Monday, December 28, 2009

Fat Witch Running

Hey kids! Just a quick note to let you know I have started a new blog about my quest to go from a Fat Girl to a Runner! Wish me luck, and please stop by Fat Witch Running to check up on me from time to time. I will post updates on my progress on this blog on Fat Witch Fridays starting New Years Day.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Lazy Sunday

Welcome to Lazy Sunday!
posting early cause Sunday will not be lazy around my house this week!
Fat Witch Running my new blog about my journey to fitness
Pagan Pride Day thinking about getting involved
Sisterhood of Avalon curious if anyone has info
again, if you would like your site or blog listed on Lazy Sunday please contact me, and feel free to link onto the Mcklinky bloghop below no matter your blog subject!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

a Classic!

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Home made liquid laundry soap

Hello all! I have not blogged about Hippie cleaning for a while, so I thought I would walk you through making laundry soap.  I am dangerously low, so today I NEED to make it. Cloth diapers+no laundry soap=FAIL! The recipe is the basic one found all over the internet. I have played with it a little and have a recipe that I think works best with cloth diapers to get them clean and smelling nice, as well as everyday laundry and eliminates the need for fabric softener, which I am allergic to!

1 bar Fels Naptha or Ivory soap (I like the smell of the Fels better!)
1 cup Super Washing Soda
1 cup Borax
1 vinegar
1 cup measure
1 small pan
wooden spoon
hammer or grater
cookie sheet
5 gallon bucket
laundry soap container

either grate or smash the bar of soap. I like to beat it with the hammer on a cookie sheet, it's more fun! Crumble it up with yous hands. I like to take out a Tablespoon of the soap and mix in a spray bottle of HOT water for a stain spray.

Put the crumbled soap in a pan with 2 cups water on medium heat and stir till melted. You need to babysit it a little, be patient.

While this is melting, fill the 5 gallon bucket half full of HOT water and add 1 cup Borax, 1 cup Super Washing Soda, and 1 cup vinegar and stir to dissolve.

Once soap is melted, pour into bucket and top off with HOT water, stir. Snap lid onto bucket and you have laundry soap concentrate! When ready to use open bucket and stir well, it will gel up a bit, and dilute 1:1 with water in your dispenser. I use a 2 liter bottle with the bottom cut off to pour the concentrate and water into my dispenser.

 Use about 1/4 cup per load, I use a little more for diaper laundry. The vinegar naturally softens the laundry and I use no fabric softener, although I will spray a little vinegar water on it if it is way static-y and tumble it a few more minutes. Once it dries it will not smell like vinegar, I promise.
I never really paid attention to how long this lasts, but I will this time. Between our laundry, diaper laundry, and washing towels for the grooming shop I do a minimum of 3 loads a day. Happy laundry!

Wordless Wednesday

Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Happy Yule!

Hello all and Happy Yule! The winter has come, and through the long, cold nights and short, snowy days we know that the Sun has been born again in the sky and grows stronger and brighter each day until the spring.  As I have said in other posts, I am very much looking forward to Yule this year. For a lot of reasons it has great meaning to myself and my family this year. My daughter, Jiji, is now 5, and at an age where she wants to participate in more and learn about out festival traditions. This is the first year I feel like she really understands why we bake shortbread cookies with chocolate kisses in them to represent the light overcoming the dark. Or that we decorate our house and tree with lights and burn candles to represent the warmth and light of the Sun returning from the dark. We did most of our Yule traditions yesterday, since H.H. is out in the truck today.  We made the cookies, taking time to talk about the egg being a sign of fertility for the spring, and how the egg hold the dark and light in it's yolk and whites, and about the wheat of the fields in the flour. We also made Peanut Butter and Jillys just for Jillian! I guess we will need to come up with a special cookie for Mojo in the next few years...Some of these cookies get saved back for Santa Claus on Christmas, since we celebrate both. My mother and sisters are Christian, but very awesome and accepting of our faith and we want the kids to grow up with those traditions as well. We also made the first of a new tradition of making a Yule candle lantern with the kids. The old tin can with a nail hole design, that will be on our altar, then get moved to the outdoor altar (in a bowl of water for safety!) at bedtime. So tonight, when the sun goes down for it's longest sleep of the year, we will call H.H., sing songs and light candles, tell stories about the Goddess giving birth to the new God, and pray the darkness gives birth to our dreams as we sleep on Solstice night. My family wishes the same for you.

Brightest Blessings, Hippie Witch, Hippie Hubs,Lala, Jiji, and Mojo,

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Lazy Sunday

Good Morning!
Here is your Lazy Sunday list for this week. Happy Yule and Merry Christmas.
Torchaven my family has made a site for our Circle.
WitchVox I'm sure most of you know this one, but if not check it out has a great article about the different and shared beliefs for the Winter Solstice holidays
Please feel free to link up to the blog hop MckLinky below on Sundays, no matter your blog topic. Just a fun and easy way to get some traffic around the blogoshere!
Whatever holiday you celebrate this time of year, may your god bless you and yours.

