Archives for August 2010

The Perfect Call To A Hectic Day

I had the perfect end to a very hectic day that I wanted to share with all of you today. After spending the day outside of the shop helping my husband on the road, I couldn’t wait to get back to the shop, close up and call it a day, but of course I return to the office to see the phone blinking telling me my day wasn’t quite over yet.

Well this was one phone message I was happy to hear and return the call, the message was from my grandson Caleb who is now 3 1/2 years old and can actually hold conversations that make sense. To hear his voice on the phone saying “Hi Grandma, I want to talk to you, call me back, I love you Grandma and Pop Pop to, talk to you soon”, was just the perfect end to my day, I had a smile from ear to ear and tears in my eyes. Ah yes this was the perfect phone call I could have ever received.

Oh, and yes I did call him back and we had a great conversation, and with him being 3 some I understood and some not so much. The joy in being a Grandma!

 Donna
 http://donnasmailboxesandmore.com

Armpit Farts, Whistling, and Dancing Shoelaces

The first few weeks of the new school year are gone. My six-year-old grandson wasn’t sure he even needed to go. After all, he did that last year. But after a lot of ranting, whining, and complaining, he gave in. He really had no choice.

The night before school started, my grandson and daughter dropped off his school supplies and met his new teacher. That went well. The next day, I picked Patrick up after school. That, too,went well. To Patrick, there was nothing new. The routine from last year was the same this year. He wasn’t worried any more. He knew he could handle the school year. That was all I wanted to hear.

As I always do, I asked Patrick how his first day went and he was almost giddy. He told me he shares a class with some of the kids from last year’s kindergarten class. His teacher is nice. Patrick even saw some of the kids from last year’s class on the playground and played with them during recess. Things were looking good. He even got a reward for not talking–candy. This year had real potential. Things began to change during the second week.

The second week started out on a good note too. Patrick was getting dressed, eating breakfast, and getting ready for school without dragging his feet. At the end of the day, he talked about the kids, about what he had for lunch, and about what they were doing in class. He got to see the bunny in science, reconnect with his music teacher, and meet his new PE teacher. Things were going well and humming along. Then it happened.

As little boys who are discovering their bodies often do, the other six-year-old boys in class decided to play a tune using their armpits. Patrick has been perfecting this talent all summer and was thrilled to discover that the other little boys in his class had as well. They decided to put on a concert for their classmates. To their dismay, they learned that armpit farts, or concerts of this nature, are not allowed in the classroom. That’s okay. Patrick plays for us at home when the muse strikes him.

Next, Patrick rediscovered the discipline policy used by the school. If a child does not make the correct choice, they have to flip a card. For Patrick, the torture comes in the possibility that a slip will go home and tell the parent that he had a lapse in judgment. It’s okay if grandpa and I know. We just talk about it and move on. Patrick’s worry is that his mom will find out. There will be consequences at home. That happened a few times last year. To Patrick, this is extreme torture. Something he would rather not deal with. But being a six-year-old boy, he sometimes makes the wrong choice. That has already happened.

Patrick forgot that it’s not a good idea to whistle in class while the teacher is trying to teach. For that, he flipped a card to yellow. He says he wasn’t paying attention. He says he doesn’t know what his teacher wanted, but he wasn’t doing it. That was okay. He learned. And the slip didn’t go home. His card was turned to green at the end of the day.

So, in just a few days Patrick learned that armpit farts are a talent better shared after school and that whistling is best practiced during recess. Every afternoon I hear what color the card was for the day. Things were going well until Thursday. Then it happened! Patrick turned his card to RED. When Patrick got in the car on Thursday, The first thing he did was check for the slip. It wasn’t there. A reprieve!! Patrick was relieved. Mom didn’t have to know.

I asked Patrick why the card was turned to red. He said it was because he was making his shoelaces dance while he was waiting to get his Friday folder. He says they were untied and instead of tying them, he decided to make them dance instead. Patrick admits that this was a lapse in judgment on his part. He doesn’t know what compelled him to make his shoelaces dance, but he says he was bored just sitting there waiting to be called up for the folder.

He says the kids around him were enjoying the performance but apparently, his teacher didn’t. He wasn’t on task. He wasn’t paying attention. This wasn’t his first lapse in judgment for the day. He had already flipped his card earlier. For Patrick, the relief came in knowing the card would be turned back to green, he would have another chance, and Friday was a day to rethink. It was a day without school.

I hope these stories brought a smile your way. I truly love my grandson. His reasoning skills amaze me. I love listening to his daily experiences and discussing his trials and lapses in judgment with him. We sometimes forget that these little guys are indeed little. I don’t worry that Patrick will continue to have lapses in judgment. That comes with the territory. I relish those lapses. They are fodder for some great stories. I hope you see your grandchildren, children, or yourself here. I know I do.

