Cleaning Silver Jewelry

Here is an idea through video format to clean silver jewelry that is tarnished. I heard lemon juice is great also. Let me know your thoughts if you have anything to add.

Pool Party - Summer's Here!

My son decided it would be fun to invite some friends to a pool party.  He asked them first in jest, "who wants to come to a pool party?"  A bunch said yes, and then he invited 150 kids or so!  Luckily, many couldn't come for whatever reason, including working etc.  Those that did come seemed to have a great time.

You see, we can't have too many people come for a pool party as we have an above ground pool that only holds so many people!   Being towards the beginning of summer time, the water hasn't had a chance to warm up too much.   So we put on the pool's thermal blanket for the first time to try and warm it up a bit.  It seemed to work!  Still, it was a bit chilly for some.

To warm themselves up and have fun, they do this funny whirlpool thing in the pool.  They all swim real fast in one direction, or run almost, and the water gets flowing around and begins to have a life of its own!   At some point, they decide to go against the current and that is always funny to watch as its much harder than you might think.  I am recalling a young man trying to swim hard against the current and not getting anywhere!  They would laugh and goof off and then get out again to warm up around the fire we had going on one of those little fire pit things.  We love that!

For the party we had floats in the pool, a ball and some other pool toys that seemed to be better than nothing.  We had all kinds of snack foods, and the onion dip with chips and veggies was a hit actually!  We had some candy, different kinds of soda, and pizza later on as well.  The brownies went quickly!  Watermelon was a fun idea and feeds a lot of people too!

One of the things I loved about this party is that not too much planning went into it.  In life, I think we need to take time to have fun more often.  Its ok if things are somewhat spontaneous, you know?  I find that if we don't sometimes do some spontaneous things, we don't get anything done and just live the harder parts of life out.  We will always have to work and clean and get by, but why not enjoy things to a bit?

A couple of random but fun things also happened.  My son found some old sparklers and brought these out, which was fun around the fire.  Sparklers in June!  Also, my younger son would put on a superman cape and then a mask, and this sparked a dash for other masks from the past.  We had an Obama mask, and old man mask, the Burger King Mask and more.  It was hilarious as the kids jumped from behind and scared each other while hanging out.  Silly kids!

So, even with our neighbor's much nicer and larger in ground pool, the kids had fun at the party.  The music, games and even a bit of a movie and everything else seemed to entertain them just fine for a few hours.  We ought to do this more often!

A Visit With My Cousins

A wonderful mini vacation with my cousins!

I just  got back from a three day visit with some cousins that live in North West Arkansas.  It was a very last minute event.  You see, I very rarely get a long weekend, and very rarely am I so stressed out without some sort of break in site.  Well, I got this crazy idea to contact my cousin, just to see if maybe it would be a good time.  Well, it turned out to be the best time to come, she needed the company, and we had a ball!

I contacted her on facebook, and when she saw it immediately responded.  I was just thrilled!  We planned for me to come out Saturday, do some sightseeing in an American Art Museum named Crystal Bridges, first of all.  The drive was nice, and the visit at Crystal bridges was wonderful.  We went to church on Sunday Morning, then went to a wonderful Italian Lunch.

Later that night, we stayed up late playing a fun game where its a funny version of telephone but with pictures and paper and sentences.  We laughed and laughed.  Then we watched comedy shows and laughed late into the night!  My one cousin said she never laughed so hard in all her life! I believe it, it was just so fun.  You know, the kind of laughing where you can't stop, tears come, your loud laughing goes quiet and you almost have to cross your legs?  Haha, you get the idea!

We had a relaxing fun brunch the next morning, and I can't tell you how grateful I am for the good times. :)  I love my family so much, and was so happy that what turned out as seeming to be too last minute, was actually the best idea for all of us.  So thankful for wonderful family members, you have to treasure those ones!! 

My five and a half hour drive home was nice and uneventful.  Loved it all. Got home just as the sun was finally setting.  I love nature, driving, family and life and good times!

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The Angst of Life

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