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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Meet Snowflake

Here is a picture of Lexi with her newest Build a Bear. This is the last one in the yearly seasonal
collection. She collected the Spring Blossoms Bear, The Summer Rainbow Bear, The Autumn Hugs, and this is the Winter Hugs Bear. She used her birthday money to get the bear and the ice skating outfit. It came with the pretty blue leotard, earmuffs, and she got the ice skates as well.


Friday, October 30, 2009

Sinus Pressure and Dizzyness? The Cure!

My nose became stuffy and I started coughing on Tuesday. (Coming down with a cold.)

By Wednesday midday symptoms became worse. My throat hurt, tickling cough, very congested. So I slept on the couch and was laid up most of the day. Of course since I could not breathe through my nose I used Afrin to try to open my sinus's up, at least while I slept. But it only worked for a short time. And since I began to breathe through my mouth, my throat hurt much worse in the morning. I bumped up the probiotics and vitamin c to try to boost my immune system as well, and tried to drink more fluids and stay away from sugary foods.

But by midday Thursday I was really feeling bad, blowing my nose often, even my ears were stuffy. When I would blow, the whole room would spin, I was dizzy much of the day. So I finally thought I would try googling for a cure. Whem I came upon this http://www.ehow.com/how_4525693_sinus-pressure-dizziness-decongestants-prescriptions.html.

I tried it. (I continued taking Advil -which I was already doing, and started using the saline alot more.) I was using saline in the morning and at night, but I began doing it alot more often and every time I woke up at night. I have to admit that 24 hours later-I am almost well! I can breathe, I feel better, the pressure is almost all gone, and I am no longer dizzy. (I was able to get out today and go shopping for groceries.)

I am so glad I found out about this. This is such a simple thing, and I the average cold lasts 6-10 days. Well not for me! I plan to make the use of saline a much bigger party of my daily habits now.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Home Security System

After a home invasion occurred while we were all sleeping, we decided to get a home burgler alarm. (It trips if any doors, windows etc. are compromised while the alarm is activated.
And I must admit I do sleep much better since we decided to put it in.

Of course the commercials are really good at showing you an image of the burgler running off when he opens a door/window and hears the alarm. But what they don't show you is what Normally happens. (Some family member forgets to deactivate the darn thing, and comes in or out and sets it off.) Which sends other sleeping family members out of the bed, not knowing if it is a real burglary or a false alarm.

Such an event happened this morning, when dh left the house. He just opened the door and walked out, got in his vehicle and drove off and never heard the alarm trip.

Meanwhile I am awakened by a high pitch siren, trying to decide if it is a false alarm or a real one. (I did not even know if hubby was still home.) The phone is ringing (the monitoring company) and I am fumbling to punch in numbers to deactivate the darn thing, and of course I can't see the numbers because I just woke up and don't have my glasses.

So after about 3 mintues which seems like eternity I manage to hit enough numbers in different orders to finally shut it up! And I call the monitoring company to let them know it is a false alarm.

After this I talk to dh on the phone and try to calm the dog down since he is shaking-about to have a heart attack.

Wouldn't it just be so much nicer if people could just be honest and decide to work for a living for what they want instead of stealing from others?

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Cataloochee

This is one place I never plan to visit again. I am glad I went,
but it is one of those adventures that you really never need to do again.
The drive was not fun. There were many sharp turns down a very small
road to get to the top of the mountain.

It felt like a roller coaster ride. (With the abyss below .)


Amazing Elk eating at dusk.

This is the Caldwell house. We went in for a closer look.



An old barn by the stream.






There was an old school. It wasn't a long walk, but it was getting tired, and by this time,
I was exhausted. So I did not go in.



Clingmans' Dome

To get here you first have to drive to the highest mountain peak in Tennessee.
Then you have a 1/2 mile trek up the mountain. (Don't let it fool you.)
It is a fairly steep trek, but it is paved. So you don't have to worry about loose
gravel. There are benches on the way so you can sit and catch your breath.
Views along the way are beautiful.




At the top there was still snow on the ground, so the kids had to take advantage of the snowballs.

We then ascended to the top of the tower overlook.
At the summit!
This endeaver is not for wimps or the faint hearted.







