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Paige's Highlights

1. Fireplace starters.  While at my last rotation, one of the nurse was saving egg cartons for starters...ThreeFoldCord, I thought of you and your fire-starting woes!  Take egg cartons, half fill with sawdust or dryer lint, then using your leftover bits of candle wax, melt and top off each egg pocket. Here's a website with an outline.  When you go to burn it, peel back the paper to act as a wick--and be careful!  It's meant to start a fire--use only in fireplaces.  :-D

2. The Daily Green.  A website I stumbled across, this has tons of ideas for making your home energy efficient, using skills our grandparents did, and ways to cleans homes, clothes, and bodies without an arsenal of chemicals.  Cheap Vodka, a zillion uses.  How to hypermile, it's there.  Green cleaning, get those arms in shape!  

3. Self-Watering Pots.  Not owning our own property prohibits me from ripping up the lawn and converting it into garden.  Pots can prove to be a challenge...forget to water them once …

Simplicity

The past few weeks, or even months really, I've been feeling entirely frazzled, burned-out, tired, dry, and in desperate need of a break.  Some of this I know is entirely situational--grad school is grueling, being away from home is a strain, and having to completely readjust to a new locale and "job" every 6 weeks is extremely stressful.  That being said, however, I know that much of my frustration is linked to too much clutter in my life and too little of the things that are soul-feeding. 

1. I need to get back into a better pattern of devos.  As crazy and undergrad seemed, it was structured and it was easier to plan ahead and fit in God-time and fellowship.  I've been dry and I know it.  Unfortunately, those closest to me have been bearing the brunt of my internal angst, irritability, and frustration.

2. I need a sabbath.  I am certainly the Martha of Lazarus' sisters.  I get grouchy when I'm not productive and feel guilty when I procrastinate.  When it …

Human Energy

Well, this was going to be a "Paige's Highlights" entry, but it just grew too large. :)

Although my craze about solar energy is somewhat new, I've always wondered about harnessing human energy.  The other day a doggie treadmill used to grind wheat popped up on the Antiques Roadshow and it reminded me of my work-out ponderings--likely an odd idea that I came up while bored on some gym machine, "wasting" all those calories, knowing that they could be turned into other energy forms, according to my chemistry musings.  I decided to google my interest...

Well, my fruit proved fruitful:

Pedal Power Bicycle Generators, LLC
David Butcher: Pedal Powered Generator
Bicycle Powered Generator

Pedal Power is a company that sells a converter kit for what appears to be your average road bike.  It's a bit pricey, but no more than a mid-grade treadmill--and rather than COST you electricity to operate, it MAKES you energy (not to mention, the exercise will improve your cardi…

Sunday Thoughts

9And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 

Galatians 6:9 

Paige's Highlights

Ok, so I keep missing a weekend here and there... Hopefully, this one will make up for lost weekends.

1. Sweet Potatoes.  As a kid, read up on starting sweet potatoes from slips and decided to try it one year.  To be honest, I'm not 100% sure how I did it exactly, though I think I washed a grocery-store sweet potato off to remove the anti-sprouting stuff, then planted it in a pot indoors. When it sprouted, I think I chopped it up in a few pieces and planted it in the garden.  Man!  Were those ever HUGE potatoes.  We had one that rivaled a professional-sized football in size--we never did eat it as we were so impressed by it's massiveness and it eventually went bad.  I'd definitely give this a try, especially if you live further south than Ohio, as you'll likely get even better results.  The vines are beautiful and have some simple, understated flowers on them. 


2. PBS--Create.  As cable is extremely expensive in Maine and Dan and I aren't huge TV-watchers, we missed…

Keys....again

Well, I have managed to do it again...lose my keys!  For over three weeks my car keys were lost, leaving Dan and I in the precarious situation of only having one set.  The fix definitely wasn't as easy as simply getting another made at Wal*Mart....they have a computer chip in them that will lock up the car after like 1 mile of driving with non-computer chip keys--an expensive replacement.

Having a hunch that they might be buried in the snow bank out where we parked the car, I decided to wait it out and hope that when the snow melted the keys would still be there--and that they would still work without being water-logged...

Well, we found them!  Yay!


Crunchy Almond Crackers

One of my personal favorites (sorry, Dan!).  It's probably about the worse thing for your diet, so I usually only have this treat once or twice a year.




Crunchy Almond Crackers

Toll House Crackers (to cover a large cookie sheet)
1 stick real butter
1 stick margarine
3/4 c. sugar
slivered almonds

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lay out a single layer of crackers in a cookie sheet, fitting as many as possible in the sheet.
2. Bring the butter, margarine, and sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan. Boil for 2 minutes.  Spread over the top of the crackers and sprinkle with almonds.
3. Bake for 10 minutes at 350.  When done, IMMEDIATELY remove crackers onto a sheet of waxed paper.  Let cool and enjoy!

Decisions

Dan and I are in the midst of some major decisions, both now and over the next few months.  Graduation is exactly 4 months away from Friday and that means that we will quickly have job searches, moving, boards, and housing situations to be figuring out. Some of this we can be working on now, but others things just HAVE to wait until the last minute (not a personal favorite mode of operation.)

We've had some longer discussions over the past couple of weeks about where we want to be long-term, where will be best for BOTH of us--Dan's put his career-building on hold while I've been in school.  Further college has been in a holding pattern and building a business just isn't practical with us moving.  Like in our previous posts, we've still settled on and decided that Lexington is going to be the best place for both of us to be...

