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Just a Touch of Love

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I was preparing for my history lesson today and was reading about the Franciscan and Dominican orders of priests and nuns in the Roman Catholic Church. Both of these orders were begun with their mission being service to all men. I love that!

So, today as you begin your week, why not perform a kind deed for a friend, neighbor, or a stranger? Find a place where you can take the children if they are able to go with you. I am going to step out of my comfort zone and help once again in the inner city, something I did with my husband for many years. Yes, it’s a bit scary, and you certainly don’t need to do that, but we have been called to serve those who are in need and that is what I think I will do.

If you are wanting some ideas to help you think of places to show just a touch of love, consider the following:

Food pantry– take canned goods to them and/or see if they need volunteers

Sort out your clothes and take them to Goodwill, AmVets, or another organization.

Visit a nursing home Go a couple of times if you can. People in nursing homes love company, and especially children.

Do you have a jar of change? How about having the children count and wrap the money (math!) and decide where you as a family would like to give the money. Your children will enjoy helping, and being involved, and you are modeling kindness and generosity.

Drop off goodies to your neighbors. So few people have time to bake any more that a plate full of goodies is greatly appreciated. If you don’t want to give food, then how about a candle and a card or something else? It’s the kindness shown that counts!

Make cards for service men and women. Operation We Are Here has several links of organizations that you can send cards and letters. You can also deliver cards to neighbors, friends, church members, and family.

Volunteer at a soup kitchen This is such a rewarding thing to do. The act of serving someone always makes my day brighter for some reason. The homeless love to see young people and enjoy it when someone talks to them.

Do you knit, crochet, or quilt? There are hospital organizations that have need of blankets and baby hats. This would be great for school too since it can be counted as fine arts. ūüôā

Ask your children! Do they have something that is on their heart? Children are tenderhearted and many times see needs that we didn’t recognize.

I leave you with a link from a scene in the movie, Sister Act, called Just a Touch of Love. The church went and got involved in the community, where they helped the people and the people, in turn, helped them. Pretty cool!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See Cincinnati: Findlay Market

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Findlay Market is an area of many shops and is located on Race Street. You will be in for a great treat and is a spot that everyone in your family will enjoy.

Address: 1801 Race Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (513) 665-4839

Website: http://www.findlaymarket.org

Hours: Findlay Market is open year round.

Monday OFF

Tuesday-Friday: 9am-6 pm

Saturday 8am-6pm

Sunday 10am-4pm

The Farmers Market is open seasonally-

Thursday 3pm-6 pm

Saturday 8am-2pm

Sunday 10am-4pm

Parking is available, but there is a fee and spaces are limited. Most vendors accept only cash, so make sure you bring some with you. Also, bring a small cooler to take home any meat or produce you purchase for your ride home.

This historic market has all kinds of remarkable goods that you must go there at some point. Fresh meat can be purchased at reasonable prices. While on ¬†a recent trip there I brought home a chicken that had been slaughtered just that morning; you can’t get any fresher than that! You will be tempted to purchase ¬†plants, local produce, newly baked breads and baked goods, natural products, freshly made waffles, fabulous homemade soaps, yummy teas and coffees, and fresh spices to add to your favorite dishes. If you have little ones whose interest may wane before you are ready to leave have them look for the most unusual item they can find or the funniest name of something that is for sale. Believe me, there are some names of items that I had never heard of and had to ask how to pronounce!

There are also restaurants if you get a hankering to try something while you are there. These have menu items that range from ice cream to fresh grilled burgers to delicious gyros.

If you haven’t been to Findlay Market, pack up the family and head down there for a great time!

Source: Adventures Around Cincinnati

 

 

 

Adventures Around Cincinnati

I met Laura Hoevener, co-author of the book Adventures Around Cincinnati, a few months ago at a homeschool event and was tickled when we started talking about her book because  I thought this would be a great resource to pass along to you! I will post some sites throughout the year for you and your family to investigate throughout the Greater Cincinnati Area. Some are less known than others and I will start with one that I have not been to before.

