It Is By Giving That We Receive

A little while back I was wanting to start crocheting again so that I could make and give sets of Christmas coasters to a few of my friends. After I got out my crocheting supplies, I realized that I had forgotten how to even cast on the yarn to start crocheting. I did what most people do today when they need to find out how to do something, I Googled it!

I found a website that had a video on how to begin to crochet. I proceeded to follow the instructions in the video and it came back to me after about three or four restarts on casting the yarn on the crochet hook. I read on further in the blog that went with the video and was intrigued by the section about being a part of something bigger than crocheting for myself and gifts for friends. The article mentioned crocheting a 9 inch by 7 inch block and sending it in to be part of a blanket for a needy person that doesn’t have even a blanket. I started on the block and realized that I didn’t have a ruler to measure the 9″ x 7″ to make the block. I made a makeshift pattern by doing the measurement out on a piece of paper. I soon realized that this would not even last through crocheting one block, let alone numerous blocks. That’s when I started trying to think about what types of material I needed to make a pattern that would last. I thought about just a regular piece of paper cut to the correct size and then laminating it so that it would last. I thought about doing the same thing with thin cardboard. Then I remembered a piece of Mylar that I had saved from a reusable refrigerated bag that medicine had been delivered to me in. Just read the explanation below, and look at the pictures.

With my artificial bladder, I have to put medication in my bladder daily VIA a 60 cc syringe. The syringes are delivered to me every two weeks in a reusable refrigerator bag. The bag has a piece of Mylar in the bottom of it, as well as freezer gel bricks that are also reusable.

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I have realized that the Mylar comes out of the bottom of the bag. As I crochet a few things, I decided to use some of it to make a pattern for a 9 inch by 7 inch rectangle piece for blankets. A pattern will also be made for a 6 inch square to use to measure for coasters. By using the patterns, I am assured that the blocks will all be of a uniform size. The first pattern I cut left a piece that measured 7 inches by 3 and 1/4 inches. I will find something that it can be used for I am sure.

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The block that I am working on now is going to be sent to a charity organization called warmupamerica.org  Their information is as follows,  just in case you are interested in making some blocks too.

Warm Up America! Foundation
3740 N. Josey Lane, Suite 102
Carrollton, TX 75007

Tel: 972-325-7232 | Fax: 972-215-7333

When I decided that I was going to crochet some blocks and donate them, I realized something very important, that giving to others and making a difference in their lives makes a difference in my life also. As I have heard it said before, “It is in the giving to others that we too receive.” This goes on the same premise as when you smile at someone, most of the time they will smile back. And the best part is that smiles are free. They don’t cost anything to give to someone. So too are hugs free, but with hugs you have to be more cautious than with smiles.

With the winter right here upon us, in some places, it feels good to know that I am going to help give others some warmth. I’m not usually one to do any shopping on Black Friday, but I may go and check out skeins of yarn just to see how much they cost. if they aren’t too much, I may buy some different colors of yarn, and start making blocks and sending them to Warm Up America, so that my blocks can be part of something bigger.

Doing good things for other people doesn’t have to be limited to crocheting blocks for blankets. One website that I landed on, http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2014/03/crocheting-and-knitting-for-charity/  has listed several ways to give back by crocheting and knitting different things and sending them to these different organizations. I have put links for the ones that I could find so that you can visit them if you want to. Here are the ways they listed:

1. Go national

     Project Linus  HTTPS://SEDO.COM/SEARCH/DETAILS.PHP4?DOMAIN=LINUSPROJECT.ORG&PARTNERID=49563&ORIGIN=PARTNER

Project Linus National Headquarters
PO Box 5621
Bloomington, IL 61702-5621

2. Warm Up America!

3. The Red Scarf Project   http://www.fc2success.org/programsmentoring-and-support/red-scarf-project/

Mail to: Foster Care to Success Red Scarf Project, 21351 Gentry Drive Suite 130, Sterling VA 20166.

I found out that the scarves need to be 60 inches long and 5 to 8 inches wide. The color should be some shade of red or burgundy if possible, but other colors may do. They need to be suitable for boys or girls.

