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Thursday, January 31, 2008

A Good Wife

There was a man who had worked all his life, had saved all of his Money, and was a real miser when it came to his money.

Just before he died, he said to his wife...'When I die, I want you to Take all my money and put it in the casket with me. I want to take my Money to the afterlife with me.'

And so he got his wife to promise him, with all of her heart, that when He died, she would put all of the money into the casket with him.

Well, he died. He was stretched out in the casket, his wife was sitting There - dressed in black, and her friend was sitting next to her. When They finished the ceremony, and just before the undertakers got ready To close the casket, the wife said,

'Wait just a moment!'

She had a small metal box with her; she came over with the box and put It in the casket. Then the undertakers locked the casket down and they Rolled it away. So her friend said, 'Girl, I know you were not foolish enough to put All that money in there with your husband.'

The loyal wife replied, 'Listen, I'm a Christian; I cannot go back on My word. I promised him that I was going to put that money into the Casket with him.' You mean to tell me you put that money in the casket with him!?!?!?' 'I sure did,' said the wife. 'I got it all together, put it into my Account, and wrote him a check..... If he can cash it, then he can spend It.'

Send this to every clever female you know, and to every man who thinks They are smarter than women!!!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Think about this the next time you buy something....

Think about this the next time you buy something, and you know somebody out of work

Jo Smith started the day early,

having set her alarm clock (MADE IN JAPAN) for 6am.

While her coffeepot (MADE IN CHINA ) was perking,

she brushed her teeth with her electronic toothbrush(MADE IN HONG KONG).

She put on a shirt( MADE IN SRI LANKA ),

designer jeans ( MADE IN SINGAPORE )

and tennis shoes (MADE IN KOREA).

After cooking her breakfast

in her new electric skillet (MADE IN INDIA)

she sat down with her calculator ( MADE IN MEXICO)

to see how much she could spend today. After setting her watch ( MADE IN TAIWAN )

to the radio (MADE IN INDIA ) she got in her car

( MADE IN GERMANY ) filled it with GAS from Saudi Arabia and continued her search

for a good paying AMERICAN JOB At the end of yet another discouraging

and fruitless day checking her computer (Made In Malaysia),

Jo decided to relax for a while. She put on her sandals


poured herself a glass of wine (MADE IN FRANCE)

and turned on her TV (MADE IN INDONESIA),

and then wondered why she can't find

a good paying job in AMERICA .

Y'all gotta Keep this one circulating, please.! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Room A Day Give-Away

Click here and enter ONCE A DAY for a chance of $25,000 room makeover. Watch "The View" weekdays on ABC to see if you've one!

I never win these things but I enterthem anyway. Who knows when or if one day I might win. I sure would love to re-do my kitchen and dining room and I'm pretty sure $25,000 would do the trick. Hugs, ~Rennie~

Got Caught Speeding




Sign You're Driving Too Fast ........

This one is destined to become a classic, If this doesn't make you laugh or at least smile ... you need to think seriously about getting professional assistance.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008


I just got the COOLEST phone call As most of you know, I collect autographs. On January the 10th I sent a autograph request to a famous actor of the 40s-80s named John Crawford.

He just called me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He thanked me for the sweet letter and I was unbelievable in shock, I guess I said Oh my goodness 10 times. He also wanted to apologize for just getting to my letter and thathe was sending me 2 signed index cards and a signed Star Trek picture of him. I'm flying on Cloud 9 right now. He's been in all the great movies of the mid-60s to 70s.

I'm sitting down right now to send him a thank you card for the phone call!!!

I needed a good boost this week anyway!!! Boy didi this ever do it for me!!!

Here is his bio of what he has starred in:

John Crawford (born 13 September 1920; age 87) is a film and television actor. He played Galactic High Commissioner Ferris in the first season episode of Star Trek: The Original Series entitled "The Galileo Seven".

Crawford has made well over 200 film and television appearances. He is probably best known for portraying Sheriff Ep Bridges on the family drama The Waltons (1972-81) and for playing Major (and later Colonel) Harry Thompson in the 1979 mini-series From Here to Eternity and its subsequent series, which lasted for only one season in 1980. Both co-starred regular Star Trek: Deep Space Nine actress Salome Jens (Female Changeling), while the mini-series also featured another DS9 actor, Andrew Robinson (Elim Garak).

