Quilts of Valor

This morning, I saw a wonderful program on PBS television regarding Quilts of Valor.  Here is the web link: Quilts of Valor.  The Public Broadcasting System (PBS) says there is a DVD of the program, with quilt patterns.  ~~  In my humble opinion (IMHO) it is an admirable project for a Senior Center or “small group” project.  I wish we, at JAARS, had such an activity. (A satisfying project for an individual but [IMHO] ideal for a “small group.”)

Nostalgia !!

Another program–on PBS–that begs recognition: The 50’s: Magic Moments.  All those wonderful songs from the 1950’s.  Many of the original artists performing their hit songs (over 300 performers).  I haven’t heard many of those songs for decades!!  In my humble opinion, music that surpasses the popular music of today (IMHO).  

I watched… and listened to music of The Four Aces, Pat Boone, Mel Carter, The Crew-Cuts, The Diamonds, The McGuire Sisters, Patti Page, The Four Preps, Debbie Reynolds, and many I failed to list here.

The 50’s: I was a young wife (1952) with two precious sons (1955 & 1957).  As an Army family, we lived many places in the States, and Newfoundland, and Paris, France.


Postscript, Sunday, August 19, 2012, 9:30 PM: On PBS tonight, a “popular,” modern-day vocalist that I can relate to: Jackie Evancho: Music of the Movies.  She has such a beautiful voice!!

Natalie Coughlin, Gold Medal… Farmer ?

Natalie Coughlin, Gold Medal… Farmer?

Olympics: Natalie Coughlin doesn’t swim in final, but earns historic medal.

I’ve spent a lot of hours watching the Olympics.  And you??  I love the Synchronized Swimming!!  And the Rhythmic Gymnastics, doing floor routines with a ball, or hoop.  Awesome!!  ~~  And, I was mesmerized by the skill of our Beach Volleyball women!!  Another gold medal, their third (Athens, Beijing, London).

Monday, Aug. 6th ~~ with love !!





“Memory Boxes” full of love, and treasures, en route to children and grandchildren.  And, family history/genealogy to a Frantz family cousin.




(Below) What you didn’t see pushed forward behind the large boxes.  Donations for a Thrift Shop that provides for battered women.




Furthermore, I spent hours (late afternoon and evening) on the computer trying to resolve the problem. One software utility program indicated I had 233 errors in the registry but could not delete them. It took a Microsoft technician–on-line, with control of my computer–to get rid of the culprit(s).

Postscript, Wed., Aug. 8th, 2012, 10:30 AM: “What’s next?”  I’m hauling the Topsy-Turvy upside-down tomato planters to the trash receptacles.  The heat killed the once-lush growth and abundant crop of tomatoes.  I pampered them but they succumbed.

Words of encouragement !!

When I don’t have another pair of hands… an acquaintance (who reads my blog) sends words of encouragement.  (She forwarded the following as an e-mail message.)  THANKS!!

Hello and welcome back to your 
Declutter Fast newsletter!

Here’s the most painless way in the world 
to declutter – and the best part is – this 
really works! 

When it comes to being organized, when we 
try something complicated, it becomes just 
one more burden.

It’s the easy and simple solutions to clutter 
and getting organized that work the best – 
because they’re not only easy to put into 
practice, they’re easy to keep doing.

The simple ways are the easiest to become habits. 

This tip is especially painless! It’s simple, 
and it works on a gradual basis, whether you 
have time right now for decluttering or not!

I call it “Take One Thing.” 

Wherever you are in your house (or office), in 
the middle of walking through a room, or making 
a meal, just “take one thing” and move it to 
where it’s supposed to be. 

People who cook a lot will recognize this as 
an essential part of keeping the kitchen neat 
and clean while you are cooking! Cleaning and 
putting things away AS YOU GO makes the job 
much easier and pain-free than having a pile of 
mess to deal with at the end of your creative 

So, try it: “take one thing” and make it a habit 
to do several times a day. This can make a very 
big difference. 

It really adds up. It makes your life a LOT 
easier, cleaner, and more in order!

Even if it is the smallest thing – like removing 
something from the refrigerator that needs to be 
thrown out – that counts. It adds up.

Even if it’s TRASH – yes, that counts too. So, 
the bagels are gone but you still have the 
wrapper on the counter for another day… 
throwing it away makes your kitchen neater. 

You might not have thought this counts, but 
after seeing some of these TV shows in which 
90% of the problem was TRASH that had not 
been tossed out, we can now say, OH YES, 
even THAT counts!

Take one thing and put it where it belongs – 
in another room; in the trash, in the closet, 
in a drawer, in the file cabinet – wherever. 

Make a habit of doing this several times a day, 
and you’ll notice a difference – a much more 
serene life! 

Life is too short to be stressed out all the 
time. Clutter in sight adds to your stress.

You’ll breathe a sigh of relief when your home 
is in order and when you feel the sense of 

Whether you decide to get decluttered in one 
day, or little by little, I encourage you to 
keep making progress – because eventually you 
WILL reach your goal of an orderly home.

For some fast ways to declutter your world, 
check out my e-book “Declutter Fast.”

Every decluttering effort we make adds up.

Here’s to order in our lives!

With love,
Mimi Tanner
Author of Declutter Fast – How to Get Your Home In Order Almost Immediately!

Go to www.declutterfast.com to get started AND motivated to Declutter your world!

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Blog problems !!

For two days, I have attempted to upload pictures to the blog. No success!! The last thing I need right now is the time-consuming task of trying to find the computer problem. Is it my Internet Service Provider (ISP); is the hard drive almost full??  ~~  “Downsizing” is my priority!!

I have five boxes ready to ship to family. I’ve spent a lot of hours on that project!! See Christmas in July!!


Postscript, Saturday, Aug. 4th, 2012, 9:00 AM: FYI, I have over twenty-five years experience with personally owned home computers. (I started with an IBM-PC-Jr. in 1987.)  I’m pretty “savvy” (for an old lady). My problem was (is) as suspected: The hard drive is down to four percent free space!! Yipes!! This laptop computer is almost six years old and I suspect it is time for me to replace it. A bit of trivia: My first laptop computer, purchased in November 1999, cost over $2,500. This computer cost less than $1,000. I’ll be able to purchase something exceedingly better (than the previous two) for about $500. (I’ve owned desk-top computers, too, but I want to keep things small and compact.)


Postscript, Sunday, Aug. 5th, 2012, 3:00 PM:  **If** I could upload a picture, it would be of a woman pulling her hair out!!  I am so frustrated because I have been deleting programs,  and files, for hours–and only freed up fourteen percent more space.  That isn’t enough to upload a picture!!  It’s a mystery where the “space hog” is and why this problem happened virtually overnight.  ~~  While programs, and files, are slowly uninstalled, or deleted, I am keeping busy shredding old Income Tax records and other information.  Some of the information would have been valuable for an autobiography but I question whether I will ever accomplish that project.  “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14)


Postscript, Monday, Aug. 6th, 2012, 10:30 PM: I was on-line for several hours (this evening) with a computer technical person.   It cost me “an arm and a leg” but, hopefully, the problems are resolved.  Time will tell.    “I could a (should a) bought a new computer!?”