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Happy Labor Day, 2009!

It's dawning cool and bright here in New England. Gosh, it sure feels like fall. :)

A few plans for today ...

*Decorate the front steps with mums, asters, kale and pumpkins. Tie up cornstalks and hang autumn flag.

*Start a chicken dish in the slowcooker this morning:

Savory Slowcooker Chicken

2 1/2 lbs. chicken pieces, skinned
1 lb. fresh tomatoes chopped or 15 oz. can stewed tomatoes
2 Tbsp. white wine
1 bay leaf
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 onion, chopped
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups broccoli, cut into bite-sized pieces

<<Combine all ingredients except broccoli in slowcooker. Cover. Cook on low 8-10 hours. Add broccoli 30 minutes before serving.>>

(I plan to serve it with whole wheat egg noodles and an apple crisp for dessert.)

*Contemplate and reassign family chores. Re-think my own household routines.

*Run to teacher supply store for the exact kind of lesson planner I like to use. Hope they still have them in stock.

*Have Bill turn the fireplace back on and pack away the A/C.

*Fun activity for the kids: try to think of all the labor-saving devices throughout the house and what chore(s) they replaced. See if you can remember - or find out - who invented what. What would device could you simply NOT live without?

Hope you all have a fantastic holiday! 

"Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop." ~ Ovid