A Quick Way to Change Your Attitude

Posted by Pam Young

Aug 1, 2019 2:54:59 PM



Shhhhcuckshhhh! That’s the sound when a faucet turns on and no water comes out.


The good news was our well had water, the bad news was the pump that brings that delicious material to us had to be replaced. The pump died Monday morning, and Terry and I managed quite well, only occasionally turning on an impotent faucet or flushing a dehydrated toilet. The pump people came Monday afternoon and gave us the report. We'd have no water until Wednesday.

I managed to cook dinner Monday night using two eight oz. bottles of Aquafina. Moving around my kitchen in bot mode, I realized I waste a lot of water while I’m cooking. I probably rinse my hands 30 times during meal prep. With a Walmart bag over the kitchen faucet to intercept my habit of turning it on, I put a washcloth soaked with water on the counter by the sink, along with a finger bowl for all finger rinsing. It worked great throughout my food prep and I’m going to do that from now on to conserve water.

Keep reading this because I have a gift for you at the end.

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Thank You for Sharing Your Summer Fun Ideas!

Posted by Pam Young

Jul 22, 2019 5:09:00 AM


I asked. You answered! Thank you to all who took their valuable time to respond with such fun ideas!


I'll have to do this more! Here are some of the best ideas I received in answer to my request for off-the-wall summer ideas for kids. I'll be taking some of them on television on Friday and I will share that video with you down the road. I couldn't include all your creative ideas in this blog (it's already longer than the tech elfs say a blog should be. Some of the ideas made me want to go live with the fun-loving mom who shared. 

It's really worth your time to read these ideas if you have young kids or grandkids. 


Hi Pam!
My kids actually came up with the following activity on their own, but boy did it keep them busy during the summer.

My three children would get many neighborhood friends together to re-enact a scene from a movie such as Harry Potter. They could spend all day at it.  They had to decide who was going to be playing each character and then they had to plan the scene, collect props, collect costumes, run rehearsals and then they would have someone record it.

Not only did it keep everyone occupied for hours or days, it was essentially a no cost activity and they all had to use many skills including how to work through setbacks and disagreements and they used their imaginations!

I recommend this to all parents, especially ones who have children ages 5-15.


There are a whole lot more!

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The Best Deviled Eggs Cooking Video

Posted by Pam Young

Jul 9, 2019 12:06:49 PM

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Today I'm sharing my prize-winning recipe for deviled eggs with you.*


Watch this cooking video and learn how easy they are to make. When you serve a platter of these to your family, they'll be begging for more and if you take a plate of them to the church potluck, you'd better make a quadruple batch 'cause it's not fair that every person get one.

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Get Happy then Get Organized

Posted by Pam Young

Jul 6, 2019 9:17:42 PM



In order to get organized and run a clean, cozy, efficient household you need energy and desire to follow some kind of plan. You need a simple plan that directs your days and establishes a routine and habits that serve you, not drag you down. But it’s very hard to follow any plan if you’re down in the dumps. So if you want to stay on top of things, feeling good is so very important. 


What if you had an indicator that let you know whether you were flying high or sinking into despair? You really do. It’s just invisible to the eye, but you can always stop and “check in.”     

For an example, where would you rate yourself right now. Are you more happy than sad? Are you more anxious than content? Are you more angry than loving? Are you more afraid than feeling safe? 

There’s really little guesswork in knowing how you feel, because you’re wired to know in any given moment. Unfortunately it’s so easy to ignore the signals. We can get so busy we neglect taking time to check in with what’s going on inside.

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Happy 4th of July!

Posted by Pam Young

Jul 4, 2019 3:06:54 PM

USA! Proud to be an American? Love our flag and what it stands for? Love our military? Love our men and women in blue? 




I've been watching the exciting news surrounding the festivities in our nation's capitol and I'd love to be there for the celebration! Unfortunately, my husband, Terry, is a combat war veteran and if he gets too close to the fireworks, he suffers the consequences.

So Instead of going to Washington, we'll be here at home on our deck where we overlook hundreds of communities that have fireworks a distance.

We'll watch what's going on in Washington too, since they'll be in the dark three hours earlier. If you are going to be at the capitol, have a super time!

I'd like to thank the two largest pyrotechnic companies in America, Phantom and Grucci’s for their donations to make this event spectacular. Grucci has been a family-run business since 1850. It's considered among the premium pyrotechnics firms in the world. The Washington show will feature state-of-the-art technology and creations. The 15-minute show, expected to cap the event at 9:07 p.m., will be run by a crew of 25 people operating 18 computer systems. Mr, Grucci said, "The $750,000 tab for the display was footed by Phantom Fireworks, an Ohio-based retailer of consumer fireworks, which often works with the family." 

The show is so big that the family started installing it in Washington on June 25. The logistical challenges were such that the entire show was brought to the site Thursday on 19 flatbed trailers. 

