Unconventional Baby Shower gifts

My cousin is having a baby!!!  It is their first!!!  So very excited.  With having a baby shower during the covid 19 restrictions there are definite reservations of why I am liking the baby registries even more.  Because I have not been able to switch my working to online as many others have been able to and working in the trucking industry I do not want to be any kind of a carrier to anyone who would attend, even more so to the momma to be, so we are, sending a box of helpers (baby gifts) right to the house.

I was able to see all of the wonderful items that they wanted and there are plenty of family and friends who want to spoil the first grandchild on both sides of the family.  I searched both registries over very well.  I personally like to get practical gifts, knowing that they will be useful and money well spent.

We went out and looked over an overwhelming amount of baby gear.  A few things that were not on their registries stuck out at me.  Baby sitting for 20+ years I found a few great items to have on hand all the time, were not on the list.

First and most important I have always found not just for myself but also for the tots who are ride alongs are SNACKS!!!

They are having a girl so we found some fabulous snack containers with pink and purple trim.  We have been using this brand for quite a few years and they have stood up very well to use every single day.

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Along with each item I like to write a cute note of how the item has been helpful to me and the tots I have watched.  Everyone should always have a snack in their purse.

Next on the list is something I wish I would have seen 10 years ago.  There are so many cars and minivans that could use this product especially with leather seats that dent and tear so easily.  Children are not the most gentle or graceful of humans.  I know my cousin loves automobiles and cares a great deal for his vehicles.  I though getting a box of surprises focused on his mastering the parent part of life would be wonderful.

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The trick to surviving kids is – always being prepared.  This is why you should always have a stash of wipes in that netting that is attached to the back of the front seat.  What is even better is the travel capability and always being able to refill the container with whichever brand works best with your child’s skin if it be the cheap brand, the expensive brand, or even the home made kind. I picked out the manliest of the patterns.

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Along side those wipes should be a toy – a quiet toy – Hard books are less likely to have pages tear out from accidental rough play. You never know when your going to have to pull a book out for entertainment at an unexpected moment. Lots of bold colors with beautiful pictures that capture their attention is really great for at weddings, funerals, or religious services.  It is not always about reading all the words perfectly, sometimes its about the message.  This was one of my favorite books when I was watching wee little tikes full time.  It may have a big blue truck on the front and look like it would be a book for a boy.  Now a days girls drive trucks just as much as boys.  Also this book is much more about how to treat others all the time and how to be friendly to even those who are not always nice to you.  I insisted on getting the book with out the husband ever reading it. He really trusts my judgement. When we got home I was so excited to read it to him and when I did, he also fell in love with it.

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It really wasn’t too hard of a sell.  We both love books.  The new momma is a teacher so we know she loves books too.  A nice little note on the inside of the cover lasts a very long time and helps to remind all who read it that this new baby is loved so much more by so many more than just Mom and Dad.

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You can never have too many socks, they are so tiny and they disappear like magic.  Also how do those babies even get them off constantly while sleeping half the time?  Putting the car seat into the car after hitting three stores because its your day to run errands you know you put two on before you left the house, but there is only one now.  Are you going back to all the locations to find your one sock? NO! After all the sleep deprivation you will quickly learn matching socks do not matter.  And 99% of adults will completely understand.  They have been there.  How do you think mismatched socks got popular for kids in the first place? They sell them in odd numbers with not even one sock matching another sock at the stores.

Always have a spare pair of socks shoved right next to those wipes in every car your tot rides in.

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What better way to keep track of the socks when they go into the washer or dryer? I never know if any one has one of these types of bags. Probably because mesh laundry bags don’t come up in everyday conversation a whole lot. Worse case scenario now they have two, one for adults and one for baby. Which might be good because I know a lot of people who have children who have sensitive skin and so they have two kinds of laundry detergent.

Along the line of cleaning, we found this really great cleaning tool kit for bottles and sippy cups. We do all of our dishes every day and we do not even have kids and I know how food and liquids get gross and stuck everywhere. Hopefully this will make it easier.

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The last two little items in the baby box go together as well. Safety first is my every day motto. So when I was looking at all of the safety devices offered to keep kids safe as they are new and exploring I tried to remember what the inside of their home looked like. I noticed that offered were many different kinds of corner bumpers, but I liked the clear the best, least noticeable.

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Of course there are going to be boo boos along they way of growing up. learning to walk has got to be crazy hard that’s why we do it when we are so little less of a distance to fall and we are spongy and bounce back easy and its really nice we don’t remember falling 35 times in 3 hours every day for months.

