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Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Tractor Show Scrapbook Pages

The Tractor Show in Gray, TN that I attended with my Dad back last Spring. Here are the digital scrapbook pages of the tractor show.

What Would You Save From A Burning House?

If your house caught on fire, what would you try to save? Remember, you must get out ASAP! So what would you grab? What is most important to you?

Of course, any human in the house!

Next, all 5 of my dogs. They are in the bedroom with me so I would be tossing dogs out the window!

I would be grabbing my glasses and something to wear and shoes on my feet.

My laptop and external hard drive which are in the bedroom.

My cell phone and cameras which are in the bedroom.

If I had time, my jewelry box would get chucked out the window.

This has always been a nightmare for me. I dream that a fire has started and I have to grab what I can in seconds and get out. Of course, that's when I can't seem to move or I can't shout a warning to Stan or the dogs are hiding under the bed and I can't get to them.

If I had a little more time such as the Hurricane scenario, then I would be trying to grab all my scrapbooks. My family, my dogs, my glasses, my computer and hard drive, my cell phone, my jewelry box and my scrapbooks.

Now that you've thought about a disaster and what you would want to grab, then think of where those things are. How hard would it be to grab them and go? I have a closet, floor-to-ceiling, full of scrapbooks. I can't just grab them and go. On the other hand, they are all in one place so if I had a little more time, I could get them. They are all together in one spot. I keep my dogs in my bedroom suite, along with my laptop and external hard drive with all my photos on it. My cell phone and cameras are all together in the bedroom. My jewelry is all together in my jewelry box in the bedroom. It would be easy to grab and go. So, at least, I feel like the things I would want to save are in an easy-to-go, convenient place. I wouldn't be hunting them, or having to go all over the house gathering.

This is something else to think about. If you are afraid of losing your digital data, photos, videos, etc. then use an online backup service. That way you have a backup of your data no matter what happens to your computer (dropped on the sidewalk, hard drive crash, house burned down, tornado, etc.) That's one thing you can do that will bring you a lot of peace of mind.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011


Stan took a week's vacation and Memorial Day so he got a LOT of work done around the house. One thing he did on a hot, sultry Memorial Day was to hang my swing. Dad gave me an old swing he had and Stan made s few repairs, I stained and polyurethaned it and then he hung it on our front porch!

While he hung the swing, he had to move our ferns. Taking them down I found a little bird's nest with 3 eggs and a hatchling. The baby bird heard our voices and opened wide thinking Mama bird was home to give him a mouthful of worm! It was so cute that I had to go get the kids next door to see.

Stan grilled some vegetables and we finished up the smoked Boston Butt that he had cooked Saturday night. It was a very hot day but a nice one. I almost got heat stroke while staining and polyurethaning the swing but a cold shower and buckets of water and juice revived me. That was an awful thing.

Monday, May 30, 2011


I like uncluttering and organizing and most people envisage purging extraneous stuff. But there are times when having duplicates make sense.

I have several pairs of scissors in my desk drawer in different sizes, I have a pair of fabric scissors with my sewing supplies, I have a pair of kitchen scissors in the kitchen, I have another pair of scissors with my wrapping papers and another pair next to my kitchen table for clipping coupons. I have a pair of scissors in each bathroom. Stan has scissors in his shop.

Another duplication: I have trashcans everywhere. One in the kitchen, one in the study, one in the Great Room, one in each of the 3 bathrooms, one in each of the 3 bedrooms and one in the laundry room, not counting the one in Stan's shop. Every week, before garbage day, I go around and check the trash cans and empty the ones that have to be emptied. If you use small trashcans, then line them with plastic shopping bags. Carry a large trash bag with you and dump the smaller trash bags in it and reline with a fresh shopping bag or garbage bag. This is a good job for a child to learn how to do early.

You can create zones or baskets for different things and there might be duplication. For instance, let's say you have a baking zone in your kitchen and all your baking supplies are in that area. You would have flour and sugar canisters, baking powder and salt, baking sheets, pans and cake pans, spatulas and rolling pins, cookie cutters, measuring spoons and measuring cups, mixers, chocolate chips, etc.

Now let's look at your herb and spice area. You would include salt there too. Then there is the salt by the stove and the salt on the table. Duplication!

Maybe you have a pizza basket with all things pertaining to making homemade pizzas. In that basket you would include pizza sauce, canister of flour, dry yeast, your recipe for making dough, a list of toppings, pizza stone/pan, pizza cutter, measuring cups/spoons. When you are ready to make homemade pizzas, grab the pizza basket or box and go to town. Notice there is flour in the baking zone and flour in the pizza making basket. In your pantry you could have baskets or shelves or cabinets or drawers for certain common jobs like the pizza making, baking, etc. If you do this, there will inevitably be some duplication. It's what makes it efficient and functioning.

There can be too much duplication and there can be efficient and useful duplication. It's up to you to decide what works for you and your family. Let's go back to the scissors example. It seems like I have scissors everywhere but I use them all and it's more efficient for me to grab the pair in the bathroom drawer than to run into the kitchen and grab the pair in the kitchen drawer and then have to remember to take them back.

If you have children you might consider (age appropriate, of course) having their own desks equipped with scissors, pens and pencils, stapler, paper and notebooks, IN EACH BEDROOM. That way, they shouldn't have to borrow their sister's or get the kitchen scissors or steal the ones from your coupon area and then never put them back. Teach and train them (with repetition, repetition, repetition) to keep their stuff in their room, in their desk, and don't borrow from other rooms. You might try color coding them. For instance I have my set of household tools and I literally had to buy some acrylic craft paint and paint them pink for Stan to leave them alone. His shop is a mess and he can't put his hands on stuff so he likes to borrow mine but then he doesn't put it back and it winds up in the shop, lost! Not my pink tools! So maybe Sally can paint her stapler and scissors pink and Johnny can paint his blue. You can do this with towels, bed linens, hangers, toothbrushes, hair brushes, etc. You can buy the items in color or paint them or let the kids paint them or put a dot of nail polish on them (pink or blue nail polish) or use colored stickers.

Stan has a steel basket (one of those locker kinds) hanging in a storage space and this is where I put everything to do with his grilling. After I've washed the grilling tools, I put them back there. It also contains matches and lighter fluid. Too bad it won't hold the bags of charcoal too. LOL! I also keep matches in the kitchen and in the living room for those scented candles that I love. In my house, those are the only 3 places you will find matches. I put them there because it's convenient and efficient but I don't have matches in every drawer or strown throughout the house. It's just those 3 places. We know, if we need a match, we can go to those places and find them.

Again, I'm not talking about having boxes of duplicate stuff or having 25 white blouses! I'm talking about making your home work efficiently. Saving steps. Saving time. Do what streamlines your home for you and your family.

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