Sunday, June 26, 2016

Pre-Travel Checklist [general]

Pre-Travel Checklist [general]

Please feel free to copy-and-paste this list into a word document. Then you can customize it to fit your family.

General Home Preparation

□ Water plants and mow lawn before leaving home or arrange for a neighbor to care for them while you're away

□ Unplug any appliances sensitive to power surges, such as computers, microwaves, and television sets

□ Dial your thermostat up or down to match the temperature of the season

□ Stop all home-delivery services (mail, newspaper, milk, diapers, and so on) or arrange to have items picked up by a neighbor

□ Arrange for pet care at a kennel or in your home



☆☆ Security

□  Lock all windows and doors securely and remove any keys hidden outside the house

□ Tell neighbors that you'll be away and how they can reach you in an emergency

□ Turn on your telephone answering machine. You may want to change the message on your answering machine at work to let your business contacts know you are out of town

□ Set lights and a radio on timers. Turn up the radio loud enough so it can be heard outside

□ Close blinds and curtains



Kitchen

♡♡ Store food in your freezer to prevent having to run to the grocery store as soon as you return home

□ Remove perishable items from your refrigerator

□ Empty all waste baskets & run the garbage disposal to eliminate the possibility of unpleasant odors

□ ¡¡ Wash the dishes (You'll be sorry when you come back if you forget this!)



Getting Your Car Ready

□ Check your spare tire and jack to ensure they are both in working order

□ Check oil level, tire pressure, and coolant level, and all other fluid levels

□ Pack a first-aid kit and roadside emergency kit into the trunk



Personal Preparation

□ Schedule a medical check-up before the trip. (Ladies, make sure your mammogram and pap smear are up-to-date!!)
 °Ask your doctor about necessary vaccinations, and have any        medical procedures done before you go

□ Update any personal identification so that it contains current information and a photograph [Make sure your DPA is up to date,  too!]

□ Pick up cash, change, and traveler’s checks at the bank

□ Get a telephone calling card and take it with you
 ° [or at least make sure you bring the charger for your phone!]

□  Fill out and send in your tax return form if you will be out of town at the deadline

□ Tell your friends where they can write to you at your vacation or out-of-town address

□ Pay the rent and other bills. If you’ll be gone for an extended period of time, arrange for a friend or relative to pay the bills

♡♡Wash clothes that you’re not packing so that you’ll have a clean set of clothes at home when you return from your trip

□ Break in new shoes to prevent blisters. [PLEASE remember to bring shoes that are safe for various surfaces!]

□  pack chargers and/or extra batteries (phone, camera, laptop, etc)


Sanity Savers

□ Make a "fun bag" for each child and include games, books, toys, a ¡tape player¿  with headphones, and snacks

□ Purchase postcard stamps to take with you

□  Print address labels of people to send postcards to. [It’s much lighter to carry a sheet of labels than your address book.]

♧ take earplugs (in case your neighbors in the hotel are noisy)

Miscellaneous









Friday, July 18, 2014

Sad to say...

Since I started the Geo-Bears, some of my Bears have gone on amazing trips! Unfortunately, It has been incredibly difficult to get the humans they travel with to send any emails about their travels, or even to bring back pictures for us to post, so I am discontinuing this blog.

I want to thank those who have followed this blog - I wish I had been able to make it better. A lot of the reason I couldn't is because of my personal issues with depression, anxiety disorders, etc. [If I had had the energy, I could have made up stories of the places the Bears went!]
My illnesses have made it hard to do a lot of things I've wanted to, both here and elsewhere.

If you are looking for my pre-travel checklist, click here  I've posted it on my other blog: 100+   Days of Encouragement [which is also not very well-tended, but I still use it, sometimes]

 I wish you all well!

BC and the Geo-Bears

Wait, I just remembered: I have given some consideration to having  a "flat" Bear who could travel over the internet. He could be lots of places at once, too!  Hmmm...
Maybe with some encouragement, I will! Let me know what you all think!

Saturday, September 28, 2013



September is National Preparedness Month!
http://emergency.cdc.gov/preparedness/
http://www.fema.gov/
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/severeweather/severewxcal.shtml

"The publication 1-2-3 of Disaster Education recommends including the following items: First-aid supplies, bottled water, nonperishable food, and important documents. It would also be wise to review with your family the types of disasters that could take place and what could be done in each case." Watchtower 2011 12/1
http://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/2011883

Saturday, September 21, 2013

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. If you know anyone in crisis, please callNational Suicide Prevention Lifeline '1-800-273-TALK (8255)'to learn how to help them.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Register now for National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week!

Hi, many of our friends suffer from mood disorders

(like depression) and anxiety disorders,


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Please help spread the word!!


Wednesday, June 30, 2010

God knows we are not perfect - Ps 103:14

DKT "'He himself well knows the formation of us, remembering that we are dust'.—Ps. 103:14.
Jehovah does not expect us to be perfect in the absolute sense. He never expects more of us than we can do. (Jas. 3:2) Still, he does expect us to keep integrity. Is there a difference, then, between perfection and integrity? Yes. To illustrate: A young man loves a young woman whom he is going to marry. He would be foolish to expect her to be perfect. Yet, he would be wise to expect her to be wholehearted in her love for him, that is, to have romantic love for him alone. In a comparable way, Jehovah is “a God exacting exclusive devotion.” (Ex. 20:5) He expects us, not to be perfect, but to love him wholeheartedly, giving worship to him alone. Jesus did say: “You must accordingly be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matt. 5:48) He evidently understood that even imperfect humans can be complete, or perfect, in a relative sense. w08 12/15 1:6"