Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
When life seems so incredibly rough, stormy waters every day, impossible decisions to make, waiting for things to get brighter, easier, better.... the simple things mean so much. Like ripe summer fruit & a new favorite container to hold them in. I got the container at Ikea during our trip to Cincinnati & knew it was perfect for these fruity treats.
Friday, April 17, 2009
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Thursday, April 16, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
I've actually been doing some reorganizing, dejunking, whatever you want to call it & I am ready for another Weekly Challenge! So, I'll work some more on it this weekend & have fresh pictures for you on Monday. We're going to do what I call the REC ROOM, but if you don't have one of these, it can be your "extra room" or your "big closet". It's basically the place you put what doesn't belong anywhere else. For me, it contains our craft dresser, board game cabinet, the babies' toys & our coat bench & closet. So, I have my work cut out for me.
Get ready for the challenge, you know it will feel so good when you can stand back & see what you've accomplished.
And on a side note, I was putting away clothing the other day & realized that no matter how much reorganizing I do, my husband is still a neater person than me. The top picture are his Army clothes & he folds them. The bottom picture is his shirt shelf. I folded those. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. When you look at the two together, it looks like a 2 year old did the shirt shelf, hahahahahahaha. I just can't stop laughing. hahahahahahahahaha If I went to Basic Training, I could accomplish so many goals in my life.
#1 - take orders from others without talking back
#2 - lose weight & gain more energy
#3 - learn to eat an entire meal in less than 2 minutes (I can just about do it in 5 now.)
#4 - learn to fold clothing & bedding in immaculate fashion - (you should see the corners of our sheets when Mark helps make the bed)
#5 - learn to be patient waiting around for hours doing nothing waiting for someone else that's going to tell you to do more nothing
#6 - learn to appreciate an extra hour of sleep even if woken up at 3:00 am to start your day
#7 - learn to keep phone calls short & simple
SIGN ME UP!
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
I have always wanted a wooden salad bowl set, especially with matching salad bowls & 6 of them at that! I scored this at our local Goodwill for $3.50 & it is in excellent condition! Now all I need are the wooden tongs which I believe I saw there for another $3.50 but didn't want to pay that much.
These caught my eye as I was checking out. What a beautiful emerald green color & so they have the whole vintage crochet thing going on. I don't know who they'll fit, but I'll get someone to wear them!
I could have jumped for joy when I spied these shoes! They aren't the girls' size, too small for Mavaney, too big for Isabelle, but they will sit in a special place until Isabelle or Daphne can fit into them. These instantly threw me back to a time when mothers took their little girls to the nearest department store, filled with wonderful things neatly stacked or hung and as they head to the shoe department, the little girl is dreaming of beautiful, shiny, patent leather shoes with a big gold buckle. Oh, it was a divine find for me! And at a mere $2.50!! They look like they have hardly been worn & are so well made. They even have a shiny gold sticker inside the shoe that reads, "Red Goose Shoes" with a goose pictured. Wow is all I can say.
Even when you are poor there is still a wealth of treasure to find.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
My Rules in Letting Go:
If you have not used it in the last month in 30 + days of cooking, you don't need it.
If you have not eaten it yet and it's expires, get rid of it.
If you have fabric napkins, but you haven't once used them, pass them along.
If it's an appliance you used once at Christmas, get rid of it. You'll figure out how to do without it next Christmas.
When it comes to utensil drawers, containers are key! I found out I also liked keeping my metals & plastics separated. If you can't do that due to limited drawers, containers would be a great way to make it happen. Think about how much fun someone else might have using that quesadilla maker or rice steamer! Because they surely aren't seeing any action at my house!
If you too have let go of the challenge in recent weeks - join me & pick it back up again!!! I think we might go for the office/desk area as our next challenge. What do you think?
Monday, February 2, 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Tom Hanks, an Executive Producer for HBO’s controversial polygamist series “Big Love,” made his feelings toward the Mormon Church’s involvement in California's Prop 8 (which prohibits gay marriage) very clear at the show’s premiere party on Wednesday night.
“The truth is this takes place in Utah, the truth is these people are some bizarre offshoot of the Mormon Church, and the truth is a lot of Mormons gave a lot of money to the church to make Prop-8 happen,” he told Tarts. “There are a lot of people who feel that is un-American, and I am one of them. I do not like to see any discrimination codified on any piece of paper, any of the 50 states in America, but here's what happens now. A little bit of light can be shed, and people can see who's responsible, and that can motivate the next go around of our self correcting Constitution, and hopefully we can move forward instead of backwards. So let's have faith in not only the American, but Californian, constitutional process.”
When informed of the "Forrest Gump" star's comments, Kim Farah, a spokesperson for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, told Tarts, "Expressing an opinion in a free and democratic society is as American as it gets."
Bill McKeever, a rep for the Mormonism Research Ministry, added, "Personally, I find it un-American to tell people that they shouldn’t vote their conscience. Hanks said he doesn’t 'like to see any discrimination codified on any piece of paper.' Considering that just about every law discriminates in some form or another, makes this comment ridiculous. Hanks’ comment shows that he very much believes in discriminating against people with whom he disagrees. I may not agree with Mormon theology, but I certainly defend their right to express their opinion."
I used to LOVE Tom Hanks. He made such great movies & seemed like the perfect gentleman, but I guess I was wrong. Good thing I don't base my movie watching on actors' opinions......I had no idea people saw the Mormon church as such a powerhouse. Give me a Woo Hoooooo for the Mormons!! Just the thought of people 'paying' the church to make something happen in the government, I'm cracking up, out loud....#1 because I think it's an absurd idea (he obviously has never met the Prophet of our church, any of them!!!) & #2 - even if it was true, well, it's still funny because that would mean everything is a total farse & we'll be hit by a giant asteroid one day & we'll all never know the difference.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
I'm sure that we can all say it's been a year of ups & downs because that's part of living, right? You can't have sorrow without having joy and you can't feel love without feeling hate. But, there are years that you can honestly say you feel you've had more than your fair share of one or the other. Then again, who would say they had had more than their fair share of good, happiness or love? Bottom line, in all the pain, sorrow, hate, etc., I have seen much joy and love and support and good in people and in myself. I had to work through the bad to see all of that though, so is this past year of heartache and struggles worth it to know what I know now. Absolutely.