Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A place to call home

Over the past few months, Dan and I had been looking for a place to settle in Lexington.  We had several options, but what we were finally blessed with is a lovely lady who has large rooms for rent in her home.  We will have our own private entrance via  spiral staircase, a private bathroom, and walk in closet--she even provides a queen bed with the room!  That will certainly be a luxury for Dan, whose 6'2" frame has been squished in a full-sized bed along with me for the past two years! She is very much an aficionado of gardening, has a pool, and beautiful home.  The rent is reasonable and she would even like Dan to do some things around the house, so that should lower the rent amount considerably more!

Definitely a wonderful blessing for us, so we can arrive with a home set up while we do house and job hunting! :)

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Sunday Thoughts

 11 Her husband has full confidence in her
       and lacks nothing of value.
 12 She brings him good, not harm,
       all the days of her life. 
Proverbs 31:11-12

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Paige's Highlights

Well, it's been a while--time to get back on track!

1. The Nourished Kitchen.  A wonderful website with the right thought in mind.  Despite being in "traditional" medicine, I think there's something to be said for REAL food and having things as little processed as possible.  Also, I very much believe that anything home-raised, home-cooked, and well-balanced is better for you than even a diet of all Lean Cuisine and low-fat this and that.  As a disclaimer, it does feel like they're a bit more radical that I'd be willing to go on a daily basis, but the principles are there and they have some great recipes!  Enjoy!


2. Green House Cleaning.  I found this website and was initially shocked by the pricey-ness.  But it did have a helpful page on a home cleaning spray with little more than baking soda and vinegar.  I LOVE this idea.  It should help prevent some of the accidental bleaching that seems to always happen every time I drag out the cleaning bucket.  Here's Actual Organics' Bicarb Cleaning Spray.  Check out the link for more cleaning ideas!

ECO-FRIENDLY BICARB CLEANER

  • 750ml bottle, with a spray
  • 1/2 cup of bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • Fill the bottle up (slowly) with water
  • 4- 8 drops of your choice of pure essential oil
Be careful: Mixing bicarb and vinegar can be exciting, as they foam fairly violently!  So please mix the water in first and then slowly add the vinegar to stop the mixture going wild.  I simply mix in a spray bottle for shower windows, mirrors and toilets.
 3. Stocks by Simply Recipes.  I've gradually been branching out into area of more "culinary prowess" over the past few years.  One is using fresh herbs.  The other is making stocks. Simply Recipes has great guides to both Beef and Chicken (and also shellfish, but we don't eat enough seafood to make it worth our while).  The thing I love about stocks--the use EVERYTHING and nothing goes to waste.  I was actually quite excited when I saw them calling for celery tops for the beef stock--I always hated tossing all those pretty leaves!  Now I know how I can use them! :)
4. Humanure and Composting.  Many thanks to FarmersAtHeart for this.  I very much admire them and their commitment to a simpler way of life.  In her recent blog post, Kristin talks about dealing with the lack of a septic system on their new farm.  Here are links to Joseph Jenkins' website, and his free, down-loadable PDF of his book!  Interesting reading!


    Wednesday, April 14, 2010

    Snowy Crocus

    A little late for Easter, but right about that time.  One of my favorite flowers.



    "Though your sins are like scarlet,
    they shall be as white as snow;
    though they are red as crimson,
    they shall be like wool."
    "
    Isaiah 1:18 New International Version

    Monday, April 5, 2010

    The Final Trek

    Well, today I start the beginning of the end.  This, ladies and gentlemen, is Day 1 of my LAST ROTATION!

    PA school has been brutal.  It was definitely the hardest thing I think I've ever done--ever.  And it taught me a lot--like not getting hung up on the numerical grade and assessing myself and what I know, not necessarily performance on an exam.

    But, it's all coming a very soon end!  :-D  No more traipsing all over the countryside ever 6 weeks, no more long distance marriage, no more having no idea what life will be like a month or two from now.  Twenty-four long months is quickly coming to and end--and I CAN'T WAIT!!!