Monday, September 29, 2014

Homemade Laundry Soap!!

"Sick of buying laundry soap?? Me too. This stuff is awesome because it is way stronger then the store bought laundry soap. You only have to use 1 Tablespoon per load. This recipe makes a huge cookie jar full of soap and is going to last a life time, well maybe not quit that long. I originally made mine in July and I still have a ton and I do at least 8 loads of laundry ever week. So I am thinking it will last me almost a year. 1 year of laundry soap for less than $20, have I got you sold yet? I love not having to buy laundry soap all the time anymore. This laundry soap also works just fine in HE washers. 

Update: **I just ran out of laundry soap and it is March. So July to March that's 9 months of laundry soap for $20 bucks. I am pretty happy about that.**

Here is what you need:

1 4 lb 12 oz box Borax (2.15 kg or 76 oz) found in the detergent isle

1 4 lb box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (1.81 kg) found in the cooking isle

1  box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda 55 oz (3 lb 7 oz) found in the detergent isle

3 bars of Fels-Naptha soap, found in the detergent isle (if you use Zote bars use 2 bars instead, Zote can be found at Home Depot)

2 small containers of Oxy Clean or store brand Oxy Clean (try to get about 3.5 lbs total (1.58 kg)) found in the detergent isle.  (This is optional, I added it into mine because I have pretty messy kids and the cleaner the better)

You should be able to find all of these items at your grocery store.

**Use 1-2 Tablespoons per load. I know that does not seem like enough but this recipe does not have fillers like the store bought detergent so you only need 1-2 Tablespoons.** 

This detergent is fairly mild smelling, it is not over powering. If you love a strong scent you may have to add a fabric softener or laundry crystals to each load. You can find laundry crystals in the detergent isle.

Start out by grating your Fels-Naptha soap just like cheese. You can use a food processor or just use your hand held grater, what ever you have. Those of you with an HE washer may want to run the mix through the grater again to get an even finer mix.

**Don't worry the Fels-Naptha will dissolve in your washer even if you only use cold water like me.**

Toss all ingredients in a 5 gallon bucket lined with a garbage bag. This part makes your whole house smell great. Once everything is mixed store soap however you like. The recipe makes about 2 gallons worth of detergent. Walmart has large glass jars in the kitchen department."

I got this posting from a blog, Being Creative to Keep My Sanity, for this posting, I just snarfed it because the information is so good! All you gotta do to go directly to her blog, is click her blog name in this paragraph. As soon as I get out of this rehab place, I want to try making this! 

I got this from Being Creative To Keep My Sanity,

Other sites:
A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3)A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
Narrator: Roy Dotrice
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Don't worry if you've not read the previous books, much of the back story is contained herein. For those who have read the previous books, this can be a bit annoying but it did not stop me from enjoying this edition or wanting to get the next book! This, like previous books are quite addictive.

The narrator, Roy Dotrice, really adds to the enjoyment of the story

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

What An Introduction to Cree Black

5 of 5 stars

Cree Black, a parapsychologist, is contracted by Lila Beauforte to deal with some ghostly apparitions that are appearing in her ancestral home. The 150 year old Beauforte House is located in the Garden District of New Orleans.

What a perfect setting for ghost story! What a perfect ghost story this is! The mystery is enhanced by the narration of Anna Fields. It's a long listen (15 hours, 43 minutes) but you won't be bored as the colorful characters are introduced. Of course New Orleans is one of those "colorful" characters.

Don't enjoy Friday Night Football that continues all weekend long? Find another room, get out the boring knitting pattern and yarn, and LISTEN! Just don't be surprised to find the knitting sitting in your lap because you find yourself so engrossed in the story!

O, I used one of my credits in obtaining this this book.

The Lincoln Lawyer
by Michael Connelly
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I saw the movie and had to get the book to compare. It more than does and Adam Gruper was definitely a contributing factor!

Warning: don't listen at bedtime when you get to an exciting part or you won't sleep due to the adrenaline rush! Yes, it's that good!