But that may mean some dicey time after we arrive.  I'm sure that given enough time and persistence, I COULD find a job just about anywhe…

Sunday Thoughts

With Dan in town this weekend, we've been lazy and didn't make it up in time for church. Instead, we watched a loaned DVD from my good friend, Megs--Rob Bell's "Everything Is Spiritual" tour.   A wonderful, thought-provoking, entertaining, and enlightening DVD, and I highly recommend it. 

Rob talks about a multitude of things that make me come alive when I discuss them--things whose impact and power would be completely lost in blog-land as I am a less-than-eloquent writer.  I leave them for you to watch yourself.  Watch it with some people with whom you can have one of those "good God-discussions" as the girls and I like to call them.

Maybe, I'll make this the particular focus of my year--to be mindful of the constant spiritual aspect of life. We're human--the only things God created that are both physical body and soul spirit.  Far too often do I compartmentalize them into "either/or" when God made us to be "both/and" or lik…

Perspective

A year ago, the financial collapse occurred in America and thousands lost their jobs.  Families were forced to sell their homes and many people had to tighten their belts, sell possessions and pare down expenses to the bare bones.  People were forced to live with family members, simplify and a crisis seemed at hand...tragedy had struck the U.S.

Then, a week like this hits and we're bombarded with images from Haiti, the poorest nation of our hemisphere absolutely devastated...thousands dead.  Again, touted as a tragedy.

It's at times like these in which I'm reminded just again, that no matter how bad it gets in the U.S., no matter what happens, the poorest of the poor here is still better off than the majority in other nations--earthquakes or no.  It's unlikely that we'll ever see anything comparable within the borders of our nation.

While not a picture of Haiti, this is a stirring picture of mine from my travels to Nicaragua.  This was taken during a "good&quo…

Dawn....

The darkest part of the night comes just before the dawn....



Burn-out is approaching, but thankfully, the end of these insane two years is as well.  PA school will be something that I will be proud that I did and recognize it as a necessary step in my life.  However, when I look back and the sheer insanity of 6+ hours of class room time a day on top of studying, weekly major exams, writing assignments, 48 weeks of solid rotation, being a long-distance wife, living out of a suitcase for nearly 8 months, and doing about 75% of medical school in 50% the time, I think it will always look back on it saying, "what on God's green earth was I thinking?"

Freedom of Speech

Well, in response to my blog entry last week on bill HR 875, here's a foundation that's devoted to protecting the rights of farmers and farm-produced goods, specifically products like pastured animals and raw milk.

Make your voice heard! :-D


Sunday Thoughts

9 In his heart a man plans his course,
       but the LORD determines his steps.
~ Proverbs 16:9 (NIV) ~

Paige's Highlights

1.  Farm Pets.As Dan and I are planning on living on a farm and that that farm will have to be out in the country, we'll need some cats to keep the local rodent population at bay.  I've never grown up with them, as my mom is very allergic, however, Dan extols their virtue as mousers and has stated that he's never seen a live mouse at his parents. (We have, however, been rudely surprised by dead mice that Miss KitKat thought we'd like to share with her. :-D )  Here's the article on these kitties by Mother Earth News.

2. Edible Landscaping.  As with most of my "highlights," Mother Earth News is my source of good ideas or a way in which I become further interested in topics.  I remember Dan working on a VERY expensive condo on the ocean up the coast in Maine one summer.  Although it was inhabited by a very wealthy Ophthalmologic Surgeon and his wife, they either very frugal/practical or she had a particular interest in gardening.  Scattered in amongst the hyd…

Kalahari--Water Park

A very cool water-park.  Definitely something for all ages!


Having fun!


Boogie Boarding! (Hold on to your shorts!)


Wave Pool


Hot Tub--in the Snow!


Splish Splash!


Kalahari--Dinner

Here are some pictures of our dinner at Kalahari.  We had a dinner show of some of the acts from America's Got Talent.


G-Force--An all-girl band with members 11, 10, and 8 years old....I think I was playing "Chopsticks" at 8!


Enjoying the Show (and the food!)

There was also a twirler dude who was pretty impressive....I'll have to upload a video when I have some faster internet.


And a Kenyan acrobatics number.  Timmy--you have your hand-stand idols! :-D
Here are a few more...be sure to ask your mom before you decide to try any of these! ;)




Kalahari--The Resort

For our Christmas present to us, Dan and I headed to Kalahari for a little get-away.
Definitely a good idea. :-D

A beautiful waterfall and bridge, with swans paddling through the icy pond.


Mega sign by the road.


Sweet room with fireplace.


What everyone's really here for.  :-D

Land of the Free? Lemme think about that...

Ok, so sometimes Facebook serves another purpose other than simply to wander around in the social worlds of my friends....


I was on the website earlier this week and noticed they had a group entitled "Protect your Heirlooms if you care about your future!"  Intrigued, I looked at the group and found out that the House of Representatives, in addition to completely giving us a joke of a health care reform (but don't get me started on THAT), has had a bill on the table, HR 875 to be exact, (check out the link to read the bill yourself...I was appalled at how MUCH it regulated...is nothing "personal/home-use" anymore?) that would basically make it illegal to grow HEIRLOOM plants!  Can you believe it!  The plants that our grandparents grew, reknown for their superior flavor and nutrition would be outlawed.  For more information (though, I make the disclaimer that it's HUGELY biased, check out this website.)


(Click here for a fellow blogger's entry on this bill)

Family Photos

As part of her Christmas "present," mom asked for a family photo, as there had been an addition to the family and a number of years had elapsed since the last.  Here're our final products. :-D

 And one more for good measure.