December 2009

Green Resolutions That Pay for Themselves

by Ivory Soap Green Up

Going Green is great, but I wonder how fast the savings in energy costs overtakes the purchase and installation costs?  So, I sat down with my calculator and my favorite website and worked it out how long it would take for changes made today, NEW YEARS 2010, to start paying for themselves.  (Computed for a […]

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Homeschool: An Insult to Public Ed?

by Ivory Soap Simplify

“There are children every year, that you think, If I could take that kid home with me for a year, he’d be an amazing student.” –Mr. Ivory My husband is a public school teacher.  He has a noble profession and I admire it and him.  Actually, especially him as he is one of the top […]

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Getting the Best Deal on Poultry

by Ivory Soap Simplify

I found myself staring at leg quarters and whole chickens and split breasts and whole turkeys today.  All on sale.  No idea what was a good buy.  How much meat is on a split breast versus a leg quarter?  How does a whole bird compare to boneless/skinless breasts?  It’s a mystery. After a great deal […]

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Make a Felt Board

by Daisy DIY

I’ve been meaning to make a felt/flannel board for years and never got around to it. Nosing around I heard that glueing the fabric to the board is supposed to interfere with the static that helps the figures stick to the board.  I’m not sure how true this is, but since I preferred a no-glue […]

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Creating a Voice

by Ivory Soap

This is a much talked about topic in writing circles: “We’re always looking for a unique voice.” “A bright new voice.” “This piece has such incredible voice.” “This manuscript has no voice.” “These editorial suggestions will kill the voice.” “I just don’t care for her voice.” It’s obnoxiously vague, but you’ll be talking about it […]

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Filet-ish Dishcloth

by Ivory Soap Crafts

Filet-ish Dishcloth 1.  ch 32 2.  dc in 6th ch from hook, *ch 1, skip next ch, dc in next ch, rep from *, turn 3.  ch 4 (counts as dc + 1ch), skip next ch space, dc in next dc, ch 1 dc in next dc.  *(dc in next ch space, dc in next […]

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Isn’t Homeschooling for Crazy People?

by Ivory Soap Simplify

I’ve been asked over and over.  Don’t you homeschool?  You’re so EARTHY and all! No! Do I look like a crazy person? As I’ve aged, I’ve learned one thing for sure. Anything that I say I will NEVER do…I end up doing five minutes later. And this is just one more on the list. I […]

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Generating Book Ideas

by Ivory Soap

Published book ideas come from two places: 1. You. Not a surprise. 2. Your editor. This is why once you’re published, it’s easier to get published over and over. The editor that worked with you on the first book will often have other ideas in mind for books they’d like to publish. So they call […]

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Purpose-Challenged Plants 2

by Daisy Garden

This is the second installment in an effort to put a name to the “weeds” in my yard. I took several pictures this summer and am trying to identify them one at a time. I’m not sure we ever satisfactorily identified the first of the P-CP’s, but I had a lot of fun anyway. I […]

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Best Eco for YOU, Not So Planetary

by Ivory Soap Green Up

http://www.flickr.com/photos/wwworks/ / CC BY 2.0 I learned lately that there is a big difference between what is best for your family’s health, versus what is good for the environment.  No, lemme regroup.  The green behaviors that make the most improvement on your family’s exposure to bad stuff, are not the same things that make the […]

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Homemade Board & Batten Shutters

by Daisy DIY

My louvered shutters were beginning to give the place that haunted house look– peeling paint and a few cockeyed slats. First I thought I would strip and repaint them myself. Problem was, they’re 70 years old and layered with so many coats of lead paint it was a hazmat nightmare. Not the sort of project […]

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How Often Should I Write?

by Ivory Soap

It depends on the personality. There are those that say if a writer doesn’t spend at least a few minutes EVERY DAY putting words on a page, they won’t ever make anything worthwhile. I haven’t found this to be true. I know several successful authors who do not follow this rule. And, I’m not a […]

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That’s a lot of Jute, Ivory

by Ivory Soap FLOPS

What on earth was a I making?  Three kids, no brain cells.  Any ideas?

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First Eggs

by Daisy Barnyard

Settling the gender debate in decisive fashion, the suspected rooster produced at least one of these gems, after much understandable squawking and pacing about the coop. Yay! First eggs! Good girl!

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Double Peg Rack

by Daisy DIY

Does this look familiar? Do you, too, have two or three garments per peg, straining to remain in place? Have you ever done “the coat mash” to get juust one more jacket up there? (It works until someone walks by and brushes up against a sleeve, then–avalanche!) Tell me I’m not the only one who […]

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Confessions of an Accidental Environmentalist

by Daisy Green Up

Some aspects of environmental friendliness come easily to me.  It goes hand in hand with one of my hallmark characteristics: laziness. I don’t know how I got this way because by and large I come from hardworking stock. Perhaps I’m just a visionary. Yes. Let’s say I am an ecological visionary. 1.  I almost never […]

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