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Monthly Archives: November 2010
Today I’ll be up to my same antics as last year. In addition to preparing pies and the stuffing foundations, I’ve been busy doing laundry, cleaning the house and getting a jump on next week’s homework. I’ve already finished my long overdue project of purging the file cabinet and packing the last few year’s tax papers away!
What do your Pie Day activities include?
Yesterday, I finished my Thanksgiving shopping. Even though I went around 2:30 in the afternoon, the store was pretty crowded. It is good to be ready to start baking pies tomorrow and take advantage of some great deals, like 4-packs of batteries for only 48 cents!
This is how I organize and transport my coupons. A friend of mine gave me this awesome box because she wasn’t using it. (I don’t understand it myself, but I’m very grateful!) It has 200 tabs, so if I’m looking for a coupon for mustard, it’s under mustard – not grouped with a bunch of other condiments. Besides the numerous categories, it also has handy little tabs to easily flip to the correct category. It is much easier for me to use than the binder method I was using before.
While I was grocery shopping yesterday, I probably could have sold at least two of these little beauties. I even gave one lady the website on my awesome coupon caddy, only to find the page no longer exists. You could do make your own specific categories for the binder method, it just wouldn’t have the easy to flip through tabs. An even better alternative is the Deluxe Coupon Organizer II with 80 categories or the Deluxe Coupon Organizer IV with 130. The list at the top assigns a number to each category. If I was looking for my deodorant coupons, I’d scan the list on top down to “d” and see that it is tab number 64 is deodorant. I flip to tab number 64, and pull out my deodorant coupons and look for the brand that’s on sale.
Yes, I was stocking up on deodorant and batteries and this handy coupon caddie is a great tool to help me build my food storage and save money!
We women are a varied group, but we often have so much in common. Women seem much more likely to be going in 10 different directions at the same time. I know my interests are varied and there are so many things I want to learn and skills I want to acquire, that I have a hard time focusing on any one thing at a time.
A quick peak at my blog’s thought cloud shows some of the range of my interests. Many overlap, but there are over 20 interests that I’ve talked about on my blog in the last year and a half! And I’m not the only one, although some bloggers are good at keeping their blogs to one subject – but they often have multiple blogs for other interests.
I don’t see men having so many or so varied interests. No wonder women in general are overwhelmed so much of the time! We want to be so many things, we want to keep learning and improving our selves. And we want to be good at everything (or is that just me?)
I think it’s interesting that a typical “woman’s magazine” like Better Homes and Gardens primarily focuses on cooking and decorating the home. While many of us are interested in these things, we are often interested in much more. I thought about how many magazines would it take to cover all of my interests. And where would I come up with that kind of time to read them all? It would be nice to have all my interests in one place.
What would would your perfect magazine look like?
We had a great lesson about Queen Esther from the Old Testament. We talked about her the courage she had to approach the king and ask for him to spare her people. By doing this, she added her life to those who were already endangered of losing their lives. Part of what gave Queen Ester the courage to approach the king, was the faith that her people had in her and the Lord. They fasted with Queen Ester to be successful.
This story continues to teach me! I usually think of this being a lesson of courage and faith, but what struck out to me this time I heard the lesson is how we can support and encourage others by fasting and praying for them.
Our activity was our making Christmas cards; and our treat was Peanut Butter Cookies.