Balm Of Gilead Salve

Tina

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I'am here because I love Costco and use and make a lot of things with their products I purchase and I get asked about what I am doing with it from friends and family.
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Born and raised in Washington State.
I graduated at 17 from HS and Cosmetology College.
Married, mother of three adult children.
I have an executive membership also at Costco 25 years ago.
I am self employed.
Co owner with my husband of our company for 28 years as a sub contractor for residential homes.
We are neither rich or poor, but I grew up poor.
Hobbies: Cooking, organic gardening, foraging, hiking, 4 wheeling with friends, rock painting, puzzling and dancing...
I am not a professional at anything, just a reg down to earth Jane of all trades ;) That sounds to good. I try.

I hope that my sharing will help someone,

Peace

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We all need a little help. Homemade with oils from Costco. We love the outdoors, love to hike and forage. I make other salves and upon reading about ingredients I ran across this Balm Of Gilead I had never heard of, it derives from biblical times. The buds here in Washington state were ready in February. I picked twice. Once with my Mother and Father in Law (retired) on their property in Woodinville while visiting them. My father in law was very happy to get his tractor available to pick high branches if needed and get the bonfire ready to burn the unwanted branches. They have an 11 acre ranch that they have horses on and board with a really cool creek that runs the entire length of it. They helped us pick the buds for about an hour. I set that batch in a jar and stored in the cupboard. A week later I went out hiking with my girlfriend in Duvall to pick another batch, to have sit in another jar and let them extract the richness of the sap. It’s impressive, it bleeds red pitch. After a few months I made the salve. I used a new dish soap and got allergic to it and got a itchy rash. I started using this and it relieved it and took the rash away, so why not, right?

  • It is analgesic, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory.
  • The scent of this oil is sweet and clean, like the freshest spring day.
  • The young buds of cotton wood/balsam poplar trees secrete a powerfully aromatic and healing resin high in salicylic acid, the active ingredient in aspirin
  • Suggested use for sore muscles or Skincare for eczema, rashes and burns

Costco Cooler Tote

Tina

Another Greeting, About Me

I'am here because I love Costco and use and make a lot of things with their products I purchase and I get asked about what I am doing with it from friends and family.
Sharing is caring :)

Born and raised in Washington State.
I graduated at 17 from HS and Cosmetology College.
Married, mother of three adult children.
I have an executive membership also at Costco 25 years ago.
I am self employed.
Co owner with my husband of our company for 28 years as a sub contractor for residential homes.
We are neither rich or poor, but I grew up poor.
Hobbies: Cooking, organic gardening, foraging, hiking, 4 wheeling with friends, rock painting, puzzling and dancing...
I am not a professional at anything, just a reg down to earth Jane of all trades ;) That sounds to good. I try.

I hope that my sharing will help someone,

Peace

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What’s For Dinner

Tina

Another Greeting, About Me

I'am here because I love Costco and use and make a lot of things with their products I purchase and I get asked about what I am doing with it from friends and family.
Sharing is caring :)

Born and raised in Washington State.
I graduated at 17 from HS and Cosmetology College.
Married, mother of three adult children.
I have an executive membership also at Costco 25 years ago.
I am self employed.
Co owner with my husband of our company for 28 years as a sub contractor for residential homes.
We are neither rich or poor, but I grew up poor.
Hobbies: Cooking, organic gardening, foraging, hiking, 4 wheeling with friends, rock painting, puzzling and dancing...
I am not a professional at anything, just a reg down to earth Jane of all trades ;) That sounds to good. I try.

I hope that my sharing will help someone,

Peace

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Costco Macaroni and Cheese

John

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Oh! There is a total Lunar eclipse taking place tonight, January 20, 2019. Check your local schedule. In California, time for the maximum eclipse is 9:12 PM Sunday night. It may be too cloudy. We’ll see.

27 Pound bucket of Macaroni and Cheese at Costco

I don’t understand why news media is buzzing is about Costco’s 27 pound bucket of Macaroni and Cheese with 20 years shelf life. Currently sold out buckets contain 6 units of 4 pound packs. So… what’s the big deal? We are Americans. We drink wine out of boxes and buy ice creams in big buckets. 4 pound packs of macaroni and cheese don’t shock me at all, especially for long term storage and emergency use… especially for Costco. I found media reaction little annoying.

Government is shut down and people are losing homes… and we gasp about a bucket of Mac and Cheese…

Garage Sale – New Saturday Coffee Mug

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I never miss going to garage sales Saturday morning.  Garage sales are fun.

Sometimes I make spectacular finds. I didn’t find anything fancy today. I spent about $3.  But it was still fun.

Last year I bought a Muffin book for ¢25. I’ve been looking for a muffin pan since then.  Today, I finally found a clean muffin pan for ¢25.  I could have bought a brand new muffin pan, of course.  But, that’s not the point. It’s fun because I found it after a long search.

