Friday, May 29, 2015

Make Your Bed!

Sometimes I misquote my mother. While her voice is often in my head, her advice can get a little muddled. (Sorry Mom!) Anyway, I am sharing a little of her wisdom here today.

I can't quite remember if my mom used to tell me "A house isn't tidy unless all the beds are made" or  "A house always feels cleaner when the beds are made."  Either way, the statements are both true.

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My mom would agree with this quote from a commencement speech at the University of Texas!
Almost instantly, when you make a bed the room feels better.  More organized, neater.  Just that simple accomplishment often spurs me on to pick up the rest of the room.  If having a tidy home isn't reason enough, a neatly made bed is much more welcoming at the end of a day than a rumpled one.

I think I was an adult before I really learned to make my bed, or cared at all about how or if I even made it. 

Through middle school, I rode a school bus for 30 minutes to get to school.  My mom expected that I would neatly make my bed before I left the house.  I can remember more than one occasion when my exasperated parent marched me back upstairs to complete the task, despite my pleas that the bus was coming and I would miss it.  I knew every short cut, or so I thought. Just pulling the bedspread up over the pillow, without regard to sheets and blankets underneath was my specialty. Somehow though, my mom never fell for it!

We moved to a different house when I was a pre-teen.  My twin sister and I shared a huge room, in which there was a double bed and a twin.  I picked the twin - I had no interest in the added challenge of making a bigger bed.

My mom used to tell me, "Susan, you will never be a nurse unless you learn to make a bed."  

Imagine my surprise, when as a nursing student we actually were tested on bed making! A nurse must make life and death decisions, and is required to have a solid knowledge of human anatomy, biology, physiology, pharmacology and pathophysiology.  In comparison, bed making seems mundane, but it is an important part of patient care. Hospitalized patients sometimes spend many hours in bed. A mere wrinkle can lead to discomfort, or worse yet, a bedsore. My mom was right - I needed to know how to make a bed!  

I am sure my mother had her doubts that it would ever happen.  

I have, however, learned not only how to make a bed tightly enough that a quarter could bounce off it's surface, but I am even proficient at changing all the linens on a bed while an occupant is lying in it.

Not only that - - it is a very unusual day when I do not make my bed!

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A buffalo rests on the bed in our guest room when guests are not in it!
A while ago, I wrote a post about writer's block.  In it I mentioned some of the ways I come up with ideas for the articles I write. Can you guess when I got this idea?  Yes, indeed - I was making my bed!

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A Thrifty Idea and a Few Suggestions Worth Repeating

Last week I made a delicious Slow Cooked Shredded Beef Ragu Pasta recipe from Recipe Tin Eats

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I snapped a photo of a serving of Slow Cooked Shredded Beef Ragu Pasta - before it was consumed by my family recently.

This recipe reminded me of a helpful way to save a penny - and the planet.  

The ingredients for this recipe included three tablespoons of tomato paste. As is so often the case, this was a smaller amount than what was in the can. While I was saving the remainder for another use, I realized it has been quite some time since I shared my tip on this blog for how to avoid wasting the excess. 

I used to publish a weekly series called "Seven Tips to Make the Most of a Moment." My suggestion for how to save leftover tomato paste for future use was included in one of those posts, and published exactly one-year ago today! That same post also included a solution for removing pet nose-prints from your windows, a movie and book suggestion, and more. 

Because many of my current readers may have missed that post, I'm sharing the link for it here today. Just click on this title and you will be able to view the previously published post:
Seven Ways to Make the Most of a Moment -Week 10 (Originally published 5/27/15)

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Life is full of coincidences! 

The main character in the movie I reviewed in this post last year was Matthew McConaughey. Coincidentally, just before I wrote this article for today, my husband and I watched Interstellar - another of McConaughey movies!

The plot of Interstellar seemed improbably - at least right now! None-the-less, this movie was well filmed, kept me on the edge of my seat, played with my emotions, and had a "stellar" cast. Today, it has me thinking a lot about our place in the galaxy!

For the riveting video preview of Interstellar, click the Amazon link below, and then on the video icon you will see in the left margin. Just watching this preview makes me want to see the movie again!

I don't really want to live anywhere else!

Saving left-over tomato paste seems like a small thing to do. It is not just a way to save a few pennies though, but an environmental friendly thing to do as well. Image how many less cans would be produced and discarded if we all did little things like this! This movie makes me think we better start taking better care of planet Earth. 

What is your favorite thing I mentioned today - or in the linked post from a year ago?
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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A Summer Menu - and a New Twist on Watermelon Salsa

I hope your weekend - whether three days or two - was wonderful!

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My husband was traveling, and my son spent the Memorial Day weekend in Glacier National Park with

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Memorial Day - So Much To Remember

My Saturday Spotlight Series post today is all about remembering.

Memorial Day weekend is here - already. It seems as though time has gone by awfully quickly. You'd think that once I write something, I would remember it. A look back in the archives of this blog however, just triggered a few memories! 

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This photo was taken on May 4 of this year and these petals fell off several weeks ago
- last year they weren't falling until May 24th.

Montana had an unusually early, warm spring.

Last year on May 24th I wrote about experiencing some "cherry blossom snow." It happened a few weeks earlier this year. 

I waited to take my snow tires off my car until this week (because you just never know if you

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