Saturday, February 28, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” - Albert Einstein
This is a timely and optimistic quote for the economic climate in which we find ourselves. Here are a few simple energy saving tips which add up to money in your pocket and are ways of also reducing your carbon footprint.
1. Close off unused rooms to save on air conditioning or heating costs.
2. Purchase energy efficient appliances. Wash your clothing in cold water and if you can, use a clothesline or drying rack rather than your dryer.
3. Take advantage of the weather to heat and cool your home. In the summer open the windows at night and close them again in the morning. On really hot days I even draw the shades which keeps the rooms darker and therefore cooler.
4. Switch off your water heater (if electric) when not in use for extended periods of time. Unplug computers, TV, phone and Ipod chargers when not in use. Let you dishwasher “air-dry”.
5. Purchase energy-efficient light bulbs and turn off lights when not in use. Dead fluorescent bulbs are hazardous waste so remember to recycle them properly.
6. Install a low flow shower-head for about $15 and cut approximately 25%-60% of your hot water use.
For more tips go to this website: http://www.climateandenergy.org/TakeStep/EnergyTipsForFree/Index.htm#
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
BYS FLUTTERFULLY IF
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GLIB SCARCELYEST AMONGS FLOWERING
-e.e. cummings -
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Under the Apple Tree Canopy Bed
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Creating new crayons is easy. All you need to start off is a collection of old, broken crayons. Here are the steps:
1. Preheat the oven to 150°F. First you take off the wrappers and place them into piles by similar color, by complimentary (purples and yellows, reds and greens, blues and oranges), or by whatever moves you.
2. Break them down into smaller pieces. My sons, like typical boys, loved whacking the crayons in a zip lock with my wooden mallet. This makes it easier to put into the decorative molds or muffin tins.
3. You can find tins with all kinds of novelty shapes these days. You can line them with tin foil or foil baking cups, and place your crayon pieces in the molds or simply place in tins if you are only using them for crayons.We had dedicated tins we only used for crayons.
4. Place the tins in the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or just until the crayons have melted. Take the tins out of the oven to cool.
- A national poll in 1993 revealed blue and red are the most popular crayon colors.
- After coffee and peanut butter, the scent of a crayon is the third most recognizable scent.
- On average, a child uses 730 crayons by their 10th birthday!
Oh and if you have a few minutes and would like to know how Crayola crayons are made, check out this video: "How are Crayons are made?." HowStuffWorks.com.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Relax and have fun exploring this site. Who knows you might discover a newfound appreciation for Abstract Expressionist Painting.
Simply go to this site and click on "Enter JacksonPollock.org":
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
2 cups brown rice flour
1 large egg
3 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1/3 cup chopped fresh mint
2/3 cup milk
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Combine flour, salt.
- In a medium bowl, combine egg, oil, parsley and mint; mix well. Slowly stir into the flour mixture and add enough milk to make a dough the consistency of drop biscuits.
- Drop tablespoons of dough about 1 inch apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake 15 minutes, or until firm. Store cooled biscuits in covered container in refrigerator.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Our first dog was a beagle, Lizzy. She was my then 10 year old son, Evan's, dog. She was loving and loyal to him until she passed on two years ago. Although she had severe Epilepsy, she was a spunky girl - always getting into mischief, and it usually involved food. We have many funny stories as a result of her presence in our lives and my son will always have those memories to cherish of "his best friend".
- My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any separation from you will be very painful.
- Give me time to understand what you want of me.
- Place your trust in me―it's crucial to my well-being.
- Don't be angry with me for long, and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment. I have only you.
- Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I understand your voice.
- Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.
- Before you hit me, remember that I have teeth that could easily crush the bones in your hand, but I choose not to bite you.
- Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I've been out in the sun too long or my heart may be getting old.
- Take care of me when I get old. You, too, will grow old.
- Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say, "I can't bear to watch it" or "Let it happen in my absence." Everything is easier for me if you are there. Remember, I love you.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Sweet Heart Goatmilk Soaps