4. Go local

Homeless shelters

Women’s shelters

Youth organizations

5. Nursing homes

6. When in doubt, just donate!

Try it. You just may find yourself feeling a whole lot different about life and just what is important in it.

 

Neck Towels

As I am an older lady, I have already been through the “change of life”. The doctor’s told me that the hot flashes would be gone after I finished going through the “change”. They were wrong. I still have them. But I took matters into my own hands when the perspiration got too bad. During the hot weather especially, no one would catch me without a towel around my neck.

During the “change”, come the so call it “invention” of the menopause towel. Believe you me, I didn’t just have white workout towels around my neck. I bought bath towels of every color that the store had at that time. They were cut into four strips, and a very good friend sewed the edges for me so that they wouldn’t ravel out. There were towels of every color to match every outfit that I had. My friends were really amazed at the towels, and told me that I should sell them as ‘menopause towels” and they bet that I could make a lot of money.

I never did market the towels, but I still use them to this day because I am one of those unlucky people that still has hot flashes many years after I finished going through the “change”.

My Story

I have had an artificial bladder for going on twelve years now. During that time there have been things that I have discovered that help me with the day to day, so call it maintenance of the bladder. One of the first things that I did was to figure out how to cover up the drainage bag. I decided that the best way to cover it up was to use a cloth bag with handles on it. That way I could use a belt to keep the cloth bag around my waist so that people didn’t have to look at it.

With having an indwelling catheter all the time, I discovered that there was leakage around it, and furthermore, the leakage was irritating my skin. To keep from being irritated I started using 5″ x 9″ ABD pads around the catheter. I put one under the catheter and one on top of it, then I put a depends on top of both of them to keep them in place.

 

 

 

Super Addition To Kitchen Cabinetry and Other Useful Ideas

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I saw these pictures on Facebook.  I just thought they were so useful and unique that I would share them here. I do not know who originally posted them. Just know that none of them are mine.

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Addition to Kitchen

The picture below shows a really unique way to hide your kitchen trash can, yet have it handy.

Hiddsen Trash Can

The pictures below are from an ad I saw in a flyer that came in the mail. It was from Closets by Design and the phone number is 800-500-9230. I did not get permission to show these pictures and they are not a sponsor of any of my websites. The pictures are of walk-in closets, and kitchens. They are so compact in their designs that I wanted to keep this for future reference in case I ever have the opportunity to be involved in the building of a new house. One thing is for sure, I will call them and find out what I can about what they have to offer if the opportunity ever arises.

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Now you may be wondering why I even posted these pictures to begin with. My purpose in posting these pictures is two fold. One, they are of home improvements that may interest other readers to my blogs. Two, they represent a portion of my dreams for the future.

Dreams and hopes are very important to people. If you can’t have hopes, and dream about them, for the future, many people would probably feel like what is the use. We as a society have basically been conditioned since birth to never be satisfied with what you have accomplished. You should always strive for more. I’m not saying don’t be happy and proud of what you have accomplished. You should always be proud of your accomplishments. But if you don’t have any hopes and dreams for the future, then, basically, you no longer have the desire to thrive and live a full life.

I have heard all of my life, as long ago as I can remember that if you can’t have a goal to learn something new everyday, then you are giving up on life. Goals are made to achieve and to surpass with higher and loftier goals. Goals have to start out small, or it is likely that if you don’t accomplish any goals, then you will give up.

Believe it or not, even babies have “goals” so to speak as they are developing. True, these goals are usually accomplished with the help of parents, other family members, and friends. A  baby usually passes these milestones within the first 12-18 months of life. First they focus on things and start grabbing for them and then actually grasp them in their little hands. Then they get where they can hold their head up, and before you know it they are turning over. Next thing you know they are sitting up, and sort of fall over and start crawling. While they are crawling, they start pulling up on things and just standing in place. Next thing you know, they see something in the distance that they want and they try to take a step toward it. They fall down, pull up again and try it again and again. And before you know it, they are walking and then running. While all of this is going on they are also making sounds with their mouth, and the sounds start actually forming words, and next thing you know, the babies are talking. All of this was accomplished by goals that the babies are not even aware yet such a thing exists. I don’t know just how old a child has to be before they understand the concept of having goals, but all of us have them everyday. They are necessary for us to live so far as I am concerned. If I couldn’t make goals and have dreams about those goals, then i would be a very unhappy person.

