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Photo by hayleyalaska, found on flickr.  Permission requested.

As promised, here is my recipe for homemade deodorant.  (Truth is, there are a lot of different ways to do it and this is what seems to work best for our family. You can Google to your heart’s delight for variations, like this luscious version by angry chicken, or give this recipe a try and tweak it from there.) Read the rest of this entry »

Visual Sunday: a 2011 Wandernest Maggie’s Nest tradition. A single picture.  Maybe titled, maybe not.  No commentary. Feel free to share a feeling it evokes for you, or a story it tells you, or a memory it sifts up into consciousness.

Bundles of Prayers

 

Goodbye Wandernest, Hello Maggie’s Nest! I’m blogging at a new address – join me!

http://www.maggiesnest.org

I am about to confess some embarrassing things, so promise me you’ll still love me when I’m done.  Yes?  Oh, you’re good to me.

I have had a long and tumultuous relationship with my body’s various smells.  Oh, friends.  It used to be bad.  Real bad.  I used to re-apply deodorant two or three times a day.  I used to have to throw out shoes after 4-6 months, and could never wear shoes without socks – not even sandals!  In fact, some friends and I were recently recalling how we used to lament the failure of our natural deodorants (shortly after I abandoned antiperspirant), clamping our armpits down tight and trying our best to minimize the lavender-scented B.O. that would waft about.  I just figured it was my lot in life to be a stinky girl. Read the rest of this entry »

(This series is inspired by Holistic Mama’s Joy Pockets, so in keeping with the spirit of things I am changing the series name from “This Week in Gratitude” to…originally enough…”Joy Pockets”.)

a sculpted parade of Korean zodiac characters

seeing my niece & nephew in Mickey Mouse hats on Skype

seeing things in a new light

saturated fat

the hottest shower I can stand

whispering with Eric about our future

unexpected chats, voicemails and notes from friends back home

ahhhhh – back in Pyeongtaek

lights out at 9pm

 

Tonight I imported the contents of my first blog into this one.  Did you know I’ve been blogging on and off since February 2007?  Me neither!  It’s kind of fun to read back through old posts…well, some more fun than others.  My first blog inadvertently chronicled a break-up and a new relationship, and there are lessons there.  But I also found it interesting to read my very first blog post ever – and to see myself spiraling over the same territory again and again.  Each time though, hopefully from a little further up the mountain.

Wandernest is going through an evolution.  Well, I should really say that I am going through an evolution, and this blog is chronicling it as I go.  Korea will be my last faraway trip for the foreseeable future, and even while I’m enjoying the hell out of this country, inside I am all about HOME.  Home.  Family.  Cleaning.  Cooking.  Knitting.  Gardening.  Loving.  Connecting.  Simplifying.  Have – you – noticed?

I say it every once in a while and I’ll repeat it now: thanks so much for the time you’ve spent with me here, and joining in the conversation with me.  I hope you’ll find the continuing journey interesting – we’ll find out together where it leads!

County Donegal, Ireland.  October 2010.

One of my favorite homemaking delights is when I run out of something and the thought occurs to me, I wonder if I can make that myself?  Confession: the thought occurs to me more often when the bank account is low, but I’d like to change that, because the answer, invariably, is yes I can make it myself – and the result will be healthier for pocketbook, house, and environment. Read the rest of this entry »

One of my favorite homemaking delights is when I run out of something and the thought occurs to me, I wonder if I can make that myself?  Confession: the thought occurs to me more often when the bank account is low, but I’d like to change that, because the answer, invariably, is yes I can make it myself – and the result will be healthier for pocketbook, house, and environment.

Just before I left, we ran out of dish soap (for hand-washing, not the dishwasher) and this very thought occurred to me.  Thanks to the internet I found about a bazillion recipe variations, and of course I already had everything I needed in the house!  (That part always astonishes me for some reason.)  The search led me to seek out other homekeeping supplies, and soon I had created a bookmark dedicated to recipes for just about anything I would ever need.  My hope is that after I get back from Korea, I’ll wean us off of our store-bought versions and transition to all homemade.  Can you just imagine?  Supplies scented just the way we like them, with real essential oils instead of synthetic compounds?  In pretty hand-labeled bottles and jars?  And one – ONE – shelf of supply-making supplies.  What do you need to have on hand, you might ask?  Here’s the list:

– liquid castile soap (Dr. Bronner’s is my favorite, and the easiest to find)

– castile soap bars (also Dr. Bronner’s)

– baking soda

– distilled vinegar

– borax

– soda ash (also known as washing soda or sodium carbonate – Arm & Hammer “Super Washing Soda” can be found in some grocery stores, or can be ordered online)

– essential oils (my favorites are lavender, bergamot, lemon verbena & cedar)

I’ll toss out recipes over the next few months because I think there’s something truly thrilling about doing for ourselves, and rethinking our dependence on the store-bought good.  Plus, when you make it yourself you know exactly what’s in it and you learn – whoa!  You mean I don’t have to have methylchloroisothaizolinone in my window cleaner to get my windows clean?

First recipe: the dishwashing soap that’s in our kitchen at home:

HOMEMADE DISHWASHING SOAP

1 cup liquid castile soap

1/4 cup water

1 tbsp lemon juice or distilled vinegar

a drop of essential oil

Mix ingredients together in a bottle of your choosing.  Due to time constraints I used a plastic bottle, but when I get home I’ll be scouring the thrift shops for a pretty glass bottle with a liquor bottle pourer on top.

In Daegu my morning shift is across town from where I’m staying, so each morning I get a brisk 25-minute walk through town.  By brisk I mean slightly freezing.  Like, let’s try wearing yoga pants under our work pants and maybe our thighs won’t go numb kind of freezing.  And…I love it!  The walk wakes me up, and reminds me of where I am.  Walk with me!

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