Sunday Thoughts and such

Sunday, October 25, 2009

I got this picture in an from my mom and had to share it. I am big animal lover but my favorite animals are cats. I really like the Ragdolls, Hemilayans and the Siamese breeds. I also like the large breeds such as panthers, leopards, cheetahs, etc.
Just a few reminders for you ladies and gents out there:
* Please get your regular flu shot if you haven't already. Below is an email article sent to me:
This was sent to me as an email from a dear friend of my mom 's and thought I would share it with you all. Maybe these simple tips will prevent the nasty H1N1 virus from "visiting" you and your loved ones. The regular flu is bad enough...
Prevent Swine Flu - Good Advice
Dr. Vinay Goyal is an MBBS,DRM,DNB (Intensivist and Thyroid specialist) having clinical experience of over 20 years. He has worked in institutions like Hinduja Hospital , Bombay Hospital , Saifee Hospital , Tata Memorial etc. Presently, he is heading our Nuclear Medicine Department and Thyroid clinic at Riddhivinayak Cardiac and Critical Centre, Malad (W).The following message given by him, I feel makes a lot of sense and is important for all to knowThe only portals of entry are the nostrils and mouth/throat. In a global epidemic of this nature, it's almost impossible to avoid coming into contact with H1N1 in spite of all precautions. Contact with H1N1 is not so much of a problem as proliferation is.While you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1 infection, in order to prevent proliferation, aggravation of symptoms and development of secondary infections, some very simple steps, not fully highlighted in most official communications, can be practiced (instead of focusing on how to sto ck N95 or Tamiflu):
1. Frequent hand-washing (well highlighted in all official communications)
.2. "Hands-off-the-face" approach. Resist all temptations to touch any part of face (unless you want to eat, bathe or slap).
3. *Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine if you don't trust salt). *H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/ nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling prevents proliferation. In a way, gargling with salt water has the same effect on a healthy individual that Tamiflu has on an infected one. Don't underestimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful preventative method.
4. Similar to 3 above, *clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water . *Not everybody may be good at Jala Neti or Sutra Neti (very good Yoga asanas to clean nasal cavities), but *blowing the nose hard once a day and swabbing both nostrils with cotton buds dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down viral population.*Neti pots and sinus rinse kits are available at the drug store and relatively inexpensive, under $15.
5. *Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C (Amla and other citrus fruits). *If you have to supplement with Vitamin C tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc to boost absorption.
6. *Drink as much of warm liquids (tea, coffee, etc) as you can. *Drinking warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the reverse direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm
* Next Sunday (November 1st) ends daylight savings time. This is a great time to check the batteries in your fire/smoke/CO2 detectors. Also to check your emergency kit bags. The folks at FEMA have a great website for seting one up for members of your family. Their website is I am so thankful that my husband and I had one made for our family back in 2007 when the apartment builing we lived in was flooded. All we had to do was grab the bag and go.
Until tomorrow( Menu Plan Momday and Simple Woman's Daybook Day)
Denise and family

Simple Woman's Daybook Monday October 19, 2009

Monday, October 19, 2009

The Simple Woman's Daybook
October 19, 2009

Outside my window… I see bright green leaves that are slowly turning crimson, gold and blaze orange

I am thinking... How blessed I am to be able to teach my children at home

I am thankful for...I have the menu for the upcoming week planned

From the learning rooms...We learned about character traits and made our own stories up.

From the kitchen... There are chocolate chip cookies to be eaten for afternoon snacks with ice cold milk

I am wearing...Knee length green skirt, black tee sweater and blue fuzzy slippers

I am creating... My lesson plans for the week

I am going... To finish cleaning the house up

I am reading... No Impact Man by Collin Beave

I am hoping... To get Emily her twin bed tomorrow when we go out

I am hearing... The children playing in the living room

Around the house...There are a few odd and ends that need wrapping up

One of my favorite things... How cool the autumn weather is compared to the summer heat.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Various appointments, trip to the circus, church

Here is picture for thought I am sharing... I am still trying to figure out how to outlay photos in blogger so my photo is up top of my entry.
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Blessings until next time... Denise

Menu Plan Monday October 19 thru October 23, 2009

Here's what we'll be having for dinner this week. I'm doing the eggs since I realized that I have two dozen eggs that expire on the 23rd of this month! I might just make some cookies and a batch of brownies just to use the eggs up. This will also give me snacks for the upcoming week.

