Saturday, November 03, 2012
Take time to think- It is the source of all power.
Take time to read- It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to play- It is the source of perpetual youth.
Take time to be quiet- It is the opportunity to seek God.
Take time to be aware- It is the opportunity to help others.
Take time to love and be loved- It is God's greatest gift.
Take time to laugh- It is the music of the soul.
Take time to be friendly- It is the road to happiness.
Take time to dream- It is what the future is made of.
Take time to pray- It is the greatest power on earth.
Take time to give- It is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to work- It is the price of success.
There is a time for everything. . . .
Monday, September 17, 2012
I love avocado. Always have... likely always will... My favorite way to eat them is with a spoon and a little sea salt... LOL
During the summer, I lucked out and got a gonga deal on organic 'cados. One of the little darlings got buried under something else in the fridge and wasn't discovered until it was seriously in bad shape. Not stinky, but yeah, not edible.
So I made soap with it. Yeah... you read that right.
Hadn't even considered making an Avocado Soap until that point, so I carefully saved the flesh from the avocado, wrapped it up and put it in the freezer. Sometimes it takes me several days to fully calculate my soap recipes as I really do fully consider the total complement of fatty acids from each fat or oil added, how much of a superfat percentage to incorporate into the formula, etc.
By taking the time to be careful in formulating, I find that my soaps don't often need 'trial runs'. That's not saying there haven't been a few trial runs that my friends and family have had the fun of participating in! LOL
At any rate, the formula for this one is truly delish. My husband even likes it and he was the guy turning his nose up at my homemade soap in the beginning... LOL
All of these are Avocado Soaps - I just played around with earth-based colors in the darker bar while the lighter bars have no colors added. One of these will be the prize in the Great Soap Giveaway drawing to be held on October 1, 2012.
Tallow, Palm oil (sustainable), Olive Oil, Spring Water, Organic Aloe Vera, Goat Milk, Organic Avocado Oil, Organic Avocado Fruit, Mango Butter, Shea Butter, Emu Oil, Coconut Milk, Lanolin, Jojoba Oil, Castor Oil, NaOH, Lavender Essential Oil, Kelp, Organic Spirulina, Comfrey Leaves, Lemongrass Essential Oil, Sage Essential Oil.
Monday, September 17, 2012
What an awesome day.
We had a much smaller group show up than the RSVPs reflected. I guess folks were scared of a little rain.. :) LOL In all fairness, I DO get it, being a desert rat myself... water evokes a strong reaction - some go dance in the rain, others hide from it. So if you were out dancing in the rain and completely FORGOT (LOL), it's OK. We had a good time and YOU MISSED IT!
First, I apologize for the lack of photos... Have become so accustomed to my son hauling the camera around (or grabbing a cell phone) and taking photos of everything that I've just gotten out of the habit... Remembered to take pics somewhere in the middle of this and only got a few...
Maggeriffic graciously and enthusiastically led a warmup (workout) and then she led the walk. We walked around Reid Park, well, MOST of Reid Park and clocked 2 miles. I wore flip flops (duh! FORGOT to grab decent shoes & that cost me a nickel-sized blister), but had a good time walking with everyone, especially my walking partner for the day, FITNESSBULLY.
We ate REALLY WELL! JEWELMAKER1 brought a quinoa salad that was AWESOME! recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
PAYJAW brought a fruit salad that was super delicious!
We had an assortment of yummies - corn chips, kale chips, a veggie tray, dips. It was a very nice day.
Maggeriffic, PAYJAW and RETIREDAT60.
PAYJAW, JEWELMAKER1, THANDI8, LADYROSE
THANK YOU for making the SPARKTucson RALLY !!!
Wednesday, June 06, 2012
On May 20, 2012, there was an annular eclipse of the sun.
My cousin is one of my most favorite people in the world. He's a computer engineer who has done work on a few artificial hearts that keep people alive, but his passion is photography. He's got a fantastic eye and he makes a little money with his photography, too.
We've been best friends since we were tiny. There's a great meeting of the minds between us and we let each other 'BE' - its always been that way and I feel lucky every time we get the chance to do something together with our families.
My 13yo son is a budding astro-photographer. He's gotten some pretty spectacular shots with the 2nd hand equipment he's managed to obtain.
We started planning for this 18 months in advance. We decided a great place to get some dramatic shots would be at Ship Rock in NM. As you can see, it's only a few minutes off the center 'track' for the eclipse.
My mom called us the Squint Squad, but I'm not really sure what that title is in reference to. She laughed when I said that.
At any rate, the trip to Ship Rock went well - my kids got to see the painted desert among other things. I really had a hard time NOT stopping and scraping up some of the oxide-rich soil. We got a lot of photos, however, and I made a list of the oxides that created each color and that was a lesson for my kids after we returned.
We enjoyed Table Mesa
We thought it would be nifty to get a shot of all the kids with their solar glasses on.
Back to the eclipse. As previously stated, we weren't right on the line (as indicated on the map) where the 'ring of fire' would be perfectly centered. However, we were close enough to get really good shots.
Here's one of the pics my son took through his telescope
Here's a composite my cousin took
Just after the sun set over the rock
After we returned to Tucson, there were two more events! An eclipse of the moon
And Venus transiting the sun.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
LADYROSE 'dug' this up somewhere and posted it previously. It's funny even if it's not true for everyone. It's extra funny to me because IT smacks of TRUTH!!!
My nosey neighbor is south of me - sometimes when I'm hauling dirt into the yard with my wheelbarrow, Nosey is so curious, Nosey goes and does nice things for the neighbor to the east. (Nosey is in this life strictly for Nosey - doesn't do nice things for anyone unless there is something in it for Nosey.) On the way, Nosey cranks their neck so hard trying to get a look in my yard that I'm truly amazed it isn't broken.
Was out in the yard this morning working. The fence on the north side of my yard has been having some troubles and yesterday, I found a big rat's nest outside that part of the yard - he's been sneaking into the yard and doing bad things. My feral cat crew has apparently made friends because he's done his thing unchallenged for a while now.
I flooded his nest til he ran off, then I dug it up, filled it with clay soil that will pack hard and put big 20+lb rocks all over that. Just to obliterate his scent trails, I washed it all down with ammonia.
Well, my comings & goings through that gate on the north side of my fence were just too much for Nosey. Nosey got up on their roof to see what I was doing. Seriously.
I came through the gate with my toothy shovel in hand and saw Nosey. I started laughing almost uncontrollably. Nosey freaked out and FELL OFF the ROOF!
Nosey landed on something hard enough I heard that crash and sorry, but I laughed a little harder. I stopped when Nosey screamed for help. Waited for a minute til I heard someone come out to help.
Apparently, Nosey landed in a big Prickly Pear cactus.
They grow naturally around here and some folks, Nosey included, choose to keep them in their back yard as well as the front yard. We got rid of the cacti and have a more family-friendly back yard.
At any rate, no broken bones, but they'll be picking stickers out of Nosey for weeks to come.
Couldn't have happened to a nicer Nosey.
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