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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Drayton Ruritan Football Team 1967

My husband and his brother, Kenny, were on the Drayton Ruritan Football Team in 1967 when this group photo was taken. It was taken on the field at the old Spartanburg Day School Lower School across the street and a block from the Drayton Textile Mill. This mill is now closed and the Day School consolidated all of their holdings at their main location where it is now on Cannon's Campground Road across from Mary Black Memorial Hospital.

Stan was able to name almost all of the boys and the coaches so I did a black & white photo of the group and labelled the boys and coaches with a legend on the bottom of the photo.

I put this black & white photo on cardstock and made a tab out of burgundy ribbon to pull it out from behind the main photo. I used the main photo like a pocket.

I used some football paper and used a white paint pen to make faux strategy sketches. I used some die cuts on pop dots to raise them on the corner. I also used a journaling die cut on pop dots at the bottom of the page.

Thursday, August 14, 2008


Historically, soap has been composed of sodium (soda ash) or potassium (potash) salts of fatty acids derived by reacting fat with lye in a process known as saponification. The fats are hydrolyzed by the base, yielding glycerol and crude soap. Soap is derived from either vegetable or animal fats (tallow). Using rendered beef fat, or palm oil, olive, coconut, palm, cocoa butter, hemp oil and shea butter. Coconut oil provides lots of lather; while coconut and palm oils provide hardness. Most common, though, is a combination of coconut, palm, and olive oils. Using pure olive oil, it may be called Castile soap or Marseille soap.

Many cleaning agents today are technically not soaps, but detergents, which are less expensive and easier to manufacture.

The most popular soapmaking process today is the cold process method, where fats such as olive oil react with lye. Soapmakers sometimes use the melt and pour process, where a premade soap base is melted and poured in individual molds. Handmade soap differs from industrial soap in that, usually, an excess of fat is sometimes used to consume the alkali (superfatting), and in that the glycerin is not removed leaving a naturally moisturising soap and not pure detergent. Superfatted soap, soap which contains excess fat, is more skin-friendly than industrial soap; though, if not properly formulated, it can leave users with a "greasy" feel to their skin. Often, emollients such as jojoba oil or shea butter are added.

Cold-process soapmaking takes place at a temperature sufficiently above room temperature to ensure the liquification of the fat being used, and requires that the lye and fat be kept warm after mixing to ensure that the soap is completely saponified. A cold-process soapmaker first looks up the saponification value of the fats being used on a saponification chart, which is then used to calculate the appropriate amount of lye. Excess unreacted lye in the soap will result in a very high pH and can burn or irritate skin. Not enough lye, and the soap is greasy. Most soap makers formulate their recipes with a 4-10% discount of lye so that all of the lye is reacted and that excess fat is left for skin conditioning benefits. The lye is dissolved in water. Then oils are heated, or melted if they are solid at room temperature. Once both substances have cooled to approximately 100-110° F (37-43° C), and are no more than 10° F (~5.5° C) apart, they may be combined. This lye-fat mixture is stirred until "trace" (modern-day amateur soapmakers often use a stick blender to speed this process). Essential oils, fragrance oils, botanicals, herbs, oatmeal or other additives are added at light trace, just as the mixture starts to thicken. The batch is then poured into molds, kept warm with towels or blankets, and left to continue saponification for 18 to 48 hours. Milk soaps are the exception. They do not require insulation. Insulation may cause the milk to burn. During this time, it is normal for the soap to go through a "gel phase" where the opaque soap will turn somewhat transparent for several hours before turning opaque again. The soap will continue to give off heat for many hours after trace. After the insulation period the soap is firm enough to be removed from the mold and cut into bars. At this time, it is safe to use the soap since saponification is complete. However, cold-process soaps are typically cured and hardened on a drying rack for 2-6 weeks (depending on initial water content) before use.

In the hot-process method, lye and fat are boiled together at 80–100 °C until saponification occurs, which the soapmaker can determine by taste (the bright, distinctive taste of lye disappears once all the lye is saponified) or by eye (the experienced eye can tell when gel stage and full saponification have occurred). After saponification has occurred, the soap is sometimes precipitated from the solution by adding salt, and the excess liquid drained off. The hot, soft soap is then spooned into a mold.

