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20 Lines or Less/ A Weekly Challenge/ Dreams/ Poem/“JOY” In the Afternoon

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“JOY” In the Afternoon

It was an afternoon nap.

I was so tired

Quickly, I was under.

It was snowing and the world was white.

The sun was bright in the crystallized sky.

Then,

A flash of red from the side-

A little bundle only a few feet high.

I watched in wonder

I smiled in awe.

Then, the little boy hit me…

With a snowball.

I laughed and asked his name.

He said it was something that started with a “J”.

Who are you? I asked again

He replied, “I am your JOY.”

My eyes flashed open and the dream was gone.

I was left with the feeling that “J”

Would be my future grandson.

Copyright © Jamie Nowinski and Grandmother Wisdom/ Grandmother Musings 2012-2013.

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The Versatile Blogger Award

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It has taken me a few days to gather this together due to my trip to Las Vegas, however, I am back and honored to accept the Versatile Blogger Award from Nicole over at NMNPHX.  Not only does Nicole have a great blog of her own and is celebrating its anniversary, she also has been a great supporter of Grandmother Musings, and has become a friend.  So thank you Nicole for the nomination!

RULES:
1.   Add the award to your blog
2.   Thank the blogger who gave it to you
3.   Mention 7 random things about yourself
4.   List the rules (these are the rules)
5.   Pass on the award to 15 bloggers or as many as you reasonably can.
 
7 Things You Always Wanted to Know About Grandmother Musings
1.    Cooking is something I love to do.  I enjoy finding new recipes to spice up the weekly menu for my family.
2.    I didn’t figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up until I was thirty. 
3.    Thank Goodness ear plugs have been invented! I would never get to sleep without them.
4.    I love to Improv and I am currently taking classes at a local college. I also teach it to Jr. High kids.
5.    Recently, I was diagnosed with a dairy, gluten, and corn intolerance.  This was quite a challenge on vacation.
6.    Dogs over cats.
7.    I am a frustrated perfectionist. 
15 Nominations for Outstanding Bloggers
1.    Five Reflections
2.    Chic Envelopments
3.    Studio Kiss
4.    Pillows A-La-Mode
5.    Joel Higgins
6.    Verna Bowman
7.    Coloring with Yarn
8.    Hazell Cottrell
9.    From Scratch Club
10.   One Cool Site
11.   Photo Nature Blog
12.   A Modern Christian Woman
13.   Words and Herbs
14.   Maggiesonebuttkitchen
15.   Kolpona Cuisine

 

Congratulations to all the nominees! Be sure to visit all of these winning blogs.  They are worth it! 

 

Copyright © Jamie Nowinski and Grandmother Wisdom/ Grandmother Musings 2012-2013.
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Ways to Refresh Your Blog

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Great Post from One Cool Site! A reminder for all bloggers to keep their blog fresh and interesting.  I am taking this advice and will be updating my own blog this week. Go check out One Cool Site’s blog for other great stuff!

10 Amazing Uses for Tea Tree Oil

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Tea Tree oil is a natural antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-infection oil. It comes from the Narrow leaved tea tree that is native to Australia. It can be used in a variety of applications to heal and cure many ailments.  Many pharmacies carry Tea Tree oil; ask your pharmacist. Below are the ten most popular uses of Tea Tree Oil.

1.   Athlete’s Foot:  The oil can be applied directly to the feet or put in a small spray bottle with water.  A few drops diluted with water can be spray on clean dry feet daily.

2.  Cold Sores: Reduce the healing time of cold sores by applying Tea Tree Oil. 

3.  Toe Nail Fungus: Apply Tea Tree Oil directly to the infected toes.  This can also be done by adding a few drops of Tea Tree Oil to a small spray bottle filled with water.  Be persistent!  Toe Nail Fungus is stubborn and will require daily treatment to remove.

4.  Insect Bites:  Apply a drop on the bite to make the itch go away.

5.  Warts: Apply a drop or two directly to the wart daily until the wart disappears.

6.  Disinfectant: Add 20 drops of Tea Tree Oil to a clean pint spray bottle, and then fill the remainder of the bottle with water. Shake and spray counters, toilets, etc.

7.  Laundry: Add a teaspoon of Tea Tree Oil to a smelly load of laundry and odors are gone!

8.  Acne: Dab a drop of Tea Tree Oil on a pimple to dry it up quickly. Many brands of face wash include Tea Tree Oil as a main ingredient, too.

9.  Ticks: Apply a drop or two directly on the tick site. Use tweezers to remove the tick.

10.  Bad Breath, Inflamed Gums, and Plaque: Add 3 drops of Tea Tree Oil to a cup of water. Use the solution as a mouthwash two to three times daily.  Always spit out the Tea Tree Oil mouthwash. Do not swallow it!  You may also add 1 drop of Tea Tree Oil to toothpaste when brushing.

