No way. Tomorrow, March? Yes, it is. And according to our to-do list, there are only two things this month that we will want to spend some time on:
*Clean and organize the gardening equipment - while looking out our window at a couple feet of snow in places, this seems a bit early. But since there are 31 days in March, I'm hoping that by the end of the month it will seem more likely. It's still good to go out and see what you have and what might need replacing and plan things out. : )
*Make household cleaners. Forget about buying expensive cleaners at the store that are full of chemicals we shouldn't be breathing in. There are tons of "recipes" for homemade cleaners on-line to check out and try. I have an all-purpose cleaner that I make all the time and it's the one we use all the time. In a spray bottle, pour in a little Dawn dish soap, then a little white vinegar, and then some water. Give it a gentle shake and it's ready to use. I don't measure the amounts - after a few trys in making it, you will find out what amounts of each works best. Inexpensive and very effective. We use it to clean everything. Forget about toilet bowl cleaners - simple baking soda and vinegar fizzes up and sanitizes - just scrub and flush! In cleaning the bathtub I just sprinkle baking soda in and add some of the Dawn dish detergent on that and scrub away. Nice and bright. : )
So I would encourage you to use more natural products this year in taking care of your home. No more heavy chemical smells! : ) And remember - keep opening those windows every morning to air your home.
The other thing I wanted to post about is thinking ahead this month about taking care of others. In our area, it is food shelf month. Our church collects food all month to take to the local food shelves. If your church doesn't do this, just taking over a bag or two on your own would greatly help those in need. I know some who have a hard time doing this because they feel people take advantage of food shelves. We have to remember that it is not our place to judge. None of us knows what someone else is going through. All we can do is give back since God has given us so much. Maybe this is the month where you stop buying coffee every morning at the local coffee house and save that money to buy groceries for someone else. I know there are a lot of ways to stop spending and give instead. Also, and I've mentioned this before - if you live in a small town and don't have a food shelf to give to, how about getting together with other townspeople and begin one! Growing up poor, I know how I wish our small town would have had one. There were a lot of people who could have used it. Pray about it and see how the Lord would lead you in this.
And the last thing is Easter. It's good to plan ahead where holidays are concerned. Easter is THE important holiday in the life of the believer. It is where Jesus gave his life for us. It was God's plan of salvation for those of us who believe in Christ as our personal Savior. We all get excited about Christmas (and should!) but Easter is such a blessing that we should begin now to try and make it special. Some things to consider:
*Church - are you planning on inviting someone?
*Outreach - how can you reach others for Christ?
*After church - where will you spend it? Some people like to go out for an Easter brunch, others like to have it at home.
*What will you plan to eat?
*What kind of table decorations? How can you keep it Christ-centered?
*If you have little ones around (kids or grandkids), it's fun to keep the tradition of Easter eggs. We always enjoyed coloring eggs and then we enjoyed hiding the plastic eggs for a hunt. You could get everyone involved with this (adults too) and enjoy being together.
*Do you send out Easter cards? This could be very meaningful for those who don't always receive cards. Card-making supplies are very reasonable, it's fun to do, and will make someone's day. Or the dollar store has lovely inexpensive cards to buy. You could include notecards with Scripture written on them. Again, our goal is to think of others.
*If you don't have someone to be with for Easter, is there some place that you could go and volunteer or visit? Nursing home? Hospital? Homeless shelter?
*For me, it's fun to put Easter baskets together. For family members but, also, is there a family that you could bless at church anonymously? We tend to put on such happy faces at church and hesitate to admit that there might be a need, but there is always someone who needs a little lift.
Well, I'm sure that the list isn't complete, but it IS something to think about and plan for. We all know that the months fly by, so it's never to early. : )
That's it for this day. It's been a good day so far - all the weekly shopping is done, groceries put away, menus planned, and now off to do something else. Thank you for stopping by. I do appreciate it. God bless.