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I have no idea where this originated, so don’t get too upset over your results.Five things are happening in your house at the same time. In which sequence would you solve them?

  1. The telephone is ringing!
  2. The baby is crying!
  3. Someone’s knocking or calling you from the front door!
  4. You hung the clothes out to dry and it is beginning to rain!
  5. You left the tap on in the kitchen and the water is already overflowing!

In which sequence would you solve these problems?Write the sequence and check below how your decisions were made. Then check the first comment below to see how your priorities stack up.

A tear jerker of a blog post

You guys have got to read this entry from Memphis Steve over on his blog.  But be sure to have the tissues ready. 

Wednesday night we went for a walk, just My Wife and I. My cat, Spongebob Stinkypants, walked a short distance with us. It was pitch black outside. We could only barely see him trotting long the grass somewhat behind us. Eventually he disappeared, in one of the yards close to ours, still very close to home.

We walked for about 2 miles. It wasn’t very far. We have both been dealing with a great deal of stress and needed the exercise and chance to get out in the fresh air.

When we came home there was no sign of Stinky. I figured he was off in the trees where he usually is at this time of night. So we thought nothing of it and went inside.

Late that night, when it was time for bed, I turned on the porch light and called him. But he did not come. There was no sign of him. Finally, I gave up and went to bed. I figured he’d be sleeping on the back porch in the morning, like he always does if he doesn’t come in.

The next morning I went to let him in. He wasn’t there.

Read the rest here

My favorite Irish blessing

May love and laughter light your days, and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours, wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world with joy that long endures.
May all life’s passing seasons bring the best to you and yours!

Stay away from gnomes in Argentina!

From ElTribuno.com

A town in South America is living in fear after several sightings of a ‘creepy gnome’ that locals claim stalks the streets at night. 
The midget – which wears a pointy hat and has a distinctive sideways walk – was caught on video last week by a terrified group of youngsters.Teenager Jose Alvarez – who filmed the gnome – yesterday told national newspaper El Tribuno that they caught the creature while larking about in their hometown of General Guemes, in the province of Salta, Argentina.
He said: “We were chatting about our last fishing trip. It was one in the morning.“I began to film a bit with my mobile phone while the others were chatting and joking.“ Suddenly we heard something – a weird noise as if someone was throwing stones. We looked to one side and saw that the grass was moving. To begin with we thought it was a dog but when we saw this gnome-like figure begin to emerge we were really afraid.” Jose added that other locals had come forward to say they had spotted the gnome.

He said: “This is no joke. We are still afraid to go out – just like everyone else in the neighbourhood now. One of my friends was so scared after seeing that thing that we had to take him to the hospital.” 

Great advice for parents from Earth911

Today’s Lunch Special: a Green and Trash-Free Lunch by Laurel Peltier

Looking for ways to become eco-friendly? An easy place to make a difference is with your child’s lunch.  Though juice boxes and individually wrapped ‘grab and go’ foods are convenient, they generate tons of trash. Each year the average child dumps 67 pounds of lunchbox trash costing school districts valuable dollars to collect and dispose of the trash. Re-thinking how your child’s meal gets packed can reduce trash going to landfills and has some unexpected benefits.

Simple ways to pack a trash-free lunch:

  • Send food in re-usable lunchboxes instead of paper bags (Also, remember if using a soft lunchbox that contains “PVC”, consider testing the bag for lead).
  • Instead of plastic wrap, foil or baggies, pack food in re-usable plastic containers.
  • Consider buying foods in bulk or in larger boxes and packing a portion in re-usable plastic containers.
  • Send drinks in a shatterproof thermos, a re-usable drink container (some are available with ice cores built into the bottle) or send in bottled water and recycle the bottle when it returns home.
  • Try cloth napkins, or re-usable silverware that can be washed at home.

Check out the rest of the article at Earth911


At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. 

Albert Schweitzer


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