The Zarb Homestead

Living natural and healthy on a simple budget

Ice Storm Khan January 27, 2013


If you live in East Tennessee then you already know what I am talking about. They named her Khan and she was cold as ice. She coated East Tennessee with a thin layer of freezing rain all day on Friday. Everything shut down, the town of Knoxville was hardly in operation. No mail, no newspaper, nothing was moving and that included us. We stayed home, didn’t have a choice really, and had a lazy day. I wrote a blog, cleaned house, cooked, baked, etc while he played Call of Duty for hours. I started getting a small case of cabin fever by dinner time and really wanted to leave but didn’t for fear the roads would refreeze once the sun was down. Our pups weren’t too happy about Khan and had trouble getting around outside to do their business. They were ice skating on the porch and in the yard.The Yorkie had to be rescued because after multiple attempts to climb the back steps he just couldn’t and I had to go get him. It was nice to stay home for a change but I am ready for warmer Spring time weather to come fast.

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Thunder Snow in the South January 24, 2013


It went from 70 degrees and sunny to low 30’s and snowing in the matter of a few days, really. I live in South Knoxville and I have renamed it the Bermuda Triangle because once bad weather hits East Tennessee it destroys South Knoxville. On 1/13/13 I got stuck 4 times on the way home from work. I am not one to drive in the snow but I can and I do well in it but I just DO NOT like it. When I left work, I called my husband, who works is West Knoxville, wondering why he hasn’t called to check my safety and he said it wasn’t even snowing there, crazy. By this time we already had 3 inches of snow and it was still coming down hard. I told him to head home ASAP but it was already too late. Traffic was starting to back up and the interstate was not moving. It took him 3 hours to drive home, should have been 30 minutes on a normal day.

There really wasn’t a hurry home because we had lost power at 5:00 pm and did not get in back on until late the next night. It was freezing in the house, well not technically it was 47 when we awoke the next morning. We passed the time by playing some board games and trying  to stay warm. We had to pull out the ski gear to stay warm. I slept in my long underwear and a coat, it was a long night. The worse part of the past few days was that the saltwater tank got too cold and the 2 clown fish and some corals did not make it. I thought our star fish was also a goner but he defrosted once the tanks was up and running again. He however did lose one leg but it will grow back in time. The dogs did enjoy playing the snow and it was nice to see everything covered in white but I only like it if the power stays on.

They are calling for more snow and ice tonight, joy.

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Project 365: Week 46 November 20, 2012

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First time I saw Jupiter and her moons

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My Father-in-Law got all the girls a rose at dinner at Barleys

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Someone stole my pillows

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Bye Bye Twinkies

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Made pumpkin puree from a baking a pumpkin

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Oh boy, here we go again

 

Project 365: Week 48 September 23, 2012


 

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Week started off with a lot of rain!

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Battle wounds from trying to give a cat a pill.

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Date Night Sushi

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Mr. Mal had to get his teeth cleaned. This is him about an hour after waking up.

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Saw these guys at Wal-Mart, nope too freaking early!

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Went on the Tennessee Riverboat for their Deluxe Dinner Cruise

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Starting to feel like Fall!

 

 

 

 

 

Project 365: Week 45 September 3, 2012

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New record high on percentage saved 58%!

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Starting my class Astronomy class at Duke in a month!

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Tuning our skills 🙂

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Lettuce Wraps – Hubby made dinner.

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Mr Mal looking cute.

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Yum Best BBQ in town at Sweet P’s

Snuggle Time

 

Hiking Ijams – Mead’s Quarry August 27, 2012


Earlier this month the hubby and I went for a hike at the Mead’s Quarry in the Ijams Nature Center. The trail we hiked is called the Tharp Trace Trail. This is the most strenuous trail at Ijams. It is 1.1 mile loop with a few steep long hills but once you reach the top you are looking over the quarry and on a clear day you can see Mt. LeConte. This is a great place to take pictures but with all the leaves from the surrounding trees it was hard to get a clear picture of the lake, maybe we will try again in the fall.

What goes up must come down. After you reach the summit you work your way down back to the bottom of the quarry but on your way down the trail is the historic Stanton Cemetery. This was an old family plot but later became a community graveyard for people that lived and worked on the quarry. Some of the graves date back to 1870 and the latest 1939. For some odd reason I really like old graveyards. If you read the sign it says that the husband and wife where buried next to each other however they were faced in opposite directions. This is due to the fact they were divorced in life.

 

Tharp Trace trail is great for a small hike. It takes about an hour or two if your not rushing which we weren’t because we had the dog and was looking for a relaxing daily hike. I highly recommend all the trails in Ijams. This is one of my favorite places to visit because there is so much to do. The best part is it is free and you can take your dogs there as long as they are on a leash.

 

 

Project 365: Week 43 August 19, 2012


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

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

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Been waiting for my first to arrive, finally.

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

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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.

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No comment on this night.

Very funny movie!