Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Just give 'em away

So what do you do when you don't want to eat your veggies at the dinner or supper table? Well, you do what anybody else would do ... or at least what my little brother tried to do.

**::~::**Bath Salts and Bubble Bath**::~::**

Bath Salts
*2 C. Epson's salts
*1 C. Sea salt, rock salt (ice cream salt) or coarse salt
*Food coloring
*1/4 tsp. Glycerin
*Essential oil for fragrance, such as vanilla, lavender, citrus or peppermint

**Combine salts in bowl and mix well. Add a couple drops of food coloring and mix well. Add glycerin and essential oil (4 or 5 drops) and mix well. Spoon salts into jars and close them. Make a gift tag with the scent (if you used one) and suggest using 1/3 to 1/2 C. in the bath. Makes 3 C. of bath salts.

Bubble Bath
*2 C. soup flakes or grated soap (two 4.5 oz. bars)
*1 Gallon water
*1/4 - 1/2 C. Glycerin
*2 C. shampoo or liquid dish washing detergent
*Scented oil of your choice

**Mix the soap flakes, water and 2 Tab. of Glycerin in a pot and set over low heat, stirring occasionally until the soap has dissolved (this liquid soap can be stored in a covered container and used as an all-purpose soap or hand soap in the kitchen). In a bowl, add 2 C. of this mixture to the rest of the glycerin (4 to 6 Tab. glycerin), shampoo and add a few drops of your scented oil. Put into a quart container and store covered at room temperature. When you're ready to bathe add about 1 C. to your tub as it's filling. If the soup or bubble bath turns into a gel simply put in pan and melt again on the stove.

***My notes: I didn't use scented oil in the bubble bath, because generally the shampoo I use is already scented. However, for a stronger scent I would add essential oil.


The puppies trying to crawl over the side of the "wall" now ... within a day or two we expect them to be able to get out. They are just too cute, so there are quite a few pictures.
GabeLeft to right: Charlie, Tavy, Gabe
See above.
Left to right: Charlie, Gabe, Tavy.


Manly hands ...

... Making yummy pizza.Sorry this one is a little white ... believe it or not, all of these pictures were taken in a rather dark room and required the flash.

Thursday, September 03, 2009


Today ...
another dawn appeared. The sun in its striking fullness rose.
The songs of the cardinals broke forth heralding a reminder
of God's ordained declaration from the beginning of time --
Another Today!
To this we awoke, breathing ...
This is Mercy!

Yesterday ...
we struggled with our weaknesses, with the battle between our will and His, the warring of flesh and spirit. We struggled with our own selfishness and, maybe, we lost. A harsh word tumbled out, an old hurt or wound was unearthed, and the chill of doubt challenged our hearts. Wrong attitudes showed their ugly heads. Impatience and irritability wormed their way into our spirit and stealthily stole the joy of early dawn. A cloud of heaviness came over us, formidably unmoving and we even despaired. We battled with an aching body, a throbbing headache, the persistent pain of a chronic illness, and even a simple cold. We struggled with a loveless marriage and loneliness seemed our only companion. We labored with a fevered child, a wayward son or daughter. We wrestled with shattered dreams, the seemingly endless black hole of addiction and we thought we could not carry on.

Yet night came ...
and with it, the ancient display of majestic, twinkling splendor, and we remembered the omniscient One who flung these twinkling miracles into the heavens and called them all by name.

This morning ...
we came again and knelt, or simply stumbled from our bedroom to the kitchen, lifted up our voice and told *Him EVERYTHING. The One, the ancient "I AM" who aligned the planets and whirled the galaxies into space with pinpoint precision, the One who holds it all by the power of His word, our Redeemer, called us by name, and bent *His ear, and heard our cries!

This is Mercy!

By ~ Kate Marchiniak
Found in ~ Above Rubies ... Issue: Seventy-seven

* I capitalized these words.