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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Speechless




My prayers and tears go out to all affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Connecticut and the mall shooting in Oregon. 


'The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.' -Psalm 34:18


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Grateful Thursday, Greedy Friday?

So, many of you have heard about the new trend to start Black Friday sales a bit early, like, ON THANKSGIVING...?!
And at one point, I thought maybe I'd go check out why everyone is so excited...
But then I realized that I don't get to see my family and friends that often and that's so much more valuable to me than some heavily discounted gadget that I could probably live without.
If that's what you decided to do, I'm not judging, I just know I don't have the energy or desire to fight crowds for more stuff, especially when I'm in a grateful mode.

I'm so grateful for the things I have and have not. Thankful for this blog as a place to vent, dream, reminisce and share. Grateful for all of you too.

Praying that you are enjoying all the best of the season, no matter what you do!

Here's the Thanksgiving table that I set, using a $6 bouquet of flowers and some pumpkins, squash, cuties and apples from Trader Joes. I covered the table with brown butcher paper and used chalk to write down people and things that I'm thankful for.






                                :-)

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Bringing the Outdoors In


My apologies, I've been missing in action (no discredit to our fallen soldiers).
Political season, a long awaited vacation and piles of paperwork have kept me from the simple enjoyment of home and blog. 

As I prepare my nest for the cold weather season, I'm setting up shop to remember the pleasures of summer. Though my thermostat is will be set to low, a warm blanket and sunshine can transform me to any beach in an instant! 
All I need is some quiet time, a cup of lemon ginger tea and my laptop to keep the summer breeze blowing.

Happy November to You!



Monday, September 17, 2012

FIFTEEN YEARS STRONG



Hello little house, 
it's been FIFTEEN years since I signed the papers, got the keys and opened your door for the first time. You were freshly painted and groomed. Sunlight streamed through your un-curtained windows and the first thing I did was put my grandmother's portrait up on the mantle. She had passed away earlier that year and when I found you I knew she would approve. I promptly pulled up your tattered green carpet that hadn't budged in 20 years. Your vinyl wallpaper, 4 bedrooms and 2 baths were so quaint and dainty that I almost wanted to leave everything in tact. I had never lived in a house so big in my adult life, certainly not by myself. You weren't my first property but certainly my first free standing house.

When I sat down next to the fireplace I imagined what the previous owners were like and I wondered what you and I would be like years later. 
Then the fear of being another homeowner came over me...should I have gotten a 15 year loan? Should I replace the furnace? Should I get an alarm? 
But, I was tickled pink with all of your beauty AND your flaws.
15 years later, I'm still enamored with you. You make me feel safe, You have remained solid and stable even in the midst of storms, floods, killer ivy, terrorist threat, construction, graduate school, roommates, squirrels, modifications and the death of loved ones. We've been through some changes, you and I, but we just get better with age.

I don't take care of you nearly as much as I should but I just wanted to thank you for standing beside me for the last 15 years. If I had gotten that 15 year loan, you'd be nearly paid off by now. 
No worries though, each re-finance gave me the opportunity to enhance your living space and I will gladly work well into my old age to pay you off. 
You are worth every single penny.

Many thanks to my creator who led me to you and has made a way for us to stay together this long.
This blog is dedicated to you, giving you thanks for my glorious pile of bricks.

;-)

9/17/2012

Today is an update on an my annual post, and it's our 15 year anniversary!
I couldn't have said it any better! 
My dog is gone and I really have been through a slew of changes. 
I must declare that I love the Lord with all my heart and soul and that I'm so grateful for my glorious pile of bricks.




Saturday, September 8, 2012

Pursue a path...



"Pursue some path, 
however narrow and crooked, 
in which you can walk with love and reverence." 
~Henry David Thoreau








I'm also pursuing a path of fixing up the screen porch. 

Since it's been neglected for a couple of years, it was covered in 2 layers of pollen and dust!
Everything has been hosed down and I'm starting to cart things out there. Enjoyed breakfast and quiet time in the sunlight and an afternoon rain while mopping the floor.

Here's a preview:



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               Does anyone know what this type of flooring is called?

Saturday, September 1, 2012

English Tudor Revival

Look Familiar?

