Creature Feature: Raccoon!

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Raccoons might be cute and cuddly looking with their striking black and grey features, but to some people they can be quite a nuisance, especially homesteaders because they are omnivores. This means they eat meats, fruits, and veggies. Homesteaders who have both farms and livestock can have troubles with raccoons as they can ruin crops and even eat small animals, such as chickens.

City dwellers are also susceptible to the effects of raccoons because they will eat pretty much anything, even trash. They often are found in garbage cans in cities, which can cause quite a mess. Raccoons can also get into small areas of homes, such as attics, and ruin things. They can rip insulation off of walls, pipes, and AC units to make their nests with. They have also been known to chew wires, causing fire hazards. To prevent this damage, there are numerous repellents that can be made at home, or bought at a store. Here are a couple repellents to check out if you need them:
Homemade:
https://home.howstuffworks.com/how-to-make-homemade-raccoon-repellant.htm
Online Ordering:
https://www.amazon.com/Ultrasonic-Repellent-MAXFETCHED-Repeller-Flashing/dp/B07FD7BY3Y/ref=asc_df_B07FD7BY3Y/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=242009199808&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=17546001406084390169&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9052979&hvtargid=pla-487798871465&psc=1

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November Playlist – Alternatively Falling For This (Music) & Soft Fall Feels

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With Alternative being a popular genre of music, and also great for parties and hanging out with close friends, this months playlist has that Alternative theme! From OneRepublic to BØRNS to 5 Seconds of Summer, and many more, Alternatively Falling For This (Music)playlist has all of the jams for the party nights with friends!

Alternatively Falling For This (Music) Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMuAGLIYs1U5z2C7hy6OwBhwNuSm7NIBA

But this fall not only has sparked some energy in us, but also, has calmed our energy down to a soft feeling in soul. The rain also has been helping that feeling come alive as well and this fall weather makes it even more perfect! The Soft Fall Feels playlist has those chill and sweet mornings and afternoons taken care of for you. 

Soft Fall Feels Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMuAGLIYs1U6SsxH5r2R2w-i16UQ3BJ4I

Enjoy!

I would love to hear from all my readers and listeners! Please email me at yoalanorchid@gmail.com for any comments, concerns, or questions about the playlists that I’ll be putting out here on The Scoop! If you have any song suggestions, feel free to send those as well!

Living History

Living History

I am in a revolutionary war reenacting group that shows people how colonists lived in the late 1700s. I have been a part in this operation for 4 years, I played the part of a politician in the Second Continental Congress, to a poor woodworker, to a serious Sergeant serving under General George Washington.  The last event that was held was set as the Battle of Saratoga, New York 1777. I was a rifleman in the 3rd Virginia Regiment. The American Militia won the battle shortly after they disabled the British cannons. But enough of the battle, more about the event. You will find almost any question answered whether it’s about making a bench from scratch, or about families and relationships back then. If you are interested in wood shop, surgery, or just eating food, Living History is the place for you and your family to visit! Learn more about us at our website:  http://www.visionheirs.com/

 

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Pumpkin Spice Slime

This craft is fun for people of all ages!

Slime supplies

Supplies:
● Medium Sized Glass Bowl
● Rubber Spatula
● Measuring Cups
● Measuring Spoons

 

 

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● PVA Glue (Elmer’s works best!)
● Activator (1 tsp borax – 1 cup water)
● Shaving Cream
● Baby Oil
● Lotion (Anything works)
● Foaming soap (Optional)
● Soap scent, Candle Scent, or Essential Oil
● Foam beads (Optional)
● Acrylic Paint or Food Coloring (optional)

Step 1

Slime ingredients

 

 

 

Measure 1 cup of glue into your glass bowl. (2 – 4oz. bottles)

 

 

Step 2

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Add the following ingredients:

  • ¼ cup – Shaving cream
  • 1 tsp – Baby oil
  • 1 tsp – Lotion
  • 2 tbsp – Foam soap (optional)
  • ½ tsp – Soap or Candle scent or Essential Oil
  • Coloring – Whatever quantity you would like.
  • ¼ cup – Foam beads (optional for texture)

 

Step 3

Slime bowl

Stir until mixture is smooth. Make sure it is mixed well BEFORE adding the activator.

 

 

 

Step 4

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Add activator one teaspoon at a time,
mixing between each addition. This is to
ensure your slime doesn’t turn out too
sticky or stiff. You will need about five
or six teaspoons.

 

Step 5

Add foam balls or other items to add texture, or leave plain for a smooth slime.

Floam

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Tips:

  • This recipe takes about 25-30 minutes to make and yields approximately 8 ounces.
  • Washing your hands before making and playing with slime will not only help keep your slime clean but also help it not stick your hands.
  • Putting a little activator on your hands will also help the slime not stick to you.
  • Choose your favorite scents and colors or match the season.
  • Too sticky? Add ½ tsp of activator.
  • Too stiff? Add lotion or warm water.
  • Store in an airtight container or Ziploc bag to keep your slime from drying out.

October Playlist – Jazzy Times

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Music is life. That is something that I personally believe. Music can build you up after a hard day, and it can express the emotions of the feelings you cannot describe in just 3 minutes or less. Honestly, where would we be, as humans, without music?

For this month’s music playlist, I was feeling a bit jazzy. Everything from Nat King Cole to Louis Armstrong to Benny Goodman to just jazz instrumental music. I also discovered that jazz music is not only fun to dance to, but is great and beneficial for studying! And that is great for the beginning of the new school year!

We are already having tests coming up to test your knowledge and you will want to be at your best! So in the links below (to my YouTube account), I have made some Jazzy Study Music playlists for all those studying students! There is even one for the little ones, to groove to, while their parents take a quick rest on the couch.

Little Ones Playlist:
I would love to hear from all my readers! Please email me at yoalanorchid@gmail.com for any comments, concerns, or questions about the playlists that I’ll be putting out here on The Scoop! If you have any song suggestions, feel free to send those as well!