Tuesday, October 30, 2007
We are challenging each other to finally get it in gear and get it DONE. SO.......Let the fun begin:) 5:00 AM tomorrow morning, it's just me and my machine....LOL!
Sorry, I haven't been around the last couple of days, after my lovely Girls Night In, it was back to the grind stone to finish up for my class. One down, 3 to go!
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
I am also studying for my final in my Monday night class. We take the test on the 29th. I am taking a class to get my Gifted Education Endorsement, so when I return to teaching next fall, I will hopefully be able to teach classed for gifted students. On top of the final I have to prepare a case study which is due two Monday's from now but I am trying to get it done this week because......My sister-in-law is expecting her first child any day now:) I want to be able to pack-up and hit the road~to Central Florida~ at a moments notice without having to worry that my report is not done.
So I haven't been around very much lately, and I really miss visiting with everyone. Hopefully, things will be back to "normal" what ever that is, by next Tuesday.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
The church sells them to the community to finance special projects, this year the proceeds are going to help with the Youth Mission Trip. As usual, I pick out several beauties to use in my Fall Hay Bale display.
Thanks to everyone who wished me well yesterday. I am feeling much better today, the drops have all but eliminated the itching. By tomorrow, I will no longer be contagious and can go back to cuddling up with my favorite little snuggle bug:)
Monday, October 22, 2007
I have had this dreaded affliction once before and it is enough to drive one to distraction! Not only do I have to be concerned with me, I also have to figure out how not to spread it to the rest of my family since this wicked stuff is terribly contagious.
OK, I'll stop whining. I will come round and visit everyone later this evening. Hope you all had a great Sunday!
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Yesterday, I went out looking for some silverplate treasures after being inspired by Mary and Becky's post of this week. But I really didn't find anything that spoke to me until I came across this gorgeous carved desk organizer. The pictures does not do justice to the beautifully intricate work. So even though no silverplate. I did not feel disappointed:)
Today, I am going to set-up my hay bales and pumpkins/gourds out in front of the house. I'll post pictures on Monday.
This brings me to a point I want to discuss. I have read several posts lately that talk about the all consuming life that blogging can take on. I can not adequately describe the joy and sense of friendship that I receive each day from blogging. In such a short time I have made connections with such wonderful people. As the words flow from our hearts we inspire and support one another. I have laughed and cried, discussed and fussed. In "Real Life" sharing thoughts and feelings is not easy for me. In group conversations I am often times the quiet one, so blogging offers me an outlet, a chance to reflect and comment. Why it is easier for me to speak up here, I don't know, the answer to that my lie in hours of psychotherapy that I can no way afford, nor would I want to. But the point I want to make is that yes, I concede....blogging can be quite a time hog.
As I was re-reading my post from yesterday, I was struck by the small amount of time I am spending with my loved ones. Time is eaten up with the daily chores and must do's. There is very little left to play. So my answer to this is to take Sundays off. To spend this day just as God instructed, not working but resting and enjoying the fellowship of the ones he so generously blessed me with. I hope you enjoy your Sunday as much I am intend to enjoy mine. See you again on Monday:)
Friday, October 19, 2007
As a child my family and I would often play games together, usually during the winter when it was pitch dark by 6:00 and we could not be outside playing. Our favorite was Monopoly:) My Mama always won this game with out fail!
I usually excelled at Rummy. I remember the first time I beat everyone....did I jump up and down and shout "Yeah! In your face!" Nope, I cried. I felt so bad for causing my loved ones to loose....LOL! I know, it's pathetic, I'm such a softie.
When we got to be older, my Daddy taught us to play poker. That's right poker on Saturday night, Church on Sunday morning....sssshhhh! Don't tell Pastor Norman:) We never used money though, we played for matchsticks.
What I remember most about our family game nights was the sense of togetherness. I know we did not have the multitude of options that are available today, and if we had, maybe we would not have spent so many evenings playing together. I would consider that a huge loss. So, I've been inspired....to create a family game night at my house, with nothing more that some game pieces, a deck of cards and three smiling faces....oh, and maybe a bowl of popcorn:)
Thursday, October 18, 2007
My special night started with a delicious dinner at the Texas Roadhouse Grill. If you go, I highly recommend the sirloin kabobs:) Then there was the rousing birthday song served up by the wait staff~ "It's your birthday, HOT DOG" ~ Well that just says it all now doesn't it.
