The 4 Ps from an Organized Gardener

Posted by Pam Young

May 8, 2019 2:09:11 PM

Yay! It's spring! Yay!

But if we SHEs (Sidetracked Home Executives) aren't careful and plan ahead, we can get into a lot of trouble at the nursery. All the more reason to be organized not just with housecleaning, but with gardening. This time of year the nurseries are teaming with flowers that beseech us like friendly puppies at the Humane Society to take them home. And we're like busy bees around those beautiful flowers. After all, we survived winter and we’re sick of gray and ready for sunny colors. 

Green thumbers have four rules: Plan, Prepare, Purchase, THEN Plant. If you try to prepare and plant at the same time, you’ll poop out and then those plants that you’ve taken into your care face possible death. Of course it’s not premeditated, but the plants will be just as dead.

 Death by good intention

Have you ever seen a honey bee that’s got so much pollen on her feet and thighs that she can barely fly? I often wonder if some of them never make it back to their hives they’re so overloaded. You can make it back to your hive (unless you forgot to get gass) but without the 4 Ps of gardening, you could set yourself up for death by good intention. 

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How to Help a Whiny Child

Posted by Pam Young

Apr 30, 2019 12:56:31 PM

 

Do you ever feel like whining? It’s kind of fun to make your voice match your reluctance to do something you have to do. “I don’t wanna balance my checkbook, it’s nice outside and I wanna go play in the garden!” Wah, wah, wah. The thing about whining is that it’s annoying and you can get into a habit of it. I'm sure you have a few master complainers in your life.

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Topics: Raising Children

Practice Makes Perfect

Posted by Pam Young

Apr 15, 2019 7:00:11 PM

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7 Benefits of Reading to Your Kids

Posted by Pam Young

Apr 8, 2019 1:45:30 PM

 

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Do You Like Happy Surprises?

Posted by Pam Young

Apr 7, 2019 5:16:00 AM

A Message for Kids from the House Fairy

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A Sugar-free Easter Egg Hunt

Posted by HouseFairy

Apr 6, 2019 1:50:18 PM

 

Did you know the Easter Bunny is going low-carb?

Right now, it may not look that way at Walmart or your favorite grocery store, but it’s true. As an alternative to candy, he’s filling the hollow eggs with notes of appreciation, motivation and inspiration and you can do it too. 
If you love busting open a fortune cookie, then you know your kids will love hunting for eggs and getting note-after-note of encouragement, fun activities and surprises in the eggs they find.


 

 

Here’s a list of suggestions we got from the Big Bunny:

        This coupon is good for a foot rub.
        This coupon is good for a back rub.
        This note is good for one download on iTunes.
        This coupon is good for a book, next time we go shopping.
        Your laughter makes us happy.

 

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Time to Get Kid's Room Ready for Back-to-School

Posted by Pam Young

Aug 10, 2018 10:10:28 AM

 

     Start with a clean slate!

A garage sale sign read: Kid's Garage Sale. We couldn't resist. Each sign (obviously made by children) had a red balloon attached and upon arriving at the home, the children (a boy about 11 and a girl about 8) were sitting at a table with lemonade they'd made. Several adults with children were shopping and the mother of the garage salers was sitting on a lawn chair under a big maple tree. 

I can never resist a lemonade stand, not because I love lemonade, but because I love it when kids are entrepreneurial. The two children had made the lemonade from fresh lemons and it was quite delicious. They also made the lemonade sign. While I sipped my drink and visited with the mother about this kids' garage sale, several families came and bought toys and clothes.

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Camp Grandma a Re-Run from 2014

Posted by Pam Young

Aug 3, 2018 6:00:00 AM

When my grandchildren were younger, I turned my home into a summer camp for them. Now most are grown and too busy with their own, big kid activities. It’s kind of sad, but it’s all part of life. It just happens, but I’ve got photos to remind me of the fun we had.

One year, my son’s two children came down from Seattle. Brooklyn was eleven and Jackie was eight. When they arrived, Brooklyn was especially clingy. She wanted to be hugged a lot and often a hug would last a minute or two. I knew the reason; she’d been away at a soccer camp the week before and her mom was with her just one night and then they came here for the week. Jack didn’t go to camp, so he had been with his mom and dad and wasn’t in the least clingy.

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Topics: Family Games, Being a Mom

5 Ways to Enjoy Mundane Household Tasks

Posted by Pam Young

Jun 26, 2018 5:00:00 AM

Great ways to put joy into boring household chores.

