Thursday 30 August 2012

A Couple of "Crabby Cabbie" Moments

Since I had posted Yesterday's Wednesday with the day before Tuesday, here is a little bit of Yesterday's yesterday, being Wednesday.  This all makes perfect sense to me in some weird way, but it does, it does.

"Once all the mornings usual chores were out of the way Yesterday, I got everything out needed to make Homemade Laundry Detergent for my first time.  I had already bought the ingredients last month, but just have begun to run out of what detergent I had."

"This is a heavy duty plastic pail, with lid, I picked up for the storing of the detergent.   I purchased this from the Deli Department at our local Foodland store for $1.00."

"First off the Sunlight bar of soap had to be grated."

"Into a pot with the required amount of water the grated soap went until thoroughly melted.  I actually reminded me of Lemon Pie filling.  Once melted in went the Borax, Washing Soda and Tea Tree Oil Essentials."

"All into the large white pail it went along with two more cups of hot water, with then twelve cups of cold added gradually while stirring."

"All packed away to make more when I deplete this first batch.  I kept the receipt of everything I had bought, so I will have to sit down to figure out the actual cost per batch.  This is low suds, so it is used in my HE Washing Machine."
Recipe/Method Please?
As submitted to Cindy's Recipe Exchange on Facebook by Exchange Member~Diane Sheppard:

You will need a large plastic container that will hold at least 17 cups of liquid which will give you 34 washes. It can easily be double for those households with more washes.

Grate 1 bar Sunlight Bar Laundry soap into a large pot with 3 cups of water and heat on medium heat until melted. Stir with a wooden spoon to help get all the bits melted. Add 1/3 cup borax and 1/3 cup arm and hammer washing soda and stir until melted. At this time add about 12 drops of tea tree oil as an antioxidant. (I have never had a batch grow mold). You could also use any essential oil that you have but tea tree is reasonably priced.
Next, have your clean container in the sink and add 2 cups of hot water. Pour the mixture from the stove into the pot and start stirring with the wooden spoon. Now add 12 cups of cold water while continuing to stir and you are done. It will look like a thick egg drop soup but it will eventually set. Use 1/2 cup per load.

...or just to compare check this site out HERE.

"Crabby Cabbie" moment Number 1 on Wednesday, August 29th 2012:

"My "Crabby Cabbie" retrieved the mail to find the new Phone Book was there for Owen Sound and Surrounding Areas.  Right away he went to the "Taxi" section to find he was there !  It is a pretty neat feeling to see yourself in print elsewhere, other then on your own Business Cards."

"With all the "Crabby Cabbie" and detergent making going on, I was dang glad to have had some homemade Spaghetti Sauce made up to make our Dinner an easy one to prepare."

"It always takes me aback when walking out our front door to see this abundance of beauty before me.  I enjoy every moment of the Hibiscus Blooms while they last."

"It was still daylight when last evenings Moon first made its appearance.  I was surprised my camera actually captured it so well.  So ended my Yesterday."

Here I go into my present day ... hopefully I am back on track?

"As this is how the morning began behind our house looking over the fields, back towards our bush line."

"Apparently someone in the house was looking though the window with my camera. "

"Very good "close up" on the Rubber boots.  Thanks."

"Now this is the reason my "Checkerboard Aussies" and I have no fear of Bears, Coyotes, or such, in the mornings, as surely they are more scared of I looking like this, then I of them....  Thanks to my dear Rob, as it is really difficult to explain Wild Animals having such a fear without having the Visuals to prove it."

Back in the house, but not yet dressed, as I still needed to keep my Animal Hubby apparently at bay, I sat myself to get some items ready to post.

"First off a letter to my Sister Donna, as one of the Southampton Public School's class photos had been submitted to the Shoreline Beacon Newspaper in Saugeen Shores.  It just happened to had been her Kindergarten Class.  Long before I was born this is most certain, or at least 3 or 4 years prior."

Before Rob and I headed downtown Wiarton to do some errands, we had to check out how tall the Sunflowers had gotten in our Garden.

"Rob is six feet tall, so I had wanted to see how much taller this one Sunflower was before its flower bloomed and weighed it down.  Pretty darn tall I would say."

"Not too scary after all without the Rubber Boots and the nightie?"

"They are just beginning to peek out of their head dressing now."

