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My Father's Prayer ...and mine

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

This was on the refrigerator door at my Dad's house for many years. At the bottom were the birth and death details of my paternal grandfather's life...1886-1966. I thought he was the author of this poem..but in the last year or so, I discovered that he is NOT the author. If you search google for comes up in many variations...but apparently the author is unknown. So, I am sharing the version my father liked.

My Father's Prayer...and mine.

Lord, thou knowest better than I know myself that I am growing older; and someday will be old.

Keep me from getting talkative, and particularly from the fatal habit of thinking must say something on every subject on every occasion.

Release me from craving to straighten out everybody's affairs.

Make me thoughtful, but not moody, helpful but not bossy. With my vast store of wisdom it seems a pity not to use it all. But thou knowest, Lord, that I want a few friends at the end.

Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details...give me wings to get to the point.

Seal my lips to my many aches and pains....they are increasing and my love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by. I ask for grace enough to listen to the tales of others' pains. Help me to endure them with patience.

Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally it is possible for me to be mistaken. Keep me reasonably sweet. I do not want to be a saint...some of them are so hard to live with...but a sour old person is one of the crowning works of the devil.

Help me to extract all possible fun out of life. There are so many funny things around us, and I do not want to miss any of them.

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    Great advice. It does hit a few nails on the head!

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GAMOMMY3 2/8/2013 12:07AM

    Good advice indeed!

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CELEST 2/6/2013 8:06AM

    That is an excellent poem. I try to be patient, but struggle with these and dont know which order is more annoying....those who suffer from the fatal habit of thinking must say something on every subject on every occasion or the endless bowel movement subject or the a sour old person which surely is one of the crowning works of the devil.
I keep reminding myself I will be old-er one day too.
My prayer for myself is ... TO SMILE A TON AND LOVE THE YOUNG.

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  What good advice!

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TATTER3 2/6/2013 5:45AM

    I love this!!! Thanks for sharing!

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    I love it! Thank you for sharing Asta!

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NANADEE44 2/5/2013 9:28PM

    I'm going to copy and paste this prayer to a new text document on my laptop, just so I can access it quickly on days when I can feel myself exhibiting some of the same behaviors in this prayer. I am so guilty of many of them. Thanks for sharing. Interesting comments about the original author.

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Carpet Dance round two

Monday, February 04, 2013

Well, for such a dirty carpet, I should have known it wouldn't be THAT easy. emoticon Last night I noticed some large spots resurfacing. I pretreated two of them and went on to bed. This morning I was at it again...using a mostly hot water solution this time. It is astonishing how much dirt is coming up (embarrassing to see that much crud in my rug!) At the moment, the carpet is still pretty wet, but the machine won't pick up any more I must wait for the dry environment and woodburning stove to dry things out. It looks better and better.

Lesson from all this...I need to DO this more often. I kept putting off professional cleaning for a variety of reasons..too hot (no ac in summer...and right in front of the stove in winter), too cold, too expensive, no time to be home.
I am SURE a professional cleaning SOON would be wise (can't afford it right now), but in the meantime, I will continue to spot clean...AND I think I will keep doing Carpet Dance cleaning more frequently.

DH says we will need to replace this rug when Miss Daisy leaves us..but that could still be some years. Till then, I have my dancing cut out for me! emoticon

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TATTER3 2/5/2013 8:45AM

    I'm replacing carpeting this's been over 40 so it's time. Conservative sister thinks a 'cleaning' will fix it......not! Keep dancing!!!

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LYN-EDWY 2/4/2013 6:52PM

    You make me laugh....thanks! emoticon

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    Who knew exercise and housecleaning could be so much fun??!?!?!

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DR1939 2/4/2013 3:18PM

    Well, you are burning calories and building muscles. emoticon

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    We rent a cleaner from our grocery store. All you have to do is buy the cleaner. The work really well.

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The Carpet Dance

Sunday, February 03, 2013

I have a very old wall-to-wall carpet in our main living space. When we put it down, I chose commercial carpeting, knowing it would be taking a beating...and it has. Through multiple pets, raising four children, constant traffic, renting our house out for 2.5 yrs, parties and oopsies...the carpet has held on.

Now I also have a very old dog. She is as sweet as she can be, but in her elder years, she is a little bit. Vet put her on antibiotics..twice...but it didn't quite do the trick. I have found natural tablets for bladder control that have helped alot...but there are still occasional spills.

All these years, I have been an avid spot cleaner. I tackle EVERY spill promptly and thoroughly. After our rental period, I thought the carpet was done for, but I purchased a steam cleaner and went to work...and it came out wonderfully well.

The carpet cleaner works great..when it works. Now the repair place is gone..and I can't find a repair/parts service. Now it won't put DOWN the water/soap...but it will pick it up.

I had an idea. I bought two different kinds of pump sprayers with the idea of mixing the soap and hot water solution, spraying it on the carpet and then using the steam cleaner to pick it all up. Seemed logical.

Today I decided that since I am home alone, it is sunny (thus easy to see) I would try cleaning one section of the rug that really was catching dirt badly. husband has "borrowed" both is full of something and the other is not to be found. OK. So..plan B. I filled a 1 gallon bottle with very hot water and the Oxyclean. I poured this on the carpet and then, using my bare feet, worked it in.