The common process of purifying soap involves removal of sodium chloride, sodium hydroxide, and glycerol. These components are removed by boiling the crude soap curds in water and re-precipitating the soap with salt.

Most of the water is then removed from the soap. This was traditionally done on a chill roll which produced the soap flakes commonly used in the 1940s and 1950s. This process was superseded by spray dryers and then by vacuum dryers.

The dry soap (approximately 6-12% moisture) is then compacted into small pellets. These pellets are now ready for soap finishing, the process of converting raw soap pellets into a salable product, usually bars. It is the soap base.

Soap pellets are combined with fragrances and other materials and blended to homogeneity in an amalgamator (mixer). The mass is then discharged from the mixer into a refiner which, by means of an auger, forces the soap through a fine wire screen. From the refiner the soap passes over a roller mill (French milling or hard milling) in a manner similar to calendering paper or plastic or to making chocolate liquor. The soap is then passed through one or more additional refiners to further plasticize the soap mass. Immediately before extrusion it passes through a vacuum chamber to remove any entrapped air. It is then extruded into a long log or blank, cut to convenient lengths, passed through a metal detector and then stamped into shape in refrigerated tools. The pressed bars are packaged in many ways.

Sand or pumice may be added to produce a scouring soap for an exfoliating soap.

"Triple milled" or "french milled" soap involves a process called rebatching, or hand milling. It is a soapmaking technique used by hobbyists and artisan soapmakers. In rebatching, commercially purchased or previously made soap (a soap base) is shredded or diced finely. They begin with a soap mixture which is pressed between sets of rollers which flatten it into paper thin sheets. The sheets of soap are then shredded and ground through the rollers again. That product is then put through extrusion machinery which squeezes out a long bar of tightly compacted soap which is cut into individual bars. French Milled relates to the use of stainless steel rollers to smooth out the soap and further mix it, giving it a smoother finish and softer feel. It is milled/formed under pressure (not heat), and milled/formed and milled/formed three times. Soapmakers frequently use rebatching as a way of adding substances that could not withstand the high temperatures or caustic chemical environment of hot process soapmaking, such as certain essential oils (for example, those with a very low flash point). It makes for a finer textured soap.

The choice of liquid affects the character of the finished soap; milk is frequently used to give the soap a smooth, creamy consistency.

Mass-produced soap also typically contains chemicals, such as sodium chloride, which facilitate a longer shelf life and others which allow the mixture to efficiently process through the rollers during the manufacturing process. Any attempt to “mill” a natural soap product would fail because, being full of highly saturated fats and oils, no additives and an excess of glycerin, it would stick to the rollers.

A natural by-product of the soap-making process is glycerin. Glycerin is an humectant, which means it draws moisture to the skin. Most soap manufacturers remove the glycerin and use it in other products to increase their profit margin. The end result being, you are cleansing your skin with basically detergent.

Essential oils made from plant extracts can be added, superfatting - the addition of lovely avocado oil, almond oil or beeswax, to protect, moisten and soften the skin, and triple milling - which assures blended consistency.

My sources were Wikipedia, Pioneerlinens.com/bronnley, WikiAnswers
How Do Dogs Sweat
by Alex Lieber
Seen on PetPlace.com

The day is hot and sultry, the kind of day when you work up a sweat by just breathing. A few minutes of vigorous activity, and you're swimming within your own shirt. But your dog only pants, with his tongue hanging out by at least a mile, to show he's hot also.

So whose body is better at keeping cool? The answer is, yours. It may be uncomfortable for you to sweat profusely, but it's an efficient method to regulate temperature. When it comes to keeping cool, we have it made in the shade compared to our dogs.

In people, sweat glands help regulate temperature by bringing warm moisture to the surface of the skin, which causes cooling as the water evaporates. Because sweat glands are located all over the human body, cooling takes place over a greater surface area of the skin than it does in dogs.

Dogs don't have the luxury of overall cooling because their bodies have very few sweat glands, and most of those are in the footpads.

Dogs cool themselves primarily by the process of panting and breathing, with the moist lining of their lungs serving as the evaporative surface.

