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NATIONAL THANK YOU NOTE DAY – December 26

National Thank You Note Day on December 26th recognized the time-honored tradition of thanking people for their gifts, hospitality and generosity. It is a day to get some note cards, paper, pen, envelopes, and stamps to write those special thank yous.

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Taking the time to thank family and friends with a personalized message has special meaning. The receiver of the “thank you” will enjoy getting the card in the mail and the message you have written.
Personal messages also convey to friends and family a deeper, more intimate sentiment. These handwritten notes, however brief, carry a tactile expression of thanks that verbal communication often lacks.

Have the kids draw a picture for theirs if they are not old enough to write a thank you, note. Family and friends will cherish a “thank you” from a grandchild, nephew, niece… Will mean a great deal to the receiver. My mom puts those treasures front and center on the fridge, where such works of art belong. As they get older encourage the more traditional thank you notes. This will help them learn to respect the gift and the giver. Starting a good habit that will last many years into the future.

Never underestimate the power of “THANK YOU!”

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HOW TO OBSERVE #ThankYouNoteDay

Writing a thank you has become a bit of lost art. We have provided a few tips to help along the way. 

Begin your thank you by acknowledging the specific gift and how thoughtful it is. If the gift was delivered, then assure the sender it arrived safely and how much you enjoy it.  

If the giver presented the gift personally, mention something you remember from your visit. Then thank them for the perfect gift they took the time to bring by describing it and how ideal it is for you.

Close your thank you by gushing about how kind the giver was for remembering you!

Within a few lines, you will have the knack of writing thank you cards. Share your tips using #NationalThankYouNoteDay to post on social media.

November 11 Vetrans Day

After listening to one of those man on the street interviews/quizzes it is ridiculously important that we use traditions such as these not only to remember, but teach as well. Military history is so important, as is any history so we avoid repeating the mistakes of the past. It helps us understand some of the decisions that effect our troops even today.

The Political and World Affairs we see today can be influenced greatly by our knowledge of what came before. Much of the misinformation circulating today is from the absence of these important facts.

Veterans Day (originally known as Armistice Day) is a federal holiday in the United States observed annually on November 11, for honoring military veterans, that is, persons who have served in the United States Armed Forces (and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable)[1][2]. It coincides with other holidays including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day which are celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I. Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. At the urging of major U.S. veteran organizations, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

There are a lot of discounts or freebies at restaurants for Veterans. To participate or enjoy be sure you know what identification is required. Some will offer a full free meal, free meal from a select menu, appetizer, or dessert. Some give a generous discount. Whatever or wherever you choose please know that most Americans in particular thank you profoundly for your service do that we may enjoy the freedoms you protect.

Veterans Day is distinct from Memorial Day, a U.S. public holiday in May. Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day honors those who have died while in military service.[3] There is another military holiday, Armed Forces Day, a minor U.S. remembrance that also occurs in May, which honors those currently serving in the U.S. military.

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Relax, Recharge, Refocus

Are you ready for the week ahead? Once upon a time the work week was Monday – Friday 9-5. Now it almost 6 days a week and family life on top of it all. Lunches, laundry, errands, sports, Dr’s appointments, kids school activities, with all this going on what happened to a relaxing weekend. One for the extras to get done the second to take it easy. The crazy school week cluttered with your job, kids homework, getting dinner on the table each night.  It can seem like going from 1 disaster or challenge to another.  To make it easier to handle some simple organization can make for a lot less stress.

  • Plan out your week.

Knowing what is coming for the week ahead let’s you plan for it.  Knowing what day you have to work late or make it the same night as say soccer practice.

  • Meal prep

Using part of your weekend to meal plan or do prep will save loads of time during the week.  I try to keep breakfasts, lunches and dinners ready for the week ahead.  I plan a full month menu with some days I can easily change out.  Then I make a shopping list.  I’m a huge fan of order pickup and delivery.  Instacart, Shipt, Aldi, Publix,  Amazon Fresh, among others delivered right to your door.  The fee is nominal and saves you even more time to spend with your family, or re-charge your own batteries.  Once the shopping is done it’s time to prep.  We use family favorites and adapt as needed.  We love freezer meals that go from freezer to either crockpot or quick cook on the stove.  Breakfasts can be multiple choice with the finished product in the freezer.
Lunches can be prepared and stored in the refrigerator so it only takes minutes to pack lunches. 

Stores like Walmart deliver in some areas but not mine.  I love thier order service.  I can pick out what I need, browse, and re-order frequent purchases from the comfort of my home.  Simply log in to the app and shop the grocery store.  I can get all the groceries including produce, paper goods, household, pet supplies, even deli and bakery.  They have also added a liquor store (in some areas), stores so as long as we present ID when we pick up.  So a bottle of wine, beer, and some liquors can be added to the order.  Schedule a pick-up time, checkout, and you’re done.  They give a window to alter the order including something either forgotten or someone just remembered to tell you about for a special day at school.  Arrive at pickup time, park in special lane, and checkin from your phone.  Walmart will bring and load your groceries in the car for you.  It usually takes about 15 minutes from checkin, but can take longer if they are exceedingly busy.  Even when I have to wait it saves me the trip through the store with heavy traffic, screaming kids, and the aisle road rage you can experience in the store when you are on a mission.

