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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
1st time filmmaker and 1st time actress. Love little hidden gems like this. Can't wait to see it.
"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
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.
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).
I’m a graphic designer, instructor and a packrat, just like my grandma. I have hoarding tendencies but I love pretty things, good design and the simple life. This blog is a journal of the everyday things that inspire me and the 80 year old pile of bricks I call home.
While you're dreaming, take time to appreciate what's around you.
“I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”
– Philippians 4:12