Most people believe that the dog's tongue contains sweat glands, but this is not true. The dog's tongue and mouth are associated with many salivary glands that produce different forms of saliva. Some cooling takes place as the panting dog moves air across saliva-moistened surfaces of the mouth cavity.

Dogs also dissipate heat by dilating (expanding) blood vessels in the face and ears. Dilating blood vessels helps cool the dogs blood by causing it to flow closer to the surface of the skin.

Excessive play on a hot day can lead to overheating (hyperthermia) and eventually to heat stroke. A dog's normal body temperature is within the range of 100.5 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. If his temperature rises to 105 or 106 degrees, he may suffer heat exhaustion. At 107 degrees, heat stroke can occur, with potentially catastrophic consequences. Heat stroke can cause brain damage and even death.

A dog that is overheated will act sluggishly, or perhaps confused. His gums and tongue may appear bright red, and he will be panting hard. The dog may vomit, collapse, have a seizure, and may go into a coma.

An overheated dog is a real emergency situation. Get him to a veterinarian immediately. If possible pour water from the garden hose on him to begin the cooling process. On the way to the veterinary clinic, cover him with cool wet towels or spritz him with cool water. Don't use ice-cold water.

The Journals of Eleanor Druse by Eleanor Druse (Stephen King)

Having a little fun with his readers, Stephen King has created a fictional character who acts as both author and narrator named Eleanor Druse. Written as though it were her diary which was then turned over to Stephen King, Eleanor Druse tells about her life and her interest in the paranormal. She is called to the bedside of a childhood friend named Madeline Kruger. Madeline was brought in after attempted suicide and she was in the psych ward on 24 hour watch. In her ramblings she is calling out for Eleanor Druse although they haven't been close since they were children. Eleanor goes to the hospital to comfort her old friend but when she and the nurse come to the bed, somehow Madeline has killed herself with an ice pick (how she acquired the ice pick and did this under 24 hour watch is stretching the reader's imagination too far) anh her wounds are filled with black ants. Poor Eleanor Druse faints and hits her head on the hard marble floors of the room. Her head injury nearly proved fatal but she makes it back after her near death experience only to be told by her doctors that her spiritual experiences while dying were just from some type of seizure caused by the head injury. But she knows it's something more and intends to investigate. It seems that the old Kingdom Hospital (where Madeline killed herself and where Druse had her head injury) has quite a history. The original hospital was built on the same site as a textile mill that burned to the ground after the Civil War, which killed many children working in the basements. The Gottreich's had built the Gottreich Hospital at the site. But that hospital had also burned to the ground which ended in the death of Dr. Gottreich and a young male patient. The Kingdom Hospital was built over those ruins. Does any of this have anything to do with the mysterious death of Madeline Kruger, the near death experience of Eleanor Druse and the following events? Will Eleanor be able to remember what she has repressed in her own past about the hospital? Can she saves the others?

Personally, I thought the book was silly. It was an easy and fast read but it didn't hold water if you know what I mean. I have a good imagination but this was a little too hard to imagine.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Is Your Soul Awakened?

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened."
-Anatole France

Who Let The Dogs Out?!?

Here I am letting my little ones out this morning.

Love Boat Syndrome

"Many Christians behave as if the church were established to meet their needs and to keep them comfortable and entertained until Christ returns. I refer to this as the "Love Boat Syndrome." We behave as if the Ship of Zion is the Love Boat. The role of the captain and staff is to entertain and cater to the needs of the passengers while they enjoy a pleasurable cruise to Glory. Everything is fine as long as the food is sufficient, the music restful, the waters calm and no one moves my deck chair. But in reality, the Ship of Zion is a hospital ship..."

Is the Bible 'Enough' for Church Growth?
Kenneth S. Hemphill
Baptist Press

The Empty Chair by Jeffery Deaver

A Lincoln Rhyme Novel

Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs make a trip to north eastern North Carolina to have a high-risk experimental surgery done with a hopeful outcome that Lincoln Rhyme might improve his condition. Lincoln Rhyme is a quadriplegic and a famous criminalist in New York. Amelia Sachs is his arms and legs AND his girlfriend. She is a policewoman and he has trained her to be a crime scene expert too. She walks the scene and takes the evidence while talking to him via radios. Then she brings it back to his apartment and laboratory. But, here in NC, they don't have their usual laboratory, co-workers and knowledge of the area.