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The American Sign Museum 513-541-6366

Address: 1330 Monmouth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45225

Website: http://www.signmuseum.org

Hours: Monday, Tuesday  OFF

Wednesday- Saturday 10am-4:00 pm

Sunday Noon- 4pm

Guided tours are at $2.00- schedule to ensure availability by going to website or calling.

Cost: $15.00 Adults,  FREE children 12 and under, $10.00 Seniors

This museum tells the story of signs, beginning with wooden ones all the up to the present. The collection has signs dating from 1890-1972 with a Main Street exhibit that sounds amazing. There is a section on neon signs and the bonus is that there is a company located in the building called Neonworks and you can watch the craftsmen work as they crate signs.

 

Gardening with Children

FullSizeRenderSpring is my favorite time of year for many reasons, but one is that I love planting a garden. Growing fresh produce is a wonderful way to teach your children about plants and the responsibility of taking care of them. You also know that you are growing food that is safe and free of harmful chemicals.

Maybe you have been thinking about growing some veggies, but you are not sure which ones to grow. May I make some suggestions?  Vegetables that like cool climates and can be sown directly into the soil now are loose leaf varieties of lettuce such as mesclun, salad bowl, and gourmet blend.  Spinach is another crop to plant now and can be harvested while the leaves are small or let them grow a little bit longer to enjoy in a spinach salad.

Beans are a nearly always a success and you can plant several crops throughout the growing season. Your children will be so excited to watch the beans form and once the small bean pods begin to form, it is a short time until  they are ready to be harvested.

If you don’t want to fool with vegetables that need to be harvested throughout the summer, why not plant some pumpkin seeds? I will warn you, though, they need a lot of room! My neighbor’s entire garden was taken over by pumpkin plants last year, but she had some amazing pumpkins for her grandchildren and the neighborhood.

If you have poor drainage you can create a “raised bed” by creating a hill of dirt that is 3 to 4 inches high and planting your seeds in the middle of the hill. Bush cucumbers are recommended to be planted that way and I think I will try my hand at growing zucchini this way too.

Here are some resources for planting your own garden this year.

My First Garden This has great information that you will find useful in beginning your garden.

Another great website is called Serenata Flowers, which has lots of information and websites for you to enjoy.

High Mowing Seeds is an organic seed company that has more seeds than you have room for in your garden!

The Garden Hoard is a small seed company that I have used in the past and love their selection of heirloom tomatoes and other veggies. They also have flower seeds and I am looking forward to sowing some Hollyhock seeds along my garden fence. Katie, the owner, sent me some complimentary seeds that I am excited to try. I reordered a black tomato called Black Krim that I grew two years ago. I gave these tomatoes to friends and relatives and they have begged me to grow them again this year. I am looking forward to eating them too as they are less acidic and delicious to eat right off the vine. yum! I have included a picture so you can see what the Black Krim tomato looks like.

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City Goggles: Places to visit in the area

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Don’t you just love when you have pleasant surprises? Well, today was just the day when I received one. I am on a homeschool forum and one of the moms posted a link to her son’s page concerning places to visit here in the Greater Cincinnati area. I was intrigued by the miniatures museum and went to check it out.

Cory Woodruff is a student at DAAP at the University of Cincinnati and chose to do his senior capstone project on coffee shops and various other places to enjoy in Southwestern Ohio and Northern/ Central Kentucky. Not only did his short clips make me want to visit the locations he chose to film, but I also found his angle shots interesting and his story lines intriguing.

The surprise that I had was when I looked at his gallery page and found that my son in Cory’s videos. Malcolm is representing Carabello Coffee, the shop that he has worked at for the past 2 years! ¬†Carabello Coffee is a wonderful place to visit and get a great cup of coffee and nosh on sweets and delicious Bella Pops. ¬†I am posting the link to Cory’s project so you can enjoy all the clips. City Goggles¬†Be sure to check out the statue video as well. He has history links to each of the statues and you can incorporate this into your history studies.

Perhaps some of your children are interested in film and are exploring career and hobby possibilities.¬†I hope to have an interview with Cory in the near future. ¬†ūüôā