That is why I have posted these pictures. I have a dream that if I ever win the lottery (I Know I have to play it first) I will have my dream house built. The unique things in these pictures are things that I want in my house. Not exactly, mind you, but very similar. At least the pictures give the people that will build my house an idea of what I want to be in the house and where to start.

Think about it. Never stop making goals, and never stop dreaming. they help you to live a happier life.

 

 

“Necessity Is The Mother Of Invention”

I don’t know who the original person was that said that, but I have heard it most of my adult life, and I am 63. That makes it between 35 and 42 years that I have heard that saying. I am one of those people that has made items that I found necessary for myself. In the making of those items I have used existing things that were originally made for other uses and adapted them for my needs, and have actually made some furniture items out of not so popular furniture supplies. You will have to see the pictures to see what I mean.

I will try to explain only the way I made one thing out of another thing, or used something that was intended for one thing for something else entirely, but not the items individually. The items individually are explained in another post elsewhere entitled,  “A Place For Everything and Everything In It’s Place” – Part 2. 

The picture below is the top part of my makeshift “linen closet”. There is no linen closet in the apartment where I currently live. Being disabled and in a wheel chair, I need things to be accessible to me.

What I want you to concentrate on is the shelf set-up in the corner by the door. Notice that there are three little individual shelves with legs on them. These were meant to be stackable shoe shelves. That is why I bought them originally. I used them for shoes for almost fifteen years. The next place where I lived, I used them inside some small cabinets over my stove to provide an extra shelf for short can goods. Now they are being used for a linen closet. the base is a board that I had been using for something else in the apartment I used to live in. There is one brown step stool and two blue step stools. Each has four legs, and the shelf part on top has a hole in each of the four corners so that they may be stacked one on top of the other. I put the two blue shelves on the bottom, and spaced them just far enough apart for the legs of the brown shelf to straddle the two blue shelves making like a pyramid. In essence, by doing that, I created storage for several different items, and on different levels instead of just having space on top of the gray shelf.

One other thing I would like to point out is the shelf on the wall. This shelf is actually one that was supposed to be used in a closet for a shelf. I needed something to put items that were in bottles, and plastic containers, like the powder, on, as well as the toilet paper, and hair dryer. I recycled the closet shelf to use in the bathroom.

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The other thing that I want to point out is on the bottom of the gray shelf. If you will notice, there is a big plastic container in it. The container is actually a busser’s dirty dish collection container for a restaurant. I use it as a drawer in the bottom shelf. I am a senior citizen and am not able to bend down very well anymore. I have to be able to get to the things that are stored in the back of the shelf, there go the “drawer” that I repurposed.

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For those of you females out there that may be approaching that age in life where the hot flashes start, I came up with an idea that helped me tremendously with one of the ill side effects of it.

The hot flashes just used to drive me crazy. I was wet with perspiration all the time. I got to where I didn’t even want to go outside when it was warm, let alone when it was hot. When I used to go to an exercise class, I remembered many people with their sweat towels. When I got to seriously thinking about it, I came up with the idea of Menopause Towels, for the women, and Neck Towels, for the men. I would take just your basic size bath towel, not the humongous bath sheets, have a friend cut them into four strips lengthwise, and sew up the cut edges. Since I didn’t have a sewing machine, I had to get a friend to sew them up. I did this with as many different colors as I could find. Naturally, I tried to find colors that matched the colors that I usually wore. But I made other colors also. During that time in my life, you just about could not look at me that I didn’t have a towel around my neck. Just thought I would throw that out there in case any women, or men might be interested in doing it for themselves.