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Finally!! Well that took forever to finish. Word press changed the editing formatting in the middle of my post. Also it says somewhere that I can choose classic style editing. That’s a fat lie as well.

RickabaughReviews HATES the block style editing. No help ever can be found. you can’t just insert a photo. But they will just take your money and not help with things when you ask.

Learning to bake bread

Sour dough bread can be daunting. I have found it to be easy after a few tries, once you get down the basics.

My homestead role-model, sister-in-law, recently gave me some sourdough starter.  I have never really been a bread baker.  I usually work from a box where you add an egg and or some oil and water stir, pour, and bake – boom – brownies.  But my sister believed in me and was very encouraging.  It was also very helpful that she walked me through it at her house.  But hands down the best was that she let me take photos of the steps and she also made a whole Pintrest board for me of bread baking and other fun gardening tips.

Key point with sourdough is that you feed it, like a small monster that you keep in a jar in your fridge. I do try to feed my starter once a week.  I also try to bake about once a week.  Our neighbors just recently took in two small nieces who needed a home.  So their family went from their happy four to a very busy loving family of six. So I have started baking bread a bit more frequently, and pass a few loaves across the street. Honestly I am doing something baking related every day.  If I am not scrubbing the loaf pans,  I am feeding the starter.  Today I took an hour to mix up two types of bread to let rise all night long.  Tomorrow I will bake the bread. Then the process starts all over again.  Its great fun to make and to give away.

I prepared two types of bread this evening.  A sweet gingerbread and a cheesy herb bread.  I use the same amount as my recipe says for one loaf of bread, but it makes about two nice sized loaves for us. The basic sourdough recipe that my husband found for me is very easy to manipulate in order to try different types or to make smaller or several loaves as needed.

Step 1 is always to clear and scrub down the counter.

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I am planning on sharing some of the bread tomorrow so I got out my regular loaf baking dish for the herb and cheese bread, and two mini loaf baking dishes for the sweet breads.

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I have tried to use Parchment paper to bake bread but it just hasn’t baked as fluffy as when I let it rise in the baking dish for 12 to 20 hours and then bake it.  I spray my baking dishes with generic baking spray for now.  Once I run out of the baking spray i might just grease the pans using my coconut oil.  I am working on taking the original recipe and only altering one tiny thing at a time. I do not want to mess up the bread.

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Next I mix up my starter and then I scoop out 3/4 cups of starter and added 1 1/4 cups of warm water.

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The recipe calls for 3 1/2 cups of flour, I have found I use around 5 cups.

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So I start to add flour and stir.  And stir and stir and stir in some more flour.  Until its a bit thicker.  My sister-in-law uses a Kitchen Aid mixer.  And while it mixes up the dough she works on other things.  I use a fork because I am cheap, we do not have a Kitchen Aid mixer and we also do not have kids that make us multitask every moment of every second.

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I scooped out a cup of the mix and put it in my other mixing bowl. The sweet bread mix then gets a pinch of salt and a big scoop of brown sugar.

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Then two dashes of gingerbread spice.  Also I prep the counter with a small handful of flour.

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This is the gingerbread spice that I use.

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When all mixed together it smells nice.

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I then added flour and stirred until it was dough.

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With flour on the counter, kneading the dough is not hard to do.  There are the chef’s and bakers on TV that will show you a special way to do it.  No one is watching you and the bread doesn’t know any better if you do it perfect or not.  Basically I squish the dough around on the counter until it doesn’t really stick to the counter anymore.  I need you to know that kneading is only difficult if you make it difficult.

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I divided the ball of far less sticky sweet sourdough bread into two and popped them into the two mini loaf pans.

Next I move on to the original mix, the herb and cheese bread. I added 1 dried sage leaf from my garden.  Crushed up a lot, but shown here it is whole.

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A little bit of garlic salt mix, takes care of the salt part as well as the dried garlic.  I have done this type of bread before and I have used measuring spoons.  But this is also a very accurate way of measuring.

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We use a lot of oregano in our house, it is one of the favorites of the spouse.

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My dried Rosemary leaves are much larger than what is shown here.  I enjoy the flavor of rosemary but not a whole lot so I crush up the rosemary leaves.

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And now it is time for the cheese!  Yes in the bowl if you look closely is about 1/3 of a cup of grated Parmesan and Romano.  As well as about 3/4 of a cup of shredded cheddar cheese.  These cheeses are the types we have on hand the most and that is why they go in the mix.

