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post #181 of 542
euroflax makes lots of colours of linen. i just finished this and this, and i'm working on this. i wanted to learn some other stitches, so that's why they are so fancy!!

scrubber is in london, sorry, but it is fairly standard, have a look around!

thanks, excited!

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post #182 of 542
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euroflax makes lots of colours of linen. i just finished this and this, and i'm working on this. i wanted to learn some other stitches, so that's why they are so fancy!!

scrubber is in london, sorry, but it is fairly standard, have a look around!

thanks, excited!

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beautiful! i haven't knit a dishcloth is So long! those are great ideas for some special ones.. and ill look around for the scrubber.. but i live in a teeny town, so maybe nelson is a better place to check.

post #183 of 542
Gosh, for a moment I felt self-conscious about being so OK with the worms. But then I got over it.

Dh is home to plant his trees today and it is cold, rainy and windy. I hope he gets them in anyway.

As for me, I am out and about today, taking advantage of dh since he is gone after tomorrow and I need to bank some time with my ladies before that starts.

artparent, your dishwashing routine makes me jealous. My next project is to find nice containers for spices. I buy in large amounts (packets from the Indian store), and I'd like something masala-box-like for them...or maybe just nice jars. Don't know.
post #184 of 542
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My next project is to find nice containers for spices. I buy in large amounts (packets from the Indian store), and I'd like something masala-box-like for them...or maybe just nice jars. Don't know.
Ooh, let us know what you find... so far I've been just using those clip-it things from pampered chef on the bag (which is great in terms of keeping the quality, but not so good for storage/stacking ability...

ETA... anyone have a good answer to mildew-y caulk in a bathtub? It's making me crazy... and it just keeps getting worse I'm apparently not the best candidate to keep it spotless constantly but every spot stays around... Wah I've tried all my "usual" things, and then some other stuff, like oxyclean stain remover, bleach, even those stupid bleach pens. My caulk is black. It grosses me out. I think it's to the point where we have to tear it out and start over, but I don't want to put more caulk in and start the fight over if there's another option...
post #185 of 542
Tonight I'm making chimichangas for dinner and I plan to make as many as I can and freeze the extras. I'm also going to cut up the zucchini I bought and freeze it as well (I read it doesn't have to be blanched first) I want to fry it up later but not sure when "later" is going to be. I also need to separate out the meats we bought and put those in freezer bags...DH is buying us a couple of whole chickens on the way home from work (on sale for 88 cents a pound!)

I really need to plan out our meals with what we have.
post #186 of 542
Mmmm... maybe I'll make my Green Chilie Chicken Enchiladas... well, I am lazy so it's more like a lasagna... it's tasty though! Hmmmm. Mexican sounds good, at least...
post #187 of 542
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Ooh, let us know what you find... so far I've been just using those clip-it things from pampered chef on the bag (which is great in terms of keeping the quality, but not so good for storage/stacking ability...

ETA... anyone have a good answer to mildew-y caulk in a bathtub? It's making me crazy... and it just keeps getting worse I'm apparently not the best candidate to keep it spotless constantly but every spot stays around... Wah I've tried all my "usual" things, and then some other stuff, like oxyclean stain remover, bleach, even those stupid bleach pens. My caulk is black. It grosses me out. I think it's to the point where we have to tear it out and start over, but I don't want to put more caulk in and start the fight over if there's another option...
When you did the bleach did you let it sit for a long time or just start scrubbing?
post #188 of 542
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When you did the bleach did you let it sit for a long time or just start scrubbing?
I've tried both
post #189 of 542
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I've tried both
I hate to say it, then...but it may just be time to replace it. When bleach doesn't whiten it's usually too much.


Of course, as dangerous as it is...DH swears by combining bleach and toilet bowl cleaner (he and his roommate did it in college just to see what it would do to the shower...the dingy grout turned bone white)
post #190 of 542
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Gosh, for a moment I felt self-conscious about being so OK with the worms. But then I got over it.
Dude, no way - I bow down to you, I know I need to get over my creepy-crawly fears

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ETA... anyone have a good answer to mildew
Hope someone has an answer!


