November 22, 2006

How to Build Community

Turn off your tv.
Leave your house.
Know your neighbors.
Look up when you are walking.
Greet people.
Sit on your stoop.
Plant flowers.
Use your library.
Play together.
Buy from local merchants.
Share what you have.
Help a dog.
Take children to the park.
Garden together.
Support neighborhood schools.
Fix it even if you didn't break it.
Have pot lucks.
Honor elders.
Pick up litter.
Read stories aloud.
Dance in the street.
Talk to the mail carrier.
Listen to the birds.
Put up a swing.
Help carry something heavy.
Barter for your goods.
Start a tradition.
Ask a question.
Hire young people for odd jobs.
Organize a block party.
Bake extra and share.
Ask for help when you need it.
Open your shades.
Sing together.
Share your skills.
Take back the night.
Turn up the music.
Turn down the music.
Listen before you react to anger.
Mediate a conflict.
Seek to understand.
Learn from new and uncomfortable angles.
Know that no one is silent, though many are not heard. Work to change this.

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the eyes have it

Go here and look at this person's photos. Make sure you take the time to click on each picture separately, and read the story.

What's that smell?

I was just dusting and vacuuming the family room. I set the duster down on top of a cabinet, and proceeded to vacuum around it. Accidently, I knocked the feather duster down and the vacuum tried to suck it up. Oh, the smell! Burning ostrich feathers! The vacuum started smoking! Oh, now the whole room is stinky! The trials and tribulations of a housekeeper!

November 21, 2006

Wordless Wednesday


The chicken pot pie that I made last night was sooooooo good! It is definitely a keeper! Go put it on your menu for next week! I meant to take a photo of it to add to the recipe. Oh well, next time!

Today is pyjama day at my day care! The kids are so excited to show up in the jammies! We are having breakfast for lunch.

I have an interview on Thursday for a new day care child. Hopefully all goes well. This is to fill a vacancy that I will have in March.

November 19, 2006

Two Week Menu

I planned and shopped for two weeks, as there won't be time for shopping this weekend.
Visit Laura at I'm An Organizing Junkie for more menu plan ideas.

Sunday - steak on the grill, onions, mushrooms, spanish rice
Monday - chicken pot pie, corn, mashed potatoes
Tuesday - meatloaf, rice, homemade bread, green beans
Wednesday -supper at church
Thursday - chicken cacciatore on egg noodles
Friday - island beef jerk on rice
Saturday - Grandma's 90th birthday celebration supper
Sunday - spaghetti... that old stand by
Monday - breaded pork chops, rice, veggie
Wednesday - supper at church
Friday - Baja beef and beans on rice

November 16, 2006

Thirteen Things I Said Today

Thirteen Things I Said Today

1. I am so proud of you!
2. No running allowed.
3. You must share the toys.
4. Who wants to paint?
5. It is not your turn yet.
6. Be patient, please.
7. I'm sorry.
8. Who wants another muffin?
9. Please take that toy out of your mouth.
10. Wow, what a great job you've done!
11. Why are you wiping your nose on the ottoman?
12. It's naptime!
13. See you tomorrow!

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2. Incog & Nito

3. Christina

4. amy

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November 14, 2006

3 of 3 areas done

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November 13, 2006

Menu Plan Monday

Visit Laura at I'm An Organizing Junkie for more menu plan ideas.

Monday - ground beef/rice/corn/tomato sauce casserole - making this up as I go to use what I have on hand before I go grocery shopping tonight

Tuesday - crock pot Chicken Santa Fe

Wednesday - supper at church

Thursday - spaghetti - no brainer store bought sauce with ground beef added

Friday - Spicy Orange Pork Chops, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans

Saturday - steak on the grill, mushroom, onions, spanish rice