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Musings on…. My Dream Ministry


I am going through the Penn Foster Veterinary Technician program online. 50 years old and going back to college. not so easy.

Perfectionism is killing my vibe.

But lately my dreams are leading me in a different direction. The idea of a clearinghouse for stuff comes to mind.

A place to have tables set up for different ministries that want different things.

Crayon Initiative, Operation Christmas Child, eyeglass ministry, bible and book ministry. Foster care ministries.

I picture a huge front room with tables in a circle with the different ministries advertising on the tables, boxes and brochures, lists of items needed.

I picture a website with the ministries and items wanted, hours open and requirements for the ministry.

This wouldn’t be open to the public unless the ministry did a food or clothes pantry and they were there to organize the pick ups.

Ministries would have to pick up donations weekly or when needed and we would have hours that people could drop their items off.

I’m thinking noon to 9, Tuesday through Saturday.

We would need volunteers for manning the bldg. Money for rent, utilities, and postage for the ministries that are not in state/town.

The ministries would be anything…animal related, religious or not, people, here, in country, out of country.


My son has a desire to have a bldg for nonprofits to rent an office space for little rent.

If we could find a bldg that did both, that would be super.

Even a house type setting would be good, or a warehouse. I’m not sure what would work the best.

I don’t really know where to begin… I’m thinking of contacting some ministries that I am interested in and having them send over some artwork or tri fold or info for the website and table.

Then just use my house or garage, altho hubby doesn’t want me to use garage.

Sigh, why can’t I just have unlimited income to get this started?

Let me know your thoughts!!

Here is a link to the ministry page

Hope Mercantile Collective


100 Things I have Done -Redux


Totally had to re-post this from Feb 2009 to see if there was any improvements….

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Well, you’re supposed to bold the things you’ve done so readers can find out how you’ve led an awesome life so far.
Here’s what I have done:
1. Started your own blog [January 2007]
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii [honeymoon 1998]
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity [many times]
7. Been to Disneyland [march 1998]
8. Climbed a mountain [not a serious climb, just walking up Mt. Rainer]
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch [knitting]
15. Adopted a child [if taking care my sons friends count, then I’m in]
16.Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables [growing own veggies rules!]
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill [heck yea, who hasn’t?]
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb [oh I only wish, but i petted a pig and held a 6 foot snake]
26. Gone skinny dipping [ah, in my youth]
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise [Disneyworld about 10 years ago]
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community [in Iowa!]
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke [at my wedding]
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight [in Mexico]
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing [black bass, in alaska]
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling [Itried it, was totally freaked out by it]
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater [worked at a drive-in theater]
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business [SQUEAL, i get to mark this! 2011, my pet sitting business]
58. Taken a martial arts class [attended one class then quit]
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies [I was a Camp Fire Girl]
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason [just recently from my friend Leslie]
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt [i’m going to say yes to this one, i helped someone with cutting squares for my quilt]
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job [1 time, for stealing, which i didn’t do]
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone [funny how I never had broken bones until my son was born]
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle [i love the thrill of it! someday, someday]
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car [well, hubby bought it for me]
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper [yes, 5 years old, holding mushrooms]
85. Read the entire Bible [I have listened to the entire bible on CD]
86. Visited the White House [the outside, many years ago]
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous {Alton Brown]
92. Joined a book club [long time ago, a craft book club]
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day

Well, there you have it. Still boring. Peace!

Homemade Laundry Soap… Just My Version. Bonus: Felt Dryer Balls


1 – 4 oz bar of soap, Zote, Fels Naptha, or homemade soap. Don’t use a soap with moisturizer.

[I used a bar of vegan soap that I bought from a speciality store]

1 cup Borax

1 cup Washing Soda

[I actually found the soda and borax right to each other at my local grocery store]


I used an old mandolin slicer to shred up the soap. You can cut, chop, slice, whatever.

I put in that container with 2 cups hot water, stirred it up, covered it and let it sit for 2 days. [soap needs to be totally melted, no lumps]

Then I mixed it up with a mixer. You can use a blender, food processor, but this was easiest and least messy.


In Another container I mixed 1 cup Borax and 1 cup washing soda and 2 cups boiling water.

Mix it up, then pour into soap mixture and blend/mix/process.

Should be syrupy consistency. Will harden up a bit when it sits.

Then I put in airtight container and set it and a tablespoon in the laundry room.

Instructed hubby on how to use. For HE front load washers, and ALL washers, put a tablespoon full directly in with clothes.

Wash! for whites, I add a bit of oxy clean mixed with water in the soap dispenser. But most times I don’t.





Felted Dryer Balls

Pretty much all I did was find some 100% wool sweaters and wool yarn at the thrift store and cut up the sweaters into thick strips.