Besides his role ..rek, he has also guest-starred on such classic TV shows as The Lone Ranger, Gunsmoke, The Twilight Zone, The Untouchables, Batman, Mission: Impossible, Lost in Space, Bonanza, The Bob Newhart Show, and Dallas. He also made several appearances on The Time Tunnel, a science fiction series which starred James Darren, Lee Meriwether, and Whit Bissell, and had a recurring role on Dynasty, starring Joan Collins and Lee Bergere. Crawford's latest TV appearance was in a 1986 episode of Hardcastle and McCormick, starring Brian Keith and Daniel Hugh Kelly.

His many feature film credits include Mystery Street (1950, starring Ricardo Montalban and featuring Frank Overton), Right Cross (1950, also starring Ricardo Montalban and featuring Kenneth Tobey), Zombies of the Stratosphere (1952, with Leonard Nimoy), Scaramouche (1952, with Richard Hale), The Greatest Show on Earth (1952, with Lawrence Tierney), The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956, with DeForest Kelley), The Longest Day (1962, with Richard Beymer and Jeffrey Hunter), Jason and the Argonauts (1963, with Nancy Kovack), The Americanization of Emily (1964, with William Windom), The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965, with Nehemiah Persoff, John Abbott, Michael Ansara, Mark Lenard, and Celia Lovsky), Duel at Diablo (1966, with John Hoyt), The Poseidon Adventure (1972, with Elizabeth Rogers), Trouble Man (1972, starring Robert Hooks and Paul Winfield), The Towering Inferno (1974, with Paul Comi and George D. Wallace), Night Moves (1975, with Harris Yulin and Kenneth Mars), and The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again (1979, with Kenneth Mars, Robert Pine, Rex Holman, Nick Ramus, John Arndt, and Vince Deadrick

Six Boys and 13 Hands

Anyone who knows me well knows how patriotic I am. I received several autographs from the "Kissing Soldier" today in the mail. You might remember the famous picture from Time Magazine, August 27th 1945. (I'm using it as my Myspace profile pic for now). The picture was taken on VJ Day. His name is Carl Muscarello, and as known as the sailor who kissed the nurse. Well, I'll have to say out of almost 350 autographs that I'm the proudest of this one.

My mother sent this next story and its a true story, I hope you take the time to read it and think about it. Be thankful we live here, and thank the men and women who sacrificed their lives for us and those who continue to sacrifice for us!!! Of course these are two different wars and two different men but they still signify freedom, America, fighting for what we believe in and heroes.

Hugs, ~Rennie~

Here is the story:

Six Boys And Thirteen Hands...


REMINDER: Everyday that you can wake up free, it's going to be a great day.

PS. One thing I learned while on tour with my 8th grade students in DC that is not mentioned here is that if you look at the statue very closely and count the number of "hands" raising the flag, there are 13. When the man who made the statue was asked why there were 13, he simply said the 13th hand was the hand of God.

Great story - worth your time - worth every American's time

dance, love, sing, live

Monday, January 21, 2008

HELP!!! Cleaning Tips From You

My house is straightened. But far from clean. What are your trade secrets to getting everything clean? DO you have a plan you go by? Do you do certain things on certain days? I wanna know. I pretty much do all the cleaning and picking up and I am feeling very overwhelmed, perhaps too overwhelmed and my perfectionist in me is not helping one bit.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on cleaning the house top to bottom. I understand that with a child (who is 10 and she does as much as she can) and 2 cats (they aren't a year old but already the size of full sized cats) I'm losing a winning battle. So Help...send me some quickie ideas to get the cleaning under control.

Like the baseboards all through the house or the dusting of EVERYTHING I own. Vacuuming is not that bad we got a Roomba for Christmas. We also go a dishwasher for our anniversary. I guess I am complaing about the little things. I need not hear about "Don't Worry About the Small Stuff..." In all honesty. I have that book and a plaque on my desk with that saying and it is SO EASY to say than to follow.

I will say that the bottom of my fridge could use a nice cleaning. Keeping the floors in our tiny bathroom seems to be a pain due to all my hair products that I use daily. Seems to make everything stick to the floor and anything around that vicinity (that's a hard clean).

