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The Year Without A Blog


It hasn’t quite been a year, but it has been more than six months. For me, that’s pretty close. Time sort of jumbles together every now and then, and I find myself already making Holiday plans in the middle of everyone else’s St. Patrick’s Day planning {Seriously, everything on Pinterest right now is green with rainbows.}

Anyway, a lot has happened while I was away. Most of those things would not have been possible without stepping away from the blog for a brief time. That brief time got longer without my realizing it, until last week when I truly could not remember when I’d last reached out to my readers. Today, I decided to remedy that, and it’s as good a day as any. Better than most, I suppose, because I come bearing good news…

We’re having a baby!

This is one of the things that probably wouldn’t have happened without my taking a step back and deciding where to put my focus. I made a constant conscious effort to spend more time with Hubby. Not just when a mommy and daddy really love each other… but just being together. Going places. Snuggling on the couch to watch TV. This was also a good chance for me to stop “keeping score” on who is the Give and who is the Take. It was a two-fold problem: I was keeping tabs of my giving {which is not the way to give} and I was grumpy for my not taking {which doesn’t even make sense}. Once I pushed aside whatever ugly-little-monster that was, things got a lot more pleasant around the house. For all of us. We’ve even cleaned off the kitchen table to start eating together as a family instead of from TV trays in the living room. We’re not the Cleaver’s, but I also wouldn’t want to be…

Back to the pregnancy bit. I’m 12 weeks today, and I’m very excited for September when I get to see the little booger who’s been giving mommy such a tough time. I’m not going to unload a bunch of pregnancy complaints, because I’m really trying not to be “that mom” but I will say that the first time was a cake walk, and this is feeling a little more like being the underdog in a WWE cage match. We already knew going into it that this would be our last, and I have to say… the way things are going, I’m not inclined to change my mind on that.

We’ve been making slow-but-steady strides at clearing out the nursery. My parents took some furniture for us. Hubby Dearest relocated this bookshelf into the living room, where he de-ironing boarded it. It now holds board games, photo albums, vinyl records, and the record player. There are several more pieces that need a new home, but I’ve got some ideas. Once we decide what stays and what goes, I’ve got stripes to paint! I’m leaving the room that gorgeous yellow that I painted last year {for one, I love it & for two, painting over it would be a nightmare} and adding grey & white stripes to the wall where the crib will be. For a girl, just the yellow, white, & grey. For a boy, I’ll be adding touches of navy blue to the mix. I saw an adorable plaid with all the colors in a Pottery Barn catalog, so I’m hoping I can still find it when the time comes.

That basically sums it up. I took a blog break to do stuff. I did stuff. I’m still doing stuff, and I now have a lot more to do. Posts are likely to be sporadic, at best, but I have a few things coming up that I want to be sure to share. Until next time…


Thank you for today, Lord {3-16}


 photo irishfiligree_zpsa5719743.jpgI was just sitting here at my desk worrying. {It’s what I do.}  It’s March 16th, which means we’re more than halfway through the month. I am part of a Crochet Along group, and every month we tackle a different project. This month, we’re making an Irish Filigree Necklace. It’s gorgeous… and as intimidating as a rabid dog with a rusty switchblade in a dark alley. I do chunky yarn things. This… this is not chunky. This is thread. {also, this is a stock image, what mine should look like in the end} Barely thicker than dental floss… and I really enjoy it. I’m still scared, and glad I am up to date on my tetanus shot… but it’s been a nice challenge. The other challenges I’m worrying with right now are

    • Tea party we’re throwing for my nieces and nephews just because we needed an excuse as adults to have a playful tea party we thought it would be fun for the kids. Each of my sisters and I have been given a task to prep for the party. The sister who went to culinary school was given snack duties {no-brainer}, the sister with older kids was given the responsibility of a dress up trunk {her daughter is 7, so she already has a good start}, and my youngest sister & I are going to be providing decorations {we’re the “make it pretty” type}. Again, I’m really excited, and really enjoy it… but it’s a challenge.

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  • Finishing the garage. My labor of love has become more labor than love… I really wish I had a day that Hubby Dearest & I could take off and do a major purge. I started doing a small purge on my own, and re-organizing things to suit me. Well, Hubby informed me the other day that I’ve moved things without telling him & now he doesn’t know where his things are. Which is true… but the channel lock pliers he was looking for so hard, were laying on the table in plain sight beside his toolbox. Just sayin’. There’s a lot to be moved from my room inside to my “new” room in the garage. Which brings me to my next challenge…
  • Baby stuff. We’re still toying with the idea of when to actually start trying for a second Little. The first Little is excited. I’m somewhat indifferent. {When God says “Here, have a baby” we’ll get it ready-or-not. Until then, why stress.}  And Hubby doesn’t know from one day to the next. But I intend to prepare as if we’ll have one by this time next year, and that means a lot of work between now and then.

I had to laugh at the things that are worrying me. My most immediate concern is a children’s tea party… I’m going to have to chalk this up to Awesome Life Problems. I don’t have to worry about my next meal, because it’s in the fridge. My worst health concern currently is worrying about the allergies that will hit when spring comes {yea, not allergies I have right now, but ones that will be here later} And while our finances have seen better days, we still have food, shelter, central heat & air, and Directv with DVR… which brings us to the title of this post.