I will make muffins now.

I didn’t find anything at the next house. They had nothing but kid’s stuff.  As I quickly turned and started to walk away, I noticed a small lemonade table on the side.  A pair of very young boy and a girl were sitting quietly with a pitcher of lemonade. There were a lot of people, but nobody cared for lemonade (as usual).  I don’t care for lemonade.  In fact, I avoid water as part of my garage sales routine.

Anyway, the kids looked sad and discouraged.  “There will be more people coming.. it’s gonna get hotter soon”, the mother wiped little girl’s tears.

I bought the dang lemonade for ¢50.

I bought a box of jigsaw puzzles for my coworker (¢50).  I know the tallest guy at my work. He must be close to 7 foot tall.  He likes jigsaw puzzles.  A few months ago, he came to work on a wheelchair.  He said he had to wait and see if he could ever walk again.  He stopped coming to work for about a month.. then he came back.  He can now walk again with a cane.

At the last garage sale of the day, I found a coffee mug from Denny’s restaurant. It was only ¢25, so I grabbed it.  I continued looking around but couldn’t find anything.  When I was done and ready to pay, she said “You can have the mug.  You don’t have to pay.” with a smile.

I know why she didn’t take my money.  It’s because I looked pathetic. I mean, really (look pathetic).  When I go to garage sales, I make sure to wear faded clothes and dirty shoes.  No European knee high socks are allowed…. check out the picture below.

This Denny’s coffee mug became my new Saturday coffee mug. I will enjoy this mug for many years. They are being sold on eBay at $18+ (completed sales).

I took below picture 3 weeks ago at Denny’s the night I drove out to see The Milky Way Galaxy.  On my way back home, I stopped by at Denny’s around midnight for food and restroom.  Their coffee mug made me feel sentimental and nostalgic. So I took a picture of it to remember by.  Now I have the mug. 🙂

Talk to you later.
2-4-6-8 mofos.

Denny's restaurant coffee mug

Art of wearing undershirts

John

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John

This blog post is for men who want to look like a gentleman. This post is about gentleman’s undershirt, especially while wearing white dress shirts.

Some of us understand the art of wearing undershirts. Some don’t.

Any man who claims that undershirts are bothersome do not understand the art of wearing undershirts.  It’s nothing to brag about. It’s like saying “Jazz is boring”. It only proves that you don’t understand music. Ignorance is nothing to brag about.  It doesn’t make you look cool but it does opposite. There is art of dressing up like a gentleman, and undershirt is a part of it.

Can you see what’s wrong with this picture?

The outline of his undershirt is embarrassing.  Undershirts are important when you wear light colored shirts, shirts made out of thin fabric, or any shirts that are transparent.

Long time ago, a gentleman never took off his jacket in public. Because dress shirts were the undergarments. It will eliminate the need for undershirts if you never take off your jacket.

To get to the point (above picture)- he needs to replace all his white undershirts with skin colored undershirts.  Color of your undershirt should match your skin color or come close to it.  The goal is to make your undershirt invisible.  You can achieve that by wearing skin colored undershirt.  Unless they are looking very closely, your skin colored undershirts will be pretty much invisible to the others.

* Dress undershirts should be thin, stretchy, and should fit you tight. Dress undershirts are distinctively different than t-shirts that are made to wear outside

The most important reason for undershirt is to hide men’s nipples from showing through.  I can only guess that women share the same priorities when they wear shirts that are transparent. Any other reasons, such as comfort, will be far less important.  It is crucial for a man to prevent his nipples from showing through.  “Showing through” also means having protruding nipples that people can see the shapes of your nipples from outside. They are absolutely disgusting to look at.  Never, ever show a hint of nipples in professional environment.

** Some people put bandages over their nipples.  Although I don’t practice that method, I can see how that can work for some people.

My closet, July 1, 2018

Undershirts I own: Skin colored ($35 each – Amazon)Gray ($43 for pack of 3 – Amazon).

 

I own about a dozen undershirts, but none of them are white.

Why I wear undershirts.

  • To hide nipples. This is usually an issue with white shirts.  Colored shirts are usually safe.
  • To keep my body warm.  No matter how hot it is outside, a normal office is too cold for just a dress shirt.  Sometimes, I put on or take off my undershirt at work as the office temperature changes.
  • To keep my body fresh and dry.  Without undershirt, some days my armpits would feel damp all day.  Undershirts fix that unpleasant feeling. This is somewhat similar to reason why men wear underwear. It just feels better.

My closet, July 1, 2018

Undershirts I own: Skin colored ($35 each – Amazon)Gray ($43 for pack of 3 – Amazon).

 

Every morning, when I pick out my clothes, I also plan my undershirt according to.