Hi all i'm the H.H.

H W  got me into blogging ... she has turned me into the dark side!  lol .  As she has said I've been turned on to the chicken idea  due to the neighbors being on vacation, it reminds me of when I had a duck when I was little. She also is teaching me how to groom dogs, what a trip... at least I have some idea of what I am doing as well as an Awesome teacher can't wait to get rolling on the business.  On a side note,  today we had our most snow so far, about 2 inches. I took  Jiji out sledding for her first time.  She had a blast!  I'll be putting up a short video later . HW has sooooo turned me around  I used to never cook or bake, well today we're gonna make cookies and stuff  and I am excited about it !!! I'll add more as I can , Blessed Be

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Friday, December 18, 2009

I did it!!!

Hip, hip hooray!  Lucky Dog Grooming was granted a zoning variance last night and I am officially in business!  So excited! This is something I have wanted for so long, and now I really feel like I am on my way.  This business means so much to me right now, for so many reasons. Most importantly I can earn a living with my kids in the next room or just next door, and hopefully we will be at the place this will be a family business in the next year or so with my husband working with me.  I got this far, now I have to just keep the ball rolling and keep growing my client list. So if you are in the Elwood area, bring your puppy-dog by for a wash and a trim! Thanks to everyone who has given me your love, energy, prayers and support during this process, and keep it coming cause the hard work is just beginning.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Love it!

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Reiki Thursday

Welcome back to Reiki Thursday!
Here is todays list, please send healing, prayers, and Reiki to this list and to anyone in your life who needs positive energy or healing today.

  • Elizabeth in Indianapolis: 2yr old with heart condition awaiting open heart surgery on Friday
  • Orlando in Singapore
  • Robin in Bowling Green, KY: septic
  • the Reiki-Path healing list
  • the Reiki-Path abundance list
  • Hippie Witch: Zoning hearing for Lucky Dog Grooming tonight!

Please leave any additions to this list in the comments, and link to your blog in the MckLinky below if you want to join in the Reiki Thursday Healing Circle

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Happy Yule, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanza....Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Groomers Aprentice

T-minus 3 days till my zoning hearing...getting excited! We are set up and ready to rock-out some doggies. Part of the plan for Lucky Dog Grooming is to have the Hubs (H.H.) be more and more involved in the business as I get more and more clients being a bather, answering the phone, wrangling the kids,and generally being my shop-boy. Eventually we hope, somewhere down the line, to both be working full time for ourselves grooming dogs. This means something both thrilling and husband will have to learn to groom and I will have to teach him. Gulp! Luckily I have a poodle for him to practice on, but this means I have to give my pampered little prince Bruno over to him for grooming. Double gulp! As I am typing in this blog entry I am observing him cutting down the awesome Chicago Dutch trim I had on Bruno into a simple lamb clip he can maintain and practice on while he learns. Although Bruno is a very handsome boy and looks good in any style of groom (and I have had many on him, I got him specifically to be the groomer version of a doll to dress up) it is hard to hand him over to a grooming n00b and not just jump over and fix it myself. This is why I don't let owners stay and watch the grooming. It is torture, and all Bruno wants to do jump off the table and get to me! At least H.H. was raised by a hairdresser, like myself, so it is not a completely foreign world of clippers and scissors. He really is picking it up pretty easily, and Bru is looking pretty great for a first grooming job. Although I did have to resort to walking off several times, then come back and check his progress, I was pleasantly surprised each time, and only had to 'tweak' things a little bit. All in all I am a proud teacher, a proud dog owner, and a proud wife!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Yearning for Yule

Once more, Yule is just around the corner.  I cannot recall a year when I looked so forward to the Yule festival. I am in dire need need of a reminder that things must sometimes be consumed in Darkness before the Light can be renewed.  I am thankful for the gentle reminder that the Mother, who will soon give birth to the light of a new year, gives only gifts to her children. Although I may not like how it was wrapped or delivered it was a gift none the less.  The world shifts, the wheel turns, and if I am not who or what I wish to be, now is the time to make it so.  The birth of the Old God as the Sun reminds me that each day is a gift and a blessing.  Each day is the chance to shuck off the past and create a new today and a new future.  Things in our lives, even beloved and cherished things, must die so that something greater can be reborn.  This year as the Light faded and the nights grew longer I came through my own dark night, and I now know with all my heart that the dawn is coming to light my life as I light the candles on the Yule altar with my family.  We are overwhelmed with blessings, and in their counting they make the dark spots of the past year a tiny price to pay for those blessings. Always remember, dreams are born in the dark.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Lazy Sunday

