Sunday, September 14, 2014

A Tale of Water

Ok, so this is not a scientific study. Nor is this much more than personal experience, however, I felt I needed to share this information, just in case someone else is at wits end.
You see, for years, our dog has been suffering from allergies. The constant itch, scratch, dry coat, rashes, "hot spots", chewing, (often all night), type of allergies.
She has a great Vet, who has been giving her different antihistamines and we found new food (actually went through three before we seemed to have gotten that right)...
We tried the probiotics, enzymes etc....for years. Yup, years. Found that she is allergic to those....
I have a closet full of dog shampoos, lotions, salves and more.
We have spent hundreds just on those alone.
We found that steroids don't work for her, make her more miserable.
Her feet were so red and chewed and her underbelly was almost completely black from the constant scratching, (yes, dog's skin turns black due to scratching just as ours turns tan from the sun).
She had sores and was losing fur.
Then, she started dropping weight.
She was starting to pant for no reason and her muscle tone was leaving.
We took her again to the Vet and asked for a complete blood workup.
Everything came back normal.
The Vet was stumped and so were we. Our dog appeared to be dying, for no apparent reason.
Then one night when I couldn't sleep, I got up and was going through the internet looking for some piece of info that might help. Afterall, the Vet was stumped. She was a mess and he didn't know what to do for her.
There it was a small story about another dog owner who switched their dog to alkaline water and their dog's allergies went away!
The next morning I told my husband and we agreed we had nothing to lose.
So, I went to the store and bought several bottles of Alkaline water to fill their (we have two dogs) water bowls. They loved it!
Then Hubby found his test kit that checks PH. Our PH came in at 6.5!
Yikes....
The alkaline water....8.
Our bodies and dogs are a 7-7.5!
Hummmm.
Now, in 24 hours, the scratching stopped.
Here we ordered on Amazon a pitcher that turns water to alkaline water.

(and we ordered an extra filter too...)

In 48 hours, her skin was cooler and her eyes brightened.
Now at 10 days, her skin is growing fur back, and turning a normal pink!
Her feet are healing and her face is growing whiskers back...
Best of all, we all sleep better! No more telling her not to scratch!
She is getting some muscle tone back as her coat feels so much better.
Granted, it isn't the cure-all. She undoubtedly has some allergies....(so do I).
However you look at it, this was a missing link in all we had tried. It seems to be working, and yes, I am drinking the water too....
I am sharing this in case your dog or someone has skin issues...water is so important...don't overlook that as a cause of an issue for dogs or people...check your waters PH and what is in the water....
It could be the missing link in an issue at your home.
We have ordered a new fresh PH test strips to test our water and will be talking to our water district person this week. I still can't believe the old test strips, so we will see.....but something is definitely better with this water.
**Cats I might point out have a more acid PH in their system, rating about a 6, so this water would not be good for them....
Do your own research...find that tidbit of info that might help. But for us, that little tidbit turned an almost dying dog into a happy puppy all over again. She is sociable and happy. It is heartening to see the transformation each day. I can't wait to show the Vet this week when she goes for her "follow-up"! He won't believe what he sees!
Hope my story helps someone else....
Nancy


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Painting a BIG mirror and odds and ends

Today was one of those "catch-up" days....
The last couple of days or so, we have been helping our daughter with her move into a bigger house. She isn't allowed to do much being 7 1/2 months pregnant, so we jumped in, bad backs and all....
So, today I played catch up.
I washed both dogs.
Washed their beds.
Vacuumed the bedroom.
And I painted the BIG mirror our daughter gave us that she no longer wanted. Ummm, uh, yeah I will take it....
Sooo, I set up the table and Hubby helped me get it out of the car and onto the table.
Before, we had painted the frame Black. And, now, my family room is going more neutral (with the exception of the TV and its unit below.....)


That is Annie Sloan French Linen, my fave! After painting and letting some of the black show through, I waxed with clear wax and then used the dark wax. I let it sit a little while....had to change the laundry. Then, I buffed it, so the dark wax isn't too strong....but up close its there.
Hubby helped me turn it over to find the hangers, which I wired for the ease of hanging.
The only downfall of the mirror, it shows the ugly TV and its components....but alas...that can't be changed.
But when I sit at the table I am enjoying the mirror....
It does show the room as bigger and taller....which was the idea....and just fits in the space....
After that, I made the rest of the drapery tie backs that I started...fresher look I think....
After all that, I changed the laundry again and went to take books to the library that my daughter no longer wanted...then.....
I sanded the little pig cutting board I bought that was unfinished....
The stain was very dry so I sanded and applied cutting board wax to it....
Cute pig huh?? Yeah, someone had cut it and gotten rid of it! All I had to do was stain, sand and seal....
Anyway, time to change the laundry again....
Have a great day what ever you are doing...
Nancy

