The Zarb Homestead

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Project 365: Week 47 December 3, 2012


Checking out the聽beautiful聽moon


Homemade laundry聽detergent


My beautiful flowers from Maria’s dad on Thanksgiving


Mr Mal is all nice and clean along with a little hair trimmings


Saw this online and all I could think of what prank could I pull with this stuff 馃槈


Cinnamon swirl beard! Yummy!


You + Me = Us Through The Years November 21, 2012

This Thanksgiving will be #9 for the hubby and I. It is strange how time flies by and gets away from you in a blink of an eye. It seems like yesterday we were going on our first date and being all bubbly eyed at each other. I was organizing my photos and thought it would be nice to put聽together a time-line of the “us.”聽A lot of has happened and changed since it all began in 2004. Hairstyles and colors gone bad along with different clothing styles. I giggles a bit at some of them. Well, here is a walk down memory lane.


Our first date after talking for 2 months 馃檪 This was taken in the parking garage in West Town Mall. We went to see a movie but I couldn’t tell you what it was.


We both love the outdoors and here we are camping in the Smoky Mountains


After 2 years of dating we decided to get our own place together. This is us in downtown Knoxville watching Boomsday.


We were聽cruising聽to Mexico and the聽Cayman聽Island this year. This was my first time out of the country and my first聽cruise.


We had so much fun, we were off to Mexico, again!聽This was the year we purchased our first home together.


Here is my brother-in-law and us enjoying our “new” boat


Never skied before or been on a plane. I had a mild nervous break down on the plane and found out that I am not that coordinated聽to ski but we still had a great time.


7 years down the road we finally say “I do!”


Still happily together聽as we were in 2004


My Election Day 2012 November 7, 2012

This blog is not about my individual views on the candidates or who I believe should be the 44th president. I think that your political viewpoints are yours and should be kept to yourself. I in addition think it is very impolite to speak about the subject in public for the fact you may insult someone. This is just an ordinary entry about my election day and how it went down.

11/6/2012- I woke up in a not so cheerful mood all due to a certain little Yorkie waking me up twice in the middle of the night to go outside. Getting out of bed way before I should, I started doing some house cleaning. Then, I noticed a hairball on the rug thanks to my long haired cat Heidi. I threw the rug in the washer and continued on. After that, I noticed my saltwater tank had aiptasias growing on the live rock. Aiptasias are considered pests because they stress out the coral around them and can even sting fish and invertebrates, they must die. I got my aiptasia x out and started finding and killing the little pests. The cat, Heidi, decided I required help and jumped up on the table and knocked over the whole bottle. Now, I was really not in a happy mood. I went into the laundry room to get a towel to clean up the aiptasia mess and saw that the Yorkie had urinated on my kitchen rug. I unhappily cleaned the floor and I put that rug also in the washer. At this point, I just threw my hands in the air and called myself defeated and spent the next hour or two on Pinterest.

I got ready to go to work and decided I am going to go vote beforehand given that it could be crowded if I waited later in the day. I had never voted in Knoxville and wasn’t sure where I needed to go. I looked it up on the Knoxville City website and found the place in my precinct. The Optimist Club of Knoxville, what and where in the world is this place? I Google Maps it and got the directions. Off I went with my voter鈥檚 card and ID in hand. I found the place fine with the help from the road signs “Vote Here” with arrows pointing in the right directions. I parked my Element and walked into a small cold grey building. I looked around puzzled at first. I wasn鈥檛 sure where to go or what to do. An older lady asked me what my last name was and pointed me to my line. Given that my last name starts with a Z, no one was in my line and I did not have to wait.

I got up to the voting booth ready to place my vote but I didn’t think about all the other elections going on alongside the presidential. Oh dear, now I was faced with voting for people for additional offices and I did not know who they were or what they stood for. I wasn’t sure what to do and started to become anxious. On top of that, since I live in the city limits of Knoxville and I had to vote on other city issues along with ballots concerning pension plans. I barely understand what a pension plan is let alone vote if someone should be qualified to have one. I really should have done more research beforehand and felt appalled. Plus, the way they worded the ballots, I wasn’t sure if I was voting for or against them. I consider myself a well-informed person and I was having trouble fully understanding the legal wording. I couldn鈥檛 image what is would be like for someone who inexperienced.

