End of the Week and a Meme



Another week has gone by and with it a Nor'easter has left the area.
It had stalled over the area and it rained for a week with little let up. Today is the first sunny day in a long time.
On the upside my ponds have a rain fueled water change, which is always nice.
 On the down side it hurts the spine a bit when the barometer goes wild and the humidity goes way up.  Chilly temps are no problem if the humidity is low.

Here is this week's meme.
I do hope you will all take part.
I find that doing some of these helps me take stock of what I do in my own life.  Sometimes we do things and don't really have a true sense of what we are doing.    Taking stock and making lists can help gain a good view of how you live your life.

How Do You Do Stuff Around the House?


1. Wash floors:  with string mop? Swiffer, Shark? Sponge mop?
I would love a shark with steam but I use a swiffer in the house though not in the kitchen as I have a stone floor and I find Swiffer leaves it slippery.  I could wait until it dries but I find I have to use the kitchen so often after washing the floor.    It never fails!!
In the kitchen I use boiling water which I throw on the floor ... about a cup of so.. then I mop up that area and move on to the next.  I think a shark would do this in an easier manner.

2. Dust:  Using a wooly duster? Feather? Rag?Any special way?

I use a wooly duster and rags to dust. Sometimes I use a dusting product like Endust.

3. Clean sink/ tub/showers:

I use Clorox Bleach spray in the kitchen every day.  I use a wire rack and rubber mat in the sink to keep things above the floor of the sink.
I clean the bathroom sink with Lysol bathroom cleaner and also in the shower,etc.
I spray the shower pan and toilet area with Lysol spray.


4.keep the House Smelling Fresh:
by keeping it clean and neat. Opening windows every few days to air things out even on the coldest of days for a little while.  
I also use Glade Plugins in my wall outlets.  Current scent is Shenandoah for fall.  You can smell them all over the house.
In my bedroom I keep a potpourri from Marilyn Miglin that is sprayed with her Pheromone Perfume.
 In the bathroom I keep the drugstore type spray colognes (Calgon or Body Fantasy) and spray the shower curtains and towels.  It does the trick and everyone loves the scents in my home. I buy them when they are on sale at CVS or Rite Aid.
I use very little so they last for a super long time.

5. Vacuuming:
     Do you use floor scented powder?  How often do you vacuum?
I don't use those powder as I feel they make a mess under the carpet. I just don't like them.
I can't vacuum or mop really so I have my kids help with that.
I have only one area carpet in the living room which gets vacuumed every few days. The whole house gets a good going over twice a week if I am lucky.  Lately, because I can't do it anymore its once a  week.
You can be zealous when it is you doing it but not so much if you ask others.


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Which brings up a topic dear to my heart: getting tired of doing good for others.
We have all done that. We get weary of doing good.  It can get old in a hurry but it is something to fight against.  Our bodies get tired and worn from it.
I have had a ring side seat for needing others to help me do so many things.  Trust me, it is NOT easy to ask others for help.  You can often see the weariness in their eyes.  This has taught me a lesson I pass on to you.  Never grow tired of doing good for someone else.
I had to take care of my mother who was bed  ridden for 10 years.  She was totally unable to use the bathroom and I had to clean all that as well.
I had no dryer at the time so all sheets and bed clothing had to be washed and hung outside in all weather daily.  
I learned that it was harder on her feelings than on my own and that wised me up fast.
One day, while out taking a break and feeling sorry for myself that I had so very much responsibility, the thought crossed my mind that God takes care of millions daily even those  who hate Him or deny Him!
He never tires of it and neither should we.
We learn from the things we go through and maybe we should pass it on if we can.

I will be around visiting tomorrow evening.


Doggy Update and a Good Laugh




Daisy is doing a bit better since her oncologist has placed her on prednisone to keep the swelling of the lymph glands to a minimum.   Her neck was swollen to four times normal width.
Though there is no cure for this  we are trying natural remedies which have shown some very powerful and positive results for other dogs.  If they cure her, wonderful.  If it prolongs her life or gives her relief, wonderful too but at least we tried to do what we could.
We believe that when you take on an animal as a pet and companion you must do the best you can for them.
Do you know that the bible says that a man who regards the life of his animal is considered righteous and that you are to feed your animals before you serve yourself a meal?
Proverbs 12:"Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his animal..."
 
  Today was our first really chilly morning.  I woke up to temperatures in the 30's and now this afternoon it has warmed up to the 50s.
What is it like where you are?

I have moved my 'friends' to the line below the header. It will take you to all my friends blogs which I keep on a separate page, which, in reality is a separate blog of it's own!

I have to share this with you.   If you haven't seen these videos you are in for a treat as they are very funny.
As Proverbs says, "A joyful heart is good medicine,  but a crushed spirit dries up the bones."
So let's laugh our way to good health.






Doing the Meme and Sad News


It is time for the and I am joining in.


