The Zarb Homestead

Living natural and healthy on a simple budget

Fun at the Zoo Weekend April 11, 2013

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Over the weekend the husband and I enjoyed our day at the Knoxville Zoo. It is a prefect sunny 68 degree day, a great day to spend outdoors. Once the zoo closed, 6 pm, we were served a BBQ dinner under the white tent thanks to Elanco and Pettersons’ Vet Day at the zoo. This zoo is lacking in size in comparison to others, but it is decent and always improving. They are building on and will have some new attractions soon.  Here are a few photos I snapped along the way.

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Bird Watching In The City March 25, 2013

DSC_0003 (2)This is how I know I am getting older, I am writing a blog about watching and taking photos of birds in my backyard. I have been feeding and housing birds since I moved in our house however I did it more for the cats to watch them through the windows in the house but my indoor/outdoor cat tends to eat them.

The first picture is a Coopers Hawk that lives in my woods. He/she sits up the dogwood tree watching the small birds eat at the bird feeders and picks them off. Hey, it is a bird of prey. Below are a few of my better shoots of the birdies in my backyard.

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Project 365: Weeks 6 & 7 February 17, 2013


Heidi cat giving us her profile


My new purse from Earthbound Trading Company


My rose my father-in-law gave me


My Valentines Day Orchids  from my husband


If it fits it ships


Spending the day at the parents house and hanging out with Gizmo


My Valentines Day steak dinner my husband cooked me


Mr. Mal rocking his tie dye shirt


Horseback riding in the mountains


I have been working on my sewing area, starting to look good


Clean tank, well it doesn’t look clean until the next day


Homemade sticky buns


Weenier dog race at the Ice Bears Hockey game


Make Do with What You’ve Got – Dog Bed November 3, 2012

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The number one rule in our house is not to waste anything. We try to be sustainable and have as little impact on the earth as possible. I am always tiring to be “green” about my store purchases and try to make what I can instead of buying ready-to-use items. Always, back to the the reason I started writing this blog. While we were on vacation my crazy dog decided to wreak havoc on our bedroom. She destroyed the following in the matter of hours.

  • Comforter
  • Area Rug
  • Her Dog Bed
  • The Other Dogs Bed
  • The Door
  • The Wall
  • Surge Protector
  • PJ
  • etc

I have to replace all these things due to me being anal about my bedroom being clean and organized. On a side note, if my mother reads this she is going to think I’m nuts because growing up I had a messy room,a messy car, everything messy. 10 years later, I get mad if someone leaves a candy wrapper in my car or my bed isn’t made perfectly.

While I can can buy the small dog bed for next to nothing at the store the X-Large dog bed is well over $50 and that is for a cheap one. Solution, I let my fingers do the walking to Pinterest. There I found a no-sew dog bed.

  • 2 fleece blankets (cut the ends and tie together)
  • Egg crate mattress (had extra one in the attic)

Total $5.00


Pet First Aid October 6, 2012

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I saw this picture and wondered how many people know how to do CPR on a dog! Here is an easy handy guide to have on your fridge “just in case.” Never hurts to know first aid on your pups, it just may save their lives.


Also, you should have a First Aid Kit packed and on hand for those “OMG!!” moments in life. I’ve listed the items that I have in my kit as well as some items that I plan on introducing to my kit. Not only is this First Aid Kit pet friendly it is also people friendly, double bonus.

·       Flash Light: (Is it me or do accidents always seem to happen at night)

·       Paint sticks or a Yard stick: (makes for a good stabilizer for fractured bones, pet or child!)

·       Q-tips: (good to apply topical ointments onto a wound or gently sweep debris out of a wound, etc. glass, twigs, dirt.)

·       Plastic bags for clean up: (use your imagination here)

·       Permanent black marking pen: (you can make a large “X” indicating where the wound is on a bandage)

·       Towel or blanket

·       Leather Gloves: (cats…… or any other wild animal)

·       Can of each wet dog and cat food

·       Dry dog and cat food: (Nothing fancy, the cheap, small bag is sufficient when used in an emergency pinch.)

·       Bandage material, sterile gauze pads (3×3) and gauze rolls, 1 and 2 inch

·       1” or 2” adhesive tape: (to hold the bandage in place)

·       Tweezers: (great for removing stingers.)

·       Scissors: (ideal to cut off a pet’s collar that may be too tight, or clothing when needed)

·       Turkey Baster: (Delivering a liquid mainly hydrogen peroxide to a large dog when instructed to induce vomiting)

·       Hydrogen Peroxide: (to induce vomiting in an animal that may have ingested a toxin and ONLY if advised to do so)

·       Digital rectal thermometer

·       Vaseline or Ky Jelly: (Lubricators for the pet thermometer and for people as a dressing on top of a wound)

·       Chemical Ice Pack: (to cool down both pet or person in case of heatstroke, heat exhaust, burns.)

·       Antibiotic Ointment such as Neo-Sporin

·       Diphenhydramine capsules: (for allergic reactions and can be use for both pets and people)

·       Eye Dropper or syringe: (Used for delivering medication or water to pets or people)

·       Splint material: (You can use a books, magazines, newspapers, tongue depressors, or even a ruler for a splint)

·       Slip leash

·       Pet Kennel

·       Muzzle!! (Trust me, animals in pain will bite!)


Project 365: Week 43 August 19, 2012


My husband trying to brush the Mr Mal’s teeth.


Meet Mr Rex. He is the clinic cat at my work and I made him this bed. I think he is pleased.


Been waiting for my first to arrive, finally.


Maria and I made some gingerbread cookies with cream cheese icing, yum yum.


My first pumpkin, and the dog thought it looked good enough to eat and well she plucked it and carried it around the yard. I wasn’t too happy with her.


No comment on this night.

Very funny movie!



Project 365: Week 35 June 25, 2012

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Biking Ijams on a hot summer day


I planted my sweet potatoes


This cat at work just made himself at home.


Phil helping his mom find a bike


This is where Mr. Rascals cage should be. Sad to say he is no longer living with us but has found a new family to call home.


Even my fortune cookie gets me


Spent all day cleaning the back patio.