Monday, August 31, 2009

Baseball!, Cruising for Dweebs, Town Hall Meetings, and Soap Class.


Yes, we went cruising. Sort of. Friends and family had no idea they were being stalked.

After a mad morning on Friday of mowing and weed spraying, we were unable to do our office cleaning due to yet another rebellion. "Mutiny On the Sciatic".

But that freed us up for the town hall meeting with our local congressman. We went, armed with digital camera AND a video camera, but I did not expect much ruckus. Our congressman is actually FOR the people.

Everyone I talk to is upset about what is going on in politics, but apathy is still a huge hurdle to overcome. Out of a county with a population of over 66,000 people, only about 100 were at this town hall meeting.

I understand. Really I do. But I think people still, by and large, do not understand that unless they rise up and make a lot of noise, they are going to lose everything they hold dear about this nation. I'd like to catch this thing before it gets so ugly some sort of physical revolution develops.

Our congressman, holding up what I think is the cap and trade bill, and standing next to the board in which he explained a bit about the health care bill.

Taking questions from concerned citizens. They wanted to know what can we do when government won't even listen to us? What can we do when government is becoming a tyranny?

The answers: 1) Vote. Get them all out of office in the next election. 2) That cannot happen when we have the 2nd amendment.

Everyone knows, the 2nd amendment is sadly being eroded faster than we can vote them out of office.

Michael and I stood in the back, due to the sciatic pain. But the other side of the room held several of our dear friends.

Here are the bills. They were given this one at 3:09 in the morning. They were told they had about 8 hours to vote. I believe you can thank Nancy Pelosi for that time frame. Most of them went home. Our congressman met with about 8 others and they stayed up and poured through as much as possible.

Another ginormous bill, no time to read it, demands by Pelosi for a vote.

Held in the hands of my son. The future of this country, who will have to deal with what is being done today. May God help him.

We left and needed to blow off steam.

Not too many were at our Friday Fellowship, due to so many things going on this weekend; Town Hall meeting, soap class, Civil War ball, Monster truck lessons, concert and baseball game. So with only four of us, a trip to get ice by one, turned into everyone piling into our minivan and grabbing a box of ice cream drumsticks and other goodies we had to eat before they melted.

Did I mention my van's A/C is broken and my window does not roll down either?

As we ate drippy ice cream, we took the long way back to the warehouse and pointed out houses to each other of people we know. Then we just hung out, goofing off and trying to learn how to make ice cream sticks whir through the air when you flick them.

Yes, we are an intellectual bunch. Just try to keep up.

Saturday morning was a slow one, taking a Shabbat rest, before we met friends and headed off to another of Cheri's soap making classes.

I never did see Michael, once we arrived. He zoomed like bee off to find the other boys.

Like Cheri's Herbal Medicine class, she also makes this book and help available on her web site.

Cheri also is looking into video versions of her classes that you can watch online. So keep up with her on that development!

Her modest kitchen was packed with soap-hungry wenches, as well as lots of laughter.

Some of her oils, soaps and instruction book.

How to spell fun with medicine droppers...

We all massaged a variety of oils into our skin to see how they felt. These are some choices available for soap bases.

One of her sons, Josiah, made these mini soap molds for sale. I am a long time customer of Josiah, having bought one of his nose warmers he offered for sale when he was about 5. I love to encourage entrepreneurism.

Heading out of doors for some work with lye.

I snapped a quick pick of the attendees.

Learning how to line a soap mold.

Chit chat.

Sampling superfatting oils.

Everybody helps.

A fun game. Mix your essential oils to find your own delightful fragrance you want in your soap! We were given access to the oils, droppers, and bits of paper to combine them on.

Pouring the lye mixture into the heated oils.

Bringing to light trace, to add the scents and herbs.

Bringing to heavy trace to pour into the mold.

Spreading it.

Covering it.

And setting it aside under towels to begin curing.

Some clays to mix in, if you like.

Going for just the right color orange, using paprika and turmeric.

Shaving a previously cured soap batch.

And cutting it from the cutting box.

Some of her wares....

At this point, I should end this post. But in the interest of continuing this blog of sharing Lemonade Adventures, I will continue. Life is very full, even when you lose what you centered your life around. :)

I made an executive decision to skip the Civil War ball dance of that night and went home to rest my aching body. My face was still hurting some and my sciatic nerve was complaining from hours of mowing, I guess.

So fun was had by the rest, and we went home and rested. Aaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh....

Sunday, however, I had to pay the piper for not doing office cleaning. Michael and I started it, then I had to take him to church and go back to finish it myself.

Michael had a wonderful day, leaving church with friends and going on an adventure of his own. One of the men in our church decided to by

One of THESE!

And Michael got to drive it, along with anyone else who wanted to. LOL

And that's why I cleaned the office alone til 4 pm. What boy would want to miss a chance like that!

I hope to get some really cool pics from a friend who went and share those with you soon.

However, I was not entirely alone...

You know you have good friends, when they stop by after a long drive from out of state, in their dresses and heels, and help you wash windows!

And, I kid you not. Ashlee pulled a Spiderman, and scaled the side of the building to catch the build up in the corners.

My kind of friends. LOL

Sadly, we had run out of tickets and we were so sad to not have them with us at the local worship concert and the farm team game. It was not the same without them.

I still had a horrific headache and the loud music was not doing it any good, so I went down to the far end of the park and sat to do Sudoku and wait for the game to start so we could go grab our seats.

I was soon joined by several others, so we could chat and catch up away from the decibels. I think I'm getting old-ER.

Here comes the first wave of them.

Take me out to the ball game, take me out to the crowd!

We lost, but they put out a good effort, and we had a lot of fun cheering our team.