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I really do love the 1930's English Tudor Revival




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Thinking of adding some curb appeal next year by doing a mortar wash to my brick like the one above...
I'll show more examples soon...

Sunday, August 26, 2012

A bad mood, $5 and 8 weeks




One Saturday, many weeks ago, I was experiencing a bad mood and decided that I needed some retail therapy. It happened that I only had $10 in my wallet, which turned out to be a good thing...

Instead of traveling 40 minutes to the Ballard Designs outlet for expensively discounted non-refundable things that 'might' work, I thought I might just save some gas and go to the Goodwill store around the corner. Once there, I headed back to the linens department in search of...I'm not quite sure, just something to get me out of a funky mood (I needed prayer but I was too grumpy). When low and behold, I stumbled upon a pair of gorgeous linen drapes with black polka dot trim! They were lined and even though I heavily doubted that they would be long enough, I reached into my purse to pull out my trusty travel tape measure and suddenly let out a squeal of delight! 
Two ladies on the next isle looked at my treasure and said, "Oh, where'd you get those, they are really, really nice!" Still in disbelief, I clutched them a bit tighter and looked around to cover my tracks and check to see if there was something I was missing. Just then, a friend called to catch up on things and I quickly told her I was "on a mission". 
At checkout, those fabulous curtains rang up for $5.50. 
Yes, that's right: FIVE dollars and FITTY cents!
Nothing like a major score to totally change your mood!

Despite my huge bargain and the fact that I was anxious to see how they looked up on the windows, frustrations set in when I realized I neither had the strength, nor the correct hardware to install them. You see, I have STUBBORN plaster walls that are resistant to just any old regular drill bit. After several attempts to put up the curtain rods I felt a case of Tourette's syndrome settling in! I decided to sit ALL of that mess down in order to maintain sanity. Every week night and weekend I struggled to imagine myself up on the ladder with that blasted drill and the pain in my hip (thorn in my side). Weeks went by and all I managed to do was to buy 2 concrete masonry drill bits and lay them in a huge, not so glorious pile of tools.

This weekend while I was off my feet, a friend stopped by to see me. I mentioned some of my undone household projects as a way to excuse my messy pile and he quickly calculated which one he could take care of the quickest. 
Bing-Bang-Boom, there you have it! 
Curtains purchased 8 weeks ago are now in place and look absolutely perfect! 

Thanks to: 
my friend
a bad mood
$5.50
2+ heavy duty drill bits, screws and anchors
a couple of ?#@*&%!
8 weeks of patience (or laziness)
1 giant Hallelujah!



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Saturday, August 25, 2012

One Shot, Straight to the Hip

I may have told you about the intense pain I have had in my hips. 
It's halted most of my physical activity and I admit, I've been a little out of it!

Well, I have osteoarthritis...
I haven't had any traumatic injuries, don't have a family history of it and I'm still relatively young.
But my doctor says that I'm showing signs of it in both of my hips and my lower back.



The Orthopedic doctor said I have 3 choices:

  1. Continue on pain killers
  2. Get a cortisone shot in the joints
  3. Do full hip replacement surgery  :-(


I decided that I wanted to get the cortisone shot in the hip IMMEDIATELY, but my insurance company slowed down the process and it took exactly one month and a ton of phone calls to make that happen.


So, does that mean I'll be doing this


any time soon?


Well, besides the fact that I have to limit the amount of shots that I can get, there are some risks associated with them:

  • Death of nearby bone (osteonecrosis)
  • Joint infection
  • Nerve damage
  • Skin and soft tissue thinning around injection site
  • Temporary flare of pain and inflammation in the joint
  • Tendon weakening or rupture
  • Thinning of nearby bone (osteoporosis)
  • Whitening or lightening of the skin around injection site
Source: The Mayo Clinic
And in the meantime, 
I'm doing some research on hip replacement 
(and how to avoid it)




http://www.livestrong.com/article/322895-exercises-to-prevent-a-hip-replacement/


I'm hoping that I'm as good as new, 
as soon as possible!!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Morning Reflections