I placed my vote and left. Not feeling very confident in my decisions other than my presidential vote. It only took about 10 minutes to vote. I was expecting 30 at minimum; thus, I got to work about 30 minutes early. I worked until close. I came home, fixed dinner and settled in for the night. About 7:30 I turned on CNN to check out what polls have closed and who is winning which states. This oddly made me feel like my mother. I remember growing up watching her sit up all night until they projected a winner; sometimes it would be the next morning before the result would come in. Anyways, it was still too early to tell so the husband and I watched an episode of Sons of Anarchy, our favorite show, and then around 11:15 turned CNN back on. They had already projected the President Obama would win the election. That was really fast. I was sure it would be at least past midnight before a projection would have been made. Oh well, that let me catch up on some rest I missed the night before 馃檪

This is a picture I took from CNN’s website when they had projected Obama to win. There were still many states not decided yet.

Here are the results as of this morning 11/7/12:



Project 365: Week 44 November 4, 2012


Big Storm Sandy


After the storm passed Mt. LeConte had 32 inches of snow


I love Halloween Candy



Halloween in Market Square, Fire Dancers.


My new Snow Owl


Ready for Thanksgiving


Maya’s new bed


Project 365: Week 41 October 19, 2012

I am late this week due to being out of the country and soaking up the sun in the Bahamas. Now that I have returned, here are last weeks pictures!


Mr. Mal is Frankenweenie! Oh my, I love this costume! Found this number at the Wal-Mart.


Get it? 10,11,12…


I did the Reddit Halloween Gift Exchange and my person received my gift and posted the pictures.

Finally found a makeup that doesn’t make my face oily and lasts all day long. Just in time for the Bahamas!image

The long road trip has started. Drove over 5 hours and took 聽a nap here in GA on Friday.


Saturday, and we are off to sea!

Sunday: Our First Fun Day at sea


Project 365: Week 40 October 8, 2012

Sorry, I am late yet again on my post for Project 365. I have been a busy little bee聽lately聽trying to get ready for our trip to the Bahamas this Friday!


I forgot to get a picture on Monday but here is an extra from 2 weeks ago.


Going to work early in the morning, I saw the Moon hanging out with its friend聽Jupiter. It is very small looks like a star but it is there.


Been waiting forever for this movie to come out! We went and saw it opening night, so good!


My first time trying to make my own聽smoothie. 聽It was really good!


Homemade Banana Bread muffins, yummy!


WE went and checked out the new Trader Joes in Knoxville. Here are a few of my goodies.


Octoberrrrrr! It is cold out. Had to pull out the heater. I think Mr. Mal was happy about that.


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.聽I’ve聽listed the items that I have in my kit as well as some items that I plan on introducing to聽my kit. Not only is this First Aid Kit pet friendly it is also people friendly, double聽bonus.

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

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

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

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽Plastic bags for clean up:聽(use your imagination here)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽Permanent black marking pen:聽(you can make a large 鈥淴鈥 indicating where the wound is on a bandage)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽Towel or blanket

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽Leather Gloves:聽(cats鈥︹ or any other wild animal)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽Can of each wet dog and cat food

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

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

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽1鈥 or 2鈥 adhesive tape:聽(to hold the bandage in place)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽Tweezers:聽(great for removing stingers.)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽Scissors:聽(ideal to cut off a pet鈥檚 collar that may be too tight, or clothing when needed)

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

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

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽Digital rectal thermometer

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

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

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽Antibiotic Ointment such as Neo-Sporin

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽Diphenhydramine capsules:聽(for allergic reactions and can be use for both pets and people)

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

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

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽Slip leash

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽Pet Kennel

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