Apple-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Makes 4 servings

To add a savory kick to this sweetened chicken, add 1 teaspoon chopped fresh sage leaves to the cinnamon-sugar mixture.

Ingredients

4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (about 1 pound)
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 medium tart cooking apples, peeled and cut into thin slices
1 cup apple cider
1 tablespoon cornstarch

Directions

Heat coals or gas grill. Place chicken breast halves between 2 pieces of waxed paper. Pound chicken to 1/8-inch thickness. Mix sugar and cinnamon.

Coat apple slices with sugar mixture. Divide apple slices among chicken breast halves. Fold chicken around apples; secure with toothpicks.

Cover and grill chicken 4 to 6 inches from medium heat 20 to 25 minutes, turning once, until juice is no longer pink when centers of thickest pieces are cut. Remove toothpicks.

Mix apple cider and cornstarch in 1-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened and bubbly. Spoon over chicken.

1 Serving: Calories 235 (Calories from Fat 35); Fat 4g (Saturated 1g); Cholesterol 65mg; Sodium 65mg; Carbohydrate 25g (Dietary Fiber 1g); Protein 26g.

From: Betty Crocker’s Best of Healthy & Hearty Cooking

Text Copyright 1998 General Mills, Inc. Used with permission of the publisher, Wiley Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Creamy Rice-Fruit Salad

Makes 8 servings

Leftover cooked rice is just right for this easy salad.

Ingredients

1 kiwifruit, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch slices
1 cup lemon or orange low-fat yogurt
1 tablespoon honey
2 cups coled cooked wild or brown rice
1 cup strawberries, cut in half
1/2 cup green seedless grapes, cut in half
1 teaspoon chopped fresh or 1/4 tsp dried mint leaves
1 medium seedless orange, cut into 1-inch pieces (about 1 cup)

Directions

Cut kiwifruit into fourths. Mix yogurt and honey in medium bowl. Add kiwifruit and remaining ingredients; toss. Refrigerate remaining salad.

1 Serving: Calories 115 (Calories from Fat 10); Fat 1g (Saturated 1g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 170mg; Carbohydrate 25g (Dietary Fiber 1g); Protein 2g.

From: Betty Crocker’s Best of Healthy & Hearty Cooking

Text Copyright 1998 General Mills, Inc. Used with permission of the publisher, Wiley Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

6 Fitness and Weight Loss Tips For Healthy Grandmothers

Who says since you are a grandmother that you are old and you should slow down? Now if you are 75+ years of age and you have a set of health issues, then of course yes, you should limit your activities and take it easy.

However if you are in your 50’s or 60’s (the normal age when most people become grandparents), and if you don’t have health issues that limit you from certain daily activities, you should challenge yourself to being fit and hip with the best of them.

Tip #1 The first and most important tip is to start on a health fitness program way BEFORE you become a grandmother. If you’ve engaged in daily exercise and healthy eating habits from an early age, then being a grandparent should be a pleasant experience for you. Therefore, you should have no problem keeping up with your grandchildren and participating in various activities. Planning ahead and looking forward to being with them should give you the incentive to being as healthy as possible.

Tip #2 After becoming a grandparent, if your health and fitness habits have been sluggish, It’s NOT too late to change that. It’s never too late to practice healthy eating habits. It’s also a good time to start on a walking program. Of course it’s advised to consult with your doctor first before beginning any exercise or walking routines.

Tip #3 Making small bite-sized weight loss and fitness goals is the right choice for anyone that is trying to lose a few pounds or even to just become healthier. If you attempt making huge impossible goals, it is more than likely that you will not succeed with these. Rome was not built in a day come on, let’s get reasonable! When setting personal health goals for yourself, make them in small increments. You are more likely to achieve small goals and also you have less of a chance for set backs.

Tip #4 If you are a grandmother and you are trying very hard to lose weight, you really do need to be careful on how fast you lose it. Dehydration can be a big issue with the elderly while losing weight as well. It’s best to lose and also add any new activities slowly.

Tip #5 Staying as active as you can will most definitely have an impact on your memory when you are older. Couch potato Grandmothers have much more of a chance of having alzheimer’s than ones that are fit and active. The more active you are, the better your blood and oxygen travels to your brain. So, above all else, try your best to stay active. This is of course true for ANYONE, but it goes double for the elderly.

Tip #6 Lastly, but certainly not least, you need to consult your physician BEFORE beginning any weight loss or exercise programs. Especially if you take medication, you could very well do your body more harm than good. It’s always best to be safe and check with your doctor.

