Thursday, December 31, 2009

THE PIMPLE GOES TO THE PARTY

Because you all were so sweet about my pimple problems, and Kathy was waiting for a picture of it and Erica was surprised that I didn't take a picture of it.......I took a picture of it. So blame them, this post is their fault.

Yes, I took a picture, nothing is too gross good for my readers. I love ya and gotta be real with ya. Well, somewhat real. I don't think you want or need to know evvvvverything about me. In fact, you probably don't want to know anything about me. So, in that case, just stop right here.

But for those of you that are curious, yes I did take a picture. The funny thing is that my hubby was messing with the picture and trying to "photoshop" it and stuff, and I said "I want to leave the pimple in it."

He said "You want to leave it in?" and I said "Yes, it's for my blog."

Then he made some comment. I am fairly sure I heard wrong. I am pretty sure that he did not say "You are a sick woman." I think he said "You are a thick woman." That's right, I'm sure I heard wrong.

Anyway, the party went well, we had fun and I lived to blog about it. I also want you to know that no pimples were harmed in the writing of this blog or the publishing of this picture. Just look below the left side of my mouth. I'm thinking of naming it. Any suggestions?



I hope you all have a blessed New Year and thank you for coming back every day and letting me enlighten you with pimples and things.

Have no fear, in the new year I imagine I will do more postings on parenting, homemaking, organization, frugality, or whatever else. But there will also probably be pimples, hairy legs, and maybe even a scar or two.

I got a great one on the bottom of my foot that you haven't seen yet. Did I ever tell you about the time that I severely injured my foot when I.................never mind. Happy New Year everyone!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

THE PIMPLE, THE PARTY, THE PROUD.

Oh fun! So we have a surprise birthday party to go to tonight and guess what I woke up with this morning! Surprise!!!!!!

Not one but two lovely pimples. Ugh. Even the word is ugly.

Seriously? At my age????

One on my forehead and one on my chin.

Now, I figure I might be able to hide the one on my forehead with my strategically placed bangs. Doesn't everybody style their hair according to their skin eruptions?

However, the one on the chin poses a bigger problem. How does one hide Mount Vesuvius on one's chin?

I did think of putting my hand there all evening. But I figured someone might notice that.

I could put both hands over it and pretend to cough all evening. But I figured I would be about as welcome as a bull in a china shop.

I could put a bandaid on it and make everyone feel sorry for me. They have lots of cool bandaids out there too!

I could tie a scarf under my chin and then make a really big bow to go over my chin.

I could stay home.

I could name one Lucy and the other Ethel.

I could hang a Christmas ornament from it and hope that everyone will look at the ornament and not the big ugly pimple.

I could put a bunch of Christmas lights around my head and plug myself into an electrical socket. That way, the lovely glow from the bulbs will soften that big ole' ugly thing.

I could borrow somebody's precious baby to carry around all night. Everyone would be looking at the cute baby and noone would look at me.

I could give them something uglier to look at and try and buy the ugliest outfit I could find and wear that tonight.

I could glue a fake beard on my chin. Do you think anyone would notice?

I could restyle my hair to go right over my chin.

I could sport my "pimple pride" and flaunt a t-shirt or a sign announcing the fact.

I could shout "Pimples have feelings too!!!!!" to anyone who looks at me funny.

I could start a "Pimples are people too" page on facebook and see how many fans I could get. Would you join?????

The possibilities are really endless of what I could do.

I could eat all evening and never lift my head up from my plate. Yup. This is the one I choose to do.

So if you are at a party tonight and see somebody who looks like me with her face in her plate, please come over and say "hi!" Just pardon me if I don't look up.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A LITTLE GIVEAWAY JUST FOR FUN


We are hosting a little giveaway over at the Five Mom's And A Blog, so pop over there if you'd like to enter! Again, the giveaway has to be entered over there!

Monday, December 28, 2009

MAKING YOUR HOME SING IN THIS NEW YEAR

Making your home sing Mondays

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). My point with each Monday post is, what are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing?

It can be an attitude or an action. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

I hope y'all had a blessed Christmas! We had relatives here so I have to admit I didn't get on the computer much.

This week is a good week for thinking about next year. It's a brand new year. Think of what you can do with it!

You can begin to learn a new language. You can begin the process of getting out of debt. You can add a new family member! You can take up a new hobby, go back to school, or finally begin to write that novel you're always talking about.

Instead of looking at this last year and thinking about all the stuff you didn't do that you thought you would, begin to think about what you will do in this new year!

Where do you see yourself a year from now? Are there goals you want to reach, debts you'd like to pay off, a vacation you'd like to go on?

If you have a debt you'd like to pay off or a vacation you'd like to take, break it down into monthly goals. How much do you want to pay off or save? Let's say you need to pay off $2500.00. That breaks down to $208.00 a month for twelve months. This lets you know how much you need to save and breaks it down into a more manageable goal.

If you don't even know what your goal is, how will you reach it? Imagine yourself at this time next year. Will you have wished that you'd saved a bit more money? Will you wish that you had written that letter, made that phone call, mended that relationship?

We let weeks, months and years slip by because we think that there is always time. We will always have the time to do those things that we keep wanting to do. We will always have the time to make that trip out to see the folks or the grandparents. We will always have the time to have that third baby or start that new career or heal that relationship.

But sometimes, things slip away because we didn't get around to it. At some point, we have to ask ourselves how serious we are about our wishes. If we really want to do something, we need to move from wishing to make it a goal. Wishing never gets us anywhere if we don't move it from a thought to an action.

If we are unwilling to take the steps in order to reach a goal, then is it really a goal? If we want to get out of debt but aren't willing to cut down on our spending in order to do it, how serious are we? If we want to lose that last five pounds but aren't willing to exercise or adjust our eating habits, is it really that important to us?

This next year we need to continue to work on saving money for a family vacation and we also have some upcoming home repairs we need to be saving for. I want to get serious about the budget and do better about making things from scratch, etc. I want to continue to learn ASL. I also have things that I am praying the Lord will work on in my walk with Him. So keeping the new year in mind is how I will make my home sing this week.

So I encourage you to spend some time this week thinking about this upcoming year. Think about your expectations, your goals, things you'd like to teach your children, and what you'd like to do in this new year. Then prayerfully submit it before the Lord.

Remember, the things we spend our money on, the things we spend our time doing, that is what we are investing in. Are you investing your time and money on the things that are important to you? Is it helping you or hindering you in your goals?

BTW, I am doing a guest post here for Heather at "Want What You Have." Have you checked out her blog yet? It's awesome! I'm talking about chore training for young children. I hope you'll pop over there today and check it out!

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! Please do not put your own Making Your Home Sing Monday Linky on your blog. As always, please don't forget to link to this post. Also, please don't forgot to leave me a comment!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

I know some of you have snow, and others of you are sweatin' in the sun (and you know who you are!)


