Wednesday, April 2, 2014

It's Stress Awareness Month and that in Itself Stresses Me Out!

It's so easy to become stressed these days... I hate to sound 140 years old, but let's just think back a minute - when I was ten or so years old we were all just starting to break free of telephone cords...  and now, on the eve of forty - it seems we're considered archaic by some if we don't have our phones shoved up our fannies twenty-four hours a day... 

Stress is and will continue to increase in leaps and bounds as long as the following factors remain in place... 

Monday, February 17, 2014

8 Minute Timers Have Saved Me and They Can Save You Too!

The Timer I use most is a black Kitchen Aid
Timer like the one shown above.
They haven't quite saved me yet, but they've assisted me in making tremendous progress!  It's as simple as can be... A Kitchen Timer... 

My Mom has sang the praises of "set the timer" for as long as I can remember.  It didn't matter if she was tidying the house before Dad got home from work and sat us down with a project and instructions that no one move from that space until the timer went off OR if we were

causing absolute chaos and destruction and wound up with our "Noses on the Wall" hearing every tick of the timer waiting for it to be over.  I think you "new fangledy parents" call that "Time Out" now... 

Anywho, if you think about it -

Saturday, February 15, 2014

I'm Getting Organized and It's Gonna Stick This Time! You Can TOO!!!!

I've been working on "Getting Organized" and I think it's going to stick this time after I get everything under control.  I've always been a bit of a pack rat, myself... and Evan is a bit of a pack rat and now that we have transferred all of our pack rattedness to one address, we have an overwhelming amount of "stuff".  

I had yard sales throughout the decent weather last year and made a fair several hundred bucks over the course of those and cleared a good amount of stuff, but it's so much work to have a yard sale and in all honesty, I'm starting to feel forty! (which is as astounding to me as salt in java!)  I notice that I tire out more quickly and I think of Grandma Comer playing pitch and catch with me in her backyard 30 years ago and having to sit down because "Grandma's not ten anymore, Kim Ann hun...."  

For A Fantastic Morning Cuppa Java ... Add SALT!

Something interesting about making coffee that I learned from Evan - If you add salt to the top of your grounds (in the filter/basket) before you hit "GO" on the java pot you'll have MUCH better java!  I was astounded by this!!! 

java tile3.jpg Rectangle Magnet
One of my FAVES of the designs I've created
in the name of Flawn Ocho!  You can find this and
others of my Javarific designs at the Pinterest below
or by Googling "Flawn Ocho""Javarific" 

 After a few mornings at Pooh Corner I had noticed that when Evan made the java it had a much "smoother" flavor... I thought it was just the goofiness of  new love, so I dismissed it... Then one morning I saw that the