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Monday, January 31, 2011

De-cluttering Update

Well, last week saw little progress on the great de-cluttering project.  I was distracted.  By this. . . 

You know what they say:
Cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow, because there are more important things to be accomplished.  For instance, you should work on your dance moves any chance you get.

And the Ponderosa is covered with limbs and sticks that need to be removed.

There are trees that need someone to hide behind them.

We discovered if you will tell the UPS guy (aka Package Man) some knock-knock jokes when he comes by that he knows some jokes to tell you too, just ask him sometime!

And don't forget that sometimes it's just fun to run!

I hope that my grandson, looking back on today,
remembers a Nana who had time to play.
Children grow up when you're not looking,
there will be years ahead for cleaning and cooking.

So hush now cobwebs, dust - go to sleep
I'm playing with  my baby cause babies don't keep,
And I'll start the de-clutter project next week!

Getting Ready. . .

Thursday, January 20, 2011

De-Cluttering the Ponderosa Project

Three weeks into retirement and I still haven't really started my main project--The Great De-Cluttering of the Ponderosa.  I took three bags of clothes to Goodwill from the closets in my bedroom, but that is about as far as I have made it.  I get sucked into morning TV or drawn to the computer or someone says lets go here and next thing you know the entire day is gone.  Today I am wondering how did I ever get to work by 7:30 everyday!  It's already 11:30 so I need to eat lunch! Then I will begin.  Yes I will,  I am not a procasinator.  I do not put things off or get caught unprepared. .  .
I'll let you know how it goes!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Snow Shadows

The sunshine outside my windows today was creating shadows all over the Ponderosa, so I grabbed my camera and ventured out.

And while I was focused on my search for shadows, look what walked right into my view finder!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

CSN Stores are Full of Great Products

If the snow and ice are keeping you from driving to your favorite stores remember,  CSN Stores has over 200 online stores where you can find everything from  Herman Miller brands, stylish furniture, bedding and great cookware.  If the kids are bored  there is a great selection of toys and games. 
From experience I know that CSN orders will be at your front door in just a matter of days, so check them out and watch for a new post on this blog about a great product that I am going to review for them!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Our Hillbilly Bird Feeder

 In the spring when they are trying to nest we have Bird Wars here on the Ponderosa, but lately since it has been so cold and snowy we felt sorry for the little guys and make them a feeder.  Now usually people have little log cabin or other fancy shaped feeders, but we made this hillbilly feeder from a metal trash can and an old plastic bowl--a bright orange bowl!  The trash can keeps the squirrels from climbing up.  It may not look like much but it seems to attract them in.  Along with store bought bird seed, our feathered friends get old cereal or crackers or chips from the Ponderosa kitchen.  They even ate some left over banana pudding today!

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

What to eat?

Our motto here on the Ponderosa is: What Can We Eat Next!  We are going to have to change that motto as it is not very healthy and we promised our insurance company, we would do better!!  So, when I saw the book Eat This, Not That on the sale rack at the library, I purchased it for one dollar.As I was looking through it last night I saw that most of the foods I like are on the NOT That page!  It turns out that even when I thought I was being good, I was making the wrong choices. For instance, I always eat a tuna salad sandwich at Subway, but it seems that it is on the top of the NOT That list because it has 530 calories and 31g of fat! 
I moved on to the cracker section because one of my snacks of choice is Wheat Thins--guess what!  Wheat Thins are on the NOT That side of the page as are Cheez-its and Ritz crackers--Who knew!  Moving on to the cookie page, well there were no real cookies on the Eat This side just wafers and Snackwells.  And you know those great bags of shredded cheese that you can put on just about anything to make it better--that's right not good.  I'm beginning to understand why this expensive book was on the sale rack, it was just too much for its original owner or it was too depressing to have this information.  I'm going to take it back to the library and give it back, it still has the price tag on it.  In the meanwhile, I'll be trading in my Wheat Thins for some Goldfish crackers and giving up tuna salad sandwiches at Subway!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Sunday's Blast from the Past

This is not the master of the Ponderosa, although anyone who knows him sees an uncanny resemblance to the man in the photo. Some have even thought this is a photo made in one of those old time photo/dress up type places. It is a real photo of George Washington Gibson my husband's great, great grandfather. He lived from 1825 until 1892. We have the photo because my brother and sister-in-law stopped one day at the home of relative in Albany, KY. They were invited into the home and this photo was hanging on the wall. When they explained the resemblance to their brother, the relative allowed them to take the photo and copy it. It now has a special place in our home!