Have you ever lived in a place where you chatted with your neighbors across the fence? Such a simple pleasure it is to walk outside, spot your neighbor and enjoy a quick visit. In the first neighborhood Mr. Smith and I lived in, we would chat with our neighbors all time. Stephanie from next door used to call me Farmer Jane because if I was in the yard, I was most likely digging in the dirt. 🙂
Sadly, living here on a corner lot with a tall wooden perimeter fence, we rarely chat with our direct neighbors. In the meantime, I consider you all to be my neighbors and am up for a chat if you are. Here’s what’s new in my life lately…
I Decided To Try Homemade Laundry Soap
I’ve been wooed by the crunchy idea of making my own powdered laundry soap. Why? I’ll give you three reasons:
- A batch of homemade laundry soap lasts forever and is really cheap to make.
- Commercial detergents are filled with dyes and other unnecessary chemicals.
- Pinterest is chock-full of photos featuring homemade laundry soap in pretty glass jars fitted with adorable labels.
Number 3 is the real reason why I made the soap. After all, what could be more satisfying than scooping cheap-but-safe laundry soap out of a lovely glass jar? Gotta chase that feeling!
Ironically, I’ve decided to wait on purchasing the jar until our laundry room is complete.
Conclusion: After adding 2 heaping tablespoons of soap per load plus replacing the softener with vinegar, my clothes came out smelling and looking clean. Plus, the vinegar helped the clothes dry faster and made them fluffy. The only caveat was my whites weren’t brighter and stains weren’t completely gone, but we have more colored clothes than whites and my whites were dingy to begin with. 🙂
Itching to try this experiment out for yourself? Here is the recipe I used.
Using Cookbooks as Centerpieces
While eating breakfast at the table this morning, I decided to browse the pages of one of my cookbooks. After I was done eating, I left the book on the table and realized it looked really good there.
I have a delightful collection of cookbooks…that I haven’t cracked open in a long time. What a shame! Most times I feel it’s quicker to Google a recipe than look through all my books. Unfortunately, in doing so, a piece of my soul loses to technology each time I look up a recipe. This has gotta stop!
So here’s my plan: Each month I will place a different cookbook in the center of my table and prepare at least one recipe from that book during the month. This way, I can discover new favorites while reducing my dependency on my phone.
Since Nigella’s book was what I happened to be thumbing through, she gets to go first. I am already loving this new idea.
A Great, Big Life…or A Great, Small Life?
You’re probably gonna laugh, but I thought that at 33 I’d be rich and famous by now. How I would achieve this, I’ve never known. It’s kind of hard nailing down the details of such a pie-in-the-sky, nebulous notion.
The second anniversary of my grandma’s death recently passed, and it’s made me take inventory of my life. I realize that every day I grow older is also another day a precious family member grows older. With that said, do I really want to spend my life shooting arrows at the blurry, moving target of “making it big” or do I want to invest in things that are real, present and current?
It might be fun to achieve great, big things like writing a book and selling a million copies or having a cooking show and becoming a household name.
But then again, it might not.
I might find myself missing a simple life full of small, great things I already know are fun. Things like puzzle nights at my aunt’s house, laughing with my sisters at family cookouts, sipping coffee with Momma on her front porch, dinner with friends, walks around our neighborhood. These are REAL experiences and they are what I’d rather chase after while they’re here for the taking. Those MAYBE SOMEDAY experiences, on the other hand, can wait.
I’m looking forward to pursuing a small, great life. A backyard-cookout life. A chatting-with-the-neighbors-across-the-fence life. 🙂
Well, thanks for joining me at the fence today.
You’ve heard what’s new in my life. What’s new in yours?