Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
One of the things that I remember from my Textile Science class as a Textile Design major in college was to always store fabric that is clean. Nothing takes its toll on fibers like dirt and grime. Have you ever noticed when pulling out a garment from storage that a spot showed up that you didn't even remember or the underarm stain looked exaggerated? Well, now you know why. You gave that dirty grime a chance to do its business!
If you have nice dresses, sweaters and blankets that you want to keep over the long haul - store them after you have cleaned them. If they are items that cannot be hand or machine washed, take them to the dry cleaners before putting them in the storage closet, or the back of your closet.
Store your clothes clean. I learned it in college. It is really true.
Note: Too much detergent left on your fibers is another nasty culprit. Do not over-do the soap.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
The music is one of the sweetest parts. Each week they feature a different group or vocalist that joins Guy's All-Star Shoe Band. I don't even how how to describe it except as the kind of music everyone loves. It will strike a chord deep within you, I guarantee.
Treat yourself to a live broadcast on NPR every Saturday from 5pm to 7pm (CST), or the re-broadcast on Sunday from 11am to 1pm. Or you can go to www.prairiehomecompanion.com and listen to audio highlights from the previous show. It is too good to miss!
Saturday, December 11, 2010
If you have not invested in this season's car scraper, remember that a credit card works dandy. I like to use the credit card-style room key from a exotic beach resort as my winter scraper. It helps me to savor the diversity of temperatures that I get to experience.
I employed a "no eating or drinking in my car" rule for about the first 10 years which is one of the reasons I have a clean interior. When I get a new car, I will do that again.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
I have said it many times but I am intrigued by the story in Luke where Jesus heals ten people, and only one of them takes the time to come back and express their thanks to Him. How can they not express a thank you for a life-changing event directly from the Lord's hand? How often do I neglect to make a conscious effort to take time to go before the Lord with words of thanks? (The scriptures are there to help us see ourselves.)
My post today is actually a sleep aid tip. My recommendation is that next time you find yourself lying awake in bed that you count on your ten fingers - ten things you are thankful for. One word answers like food, water, friends do not have the rich effect that a thoughtful and specific answer will. It is a great habit to pause at the end of every day and be thankful, very specifically, for blessings of the day even if you aren't having trouble sleeping. Even on a crappy day, they are many, many things to be thankful for. If I am lying in bed full of anxiety or stress or pain, I am amazed how comforting it is to count blessings on my fingers (and toes if necessary.)
I read once that research showed that people who have thankful and happy thoughts before bedtime actually sleep better, which makes a world of sense. That great old-time song comes to mind "When upon life's billows you are tempest tossed, When you are discouraged thinking all is lost, Count your many blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done."
Thursday, November 11, 2010
By contrast, poo is laden with bacteria and should be treated and cleaned up with care. Speaking of, this would be a good time to recommend the book What's Your Poo Telling You by Anish Sheth & Josh Richman. If you have not already seen this clever little book, I recommend that you find it on your next trip into Barnes & Noble, and at least thumb through it. Be prepared to laugh. And at the same time, be prepared to learn something. It is all stuff you have thought about... but not out loud.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
An example is a carrot, a slice of cheese and a whole wheat cracker. Or slice of bread, peanut butter and a piece of fruit. Some raspberries, yogurt and a few almonds.
I think you will have fun using Mother Rabbit's "think 3" principle next time you grab something to eat. You will be amazed how easy it will be to grab two more things. Even if it is just a bite-sized portion, you are rounding out your diet and enhancing the nutritional benefits of your snack.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
FOR THE GIRL
Watch and observe how your date treats his mother, sisters and grandmother. This is how he will treat you at the end of the day.
FOR THE BOY
Observe her mother carefully. You are looking at a picture of what your date will be like and look like one day.
Sorry, but there is much truth in these words. Don't be fooled by youth. One day I don't want you to say "If only I had listened to Mother Rabbit"...
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
For the past ten years I have used Susan Branch's book called "Days from the Heart of the Home" to record my daily sentiments. There is a tiny space to write in (just the right size!) with much inspiring goodness in the margins. Did you know that Susan Branch is one of my life mentors? She inspires me in countless ways.
Sometimes I write down three favorites from the day. Sometimes I write about a poignant moment. Sometimes I doodle a picture. Sometimes I write a prayer. Sometimes I just list what I did or accomplished. There are no rules! But it sure is fun to look back and read your stories. This is where my history is being written. Join the fun and journal. Don't let life rush by so fast that you don't notice it.