Family time

We do our prep work as a fun way to spend more time together.  We joke, laugh, catch up, share stories, experiences.  Working together builds the teamwork in families.  It also adds to communication and respecting each others contributions.   2 or 3 can get alot done in a few hours.  Young children can be included to help fetch and carry ingredients as appropriate.   You will see the pride and happiness shine in thier smiles when they bring the right item.  They also feel like an important contributer to the project. Older children or adults can cut, chop, measure (little ones like this to with supervision), package, label..and so on.  I can even get my kitchen phobic husband to help with easy tasks.  Biggest piece of advise I can pass on is never assume children and even some adults know how to do certain things.  In my husband’s case you cannot take things for granted.  Anyone who cooks alot knows that a cup of something refers to a specific measurement.  I have learned I have to explain what kind of cup you need to measure an ingrediant.  Children may also not be familiar with what or how.  It’s also a great way for them to learn both math, like fractions, history, like where come spices come from, and the science-based principles of things like yeast.  Next time someone is doubling a recipe have a child help figure out the measurements needed.

Package prepared foods

Singles work great for a lot of things like a breakfast or snack.  Dinner, at least at our house is a family affair.  We try to sit down together and eat as a family.  This gives us further chance to stay close.  We take a break from the electronics in our lives and connect with each other.  We keep things family appropriate with very few taboo subjects.  Open discussion is encouraged and every one right, wrong or different can weigh in.  Whether sharing a personal experience or just a preference, or opinion, it helps all understand the world as it was, is, and possibly will be.  Exposure to multiple points of view opens the world and helps all decide which way to handle almost everything life throws at you. 
With all the prep done it makes it easier to get everyone where they need to be.  Grab breakfast, lunches, and dinner for later.  Place dinner in the crockpot, microwave breakfast as needed, and quickly pack lunches so all is ready to go.  This reduces the morning rush of trying to get everyone fed, dressed, and out the door.  The big plus is of course dinner is ready when you get home that evening.

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  • Re-charge


While we recharge our phones, tablets, and any other items we need, we often forget to recharge our own batteries.  Imagine all the love we give those special to us in a pitcher labeled you.  Evertime you hug, kiss, talk, listen, care, it pours from that pitcher.  What do you do when it’s empty?  If this was just water we would simply refill the pitcher from the tap, right?  Well when the pitcher is filled with love the sink just doesn’t have a re-supply.  We regain the energy we give by doing things like going to church, relaxation, personal time, a hobby or other things that bring enjoyment.  Having a full picther allows us to juggle all the things thrown at us.
While we recharge our phones, tablets, and any other items we need, we often forget to recharge our own batteries.  Imagine all the love we give those special to us in a pitcher labeled you.  Evertime you hug, kiss, talk, listen, care, it pours from that pitcher.  What do you do when it’s empty?  If this was just water we would simply refill the pitcher from the tap, right?  Well when the pitcher is filled with love the sink just doesn’t have a re-supply.  We regain the energy we give by doing things like going to church, relaxation, personal time, a hobby or other things that bring enjoyment.  Having a full picther allows us to juggle all the things thrown at us. While we recharge our phones, tablets, and any other items we need, we often forget to recharge our own batteries.  Imagine all the love we give those special to us in a pitcher labeled you.  Evertime you hug, kiss, talk, listen, care, it pours from that pitcher.  What do you do when it’s empty?  If this was just water we would simply refill the pitcher from the tap, right?  Well when the pitcher is filled with love the sink just doesn’t have a re-supply.  We regain the energy we give by doing things like going to church, relaxation, personal time, a hobby or other things that bring enjoyment.  Having a full picther allows us to juggle all the things thrown at us.

 Refresh  

After all the chores are done take, some “me time”.  Read a favorite book, watch a movie or simply spend quality time with your children and or significant other.  Make sure you go to bed early enough to get plenty of rest.  Try not to rush through the tasks you’re doing.  We have enough hustle and bustle.  Making these things fun for all nor only makes them a lot less if a chore, it makes them enjoyable too.  As you look around savor that special feeling that comes when we do for those we love.

Re-focus

To get the most out of your time focus on what you have to do, need to do and want to do. Get the have to and need to done first. This will let you be more relaxed and concentrate on the things you really enjoy. I hear the expression there’s an app for that and I can say for myself at least it’s partly true. We use things like Google Calendar, Prism bill pay, Keep,and several others to tract our world. The notifications help keep us on track. Google Calendar let’s us track everything from my husband’s work to Dr appointments. I pay all our bills in about 15 hassle free minutes each week with Prism. It keeps track of what’s due when and I can schedule payments ahead of due dates to avoid things like missed payments or late fees. Keep helps us track everything from grocery lists to tasks like cleaning medical equipment, Pet medicines, simple to do lists, and I keep a running list of blog ideas and scheduling here. At the end of my day I can easily cross off what I got done and know what I still need to complete and when.

