Quote on manifesting your beliefs – November 2006

“Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living,
and your belief will help you create the fact.”
-William James, 19th Century psychologist

Clean wax drips off your carpet with your iron.

Ever had wax drip onto your carpet clothes or furniture? Today I had a red candle burning in the bedroom while I was off doing stuff in another room. I know, every candle says “do not burn unattended” and what do I do? I left it burning unattended and red wax dripped all the way down my dresser and into a big puddle on my carpet!
Lucky for me I know how to get wax out of material and I thought I would share it with you here!

After a wax disaster it is often best to allow the waxy mess to dry before you attempt to clean it up. If you try to wipe it up it will often smear and become more mashed into the material it has dripped on. On hard surfaces the wax will simply scrape off easier when dry and on material surfaces the wax can be ironed up after it drys.

Here is how to get wax off your carpet, furniture clothes or any other material surface:

Allow the wax mess to dry.
Get some old shirts, scrap cloth or paper towels.Get your iron plugged in and ready.
Place the cloth or paper towel over the dried wax mess.
Put the hot iron on top of the cloth and apply pressure as if you were ironing it.
As the wax heats up it will soak into/ bond to the cloth.
You will need to check the cloth constantly for signs that the wax is soaking through.
When you can see the wax soaking through the cloth you need to apply a new cloth. The more mess the more cloths you will need to remove it.
Be patient, keep changing cloths and ironing till all the mess is gone!

Share your world with us..

They say a picture is worth 1000 words. In one of my yahoo groups they are calling for pictures that “share your world with us”. Here are some of mine! Let me know what you think!

My cats are a huge part of the world around me so here are some of my cutest kitty pictures:

Here is the view from my bedroom window of the Aspen tree.

Nathan has another batch of brew going in the kitchen today (pumpkin porter I think) and I am getting ready to make up my delicious maple pumpkin cheesecake today!

Would you like to share your world with us? If so simply post your own blog entry with pictures that say 1000 words and email me the address to your blog entry so I may link to it from here! Happy posting!

My Hotel Annoyances

This is continuation of my previous post about my hotel stories.
My pet peeve tonight is:
Guests who fling their room keys or papers across the desk at you.

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Home Depot Selling Solar Power to Mainstream America

Well this is the best news I have read today!! The Home Depot has teamed up with BP Solar to provide solar installation service to customers. It is offering its customers the ability to sign-up online for free, in-home consultations. This is making simple living more achievable for Mainstream America. If you want to read more about this great story click here to visit the stories site.

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The message in a bottle brings hope and memories..

Keepsake Message in a Bottle GiftThis was such a heart warming story that I found on digg.com today. Follow the link below to see the video: Josh Baker was a Marine fighting in Iraq. He died in a car crash a few months after his return home, but his family and friends recently found a happy reminder. Steve Hartman reports.

The message in a bottle truly is a keepsake that has the power to preserve memories for a lifetime. Whether it is found in a lake, ocean or simply given as a gift it is a great way to send a heart felt message and it allows others to cherish the memories that accompany message in a bottle forever!

Winter is here!

We got our first snow up on the San Francisco Peaks last week and we have begun to switch to “winter mode”. Nathan just made up a 12 jar batch of homemade apple sauce and will begin his beer brewing shortly. We are always cooking up something in our kitchen whether its fudge, homemade beer, or various canning projects.

I attempted to make a photo journal of the apple sauce process:

Cored & peeled apples Sliced apples cooking
Blended apples redy for cooking Blended apples
More blended apples Canned apple sauce
Our kitty Jack watches the apples cooking..

Our kitty Jack wanted to see what was cooking so Nathan showed him.

Homemade Pickles

Our first batch of homemade pickles.

It has been a busy week of cooking, canning and working! I also just got my brochure and new business cards completed just in time for the holidays!

business cards & brochure

Save water and have a beautiful garden!

Rain-Water-BarrelSnow water harvesting can bring life to cold deserts and renew traditional heritage as an example of sustainability that all of us can learn from, globally. ” (quote taken from: rain barrel.net)

Collecting rain/ snow for watering the garden is a great way to save water and lower your water bills! Lots of people are doing this and it is something I have been wanting to do for quite sometime. All of the collection systems I have seen are quite big and somewhat intrusive. I have honestly been putting off rain/ snow collection because we do not have a home of our own.

Today I was searching other blogs and I saw some smaller scale rain/ snow collection barrels that we could use and take with us when we leave our rental! I am super excited and really want to get the collecting system from: Aaron’s Rain Barrels. Maybe a family member will get this for us for the holidays.. Wink, wink.

Sustainable living is possible no matter what your living situation, we are learning this everyday. We are learning about saving rain water for gardening, composting kitchen wastes, supporting local farmers through our local CSA and we are growing some of own food. Everyday we come one step closer to living more sustainable and you can too!

Here are some resources for sustainable living:

  • eartheasy.com- Ideas for environmentally sustainable living
  • planetfriendly.net- Activities and choices that can help sustain your health, your spirit, and the planet.
  • sustainable.org- Sustainable Communities Network
  • greenpeace.org- Info on environmental concerns and how you can help.
  • greenmatters.com- gives busy people a place online where they can quickly get ideas, perspectives, answers and information so they may become effectual stewards of the environment.
  • Mother Earh News- The original guide to living wisely

Rewind those DVD’s with ease!!

Ha! Okay somebody emailed this to me and it is just too funny! Now, try to wrap your The DVD rewinderbrain around this one: The DVD rewinder….

Over at Digital Video Guru Russell writes about this interesting product, The DVD Rewinder. It rewinds your DVD’s so you don’t have to! This amazingly creative, yet very unnecessary product can be purchased over at www.dvdrewinder.com where they have created an entire website/ store around the idea of the DVD Rewinder. Check it out if you don’t believe me!

On death and living Life to the fullest..

Today two students from the high school I teach at were killed in a tradgic car accident. One of them was a member of the marching band that I work with.

Death is always difficult to deal with and it is always so much harder when young people are involved. I had my first brush with death and tragedy when I was in 6th grade, a classmate of mine was killed in by a semi truck while riding his bike. Since then I have lost several other classmates, students and teachers.

Each time I loose somebody it reminds me of how fleeting life is. Everyday that we have here on this earth is a gift and we don’t know how long we have here.

Each time I lost a classmate I would automatically think about the last time I saw/ talked to them. Then I would think of what I would have done different if I would have known it was the last time I would ever see him/ her alive. These thoughts are normal and they deliver a very powerful message:

Live as if every breath will be your last.
Live as if you or the people around you could die at any moment.

Live without regret, tell people you love them and value them now because you never know what tomorrow will bring. Rest in peace Michael Darding and Crystal Cantrell.

Memories of Crystal Cantrell

Crystals Marching Band Hat