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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Tremplo Travels

I travelled to Durand last Friday to attend an annual Tremplo Gang Get Together. I spent an afternoon elbow deep in crafty projects and baking (see my new favorite recipe) to prepare for the Saturday gathering. I have to admit it was the most enjoyable part of the whole weekend! Saturday left us getting food ready and receiving news of two bailouts from our gang. Unfortunately a member of our gang had been knocked out by the flu and another by an unexpected move. The three remaining gangsters did our best to whoop it up on our own, however we were watching a movie and half asleep before midnight. Sunday we revived an age-old Durand tradition of going out for breakfast. Usually one of my favorite parts of an overnight stay, this one was cut short by a sick boy. Back at the ranch, I packed up my belongings as my friend cleaned up her child. I hit the road early and arrived back in Tremp City by early afternoon. I extended my vacation slightly by enjoying a dinner with the folks and then a lengthy dice word game with my mother. It lasted so long, in fact, that I stayed over in Trempealeau. It wasn't until late Monday night that my Peanut and I finally rolled into West Salem to settle back into our warm home. I really feel as though I've had a mini-vacation. Now it's back to business!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

I Did It!

I finally went through my filing cabinet! For all those of you who would like to tackle the project yourselves, may I suggest sorting a drawer each weekend for a month? I had three filing drawers packed so tightly with files of things I may need again that I couldn't even squeeze new things in. How helpful is that? I'll tell you one thing, it makes it harder to find the stuff you do need! After putting my little paper shredder to work for an entire day, I was left with six kitchen trash bags full of shredded junk. I also had a good half-bag of the paper lying around my desk and throughout the house that had to be vacuumed. When it was all said and done, I went from three packed drawers to two comfortably roomy drawers of folders. I'm so glad it is over, but it would have been much more manageable to tackle one drawer at a time. I also got a new to-do from the experience. I decided the poor shredder probably needed to be oiled, so I looked up the manual (now easily accessible) and realized I should be oiling my shredder each month. Just what I needed...another task on my list! If you're interested, here is the information I went by when determining what to keep: http://www.bankrate.com/brm/news/pf/20060215b1.asp

Sunday, January 18, 2009

The Laws of Spirit

I went to my bookshelf to find a book and my eyes landed on Dan Millman's "The Laws of Spirit." I couldn't remember if I had read it before, but thought it might do me some good at this point in my life even if I had. I breezed through the book's parable form in an evening. Even before landing on the title page, I stumbled upon this note:
There is a Mystery that many call God,
Manifesting as Universal Love,
a set of Laws,
and a Great Process.
that Process works through
each and all of us
and that Process is perfect.
As we discover this fundamental truth
in the journey of our lives,
we find that wherever we step,
the path appears beneath our feet.
This tells me that each of us has it within ourselves to do exactly the right thing at any given moment. Reassuring, no? I thought so. The one sentence that jumped out from the pages at me and caused me to dog-ear the page was this: "...the more loving-kindness you give to yourself, the more you can give to others." Isn't it about time that actually sank in? I think so. P.S. I've updated my new favorite recipe. Enjoy.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Happy Holidays

Life has been busy! I was able to plan a Christmas Eve dinner party for some close friends. It gave me the perfect opportunity to share my cooking expertise and a smoke-filled kitchen for a delightful evening. Really, the smoke didn't detract too much from the rest of the delicious meal. I was grateful to be able to share my tradition with such good friends and they've agreed to be my guinea pigs any time...despite the smoke. New Years left me suffering from the flu. I'm sticking to my guns and blaming it on the little germ carrying children. I think this marks about the third flu I've suffered through in my thirty years. Why does it always strike on a holiday? Again, the answer is germ-carriers. I'm thinking I'm going to start a new side bar to let you know what household chores you should be doing to keep up with me. After all, I run the perfect household. However, feel free to make it your own. For instance, even though I disinfect my door knobs once a month, it is perfectly acceptable to do it after a bought of the flu as well. And that garbage can that stood guard by my sick bed also got a good dose of disinfectant even though it wasn't on the schedule for another two weeks. I don't know about you, but I'm excited for the possibilities that lie ahead in the new year. My motivation and optimism have been renewed and I'm ready to tackle this new year with vigor. Join me.

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