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I recycle good sturdy boxes for reuse with something other than what came in them. These are not usually too big, but yet big enough to store many small items in. There was one size box that really came in handy for me. As I am diabetic, I used to drink a lot of Diabetic Resource. The individual drinks came in the little drink size boxes, and 27 of them came in a bigger size rectangular box with a lid on it. When I was finished drinking  the diabetic resource, I would take the larger size rectangular box and cover it with woodgrain looking contact paper. The boxes hold the regular size DVDs in them with the DVDs placed spine up, in the boxes. that way the title of the movies may been seen, and easily retrieved for viewing pleasure.

I have a video of my covering a box with the contact paper, but is has temporarily gotten misplaced, as a lot of things have from my moving, As soon as I find it, I will post it to this website.

 

 

 

 

Individual Storage Drawers

 

I have discovered a unique way to have a huge chest of drawers. First pick out individual large drawers for holding your fold-up clothes. Next measure the width of the drawers, and the length of the drawers from front to back. Once again, there needs to be boards bought that are cut to size of the tops of the drawers. Then buy 2×2 s that are the width of the drawers. There needs to be two of each 2×2 for the top of each drawer, and an extra set to go under the drawer, for the drawer that will be on the floor. Count how many drawers there are and buy one extra board besides how many drawers there are also.

For an example of the numbers of boards and 2×2 s, lets say there are three drawers. You will need four boards and eight 2×2 s. Put one set of 2×2 s on the floor and a board on top of them. Next center a drawer on top of the board. After that, put two of the 2×2 s on top of that drawer and a board on top of them. Now center another drawer on top of that board and repeat the above process until all of the 2×2 s have been used, and all of the boards have been used, and finally all of the drawers have been used. you should end up with a set of 2×2 s and a board on top of the last drawer that was bought.

The stack up will be as follows for say three drawers:  2×2 s on the floor, spaced as far apart as the drawer is from front to back, then put a board on top of them, and drawer on top of that; 2×2 s on top of the drawer, spaced as far apart as the drawer is from front to back, then put a board on top of the 2×2 s, then drawer on top of the board;2×2 s on top of the drawer,spaced as far apart as the drawer is from front to back, then put a board on top of the 2×2 s and a drawer on top of that; then the final 2×2 s, spaced as far apart as the drawer is from front to back, and the last board on top of the 2×2 s. By having the 2×2 s and board on the floor, the first drawer on the floor will not get caught on the carpet when it is opened up; and by the same token the 2×2 s and the board on top of the last drawer to be stacked, there will be a place to put things like what would usually be on top of a dresser or chest of drawers.

To be more decorative, all of the 2×2 s and boards can be covered with wood grain looking contact paper. This will make them look more finished instead of like they just came from a lumber yard. If there are any questions, please put them in comments, and I will answer them.

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On January 28, 2012, I originally posted the above blog. It was on another site, and I moved it to this site just today. You might be happy to know that when I moved in March of 2014, I did a vlog showing exactly how to make the chest of drawers, as I was putting mine back together. I had misplaced it, but have recently found it.  Be looking for the vlog to be uploaded in the near future. Just thought you might like to know that there is a video showing step by step how to make it. The only thing it doesn’t show is the sawing of the wood. That step was done when I bought the wood.

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“A Place For Everything and Everything In It’s Place”

I don’t know who the original person was that said that, but I have heard it most of my life, and I am 63. So that’s a long time to have been hearing the saying. The meaning of the saying is a very literal translation. For everything that you have and use everyday, you should have a certain place where it belongs if it is not being used. As soon as you are finished using and cleaning the thing that you are using, put it back in its place. If you always put the item back in the same place, you will always know where it is. You will be so efficient on knowing where everything in your house is that you could go and get it in the dark. Some people might think that what I am saying is not so, but I can atest to the validity of it. When a tornado hit my house, in my absence, I arrived back there after it was turning dusk. In the house, it was dark. Since I knew where I always kept everything and always put it back where it was kept, I was able to get everything that I needed for the night to go and stay at a friend’s house. The next day I returned to my house and retrieved more things.

