Cleaning Nontoxically – Vinegar For Tile Floors

We moved into a new place in July of last year that was anything but new.  The floors were so grimy that we gave them a quick once-over and continued moving in.  The one in our bathroom was RIDICULOUS.  Being that it wasn’t the one used often, we let it go and covered it with a rug.  *I* knew what was under there… and it bugged me.  Well, yesterday was THE DAY!  I decided to tackle it, and also to see which would work better, nontoxic white vinegar or the toxic Multi-surface Cleaner on which I had previously relied.

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I cleaned one tile with the vinegar, diluted by half water.  A mop and then a scrubbing sponge didn’t cut it, so I broke out the BIG GUNS, my RIGHT HAND MAN:

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 THIS is the GUY for me!! 

I got one square scrubbed with the vinegar.  It DID take some effort! This is what it looked like:

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THIS was exciting!  I grabbed the Scrubbing bubbles and did another:

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The one on the left was cleaned with the vinegar, the one on the right, with the toxic cleaner! The left was much easier to clean.  I have NO IDEA what the stuck-on film was all over our floor, but I would guess it was a buildup of hairspray from an extended time!

The kids thought it looked like fun:

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I wouldn’t have let them clean with the TOXIC Scrubbing bubbles. They and I had a great time cleaning, and it looked fantastic when we finished!

THINK about what you are cleaning with.  It goes down the drain, and into our Earth.

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Heatwave, Hens, Hay & Harmonica

Our poor chickens don’t like cold toes, so I shlep out some hay out to carpet their yards.  It warmed up enough for them to want to come out.  I play you some Happy New Year song 😉

**IT Has Hit the Fan’ Not the Best Time Ever SHTF & Peek at the Garden

Things have not been easy here at Noble Homestead.  Here’s what’s going on and a quick peek at my garden downstairs.

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Postal Joy… Post Cards and Presents

I figured I’d bundle these two together.  The kids got postcards from their Gramma in California:

 

And we got our very first Noble Homestead mail in our brand new Post Office Box! Come with us on our road trip:

Happy Holidays & Vick Plays Harmonica

When it first became apparent to me that our kids were with us to stay, I decided I was going to afford them every possible opportunity to teach them all I could so they could be the most awesome humans possible.  Unfortunately, I lack knowledge in the music category.  I decided it would be best if I learned how to play something.  I fired up Amazon and looked around and settled on the harmonica.  I knew a little bit about them, and knew the name Hohner, a German manufacturer.  Much to my surprise, I found one for under $10. For a beginner instrument, it was all I needed.  Although, I would also recommend a case.  I have taped the box many times over, and finally got myself a little case. It pays to keep it clean. After all, you do put it in your mouth!

I then proceeded to watch YouTube videos.  It certainly is harder than it looks to blow in one of those ten tiny holes! Watch me below 🙂  I really Do try, though!  I’m hoping that in a year my playing will be much better and it will be fun to look back on this.

I decided to teach the kids how to play and I bought a DVD instructional by Hal Leonard to teach us all. It even comes with a Hohner harmonica.  I highly recommend this little set.  However, while it is good for me to learn, that doesn’t work for the kids.  SO instead, I have been teaching them how the tablature works.  I go to Harptabs.com and we pick songs and try them from there.

I never knew I would enjoy it as much as I do!  At 48, any sense of accomplishment is fuel for more progress.  I suggest that you give it a try.  Just get the cheap little harmonica and pull up some Youtube vids.  It could be fun 🙂

 

Lighted Tractor Parade and Good Neighbors

Before you watch, I must acknowledge Suzanne Becker and the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce’s Lighted Tractor Parade Facebook, who shared my video!!

 

We were so fortunate to attend the 5th Annual Greenwich Chamber of Commerce Holiday Lighted Tractor Parade 2017 in the neighboring town of Greenwich. NY.  It was raining but we had a few blankets and we were lucky the temps were moderate.  The place was packed!! There was no problem seeing, however, as the nice couple in front of us that were smart enough to bring folding chairs let our kids sit in front of them on the curb on the extra blanket we brought.  The kindness of the people in our new community so far has been remarkable.

We have moved 13 times in the past 14 years and no where else have we seen such consideration (even when dealing with strangers), kindness, and generosity.  Case in point: Ray and I were just putting out the chickens the other morning when a huge black pickup truck trundled up the driveway with a nice older couple inside.  The gent rolled down his window and reminded Ray who he was (Ray had gone out looking for someone to hay our fields a few months back, and this “Mr. G” was a gent in the know).  We chatted, and the Missusses were introduced.  After some chat, the reason for their visit was revealed– Mr. G has a log yard, and was looking down into the valley at our outdoor furnace and didn’t think it was burning enough.  “You got enough wood?”  Ray and I looked at each other in slight disbelief.  Lately we had been harvesting wood from Craigslist Free ads.  We have 28 acres, but only 5 is woods, so it wouldn’t be smart to over-harvest there.  So now we can go up to Mr. G’s anytime we’d like and grab a truckload of his many leftover lumber rounds, and he’s just around the corner!  This is just ONE of the many examples of neighborly conduct we’ve experienced since we moved into this area in July.

I hope you are a good neighbor.  If everyone could be, imagine the peace in your community!

Love,

Vicki