Thursday, January 31, 2013

Thrifty Thursday-Toot Your Own Horn!

We try to make do with what we have around here.
We believe in the adage,
"Use it up, Wear it out, 
Make it do, or Do without."

Big K is mighty handy.
He can fix so many things
and I marvel at the way his brain 
so easily figures out all things mechanical.
The horn in his truck didn't always work, 
creating a dangerous situation 
should the need arise to use it.
He decided to replace it.

On his 2000 Nissan truck, 
the horn is located 
just in front of the radiator.

Here is the new horn 
and the socket wrench used to change it.

A pair of wire strippers is also needed.

The old horn is removed.

The original wire connector is cut off 
using the wire strippers
because it won't fit the new horn.
The black plastic cover is cut back 
and the wire is stripped about 1/2 inch.

The new connector consists of 
the insulator (clear plastic) 
and the connector (metal).
It comes in the kit.

The clear plastic insulator is inserted 
into the trimmed black plastic cover over the wires.

The freshly stripped wires are fed into the metal connector.

The wire strippers are used to crimp
 the connector over the wires.

The wires should fit in the connector snugly.

The connector is then inserted into the horn.
The other connector (on the left) is the ground 
and comes already assembled.
It needs to be attached to the mounting bracket of the horn.

The whole process took less than 15 minutes.
Now we'll all be a lot safer out on the road.
It feels good to be able to maintain our older vehicles.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Tuesday Tidings-A Bit O' Color

We've had a few brisk days,
but nothing like a couple of years ago and
certainly not the bone-chilling temps to the north of us.
Today we share a bit of color from the winter garden.


volunteer periwinkle 
with orange cosmos

native bulbine

 gerbera daisy


native grass

cosmos seed head


native butterfly vine


pansy seedlings



crape myrtle seed pods

native salvia

pineapple sprout

Ready for tastin'!

Sending Florida sunshine your way!
Stay toasty out there!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Book Box

I've talked about it before.
We love books around here.
And no disrespect to those of you who use tablets,
but in my mind, no electronic device
can match the magic of real books 
fashioned of paper and ink.

Books take you places, 
both metaphorically and literally.
We visit our public library at least every other week
and also take advantage of the Books-by-Mail program
to have library books delivered to our home free of charge.
Then there's BookSwap,
where we can trade books with other avid readers.

But this, this is a great idea.
How much do I love that a 20-something gal
is as enamored with the printed page as we are?
It started here, but she's a local gal
who is continuing this wonderful concept.
It's heartwarming to see someone taking their passion
and really making a difference.
I'd like to get involved somehow.
At least we could donate some books to the cause.
It seems that a visit to the used bookstore is in order.

There are so many ways to 
change this world into a better place.
We just need to think outside the box.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Easy Eggplant

Eggplant has been enjoyed every week since we've started 
buying our produce from Faye & Lynn.

A favorite family recipe is ratatouille
but usually this delectable veggie is pan-fried.
Many times, I end up eating most of it
while I'm standing at the stove.
It doesn't even make it into the fridge.
Fixed in any manner, it's a favorite of this cook.
Here's a quick and easy way to enjoy this savory dish
and have something to show for it.

Just slice, add olive oil, salt, Italian herbs 
and a bit of red pepper flakes.

Place in a 375 degree oven for 20 minutes, 
then turn over and cook an additional 15-20 minutes.

Ready for munchin'!

Enjoy something quick and easy this weekend!


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Thrifty Thursday

We do most of our shopping at thrift stores.
There's just something about the thrill of the hunt.
You never know what you'll find,
but you are sure to find something.
I've been using
this to rinse the lettuce for my daily salads.

It's worked fine for a while now.

But when this was spotted at a thrift store for $1.00,
I knew it would find its way home with me.
Not only is it low-tech, indestructible, and easily stored,
it's just like the one Mimi used to have.


Washing home-grown lettuce is now a daily reminder
of how my mom provided delicious food for us every day.

I'm on the hunt for a few more of these bread pans.
This one was picked up for twenty-five cents.
It's the metallic kind with the non-stick coating.
I wouldn't use it for baking, but... 

it's the perfect thing to corral my hair products
in the bathroom drawer.
I prefer not to use plastic when I can,
so I'll be on the lookout.

This container is plastic, but at least it's made in the USA.
It's meant to be used as a cutlery tray,
but I can imagine many uses for it.

It now holds some of the stray items
housed in one of our kitchen drawers.
Junk drawers are not allowed in our house.
Big K says he won't be able to find anything
if I keep organizing.

These lamps weren't found at the thrift store.
They were in a neighbor's recycle bin.
They both work and there's not a mark on them.
The shades have already been donated to our favorite charity,
and a visit to Jane's should help us find
just the right replacements.
Don't cha just love finding discarded treasures?
The blessings are all around us,
if we just care to notice.
"The hardest arithmetic to master
is that which enables us to count our blessings."
-Eric Hoffer

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Tuesday Tidings-Fabulous Flywheelers

 With Big K off for a few days,
we had time to visit the Florida Flywheelers.
It's an antique tractor club 
that hosts public events only a few times a year.

Our first stop is usually the fire display.
Lil' Guy is fascinated with all of the old pull stations
and other equipment stored here.
One of the volunteers told us of an upcoming swap
where folks buy, sell and trade fire relics.
We may just have to make the trek to Jacksonville 
to experience it.

 These old fire hoses were one of the treasures 
found in this barn.

Mr. Batcher's barn never fails 
to capture our attention.
No matter how many times we've visited,
we always discover something new.
This talented man has hundreds of toys, 
tools, and moving contraptions 
constructed by his own two hands.

 The attention to detail is nothing short of amazing.

 He also displayed his collection of these engines.

 Seed and feed sacks line his rafters.
The last time we visited
Mr. Batcher's barn was closed.
We were sad to learn that he had
had a stroke a few months back,
so it was good to see him back at work,
tinkering with his many gizmos. 

 On the other side of the park 
is a large flea market area.
There are all kinds of treasures to be found.

 Something for every type of collector can be had here.

I managed to pry myself away from this table, 
difficult as it was.
Lil' Guy found himself some electronics
and most vendors we talked to 
were so encouraging to him
regarding his current obsession passion.

The Flywheeler's events are always a good time.
They fit right in with our simple lifestyle.
It's a wonderful way to spend time together.

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