OK, I'm done.

I've got apples to can. But help is on it's way, so that will make the load lighter and more fun.

Happy adventuring!




  1. WOW! Sounds like a very full week. I want to make soap soooo bad! It is on my list, but I don't know when I'll ever get to it!
    Have a great week!

  2. My you've been busy! Nothing sciatica OR a headache to ruin a day, let alone both! Love the pictures of the soap making class, that's something I've wanted to do, but don't have $100s to spend on materials!!

  3. I want to make soap also. One of these days I'm sure I will. Thanks for showing a great herb site. I'm just now getting into the herb like you guys had fun. I'm glad. Although I'm with you on the govt thing. It's getting scary.

  4. Faith, our political landscape today is irreversibly flawed (my opinion only), big money controls everything and even our votes mean little if anything in the grand scheme of things (i.e. Super Delegates). I do however hold hope that things will get better. I am happy to hear that your town hall meeting didn't have the disruptions that so many others are experiencing. Shouting and getting into other peoples faces never solves the problem at hand.

    Is your friend that bought the army truck named Rambo? LOL..just kidding...But seriously..what is he going to do with an army truck? That was cool that he let Michael drive it though....Pretty soon he will be driving for real, right? Then you will need to show us a picture (before and after) of your hair color! LOL..Our son is 22 and I still get nervous when I ride with need to be, but I do!

    R Dean

  5. Geez Louize! I can't keep up with you! 1st off, I am SO jealous of your soapmaking class. I want to do that SO bad, and the lye makes me SO nervous...I would love to have someone actually walk me thru it. I love handmade soaps, and they are so pricey when you find them at the farmers market...I think the last ones I saw were $4.00 a bar! YIKES! you ever sleep?!!!

  6. Wow! That was the blog of the century! You're doing soap! I want to do that...would be great to have a group like that to learn from/with. Did the lady charge you guys?
    I am working on selling some things (but we have to figure out where we are going to settle down next)...God will lead us....I want to make greeting cards. I'm pretty good at the written words on the inside & I'm not a bad photographer, but if you know anyone who is a good photographer or artist and would consider partnering with me, please pass the word along....I also want to sell home made candles, soap, and sell fruits, vegetables and herbs...Well i have a lot of ideas...really enjoy your blogs you give me even more ideas/ N love,

  7. SBF,

    It's on my list as well. I've made soap before, and really enjoyed it.

    When I had dairy goats, I was making goat milk soap. What I really loved about it was my ability to make a pure soap that I could give to my sister who has so many allergies that life just about kills her.

    Anyhow, I've got to find the time to do it soon. If I don't get to it by November 1st, it's too late. Not enough time to cure and ship.


  8. Jo,

    You can do soap cheaply. Just ignore all the fancy equipment. A soap mold can be anything!

    You probably have most everything you need, except lye is now harder to find since the whole crystal meth problem raised it's ugly head.


  9. SFG,

    I am loving how so many people are getting back to simple basic living skills again.

    I've always loved this, and now that I am able to pursue it again, I am having a lot of fun.

    It IS a little scary! I know what is going to happen, but the question that remains is what am I to do in the mean time? Life is much more complicated than it should be.


  10. Dean,

    It is interesting that the founding fathers actually said that what they set up was likely only going to last a few hundred years. They felt that because of humanities flaws, the government would have to be dismantled and restarted again.

    Sort of what needs doing now, I'd say.

    LOL No, Ron. I suppose we could start calling him Ronbo. :)

    Our church has a strong heart to be what the church began as in the New Testament. Most formal churches today are different than how it was meant to be.

    Ron felt that this truck might be able to help people, so he bought it. His goal is to allow anyone in church who wants to learn to drive it, to do so, so they all can help as well.

    Yup, when my other kids began driving, I was nearly sick every time they left the driveway. LOL I'm sure some of these gray hairs are due to that. Michael will be driving in two more years. HE can't even believe that. LOL


  11. Cyn,

    Lye makes you nervous because you've heard so many horrible things about it. It is not as scary as people would have you to believe.

    It has the feel of bleach, slippery. If it gets on your skin, you'll eventually feel some tingling. If you do, go run a little vinegar on it and wash it off. Not problem, no rushing. Finish your task before you go.

    Wear glasses though, you don't want to splash it in your eyes.

    The the only other thing is the fumes. Just do it outside and let the air carry the fumes opposite you. No worries.

    If you breathe some in, you will know it, and you will want to stand on the other side of the bowl. I caught a whiff as I was getting the first shot and the wind changed directions. It made me cough and I moved. No problem.

    Actually, the most difficult part of soapmaking is bringing it to trace.

    I am encouraging Cheri to do video classes. She's nervous about it, but I think it would be perfect. Bringing to trace is hard to explain with words and photos. Seeing it done is so much easier.

    I think she is going to do it. She's busy like me, and it will likely be this fall or winter.

    But when I was learning, an internet friend offered to talk to me over the phone to help me bring it to trace. There is lots of help out there. :)

    You should try it. I'll help you in any way I can. And check out Cheri's book. She put a lot of info in there.


  12. Kat,

    Yes, Cheri charges 40 dollars for adults and if you bring teens, she'll only charge 20 for them. I have been blessed to have had my way paid for. I always learn something new. :)

    Same here. Working on lots of ideas to make and sell things. Sounds like you are ready to utilize your local farmer's market next year!

    What kind of photography are you speaking of? Do you want photos of your items, or photos of landscapes to use on cards, or something else?


  13. Lets throw EVERYONE out and start all over again!


  14. Linda,

    Actually, they just did a poll and discovered that 57% of people want to do just that.



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