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Thank you all for the kind words regarding our recent accident. I thought you'd like an an update about how we're getting along. We're both still pretty banged up. Just about the time we thought we were feeling better we both overdid a bit and that made us settle down and do some more healing. It's going to be some time before we're back to 100%!

We had a good, but very quiet, Thanksgiving holiday and believe me when I say we had plenty to be thankful for.

Fortunately we had already planned a simple dinner. We had Ham and Beans, Cornbread, and Cherry Cobbler. All cooked in our dutch ovens, of course! Not necessarily the traditional Turkey Day fare but it was still mmmm-mmmm good!

What did you have? The traditional or something different? Let me know. Enable me with new recipes! 

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Do you ever wonder about what would have happened differently in your life if you had only changed one little thing?

Yesterday afternoon the hubby and I were taking it easy, just sitting around listening to the Chiefs game on the radio. We needed to go to the store and pick up something to cook for dinner and, well, knowing how the Chiefs have been playing lately we decided to run our errand before the game was over. One little thing. 

I could have not gone back for the phone. One little thing.

I could have waited to close the lights on the cold frame until we got home. One little thing.

I could have not taken a moment to take off my jacket and put it in the back of the truck. One little thing.

We decided to take a little scenic drive before we went to the store which was in the opposite direction of the store. One little thing.

We weren't even a mile away from the homestead, on a straight stretch of road, good driving conditions, when the car driving towards us drove off into the soft shoulder on their side of the road, and instead of easing the car back into her lane, the young woman drastically overcorrected by whipping her car back onto the road and right into our driving lane.

Fortunately Bob and I both saw what was happening and he was able to stomp on the brakes but not in time to avoid a direct head on collision.

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(Sorry… we didn't realize the phone camera was set to sepia.)

YES! We had our seat belts on and the air bags deployed but we're both VERY sore.

The young woman in the other car says she'd looked down at her radio and went off the road. One little thing.

She was very shaken up and we think she either broke her leg or her ankle. Other than that she was ok even though they don't think she was wearing her seat belt. One little thing.

Our truck is totalled and so is her car. Unfortunately she doesn't have any insurance but… trucks and cars are replacable. All the "stuff" that got damaged from the accident is replaceable. People are not replacable!

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A traumatic accident like this certainly makes you take a moment to give thanks. We were the only other car on the road when she lost control. Any one little thing that we could have done differently would have avoided putting us in the wrong place at the wrong time.

When we talked to Bob's Mom that night she says she prays for us everyday but she must not have prayed hard enough. We disagree. We walked away with only bruises and soreness. Who knows? If we hadn't been there at that time perhaps she would have flipped her car or ran into a tree and died?

We've spent the time since expressing how much we love one another and how thankful we were that we were both alive and well.

With Thanksgiving just around the corner it's the perfect time to take a moment to tell your family and friends how much you love and care for them.

Things can change in a heartbeat!

 

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Hanginglaundry U.S. Residents Fight for the Right to Hang Laundry (Click here to read the full story)

Even though it isn't against the law, a Pennsylvania woman, Carin Froehlich, is getting hassled by the local town officials to stop hanging her laundry out to dry. She says she's received anonymous notes from neighbors saying they did not want to see her "unmentionables" flapping in the breeze.

According to Alexander Lee, Executive director of Project Laundry, "Widespread adoption of clotheslines could significantly reduce U.S. energy consumption. Dryer use accounts for about 6 percent of U.S. residential electricity use."

It's easy to be impatient and use a machine to dry your clothes. There are so many advantages to hanging them up to dry besides the obvious ones of saving money and energy. The fresh scent of having been dried naturally in the open air. You can use less bleach and other chemicals because white clothes and bed linens receive the natural bleaching effect of the sun. Hanging clothes allows you to pin them up in ways that will reduce or totally avoid creasing. Your clothes and linens smell fresh without the use of liquid softener or sheets which saves even more money and avoids exposure to chemical residue. Oh yeah… and they last longer because they're not getting beat up in the dryer!

Given the current state of our economy, I can't even believe this is even an issue.

What do you think?

P.S. Have I mentioned how happy I am that I'm living on my own little homestead WITHOUT any "no hang" rules?

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Bob and I decided to have movie night homestead style. We were going to set up our laptop computer inside the tipi to watch a DVD but it was such a beautiful evening that I suggested that we stay outside. I can't believe how warm it is this far into November.

We built a nice campfire in our outdoor pit, cooked up a big batch of nachos in our 10" dutch oven, aka "The Workhorse", and pretended we were at the drive-in 🙂

We decided to rewatch Into the West . Although, like most movies, it's not completely accurate (are they ever?) I think it does a good job of depicting how the Indians were gradually overwhelmed by the white man's expansion of the west. 

The company we bought t our tipi from also made the tipis for this miniseries so we're paying extra special attention to any scenes that feature the tipis.

Anyway… we thought it was pretty cool to be able to watch a movie by firelight.

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I tried my hand at making biodegradable laundry soap today. I've seen several recipes for liquid (gel) soap but I preferred to use mine powdered.

Here's the recipe I used:

  • 3 cups grated castile soap (2 bars of Kirk's)
  • 2 cups washing soda
  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 2 cups Borax

Going to try some later today. I'll let you know how it works!

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Speckled_king_snake Saw this speckled king snake working his way through our "front yard" and thought you'd like to see him too! This is a good snake — or as good as a snake can get I suppose. (Click on the image for a larger view.)

They are very opportunisic eaters – eating whatever is most convenient and available to them, such as rodents, small lizards, other small snakes (like baby garter snakes) but… they also sometimes eat venomous snakes (like copperheads or cottonmouths). 

Yea! Go Good Snake! 

So it's wise to know the good snakes from the bad ones 🙂

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