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    Posted on January 19th, 2013 Pam No comments

    I saw this poem over 30 years ago. It is one of my favorite poems. I hope you enjoy it.

    When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
    When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
    When the funds are low and the debts are high,
    And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
    When care is pressing you down a bit,
    Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.

    Life is queer with its twists and turns,
    As every one of us sometimes learns,
    And many a failure turns about,
    When he might have won had he stuck it out;
    Don’t give up though the pace seems slow–
    You may succeed with another blow.

    Often the goal is nearer than,
    It seems to a faint and faltering man,
    Often the struggler has given up,
    When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
    And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
    How close he was to the golden crown.

    Success is failure turned inside out–
    The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
    And you never can tell how close you are,
    It may be near when it seems so far,
    So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit–
    It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

    – Author unknown


    Posted on January 18th, 2013 Pam No comments

    This week let’s take a family survey. For example, a family of five may have two adults and three children, but only one person may be the gardener. Try to make gardening more of a family activity by involving everyone. Include the children no matter the age. It is surprising what positive additions youth lends to the garden. It is a good idea to let them choose a few vegetables or flowers to plant.

    Make up a survey by asking questions like:
    What vegetables do you like to eat?
    What flowers do you enjoy?
    Would you like to plant or maintain your own area of the garden or yard?
    Would you like to try something new?

    Asking questions like these will enlighten you as to the interests, wants and needs of your entire family. Maybe trying something new will excite a family member into being more of a part of the garden activities.
    The reason most people garden is that it’s fun, but sometimes you have to make it fun. It’s fun to look at the new garden catalogs (you should be getting them by now if you ordered them during week 1) and let everyone choose a few things to plant.

    Include in the survey things like what improvement projects would you like to see in your yard. One large project and three small projects per year are good goals to work toward. So let everyone be a part of the choices that are made. Someone may come up with an exciting project that may not have been thought of before.

    Take time to organize the survey and let everyone have a few days to complete it. Keep the survey short, 10 to 15 questions. Help small children by using pictures to aid in their choices. After gathering information from the survey, you will have lots of choices in your garden this year.


    Posted on January 17th, 2013 Pam 1 comment

    Procrastination, we all do it, but did you know that most of the things that we usually postpone can be accomplished in less than a minute?

    Here are my top 10:
    1. Untie my shoes before taking them off
    2. Floss my teeth
    3. Take out the garbage
    4. Pay a bill
    5. Return a phone call or email
    6. Water the house plants
    7. Make a grocery list
    8. Read an motivating thought
    9. Do a good deed.
    10. Smile
    Don’t get me wrong, I do these things but not as quickly as I should.

    Do you have some to add to this list?
    Comment with your top 10.


    Posted on April 14th, 2011 Pam No comments

    Don’t be unhappy if your dreams never come true — just be thankful your nightmares don’t.

    No dream comes true until you wake up and go to work.

    Between tomorrow’s dream and yesterday’s regret is today’s opportunity.


    Posted on January 1st, 2011 Pam No comments

    Wow !! I can’t believe another year has passed and time again for my New Years Resolutions.

    Well, my resolutions are not like everyone else’s resolutions. You know–like losing weight, reading more, spending more time with friends and relatives, keeping a cleaner house, getting organized, reducing the size of my ‘to do’ list, learning to cook, keeping up with my bills, saving money, getting out of debt, learn something new, eating better and exercising more. OHHH I guess they are. These are my resolutions, but they are also the most popular resolutions.

    Most people don’t stay with their resolutions, sources say they barely last a week.
    So here are a few hints to help us be more successful.

    1. Start small. A habit is created by repeating it for at least 21 days.

    2. Pick out two to three resolutions, rather than 10 or 12.

    3. Make the resolution fun, yes fun. Be creative.

    4. Be specific.

    5. Break up the resolution into small chunks, then you have more successes and can see more progress.

    6. Set a time to complete a goal or a portion of the goal.

    7. Tell others about your goals, they will help keep you on track.

    8. Mark them on a calendar, visual reminders and successes look good on the calendar. For example, a red star for exercising, yellow star for keeping house clean, green star for saving money.

    9. Make at least one of your resolutions a very easy one.

    10. Reward yourself, but not with sweets !!!!!!!