Rolled them up and took the yarn and wrapped the strip up until all covered and round shaped.


Put them into a nylon, tied them off and washed and dried them with a load of towels twice.

Took the nylon off and dried them a few more times. and VIOLA!


these ones that look funky are the ones I just took a sweater sleeve and rolled it up… they came apart and now are a toy for my dog.

Here is another tutorial that is much better than mine!

IOWA 2015 ~ My Vacation



my luggage managed to get lost and I only received it two days til my departure

airport parking lot Micaela and Kristina

Arrival at the airport. I love Iowa and I love my hosts/my friends/my siblings in Christ


Thrift store shopping is something me and Micaela love to do and this was the find of the century!!


When I finally got my bags I told Micaela I think the guys brought me the wrong size jeans, mine are too small. MAYbe because Doug got up early and cooked me an apple pie and we ate a piece for breakfast every morning


I stayed on a farm/bednbreakfast/apple orchard with my friends I met blogging 6 [?] years ago. Been visiting every year ever since.


Doug put me to work raking up leaves in the orchard so the spores on the dead leaves do not infect the trees. Little did he know, I put a mysterious gift in each pile for him to pick up. {Libby poop}


This is Libby, resident farm dog. Master pooper and walker. Sometime bunneh killer.

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Had to get a picture at Walmart. Doesn’t everyone?

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We figured out how to put stencils on apple crates. There were over 100 needed to be done but I think I only got to 15 of them.

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Miss Kitty, beautiful calico, resident rodent hunter and snuggle buddy

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my little gourd project. We can’t get gourds to dry here in the PNW, too damp. Pretty excited over this little thing.

My week went by way too fast. I must be a farm girl trapped in a city.

What is your favorite vacation spot? and your favorite thing to do there?

Musings on … Favorite Part of My Rides




I went on my first long bike ride today. ON THE HIGHWAY. GOING OVER 50!

It was exhilarating, exhausting and plain old wonderful.

A friend asked me if I wanted to go with him for a ride up to Mt. Rainier.


And even better news, I’m getting a new bike [new-to-me] Honda Shadow.


Seriously, riding is one of the few things that make me smile. “Throwing duces” is part of that smile.

I feel like I’m in the club! The bikers club, the big boys club.

That is all.

Musings on…..Lice


Yeah, well, umm, I had lice.

Awful, awful lice.

I had my new baby dreadies started for about a month and started itching something fierce, thought it was because of the dreads but no.

I would scratch my head and my fingernails would come back black  with ‘stuff’ underneath them.

I even showed my friend Tonya because I thought it was dirt from not getting my hair clean…. ~horrors~

Next day, I plucked a few bugs out and almost drove off the road whilst one crawled up my finger. Disgusting.

I didn’t think clean freaks like me got lice.  Or people not around many children or in public school……

I think it might be someones way of telling me to not have dreads? 😦

Frantic and near tears, I stripped the bedrooms of everything that could be washed, dragged my humiliated self to the store and bought a lice kit, 2 lice kits, actually.

When I got everything washable downstairs and sprayed the unmove-ables, I threw all the pillows out in the driveway and called hubby to get me another pillow.

Finally, when I calmed down, the brain kicked into research mode and I went online to find out about these little buggers.

Came across a site that had home-made remedies for treatment of lice:

Go there. Seriously. I hadn’t even thought of the nasty crap I was putting in my hair, skin and pores, toxic pesticides that was probably tested on animals. I vowed to get rid of them naturally.

Oh yeah, I combed my baby dreads out…. so very sad.

The key is get the eggs combed out, can’t do that with a knotty head.

The next day I covered head in Listerine, vinegar and  then coconut conditioner. Combed and combed and combed. {and I did have to drag my humiliated self back to the store to buy supplies}

Next day made a concoction of vinegar, dawn dish soap and tea tree oil shampoo and washed with it, then used T-Gel conditioner and combed, combed, combed.

by 4th day was still combing dead little buggers out but I never did see any eggs.  My head felt water-logged and my ears sloshed from all the water and stuff being poured on my head. Never once did I think about these ‘homemade’ chemicals making my hair fall out,  altho I secretly wished it would fall out, so I could shave it and start over 🙂



I posted on facebook telling everyone I was bringing sexy back. and by sexy I meant a head full of dried on Cetaphil.

On the 7th day I had hubby check my head and he didn’t see anything.

Still itches but I think it’s from the chemicals and the bites from the bugs. Yes, they bite, yes, they suck your blood. They don’t jump or fly.

Hubby and son did not get them, THANK YOU GOD!!

So next week I will do the Cetaphil thing again… just to make sure. And I will make my friends at church check my head again, because… what are friends for?