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20 Reasons to Get Organized

Posted by Pam Young

Jun 23, 2018 6:05:51 PM

You'll be shocked at how getting organized (just a little) will add great joy for you and your family because:

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Topics: Organization

The Angelic Nurse A Story of Healing

Posted by Pam Young

Feb 20, 2018 5:00:00 AM

 

December 1, 1963, we were on the second day of our honeymoon, traveling from Vancouver, Washington to southern California. We’d borrowed my parent’s car, a 1963 Ford Galaxie. They wanted us to be “safe” and our car was a ’49 Ford that didn’t show promising signs it could even get to the Oregon border let alone to the southern end of California.

The new car had a bench-type seat instead of bucket seats in the front and seat belts weren’t the law in 1963, consequently this car didn’t have them. We’d stopped at a service station to get gas in Pixley, California and it was my turn to drive, so my 6 ft. husband got in the backseat because I had to have the front seat forward as far as it would go in order to reach the pedals. I’m 5’2.”

It was dark when we got back on the road and the freeway was full of Thanksgiving, holiday travelers. As I drove on the on ramp to Highway 99, I could see it wasn’t going to be easy to merge as cars weren’t moving over to let me in and certainly slowing down is never an option for drivers flowing with the speed of traffic. I came to a full stop about 25 feet from the oncoming traffic and was waiting for a semi to pass when I heard my husband scream, “It’s going to hit us!!” as he reached around me from the back seat and cranked the steering wheel to the right (I had the wheel straight ahead to merge onto the freeway).

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Topics: faith

Tolerant Parents = Tolerant Children

Posted by HouseFairy

Feb 19, 2018 6:00:00 AM

 

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Holiday Fun Foods

Posted by HouseFairy

Nov 18, 2017 11:59:49 AM

Holiday food is always fun, unless of course it's your last meal and you're on death row eating it right before Christmas. That can't be fun. Now with that said, to change the subject, what does a log cabin, a snowman, a sleigh, penguins and an igloo have in common? You probably said, "Snow or cold weather." Okay, you're right, but when you're through reading this blog you'll be able to say, "Holiday fun foods."

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Does Your Child Whine?

Posted by Pam Young

May 4, 2016 1:20:31 PM

Do you ever feel like whining? It’s kind of fun to make your voice match your reluctance to do something you have to do. “I don’t wanna balance my checkbook, it’s nice outside and I wanna go play in the garden!” Wah, wah, wah. The thing about whining is that it’s annoying and you can get into a habit of it. I'm sure you have a few well-known complainers in your life.

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Topics: Raising Children

6 Ways Quiet Time is Healthy

Posted by Pam Young

Nov 13, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Take time daily to be alone with yourself, away from phones, the Internet and noise. Making time for solitude is a gift you give yourself. Insist on it, and don’t allow anyone, including yourself, to talk you out of it. It's enlightened selfishness and it's a very spiritual way to love yourself. Until your are feeling good about yourself, you can't feel good about others.

Here are six healthy benefits of quiet time.

1. Lighten Up

In a stressed state, it’s so easy to snap at the kids, the pets and your beloved; and then you feel guilty for "losing" it. You love it when you are compassionate and kind. In a relaxed state it's so easy to have a clear mind and connect with a deeper sense of purpose and good.

Meditation and medication are derived from the Latin word medicus, to care or to cure. A time of quiet calmness is, therefore, the most effective remedy for a busy and overworked mind. Anytime you feel antsy and headed into overwhelm, just focus on your breathing and quietly repeat with each in-and-out breath: Breathing in, Calm down, you're okay; breathing out, All is well. (Because you are and it is.)

2. Let Go

Love is always there between the thoughts, behind the drama, underneath the noise. What keeps us from experiencing our natural state of peace is the habitual and ego-dominated monkey mind. Meditation enables us to see clearly, to witness our thoughts and behavior and reduce self-involvement. Without such a practice of self-reflection there’s no way of putting a brake on the ego’s demands. From being self-centered, we can become other-centered, concerned about the welfare of all.

3. Gratitude

Take a moment to appreciate the chair you’re sitting on. Consider how the chair was made: the wood, cotton, wool, or other fibers, the trees and plants that were used, the earth that grew the trees, the sun and rain, the animals that maybe gave their lives, the people who prepared the materials, the factory where the chair was made, the designer and carpenter and seamstress, the shop that sold it—all this just so you could be sitting here, now. Then extend that deep appreciation to everything and everyone in your life.

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Topics: Happiness, Health, peace of mind