Today is Tuesday–Duster Dance Day

I do not use the Pledge with the ostrich feather duster but only to restore gloss to areas like my front door when the paint loses its shine.
I do not use the Pledge with the ostrich feather duster but only to restore gloss to areas like my front door when the paint loses its shine.

Today is Tuesday–Duster Dance Day

Grab your duster, put on  some joyous music and dance that dust right out the door.

The right duster is important. Some dusters just spread the dust around. The Swiffer Duster is a good product but my favorite is my ostrich feather duster.  A microfiber or lambswool duster work well but a slightly damp cloth followed by a dry cloth will do just as well.

Don’t forget to use your small assistants aka your children. Let them grow up knowing work can be fun. They are about the right height for furniture legs and baseboards.

SOAP for January 8, 2015—Abraham’s Death—Genesis 25:7-11

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7Abraham lived for 175 years, 8and he died at a ripe old age, having lived a long and satisfying life. He breathed his last and joined his ancestors in death. 9His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, near Mamre, in the field of Ephron son of Zohar the Hittite. 10This was the field Abraham had purchased from the Hittites and where he had buried his wife Sarah. 11After Abraham’s death, God blessed his son Isaac, who settled near Beer-lahai-roi in the Negev.

Observation

Abraham lived a long and satisfying life. The Bible closes out Abraham’s life before focusing on Isaac’s  family. Abraham lived until Esau and Jacob were 15 years old.

Abraham was blessed by God because of he truly feared God and was devoted to God. When God commanded Abraham to be circumcised and to circumcise his entire household, Abraham responded by acting that day to obey God. Abraham consistently responded to God in faith throughout his life and God accounted it to Abraham as righteousness (Genesis 15:6). Abraham twice acts deceitfully as he travels, representing his half-sister wife as only his sister. Abraham along with Sarah also tries to accomplish God’s purposes in human wisdom and effort by trying to produce Abraham’s promised son by culturally accepted means. Abraham was imperfect but he believed and followed the One true God in the midst of pagan cultures that worshipped multiple gods. Faith was the fundamental principle of Abraham’s life. Abraham was God’s friend (2 Chronicles 20:7; James 2:23)

Application

Not being discouraged by my faults and imperfections, I must be faithful to God. I want to aspire to being God’s friend and living and acting to honor Him with my attitudes and actions.

Prayer

Dear Father,

I want to be Your friend. I want to be faithful to You. I cannot do this in my own strength. Help me to honor You will all I say, and all I do, with my every action and attitude.

Love,

me

November–An Overview

Roast Turkey and StuffingI promise you, I have never felt like cleaning the toilets, dusting, paying bills, filing, or cleaning the floors. Part of being a big person (AKA an adult) is developing the self-discipline to do those things we need to do whether we FEEL like it or not.

Today is Saturday the first day of November.

Remember to VOTE responsibly on Tuesday  the 4th

Veteran’s Day is November 11th the sacrifices of those who have served, fought, suffered debilitating injuries, and died for the freedoms we enjoy in this country. You may want to remember that when you vote next Tuesday. Our freedoms may be free for us but others have and still fight and die for them.

Thanksgiving is Thursday the 26th. Start preparing today by buying what you will need for that day a little at a time, by talking to your family about plans for the day, and being thankful to God each and every day for all the ways we are blessed.

The Weekly Areas of Focus are

  • Saturday November 1st to Friday the 7th          The Living Room and Family Room
  • Saturday November 8th to Friday the 14th        The Kitchen
  • Saturday November 15th to Friday the 21st      The Bedroom, En Suite Bath, and Closet
  • Saturday November 22nd to Friday the 28th     The Dining Room, Front Porch and Entry
  • Saturday the 29th                                             The Family Bath

You may want to give the Family Bath attention on the day you clean your bathroom and refresh it on the 29th.

The Daily Tasks are:

  • Monday               Launch your Week – Clean your toilets, check for needed supplies and add them to your                                               shopping list
  • Tuesday              Duster Dance Day—Dance the Dust right out the door. Put on some happy music and                                                   make it fun
  • Wednesday          Desk Day—Pay bills, take care of family business, and file
  • Thursday              Floor Day—Sweep and mop the hard floors in your home—tile, wood, linoleum
  • Friday                   Wrap up Your Week Day—Clean out your purse or whatever bags travel outside your home with                                  you like a diaper bag or computer bag

Clean out your car

Vacuum the traffic areas in your home giving special attention to the floors in your Area of Focus.

  • Saturday              Family Fun Day

Sunday                         Worship with Your Family and Plan Your Week .

On planning day, remember to coordinate the activities for all family member including games, practices, special events. All commitments need to go on the family calendar as soon as you learn of them so you will know if you need to provide food, have special clothes ready, or have a project completed.image

We are in countdown mode for our daughter’s family visit for Thanksgiving. We will be celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas over a long weekend. I have been boring you to tears with our progress in refreshing our home in anticipation of their visit. I also plan to cook ahead so we will have time together as a family. That said, I am so pleased with and grateful for my husband.

This morning I had my Quiet Time, prepared to teach tomorrow morning, had breakfast with Roy, and milled wheatberries to make bread and put the ingredients into my bread machine. Now I am going to go upstairs and get busy in the back bedroom while Roy paints our bedroom.