I have taken pictures of specific areas, cabinets, and closets in my current apartment. As I post each picture, I will explain the picture and where the area is in my apartment. Then I will try to explain why I chose to store the things the way that I did. I hope that this will help you to be able to organize things wherever you live. Organization helps to be able to live a life that is not encumbered by confusion.

I am going to try to explain each picture as they come. Some of them will not let me space in between them, so  I am going to have to explain more than one at a time.

This picture is looking straight on from the entrance into my kitchen. As you can see, I even use the top of my cabinets, and my refrigerator for storage. I try to utilize every available inch of space that I can.

The thing by the stove is a three tier spice rack that I bought at WalMart. Each shelf pulls out as if it was a drawer. I also use the counter as a fourth shelf.

You will also notice that I use the space under my counter for storage. As I don’t have any small drawers, except for one under the cabinet by the refrigerator (you will see it in another picture) there is a small plastic set of drawers. I will show each drawer and explain it in later photos. I also have a small cooler and several bottles of water under the counter also. I took empty milk cartons, washed them out, filled them with tap water and let them sit for 24 hours to distill it, and then put the caps on them. I have 9 of them. That way if there is ever an emergency where the water is unsafe, or there is a drought, I at least have 9 gallons of water.

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The picture below shows the cabinet above my stove. I take advantage of many different types of things for storage. The orange one is a Tupperware container I bought years ago. The yellow container is actually a container that Domino sugar came in, and I just keep refilling it. The grey container with the holes in it is one of a set of three baskets. Two were the size that you see, and the big one is a file basket for letter size paper that is being used elsewhere in my apartment. The little clear container is one that deli meat came pre packaged in, and I am recycling it by using it for storage purposes. The green wire basket that you see on top of the cabinet is one to put plastic ware in and napkins in the back half of it. The rest are in the packages that they came in.

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This picture is my main dish cabinet. I just mainly wanted to show that you need to nest things to make more fit in the same area. You will notice in the far right corner on the center shelf that a colander is on the bottom. Then there is a set of metal bowls and Tupperware bowls that are fitted is each other. Some times, it is just a matter of turning the handles of a bowl or cup in a different direction to make more fit in the same area.

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The next picture is of the main cabinet where I have large glasses, cups, and lids that fit on my different storage containers for the refrigerator. Notice the cups in the bottom left of the picture. If all of your coffee cup handles go in the same direction, then you can have rows side by side with the handles fitting perfectly in the little groves created by the first set of cup handles. The white cups have their handles facing right, and the labeled cups have their handles facing left. They intertwine each other. The two boxes with lids are shown in different pictures right after this one.

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These two pictures just show stacking like lids together and gradually going down in size. When you put them like that, instead of all helter skelter, then they are much easier to retrieve when you need them. Also, as you can see, smaller miscellaneous items may also be put in the boxes.

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The cabinet in this picture is my largest cabinet and goes back into the corner. It actually has five sides. I store my larger storage containers in it, as well as my sauce pans, large cups, and other larger miscellaneous microwave plates.

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This next two pictures go on around to the right and show the top of my refrigerator. My large pot, my rice cooker, and a box, that has the pink pan on it, where I have empty cola bottles in it for me to fill from 2 litre bottles of pop. Doing this saves a lot of money. Where I live, the cost of a bottle of 2 litre cola is 2 bottles of 2 litre pop is $3.33. Each 2 litre will fill 3 and approximately 1/2 small bottles of pop. Each small bottle cost at least $1.5 from a machine. That is $5.25 worth of pop in each 2 liter bottle. For the 2 bottles there is a total of 7 small pop bottles that I can fill. The dollar amount that those small bottles would total from a machine is $10.50. The 2 litre bottles only cost $3.33. By refilling the small bottles, I save a total of $7.17 with each purchase of 2 bottles of 2 litre pop.

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Besides the top of my refrigerator, this picture also shows my small cabinet where I store mainly recycled containers that other food came in. I also have hooked up a fan that attaches to one of the shelves. Sometimes the kitchen gets too hot and I need a fan.

