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12/26/14 fridge art, basement sorting and asthma…

written 7/2/13 – Our fridge had a smile on it today. I thought that it was funny. I took all of the magnets and put them into the shape of a smile. The kids weren’t amused. They are too old for smiling fridges.

We started sorting out the basement again. Every time that we sort it does look better, but we never seem to finish it. I try to look at everything and say, will I need this soon. Too many times the answer is yes.

William is done with allergy shots. Cheer, cheer, cheer!!! We are so excited. He has been getting shots for years. It has really helped his asthma. He still will need to go in for checkups a couple of times a year, but he won’t need to get shots twice a week any more.


11/29/14 school and the basement…

written 3/10/13 – We need to sign William up for school for this summer. He never says how things are going, but he smiles a lot, so things must be OK. Maggie had spring break last week. Her dream for break was to go to the library and get a lot of movies and books.  She went to grandmas each day. They took Beth to school each day. Maggie had a great time.

The kids helped me clean out some of the basement. We combined boxes and sorted out things for Goodwill. The basement looks a lot better. We still have a long way to go, but this is an improvement. When I am not cleaning out the basement, I think, we should be able to get rid of a lot of things, but then when we are actually sorting, it is more difficult to do.


11/8/14 Lego League and the basement…

written 5/2/12 – Maggie is at Bible study tonight. Beth is at Lego League which is a group that teaches kids how to program robots. They sponsor a big compotition at her school once a year. Grade school and Junior High kids come in teams and compete with their robots.

We have started cleaning out the basement. It is going well. A lot of it is clothes that should have gone to the Goodwill and boxes that need repacked. I will be glad when this project is done.


9/21/14 birthdays and gardens…

written 3/14/12 – Beth and the boy that she likes have reorganized the calendar so that all of the holidays fall during the school year. They celebrated his birthday last month and are celebrating her birthday this month. I think that they celebrated her birthday, on her birthday too. Maybe they are celebrating them multiple times a year.

Our garden from last year has sprouted. All of the plants from last year were annuals, but maybe because we had such a mild winter, some of the plants are sprouting. I had really wanted time off from the garden this year, but if it all sprouts, we will have a garden. We have a drip hose that we can set up to do the watering and we can mulch it really well so we won’t need to do any weeding. The tomato plants can go out into the middle of the yard so that they can be in the drip line too. I got the idea for the drip line and the mulch from the book “Tips for the Lazy Gardener” by Linda Tilgner. It has really helped a lot to taka away the time needed for watering and weeding. Our water faucet outside can be turned off in our basement. I leave the water faucet turned on outside and shut the valve off in the basement. If the garden needs watering, I turn on the sprinkler from the basement when I get up and turn it off later. I don’t need to go outside to water. That has helped to save a lot of time too.

The garlic is two or three inches high. It needs mulched because we won’t be able to mow the grass that is around it.

Do you have any gardening time savers tips?

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8/17/14 plastic on the windows and freezing pipes…

written 1/18/14 – William and I put plastic on the last window in the living room yesterday. It is cold out finally, so it couldn’t be put off any longer. It got really cold on Thursday night. In the morning, all of the pipes were OK except for the one going to the tub where only a small trickle of water would come out. The bathroom is built over a crawl space and there is a vent in the crawl space that leads outside. We have Styrofoam on the outside of the house in this vent to keep the cold air out of the crawl space. We take the Styrofoam out when the weather turns nice in the spring because if we didn’t take it out, then there would be mold in the crawl space. We also have the door to the crawl space open to the basement and a screen over the opening. Then we have an infrared light on in there all winter. The bulb in the light burned out Thursday night. In the morning the water barely came out of the pipe. I took the hair dryer to the basement and began blowing hot air into the crawl space. I am not saying that this is the correct way to thaw a pipe, I have heard of people who have done this and have had the pipe split which made a big mess and cost a lot of money to fix. This is just how I thaw a pipe. When it was time to leave, there was more water coming out of the faucet but it wasn’t totally unblocked. Beth was home for the day, her school had the day off. When the water pipe began to freeze up later, she went every ten to fifteen minutes and turned the water on. We can’t leave it on because our tub only has an “on” and an “off”, not a “slower” and a “faster” setting.  The pipe didn’t freeze. Beth did a great job handling this for us. We got a new light bulb and within an hour or two the pipe was unfrozen. We need to get a back-up light bulb.