Me time

As we move into the future technology helps us run our world’s. While there is no shame in making things in your life easier, never forget that things like love, family, patience, kindness, understanding, and others still need the old fashioned low tech approach. I use my technology to speed up the have to’s so I can spend more time with those I love and the wants in my life. Between, Spouce, siblings, children, friends and neighbors I keep a busy schedule and get the best out of life by being available to those I love. To me the love I shower on my pets (our children), family incuding my neices and nephews, extended family, friends, and neighbors fulfills my life. Take the time to nuture these connections. You never know how precious that is until the prospect of tomorrow never coming makes an entrance in your life.

Happy 4th of July

From our family to yours Happy 4th of July

Is your July 4th exploding with fun?

Every year in America on July 4th, we celebrate our freedoms. Most of are looking forward to great food friends and family, and a great show of fireworks to finish it off.

In cities and towns large and small people gather for bbqs, potato salad, swimming and maybe some yard games. Those more inclined to rest spend time in the shade, surrounded by good conversations and a chance to catch up. Sip refreshing libations for children and adults. Watch the children expend their energies. Or simply enjoy you peace and quiet in red, white, and blue. On this day Americans happily fly the flag of our nation with pride. You see, this flag represents the sacrifices that have been made both here at home and abroad to give us what we enjoy today. It is unique to this country even though lots of others have done the same. Each independent nation on this world we call earth has a symbol like this. Whether born here, or not we stay here for the unique chance to make our own American dream.

Our traditionally consists of grilled hamburgers, hotdogs, ribs, and or chicken. On occasion, we have even done t-bone steaks. Of course deviled eggs, potato salad, fresh veggie tray, baked beans, chips, flag cake, fruit salad, and watermelon, make for a filling meal.

Our family follows the tradition of fireworks, for the evenings entertainment. We leave it to the professionals to display an awe filled pyrotechnic show. Ours are usually choreographed to music played on a local station.

As I’ve grown older and faced health challenges, I’ve grown to appreciate my father’s stance of watching our local display on tv….in air conditioning, with volume control. My dad’s favorite movie the last 10 years he was with us was Independece Day. He would pull it out every July 4th to watch again. I wish he had been here to see the sequel he wanted.

Will Smith (Actor), & 2 more

As I look at the goings on in our world today, I’m reminded of the speech given in the movie. Is something like that going to be what it takes for humanity to put aside the characteristics I see dominating the news? I truly hope not.

As we prepare for our nation’s birthday this, July 4th, the love, patriotism, and family traditions continue to shape our future generations. From our family to your have a happy and safe 4th of July.

One of my favorite movies.

Deviled eggs

Deviled Eggs

12 hard boiled eggs, peeled

1 tsp yellow mustard

1 tsp white vinegar

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp ground black pepper

1 tsp garlic powder

4 Tbsp Mayo

1 1/2 tsp Paprika

Slice eggs in half. Empty yolks into small bowl. Place white halves face up. To bowl of yolks add mustard, vinegar, garlic, salt, pepper, and mayo. Mix well. Place in piping bag with star tip. Pipe yolks mixture into white halves. Sprinkle with paprika. Chill until served. I’ve had lots of versions of these over the years. Some add things like sweet relish, avocado, bacon and others. I prefer mine in this classic recipe. It’s what I grew up with. I’ve also seen the whites dyed different colors. I still like mine this way.

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Flag Cake

This easy, festive cake will be the highlight of your patriotic party.

1 box white or yellow cake mix

1 pint blueberries

1 pint strawberries or 2 pints rasberries

1 LG container Cool Whipcream

1 can Readiwhip or small container Cool Whip with pastry bag and star tip.

Bake cake as directed in a 9 x 13 pan. Cool cake completely. Remove leaf and stem from top of fruit. If using strawberries, slice from top to tip in halves or quarters depending on size. Using whipped cream spread even smooth layer over entire cake. Use toothpick to draw the flag box and red stripes. Star box should be about 4 or inches. A real flag has 13 strips but the cake can only fit about 5. Make sure you leave space between red stripes for white ones. The top and bottom stripes are red.

Place whole blueberries in star box as tightly as possible. This is the blue field for your stars. Gently place rasberries or strawberry strips along red stripes from left to right. Starting at the top next to star field to edge of cake. Place all red stripes. Using readiwhip or pastry bag with star tip, place alternating number rows of stars on blueberry field. (I usually do 5 and 4.)

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For fancy look depending on time you may want to pipe stripes in white whipped cream as well. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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