I can’t think of a better reason to get and stay healthy, than for your grandchildren. Of course you want to be an active participant in their lives. The more healthier you are, the better chances there are for that to happen.

Article Written By Tammy Embrich

Tammy is an Internet marketer, article marketer, and ghostwriter. You can find more weight loss, fitness, and grandparenting articles, tips, and more at Grandma’s Home Blogger Place

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Make it Your Life Rule to do Your Best

MAKE IT YOUR LIFE RULE TO DO YOUR BEST

It will be your constant effort to be first class in everything you attempt that will help you conquer the heights of success.Always do more than you’re supposed to do and you can have, be or do anything you want.

Do a little more than average and from that point on your progress multiplies itself out of all proportion to the effort you put in.

You can do a little more each day than you think you can.

There is always a best way of doing everything.
Find it.

To enjoy enduring success, you should travel a little in advance of the rest of the world. True success comes from being successful in little things.

Let superiority be your trademark.

© 2010 YourDailyMotivation.com

Darlene
http://www.watkinsonline.com/ddemell

If You Have the Courage to Make it, You Will!

IF YOU HAVE THE COURAGE TO MAKE IT, YOU WILL

Success is a road paved with perseverance. The odds are with you if you keep trying.
There is no failure except in not trying. You cannot be beaten at anything, until you quit in your own mind. There is no defeat except from within.

You have no really insurmountable barrier except your own inherent weakness of purpose.
Consider yourself on a very long journey. Sustain your personal vision of success. In the end, you can only fail if you do not try.

Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to is.

© 2010 YourDailyMotivation.com

Darlene
http://www.watkinsonline.com/ddemell

All Modern.com Review

A Nifty Site For All Things Modern

Do you love gracing your home with nice modern furnishings, decor and furniture? If you’re not the old fashion type and love modern things, then www.allmodern.com will definitely be the place for you. Back in the 60’s and 70’s, lace, ribbons, and doilies were in high style.

Today, the styles have changed dramatically along with culture and concept. There are a vast array of items that will surely suit your home furnishing and decorating needs. Some things that score high in fashion today may be some unique and fun children and baby items. I mean, what young girl would NOT take a fancy for this fine Powell LittleMissMatched Dresser & Mirror Set?

I was dream searching through some of their dinning room sets this afternoon. I found All Modern styles to be very sheek and contemporary. Definitely not something that my great grandmother would have used in her home. The word “metal” comes to mind. Do you recall those hideous metal cabinets? My own parents had those in their kitchen.
All Modern.com indeed has something fresh and trendy for every room in the house.

You can take your pick from bedroom sets and the office, to the kitchen. I especially enjoyed clicking through the shower curtains and bath items.

This fantastic online store even has fashionable outdoor furniture and accents. They also have a wide variety of nice things on clearance.

Come on by and request a quote or buy that special someone a gift certificate. You may even find something fun for your pets.

Come and go shopping with us and get All Modern! 30% off huge sale going on right now, don’t miss out!

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Nutty Fruit Cream Dessert

I had this for lunch yesterday 😉

Ingredients

4 strawberries
1/2 banana
about 8 pineapple chunks
grape nuts
low fat whip cream

Directions

I made this in a wine glass just for fun 🙂 Of course the deeper the wine glass, the more ingredients you can put in.

Cut up the fruit in small chunks and mix together in a small bowl.

Sprinkle a few grape nuts in the bottom of the glass to start. Then add a layer of low fat whip cream. Then add another layer of grape nuts.

Add a layer of the fruit mixture, and then a layer of whip cream

Last two layers…Add another layer of fruit mixture and whip cream. Sprinkle a few grape nuts on top. I topped it off with a small strawberry.

"A great attitude is not the result of success; success is the result of a great attitude."

“A great attitude is not the result of success; success is the result of a great attitude.”
Earl Nightingale

What does your attitude say about the person you are and the vision you have for your future?

Too often we allow outside circumstances to impact on our attitude and in the process drift slowly off course from the direction we desire for our life.

You never know who’s watching you and who holds the key to a door you desire to have opened in your life, so it pays to always give your all and maintain a positive attitude irrespective of whatever else you’re facing at the time.

For every dream you have in life, someone, somewhere out there has the ability to fast track your way towards its achievement, the trick is, you never know when the universe is going to inconspicuously bring that person into your world, you’d just hate to find out after the fact that you lost the opportunity they could have given you because you were having an attitude attack that day.

Ask yourself today, ‘How great a company or family would I have if everyone in it had the same attitude as I brought to the table this morning?’

Have an Outstanding Day!
Reprinted with permission of Alex Prez & Motivation in your Mailbox E-ZINE, www.motivationinyourmailbox.com

Darlene
http://www.watkinsonline.com/ddemell