Happy Sunday, all! I have decided to add a new weekly feature to Hippie Witch. Starting today I will be posting Lazy Sunday, where I will simply post links to blogs or websites that caught my interest over the past week and I would like to share with you all. This way I can take a day off blogging and spread the love around the interwebs a little bit. I will also post a MckLinky so that anyone else wanting to take the easy way out on Sunday can just link in to the blog hop and away we go on a whirlwind trip through the blogosphere! Please contact me if you would like your blog featured on Lazy Sunday! So here is the Lazy Sunday list for this week!
Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage We are thinking of building a cob playhouse for the kids this spring
Back Yard Chickens since I finally won!
Heifer International what our family is doing instead of Secret Santa gift exchange this year!
Hope you enjoy, and if you are a blogger feel free to link up to the blog hop on MckLinky below!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Chicken sitting

This past year or more, mostly when I was trapped on bedrest while pregnant and had nothing but the interwebs to entertain me, I discovered Urban Homesteading. I threw myself into this idea as much as possible. I had mixed results, mostly due to the fact I was still on bedrest and/or had a newborn for the spring and summer. The majority of my work has been cooking and baking, learning to sew and make a few pieces of clothing from our old clothes instead of the massive garden I dreamed of. Regardless of this, I got a lot done on our property, had a little bit of a harvest, and know some things we need to do differently next year. The highlight of my pride was the pumpkin pie I served at Thanksgiving was 100% grown and prepared by our family. It was the most delicious pie I ever tasted!
Anyway, our wonderful neighbors are surprisingly like us as far as homesteading/homeschooling/sustainable/handmade living, the big difference being they are Hippie Christian Republicans (HCR) instead of Hippie Witches. (I find this to be awesome in it's rarity!)They possess on their Urban farm something I have coveted and lobbied for during our transformation from a yard to a homestead...chickens! Oh how I long for chickens, but the Hubs has vetoed it at every turn. When the neighbors got chickens and ducks this spring, I saw it as the chance to show the Hubs how easy and awesome it would be to have chickens of our very own. They were our test run. He agreed to observe closely the whole chicken owning and care process to see if his ideas about it were truth or misconception. All this summer I could see him softening, but tried not to push my chicken agenda too hard. My plan was to let him store all the info, then have a discussion about adding chickens to our homestead next spring. The HCR family is currently in Iowa (out of the fridge and into the freezer, huh!) and we are chicken sitting. I noticed that the Hubs day by day taking over the job or going over to feed the chickens and duck, and this morning when I went over he was advising me that their water trough was frozen so he put a bowl in the coop for water and I should water, feed, then top off the water they drank. Golden! Score! We are so getting chickens! His only stipulation now is that we get a couple duck's too...Bonus! Thanks for going home to visit your family HCR.

Friday, December 11, 2009


Just a quick note to say anyone who has my button on ur blog I changed it a little so please grab the new one when u get a minute. Thanx H.W.

Lucky Dog

Next Thursday I will be going before the zoning board here in town to hopefully be granted a variance to run a dog grooming shop out of my house. I have been grooming dogs for almost 12 years now, but have always worked for someone else. Owning my own business has been a dream of mine for most of that time, and I finally decided to stop wishing and start acting. Lucky Dog Grooming will open it's doors right after Christmas, and is the gift I am giving myself this year. I am so excited about it, since I will be running it out of my home, because it will allow me to provide an income for my family doing what I love while being here at home with my children the majority of the time. Even when they go to 'daycare' they will be across the yard at the neighbors who are so awesome and homeschool so can sit Jiji down next to their kids to do her schoolwork! My dining room had been transformed into a grooming shop, the tub is sitting waiting to be installed, and as of this morning my sign is on the front door. I am excited, scared, but ready to rock. Please send me positive energy and prayers on Thursday the 17th for me to be granted my variance. Lucky Dog is me building my future, and I know if I get the chance I can grow it into something fantastic!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Reiki Thursday

Since I am just getting back in the blogging saddle, no list today. I am sending Reiki out into the Universe to whoever needs it, and ask you to do the same. Say a prayer, light a candle, or just send out positive thoughts. Bless ypu all, and pass the blessing on.

I apologize.

It has been 4 months since I wrote on this blog. My life completely exploded in August, and I have spent that time rebuilding it. I have been recovering from post pardum depression, trying to see if my marriage could or should be saved, and starting my own business, which will open it's doors in 2 weeks, as well as the thousand other things that needed fixed, pitched, or reworked in my life. I will not say I am putting my life back together, because very few of the pieces of my life went back where they came from, but I am trying to use the opportunity to clear out the junk and dead wood and keep what can be a strong foundation to build it back better and keep moving forward I thought several times over this period about blogging, but chose instead to journal. I did not want to give any power to my own negativity, or the negativity running through my life in this difficult time by giving it a voice on my blog. I realize, however, that I was neglecting an extremely rich resource by not coming to my blog followers and the blogs I follow. I regret that profoundly, and apologize. I am back now, however, and feel I have something to say worth putting out there!

Merry Meet, Merry Part, and Merry Meet Again...

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