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Lost Socks - you know the ones, those lonely singles that mysteriously lose their mate between the dirty clothes hamper and the clean clothes basket. They make the best dusting rags that fit right on your hand and save you from spending a fortune on paper towels. As you'll discover when I post my new financial review for the month, we're on a beans and rice mission, so I'm cutting corners wherever I can. But in all honesty, these actually work quite well as dusters!

I'm a vacuum junkie. I set up house with a $3 yard-sale canister vacuum, and eventually owned three generations of the Roomba robotic vacuum, plus a Scooba, and I've even tried out a Dyson (what a disappointment - glad I didn't buy!). The canister vac, plus Roomba #1 and #2 were sold in yard sales, while Roomba #3 (affectionately known as "Geordie LaForge") sits forlornly in a corner of the kitchen, waiting for the day when his brushes will be cleaned from the glue trap that stuck to his underside. Let's not even talk about Scooba, okay? The point is, my go-to vacuum is an eight year old, Bosch Turbo Jet Upright - if you ever find one at a yard sale, snatch it up! I don't know why I ever spent money on anything else.


Every so often a show comes along and grabs your attention. I got hooked on Psych a couple of years ago when I first found it on Hulu (before you had to pay to watch older episodes). I didn't know what Peter would think about it, but I requested a couple of seasons for Christmas this year, and he came through - albeit with one eyebrow raised. Let's just say that now we're both hooked and he wants to find the first two seasons for cheap. Wait for IT...


Is it strange that the follow-up to #3 (a TV show about a fake-psychic with a sense of humor) is a Bible verse? Hmm... Well, it is what it is. I just recently finish the book of 1 John, and while there are so many wonderful verses in Scripture, I was particularly struck by 1 John 5:14 & 21, "And we can be confident that He will listen to us whenever we ask Him for anything in line with His will. [...] Dear Children, keep away from anything that might take God's place in your hearts." Wow. Anything that might take God's place? The blog? Facebook? Funny TV shows? And what about praying for things, but specifically seeking to remain inside of His will rather than sticking to my plan? Lots to ponder...

Last week I shared a print from Red Letter Words, but this week, I'd just like you to read Dee's blog post about why she chose certain hymns and why Amazing Grace is her favorite. Oh, that I would be as bold as her friends were. If you like her hymn collection as much as I do, she's offering a chance to win a $155 store credit which is good towards the purchase of a Hymn or Folk Song canvas (giveaway ends 1/26).



  1. We are looking for a new show so I think we will have to check it out! Right now we are loving The Mentalist. :) Have a great day!

  2. We like Psych too. We've seen Seasons 1 through 3, but haven't seen anything after that. Enjoy!

  3. "Dust Socks" are great for little helper hands too! :)

  4. Joy - Haven't seen that show, but am off to look it up. "Psych" makes us laugh out loud, but it might not be everyone's cup of tea. Have you ever watched "House"? Not that "Psych" is anything like that, but it's just another one that I found rather interesting.

    Linda - We've only seen seaons 3 and 4, but I just found 1 and 2 for cheap and they're on their way to us, so we're looking forward to catching up on what we missed. :-)

    Jani - I'll take your word for it!


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