Tuesday, January 26, 2010

~ FYI ~

I miss everyone so much!  My computer is out ~  :-(   Have had so many problems lately re: viruses, etc.  My son is my technical guru, however, he's out of town for a couple of weeks on business so not sure when I will get it back.  Isn't it amazing how dependent on we are...at least I am...on computers?  Just feel like an appendage is missing.  ;-)

Hope everyone is doing great!

xoxo ~ Pat

Friday, January 22, 2010

~ Interesting Facts ~

I think a lot of these are true...cannot speak for each one.  Just thought it was interesting ~

1. Budweiser beer conditions the hair
2. Pam cooking spray will dry nail polish
3. Cool whip will condition your hair in 15 minutes
*4. Mayonnaise will KILL LICE, it will also condition your hair
5. Elmer's Glue - paint on your face, allow it to dry, peel off and see the dead skin and blackheads if any (yuck!)
6. Shiny Hair - use brewed Lipton Tea or white distilled vinegar
*7. Sunburn - empty a large jar of Nestea into your bath water
*8. Minor burn - Colgate or Crest toothpaste
*9. Burn your tongue? Put sugar on it!
10. Arthritis? WD-40 Spray and rub in, kill insect stings too
*11 Bee stings - meat tenderizer
12. Chigger bite - Preparation H
13. Puffy eyes - Preparation H  (caution!)
14. Paper cut - crazy glue or chap stick (glue is used instead of sutures at most hospitals)
15. Stinky feet - Jello !
16. Athletes feet - cornstarch
17. Fungus on toenails or fingernails - Vicks vapor rub
18. Kool aid to clean dishwasher pipes. Just put in the detergent section and run a cycle, it will also clean a toilet. (Wow, and we drink this stuff)
19. Kool Aid can be used as a dye in paint also Kool Aid in Dannon plain yogurt as a finger paint, your kids will love it and it won't hurt them if they eat it!
20. Peanut butter - will get scratches out of CD's! Wipe off with a coffee filter paper
21. Sticking bicycle chain - Pam no-stick cooking spray
22. Pam will also remove paint, and grease from your hands! Keep a can in your garage for you or hubby
23. Peanut butter will remove ink from the face of dolls
24. When the doll clothes are hard to put on, sprinkle with corn starch and watch them slide on
25. Heavy dandruff - pour on the vinegar !
26. Body paint - Crisco mixed with food coloring. Heat the Crisco in the microwave, pour into an empty film container and mix with the food color of your choice!
27 Tie Dye T-shirt - mix a solution of Kool Aid in a container, tie a rubber band around a section of the T-shirt and soak
28. Preserving a newspaper clipping - large bottle of club soda and cup of milk of magnesia , soak for 20 min. And let dry, will last for many years!
29. A Slinky will hold toast and CD's!
30. To keep goggles and glasses from fogging, coat with Colgate toothpaste ( I think you will need to wipe it off in order to see!)
31. Wine stains, pour on the Morton salt and watch it absorb into the salt.
32. To remove wax - Take a paper towel and iron it over the wax stain, it will absorb into the towel.
(I've done this and yes, it works!  A black Halloween tea light spilled on light carpet. I had never ironed carpet before. LOL)
33. Remove labels off glassware etc. Rub with Peanut butter!
34. Baked on food - fill container with water, get a Bounce paper softener and the static from the Bounce towel will cause the baked on food to adhere to it. Soak overnight. Also; you can use 2 Efferdent tablets , soak overnight!
*35. Crayon on the wall - Colgate toothpaste and brush it!
36. Dirty grout - Listerine
*37. Stains on clothes - Colgate toothpaste
*38. Grass stains - Karo Syrup
39. Grease Stains - Coca Cola , it will also remove grease stains from the driveway overnight. We know it will take corrosion from car batteries!
40. Fleas in your carpet? 20 Mule Team Borax- sprinkle and let stand for 24 hours. Maybe this will work if you get them back again.
41. To keep FRESH FLOWERS longer Add a little Clorox , or 2 Bayer aspirin , or just use 7-up instead of water.
42. When you go to buy bread in the grocery store, have you ever wondered which is the freshest, so you 'squeeze' for freshness or softness? Did you know that bread is delivered fresh to the stores five days a week? Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Each day has a different color twist tie.
They are: Monday = Blue,
Tuesday = Green,
Thursday = Red
Friday = White
Saturday = Yellow.

