Friday, May 30, 2008
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Friday, May 23, 2008
Two Honeys and a gallon of honey
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
By KATE HOWARD and LINDA ZETTLER • Staff Writers • May 21, 2008
Steven Curtis Chapman’s youngest child died Wednesday afternoon after being struck by a car driven by her teenage brother in the driveway of the family’s Williamson County home.Maria, one of the Christian singer’s six children, was taken by LifeFlight to Vanderbilt Hospital, which confirmed the death, according to Laura McPherson, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Highway Patrol. The 5-year-old was hit by an SUV driven by her teenage brother, she said. Police did not give the driver’s name.The teen was driving a Toyota Land Cruiser down the driveway of the rural home at about 5:30 p.m. and several children were playing in the area, McPherson said. He did not see Maria in the driveway before the vehicle struck her, she said.“It appears to be a terrible accident,’’ McPherson said. No charges are expected, she said. The accident was witnessed by two other children; the entire family was home at the time, McPherson said.Singer/songwriter Chapman, who recently was inducted into Music City Walk of Fame, is one of contemporary Christian music’s most recognizable and most awarded names. He and his wife Mary Beth have long been supporters of international adoption, having brought three girls from China into their family. Maria was the youngest.The couple is so active in the cause that they formed an organization, Shaohannah’s Hope, to aid families wanting to adopt. With his latest music tour, which came through Nashville in November, Chapman started a campaign called “Change for Orphans”. He asked audience members at each stop to bring spare change to the concert, where it was counted and given to a local family to aid in their adoption process.“I don’t know of anybody who loves his children more than he does and is so committed to the adoption concept, and to lose one, no matter what the circumstances, is heartbreaking beyond all comprehension,” said John Styll, president of the Nashville-based Gospel Music Association.“He talks about his kids all the time. That’s his life. His kids are more important to him than music, that’s for sure.”The tragedy was announced during Wednesday-night services at Harpeth Hills Church of Christ, which the family attends. Maria had just graduated from the church preschool.And word spread throughout the tight-knit Christian music community on Wednesday evening.Styll got the news not long after Maria’s death.“I’m confident I can speak for everyone in the community to say we will do everything we can to support this family, as we would do at any time, but especially at a time like this,” he said.Most of the Chapman family was at Vanderbilt children’s hospital after the accident and could not be contacted. The long, gravel driveway leading to the home west of Franklin was blocked off by Williamson County sheriff’s deputies.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Dale Chihuly's Glass GardenNora Quinlan, researcher, Alvin Sherman Library, NSUThe NSU Glass Garden by Dale Chihuly in the atrium of the Alvin Sherman Library on the Nova Southeastern University campus is a rare opportunity for the public to view and enjoy a beautiful one-of-a-kind glass sculpture for free. Watch as this permanent exhibit is installed and learn a bit about Chihuly's creative process.
Friday, May 16, 2008
This all comes from your food storage. Hopefully you stocked up on canned sliced potatoes and canned sliced carrots when they were on sale for $0.50 per can.
Drain 1 can sliced potatoes and 1 can slice carrots and add to a bowl. Add mayonnaise, dijon mustard and pepper to taste and you're done. You now have a great $1.00 side dish to go with a quick lunch.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
"Well, I would like to share this with you. Yesterday I went to throw out an empty Reynolds foil box and for some reason I turned it and looked at the end of the box. And written on the end it said, "Press here to lock end". Right there on the end of the box is a tab to lock the roll in place. How long has this little locking tab been there? I then looked at a generic brand of aluminum foil and it had one, too. I then looked at a box of Saran wrap and it had one too! I can't count the number of times the Saran warp roll has jumped out when I was trying to cover something up."
I must have seen this on three blogs today. My goodness ladies! I want to say, come now, there is so little going on in your lives that you are so excited about wrap. Then I remembered the number of times that wrap just flew on the floor and there I was with something gooey to cover and my kids laughing and getting in the way as I try to straighten out the wrap which we all know is IMPOSSIBLE. Okay, I've locked all my rolls.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
We grow our prennials in our flower beds. Here are some artichoke plants growing amongst gladiolas, boxwood, a mock orange, etc. We have strawberries growing in the bed in our front yard along our walkway along with chives, society garlic, rosemary, etc.
Previously we had more food in storage. Since I started receiving weekly produce from the CSA we have less storage and more fresh. It's a constant balance between budget and space. Our overall is to eat the best quality for the least amount of money.
Here is a 5 gallon pail with 25 lbs of wheat flour. I do seem to go through this quick enough that this is acceptable storage. Each loaf of bread takes 5 cups of flour. I just leave this in the kitchen where it's cool.
This is my cleaning storage. I use borax, baking soda, washing soda and vinegar for the most part. I make my own laundry detergent and use the vinegar in place of fabric softener. I store the powders in cracker jars. I also have a collection of rags. I make my own anti-bacterial wipes. I use small dish towels instead of sponges. We also have switched to bar mops instead of paper towels and dish towels for drying dishes.
Above our microwave I keep glass canning jars. I use these to store opened containers of foodstuffs.
I found that crocks are the best way for me to store root vegetables.
In order to feed our family of 4 for as little as possible I purchase food on sale or in bulk and use that food storage in our meal plan each week. I've taken some pictures to illustrate.
The above two pictures are mostly canned goods, box mixes and pastas purchased as loss leaders at the local grocery store. None are organic. Most have been purchased for $0.50 or less as I shop the loss leaders and use coupons. I only buy when items are on sale AND I have a coupon.
The above picture includes my #10 cans, health and beauty, infrequently used appliances and cookware.
I purchase the #10 cans from Emercency Essentials and Honeyville Grains. The cans contain dehydrated milk, meats and vegetables. I know it sounds unappetizing, however when making a soup these ingredients do come in handy. Since we don't drink milk, I like to have dehydrated milk on hand for baking.
The health and beauty is purchased almost exclusively from CVS for little cash. I use their Extra Care Bucks system. I purchase items for little cash and store them for use later. I have plenty of Fels Naptha for making laundry detergent.
The above are items used for cleaning. I make most of our cleaning supplies but hold on to some commercial products for hard to clean jobs. I use these products rarely. I make most of my cleaners from vinegar. I buy vinegar from CVS when on deep discount or from Costco. The last picture is paper plates (camping, eating out of doors), batteries and confiscated toys :)
Saturday, May 10, 2008
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Monday, May 5, 2008
Little A and what I assume must be a five year old's idea of a RED RACE CAR.
I agree, that car is worth a picture.
Little A and our family friend; we'll call him "J".
We always protect the innocent here on Goody Gladys.
Here is Little A, Big A and the road rally car.
Grandpa L allowed the boys to drive this car in the rally.
Here is Little A and J apres rally.
Okay, okay, they never made it past the car show and to the rally but it looks like they had a great time!
Sunday, May 4, 2008
R and I did go to CVS today. We did pretty well. Here is what we bought:
4 Colgate 360 toothbrushes
1 Drano (yes I clogged the kitchen sink, or as R says... I broke it)
1 Garnier Fructis hair wax for my husband, can't have that hair moving ;)
1 Sally Hansen cuticle cream for me, and boy did I need that
1 M&M for R who was nearly a good boy at the store...
I paid $1.45 out of pocket and earned $15.96 in Extra Care Bucks for next week.