Doubts And Faith


Can a believer in Jesus who has occasional doubts about matters of faith ever be effective in serving the Lord? Some people think that mature and growing Christians never question their beliefs. But just as we have experiences that can build our faith, we can also have experiences that cause us to temporarily doubt.
The disciple Thomas had initial doubts about reports of Jesus’ resurrection. He said, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, . . . I will not believe” (John 20:25). Christ did not rebuke Thomas but showed him the evidence he asked for. Amazed at seeing the risen Savior, Thomas exclaimed: “My Lord and my God!” (20:28). After this incident, the New Testament is silent about what happened to Thomas.
A number of early church traditions, however, claim that Thomas went to India as a missionary. It is said that while there he preached the gospel, worked miracles, and planted churches. Some of these churches in India still have active congregations that trace their founding back to Thomas.
A time of doubt doesn’t have to become a life pattern. Allow God to lead you into a deeper understanding of His reality. Renew your faith. You can still accomplish great things for Him.
When faith grows weak and doubts arise,
Recall God’s love and tender care;
Remind yourself of all He’s done
And of those times He answered prayer. —D. De Haan
Learn to doubt your doubts and believe your beliefs.

Read: John 20:24-31

Hi Bloggers, it's been a while. 
I've been in a lot of physical pain and though I've tried not to complain, my attitude has been very different, even discouraged lately. But there is an end in sight and I'm looking forward to it. I'm reminding myself of all that God has done, the answered prayer, His love and tender care. 
I haven't forgotten about my little blog and it's original purpose, to count my blessings and delight in the mundane. I will be back soon, better than ever!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Useful and Beautiful

Trying to clean up on this rainy summer weekend.
I've allowed stress and illness push me to the edge and it's time to do a little healing and house cleaning.
Recently I was in New Orleans and had a really good cup of cafe au lait. So I brought a can of it home with me. The beignets were good too, but I had to leave those!






Saturday, July 7, 2012

Looks Magical!



















Beasts of the Southern Wild: 
Faced with her father's fading health and environmental changes that release an army of prehistoric creatures called aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy leaves her Delta-community home in search of her mother.





http://www.beastsofthesouthernwild.com/

1st time filmmaker and 1st time actress. Love little hidden gems like this. Can't wait to see it.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July!


‎"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." -The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776











Saturday, June 30, 2012

106 degree weather?!





From the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
  • Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Warning: If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask him how much you should drink while the weather is hot.
  • Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar — these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.
  • Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library–even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat. Call your local health department to see if there are any heat-relief shelters in your area.
  • Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.
Although any one at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on:
  • Infants and young children
  • People aged 65 or older
  • People who have a mental illness
  • Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure
  • Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children, of course, need much more frequent watching.
If you must be out in the heat:
  • Cut down on exercise. If you must exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids each hour. A sports beverage can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat. Warning: If you are on a low-salt diet, talk with your doctor before drinking a sports beverage. Remember the warning in the first “tip” (above), too.
  • Try to rest often in shady areas.
  • Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat (also keeps you cooler) and sunglasses and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher (the most effective products say “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection” on their labels).


Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/summer-heatwave-survival-tips.html#ixzz1zKJo5any







I've hit my limit for photo storage so I can't  upload my own photos until I pay up! So for today I've got this relaxing Pinterest photo for you.

STAY COOL MY FRIENDS!


Saturday, June 23, 2012

Getting Ready...

I'm not trying to rush the month of June, but I do love the 4th of July!
I'm so excited about it that I've started carting out my red wagon, 
white lights and blue bottles from storage.

Tonight, as I sat on the back porch and counted fireflies by candlelight, 

I thought about building a fire pit in the backyard. 

Realistically, I might not get that done by the holiday!



old glory by candlelight



my old wagon that was holding lawn supplies and parked under some junk in the garage.


my $11 chairs from Target


would all sit great out here in the yard

because I think I want to build the fire pit 


HERE:


far enough away from the deck and the house so I don't cause any problems!

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                                                  Cool Edging with upside-down bottles

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So this is what I have so far:



Thanks to Pinterest I have saved a bunch of ideas and d.i.y. instructions on house to build something similar from the stuff I already have!

The garden seat came from Ross a few months ago, the pillows are from Goodwill, and various sales, wagon was in the garage, candles (from all over the house), 5 chairs from Target's 70% off sale!

Time to rest up and get to work!