So if today were Thursday, you would want red twist tie; not white which is Friday's (almost a week old)! The colors go alphabetically by color Blue- Green - Red - White - Yellow, Monday through Saturday. Very easy to remember. I thought this was interesting. I looked in the grocery store and the bread wrappers DO have different twist ties, and even the ones with the plastic clips have different colors. You learn something new everyday! Enjoy fresh bread when you buy bread with the right color on the day you are shopping.

Don't forget Gatorade for Migraine Headaches. PowerAde won't work. Pass this information on to friends so they can be informed
* For those with young children

Thursday, January 21, 2010

~ Random Dozen ~

This is my first time participating in the Random Dozen meme hosted by Linda of 2nd Cup of Coffee. I noticed that some of the blogs I follow post answers to her questions. Some of them are serious but others are quite funny. I decided I needed a bit of a break today so I'm joining in.

Here are the questions and my answers:
1. If you physically lock in one age for yourself, which would you choose and why?
I would probably choose the age of 46. It may sound old but I'm even older now. ;-) At that age, I think I had acquired wisdom, grown in my faith and I looked better physically, especially being skinny! That might sound vain but there were less wrinkles and it was easier to keep the weight down than it is now.

2. What is the best dish you cook or bake?
I think my kids would say either cinnamon rolls, chocolate pie or chocolate cake.

3. When you feel blue, what is one strategy you use to help yourself back to normal?
I try to remember to count my blessings, write in my Gratitude Journal and pray. I get outside if weather permits and remind myself that this too shall pass.

4. When was the last time you danced in public?
It's been a long time, however, I LOVE to dance!

5. Do you consider yourself a realist or a dreamer?
I'm really, really good at being a dreamer but reality kicks in way too often.  ;-)

6. As a parent, what is one thing you've done well?
I've tried to offer my kids the same respect as I would anyone else....R-E-S-P-E-C-T  is huge to me. They are very respectful of others, responsible and incredibly wonderful young adults!

7. What is your favorite character on the Andy Griffith show?
It would have to be Barney...especially when he had his 1 bullet.

8. On a scale of 1-10, how much do you know about Dr Martin Luther King, Jr?
I'd have to say about a 6. I lived during the time when he made his famous speech and his horrible assassination. I focused more on JFK.

9. What is your #1 pet driving peeve?
There are so many!  I guess the people that drive in the left lane, below the speed limit and are oblivious to others. Usually they're on their cell phone too and that's a double whammy!

10. What color best represents your mood today? Care to elaborate?
Red.  It's my favorite color and I wear it a lot.  It's a gorgeous day here and I went out to lunch with a good friend ~ good times!

11. If your spouse were an animal, what would he be?
I don't have one of those ~

12. What activity takes up the bulk of your time on an average day?
Prolly being on the computer ~  :-)

This was fun!  Something different anyway ~

xoxo ~ Pat

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

~ Hearts for Haiti ~

In case you are not aware, there is a special Etsy shop, Hearts for Haiti offering tons of great creations and values to benefit the people of Haiti. Take a look!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

~ Help for another blogger ~

Take a look at Melissa's post at The Inspired Room regarding Gina at The Feathered Nest.  Gina's husband passed away and now she is the sole supporter of her family.  She is offering a discount at her shop as she will be closing it.  I know that supporting Gina and her family in prayer would be so appreciated and if you can buy something from her shop it would help her financially.

xo ~ Pat

Friday, January 15, 2010

~ Important! Gov't Recall on OTC Products ~

My daughter advised me about this FDA Gov't Recall as we've both had some gastric problems this week. She has used Benadryl, I've used Tylenol 8 Hour.  It's quite a list ~ Benadryl, various Tylenol products, Motrin, Rolaids, etc.

