Peonies- my absolute favorite flower. By some miracle, they return each year to my garden.
This is my only flower this year and I smile every time I see it! How dreamy it would be to have bushes full of them...
The weather here has been unbelievably gorgeous since the horrible storms passed. It feels like God is saying, "All will be well, dear ones."
My newest mission (do you have them, too?) is to eliminate some chemicals from our everyday life. Sooo... the first item on my list was to make homemade laundry detergent. Never thought I'd attempt this but... it was FUN!
Here's what we did- just in case you want to try it, too!
Step 1: Get our your cheese grater (Thanks, Alicia!)
Step 2: Pull out your ingredients- 20 Mule Team Borax, Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda, 1 bar of natural soap and Baking Soda (not pictured).
Ivory soap is fine but we decided to splurge and purchase Dr. Bronner's. They come in yummy scents of Peppermint, Almond, Lavender, etc. We bought it at Fresh Market.
Grate the bar of soap. Note: I was SO worried that my sweet pea would grate her finger. (Insert lecture here.) She did great (sorry for the pun!) and didn't get nicked even once!
The combination is as follows:
1 part grated soap
2 parts Super Washing Soda
2 parts Borax
a few teaspoons of baking soda
Mix/Shake together in your container (We used a Tupperware cereal container) and you're done! 1/8 to 1/4 of a cup is all you need for a load of laundry.
**Note: We used 3 cups of grated soap, 6 cups of Borax and 6 cups of Washing Soda.**
Later in the day, chalk made an appearance. My driveway has never been happier!
Ah, the little artists at work. I wonder if pilots can see this when they are taking off/landing? Betcha they smile.:)
Became fast friends because they have the same first and middle names. And, not only that, they are both ballerinas. It was destiny.;)
Every year I think I should just trash this collection of bits and pieces. And then we have days like today and I'm so glad I didn't.
Ruby does love apples. It's no easy feat eating an apple that keeps rolling away from you! She looks a bit deadly here, don't you think?
Oops. Her apple rolled into the chalk and had to get rinsed off. Look at that face! I do believe she loves food more than I do.:)