4/11/14 moving boxes, sprouting centerpieces and puzzles…

written 1/8/12 – My goal…again…this next week is to move the boxes in the basement from in front of the shoe shelf. Maybe the boxes will get moved, or maybe I will just write about this every week.

At Thanksgiving we had a cutting from the blackberry bush and another bush as our centerpiece. We also had a glass container of pine cones. The blackberry bush cutting has sprouted a root!

Maggie has one of her puzzles partway together. It is a cartoon of a lot of office people in their cubicles.

I think that it is only about four more months until spring.

I didn’t do any of my weekend jobs this weekend. Tonight I need to match my clothes.

Do you ever have weekends where you don’t get anything done?


2014 April’s Bible verse: “These are the things that you shall do: Speak the truth to one another, render in your gates judgments that are true and make for peace, do not devise evil in your hearts against one another, and love no false oath, for all of these things I hate, says the Lord.” Zechariah 8:16,17




4/4/14 taking down the Christmas decorations…

written 1/7/12 – We took the Christmas tree down today. We brought the plastic bin and the Christmas tree box into the living room. We wanted to put the lights on the bottom of the box, because they are the heaviest, but they come off of the tree last. So, we took all of the ornaments off of the tree and put them on the couch, then we took off all of the lights. Somehow, no one sat on any of the ornaments. We put the lights then the ornaments into the box.

We also have some Christmas stockings around the house and some of the kids Christmas artwork from grade school around the house too. These all went into the box. The most breakable ornaments went into egg cartons…this idea came from the K-Love radio station Everything fit into the box except for the wreath that we hang outside. After the Christmas tree box and the plastic container of lights and decorations were carried into the basement we started finding ornaments that had been knocked aside. Some had fallen off of the tree on their own, some the cat had started taking down. We took these ornaments and added them to the Christmas box.The living room looks so empty now.

Do you decorate a lot for Christmas?


2014 April’s Bible verse: “These are the things that you shall do: Speak the truth to one another, render in your gates judgments that are true and make for peace, do not devise evil in your hearts against one another, and love no false oath, for all of these things I hate, says the Lord.” Zechariah 8:16,17


3/28/14 Shoe shelves and snow…

written 12/18/11 – I would like to get all of the boxes moved from in front of the shoe shelf. The kids and I can’t use the shelf until we can get to it. I would like to get four rubber mats for the kitchen and tell everyone that they must keep their shoes on their mat. Any extra shoes need to be kept in the basement on the shoe shelf. We always have a pile of shoes in the kitchen. I can’t ask the kids to take their extra shoes to the shoe shelf, because there are boxes in front of it. The boxes need to be moved so that the shoes can be taken out of the kitchen.  Also,I don’t think that all of the water that comes into the house in the winter is good for the kitchen floor. The rubber mats would either be like the mats that dishes are dried on, or like small car mats, the winter kind that absorb water. 323141

We had a dusting of snow last week. It was pretty. The ground is still warm so the snow only stuck on the grass and trees, not on the streets or sidewalks. It is about thirty-five deg. today. I heard that next week it will get up to forty deg. F. I am ready for spring.

I haven’t started making my New Year’s resolutions yet this year. Some years I have lists of things that I want to do or change, but this year seems to be a little more quiet or settled… maybe because the kids are older.

The kids don’t make New Years resolutions, that I know about. They say that they are happy with themselves the way that they are.

Do you make any resolutions?

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3/27/14 Christmas cards and cleaning the basement…

written 12/18/11 – Yesterday the kids also wrote their Christmas cards to everyone. They give people cards instead of presents. They make about ten to fifteen cards. This year Maggie and Beth did their cards together. One wrote Merry Christmas and Happy New Year on each paper and the other drew a picture on each one. Then they both signed their name. William made his own cards. Usually they all make their own cards.

Today we went to church. After church Maggie studied science and Beth worked on math on the computer. Tonight the girls are at church. The kids (junior high and high school) have sort of a youth group / concert.

We have been doing a lot of sorting and cleaning in the basement. It looks a lot better. Maybe over the holidays we can spend some more time sorting down there. It always feels so good to take a load to Goodwill. The basement needs to be sorted so that we don’t need to move it when we buy our next house. I don’t like to sort boxes down there because there are not enough lights. I have to get a box and take it over to the light and sort it, or take it upstairs. My new excuse is if I could sort it where it was at, I would do more.

How do you motivate yourself?

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March’s Bible verse: “Your sun shall no more go down, nor your moon withdraw itself; for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of mourning shall be ended.” Isaiah 60: 20


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