Thursday, June 18, 2015

BUCKET LIST - JUNE 2015


Definition of "Bucket List"  derives from the term "kick the bucket" which refers to when a person passes away. This is where the phrase "Bucket List" came from. It is a list of things that you want to do before you "kick the bucket" The items on this list can be as simple as "Fly a kite" or "Cook a meal". They can also be more meaningful to the person writing the list such as, "Make a difference in somebody's life" or "Finally write to the friend you haven't seen in years." They can even be in between the two such as, "Swim in the world's largest swimming pool" or "Pet a baby polar bear". The list is all up to the wishes and dreams of the person writing it.


Several years ago I began my list and periodically I have checked off the things I have accomplished. Felt like sharing it with others and would love to see what is on your "Bucket List". No order intended except the first!!

(  ) Have the look about me that make people know I love the Lord
(X) Found my soul mate
(X) Gone on a blind date
(X) Been to Canada
(X) Been to Mexico
(X) Been to Florida
(  ) Been to Hawaii
(X) Been on a plane
(X) Been on a helicopter
(X) Been lost
(  ) Gone to Washington, DC
(X) Own a convertible
(X) Swam in the ocean
(X) Made a difference in a child’s life
(  ) Recently colored with crayons
(  ) Sang Karaoke
(X) Paid for a meal with coins only
(  ) Been to New York City at Christmas time
(X) Done something you told yourself you wouldn't
(X) Made prank phone calls
(X ) Been down Bourbon Street in New Orleans
(X) Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose & elsewhere
(X) Caught a snowflake on your tongue
(  ) Danced in the rain
(X) Written a letter to Santa Claus
(X) Been kissed under the mistletoe
(X) Watched the sunrise with someone
(X) Blown bubbles
(X) Gone ice-skating
(X) Gone to the movies
(X ) Been deep sea fishing
(  ) Driven across the United States
(  ) Been up in a hot air balloon
(  ) Been scuba diving-in shallow water
(  ) Surfed
(  ) Gone snowmobiling
(X) Lay down outside at night and admired the stars
(X) Seen a falling star and made a wish
(  ) Have a career that is my passion
(  ) Seen the Grand Canyon
(  ) Been to Napa, CA and tasted wine
(X) Been on a cruise
(  ) Achieve my ideal weight
(  ) Traveled by train
(X)Love my own grandchildren
(X) Traveled by motorcycle
(X) Been horseback riding
(  ) Ridden on a San Francisco cable car
(X) Been to Disney World...
(X) Truly believe in the power of prayer/thought/energy
(X ) Been in a rain forest
(X ) Seen whales in the ocean
(  ) Seen a volcano
(X ) Been to Niagara Falls
(  ) Ridden on an elephant
(  ) Swam with dolphins
(  ) Been to the Olympics
(X) Been water-skiing
(  ) Can sign language - ALPHABET
(  ) Been to a Major League Baseball game
(X ) Been to a National Football League game
(X ) Been skinny-dipping
(X) Laugh so hard you cry
(  ) Follow a map for treasure
(  ) Drove a dune buggy
(  ) Got a Tattoo
(  ) Retire healthy
(  )Write a letter to everyone I love

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

LIVE YOUR LIFE EACH DAY AS YOU WOULD CLIMB A MOUNTAIN






Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance towards the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point.

In an effort to not only survive but to also thrive in life, we must be willing to not always take the easiest way around the mountains that stand in our way, but we must be willing to climb the mountains that lie in our way. For the most part in life the best way out is to go through your problems.

Hard work is key to living a successful life, and though there may be tempting alternatives throughout our lives, never be mistaken, there are no shortcuts to success.

Success requires that we consistently tackle the challenges that life is willing to throw in our way, and we must realize that no matter what we do in life, there will always be adversity and there will always be trouble. Those who choose to be successful never shy away from a challenge but instead embrace life and all of its difficulties with a bold and courageous spirit!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Dakota to Decatur







Meet my newest rescue baby! Received adoption papers yesterday! Yea!

Color:  Tri

Age: 15 months

Birthday:  September 5, 2013

Weight:  12 LBS.

Sex:  Female

House Training: Almost there

Temperament:   Energetic, outgoing, curious, happy, loves to run free! Snuggler, curls up like a kitten, especially on someone’s lap.  Will follow you (ME) everywhere!

Dakota is a little fireball, full of energy and a pleasure to love. She is house trained as long as you take the time to take her out regularly. Since she has never been trained to walk on a leash, we are still working on that, but her true love is to run free in a fenced yard. She gets along great with other dogs as well as other people.  Dakota is a little over a year old, so she loves to chew.  We are trying to introduce her to her own chew toys. Dakota is crate trained for night time sleeping and readily goes to her crate when it is bedtime.  Tail wags all the time!!


Since fostering Dakota, she has learned to drink water from a bowl and eat from a bowl.  She is very comfortable with her surroundings and has gained trust and love from her humans as well as the other furbabies in the house.



