Living Without a Dishwasher


Gotta love this post!

Originally posted on A Patchwork Life:


dishwasher (Photo credit: Joanna Bourne)

In the five-almost-six years that we’ve been living in this house, we’ve made lots of changes: painted walls, refinished stairs, installed ceiling fans. replaced major appliances, repaired gutters, hung curtains, planted bushes and flowers. I’d like to replace our fridge and stove somewhere in the future, but one appliance I haven’t spent any time thinking about: a dishwasher.

I haven’t had a dishwasher since I lived at home with my parents, so for the majority of the year since the summer of 1996, I’ve lived in apartments and houses without dishwashers. In those years, my household size has gone from four (college) to one (grad school) to two (early marriage) to four again, after our girls were born. In those years, we made our own baby food, and I’ve taught myself how to bake and cook. I’ve made birthday cakes and roasted chickens, hosted holiday…

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Do you live where tornadoes happen often?

Tornadoes are extremely rare in Utah, but down...
Tornadoes are extremely rare in Utah, but downtown Salt Lake City was struck by this F2 tornado in 1999, which killed one person. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Maybe I should ask, “Do you live in the United States?” because the U.S. has the most tornadoes in the world.

You thought so, didn’t you!

From 1950, when we began to keep official records, here are the 10 states that have the most tornadoes per square mile, in order of greatest to least.

  1. Florida
  2. Kansas
  3. Maryland
  4. Illinois
  5. Mississippi
  6. Iowa
  7. Oklahoma
  8. South Carolina
  9. Alabama
  10. Louisiana

Surprised? Me too. However the states that have the most notorious tornadoes are not all up there and some of the above states have lots of teensy tornadoes that don’t do much. Your highest chances of experiencing the most damaging tornado are in the following five states:

Alabama, Texas, Iowa, Kansas, or Oklahoma
They’re all tied for first.

Scared yet?

Okay, I publish this annually in one form or another, in hopes of allaying some of your anxiety about this life and death topic. This year, it’s just a list of links, but if you search “tornado” in the search window above (click on the magnifying glass for a nice surprise) you will find a few more curiosities on the subject.

Pay attention and live:

How to Prepare for Tornado Weather

Ten Steps to Tornado Safety

Story of My Tornado Experience

Story of a Stranger Who Borrowed Our House in a Tornado

A tornado near Seymour, Texas
A tornado near Seymour, Texas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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The First Thing?

I’ve not made a major announcement of my grandchildren on social media, before.

Today is different.

Our tenth grandchild and sixth granddaughter arrived today at 5:30 a.m.

She was only a tad late, and had attempted to get here all week long. Had all the pro’s fooled.

So finally, we relax, our worried prayers turning to exclamations of joy.

Finally we enjoy the sweet fruits of our lovely children’s labors, all nine months and eight days, plus 12 hours of it.

It’s a wonderful day to be born!


Guesting for Arkansas Farm Bureau! Yay!

I’ve been growing rosemary a long ol’ time and have two huge bushes I harvest, regularly, just so I can walk on my own sidewalk. I know how to grow rosemary!

What to do with all the loveliness is a different matter. There are very few really big outlets for just one person to make good use of a huge bush like that. Not many recipes exist, or the ones there are, use only a smidgen, as if we are afraid of overdoing it.

I can understand that. But I also have done something about it. I’ve invented a gorgeous new pasta dish that uses about 27″ of rosemary stem each time I cook it. And we love it. And you can read about it right now, if you go over to Arkansas Farm Bureau’s Taste Arkansas site.

One other thing: I cannot figure what to name this dish, so if you want to leave an idea over there, or in the comments, here, PLEASE DO!

And thanks!

What Do We Get? Rosemary!

When we are at home,we can do all sorts of things we always wished we could.

I often use my home time to tend, grow, and spread my herbal landscaping plants. A wonderful feeling rises up within me when I stir the earth, something like being in Eden, in my imagination.

Rosemary in Bloom

Rosemary in Bloom

Of all the herbs I tend, of all the herbs I have ever tended, rosemary is one of the easiest. You can find seed for it, but starting rosemary from seed is really rather difficult for the novice grower.

I like to begin with a scion. (Pronounced: sigh un, by those who sell cars or write dictionaries, or sky un, by plant people.) A scion is merely a small branch broken off. With the rosemary plant, the best way is to find a woody (not new or green) sprig and break it off backward, causing a bit of bark, called a heel, to peel along with it.

Well-heeled scions, stripped

Well-heeled scions, stripped

Actually, to be sure of success, perhaps more like six scions would be better. But if you do not already have a rosemary bush, you can have really good success also, by buying a packet of fresh sprigs often available at a grocery. If they look limp, wait for a fresh delivery to buy them. These will be clipped, and not have the heel, but I’ve gotten them to grow, before, using this method.

Strip the leaves (needles) from the lower half of the sprigs and insert them all, stripped end down, into a pot of good soil. Dampen well with warm water and enclose the entire pot and all the contents in a clear plastic bag and tie shut, creating a little greenhouse. Place in a temperate area with good light, but not direct sun, and then wait.

Sprigs in soil

Sprigs in soil

After about 3 weeks, check to see if roots are forming. If so, you may set the plant(s) out where you want them to grow, permanently. That must be a sunny place; on the east or south side of a building is good. If the scions have not developed roots by six weeks, probably they will also be showing some signs of decay and will need to be tossed out. Too bad, but hey, try, try again!

Once you have a rosemary plant up and growing, do not worry about it much. If the weather is really hot and dry it will need irrigation. Otherwise, remember that these plants grow wild from Europe to Australia, so yours will likely be a tough one.

Snow on Rosemary

Snow on Rosemary

Mine has withstood lots of cold and lots of drought, just fine, not to mention kitties playing tag in the lower branches. So fun to cuddle them all perfumed!

Something about owning a rosemary bush makes a person feel like experimenting with Italian cooking, too, so you’ll be glad tomorrow is another at-home day!


Hooray! My post with a brand new rosemary recipe on it just appeared at Arkansas Farm Bureau’s Taste Arkansas blogsite! Run on over there and see what I’ve been inventing to DO with all these branches! Thanks!