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Homemade Laundry Soap

I gotta send you over to Being Creative To Keep My Sanity.  She has all the data (it saves me a lot of typing).  I love saving money.  Click on the blog name to be whisked over there.  I've read the posting throughly and want to try it when I get out of this rehabilitation facility.  I love saving money! Don't you?

Monday, September 1, 2014

The Casual VacancyThe Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I was so excited to get this book! As expected, her writing was beautiful!

But I just could get into, or stay, into it. It just kept putting me to sleep. I finally gave up. Trust me, this is not normal. Maybe this is just a British book. The narrator is good and did not contribute to my faulting the novel.

I've tried several times to read The Casual Vacancy again. Same result. It had nothing to do with this being so different from the Harry Potter series. It was dry and just didn't have any characters that made me want to learn more about them.

I've listen to her Robert Galbraith series, The Cuckoo's Calling, and loved it! So much so, I grabbed the second book of the series, The Silkworm, as soon as I saw it! (Aside: I read The Cuckoo's Calling before I brought The Casual Vacancy.) I'm glad she found a voice that I think crosses "the pond" where The Casual Vacancy did not.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs (Jane Jameson, #1)Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs by Molly Harper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jane's day starts with her getting fired from a job she loves by an incompetent who wants her more incompetent relation to have Jane's job. She goes to "drowned her sorrows" where she meets an irresistibly handsome man who won't go home with her in her drunken condition...she who has not had sex in years! She starts driving herself home only to have her car die. Only to have someone she knows shot her...because he thinks she's a DEER! Really! A DEER?!

But wait...this book has just started. You guessed it. She wakes up to find that Mr. Irresistible is a vampire and has made her one!

What a great way to start a book! If I hadn't been drawn to the need for a light weight book that potentially had lots of laughs by the title, this beginning clenched it! From here I learned more about her "maker", his old but not now vampire friend, a strange "Welcome" lady (she welcomes newly made vampires to the group), her grabby sister, her ghosty aunt, her best friend (male who joins a support group for friends of the "newly turned"), etc.

How does a girl tell her parents of her new status? How does she find a job? How does she learn to deal with her undead status? And who the hell is trying to frame her for murder(s?)?

I know but I'm not going to tell. You have to listen to book to find out for yourself! It's a perfect book for an in-between from those more intense books; for those who just love reading fun books; for those who love a good mystery. It's so much fun you'll have to read the next installment!

I do hope Amanda Ronconi narrates the rest; she did such a good job with this one!

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Destroying Angel by Alanna Knight

Destroying Angel by Alanna Knight
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"Autumn 1897. Rose McQuinn's stubborn refusal to give up her job as "Lady Detective, Discretion Guaranteed", has cost her the love of her ambitious fiancé, Jack Macmerry. And now it seems that she is to lose her elusive deerhound, Thane, as well. His rightful owner is Hubert, a Royal photographer, who lost him while walking on Arthur's Seat three years earlier."

For a woman to have an "occupation" outside the home was not the norm. I worked for and with two women doctors (one a PhD, one a MD) who were born early in the 1900s. They had to give up much for their very notable careers. Imagine what strength it took Rose to commit to her career. How can a "man" of her time tolerate such behavior? To get a glimpse into the time is wonderful. And if there is a mystery involved, more's the better!

As a dog lover, I can well understand Rose feeling worse about the lose of Thane than the loss of Jack. Dogs love unconditionally. Men don't. And Thane is such a grand dog and companion.

"Hubert has a hidden agenda concerning her role as a crime investigator. As the family's tragic history unfolds, dark secrets are revealed...and a series of suspicious deaths."

This is where the book gets really interesting...the mystery. It's as twisty as you want a good mystery to be; with characters you want to follow.

Of course I did not read this in order! Did I feel I lost anything by jumping in with Book 5 in the series? No. Ms. Knight has a good book that stand well alone. That's my favorite kind of author. One who doesn't need to tack a teaser at the end of a book to get you to buy the next edition.

The narration by Hilary Neville is as good as you want!

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Brutal Telling
by Louise Penny
Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
Series: Chief Inspector Gamache/Three Pines, Book 5
Format: Unabridged
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Publisher's Summary:

As autumn descends upon Three Pines, a stranger is found murdered in the village bistro and antique store at the center of town. No one admits to knowing the murdered man, but as secrets are revealed, chaos begins to close in on the beloved bistro owner, Olivier. What past did he leave behind, and why has he buried himself in the tiny village.

