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Hail to the Throne 
Mar. 26, 2011 5:34 pm 
Updated: Mar. 27, 2011 11:50 am

Well, it snowed again today. It’s beginning to wear on my nerves, and the groundhog gets to enjoy the same status as Al Gore and his own poor predictions.

Meanwhile, life goes on. The goats have to be milked twice a day, the lambs have to be fed and doctored, the chicks in the house have to be watered and fed, the goats, sheep, cows and horses fed, the outside chickens have to be fed, the laundry done, house worked on, and the dogs fed, and of course, Randyman fed.

I burned my hands badly several weeks ago, because I went to hang up a cast iron pan I had just finished drying on the stovetop. I am blessed with a rather short memory, so I forgot it would be hot, as soon as I turned off the flame. My hands blistered up and went through all the stages of a slow healing burn, painful and annoying. Probably even more so because of my poor immune system which keeps me from healing well. I will blame my ding-a-ling incidents on that as well, just because I can. Today, over a month after burning myself, it came to my realization that I have aloe vera plants I have been taking care of since visiting my folks in California last November. The burns had hardened and for some reason were even more painful than when I first got them. I cut a leaf off and rubbed the gel on my hands, and sure enough, it brought instant relief. I will be researching how many ways I can use this amazing plant. Back in the ‘day’ folks knew how to take care of all their needs. Being an ‘educated’, ‘advanced’ and ‘modern’ society, we now have little clue of how to do that. Home remedy is now the exception, not the norm. I hope to learn how to engage in more self sufficiency and less consumerism. Baby step by baby step.

Because of the crummy weather, Randyman decided to take on a little job, and change the bolts on the chainpull toilet. The brass hinge and plates had become green with tarnish, which happens, of course. As I was not informed of his undertaking, I was not able to stop him from using both my KITCHEN SPONGE and scouring pad to try and clean them. Needless to say, when I caught him doing it, I was kinda grossed out.We will now be scrubbing pots with a washcloth.

Once again, the internet came to the rescue and after some researching, we mixed up a brass cleaner that worked with stellar results. Because it was so easy, I am going to share it with you. Actually, there are 2 recipes. One works better for deep tarnish, the other works best as a polish for brass that is not quite so long neglected.

Brass Cleaner:
1 tsp salt
½ cup white vinegar

dissolve the salt in the vinegar and mix in enough flour to make a paste.
Spread paste on brass and leave for 10 minutes, then buff with soft cloth.

Brass Polish:
½ cup flour
½ cup laundry detergent
½ cup salt
½ cup bottled lemon juice
½ cup white vinegar
½ cup hot water

Mix dry ingredients in bowl, then add wet ingredients. Mix well.
Dip cloth in solution, and rub brass. Buff dry with clean soft cloth.
Store remained in tightly closed canning jar.

Shine On!
Mar. 26, 2011 5:43 pm
Now, have your hubs ut some hard wax on the brass (i.e. hard shell car wax). Years ago I grabbed a hot pan from a campfire without thinking. The resulting yell from me brought my buddy running. I told him what had happened and his reply was, "I thought I smelled s##t burning!" What a pal. Randy did a great job on the brass. I had never seen a chain pull toilet until I went to Turkey. And, I didn't know, until now, that theare in the USA. I'm sheltered, I guess.
Mar. 26, 2011 6:59 pm
That brass is beautiful!! And this is so timely because I have 2 brass lamps that really need some love. My I assume the first recipe is for the long term tarnish and the second for more recent? ~~ You might find some interesting reading here: http://www.motherearthnews.com/ ~~ I did something similar with the cast iron pan, although I didn't burn myself as badly. You take care.
Mar. 26, 2011 7:10 pm
Oh Petey - I feel for ya with the burns. Being a chef, I have had my share of burns, but at least I don't have a compromised immune system, so a fast application of ice- repeatedly for the first hour and then burn gel will help with recovering. But you, poor thing, a bad burn and a body that won't help the process - not a good combination. My husband is a firm believer in aloe - he will apply it to almost every wound - burned or not. I had a friend that burned her finger bad enough that it was burned under the fingernail. I stripped a piece of the aloe plant, wrapped it around the finger and nail and then gauze wrapped around the aloe and finger to keep it in place. The burn was healing nicely within 24 hours. I agree with you that there are a lot of healing techniques that was used by past generations that are very beneficial and not chemical based. We need to re-educate ourselves as to the "old ways". Once again, your pictures are worth a thousand words. How are the bummers doing? I know you're getting cabin fever from all the snow - - but know that Spring is on the way - - and there will be healing for you and the landscape.
Mar. 26, 2011 7:51 pm
thanks for that tip mike. Funny about the campfire...I have friends like that...oh no wait...I AM a friend like that! LOL
Mar. 26, 2011 7:52 pm
yes, Bigshotsmom, the first one is for heavily tarnished. We kinda dipped the little pieces in and laid them on a towel. When we came back, the towel was green all around the pieces! Worked pretty good!
Mar. 26, 2011 7:53 pm
luv2cook, that is awesome about the aloe! I wish I had remembered it was here a month ago! The bummers are doing well, but one, (Norman, the boy) is trying hard to get pnuemonia. I have been giving him shots everyday, but if he doesn't kick it in 2 more days, I might not be able to help him. Here's crossing fingers!
Mar. 27, 2011 5:43 am
Petey, I hope the aloe speeds the healing on your hands, it must be torture to try and do anything when they are so painful! I LOVE the pic of the chainpull toilet, my aunt and uncle had one and when I first saw it as a kid, thought it was th strangest looking contraption! :) and thanks for the brass polish recipes, going to mis a batch of the polish and keep on hand! isn't the internet wonderful? plus, it is environmentally friendly too! :)
Mar. 27, 2011 8:41 am
thanks Gitano! Luckily for me, the burns only cover a small area, but already today, I can tell a difference from the aloe! What a remarkable plant that is!
Mar. 27, 2011 8:42 am
...as far as the chainpull, its WONDERFUL! The water comes down the pipe with a lot of force so the kids on the ranch call it "The Powerflush 5000" LOL
Mar. 27, 2011 11:50 am
LMAO!!! :D you should trademark that name... LOL!
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