 

More Great Places to Get Information:

An A-Z List of Tea Tree Oil Uses. (2012). Retrieved from Squidoo, LLC : http://www.squidoo.com/uses-for-tea-tree-oil

Home Remedies Web. (2006-2012). Retrieved from Home Remedies Web: http://www.homeremediesweb.com/tea_tree_oil_health_benefits.php

Tea Tree Oil and Its Uses. (1998-2012). Retrieved from The Herbs Place: http://www.theherbsplace.com/Tea_Tree_Oil_Uses_sp_153.html

“Bug Off: Making Homemade Insect Repellent is Really, Really Easy http://scottandjoanbailey.wordpress.com/2012/06/05/bug-off-making-homemade-insect-repellent-is-really-really-easy/

“20 Great Uses for Tea Tree Oil  – http://hazellcottrell.com/2012/05/31/20-great-uses-for-tea-tree-oil/

 

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The Ideal Homemade Weed Killer

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Using store bought weed killer is not only bad for you and the environment, but it is expensive.  I have tried many homemade versions of weed killer; however, this one works the best.

Ingredients:

Vinegar

½ cup Kosher Salt

1 teaspoon Dawn Dish Detergent

Directions:

Dedicate a spray bottle just for the Weed Killer. You can find pint spray bottles at the Dollar Store.  Be sure to label the bottle!  

1.   Pour vinegar into bottle leave about 2 inches at the top. 

2.  Add the ½ cup of Kosher Salt. 

3.  Squirt 1 teaspoon of Dawn Dish Detergent into the bottle. 

4.  Screw sprayer on to bottle tightly.

5.  Shake to mix.

6.  Spray those weeds!

Hint: If the sprayer on your bottle has a stream adjustment, use it to keep the Weed Killer just where you want it to go.

WARNING:  This is strong stuff! Do not spray on vegetation you want to keep. Do not spray on a windy day. Keep out of reach from children and pets.

 

After using Homemade Weed Killer

I would love to know how it works for you.  Let me know your results.

 

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Grilled Dill Carrots

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Great as a side dish for all your summer BBQ’s.

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

1 lb. Carrots, peeled and sliced on the diagonal

1 small sweet onion, sliced very thin

½ medium Bell pepper, sliced thin

2 Tablespoons butter

2 teaspoons dried dill

½  teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pepper

¼ teaspoon celery salt

Non-stick tinfoil

Directions:

1.   On a large sheet of non-stick tinfoil, place cut carrots, onion, bell pepper, and butter.  Sprinkle with salt, pepper, dill, and celery salt.

2.  Wrap entire package tightly so the butter does not leak out when cooking.

3.  Place on grill in a section where the package will receive indirect heat.  Grill in this low heat for 20 minutes.  Do not open the package to check! It will begin to get soft when done.

4.  Serve immediately.

 

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DIY Bleach Pen T Shirt Design

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What a great idea! Chic Envelopement’s bleach pen idea had me sitting here thinking of all the items I could use this on. Here are a few…personalized pillow cases, towels, place mats, Jeans, tote bags, beach towels (each child can have their own personalized towel), napkins, etc.. I could just go on an on. Thank you Chic Envelopements for making my imagination fly!

The Renegade Seamstress

I seem to have an endless supply of thrift store t shirts hanging around just begging for a refashion.

So today I tried a new technique.

Bleach pen drawing.

And it worked!!!

If your t shirt is too large, first take it in like this:

 

 

Now you’re ready for the fun part:

Let the bleach sit on the shirt until it has bleached as much as you’d like then rinse it with cold water.

Wash and dry as usual in the washing machine.

For less than fifty cents, I’ve got a new summer shirt!

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Don’t Play With Fire, Play with Yucca Plants

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I love plants and flowers, and even consider myself a very amateur gardener.  But, there is one plant that voraciously grows in my garden that I want to destroy!  Yucca plants!  These gnarly examples of vegetation are the hardiest, toughest plants I have ever encountered.  Weeds are easier to be rid of than Yucca plants. I realize that the Yucca flower is the state flower of New Mexico, and that it has cool names such as Spoonleaf yucca. Filament yucca, and Adam’s Needle yucca.  However, I personally think it is just plain Yuk…A .

Yucca plants are prevalent in the hot dry areas of the Western United States.  They are often planted as ornamental plants and use widely in landscaping. (This must be why my stepfather planted them in the garden.)  Supposedly, they are easy to keep and their flowers are unique.  I think they are ugly, but that is just me.  Moreover, the roots of the Soap tree Yucca were loved and used by Native Americans as shampoo in rituals. So these plants do have a purpose, however, they serve no purpose in my yard other to annoy me to no end.

I have cut them, pulled them, beat them, sprayed them but nothing seems to make them go away.  I have been told that you must get the entire root system out of the ground or they will come back.  So, I have spent countless hours digging below the surface of my garden to accomplish this goal.  Nevertheless, the next year they are back.  And, it is not just one; there are baby yuccas all over my garden. These things are mutants!

I should probably dig them up and sell them on the open market.  I hear people actually go to the garden center and ask for these yucky plants!  Maybe I am missing out on a real money-making operation.  Be it as it may, I have no interest in keeping Yucca plants in my life. Therefore, out they must go once again.  I am sure they will be back next year, and I will be ranting about yucky yucca plants for the remainder of my life.  They truly are the bane of my existence!