They are approached by the Sheriff of Tanner's Corner, a small town that has seen it's share of deaths recently. But then a man is killed and two women are kidnapped so they approach Licoln and Amelia for help. They promise to help find the women in the next 24 hours before the surgery.

The suspect is a strange teenage boy called the Insect Boy because he has an obsession with insects. Garrett Hanlon had lost his father, mother and sister in a car accident when Garrett was only 11 years old. Now he is 16 and has gone from foster home to foster home. He has become totally immersed in insects and the flora and fauna of his county. He almost lives in the woods. Because of this, he has become object of ridicule which makes him turn more and more inward. Why would this boy kill and kidnap? Can they find the women in time to save them? How can Lincoln Rhyme overcome his handicaps (not just his wheelchair, but being a "fish out of water" in NC)?

This is another great Lincoln Rhyme novel with twists until the last page. Don't read ahead, don't skip a page because Deaver keeps pushing the limits until the end! The only bone I have to pick with Deaver is a slight tendency to fall into the stereotyped Southerner. The Deliverance movie ruined our image and Deaver doesn't help. Redneck, moonshine swilling killers aren't around every bush. There are weirdos everywhere, not just the South. But you will find many more wonderful people here.

Speaking In Tongues by Jeffery Deaver

This is not a Lincoln Rhyme novel.
Tate Collier is a divorced trial lawyer who became a gentleman farmer and lives in rural Virginia. His lifelong hero had been his Grandfather, a judge. He had great ambition to become the best and make his Grandfather proud of him. But, as a brilliant trial lawyer, he had learned how to use words lie weapons and had sent a mentally handicapped young man to prison for life and the young man was gruesomely killed in prison. He had also lost his wife and daughter in a divorce so he gave it all up and turned inward. His ex-wife and daughter suffered from his neglect while they were married and even now, as his daughter has grown into a 17 year old teenager named Megan.

Aaron Matthews, a brilliant (can I use that word twice in one book review?) psychologist, has turned his talents from healing to revenge. He is just as able to use his training and words to manipulate people into believing black is white as Tate Collier is. And he uses his talent to kidnap Megan Collier. Why? And can Tate and his ex-wife overcome the past to work together to rescue her? Will Megan be psychologicall damaged by this psychopath? Will she live to tell her parents what she really thinks of them? Can Tate Collier face what he's done?

This book is not as good as the Lincoln Rhyme novels but better than the Garden of Beasts novel. I did finish it and was pleased with the ending.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Time Warp Wives

Let me start out by saying, I'm living my dream. I'm a housewife and that is all I've ever wanted to be. My bad health disables me but, with accommodation, I keep a good house. Being a Stay-At-Home-Wife (SAHW) suits me just fine. I try not to be compulsive but I do try to learn and perfect my chosen "career" of being a housewife.

It took a long time for my husband to understand my lack of ambition to have a "paying" career. Because I'm not paid, he didn't see it as valuable. I worked outside the home parttime due to my increasingly bad health for the first 20 years of our married life. But I was never happy with it. I was good at what I did but it wasn't fulfilling to me. My only ambition was to be a good housewife, domestic engineer. Finally my health was such that I was unable to work outside the home. For the last 12 years I've learned how to accommodate my disabilities and keep our home. And my husband has found out that he likes for me to be at home. He's begun to appreciate it and value it. So it's become a win-win situation for us both. Every woman doesn't feel this way but it's not nice to make fun of women who do choose this kind of life. My husband doesn't keep me "bare foot and pregnant in the kitchen" and he doesn't tyrannize me and keep me "in my place". I don't wait on him hand and foot like a slave. I am doing what I want to do and he accepts me as I am and values me and my contribution. I try to do the same for him. It's about mutual respect.

With this, let me introduce you to something I found online. It's really unusual and, therefore, pretty neat. These women CHOOSE to live a certain lifestyle that is so intriguing. I love history and am intrigued by the old days. I can see the lure of re-enactment. These women are re-enacting a certain time in history as a lifestyle. As long as they are enjoying themselves, I think it's cool. Check out the Time Warp Wives at the link below:

Go and grab a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy. You are going to die when you see! Watch this one first... and this one second

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