But, as we celebrate the birth of our precious Savior, my hope is that you will know that He loves you with an everlasting love, and that you will have a joyous day of celebrating with family and friends.



And just as a Christmas tree has many beautiful ornaments,


so blogging has brought me many friends. And one of those friends is YOU! Thank for your comments and emails, thank you for your friendship, and thank you for continuing to come back and read this blog! Love to you all and have a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

TODAY THE CROWDS, TOMORROW THE WORLD

Today I am braving the crowds, people. Yup. I am going to do some shopping. Yup. If I'm not back in thirty days please send out a search party.

If you hear about some wild woman who was screaming hysterically and pulling her hair out and crying.....that won't be me. If you hear about some woman who couldn't find a parking space and so drove her car through the doors and into the building and parked next to the cash register, that won't be me. Because I have a plan.

I hope you'll visit me at the Five Mom's to read about my plan as I am posting over here today.



Sunday, December 20, 2009

MAKING YOUR HOME SING MONDAY: CHRISTMAS IS COMING

Making your home sing Mondays

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). My point with each Monday post is, what are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing?

It can be an attitude or an action. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

My goodness, Christmas is coming fast! I seriously don't know where the time goes.

My hubby mentioned something earlier today. He was talking about the last minute things that people will be doing this week, and how some may get stressed out.

He encouraged us to look for the Lord in the midst of all the last minute madness, etc. He suggested that when we see the Christmas lights, that we remember that Jesus is the Light of the world.

When we see a candy cane, we can remember that Jesus died for our sins. If you don't get the analogy turn a candy cane upside down and tell me what letter does it make?

When we see a star on a Christmas tree remember the star that pointed the way to the manger where our Savior was born.

When we see someone walking with a cane, we can remember that the angels appeared to the lowly shepherds. They didn't say "Take me to your leader" but came to the normal, average, lowly shepherds.

He comes to us today. Can you hear Him? Do you know He loves you?

They can't take the CHRIST out of CHRISTmas because He is Christmas. He is the reason that we celebrate Christmas. He is the Reason for the season, and we won't ever lose that. They can try and take away the words but they can't take away the power of the meaning.

So this week, I'll be making my home sing by remembering the real meaning of Christmas. A precious baby was born, only to grow up and die for my sins so that I could be reconciled to a holy God who loves me, enough to send His only Son to die for my sins. My heart is humbled at the love that I don't deserve, can't earn, and am so thankful for.

Friday, December 18, 2009

TEACH KIDS HOW TO CLEAN A ROOM

If your kids are little and you asked them to clean the family room, would they know how? If you were in a hurry to leave the house or company was coming over, would your children have a clue what to do to help?

When mine were little I noticed they had a tendency to "stash and dash" if I asked them to help clean up the family room. I would find things stuffed behind pillows, under the couch cushions, inside a drawer or inside a cupboard somewhere.

Not exactly a shining example of cleaning. Not to mention it made it difficult for me to find items later. No wonder they cleaned up so quickly! They weren't putting things away, they were hiding them.

If your kids (or you, lol!) are doing the same thing you may want to teach them how to straighten a room. I'll use the family room for an example but I won't cover dusting or vacuuming (but you could certainly make that part of the training for another time).

Also, I am talking about normal wear and tear on a room, not a room that needs several hours or a day to clean out.

Have them get a garbage can and set it in the room. Tell them to look for anything that is clearly garbage and throw it away. If your idea of garbage and their idea of "garbage" differs, you can have them throw things away in a plastic bag and then you can check inside before tossing it.

Ask them what things belong in the room. Do clothes belong in the family room? Do toys? Dishes? Dvds? Library books? T.v. remotes? Food? What belongs and what doesn't belong?

Ask them to look around the room and find five things that don't belong in there and put them in the laundry basket. Using a basket (or box) will keep them in the room while cleaning it so they don't get sidetracked.

Have them look for five more things that don't belong and put those in the basket too. These small steps are so they don't get overwhelmed with the amount of clutter that's out. (For a younger child, you might ask them to look for one thing at a time, etc.) Ask them to keep looking until they can't see anything else that is out of place.

The remaining items should be things that belong in the room. Have them return them to their places.

After the clutter is all picked up, teach them how to "finish" a room. Show them how to fluff the couch pillows or straighten picture frames, lamp shades, seat cushions, table covers or slipcovers.

Have them look at the decorative knickknacks so that they can learn where each belongs. Have them straighten them as needed or return any that are out of place.

Ask them to close any cupboard doors or drawers that are open. By now, the entire room should be neat and all the clutter is either put away or in the laundry basket(s).

Encourage them to ignore the desire to leave something out "just for now" and help put away the items in the basket. Then encourage them to take joy in a job well done!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

AT LEAST THEY DON'T PICK THEIR NOSES ANYMORE

Last night was the childrens' Christmas program at church. There were two babies in front of me, and it was all I could do not to snatch them away and smother them with kisses and cuddle them. Oh my, somebody stop me. Do you think anyone would have noticed if I borrowed them?

My boys don't cuddle or want to be rocked to sleep anymore. Oh yes, they are still loving and give hugs, but neither one of them is interested in sitting on my lap and letting me rock or burp them. Oh well, how do you rock a teenager?

They don't wake me up in the middle of the night asking for water. They don't wake me up early in the morning and ask for cereal. They don't want a bottle or a pacifier or a blankie.

Waaaaaaaahhhhhhh! Sniff.

They don't pick their noses and let me tell you, I thought that stage would never end. Good grief. Seriously? Just what is up there??? What is it with boys and their noses???

They don't wipe their noses on their sleeves or on my shoulder anymore either.

I can wear clothes that don't smell like spit up. I can eat my dinner while it's still warm. I can sleep through the night. I can walk down a dark hall and not trip over a toy.....a dog or two, maybe, but not a toy.

They don't throw screaming, crying, snotty fits. They don't bicker or argue or fight or complain that "Brother tried to spit on me."

My kids never fought much when they were little, probably because of the four year age gap. However, the younger one used to annoy his older brother on occasion. He doesn't do that anymore either.

I have some "me" time. On occasion, I have peace and quiet, even when they're both home.

I don't have to put anybody in time out. I don't have to tell them both to go sit quietly on the couch together and hold hands (no talking) because they were speaking rudely to one another. We used to call that "couch" therapy, lol!

But it worked and they almost always ended up in giggles afterwards! Just having to sit together and hold hands quietly for a time out caused them to turn from anger and rudeness to making each other laugh and they were buddies again.

Their friendship and relationship was very important to us, so we had several things we did in order to foster and encourage their friendship and love.

I don't have to do alot of things anymore. I must say, I miss those long ago moments, but I love seeing the men that my boys are now and I wouldn't miss these moments for anything!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

HOW MANY MONDAYS CAN ONE WEEK HAVE?