 

The picture below shows the cabinet that has the only little drawer actually in the cabinetry in the whole kitchen. Notice the front of the drawer. There is a little metal hook hanging on the drawer. I used one of the little hooks that are used to put wire on the back of pictures to hang them up. The hook is very small. Once I put the hook in the drawer, I put a metal hanger, that is actually a shower curtain hanger, as the pull for the drawer.

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The picture below shows the organization of the drawer in the cabinet under the counter. Notice the four little containers. They are drawer separators by Rubbermaid. I have had them for many years. Notice the order that the silverware is put in each little container. In the top left the small spoons and put in by design. One pattern is on one side and the other pattern is on the other side of the same container, with a stack of ice tea spoons going down the middle. In the top right all of my table knives are in the same container regardless of the pattern. There is really no way to actually stack knives like the other silverware can be stacked. The next container down on the left contains the forks. There are two patterns of long handle forks divided by a stack of short handle forks. The next container down on the right side are separated according to serving spoons and soup spoons, with one set going in one direction and the other set going in  the other direction. Small straight items are placed just beside the containers. At the bottom of the drawer, the end closest to the handle, there is a vegetable peeler, a multi opener for juice cans, pop bottles and wine corks, and a set of measuring spoons.

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The bottom picture shows the cabinet under the counter by the refrigerator, and the closet in the hall between the kitchen and the living room.

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The picture below shows the hall, and the hall closet, looking from the living room into the kitchen. Here you can see the bottles of water that I have for an emergency.

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The picture below is looking from the kitchen into the living room. Notice the little shelves. there are three different shelving units that I put together myself. You can see that the storage containers fit perfectly in the openings, with a little bit of room on the side for small boxes such as oatmeal and storage bags. The shelf on top is actually a shoe shelf that I put together. It is perfect for the dish towels, dish rags, hot mitts, trivets and drying mats. I had to fold the towels a few times before I found which way allowed me to store the greatest number of towels. The top shelf of this long unit has the miscellaneous stuff on it. I have two bread keepers , a paper towel holder, some little containers with twist ties, pop can tabs, and the little box tops for school coupons in them. There is also a plastic basket with diet mixes in it that a friend uses, and another container for bananas. But you can tell that I like things to be in order and look neat as I can possibly make them.

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The picture below shows the two shelf units with three storage areas in each. But that is not what I am concentrating on. I already explained them above. What I am concentrating on is the cabinet by the wall. Notice that I have put the larger items on the top shelf, such as the tall bottles of cooking oil and olive oil, because that is the shelf with the most space between the two shelves. The stack that is mainly blue is a stack of canned tuna fish. The second shelf down has the canned vegetables on it. Three cans in a row from front to back can fit on it, and they can be stacked two high. So six cans of each type of vegetable can fit in each row from front to back. The third shelf down has shorter bottles, such as the vinegar, and all of the tomato based things, diced tomatoes, and the re-fried beans on it. There is a plastic container with different little packages of stuff like peanut butter and syrup that are in takeout orders. The bottom shelf has Ramen Noodles and non-fat dry milk on it, and the mackerel and when I have any, the salmon on  it for the noodles.

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The picture below shows the bottom part that I have just explained, and the top part of the large food cabinet in the kitchen. I will concentrate on the top part of the cabinet. The very top shelf has the cereal, crackers and box mixes such as hamburger helper, macaroni and cheese, and Stove Top Stuffing mix on it. The bottom shelf has all of my cans of soup on it. The shelf will hold three cans from front to back, and two cans high of the family size soup on it, for a total of six cans of family size cans of soup in each stack/row. I put one kind of soup in each stack/row. It is possible to put four cans from front to back and stack them three cans high of small cans of soup form a total of twelve cans of soup in each stack/row of small cans of soup. By making each stack/row of just one kind of soup, I can always tell how much of each one I have with just a glance. I find it very hard to deal with cans of soup or vegetables just put on a shelf all mixed up. When they are on the shelf all mixed up I never know what kind of soups and/or what kind of vegetables I have.

