The Zarb Homestead

Living natural and healthy on a simple budget

Hookah Smoking February 26, 2012

I decided to write this blog on Hookah’s because I posted a picture of it on my project 365 I got a lot of clicks. I think many of my readers think my parents got me a bong for my birthday J This however is a Hookah, per wiki a hookah is a single or multi-stemmed instrument for smoking flavored tobacco in which the smoke is passed through a water basin (often glass based) before inhalation. The tobacco smoked is referred to as “shisha.” This origin of the hookah is India. I am into different cultures and their practices.

What got me interested in purchasing a hookah was one night we went to the local hookah bar in downtown called Mirage. Very neat place, they had every flavor of shisha you could think of and even a belly dancer. It was really entertaining experience.  It changed my views on hookah smoking; I always thought just “stoners” smoked them from what you see on TV. I am by no meanings stating this is “safe” smoking, just different. They have fewer chemicals than cigarettes because you don’t inhale the smoke from the burning papers. Smoking the hookah is more of a social experience vs. smoking due to an addiction.

I hope I cleared things up for my readers.


Project 365 – Week 6


I quit biting my nails however in order to do so I have to keep them painted. This is Avon’s Vamp it Up


Ok well the Vamp it Up chips too much and had to change to this baby blue. I love it!


Mr Mal up close and personal


Mr Rascal – Chilling


Playing with an app on my new phone


I think my theme this week is pets


My mother gave me these HUGE sweet potatoes


The House That Helped Build Me February 20, 2012

I have had the luxury in my short life that the home I was raised in is the same house my parents still live in today and I can go see it whenever I please. As a child I also spent a lot of my free time at my grandparent’s house in Loudon, TN. I have numerous warmhearted memories of this A-frame house on the Tennessee River. My grandparents, along with their family and friends, built that house before I was born. There are no neighbors in site and completely surrounded by woods and wildlife, such a quite place to reside. Unfortunately, my grandmother was diagnosed with cancer when I was a baby. When she started getting sicker they had to sell the house to move closer to family. I was in high school when they had to move to Friendsville.

No one has lived in that house since. The individual who purchased the house and all the land had a plan to turn it into some kind of luxury homes on the river. That plan went south and bankrupt and now it sits vacant.

One day, about a year ago, I went to check it out with my mother-in-law. It was just as I remembered it, minus the overgrowth of weeds. I couldn’t get inside because all the doors and windows were locked but I got to roam around outside. Seeing it made me remember how I truly cherished that home and the people in it. I remember playing in the woods with my brother and swigging on the swing with my grandfather while he was smoking his pipe and singing western songs. The house didn’t have central heating and air, it had well water, no cable, and there was about a mile long gravel driveway full of potholes to get to the home, but to me it was a never ending play land. Now that both of my grandparents have passed, I really miss this place and its memories.  I am glad I decided to take pictures.


Project 365 – Week 5 February 19, 2012

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Got this on in right under the wire 11:58 pm on Sunday, still made it. Long day 🙂

First day on my new job and they have me working on 180 tablets

New Job: Co-worker saw the sticker on my car says ” I drive like a Cullen” thought this would be funny to hang on my desk 🙂 Most people there was like “What is a Cullen’?

Starting to like this place

My birthday present from my parents. Love it!

My new Phone, EVO 3D, Valentines day gift from Phil

Rainy week – long dog day

Erick Baker Concert Friday night


Erick Baker – Bijou Theater February 18, 2012

The first time I saw Erick Baker perform it was at Barley’s in the Old City about 6 years ago. A friend of ours happens to be friends with Erick and wanted us to go check him out and have a few drinks. Once I heard him perform, I was captivated. This guy truly knows the meaning of music. His songs are low-key and restrained and maintain a dark, candlelit mood, romantic and emotional feeling, he can make any girls heart melt and I just love hearing him sing, plus he is very easy on the eyes 😉 What better person to get to sing at your wedding right? Well, as many of my readers all ready know, I indeed made that happen. This is how much I adore this guy, so when I heard he was playing again at the grand Bijou Theater on February 17, I had to get tickets.

After a small mix up in dates; someone, me, thought it was last weekend and as we walked up to the Bijou I noticed the sign on the side of the building stating said “Erick Baker 2/17  SOLD OUT” it just happen to be 2/10… Oops Oh well, we made it last night (on the correct day) and it was a tremendous show! There, we saw friends we haven’t seen for a while and even Bill Haslam of Governor was present. After the concert was over we met up at Latitude 35 in Market Square and then walked to the Old City for a few drinks at none other place than Barley’s, where it all began.  What a great night! I honestly couldn’t have had a better one.

(Bill Haslam on the first balcony in grey, I honestly didn’t know until now he was in this picture. I was just trying to show the beautiful  balcony’s inside)

If Erick is every in your town, since he is on tour, then I highly recommend you go see him. You won’t regret it!


Project 365 – Week 4 February 12, 2012

Cake I made work a Going Away party at work. Turned out great.

Purchased these cute little shoes for a Baby Shower at work.

Saw this traveling down the interstate, this is my ride to our Washington, D.C. trip soon.

Long day at work

Mr. Mal taking a car ride.

My parents dog, Gizmo

Received this huge box of 500 condoms in the mail, we didn’t ordered them!  They weren’t sent by a church to pass out at school.


The Tomb February 8, 2012

What a showery weekend it was in East Tennessee last weekend. What to do, what to do. The guys (my husband and his friends) wanted to go to Bass Pro Shop, blah, to check out some gun stuff. I am sure I get the same feeling as he does when I tell him that Victoria Secrets is having their Semi-Annual Sale and he is going with me. Needless to say, I don’t take pleasure in going and looking at hunting, fishing, and gun stuff for hour’s apron hours. Maria and I decided to go to outlet malls to do some shopping. Let me say that I am not the “shopping type” but I much rather shop than watch the guys look at hunting stuff. They guys dropped us off on their way to Bass Pro. We browsed the in and out of the shops in the outlet for a few hours. We only purchased a few things from Earthbound Trading Co. and American Eagle Outfitters. By the time the guys picked us up, about 3 hours later, we were starving and decided to go to Smokey Mountain Brewery in Pigeon Forge for dinner. After we had a few drinks and grossly full from dinner we wanted to try out The Tomb.

The Tomb was an attraction at the beginning of the shopping center. The building was shaped like a pyramid along with Egyptian themed decorations all over the place. We weren’t sure at first what it was but after reading the large sign posted on the middle of the wall it stated that it was an adventure hunt. We talked the employees at the counter down on the ticket price from $12.99 to $11.99, I know big hustlers, and went inside. We had to wait about 10 minutes on the other group to get started before the adventure began. Our guide lead us into in a small room about 8×8 and informed us about  a  tomb that was discovered on site about 10 years ago and only one person has been able to open the door but that person hasn’t been seen since that day. Our goal was to get inside the tomb and make it out alive.

The tour starts out with trying to figure out how to open the door of the tomb once in the tomb the pharaoh states that you have entered his tomb and you must solve 3 puzzles to get to the other rooms. The same thing occurs as you go from room to room, solve the puzzle and move on. Once you solve the last puzzle you are free to leave.

The whole escapade takes about 45 minutes and I would say it is geared more for children and families. It might be frightening for younger children due to a number of the rooms being quite dark. At times you have to navigate with flashlights. It was entertaining but it was one of the things you can only do once. It was something nice to do on a rainy weekend.