Posted by: taxidrivermom | September 29, 2013

Dallin’s E-mail — 9/23/13

Dear Family,

Thanks for all the stuff you sent me for my birthday it was fun. I was amazed that you were able to find so many golden objects to throw into the box. Whoever chose the tie did a good job, I wore it at a baptism the next day. Just wanted you all to know that I’m grateful.
Have a great Day
Elder Farnes

Dear Mom,

So Sister Milam Emailed me my departure itinerary. So I was looking at it and i couldn’t help but laugh. I’m spending almost twice as much time in the airport as I am in the air. Sea-Tac to SL Int. and then a 4 hour wait before I board a turbo-prop puddle jumper with 30 seats to Pocatello. I could probably get from Salt Lake back faster by bus. . . Anyways I think it’s funny more than anything. Maybe it means that our Salt Lake relatives will get to see me first seeing as I’m just going to be sitting there, maybe I should see If I can go explore the town. Either way I have plenty of time to get it all sorted out before we get there. So we will see. . .  In the meantime I haven’t forgotten why I’m here and I’m making it my first thought.
Elder Farnes
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Posted by: taxidrivermom | June 15, 2012

Nifty Idea for Closing Plastic Bags

I didn’t come up with this idea — it was shared with me by a friend and there is no mention of the author, but I thought it worth passing on.

 I’m passing on this idea because it is simple, cheap, effective and ingenious.
I hope it is of use to you.USE OF BOTTLE TOPS TO SEAL A BAG…..

WHO EVER THOUGHT OF THIS SHOULD GET A GREEN MEDAL

WHAT A GREAT IDEA.  NO MORE TWIST TIES OR RUBBER BANDS.
  This method is WATER PROOF AND AIR TIGHT.  GREAT!  The guy who first thought of the idea should be given an award for originality!!!

Seal Plastic Bags with Old Bottle Caps

Cut up a disposable water bottle
 and keep the neck and top, as in photo.

Insert the plastic bag through the neck and screw the top to seal.


The bag is made air-tight, water will not leak, it is easy to open and the top and screw cap can be used over again!  


This is a great idea to share.

Posted by: taxidrivermom | April 4, 2012

Nifty Idea for Closing Plastic Bags

I didn’t come up with this idea — it was shared with me by a friend and there is no mention of the author, but I thought it worth passing on.

 I’m passing on this idea because it is simple, cheap, effective and ingenious.
I hope it is of use to you.

USE OF BOTTLE TOPS TO SEAL A BAG….. 
 
WHO EVER THOUGHT OF THIS SHOULD GET A GREEN MEDAL 
 
WHAT A GREAT IDEA.  NO MORE TWIST TIES OR RUBBER BANDS.
  This method is WATER PROOF AND AIR TIGHT.  GREAT!  The guy who first thought of the idea should be given an award for originality!!!

Seal Plastic Bags with Old Bottle Caps 
 
Cut up a disposable water bottle
 and keep the neck and top, as in photo. 

Insert the plastic bag through the neck and screw the top to seal.
 

The bag is made air-tight, water will not leak, it is easy to open and the top and screw cap can be used over again!  

 
This is a great idea to share.

Posted by: taxidrivermom | March 1, 2012

Ridleys and Bi-Lo Case Lot Sale Time

Case lot sales and some meat sales started 2/28/12. Look for some good buys!

Ridleys’ ad is showing a lot of gallon-size cans of dehydrated food storage items — everything from eggs to blueberries– plus water barrels and other storage containers.   Just from first impression, it appears the prices on many of these are lower even than I have seen at WalMart and other stores carrying similar items.  There are also a lot of good prices on the Western Family brands, and even .58/lb for fresh Roma tomatoes.

Posted by: taxidrivermom | January 4, 2012

Smith’s Case Lot Sale Begins 1/4/2012

Already the first case lot sale of the year is underway!  So just in case you happen to have any money left over after Christmas — it’s time to stock up on the staples of life again.

Posted by: momno1strat | August 31, 2011

Tips from Consumer’s Reports

Water, not hydrogen peroxide, is best for cuts.   It’s long been a fixture of American medicine cabinets, but hydrogen peroxide is not the wound care wonder you might think it is.  In fact, the properties in it that kill bacteria can actually damage healthy cell tissue. (The same is true of other disinfectants, such as alcohol and iodine.) That rarely causes serious harm, but it could slow healing time. Studies show that for most cuts and scrapes, rinsing thoroughly with water and cleaning the surrounding area with plain soap is as least as effective at preventing infection as hydrogen peroxide. And it’s less irritating to the woulded tissue. Use lots of water, at a high enough pressure to flush out debris. Hydrogen peroxide shouldn’t be your first-line defense for wounds, but it’s not a bad idea to stash some in an emergency kit for when you don’t have access to clean water. Keep some rubbing alcohol in the kit for disinfecting surfaces and various first-aid tools such as tweezers.

Rating Dishwasher detergents   If you have very hard water, clear dishware eventually becomes filmy with some products.  (they mentioned the kind of tests they put the detergents with baked on food, etc.)  A few products cleaned very well.  Finish Powerball was especially good with pots and is a CR Best Buy at 21 cents per load. But not all products have been through our test yet to see whether they leave glassware coated with the white film some readers have noticed. We can say that the Cascade Complete All in 1 Action-Pacs cleaned very well and didn’t leave a white film or discolor aluminum at 29 cents a load.  (Kirkland Signature – Costco – was at the bottom of the list of poorest rating along with Everyday Value powder.)  {CR Reports- Oct. 2011}

Posted by: Angela | July 25, 2011

The Best Day Ever

For the last year, my life has been a hysteria of trying to do alone everything my husband and I used to accomplish together. Oh, not to mention throwing in some new things including bringing home a new baby and another exchange student (which brings us to 3 full-time students and two full time children), laying sod on my gravel heap of a back yard, ripping out stumps, planting rose bushes in places that require an ice pick (literally) to dig with, and siding my house. Not to mention working on the inside of my house with it’s half done spring cleaning and arduous amounts of upkeep from the havoc my little and big boys cause.