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This is a picture of the very sticky dough.  Too tough to mix with a fork any more but too sticky to let it rise so onto the floured countertop for some kneading.

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In their dishes.  I will cover with a dish towel and let them rise for 12 to 20 hours.  I will not take them out to knead them a second time for them to rise again.  I do not have time for that.  I let them rise a lot and then bake them.  I have found the more they rise the softer and fluffier the bread.  The first time I made bread I only let it rise 6 hours. It was a very dense bread. I have found I make the dough one day, and the next day I bake.

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This was a 12 hour rise time.  What I like to look for are the holes in the dough through the sides of the glass dish – this way I know it will be lighter and fluffy.

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I forgot to take a photo of the baked bread before it mostly got eaten.

So instead I will leave you with a photo of the t-rex head and teeth that the husband is in the process of 3D printing.

RickabaughReviews approves of preservative free bread and also dinosaurs.

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Masks – to wear or not to wear

My husband and I have grocery shopped at Giant for over 10 years.  I have been grocery shopping at Giant before I met my husband, so probably around 20 years.  We have recently decided to not shop at Giant any more.  It has nothing to do with their coupon policy or their bonus card or even their gas rewards points that we have used and loved a great deal.

It has to do with their mask policy.  They have had signs up for six months stating that you must wear a mask while inside the store.  We wear a mask and do not have a problem with this policy, it is for the greater good of humanity.  We didn’t really have a huge problem with people not wearing masks, so long as they keep their distance.  Well they are not keeping their distance any more.  Not only that but the last time we shopped at Giant there were less people wearing masks than people who were not wearing them.  But what was very disappointing was a family who came in to shop. None of them wearing masks, but the adult male was open carrying a gun.  Which basically says to anyone who approaches him, if you tell me to put on a mask or tell me to leave, I will shoot you.

When my husband wrote to two corporate positions at Giant with concern of the fake mask policy because no one is enforcing the health and safety guidelines no response was given, neither positive, negative or even acknowledgement.

Unfortunately for Giant this has put such a bitter taste on where we feel safe to grocery shop that we are now rearranging our normal shopping habits.  We are now looking elsewhere to invest our hard earned money.  We are making a few furniture changes where we can get a small deep freezer.  In hopes that we are able to shop more bulk items at Costco which in turn will save us more money.  In addition Costco has taken the highly contractible and deadly covid-19 pandemic seriously, instead of as a political whimsy, which makes us even more secure in shopping at their facility.

RickabaughReviews approves of basic health and safety guidelines.

Babysitting Chickens

My first experience babysitting chickens for a friend was an interesting adventure.

Our friends in our neighborhood got chickens.  They are so cute to look at.  My husband and I know how hard raising and caring for livestock looks.  We have a mild taste of keeping animals alive because we have a dog, A dog, one dog.  She is a lot of work.  This is why we choose to be gardener’s not farmers.  We have a high appreciation for those who raise livestock because we know that livestock tastes delicious.

When you have livestock it is essential to find special care takers for when you need to go out of town.  This is our first time chicken sitting and I was correct, we are not livestock people.

One of the roosters bit me and it did not hurt or even leave a mark.  I can not even remember which finger it bit, but none the less it caught me off guard.  I screamed and jumped and greatly startled all the chickens away from me, while I was trying to befriend them.  I don’t want them to be scared of me because I have a hard enough time trying to pick them up and put them in their night time house without them running away from me.

I have been told by my sister-in-law that chickens have better eyesight than humans.  My sister-in-law is my go to chicken expert.  So I have put together a plan to get these chickens to love and trust me. Lets be honest its through yummy snacks.

I picked out a small bright red plastic cup to bring them treats.  I went into their enclosure and tapped the cup gently with my finger nails and gave them treats from the cup.  They are very interested in the bright red cup even when its empty.  So 1 point for yesterday’s initial trial teaching them the cup has yummy snacks in it.

I googled chicken treats and came up with a bunch of results.  So this bedtime snack included cooked rice, raw broccoli and raw yellow squash.

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I dumped most of the snacks into the night time house in order to encourage them to stay there while I wrangle them all to bed, one at a time.

Between my husband and I we got 6 chickens to bed and closed the door.  It took a half an hour. And halfway through I ended up getting their giant food bin lid to corner them.  I am not a very good chicken catcher.  So we are very excited to see the camera footage of how incredibly awkward and silly our first bedtime routine was.

The chickens are very skeptical of us.  Rightly so!!! Also I feel like they are constantly judging us.