When we got home, I was in for a real treat....my son went running out and jumped in his power wheels jeep, he drives over to the deck pulling his little red wagon loaded up with a box of fire starter logs....HUH? we don't have a fire place. I am instructed to follow him, where I am lead to my new FIRE PIT!!!! I have wanted one of this since, well, FOREVER!
OH , but I am a happy girl:) So I ended my day curled up in my old Adirondack, basking in the glow of the beginning of a new year.
Thank you Honey, I LOVE IT!!
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
One of the Meyer's products that I do recommend whole heartedly is the scented soy candle I bought at the same time I purchased the cleaners. I have placed this little jewel on the table beside my bed and even though I have not lit it yet, it has filled my entire bedroom with the lovely faint scent of roses. I know it calls itself Geranium, but I checked the label and it contains rose oil which is the predominate fragrance.
It is a lovely aroma to wake up to in the morning:)
This morning I visited Allison at The Brocante Home Chronicles. I love to go to her site and view the charming pictures and read about her life as a single mom and vintage housekeeper, she has such a way with words. As I was browsing I read her Manifesto, in it is a quote from Mrs. Beeton that got me thinking:
...so it is with the mistress of a house. Her spirit will be seen through the whole establishment; and just in proportion as she performs her duties intelligently and thoroughly, so will her domestics follow in her path. Of all those aquirements, which more particuarly belong to the feminine charcter, there are none which take a higher rank, in our estimation, than such as enter into a knowledge of household duties; for on these are perpetually dependant the happiness, comfort and well-being of a family....
What does my home say about my spirit....do the pile and stacks say that I am disorganized and flighty, does to sink of dishes mean that I am messy, does the dusty furniture speak of neglect or does it simply mean that I too often find something better or more interesting to do. Hmmm I wonder.
When I close my eyes and picture my home in a perfect state I see order and cleanliness. Everything in its proper place, dinning table covered with vintage linens and adorned with flowers, beds dressed with fresh coverings, clothes in closets and wardrobes, windows sparkling with sun light, surfaces decorated with just the right amount of accessories not too cluttered, beautiful wooden floors that glow with the character of 70+ years of age. In this setting my family and I truly feel at home.
A couple of years ago I found a wonderful book by Cheryl Mendelson that speaks to the vision of my perfect home. It is entitled Home Comforts; The Art & Science of Keeping House . Not only is it filled to the brim with useful cleaning tips. As she writes of her passion for housekeeping Cheryl weaves inspiration and storytelling throughout the pages. She writes:
When you keep house, you use your head, your heart, and your hands together to create a home....because keeping house is a labor of love....
Friday, October 12, 2007
Today is "Clean Day" it says so right on the bottle of Mrs. Meyer's "cruelty-free" and "biodegradable" cleaner I bought yesterday. This line is the Aromatherapeutic Household Cleaners. What an excellent idea, I can have my spa treatment and a clean house:) Very economical ...it's a two birds with one stone type deal. I chose the Geranium scent....Oooo it is good. If I have to clean, I may as well enjoy my efforts.
Between Mrs. Meyer's and Murphy's my house should be looking good and smelling fine in no time;) At the top of the Meyer's label it says, "Uncomplicated products for a clean and happy home." I like the sound of that.
What types of cleaners do you like to use?
Thursday, October 11, 2007
A decorative bird cage which is now perched upon my antique wardrobe.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
Mom: "Tommorrow, we will get up early and go down to the doctors to do your Sweat Test."
Son: "Is the Sweat Test going to hurt?"
Mom: "No, it won't. The nurse said that they do not use any needles for the test. After we finish there we will go and have another X-ray. We are praying that it will show that your lungs are clear."
Son: "You don't need to pray for that."
Mom: "Why not?"
Son: "Because it is OK. I don't feel anything anymore."
Tears welled up in my eyes. Could it be that he had felt the hand of God and he already knew that he was healed?
The X-ray today confirmed that his lungs are indeed clear. We do not have the results of the Sweat Test yet, but the doctor told me that he does not feel that he has CF.
We are rejoicing and dancing the jig here.
To all who lifted up my son with your prayers, I will never be able to find the words to express my most sincere gratitude. Thank you , thank you so much!
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Spinning; She is removing the fur that this angora rabbit is shedding and spinning it into yarn
There were lots of people in "period dress" as is this lovely lady in civil war attire.
This engine powered 3 ice cream churns. We sampled the strawberry. There is nothing like homemade ice cream:)
We had a wonderful time and were completely exhausted at the end of the day.
What types of festivals do you and your family like to attend?