Take a look!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

~ Beauty ~

I love the quote within the drawing ~

Monday, January 11, 2010

~ Please meet my roommate! ~

He is a Shih Tzu and a rescue. His name is Forrester. His foster mom, Cheryl, named him after a dear friend of her's and the story meant so much, I didn't change it.  Cheryl runs the rescue group and one of the other foster parents was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer.  This lady was told that the most up-to-date treatment was available at a hospital in San Antonio, however, they could not get her in for close to 2 months.  Cheryl called her friend & business associate in San Antonio and he was able to get the lady in to the hospital for treatment the next week!   I just felt that my boy needed to remain with his given name.  :-)   The vet thinks he's about 8 yrs old now....I've had him 4 years.  He was found wandering the streets of Plano ~ a suburb of Dallas.  He is extremely well behaved and familiar with many commands.  His nemesis would be "uniforms"....and men.  That's when he becomes upset and very agressive.  He is my love bug!

xo ~ Pat

Sunday, January 10, 2010

~ What Does 'LOVE' Mean? ~

These are so neat!  You've probably seen them before but I feel they're worth repeating, especially the last one. (Tissue alert!)

What does 'Love' mean??

A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds.The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined. See what you think:

"When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn't bend over and paint her toenails anymore. S
o my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That's love."
Rebecca- age 8

"When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different.
You just know that your name is safe in their mouth."
Billy - age 4

"Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other."
Karl - age 5

"Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs."
Chrissie - age 6

"Love is what makes you smile when you're tired."
Terri - age 4

"Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK."
Danny - age 7

"Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss."
Emily - age 8

"Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen."
Bobby - age 7 (Wow!)

"If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate."
Nikka - age 6
(we need a few million more Nikka's on this planet)

"Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday."
Noelle - age 7

"Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well."
Tommy - age 6

"During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn't scared anymore."
Cindy - age 8

"My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don't see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night."
Clare - age 6

"Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken."
Elaine - age 5

"Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford."
Chris - age 7

"Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day."
Mary Ann - age 4

"I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones."
Lauren - age 4

"When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you." (what an image!)
Karen - age 7

"Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn't think it's gross."
Mark - age 6

"You really shouldn't say 'I love you' unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget."
Jessica - age 8

And the final one -- Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was asked to judge.The purpose of the contest was to find the most caring child.

The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife.Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman's yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there.

When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said,

"Nothing, I just helped him cry."

Thursday, January 7, 2010

~ Thank our Military! ~

This is such a heartwarming video!  Please notice around the 2:20 mark the little girl hugging the soldier.  Precious!


~ Anonymous Comments ~

How do you feel about them?  I am very open to comments and suggestions, however, I don't place as much value on the words when a person doesn't have the _ _ _ _ _ to share their name. Yes, I am extremely new to the blogging world...I am in the minority of not having a husband, a house to show and lots of DIY projects to share. I am very young in spirit, although older in chronological numbers. :-)  I am retired, I live in an apt and I'm finding my way around this blogosphere currently. I do love to cook, baking especially...artsy/craftsy projects...gardening in the spring and summer and inspiration and laughter always.

Just sayin' ~

~ Life Explained ~

On the first day, God created the dog and said:
'Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years.'

The dog said: 'That's a long time to be barking. How about only ten years and I'll give you back the other ten?'
So God agreed.

On the second day, God created the monkey and said:
'Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh. For this, I'll give you a twenty-year life span.'

The monkey said: 'Monkey tricks for twenty years? That's a pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back ten like the Dog did?'
And God agreed.

On the third day, God created the cow and said:
'You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer's family. For this, I will give you a life span of sixty years.'

