Thursday, May 16, 2013—Floor Day and a Little More Laundry


Each Thursday—Mop your hard floors.

  • Before you mop, remove any loose dirt (sweep) Otherwise  you may just be gluing the dirt to the floor with the water. Water + Dirt = Mud (Harder to remove)
  • Remember this is a quick once over—not a career. Work quickly and move on.
  • Give special attention only to the floors in your zone—this is their once a month cleaning.

Second day in our Area of Focus—The Bedroom, En Suite Bath, and Closet

Remember the Special Mission—Take 15 minutes to try on the clothes in your Closet—It must fit, be clean, and in good repair to earn space in your closet. Clean the dirty. Repair what needs to be repaired, and limit the amount of time you have to get back into anything that does not fit. Don’t make yourself miserable passing by those clothes from a different season in your life. The clothes in your closet should fit and flatter.

Each time you go through your home you will see improvement if you maintain and keep plugging away. Yesterday I posted pictures of my underwear drawer. Today—my husband’s sock drawer. image

It takes no time at all to find what I am looking for in my drawers and it is a breeze to maintain. I do not work as hard as you do.

Keep working around your room dealing with stuff as you come to it—one corner, one drawer, one shelf at a time. Do not empty the contents of your dresser and try to purge and put away in 15-30 minutes—one drawer at a time.

Focus and work quickly.  You will get it done.

A few more words on your laundry:

  • Give up the laundry marathon. Commit to doing at least one load per day Monday through Saturday—from hamper to sorted to washer to dryer to folded and put away.
  • DO NOT OVERLOAD YOUR WASHER AND DRYER—clothes must be free to move in your washer and dryer to get clean, dry, and relatively wrinkle free.
  • Do not use fabric softener on towels and washcloths. It makes them less absorbent.
  • In the beginning work with your little ones to put away their laundry. Even toddlers can place clothes in the space you show them. Teach them a little at a time. Will it take more time in the beginning?  Yes. Will it reap enormous rewards as they learn to work on their own? YES
  • Be gentle and patient.
  • Do not attempt to teach your husband anything. He is an adult. You may have to lead by example. Roy mows the lawn, takes care of the cars, and many other things. I put away his laundry. This is not a battlefield I choose to die on.



Just a Little Grammar—

The difference between capital and capitol (from Webster’s Dictionary)

Definition of CAPITAL

of a letter : of or conforming to the series A, B, C, etc. rather than a, b, c, etc.


a : punishable by death <a capital crime>

    b : involving execution <capital punishment>

    c : most serious <a capital error>


3 a : chief in importance or influence <capital ships> <the capital importance of criticism in the work of     creation itself — T. S. Eliot>

    b : being the seat of government


4   : of or relating to capital especially : relating to or being assets that add to the long-term net worth of a corporation <capital improvements>


5   : excellent <a capital book>


Definition of Capitol

1   a : a building in which a state legislative body meets

     b : a group of buildings in which the functions of state government are carried out


2  Capitol : the building in which the United States Congress meets at Washington


Tuesday, May 14, 2013, Duster Dance Day and Your Planner



Last day of this month with The Kitchen as your Area of Focus (Zone).

  • What do you need to do in the kitchen to make it a low clutter zone?
  • To make your kitchen more orderly?
  • To make your kitchen a more welcoming and pleasant place to be?

Take a few minutes today—Tuesday, Duster Dance Day-to make the wood surfaces in your kitchen glow.

Did I mention—it’s Duster Dance Day??!! Grab your duster, put on the music and dance your dust away. This is a quick once over for the flat surfaces in your home. A feather duster will allow you to dust around the things on your surfaces without moving each one.

My favorite duster for lampshade and things with curves and crevices is . . . . A soft painter’s paintbrush! image

Tomorrow—New Area of Focus—Your Bedroom, En Suite Bathroom, and Closet.  As the season changes take a few minutes each day over the next week to try on your summer clothes.

Everything in your closet should fit, be clean, and be in good repair. You should also be able to feel good in the clothes you wear. The cut of your clothes can either emphasize your flaws or flatter. Let’s go for flattering. The colors of the clothes you wear should also be flattering. Show respect for yourself by the way you dress and care for yourself. If you do not respect yourself, other than God, who will?

Have you put together a household planner with:

  • Emergency phone numbers—in an emergency you will be so glad to have these numbers at your fingertips. It took me over 15 minutes to find the emergency  number for the water department—not something I’d want to do if there was a broken pipe or other water emergency after hours.
  • Household instructions—What day is the trash picked up? The recycling? Is there any routine maintenance unique to your home?
  • Cleaning checklists for each room
  • List of birthdays and special occasions
  • Cycle menus
  • Personal information for each family member—blood type, SSN
  • List of credit/debit cards

Note –disguise important numbers in some way so they cannot be misused.

This planner is primarily for others to refer to in your absence. You may need it, too, if your cell phone is not charged or for a quick reminder.

