DIY Soap

Since I’ve been here in Akron, I’ve started making my own soap bars and lip balm. I am using Melt & Pour soap base so it’s not that tough. And I find it rather fun. The lip balm I’ve done once, but I like the fact it doesn’t have a lot of chemical crap in it…or the soap, although, the soap would be better if I made it from scratch…a bit more complicated. I just got my second lip balm kit today. Yes…I know…it is Sunday, but USPS delivered it anyway. Go figure! So my sister and I will make some lip balm probably tomorrow afternoon…as I have a doctor appointment in the morning. Not really looking forward to that, I might add.

Oh, with Melt & Pour soap base you just microwave it until it melts…stirring every few seconds (like 15 to 30 seconds at a time). Then add your essential oils and any dry stuff like flowers, ground oatmeal, etc., and stir until it is well mixed. It’s ok to remelt if it starts setting up before you can get it into the molds. Anyway…it is lots of fun. Ok…they aren’t perfect, but it was my first try…lol!

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Blue Heron

When I was still in California, I was taking pictures along the dam at San Luis Reservoir. Sometimes I use my FinePix S8300 digital camera. It isn’t a great camera but I think it’s fine for one starting out with photography.  One day, I uploaded my pictures into my computer and found this picture. I didn’t even remember taking it…but here it is. He was just taking off.dscf2790-282120566.jpg

Common Grackle

Today was the first day I have ever seen on of these birds. It was so amazing to me. There it was on the deck with two of his friends. So cool! I can’t wait to see more Spring birds.

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Here in Akron

I’m fascinated with the birds around here. Most of them we didn’t have in California or Oregon. Maybe we did and I just never saw them, but some are native here in the east…like the Cardinal. Also, I’ve noticed the Blue Jay is more blue here in Ohio than on the west coast. In fact, it’s really pretty. Changing the subject…

It may take forever to get all of our stuff unpacked. I know…we’ve been here for 6 months, but to be fair, the weather has been cold and snowy…plus we are both getting old. The limbs don’t work as well as they used to. And we have been getting our exercise with the upstairs and the basement stairs.

Back to birds…I take a lot of pictures of the birds and squirrels. Some are good and some not so good, but I enjoy it so what the heck…right??? All my pictures are from the living room…tv room…where we have some big windows. We haven’t gotten out to take pictures anywhere else, though. We’re waiting for the weather to get better.

This is a Downy Woodpecker…I believe.

My New Life

My sister and I arrived in Akron, Ohio, October 1st, 2018. We moved here together after my sister, Danna, bought a house. It’s in a nice neighborhood and we have nice neighbors, too.

The weather has been colder than we are used to. Here it is April 1st and it snowed yesterday. Today is sunny and the snow is melting. I’m wondering if Spring will ever come or will we go straight to Summer?

But I do like the birds. We put out feeders and get a lot of Cardinals, Chick-a-dees, Tufted Titmouse, Finches…well…a lot of birds. I’m looking forward to the Spring and Summer birds…hoping there will be some new (to me) and different types.

Washington Park

In the middle of packing my sister’s stuff so we can move to Ohio…we took a day off to visit the park. It was beautiful with the sun shining through the trees.20180831_182849.jpg

MR. BUNNY AND THE CARROT CAPER

BY
LUWANA JOY RANSIER

Mr. Bunny lived in a small house, with a stream on one side and a big garden on the other side. He and his family had lived there for many years.
Every day they would tend the garden, planting and harvesting various vegetables. Mr. Bunny took extra care tending the carrot patch because these were his favorite vegetables.
Day after day, Mr. Bunny would watch his carrots grow bigger and bigger. Then the day came. It was time to harvest his carrots. But when he went to his garden…his carrots were GONE!
“Oh, my!” he exclaimed, wringing his hands. “Where could they be?”
He looked and looked, but couldn’t find any trace of them. So he ask his family if any of them had taken his carrots.
“NO!” they cried. “Our vegetables are gone, too!”
So they looked and looked, but couldn’t find any of the missing vegetables.
They went across the stream to the barnyard.
“Mrs. Cow, did you take our vegetables?”
“No!” mooed Mrs. Cow. “I only eat grass and hay.”
They went to Mr. Horse.
“Mr. Horse, did you take our vegetables?”
“No!” Mr. Horse whinnied. “I might eat a carrot now and then, but mostly I eat oats, grass and hay. I did not take your vegetables.”
They went to Mrs. Sheep.
“Mrs. Sheep, did you take our vegetables?”
“I only eat grass.” bawled Mrs. Sheep. “I didn’t take your vegetables.”
Then they went to Miss Chicken.
“Did you take our vegetables, Miss Chicken?”
“No!” she clucked. “I only eat grains, like corn. I have not seen your vegetables.”
And so they went back across the little stream.
Once more at home they thought and thought who else could they ask. Then Mrs. Bunny said, “What about Mr. Mouse?”
Mr. Mouse lived next door, on the other side of the garden. Maybe he knew what happened to the vegetables.
“Mr. Mouse,” they asked, “did you take our vegetables?
“Yes, it was I! I took your vegetables to feed my family who had come for a visit. I was going to leave a note, but I forgot.”
“It’s not nice to take things without asking first” said Mr. Bunny. “If you had asked we would have gladly shared!”
“I’m sorry!” said Mr. Mouse. “What can I do to make it up to you?”
“Well,” said Mr. Bunny. “You can help us with our gardening and we will share our vegetables with you, so that next time your family comes to visit, you’ll have plenty of food.”
“Thank you, Mr. Bunny! I’d be glad to help out in your garden.”
Now everyone worked together, planting an even bigger garden, with even more vegetables and especially more CARROTS!

The End

 

I’m A Rabbit!

To whom it may concern…

“I’m a rabbit. I’ve always been a rabbit,” he said with pride, as he looked out of his window at his vegetable garden.
“I grow carrots. I’ve always grown carrots,” and he smiled, as he looked over his crop.
“I eat carrots. I’ve always eaten carrots.” And he rubbed his tummy and smacked his lips.
“You see, I’m a rabbit. I’ve always been a rabbit. I grow carrots. I’ve always grown carrots. I eat carrots. I’ve always eaten carrots. Because I’m a rabbit!” he said with a smile.

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