Cool Things... for you and your family.

A Free Health Check for your computer

Here is a piece of helpful software that can help you diagnose the health of your hard drive. And it is free.

Have you ever wondered how healthy the hard drive is on you computer? Here is a utility that will tell you.

HDD Health is a full-featured failure-prediction agent for machines using Windows 95, 98, NT, Me, 2000 and XP. Sitting in the system tray, it monitors hard disks and alerts you to impending failure. The program uses Self Monitoring and Reporting Technology (S.M.A.R.T.) built into all new hard disks, and can predict failures on your hard drives. A host of alerting features include email, local pop-up messages, net messages, and event logging, while using no system resources.

You can get a free copy at: by scrolling to the bottom of the page.

Thanksgiving Word Mining

This is good spelling practice for young children.

Write out the words ‘Happy Thanksgiving’ on the top of a piece of paper. Have your child write out as many words as they can from this phrase.

Word Mining Tips:
Some people find it helpful to rearrange the letters they have available in alphabetical order or grouped by consonants and vowels before they begin mining.
Talk to your child about using ‘rhymes’ to help find more words. For example, if they find the word ‘hat’ encourage them to replace the first letter with some of the other consonants available to come up with other words.

Thanksgiving Riddles

1. What kind of key has legs, but can’t open doors?

2. Why didn’t the turkey finish his dessert?

3. Why did the turkey cross the road?

4. Why did the pilgrim cross the road?

5. If April showers bring May flowers what do May flowers bring?

6. Why was the turkey the drummer in the band?

7. Why didn’t the Pilgrims tell secrets in the corn field?

8. What kind of music did the Pilgrims like?


1. a turkey
2. because he was stuffed
3. it was the chicken’s day off
4. he was chasing the turkey
5. Pilgrims
6. because he had the drumsticks
7. because the corn had ears
8. Plymouth Rock


More funnies from our 1’s and 2’s

Devlyn was crying so Samantha began crying too. Devlyn cried even louder and emphatically stated, “No, I’m crying!”

Which of our girls do you think said, “Hey look boys, my beautiful hair!” as she showed a strand of her curls?

A quick peek into this class reveals some of their personality:

Brice’s language skills are developing quickly. Recently he said, “Kelly watch this, spined around.

I (Pastor Rick) walked onto the playground and the following took place in the first minute.

Samantha flashed a smile at me that lit up the playground.

Devlyn told me across the playground, “I’m building a castle.”
Chloe chimed in, “I’m building a castle too!”

Brice yelled, “Watch me!” and when I turned, he straddled the edge of the sandbox with his feet and ran the length.

As they were doing the above, William kept pointing to various playground toys while telling me all about them.

What a neat group of kids!

FIREPROOF has come to Concord

Opens Friday, November 14

Lt. Caleb Holt (Kirk Cameron) lives by the old firefighter's adage: Never leave your partner behind. Inside burning buildings, it's his natural instinct. In the cooling embers of his marriage, it's another story.

After a decade of marriage, Caleb and Catherine Holt (Erin Bethea) have drifted so far apart that they are ready to move on without each other. Yet as they prepare to enter divorce proceedings, Caleb's dad asks his son to try an experiment: The Love Dare.

While hoping The Love Dare has nothing to do with his parents' newfound faith, Caleb commits to the challenge. But can he attempt to love his wife while avoiding God's love for him? Will he be able to demonstrate love over and over again to a person that's no longer receptive to his love? Or is this just another marriage destined to go up in smoke?

Official site


More from our One’s and Two’s

While Devlyn was looking at a picture of Alex she accidentally dropped it and immediately said, “Poor Alex.”

The children were learning shapes. Brice put a triangle in the correct spot and Devlyn said, “Good job Bricey!”

Going to sleep at nap time can be difficult at times. Miss Erin was patting Chloe’s back to help her relax. Chloe however kept pointing to Miss Erin’s eyelashes saying, “I like these.” Then she would giggle and say, “You’re pretty!”

Brice was eating lunch and thoroughly enjoying it. He also took in a fair amount of air which caused him to burp a big burp. He then announced to the group that he had burped by saying, “B u u r r r p!

Children of all ages enjoy body humor!

And in addition….

Ms. Kelly and Miss Erin use music to teach the children.

Samantha likes to sing,

“The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round. The wheels on the bus go round and round all around the town.”

And, she knows all the other verses!

Dillon is doing quite well learning the mealtime prayer song.

“Oh the Lord is good to me. And so I thank the Lord, for giving me the things I need, the sun, the rain and the apple seed. Oh the Lord is good to me. Amen.”

Edible Pumpkin Patches

This candy dough works well with plastic candy molds or can be easily molded by children.

Refrigerated candy dough will stay fresh for up to one week.

2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
4 ½ cups powdered sugar
orange and green food coloring
resealable bags

Mix and knead the powdered sugar and condensed milk until they make a soft, pliable dough. Knead orange food coloring into two thirds of the dough and green food coloring into the remaining portion of the dough

Children use walnut sized lumps of orange dough to form pumpkins. Using a small piece of green dough make a stem for each pumpkin.

Dough can be colored with other colors and used to make other creations. Children can also mold candies into holiday shapes to give as gifts.

Teaching Kids About $

Why not use the uncertain economic times to teach your children about money.

Planet Orange uses games to teach the value of money, making a budget, understanding credit, building savings, investing and setting goals for the future. Cedric and Amy will guide your children to Moneyland, South Spending, the Republic of Savings, and Investor Islands.

The site says it is for 4th – 8th graders but there is information there that adults can use as well. You will find the links page especially useful for yourself.

The USMINT uses games to teach any child who can read about money. You will find cartoons that teach how money is made, a time machine that teaches about our currency through history and more.

How do children spell the word “Love”?

The answer is “T – I – M – E.”

by Brian Tracy