Just how many Mondays can one week have? Hmmmm? I mean, how many of you would like more than one Monday in your week? Mondays can be awesome, because they're like a fresh start, and not-so-awesome because that means a new work week has begun, or another busy week has started.

If you don't already know it, let me be the first to tell you that it's Tuesday. Yup. It's not Monday which means you don't have to dread going to work today on Monday, you already did that yesterday (if you work).

It's not Wednesday so you don't have to get excited that your week is already half-way through. Because it's not. That's tomorrow, and you still have four more days of work counting today. Sorry. My bad.

It's not Friday so you don't have to be happy that your work week is over and now you have the weekend coming. Because you don't. Sorry.

Cheer up, at least this isn't a week with five Mondays in it.

On the bright side, think how happy you are going to be when Friday finally comes!!!!! You'll be that much happier because you waited so long for it (not that you had any choice but work with me here people)! Also, it's Tuesday and I'm posting over at the Five Mom's today if you want to pop over for a visit!



Sunday, December 13, 2009

MAKING YOUR HOME SING MONDAY

Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). My point with each Monday post is, what are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing?

It can be an attitude or an action. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

My mom has been sick for the last week and I had to take her to the ER tonight, so I've been busy with her. She is fine, we caught it early and they have her on pain meds and antibiotics so she is going to be better soon.

However, it's late, I just got home, and I don't have a post. I started one earlier but then needed to take her in. Now it's late as I said, and I just don't feel like finishing it. However, I know you'll understand.

But on the bright side, you are now done reading my blog and can now move on to see what everybody else posted!


Friday, December 11, 2009

HI. I'M ADDICTED TO CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS

Somebody needs to stop me. I seem to be addicted to buying Christmas decorations. Now granted, I am getting them at the Dollar store (or is that $ store?) or the thrift store but still, it all adds up.

I will see someone's decorations at their home or on a blog and think "Oooooh, that's pretty! I should do that" or I'll be driving by the thrift store and think "I might as well stop in. I'm driving right by."

It's a sickness, really.

Houston, we have a problem. Where am I going to store all these new decorations? Hmmmmm? I already have space carved out in the garage for the decorations that we already have. There is no room for future decorations. Trust me.

My husband and I have differing views on the garage. I look upon it as an endless source of space, a storage wonderland, a place where everything can go. It doesn't matter where it's going to go. It's gotta go. It doesn't matter if it fits, and it doesn't matter if there's room.

It's a garage and it's supposed to store things. That's my view. If there isn't room that's my husband's problem. That's also my view. It's his problem, not mine. I manage the house, he manages the garage.

If some of my house things manage to overflow into the garage, ooops, my bad. However, if some of his garage things manage to overflow into the house..... no, not happening.....it can't happen, it better not happen, it won't happen. I just can't look at a hammer or a wrench and call it decor.

Back to my problem. My sickness. I think I need to go on one of those shows. You know, for some therapy? We could call it a Thrift-store-Christmas-decorations-addiction edition. However, I think I need to get over my Costco addiction first. Samples, anyone?

I bought two swags (with a couple of pine cones already attached) at Goodwill (99¢ each), along with some ribbon (also 99¢). While at the Dollar store I bought several Christmas "picks" (50¢ each) with pine cones and ornaments or red berries attached.



I then wrapped the ribbon around the swag and stuck the decorative picks in. Voila! Instant Christmas decoration for about $3.50 each. I put one in the dining room and the other in the family room.

This is about as creative as I get. I'm not really very good at that sort of thing, so whatever I do has to be easy and very forgiving. I was debating on adding a candle or two but that would probably involve another trip to the thrift store. It's a vicious circle!

I love the Christmas season. I love knowing we're celebrating the birth of our Savior. I love hearing how people celebrate His birth and how they honor it with their traditions.

I also love the nativity sets, the lights (in and out), the decorations, the beautiful worshipful music, the snow, the time with my family, the holiday "classics." I love it all. Now, if you will excuse me, I have some decorating to do......

Thursday, December 10, 2009

CLEANING STYLES OF THE NOT SO RICH AND NOT SO FAMOUS

I once worked with a gal that lived in a house with several roommates. Each person was responsible for one week of cleaning. During that week they did all the cleaning for everybody. The rest of the time you were free of cleaning, until it was your week. She said that some people in her home cleaned every day.

This gal marathoned. On her week to clean, she would not clean for the entire week, and then on the Friday night before her week was up, she would come home from work and start cleaning. For hours and hours. She would stay up all night into the early morning hours, cleaning. Sound like fun?

I know it wasn't because for one thing, she dreaded it all day Friday, and complained about it at work. For another thing, she would always come dragging into work on Monday. Still tired after being up all night Friday night. Remember, she was cleaning up after everybody that week.

Can you imagine the amount of dishes she had to do? One entire weeks worth of dishes. She said she had to wash practically every dish and pan in the house, because she did not do them at all during that week. She also said her roommates complained about the mess alot.

She did dishes, swept, mopped, vacuumed, dusted, did laundry, cleaned the kitchen, bathrooms, living areas, and whatever else needed doing. That was her method.

Different people have different methods. Some people have a room of the week or a room of the month and that's the one that gets all the deep cleaning.

Some do all the dusting and all the vacuuming at once and get it over with, running around room to room, dusting and vacuuming as needed in each room.

Doing a room a day and all the dusting and vacuuming for that room only, and stay in one place while they clean. Then they put the vacuum away only to bring it out again the next day.

I've mentioned how I clean. My daily and weekly schedules are posted in the labels on the left sidebar. I may get away from it from time to time. I may skip some things and let them slide, or let them pile up and then I have lots to do on Saturday.

But basically that's my schedule and I like to break things up over the week. I don't remember how my mom did it but this is how I do it. It works for me because it's just easier for me this way.

I love the idea of doing a lot of heavy work in one day and getting it over with, but I really wouldn't want things to pile up like that.

So now we come to you. What is working for you right now? Do you have any hard and fast rules? Do you ever have a plan when you clean, or do you just clean whatever appeals to you at the time? Do you have a heavy cleaning day during the week, or do you break things up? Do you let things slide during the week and marathon on the weekend?

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

MATH RHYMES WITH BATH AND THAT'S ALL I'M SAYING

I.

Hate.

Math.

Specifically.

Geometry.

Thank you.

I hope you'll pop over to Five Moms And A Blog and read more about my math problems.....sigh.....


Monday, December 7, 2009

MAKING YOUR HOME SING MONDAY

Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). My point with each Monday post is, what are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing?

It can be an attitude or an action. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

Oh my! I totally forgot about posting this meme!

Like many of you, I had a busy weekend and was so busy that I really wasn't on the computer much. Consequently, I didn't think about Monday, and Monday sure wasn't thinking about me!

So I don't really have a MYHSM post today as I was busy all day Sunday. I had alot of people over at my house and I totally forgot to write one. After they left we got busy cleaning up and it just slipped my mind.


