Thursday, September 18, 2014

"It's a great day. We saw Reuben Bob, my song was on and I got my license. Life is good indeed."

Ah, they grow up so fast.  It seems like just yesterday Dill was driving his Power Wheels Motorcycle through the yard and BAM! now he has his drivers license.  Yes, time does fly.

We don't do drivers ed.  There are a couple of different reasons...1) we didn't want to take it through the school system and 2) we offered to pay half for Chip and he declined saying he would wait until he was 18, Dill did the same thing.

Dill turned 18 a month ago.  Trying to find a time to fit in a driving test in between all the running we have to do is difficult.  But yesterday WAS THE DAY!

He dressed in his suit pants, dress shirt , vest and morning coat.  We drove the 20 minutes to the License station and off he went.  The lady commented on how nice he looked and that she likes to see young men dress up.  Winning points!!

After checking lights, registration, they went.  Turn left, stop, pull in here, back out here, turn right, turn know the drill.  They were back in 15 minutes...smiles on both faces.

Yes!  He passed!  Her exact words, "He is a great driver.  He didn't make me feel nervous at all."  My exact words back, "Really?  He scares me."  Still makes me laugh to see her reaction.

After passing the test Dill drove us home on some of the back roads.

  It was  gorgeous day and there were a ton of Woolly Bears out.
 We pulled over and observed them.It is a time I will cherish as they were both so fascinated by them.
      It isn't like they haven't seen/caught woolly bears every year since they turned 2...but that is what makes it so special at 18 & 15.  (Sweet is in the middle of the road saving the lives of innocent woolly bears)

After a little school work we all went to town.  Dill spent some time at grandma and grandpa's house.  Later he went to help move asphalt (volunteer hours), participated in his parkour class and open gym.  Sweet had a short hour workout, coached for 2 hours and then joined in open work out with Dill.  It is a great group of kids...nice and mellow.  I love that one minute they are wild and crazy and the next they are sitting in a circle just talking.

Let me just say that my favorite quote of the day will make no sense to anyone but the three of us but I need to record it so I don't forget.  Dill, "It's a great day."  Me, "We saw Reuben Bob."  Sweet, "My song was on."  Dill, " And I got my license."  Me, "Life is good indeed."  Put all together,

"It's a great day.  We saw Reuben Bob, my song was on and I got my license.  Life is good indeed."

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tuesday, Tuesday

Tuesday is normally a long, boring day for us.  We have to leave at 3:00 and don't get home until 10:00.   I try to let the picklets sleep in until 9 or 9:30...but that makes the school/home day shorter than I like.  Yesterday by the time everyone actually got moving and down to work it was almost 11:30.  Then it was almost time for lunch.  The day flew with little getting done.

Sweet studied a little about the nervous and endocrine systems as well as a little about early America. She also finished her melted crayon art.

Dill worked on a notebooking unit for Arguing with Idiots, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens Workbook & Name that Movie! A Painless Vocabulary Builder.

They also spent a little time training our pup Cassie.  Yesterday was her 5 month birthday and she is learning bang-bang.  Basically she is supposed to drop to the floor and play dead when we say "bang bang".   Her favorite and best trick is sleep.  You can see it in the video here.   

Today is busy with excitement in the air but more about that tomorrow.

2 ingredient banana pancakes

taco meatballs (DELISH!)
refried beans
salad with homemade ranch

snack pack eaten in the car on the way home---kohlrabi, purple carrot, tomato, cucumber, homemade guacamole, 1 oz cheese, cut up roasted chicken breast, hard boiled egg or egg white & water

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Back to Blogging

Well, it certainly has been a long time since my last post.  I can't give an exact reason for the absence...maybe just loss of interest?  Regardless, I have had this itch to get back to blogging for some time.  So, here it goes.

First off in the years of my absence a lot has changed around the ole pickle barrel.  Chip is finished with school, has moved into an apartment and has a "mostly" full time job coaching gymnastics.  I couldn't be prouder of him.  He is self sufficient, good with money and has a sense of duty to God & family.  However, I can say he could take the adage "Cleanliness is next to Godliness" to heart.  :)

Dill just turned 18 and is in his last year of studies here at home.  He is an aspiring writer, has his recommended black belt in TKD and purple belt in Hopkido and also has a vocabulary unlike anyone else I know.  He wears suits because he likes to and searches Goodwill for new to him suits, waistcoats and tailcoats.  He has a heart of gold and would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it.   In his spare time is takes a parkour class and coaches gymnastics a couple times a week.

Sweet is 15 and is a mixture of her brothers-both good and bad.  She still loves gymnastics and like both her brothers, is also coaching a couple days a week.  She is currently equivalent to a sophomore in her studies.

As much as we are blessed by our two legged children, our 4 legged children bless us too.  Shadow, Palo and Sirius are our feline children and Cassie is our K-9 child.  They bring a lot of fun and wonder to our lives.

Cool is an accountant and loves his job.  He volunteers quite a bit at a different gym and is trying to start a Parkour program there.

As for me, I am still a wife, mother, daughter, teacher and hopefully friend.  I work part time at the same gym Sweet and Dill work as a secretary.  It gets me out to socialize with people and pays for gas and groceries.

