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· How To Stretch A Puddle

· How To Grow A Puddle

· How To Wash A Puddle


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· A New Year's Resolution - Smile!

· Love Those Wrinkles!

· A Musician's Prayer

· A Flower For My Mom

· How Scary Is That!

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Blogs by Edie M. Batstone

Chill, Papa Joe!
1/14/2012 9:09:44 AM
Musings about cleaning stains or problems in life, both physical and mental.
Chill, Papa Joe!

Friends of ours were relating an incident where their 3½ yr. old great grandson, Jayden, came out with the above expression, to try and help his ‘Papa’ deal with a stressful incident – Ah, the wisdom of children! It came back to my mind this morning as I faced a sink full of dirty pots crying for my attention. My grandmother Blanchfield, as I was told, had her own special way of dealing with stress; Whenever she had a problem to work out, or an upsetting incident to get over, she would pick a drawer and give it a thorough cleaning. So, I thought of grandma as I picked up the first pot, dug out the baking soda, and started to clean. Sometimes, the most mundane task can teach so much: As I worked at the stains, and they gave way to my elbow grease, I thought about how life’s problems are like those stains: They can easily build up, and seem too difficult to even try to solve - They stubbornly resist our efforts, hoping that we’ll give up first! Not today, guys! As the gleam of stainless (right!) steel started to increase, I began to relax into a whole meditation thing; it became less work, and more a mind exercise; I really got into it then, determined that I would keep up the baking soda assault; I would not settle for 90% - I would keep going until it was 100% clean! That brought back another memory: My sisters will remember dishwashing chores at home: I would always pick the silverware or pot, to ‘polish’, while they dealt with all of the other dishes. They did not get the whole ‘meditative’ thing that was happening – go figure!
Thanks little Jayden for reminding us to ‘chill’ – Very cool!


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More Blogs by Edie M. Batstone
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• Welcome Christmas! - Wednesday, December 03, 2014
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• 'Lest We Remember' - Wednesday, November 12, 2014
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• Counting To Ten! - Thursday, October 09, 2014
• This Old House - Wednesday, August 13, 2014
• Off With Her Hat! - Thursday, June 19, 2014
• Be Not Afraid - You Are A Masterpiece! - Wednesday, May 21, 2014
• Mothers' Day Silliness - Thursday, May 08, 2014
• Spring Is Here? - Monday, March 24, 2014
• Knitting Thoughts - Saturday, January 25, 2014
• Finding Holy Ground - Friday, January 10, 2014
• Baby Pictures - Tuesday, December 17, 2013
• Next Stop: 'Zoomerland'! - Wednesday, October 16, 2013
• The Treasure Seekers! - Wednesday, July 03, 2013
• Thank You For The Dreams Dad! - Sunday, June 16, 2013
• A Great Big Warm 'Boot To The Head'! - Wednesday, May 29, 2013
• Walk With Me - Fly For Me! - Saturday, April 20, 2013
• If I Were Twenty Years Younger! - Saturday, April 13, 2013
• Where The Wind Blows! - Saturday, March 23, 2013
• A Valentine Sonnet - Thursday, February 14, 2013
• My Roof's Got A Hole In It - Saturday, January 26, 2013
• Wait Training 101 - Saturday, January 05, 2013
• Merry Christmas To All And To All A GOOD LIGHT - Friday, December 21, 2012
• In The Arms Of Christmas - Tuesday, November 27, 2012
• Hope For A Precious Child - Wednesday, November 07, 2012
• Happiness Can Be Tricky! - Wednesday, September 26, 2012
• Sign, Sign, Everywhere Sign - Wednesday, August 15, 2012
• Housework Or Heartwork! - Wednesday, July 25, 2012
• Wheee! I'm Riding! - Thursday, July 19, 2012
• Reading In The Garden - Monday, July 16, 2012
• The Strongest Man In The World! - Monday, June 25, 2012
• Time Travel! - Friday, May 25, 2012
• Dr. Seuss's Teapot! - Wednesday, April 25, 2012
• Love That Bluegrass! - Sunday, April 15, 2012
• An Easter Walk - Friday, April 06, 2012
• Mom's Dahlias - Tuesday, March 06, 2012
• Still Climbing! - Monday, February 13, 2012
• Someone Open A Window! - Wednesday, February 01, 2012
•  Chill, Papa Joe! - Saturday, January 14, 2012  
• Let The Games Begin! - Thursday, January 12, 2012
• All Is Calm - Or Not! - Thursday, December 29, 2011
• Plant Seeds Of Hope This Christmas! - Wednesday, December 07, 2011
• Something Fishy In The Air! - Wednesday, November 09, 2011
• Tinker Bell's Mom! - Tuesday, October 25, 2011
• Roofers' Rap - Thursday, October 13, 2011
• Hope - Bring It On! - Thursday, October 06, 2011
• My Christmas List - Monday, September 26, 2011
• Hold That Thought! - Saturday, September 03, 2011
• Been To Newfoundland - Got Way More Than The T-Shirt! - Sunday, August 28, 2011
• I Found A Pearl! - Monday, July 25, 2011
• Me And Pepe! - Wednesday, June 15, 2011
• Hand To Mouth - Monday, May 23, 2011
• Dear God, I'm Afraid! - Thursday, May 12, 2011
• Write It Down! - Thursday, May 05, 2011
• Twirl With Me! - Wednesday, April 27, 2011
• What's The Word? - Saturday, April 23, 2011
• Talking To My Plants! - Monday, April 18, 2011
• Kidding Around - Wednesday, April 13, 2011
• Disconnected! - Monday, April 11, 2011
• Who Do You Think You Are - In Twenty Minutes?! - Friday, April 08, 2011
• Crap Happy! - Saturday, April 02, 2011
• Top O' The Morning, Afternoon, and Evening - Thursday, March 17, 2011
• Eva Cassidy's Beauty Lives On! - Wednesday, March 09, 2011
• I'm Melting! - Saturday, March 05, 2011


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