Sunday, July 29, 2012

pets are leaving us...

one of our three cats died earlier this year...she was old...like 14 or so - maybe...i do not seem to have any pictures of this kitty, 'cause she was always hiding...

now another appears to be on her way soon...
we have had woody for about 14 years now and she was 3 when i got her...so she is about 16 or 17 years old...she has lived a long kitty life...she used to be F A T and so robust...now she is skinny and old. it is amazing how she has changed...

these were like from 2-3 years ago...she weighed like 16 lbs here...



these are from like a year ago...she got thinner...


she has been a good kitty...

Monday, July 23, 2012

Revelations on Life

My Lord is so awesome. It is beyond measure of description of the works He puts forth and the things He accomplishes. I am awed at what He shows me and of the things of which He speaks to me. Volumes are unveiled and there is yet so much more to learn.

I am working to realize where my walk is and catch moments of growth as they occur and unfold. It is hard to grow and be honest with oneself. Perhaps it is about now wanting to be honest with oneself, it is difficult to do so. Why? 

At a church we visit often - about 2 hours away from my home - it rains under the Myrtle trees. People will say it is aphids. I tell you it is not. It does not do this under all of them, only certain ones. You can see the measure of water and watching it raining down. Aphid honeydew is not dropped in such measure.

Instead of the thorn come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off. Isaiah 55:13

What a revelation that He can take your briers and replace them with the sweet blossoms of beauty and grace. The measure of the Lord is rained out upon us.



Monday, July 16, 2012

lemon and orange tree updates

the lemon saplings are g r o w i n g ...so are the orange saplings...


so, the gist of this is we started these seeds back in november 2011...i peeled them in december 2011 to help their progress...

orange sprouts in december 2011:

lemon sprouts in december 2011:




 

 


orange tree sprouts in july 2012:


lemon tree sprouts in july 2012:
 

             

Sunday, July 15, 2012

for my Redeemer

homemade/homeschool oil lamps


I had recently read an article about how to make a homemade oil lamp in a pinch (or catastrophe event perhaps). I have been wanting to try this with my son. Perhaps one day, hidden away from the interference from sassenach, this skill will be useful. We did follow the instructions...some things worked better in writing, than in actuality. We finally found something that worked in the end...

We found a good shell to use to hold the oil. You are supposed to use one that can be supported on the base, so the oil will not run out...and is slightly fluted on one end to hold the wick.


The wick was supposed to be any type of fibrous natural substance. You are supposed to be able to use any type of oil or fat. We tried first to use plant fibers and some yarn...



We tried Canola Oil first, because I had some in the cabinet that I wanted to get rid of...
We filled the shell with the canola oil...I did steady it using a box lid from a jewelry gift box. We presoaked the plant fiber and yarn.

We added the canola oil.

We added the plant fiber.

It did light...but quickly extinguished itself. It would not stay lit.

We tried the yarn in the canola oil.

The yarn in the canola oil is much the same as the plant fiber. It will light, but does not stay lit. As soon as you remove the flame from it, it extinguishes in seconds.

We tried olive oil.

We tried the plant fibers in the olive oil.
It did light...but quickly extinguished itself. It would not stay lit.


We tried the yarn with the olive oil.
It did light...but quickly extinguished itself. It would not stay lit. it did burn longer than the others before, but not long enough to be significant or for the trouble it entailed to light it.
 


We tried a shoestring...this was the one that worked....a
shoestring in oil/fat works...

shoestring fibers

shoestring in olive oil soaking...

 shoestring burning and staying lit in olive oil...


after a few minutes of burning...

 well after 5 minutes...it is a slow burn, with low to no smoke; a clean burn...

we discussed how you might not have access to olive oil in an emergency...i had left over grease on the stove from frying chicken for dinner...we did discuss animal fat was something you would have access to in the wild after getting game for dinner...

we soaked another shoestring piece in the leftover grease...

the grease shoestring lit easily...

it burned for quite a while...the child thought this flame appeared more controlled than the olive oil flame...
 

the flame was adjusted for more light by extension of the wick or shortening the wick...this was also a clean and odorless burn...

we practiced transporting the lamp while lit...it works well...
you just have to walk a bit slower...

 we did use what seemed like a ton of matches for this project...all in the name of learning...