I don't know about you, but I prefer getting the cleanup done asap. I don't like waking up to a mess. I figure if I don't want to clean it up that night, I certainly don't want to clean it up in the morning.

You'll be happy to know that my dogs didn't let me down. Somebody accidentally knocked their cake on the floor and the dogs went for it.........so nice to have "vacuum cleaners" that are self-motivating. I wish all my appliances were that way.

This week I guess I'll be making my home sing by doing the little things that keep it running smoothly. I'll be making a to-do list, laundry, filing papers instead of letting them pile up, checking to make sure my hot spots are clean and nothing is piling up in a corner somewhere, etc., and I also think it's time to clean all the stuff that's stuck on my fridge again (read this if you don't know what I mean).

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! Please do not put your own Making Your Home Sing Monday Linky on your blog. As always, please don't forget to link to this post. Also, please don't forgot to leave me a comment!


Thursday, December 3, 2009

A "MEATY" POST

One of these days I am going to do a couple of brilliant posts with homemaking tips or organizational tips, or maybe a parenting tip or two. You know, something with "meat" in it. However, today is not one of those days. Tomorrow is not looking so good either.

So for now, if you want a post with "meat" in it, I suggest that you go to your fridge, grab some baloney and maybe a cheese slice or two, and throw it against your computer screen (don't forget to add mayo or mustard so it'll stick). Don't forget to add the bread either, unless you're trying to cut down on carbs, of course.

Did y'all have an awesome Thanksgiving? We did! I took the turkey out of the freezer, put it in the fridge, and prayed it would thaw in time. Last year I did a post about my problems with thawing turkeys. I can take that sucker out in July and it still won't thaw by Thanksgiving.

Thursday came and it was time to get our Thanksgiving on. We did the usual tradition of dripping gravy all over the dogs. Honestly, you haven't lived until you've seen a 4 pound poodle with about 90 pounds of gravy on her.

Needless to say, we have discovered a new haircare line and our Gravy Shampoo and Stuffing Conditioner products will be out by spring. I will be sure and let you know when we get our website up. Also, if you are interested in our new line of skunk deodorant, please call me at 1-800-don't-you-dare and we'll discuss it.

Then it was time to play "Food, Food, Who Has The Food?" It's a fun game, you should try it. You just sit at the table and watch everybody pass the food around. The winner is the first one to get everything on their plate.

The loser is the person who eats their whole meal and then realizes they forgot to have a helping of _______ (fill in the blank). 1500 extra points are given if the hostess forgets something in the fridge.

Be careful, you lose 150 points every time someone groans "I'm stuffed!" If the turkey says "No, I'm stuffed" you gain 5,000 points and a trip to the doctor.

The next couple of days will be spent trying to use up the turkey leftovers. Turkey soup, turkey enchiladas, turkey fajitas, turkey smoothies, turkey meringue pie, turkey ice cream....you get the picture.

Hey, since I talked about turkey does that mean that this post had some "meat" in it after all????

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

HAVE NO FEAR

Have no fear........

....if there is a public bathroom with no toilet paper, I will unknowingly be drawn to it.

.....if the parking lot is crowded, I will lose my car in it.

....if there is a door open somewhere, I will bump into it.

....if I bend down and there is a shelf above my head, I will hit my head on it when I stand back up.

....if I am wearing white that day, I will get a stain on it within 10 seconds of putting it on.

.....if you'd like to read the rest of this, please pop over here to Five Mom's And A Blog as it's my day to blog!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

MAKING YOUR HOME SING: KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS

Making your home sing Mondays

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). My point with each Monday post is, what are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing?

It can be an attitude or an action. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

I love making lists, do you? I love being able to scratch something off and be done with it. There is so much satisfaction in being able to say "I did that!"

So often I try to operate without a list but then guess what happens? I forget things, or I forget the order and importance of things. I blame it on my "perfectionist" side.

For example, last week we had some people coming over one night. I knew that there were several things that I needed to do. Was I doing them? Nope. Instead I was focusing on one small thing that didn't even really matter, noone would notice and as a matter of fact, could be put off until later in the week. But I wanted it done now.

Fortunately, I did get my priorities in order and put off what I wanted to do and instead took on the task of doing what I needed to do. The perfectionist side of me wanted to take that one small task and get it all done, just for the joy of having it done and having it done "perfectly." Or, at least, done and completed just the way I wanted it.

We have a houseful of people coming next weekend, and I have lots of ideas floating in my head. However, this would not be a good time for me to decide I want to refinish the dining room hutch. This would not be a good time for me to rip all the wallpaper off of the bathroom wall and begin painting it or installing beadboard. This would not be a good time to repaint the hallway or the fireplace bricks.

Yes, many of these people have never been over before. But that does not mean I need to try and "impress" them with my freshly painted stair railings. Chipped, worn paint will have to do. We'll call it the "shabby chic" look, lol! I doubt it they'll notice it anyway, and who cares if they do?

Isn't it funny how sometimes, just knowing a bunch of people are coming over can cause you to start seeing certain things that need doing and repair work that needs to be done?

I know my limitations, and taking on a remodeling project or decorating project this week and stressing myself out is not in my best interest. It works for some people, but it won't work for me.

Do you know your limitations? Do you stress yourself out with poor planning, like I was doing? Do you use stress as a motivational tool? Do you find yourself snapping at those you love because you waited until the last minute to get something done again?

Some people say that they work better when they wait until the last minute to meet a deadline, and that may be so, but I don't think that the stress I would feel would be worth it. In fact, they may do the work because it has to be done, but I wonder if all that stress is worth it.

So this week, I will be making my home sing by making my list (and checking it twice.......sorry, *rolls eyes*). I will see what needs to be done around here in order for things to flow smoothly this week and in preparation for our guests this weekend.

I will also try and make sure to keep priorities in mind so that I don't ignore the big, important things and obsess over the small, unimportant things. I will try to chip away at my list and not wait until the last minute and then get all stressed out!

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! Please do not put your own Making Your Home Sing Monday Linky on your blog. As always, please don't forget to link to this post. Also, please don't forgot to leave me a comment!


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

CONVERSATIONS I'VE HAD WITH MY HUSBAND

I love calling my hubby at work. After all, it's not like he's got anything better to do. I'll bet he just sits there by the phone, waiting for my phone calls. I tend to view calling my hubby at work as a cross between a twitter and a facebook status, only more fun. Because after all, sometimes I have some really important things to talk about.

