Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Homesteading Classes

Corn Shelling and Grinding
Sun March 1 12pm to 6pm

Carriage Hill

Boil the Sugar Down: Sweetners on the Farm
Sun March 8 12 pm to 5pm

Visit a Sugar Camp and learn how maple syrup was collected and boiled down to sweet syrup.

Carriage Hill

Feed and Flour Milling
Sat. March 21 1pm to 4 pm
Learn how to grind and mill a variety of grains to be used for feed and flour.

Possum Creek Metropark

Spring Tour of Aullwood Garden and Aull Home
Sun May 10 1pm to 3 pm

Tours of the House and Gardens

Aullwood Metropark
Build a Rain Barrel
Sat May 16 10 am to 12 pm

Learn how rain barrels conserve water and save you money on your water bill.
$20.00 fee to cover making a 55 gallon rain barrel

Wegerzyn Garden

For more information on these and more activities offered by 5 Rivers Metroparks visit:

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

My Office

I thought I would share a look at my Office.
We are still working out the logistics of it all and
trying to figure out where where we are going to put
the Computer the Company is providing for me.
But it is a start.
Got word yesterday that my Night Shifts will begin on March 1st.
I will be working Monday thru Friday with the Weekends off.
I am very happy with that!
And of course.........No office is complete without.......

A sleeping, snoring Beagle in a crate!

What I am reading

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The 90 Year Old

I got a funny call the other day:

It was a gentleman disputing his bill. He said he didn't use or want the TV, and quite frankly didn't want to pay $7.00 a day for the TV. He even said he wouldn't pay $7.00 a day for the TV even if there were naked girls dancing on it. I couldn't help myself.......I had to laugh.

He laughed too and said....."not bad for 90 year old, huh?"

Monday, February 16, 2009

What's for Dinner- Asian Salad

Here is a great recipe I got from my Sister in Law, Sara.

Asian Salad
1 head napa cabbage-chopped
6 green onions-chopped
**Mix together and set aside

2 Ramen Chicken Noodle soup-include flavor packet
1/2 cup sesame seed
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1 stick butter
**Saute in skillet until brown and set aside

1 cup oil
1/2 cup vinegar
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
**Mix together


Workin' from Home

I am officially working from home now. I will work some varied hours for the next couple weeks then I will start working the night shift. I must say...... I really like working from home. I can roll up out of bed brush my teeth, comb my hair and plug in. You can't beat the commute time!

I may even start a new series for the blog........Adventures in Customer Service......what do you think?

(For those that don't know...... I work as a At Home Customer Service Agent for a Hospital Billing Company.)

Saturday, February 14, 2009

A Garden Party

The McGatha Garden Co Op got together for a Garden Planning Party.

We ate lots of good food and spent hours pouring over seed catalogs.....planning what we would grow and where.

On the list for this year is:

-Bush Beans
-Pickling Cucumbers
-Potatoes- 3 kinds!
-Petite Watermelon
and of course......lots of Tomatos

We will be ordering Nematodes and other benificial bug and hanging a Bat House to help with the pest problems. Sue is looking into soil amendments and organic fetilizers.

It was alot of fun looking at all the seed catologs and planning the Garden ........ I can't wait to plant some stuff!!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Food Storage

I found a great website dealing with food storage:

You can sign of for weekly e mails on how to get started stockpiling and storing foods.

Check it out!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Hawthorn Hill Tours

Hawthorn Hill
Are you captivated with the history of flight? Would you be fascinated by a glimpse into the mind of Orville Wright? Do you enjoy visiting beautiful, historic homes? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then Hawthorn Hill is the place for you!

Due to an exciting partnership between Dayton History and The Wright Family Foundation, Hawthorn Hill, the Oakwood mansion that Orville Wright called home for nearly 35 years, is available for educational tours. Dayton History will conduct the tours while the Foundation will continue to own and manage the stately property. This joint venture marks the first time that the structure will be accessible on a regular basis for members of the general public.

The building itself has had a long and colorful history of hosting distinguished visitors. Charles A. Lindbergh, internationally acclaimed for his 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean, was invited to visit in June of that year on his return flight home to St. Louis. During his visit with Orville, throngs of people gathered on the lawns of the house, hoping for an impromptu view of this newest American hero. The unruly crowd dispersed only after Lindbergh and Orville appeared together on the front portico balcony for a few short minutes. Several years later, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and former Ohio Governor James Middleton Cox stopped at Hawthorn Hill to pick up Orville for a joint visit to Wright Field.

Even after Orville’s death in 1948, the mansion continued to welcome individuals from across the country and around the world. When efforts to find an individual to purchase the home failed, the executors of Orville’s estate listed the property on the real estate market. The National Cash Register Company, at the direction of executives Colonel Edward Deeds and Stanley Allyn, decided to purchase the property on the very day that the “For Sale” sign was placed in the yard. NCR meticulously cared for the home during its nearly 60 years of service as a corporate guest house. The company returned the property to the Wright family in 2006.

Hawthorn Hill Tours

Hawthorn Hill tours are conducted on Wednesdays and Saturdays for those who have made advance, prepaid reservations. Tours will depart Carillon Historical Park via shuttle van promptly at 10:00 and 12:30. This unique experience is very popular and space is limited to no more than 10 visitors per tour. Don’t delay! Make your plans now to visit this National Historic Landmark. The regular ticket price is $12.00 per person. A special combination ticket for admission to both Carillon Historical Park and Hawthorn Hill is available for $15.00 per person. Dayton History members receive a discounted ticket price of $10.00 per person. Call Guest Services for additional information or to make your reservation: 937-293-2841 or toll-free at 1-877-BE-HISTORY

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Home Remedy

Home Remedy for indigestion, acid reflux, allergies and arthritis:

2 teaspoons Apple Cider Vinegar
2 teaspoons honey
1/8 teaspoon of baking soda
Mix with filtered or distilled water

Drink twice daily and you should feel better in 1 to 2 weeks.