I guess I want everything clean, and sparkling. Is this just a pipe dream or can I achieve it? We've been here a year so there isn't that much cleaning to do. Again I think my perfectionism might be clouding my thoughts. I think of my sister's house but then I must realize she has a maid. So it have to this a pipe dram? It can't be, it must be lazieness on my part, right?

I'd love to hear how Cynthia and Michelle keep their houses clean since they have way more children than I do.

I'm open to any and all suggestions, send me links if you know of any. I'd love some great organizational sites to visit. Any sites that has helped you become a better house keeper. Please don't give me a hard time for having it easy and I should have a spotless house, because I don't unfortunately. I am bearing my soul and asking for your help and thoughts and anything to help me get on top off things!!!

Hugs and Kisses!!! ~Rennie~

Friday, January 18, 2008

One thing that could bring a parent to drink

To my friends with Children: Why parents drink

The boss wondered why one of his most valued employees had not phoned in sick one day. Having an urgent problem with one of the main computers, he dialed the employee's home phone number and was greeted with a child's whisper. ' Hello ? '

'Is your daddy home?' he asked.

' Yes ,' whispered the small voice. May I talk with him?'

The child whispered, ' No .'

Surprised and wanting to talk with an adult, the boss asked, 'Is your Mommy there?' ' Yes .'

'May I talk with her?' Again the small voice whispered, ' No .'

Hoping there was somebody with whom he could leave a message, the boss asked, 'Is anybody else there?'

' Yes ,' whispered the child, ' a policeman '.

Wondering what a cop would be doing at his employee's home, the boss asked, 'May I speak with the policeman?'

' No, he's busy ', whispered the child.

'Busy doing what?'

' Talking to Daddy and Mommy and the Fireman ,' came the whispered answer.

Growing more worried as he heard a loud noise in the background through the earpiece on the phone, the boss asked, 'What is that noise?'

' A helicopter ' answered the whispering voice.

'What ! is going on there?' demanded the boss, now truly apprehensive. Again, whispering, the child answered, ' The search team just landed a helicopter .'

Alarmed, concerned and a little frustrated the boss asked, 'What are they searching for?'

Still whispering, the young voice replied with a muffled giggle... ' ME .'

Angel in the Postal Service

This is one of the kindest things I've ever experienced. I have no way to know who sent it, but there is a kind soul working in the dead letter office of the US postal service.

Our 14 year old dog, Abbey, died last month. The day after she died, my 4 year old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey. She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. I told her that I thought we could so she dictated these words:

Dear God,
Will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much. I am happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick. I hope you will play with her. She likes to play with balls and to swim. I am sending a picture of her so when you see her you will know that she is my dog. I really miss her.
Love, Meredith.

We put the letter in an envelope with a picture of Abbey and Meredith and addressed it to God/Heaven. We put our return address on it. Then Meredith pasted several stamps on the front of the envelope because she said it would take lots of stamps to get the letter all the way to heaven. That afternoon she dropped it into the letter box at the post office. A few days later, she asked if God had gotten the letter yet. I told her that I thought He had.

Yesterday, there was a package wrapped in gold paper on our front porch addressed, "To Meredith" in an unfamiliar hand. Meredith opened it. Inside was a book by Mr. Rogers called, "When a Pet Dies." Taped to the inside front cover was the letter we had written to God in its opened envelope. On the opposite page was the picture of Abbey & Meredith and this note:

Dear Meredith,
Abbey arrived safely in heaven. Having the picture was a big help. I recognized Abbey right away. Abbey isn't sick anymore. Her spirit is here with me just like it stays in your heart. Abbey loved being your dog. Since we don't need our bodies in heaven, I don't have any pockets to keep your picture in, so I am sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep and have something to remember Abbey by.
Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you write it and sending it to me. What a wonderful mother you have. I picked her especially for you. I send my blessings every day and remember that I love you very much. By the way, I am wherever there is love.
Love, God

The Mayonnaise Jar and 2 Cups of Coffee

Although, I don't drink coffee I still love this. I wanted to pass this on to you all.


When things in your life seem almost too much to hand le, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 cups of coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it in to the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous "yes."