Thursday, July 31, 2014

ORIGINAL BLUE DAWN . . . IT’S NOT JUST FOR DISHES ANYMORE



ORIGINAL BLUE DAWN - SOME OF THESE I K NEW, SOME I DID NOT! I HAVE POSTED THIS TO MY BLOG SO I WOULD BE ABLE TO LOCATE IT WHEN I NEEDED IT, YES, I AM OF "THAT" AGE!!



WILD LIFE
Ever wonder why Dawn Dishwashing Liquid is the wildlife cleaner of choice after an oil spill? According to the International Bird Rescue Research Center, Dawn effectively removes grease but does not cause harm to the skin of the birds. It’s also biodegradable and contains no phosphates.


BUBBLES
According to Bubbles.org, Dawn dishwashing liquid makes great homemade bubbles. Here is the Giant Bubble Recipe used in bubble makers at many children’s museums: 1/2 cup Ultra Dawn 1/2 gallon warm water 1 tablespoon glycerin (available at any drug store) OR White Karo syrup works too! Stir gently. Skim the foam off the top of the solution (too much foam breaks down the bubbles). Dip bubble wand and get ready for some good, clean fun!


GREASY HAIR PROBLEMS
Kids get into the darnedest things! Like Vaseline and baby oil rubbed into their hair! Dawn is mild enough to use on their hair and strong enough to remove the most stubborn grease.


HAIR PRODUCT BUILDUP
Once a month use original Dawn as you would shampoo. It will remove excess oil from your hair and scalp and strip away any build-up of styling products without any damage. Perform this once a month and you won’t have to buy expensive salon products that do the same thing.


MANICURE SECRET
Soak fingers in full-strength blue Dawn. It makes the cuticles soft and easy to work with. And it removes the natural oil from the fingernails, which allows the polish to adhere very well.


REPEL HOUSEPLANT INSECTS
A safe, effective way to repel insects from your houseplants, including aphids, spider mites and mealy bugs. Put a drop of Dawn Dishwashing Liquid in a spray bottle, fill the rest of the bottle with water, shake well, and mist your household plants with the soapy water.


CLEAN YOUR WINDOWS
Try this recipe from Merry Maids: mix 3 drops Dawn in 1 gallon water and fill a spray bottle with the solution. Spritz and wipe as you would with any window cleaner.


PETS AND PESTS
Use it to bathe the dogs. It kills fleas on contact and is much cheaper than expensive dog

shampoos.

CLEAN AUTOMOTIVE TOOLS
After you have finished your automotive repair project, soak your dirty tools in Dawn before you put them away to remove all the oil and grime. Dawn also helps prevent rust from forming on the tools.


ICE PACK
Partially fill a strong zip-type sandwich bag with Dawn dishwashing liquid, close and freeze. The liquid soap stays cold much longer and it can be re-frozen many times. It will conform to the place you need an ice pack.


TUB AND SHOWER CLEANER
Take a spray bottle and fill it halfway with white vinegar. Heat in the microwave. Fill the rest of the way with blue Dawn. Put lid on and shake to mix well. Spray on your tub and shower walls. Allow to sit for a few minutes and rinse away. It will totally melt all the gunk, slime, sludge and other stuff that builds up including a bathtub ring.


REPEL ANTS
Spray counter-tops, cupboards and any other area where you see ants with a solution of Dawn and water. Wipe dry. The slight residue of Dawn that remains will not be a problem at all for kids or pets, but ants hate it. Should you see a trail of ants, go ahead and hit them with the Dawn spray.


STRIPPING CLOTH DIAPERS
Add a squirt or two of original Dawn dish soap to your washer and run a hot wash, then rinse until there are no more bubbles. Dawn is a degreasing agent and helps stripping by removing oily residue. Be sure to rinse, rinse, rinse until the water runs clear.


UNCLOGGING TOILETS
A cup of Dawn detergent poured into a clogged toilet allowed to sit for 15 minutes and then followed with a bucket of hot water poured from waist height will clear out the toilet.


POISON IVY
Poison ivy spreads through the spread of the oil within the blisters. Washing the affected area with Dawn, especially on children who keep scratching the blister’s open, helps dry up the fluid, AND keep it from spreading.


DRIVEWAY CLEANER
If you have gasoline or motor oil stains on your driveway, you can use the kitty litter method to clean up the excess oil and then use a scrub broom and a solution of biodegradable Dawn dishwashing detergent and warm water to safely and effectively remove excess motor oil from the pavement.


OILY SKIN
Dawn makes a great facial cleanser for oily skin. A drop or two combined with warm water will do the trick.


PAINT OR GREASE REMOVER FOR HANDS
Dawn combined with corn oil makes for the perfect paint or grease remover. Simply combine a little bit of both in your hands then rub it over affected areas. The corn oil and the dishwashing liquid both help to dissolve the grease and paint – yet leave skin soft, unlike harsher paint removers.