A trail of astounding clues and treasures - from first editions of Charlotte's Web and Jane Eyre to a spider web with the word "WOE" woven in it - lead the Chief Inspector deep into the woods and across the continent in search of the truth, then back to Three Pines as the little village braces for the final brutal telling.

My Thoughts:

While reading a blurb on about The Long Way Home: Chief Inspector, by Louise Penny, I suddenly realized I knew this main character! Off I went to check my library and sure enough, I had listened to this book! I don't know how long ago I listened to it but I had rated...just not written my review. But you gotta admit, that if I could remember the Inspector, the Three Pines community (and who done it) and more, it had to have been a memorable read (listen)!

It was a good mystery with a very interesting cast of characters! Oh, Three Pines is really one of the characters! This is NOT a "cozy" mystery; one very well narrated by Ralph Cosham.

I'm at a loss as to what more I can tell you without spoilers which I want you to be pulled along as I was!

If the blur above or my excitement doesn't make you want to grab this one any any of its various formats, I don't know what else I can say other than you are missing a damn good book!

P.S. For those who've not read my other views, I don't listen to abridged books...too much good gets lost! AND I adore writers who, while they write a series, make each book complete; without dangling the next one at the end; I adore Louise Penny!

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Thursday, August 7, 2014


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An epic thriller of secrets, history and murder that will challenge how we think about who we are, and who we were.

THE REINCARNATIONIST is equal parts modern-day thriller, historical fiction and love story. With one foot in present-day Rome and New York and another in Rome some 1,600 years ago, my story is about two worlds consumed by the fires of intrigue and passion.

Photojournalist Josh Ryder survives a terrorist's bomb, only to be haunted by near hallucinatory memories of a past life in Rome as a pagan priest whose dangerous congress with Sabina, one of the Vestal Virgins, poses a transgression so serious the lovers will face a certain death if exposed. Scents of jasmine and sandalwood and images of furtive liaisons and violence descend on Josh at will, pulling him to an ancient yet strangely familiar Roman burial chamber harboring the remains of a woman clutching a wooden box.

A trail of present-day murders takes us deeper into a labyrinth at whose heart lies the enigma of a collection of ancient gems or memory stones whose origins trace back to both ancient Egypt and India. The stones' promise to "assist the wearer in reaching his next incarnation" sets the ancient and modern worlds on a collision course.

The questions of who we are cannot be asked without first asking who we were. And I've tried to answer that using my own research into reincarnation theory - as well as the tenets and writings of those who have studied and believed in reincarnation over thousands of years

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Another book for my wish list!

'don't know how I got to this book but it is now on my WISH LIST. From the reviews I've read, it looks like the authors found "their voice" in this book so I am going to start my adventure with this one.

Listening to the sample and the narrator sounds good.

No one rated this one below 3 stars (out of 5) on Amazon.

Pub. Summary:  "Gideon Crew, brilliant scientist, master thief, is living on borrowed time. When his mysterious employer, Eli Glinn, gives him an eyebrow-raising mission, he has no reason to refuse. Gideon's task: steal a page from the priceless Book of Kells, now on display in New York City and protected by unbreakable security.
Accomplishing the impossible, Gideon steals the parchment - only to learn that hidden beneath the gorgeously illuminated image is a treasure map dating back to the time of the ancient Greeks. As they ponder the strange map, they realize that the treasure it leads to is no ordinary fortune. It is something far more precious: an amazing discovery that could perhaps even save Gideon's life.
Together with his new partner, Amy, Gideon follows a trail of cryptic clues to an unknown island in a remote corner of the Caribbean Sea. There, off the hostile and desolate Mosquito Coast, the pair realize the extraordinary treasure they are hunting conceals an even greater shock - a revelation so profound that it may benefit the entire human race - if Gideon and Amy can survive.
©2014 Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (P)2014 Hachette Audio"

Ebook readers can get this from Amazon. Of course there are hard/paperback copies.