Flu shots mean that the medical community has guessed which strain of flu will be prevalent that year and that is the one they will immunize against. Obviously, Mother Rabbit is not a doctor but she has been around long enough to see that all the 'great' medical breakthroughs that man has come up with have not all been great.
For example, cutting edge cancer research is now working with the body's own immune system to fight the cancer rather than rushing into radiation and chemotherapy treatments which have significant side effects. Everything has side effects, which is important to remember.
I actually feel out of my element commenting on flu shots but my advice is that you don't just do whatever the "medical professionals" tell you without thinking about your options. People do not employ enough common sense anymore.
When I recently found out that babies are required to have 24 immunizations in their first year of life I was alarmed. Maybe it starts with enjoying the choices you still have.
And by the way, Mother Rabbit would never spray fake chemicals named Glade into the air to cover a smell.
Speaking of the handiness of matches, did you know that the large head of a wooden match will burn out a nasty canker sore when held on the inflamed spot? It hurts a bit, but it will heal faster and brings immediate relief.
Friday, October 8, 2010
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Thursday, September 30, 2010
This delicious variety was produced as part of a University of Minnesota apple breeding program in the 60's, using a cross pollination of Macoun and Honeygold. The original seedling was planted back in 1962.
Mike and I were thrilled to take our first bite of Honeycrisp this fall in its birthstate of Minnesota. I actually thought about how Laura Ingalls got fruit in her stocking for Christmas, and how I would be very happy to get an apple if it was a Honeycrisp.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
From The Book of Common Prayer
What this Mother Rabbit strives for.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Figure out how you can have a garden next spring. A container garden is a great place to start. I have two 4x8 raised beds outside by backdoor. Every year I plant swiss chard, spinach, a lettuce mix, pickling cucumbers and cherry tomatoes. I am amazed every year how much food I produce in this tiny bit of soil. Some year I want to count how many thousands of cherry tomatoes are produced from my three tiny starter plants.
Start a garden someplace in your life. Then stand back and marvel as you watch what you planted grow. And be ready for nice surprises like my pumpkin.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Clarification: Cleaning Day is not for "picking things up" or "sorting things". Those are prequels to Cleaning Day. You may decide to set the timer and clean for just one hour, or you maybe should spend the entire day, but Cleaning Day is for cleaning.
Per your request, I will give you some basics on what should happen every week at your house. If you have only one hour, then you should move quickly. As time allows you can be more thorough. The following are Once-A-Week-Musts:
aClean all sinks and tub with Softscrub with Bleach.
aLysol the toilet bowl and bathroom floor(s).
aAmmonia clean all mirrors, appliances, door knobs and telephones. This will take less than 5 minutes but adds sparkle & freshness to a house.
aClean all floors on your hands and knees. Wood floors like vinegar and water or Murphy's Oil Soap. Tile floors like Parson's Lemon Ammonia. Note: Swiffers are stupid and for people who just want to think they are really cleaning. They just move the dirt around. Remember, if you aren't sweating, you aren't not cleaning.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
If Mother Rabbit were to recommend other cleaning helpers she would also recommend SoftScrub with Bleach for sinks and tubs. Remember, no kitchen is clean without scouring the sink with SoftScrub with Bleach, or some bleach solution. Remember the Oprah Show that Angie Rennerfeldt's family was on where the scientists found more bacteria in the kitchen sink than the toilet? It adds such a fresh smell to a clean kitchen too. Think of it as the finishing touch.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Another good bit of wisdom: If you can live without it, don't buy it. This is what I say to you when you call me from the store and describe in detail this amazing clothing item you just found on clearance. I know if you are taking time to call me about it, you are having doubts and want some confirmation. You won't get it from me. Love it or leave it.
I don't know anyone who doesn't have too many clothes.
Love, Mother Rabbit
Love, Mother Rabbit
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
I am convinced that the reason that many people are grouchy, unhappy, cranky, dull, bitter, discontent, with bad attitudes or the blahs is from not getting enough sleep. I think most of the world lives sleep deprived.
I want you to remember to always get your sleep.
Next time you can't think of ten things to be thankful for in two minutes, ask yourself "How much sleep did I get last night?"
If you possibly can, arrange your life so that you do not have to wake to an alarm.
Love, Mother Rabbit