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Thomas Jefferson April 30, 2010

Filed under: Quotes — alwayswithme @ 8:26 pm

“Laws are made for men of ordinary understanding and should, therefore, be construed by the ordinary rules of common sense. Their meaning is not to be sought for in metaphysical subtleties which may make anything mean everything or nothing at pleasure.” –Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Johnson, 1823

 

Amen March 31, 2010

Filed under: Catholic,Quotes — alwayswithme @ 5:44 pm

If my Bible is torn apart…my life is not.

 

My Name is Julie and I Am Organizationally Challenged March 10, 2010

Filed under: Blog Parties,Decorating,DH,Explanations,Family,Household,Organization,Try This — alwayswithme @ 2:01 pm

My sister, who is also organizationally challenged, recommended a professional organizer whom she had used before to help me with my “issues”.  After putting it off for nearly a year because I just knew I would stumble upon THE system that would finally make everything make sense in my home; I hired her. 

She charged $25.00 an hour with a four hour minimum.  She worked with me for four hours on Monday and is coming again Friday for four hours.  She had me take her through the house showing her all my problem areas.  I could have only done that with a stranger.  She asked what my priorities were.  She asked what our hobbies and interests were as a family.  Then we went to work. 

I now have a Christmas closet that ONLY contains Christmas items.  I now have a home decor closet so that when I want to change out seasons or colors I can do that. Our home only has a tiny linen closet, a tiny closet in the foyer, a walk in closet in my husband’s office, small closets in the other three bedrooms.  The basement is unfinished but broken up into three rooms that have poles in the middle of them (I assume they are holding the house up so they are important) a sump pump hole in the floor of one of the basement rooms (good for those times it rains so much the water comes into the basement and needs to be funneled out not so good for looks or storage)   and the furnace/water heater in the middle of another basement room.  Not a good storage situation.  Useful mostly for exercise equipment, DH’s workshop and extra acquarium supplies.  My husband loves freshwater fish and what started out as one tank for our son is now nine tanks in various rooms in the house. 

We are down to our last child living at home, he is 12, so we will have an extra bedroom after his new room which is now the playroom is finished.  Two of the three older kids that have “moved out” still have stuff left here at our home that if put altogether probably would fill all of the “open” space in one of the the basement rooms easily.  Of course, it isn’t in one place it is in many places.  She suggested that we gather up each boy’s stuff (when I say boys I mean men 28 and 24 who have been gone for 3 or 4 years) and put them in two separate areas of the house – one for each child- and tell them to come and get it by X date or the charity truck is coming to take it away ah ha.  I don’t have a problem with this plan.  My husband, on the other hand will.  I’ve been trying to convince him of this for a  l  o  n  g  time.  My organizer is hoping that once he sees how much stuff each of them really has and how much space it actually takes up when accumulated in one space that he will see the light and make the call himself.  Perhaps even offer to carry it out, perhaps even load it in his truck and perhaps even deliver it to them.  I really don’t care how it gets gone, I just want it gone.  Love them, not all their stuff.

She also suggested that once our remaining son moves into the bigger bedroom (the room awaiting weatherproofing, new carpet and a new paint job) that instead of making his old room into a dedicated guest room that I turn it into my studio.  My current studio is what is supposed to be the formal living room.  It is very small and contains my piano, my library, my scrapbooking supplies, my rubberstamp supplies, my quilting supplies including fabric, my yarn for my crochet projects, our household files and bills as well as a small TV, a rocking chair, a small desk and a round side table with lamp.   Itisveryverycrowded and really unusable with piles of stuff everywhere.

That would leave the piano and my bookshelves plus the rocking chair and the side table with lamp in the formal living room.  Our 11 year old could practice his trumpet in what would now be the music/library room.  I had told the organizer that I always wanted to have a library because I love books and my mother has a library.  It is always something I wished I could have but didn’t think I had the house for.  I am actually receptive to this.  I had been looking forward to having a real guest room so I’m not sure how I’ll feel about not having a designated “guest” room, but the studio could probably serve as a guest room with one of those inflatable beds or even a rented bed if you can rent beds for the time a guest would need it.  Our 12 year old offered to let guests use his room if we needed to from time to time.  We actually don’t ever have that many guests as the older boys live nearby.

So her suggestions could work, if I get most of it done and then work on convincing DH that it is a good idea.  That is the hardest part.  Pray for me.

I’m rather excited about this.  I’ll keep you posted on what really happens.