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The picture below shows a three shelf unit that rolls, where I keep my microwave, blender, toaster, and ice tea maker on the top shelf. actually the microwave is on the shelf and the other things are on a piece of board on top of the microwave. The second shelf has a small crock pot, a single sandwich sandwich grill, and my coffee making supplies on it. The third and also bottom shelf has my frying pans and my wok on it. You can only see part of the top shelf where the microwave, blender and toaster are.

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The picture below actually shows the top of the refrigerator close up. You can see my pressure cooker, my rice cooker, and my soup making pot. The pink pan holds ice in it, when I know that I am going to need more than just the one that I usually try to keep full. The container under the pink pan is where I keep the empty pop bottles that I told you about earlier in this post.

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The picture below just shows the organization of my spices on the spice rack that has the three shelves that pull out like drawers. and like I said earlier in the post I use the counter for a fourth spice shelf.

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The picture below shows the three drawer plastic chest that holds my miscellaneous kitchen utensils, and the separator containers in each drawer. The white dishpan with the yellowish pan in it, also has an even smaller plastic container in it that I use to thaw out frozen meat for meals. The blue container is a cooler that I use to put ice in when my friends and I have as cookout. The container in the front of the cooler is the container that holds the dog food. I explain each drawer and it’s containers as they come.

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The next picture shows the first drawer with the separation container in it. The little container holds the small sharp cutting knives and the can opener in it. The drawer itself holds the wisk, tongs, a mayo knife, and other utensils in it. there are also two Ramen noodle soup spoons in it. They match some bowls in the dish cabinet.

 

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This is the container from the second drawer. It container the smaller miscellaneous items that tend to get lost in the drawer. The yellow thing to the side is a banana keeper after some of the banana has been cut off and eaten.

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The picture below shows the other things in the second drawer. There is a grater, a gravy ladle, some small tea strainers, and several different sizes of spatulas in it. the white thing goes on the top of a can of pop to make it seem like a bottle of pop.

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The bottom drawer holds larger plastic utensils such as a pie server, slotted spoons and spatulas that I use to stir cream soups with. They mix up the soup and milk to make the soup more creamy and less lumpy, and ladles.

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The containers in the bottom drawer hold even smaller items that didn’t quite fit in the other drawers. There are sipper lids, pouring lids, measuring spoons really small spatulas, some emergency matches, and corn skewers. And the next picture just shows the containers actually in the drawer.

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This picture shows how I utilize small boxes to make it easier to get items out of the back of the corner cabinet under the counter. Also how I put the tall items on the bottom of the cabinet, and the smaller boxes of things like the SOS pads and the Mr.Clean Magic sponges on the small shelf above.

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These pictures that you have just seen and read about were of the cabinets and drawers in my kitchen, and of my hall closet.

Tiny Homes for the Homeless an Occupy Madison Project

This article was on Facebook. I thought it would be of interest, so I copied it and am sharing it with you. Directly after this post is an even bigger article with more pictures of the “Occupy Madison” Project for the homeless, so they may be housed in tiny houses. It is my hope that by my sharing this article and the one after it, many people will approach their municipal government office and suggest that a project like this one be started in your area. After all, if we can house illegal aliens, why can’t we house homeless vets and just homeless people period? Surely to goodness our veterans deserve to be taken care after all that they sacrificed for our freedom!! This could be just the hand up (not hand out) that the homeless need. Possibly, once they have a place to live, can grow some of their own food, can take showers and wash their clothes so they aren’t dirty and  don’t stink, and have access to a resource office to obtain different types of necessary information, then maybe they will have enough self respect to look for jobs and even be hired for them. Please take time to read these two articles.

I was unable to find out who wrote them.

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I think every city and volunteers need to get with this idea. Arresting the homeless helps no one!

Happening NOW: An Occupy group in Madison, Wisconsin just cut the ribbon to open a new community of tiny houses for the homeless. The community includes 9 tiny homes, a resource center, and a gardening space. No one should have to be homeless in the world’s richest country. Pass this along if your city should follow Occupy Madison’s inspiring example! Like our page US Uncut!