We have started our 2014-2015 studies and I plan to update daily.  The picklets are working on individual work as well as doing a Chronicles of Narnia study together.  It is proving to be a fun though busy year.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Antibacterial Wipes

I am all for convenience. I love convenience. Convenience loves me. We have a friendship, a bond. It's sort of inseparable. Well, it used to be. I am having issues with ingredients and prices of "convenience". Therefore, I have taken a pledge this year to do less convenience and more preparation. One of my first endeavors is homemade antibacterial wipes.

I love antibacterial wipes. I use them in the bathroom to wipe the toilet seat, handles, doorknobs, etc. Cool and I recently had the stomach flu and I credit my use of antibacterial wipes to the picklets not getting sick. And thank goodness they didn't. Oh yeah, thank goodness.

A big problem with antibacterial wipes is the added junk you just don't need. According to the ingredients in their wipes is: water, substrate, isopropyl alcohol, alkul dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride, Alkyl polyglucoside, Fragrance, Preservative and Propylene glycol propyl ether. I had to look at the definitions for 5 of the 9 ingredients. And even though I know what fragrance and preservatives are, I don't know what are contained in those. I had to find an alternative.
I have done some research on how to make "natural", low cost, effective cleaners. This one is simple, low cost and effective. Win-win-win!
You need:
  • 1 roll of paper towels. Any brand of paper towel will do BUT the thicker, more quality, brands hold up better to rubbing the surfaces. I use the cheapest ones I can find because my children use wipes as their main cleaning supply.
  • rubbing alcohol. Rubbing or isopropyl alcohol is a natural disinfectant. . Hospitals and doctors offices use it. If it is good enough for them, it is good enough for me. Rubbing alcohol is also one of the main ingredients in Clorox wipes
Your method:
  • Cut the roll of paper towels in half. This is a messy job as pieces of paper towel lint fall from the roll, but a serrated knife does the job. I have heard using an electric knife works too, but I have no need to invest in something like that just to cut paper towels.
  • Put one half of the paper towels into an air tight container. I use the Cottonelle toilet paper holder they sent me free. It matches my bathroom, is decorative and was FREE after all. If the roll seems too big, I put the roll in Ziploc bag, pour the liquid over it and it and put it in the container. I have not had a problem getting it to fit after they are wet. Of course it depends on your brand.
  • Pour rubbing alcohol over paper towels until wet. The amount you need depends on the thickness of your paper towels. I usually put too much in but I can squeeze out the excess if I need to.
  • Take the paper tubing out of the center, discard and pull towels out from the center.
That's it! Easy peasy, right?

Now, the smell of straight rubbing alcohol can be is very strong and overwhelming. I did some looking around and found that you can mix rubbing alcohol with essential oils. So, I drip essential oil drops into my rubbing alcohol bottle, recap, gently tilt to each side and then pour over the towels. :) I picked orange and peppermint. It was a nice improvement.

My cost for homemade antibacterial wipes:

paper towel roll 33¢                1/2 roll 16.5¢
rubbing alcohol 55¢                1/3 bottle 18.3¢
essential oil $4.15                   15 drops 51¢
container free                          container free

**Grand total: It costs me less than a dollar to make a container of wipes (1/2 roll of towels, 65 wipes) for wiping down the bathroom. And that could be even less if I didn't put the essential oil in. For me, it is cost effective, easy to make and uses natural ingredients. I love being frugal. :)

I know this solution isn't for everyone but it is definitely one way for me to make a financial difference in our house!

**The costs in your area, the brand of towels you use and the kind of essential oils will vary the cost. And be sure to add in the container if you need to buy one.**

Friday, November 11, 2011

Happy Veteran's Day

Fly your flag today.
It is Veteran's Day

Define a Veteran:

Whether active duty, retired, national guard or reserve - is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to The United States of America for an amount up to and including their life. That is HONOR, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.

~~~Author unknown~~~

Friday, November 4, 2011

Sweet Turned 13!


Yesterday was Sweet's 13th birthday. She enjoyed the day watching her brothers do her chores and eating the good food Dill made for her including waffles, sausage, corn bread and birthday cake! He is a good big brother.

Running low on cash we couldn't afford a big present, so she received a few small presents. Two cost $3.00 the rest cost free up to $1.00 with a final total of $13.00 plus change. Instead of packing them in a gift bag and having it be over instantly, Dill and I made up a scavenger hunt. It was fun to find hiding places and make the rhyming clues.
One of my favorite clues was this one. I didn't think she would get it in a zillion years. Not only did she get it but afterward she corrected me. Of course I didn't catch that on tape!

I love her facial expressions as she reads and figures out where the presents are located.

The scavenger hunt, though fun, was not her favorite gift. Dill not only made her breakfast AND most of supper, he also bought her a new light sabor. Darth Vadar lives and reigns once again in the pickle barrel.



A lot of great memories were created last night.  I hope she remembers it as fondly as I will.

Hippo Birdies my love!

(c) 2008-2011 Wicked Pickles-Homefrontlines

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Words to Live By

Saw this on Pinterest and had to share.

As we grow up, we learn that the people that weren't supposed to ever let us down, probably will.  You'll have your heart broken and you'll break others hearts.  You'll blame a new love for things an old love did.  You'll fight with your best friend, you'll cry because time is flying by, and eventually you'll lose someone you love.  So take too many picture, laugh too much, forgive freely, and love like you've never been hurt.  Because every second you spend angry or upset, is a second of happiness you can never get back!