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Tonight’s treats include cooked rice, fresh lettuce, broccoli and strawberries.  All of these I chop up small. I do not want any of them to choke while their parents are away.  I do not know how to do CPR on a chicken.

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My husband took a short video of me with the chickens.  They are so fluffy, and they can smell the fear on me from a mile away.  I did much better getting them into bed tonight.  Right after this video was taken one of the chickens bit me again today.  My friend did say one of them is a biter.  Also known as a jerk chicken.  The food bin lid which is not shown in this video, helps corner them so I can pick them up or keep them from jumping off of the side of the ramp as they make their way to bed.

 

When we were putting the door on the night time house they were all munching away happily on their bedtime treats.

RickabaughReviews approves of chicken treats, but not so much of getting bit by a chicken.

 

Air conditioning hack!

Yes, the central air unit went out again.  And no – no one has an a/c window unit for sale.  The first thing I did was get the air mattresses back out and sleep in the basement.  Is it comfortable? Certainly not, but I have to go to work every day so sleep is what I need.

It was over 90 degrees in the upstairs of the house, where the bedrooms and office are located.  I remember seeing somewhere on line probably about 10 years ago now, how to cool down on a budget.

Start with a Styrofoam cooler, we found some in the attic.

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Then I used a drywall knife.  You can use any serrated knife. I cut a hole in the side, but closer to to the top half of the box. It does not have to be perfectly circular to work.  Do not stress over this part of the project.

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I added some freezer packs to help keep the ice colder for as long as possible.

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I then added ice.  We used what the ice maker in the freezer made, plus some from the ice cube trays that I put in the other freezer previously.

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I used a few pallet boards to balance the fan face down onto the ice and turned the fan on low.  The fan pushes air over the ice. Cooling the air. The cooler air then escapes out the easiest route, the hole that you cut in the side of the cooler.

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The air that comes out of the box is not freezing, but it is much nicer than 90 degrees.

Because I used ice which melts it is very important that the hole that is cut into the box is not closer to the bottom. You don’t want water slowly leaking all over the floor.  In the morning I used the melted ice to water the plants.  This is not intended to be the fix all for air-conditioning.  It did help out until the new fan was put into the central air unit.

RickabaughReviews loves air-conditioning and the neighbor who fixes it for us.

Late July Gardening

It is that time of the summer, when the ferns are burnt, and the first flowers from the Hostas are all spent.

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We worked for about an hour last night trimming down and weeding out.  It has been so hot lately we have been watering and then doing inside chores.  The evenings are just getting cool enough to get some good work in.  I learned a few years ago that if I cut down the spent flowers from the Hostas most of them will grow new stalks of flowers later this summer.  My goal is to trim down and weed for about an hour a day after work from here on out until fall.

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Before photos of some of the Hosta stalks that get cut down. I cut them down for looks as well as for the bees and butterflies. I also trim the ferns to encourage new growth and for the looks.  The Daylilies at the back of the yard are spent for the year and I will be cutting them down for aesthetics. There are a few other types of flowers that I am trimming so that they will put out new flowers as well as the Hostas.  This type of flower is called “cut and come again”.  A few of these are the bee balm as well as the cone flowers. You can cut them in bloom and enjoy them inside but they will bloom again outside.

Roses are one of the more popular type of cut and come again flowers.  We do not bring flowers inside the house, my allergies are too bad for this.  We get to enjoy the colors and smells of them outside.  The blooms end up dying on the bush and that it why I call it deadheading.  I will “deadhead” the roses and they will send out more flowers. Depending on the type of rose bush.  There is one rose bush that only blooms once.  It is more of a trellis rose, and less like a bush. Deadheading is how we get continuous color all summer.

We did some yard work at the in-laws home this weekend. Mowing and I did a bit of trimming of some of the flowers.  I trimmed a bunch of dead branches out of their azalea as well as trimming down the stalks of a large Lilly they have. The Lilly had only one seed pod on it, yes I took the seed pod. When the Lily is this pretty you take the seed pod.

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We have also been looking lately for Peonies, I have heard rumors from more than one person that they attract ants.  Well If we can have all the ants in the yard going to the peonies instead of my veggies that would be wonderful.  I also trimmed off some of the seed pods from the Peonies at the in-laws home.

Another gem of an idea that we are going to try from one of their neighbors are some Rose of Sharon bushes.  They had them very nicely trimmed so that they acted as a taller hedge/ privacy fence for their yard.  They had a few different colors. We did a little research on price and tolerances. They come in many different colors, are reasonably priced and can grow around to 12 feet high in our climate. At 5 years they are at full height with growing about 20 inches each year.