UPDATE:  Today is September 1, 2010

  • The items the older boys wanted have been moved out of the house.  What remains needs to be sold or given to charity
  • Instead of the room exchange ideas above, DH agreed to move his office to the room my studio is in, which he will share with our son and his video gaming equipment (this will leave our son’s room as video gaming free which I feel better about)
  • My studio will be DH old office (it is upstairs so if it is in shambles, as I am prone to have it, it will not be out where everyone can view it)
  • We have begun the room exchange process.  It is a huge job.  We will all work on it tonight in celebration of my birthday
  • We purchased an inflatable bed which worked well for the guests we had over the summer.  When we get DS moved to his new room, I think his old room could serve as a library/guestroom just fine.  It would also be a good space for DS to practice his trumpet.
  • We have decided to give the piano away – need to put it on Craigslist
 

What Does It Mean? February 28, 2010

Filed under: Catholic — alwayswithme @ 8:05 pm

Agnus Dei

Latin (Agnus Dei = Lamb of God) – Sung in either English or Latin. It is normally sung just before or during communion.

Latin BCW Traditional
Agnus Dei,
qui tollis peccata mundi,
miserere nobis.
O Lamb of God,
that takest away the sins of the world,
have mercy upon us.
Agnus Dei,
qui tollis peccata mundi,
miserere nobis.
O Lamb of God,
that takest away the sins of the world,
have mercy upon us.
Agnus Dei,
qui tollis peccata mundi,
dona nobis pacem.
O Lamb of God,
that takest away the sins of the world,
grant us thy peace.


 

Been Ill, Haven’t Talked About It February 24, 2010

Filed under: Dates to remember — alwayswithme @ 3:43 pm

still not talking because I don’t know what I know yet.  The one test that I wasn’t worried about the C-Reactive Protein one is the one that came back high.  This link explains some about it uses.  http://www.labtestsonline.org/understanding/analytes/crp/test.html

The one test I thought would tell me I had a bladder infection came back contaminated with skin cells – phooey.    My LDL was up also, which I don’t understand.  It has been fine for a long time.  Thus, I don’t know what I know. 

I am to up my Fish Oil to 3 times a day and start taking Red Rice Yeast pills twice a day and recheck in three months.  Okay. . .

 

Making Your Own Chicken Stock February 19, 2010

Filed under: Frugal Ideas,Recipe,Soup — alwayswithme @ 12:26 pm

I’ve been making my own chicken stock lately, mainly because DH needs me to watch his sodium intake.  I have enjoyed it thoroughly and DS, the younger and DH, really like the way it makes the house smell.  They also know that I will make something really good in the end.  Here is a recipe similar to what I do:

One 3-5 lb whole chicken (Look for sales for $.59-$.79 a lb)

16 cups of water

1 teaspoon  salt

1 teaspoon of garlic powder

1 teaspoon of pepper

2 ribs of celery, chopped

1 onion, chopped

other leftover vegetables I have in the frig at a given time

Boil together for 3 hours or until the chicken is falling off the bone. Then simmer for another hour.  Remove chicken from the pot and let rest until cool enough to handle. Debone chicken meat carefully and freeze in 1 cup portions for use in recipes.   Safe out a portion to make the guys something immediately.

Strain broth and refrigerate until fat hardens and rises to the top.  Skim off fat and freeze in 2 cup portions to use in soups and casseroles.  When using in a recipe, I heat the frozen portion in a sauce pan and I will add some water to it – just eyeball and tastebud it to make the amount I need. 

With the strained out vegetables, I pick through and get out anything unappetizing looking then blend them up with my stick blender, add it to my awaiting broth and do a soup of some sort.  The veggies thicken up the soup some and it just tastes good.

 

Fabulous Article In CSM February 18, 2010

Filed under: Conservative,Explanations,Media,Of Interest — alwayswithme @ 10:09 am

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2010/0217/From-conservatives-a-bounty-of-political-manifestos

All in one place what several conservative groups are planning to do to get USA under control.  Hopefully when I research each document site I’ll find among other things, stop wasteful spending, balance the budget REALLY and HONESTLY, reduction in the size and scope of government, security of our country a top priority and a new, honest, dependable batch of leaders for those of us who are conservative with a clear voice about the fact that conservative doesn’t mean we don’t care about the poor, the meek, the hungry, the sick etc. just that we have valid ideas too about how best to serve the sometimes marginalized parts of society that doesn’t include mammoth federal government programs where power hungry bureaucrats create their kingdoms rather than addressing the nuts and bolts issues.