Thursday, June 28, 2012

What the heck is it? - Neatsfoot Oil Compound

So, I thought I would start this new little series on my blog ... mainly because I have a hubby who is a collector and tinkerer of all sorts of things.  There are usually a half-a-million things around my house that I have no idea what they are used for or just generally what they are!

I can't say these will happen on a certain day of the week ... cause I am terrible about that!  But you will have to watch out for these little gems!

If there is something around your house that you don't know what the heck it is, please submit it!  I would be happy to ask some of the best knowers of all sorts of information!

Today ... Neatsfoot Oil Compound ... my husband has been talking for a long time about needing some for baseball gloves ... we have quite a few of those around being a household of 3 boys and one hubby ... So here's what I found out ... I must say that personally I think it is pretty gross!  I will not be the applicator of the Neatsfoot Oil Compound!!

From Wikipedia ... (click here to read the entire link)

   "  Neatsfoot oil is a yellow oil rendered and purified from the shin bones and feet (but not the hooves)
     of cattle. "Neat" in the oil's name comes from an old name for cattle. Neatsfoot oil is used as a
     conditioning, softening and preservative agent for leather. In the 18th century, it was also used
     medicinally as a topical application for dry scaly skin conditions.

     "Prime neatsfoot oil" or "neatsfoot oil compound" are terms used for a blend of pure neatsfoot oil and
     non-animal oils, generally mineral or other petroleum-based oils."  "

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

When life gives you cucumbers ... Make Pickles!

Between work, hubby, boys, and the garden ... well, things have been a bit crazy lately.  Currently I am over run with squash, zucchini and cucumbers!  So ... I am making the best of the cucumber situation and making pickles!

I'll have to do something with squash and zucchini later ... right now I need to go to the store and buy more jars, lids, onions ... and other assorted stuff for canning ... better hurry because there is more in the garden growing before my eyes!

I'll get back to business soon!