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Homemade Dishwasher Soap - Inexpensive, Good for the Environment and Sparkling Clean Dishes

I make my own dish washer detergent for pennies compared to the products that are offered for sale. It is an easy recipe and the ingredients are at your local store.  I make it once or twice a month so I have the recipe taped on the storage container.  In this case a recycled trail mix container.

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Republicans Split Over Medicaid Expansion in Florida

The debate over whether to continue the refusal to expand Medicaid or go to Washington with a program proposal has caused a split in the Republicans in Tallahassee.  They are now facing a budgetary crises because LIP (Low Income Pool) a grant to help cover the cost of healthcare for the uninsured will expire June 30. The State of Florida was told a year ago by the CMS that this funding would expire but Rick Scott included it in the budget for this year.  

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Cattleya Orchid "Springtime"



It opened today.  The last time it bloomed was 15 years ago.

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Orchids Are In Bloom

This is the time of year for Phalaenopsis type orchids to bloom.  This type of orchids are the most common and easy to grow.  The blooms can last up to 6 weeks and are the favorite for a showy house plant.  They originate from South East Asia and Northern Australia. I have several on my front porch that is putting on a show this year. They make a great gift plant instead of cut flowers because they last so long. 

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How to Make High Efficiency Liquid Laundry Soap for Pennies.

When I was really young in the early 1950's I remember helping my mom make laundry soap out of Fels-Napha bar soap, Octagon bar soap or Ivory bar soap. Octagon is no longer being made. For baby diapers she would use Ivory bar soap. She would make it up in a bucket every couple of months. She would grate it and cook it and mix it up in a bucket of water. I never thought to ask her about it later in life. It was just something that was history along with her Maytag Ringer Washer. I can still smell that soap in my mind.

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Harry Reid has announced he not going to run for reelection and retire.

He posted this video this morning. 



Senator Reid is 75 years old and has been in politics since 1968.  He has had a long career. He entered the senate in 1986 and became Majority leader in 2006.  He was injured this winter in a fall.  

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Emily's List's 30th Anniversary Part 3 - Hillary Clinton's Speech

Hillary Clinton was the key note speaker at this event.  The audience was warm to her and responded to parts of her speech enthusiastically. It was not a campaign speech and neither did she mention the emails from the time that she was Secretary of State. The speech followed up on the theme of the conference and the tone was directed to the audience that was there.  She honored the women who have blazed a trail for other women to enter politics. The issues she talked about was family issues, economical issues and labor issues. The speech was gracious and thoughtful.  

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Emily's List 30th Anniversary-Part 2 Gabby Gifford's Rising Star Award

Last year, Emily's List started the Rising Star Award to honor Gabby Gifford.  This year it was presented to Ayanna Pressley as the second winner of this award.  Retired Astronaut Mark Kelly, Gabby's husband with her presents the award. This was a chance to see how well she is doing since she left the House for me.  I love her smile.  What courage she has. 

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Emily's List 30th Anniversary-Part 1 The Women Behind It

In the recent years, C-Pac Convention has been covered by the media as if it was a the only important political support group in this country.  We get to watch in the news every goofy nutty idea that comes out of the guest speakers mouths.  There is even a run down published and covered about the proper dress code for the attendees. OK enough said about that.

It leaves many of us wondering why liberals don't put on these kinds of news worthy events with great political speakers.  Well they do.  

This year just a week after C-Pac's annual blow out,  Emily's List celebrated their 30th Anniversary with a gala event showcasing successful Democratic women in politics.

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Judge Hanen Has Issued an Injunction Against Obama's Immigration Action

US Federal Judge Andrew Hanen is of the US District Court in Brownsville, Texas and was appointed by George W. Bush, has issued an injunction against the President until the case has made it's way through court.  Twenty-six states have filed this case stating that the President have over stepped his authority on immigration action.  These are Republican held states. The injunction was just filed yesterday.


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