Thank you for today, Lord.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I have a really bad habit of forgetting how good I really have it. I get so caught up in the “wants” of life that I overlook what I need. I cannot think of a single need God has not met for me and then some. My physical needs, spiritual needs, intellectual needs… Yes, I’ve become well aware that God likes to keep my brain on its toes {if brains had toes… } and He likes to see me succeed where I once failed. He has given me so much, and I deserve none of it.

Now that my worries are out well at ease, I will face my biggest challenge. Sleep. Goodnight, readers. Sleep well.

Goodwill Goodies {and random painting}


0926121325Ahh, the Goodwill Store. It’s one of my favorite places. I love shopping secondhand because people get rid of the coolest stuff. And you can then buy that cool stuff for cheap. Who doesn’t like cheap? All of these goodies were bought for the awesome low price of $24.66.

This really fun painting is on a 2ft x 4ft canvas. Only 3.99! Hubby dearest doesn’t like it {abstract is not his cup of tea}so I will be painting over it with something a little more our pace. I’m thinking deep grey with movie quotes from some our favorite films.


Now, this sweet little wooden sign was also 3.99 and I couldn’t pass it up. I can’t wait to get the porch ready for the holidays. Autumn is such a great time for warm, welcoming homes. That starts at the front door… and I have big plans for the coming weeks. If you remember my Count Your Blessings Wreath, I said I’m going to paint my door. I’m really in love with teal right now, so I grabbed a handful of teal-ish paint chips for hubby dearest to help me decide. He was not amused when my answer to “Is teal green or blue?” was “Yes.” But we looked at the colors, and decided on one called Bermuda. It has that rich blue-green that you see in the ocean getaway commercials. It was put on the back burner, though because of budget boo-boos {life insurance was due, and that trumps a can of paint} until… I tossed the paint chip on top of Miriam…. and they’re almost exactly the same color. My door is about to become Melon Rind!


The picture doesn’t do it justice, but this metal wall tile has seen some wear. Not just the faux distressed paint, either. The edges are chipped and dented, and there as a few scrapes here and there.

I love it! Only 1.99!

That  price tag gives me a little bit  more to play with when looking for flanking pieces. I love the flower in the center of the circle, so I  am searching for smaller somethings that will highlight that.


The birds. For whatever reason, I have always loved birds, and I am so flippin’ happy that they have made such a huge comeback in the last few years. I have little ceramic birds placed here and about. Bird houses. Prints. And a fabric print rooster that I just tacked to the wall a week ago… I need to find that picture. 1.99 each. The plate belonged to my great-grandpa {its mates are in my hutch awaiting a display stand }and the wire shelf was a dumpster find… so, free.


These sweet little pictures were .49 and .99 each. I had a vague notion of what I wanted them for, and so I happily parted with my $4. It was well worth it, too, because after finding homes for the other finds of the day, I set to work on making something for me!

At some point, I joined the “Keep Calm” bandwagon. I bought a stamp set from my local scrapbooking store with the options to Keep Calm and Sew/Paint/Draw/Craft/Carry On. So, I dug it out and set to make a “Keep Calm and Craft On” picture for the {still mostly blank} wall above the guest bed. The light blue jumped out at me in a sea of mostly neutral acrylic paints. I cut out the page from Webster’s with create and began doing just that. While the dictionary page was drying, I set my sights on the large, gold, framed geese. Not quite the look I had in mind. Take it apart, paint over the geese, and then the fun part… I read a blog not long ago on Posed Perfection where she traced an image in paint pen directly onto the glass of her frame, then put pretty paper behind her painting. Hers is much prettier than mine, but it’s the same concept. I used one of my great-grandmother’s embroidery patterns as my image. It’s a bird, of course.


While that dried, I set to work on the two wooden blocks. I laughed because I hadn’t realized the “frames” of the blocks were already the same blue I had chosen for my oval pictures. Actually, I probably did without being consciously aware of it. Anyway, I remembered some sheet music fabric I recieved from a scrap swap.

Block + Mod Podge + Fabric = Sweet and Simple Old-to-New


Random Painting. I really don’t know what else to call it since I just got the notion to paint some things I had lying around with some paint I had lying around. I bought a HOT PINKchalkboard at a yard sale. It was from their wedding… I’m sorry, but I would feel bad making hubby and his friends wear in your face pink just because I wanted it. That’s just me, though. My colors were lavender, eggplant, and cream.

Sorry, back to the frame. I’m getting a little better about taking before pictures. See, I remembered to take a picture about halfway through the first coat. Then, once the frame was drying. And once I got the chalkboard put back in.

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I also randomly decided to make little pumpkins out of craft sticks. It was really cute… until my {five-year old}puppy decided to eat them. They were hot glued to the frame. He pulled them off and started chomping away. Luckily, I heard the crunching and took it away before he ate too much of it. It still irks me.


What goodies did you find? Or make? Or dream up?

Hope you found time for something you love.

If you’re looking for a little inspiration, I’m linking up at these lovely places. They’re always full of wonderful ideas.

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