OM Build was only made possible by dedicated volunteers and generous donors from around the country. If you want to learn more and possibly contribute, please visit Occupy Madison’s website: http://occupymadisoninc.com/

Story: http://bit.ly/1uxT25m
Photo: Architect Ed Kuharski

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Tiny Homes for the Homeless an Occupy Madison Project

Tiny Homes and a Tiny Village for the Homeless

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Madison Wisconsin: In a city with a homeless population that has risen by 7 percent over the last four years to about 3,370, Occupy Madison organizers decided to tell their local leaders to “put up or shut up” and developed a non profit organization Occupy Madison Inc. In June 2013 OM Build was born and Tiny Homes was decided on as a solution.

To achieve their goals of a Tiny Village complete with 9 tiny homes, permanent comprehensive day resource center, safer places to sleep at night, as well as access to restrooms, showers, laundry, community gardening space, and other basic needs for people experiencing homelessness, OM Build realized that they would need to work from within the system. The hard and relentless work paid off. Scheduled for November 15th 2014 is a Ribbon Cutting Event for The first Tiny Village for the Homeless in Madison.

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Local organizers also state “Our approach to working within the system came only after we realized that without dotting every “i”, and crossing every “t”, the city and the county would never let us operate– they used every opportunity to enforce ordinances, regulations, and seemingly arbitrary whims against us. This paralleled precisely the persecution of everyday, unaffiliated, homeless individuals. When you are homeless, “the system” is rife with obstacles designed to prevent creative innovation or adaptation– we at Occupy Madison experienced the same headaches.” organizers also stated “In many ways, we have had much more success since we changed our approach. This was due not only to how we communicated with city and county offices (we never shirked from being open or transparent), but how we are perceived by Madison’s genteel liberal population. It’s stunning how a flowerbed on a windowsill can be so much better for PR than the window itself, or the house it’s attached to.”

At least six other cities nationwide are adopting Tiny Homes… others are installing Homeless Spikes. One OM Build organizer in Madison stated that Homeless pikes are “disgusting” and a “weak attempt to make even society’s most uninviting spaces– doorways, parks, etc– uninhabitable as well” He also states “People don’t choose to sleep in the gutter. Physically preventing people from getting whatever rest they can will not help them in any way, and nor do they help society. It’s tempting to say that for every spike a municipality erects, they should provide a warm, safe, clean, bed. But the truth is that we should be providing those beds anyway.”

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Local organizers and volunteers state that “next is occupancy and fundraising. We’ve done a lot of work and spent a lot of money getting our site ready for people to move in. Now is a critical time for us financially– if we can’t raise enough funds to pay for making the site as wonderful as it is, there’s a real risk our whole project could go under.” Donations can be sent to paypay account http://bit.ly/1uSYGew Fundraiser in the past have been matched on a dollar per dollar basis and none of current progress would be possible without a 100% volunteer effort.

Local grass root groups that deserve a special shout out include: Friends of the State Street Family, The Bubbles program, (which provides free laundry services to the homeless), Occupy Madison, OM Build, Homeless Ministry at Bethel Lutheran Church, Madison Street Pulse (a cooperative homeless newspaper based In Madison WI).

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Magical Color Changing Drinks For Children – 10/19/14

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 Kelly Bagnasco
How Cool

~This would be a cute idea for a child’s birthday party~
Color Changing Drinks- Magically Delicious

Guests will stare wide-eyed as they watch clear water or soda transform into a vibrant color! must be magic!-
What you’ll need: Plastic party cups, food coloring, ice, and any clear drink (I used Sprite, Fresca and Ginger Ale).
Place 2 to 3 drops of food coloring at the bottom of each party cup and let dry. Just before serving the drinks, fill each cup with ice to hide the food coloring. While each child watches, pour the drink over the ice, and the clear water or soda will magically turn into a color as it fills their cup! Use different colors of food coloring so that the kids won’t know what color to expect from their magic soda.
For another fun twist you could add a fortune telling element to the drinks by assigning a meaning to each color and displaying the different meanings on a small sign near the soda.
For example, purple = royalty, green = wealth, yellow = long life. Whichever color each guest’s soda turns also predicts their personal fortune.