CLEANING THE KIDDIE POOL
Plastic wading pools can get very gunky, very fast. Dump the water, then scrub the pool with Dawn and a sponge. More potent cleaners like bleach will weaken and dry out the plastic in the sun.


MULTIPURPOSE CLEANER
Merry Maids recommends using a drop of Dawn in water to clean ceramic tile and no-wax/linoleum floors. You can also use the spray on:
• Bathroom and kitchen counters and sinks.
• Woodwork, e.g., baseboards, shelves, and wainscoting. (Dry as you go–wood doesn’t like prolonged contact with water.)
• Tubs and toilet seats.


LAUNDRY PRE-TREATER FOR OILY STAINS
For oil-based stains such as lipstick, grease, butter, motor oil, cooking oil, and some pen inks, simply apply some Dawn dishwashing liquid directly to the stain and scrub with a small brush or toothbrush until the oil is removed, and then launder as usual.


NON-TOXIC LUBRICANT
Sliding glass doors, door knobs, hinges etc. It lasts much longer than any aerosol type spray that I have tried. And Its non-toxic! It does a great job of cleaning the parts that its lubricating as well!


SIDEWALK DE-ICER
For icy steps and sidewalks in freezing temperatures, mix 1 teaspoon of Dawn dishwashing liquid, 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol, and 1/2 gallon hot/warm water and pour over walkways. They won’t refreeze. No more salt eating at the concrete in your sidewalks.


POOL CLEANING
Squirt Dawn down the middle of the pool and all of the dirt, suntan lotion, etc. will move to the edges of the pool for easy clean up! AND it makes the pools sparkle.


EYEGLASS DEFOGGER
Simply rub a small drop of Dawn on eyeglass lenses, and wipe clean. It will leave a very thin film that will prevent them from fogging up.


SHOWER FLOORS
Cover greasy footprints on shower floors with a coating of Dawn; let sit overnight. Scrub away the gunk in the morning with a stiff brush.


APHID CONTROL ON FRUIT TREES
Mix two tablespoons Dawn to a gallon of water and put in your sprayer. Try to get spray both sides of the leaves, branches and the tree trunks. Let sit for about 15 minutes and then rinse the trees THOROUGHLY!


AND FINALLY……..
Here’s a brilliant idea! Need a hostess gift when visiting friends and family this summer? Print off this post and include it with a bottle of Blue Dawn! Talk about USEFUL !

Friday, July 18, 2014

THIRD WEEK IN JULY 2014




OUT MY WINDOW:  Cloudy skies, trees blowing, clouds heavy with rain.

FAVORITE SCRIPTURE:  Ephesians 6:10-12, "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." (NIV)

FAVORITE SONG:  “WE BELIEVE” ~NEWSBOYS ~

BLESSINGS: Life changes, but the love of a child and the love a mom has for her child never does. No matter how old they get, they will always be our babies, and one day they will understand it themselves as they see firsthand the circle of life and how the mother/child bond of love truly is forever. 
 ~Tracie Miles ~

IN MY KITCHEN:  KEY LIME PIE IN MASON JARS
Ingredients:
    Crust
    1 cup crushed graham crackers
    2 tablespoons sugar
    2 tablespoons butter, melted
    Filling
    3 egg yolks
    14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
    1/2 cup key lime juice
Instructions
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.    In a small bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter with a fork. Divide mixture among eight 4 oz canning jars (about 2 tablespoons per jar). Press crumbs down into the bottom of the jar.    In medium bowl, combine egg yolks, milk, and juice. Beat on low, just until smooth. Spoon and divide mixture evenly into canning jars on top of the graham cracker crust (each jar will get a bit less than 1/4 cup).    Place jars on a baking sheet, about 2" apart from each other. Place in oven and bake for about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 30-40 minutes on counter top. Cover jars (with canning lids, foil, plastic wrap, etc) and place in refrigerator to chill.   When fully chilled and ready to serve, top with whipped cream and garnish with key lime zest and/or wedge (if desired).

WEEK IN REVIEW:  Bradford Pear tree fell next to our house. Luckily no damage, just a big mess to clean up! This is the third we have lost in two years. I love the blooms in the Spring and the vibrant color leaves in the fall, so these trees will be missed! Research shows that the splitting normally occurs when the trees reach the latter stages of maturity. While young, they maintain a beautiful pyramid shape. However, when they fully mature, the canopy will open up which then causes the branches to start hanging outward from the center of the tree. This is when the splitting usually occurs. The tree cannot hold the weight of the outwardly hanging branches, and the pressure causes the tree to split where it forks at the trunk. Sad!


WEEKEND PLANS:  Clean my house and my screen porch on Saturday and ride the Harley on Sunday. Maybe even get in a little fishing!!
PHOTO OF THE WEEK:  Makes me happy!!

 

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