Top Movie Time!

I really liked finding out what the top song in the U.S. was on the day I was born last week – so we’re moving on to the top movie on the day you were born this week.  Mine is Bye Bye Birdie and I will confess that I have seen the stage version but not the movie.  Wonder if it’s on Netflix?


Find out what the top movie was when you were born here.  Check it out and tell me what your movie was in the comments!

Home Remedies

Home RemediesAs awful as this cold/flu season has been, I am proud to say I was not among the sufferers this year.  I think I avoided being sick in part because I used some home remedies to help keep me healthy.  I drank a LOT of tea with honey and lemon all winter and I really do believe it helped.

I also found some websites with all sorts of home remedies to try:

  • Do you know how many things you can use Vicks Vapor Rub for?  Check out this site!  From helping potty train your dog to getting rid of mosquitoes, make sure you have Vicks on hand.
  • Did you know Apple Cider Vinegar can stop hiccups?  Check out this article for more tips using Apple Cider Vinegar.
  • And from Acne to Warts, this website provides you with a whole library of home remedies to try.

Do you have a favorite home remedy?  Tell me about it in the comments!

Planning Ahead.

EmergencyThis morning I was thinking that in April the weathermen generally start talking about tornado season here in the Midwest.  Sure, this year we’re much more worried about snow storms, but one of these days Spring will actually arrive.  One of the things the news tells you about tornado season is that you should have an emergency plan.  I’ve never had one, but after the past year of watching almost daily news about storms, fires and floods, I’m starting to think it’s a good idea.   So my to-do for us all today is to make an emergency plan. offers a lot of helpful advice for creating an emergency plan.  Plans will differ depending on a lot of factors but start by asking yourself these 4 questions:

  1. How do I get emergency alerts?  Via Local TV?  Your cell phone?  Weather Radio?
  2. What is my shelter plan?  Do you have a basement?  Have you looked around your house to see what space might be safest in a storm?
  3. What is my evacuation route?  How will you get to your shelter?  And where will you go after?
  4. What is my family communication plan?  How will you all know about watches/warnings?  And how will you all find each other if you’re not all at home?  Remember, in the aftermath of a tornado (or other widespread calamity) cell service may not always be reliable. supplies this handy form to help you create your plan without forgetting anything important.  And you can even print out a wallet-sized card with all your most important info.

Now let’s all get our plans in place and be prepared for the storm season to come!

Virginia Dare

Have you ever heard of Virginia Dare?  She was the first child born to English colonists in the New World.  She was born on August 18, 1587, to Ananias Dare who was a clerk and Eleanor White who was a daughter of John White – Governor of the Virginia colony.

We don’t know a lot more about little Virginia.  Why you ask?  Because she was born in the Roanoke colony.  In the year Virginia was born, her grandfather the governor went back to England to get more supplies for the fledgling colony – and when he returned 3 years later, all of the colonists were gone.

Maltese Cross

Roanoke is now known as The Lost Colony.  When John White returned, there was no sign of a struggle or battle just the word “Croatoan” carved into the post of the fort.  The Governor had instructed the colonists to inscribe a Maltese cross into trees if anything happened to them – so the word Croatoan rather than the prearranged cross symbol started a mystery that endures to this day.

Want to learn more about the Lost Colony?  Check out these articles:

Nerves and Worry.

If you know me, you know that I’m a worrier.  When I was younger, worry lead to the nervous habit of chewing my nails.   Even now a good barometer of my stress level is to look at the sides of my thumbs – when I’m really stressed, I claw at my thumbs until I’m bleeding without even realizing I’m doing it.

Fortunately, I’ve recognized my problems with nerves/worry and have developed coping mechanisms like:


  • Exercise.  Running was my first athletic way to release stress.  I don’t generally run more than a couple miles an outing and nobody will ever accuse me of running fast, but blasting music on my headphones and the repetition of the movement is really soothing.  Lately, I’ve upped the ante and started kickboxing.  Want to relieve stress?  There’s nothing better than hitting the heavy bag for me!
  • Journal writing.  It’s really cathartic to write something down and get it out.  If it’s something you don’t want to share with anyone else, a journal is a great private release.
  • Staying busy.  When I’m stressed, I clean.  You can definitely track my emotional ups and downs by the cleanliness of my house!  And when that doesn’t work, there’s always more crocheting or knitting.  Again for me, repetitive motions are always soothing.

What do you do to cope with nerves and worry?  I’d love to hear what works for you!