Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Homemaking Tip - A Dab of Yellow

Splash of yellow in our kitchen.
The other day we were cooking together and Calvin asked me to grab one of these lemons so he could add
 it to whatever it was he was making.  They'd been there four months and he didn't know they were fake.

Daffodils, sunshine, butter, egg yolks, sunflowers, lemons, baby chicks, corn on the cob, a candle flame. Yellow is a great color. It brightens and gladdens. Adding just a dab of yellow to a meal (a lemon slice to a glass of water, a yellow vegetable or fruit, a burning candle, or a yellow flower for a centerpiece) can brighten the meal. A little bit of yellow in a room (a yellow pot, pillow, book on the table, or a bright lamp) has the same effect.

After reading that studies show that babies prefer yellow, I put a yellow, antique, baby quilt on top of a cedar chest in the living room to see if it made a difference. Cali was a teenager then and when she came into the kitchen where I was fixing breakfast said, "You know, I woke up mad this morning and was going to let _______ have it, but when I saw the quilt you put on the cedar chest I thought, ‘Cali, it’s not that big of a deal, let it go.’ That quilt looks nice, Mom.”

Well I'll be - yellow even fights contention. Even Clorox can't do that. Cali's comment only fortified my friendship with yellow.

And then I found a blog a few months ago called Raising Lemons

Lemons are yellow and this blog is a happy spot with lots of great and useful ideas:

Her post on the over-rewarding of children brought a nod and an amen.

Her post on eating healthier was a quick lesson and I shared her philosophy (when our kids were home) on breakfast at our house

She's got posts on manners, teaching ABC's, how to celebrate and give service, as well as thoughts on motherhood.

Yellow. Just a dab can make a difference.


Marcia said...

Over-rewarding . . .

It's my entire class.

Derek-Jenny-Kaitlynd-Ethan-Dylan said...

Hi Jayne (Jane), It's been a while! I am sorry for that. I do miss you! It is funny you mention a little bit of yellow. I bought a new purse last month and choose yellow!? I would not normally pick yellow, but for some reason, yellow made sense!

I love that Calvin wanted some plastic lemon for his dish! Men make me laugh!!!

melanie said...

Oh Calvin, that's funny!

Now I want yellow curtains. I hope I don't have to make them.

Deidra said...

Thanks for introducing me to a great new blog. The links you included were spot-on.

Deidra said...

I loved all of the links to that blog that you shared! As I have been teaching the past four years, I have learned a lot... I definitely agree about the over-rewarding!