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

"Now," said the professor as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the i! mportant things---your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions---and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.

The sand is everything else---the small stuff. "If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf bal ls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you. "Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandpare nts. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first---the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled and said, "I'm glad you asked."

The coffee just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend."

Thursday, January 17, 2008

The Shoe Box

A man and woman had been married for more than 60 years. They had shared everything. They had talked about everything. They had kept no secrets from each other except that the little old woman had a shoe box in the top of her closet that she had cautioned her husband never to open or ask her about.

For all of these y ears, he had never thought about the box, but one day the little old woman got very sick and the doctor said she would not recover

In trying to sort out their affairs, the little old man took down the shoe box and took it to his wife's bedside.

She agreed that it was time that he should know what was in the box. When he opened it, he found two crocheted dolls and a stack of money totaling $95,000.

He asked her about the contents. 'When we were to be married,' she said, ' my grandmother told me t he s ecret of a happy marriage was to never argue. She told me that if I ever got angry with you, I should just keep quiet and crochet a doll.'

The little old man was so moved; he had to fight back tears. Only two precious dolls were in the box. She had only been angry with him two times in all those years of living and loving. He almost burst with happiness.

'Honey,' he said, 'that explains the doll, but what about all of this money? Where did it come from?'

'Oh,' she said, 'that's the money I made from selling the dolls.' ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A Prayer....... Dear Lord, I pray for Wisdom to understand my man; Love to forgive him; And Patience for his moods; Because Lord, if I pray for Strength, I'll beat him to death, because I don't know how to crochet.

I bet you didn't know this...


{a friend e-mailed this to me}

I have been driving for over forty years. One would think I would have noticed the little secret on my dashboard that was staring me right in the face the whole time. I didn't and I bet you probably haven't either.

Quick question, which side of your car is your gas tank on? If you are anything like me, you probably can't remember right away. My solution is to uncomfortably stick my head out the window, strain my neck and look. If you don't do this in your own car you definitely have done it in a borrowed or rental car. Well, ladies and gentlemen, I'm going to share with you my little secret so you will no longer look like Ace Ventura on your way to the gas station or put your neck at risk of discomfort or injury.

If you look at your gas gauge, you will see a small icon of a gas pump. The handle of the gas pump will extend out on either the left or right side of the pump. If your tank is on the left, the handle will be on the left. If your tank is on the right, the handle will be on the right (see photo above). It is that simple!

I don't know how you feel right now but when I found out this morning I felt cheated!

Why don't the dealers share such important information with car buyers? I don't understand why this isn't in the driver's manual? I don't get why any mechanic I have ever been too or know has even thought of mentioning this to me? The only possible explanation can be that all these people probably don't even know!

Go out and share the world's best kept auto secret with your friends as this information is way too important to be kept secret.

Great Quote

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. - Mark Twain

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

National Nothing Day

It's National Nothing Day! This un-event was created by newspaperman Harold Pullman Coffin and was first observed in 1973. The goal of National Nothing Day is "to provide Americans with one national day when they can just sit without celebrating, observing, or honoring anything." So that's it, I'm not saying anything more because that would be way to much to do on National Nothing Day.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Print Coupon From Baskin Robbins

Here is a buy one and get one free coupon from Baskin & Robbins. Click on picture above then print. Yummy!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

(Funny) Some Good News & Some Bad News

This is so cute, you'll find yourself having to share this with someone. ~Rennie~

Two 90-year-old women, Rose and Barb, had been friends all of their lives. When it was clear that Rose was dying, Barb visited her every day. One day Barb said, "Rose, we both loved playing women's softball all our lives, and we played in all through High School. Please do me one favor: when you get to Heaven, somehow you must let me know if there's women's softball there."

Rose looked up at Barb from her deathbed, "Barb, you've been my best friend for many years. If it's at all possible, I'll do this favor for you." Shortly after that, Rose passed on.

At midnight a couple of nights later, Barb was awakened from a sound sleep by a blinding flash of white light and a voice calling out to her, "Barb, Barb."

"Who is it?" asked Barb, sitting up suddenly. "Who is it?"

"Barb -- it's me, Rose."

"You're not Rose. Rose just died."

"I'm telling you, it's me, Rose," insisted the voice.

"Rose! Where are you?"