Remember you do well what you enjoy and you enjoy what you do well.

Love and Hugs,

Mary

Part 2: What do I need in my kitchen? Appliances—large and small

Keep your counters clear and your dishes done. Empty your dishwasher as soon as the cycle is over and put dirty dishes inside instead of leaving them in the sink.
Keep your counters clear and your dishes done. Empty your dishwasher as soon as the cycle is over and put dirty dishes inside instead of leaving them in the sink.

Most kitchens have a sink, stove with oven, and refrigerator. In some studio apartments a microwave and cooktop may replace a range. That is survival mode. A microwave is handy for reheating food but for turning out really good meals from scratch you need a stove with an oven. I will say that when we were in Korea years ago I did manage to make a Thanksgiving dinner on a hot plate. I am no longer sure how because it’s been almost 40 years but necessity is the mother of invention.

I like having a freezer in the garage. It is handy for keeping food on hand and taking advantage of sales. We make soups and stews from leftovers and freeze them in gallon bags laying flat on a cookie sheet just in case they leak

SMALL APPLIANCES: The past few years I have been focusing on upgrading my small appliances

I have a Shark Ninja that acts as both a blender and a food processer and a mini food processor.

A toaster

Mixers

I know have attained to a Kitchenaid mixer. For years I used a hand mixer –first manual and then electric. I use it to make cakes, cookie, and other baked good. I also like to make my own whipped cream.

Love, love, love to use a crockpot

I have a coffee/spice grinder. My most frequent use for it is to grind flaxseed for bread making.

HANDY BUT LESS NECESSARY

If you do lots of Asian cooking you may want a rice cooker.

On the luxury list if you have the space to store them and will use them regularly:

A citrus press for making your own fresh juices.

A pressure cooker—a fast and healthy way to prepare meats, vegetables and stews.

An ice cream machine.

What are some of your favorite small appliances? How often do you use them?

Monday, May 13, 2013 Launch Your Week and What Do I Do About a Stubborn Ring Around the Potty?

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My Mother’s Day gift from one of my beautiful daughters.

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Our current Area of Focus (Zone) is our Kitchen—

  • How do your appliances look?
  • Do you maintain them and keep them clean inside and out?

What we appreciate and care for well serves us better. It may not be the stove, refrigerator, microwave, or dishwasher of your dreams but if you keep it clean and in good condition you will be able to make better use of it. My stove hood microwave is several years old but looks new because I clean it regularly. The same is true of my other appliances.

Years ago my stove was dying a slow death and I could not afford to replace it. We priced new coils for the stove top and a new element for the oven. The cost wasn’t that bad! New coils, new element and a good cleaning later my stove was almost like new and worked well for several years more.  Appreciate and take care of what you have.

  • Are the coils on your fridge free of dust?

Your fridge will work much better if you keep the coils free of dust. Take off the guard at the bottom and vacuum underneath your fridge.

Today in your kitchen give your appliances some love. If any appliance is not working well, what does it need to function better?

Each Monday clean your toilets and check your bathroom for needed supplies—personal, paper, and cleaning. Add anything you are about to run out of to your shopping list. Do not wait until you have used the last roll, the last drop, or the last squeeze before you add it to your list.

Ring Around the Toilet

Reply to a member’s question: What is the best way to get rid of ring around the potty? I’ve tried comet, soft scrub, CLR, and a pumice stone! It looks dirty but I scrub-a-dub it regularly!

  • First, turn off the water to your toilet (behind the toilet) and flush to remove the water from your toilet.
  • DO NOT FLUSH THE PAPER TOWELS I AM GOING TO TELL YOU TO USE.
  • Line your toilet with paper towels.
  • Saturate paper towels with vinegar or CLR or some other acidic cleaning product. The paper towels should be in contact with the ring around the potty.
  • Let stand for about an hour. Check to see if the ring is gone or loosened.
  • You may need to use the pumice if there is any ring left.
  • Don’t forget to dampen the pumice or it will scratch the porcelain.
  • Remove paper towels to a bucket and dispose.
  • Turn water back on and flush! Ta Da — no more toilet ring.

Whenever you have flat cola whatever the brand (Pepsi, Coca Cola, Generic) dump your flat cola in the toilet and allow to stand for around an hour and flush. Makes you think about what we drink, doesn’t it?

Preview of the Week—

In the Kitchen—Monday and Tuesday—What needs to be done to finish up in the kitchen? Tomorrow is Duster Dance Day—we will give our cabinets a little extra love.

Wednesday, May 15th-Tuesday, May 21) Our Bedroom, En Suite Bathroom, and Closet

Rhythm of Each Week

Monday—Clean Toilets and Check Bathroom Supplies

Tuesday—Duster Dance Day

Wednesday—Desk Day

Thursday—Floor Day

Friday—Wrap Up the Week—Clean Out Your Purse, Clean Out Your Car, Vacuum Traffic Areas

Saturday—Family Fun Day

Sunday—The Day of Rest God has given us as a reminder of our relationship with Him. Sunday is like a wedding ring on our week. Worship and spend time with family and friends. Change your pace.

Launch a Great Week!

Hugs,

Mary

A Little Grammar—

Regardless means “without regard to” Irregarless is not a word. It would mean without regard to without regard to—redundant!!