Friday, November 1, 2013

Why Are We Still Using Gasoline?

Why are we still using gasoline?
The smell in the air is so unclean.
Each day more people are getting ill.
The fact we still use so unreal.

Why are we still using gasoline?
Smog in the air a dirty scene.
Every day we breathe pollution.
They like to pretend there's no solution.

Why are we still using gasoline?
What's going on has been foreseen.
Breathing this poison every day.
This is the price that we all pay.

Why are we still using gasoline?
You know we could gradually go green.
Phase out the cars that contaminate.
Just do it now--it's not too late.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Box Tops Getting Smaller

I love the Box Tops for Education program because it's like free money for your
child's school, but the Box Tops keep getting smaller and smaller.

Sometimes I see the front of a package that says it has a Box Top on it and I have
to search for it because it's so tiny. There have even been times that I knew there
was a Box Top on the package and I accidentally ripped it because I didn't see it.

When you do see a Box Top please cut it out and give it to your child's school. If
you don't have a child, cut the Box Top out and give it to someone that does. Even
though Box Tops are small they make a big difference to a school in need.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Fake Pockets

This isn't the first time I bought jeans with fake pockets, but it's never on purpose.
When I go shopping for jeans whether my pockets are real or not just isn't on my
mind. I'm more worried about if the jeans are going to be too tight, or are they go-
ing to slowly slip down on me as the day goes on. But once again, I got tricked by
the cute, perfect and very fake pockets.

Fake Pockets Poem

Jeans you seemed to fit just right.
You weren't to loose.
You weren't too tight.
When I wore you I realized...
What looked like pockets were just a lie.
I buy my jeans by look and feel.
The jean pockets seemed so real.
I'll know next time I go and shop,
I won't forget to look and stop
Are my pockets real or fake?
Clothes manufacturer you are are snake.

Monday, September 9, 2013


I went to the grocery store and I wanted to buy some peaches or plums, but they
didn't look very fresh. Then I saw these big, fat, juicy looking navel oranges.

When I got home I decided an orange and a piece of cheese would taste really
good. As I was rinsing one of my pretty oranges I realized my orange wasn't from
America...It was from South Africa!

I usually read the labels on fruits and vegetables before I buy them, but this time
I didn't. Maybe I'm paranoid, but I feel safer eating produce that has been grown
in my country. I don't know the regulations for food in Africa, so I decided not to
eat any of the oranges. Do you think I should've eaten the oranges?

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Central Air

When my central air quit about three weeks ago, I decided I'd try to go the rest
of the summer without it. At first it was OK. The nights dipped into the 50s, and
it didn't get up to 90 degrees in the house until about 5:00 pm. I thought, "Hey...I
can handle this." By the next week it wasn't so easy anymore. The open windows
and ceiling fans weren't doing the job. The nightly temperatures were in the 70s
and the daytime temperatures were near 85 degrees. I was feeling next to no
relief when it came to cooling down.

My father gave me a fan, and I borrowed three more fans from two of my co-
workers. I had open windows, ceiling fans, oscillating fans, and box fans, but
it still wasn't enough. I finally decided I'd have to give in. I had to get my central
air back. I was very uncomfortable and I was also worried about the heat ruining
my medications and food. Plus it was so hot I could hardly sleep. Now that I
have my central air back I feel like a normal person.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Nutrition Facts

When I read the nutrition facts I'm usually looking at three parts of the label:
trans fat, sugar, and sodium.

One of the biggest surprises to me when it comes to trans fat is some ice cream has
trans fat. I used to tell myself that I was getting calcium when I was eating ice cream,
but there isn't much calcium in ice cream either. Some ice cream isn't even ice cream
sometimes it's a dairy dessert. I think this is code for fake ice cream because it never
seems to be truly frozen.

When it comes to sodium and sugar some of these companies are really slick. I've
seen products and the label says it's 'low sodium' and then it's high in sugar. Then
it could be the same product, but a different version and it will say 'low sugar' and
that product is full of salt.