The cow said: 'That's kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years.How about twenty and I'll give back the other forty?'
And God agreed again.

On the fourth day, God created man and said:
'Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. For this, I'll give you twenty years.'
But man said: 'Only twenty years? Could you possibly give me my twenty, the forty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back, and the ten the dog gave back; that makes eighty, okay?'

'Okay,' said God, 'You asked for it..'

So that is why for our first twenty years we eat, sleep, play and enjoy ourselves. For the next forty years we slave in the sun to support our family. For the next ten years we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren. And for the last ten years we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.

Life has now been explained to you.
There is no need to thank me for this valuable information. I'm doing it as a public service. ;-)

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

~ How To Stay Young ~

 1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay 'them'.

 2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

 3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. 'An idle mind is the devil's workshop.'

 4. Enjoy the simple things.

 5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

 6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.

 7. Surround yourself with what you love , whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

 8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

 9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.

 10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

 Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

~ Are you a magazineaholic like me? ~

You may be aware of  Maghound if not, take a look!  There are a number of magazines to choose from and a set amount that you pay monthly.  As an example, you can choose 3 magazines for $4.95 monthly ~ not much more than you'd pay for one.  I know that Amazon  offers some $5.00 deals occasionally which is excellent too, especially if the subscription is for one year!

xo ~ Pat

Monday, January 4, 2010

~ Good Vibrations ~

No, this is not about the song, however, you're welcome to dance if you want!  ;-)  Sounds have a very definite effect on me whether it's positive or negative. I cannot tolerate a variety of sounds, especially if they are loud and/or consistent.  Think of loud music in a restaurant, constant yelling, jackhammers or drilling, someone roofing a home, those ding dang commercials on TV that raise the volume and wakes the dog, a bevy of landscapers that are mowing, edging, leaf blowing.  Then there are pleasant and soothing sounds that encourage relaxation, conversation, napping and even healing.  Very often, I turn everything off ~ complete silence for awhile and oh how peaceful it is. This article was very interesting to me so thought I'd just share it and see if you might relate.  It's another from The Daily OM.

Sound Healing
Everything in the universe is in a constant state of vibration, including our bodies. Sound is vibration that can be translated by the delicate structures of our inner ear, but it moves more than just those tiny receptors. It is part of the spectrum of energy vibrations that affect us on the mental, physical, and spiritual levels. Long ago shamans recognized the power of sound when they first used chants and drumming to heal people. In ancient Egypt, Greece, and India, the use of sound and music for healing was a highly developed sacred science. Sonic vibration has been one way of experiencing the energy of the universe for much of humanity’s history.

When the vibrations of our physical and spiritual bodies are out of harmony it can cause disease. Sound healing gently massages the molecules back into the right places, clearing blockages and restoring harmony. Ancient healing systems such as Chinese medicine and Indian Ayurveda associate specific musical notes with subtle-energy systems of the body, such as in yoga where particular notes of music correspond to each of the seven chakras. In Tibet, priests have long used bells and bowls over and around the body to tune and clear the energy centers. Chimes and tuning forks are other tools that have been used to heal not only the body but the energy in a room as well.

Knowing that sound has the power to heal, we should also try to remember that sounds from modern life can have a negative affect. Choosing silence over discord may help us maintain a state of equilibrium. As we seek soothing and harmonizing sounds to surround us, we may be doing more than creating a balm for the noise of the world. We may actually be performing an act of self-healing that connects us with one of the most basic vibrations of the universe.
xo ~ Pat

Saturday, January 2, 2010

~ Lights Out at One of My Favorite Places ~

 I have such a soft place in my heart for Tavern On The Green  and yet the city of New York did not consult with me prior to making this decision ~ can you believe it?  Sure, they say they're going to reopen ~ new owners as well as a new design, menu, etc.  It's such an incredibly gorgeous restaurant and simply exquisite during Christmas.  There's so much history there.  I always try to embrace change but this one?  Not so much ~

xo ~ Pat