Newfoundland Gap
















This is a high area in the mountains located on the Tennessee, North Carolina Border. Spectacular views.

Waterfalls




These pictures were taken along the road in front of one of the waterfalls. We were really glad that we did not have to hike to see them. This was taken after the hike up to Clingmans' Dome.

Chimney Tops

These mountains are called the Chimney Tops.
(I guess they are supposed to look like Chimneys.)



Visit to the Smoky Mountains

Gary's Mom, sister and brother in law came to visit us. So we decided to take them on
a tour of the Smoky Mountains. This was our first day out. We decided to visit Cades Cove.
The kids in front of the mill. (They used it to grind corn, and wheat.)
Lanna and Jerry at the mill.
Lower- inside the spring house.
Inside one of the old houses.
At the Mill
Kids and Granny beside an old barn.
Chimney Tops in the background.


Butterfly Unit

We ordered our larve from Insect Lore (our habitat came with a cupon.)

Within a few days they went into the pupa stage.
A few days later they became butterflies. We fed them in the habitat
for about 3 days and then let them go.





Butterfly Lapbook











Thursday, October 15, 2009

Conservatives vs. Liberals

If a conservative doesn't like guns, he doesn’t buy one.
If a liberal doesn't like guns, he wants all guns outlawed.

If a conservative is a vegetarian, he doesn’t eat meat.
If a liberal is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone.

If a conservative sees a foreign threat, he thinks about how to defeat his enemy.
A liberal wonders how to surrender gracefully and still look good.

If a conservative is homosexual, he quietly leads his life. (thing is, I don’t know any that are)
If a liberal is homosexual, he demands legislated respect.

If a black man or Hispanic is conservative, they see themselves as independently successful. Their liberal counterparts see themselves as victims in need of government protection.

If a conservative is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation.
A liberal wonders who is going to take care of him.

If a conservative doesn’t like a talk show host, he switches channels.
Liberals demand that those they don’t like be shut down.

If a conservative is a non-believer, he doesn’t go to church.
A liberal non-believer wants any mention of God and religion silenced....unless it’s a foreign religion, of course!

If a conservative decides he needs health care, he goes about shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it.
A liberal demands that the rest of us pay for his.

If a conservative slips and falls in a store, he gets up, laughs and is embarrassed.
If a liberal slips and falls, he grabs his neck, moans like he's in labor and then sues.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Peyton's dream come true!

Well at least one of his dreams came true. I think his foremost dream would be to actually
meet Peyton Manning in person. But the next best thing was getting tickets to a Colts game.


Coin Toss-Colts win!
The final score. Peyton was happy to get to watch the Colts victory.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

New Weekly Chore List


Well we are starting a new chore system this week. Every family tries things and some things work well and others don't. I tried the chore jar (in our case chore bag) where you have different chores and let the kids pull out 2 a day. (But we never concentrated on a zone.) And I am zone minded. (So each area actually gets needed attention.)

So I devised this system according to our families biggest needs.


(Working within a zone a day.)

Welcome Monday- We work on our Welcome areas: (And make the house presentable for visitors.) Sweep front porch and sidewalk, make sure porch decorations and flowers are tended to. Sweep and declutter carport. Windex storm doors, make sure entry ways and living room and den are decluttered. Quick vac den, living, kitchen, hall.

Tuesday 4B's (Zone Cleaning.)Bedrooms (Bedsheets)Bathrooms and Basement

I have a bathroom cleaning checklist inside the bathroom cabinets so the kids know what to do.

We have 3 bathrooms. They are expected to clean sinks, toilets, tubs, floors and take inventory of all bathroom items.

Wednesday General cleaning Dust all furniture, vacumn and mop upstairs.

Thursdays is Co-Op and the afternoons are reserved for a grocery run, gymnastics and other errands. (So normally no chores.)

Friday is Pick it up day. Another general declutter. Pick up sticks in yard so mowing can be done over the weekend. Another quick vac .

Of course other things are done daily. The kids are to keep their rooms presentable. Tuesdays they just focus on their room and closets. Also they clear dishes after each meal, take out the trash, help fold towels and put away laundry as needed.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Anger