IDEA EXCHANGE: December 9th – December 13

Monday, December 9th: QUOTE: “SLOWLY IS THE FASTEST WAY TO GET WHERE YOU WANT TO BE”, Andre de Shields, actor

ATLAS OF THE NATIONAL PARKS ,
The first book of its kind, this stunning atlas showcases America’s spectacular park system from coast to coast, richly illustrated with an inspiring and informative collection of maps, graphics, and photographs.
From the white sand beaches of Dry Tortugas to the snowy peaks of Denali, this captivating book combines authoritative park maps with hundreds of graphics and photographs to tell the stories of America’s sixty one beloved national parks. Former ranger and author Jonathan Waterman introduces readers to the country’s scenic reserves and highlights the extraordinary features that distinguish each: magnificent landmarks, thriving ecosystems, representative wildlife, fascinating histories, and more. With striking imagery and state-of-the-art graphics reflecting details of wildlife, climate, culture, archaeology, recreation, and more, this lush reference provides an up-close look at what makes these lands so special–and so uniquely American. A heartfelt foreword from National Geographic CEO Gary Knell reminds us how important these lands are to our lives and our national pride.

We talked with Lynn Clark from Travel Leaders about a special package for those who want to go to the Rose Bowl. Space is limited so call today: 608.837.7500 (Sun Prairie) or 262.567.6658 (Oconomowoc).  Someone is looking for a way to loosen the tiny screws on a battery operated Hallmark animated decoration. The screw has worn down and won’t turn.

 

Tuesday, December 10th: QUOTE: “YOUR JUDGEMENT DOESN’T ALWAYS FOLLOW YOUR HEART. LISTEN TO YOUR HEART’S DESIRE”

 

THE EXTREMELY BUSY WOMAN’S GUIDE TO SELF CARE, Suzanne Falter

You’re probably doing a lot―taking care of your family, killing it at your job, volunteering, organizing, scheduling, delegating. At the end of all of that, do you have any time or energy left to take care of the most important person: you?

Self-care movement leader Suzanne Falter gets it. In fact, she lived the life that every woman today feels expected to lead, chasing career goals while balancing the commitment of raising a family. But after facing an unthinkable tragedy, Suzanne transformed her identity as a stressed-out workaholic to find her way back to wholeness and balance. In The Extremely Busy Woman’s Guide to Self-Care, Suzanne shares simple, bite-sized suggestions to help you ease onto the path of effective self-care in a way that feels doable rather than demanding.

The road to soothing self-care is right in front of you―all you have to do is say yes to the journey and take the first step.

I shared the CHRISTMAS MINUTES from last Friday (Austria), and yesterday (Holland) and the Beaver Dam Piggly Wiggly recipe of the week: Holiday Party Mix. Marianne from LAMERS talked about the May 2020 Holland Tulip Time tour.

Wednesday, December 11th: QUOTE: “BE YOURSELF: EVERYONE ELSE IS ALREADY TAKEN”, Oscar Wilde

NAT GEO KIDS: BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW 2: OUTRAGEOUS, AWESOME OUT OF THIS WORLD FACTS, 

Did you know that scallops have dozens of tiny blue eyes? That glass can form when lightning strikes sand? Or that Formula 1 race cars could theoretically drive upside down at superhigh speeds? There’s a lot to know, and we bet you’ll have fun learning it all in the second book in this super series from National Geographic Kids! Based on a favorite department in Nat Geo Kids magazine, this book is chock-full of fascinating facts, silly stats, and catchy little knowledge nuggets in all kinds of awesome categories, from fire to reptiles to candy. Special features include Extreme Weirdness, Strange Places, What’s the Difference, and more. Bold, colorful photographs in a supersize format and spectacular information create a winning combination for curious kids who can’t wait to learn more about the world.

 

We talked with Chris Sell from TRILLIUM INTERIORS about the different kinds of window treatments for different kinds of windows. Today’s CHRISTMAS MINUTE focuses on DENMARK traditions. We talked about the Full Cold Moon which reaches peak fullness at 12:12am EST on the 12th day of the 12th month. We should see it peak at 11:12 tomorrow night. The Geminids are also visible the first two weeks of December and will and typically look their best on Friday, December 13th beginning around 9pm. Look away from the moon toward the darkest part of the sky. AND-don’t forget to make a wish!

 

Thursday, December 12th: QUOTE: “SURROUND YOURSELF WITH THE DREAMERS, THE DOERS, THE BELIEVERS AND THINKERS, BUT MOST OF ALL, SURROUND YOURSELF WITH THOSE WHO SEE THE GREATNESS WITHIN YOU, EVEN WHEN YOU DON’T SEE IT YOURSELF”. Edmund Lee

THE CHRISTMAS SPIRITS ON TRADD STREET, Karen White

The Christmas spirit is overtaking Tradd Street with a vengeance in this festive new novel in the New York Times bestselling series by Karen White.

Melanie Trenholm should be anticipating Christmas with nothing but joy–after all, it’s the first Christmas she and her husband, Jack, will celebrate with their twin babies. But the ongoing excavation of the centuries-old cistern in the garden of her historic Tradd Street home has been a huge millstone, both financially and aesthetically. Local students are thrilled by the possibility of unearthing more Colonial-era artifacts at the cistern, but Melanie is concerned by the ghosts connected to the cistern that have suddenly invaded her life and her house–and at least one of them is definitely not filled with holiday cheer….

And these relics aren’t the only precious artifacts for which people are searching. A past adversary is convinced that there is a long-lost Revolutionary War treasure buried somewhere on the property that Melanie inherited–untold riches rumored to be brought over from France by the Marquis de Lafayette himself and intended to help the Colonial war effort. It’s a treasure literally fit for a king, and there have been whispers throughout history that many have already killed–and died–for it. And now someone will stop at nothing to possess it–even if it means destroying everything Melanie holds dear.

 

We talked about tips for packing cookies if you’re going to be shipping them this holiday season. Someone made meringue cookies last night and they are not fully baked in center. Can she put back in the oven this morning? Did she make them too large? Does anyone know the reason why they didn’t turn out, and how to solve the problem? Today’s CHRISTMAS MINUTE took us to Mexico and I shared a recipe for Cheesy Party Roll Ups.

 

Friday, December 13th:

Brenda is on vacation