Send in the Storm Troopers

(An Actual Advertisement on Pinterest)

Yes my friends, for $699 you too can have a Storm Trooper Robot Vacuum cleaner.

For $799 you can have Darth Vader vacuum for you.

I texted my oldest son and let him know, just in case he wanted to geek out and have a robot clean his apartment.

He texted me back “Mom, for $799 Darth had better play the Imperial March while vacuuming.”

I love that witty young man. He always makes me smile.

Everything is bigger in Texas? Here’s proof.

A friend of mine whose family has had the Wildlife management of the King Ranch for the last 50 years posted this picture on Facebook last week.

108 lbs, 8’2″ long, rattle snake. It was found, and dispatched near Beeville, Tx a couple weeks ago.

Look at the size of that snake’s head! It’s like it’s half python or something out of a horror movie.

We are always watching for snakes, and I think we will all be a little more cautious from here on out.

I’m glad the dude put his beer down for the picture, but something tells me he was trying to hold the beer and the snake at the same time. I can hear the guy taking the picture. “You gotta use both hands to get that snake up high enough so I can get the whole thing in the shot, dumb ass”.

That skin will make some boots, now.

Watch your step.

Here’s some Ray Wylie Hubbard for the mood music.

The soap continues

The soap has cured, it’s un-molded, and drying. I am very pleased.

A batch unscented, 1 lavender, 1 rosemary.

7 pounds of sudsy stuff that I can wrap up and gift.

Why soap? Well, when I spent 18 months unemployed, I needed something to do to be productive. Between working on our acreage, and getting the bees established, I really needed something to do to be creative.

I’m not a crafty person, but being creative with a purpose appeals to me. Like cooking, making things that makes someone happy, or hearing them ask “you made that?” It’s a good thing.

I also nerd out measuring everything by weight, mixing the lye and water, getting everything to compatible temperature. Then I use an immersion blender to whazz everything to trace, adding the essential oils, molding, keeping the soda ash from forming. Ooh! It’s fun.

Who doesn’t need soap? These are Lux Bars. Really luxurious, velvety, sumptuous lather from Shea butter, Sweet Almond Oil, Caster Oil, Coconut Oil, and Olive Oil.

Today, I’m grateful for things that come together well, and for a supply of a little bit of my care, time, and talent to wrap up and gift.

It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself. 

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Geeking out a little

I know, I know, but there’s still a little girl in me that would love this Barbie Doll.

Isn’t it adorable?

Barbie would win on Who Wore it Better, and she probably filled out the jacket more significantly, but I think I’ve done a pretty good job rocking the gloves and muck boots!

What do you ignore?

We live in a very touchy society.

Being offended is an art form.

We are offended by the news, politics, food choices, traffic, smoking, vaping, perfume, noise, silence, comfort, hardships, weather, education, ignorance, pretense, sex, lack of sex, choices, forced opinions about choices, religion, science, fireworks, patriotism…..

So many people thinking that they know so much but ignore nothing because they are too busy being offended.

What would happen if we would just relax?

Is ignoring the silliness the best way of knowing what is good?

Tomorrow is Monday. Let’s just chill out.

(You know I Had To Do It!)

Feet up Friday night

Last night was really quite nice out. The humidity dropped, and there was a light breeze.

We turned on the fans, turned on the music and enjoyed till the mosquitos drove us inside.


(Jackie Chan. Image from Pinterest.)

Dr: There’s no tear in the bicep, and the bone spur doesn’t require surgery.

How was the shoulder after the Arthroscopy?

Me: it hurt worse after.

Dr: Are you diabetic?

Me: no

Dr: Thyroid issues? Irregular cycles? (Orthopedic surgeon is asking)

Me: What? What does that have to do with anything?

The good news is no surgery.

The bad news is I have a Adhesive Capsulitis, or Frozen Shoulder. 6 weeks of physical therapy.

There is fluid in the shoulder capsule that is adversely affected by hormone changes, and synthetic thyroid medication. So two strikes. I’m grateful I’m not diabetic.

This hormone thing is way too pervasive.

A favorite found on You Tube

Willow, a Ron Howard film from 1988 was one of my favorites.

I had a hankering to watch it, and couldn’t find it anywhere except You Tube.

Apple TV has a You Tube app, and I sat for a lovely time and watched the cheesy special effects and enjoyed every minute.

That baby was adorable, and movie was still charming despite the cheesy special effects.

Today, I’m grateful to have the house clean, the paperwork shredded, groceries bought, and a little time for a movie.