Lavender Oil – Homemade

What do you need?
1/4 cup dried lavender flowers (Make sure the flowers you use are completely dry else your oil will go rancid.)
3/4 cup grape seed oil
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup almond oil
1 glass jar with lid
Electric candle jar warmer (or Mr. Sunshine)

Mix the lavender flowers and the oils into the glass jar. Make sure oil covers the flowers. Now the mixture needs to be heated with low heat for a period of time so that the oil can absorb the fragrance from the flowers. I am impatient so I’m using a candle warmer for jar candles to heat my oil mixture. I’ll let it heat for several hours before straining the mixture through cheese cloth to remove the lavender from the oil. If you wish you can place the jar with the oil and flower mixture in the sunshine and let it heat and cool for 30 days. Once strained I’ll place the oil in a pretty jar and use it for my dry skin, or mix some with bees wax and make a cream.

Lavender Flowers

Lavender Flowers

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More surgery to come


Trip to the neurologist today confirmed that I do have a herniated disc.  They want me to have one more MRI on Friday then we can schedule the surgery to repair my disc.  Joy joy fun fun.  This will be a repeat of my back surgery in 2005, however the pain this time is three times over last time and within the past week I’ve lost all feeling in my right foot, as well as strength.  Numb floppy feet aren’t fun.   More to come.

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The Silver Queen

Raised bed #3 Silver Queen and Tomato

This year we are trying some corn in the garden. I have no idea how it will do, but it doesn’t hurt to try. Check out the green orb in the background. That is our new orb composter. So far it works pretty good unless it gets too full. Its fun to roll it around on its stand to mix everything up. Hmm I wonder what the neighbors think?

Here we go again…

Working in the garden...

Last Sunday we decided to clean out the raised garden beds and put down more mulch in the flowerbed. I let J do all the heavy lifting, but I’m guessing all the bending and pulling I was doing didn’t help. Later that evening the dreaded shooting, burning, stabbing pain in my right thigh and calf peeked out. Monday morning I was in tears from the pain so it was off to the ER. Two shots later and pain killers to go I was on my way back home. On Wednesday I wasn’t any better, so we made another trip to the ER. New pain meds and now a MRI later…we’re off to revisit my neurologist in Birmingham on Monday. See I’ve already been through this once before in 2005. At that time I’d lost all feeling in my foot and the pain was incredible. The doctor was able to relieve me of the nerve pain via same day micro surgery and I have a feeling we’ll be doing it again. Ok..if I start rambling its the pain medicine kicking in again or it could be wearing off. I’ve still got the sharp pains in my hip, thigh, and calf..and now only my big toe has any feeling left in it. Standing still hurts, sitting hurts, laying down is about the only position I can get any relief in. Joy joy…

I called my employer and since I’m maxed out on vacation/sick time they want me to file for short term disability. My luck I’ll be back at work by the time it would start paying out, but 60% of my pay is better than not getting a check at all.

At least I will say the flower beds do look great and the veggies are doing good too!

Any whoooo.. I’m going to try and start posting regular again. It feels good to put my words down…kind of gives me someone to talk to when no one is around. to watch a couple episodes of House Hunters International and keep Mr. Percocet company.

Homemade Breakfast Cereal

The other day I bought some ‘homemade’ cereal from Fresh Market and gave it a try. Now, the amount that I got seemed a bit on the expensive side and didn’t last but for three servings.
After doing a little research I decided to give it a go and want to try making my own. Here’s the recipe that I found.. what do you think?


5 cups quick-cook oatmeal
1 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup light corn syrup
1 cup wheat germ or cracked wheat
1 cup raisins
1 cup coconut
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons. vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt


Place all dry ingredients together in a bowl and mix well. Sprinkle vanilla and corn syrup over mixture. Mix well. Pour into shallow pans.

Toast at 200 degrees F. for 20 to 30 minutes or until it starts to turn brown. Cool and store in a tight container. Serve with milk.

After I buy the ingredients that I need I’ll let you know what the cost is and the amount that I end up making. Surely it will be cheaper than $5 for 3 cups!
I even have vanilla that I brought back from Costa Rica to use too! Hmmm.. maybe I should have brought back more!

——Update: Total cost to make 10 cups of granola cereal = $4.35