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Bye, Bye Birdie

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Pete the Parakeet

I was put in charge of taking care of my grandson’s pet while he went on vacation.  Pete the Parakeet was dropped off at my house while I was out.  This is what I found when I came home.  It is the most adorable thing I have ever seen, and I just has to share.  It just makes you want to say “awww….” .  

 

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Poignant Partings at Paw Paw Lake – 20 Lines Weekly Photo Challenge

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Paw Paw Lake, Michigan

The saddest time of vacation is the last night.  A week of sun, boating, family, and good times must end.  It is as if you can hear the loons playing “Taps” in the distance.  All the food has been eaten, and the gear is packed away. Just one more sleep, and it will be time to leave the cabin by the lake.

We will say adieu to the lovely water and goodbye to the glorious days.  We will return next year to enjoy your peace pace and your beautiful display of the natural world.

 

→   20 Lines Weekly Photo Challenge. Submit a photo of Nature/The Great Outdoors by posting your entry to your blog, then leaving a comment with a link to your blog post at http://anexerciseindiscipline.wordpress.com/2012/07/14/20-lines-weekly-photo-challenge/

 

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25 Activities to Keep the Summertime Blues Away

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It is summer vacation, and the kids are home from school. Once the initial excitement wears off, what will you do to keep those Summertime Blues away?  Here are some ideas to keep the kids active and have some fun while you are doing it.

1. Plan a visit to your local museum.  It is air-conditioned and interesting.  Call ahead or check the museum’s website to see if there is a discounted day or “free” day to visit. This will help to keep costs low.

 2. Pack up a cooler with some sandwiches and drinks; grab an old sheet, blanket or beach towel; and head for your nearest park for a picnic.  The kids love eating outdoors, and they can also play at the park.

 3. Visit a local Zoo.  Many Zoos allow coolers and have outdoor picnic areas, so bring your own lunch and enjoy the animals.

 4. Take a walk in a nature center or a forest preserve near your house. 

 5. Plan a treasure hunt or scavenger hunt complete with a map and prizes.

 6. Have an old-fashioned water-balloon fight.

 7. Collect some rocks on your nature hike, picnic, or walk around town.  The rocks should be no larger than your palm.  Clean them up and spend an afternoon painting them.  Homemade “Pet Rocks”!

 8. Rainy Days are no problem.  Plan to have a “Rainy Day” Movie Festival.  Set up the Family Room or Living Room with chairs, make some popcorn, and watch your favorite movie together. The Library is a great resource for DVD’s and Video Cassettes.

 9. Backyard Camping can be a blast.  Set-up the tent in the back yard, and if you have a portable fire pit, cook up some Smores and tell stories around the campfire. 

 10. Service projects can be fun and can help teach kids to think beyond themselves.  Try picking up garbage on your street.  Plant some marigolds or other annuals in small clay pots and give them to the neighbors.

 11.  Have a game day.  It can be outdoor games like “hide and go seek” or indoor board games.

 12. Make hand puppets and put on a show.

 13.  Play in the sprinkler, go swimming or to the beach.

 14.   Set-up a time to visit with the local Fire Department or Police Department for a tour of the facilities.

 15.   Visit a Botanical Garden.  Check and see if there is an ongoing exhibit.

 16.  Spend the day at the local Library. They often have summer programs for children.

 17.  Make chocolate chip cookies together.

 18.  Take the kids fishing.

 19.  Have the kids help you wash the car. Get buckets, sponges, towels and clean away while having fun.

 20.  Go for a bike ride.

 21.   Volunteer to help at an animal shelter for the day.

 22.  Teach the kids how to play Croquet, badminton, or tennis.

 23.  Create a time capsule. Use a container with a lid. Place items in the container that represent summer. Maybe add a few pictures or post cards from your adventures. Close it all up and put it away to open next year.

 24.  Tie-dye items like T-shirts. Allow children to choose their own colors.

 25.  Use some sidewalk chalk and create a hopscotch board.  Have everyone play.

Useful Links:

Chicago Museums Free Days- www.chicagokids.com/free.html

Places for Kids New York- http://www.ny.com/kids/

How to play hopscotch- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hopscotch

How to make a time capsule-YouTube Video–http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5eL81RXxXE

USA Zoo List by state- http://www.officialusa.com/stateguides/zoos/

Volunteering Ideas for kids- http://parenting.kaboose.com/raising-children-who-care.html

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ROAD TRIP

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Most of my family lives out-of-state; consequently, I need to be able to pack up for weekend jaunts to visit them.  Often, I am in the car for 4-6 hours to reach my destination.  This takes up a lot of time in a short weekend, so to save myself headaches; I invented a few tricks to make my traveling easy and uneventful.

1).   I have designated a toiletry bag (purchased from LL Bean) to be ready to travel.  In the bag I keep small bottles of shampoo, conditioner, body wash (much easier than bars of soap), and lotion.  I have a travel toothbrush that I keep in its travel case, and travel sized toothpaste.  Basically, all of the toiletries you would want away from home should be purchased in small sizes and stored in your toiletry bag.  When supplies run low, be sure to fill them up immediately.

