Friday, January 27, 2012

My FLYing Apron!

Recently I received a gift in the mail from a fellow flybaby.  Flybaby April made me an apron for flying.  I will show you the picture of myself wearing it, but first :

Have you ever wondered why Grandma wore an apron?

I don't think our kids know what an apron is.  Here is the explanation I got from Flybaby April

The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath, because she only had a few, it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and they used less material, but along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.

It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears…

From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.

And when the weather was cold grandma wrapped it around her arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.

Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables.

After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.

In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men-folk knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.

My FLYing Apron!  Thanks Flybaby April!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Try Out Juicing!

Everyone is in the wanting to lose weight mode.  It is that time of year.  I know I overindulged this past holiday.  I also got hung up on bread which I am trying to get away from it and eat it in sandwich form only.  No more buttered toast!  The toaster is put away and in its place will be the Juicer.

Just like anything else one has to get a mindset before going forward.  Through Flylady I have learned to keep out the appliances I use to free up more counter space.  

You see, I bought a big box of apples from FFA (Future Farmers of America) this year with the intention to juice so it was time to get busy.

Today I made a juice out of 3 apples, 3 carrots, and 2 celery.  It actually tastes great!  I found it works so much better if I start with a sink full of hot soapy water.  I also have an apple corer, peeler for carrots and a sharp knife.  When I am done juicing I put the remains of the fruits and vegetables into an ice cream pail and take it out to my compost bin.  The next thing I do is wash, dry and put the juicer back together ready for the next time.  It is so easy when one does it right away.  Then I pour my juice in a pretty glass and ENJOY!  Your body will enjoy it too!

Prepare the fruit, vegetables, juice and...


Sunday, January 8, 2012

I Love Those "Ahha" Moments!

A few weeks ago I solved a problem of lighting in my bedroom to make it easier to see my clothes in my dresser and closet.  I have some cottons that need to be ironed and last night I picked out my blouse I wanted to wear.  Only problem was it needed to be ironed.  Usually when I iron something I have had to do it right in the middle of my living room where there is great lighting.  

The thought of this wasn't too appealing.  In fact I believe last week I was thinking about wearing this blouse.  Of course it needed to be ironed and so I moved on to some other top to wear.  I guess this whole ironing thing must have been working in my subconscious because last night is when I got my "Ahha!!" Moment!

Now that I have the wall light up by the dresser and closet, the ironing board fit perfectly in front of my dresser!  There's not many steps involved in this either.  The clothes I want to iron can be pulled out of my closet and hung on my hook that is for my "Hanging out my clothes for  the next day."

I should have no reason not to iron with this set up.  Look at the picture.  If I get tired standing up, I can always use the stool I use to get dressed and undressed and make up on every day!  Make it easy on yourself when you iron.  Looks like I might have found a way for me!

Who knew ironing could be that easy?