  • On a cold day, I would wear a long sleeves undershirt.
  • On a very hot day, I would wear a short sleeves undershirt with a colored dress shirt in thin fabric (poplin).  I never wear white dress shirt on extreme hot days. Because all my white shirts are thick.  Thin white shirts are too transparent.  I would never buy thin white shirts.
  • If I will be outdoor on a very hot day (California weather), I may not wear undershirt. I will wear a colored shirt.
  • If I wear white dress shirt, I may wear sleeveless undershirt to eliminate sleeve outlines around upper arms.
  • Skin colored undershirts are the best choice.  But, I have number of gray colored undershirts, because they are cheaper.  I wear gray undershirts under colored dress shirts.
  • I cut all my undershirts around neck (front side only), so I can open top 2 buttons.  Most deep v-neck undershirts are cut too deep, so I cut them on my own.

Finally, the bad news.

I don’t know why Hanes and Jockey do not sell skin colored undershirts. The only decent skin colored undershirts I like are over $30.00 each (all brands).  I order my undershirts from Germany via Amazon. They are about $35.00 each.  Gray undershirts are cheaper, but they are still about $14 each.  Gray undershirts are better than whites.

I hope this was informative and enjoyable to some people.

Have a nice day.  🙂

Costco Shopping – March 09, 2018

John

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12th Costco shopping in 2018 – $98.02 (today) / $522.38 (this year)

I bought 2 pairs of Calvin Klein Twill Pants (item #1173014, link while available).  They are made out of thin stretchy cotton. They are slim straight fit and comfortable. Most of all, they look pretty good out of dryer without ironing.  So, they pass as realistic, everyday pants for normal people. I like these pants.

I am sick

John

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I am sick.  I may be slow with my blog updates for a while.

As you know, this flu season is different.  My flu shot couldn’t save me this time. I am miserable and have no will to live.

I am taking medication and… I’ve been eating this Super Food Veggie Cakes (Costco item #966072). They are frozen cakes that I microwave for 1 minute. They are convenient and good for me. 

I received these cakes from GardenLitesGardenLites makes healthy, gluten free, allergy friendly, frozen food.  They are sold in Costco nation wide (#966072).  They have good reviews. I like them.

I am supposed to review them (I will).  But, I am so sick.  I am just eating these cakes before I review them.  I am glad I received these Veggie Cakes just in time.  It’s so quick, easy, and good.  I am almost glad I have flu. Haha.. cough.

I’m gonna lay down now… (cough)

Makin’ bacon

John

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Yesterday, I had a quick chat about frying bacon with a friend far away.  I made pancake breakfast for my friend years ago.  She wanted to imitate my style.  That gave me a craving for bacon as well.  So, I made a pancake breakfast after my glorious Sunday morning Costco shopping.

One thing lead to another, we ended up exchanging pictures of our bacons.  How naughty!

I am scheduled to fly to see her on April 2024.

Above is my friend’s plate.

Below is my plate, I cook pancakes with butter, so I don’t need additional butter when I eat. Eggs were fried in bacon fat. I warm up my syrup in a small container.  I don’t slobber syrup all over the cake like a savage. 🙂

I think my bacon looked better because they are Costco bacon.  I bet her bacon was cheaper quality brand.  Acutally, everything on my plate was from Costco (bacon, eggs, syrup, pancake mix, butter… even the pan I cooked with).

That beautiful plate was $1 at a garage sale.  It’s from England.  I like pretty plates.  So does my friend.

Costco Shopping – February 25, 2018

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11th Costco shopping in 2018 – $68.59 (today) / $424.36 (this year)

It was a glorious Sunday morning Costco shopping.  I did car wash first.  I bought my normal green stuff, lunch salads, strawberries, and a bag of coffee.  For my annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner, I bought a bag of Bill Bailey’s® Irish Brand Corned Beef Brisket.

I used my Citi Visa Costco reward rebate check and recevied $279.94 in change (cash).

I came home before noon.

Costco City Visa Reward Rebate check, 2018

John

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I received this year’s Citi Visa Costco reward rebate check amount of $340.54. This check doesn’t make me happy.  To me, this is a reality check.  I spent 60% more money compared to the year before. 60% is a huge jump on credit card spending. I need to be careful with money. Seriously…

Below is rebate checks from last year, (2017)

Sign of Getting Old – Cufflinks

John

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I started to wear dress shirts with cufflinks at work.

We have “T-Shirts & Jeans” dress code at work.  But, I enjoy wearing white dress shirt with cufflinks that match my shoes. All my cufflinks are vintage sterling silver with some kind of gemstones. My shirts are…. expensive.

So, out of 700 – 750 employees at work, I think I am the only person who wears cufflinks.

*I am still planning to tell you about my shoes… later…

My father had this watch for about 10 years.  The battery ran out and he moved on to another watch.  I got this watch from my father and kept it for about 10 years.  I finally put in a new battery last month.  It works.