Thursday, April 17, 2014

Blogging from A to Z April Challenge - O #atozchallenge

More than halfway through week 3 of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge. Hope you're enjoying my posts.

Obmutescent - speechless; persistently silent. I doubt anyone would ever accuse me of this.

Oils - as in essential oils and cooking oils. Both are natural cleaning solutions. Essential oils can help clean hair brushes, shower doors, and gum-encrusted items. See here for more uses. Cooking oils can clean cast iron pans, help get paint off your hands, and buff stainless steel surfaces. I use oil olive to season the grates on our gas grill. For more uses, click here.

On the Banks of Plum Creek - The fourth book of the Little House Series, On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder tells the story of life for the Ingalls family on the banks of Plum Creek in Minnesota. They purchased a sod house from Mr. Hanson, but then Pa built a clean new house beside the creek, buying all the materials on credit, intending to pay for them with the fall wheat harvest. But then the grasshoppers came; millions of them descended over the countryside and destroyed the wheat crop.

Though a book filled with many difficulties, it ends on an optimistic note with a satisfied Laura patting her dog Jack's furry forehead. It's Christmas Eve, another blizzard is on the way, and there is no money for presents. But all Laura can think of is how happy she is to have Pa home again now that he has returned from back east where he had gone to find work.

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