  • Like asking him "What is the name of that thing that I like?" And he'll say "What thing?" and I will answer "You know, the thing. The thing! The thing that does the thing!" I get louder each time I use the word thing, because clearly he can't hear me. We do lots of talking about things and thingys around here.
  • Or saying "Did you see the link I put on my facebook status?" To which he will reply "No. I'm working." To which I will reply "Well, you get a lunch break, don't you?"
  • Or stating "I just cleaned the bathrooms" and my hubby will reply "I am happy for you."
  • Or "Hey, is it raining where you are?" because, after all, the church is sooooo far away.
  • Or "I'm going to Costco today" to which he usually replies "And how is that different from any other day?"
To continue and read more about "important" conversations I've had with my hubby, including headaches, grumpiness and cramps, please hop over to Five Moms And A Blog as I am blogging over there today! Oh, and this is probably going to be my last post until after Thanksgiving so have a lovely one!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

MAKING YOUR HOME SING

Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). My point with each Monday post is, what are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing?

It can be an attitude or an action. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

I don't think I have to tell you what's coming up this week. Not if you live in the U.S., anyway. We will be celebrating Thanksgiving this week.

I do not have a MYHSM post. I have been very busy today, and it just didn't come together. I've been trying to write a post here, but the words aren't coming so at this point, I give up. Otherwise, it'll be Wednesday before I come up with something and I have got to get this meme going!

I cannot think about all I have to be thankful for without thinking of those that are having a difficult time right now.

Holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas can be especially hard for some people. People who have lost loved ones, people who are far away from their families, or who have loved ones serving in the military or are far away, or who just feel alone. People who are in hospitals or care facilities, and cannot be home. For those who already feel lonely, a holiday can intensify it.

Also, there are alot of people living in uncertainty right now. Maybe you're one of them. If not, I'll bet you know somebody who is out of work or facing a loss of hours, or may be losing their job or their home soon, or facing a difficult illness, or they have just lost someone they love.

This is a good time to reflect on all we have to be thankful for, but also to prayerfully remember those who are going through a hard time.

Sometimes, the best thing to do for someone, is to let them know that you care. Let them know you're thinking of them or praying for them. Then maybe, they won't feel so alone.

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! Please do not put your own Making Your Home Sing Monday Linky on your blog. As always, please don't forget to link to this post. Also, please don't forgot to leave me a comment!

Friday, November 20, 2009

"HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW ME?" QUIZ

Welcome to a rousing game of "How Well Do You Know Mom's The Word?" Feel free to make up your own quiz or borrow mine and replace the answers, of course.

1. I have _____ children
A. Four
B. Two
C. Six
D. 14,000

2. My husband is a _________.

A. Pastor
B. Airline pilot
C. Doctor
D. Idiot

3. My hair is _______

A. Blonde
B. Red
C. Brown
D. Not speaking to me at the moment

4. I recently have tried to cut down on drinking

A. Hot chocolate
B. Water
C. Diet Pepsi
D. Ensure

5. I have two ______

A. Dogs
B. Cats
C. Gerbils
D. Pimples

6. I have been known to blog about

A. My hairy legs
B. My ugly nails
C. A pimple on my chin
D. All of the above

7. My favorite style of decorating is

A. Cottage Style
B. Traditional
C. Eclectic
D. Clutter

8. I once blogged about a road trip to

A. Yellowstone National Park
B. Sonic
C. Washington D.C.
4. The moon

9. I am currently ________ my youngest

A. Bench pressing
B. Ignoring
C. Homeschooling
D. Glaring at

10. My first name is
A. Shari
B. Nan
C. Cathy
D. Steve

11. I made up this quiz because

A. I have way to much time on my hands
B. I don't know the answers and am hoping that you do
C. My dog bet me that he knew more answers than you did
D. I am being paid $50,000 for every one that you get right

12. There are twelve questions on here because
A. I like even numbers
B. I like even numbers
C. I like even numbers
D. I like even numbers

Answers below:





˙sɹǝqɯnu uǝʌǝ ǝʞıן ı = ˙21 ؛ɐ = ˙11 ؛q = ˙01 ؛ɔ = ˙9 ؛q = ˙8 ؛ɐ = ˙7 ؛p = ˙6 ؛ɐ = ˙5 ؛ɔ = ˙4 ؛ɔ = ˙3 ؛ɐ = ˙2 ؛q =˙1

Or: (if you want to read it right side up)

1.= B; 2. = A; 3. = C; 4. = C; 5. = A; 6. = D; 7. = A; 8. = B; 9. = C; 10. = B; 11. = A; 12. = I like even numbers.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

HAIR TODAY, GONE TOMORROW

Yesterday I was waiting in line at the grocery store (yes, I went to the grocery store two times in a row, your point?) and I noticed that the man in front of me had better hair than I do.

Seriously, it was longer, thicker, and I think I saw a bit of curl in there.

I am pouting.

A man has prettier hair than I do. Just doesn't seem fair, does it?

I mean, I don't mean to complain because frankly, I am thankful that I have hair. I have to admit I've threatened to pull it out enough (but, if you have children, you already know that feeling).

While I was standing in line, the PA system kept talking in some kind of code, saying stuff like "Deli, 200" or something like that. I think it was actually talking about me. Telling the Deli department to glance over and look at my hair and compare it to the guy's hair.

I think they were hoping that somebody from the Deli department might have some mayonnaise or something that I could use as a little extra conditioner. In fact, I'm sure of it.

My hair stylist is a sweet friend, and she does an amazing job of cutting my hair and trying to make it look thicker than it is. She is a genius. However, she can't do miracles. They have mascara to make eyelashes look bigger and bolder, so where is my hair-mascara?

I am seriously starting to worry that pretty soon, some guy with gorgeous thick hair is going to be doing a shampoo commercial. For women. And that I am going to buy it.

Y'all think I'm kidding about his hair, but I'm not.

In fact, I pushed him out of my way, stepped on his head, flew into the air, did a two and a half gainer (with a twist) in the air and hijacked the PA system in order to make a personal announcement about the glories of all that hair.

Y'all think I'm kidding about that too. I am. Sort of. I did think about it though.

Then I reached into my purse, pulled out a pair of scissors and gave him a haircut. After all, if my hair can't be that long and thick, then why should his get to be?

Y'all think I'm kidding about that, and yes, I am. But really, would it have been such a bad thing to do?

After all, all is fair in love and hair.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

YEAH, BUT I GOT A GREAT RIGHT HOOK

Somewhere out there is a store clerk tonight, just shaking his head because he had to help me in a store today. Somewhere out there is a store clerk who is regaling his family with tales about waiting on me today. Somewhere out there is a store clerk who is probably wondering how I manage to take care of myself, let alone a family.


Do you ever have days like that? Days where the "you" that you present to other people is a "you" that you don't even recognize? A wild "you," a disorganized "you," a "you" that looks like you should not even be let out of the house on your own, much less licensed to operate a moving vehicle or allowed to care for your own children?


I like to be prepared when I get up to the register. I like to be ready to place an order, have my cash or payment all ready, and not make anybody wait behind me. I don't like knowing that I have masses of people behind me......waiting.....breathing down my neck and frowning at me.


When the kids were little, I made sure that I had the order all straight in my head so that I could place it. I never waited until I got to the counter and then had them think about what they wanted. I was prepared.

