a bowl using a whisk. Then, spoon the mixture into your shaker. OR… you can do this the lazy way like me and just put it all into your container & do the hokey pokey & shake all around…
Sprinkle onto your carpets – let it sit for about 15 minutes, then vacuum up.
Simple & thrifty – and works like a charm.
- 45+ Every Day Uses for Essential Oils (naturemoms.com)
- Homemade Cleaning Products! (raddestmom.com)
- homemade dry shampoo (instructables.com)
- Clean Green: Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products (apartmentguide.com)
- Using Essential Oils in the Laundry (earthelixir.ca)
- DIY: Make Your Own Natural Air Freshener with Essential Oils (fibronomore.wordpress.com)
- Laundry Day! Homemade Powdered Detergent. (thestartuphomestead.wordpress.com)
- Homemade Carpet Deodorizer (endlesstimeout.wordpress.com)
- Homemade Mattress Deodorizer (endlesstimeout.wordpress.com)
Covered Greenhouse Garden
While we’re waiting for our fence to suntan before we stain it, I took on another outdoor project this weekend.
Yep, it’s Garden 2013! And there’s a reason for the Oregon Trail look, I promise. Since we’ve moved here, we’ve had some windy nights and some CRAZY 30 mph windy nights. On top of that, the neighbors all comment on the foggy summers. So to help my future tomatoes out, I decided to build them a little green house to protect them from the wind and to elevate the temperature during the colder days. This should also help me with the “year round” gardening Bay Area people seem so keen on.
I started out with 2x12s at 8 feet and 4 feet. (I do not recommend 2x12s as they are very expensive, and you can get the same results with stacked 2x6s.) We leveled out the dirt a bit before assembling them.
I used the pocket hole system once again to join the pieces of wood. Then, because we have some resident moles in the yard (ew), we stapled some chicken wire to the base and flipped the whole thing over.
Then we built a frame to go on top out of 2x2s and 2x4s for corner braces. This will be the base for the covered part.
Then we attached 1/2″ 10-foot PVC pipe to create the arches.
I put one screw into the inside bottom of each pipe (to keep it from slipping), then secured it with a pipe clamp.
I stapled some 3.5 mil plastic to the 2×2 frame, which I do not recommend attempting while it is breezy outside. Plastic everywhere, suffocation, etc.
I attached two hinges on one of the short 4′ sides.
And some plastic chain on the long 8′ side. (I do not recommend plastic chain, as it bends and stretches far too easily. I bought it because I thought it would be easier to work, rust-free, and lightweight, which it is….but the stretching is no bueno.)
I’m planning on rigging up an automatic watering system for my soaker hose, so I installed this adapter in the side. The garden hose will go on the blue side and the soaker hose will come out the other side.
On the last Saturday of every month, Berkeley puts out a bunch of free compost near the Berkeley Marina. We went and shoveled some into some boxes and mixed it with existing soil from the yard and a healthy amount of pine needles.
Now it’s time for planting! I’m still working on the layout, but I’ve got my tomatoes planted and safe from the cold and wind. I’m planning on a bunch of basil, squash, swish chard, onions, garlic, and some herbs. But mostly it’s gonna be tomatoes and basil. Nothing beats homemade pasta sauce with home-grown veggies! MMmMMmmm I can’t wait.
Love the way our interconnectiveness is pointed out out!
I distinctly remember one ThetaHealing® class I had in North Carolina. The anniversary of 9/11 was during that time and the group wanted to do a healing for the people impacted. We discussed how to do a group healing and chose the “leader”. Then we decided to define our intention so the group would feel more a part of the process.
The students began by calling out what groups to include. As they continued, I felt compelled to point out that it wasn’t just those impacted directly by 9/11 that were impacted. ALL of us were and all life was impacted that day. It wasn’t just the people who died. It wasn’t just their families. There were also the co-workers, first responders, the rescue dogs, the shop owners, the residents of NY, those who saw the tragedy unfold in the media, those who had family who became distraught with empathy…
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This would be nifty in our sun porch just off the kitchen
NIFTY storage idea here for packing more in a small space.
Very POWERFUL information!!
(From Multi Dimensional Healing June 27 Workshop)
It helps us to accept our live situations as it is. There are two rules in the world: You don’t get what you desire and you will get what you don’t desire.
Chant the mantra Om Rum Namaha while doing the Acceptance Mudra (right hand – thumb touching index and middle fingers, and left hand touching middle and ring fingers — check the pictures at the end of the article).
