Jan 5, 2009

According to a fellow seller... Mimosa is the Color of 2009
A rather Earthy tone!
The Hot color of the year - so prepare for Yellow!

Goodbye 2008 Year of the Rat
...also known by its formal name of Wu Zi. Year of New beginnings and for us there were plenty! We're ready for some stability - budding roots.
Let's see what's in store for 2009 (Chineese New Year Jan. 26th 2009) Year of the Ox also known by its formal name of Yi Chou.

The Year of the Ox is denoted by the
earthly branch character (Wikipedia). The Ox is the sign of prosperity through fortitude and hard work. Ox people need peace and quiet to work through their ideas, and when they have set their mind on something it is hard for them to be convinced otherwise. - Sounds like a year of hard work, patience peace & prosperity - Sounds great to me...


Dad's on a little trip and the kids are at school (Alexander with his new hair cut)- hurray! So I have a little time to do some writing... Hey remember that little magnet I picked up to fill the "teacher's bag"? Here is a tutorial to make them. :<)
Cute Magnet tutorial
So much talk of setting goals, making resolutions and now I've run into this:


The art of letting things happen, action through non-action, letting go of oneself as taught by Master Eckhart, became for me the key that opens the door to the way. We must be able to let things happen in the psyche.

Carl Jung

Hmmm...I think that philosophy falls directly en route to the word of the year...both mine & 7 all togethers....Relax...Breath...let the door open through the exercize book out the window and let the door open to ...the way....hmmm

Word of the year
Dawn at 7 All Together posted her word of the year, "relax" as in stop worrying...Great word and great reminder to not sweat the small stuff...I'm a perpetual worrier, so I've chosen the word "Breath." I need to remember to breath which will help me relax and will motivate my thoughts and creativity....Breath...

According to this website, this are twelve habits of Zen monks:. .
1. Do one thing at a time.
2. Do it slowly and deliberately.
3. Do it completely.
4. Do less.
5. Put space between things
6. Develop rituals .
7. Designate time for certain things.
8. Devote time to sitting.
9. Smile and serve others.
10. Make cleaning and cooking become meditation.
11. Think about what is necessary.
12. Live simply.

Interesting, while they are "opening the door" and letting life happen, they are still setting goals yet in ritualistic fashion to be completed specifically and completely - one at a time and to be fulfilled with enjoyment "smile." ahhhh....breath, relax, open the door one step at a time...

I remember hearing a way to find love is to stop looking - very Zenish...I believe that's how I found my guy...the below "Love Story" seems to be such an experience as well...

For your reading pleasure...
A Love Story

Been There, Done That - aka the Bucket List
January 2, 2009 by sjbraun
I saw this at Girls in white dresses and thought it would be fun. Give it a try. Highlight what you've done.

1. Started your own blog. :<)
2. Slept under the stars (does a tent without the ceiling cover count?)
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disney World
8. Climbed a mountain (a little mountain)
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train - but next time it will be in cabin without 2 little kids and no walking up in the middle of the night in Buffalo without transportation...lol
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a marathon - let's be realistic - ran some of a fun run!
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse (just a lunar)
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run (How about just scored for the team - not RBI lol)
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant (my student did this for his comm service project!)
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen (my students did this for class too!)
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies (with my cousin Amy)
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby (again and again and again and again...lol)
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day

Candy Mice


Hmmm... Cute
Onomatopoeia - Today's Writing Exercise ...

"a very long word for a pretty simple thing. It is when a word sounds like what it means. "Buzz" sounds like an insect flying by your ear; "meow sounds like a cat asking for dinner. Thomas Nashe wrote a poem about spring in which he made up words to sounds like bird calls: "jug-jug, pu-we, to-wittawoo" Write some words that are onomatopoetic. Then see if you can write a whole line that sounds like it's coming from one animal."

Slap, boom, hop, hop, wheee, queeek, ....Aidan...


Need ideas for cooking this week?
Check out this website..

I pulled out chicken last night and think I'll try
Chicken with garlic-tomato sauce
Maybe we'll have
Southwest Lasagna Rolls Tuesday and Black Bean Soup Wed... Those are easy for before or after basketball...

Cookie of the day
Apple Jack Cookies
found this recipe on the Menu Mom Blog

1 C. brown sugar1/
2 C. shortening
1 egg
1 1/2 C. flour
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt1 t. nutmeg
1 C. chopped unpeeled apple

Cream together sugar and shortening. Beat in egg. Sift together dry ingredients and add to mixture. Beat until well blended. Stir in apples. Drop in the shape of ball on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

Now to brain storm some handmade birthday gifts for my Valentines...

Here's a child's tool belt - maybe...
Deanna extended the belt - see here http://deannasstuff.blogspot.com/2009/01/some-stuff-i-made-for-christmas-gifts.html

I still like the magnet board idea for Alexander...

These are cute didn't see a tutorial...

Cran-Apple Crisp from http://lavieenrosie.typepad.com/lavieenrosie/
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine 1 - 29 oz. jar Apple Pie Filling with 1 - 18 oz. jar Apple-Orange Cranberry Relish. (We use the W-S stuff, of course.) Stir until it is evenly mixed. Pour it into a 9" x 13" pan. Spread evenly.

Open a box of yellow cake mix ~ or white, whichever one you have. Sprinkle the whole thing on top ~ if necessary, use a fork to evenly distribute the cake mix. Don't pat it down or stir it into the fruit mixture.

Melt 1 and 1/2 sticks of butter ~ 12 oz. (In the microwave is fine.) Pour that on top of the cake mix.

If desired, sprinkle the top with 1 cup chopped nuts ~ toasted or not. (We've been using walnuts but pecans work well too.)

Bake at 350 for 35 to 40 minutes ~ or until the top is golden brown.
Cool until you just can't stand it any longer ~ about 2 minutes at the store ~ and dig in. (Now suck in air in vain attempt to cool burned tongue and start blowing on remaining crisp on plate so it will cool faster.)

This is really good with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream on top.
I have to tell you that I've made this three times at the store for samples and everybody loves it. More importantly, nobody can believe how good it is and that it is so easy to make! In a fancy dish, no one will ever know it took you 3 minutes to put together.

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