Except for today. Today my son knew what he wanted but I wasn't prepared.

Ooooops.

After paying, I asked the clerk and my oldest son if either of them had taken my cup. My son said "No, I gave it to you" and I answered "No, you didn't." Then my son promptly came over and said "It's in your hand, Mom."

Oh.

I looked down and yup, there it was. In. My. Hand.

Sigh.

Then the same son put his arm around me and laughingly, gently, led me away. Because clearly, I need guidance. Clearly, I don't even know when I am holding a cup in my left hand so how can I know which direction to go?

I just ask you, why does the state allow me to have a license? If I don't even know what is in my left hand, should I be allowed to operate a car that probably weighs over 3,000 pounds? Should I be allowed to operate a blog?

Sunday, November 15, 2009

MAKING YOUR HOME SING: FAMILY VS. COMPANY

Making your home sing Mondays

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). My point with each Monday post is, what are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing?

It can be an attitude or an action. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

In case you have been hiding under a rock somewhere, I thought I would mention that Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away and Christmas is a little over five weeks away. GASP! Where is the time going?????

We know for a fact that we will be having family and friends over for the holidays. That's just a given. It's also a fact that even though I know they are coming to visit us and not our home, I still want my home to look neat and orderly, warm and inviting. That is also a given.

The terms "warm and inviting" strike me as sort of funny. After all, what is warm and inviting to me may not be warm and inviting to you. However, I want my home to feel welcoming and comfortable just the same.

What is "warm and inviting" to you? Is it a crackling fire in the fireplace? (Well, unless it's 80 or 90° outside). Is it a whistling teapot on the stove, waiting to make some hot chocolate? Is it softly scented candles or warm, soft throws over the couch?

What do you do when you have company coming to your home? Do you do something special? Put out special towels, buy a bouquet of flowers, clean the bathroom?

When you know company is coming do you give your home an extra-special cleaning? Do you want everything sparkling and neat?

I know I have been sitting here thinking about all the company we'll be having and thinking "Wow, I need to get this house into shape, I haven't mopped the floors for awhile (my bad, they're supposed to be mopped every Friday.....), I need to make sure the family room is neat and orderly, and wouldn't a fire in the fireplace be nice?"

The thing that strikes me is that I have to admit that I forget that we live here and we deserve just as much consideration as company. Even more so!

Doesn't my family deserve clean bathrooms and "nice" towels and a fire in the fireplace now and then? Maybe they won't notice it right away, but deep down, somewhere the beauty of it and the comfort of it will say "aaaaah, now that's what I'm talking about!"

I just know that when I think about company coming over, I have a tendency to think about what I can do and what I can offer to make their stay more comfortable. I need to be thinking about those same things for my own family.

When my son was in preschool we visited at the home of one of his preschool friends. After using their bathroom and washing my hands, I opened up the door to discover their four year old daughter standing there.

She walked into the bathroom and asked me "Which towels did you use? Did you use these?" and she pointed to a lovely arrangement of very fancy towels hanging over the bar. They even had tassels!

I said that I had indeed used those. She sternly said "You aren't supposed to use those. Those are for company" and showed me a towel hanging over near the bathtub and stated that I was to use that one.

Her mom came in and heard her telling me this and she was mortified. I just laughed but her mom was very embarrassed.

While I totally understand her reasoning the message she is unintentionally sending is that company gets the better towels, or the better sheets, or the better _____ (fill in the blank).

I want to send a message to my family (and myself) that they deserve something welcome and inviting too. I don't need to wait until the holidays to make my home a place of beauty, welcome and rest.

However, it's not just the physical things that make you comfortable and draw you in. What would you rather hear in a kitchen? Pots and pans slamming and tempers flaring, or someone whistling a happy tune?

So this week, I will be thinking about "company" in a whole new way, and seeking to make my home sing for my family each and every day, and not just in a special way when company is coming. Above all, a loving home is an inviting home, don't you think?

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! Please do not put your own Making Your Home Sing Monday Linky on your blog. As always, please don't forget to link to this post. Also, please don't forgot to leave me a comment!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

HOW COME ELEPHANTS DON'T SELL WRINKLE CREAM?

Does anybody have a "daytime" makeup look and a "nighttime" makeup look? You know what I'm talking about, don't you?

Those magazine articles that show pictures of a gorgeous, perfect six year old model....o.k, maybe she's seven......but like I said, my pediatrician looked like he was twelve the first time I met him.

Oh, before I get to my point I am going to digress a bit. How come they have gorgeous models who don't look a day over 18 talking about wrinkles?????? Seriously. They expect me to take the advice of a 16 or 18 year old-looking model who is trying to sell me wrinkle cream?

Plus, I am supposed to believe that she uses it on all those 10,000 wrinkles that she has, because everybody knows that teenagers have extremely wrinkled skin. Yeah, right. If they were a teenage elephant maybe.

How come elephants never do commercials and sell cream for wrinkles? Or do they? How come skin cream isn't marketed to elephants? They have lots of wrinkly skin! I'll bet somewhere out there is a mama elephant going "Oh no! I just found another wrinkle."

Not only that but somewhere out there is a mama elephant looking in a mirror and exclaiming "Would you look at all this gray!!!!"

What are toddlers doing selling wrinkle cream and talking about hair color to cover the gray? I mean, you don't see pictures of 80 year old women selling acne cream do you?

I have earned every wrinkle I have, from living my life and loving my husband and children and laughing with family and friends, and sometimes crying with them as well. Why should I have to hide that? Why would I want to?

Now, if I want to, then at least do me the courtesy of having somebody older than 18 advertise it to me!

O.k., back to my question. Do you have a daytime look and then a nighttime look? Do you wear less makeup during the day and more at night?

I have never done that. Even when I was younger I had one makeup look. I put that sucker on and it had to last all day and into the evening.

I never wore a daytime look, and then rushed home and washed my face and put on a nighttime face. I never added more makeup so that I could go out wearing a "nighttime" look.

I had, and have, just one makeup look. When I wear makeup, I mean. So there. Now try to sell me a nighttime "look." My nighttime look: no makeup, comfy sweats or jammies, slippers, and bed. Works for me!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

WHO PUT THAT THERE ANYWAY?

So last night I noticed that I have a whole lot of things in my kitchen that really don't belong there. This happens on occasion. Half the time I don't know why they are there, how they got there, who put them there, or how long it'll be before they leave again. So I figured they are in the kitchen, so they must be kitchen utensils, right? So I decided to amuse myself.


Yes, I know that glasses belong in the kitchen, but no matter how hard I try I can't get these things to hold milk or water. Also am having trouble finding a matched set. Go figure. Don't know what I'm doing wrong....



No, this is not a laptop. This is a waffle iron. You just pour the batter in, close the lid, and hope for the best. If all else fails, you can print a picture of a waffle. It won't taste very good but it has less calories so you won't gain weight.


