Thursday, March 24, 2016


The top of a fridge can sure get dirty in a kitchen. Along with dust, you get the grease that gets in the air from cooking. I have tried all kinds of things to clean the top with, like scouring powders, etc. I could never seem to get in the groves that are at the top of mine. To make matters worse my fridge is next to my cooking stove. This makes it contain even more grease on top of it. photo dirty frig 1_zpsdd08fhg8.jpg The picture above in the far right hand corner is how dirty it was. I had already been cleaning when I thought everyone should know how easy this was, so did not get the before picture of the whole fridge.  photo dirty frig 2_zpsxwlkjmpv.jpg Here is a close up of the dirt, grime, and grease that I had not cleaned yet.  photo dirty frig 3_zps5tzgzrkh.jpg Now the Mom knows best part is from my 84 year old mother. My mom for years has swore by JOY dish soap. I like it but could not use it in some of the places I have lived because of the lemon. Unfortunately I have problems with citrus. Recently I had bought some for my dear hubby for cleaning some rocks that he tumbles and so I thought why not try it full strength on this mess. WOW how easy it was.  I did not have to even push hard with the brush, just move it around and it easily loosened it all up. Just take a wet dish towel and wipe the soap and grime off. photo dirty frig 5_zpssg327nqj.jpg Isn't it just beautiful. I could eat off the top of this fridge now.  photo IMG_5637_zpszjhfiovn.jpg I even used the joy on the antiques. It removed the grime also, without taking any of the paint off. Just love the shinny chicken and chicks. Also compliments of my mother. She did ceramics and made these for me in 1983. Now the shelf next to the stove will be next. Not dreading cleaning it anymore. Nina

Tuesday, February 2, 2016


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Today is a day of doing my laundry and my Mother'n'Love's. A little over a year ago we came to California to help my husband's mother who is 87 and will be 88 shortly. It seems like our weeks are full now. It was not what we thought we would be doing for retirement, but it was in God's plan.

We are not fond of the area we are in right now.    We were use to fresh air in the high mountains of Arizona.

Unfortunately my doctor says I suffer from environmental asthma here. He even told me that another patient moved to Arizona and no longer has to be on inhalers and meds. Of course we have to rely on the Lord and also suffer some to do His will. So here I stay till He directs us differently

Retirement is not what the media tells everyone. I do remember a pastor saying that there was no retirement in the Bible. Of course people get older and their families honored and helped them out in the Bible. They did not question their duty to them.

Responsibility to parents, children, grand children, and friends is something my husband and I were taught from day one. Myself, I am very glad I was taught this responsibility.

I have adult children that have honored and loved us no matter if they believed or thought the same way as we do. It is very comforting to know you have loved ones that will carry on this honorable responsibility taught in the Bible. Especially since at 65 some day if I live long enough, I could be in the same need of being cared for.

 photo Mom and Cat_zpsytcssjib.jpg My mom had a phrase she use to say that has been handed down over the years. WHAT COMES AROUND GOES AROUND. In other words your example to your children in how you live and treat others-will come back to you-GOOD OR BAD.

 photo sacramento 4_zpsnogmklvo.jpg Do not misunderstand, we enjoy our lives. I get to do things with my oldest daughter and her family now. Which means enjoying my grand daughter also that I did not see very often. My immediate family lives in the area too. I have my mother 85, my sister, and two brothers who live here. We have got to do things with them also. We have fun with each other, talk to each other, we laugh, etc. We get to hear neat stories from the past that we never had the time to hear before.

 photo 008_zps8lshaulh.jpg I get to entertain my hobbies also of sewing, scrap booking, crochet, doing puzzles, Blogging, etc.

It is a joyful life of enjoying the people that God put in our life from day one.  Our parents, grand parents,  aunts and uncles, their friends, then your friends, on and on it goes. This is not to say we all agree with each other, but we do respect, enjoy and care for each other. We try to not let outside influences come in and destroy that either. Which can include any number of things.

scene outside the house photo p1030230-1.jpg We will most likely return home to Arizona some day, but that will be in God's plan and timing for us too. Well I guess today was a day of reflection on living in the circumstances the Lord puts you in. 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015


Today was a fun time with my granddaughter.  Grand children sometimes find it easier to learn something from a grandparent.  Not that they do not learn from a parent, but grandparents often have more time and patience to teach them a skill.

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When my granddaughter wanted to learn to sew I was more than willing to teach her.
Sewing is one of those skills they should want to do.  It would always be a good skill even if they did not like it.  The difference is they will have a lot more fun creating outfits if they like to sew.
Out of 5 granddaughters I have 2 so far that wanted to sew.  The others were interested in other skills, like cooking, reading, writing, painting, etc.

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One thing I do is to put postem notes on the sewing machine to guide the stitch size. As they use the postem note edge as a guide, it is easier for them to get the concept of not watching the needle.
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She even learned to use an iron. The iron is a very valuable tool when sewing. It makes it a lot easier when hems and the like are pressed for pinning
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Pinning was a little difficult, but for the first time she actually did very well. You have to get over being scared of getting stuck by a pin.
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She did a great job of sewing a straight stitch and zig-zaging the edge. A lot of machines now have a speed guide on them. At first we had it on the lowest speed. As she got better at it she reached up and turned the speed up herself. I think she will do just fine at this new skill.
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This is her completed skirt.  After sewing she was in the kitchen with me making a potato salad.  Cooking is another skill she is interested in.