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2/13/15 matching clothes, cooking , lunches…

written 11 ! 2 ! 13 – I have been trying to do every job every day. It is impossible! By the time that dinner is done and my clothes are matched for the next day, there is no time to help my kids with their flash cards for school. My kids are older, but they do need help with school work sometimes. I have found a hanging rack (I know that that is not the correct name for it) that clothes can be put into separate compartments that are stacked on one another and it is hung in the closet. I am going to put next weeks outfits into it. That will free up some time. I need to get back into once a month cooking. Years ago I did this and it was great. I think that we got out of it because, for it to work, we needed to go to the grocery store with the list, a calculator and the money. We kept leaving the list at home, to add more things to it, and just got back into the habit of cooking every day. We also need to get back into making lunches on Saturdays and freezing them.

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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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4/13/14 making lunches ahead…

written 1/21/12 – Another time saver that we used to do was to pre-wrap the snacks for the kids lunches. I would put the chips, crackers etc. in individual size amounts in sandwich bags and put them into a large plastic container with a lid. The kids made their own sandwiches on the weekend and put them into the freezer in their own type of container. One has a square container, one has a round one and one has a butter container.

Each night the kids would pick a snack and put it in their lunch box. In the morning I add the sandwich and the juice box. Some mornings as we are about to leave, we realize that we didn’t pack any lunches. Since everything is pre-done, we can get the lunches together as we leave. I don’t pre-wrap the snacks anymore. Each of the kids likes to do their own.

Do you make your lunched ahead?

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

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4/12/14 matching the kids clothes for the week…

written 1/20/12 – When the kids were little they couldn’t match up outfits for the week, so they helped me match their clothes. First they were asked to bring me five pairs of school pants. These were folded in half the long way and laid flat. Then they brought five pairs of socks, five shirts and five undies. These were folded and one shirt, pair of socks, etc.was put on the pants. The pants were either rolled up with the other items in them or folded up. Then we had five rolls of clothes.

The first week that we did this all of the clothes were put in the kids rooms, but the kids knocked them over and everything came undone. After that everything was kept in my room until they were old enough to keep the clothes matched. This helps us to see when we need to have laundry done by. If there were no shirts for Thursday, we knew that Wednesday was the latest that we could do laundry. It is a great visual. It also makes getting the kids dressed each day easier. I have a friend that told me about doing this, but she hangs each matched outfit over a hanger. Then any child old enough to take the hanger down can get their own clothes. We tried hanging the clothes on a hanger, but everything kept falling off of the hanger.

Do you get your clothes ready ahead? Do you fold them, put them on a hanger or use another way?

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

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4/10/14 Morse Code, Day 100/365…

written 2/12/12 – Since I was writing about Morse Code, it seamed like a good idea to start learning it again. I got some notebook paper and cut the sheets in half and put one letter and it’s symbol on each sheet. I also wrote up the numbers. The letter “A” is now hanging on the dining room wall. It’s symbol is “._” The rest of the pages are in my room. The goal is to put up one new letter a week. The kids can tell me if that is too fast or slow.

I don’t have any plans for after church today. It would be nice to lay out my clothes for next week The kids get their clothes together each weekend, but sometimes I don’t get to it. About two weeks ago, on the weekend, I got my clothes together and planned the meals. The next week was so nice. It is always such a relief to have some things done ahead, but sometimes I just don’t get to it.

Do you get things ready ahead of time?

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

 

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3/7/14 school lunches…

written 9/17/11 – The girls have their sandwiches made for their lunches next week. I need to make mine. We put the sandwiches in the freezer, each one of us has their own container…William doesn’t have a container this semester, he doesn’t have any day time classes. Maggie’s container is round, Beth’s is square and my sandwiches go in the freezer door. It makes the week go so much smoother if we don’t need to make lunches each night. We also try to lay out our clothes for the next week on Saturday.
We took Maggie’s Bible back to the store to exchange it. She wanted a teenage Bible.

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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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