Sunday, May 12, 2019

Little Lending Library

I love books. I got extra credit in high school for reading books. I'm glad that my kids have their own bookshelves in their rooms but I know they have different tastes so there are books that will not be read again here.

We like sharing books and having Little Free Library out front really helps us to do that. We have been planning to have one for a very long time and brought a box of books with us from Iowa to Michigan. 

You can find one near you with this link Little Free Library.  Our Charter is 77029.  

The frame is from scrap wood.  Ryan cut every side trim piece, like 400 of them.  We roofed with with extra shingles from our roof and topped with with some copper.  The door is made from 1960's teak Ryan's dad gave him.  I painted it in the house trim colors.  It has a little window in the back to see if the light is on (we are still working on the light part.)

We try and keep everything from kids to adult books in there.  

What books would you want to read?

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Grape Juice Day - Easy Grape Juice

Someone on Freecycle posted that they had grape vines that needed to be picked.

The kids came along and Lillian helped me pick some.  I did not want to take them all.

In sterilized jar place 1-2 cups grapes.
Add 1/2 cup sugar.
Fill to top with boiling water.

Seal jars at once with 2 piece lids. Process in water-bath canner for 10 minutes. Remove from canner and keep out of drafts(cover with a towel). Next day remove metal lid-bands, and label with date and contents.

Let juice stand 3 to 4 weeks before using.

Strain juice from grapes and use juice.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

We are home

I went through some of our post for 2008.

The title We are Home came up from when we landed back in the United States after living in India a year.

Since there we have called home to my parents house, a house in Erie Pennsylvania, a house in Waterloo Iowa where I've had two more children and now we are in linden Michigan. We're home. What does that mean?

1) home is where you have the most pairs of underwear
2) home is where your entire family is, meaning kids and husband
3) home is where you feel settled

I'm grateful to God that I can keep making new homes, new friends, and continue to raise the family He's giving me. It's not always been easy.

Between moving here from Waterloo IA end up having to have a root canal because I grind my teeth so hard.  Part of my family was missing, Ryan had to be up here in Michigan and work for a month before we would be allowed to get a mortgage.

I'm glad my family is back together now.

Family is important, it makes you feel safe, could you stability, and a purpose at times.

I don't know how.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Winter in Michigan

Blue Jeep and Black Hummer
Jon has been saving for a Gator (Power Wheel).   He wanted one really BAD!  This Christmas I found one of my neighbors had two extra power wheels that they never tried to make work. 

I'm grateful for having a handy husband because he found that the Hummer had a bad acceleration switch which I bought a replacement off eBay for ten bucks and the Jeep still had the proprietary battery connection which I just put spade bits on the end of the wires.

Ryan putting in the 35 amp hr battery
Ryan used a Oscillating Craftsman Multi Tool to get rid of some ridges
The one drawback with power wheels is they have a proprietary connector and a fuse in the battery. That's it cost sixty bucks versus $20 for the battery and another $3 for the fuse including a connector which my husband has a stash of in the basement.  That is why people get rid of them, the battery cost.

Things we have learned:

-when you put a 35 amp hour battery in a power wheel it runs all the way around our subdivision.
-also is heavy on the steering wheel so it's more difficult to turn.
-it can still haul a fourteen-year-old taller then me.
-when you put a 7.5 amp hour battery in a power wheel it does not make it around our subdivision. Then you push it halfway around the subdivision and regret that you didn't bring a second battery which can also fit in the compartment.
7.5 amp hr batter and car charger
-a determined 8 year old can install a small battery when she wants to chase her brother in the other car on days they forget how to share.

The blue Jeep was the first one that we got running and has just 7.5 amp hour batteries. Those we take out and charge with a car battery charger, we the leave the battery in the 35 amp hr hummer.  I don't know if the 35 amp hour gives more power to the black Hummer. It sure seems to go fast and scare the 14 year old who's driving on it.