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One change that we are currently working on is reducing the size of some of the flower beds.  The main one that we are working on is the side yard where the flower beds along the fence line are about four feet deep.  I have found it difficult to keep these nice because I am not able to easily weed the areas.  We would like to make them about 18 to 20 inches deep away from the fence, which means plants need to move.  This is a very hard and tedious task.  We then have to lay down grass seed.  And yes water the seed.  If we get really going on this project at this point in the year, the grass seed will take well before fall and grow in nearly perfect for next years mowing season.

I am trying a bit of experimenting with doing time lapse videos.  We are using a Wyze camera that we got for inside the home.  We are able to do time lapse videos because it has a memory card.  We worked for about 45 minutes and had the camera take a photo every 10 seconds.  Check out how much we can get done in 45 minutes, I wish all that weeding only took 20 seconds.

RickabaughReviews is enjoying the time lapse videos.

 

The Power of Two

Life and getting through it is pretty hard right now.  Also it’s such a busy time.  There may be some who are able to stay at home with kids and then there are other families that are working even harder because everyone else is able to stay home while covid-19 goes through everyone’s lives, changing almost everything we have ever known.  So while I am feeling completely overwhelmed with work and keeping everything as normal as possible, life steps in and says “Hey, here’s another monkey wrench.”

In the past I have felt overwhelmed trying to keep focused on my to-do lists. So in the past I have worked on each item on my list for 10 minutes.  Keeps it short and simple and helps to get everything done, just a bit more slowly.  In that aspect I am pulling out the “power of twos.”

I have wanted to file my nails for about two weeks now and do not find the time.  This morning quick before my shower i filed 2 nails.  Just two, tomorrow I will get two more.  I put away two blankets and two pillows that were out of place on the living room furniture.

My usual two items that I do every morning are laundry and dishes.  I also am trying to fit in cleaning all the ceiling fans as well as washing all the windows.  Well tonight instead of being overwhelmed with all the windows I am doing one of each.  A total of two each day.

In preparation of a parent moving in. I am cleaning out my craft room.  It can be a very daunting task, but each day I take two things out of the soon to be bedroom.  Today it was two bags of sand.  One in each hand came down to where all the frequently used craft items are going.  Two things off my list.

RickabaughReviews approves of making life less complicated.

 

Are you still gardening?

Places are opening up and places are shutting back down.  Does that mean you have stopped gardening? Or that you have stopped looking for great gardening deals?

With it being the dead of summer here in the states that does mean a few things, your plants probably need a little more TLC.  I have been going around to the plants checking on them watching for bug infestation.

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This is what the grape leaves look like with a bug problem. What I have seen around the damaged leaves are two types of beetles. So far the grapes that are growing every day have not been damaged by the beetles.

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Although I have watched them eating the blueberries. This is the type of beetle that I have seen in the past. It also devours all of the rose bushes.  The last two years they have stripped the one apple tree of all of its leaves. So this year when I started seeing damage I have been trying to drown a few in soapy water daily.  I tap them into a coffee can with a paint stick.  I have noticed that while I am only ridding my yard of a few beetles a day the apple trees, grapes and rose bushes have been better than in years past.

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Also recently I have been seeing a few of these lighter brown beetles around.

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The one bug I have heard about and have never seen in previous years are squash bugs.  I don’t know what they look like but I have found a bunch of bugs on my squash plants that look like this.

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The bugs we have the most problems with are aphids, ants and beetles.  I noticed an infestation of aphids on my newly planted apple tree yesterday. I have seen ants all over the tree for weeks, and would tap them off.  Are the ants eating the aphids or are they all working together to destroy my new tree?

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I water every morning and evening especially with the amount of heat that we have every day, unless it rains.

But what I noticed yesterday while shopping was the plant deals.  Its not a perfect time to transplant and a lot of the plants at stores that don’t specialize in plants, have a hard time keeping them alive.

Discounted plants is where it is at, in the dead of the summer.  I only recommend spending money on plants if you are willing to put in the time and effort.  Otherwise planting in the middle of summer might be a bit devastating for you. Financially and emotionally.

Make sure you are looking for plants that come back year after year.  Also make sure you are not buying a dead stick, which I have done in the past, then I just have to return it.  If you see green on the stems make sure the green goes the whole way down to the dirt.