Monday October 19- Smoked Sausage, Scrambled Eggs, Biscuits and Gravy

Tuesday October 20 - Mini Meatloaves, Scalloped Potatoes, Green Beans

Wednesday October 21- Cheesy Spirals, Peas and Carrots, Pudding

Thursday October 22- Panko Crusted Chicken, Steamed Rice, Corn

Friday October 23- Clean Out The Refrigerator Night (CORN)

Wonderful Wednesday Tip for Wednesday October 14, 2009

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Here is my Wonderful Wednesday Tip for this week...
We have all seen the tall cylinder style candleholders. They usually have a crystalline surface to them and often a picture of some kind. They easily can be gotten very cheaply at rummage sales and flea markets.
The main problem with many of them is that the old candle inside needs to be removed. This done by simply using your hair dryer and aiming it at the candle. DO NOT set the hair dryer inside the holder, the glass can get very hot and possibly crack.
Your candle should get warm and flexible after a few minutes. Take a small spoon (preferable an iced tea or sundae spoon- they have a long handle) and scrape out the warm wax. Repeat the hair dryer, scraping routine a few more times.
A word of advice from my hubby-be careful of the metal wick holders on older candles. They are usually a very sharp large piece of metal sheeting and can cause a very nasty cut. These edges are usually razor sharp so DO NOT allow children to help with this activity.
After you have gotten a large chunk of the candle out of the holder, you can run hot water into the candleholder. Take a butter knife and gently run it between the candle and the holder to loosen it some. Drain the water out. Sometimes this might be all you need to do remove the old candle. If not then let us continue…
Once you have loosened your candle, aim your hair dryer at the loosened candle to help soften it some more. As I said before just repeat the hair dryer, scraping routine a few more times.
By now your should have the vast majority of the old candle out. Just finish by scraping the rest of the candle out and washing the holder.

Menu Plan Monday October 12 -16 ,2009

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Here is what we will be eating this week for dinner.
Monday-Panko Crusted Fried Shrimp or Fish Fillets, French Fries, Tartar Sauce
Tuesday- Baked Spaghetti Casserole
Wednesday-Chicken and Dumplings, Peas and Carrots, Canned Pears
Thursday-Flank Steak, Green Beans, Carrots
Friday-Clean Out Refrigerator Night

Lunches are going to be simple dishes like macaroni and cheese, sandwiche, chicken patties. etc
Breakfast will be cereal, biscuits, gravy etc

Menu Plan Monday October 5 thru Friday October 9 and general update

Monday, October 5, 2009

I went to the dr last week for a follow up to a sprained knee and was told I have a "loose knee" or what doctors call Patellar Instability which is any problem that can cause your knee cap ("patella") to dislocate, or slip out of socket. The patella is probably the bone that is the most commonly dislocated in the body. When I walk I make a funny popping noise with my right knee. So, I have to ice it for 20 minutes at a time every two hours, wear a stabilizer, stay off it as much as possbile and take medicines for swelling and pain.

So this week, my darling husband, Uriah, is pitching in to help with dinner.

Monday October 5, 2009- Tonight, Uriah made Baked Ravioli and Crescent Rolls for dinner(there's plenty of leftovers for lunches tomorrow)
Tuesday October 6, 2009- Dinner out- Tonight is Chic-Fil-A Family night at the mall-free food and goodies for everyone there
Wednesday October 7, 2009- Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches
Thursday October 8, 2009-Rolled Flank Steak, Green Beans, Carrots
Friday October 9, 2009- I was thinking about breakfast for dinner-Biscuits, Sausage, Gravy, Fried Eggs.

Sunrise Mountain

Sunrise Mountain
This is located where my husband grew up in New Jersey

Koenig's 3rd Birthday

Koenig's 3rd Birthday
We went to a local heavy equipment dealer for Koenig's 3rd birthday so he could see the bulldozers there
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