Thursday, January 3, 2013

Politics & Social Media

I know the old saying about religion and politics, but I don't really understand why people are so tied to their politics. I understand religious views are close to your heart, they form part of our identity. I don't understand why we are so tied to our politics.

I also don't understand why people take things you share on Facebook to be your perfect view of the world. I know that sometimes I share things just because I think they are cute. It may not be that I completely agree with the sentiment, just find some aspect cute. It seems some of these strike a serious chord with some of the people who see my FB posts. Please people, think a bit.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013

Happy New Year Blogland!

Many people are discussing resolutions for the new year. I have a couple.

1. I will continue to work on last year's resolution; I will strive to remember that I am not responsible for the actions of others. I am only responsible for my reaction to their actions. I am working to let people take care of their own shit while I take care of mine. I am getting better at this, but still need have a lot of work to do.

2. I want to be more flexible in my thinking and ideas. If you hand me something to taste that I would have previously have turned down, I want to take a bite with an optimistic attitude. I want to assume I will like it until it is proven I do not. The same thing with new ideas or suggestions on ways to do things. I want to be open to change.

3. Dianna and I have discussed doing one 5K a month from April to Oct. I hope to get in at least 4.

4. I want to write more. In the truck on our way to go shopping yesterday, I composed an entire essay about the second resolution above. I do things like that quite often. I hope this year to get more of these ideas into a format where they can be shared by others.

There ya go. Those are my ideals.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Free Head Bands

So now that I am maturing a bit (getting old) and starting a new chapter of my life (gosh I'm almost 50!); I find that I perspire a bit more (sweat like a horse) as I work around the house. The dripping perspiration is an annoyance and can sting as it get in my eyes. Well, this morning I figured out a way to combat this without buying a bandana.

Last week, I recycled some of Tom's t-shirts into reusable tote bags. This required me to cut the necks and sleeves off the shirts. I couldn't just throw them away, now could I? The sleeves will be used as cleaning cloths, but the neck pieces did seem to be the right shape and size for that. There are nice flaps of fabric on each side of the crew neck area. I found that rolling those flaps around the neck part makes a nice, soft and most importantly, absorbent head band. It is also loose enough, that the headband does not squeeze too tightly and give me a headache.

Ahh, such a domestic goddess, I am. *lol*


http://earthdivasblog.com/2010/09/07/how-to-upcycle-your-old-t-shirts/ -
* I did add small hems around the openings.

I am off to work on the guest room some more. Take care all.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Nikki's Note #3

Hi all at Life with Lissy, http://www.lifewithlissy.com/!



Do you enjoy flavored or sweetened iced teas? I myself am a plain black tea drinker but I have really been enjoying some refreshing flavored teas this summer. I make them myself and they have no sugar or artificial sweeteners. For a half gallon of tea, I use 3 decaffeinated, black tea bags and one herbal tea bag. It makes the tea more summery and refreshing without adding any calories. The fact that it is decaf makes it even more guilt free. I can enjoy it and not feel bad in any way. I even used a decaf Earl Grey in a couple batches and it was delicious as well. I hope you enjoy this.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Faux Stained Glass

Nikki's Note #2

Ok everyone at Life with Lissy http://www.lifewithlissy.com/, here is my second post for you.

If bet most of you would be surprised to know that you already have the materials needed to make a faux stained glass window like this one. I used acrylic craft paint and traced a pattern I printed from the internet to do this rose window. The "canvas" is an old window that they were going to throw out during some repairs at our church. Here are the steps I took:
  • Carefully clean the window.
  • Figure out where you want your outlines to go and carefully paint them onto the window. You should apply quite a bit amount of paint, but not so much that it runs.
  • Let the outline dry.
  • Dab on the colored acrylic paint. 
  • Let dry again.
  • Attack wire so you can hang the window.
  • INDOOR use only. They look great in a window with light passing through them.
I hope you enjoy this. If you can't make your own, you can always order or purchase one from The Recycled Diva. https://www.facebook.com/RecycledDiva

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Pillowcase Dress

Miss Mia is staying over with us tonight. Her mommy had not planned on that. Since Grandma (me) let her play in the dishwater for an hour, she got very wet. I took an old pillowcase and made her a little dress. Can I call her Dobbie now?


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Happier Picnicking

Here's a little Nikki Note for my friends over at Life with Lissy, http://www.lifewithlissy.com/ 

I can't believe I didn't think of these hints before. When you are having an extended picnic, with people arriving to eat at different times, make a quick and easy ice table. Put a small kiddie pool, a large water proof bag - like an Ikea bag, a small sled, or a heavy garbage bag on the top of a table. Put a 2 to 4 inch layer of ice in the bag. Set dishes that need to remain cold into the ice. Now you don't have to worry about mayonnaise based dishes getting too warm.

My second picnic tip is REALLY simple and easy. To keep flies and other insects off your wonderful picnic fare, lightly lay a sheer curtain over the food after the main crew has gone through the line. The curtain won't hurt the food as it lays on top of it, latecomers can easily lift it to get to the food they want and you can keep an eye on Grandma's famous potato salad to make sure you get another helping before it is gone. Once the picnic is over you can just toss the curtain into the wash with your next load of towels and poof! It will be all clean and ready for your next picnic!

Enjoy the rest of your summer picnics and save a deviled egg for me,
Nikki