When we were seven years old, we fought over a broken pencil and got emotional. After two years, it was not as important as it was when it happened. Every time something happen, we make it either as a big problem or a small problem by categorizing. Every problem is same – no big or small.
Rama taught this Mudra to Lakshmana, who wanted to kill their father Dasaratha. Rama consoled his brother…
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Feeling it… Are you??
The Council of Nine — Building Bridges
via Eliza Ayres
We are the Pleiadian Council of Nine. We are your sisters and brothers in light and love. We come to instruct, to cajole and to encourage you.
These past two weeks our companion council, the Pleiadian High Council, has advised our scribe that she sits on that same council. During her waking hours, she has no remembrance of these ongoing council meetings, except dreams about being with large groups of people in gatherings. During her daylight hours, however, she deals with the practical matters of being in two worlds, even three, at the same time. Her soul resides with us in the fifth and sixth dimension, her physical body in the third, her heart and mind in the fourth. It has become a daily task to learn to remain calm in the face of clashing egos, stubborn rigidity and unfounded…
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Remember when we tested and shared how to grow onions indefinitely last week? Well, at the same time, we’ve been testing out another little indoor gardening project first gleaned from Pinterest that we’re excited to share the successes of today — regrowing celery from it’s base.
We’ve figured out how to literally re-grow organic celery from the base of the bunch we bought from the store a couple weeks ago. I swear, we must have been living under a rock all these years or just not be that resourceful when it comes to food, but we’re having more fun learning all these new little tips and tricks as we dive deeper into trying to grow more of our own food.
This project is almost as simple as the onion growing project — simply chop the celery stalks from the base of the celery you bought from the store and use as you normally would. In our case, we had a particular homemade bean dip that needed sampling!
Instead of tossing the base, rinse it off and place it in a small saucer or bowl of warm water on or near a sunny windowsill — base side down and cut stalks facing upright.
We let our celery base hang out in the saucer of water for right around one week, give or take. Over the course of the week, the surrounding stalks began to dry out significantly, but the tiny little yellow leaves from the center of the base began thickening, growing up and out from the center, and turned a dark green. The growth was slow, but steady and evident.
After the 5-7 days were complete, we transferred our celery base to a planter and covered it completely save for the leaf tips with a mixture of dirt and potting soil.
We watered it generously and after planting in the soil, the overall growth really took off. Not only do we have celery leaves regenerating themselves from the base, but you can see clear stalks making their way up and out. It’s truly fascinating what we have not even a week after planting in the soil:
A few notes:
- Change out the water every couple of days while in the “saucer” phase of the project. We also used a spray bottle to spray water directly onto the base of the celery where the leaves were growing out.
- The tutorials we saw showed planting the celery directly into the dirt outside — you may want to go this route if you live in a temperate area or want to be able to harvest outdoors. We went with an indoor planter since it’s still pretty cold here in VA, we have limited outdoor space in the city, and the space we do have is currently unprotected from our curious puppy.
- Continue to generously water the celery after planting to keep it thriving.
Update 1: After a few more weeks of growing time in our sunny window, our celery has continued to thrive. The leaves have grown out generously and bushy and the celery stalks underneath have really taken shape:
Update 2: Here’s how we are looking at almost 3-4 weeks of growth:
Find the full 3-4 week update with even more pics and details on the progress in this post.
Update 3: Here’s how we are looking at almost 5 months of growth, still indoors and still in the same planter:
At this stage, we’ve been actually been able to cut off stalks as needed in recipes and the celery continues to regenerate leafy stalks from the center of the plant. Find the full 5 month update with even more pics and details on the progress in this post.
For anyone wondering about the planter, we made it by recycling a tin of steel cut oats we’d since finished. We simply cleaned it out well, then punctured holes along the base to create drainage for the plant.
We placed a thin layer of mulch at the base to help with drainage, followed by a thick layer of dirt/potting soil mixture. After placing the celery base snugly in the planter, we filled the remaining space with more dirt/potting soil to completely cover the celery base. We kept the top to the oats tin and flipped it over to place the new planter on top of it — the lid is a perfect custom fit to the base and catches any runoff from regular watering.
As usual — we’ll be sure to keep you posted on the progress of our container celery and hope you’ll let us know if you decide to try it out for yourself! If you’ve tried this before, what other types of vegetables have you known to be able to regrow itself in a similar way?