I purchased some blackberry bushes earlier in the year and when I transplanted them, they all died.  It was very heart breaking, but stubborn me, I just kept watering them and sure enough all of them but one has shot off at the base of the plant a new little stem with leaves.

I try to give all my plants a fighting chance.  RickabaughReviews approves of discount plants and watering.

Selling handmade crafts.

Making handmade crafts and selling handmade crafts are two totally different beasts.  I find it relatively easy to make the crafts with the skills that I have acquired.  I thought selling them would be easy if I used the right platforms.  Esty for example specializes in handmade products.  I have sold a few but the shipping is out of this world expensive, and then you also have the problem if when it is shipped states away they open up your well packed item and it is broken.  I have only sold two items on etsy in two years, but there is a listing fee. So shipping my crafts has not proven to be profitable.

I have looked into going to a boutique to sell my hand made crafts.   The space was tiny. It was also $75 a month just to rent the 3 foot by 4 foot by 1 foot deep space.  I had to provide my own shelving/display.   On top of paying taxes to sell the items.  I also had to pay the location 20% of each item sold.  Outlandish.  A few friends of mine also thought it was a bit much.  Did not even attempt that route.

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In 2019 I did a small craft show, there was a few involved which was not much at all.  completely reasonable.  But there were a grand total of 20 visitors for the whole craft show.  I also only sold 2 items for $5.00 each.  So that panned out to be me paying $40 to sit at a table for 6 hours.  The best part was I had two amazing friends with me the whole time completely supportive.  I had been signed up for a really big craft show in a neighboring town, then Covid 19 hit and hit hard.  No more craft shows.

What has been working just a bit is facebook marketplace.  Those interested are local and that is great.  I have in the past sat at a location for two hours waiting for someone to show for something they wanted to purchase from me, and they end up being a no show no call.  It is very frustrating.  My husband and I have finally come to the conclusion that I offer really great product for really great prices.  If someone can grasp  the concept of a great deal then they usually have no problem driving to my house to pick up the item.

I need to look into listing my items in online local yard sale sites.  I have not done this yet.  I really need to find a little more time to list the items, that is the longest process, not making the items.

Until Covid 19 clears up I guess craft shows are out.  But RickabaughReviews knows selling crafts is far harder than it looks.

Infused oil as a moisturizer

I have been having fun making my gardening useful to me. I have been dehydrating mint and lavender and as I trim them, they grow more.  Which is wonderful until you run out of space for them.  I purchased a large container of coconut oil at Costco just a few years ago and I have really enjoyed using it as a moisturizer for my dry and itchy skin year round. I have a great deal of allergies to the stabilizers used in lotions and have struggled for many years with my hands swelling and breaking out in hives.

I have wanted to find additional ways to use the lavender besides in my tea.  I looked up how to infuse my coconut oil on Pintrest.  The process is super simple and only takes two to three days.

I used a pint mason jar and lid.  I trimmed the spearmint and peppermint fresh.

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I rinsed off the leaves, but have found through the process that next time I will end up patting them dry before popping them into the jar.

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The coconut oil that I have is a solid until about 74 degrees.  So in the air conditioned house it is a solid.  It needs to melt in order to infuse the mint into the coconut oil.  Simple fix was a candle warmer.

I scooped in coconut oil until the jar was filled to the shoulder.  The shoulder of the jar is the top of the jar before you get to the threads where you screw on the top.  So the very top 1/2 to 3/4 inches was not filled.

I noticed when I infused my lavender I did pack the jar tighter with flower tops then I did with the mint leaves.  Thus I got more coconut oil in the jar with the mint leaves and in turn more infused oil.

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I kept the jars of oil at a liquid state for two days.  Also I covered them with a black dish towel.  To keep the light out.  I gently shook the jars back and forth maybe 10 times, 3 times a day, for two days

After 2 days I strained the flower tops of the lavender out and after two days I strained the mint from the infused oil.

The infused oil has gone back to being more of a solid since I took them off the candle warmer.  It has a light fragrance added, not strong or over whelming.  Which is perfect for on my dry skin before bed every night.

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You can see the lavender infused oil on the left, I had started the lavender process one day before the mint infused oil on the right.  I took the photo directly after I had strained the mint infused oil while it was still warm and in a liquid state.

We purchased these cute 3 ounce containers to keep the oil in.  Easy to pass out to friends or sell at a craft fair.  I chose 3 ounce containers, the max that is allowed on a airplane.  Perfect for traveling.

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RickabaughReviews approves of infused oil.