Archive for June 30, 2016

Continuing the Family Theme….

This Thursday Thought is particularly true to me right now, during the yearly visit of part of our New Jersey family.



Trying to Kill off a Granddaughter

Live and learn.  My son suggested taking our visiting New Jersey grand-kids zip-lining.  We all got excited about the idea.When I remembered that the granddaughter has a cast on one lower leg I asked my son if there would be someone at the end of the line to catch her and help balance her.  Of course, he told me.  Then he looked into it further and said he didn’t think she’d be able to walk far enough to get to it.  I suggested she take Grandpa’s handicap scooter.  He got a good laugh out of that.  It seems to get to the zip line you must be 150 feet in the air crossing a rope bridge.  He didn’t think she should try that in a scooter.

As for the granddaughter, she’s ready to give it a try.




New Life for Old Beauty Products

Re-purpose unwanted beauty products. Hand-wash delicates with shampoo and use conditioner as shaving cream. Use nail polish to mark office supplies, keys, suitcase handles, etc. Use a very small dab of eye cream on cuticles, fingernails, and lips.  Condition shoes, belts, and other leather items with body creams.

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100 Cookies + Not Enough?!

I THOUGHT I was ready–100 chocolate chip cookies, half as many oatmeal cookies, ice cream, brownies….all pre-made and frozen and ready.  Ahhhh, teenagers.  Only two teenage grand-kids came two days ago for a visit, and already I can see that I underestimated their appetites, especially for my baking.  I’m wondering if I’ve prepared enough for two weeks AND to send some home with them..

Mmmmm….maybe I should substitute some carrots, celery, and such???!!!  Naw.  I get a visit from New Jersey family only once a year.  Spoil them while I can and send them home to let their mom deal with the outcome, that’s my motto.


A Lesson for Congress…and for Us All

Today’s Thursday Thought is Pope Francis’ advice to Congress…and to us:

“[If] we want security, let us give security; if we want life, let us give life; if we want opportunities, let us provide opportunities. The yardstick we use for others will be the yardstick which time will use for us.” – Pope Francis in his 9/24/15 address to the U.S. combined Congress



Please Don’t Give Up on Me

Hello, Readers.

I’ve been gone for several days due to a sick–then dead–computer.  I’m back on-line again now.  However, family is coming tomorrow for a 2 week visit (can come only once a year, from New Jersey), so I’ll be a tad busy.

I’ll probably break from the topics I usually cover and go more personal, and probably not every day.  If you’re interested at all in my musings or stories about family, please check in. If not, please come back in two weeks, when I’ll return to my usual oddball assortment of topics.

Thanks.  Jackie


Orlando Lament

Orlando: Another sad day for Americans.  More senseless deaths.  Another heartbreaking example of man’s inhumanity to man.

Sage Palm & Dogs & Kids

Most places selling Sage Palm, a popular garden plant, don’t affix a warning label, and they tell a customer of any danger only if he or she asks if there’s any danger.

In fact, the whole plant is poisonous, especially the seeds.

In 2010 the ASPCA reported 1400 dog-poisonings due to this plant.

Kids under age 5–those stuff-anything-into-your-mouth years–are often poisoned by it, too.

Before you buy any plant, look for a warning label.  If there isn’t one, look it up or ask someone in the garden department if it’s safe for kids and pets.



Interesting Fact re: Abuse, Children, and Mothers

According to  Steven Stosny, PhD (founder of CompassionPower), research has revealed an interesting fact: Children who grow up watching their mothers being abused are not only damaged but even more damaged than if they’re abused themselves.

Seems like common sense.  But maybe scientific proof will sink into the minds of abusers who love their children.  And prompt more people who observe such abuse to report it for the sake of the child.



Appreciation for that Clean Room

Imagine your upcoming summer vacation….A nice hotel room…time to relax.  No bed-making, dusting, or bathroom-cleaning….Ahhh.

Now…plan to ease the lives of the people who make your stay so pleasant, the hotel workers.  Their job-injuries occur twice as often as for others in the service industry and are far more serious.  They must meet a room quota, despite faulty equipment and under-stocked supplies.  Already understaffed, they don’t get more time to tend to luxuries like in-room exercise equipment or a pillowtop mattress (100+ pounds) and its linens (16 pounds).  Most injuries come from strong cleaning agents and repetitive motions.  Because these people need their jobs—and are very proud of their profession—the industry takes advantage.

Next vacation, keep their heavy workload in mind and don’t be a slob just because you can. Be patient about when your room is cleaned and get out of their way while they’re there.  When leaving, pile used towels in the shower and toss garbage items into the trash can rather than the tables and floors. These little things, which take no time or real effort from you, save the cleaning staff substantial time and work when spread over the large number of rooms they’re expected to clean in a shift.  And it’s only basic consideration for others.

Oh yes, one more thing:  when you see the person who cleaned your room, show your appreciation for making your vacation more pleasant by giving them a smile and a warm “thank you.”