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Jill W.

Jill W.

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I am a retired pre-school/kdg teacher. I taught in the CPS for 32 years. I am a five year breast cancer survivor as of June 2012! I am Jewish My sister is Rae I am a work in progress.
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    Thank you Jean K and Joyce W! Much appreciated!

    I have a group of friends that get together once a month. Tomorrow we will lunch at one friends screen house. It it will be the last garden party of the season.Everybody brings something to share.

    On Sunday the Jewish new year starts at sundown. We will host friends on Sunday and Monday. Very busy! Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    Brainstorm with one or more friends about what day is best for everyone to get together. Then mark that day on each month of your calendar, or set that event as recurring on your phone/computer calendar. Either do the same thing each time, or change it up with a new activity! Some examples: walking or taking an exercise class together, taking turns hosting healthy dinners, visiting museums, or volunteering for a local charity.

    Why it matters

    Sometimes we get in a rut where we just go home at the end of the day and don't think about going out again, even if we miss seeing our friends. By setting up a standing date, you know that it's in your schedule and that the plans are already made! And friends aren't just for everyday fun: Studies show that socializing can reduce stress, which supports your psychological well-being.

    Fun fact

    Friendship Day, a day to honor friends, is the first Sunday of August. The founder of Hallmark cards first suggested it in 1919.

    "Make a plan to get out and have fun: Reserve a day and time each month to socialize with friends"

    September 28, 2016 at 15:02 UTC
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    Jill W. completed a pact with Kelley H. and won 230 bonus points September 27, 2016 at 16:31 UTC
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    Thank you Sandy W and Diane H!

    Last day Kelley H! Thank you!

    With the Jewish New Year starting on Sunday at sundown, I must do much more than 5 minutes each day cleaning and straightening! I went to the farmer's market today and scored parsnip, eggplant, green beans, tomatoes, apples, carrots, and leek. I plan on making chicken soup on Friday! I will freeze it when I am done. I just can't cook everything on one day. Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    Set up an alarm clock or the alarm on your computer, cell phone, or MP3 player to go off at the same time every day. (If you don't have a recurring alarm, write yourself a little note and leave it in a place you see often.) When the alarm goes off, plan to spend 5 minutes cleaning or tidying your house. Sort through the mail, take out the trash, wipe a kitchen counter, or dust one piece of furniture.

    Why it matters

    Most people want their home to be clean but they don't enjoy doing the cleaning! A messy house can be stressful and make it hard for you to find what you need when you need it, which can take up your time. Doing a little cleaning every day will make the task less overwhelming and help you keep up with the mess in your house or apartment. And each time you start cleaning, you'll know that your cleaning time will soon be up.

    Fun fact

    According to a 2009 survey, 53% of men say they do at least half the house cleaning in their family, but only 20% of women agree that their husband does at least half the cleaning.

    "Set a recurring alarm or leave a note to remind you to take 5 minutes to tidy your home every day"

    September 27, 2016 at 15:30 UTC
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    This is something that is very important. When I taught I did projects with my students and had them map out their plans. Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    Draw a basic map of your home that includes every window and door. Now, write down two ways you could escape each room. If you live with others, be sure to think of how everyone who lives in your home - including young children or pets who cannot get out on their own - can escape each room. Pick a safe place away from the home where everyone can meet after they escape.

    Why it matters

    More than 3,500 people die and about 18,300 are injured in fires in the United States every year. Small flames can get out of control very quickly, so being able to get out of the home immediately is critical. A good fire escape plan can protect everyone's health if a fire happens in your home.

    Fun fact

    Fire hydrants are different colors because the color denotes the flow rate. Red ones have a flow rate of under 500 gallons per minute, and yellow, green, and blue ones have higher flow rates respectively - up to 1,500 gallons per minute!

    "Make a fire escape plan: Draw a quick map of your home and identify 2 ways out of each room"

    September 26, 2016 at 14:02 UTC
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    Thank you Sheila C and Diane H! Love and hugs to you!

    I have a mushroom guy at the farmers market. He grows them in coffee grounds. I take the crimini mushrooms and slice them thin. I take chicken that has been pounded thin and coat it in a light breaded of bread crumbs that I season with oregano, garlic, black pepper, and paprika. I oven fry the chicken. Combine the mushrooms with a bit of oil and sautee. Then I add a Marsalla wine and a bit of corn starch slurry(corn starch and water) add the chicken and reduce the sauce. I serve it with garlic mashed potatoes and green beans. It is a good dish and not very hard to make. Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    What do you love to order when you're dining out? Identify one tasty dish and think about how you could make a version of it at home. It could be a breakfast sandwich from your favorite deli, the salad you always crave at lunch, or a memorable entrée.

