Wednesday Snap Shot

Wednesday Snap Shot is a quick peek into my week.

If you'd like to join in on my Wednesday Snap Shot.. copy and paste my post, add your answers (you can also copy the pic..BUT Please download the picture to your computer first.. do not just directly copy and paste.. otherwise you are using my bandwidth..thank you! :).. link your post to my blog and then come back and let me know you shared your week. I'll come and visit you and read about your homemaking week!! :)

So Far This Week
I'm pleased to report that the fire which caused us so much concern is now contained. They were able to get a fire line around it. It is currently at 250 acres and have a large crew and helicopter working on it daily. The fire on the other side of the river continues to burn and threaten more homes. We are praying for rain. It may be the only thing that stops the fires.

We have been getting back to normal here, or at least trying. It's difficult mentally to set aside the fact that you have a 250 acre fire going just 4 or so miles away from you. The sound of the helicopter flying back and forth from the river and the smoke are constant reminders that there is still an issue.

My hubby began working on chopping up the tree we had cut down a couple weeks ago. He did some of it by hand and then borrowed a neighbors log splitter to do the rest. Yesterday he was able to finish the cutting and got it all stacked in our wood shelter.  Should keep us warm and cozy this winter!

On My To-Do List
Today is grocery shopping day and then I have a few basic household chores on my list such as vacuuming, laundry, changing sheets. After that, if I have time,  I have some web work to do.

Projects I'm Working On
I sure have Christmas on my mind and wondering what, if any, homemade gifts I'll do this year. I always like making some of my gifts. Considering it's the middle of September, I should have time to get moving on any projects that I choose.

Do you make any of your own Christmas gifts? If so, what kinds of things have you made or are planning to make?

Today's Weather
The weather is cooling down and we have rain in the forecast coming on Sunday! This is fantastic news for the fires still burning in our area.

Today will be cooler and few more clouds.

High 72, Low 50

Fall is in the air! :)

The View from my Deck (or window)
You can still see the haziness of the smoke sitting on top of the mountains on the Oregon side of the river. 

What I'm Reading
I'm almost done with the book of Jeremiah in my Bible reading. I'm about half way through Dracula.

What I'm Listening To
Clocks ticking, cats scampering around my back porch and hubby getting his morning coffee.

Something Frugal I've Done This Week
I made a fast and simple air freshener for my bathroom. All that is needed is a small canning jar, baking soda and a few drops of essential or fragrance oil. 

I used a 4 oz jar, but any size will work. Add ¼ to a ½ cup of baking soda to the jar, and add 10 to 15 drops of your favorite essential or fragrance oil. Cover the top of the jar with some cloth (I cut a piece of scrap fabric a little larger then the the top of the jar for mine), put a canning ring on the jar over the fabric. Shake to distribute the oil. It should smell nicely right away.. :) Whenever you would like to freshen up a room, just give it a shake. 

Super easy and super frugal..

Fitness and Health for the Week
Same program continues, walk as much as I can, eat a clean diet with lots of fruits and veggies, take my vitamins and extra B12.

That is all for this week! Hope you are having a great week. 


  1. Hi Crystal... You don't need to publish this but have wondered how you all have created your mind that you're able to swim in it -- I mean, tho it's natural, have you lined it in any way? Do you keep it filled it with fresh well water? We are wanting to improve our pond... I only recently subscribed to your blog -- enjoy it a lot.

  2. Hi Lori, Our pond is not lined, it is fed by 3 fresh water springs above it and it drains into an area that eventually makes it way all the way down to the river. There is a stand pipe under the dock for drainage. It can be removed, which my husband does each year to be able to clean out debris that has fallen in over the winter. The stand pipe is put back on and the pond refills. So there is a fresh supply of water coming into it all the time. The pond was not something we put on our property. It was here when we moved in. Crystal :)

  3. Thanks for sharing the natural air freshener idea, I am going to get a few made up, I have been following your blog since 2008, I learned to bake bread fro you and do many other things, I grew up in Spokane, moved to FL w/my Hubby in 2000, then moved back home to Spokane 2 yrs ago, I missed my family & the mountains so much, 16 yrs in FL was nice but surely not home, thanks for all the years of great tips :) Shannon


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