Thursday Thriller: What is Home?


What is Home?

A roof to keep out the rain. Four walls to keep out the wind.

Floors to keep out the cold.

Yes, but home is more than that.

 It is the laugh of a baby, the song of a mother, the strength of a father.

Warmth of living hearts, light
from happy eyes, kindness, loyalty, comradeship.

Home is first school and first church for young ones,

where they learn what is right, what is good and what is kind.

Where they go for comfort when they are hurt or sick.

Where joy is shared and sorrow eased.

Where fathers and mothers are respected and loved.

Where children are wanted.

Where the simplest food is good enough for kings because it is earned.

Where money is not so important as loving-kindness.

Where even the teakettle sings from happiness.

That is home.

God bless it.

Ernestine Schumann-Heink

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Wednesday Wisdom…


Thought this was fitting with the cold weather so many of us are having….

The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing, we must

 not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but

 jump in and scramble through as well as we can.

~Robert Cushing

How Cold is Cold?


It is Friday, January 21, 2011. If you are living in the Minnesota area, you know that the freezer door has definitely been opened on our state. It is 10 am and our current temp here is -15 and with the windchill they are saying it is about -35. How’s that for cold?

How does this cold affect your home? This type of cold can do a lot of damage to your home if you are not paying attention. With just a couple easy steps, you can elevate a lot of pain.

PIPES~ Most people think that the pipes are on the inside of the home and the home is heated so they should be fine. But do you know that the pipes that are located on exterior was and in cabinets will get cold. So if you can, leave the cabinet doors open so the heat from your home can get directly to the pipes. You can also put towels or by the pipe heating blankets.

WINDOWS~ Unless you build your home and put high quality windows in, the chances of having some sort of draft from your windows is very likely. Most of your box stores now sell plastic that can be placed on the trim work and keep these drafts out. This will also save you dollars as your heater won’t have to work so hard to keep heating the air.

DOORS~ Not only does our family & friends come and go from these area, but so do your dollars in the winter seasons. Invest a few dollars and put the foam around the doors to keep the cold drafts out. You may also want to invest in draft preventers that go at the bottom of the doors.

So with the economy straining our pocketbooks, why not take a few moments of your time and put some of those dollars back into your wallet? Invest a little time into your home and keep it warm.

THE SPIRITS TO MOVE hope you & your home stay warm!

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