2). Add a sewing kit to your bag. Wrap some white thread around a small piece of cardboard.  You can add any color thread you think you might need.  Stick a sewing needle in the cardboard with the thread.  Add a couple of shirt buttons and put it all in a plastic baggy.  Now you will be ready for a clothing emergency.

3). A first aid kit can be made in a similar way.  In a plastic zip baggy, at a few Band-Aids, a couple of alcohol wipes, a tube of triple antibiotic ointment, some aspirin, Tylenol, or ibuprofen, and a couple of benaydrl tablets (for allergies, bee stings, or sleep aid).

4). I always pack a small bottle of Downey Wrinkle Releaser to help get the wrinkles out of my packed clothes.  It saves time and you do not need to ask your hosts for an iron. I put this in a zippered baggy in case it leaks.

5). Pack one or two 30 gallon garbage bags in your suitcase, the new scented bags work great!   Use them to put in your dirty clothes.  This way, when you return home you will not have to wash the clean clothes, too.

6). Throw a couple of dryer fabric sheets in your suitcase to keep your clothes smelling fresh.  If you are packing extra shoes, add the dryer fabric sheets to each shoe to keep them smelling good.

7). Pack a small tote or cooler with water, juice or soda so you do not have to stop while on the road.  Add a few snacks like grapes, or trail mix in case you get the munchies.  If you are traveling with children, this is necessary item.

8).  I keep a roll of duct tape, some change for vending machines,  and a flashlight in the car in case of emergencies.  I once needed the duct tape to hold my broken suitcase together so do not underestimate its uses.

9). A good map or GPS system is invaluable when traveling by car.  You never know when you will need a rest stop or a detour because of traffic.

10). Finally, the trip will go by quicker if you have some entertainment.  Be sure to pack a book on CD, or on your iPod/Zune, or download your favorite radio show or podcast.  Do not forget the music.

A little preparation and planning can make frequent road trips a breeze.  You may actually look forward to the trip if you make it easy and relaxing.

Copyright © Jamie Nowinski and Grandmother Wisdom/ Grandmother Musings 2012-2013.
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TRAVEL

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In my heart I ache

To find the unknown

To travel the world

To be far from home.

I ache for distant ports

And of pirates and bandits

Of old Calvary forts

And cattle to be branded.

Of artists in Paris

And the Blarney Stone

I want to be careless

And forever roam.

From the streets of L.A.

To a college in Berkley

A tour of Miami

Then fly on to Turkey.

To Sidney in spring

Then on to St. Paul

They say it is best

To see in the fall.

I’d like to do tricks

With a psychic magician

Get poison ivy

Without even itching’

With sword in hand, I could

Slay me a dragon

The follow the Oregon Trail

In an old covered wagon.

I’d have dinner with Lincoln

And smoke on a pipe

Then ask him to tell me

The story of his life.

Then back to the HMS Bounty

To sail the high seas

And write the true story

And make history.

I’d climb the Great Wall of China

And dine in Nepal

I’d make contact with Martians

And sing at Carnegie Hall.

Then I’d take a vacation

They say Tahiti’s the best

And I’d plan out the future

To see all the rest.

Copyright © Jamie Nowinski and Grandmother Wisdom/ Grandmother Musings 2012-2013.

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Help the Angling Aherns Win!!

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Please vote for the Angling Ahern’s to win a trip to Vilas County.  Voting ends April 30th and you can only vote once. You will be entered in a contest, too, when you vote.   Thanks for all your support! 🙂 http://www.witravelbestbets.com/shift-your-gears/vilas-county-finalists/

RECEIVE AND PASS IT ON

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  Should you find it hard to get to sleep tonight, just remember the homeless family who has no bed to lie in.  Should you find yourself stuck in traffic, don’t be angry.  There are people in this world for whom driving is an unheard-of privilege.  Should you have a bad day at work, think of the man who has been out of work for the last year.  Should you despair over a relationship gone wrong, think of the person who has never known what it’s like to love and be loved.  Should you grieve the passing of another vacation, think of the woman in dire straits, working twelve hours a day, seven days a week, to feed her family.  Should you run out of gas, think of the paraplegic who would love the opportunity to take that walk to the service station.  Should you notice a gray hair in the mirror, think of the cancer patient in chemotherapy who wishes she had hair to examine.  Should you find yourself at a loss and pondering, “What is my purpose in life?” be thankful.  There are those who didn’t live long enough to get that opportunity.  Should you find yourself the victim of other people’s bitterness, ignorance, smallness, or insecurities, remember, this also happened to Jesus.

      Today there may be peace within.  May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.  May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.  Let this presence settle into your bones and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, and bask in the sun.  May you use those gifts that you have received and pass on the love that has been given to you.  May you accept that you are a child of God.

Found in a Church bulletin Author Unknown 

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