At this point you may be wondering, but no, my husband did not die. He did not divorce me. He just brought into our lives the eighteen month mistress of a masters degree- which I practically begged him to do. We knew it would be hard; we hoped it would be worth it. We just had no real idea. His work load has increased so much that he does nothing but eat, sleep, and breathe school. He has unintentionally alienated all of his friends, stopped participating in anything he enjoys, and has zilch time for his family. He is haggared and lonely. I am too.

Usually Saturdays are the worst for Tom. Saturday is his catch up/catch all day. It’s the only day that he has to make up for all the days in the week that went too fast. Out the window goes family time, play time, relaxation. It’s a harried day.

So, with this as the norm in our home, I invited my husband to the Pioneer Day parade. I didn’t think he’d accept, but he said he could make it work. We went and celebrated our heritage to the tune of picking up the saltwater taffy being flung from the parade floats, heckling participants that we happened to know, and by protecting our 3 year old from getting spritzed by the float riders who brandished super-soakers.

On the way home Tom asked me if I wanted to help him do his homework. My expectations of a blissfully lazy afternoon began to fade until he explained that he needed to observe a cultural event and write a paper on it. The only thing “cultural” he could find in our small-ish town was a Senior Olympics.All events were participated in by people who were at least 50 years old.  Events included horseshoes, dancing, croquet, and other more regular Olypmic sports.

We decided to go to a baseball game.  When we got there we knew we found the place immediately. Every player had white hair or no hair. The pitcher sported a Rollie Fingers mustache and instead of pinch hitters, the offence had a line of pinch runners for those who had hip replacements and couldn’t run anymore.

We watched the game and routed for the team called the Second Winds. They were pretty good and it was fun to see these very grown men enjoy themselves. They catcalled and goaded the other team. Everybody laughed easily at mistakes caused by old age.

My three year old met a friend and enjoyed trundling up and down the stands while the baby played on my lap and Tom cuddled me from the bench behind. It felt like old times. The weather was beautiful. Just warm enough with a little breeze and some shade to take the edge off. It was one of the funnest baseball games I’d ever attended and our team won 21 to 15.

We came home around one o’clock and Tom dozed off while the kids played their imaginative games and I roused myself to make some lunch.  Tom woke up in time to read to me from the book we’ve been trying to get time to get through since May. It was lovely to hear his calming voice evoke the images and scenes from the plot. I was carried away in someone else’s life, which in the end, made my own seem somehow more conquerable.

In the afternoon we laughed and joked together for a few minutes with our students before they went off to see friends and left us alone for the day.  Our kids delighted us with their little tricks and we wrestled and tickled and giggled. I prepared a barbecue. We ate with the satisfaction of a lazy summer day.

That evening, after we put our kids to bed, Tom and I cuddled on the couch and sipped root beer floats. “This was such a nice day.” Tom whispered in my ear. I couldn’t help but agree. In that moment, school, siding, rose bushes, and work faded to a distant memory. A memory enough to supply the gratitude I needed to really appreciate this simplicity, but not so much as to give me my usual sense of anxiety.In that moment I felt so happy. I felt grateful and hopeful for better things to come at the end of the school road. I also felt at peace with the way things are right now.

Even though this has been a stressful, perhaps somewhat bleak year, this has also been a time that has added depth to the lovely life I have been given. This day- compacted in so many other endless days-  seemed to me, as I snuggled into the crook of my husband’s arm, to truly be the best day ever.”

Posted by: Angela | June 27, 2011

Low Glycemic Food List

For anyone who is interested in following a low glycemic diet, here is a link for a small food list that you can pin up on your fridge to help you remember where certain foods fit in on the glycemic index. I find that having it on the fridge can help me remember and want to eat healthier. Good luck to all!

www.lowGImeals.com/glycemic-index-food-list

Posted by: Angela | April 3, 2011

Gardening Help for Dummies and Pro’s

I just found an awesome website called Mother Earth News. It helps you make a garden plan for vegetables or flowers or any of your landscaping needs. They give how to’s and tips on each plant and coordinate planting and harvesting times for you. There are articles about different gardening concerns and how to start as a beginner like me. You also get updates via  email reminding you of when to start planting each plant etc. Right now they are offering a 30 day trial without an automatic enrollment. That’s the first time I’ve seen that! The site did not ask for any personal information other than a zip code to assess my frost season. This is a site that can make a hard project easier for anyone planning on gardening this season or ever.  Also all plans are saved and  perennials show up on your plan automatically next year. The only draw back (if it can even be called that) is that I don’t have any idea how much a membership costs. Where you don’t have to pre-enroll, though, that can be found out in advance to subscribing. The web address is: http://www.motherearthnews.com/garden-planner/

Posted by: caramwinters | March 29, 2011

Guide to Extreme couponing! and Smiths case lot starting 3-29!

Just to let everyone know…..Extreme Couponing is premiering its season premier on April 6 on TLC. This is a good way to see how others, that I have learned form, do their “crazy” scenarios at the checkout lane! Also, Smiths is starting their case lot sale today 3-29!! Hopefully there will be some good deals!

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