Friday, September 5, 2014

Trash to Treasure

Thrift shop treasure hunting is fun. Sometimes you find something you didn't know you just sooo needed, am I right??
Anyway, last week my friend and I went to one of our favorite shops and a lady was just putting out a blue bedspread....my head snapped around as she went by and I followed her trying to get her attention. Finally, she stopped and said, "oh, did you want to see it? It is a King size well loved (old and worn) bedspread." Yes Please!
Now, we don't have a king size bed. We have a queen. However, it is high with a 22" mattress, so King is often needed to get the drape.
Well, I did buy it. When you allow dogs on the furniture, you have to change bedspreads frequently for washing....
It was a bit worn which gave it this soft and cozy drape...no stains!
It looks good in the room....
And because I didn't want it to get too dirty right off the bat, I threw an old linen sheet on top...
Well, it works for me.....
I also found a threshold drape for $2.00, which I am going to make pillows for my daughter's new house!
She thought the fabric was pretty and would be a good touch for the sectional they bought at a consignment shop. It wasn't the sectional of her dreams (it is for her hubby tho') but it was an excellent value and all leather! So these pillows will soften the modern twist in her new family room.....
Hope you have a great day!
Nancy

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Falling for Fall

It is that time of year.
The apples are ready (seems early to me). I climbed up the ladder to pick our apples. Some had been eaten by varmits, unfortunately. But, when they start eating, you know they are ready anyway!
So, up I went and this is what we picked.....

I am just loving this type of picture....what Fall is to me, well, minus the pumpkins!
With Fall comes that need to spruce and make a few changes...
I have had the burlap "ribbon" on my drapes for ages and now I have a new way to tie back the drapes.
I cannot claim to have thought it up all by myself, I got the idea from Country Living Magazine's facebook pages...yup I did! They had one of those "many things to make from simple items from the hardware store"...
The items I purchased....drapery cording (Ace Hardware) and hasp and ring (Home Depot 2 per package).
Ace didn't have very many hasps (I think that is what they are called) and they seemed expensive....so I went to Home Depot. There I found packages with two hasps and packages with two rings total $3.50! The cording was $6 for 50ft! Now, I just need to make 6 more! Yup, lots of drapes in the Family Room! Afterall, Fall is when they might start getting pulled closed, but daytime I like them open!
Aren't they cute? Reminds me of a bridle! Plus the cording is almost identical in color to the drapes....
Hope you have a great day!
Nancy


Monday, September 1, 2014

Transforming the child's chair

A few years back I painted a little old oak chair black. It had belonged to my husband when he was little. At the time, he was less than pleased that I had painted HIS chair. It was a cute piece in our house for several years, then with time it ended up in the garage...probably due to changes being made in rooms.
Recently, our daughter showed me a color she plans to paint her baby's room. Inspiration hit. I brought the chair in, asked Hubby first if I could paint it. He said YES! So, as I do, I went to Peinture here in Costa Mesa and purchased a sample pot of Aubusson Blue.

So, here it is in progression....




...then I waxed with clear wax and buffed after this....no dark wax......
Hubby is happy to give his soon to be Grandson his chair....
Have a great labor day!
Nancy

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Bookend woes

I have some beautiful old marble bookends that my husband's Great grandmother had. They are a little small for the books I want them to hold up, but they also slide on the table. I came up with an idea.
Take some rug gripper material....
Cut a piece of it down....
Then take your bookend....and trace the bottom of it to fit....
then cut....
And then....place under the bookend where you want it! Simple!
Now, if you want, you can glue the gripper material in place. In this case, the bookends are antiques as is the table, so I didn't want to glue the material in place. But, it seems to work!

You can see, on the other side I used a larger metal bookend as the books on that side are so tall, these bookends can't hold them without added help. But, on the right side there is no added support...so I think this is something that will work!
Isn't it fun to find new uses for other items??
Have a great week out there!
Nancy

Friday, August 22, 2014

Yes, you can paint a lamp

My daughter works for the Fairmont. She is a world class concierge.....really....
Anyway, they were renovating and also changing out lamps in all of their rooms. They offered lamps for free to all employees, they could take as many as they needed!
Well, our daughter hopes to have her own place soon, and thinking ahead, she went and picked up three lamps...two table lamps and a floor lamp complete with very nice and expensive shades.
Of course, she didn't like the style so she brought them to me for a change of color and style.
Of course, I forgot to take the before pictures....they were black and gold. Not at all her color or style, but the "bones" were.
So, yesterday, I painted them for her using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen. They went from outdated and dowdy to simply fab!


She didn't want any dark wax used for a cleaner, crisper look but did want the two "rings" to be Duck Egg blue. They really turned out quite nice. Was I surprised, not really....it is just so satisfying to be able to turn most anything into something new with a simple, truly simple, paint! We just dusted them and painted! Er, I painted....she watched and directed.
While we were waiting for the paint to dry, we slipped over to the design center near by, SoCo....and went into so new shops....Cisco and Farrow&Ball....ooohhh, eye candy. Then, we came back and finished up the lamps.
The true drying time was about 30 mins due to the surface of the lamp, drying times vary....
The lamps took two coats of paint, three if you count the duck egg touches.....
Then I waxed them let that dry and buffed.
Now, she has new lamps...cost 0 as I had the paint and wax....
Not a bad day.
Nancy