Wednesday, February 18, 2009

What a ZOO!

Call me crazy but we just adopted another pet. Noah has been saving for a hamster and we found a great deal on craigslist. Meet Pooffy (aka Pooffer, Poof Ball, Double Stuff, Mouse) In case you are keeping track the score is: 6 humans - 4 creatures

She is adorable and is Noah's pride and joy.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Look Around... I could have left it anywhere!

I don't know about you, but this family is good at losing things. Okay maybe losing is too strong a word. We mostly misplace things. Things like shoes, sweatshirts, homework, book bags, keys, and permission slips seem to slither away in the night while we sleep. Funny how the shoes that are put in the "shoe basket", book bags hung up, keys in the purse (yes, I am guilty of burying my keys on the counter), and homework in the binder never slither away.

I have also been known to put important papers in a "safe place" and they are never seen again. I have learned to just stick things on the fridge. I rarely lose something that I put there and as a BONUS I rarely forget to sign, pay, go to, or send it!

Lately though I think I have misplaced my brain. I have a phone with a calendar that has "Alerts" for things on my schedule. The things I record on my calendar I remember to do (actually DO-ing them that is another post altogether!)

So, my brain... yesterday I loaned my sewing machine to a friend. She stopped by the house to pick it up and she went on her way. She called me later to ask if there was supposed to be a power cord. A POWER CORD!? Can't she tell it is a "magic" sewing machine? Oh wait, it isn't magic, it DOES need a power cord.

Then just hours later, I offer to help a friend with whatever she needs... only to be asked to sit her kids the next day and oops... my schedule is full for the next two days with PTA stuff. What a schmuck. A schmuck with good intentions and too many things to do, but a schmuck still the same!
My brain looks like this:

So if you happen to see my brain (any brain really) lying around will you let me know. It might just be mine!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Insomnia has it's benefits...

Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and can't go back to sleep. Don't get me wrong, I try. But when I have done all the things to do to try to go back to sleep and STILL can't, then I get up and DO something. Sometimes i just get up and read, or surf the web. But the other night I got up and cleaned my fridge, the junk collecting drawers, and the armoire that held games and more junk. I took an after picture of the fridge. No "before" pic tho... I am not that crazy.

The freezer stuff was moved to the upright freezer in the garage.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Rules for a Perfect Day

I found this gem while cleaning the other day. This is a list my great-grandmother, my father's grandmother, Gertrude, made. I don't know how old she was, she was born in September 1886 and died in 1980, when she wrote it. I suppose when she wrote it doesn't matter, it is timeless.
I don't remember much about her. In my child's mind, she was the really old woman in the nursing home. This lets my adult mind get a glimpse of the life she led and the strong and wise woman she was. -enjoy

Rules for a Perfect Day
  1. I will try to live through the day only and not try to tackle my whole life problem at once.
  2. I will be happy. It is true that people are as happy as they make up their minds to be. Happiness is from within.
  3. I will adjust myself to what is and not try to adjust everybody to my desires. I will take my family, my business and my luck, as they come and fit myself to them.
  4. I will take care of my body. I will exercise it, nourish it, and not abuse or neglect it, so that it will be a perfect machine for my will.
  5. I will try to strengthen my mind. I will study. I will not be a mental loafer all day. I will read something that requires mental effort and concentration.
  6. I will exercise my soul in three ways, to wit: I will do somebody a good turn and not be found out; I will do at least two things I do not want to do; and I will not show anyone that my feelings are hurt. They may be hurt, but I will not show it.
  7. I will be agreeable. I will look as well as I can, talk low, act courteously, be liberal with flattery, find fault with nothing - and try not to regulate or improve anybody.
  8. I will have a program. It will save me from two human weaknesses - hurry and indecision.
  9. I will have a half-hour to myself and relax. In this half-hour, sometime, I will think of God, so as to give a better perspective to my life.
  10. I will be unafraid. Especially, I will not be afraid to be happy, to enjoy what is beautiful, to love, and to believe those that I love, love me.

As part of my 2009 goals, I will try to have a few more "perfect days".