One of Those Days…

On first glance, this may look like a complaint post. However, it surely is not!:-) Today was one of those days that truly remind me how much I loooove being home! Monday and Tuesday of this week we were busy outside of the home and, indeed, the home suffered for it. It was a mess, and the children needed baths. (As of this writing, they still do; but that will be taken care of before bed.) And, much to my dismay, we had to buy our dinner pre-made last night rather than me preparing it at home. 😦
But, as we have had rain for I don’t know how many days now we took advantage of the sunny day today and spent the morning outside. We cleaned the yard, and then played in the water with the hose which was fun for all! After all of that hard work and fun, we came in and had lunch, then read together on the couch before going down for naps/rest. Everyone behaved well today and all were in good spirits! And, hubby came home and did not have to clean the yard since it was already done. Now he can take a much needed nap instead.
Well, the inside of the house is still rather sorry–not dirty, but in need of a good “tidy”. That won’t be too hard to take care of. We accomplished something today and had a good time; and enjoyed each other while we were at it.
Splendid! πŸ˜‰


My Home Management Binder

Here is my “Home Management Binder” or “Keeper at Home Organizer.”
It is still under construction, but this is what I have so far. I apologize for the glare, but I was trying to do this quickly! :0)
This was originally one that I bought from Kunker Hill Publications . The verse (which is covered by the glare!) is Proverbs 31:27
“She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.”
I bought it a few years ago, and have added and taken away from it.
I have used some of the forms from this, and have used some from Donna Young’s Site , as well as making my own.

Next is the inside; just average stuff–on the left is a used grocery list which I will show in detail later.
Then the calendar for the year.

After that is the weekly planner.
Then our MOTH schedule.

Next is the “Home Maintenance Section”.
First, I have the cleaning schedule; which is divided task by task for each day, much like Candy’s. This is just a spreadsheet. The cleaning tabs are in red. After the cleaning schedule I have detailed instructions for each day’s tasks; but, if you can see, I only have Monday and Tuesday’s done so far. Here is what Tuesday’s looks like:

Next I have another spreadsheet which has a section for each room of the house. This is where I list items I need or want for each room; for example, if I need a new shower curtain for upstairs, then I would write it under the column heading “Upstairs Bathroom”. This is not the same as the Master Grocery List, because this is more of a long term list rather than things I must buy every week or two. I have a separate page for the kitchen because it needs more space than the others.

That is all for now; I will post more later with more pictures from the rest of my binder. :0)

Home Management Binder Part 2

So here is my Master Grocery List. I have used many pre-made lists in the past and found that they just didn’t fit my needs. I had to make my own on a spreadsheet. I divided it up by the aisles at our Commissary (where I usually shop), putting in the items I buy regularly. Then I just highlight with a highlighter which items I need, and if I have to, write in next to it how many are needed. There are also blank spaces to write in items not on my regular “staple list”. Some items are marked with an asterisk; these are items that I prefer to buy from Wal-Mart. And the very last section are items that I get from the health food store. I finally feel I have a usable grocery list. I recommend making your own if you can.

Next is the weekly menu sheet. This is the one I post for the family to see; usually in a sheet protector on the fridge.

This page is for one-a-month cooking, but I use it to plan my meals and grocery lists. I usually copy this sheet onto the back of my grocery list, just so I don’t have to shuffle papers too much. I shop for two weeks at a time, and just fill in my meal plan here, then any ingredients I need I can just flip the page over and put it onto my grocery list.
Then there is a master list of meals my family enjoys. I also keep menus and coupons for pizza and other take-out restaurants for those nights when things don’t go as planned. (You know those nights! πŸ˜‰

This next section is for holiday planning. I must admit that I have not really used this section although I do plan on it someday! This section is also where I keep my hospitality planner, where I put any ideas, guest lists, etc. I also have some conversion charts and shopping guides on cooking for large crowds that I found by doing a search online. I don’t remember where I found them but they have been helpful on occasion.

The next section is called the Medical section, which I will not show, but basically has records of doctor visits, medications, etc. for each family member, as well as our constants; such as blood types, allergies, etc. In this section I also have clothing and shoe sizes for everyone (on the left), and an ongoing “needs list” for each family member (on the right). For example, I know that Chrisitan needs new sandals I will list it under his name, and when I (or dad, or grandma) am ready to buy them then it will be easy to look up what size he needs. It’s easy to forget these things when you have so many to remember for! The “needs list” includes pets as well.

After this I have my Personal/Bible Study section. The bible study part is simply a description of the books of the bible and checklists for reading in the old and new testaments. Again, here, I have not used it as I should. The checklists have boxes to check for each chapter of each book; and although I am reading, I am not checking it off as I go. In fact, I have already gone twice and sometimes three times over and it still looks like I have not even finished! Oh well, God knows that I read His Word!