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Mmmm... maybe I'll make my Green Chilie Chicken Enchiladas... well, I am lazy so it's more like a lasagna...
Wow.....I make green chili chicken enchiladas too and they would be AWESOME as a layered, baked casserole!!!! Thank you for the idea!!!
post #191 of 542
i had the same mildew problem in my last house on the caulking..i tried everything..vinegar, scrubbing..even bleach. nothing helped. my answer..no caulking! my new tub has doors and im not sure what they use, but there is no visible caulking..and no dark mildewy grossness..

there must be a way. i was thinking of putting a strip of something, wood plastic ect over the caulking to cover it because i couldn't stand looking at it, but it doesn't really solve the problem, just covers it up...and then we moved, so yeah.

i just finnished some elbow length wrist warmers for a friend and im making his wife some too.. once those are done i am going to start working on knit goods for the christmas craft fair here.. i should be canning pears but im kind of run down on canning and my laundry is piled up and i have a room full of craft supplies and other stuff that got thrown in there when we moved to sort out. im still recovering from the flu so im pretty low energy and its raining so all i really feel like doing is snuggling up with a book and having a nap.
post #192 of 542
caulking does need to be replaced now and then. make sure it is very dry before you put on more caulking. you might want to use opaque caulk instead of clear, and you might want to have a look at different brands...i'll ask my dad, i know one of them just doesn't stand up to mildew. you need one specifically for bathrooms. then you might want to reserve a towel for drying round it after every bath. use a lot, and get it right in there. oxygen bleach is okay for the environment, but regular bleach is extremely destructive - you probably know that but just in case! don't use it!

okay must run get ready!

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post #193 of 542
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Wow.....I make green chili chicken enchiladas too and they would be AWESOME as a layered, baked casserole!!!! Thank you for the idea!!!
Yeah... I don't think I've ever rolled them.

<-- lazy

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caulking does need to be replaced now and then. make sure it is very dry before you put on more caulking. you might want to use opaque caulk instead of clear, and you might want to have a look at different brands...i'll ask my dad, i know one of them just doesn't stand up to mildew. you need one specifically for bathrooms. then you might want to reserve a towel for drying round it after every bath. use a lot, and get it right in there. oxygen bleach is okay for the environment, but regular bleach is extremely destructive - you probably know that but just in case! don't use it!

okay must run get ready!

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We replaced it when I was pregnant with my son (who is now just past 2), so maybe 2 1/2 years ago? To add to it, FIL came and replaced our faucet handles in the tub that were not working properly, but instead of letting us pick out what we wanted in *our* bathtub, he just bought the cheapest set that would work from the hardware store he works... and drove 2 1/2 hours down here to come help. Now, don't get me wrong, I really appreciate that he helped us with this, but... OMG, first, they're clear acrylic faucet handles... which um, might be the ugliest, but also most difficult to keep clean option available. So the inside of them are constantly disgusting. It seriously makes me want to cry. I actually DID cry after they did this, because I was so upset with the situation. But beyond that, they caulked around the edge of them, so it adds 3 more areas of completely difficult to clean caulk that wouldn't have been there before. : if we had cash to spend on something, it would definitely be that, right now, because I'm at my wit's end. Unfortunately, we have to save for the homebirth and for a van, since now we'll need a bigger car.

FWIW, our caulk is opaque white, not clear.

I try not to use regular bleach, ever, but I actually had Dh go out and buy some because I was so fed up with this stupid caulk situation
post #194 of 542
that's the kind of thing that makes me cry too.
well, two + a half years might not be a big deal, i've replaced caulk more often than that in a very humid flat i once owned. it depends on how well vented things are. i have some to do when i get back to london
no problem with venting there, though the wind practically blows through the windows!

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post #195 of 542
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that's the kind of thing that makes me cry too.
well, two + a half years might not be a big deal, i've replaced caulk more often than that in a very humid flat i once owned. it depends on how well vented things are. i have some to do when i get back to london
no problem with venting there, though the wind practically blows through the windows!

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It's so weird... it doesn't *seem* like a bathroom that should have mildew problems. It has a window in it, which we leave open all summer (and yet we still get mildew) and a fan, which apparently is completely useless. I've been wanting to replace that darn fan for years, but there was always something else to be done first, I guess. *sigh*
post #196 of 542
Hello all!

I'm finally starting to settle into my new place a little, and wanting to set up our new routines - so I thought I would post on this lovely thread that I've been following a little!

We've just recently moved from Vancouver to Ottawa (hello Fern and Artparent!), and so I'm slowly figuring out where to get all the things I want. I had my heart set on doing some canning, but I think I'm going to let that go this fall as there's so much else on our plates - plus, we LOVE making pear sauce and dehydrated pear rings at this time of year, and you would not believe how hard it is to find pears around Ottawa. Oh well, next year, we'll drive south to find them by the crate full!!!!