"Lots of the smaller Bronze variety still hardy and blooming."

Once downtown our first stop was to ....

"Drop off some Noodles and Spaghetti sauce to my friend, Koreen, as Koreen is always so sweet and wonderful to me and my "Crabby Cabbie".  Koreen is forever busy working away at her business ... "

".... here downtown Wiarton making all kinds of great stuff like "Crabby Cabbie" shirts and hats, as well as for other great people who also have their own business(es).  You need something for "just you" done up "personally",  check HERE with Koreen first as she might be your girl to do the job !"

"Next stop was The Salvation Army Thrift Store to drop around some fresh picked Zucchini for the girls there."

"Look at this little adorable "Movie Star" material I happened by when at the Thrift Store.  Her proud owner, who I am sure was in her 70 or 80's,  readily agreed she was indeed a "Movie Star" already."

"After the Zucchini drop I went looking for Rob thinking I might find him across the way at Bennett's Dollar Store as .... "

"... this is Rob's "go to" place for Licorice Babies.  Other goodies can also be found at this counter, as I am sure you can tell."

"Off I went to post my mail at the Wiarton Post Office of course, where else?  I also mailed off my 3rd Post Card through Post Crossing at a cost of $2.03 heading off to Russia.  How exciting !  The Postal Clerk was telling me there is one lady who pen pals to a large number of people, has been doing so since a young girl, who comes in to purchase $500.00 worth of stamps at one time for her Post Hobby."

Finally I got back home, but not until at least the hour of 11:30 am, where I then had to think about getting our Dinner put together.  Two "new to me" recipes I was doing this day.

"Ingredients all ready to "rock" the pots."


"Diced Zucchini sauteing, while the macaroni was cooking."


"All ingredients cooked, mixed and topped with Buttered Panko Crumbs."


"Where would a gal be without all her Kitchen Essentials?"


"Crabby Cabbie" moment Number 2 with his new Table Topper and his requested Fried Green Tomato order filled:

"I thought since I was trying out two new dishes today, we would celebrate by using the new "Crabby Cabbie" table topper gifted to him by Debby over at Nanny's Place.  Another "Crabby Cabbie" moment ... lucky guy he is so."


"While the casserole was being heated through on the Barbecue, I got to making the next order of the day, "Green Fried Tomatoes"."


"Fried up nice and golden brown they were."


"Dinner served befitting of a "Crabby Cabbie" and his NOT so Crabby Wife."


"These two dishes will definitely will be served up at our Dinner table again.  Yummy!"


Recipes please?

Macaroni Zucchini Casserole, just "click" HERE.

Best Fried Green Tomatoes, just "click" HERE.

The rest of my day was spent with cleaning up from Dinner with two sink full of dishes (again), then a bit of this and that ... nothing too terribly serious.  Wednesdays are normally my "clean the bedrooms" day, but that had been put off until today.

Here is to hoping I am finally all caught up, at least on the Personal Journal end of things, cause there is always something to be done, "Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard".


  1. Hi there
    Let me start with the tomatoes....they look delicious ...I'm a great fried tomato fan !:-)
    Well I must say you keep yourself busy busy. Never ever thought of making my own washing detergent but I'm a great user of Tea tree oil in all of its forms. I brought a tiny tube of ointment for lip sores and oh boy its miraculous I only have to use it once.
    Your sunflowers do indeed look as if they are doing fine...what do you give them other than water? My mother used to throw tea leaves on her garden and she had enormous blooms galore. Love the poodle...that is a poodle isn't it...set up to be a star for sure! LOL
    The pic of you in your wellies reminds me of my Aunty May who had a farm and as a child I used to think she slept in her wellies because I cannot recall she ever but ever wore anything else even indoors in the farmhouse.

    Thoroughly enjoyed your description of the visit to the vet in your previous post.

    keep well

    Amanda :-)

  2. Another grand essay on a busy interesting life

  3. You are just a wealth of information. I might try the soap and the green fried tomoato recipe.
    Aimee from craftmates

  4. Mmm...looks like I need to come for dinner :) That's awesome that you sent a card to Russia! I need to teach you a few words in Russian next time :)


How nice of you to drop around to have a wee visit with me to see what I have been up to from time to time. I look forward to your comments as they add much brightness to my each and every day to know there are such wonderful people out there.

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