This is used as an egg timer for hard boiled eggs. Just put it in the water with the eggs. Feel free to use your imagination though as it won't work. Hey, what did you expect? It says Duracell, not Dura-egg.

Would somebody please explain why there is a partially chewed dog chewy in here? Would you also explain why it isn't at least on the floor where it belongs? Well, this utensil is obviously used as a stir stick. However, after stirring I would not recommend that you drink it. Ugh.

This is great for baking cookies. Very small cookies. Just roll out your dough and cut around the outside for a cookie. Then cut around the inside and make donut holes. Or instead of shaping the dough you can tape it together.

This shampoo will come in very handy if you need to wash lettuce, potatoes, or even carrots for that matter. It will cause them to be very silky, smooth, and fluffy. Not only that, but it's 2-in-1 so you won't have to add moisturizer.

These are great for holding serving spoons, spatulas, or any other serving utensils you may have. It's great because they come in many different colors (and flavors) to match any kitchen decor. You can also get it in Dr. Pepper as well.

You know how hard it is to eat corn-on-the-cob? Well now you can do it in style. This will hold it right on there, and if the corn becomes loose and starts to fall off you can use these to tighten it back up again.

You can never have to many empty paper towel holders. By all means don't throw them away after replacing the towel holder, that would make to much sense. If we get another one, we can attach a line to it and string it out the window. Then we'll be able to talk to our neighbors. Who needs phones?

We are so ready for a party with 100 of these plate-thingys. They look all nice and shiny and hopefully will serve the food attractively. The best thing is when you're done eating you throw them away. No dishes!

So, what kind of strange "utensils" are in your kitchen today?

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

TUESDAY FASHION WOES

It's Tuesday and I am blogging over at the Five Mom's blog again! Head over there if you want to read about my latest fashion woes.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

MAKING YOUR HOME SING: SING ABOUT GRACE

Making your home sing Mondays

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). My point with each Monday post is, what are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing?

It can be an attitude or an action. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

This Sunday my husband was preaching on God's grace. He was talking about how God's grace is a free gift, we can't earn it and we will forever be indebted to Him and yet not owe Him.

He quoted Col. 3:1-3. Verse 3 says "For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God." (NIV). He asked the question, "What are you hidden in? In the t.v.? Computer? Alchohol? Drugs? What are you going after? What is the core of you going after?"

What AM I going after? What are YOU going after? If I say that the Lord is so very important to me, does my life reflect that? Do my values? My choices? Does my time?

It makes me think of priorities. What are my priorities, what are yours? Does your life reflect them in the proper order? Does mine? If I say that the Lord is my first priority, does blogging take first place over my quiet times with Him? Do my husband and children believe that they are high up on my priorities?

Later on, in talking about the gift of God's grace, my husband made the comment "Trying to repay God with your works is like trying to pay a great debt with a penny. It can't be done."

It got me to thinking how when the kids were little, we wanted them to obey us because they wanted to and not because they had to. We wanted them to do their chores because they wanted to please us, and not because they were forced to. We wanted them to respond out of love, not out of obligation. We still want that. We want a relationship, not works.

Isn't that what God wants of us? Relationship instead of works? Of course, when the relationship is there, the works (actions) will be there too. But they will come out of love, not out of a "have to" mentality, or "earn it" mentality. Also, they will come out of God's grace and strength, not our own.

How often do we exhaust ourselves by trying to complete a work that God started in us, using our own strength and power?

How often do we hold ourselves up to our own expectations, and then when we fail, we feel so bad and so guilty?

How often do we decide how we think we should be, and how we think we should act, and start on a "self improvement" plan to get us there? How often do we leave God out of the picture?

The best way I can make my home sing this week, or any week, is to stop trying to work out my own agenda. Stop trying to be how I think I should be, and trust God to make me into what He wants me to be. Stop operating under works and operate under grace instead.

We need to be in His Word consistently. If we don't stop and listen to Him, if we don't get into His word, if we don't spend time with Him, how will we know what He want for us?

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! Please do not put your own Making Your Home Sing Monday Linky on your blog. As always, please don't forget to link to this post. Also, please don't forgot to leave me a comment!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

A LITTLE MORE DECORATING, MY WAY

Around the corner in my kitchen, underneath this 10¢ picture, is a little metal "baker's rack" that I picked up for about $10 somewhere. Like I said here in an earlier post, just because you try to live a little frugally doesn't mean you can't decorate. I wanted a baker's rack but didn't want to pay a lot of money for it so this one suited my needs and the budget.

Ever since I was a little girl and watched "The Sound of Music" I knew I wanted a gazebo someday (or summerhouse or whatever they're calling it now). Guess I'll have to settle for a little tiny one on my shelf! Hmmmm, I don't think I'll fit.....

As mentioned before, I still love birdhouses and bunnies and flowers!

That birdhouse on the left cost $15 but is an example of my sweet hubby's love for me. At the time I really wanted it but agonized over the cost. The kids were little then and I just felt like $15 was to much money to spend when I could use it for groceries or something else that was needed. So I didn't buy it, even though my hubby said I could.

The birdhouse was in a little town that is nearly three hours from here. We saw it when visiting relatives. My sweet hubby called his sister (who lived near there), described the store and the birdhouse and asked her to pick one up for him, and he'd pay her. She then brought it down next time she visited and my sweet hubby surprised me for Christmas with "my" birdhouse!


I guess even the dog appreciates a little decorating now and then!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

PARDON ME, IS THAT JACKET TAKEN?

So recently I went to drop my son off somewhere and I had some extra time afterwards, so I drove to the thrift store.

First I had to deal with the car in front of me who couldn't decide which lane was the "best" lane. Like Goldilocks and the Three Lanes he had to try every one. Several. Times. Pick a lane buddy, you aren't missing anything.

Then I got into the store and found a "North Face" jacket I thought my son might like. Then I was struck with a moral dilemma and many questions. What do I do with it? Do I buy it, knowing that my son might not like it, and then have to return it for store credit?

What if I can't find anything else I like and thus can't use the store credit ever???? Because clearly, I am never, ever going to find anything that I like at the thrift store again ever again and then I'll be out the $9.99 and how will we pay the rent????

Also, is $9.99 to much to pay for a secondhand jacket, even if it is North Face? Can you see the dilemma? So do I just buy the jacket or do I hide it somewhere and doesn't that seem rude (to hide it)?

Seriously, who knew that you could go to the thrift store and suddenly everything you stand for is called into question and you are wrestling with your conscience. Suddenly you find yourself sliding very close to the edge of the slippery slope to nowhere, man. Just one step away from total moral degradation. At the thrift store. Who knew?

So I carried the jacket around with me for a bit, while I debated on whether I should buy it or not, since I didn't feel right about "hiding" it. While walking around I walked by three men trying on jackets and I just knew that they were stalking my jacket.