    Why it matters

    Reproducing a restaurant dish at home is likely to be a healthier alternative to dining out. When preparing food, we often use less salt, butter, and other high-calorie ingredients than restaurant chefs. Cooking at home also gives you more control over the amount of condiments you add and how much food you put on your plate. Plus, if you ever find yourself in a cooking rut, a favorite restaurant dish can be a fresh source of inspiration.

    Fun fact

    Disneyland Paris features Bistrot Chez Rémy, a restaurant inspired by the 2007 movie "Ratatouille." The oversized decor is meant to make diners feel as small as the rat in the film

    "Recall a restaurant dish you enjoy and think about how you could reproduce it at home"

    September 25, 2016 at 15:28 UTC
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    Thank you to Sandy W, Sheila C, Vicky P, and Ginger P! This weekend is very special. My friends from Colorado are here! It is a sad occasion because John lost his mom. She was in her late 90's and although it was not unexpected, it still hurts. Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    I am thinking of joining a gym. We shall see.

    How to do it

    Find a day and time for you and friend to exercise together on a regular basis. It could be over your lunch hour every Friday, or at 10:00 A.M. every other Sunday. Pick something that you will both enjoy, such as walking, jogging, bicycling, taking an exercise class, or even going for a swim. Or mix it up and try a new sort of activity for each exercise date.

    Why it matters

    Even though you might think about getting up and getting active, it's easy to get sucked into the sofa when you don't have a plan. By making a standing date, there's nothing left to chance! Even if you don't feel like exercising when it's time to meet your friend, you're more likely to go because you won't want to let your friend down. And since getting together with a friend is fun and exercise boosts your mood, you'll be glad you did!

    Fun fact

    Most people who wear running shoes pound their heels into the ground with every step. But people who run barefoot tend to put more of their weight toward the front of the foot.

    "Set up a regular exercise date with a friend: Walk, work out, or take a class together"

    September 24, 2016 at 18:07 UTC
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    Thank you Sally W, Ginger P, and Sandy W! It is dark and I think it will storm shortly in Chicago.

    I am all for washing hands. When I taught school I would silently sing Yankee Doodle to insure that I washed for the appropriate length of time. Of course soap and hot water were applied. At night I would apply vaseline to help my hands. Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    At least one time today, wash your hands properly - no speedy soaping and rinsing here! After you wet your hands with warm water, put soap on them and lather them well. Spend at least 20 seconds scrubbing each finger, the skin between your fingers, the backs of your hands, your palms, and the skin under your fingernails. (To help count 20 seconds, sing the song "Happy Birthday" twice.) Rinse your hands thoroughly, turn off the tap with a towel if you can, and fully dry your hands.

    Why it matters

    Washing your hands properly is one of the best ways to prevent germs from spreading in your home. And if germs don't spread, you (and the people you live with) won't get sick and won't spread sickness to other people. Washing your hands is particularly important before you eat, while and after you cook, and after you use the bathroom, cough, or sneeze. By using a towel to turn off the faucet, you'll avoid picking up new germs from the faucet now that your hands are clean.

    Fun fact

    A U.K.-based retailer that's internationally known for its natural cosmetics offers soaps with names like Honey I Washed the Kids, Sultana of Soap, 13 Soap (Unlucky for Dirt), Miranda, and Bohemian.

    "Wash your hands properly all day to avoid spreading germs around your house"

    September 23, 2016 at 14:08 UTC
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    Thank you Sally W, Peggy C, and Sheila C. Love to each of you!

    I get up every day and drive Rae down to work. I have an alarm on my TV. It turns the TV off at night and back on in the morning. I like to get going in the morning. It gives order and structure to my day. Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    Move your alarm clock so it's across the room from your bed, or at least far enough away so that you have to get out of bed to turn it off. Be sure to test the volume to make sure you can easily hear it from bed!

    Why it matters

    Are you getting late starts in the morning because you continually hit snooze when the alarm goes off? Moving your alarm clock across the room, or far enough away that you have to get out of bed, will make it more likely you'll get up and stay up. You might as well get up right away and use that time to prepare for the day! You'll feel less stressed and may have a calmer start to your morning that way.

    Fun fact

    Don't feel as rested after a full night's sleep as you did when you were a kid? It's not just your imagination. Deep slow-wave sleep (the third and most restorative level of sleep) drastically declines through your teen years into your early 20s

    "Move your alarm clock so you have to get out of bed to turn it off"

    September 22, 2016 at 17:03 UTC
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