Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

When I was a little girl, we spent many of our Thanksgiving holidays in Terre Haute, Indiana. My parents grew up there and most of the family still lives there! At that time, the song below was fitting! My sisters and I would sing this song as we drove through Illinois and over the Wabash River before arriving in Indiana.

Not so much anymore though. I don't remember what year it was when we drove to Terre Haute to celebrate Thanksgiving and no one was in town except for my Grandma & Grandpa Williams. That was the last year we have been to Terre Haute for Thanksgiving. My parents started hosting Turkey Day and all extended family know they are welcome to join us in Glen Carbon. Sometimes the house is full and somtimes we just have our immediate family. Nonetheless, it is always an enjoyable day to spend with family; cooking, cleaning dishes, and enjoying the lovely feast we prepare.

I hope everyone enjoyed the day with family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


This Thanksgiving song originally appeared as a poem written by Lydia Maria Child in Flowers for Children, volume 2, in 1844. Lydia Maria Child was a novelist, journalist, teacher, and wrote extensively about the need to eliminate slavery.

Over the river, and through the wood,To Grandmother's house we go;
The horse knows the way to carry the sleighthrough the white and drifted snow.

Over the river, and through the wood -Oh, how the wind does blow!
It stings the toes and bites the noseAs over the ground we go.

Over the river, and through the wood,To have a first-rate play.
Hear the bells ring, "Ting-a-ling-ding",Hurrah for Thanksgiving Day!

Over the river, and through the woodTrot fast, my dapple-gray!
Spring over the ground like a hunting-hound,For this is Thanksgiving Day.

Over the river, and through the wood -And straight through the barnyard gate,
We seem to go extremely slow,It is so hard to wait!

Over the river, and through the wood -Now Grandmother's cap I spy!
Hurrah for the fun! Is the pudding done?Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

another one bites the dust...

It is Thursday, November 20th and another squirrel has been caught in the trap! I think the frigid temperatures overnight had the squirrels searching for the warmth of my attic. That is another $79 brining the new total to $586, or 195.30 per squirrel. Time to call critter control.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

attack of the isn't funny!

Have you been hearing scratching noises coming from above? Then you may have a squirrel in the attic problem! On Monday morning, I was working on my computer in my kitchen when I heard a "scratching" noise upstairs in my attic. With my attic being finished, I went upstairs to check it out. The "scratching" noise was coming from the low ceiling area by my television. I then heard little footsteps running across the ceiling. So after reading online about the destruction a squirrel can cause to your property, I called Critter Control.
On Tuesday morning, the tech came out for an inspection. He lifted the attic access point and the little suckers went crazy, running back and forth above the ceiling! Immediately, the tech determined the noises to be squirrels. He went outside and inspected the perimeter of the house, including the roof. He determined that the point of entry was the rooftop vent. GREAT! Next step, trap the little suckers! So, now that I have spent $259 for the initial inspection (this includes the first captured squirrel), let's find out how much more this is going to cost me! When the trapping process is complete it is recommended that I install a screen around the vent to prohibit future squirrel break-ins...estimated cost $169. Plus, each additional squirrel caught will be $79. OUCH. I will keep you all updated with the body count...right now, I am at 2 successful traps! Total cost $507, or $253.50 per squirrel!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

soak, it's good for you!

i just went and had a massage. i treated myself this year and joined massage envy's membership program. the membership is $49 per month and entitles the member to one pre-paid massage per month. if the massage isn't used, it rolls over to the next month.

well, the past two visits i have been treated to a deep tissue massages. after the first visit, i was sore and felt bruised. diana, the therapist, told me to soak in apple cider vinegar and epsom salt in a bath tub full of water as hot as i can stand it.

i found a recipe, and here it is:

By placing 2 cups (16 oz.) in a bath tub of hot water. The water temperature should be as hot as you can tolerate but comfortable for 15 to 20 minutes. You can use 2 to 4 times this amount if your body conditions warrant it. You do not want to burn yourself. You want to rub your skin all over with a wash cloth to open up the pores for absorption of the Epsom salts. If some areas are sore, rub them a little longer. If you are treating an injury you should rub both the area of the involved site on one extremity and the same area on the other extremity (bilateral stimulation reflex). In rubbing both extremities you yield a little extra stimulation to the injured site. Do not rinse off before getting out of the bath tub. Just dry off and retire for the evening.

Apple cider vinegar can be used in addition to the Epsom salts soaking bath. Place 1/4 to 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar in the Ep som salt soaking bath treatment. The apple cider vinegar will leave the skin feeling soft and smooth, similar to skin softeners and lotions such as lanolin.
Both the Epsom salt soaking bath treatment and the apple cider vinegar addition are also used when you are going to need a lot of extra energy for the next day or when you really feel drained of energy. You can use both as often as you want without harm or problems, as both are nature’s remedies for the above-noted body ailments.

...i'm going to do this now! i'll let you know how it turns out!

enter blog world...

today, i will enter the blog world. i set up my user name and password through google many months ago, and i am ready to give this a whirl!