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Apr. 30th, 2010

Company Girl, Home Sanctuary

April Points

April
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2
3
4
5
6 enhance relationship 40
7
8
9 recharge 50
10
11
12 feeling good 50
13 approved 40
14 going to pot 40
15 sensory beauty 100
16 counters 40 plus 20
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18
19
20 damp cloth 40
21 one last thing 50
22 blog frog 40
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24
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26 trap 20
27
28 straighten up 40
29
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Mar. 8th, 2010

Company Girl, Home Sanctuary

March Home Sanctuary

March 2 - Find your beat - 40
March 5 - slice of Heaven - 50
March 8 - read and post verse - 50
March 10 - hangups - 50
March 11 - crunchies - 40
March 16 - spices - 40
March 17 - Being green - 40
March 19 - Lend a hand - 40
March 22 - Leading the Way - 40
March 23 - Suds in Bucket - 6 loads@15 - 90
March 26 - Degrease stove - 40
March 29 - On the Road - 40
March 30 - Indecision - 50
March 31 - Points - 30
Total 640

I'm so proud to have finished this month! I haven't done every "small thing," but I haven't participated for an entire month in a long time. It feels good.
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Jul. 3rd, 2009

Company Girl, Home Sanctuary

Home Sanctuary Small Things for July

July 1 - Housekeeping goals - 50
July 2 - Dust a room - 40
July 3 - assess first aid kit - 40
July 4-5 - weekend
July 6 - exercise for 5 min. - 50
July 7 - counters 40 for one plus 30 for second

Jun. 10th, 2009

Company Girl, Home Sanctuary

June's Home Sanctuary Company Girl Points

I haven't participated in Home Sanctuary's small things since December, and haven't posted about it since November, so it's time. It's overdue. So, here it is.

June 1 - washed up, laundry - 50
June 2 - summer reading list - 40
June 3 - pick up the floor 40 + 10 = 50
June 4 - desktop clean and clean - 30 + 10 = 40
June 5 - no small thing - 0
June 6-7 - weekend
June 8 - savor something - 50
June 9 - 0
June 10 - shortcut - paper plates, kids eat at church - 40
June 11 - act of kindness for my children - 40
June 12 - foot pampering - 40
June 13-14 - weekend
June 15 - check pantry, plan snacks - 0 (I wasn't home)
June 16 - delight in something - 50
June 17 - 0
June 18 - shine the sinks - 40 + 20 = 60
June 19 - trash - 50
June 20-21 - weekend
June 22
June 23
June 24
June 25
June 26
June 27-28 - weekend
June 29 milieu - 40
June 30 turn in points 30
530 total for the month of June

Nov. 5th, 2008

Company Girl, Home Sanctuary

November Points

I have been a "company girl" since January, participating in daily "small things" challenges as often as I can. I am so excited that I am going to be able to say I participated all year! If you haven't visited Homesanctuary.com yet - please join us! You'll love Rachel Anne.

1-2 weekend
3 - true grit 50
4 - change 60
5 - no points
6 -- trash-talkin' 100
7 - skin 50
8-9 weekend
10 - no points
11 - your own corner and bonus points - 60
12 - 5 min blitz and bonus room - 90
13 - clean out fridge - 40
14 - fun with my guy - 50
15-16 weekend
17 - clearing table - 40
18 - no points
19 - no points
20 - no points
21-head start - 60
22-23 weekend
24-be a company girl - 40
25-enough-40
26 - use a plate - 50
27 Thansgiving
28 Free Day
29-30 weekend

730 total, unless my math is wrong.

Oct. 2nd, 2008

Company Girl, Home Sanctuary

October Company Girl Points

My goal is to do the very best I can to achieve my mission that I set in January, and to participate in every day's small challenge, if possible.

October 1 - pockets of time - 50
October 2 - review mission - 40
October 3 - consider questions - 30
October 4-5 - weekend
October 6 - pinching pennies and sharing a tip - 60
October 7 - verse - 40
October 8 - counters - 30
October 9 - no points
October 10 - no post
October 11-12 - weekend
October 13 - no post
October 14 - pizzazz 40
October 15 - stitch in time - 50
October 16 - no points
October 17 - no points
October 18-19 weekend
October 20 - spices - 40
October 21- no guilt 50
October 22 - no points
October 23 - uncomplicate - 40
October 24 - no points
October 25-26 weekend (only 220 points so far)
October 27-sporking - 50
October 28-help child clean room - 50
October 29-no points
October 30-power suckers - 40
October 31-points and comment - 40

Sep. 19th, 2008

Company Girl, Home Sanctuary

Fire Victim Fund

A friend of mine, Laura, whom our children carpooled to school with last year, lost her home due to fire. The home withstood the hurricane, and although they didn't have electricity, Laura's sister, her two neices, and her mother, the kids' grandmother, came to stay with her. (Above is an aerial view of her home prior to the fire.)