"In Heaven," replied Rose "I have some really good news and a little bad news."

"Tell me the good news first," said Barb.

"The good news," Rose said, "is that there's Softball in Heaven. Better yet, all of our old buddies who died before us are here, too. Better than that, we're all young again. Better still, it's always springtime, and it never rains or snows. And best of all, we can play softball all we want, and we never get tired."

"That's fantastic," said Barb.. "It's beyond my wildest dreams! So what's the bad news?"

"You're pitching Tuesday."

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Life in the 1500's (amusing)

The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be . Here are some facts about the1500s:

Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, Don't throw the baby out with the Bath water..

Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying . It's raining cats and dogs.

There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house.. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.

The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying, Dirt poor. The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entranceway. Hence the saying a thresh hold.

(Getting quite an education, aren't you?)

In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme, Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old..

Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could, bring home the bacon. They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and chew the fat..

Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the upper crust.

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a wake.

England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift.) to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be, saved by the bell or was considered a ..dead ringer..

And that's the truth or so they say. Now, whoever said History was boring ! ! !

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Clay Balls (Inspiring)

A man was exploring caves by the seashore. In one of the caves he found a canvas bag with a bunch of hardened clay balls. It was like someone had rolled clay balls and left them out in the sun to bake.

They didn't look like much, but they intrigued the man, so he took the bag out of the cave with him. As he strolled along the beach, he would throw the clay balls one at a time out into the ocean as far as he could.

He thought little about it, until he dropped one of the clay balls and it cracked open on a rock. Inside was a beautiful, precious stone!

Excited, the man started breaking open the remaining clay balls. Each contained a similar treasure. He found thousands of dollars worth of jewels in the 20 or so clay balls he had left. Then it struck him.

He had been on the beach a long time. He had thrown maybe 50 or 60 of the clay balls with their hidden treasure into the ocean waves. Instead of thousands of dollars in treasure, he could have taken home tens of thousands but he had just thrown it away!

It's like that with people. We look at someone, maybe even ourselves, and we see the external clay vessel It doesn't look like much from the outside. It isn't always beautiful or sparkling, so we discount it

We see that person as less important than someone more beautiful or stylish or well known or wealthy But we have not taken the time to find the treasure hidden inside that person.

There is a treasure in each one of us. If we take the time to get to know that person, and if we ask God to show us that person the way He sees them, then the clay begins to peel away and the brilliant gem begins to shine forth.

May we not come to the end of our lives and find out that we have thrown away a fortune in friendships because the gems were hidden in bits of clay . May we see the people in our world as God sees them. I am so blessed by the gems of friendship I have with each of you. Thank you for looking beyond my clay vessel.

Monday, January 7, 2008

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You Know You're in an Organized Home When...

I took this from an e-mail sent to me but not sure where. I get a lot of organizational newsletters sent to me. I want desperately to be organized and it is an every day struggle but I'm getting there.

I thought it touched on many things I can relate to, personally. I chuckled at a few of them. I'm a perfectionist and organization, although it is a priority of mine, seems to interact and have adverse effects on me being as though I am a self proclaimed procrastinator. So I am always at odds with myself.

Anyhoo, I thought "someone" might enjoy this little list as I did so here is where it landed. I hope someone else, besides me, laughed at a few. And can see yourselves in a few as well. Oh and some of these are like more or less goals of mine that I can one day hopefully accomplish and attain.

Here it is...

How often do you wonder if you are making any progress at all in your organizing journey? Many times, we fail to recognize how much progress we really have made. Whether you have been working at organizing your home for days, weeks, months or even years, you have made progress. At times, it is measured in baby steps and at times, it is measured in leaps and bounds. The most important word in the statement above is `progress'. If you have put forth any effort at all, you have made progress! Here are some easy ways to tell when you are in an organized home.

1. You can direct someone else to something and they find it. How often in the past have you given up searching for something because even a bloodhound could not find it? We have all been there! Before many of us took the first step in this journey, we could never remember where everything was. After we began organizing we found places for everything. Not only can we find it--but we can direct a friend or family member to its location and they can find it on the first try.

