Tag: The Busy Mama

Lockdown Days ???

Lockdown Days ???

Hi there… Not that much to share with the family, doing school at home was what we did before so that wasn’t a change for us. The hardest days were when it rained pretty much all day for a month minus 2-3 days. I like 

First Day on Campus

First Day on Campus

After stepping out of the car at LAVCE (Spring term 2020), Aiden turns and takes the pic I requested. 🙂 He actually started college during winter session online so I didn’t get my first day campus pic until yesterday. At the end of the term, 

Self Taught Homeschooler Starts College at 15.

Self Taught Homeschooler Starts College at 15.

Like his two older brothers, Aiden at the age of 15 aka kid #4 started college today. 🙂 No special picture of him this morning, he just rolled out of bed and started his classes. Picture below was taken last September. #homeschoolgradstartscollegeat15 -7

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Adam in Botched

Adam in Botched

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Anything Goes! Blake and Aiden perform at Knotts!

Anything Goes! Blake and Aiden perform at Knotts!

Anything Goes! Blake and Aiden perform at Knotts! Anything Goes! was the phrase at Blake and Aiden’s performance at Knotts this Labor Day weekend with the Patsy Metzger Dancers. Below is a clip of their three numbers in the performance. You can enlarge the video 

Why Did I Get Up At 7am on August 29th ?

Why Did I Get Up At 7am on August 29th ?

Why did I get up at 7am on August 29th? I got up at 7am to read my power meter at the same time as the meter reader, and confirm it with a picture. I don’t know how other utilities read their customers meters but with mine, they prefer to estimate or read it from afar and this leaves a huge room for error and a much larger power bill. Knowing how to read your own meter and to verify the meter reading is correct is an important thing to practice and do.

Yes, I would rather sleep in…

Yes, I would rather sleep in, but other than installing a smart meter there is no other option. Smart meters are a bad alternative and very dangerous if they malfunction. I never gave it much thought that the read would be anything but correct until last September when we received a power bill that could legally be considered obscene. It was then I learned about the meter person’s alternatives to get a meter read by estimating and reading the meter from the neighbor’s yard.

Last September;s bill was 3x larger than the cycle before and it just didn’t make sense. While our use goes up, only two big changes occurred more water in the pool and the ac would be used but still not enough to justify have a bill that was thousands of dollars. The only theory we had was that the read of the prior bill and ones before that were mostly estimates. It was such a mess, a big lesson learned verify your meter readings.

Do you read your power meter? You should, here is how.

It is really easy to read your meter. Here is a link with simple steps on how.
How to Correctly Read Your Power Meter
If you have a different meter, the internet has other directions on other meters.

Can you read this meter?

Why did I get up at 7am on August 29th, ladwp customer meter
What do you think the number is? If you read 08032, you are right. The far left hand is not quite yet on the 1 so it is a 0, the rest of the numbers are clear, 8,0,3, and 2.

Until next time! The Busy Mama

Interested in seeing other pages on The Busy Mama? Check out this post on The Busy Mama Garden 🙂

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The Busy Mama Garden Update  8/22

The Busy Mama Garden Update 8/22

Boy this summer has gone by quick, I meant to share some pics earlier this month but I always forgot to either bring my phone or charge my phone to take them. Yes, you can have a garden and conserve water. I put 2 links 

Garden Update  7/2019 part 2

Garden Update 7/2019 part 2

These are just a few quick pics from the front yard. Please follow and like us:

What has Aiden been up to?

What has Aiden been up to?

What has Aiden been up to? Aiden has spent this past year putting in his own computer system. Every single piece of his set up was bought at the Salvation Army’s 50% off sale for almost nothing. Recently, Aiden decided to build a patio cover out in the backyard.

Aiden also happens to be a performer like his two older brothers, Adam and Blake. Check him out in the tumbling class with Patsy Metzger.

Have you seen his latest performance at Knotts? Click here to watch him

IWant to know more about the Patsy Metzger Dancers? Click Here

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Blake’s World Keeps on Turning

Blake’s World Keeps on Turning

Blake’s World Keeps on Turning! Blake is our third son and just shy of turning 18. He has been dancing for the last 5 yrs and enjoys performing with the Patsy Metzger Dancers.  His other interests include gaming, writing, and hanging out with his brothers.  He 

First Pics of The Busy Mama Garden 2019

First Pics of The Busy Mama Garden 2019

After all those weeks of rain with only a day here and there to clean things up before the next downpour, my family finally got the opportunity to spend three hours on a sunny day in the garden. Here are a few pics that I 

Saving Money with the Laundry, it does add up.

Saving Money with the Laundry, it does add up.

Saving money while you are doing the laundry is a smart move. You can save for a rainy day or a vacation, or pay off something you have on credit. A conservative estimate of what one person spends on laundry a year is $665. Source: Pure Fresh So what can you do?

1. Making your own laundry soap is cost-effective.

Just one gallon of store bought laundry detergent is around $10. When making your own, it can be as inexpensive as $2 and combine with water can make 10 gallons. So spend $100 or spend $1.49, it is your choice.

The best recipe that I have found yet is from Becky’s Homestead. Becky has a vlog segment called Becky’s Homemade Laundry Soap which you can see here. Becky’s Homemade Laundry Soap. For the cost of $1.49 bar zote, 5 gallons of water, and a 5 gallon bucket which you can pick up all three items at avHome Depot or at a Lowe’s, you can make 10 gallons of soap. Savings can be upwards of $100-$150 a month depending what laundry soap brand you previous bought. The clothes come out smelling fresh and clean. Are you wondering about using it in a high efficiency washer? I have one and it’s no problem.

2. Use a manual washer

In warmer months, my kids and I do our laundry outside using 2 plastic tubs, a breathing manual washer, and manual wringer like one. This is great for light weight clothes worn in spring and summer, maybe even fall depending where you are at. And although bulky items and towels can be done too, I like leaving them for the machine.

3. Skip the dryer and use a clothesline.

Okay, I know not all of this can do this because of HOA rules and no outside space, but for small loads and a nice day, you can run an inside laundry line and hang it there. Use a fan pointed toward the clothes or open the doors to let the breeze come through.

Now there is some investment in setting this up such as buying the breathing manual washer tool approx. $20 and a wringer approx $20- $60 (this comes with a bucket) , but I think its worth it. Per load we use less water, we wash 5 items at a time and light dirty items first saving the real dirty ones to the end. Savings- yes, how much depends on you. It is one wash, ,then wringing out extra water, then one rinse, wringing out extra water again, and up on the clothing line. We use the grey water in the garden after further cutting down watering costs outside. Another plus of manual washing is you can actually get some muscles in your forearms. Savings again- no gym cost.

wringer
plastic tub <clothesline

I hope this gives you some ideas to trimming down what you spend. My reason for doing this is that utility costs here are out of control, store bought laundry soap is expensive and full of chemicals some they do not even have to put on the box!,my family is stuck in this state for now, and I like saving money if its easy and healthier.

I am signing off for now, The Busy Mama.

This blog segment may have a few to many typos, I am just jetting it all down while making some potato pancakes and fresh bread.

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