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    Posted on December 24th, 2011 Pam No comments

    1. Stone yo-yos appeared in Greece around 100 BC. (how old are your toys?)

    2. Each week, Mattel sells 1.5 million Barbie Dolls, about two per second.

    3. The tradition of exchanging gifts started by the Ancient Romans.

    4. There are twelve courses in the Ukrainian Christmas eve supper. Each dedicated to one of Christ’s Apostles.

    5. Alabama was the first state to declare Christmas a legal holiday in 1836.

    6. Bing Crosby’s famous “White Christmas” won an Oscar in 1942.

    7. Gingerbread houses were made famous by the fairytale, Hansel and Gretel.

    8. The candy cane was created by a candymaker in India. Early versions of candy canes were straight, but in the late 1600’s were bent to resemble a shepherd’s staff.

    9. Candy canes started as a treat to keep the children’s choir quiet during ceremonies in the late 1600s.

    10. The sale of Christmas trees began in the US in 1851.

    11. For each Christmas tree cut down roughly three are planted. It takes about 15 years for a Christmas tree to grow from a sapling to full size.

    12. A Christmas tree a day keeps the doctor away. Edible white pine needles are high in Vitamin C. (YUCK!!)

    13. The first electric Christmas tree lights were sold by General Electric in 1903.

    14. Almost $8 billion are spent on Christmas decorations each year.

    15. Poinsettias are the most popular Christmas plant and is the number one flowering potted plant in the United States.


    Posted on December 22nd, 2011 Pam No comments

    If it is important to you, you will find a way.
    If not, you’ll find an excuse.
    –B. Douglas

    Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.
    –Plato, 428 BC-348 BC

    Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.
    — Lao Tzu, 600 BC-531 BC

    Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the and the blind can see.
    –Mark Twain, 1835-1910

    Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts.
    –Soren Kierkegaard, a Danish philosopher, May 1813 – November 1855


    Posted on December 21st, 2011 Pam No comments

    Just thinking.
    As always, this time of year so many ‘good deeds’ are done to others. But wouldn’t it be great if it continued all year? If everyone would do one good thing everyday, just think about the millions and millions of positive things that would happen every day? Not only would it change our attitude, but it would change our family and the world!!


    Posted on December 16th, 2011 Pam No comments

    I am probably the last person in Idaho that has brought in my flower pots. It is never a good idea to leave them outside all winter. Especially if they are the costly terracotta pots. They can break down over winter from freezing and thawing and eventually deteriorate into a pile of expensive red clay. The best solution is to empty the soil onto a compost pile, or place it on the garden. Then move the pots into the basement or garage.

    The earlier that these are brought in the better. I tend to procrastinate because maybe the flowers are still blooming, or something else needs to be done first. But, if these are cleaned up and put away before the snow flies, the pots will be much happier and last much longer.

    How about this idea? Put up the Christmas lights the same day as the pots are put away. You know, when it is still warm outside and before the snow is on the ground. Something for me to work on next year.

    It’s the job that’s never started that takes the longest to finish.


    Posted on December 14th, 2011 Pam No comments

    Okay, so the last few weeks I have returned to blogging.

    But I don’t think any of you noticed!!!!!

    I know Christmas is coming, but so is Spring!!!!

    So here is an invitation to check out my blog again.


    So the other day

    I wanted to make something to eat

    But didn’t want to spend a lot of time

    I love watching cooking shows

    But really don’t cook very much

    I saw a can of Campbell’s Tomato soup

    So I decided to make it

    I looked in the fridge to get some milk…

    I prefer milk to water

    I saw a can of V8 juice

    I thought….

    Why not try V8 instead of milk?

    So I did!!!!

    It was very very good

    I used the entire 12 ounces of V8

    You know how tomato soup from the can tastes kind of watery and cheap?

    Well when adding V8 it tastes great

    I added pepper and Zesty seasoning salt

    (You can get Zesty seasoning salt at Dollar Tree dollar store)

    The Zesty seasoning salt makes it kind of spicy

    It was sooooo yummy

    It was sooooo thick

    I loved it

    Try it

    Then let me know how you liked it



    Posted on December 8th, 2011 Pam No comments

    Answers to Brain Teasers.  Thanks to everyone who participated. 

    1. How many three cent stamps are there in a dozen? 12
    2. Which is correct: Nine and seven is fifteen or Nine and seven are fifteen?  Nine and seven is sixteen.
    3. Pronounce out loud the words formed by each of the following letter series:
    B-O-A-S-T, C-O-A-S-T, R-O-A-S-T. Now what do you put in a toaster?  Bread
    4. A farmer had seventeen sheep. All but nine died. How many were left alive?  Nine
    5. A rope ladder is hanging over the side of a ship. The ladder is twelve feet long, and the rungs are one foot apart, with the lowest rung resting on the surface of the water. The water is rising at the rate of one foot per hour. How long will it take before the first three rungs are under water?  None, the ship rises with the tide.

    Thoughts for the day.

    1.  What is an expert?  Someone who knows more and more about less and less.

    2.  If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.
    —Jim Rohn

    3.  If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in the dark with a mosquito.
    …Author Unknown

    4.  It takes but one positive thought when given a chance to survive and thrive to overpower an entire army of negative thoughts.
    —Robert H. Schuller

    5. Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
    —Thomas Edison


    Posted on December 6th, 2011 Pam No comments

    So here it is December 6th and probably the last thing on your mind is gardening. But actually this is the best time of the year to ‘garden’. It is easy to take a step back and remember all the neat things that happened during the gardening year. Here are a few easy and fun ways to ‘garden’ during the Winter.

    Review and update garden records.     If waiting to update a garden journal until next Spring many of the lessons, tips and shortcuts learned this past garden season will be long forgotten. But by taking a few minutes to write down a few notes about what happened in the garden, it will pay off next year when planning or planting your 2012 garden. If pictures were taken refer to them, it is surprising how much one picture will reveal. Sometimes by thinking of each item in your garden, there might be something to write down that will help grow a better garden next year. Ask family members too, each one will remember something different.

    Read gardening books and magazines.     Read up on vegetables, flowers, fruits and new techniques for the garden. This time of year the libraries are full of gardening books. I’m finding the garden subjects are endless. I just went to my local library. I was so surprised at the number of gardening books that were available. What is so good about reading the libraries’ books is that reviewing and reading is FREE. They are so full of ideas I am constantly taking notes and learning about things I want to try next year.

    These are a few of the great books found in my local library.

    Garden catalogs.     Now is a good time to order garden catalogs too. By ordering the catalogs early, there will be enough time to order those favorite seeds in time for early planting.

    Here are a few of my favorite catalogs. Baker Creek only sells Heirloom seeds (lower left) and is a GREAT catalog. Most of these have a lot of information about flowers and vegetables.

    Garden tools.     Clean and sharpen garden tools, put them away for the Winter. Make note of ones that need handles replaced or oiled.

    Christmas list.     Gardeners love gardening Christmas presents. Books, tools, magazines anything to do with the garden. Make a wish list on Amazon and let everyone know it is there.