Monday, September 5, 2016
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Last month, it was all about the dragonflies. A family of five set up house in the butterfly bush. Some days, two of their cousins visited the yard. Two, sometimes three, of the original family are still hanging around.
But this month, it's mantis time. I've watched my columbine mantis grow from a wee green thing into an adult. I find more mantids in the butterfly bush every day.
Today, for example, there are two in the bush as well as my little guy in the columbines.
Mantids intrigue me. They scare me. They are filled with mystery and wonder.
The word mantis comes from the Greek mantikos, for soothsayer or prophet.
They have binocular vision but only one ear!
And, they say the mantis comes when we need peace, quiet, and calm in our lives.
This is one of my favorite mantis quotes: "Meet the eye of a Mantis and feel the presence of God."
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
It's still blazing hot out there. My dragonflies cling to the yucca tree, watching me as I lay wet vintage linens to dry in the blinding sun. Lucky contemplates life.
The best linen cleaning recipe I've found is the simplest one. Lemon juice and salt directly on the stain. Lay in sun till dry. Soak linens in a big pot of boiling HOT water with 1/4 cup of kosher salt and 1/2 cup of baking soda. (Be very careful as the combination of salt and baking soda foams everywhere. I found out the hard way.)
Rinse, rinse, rinse. Dry them in the sun and let the neighbors wonder what the heck you're doing.
And it works! The neighbors are confused and the linens are snow white.
Just look how grungy the blue and sort-of white potholders were before I soaked them in the pot and how incredibly CLEAN they were after soaking a few hours! And the tablecloth stain? It was older than I am. Now, it's gone!
I know, yes, I know now, why pioneer women were always boiling things.
Friday, July 15, 2016
I read up on the old school ways of restoring linens and started two experiments.
Pot #1: One gallon of hot water and 1/4 cup of kosher (don't ask me why the recipe said kosher) salt. Soak linens 48 hours, rinse, and lay in the sun to dry.
Pot #2: Boiling water with lemon slices. Soak linens 24 hours. Rinse well and wash with mild detergent. Lay said linens in sun to dry.
I'll let you know which method worked best.
Durango settled for his wren when the roadrunner flew off. And the pool Lucky so thoughtfully tried to dig for the family? I filled it in and we don't talk about it anymore.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
It may be 98 degrees in the shade, (I kid you not), but I have become obsessed with knitting socks! I am hypnotized by self-striping yarn, watching the stripes form, wondering how in the world it even happens.
I've found my calling with #1 dpns.
I can turn a heel! I can make toes! And I can even wear my socks in about four or five months! It's all too much!
Here's the pattern I used and it's insanely easy: