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Five Things I Will Be Intentional About This Week

Monday, October 6th, 2008

Five Things I Will Be Intentional About This Week (Give Me Five Monday
prompt):

  • Even if I’m occupied doing something, I’ve been making a deliberate effort to STOP, turn and make eye contact when someone speaks to me.
  • I’m putting time with my children and husband ABOVE relaxation time at the computer. Yes; the children are teenagers, occupied with their own interests, but I want them to know, in a tangible way, that I’m interested in them.
  • I’ve been making a real effort to serve interesting, nutritious meals even during the busy school year. I intend to do that this week also.
  • Rebecca and Lydia have two home soccer games this week. I intend to attend their Thursday game, since I can’t make the Tuesday game.
  • I intend to attend Seth’s 7th grade football game Tuesday evening. Really, attending the children’s after-school games takes lots of intending, because it interferes with the yummy meal intention. Oh, well. I’m putting the games first this week.

Would you like to join in also? Here are the instructions from Becca, the hostess of Give Me Five Monday:
The ‘Give Me Five’ Monday meme is designed to share fun information with each other in a simple short list! Here’s how it works. Each week, I will put out a random topic from my list of topics and you share 5 answers of your choice on the given topic and link back here! You can add photos, links or stories or just a simple list of your own of 5 things that relate to the topic as it pertains to you and your life experiences. It doesn’t have to be in any order of importance unless otherwise specified.
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Give Me Five Monday – 5 Favorite Things About Fall

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Becca at Becca’s Buzz is the hostess of Give Me Five Monday. Today she gives the following prompt:

Give Me Five Favorite Things About Fall

  1. After the first frost, the apples on the trees become so sweet! Some of our Pacific Northwest favorites are Fuji, Jonagold, McIntosh and Melrose.


  1. The cozy feeling of shorter daylight hours, crisp but not yet rainy weather, and a fire in the woodstove to stave off morning and evening chilliness.
  2. Traditional autumn desserts, such as apple crisp, pumpkin pie, and gingerbread.


  1. The perfect weather to serve hearty soups and stews, which are some of our favorite dinners.


  1. The harvest moon.


If you would like to participate, too, just follow these directions from Becca:

 

The ‘Give Me Five’ Monday meme is designed to share fun information with each other in a simple short list! Here’s how it works. Each week, I will put out a random topic from my list of topics and you share 5 answers of your choice on the given topic and link back here! You can add photos, links or stories or just a simple list of your own of 5 things that relate to the topic as it pertains to you and your life experiences. It doesn’t have to be in any order of importance unless otherwise specified.
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Five Favorite Birthday Customs

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

I was truly ready to post this Give Me Five Monday
post ON Monday. Just as I was about to post, however, my internet connection failed! Grrr! But it’s working now, so I’ll just say, “Better late than never, Right?”

The topic this time was Five Favorite Birthday Memories. Rather than list memories, I’ll list five of our birthday customs.

  • The honored birthday person chooses how the day will be celebrated. Will he/she invite over friends? Have a sleepover? Go to the movies? If at all possible, we try to honor the birthday boy’s or girl’s wishes.
  • For celebrating with the family, the birthday person selects the dinner menu, which the loving mama attempts to create.
  • Of course, cake flavor, or even the selection of some dessert other than cake, is up to the honored birthday person. Some favorites in our home are German Chocolate Cake, Applesauce Cake, Carrot or Spice Cake, Cowboy Coffee Cake, and Plantation Cake (which is a sort of molasses pudding cake).
  • Especially when the children were younger, we would often follow a theme throughout the birthday. For example, one daughter, much to her delight, received all Winnie the Pooh presents for one of her younger birthdays.
  • My girls like to make paper chains, put up crepe paper streamers, and inflate lots of colorful balloons to decorate the dining room and living room.

Becca, of Becca’s Buzz, is the hostess of this meme. On her blog she says:

The ‘Give Me Five’ Monday meme is designed to share fun information with each other in a simple short list! Here’s how it works. Each week, I will put out a random topic from my list of topics and you share 5 answers of your choice on the given topic and link back here! You can add photos, links or stories or just a simple list of your own of 5 things that relate to the topic as it pertains to you and your life experiences. It doesn’t have to be in any order of importance unless otherwise specified.
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Five Favorite Breakfast Foods

Monday, September 15th, 2008

This week for Give Me Five Monday, Becca of Becca’s Buzz asks:

What are five of your favorite breakfast foods?

  • Homemade bread, toasted, with butter and jam. Click on the highlighted link to find the bread recipe. This is what I usually have for breakfast, with a cup of strong, black coffee.
  • Homemade whole wheat waffles. This one I make every so often for the family, when we have time for a relaxed breakfast.
  • Life cereal.
  • Homemade granola.
  • Over-easy eggs with toasted homemade bread.

That’s it, folks! Now, how about you? Would you like to play, too?

Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes/Waffles
6 eggs, separated
3 cups buttermilk
3 cups water
½ cup vegetable oil
6 cups freshly ground whole wheat flour
2 Tablespoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 ½ teaspoons salt

Pour egg yolks, buttermilk, water and oil in large bowl and blend.
Combine dry ingredients and sift into the liquid mixture and mix briefly.
Beat egg whites until they will stand in peaks and fold in gently.
Bake on heated griddle, or preheat waffle iron, and cook for 5 minutes on high in waffle iron.

Yield: 20 to 24 pancakes.

Five projects on which I am currently working

Monday, August 25th, 2008

The prompt this week for Give Me Five Monday
is: What are five projects I am working on right now?

  1. Today was my first day back to school for orientation. I will be working with two sixth grade math classes, and one eighth grade language arts class. My project, as a para educator, will be getting to know the students, and learning how best to help these particular students with the questions and challenges they may have.
  2. My girls and I are preparing the basement suite for company. This very special company is our married daughter, her husband, and our two dear, darling grandchildren. We are the first stop on their relocation from Vermont to the Pacific Northwest! Happy days!
  3. I am taking stock of my repertoire of quick and easy, yet delicious dinners. I plan to utilize our crock pot quite a bit in the upcoming school year. What with working part time, and going to my young’ns sport competitions, time for cooking is often in short supply during the school year.
  4. I need to take my 83 year old mother out to purchase comfortable shoes. This is a monumental project. It took one year to find acceptable socks. On the bright side, this will be like a treasure hunt.
  5. We want to put on a really nice barbeque for our daughter Sarah and her fiancé Justin prior to their marriage. This will be fun.

How about you? If you would like to participate in Give Me Five Monday,
just post your five projects “to do” on your blog, then sign Mr. Linky back at Becca’s Buzz

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Give Me Five Monday – Things I would like to do again

Monday, August 4th, 2008

Becca, of BeccA’s Buzz says:

The ‘Give Me Five’ Monday meme is designed to share fun information with each other in a simple short list! Here’s how it works. Each week, I will put out a random topic from my list of topics and you share 5 answers of your choice on the given topic and link back here! You can add photos, links or stories or just a simple list of your own of 5 things that relate to the topic as it pertains to you and your life experiences. It doesn’t have to be in any order of importance unless otherwise specified.
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Give Me Five things you haven’t done in a long time that you would like to do again.

  • I would like to join an exercise class again. Kind of. Sort of. The thing that stops me is the amount of time required to drive to the gym, participate in class, drive home again, and then, usually, the extra time I spend when I think of errands to run while I’m in town. Actual class participation I found to be so much fun. Ten years ago I participated three mornings a week in a step aerobics plus weight-bearing exercise class.
  • I would like to do some easy hiking. Here again, with busy family life, taking the time to get away to do hiking doesn’t happen often. This usually happens only once a year during our vacation to Northern California.
  • I would like to practice the acoustic guitar and the soprano recorder again. To do well at all, I would need to practice these instruments consistently. Currently, my main extracurricular activity is writing for my blog, so this probably won’t happen anytime soon.
  • Participate in a Scottish Country Dancing class again, or learn line dancing. This past Saturday, we went to a Lebanese wedding reception, and the dancing was SO FUN! Now, there’s a way to get exercise, and have lots of fun at the same time.
  • I haven’t done any canning in a long while. I would most enjoy doing some fermented pickles. I would like to make some chutney also. I only want to can specialty items, because time is too precious to can items that we can easily afford.

Give Me Five Monday – Fun Childhood Summer Vacation Memories

Monday, July 21st, 2008

The ‘Give Me Five’ Monday meme is designed to share fun information with each other in a simple short list! Here’s how it works. Each week, I will put out a random topic from my list of topics and you share 5 answers of your choice on the given topic and link back here! You can add photos, links or stories or just a simple list of your own of 5 things that relate to the topic as it pertains to you and your life experiences. It doesn’t have to be in any order of importance unless otherwise specified.
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Becca, of BeccA’s Buzz asks us to list

Five fun summer vacation memories from my childhood:

  • I enjoyed the summer recreation program at the school. That was Apache Elementary School in Scottsdale, Arizona. In the room which did double-duty during the school year as the auditorium and cafeteria, various stations would be set up for such things as board games, four-square, and ping pong (table tennis). I remember walking to the school, and staying there most of the day.
  • We had the most beautiful and large outdoor swimming pools in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. I recall taking swimming lessons a couple times. I was terrified of swimming for a while, but then learned to love swimming underwater, along the bottom of the pool. It took longer to become brave enough to jump in, and then to learn to dive in. Once again, I sometimes walked to the pool, in the Arizona sun, and would return home quite sunburned. Once the pool was evacuated because of a dust storm. By the time everyone was out of the pool, vehicles had to have their lights on, the brownish-yellow sand and dust was so thick.
  • I enjoyed picnics and camping trips that we would take to Flagstaff, Arizona. Flagstaff is at an altitude of 7,000 feet. The typical summer temperatures there are between 82 and 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Compare that to Scottsdale’s 106 high and 76 low typical summer temps. I can remember highs of as much as 120! You can imagine what a relief it was to travel from the burning heat to such a temperate climate, travelling with the car windows rolled down.
  • When I was 13, my family moved to Campbell, California. For fun we would go to Sunset Beach, south of Santa Cruz, California, where we would cast sand candles in the damp sand, and go swimming in the ocean with our dog, a Newfoundland/German Shepherd mix. She had webbed paws and LOVED to swim in the surf.
  • I loved doing things with my two best girlfriends during the high school years. We would go on long bicycle rides, go to one another’s homes to hang out, once we went to San Francisco’s Chinatown, and we would play music together (One girlfriend played violin and I played the flute.).
  • Just one more: During the high school years, I enjoyed taking extra electives during the summers. I remember taking a homemaking class that would be considered advanced by today’s school standards. I sewed a tailored shirt that summer, as well as a pleated skirt. I took a typing class another summer. To practice typing, I typed up a thick book of favorite recipes that summer! I still have that old binder and use a few of the recipes.

Give Me Five Monday – Exercise Suggestions

Monday, July 7th, 2008

The prompt this week for Give Me Five Monday
is Give Me Five ways to fit exercise into your life.

It is late Monday. I did indeed fit some exercise into my day today. First I’ll list those ways, and then direct you to a couple of resources I really like:

  1. If it fits with your busy life to have a dog, the dog will need to go for walks, and you will be the one walking the dog. Our dog knows what time of day I usually take her for a walk, and will come and stare at me expectantly to help me remember. This is the most consistent exercise that I get.
  2. This is weird, but helping my elderly mom get into and out of the car, try on shoes and clothing, etc. when we go to appointments or go shopping is quite a work out. This isn’t a daily thing, but did happen today.
  3. Monday is a big laundry day at our house. I incorporate large movements and lots of bending into my loading, unloading and folding routine. The large items like stacks of towels and comforters for the beds I carry upstairs as they are cleaned, and try to move quickly up the stairs for a little extra push.

O.K. That’s it for what I actually did. Now, here is one great resource I’d like to share with you:

  1. On a great site called Women to Women I recently read an article by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN entitled Seven Myths About Women’s Health. One of the myths is, “You need to exercise 30–60 minutes per day to have any impact on health.” Here is a brief excerpt from this article:

    ‘That’s just not so. “Bursting” is an exercise method where you quickly and repeatedly bringing your body to an extreme and back again — to the point where you’re breathing so heavily, you might not be able to talk. If you exercise in bursts, you may not require more than 20 minutes three to four times a week to improve your health. No matter how busy you are or what sort of shape you are in, you can benefit from this time-efficient method — as long as you keep at it regularly.

  2. Another great resource is a book on stretching that I love, Stretching by Bob Anderson. I do one of the stretch routines every night before bed. There are stretches in this book for before and after every sport you can think of, plus for any problem areas, such as back pain.

There you have it. That’s what came to mind. Oh, I thought of one more funny one. When the children put on music with a catchy beat, start dancing vigorously. You’ll all get a big laugh out of it (at least my children laugh at me), plus a little free exercise.

Give Me Five Suggestions

Monday, June 30th, 2008

This week’s Give Me Five Monday
theme is – Give Me Five topics for future Give Me Five’s!

  • What are five things you want to get done today?
  • What are five things you tend to put off doing?
  • What are five of your hobbies?
  • What are five ways you fit exercise into your life?
  • What are five ways to show friends and family you love them?

Give Me Five Cleaning Tips

Monday, June 9th, 2008


The prompt this week for Give Me Five Monday
is: What are five tips or tricks for keeping your house clean and clutter-free? Here are my suggestions:

  • Start out with an uncluttered home. To get to this point, you may need to give away or sell items you never or rarely use. If an item isn’t in your home to begin with, you won’t need to dust it, or feel guilty about NOT dusting it! It won’t be taking up space, so your home will be more spacious.
  • It’s a good idea to think before you buy new items for your home. Do you really need the item, or will it contribute to clutter?
  • Clean as you go. I’m particularly thinking of the kitchen with this suggestion. As you cook, clean up messes and put ingredients away. You won’t be left with a huge mess afterwards. Also, put leftovers away right after the meal, clear the table nicely, and do the dishes.
  • Share the wealth. Each member of the home should contribute to the comfort of the home. Children and adults alike can learn to clean up what they mess up. In our home, we decide together on who will handle certain chores. As school or work schedules change, we rethink the responsibilities. Many hands make light work, right?
  • Choose one day a week to focus on deeper housecleaning. For our family, that day is Saturday. Some chores do require more time, but if you do those on a regular basis, the job remains manageable.