One question I have for you all is do you have recommendations on specific crockpots? We gave ours away in our huge free sale before we moved, and are now at a point where we're wanting one again. One thing I'd really like is the ability to set a timer for a delayed start, but I'm a little overwhelmed with all of the choices out there! TIA
post #197 of 542
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Hello all!

I'm finally starting to settle into my new place a little, and wanting to set up our new routines - so I thought I would post on this lovely thread that I've been following a little!

We've just recently moved from Vancouver to Ottawa (hello Fern and Artparent!), and so I'm slowly figuring out where to get all the things I want. I had my heart set on doing some canning, but I think I'm going to let that go this fall as there's so much else on our plates - plus, we LOVE making pear sauce and dehydrated pear rings at this time of year, and you would not believe how hard it is to find pears around Ottawa. Oh well, next year, we'll drive south to find them by the crate full!!!!

One question I have for you all is do you have recommendations on specific crockpots? We gave ours away in our huge free sale before we moved, and are now at a point where we're wanting one again. One thing I'd really like is the ability to set a timer for a delayed start, but I'm a little overwhelmed with all of the choices out there! TIA
you moved! that's a big move too! i really like ottawa, as far as big cities go. i have some wonderful friends in those parts.
goash.pears. i have a tree full of them..i bought jars from nelson yesterday so i can make pear butter and canned pear halves.

im not sure about crockpots but i know that there has been some discussion on this board about lead in some of them. im looking into getting one as well, but i have a clay slow cooker for my oven, so i may just make do with it. i really dont have space for another big kitchen thing...
they do sounds so handy though!


well, my day yesterday was busy. my farmer frienss and i went to nelson in their big farm truck and got dog food and jars and linen yarn for knitting dishcloths!! thanks elisa!
we went to a thift shop where i found some beautiful wool yarns for 1$ a skein. it was a truly great score!
but a day in town without the kiddos means my house gets trashed, so my job today while i process pears is to tidy and declutter and finnish my craft room project. i have lst o knob from my pellet stove, so its my inspiration for getting everything clean. it must be here somewhere!

i read on my facebook that elisa made it safe and sound home to london, so we should be hearing from her soon.
post #198 of 542

up for 22 hours + happy to be home and let daddy take blissfully over

(and no one stopped me with my loom, drop spindle, stacks of fabric, yarn, glass jars, compost bucket, pressure cooker, baking soda, epsom salts, kitchen utensils, kgs of sea salt, vit c, magnesium....)

hi erica!

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post #199 of 542
artparent, I can't imagine traveling with all that!

On the grout, I have no advice, just commiseration. I cry over stuff like that too--like the ringworm we are battling now. We're over three weeks into this and now dd has it on her scalp. Looks like back to the doc this week.

Dh left this morning. He'll be gone 3 or 4 weeks, and I guess then he'll be home just a week before he has to go on another trip. But at least the next one is domestic. He's going to be in the air for something like 15 hours today.

And I am left with a lot of the winter closing stuff he left undone. No big deal, but some of it requires strength I am finding I don't have. My wrists and grip have become terribly weak, and I don't know if this is from all the keyboarding I have done over the past 3 years, or if it's just genes/bad luck.

Anyway, I cleaned and closed off the living room, so the dining room will serve as family room/den for the next 6 months.

And now on to all the homework we ignored all weekend.
post #200 of 542
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artparent, I can't imagine traveling with all that!

On the grout, I have no advice, just commiseration. I cry over stuff like that too--like the ringworm we are battling now. We're over three weeks into this and now dd has it on her scalp. Looks like back to the doc this week.

Dh left this morning. He'll be gone 3 or 4 weeks, and I guess then he'll be home just a week before he has to go on another trip. But at least the next one is domestic. He's going to be in the air for something like 15 hours today.

And I am left with a lot of the winter closing stuff he left undone. No big deal, but some of it requires strength I am finding I don't have. My wrists and grip have become terribly weak, and I don't know if this is from all the keyboarding I have done over the past 3 years, or if it's just genes/bad luck.

Anyway, I cleaned and closed off the living room, so the dining room will serve as family room/den for the next 6 months.

And now on to all the homework we ignored all weekend.
Tea tree oil or young living's RC (respiratory congestion) EO is supposed to help with ringworm... for what it's worth. THat sucks DD had some weird situation on the inside of her elbows this summer... it sorta looked like eczema, but sorta looked like ringworm. It was never flaring up when the doctors saw it, so they just told me it was nothing I'm still not sure what it was, but I used RC on it that had been mixed with coconut oil. It seems to be gone now...
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