Saturday, May 23, 2009

If A Child Learns

From the Internet:

If A Child Learns...

If a child lives with critism

he learns to condemn.

If a child lives with hostility
he learns to fight.

If a child lives with ridicule
he learsn to be shy.

If achild lives with shame
he learns to feel guilty.

If a child lives with tolerance
he learns to be patient.

If a child lives with encouragement
he learns confidence.

If achild lives with praise
he learns to appreciate.

If a child lives with fairness
he learns justice.

If a child lives with security
he learns to have faith.

If a child lives with approval
he learns to like himself.

If a child lives with ACCEPTANCE and friendship
he learns to find love in the world!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Let Us Have Some Lettuce!

We finally harvested some lettuce and had BLTs!

The girls thought it was the coolest to eat something we'd grown ourselves!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Garden Update--Sans Photos

Our "garden" is coming along nicely!

Two of the ten tomatoes have flowers.

We're harvesting lettuce tonight for BLTs! Too bad the "T" isn't from our garden yet!

Ten pumpkin plants have poked through the ground.

The squash never did materialize. We may replant them.

We have flowers planted and look lovely on the front porch.

I have basil seeds and plan to get them into pots in the next day or so.

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Garden Update!

Our pumpkins have sprouted!

Tomatoes are lined up in kitty litter buckets. This is only part of them. We have nine or ten total.

The lettuce is looking pretty good! It's laying over because the girls were a bit over-zealous with the watering can. They can't wait to have a salad! (Yes, they love salads!)

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Graduation Presents!

My aunt, who is 55, graduated from college this weekend!

We went to her openhouse yesterday. Her gifts were a monogrammed market tote and matching travel mug. I'm going to be making more of these!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Thrifty Thursday--Fabric Softener

I don't have a picture of it, but I do have a good recipe for fabric softener. I found it at

A lot of people use straight vinegar for fabric softener, and we've tried that. We weren't crazy about it though.

Mix this up in a gallon jug--or halve it and use the fabric softener bottle:

6 cups water
3 cups white vinegar
2 cups hair conditioner (I used Suave brand.)

Stir, don't shake. Shaking causes foaming, which will eventually go down.
Use it like regular fabric softener. We use it in a Downy ball. Works great and is REALLY inexpensive!

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