2. Preparing for taxes no longer involves a month or longer search for all of the paperwork. No one likes doing taxes, but it is one of the two things that are sure in this life. When you are in an organized home, you have a file set up where each piece of paper that is relevant to taxes has been stored properly. When it is time to prepare taxes, or take the paperwork to a professional person, it is simply a matter of grabbing the correct folder which is filled with everything you need.

3. You know what is at hand for meal planning. How many times in the past have we all stood in front of the open refrigerator trying to figure out what to fix for dinner? In an organized home, you have a meal plan, whether for a week, a month, or more. You are able to put your meal plan together because you have an inventory of your freezer and your pantry contents. No more wondering what is available to fix a meal you want to eat, and no more using the open refrigerator to cool down the kitchen.

4. You do not have to wonder who has to be where, when. Have you ever taken the wrong child to the wrong activity at the wrong time? Whether we have one child, no children, or many children, it can be a challenge to make sure everyone is at the right place at the right time. In an organized home there is a central calendar with every one's activities clearly noted and color-coded. You know at a glance when anyone has to be anywhere. No more confusion.

5. You are able to entertain with minimal preparation. Yes, I said entertain and minimal preparation in the same sentence. It is not only possible, but when you are in an organized home it is an enjoyable experience. You not only know where your serving pieces are and what your menu is, but you are able to relax and enjoy your guests.

6. You no longer suffer from chaos. Does the thought of drop-in guests cause you to break out in a cold sweat? Many of us have suffered from chaos--Can't Have Anyone Over Syndrome. When you are in an organized home, drop in guests can be welcomed in without fear. Yes, you read that right-- without fear. When you are in an organized home, you have everything in its own place and drop in guests no longer induce a `hide and they'll think we're not home' reaction.

7. Clean up takes a few minutes here and a few minutes there. Have you given up trying to clean because it has been too overwhelming? When you are in an organized home, you are able to keep up with the housework and maintaining a clean house is a matter of establishing routines. A routine is easier to start and easier to maintain.

8. Your flat surfaces stay clear. When you are in an organized home, you no longer have to worry about piles toppling over onto the floor--just one more flat surface-- because your organized home has the filing, recycling and all other `piles' in their proper place.

9. You can move freely from room to room in the dark. In an organized home, there is no need to put nightlights in every available outlet just to avoid injuries. Sounds silly, I know. But how many times have you found things with your toe or you shin, or knee? When everything has a place and is in its place, you can move about freely--even in the dark.

10. You have time to enjoy hobbies and other activities that renew, refresh, and reinvigorate you. In our busy lives we sometimes forget to take care of ourselves. In an organized home you have time to take care of yourself.

11. You whole family can get ready and out the door in less than one hour every day. In an organized home, lunches are made, backpacks are packed, permission slips are signed, and clothing is set out the night before. If you don't have pets indoors, the table can be set the night before for breakfast.

12. You no longer have duplicates or triplicates. In an organized home, you know what you have and you don't have to run out at the last minute to buy a tool, or ingredient of any kind simply because you can't find the one you know you have--somewhere! You will not only have what you need, but you will know exactly where it is in your organized home.

13. Putting groceries away doesn't involve an entire afternoon 'finding room'. When you are in an organized home, you have an organized pantry, and it is simply a matter of putting the groceries in their place, freeing up your afternoon for a good book, fun and games with the family or some very important ME time.

14. You no longer have to pay late fees for video rentals or fines for overdue library books. In an organized home you have a basket or a box of some kind that is specifically used for rental returns. This basket keeps your returns near the door so that you can grab them to return on your way out the door, in time to avoid late fees.

15. Getting dressed for work or school is no longer an agonizing decision or an aerobic exercise. In an organized home, the clothing is always in the closet, hung up neatly and arranged either by outfit or with like-things together. When your clothing is hung up in the closet and put away in the dresser you are easily able to select your outfit and accessories either the night before, or when you get up in the morning.

Friday, January 4, 2008

It's not how much you accomplish in life
That really counts,
But how much you give to other.
It's not how high you build your dreams
That makes a difference,
But how high your faith can climb.
It's not how many goals you reach,
But how many lives you touch.
It's not who you know that matters,
But who you are inside.
Believe in the impossible,
Hold tight to the incredible,
And live each day to its fullest potential.
You can make a difference
In your world.

The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention. ~Oscar Wilde