In a salute to America's men and women in uniform, the fireworks display will be choreographed to patriotic music. Each of the nation's armed services will have its own moment. When the music plays for the Army, for example, green fireworks will fill the sky, the Army's symbolic color. For the Navy, the displays will be blue.

When "The Stars and Stripes Forever" plays, the family will reveal its own creation of a fireworks-generated American Flag, 700-feet-wide and 600-feet-high, Grucci said.

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Sidetracked Home Executives Celebrating 42 Years!

Posted by Pam Young

Jun 28, 2019 1:03:29 PM



Sidetracked Home Executives has been in business for 42 years! That means there are thousands of women out there who have used the 3x5 card file system for organizing their homes and families.  One of the best parts of the system is that it’s flexible and easy to pick back up if, in the course of life, it was abandoned for a few months, years or decades. Here’s a neat letter from one such woman!

Dear Pam,

Wow!  42 years!  I think it was about 1995 (just guessing since it's been so long ago!) when I found you and started using the file system.  You saved my sanity, and probably the sanity of my 5 children and husband.  

We were a poor military family and I discovered yard sales.  I thought I'd died and gone to heaven, because now I could actually buy clothes for my children without making them myself.  I was a pretty good seamstress but even that was expensive.  But of course that backfired on me, and I became addicted.  I bought everything I could afford!  I started to get my life under control and started clearing things out.  Not very efficiently, though, because my kids had by then also become my accomplices at yard sales.  

Anyway, many years have gone by and now the kids are all grown with kids of their own.  I'm cured of my addiction, but some of my kids aren't.  I have one son, a stay-at-home dad with 4 children, ages 2-12.  His wife is a doctor so she's W A Y too busy to help.  He's on his own with the house.  He's pretty overwhelmed, but he’s NOT a clutter bug, so he's wearing himself out trying to keep the house clean. He's usually making excuses that he's too busy picking up after everyone to get them to help, or teach them better habits.  

They're moving from the east coast to the west coast, (I live in Oregon and also have a part-time home in Washington.  Do you have any suggestions about how he could help his family?  I think he might be interested in the card system.  It might be simpler for him, and for the kids.  Do you still have the "Fairy" for the kids?  

Sorry to talk your ear off, but I've wanted to tell you for years how much I appreciate you and all you do!  

Take care,


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Happy Mother’s Day! Adult Children…Pay Up!

Posted by Pam Young

May 12, 2019 5:38:00 AM



This is a “what if” blog and it’s just for fun so don’t get all twirled up like it’s political! It isn’t meant to provoke any kind of political narrative to anger you into a public demonstration with signs that say, “Pay Up.”


Let’s start by pretending that on Mother’s Day all adult children owe money to their mothers. Not roses, not brunch, not candy, a call or cards (although those are all really nice too), but MONEY. Here goes…

The reasons for this yearly expense are many, but primarily it’s because a full-time mom never gets paid for her work, which is THE most important work on the planet. No other profession compares with the importance of this job and the world will NEVER address this lack of appreciation.  So what if it were up to the children to do that. After all, who carried them nine months? Nursed them? Rocked them? Changed their diapers? Dressed them? Wiped them? Sang to them? Taught them to ride their bikes? Have good manners? Tie their shoes? Talk? Walk? Pretty much everything we adults can do is because of our moms day-in-and-day-out, 24/7 care.

So what if Mother’s Day was treated the same way our country treats April 15, the day our income tax returns are due? The agency would be called the MRS (Maternal Revenue Service), instead of IRS. The amount of money one owes to the MRS would depend on the income of the child, just like your taxes do? In other words the more successful the adult child is the more it would have to pay.

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A Failed Garden Has its Perks

Posted by Pam Young

May 9, 2019 12:45:31 PM





If you're a SHE, no doubt growing a garden is tempting, but before you go all out to plant one (as I did in 2015), watch this video! 

The biggest lesson learned was.....well watch the video and you'll find out.

There are just some things we SHEs should not attempt.


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Casserole for Easter Breakfast

Posted by Pam Young

Apr 19, 2019 5:21:00 AM

Happy Easter! May you truly enjoy the magic of this holy time.

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It’s Fun to Feel (you fill in the blank)

Posted by Pam Young

Apr 18, 2019 5:52:00 AM



Terry and I have been taking vitamin supplements from Jigsaw Health for six years because they were recommended by my physician who has helped my husband and me get healthy on a Paleo diet. We don’t know whether to blame our good health on the low-carb diet, the vitamins or a combination of both. We keep hearing that supplements are useless, but I’m just not ready to go along with that theory, because of our good health.

With my last order of vitamins they sent me a gift (probably because I’ve been such a good customer for so many years). It was a t-shirt that says: “It’s fun to feel good.” Yes, it is fun to feel good, but that sentence got me to thinking.


We humans came here to have fun. Life is supposed to be fun and when it isn’t it means one thing, we’re not in alignment with the reason we’re here. Whatever you call the power that is within the Christ, God, inner being or some other name, it wants you to feel good. That idea, “It’s fun to feel good,” is a great place to start with an exercise in having fun right where you are right now.


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