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Monday, February 18, 2013

Happy Homemaker Monday

THE WEATHER:  As Winnie the Pooh would say, "It's a blustery day in the hundred acre wood." Last time I checked my favorite weather page our breeze has slowed from 30 mph down to 26! The clouds are coming in also. In the NW we'd say it would be raining soon, but I really doubt it down here!

RIGHT NOW I AM: Contemplating exactly where to store  the fabric I brought down fro the storage. I'd like to get it made into quilts. It does absolutely no one any good as is. There are so many cold, needy people that would be grateful for even a scrappy quilt that I really NEED to do some good with all of it.

THINKING: That we probably WON'T be playing at the park or going for a walk today. I put the kids off yesterday because I was too busy doing MY thing. I raked leaves and washed a few of the windows, then I was too worn out to even think of walking anywhere.  Shame on me. I'm here to have special time with them and then didn't do anything special that they would have liked.

ON MY READING PILE: Other than my ever-present Bible, only the "Seattle" magazine with an article about CHOCOLATE!  Now how could I NOT read that? LOL

ON MY TV: Nothing yet. But DH DID say he'd ship the DISH receiver down to me so I can have TV again.

FAVORITE BLOG POST THIS WEEK: The Peaceful Mom  This is a great site with tons of useful information

SOMETHING FUN TO SHARE:  I bought "Just Dance for Kids," to entertain the grands when they are over here. It is so funny to watch them because neither one really knows what they are doing!  But they do love doing the Wii Fit, especially the running, balancing and surprisingly, the yoga. Hey, it's much better than just watching cartoons!

ON THE MENU FOR THIS WEEK:  Monday--Bow-Ties/sauce
                                                                    Garlic Bread
                                                     Tuesday--Cheese Chimichanga
                                                     Thursday--probably the leftovers !!
                                                     Fri, Sat, Sunday--haven't decided yet

ON MY 'TO-DO' LIST:  #1 is to take care of all these piles of fabric

WHAT I AM SEWING, CROCHETING, CRAFTING: Finishing a pet pad that I started several years ago. A sewing group I'm in has a challenge every month and the one for February is to make something for a child or a pet. Sorting through these boxes of fabric I cam across this nearly finished pad, so that will be my project.  It just needs some binding on it. Let's see, just HOW long did it take me to do the mitered corners on the Care Bear quilt?!  Maybe the dogs won't care if they are squared corners!! I need to get started on the next handmade birthday card. The DAY is rapidly approaching!

 HOMEMAKING TIPS: OK, confession time. I've stolen these ideas from Mary Hun'ts Everyday Cheapsake column.  Ladies, (men too) sneak out into the shop and borrow the parts cleaner to get grease stains out.This will work even if the item has been washed and dried! Makes sense doesn't it? It IS a grease remover.

And with tick season approaching here is another great tip. Soak a cotton ball in alcohol (rubbing alcohol, we don't want any drunk ticks crawling around!), place it on the tick and it will back out. Get it with a pair of tweezers and get rid of it however you prefer. She says it fairly quick and painless. Worth trying.

And my own tip-- The Three Rs--Reduce, Reuse, Recycle   Don't fill the landfills with things that are re-useable in some way.

Would someone mind coming over and putting this fabric away for me?  I want to curl up in this ultra soft throw and read my Kindle!!  And when you're finished with that I REALLY need a mani LOL

I haven't been listing my Thankies for awhile. It is important that we each do this, even just mentally, because it reminds us how loving and gracious our Creator is.
1. For the sacrifice of Jesus in giving up some of his divinity to effect salvation for each of us. It's our choice whether we accept it or not. A great read on this subject is, "Steps to Christ," by Ellen G White. It's a small but powerful little book. I have several paperback copies, if you would like one comment to me (I promise I won't publish it) with your name/address and I'll send you a copy.
2,  For this peaceful, lazy day. I worked really hard yesterday and deserve a day off. But I DO need to take care of this fabric that's staring at me, no I should say, GLARING at me.
3.  For this neat little propane fireplace that our son suggested to us when my furnace quit. I've got the dancing flames and it actually keeps the house warmer than the furnace did! We did have to invest in a dehumidifier though because the walls were wetter than the shower stall in the mornings.
4.  For Mary Kay Moisturizer...'nuff said on THAT subject !!
5.  For sunshine and all its healthful benefits

Till next time,

Grandma Shell

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