New Year's Blue Bird - Simple Ways to Making Things Better!
- The Simple Life
By Sheryl Simons
"We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put
words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first
chapter is New Year's Day." ~~ Edith Lovejoy Pierce
"This bright New Year is given me
To live each day with zest
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!
I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree,
And sing more joyful songs!"
~~ William Arthur Ward
"The truest view of life has always seemed to me to be that which
shows that we are here not to enjoy, but to learn."~~Frederick
The new year is here, and so are our Bluebirds! I couldn't
believe it until we saw them again the other morning. There is a
male and female. They must be finding enough food around here. If
we see them, it is usually about 9 am on a bush right in front of our
bay window, or on some nearby maples.
I'll take it as a good sign that spring is on the way, even
though there are inches of snow, and a layer of ice thrown in just
for fun. The terrible weather that California is getting now, will
probably be here in a few days, (hopefully watered down!), but for
now, we have a reprieve and a few days of weather in the 30's and
40's. Nice to see the sun again.
What are you looking forward to this year? Maybe 2007 wasn't
all you dreamed. Make it happen this year, by making good choices.
You are in charge of the year, for the most part. See how you can
save money, eat healthy, get more exercise, be a better family, a
better couple, a and even a better worker!
Better things for your family make a menu of healthy meals and post
them a week at a time. Whoever gets home first will know what is
cooking and know what to start. Post the recipe, right there, if
there might be any questions.
Better things for the garage does your car need tires, oil change,
or other service? Schedule it, and put it on the calendar to keep it
up. Don't drive an unsafe car. Clean up the garage, while you are
at it. Get rid of things you don't need, or haven't used in a couple
years. Put up some storage shelves and get things organized.
Better things for the house start one room at a time and get it
organized. Clean it out and get rid of the clutter. Dust, vacuum,
clean or paint everything. Whatever you can get rid of, you won't
have to ever touch again. Keep only your favorites, and it's less
junk your family won't have to get rid of someday. Start at the main
entry door, and work your way through. Donate the good stuff to
really feel good about it.
Better things for the car clean it up! Spend an hour cleaning the
junk out of your car. Keep only a few needed things for
emergencies. Dust, vacuum, and wash it inside and out.
Simple Stuffed Cabbage you can use this for your first healthy new
recipe! Serve with hot rolls for a great dinner idea!
12 large cabbage leaves 1/8 t pepper
½ c cooked rice 1 jar spaghetti or tomato sauce
½ t salt 1/4 t crushed thyme & oregano
chopped onion and green pepper
1 lb lean ground beef or ½ beef & ½ Italian sausage
Wash cabbage leaves. Boil 4 cups water. Turn off heat. Soak
leaves in this water for 5 minutes. You can soak entire head and then
remove the needed leaves after soaking. Remove, drain and cool.
Combine ground meat, rice, salt, onion, Green pepper, pepper and
thyme. Place 3 tbsp meat mixture on each loaf and roll firmly. Place
in electric slow cooker. Pour tomato sauce over stuffed cabbage.
Cover and cook on low setting for 8 - 10 hours.
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