The neices had some candles lit in the back room. They think they blew them out. The grandmother was fixated on that room. She's a manic-depressive, and she was in a manic state over the clutter in the room. She went in and started tossing things around, then went outside again. Everyone was outside sitting near the pool enjoying the cool front we were being blessed with. Grandmother would not let it go - the room. Finally, Laura went to check on it just to get her mom to calm down.

The door knob burned her hand, fire singed her arm and part of her hair. The room was in flames. By the time the fire department got there, nothing was salvagable. The ceiling fans had melted, as had the sheetrock, and there is smoke damage to everything in the home, not to mention that much of their belongings are now in ashes. They literally have the clothes on their backs.

Laura is single. Her husband died in a motorcycle accident while she was pregnant with their son who is now 12 years old. She had finally bought her own home just a little over a year ago and was proud of the improvements she was adding to it. Now, it's gone. My heart aches.

I have things to donate, as I'm sure we all do, those of us that know her and live near her, but now I'm reaching out to you, my Internet friends and your friends and their friends. I am hoping to raise some money to apply toward her accomodations over the next few months. Will you help me? She'll need a place to stay, food to eat, furnishings, clothing, and deductible to pay the insurance when they finally get to her after all the hurricane victims get taken care of first. YES, she has a decent job, a good job, but these are all unexpected expenses that will really weigh her down. Everything was destroyed. I want this to be a welcome surprise for her in the next few weeks.

If you have the ability to donate ANY amount of money, please pray about it, and consider it, and if you feel it's a worthy cause, please click the donate button below and fill in the details. We will all be so grateful for any help getting her back on her feet with as much of her pride left intact as possible. Thank you for reading this.














Sep. 18th, 2008

Company Girl, Home Sanctuary

Texas Chocolate Sheetcake

Cake:
2 sticks butter (melted) 2 cups flour
½ cup buttermilk 1 cup water
2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla
4 tablespoons cocoa 2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add all ingredients into a large mixing bowl and beat on medium speed. Pour into a greased 9 x 13 baking pan and bake for 40 minutes or until done. Cool cake completely before preparing frosting.


Frosting:
1 ½ cups sugar 6 tablespoons butter
½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips Chopped walnuts (about ½ cup)
6 tablespoons milk

Add butter, sugar and milk to a saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat stirring frequently. Bring to a rolling boil and boil for 30 seconds. Make sure you don’t cook it any longer than 30 seconds otherwise it will turn into fudge. Remove from heat and add chocolate chips. Stir until all chocolate has melted and the frosting is starting to thicken. Then stir in walnuts. Once frosting has thickened some (this should take a little bit), pour over cake and spread evenly.

Sep. 4th, 2008

Company Girl, Home Sanctuary

September Points

I'm back with my points for September in Home Sanctuary's Small Things challenge.  I am so proud of myself for participating every month since January.  I even had the most points in July.  I may not have the most points in any other month, but I congratulate myself for the effort.

September 1- holiday
September 2 - none
September 3 - none
September 4 - focus (uni-task) - 40
September 5 - no points
September 6-7 weekend
September 8 - print and post verse - 40
September 9 - no points
September 10 - pick up the floor 30 one room plus 10 each extra - 50
September 11- no points
September 12 - be silly 30 + 20 for linking up - 50
September 13-14 - weekend
September 15 - corners - living room sweeping - 40
September 16 - bake from scratch?  Still thinking about this.  No flour, sugar, etc.  (hurricane)
September 17 - soap and tissue dispensers - 30
September 18 - no points
September  19
September 20-21-weekend
September 22-butter - 30
September 23-ask hubby a question, discuss - 50
September 24-shoes - 40
September 25 - squares - 50
September 26 - round of applause - 40
September 27-28-weekend
September 29 - Nursery rhyme - 110
September 30 - points - 30

Aug. 1st, 2008

Company Girl, Home Sanctuary

August Company Girl Points

It's back to school time, and I'm really going to need help keeping up since I go back to work on the 18th and the kids return to school the 25th. What better way to keep a handle on things than to do Rachel Anne's small things challenges each day? I may not be able to top my win for most points in July, but every little thing I do makes me feel good.

Why? It helps create an orderly and peaceful home, and she also reminds us to take care of ourselves. Plus, it's easy and doesn't take a lot of time to do the small tasks she suggests. Won't you join me in becoming a Company Girl? http://homesanctuary.typepad.com/rachelanne/

August 1 - Take stock and organize school supplies - 50
August 2-3 - weekend
August 4 - kitchen towels - 40
August 5 - Isaiah 43, download verse - 30
August 6-8 - no points
August 9-10 - weekend
August 11 - make beds, 30 plus 10 for each bed in the house. - 50
August 12 - finishing well (dishes and file cabinet) - 40
August 13-14 - no points
August 15-17 - 100 points for getting my planner in order.
August 18 - no points
August 19 - morning routine - 30
August 20 - no points
August 21 - plan school lunches - 40
August 22 - no points
August 23 and 24 - weekend
August 25 - divide and conquer - 40
August 26 - naturally neat - 50
Ausust 27 - 40 paper and 20 for sharing - 60
August 28 - no points
August 29
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