I mean clearly, that's the only reason they were standing there trying on jackets. They really wanted MY jacket. But they didn't have the nerve to ask me if I was buying it, so they stood there "pretending" to try on jackets. Because clearly, people never do that without an ulterior motive. I know that because I watch t.v.

I saw right through them, poor actors that they were. Imagine standing in a public store, trying on jackets and expecting everybody to believe that you just "happened" to be trying them on because you were really interested in them.

Yeah, right. And I am _________ (insert your favorite celebrity name here). You're not fooling me mister. I know you were there because you wanted MY son's jacket.

That's right, folks. I did the unthinkable thing. I named the jacket. "My son's jacket." I crossed the line.

Every saavy, frugal shopper knows: you never, ever, ever name the jacket!!!!! That is crossing the line. Suddenly the impersonal becomes personal.

Suddenly, you have named the puppy, and everybody knows once you name the puppy you are taking it home. Once you picture that puppy in your home, you are a goner.

Once you name that jacket or picture it in your closet or paired with your favorite shirt you are doomed. Doomed! Do you hear me?

I will now put you out of your misery (or sheer boredom) by telling you that I did NOT buy the jacket. I did NOT hide the jacket. I put it back on it's hanger, leaving it there for everybody and their brother to try on and perhaps buy, if they wanted.

You know why? Because I have experience with cute puppies, I mean, jackets. I figured it'd still be there after I picked up my son, and if he was interested, we'd look at it then. If it wasn't there, that was fine too. It was there, it wasn't quite the color (or the size) for him, so we left without it.

Somewhere out there are three men fighting over my son's jacket. I just know it.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

YET ANOTHER SILLY TITLE



I am blogging over at the Five Mom's blog today, so hop over here if you're curious as to why slacks and jeans can't get along.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

MAKING YOUR HOME SING MONDAY: SETTING THE EXAMPLE

Making your home sing Mondays

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). My point with each Monday post is, what are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing?

It can be an attitude or an action. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

This week I have lots of catching up to do. Last week was one of "those" weeks. You know what I mean. Sometimes I feel like all I do on Mondays is blog about how I'm behind in my housekeeping and have to dig myself out of the mess this week.

So that's what I'm going to do this week, again......dig myself out. After all, I didn't want to disappoint you!

One thing I've noticed is that if you leave something out, it seems like it is an "invitation" for someone else to do so. After all, if mom doesn't think she needs to put her plate in the dishwasher, or hang up her coat or put her shoes away, then does anybody else?

If mom doesn't care, should they care? I don't know that my family sits and thinks this through, but I do know that when I leave my things out it just seems to lower the bar around here.

I really do think that we need to set the example. If we want them to make their beds, we need to make our beds. If I tell my kids "Clean your room" and they look at our room and it's a mess, what example am I setting for them? I am not having my actions match my words.

I already have a cleaning schedule, and I already know what is needed, so I need to start with my priorities. Those are what I deem important to keeping the house in shape: dishes, laundry and meals are important to keeping things running smoothly around here.

You have to eat, and you need clean dishes to do it, and clean clothes to wear. Clean bathrooms and a clean kitchen are important for hygienic purposes, as well as it just makes it easier to use them if they're clean and tidy.

Having the rooms picked up means that you don't risk having an accident by tripping over something in the middle of the night, or tripping over something and falling down the stairs.

So you need to establish some cleaning habits, figure out a cleaning schedule that works for you, and then follow it. Set the example!

So while there are lots of things I could do this week to make my home sing, I really think that just putting things back in order will make me smile, and I'm sure my family will like it too!

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! Please do not put your own Making Your Home Sing Monday Linky on your blog. As always, please don't forget to link to this post. Also, please don't forgot to leave me a comment!


Thursday, October 29, 2009

WOULD YOU DO ME A FAVOR PLEASE?

I just can't keep up with blogging, commenting and reading your blogs this week. Your blogs, my dashboard and google reader show me that you're all posting some awesome stuff. And I can't find the time to read hardly any of it.

So, would you all please stop posting to your blogs for a week or two? Maybe three? Because I am never going to catch up, I know that, but y'all got some good stuff out there that I want to read. And you keep posting more good stuff and I want to read that too.

So stop it please! Seriously. Stop teasing me. I know that I won't ever be able to catch up, but if you wouldn't mind posting some real lousy stuff for the next couple of days, then maybe I wouldn't feel like I was missing something.

So help a gal out here. Just post really lousy stuff, that noone would want to read, and then I'll feel better. Thank you.

This has been a public service blogging announcement. Now we will return you to your regularly scheduled programming.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

MAKING YOUR HOME SING: IF AT FIRST YOU DON'T SUCCEED

Making your home sing Mondays

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). My point with each Monday post is, what are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing?

It can be an attitude or an action. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

I just thought I'd mention that last week's "making my home sing" plan did not go so well. Oh, I had high hopes, but high hopes did not keep my hand away from the snooze button. In fact, one morning I overslept and was extremely surprised as I did not even remember hearing the alarm go off.

In fact, I went so far as to check the alarm because I was sure that it was no longer working. However, the alarm does work, which leads me to believe that my ears are no longer working. Either that or I am lacking in discipline. Sigh.

Oh, and that one week where I said that I wanted to try candles to put beauty in my home? That whole week turned out to be a very strange week for us, schedule wise, and the family had to leave at different times, we ate at different times and once I ate all by myself! So, no candles that week.

The week before last I had several things I wanted to do in the kitchen to make meal preparation easier. For instance, I wanted to brown a few pounds of ground turkey, cook some chicken and pop it in the freezer, cut up some green peppers and flash freeze them, make a couple of extra meals and pop them in the freezer, and reorganize my recipe file.

Well, I managed to do all of that, except for reorganizing my recipe file. It is still a mess. I just ran out of time.

My point is, just because we have some things that we want to try to brighten up or organize our homes, or new ideas we want to try, well....it doesn't mean it's always going to work out that week.

But just because things didn't work out that week, it doesn't mean the ideas were bad. We need to keep trying and not give up. Many times I have great ideas and I try to implement to many of them at once. That can be overwhelming. Sometimes it's best to take it slow, and only add one or two new habits (or ideas) at a time.

So, I'm going to make my home sing this week by not getting discouraged when my life does not fit in with the big plans that I make. That doesn't mean they are a failure, or that I have failed. It just means that sometimes things happen and we need to be flexible!

So instead of overwhelming yourself with to much to soon, try adding one new habit a week (or a month). Make your bed every day for a month. Try one new recipe every week for a month. Throw away the junk mail (instead of letting it pile up on the counters) every day for a month. Concentrate on doing that one thing well, until you've "got" it.

This week, my habit will be trying to tame the paper tiger and getting control of my filing (including my recipe file).

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! Please do not put your own Making Your Home Sing Monday Linky on your blog. As always, please don't forget to link to this post. Also, please don't forgot to leave me a comment!