A Special Resource

IMG_20130227_182553IMG_20130227_182531 (1)Grandparents are a valuable resource that is often over-looked.

These special people have already travelled much of life’s pathways and can share so much of it with us.

They can reminisce and bring the past back to life for us. We can also be entertained with real life stories that are our heritage.

Sometimes, as parents seem so busy and preoccupied, grandparents can fill an empty void in their grandchildren’s lives.

If your children or you don’t have any grandparents, there are homes called Senior Citizen Care Homes that are full of them! Check them out.

One Christmas season I bought some pretty little broches and wrapped them up. I took my young daughter and drove to a local care home. We walked down the hall and just picked someone out and gave them the broch. Then we visited the souls there. You should have seen the sparkle those small gifts and our time brought to many faces…not only their faces but ours as well.

A Cornor Kept for Summer

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The gloomy cloudy days of winter can seem to darken ones spirit.
We need a bright spot to lighten our mood. Let’s bring some nature into our house.
This summer prepare an inside area near a window that will continue to brighten your days even into the winter.
Light colored wood seems to beckon the light from the window. So try and find a light colored shelf or small bookcase. Place this in your sunny nook. I say wood because it is almost like having a tree inside…well, about as close as I can get anyway.
Now we need something that is alive! So place some plants upon your shelf. Oh, by the way, be careful to place a cookie sheet under your potted plants so that the water doesn’t escape onto your wooden shelf and warp it.
I have found that a begonia will even flower in the winter if placed in a sunny spot of your room. Note the picture I have posted with this blog. That picture with the pink flowers was taken this January, 2013.
Try and use a bright colored pot for accent also. It gives color in the winter when there’s not too many flowers.
This winter I found myself just standing and admiring the little spot of summer in my kitchen. It just seems to liven my spirit and give me patience to continue to wait for this spring

Dinner for One Plus a Chihuahua

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A friend set me on this adventure of some delicious food for one person.   Go out and buy a rotisseri chicken.  I love the garlic and spice one.   It tastes so good!  And you can make several meals from one chicken. 

 Also it feeds my chihuahua for several days as well. 

 I go through the chicken pulling it apart.  I take the skin, grissle and the rubbery parts from the ends of the bones.  I save all that in the container the chicken came in.  And then I put that in the refrigerator.  I take a little out each day for my chihuahua. 

 I pig out on just the chicken the first day.  It is soooooo good.  I set aside the brown meat usually and use it another day in a stir fry.  Sometimes I make chicken sandwiches for work.  Sometime I use the chicken in a cassarole.

 In the long run it saves money and time.

Chasing Away the Blues

By this time each year I start feeling sluggish and lazy.  But the other day we had an extordinaryly warm day close to 70 degrees.  So I went down to my garden area and started pulling out old dead weeds and new weeds from my garden boxes.   The air was fresh, and my melencholy began to wane.  We all deal with heartbreaking issues in life.  Some of those issues have combined with the bad weather issues and attacked my mentality and emotions.  But something about gardening (even just the pulling of weeds)  fought back against those foes.  Although my legs felt like noodles when I started walking back up the hill towards the house, I felt a freedom of release from my heartache and my melencholoy.

Another way to beat those blues is to spend time with loved ones.  Going hiking with my granddaughter is a wonderful way.  But on cold winter days we like to do crafts!

  Three cheers for fresh air, gardening, and grandchildren!