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Keeping warm during the winter

Guest post by my good friend Linda Bradshaw:

I can remember when I lived in Maine, how hard it was for me to find ways to keep warm when I was sitting at my desk, or when I was having to do things outdoors. I especially disliked how long it took for the interior of my car to warm up when I had to drive to work! I couldn’t afford to let the car idle in the driveway for twenty minutes for the interior to warm up! And my feet were always cold, no matter what I did! Most people don’t believe me when I tell them that I wore thermal underwear for ten months out of the year, but it is absolutely the truth! Maine is a cold state!

I really wish that the Internet was more advanced back then – I would have found out much earlier about the twitter sphere and social media and would have learned about the Cozy Winters website where they sell so much great stuff to help people (and their pets) cope with cold weather! I would have been a lot more comfortable back then! I would have clothes that keep me warm with batteries, foot warmers under my desk, seat warmers for my car (and a seat warmer for the bleachers that I had to sit on to watch my son’s soccer games!) In fact, I would have bought seat warmers for all of the kids to sit on when they had to sit on the bench waiting for their turn to play! It got so freakin’ cold!

Gobblins will be out tonight

Tonight is Halloween.  Poor Michelle still get’s a little scared of some of the costumes but I have told her over and over that they are just kids in the neighborhood and there’s absolutely nothing to be afraid of.  Mommy would never let anyone hurt her or take her anywhere anyone could hurt her. Then Frankenstein walks by and she’s hiding behind my legs.

Everything is all better once she hears the sound of candy hitting her pumpkin Trick-or-treat bucket. Then she’s ready to knock old Frankie down to get to the next door.  Kids are so much fun!  It’s a shame her  father can’t be here to see this but that’s his fault and not mine.

A Lazy Day

Today Lady Bug and I had a very lazy day. We just relaxed in our jammies and watched the Halloween movies that we saw on television. It was nice to not have to worry about doing anything or going anywhere today.

I made chunky money pancakes for breakfast. They are banana pancakes with chocolate chips and peanut butter syrup. We love them! They taste great without the syrup too. Lady Bug likes to help me mix the batter and watch the pancakes cook on the griddle. I use one of those electric counter top griddles and set it on the island. She sits on a bar stool and watches as they cook and waits in anticipation to eat them.

For lunch we had grilled cheese sammies and tomato soup. I thought an American classic was in order. I like to sneak in slices of tomato and onion in my grilled cheese sandwiches. I like the added crunch it gives everything. Lady Bug gobbled up her cheesy sandwich and her “ketchup soup” as she calls it.

We had a wonderfully relaxing day today, but now it’s time for dinner.

Proper Homecomings for War Soldiers

Honoring those who serve and protect our country should be something that every solider should be entitled to. Whether it means coming back home after being deployed to a local hometown parade, to discounts at a variety of stores/services, and/or a guaranteed job. Unfortunately not all military warriors make it back home to us before passing away. In the latter scenario, funeral services should always provide the family with affordable options on how to properly lay them to rest one final time.

Before or after the funeral services (based upon grieving time periods and due respect), family member(s)/significant spouse’s are able to fill out the Veterans Administration forms for benefits and military honors.

For individuals or families that choose to have veterans cremation as an option should be able to have that request fulfilled to the utmost ability, and respect. Most funeral homes posses the power to hold graveside services at the local veterans cemetery (depending upon location). In addition to specific traditional veteran funerals, it is best for the family to inquire about any other options that are available. If an insurance policy and/or military benefits fail to fully cover all of the expenses of a memorial, financing options may be pre-existing routes to take.

Had the day off

Well I had the day off yesterday, Michelle was at school and I decided to get started with the projects for the house that I wrote about earlier. I got the wallpaper put up in the living room. Man did it make a huge difference too. It looks great if I do say so myself. It’s got peach and pink colored flowers in it and it’s not a large print either. The background of it is sort of a creamy beige color. The leaves and vines in it are several shades of sort of a mossy green. It’s really pretty. I’m thinking of going with the mossy green in the leaves for the bottom under the chair railing. I think that would look real good.

I also went ahead and put up the ceiling fan myself. It wasn’t that hard to get up there. The whole living room looks so different. You should have seen Michelle’s eyes when she came home. She said ‘Mommy the living room looks so pretty. It was too cute. Hey, this is the ceiling fan I got. It goes great with the wallpaper.