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HGP Wk 5 - Master Bathroom Week

Oh, how I wish we had a master bathroom.  In a 200+ year old farm house, we have two bathrooms, and only one with a shower.  My MIL raised 5 kids in here and managed just fine with one shower, a fact that amazes me daily.  Because this is a FARM.  You can't just have kids skip a day showering, they get really dirty here.  

But enough of my whining.  The main bathroom, although not the master bathroom, sure needs attention, so it is where I will be working this week.  It does not work for me to just add "Master Bathroom" to my list, I won't get to it.  I need to break it down into manageable sections, scheduled into my day.  This week it looks something like this:

Project: Cleaning The Upstairs Bathroom

The Holiday Grand Plan For Cleaning The Master Bathroom can be seen here:

Monday - 
  Replace the seal under the toilet (it's leaking - yuck!  Since my husband has Mondays off, this is actually on his list for the …

Removing Visual Deals in Google Chrome

I did not have this problem on my 9 year old Windows Vista laptop, but since I upgraded to a new laptop, with Windows 8, these new little ad bars were popping up on pages.  They look like this:

or this:

That entire row of washing machines is there because of "Visual Deals".  This is a search page for "How Do I remove Visual Deals from Chrome"  :-)

Visual Deals is an add on to Chrome extensions.  From what I have read, they are a violation of google's policies, but they still happen.  Two of the most common extensions are Translate, and Pinterest.

You do not have to remove the extension to remove Visual Deals.

In google chrome, click on the three bars (menu) on the top right of the page.  Choose Tools/Extensions

Under Pinterest, Click options.

Choose Change, the enabled will turn to Disabled.  Close the window, and voila - annoying Visual Deals ads are gone!

10 most popular articles in Hobby Farm 2010

As part of my efforts to eliminate one of my blogs, I'm slowly moving all the most popular posts from there to here.  This is an OLD post, from a HobbyFarms Home email, that continues to receive a lot of hits 3 years later!

Discover the most popular articles, best tips and hot insider guides that kept animal owners and enthusiasts clicking for more on in 2010.Produce Bound Underground»
Root cellars, the ancient technology that enables the long term storage of your farm’s bounty.Hay and Feeding Advice for Livestock Owners»
Hay is the mainstay diet for our livestock. Learn the intricacies of hay types, nutritional content and quality before purchasing your next load.Making Your Own Hay»
Learn about making your own hay. If you have access to a patch of hay land, the equipment and you'd like to produce the best possible forage for you pets and livestock, do-it-yourself haymaking can still spell dollars and sense.Small-farm Tillage and No-till Equipment»
When caring for …

Step 3 - Eat That Frog

This principle is the simplest so far.  Look at my list each morning, and do the hardest thing first. "If you have to eat a live frog at all, it doesn't pay to sit and look at it for very long"  - Brian Tracey, Eat That Frog
For me, this is making sure I exercise first thing. I get frustrated though, with too many frogs in my days. I'd like to accomplish everything by 9am.  Exercise, the housework, the worst items on my to do list..  but that's not really possible. I'd also like to have more time to sit and read my devotions with coffee and enjoy the porch in the mornings, but I find that if I do that, I have trouble getting myself moving again. I'm still working on that.
 My morning schedule varies by day, but my routine is basically: 5:45 am alarm goes off, read my morning devotions, look over my days schedule and list6:15 take my dog out to pee, bottle feed the calf, collect the eggs and feed the chickens7am Exercise (run 3 days a week, burpee challenge/30…

Step Two - From Dream To Plan Of Action

Step One can be read here:

This is the phrase that shuts my brain right down:

"Spend a few minutes day-dreaming about what your ideal life would look like five years from now..."
I don't like this usage for the word dream. It is hard for me to reconcile the definition "a strongly desired goal or purpose" with "a state of mind marked by abstraction or release from reality".  If I make a list of my "dreams", how do I know that my desired goal isn't just an abstraction, or release from reality?  But that's for another post.  :-)  Gloria Steinem said that dreaming is a form of planning..  I'd have to give that more thought.

My next obstacle is that in 5 years my life will be, most likely, VERY different than it is now.  Right not I'm a homeschooling mom of 3 teenagers on a farm in central PA.  In 5 years, all of my kids will have graduated.  It is likely we wil…

Filling The Time Jar - Step One

I read a lot about time management.  I read a lot, about everything, actually.  Currently I'm reading The Circle Maker, Draw The Circle, The Resolution For Women, The Get Yourself Organized Project, Devotions for Sacred Marriage, Love is A Verb, The Story (for Sunday School - our church is on week 29 of this study) & The Glass Castle.  And that's not nearly as eclectic as my "regular" reading list, I'm a little more focused right now, with fall being a season of new starts and new routines around here.

With all of that on my currently reading pile (actually, a shelf in aldiko, I mostly read ebooks on my phone - & mostly while in the car waiting to pick up a child from practice) the article I have been thinking about the most is actually a blog post.  I don't read many blogs, I just can't seem to get into the routine of reading them regularly. This showed up in my facebook feed, and when I clicked over, it fell right in line with everything I know h…

The Jar Of Rocks (Time Management Illustration)

There are many versions of this on the internet, I have no idea who should get the original credit.  It is one of my favorite time management lessons.

When things in your lives seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the two cups of coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was. The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students respo…

Screen Shot - My Football Night Phone Screen

I use the home screens on my phone a lot - one for each category.  This is the one I have for Friday Night High School Football.  The team roster is really the big thing here, I can reference it quickly and easily without carrying the paper with me - which is good mainly because I'm always giving my paper copy away.  :-)

Apps used: 

GoLauncher EX (for unlimited extra homescreens) Android Photo Widget (to display the roster for our team) TweetCaster (to live tweet from the game) Pages Manager (To update the team facebook page) Camera ( I keep the long lens on my camera & use my phone for non zoom shots) HUDL  (our team uses this to store game videos)
    To take a screenshot on most of the Samsung phones, hold down both the Home button and the Power button at the same time.
My phone is a Samsung Galaxy Note 2. It takes really, really good photos (the background I use as wallpaper on my phone, seen in the screen shot above, was taken with this phone), but I do still miss the physical key…

The Pros & Cons Of Connections Academy Cyber School

Switching From:
To: (And the reasons I think we made a mistake in doing so)
It is week one.  I know I need to take a deep breath, and just go with it.  I know I expect a lot.  And I also know that I'm probably only really happy with straight homeschooling, where I can control, or eliminate, all of this busy work.  But we committed to Connections Academy, our tax dollars have been sent to support this school, and I feel the need to finish this year.  I am hopeful that it will improve.  If the curriculum does not improve, we will need to supplement a lot so that my kids do not fall behind where they should be academically, but that is not really a problem.  This is why I am so disappointed with our switch so far, on week one.
Why We Switched: Last year the IA2p's in the self paced classes were over the top.  Long, difficult, and worth very few points. They were almost always unrelated to the curriculum, and took up way too much time.  Several people we knew were going with Connection…