Sunday, November 22, 2015

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Thank you for all you've sacrificed for this country. You are all heros to me

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Cleanliness is next to Godliness

Mmmmm.....not so much.
My husband always says our home is clean enough to be healthy and dirty enough to be happy. That's about right, too, I think.  But there are products I like more than most and today, I will share that information with you.

I love pinesol. It's my go to cleaner. I have tried other products, but nothing I've found has worked better for everyday cleaning. This I use on my floors, for toilet cleaning, for appliances. And the scent, to me says "CLEAN".

The water here is very hard, so I use Borax in my laundry to get clothes cleaner.

This house is over a hundred years old. There is a lot of wood, I love Old English. It shines and hides scratches and it conditions the wood.  LOVE IT!

Lemons down the drain. It's THE best way to clean your smelly garbage disposal

I do swiffer my wood floors. They have the wet pads that  have used for my floors, but, honestly, to get the floors really clean, you have to get down on your hands and knees and scrub. At least, I do. But the Swiffer Sweepers help catch up some of the dog hair and dust. The dusters are good, too.

We raised 5 children. In the country. With dogs, cats, guinea pigs and assorted other animals. I blew through vacuums like nothing. Even expensive ones! I have found the Shark vacuum to be the best and the toughest of all the mid-priced vacuums. Highly recommended!

I buy this brand of glass cleaner at Target.  I think it does a better job then Windex. Try it yourself and see what you think.

 I know some people say squeegees are the best way to clean a window, but honestly I think newspaper is the way to go. You don't end up with lines or "dust". 

1/2 Dawn and 1/2 vinegar in one of these sponge cleaning "brushes" will keep your tub and shower clean. Honest to Pete, it's damn near a miracle! And your not inhaling chemical fumes while cleaning. Always a plus.

Dawn is also great for grease spots. Shoot, it's good for washing your dog in a pinch. Gentle buy effective, it cuts grease.  I always use the original blue kind. I haven't tried the others.

This is my heavy duty, OMG how am I ever going to get this clean #1 choice. I buy it at Lowes. This is for under the stove or refrigerator. Or  that ceiling fan in the kitchen. This stuff works!!

I clean something every day. But a few times a year, I do a super clean. This book is amazing. When it's time for a deep clean so your house sparkles, this is the Bible! You won't regret this read. Your home will be clean in places you didn't realize were dirty!

Now, ladies and gentleman.....go forth and clean!!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Creative Journaling

I LOVE my journal(s). I am no artist. It's not fancy. It's just mine and it's...well, it's me!

I have a journal that I write a diary. I glue photos and ticket stubs and programs in that one.

I also have a newer organizer/calendar type journal. That one I carry with me. I illustrate that one with pens and colored pencils.

Then I keep travel journals when I go on trips. More postcards, ticket stubs, photos and maps.

There is no wrong way to journal. It's your book. Just do what you feel and don't be afraid to be creative!

                                                              Different kinds of journals

I carry waterproof pens an watercolor pencils around with me. For my journal/diary I have a small pair of scissors and a glue stick that I use frequently.  You can use all kinds of things in your journal stamps, stickers cutting from newspapers or magazines. Whatever floats your boat!


Tuesday, October 20, 2015


Interesting definition, but not always a true one. There are people who have lived happier lives under heart rending conditions, than others who seemingly have attained all they could desire.
Sometimes, you just have to decide to be happy. No matter what.

Gratitude and service to others are awesome ways to find out happiness! I know, that when I am at my lowest point, doing for others is the best way I've found to forget my own worries and lift my heart.

We are so blessed in this country. Almost a little to blessed.  We have so much. Often more than enough!  Simplification can be key to a happier life.

Have you ever heard it said, if you can't be it, fake it?  It is often true! Sing a happy song and you feel better. Put a smile on your face and, pretty soon, people are smiling back at you and that "fake" smile is suddenly authentic.

Studies show that those of us who are married tend to be the happiest.  I think, though, that this is only true of couples who truly understand the meaning of marriage. It's so much more than a piece of paper. It means loving someone as much or more than you love yourself.  So many people don't seem to understand that these days.

I am a moody person. I always have been. That is probably never going to change. BUT I am making an effort to be positive and to be happy. I am trying to look on the bright side....not always easy. Heck! Not always do-able, but I am trying and I think it's making a difference in my life.

Positive thinking works.  Go back and read Norman Vincent Peale's works again (or for the first time). You will be amazed at the results if you practice what he preached!

                                                      All good ideas, worth considering....

Monday, October 12, 2015

Site seeing in NYC

I do not care much for big cities, so the first time I visited NYC I was kinda thinking, "Check this off my list and  then "Been there. Done that. Got a tee shirt".  But I fell in love!  So much to see and do. So vibrant!  You just have to go back again and again!

I don't drive in Manhattan. I value my life too much. What we do is park in Poughkeepsie and take the train in. LOVE IT!

I could live here. I really could.

                                                                   Times Square 

       And you just know, because I love Theodore Roosevelt so much, that I have to add:

                                                   The Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace Museum

This list doesn't even touch the number of things to see and do in NYC. You just gotta go see for yourself!!