Instead of reading only the front of a product be sure you read the nutrition facts
and the ingredients too.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Is Your Refrigerator Safe?

For years I didn't have a thermometer in my refrigerator, but last year I decided to
purchase one just to be safe. According to the website, 40 degrees or
below is the safest temperature to keep cold foods cold.

Although the freezer in our last refrigerator was still working the refrigerated section
had stopped working properly. I noticed the temperature was up to 45 degrees and
I assumed it was because I had put some warm gallons of water in there, but I was
wrong. The next day it was still 45 degrees, so I knew I was gonna need a new one.

If you don't have a thermometer in your refrigerator you need to get one because it
could save you from a foodborne illness. You can buy a thermometer especially
made for a refrigerator and it's the only way to know if the temperature is safe.

Thursday, May 23, 2013


Relish Poem

He said there's a lot left I disagree.
How much relish do you see?
He left this relish in the jar.
It's definitely not up to par.
There isn't enough for a hot dog,
or even freshly cooked hot hog.
He said there's a lot left I disagree.
How much relish do you see?
There isn't enough for a bowl of beans,
or a good hot plate of country greens.
He left this relish in the jar.
It's definitely not up to par.
There isn't enough to taste in tuna fish, 
or potato salad in Grandma's dish.
He said there's a lot left I disagree.
How much relish do you see?

Wednesday, May 22, 2013


The other day my husband was looking for ketchup. We had an unopened ketchup,
and an opened one with a little left in the container. Guess which ketchup he opened?
He opened the brand new unopened ketchup. He didn't want to bother with the al-
ready opened one, because he had to rinse out the container and put it in the recy-
cling bin.

Since I'm talking about ketchup, let me tell you that Heinz® is my favorite ketchup.
It's the only one I'll buy.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Grocery List

I like having a grocery list because
it helps me stick to my budget, and
I'll  know what my meals will be
for the week. If you've never tried
to write a grocery list this is how I
write mine.

1. Figure out your budget.

2. Decide what recipes you want
    to cook for the week.

3. Write down all the ingredients
    you need to buy.

4. Write down any boxed food or
     snacks that you want to buy.

I have my list divided into two sides. I have a room temperature side and a cold side.
The fruits and vegetables are highlighted in yellow, so I remember to get them first.
Next, I get all of the room temperature items and then the cold or frozen items last. I
color-code my recipe ingredients to the recipe to make sure I don't forget any ingre-
dients. Any item that is not included in a recipe I write in pencil or black ink. Don't
forget to write a price beside each item, so you can stick to your budget.



Friday, March 8, 2013

Don't Throw It Away

This pen and pencil holder originally contained a couple of pillow cases.

This picture frame originally contained a sleep cap. The plastic holder could
also easily display a recipe or an important note.

Laundry detergent caps make good stacking toys. You could also teach
a child his colors with these, or use them to cut out circles in playdough.

If you think something can be used again...
don't throw it away.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Cup In a Shrub


Cup In a Shrub

Cup in a shrub
bug on a rug.
He was so dumb.
He's gross as a grub.
He litters the Earth
been evil since birth.
Cup in a shrub
he'd been to the pub.
Did he over drink,
or does he just stink?
He isn't quite right
wish he'd see the light.
Cup in a shrub
it's really a flub.
People like him
make our world look dim.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Genetically Modified Poem

Genetically Modified

Genetic manipulation of DNA,
you're about to have a genetically modified day.
Have you noticed that your plants will not root?
The flower makers know this; they don't give a hoot. 
Fruits and vegetables designed to withstand the cold,
the flavor diminished and no longer bold.
Growth hormones added to your food supply.
Ask them if it harms you...they'll simply lie.
The effects on human health and the environment are not known.
Why don't they leave genetic modification alone?
If you're eating genetically modified food
I guess you're genetically modified too.

Genetically Modified