I'm making headway with the painted floors despite children and/or cats walking or almost walking across wet paint. I finished my son's bedroom and the formal living room. Now that some of the floors are done, it shows how badly the baseboards need painting. I'll work on this next.
I used Behr's One Part Epoxy Concrete Garage Floor Paint with a concrete primer on this concrete first floor living room floor. It turned out nicely and a large vintage wool Persian area rug($176 including shipping on ebay) with padding will go over top. I used 1.5 cans of paint for this 15 x 12(approximate) area, and half a can of concrete primer. The hubby took out the carpet and used a hand sander to smooth the floor.
The illustrations are lovely in this old ABC book. It is free and in public domain. You can download the entire book or print individual pages by right clicking on the image of the page at the link. These would make nice picture flash cards as well.
The Child's Coloured Scripture Book
Publisher George Routledge and Sons, 1867
"Fortunately the day of nailed-down carpets is almost gone. The sooner all carpets are replaced by rugs the better. Carpets which cover the entire floor hold dust and are hard to clean. Rugs take as much dust for the surface they cover, but the surface is not so great, and they are cleaned much more easily.
Even though a floor is of soft wood, the cracks can be filled and three or four coats of good paint applied. If this surface is covered with one large rug, or with several smaller ones placed where there is the most traffic, the finish will last well. Painted soft-wood floors are not as desirable as hard-wood floors, but they are preferable to carpeted floors.
Painted floors.—To keep these in good condition they should be swept with a soft-hair brush and dusted with a dry mop or duster. Occasionally they may be washed with a slightly moistened cloth."
I'm thinking we might paint the concrete floors downstairs instead of renting a grinder for polished concrete floors. The grinder is inexpensive, but paint is even less. Look how nicely Sandy's turned out:
Easy! You take plain yogurt(no additives), drain off the liquid(whey), add some lemon, and refrigerate for two hours. See here for detailed recipe.
This tutorial mentions the use of a fine mesh kitchen sieve to drain the yogurt, but cheese cloth or a strong paper towel over a colander works well too. I use the colander/paper towel combination over a large bowl to drain the yogurt. Instead of discarding the drainage(whey), save it for baking and cooking. I use whey in homemade bread.
For something extra, save a portion of the drained yogurt; skip the lemon, drain overnight, and you'll have creamy cheese!
Being misunderstood is something that happens to all of us...
And misunderstanding others is something all of us do...
Perhaps most important of all:
misunderstanding clouds our thinking and obscures the truth... Misunderstanding erodes relationships and spoils trust. Unresolved misunderstanding can lead to confusion, mistrust, grudges, resentments and hurt.
An Examen of Conscience:
Do I listen with a desire to learn? Do I seek to understand that I might learn the truth? Do I speak with sincere respect for those who hear me? Do I listen as intently to others as I hope others listen to me? Do I open myself to truths, old and new, truths I've not known or understood before, truths I've rejected? Do I speak the truth charitably when it calls others to accountability? Do I listen humbly when others speak a discomforting truth to me? Do I recognize my own limitations' impact on how I understand others? Do I listen patiently to others who disagree with me? Do I speak patiently to those who misunderstand me? Do I keep in mind that some people have been misunderstood all their lives? Do I understand that some people will just never understand? Do I understand how much more there always is for me to understand? Do I know how to converse without needing to convince? Do I know how to debate without needing to defeat? Do I forgive those who misunderstand me? Do I ask forgiveness of those I've misunderstood? Do I seek, do I pray to understand more and to be more understanding? Do I seek to understand so that I might gain wisdom? Do I allow the truth to correct my misunderstandings? Do I speak the truth I know that others might understand it? Do my words invite others to consider, understand and embrace what is true? Do I understand there is a truth to be understood?
Mutual understanding can be a path to the truth, a path we need to learn to walk together. Being misunderstood is something that happens to all of us and misunderstanding others is something all of us do. Growth in the grace of understanding is something we all need to pray for...
Lord, you made and understand all things. Help us to understand one another as you understand each of us. With your Spirit's gifts, help us to grow in understanding and guide us, together, to your truth. ~ Concord Pastor
Substituting apple sauce or yogurt for oil/butter in baking recipes is one of my favorite diet secrets. I also use this substitution in my homemade salad dressing; instead of oil, I use yogurt. Just one tablespoon of my canola oil is 120 calories! One cup of plain whole milk yogurt is only 130 calories.