This has become my method of choice for spot cleaning...but this was a LOT more than just little spots. Think EXERCISE!!! The Carpet Dance got the soap solution worked in. Then I hauled out the steam cleaner and started 'vacuuming'. It worked very well. I went over the same areas over and over as long as it seemed to be picking up water...and then poured clear water over some of it and did some more pick up.

NOW I have a damp, but much cleaner looking area of rug. I have gotten up the old cleaners used to treat the spots..and the spots that were catching dirt. Is it perfect? Not hardly...but you would never guess how old my carpet is...especially today.

Now I am counting on the dry heat from the wood burning stove in that room to thoroughly dry things out. I am very pleased with my efforts...and sincerely hope I won't have sore shoulders from so much push/pull or sore legs from my prolonged carpet dance.

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    emoticon Love creativity!

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    You're awesome, Mom! (My carpet needs lots of dancing on, too, haha.) emoticon

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SUNNYWBL 2/4/2013 4:00PM

    You a certainly intrepid in your cleaning efforts! emoticon

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CINA-MINI 2/4/2013 2:57PM

    What a great idea!

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CELEST 2/4/2013 7:38AM

    I read your story to my nephew who's line of work is carpet cleaning. He found it highly amusing and says he will never be able to look at another carpet without thinking of your word "carpet dancing". I have had wooden floors for nearly 20 yrs so I cant fully relate, but I have an avid imagination so the picture you painted gave me a big smile.
I have to purchase a vacuum cleaner because my dogs sleep on my couch and its getting awfully dusty.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 2/4/2013 12:04AM

    Way to go Asta. Where theres a will, theres a way! Lots of exercise as well. emoticon

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LYN-EDWY 2/3/2013 8:45PM

    Creative is the word. My goodness dear sure have a great imagination!


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    That is so awesome!! I would have NEVER thought of something that creative. I know what your first job in paradise will be, carpet cleaning hehehe

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  Very inventive sweetie!

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DR1939 2/3/2013 7:19PM

    Very creative.

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MOMOSG 2/3/2013 4:27PM

    Very creative solution. I love how you turned a household chore into a whole heap of fun. I should try enlisting my children to do "The Carpet Dance". We have an area run in need of attention!

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DEBBY4576 2/3/2013 3:42PM

    Wow, you were certainly inventive. Congrats that it worked!!!! I need to clean mine too. Never thought of your tricks. I know hydrogen peroxide works too on really bad stains. I do my kitchen floor the way you did the carpet. It is a good workout, since I live in Arizona and have ALOT of tile. Not as good as your Carpet Dance tho haha.

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SPIRALDOWN 2/3/2013 3:31PM

    would have never thought of that...great job

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wild wind night 2

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Compared to some of our neighboring counties, we really have little damage. The power displayed by these weather events are astonishing...and we have seen far more right here on our farm in the past..even a tornado, some major lightening stikes and other straight wind storms. Still, this is some of what we will have for clean up. DH has already cleared the electric fence. We will eventually use all the downed stuff for firewood.

This tree just uprooted altogether. It fell across the small firepit and across the driveway between my home and my son's home.

This one split right down the is in the woods behind our house.

DH is already clearing what came down in the garden...on top of the tomato cages. It is the tops of two trunks!

This is DH clearing the electric fence. This view shows the debris in the garden.

There are a few more, but this will get too long.

ONE more to show though: (This is the best photo..but some of the others are fully January!)

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PICTUREME40 2/2/2013 5:13PM

    I must admit I'm not a fan of those kind of storms. Glad you and DH were safe.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 1/30/2013 11:45PM

    Wow, and beautiful daffodils already.

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SUNNYWBL 1/30/2013 8:54PM

    Bad damage! I loved the daffodil photo, they are my very favorite! So much so that my bridal bouquet was of white daffodils (April wedding).

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KIMS_SHNOOKY 1/30/2013 7:16PM

    Ah the power of an unseen force has given warmth for next winter! Can hardly imagine the unfathomable force of Jehovah.

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LYN-EDWY 1/30/2013 6:16PM

    Amazing! So glad you and DH weren't hurt.
I envy you the daffodils...will be at least 2 months before
ours are up.


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    yikes! so glad it wasnt too bad, but any damage is a pain.

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GAMOMMY3 1/30/2013 3:21PM

    A lot to clean up but at least no damage to you or your house. It is amazing the power of wind, isn't it.

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CELEST 1/30/2013 3:02PM

    My goodness me......that must have been frightening. My storm was all bark and no bite....thankfully.
Glad you're ok through it all.

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wild wind night!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Tree tops down on the tomato cages in the garden. ..first view. Pictures taken with my other camera are apparently too large a file will retake once camera battery for little camera is recharged.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 1/30/2013 11:43PM

    Wow! It's crazy here too with the wind.

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DETERMINED_ME 1/30/2013 1:03PM

    Thank goodness nobody was hurt!

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CELEST 1/30/2013 12:54PM

    Goodness thats hectic. Glad its far enough away from your house, all you need now after buying tires for your car is a damaged roof.

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NOTSOFLUFFYDAD 1/30/2013 12:48PM

    Yikes! Maybe the cages will be in among all the bushy limbs and didnt get damaged too bad, trying to stay positive for you.

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ACYCLINGMIND 1/30/2013 12:47PM

    eep! glad none fell on your house.

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DR1939 1/30/2013 12:43PM

    Crazy weather we are having, isn't it. Keep safe.

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