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Sharpening Not Just Your Knife

My father and grandfather could keep a pocket knife sharp as a razor with an Arkansas stone (a type of wet rock).  I’ve never been able to reach that level of sharp.  EVER!  With anything!  I’ve spent tons of money on all kinds of things to sharpen my knives because I’ve been totally spoiled by my dad and granddad.  I can not abide a dull knife.

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I keep several in a favorite coffee cup in the kitchen.

CC’s dad used the bottom of one of my coffee cups to sharpen one of his knives and I had to try it.  It works.  It works well, except it is unwieldy and I wanted something that was smaller and easier to take camping and such.  Then I read something on a blog about using ceramic insulators as a sharpener.  I already knew from my research that ceramic is one of the greatest sharpeners, so…  A quick trip to eBay revealed ceramic insulators for sale for a cheap price.  I paid $5.00 for a dozen.  I then went to Home Depot and bought a wooden dowel.  Cutting the dowel into pieces, I inserted them into the insulators as a handle and TA-DA!  I have sharpeners that keep my knives razor-sharp.

I would like to note several things.  I spent the time to research before buying my knives and bought quality knives.  I managed to catch a block set of them on sale for $30.00, as a close out item.  I’ve had the set for more than ten years and the only issue I have had is the wooden handles have to be oiled periodically.  If I had it to do over, I might go with a different type of handle.  Then again, I might not.  I like natural materials.  I didn’t want serrated knives because they are a pain to sharpen, if you even can and most just don’t cut as smoothly as a honed hollow ground blade.  Don’t know what a hollow ground blade is?  You might want to research that.  The point that I’m trying to make is spending the time and money on quality decreases the quantity that you will end up using up.  (Think smaller footprint on the Earth and less aggravation for you!)

These are not wonder sharpeners in one regards.  If you do not know the proper technique for sharpening, I highly suggest you jump on YouTube and check out some videos.  Sharpen more than your knives, sharpen you mind by learning something new.

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Posted by on September 10, 2015 in A Penny Saved

 

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When does a child becomes an adult?

I work with the public everyday.  One of the things I do to amuse them and myself is have a random question of the day.  The other day the random question of the day was: at what point should children start practicing to be adults?

Shocking to me the average of all the answers was at ages 16 to 18 years of age.  I’m sorry, but these answers answered so much about what is wrong with the world and why my child gets so many compliments for being smart, well-behaved, and mature.  My three-year old has been practicing to be a responsible member of society for roughly three years at this point.  Crazy as it sounds the meaning of no, how to pick up your own mess, and please/thank you are real life skills!  (I’m still working on that pick up your own mess bit myself.)

That being said, my daughter is already learning important life lessons now.  1. Mama and Daddy won’t always be there to pull your fat out of the fire.  2. No means no and usually for a darn good reason.  3. That she really is loved and that good discipline is part of real love.

 

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2014 in Baby Genius

 

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Hey, genius!

Ah, sarcasm!  My friend, my standby…  Wait, I wasn’t being sarcastic this time!  You really are a genius!  In fact, everyone is a genius, but if Beethoven had never been introduced to a piano would we even know who he was?

Unlikely!

Instead of putting yourself down, why not take a moment to jot down the things you totally rock.  Don’t worry I’ll wait while you go get a paper and a pen that actually works.

Seriously! Get up! Go make a list of things you’re good at.

Now on the other side of the page write a list of things you’ve thought or been told you suck at.

Done?  Good.  Now mark off the ones that really don’t matter to you personally or that you aren’t passionate about.  All that’s left is the things that require research, experimentation, and the grit to keep pursuing.  Nobody ever got called a genius about something they weren’t passionate about.

Not passionate about anything?  That actually happens in our society.  The passion is beaten out of us by day to day living in some cases.  In other cases, certain people in our lives beat the positive right out of us.  As the child of an abusive parent, I know this all to well.

My solution to not being passionate about anything is to simple start trying lots of things; from crochet to fence fixing to blue water sailing!  There is something out there for everyone, but in most cases there are a lot of things out there for each individual.

FIND YOUR PASSION(S)!

When I was growing up, I was told that I would never be any good with plants.  I was told that I was ugly.  I was told that I was stupid.  I was told that all my ambitions were silly.  I grow a garden that has inspired more than a few of my coworkers and neighbors.  My daughter looks just like me and she makes people run into things when she smiles at them.  That just leaves my ambitions…

When I was a child I was going to be a cowgirl.  I was going to have a ranch.  I was going to have a garden and live like the people back in the old west that were completely self-sufficient.

My dream has changed somewhat.  I no longer want a ranch, but I’d love to have a much smaller homestead with milk goats, chickens, rabbits, a huge garden, and that self-sufficiency that I still crave. How is that an unrealistic goal?  Sure it’s a long way away in a lot of ways, but I’m on my way the moment I start.

Truth be told, I’ve already started right here in suburbia.  I already have a garden and my city just changed the law.  I can now have chickens in my backyard as long as I can obtain the permit.

Guess what I’m researching right now!  That’s right! Chicken coops and yogurt making, and cheese making and plants for this coming year and…

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Posted by on November 15, 2014 in Thoughts

 

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Introducing BG!

Many will think that I’m arrogant or overly doting for labeling this category the way I did; however, I think, it is appropriate since my not quite three year old is already reading, doing math, and understanding principles of science, even if she does stick her head in her father’s snow boot.  Basically, this is a spot for us to talk about what is and is not working with our BG.

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Posted by on November 9, 2014 in Baby Genius

 

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Wishing away your life

“I can’t wait for Friday!” is probably the most heard phrase in the work place these days.  Doesn’t anyone recognize that they are doing nothing more than wishing their lives away.

Currently at my job we have just finished bidding for our schedules for the coming year and while I look around and see all the people that I’ll no longer see every day, all I hear is how they can’t wait to start the new schedule.  Sure, I’m excited about my new schedule.  I actually got the exact one that I wanted, why wouldn’t I be excited?  However, I’ll no longer be working with my best friend in this new city.  I’ll no longer have all the other friends I’ve made with me every day.  Granted some of them are coming with me and I’m very excited to continue working with them, but the not so great people are coming in equal measure, so why is everyone so excited to throw away the next few weeks until the new bid goes into effect?

Perhaps I have a completely different outlook on life because of the time that I’ve seen wasted by people who embraced the Shadow Lover all too soon; my sister at the young age of 24 years old.  She had her whole life before her by everyone’s standards, but that was simply an illusion.  She never saw 25.  She never saw the Saints win the Superbowl.  She never saw a woman in the presidential race.  She never held her own newborn babe in her arms.  She never worked at another crappy job.  She never again wished her life away by trying to hurry Friday to come sooner.

And she never will.

So instead of wishing my life away, I want to embrace every day as the miracle and present it is.

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2011 in Thoughts

 

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Hello world!

For some time I have been watching the blogging phenomenon and the world in general.  I decided that it was time for me to put my views out there for public consumption.  Some of them will be hard to chew.  Most will be hard to swallow for the average raging idiot that seems to be the norm these days.  But there are a few of you out there that will probably simply goggle in stunned amazement that someone finally had the balls to say what you’ve all been thinking.  No, I will not be updating this on a regular schedule.  I’ll be updating when something in particular sticks in my craw or when I need to purge mentally in order to better understand my own thoughts and feelings.  Will you see my views change?  If ever this blog lasts that long.  Will you see me grow as a person?  If ever this blog lasts that long.  In the end…

We’ll see.

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2011 in Thoughts

 

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