#20 Words Ending in REE ~ I Say You Answer

1.   Maple Tree...you answer?
      Delicious maple syrup.

2.   What's Free...you answer?
       Most of what God has to offer is free, but little of what man offers is free.

3.   College Degree...you answer?
       Somewhat like the 3rd degree!

4.   Name Three...you answer?
       Larry, Moe and Curly.


Thanks for another great meme Toni!





On a sad note, my daughter's dog has been diagnosed with lymphoma and is in bad shape right now. They say it is a fast moving disease. But they will try alternative medicine to give her relief and perhaps with prayer things will turn around. I have seen it happen in so many situations. Your prayers for her family are appreciated. They are devastated by the news. Daisy is such a sweet dog and my dear Grandpuppy.
She is only 7 years old.

My cat buddy, Garfield, who is now in his 20th year, seems to pick up on the fact that they are all upset.
I hate seeing children and animals suffer. They are so innocent.



Christopher Columbus


We learned it this way in elementary school:
"In Fourteen Hundred and Ninety Two,Columbus sailed the ocean blue."
Nina, Pinta and the Santa Maria

Today it is  fashionable to  substitute  half truths and lies about Cristoforo Colombo il gran conquistador who looked for India and China and found instead the shores of the Americas.

Well, I am having no part of it. It took great heroism to sail in those three little ships.

Here is the story and a song we all sang in school:

In 1485, Columbus presented his plans to King John II of Portugal. He proposed the king equip three sturdy ships and grant Columbus one year's time to sail out west into the Atlantic, search for a western route to India, and return. Columbus also requested he be made "Great Admiral of the Ocean Sea" ( Atlantic Ocean ), appointed governor of any and all lands he discovered, and be given one-tenth of all revenue from those lands. The king submitted the proposal to his experts, who rejected it after several years. It was their considered opinion that Columbus' estimation of a travel distance of 2,400 miles (3,900 km) was, in fact, far too short. 
In 1488 Columbus appealed to the court of Portugal and once, again John II invited him to an audience. It also proved unsuccessful, in part because not long afterwards Bartolomeu Dias returned to Portugal following a successful rounding of the southern tip of Africa. With an eastern sea route now under its control, Portugal was no longer interested in trailblazing a western trade route to Asia crossing unknowns seas. Columbus traveled from Portugal to Spain to convince the Catholic Monarchs of Spain to finance the expedition.

King Ferdinand II of Aragon married Queen Isabella I of Castile in 1469, formally uniting the two largest kingdoms in what is now Spain. They were known jointly as the Catholic Monarchs, and ruled their kingdoms independently, but had common internal and foreign policies.

Columbus was granted an audience with them; on May 1, 1489, he presented his plans to Queen Isabella, who referred them to a committee. They pronounced the idea impractical, and advised the monarchs not to support the proposed venture.[5]

However, to expand the Spanish empire and Catholicism in the name of Spanish Kings, and to assure a better market position in trading, the Queen gave Columbus an annual allowance of 12,000 maravedis and part of the newly conquered lands.[6]
Columbus and Queen Isabella. Detail of the Columbus monument in Madrid (1885).

After continually lobbying at the royal court and enduring two years of negotiations, Columbus finally succeeded in 1492. Queen Isabella's forces had just conquered the Moorish Emirate of Granada, the last Muslim stronghold of Al-Andalus on the Iberian peninsula, for Castile. Isabella and Ferdinand received Columbus in the Alcázar (castle) in Córdoba to support his plans.

The monarchs left it to the royal treasurer to shift funds among various royal accounts on behalf of the enterprise. Columbus was to be made "Admiral of the Seas" and would receive a portion of all profits. The terms were unusually generous but, as his son later wrote, the monarchs were not confident of his return.

According to Columbus' contract made for the expedition commission by Queen Isabella for Castile, if Columbus claimed any new islands or mainland for the Crown, he would receive many high rewards. In terms of power, he would be given the rank of Admiral of the Ocean Sea and appointed Viceroy and Governor of the newly colonised lands. He had the right to nominate three people, from whom the sovereigns would choose one, for any office in the new lands. He would be entitled to ten per cent of all the revenues from the new lands in perpetuity.
Columbus was later arrested in 1500 and supplanted from these posts, which led to Columbus's son taking legal action to enforce his father's contract, who was also arrested. Many of the smears against Columbus were initiated by the Spanish crown. (Boo Hiss.. for shame!!)






Autumn Personality

A quick post while I am off doing other things today.
I like Bloggers automatic post ability.


Your Autumn Personality is Adventurous
There's something about a chill in the air that gets your blood pumping. /you're ready to go have some fun.
Consider hiking up your favorite mountain or spending a weekend at a bed and breakfast.

You're the type of person who likes to try all the new fall dishes and come up with the best Halloween costume.
Go ahead and let yourself experience some new things this autumn. There's lots to try!

Pretty accurate. I even took it twice, the second time answering with a few alternate answers that also fit as well for me and still got adventurous.