**Here are some places to check out if you wish to remove your Yucca Plants. Some of these sites are not for the faint hearted. Killing the Yucca plant is apparently serious business. Good Luck!!

Gardening Know How- http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/xeriscape/removing-yucca.htm

Do it yourself- http://www.doityourself.com/stry/removing-a-yucca-plant-from-your-yard

American Family~How to KILL a Yucca plant- http://american-family.org/2007/08/02/how-to-kill-a-yucca-plant/

Ehow- http://www.ehow.com/how_4517250_remove-yucca.html

 

 

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Fortune Cookies…For a Better Future

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The best part of ordering Chinese food is the meal-ending crack of the fortune cookie.  It is exciting to see what little bit of wisdom is held in a crisp cashew shaped cookie, and they are tasty as well. However, lately, I have been disappointed in the quality of the fortunes found in the fortune cookies.

When I open that cookie, I want to hear something positive, something full of ancient wisdom, or something that I might hear from a palm reader. Since fortune cookies were introduced and created in the United States, the fortunes inside used to be based on proverbs, Bible verses, and English versions of  Confucius Teachings. Somewhere I think these wise little notes have gotten lost.  I do not think people want condescending words or nonsense in their cookies.  Maybe the fortune cookie companies need to get back to basics and hire more competent fortune writers. After all, people like me who order Chinese Food depend on this knowledge!

Here is an example of the ridiculous “fortunes” I have received lately…

“You have a quiet and unobtrusive nature.”  Huh? That is not a fortune. This is not even me!

“Help, I am a prisoner in a Chinese Bakery!”  Really? I am sending the Calvary to free you, now!  

“Eating causes obesity.”  Thanks. I’ll just stop eating now, Dr. Oz.

“You love Chinese Food.”  Duh!

Here is what I really want to read…

“The golden egg of opportunity falls into your lap this month.” Whoo-hoo!

“If your desires are not extravagant, they will be granted.” Is desiring a clothes-shopping trip on Rodeo Drive too extravagant?

“An admirer is hiding his or her intentions toward you.” Provided that my admirer is not a stalker, this could be good.

“You need a new environment. Go on vacation.” You are right! I would like to lie on a white sandy beach and drink rum all day in my bikini from Rodeo Drive. As long as it is not too extravagant…

If you are feeling discouraged and disheartened by your fortune cookie, please feel free to comment.  All comments will be forwarded to the worker who is trapped in the fortune cookie bakery for a speedy review. 

Fortune: You will read of a light haired woman who will make you laugh.  

 
 
 
 
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Quotes from the Masters: Grahame

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This is a challenge put forth by Bringing Home Europe where the writer, photographer, musician, or poet is inspired by a quote from a master.  This week’s challenge:   “There is nothing– absolutely nothing–half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” Kenneth Grahame, from The Wind in the Willows  

The Cub Scout pack that my grandson is a member of held its annual Rain Gutter Regatta boat races this weekend.  The balsa wood boats are pre-cut and ready for original styling by each scout. In the August 2002 edition of Boy’s Life, The Official Publication by Boy Scouts of America there are complete instructions on how to build a Regatta boat.  This is where my grandson began “messing” with boats.

Once the kit was purchased, my grandson and his dad set up in my garage to create the perfect Regatta boat.  They sanded the hull until it was smooth and then used a tack cloth to remove any reside from the sanding.  This was serious.

The next day, my daughter and grandson came over with a small can of polyurethane and a brush to paint three coats of the gummy substance over the entire boat.  Each coat had to be dried, sanded, tack clothed, then painted again to achieve a waterproof glaze over the boat.  In between coats of polyurethane, there was nothing to do but swim in the pool, which made the time go by quickly.

Next, spray paint was used to make the Regatta boat look good.  Luckily, for my grandson, I had several old cans of spray paint in the garage just waiting for his boat.  My grandson chose silver over the orange or green available. (I think the orange and green were from a former Halloween project.)

On Sunday, they all stopped by once more to put the finishing touches on their boating creation.  They added the keel and the rudder.  Super Glue was the choice of adhesive. (I did not know Super Glue could withstand water. I guess you learn something new every day.)  Curiously, not only did the keel and the rudder stick to the silver hull of the boat, but also stuck to the fingers of my son in law.  After a little administration of nail polish remover to those sticky fingers, the sail and the mast were applied.  The Regatta boat was ready to sail!

At the festivities, my grandson’s silver Regatta boat made a good showing.  With a little help of his robust blowing on the sail, the boat sped down the rain gutter with grace and actually stayed afloat.  When the races were over, proud scouts lined up for hamburgers and hot dogs, and to talk to each other about their boats.  It did not matter that my grandson’s Regatta boat did not take first, second, or even third place in the race.  What really mattered was that he was able to “mess” with the boat.  He put it together with his mom and dad and shared his handiwork with his friends.  Moreover, as the quote from Master Grahame so eloquently proclaims, “There is nothing– absolutely nothing–half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” This act of playing did more for my grandson’s sense of family, sense of camaraderie, and sense of self than he realizes.  Thank you to the Cub Scouts for providing these very important lessons to him and all the other boys in the pack.

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