Love your home and take care of what you have. When you despise what you have and don’t care for it, your home is kind of a sad place—no matter what the value of the real estate. When you appreciate what you have and care for it you create a place that says love and welcome.  I used to enjoy going away for a few days to a B & B. Then one day my husband pointed out we were not as comfortable in the B&B’s as we are at home. I have happily ruined it for myself. I smile every time I pull into our driveway.  Our home is not all high end finishes but it’s HOME and I love it here.

Don’t spend all your time and money trying to escape from your home. Instead, a little effort each day will over time create a place where you, your family, and friends will love to be.



Just a Little Grammar—

Principle—how something works or a standard

Principal—a person of first rank

The principal explained the principles of ethics for the school.

Friday, May 10, 2013—Wrap Up the Week Day, Preparing for Grocery Shopping and Bible Translations


Each Friday:

  • Clean out your purse, backpack, briefcase or whatever you carry with you
  • Clean out your car—get rid of any trash, put away anything better stored elsewhere, shake out the mats, run the car through the car wash or rinse the car off with a hose.
    • Your car is not a storage unit on wheels. In a sudden stop, anything in your car can go airborne and injure you or other passengers including the littlest of passengers—babies secured in car seats. Do not leave stuff unsecured in any part of your car.
    • Cars are major investments and you will get a better return when you sell or trade in your car if it has been cared for. When was the last time the oil was changed?
    • Vacuum the traffic areas in your home.  This is not a thorough vacuuming but traffic areas only. Exception—your area of focus (zone) gets an under, around, over, and behind vacuuming.

Your Area of Focus (Zone—The Kitchen) Continue to work around the room dealing with each area as you come to it. Years ago I was told by a highly organized friend, Jean Watson, that organized people did not have to clean out closets because they straighten them every time they find anything out of place. I am not as highly organized but I do try to quickly put things back into place when I find them out of order.

HINT—When preparing to shop for groceries:

  • Check your food storage areas. Put anything out of place back where it belongs.
  • Note what you are in short supply of and add those items to your list.
  • Please note—for some unknown reason, loved ones tend to put empty boxes away and leave full boxes on the counter. I do not know why this is true but I see it regularly. Shake boxes that may be empty—the open containers of family favorite foods.
  • With your storage areas in order it is easier to put groceries away and you are less likely to discover you are out of some crucial item after you return home from shopping
  • Keep a magnetic pad on your fridge and list items you are about to run out of. Do not wait until the last smidgen is gone.
  • Your refrigerator is a cold storage cabinet. Regularly put it back into order. Check its contents before shopping, also.

A couple more words about your refrigerator:

  • Dairy products and eggs are better stored on the shelves inside the fridge instead of the door because of the constant temperature changes as the door is opened and closed. They will remain fresh longer.
  • Keep a basket with masking tape and a sharpie on top of your fridge. Label your containers with the date and contents. Use or toss before they become science experiments.
  • I made a label for the storage drawer where I keep lunch meats and cheeses requesting that whoever opens the package put the date on the container. Sometimes it works.

From this morning’s Quiet Time:

Psalm 59: 16-17

But as for me, I shall sing of Your strength;
            Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Your lovingkindness in the morning,
            For You have been my stronghold
            And a refuge in the day of my distress.

O my strength, I will sing praises to You;
            For God is my stronghold, the God who shows me lovingkindness.

And from the Genesis of the New Testament, John 1:1-5; 14:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. 4In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. 5The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

      14And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.

That was from the New American Standard Bible (NASB or NAS)

When studying the Bible use a translation rather than a paraphrase. Translators use one of two methods or a degree of each in translating the Scripture: formal equivalence and dynamic (functional) equivalence. Formal equivalence tries to give a word for word translation of the original language. Dynamic equivalence tries to give a thought for thought translation in an effort to have the original “dynamic impact” on the reader as it did to the original readers and hearers.












Definitions of words are in the text

Contemporary English Version


American Bible Society


Thought for Thought


English Standard Version


Crossway Publishers


Word for Word


God’s Word Translation


World Publishing


Thought for Thought


Holman Christian Standard Bible


Holman Bible Publishers


Optimal Equivalence*

This is the version used at CHBC

King James Version


Public Domain


Word for Word


Living Bible


Tyndale House




The Message






New American Bible


Catholic Press


Thought for Thought


New American Standard


Foundation Press


Word for Word


New Century Version


Word Bibles


Free Translation


New International Version


International Bible Society

1978,1984, 2011

Thought for Thought

I prefer 1984 version

New Jerusalem Bible




Thought for Thought


New King James Version




Word for Word


New Living Translation


Tyndale House


Thought for thought


New Revised Standard Version




Word for Word


New Testament in Modern English by J.B. Phillips






Commonly referred to as the Phillips

Today’s English Version


American Bible Society


Thought for thought

Also called Good News Translation


* According to the translators, the primary goal of an optimal equivalence translation is “to convey a sense of the original text with as much clarity as possible”. To that end, the ancient source texts were exhaustively scrutinized at every level (word, phrase, clause, sentence, discourse) to determine its original meaning and intention. Afterwards, using the best language tools available, the semantic and linguistic equivalents were translated into readable a text as possible. (Holman Christian Standard Bible theory of translation)



Just A Little Grammar—

There—a location—over there

Their—a possessive—their home

They’re—a contraction of the words They are