I also have some personal journal pages and articles I find helpful in this section. I really just put anything here that speaks to me and pertains to my occupation as a keeper at home. It could be poetry, quotes, articles…and I just flip to them if I need a boost.

At the end of all of this is the telephone and email/website directory. That is self-explanatory. Throughout my journal were some forms or papers that I am not using which I have since taken out; as well as a few sheets with personal information such as address, phone number, vehicle and bank information, etc. I chose not to show these for obvious reasons. And then there are extra page protectors and blank or lined paper, spiral notebook.

And that’s it! I am constantly changing, upgrading and perfecting my binder to meet our family’s needs. But for now, I hope this helps inspire others to create one of their own! πŸ™‚

Being a "Keeper at Home" is not outdated

Here is an interesting article entitled:

Modern Retro Housewives, Take this job and love it!

I am a “girly-girl” through and through!

Cleaning a flat-screen monitor

How to clean your flat screen or LCD screens:

Mix 1 part water to 1 part Isopropyl alcohol (98% is best, but 90% will do since it is easier to find). Use it to dampen a clean, flannel cloth, or microfiber (which is best), and gently wipe in one direction from left to right, top to bottom, using one straight stroke. Never use paper towels or anything with dirt on them already as it will scratch the screen. Keep the cloth you used and use it only for this purpose; don’t use it for your other cleaning jobs.

And that’s it! It’s that easy! :0)

This article was written by Candy’s husband :

Important! Emergency Action is Required!

Coming up for vote in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday June 6, 2006, the 6th day of the 6th month of the 6th year (666), is the amendment for the U.S. Constitution which would define marriage as only being between a man and a woman. This amendment would stop the Sodomites from forcing their agenda down our throats. There is no clamor in the sodomite community to be married, they are using this issue to try and legitimate their sin. Notice that legit and legal both come from the root word legis which is Latin for law.P.S. Use the word Sodomite rather than gay. One of the left’s main tactics, is to change the words we use in order to further their agenda. Using the word Sodomite directly refers to the city in the Old Testament, which was full of homosexuals, that God judged with fire and brimstone. This judgment was a good reminder for mankind that doing what is right in man’s eyes doesn’t matter, the important thing is to do what is right in God’s eyes. Which is why it is so important to read God’s word, the KJV bible.
Seriousness of This Issue
God, the person who designed everything, instituiuted marriage between one man and one woman, which is why it works best all the way around, but especially for children. Changing the meaning of marriage to include sodomy does not “Redefine Marriage”, it UNDEFINES MARRIAGE. When Sodomite marriage became legalized in the Netherlands, heterosexual marriage declined by 50%. Marriage had lost its meaning. Children need stability and marriage is the glue which keeps things together when the going gets rough. Children born outside the commitment of marriage are disadvantaged and always will be. Even liberal publications such as the New York Times have had to admit that men and women think differently, this means that men and women also raise children differently. Children need to be raised by both in order to not be disadvantaged.
Our Chances are Good
39 States have already passed ‘Protection of Marriage Laws’. This means that at least that many states should ratify this amendment and only 38 are needed for the amendment to be ratified. George Bush will sign it, so if we can get those linguini spined rascals in Washington D.C. to vote for something that over 70% of the U.S Citizens want, we can save the institution of the family. We know that the Sodomites will be doing everything they can to stop this. Do not hide you light under a bushel. We are to be salt and light to a fallen world. Don’t find excuses not to act, like saying to yourself ‘it’s the end times and things are supposed to go bad’, you won’t know if things are supposed to be going bad yet unless you act and things go bad anyway. Either way, God will honor those who take up their cross and stand up for Him.
Matthew 5:13 (King James Version)Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

What to Do
First and foremost is to pray.
Secondly, and not to be left undone, contact yourSenators. By phone or by e-mail.You can find out who your Senators are, their phone numbers and e-mail addresses by going to and entering your zip code. It is very easy.Salt is a preservative. This is the part where the salt of the earth, us Christians, show that we have not lost our savour. The enemies of God will not stop with Sodomite marriage, they will take as much ground as they can get until we will be cast out. We will deserve to be cast out if we have lost our savour and are no longer preserving decent Godly society. In the battle between good and evil, if we don’t engage them, they will engage us. The Church has been standing by, rather than standing up, for far too long. This is what the Jews in Germany did, and they continued to do it until they were past the point of no return.
Thirdly, get your friends and family to act by sending them this article or calling them on the phone.
Fourthly, register to vote and vote for the Godly candidate, this will usually not be a Democrat since this party is the party of lies, adultery, sodomy and infanticide, not to mention taxpayerslavery (see my blog).
Fifthly, get your Godly family and friends to register and vote for Godly candidates. Don’t bother with getting the ungodly family and friends to register, the idea here is to defeat evil.

Thank you for your time, and, for those of you who are born again, God be with you.

Some pictures of Charlotte and Christian’s birthday party.