Sunday, December 18, 2011

Making Your Home Sing: Merry Christmas!

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.

Thank you all for linking up last week. I hurt my back again and by the time last Monday rolled around I was in a lot of pain, so I didn't get around to reading your entries. I'm sorry about that. It's hard for me to sit (or stand) at the computer very long so I've been lying around and doing lots of reading!

I did manage to get one post up later in the week because most of it was already done before I hurt my back. I've been to the doctor and have pain pills though so that's a blessing!

One week until Christmas. Can you believe it? Just doesn't seem real. This year went fast, didn't it?

It seems like people aren't putting up outdoor Christmas lights like they used to. I imagine it may be due to the economy, a time crunch, or maybe the "old" people moved and new people moved into the neighborhood.

It just seems like there aren't as many on display as there used to be. Maybe I'm not driving around at night as much this year. Who knows?

We haven't put our outdoor lights up in years. But our tree and indoor lights are up! I love this time of year. I love the decorations, the tree, the holiday music, the hope that maybe, just maybe, it might be a white Christmas, and buying gifts for those I love.

Still, that's not what Christmas is really all about. It's about one special GIFT that was given to us in the form of a newborn baby. A Baby who came to do something that no one else could do: reconcile us to an almighty God.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16)

Salvation is God's gift to us, through Jesus Christ. We don't deserve it and we can't earn it. It's free.

"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast." (Ephesians 2: 8 & 9)

This faith is what makes my heart and my home sing this week and every week.

I'm putting this meme up today, and then I'm taking a couple of weeks off since next Sunday is Christmas. Have a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and I'll see you in a couple of weeks!

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!

If you want to use your blog header or profile picture, use the "from the web" button on your right (after you click to link up). If you want to use a picture from your computer use the button on your left (unless the picture is on your blog). Please let me know if you have any problems with linking up.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

What I Wore Wednesday

Today I am linking up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for her fabulous "What I Wore Wednesday" meme. This meme is designed to give women accountability and encourage them to get out of their daily sweats or pajamas or rut that they're in and document what they wore each day and post it to their blogs.

Wednesday
Blue shirt: Chaus, Sam's Club
Blue & white cadi: Liz Claiborne, thrifted
Red & white scarf: Thrifted
Jeans: Levis

Lousy shot, I know. Ever so often I get the desperate desire to mix up my wardrobe, "be creative" and try something new. So, I wind up doing weird things and the other problem is, I don't really care if they match or not.

Friday
Black tank: Target
Blue Sweater: Moda International, thrifted
Jeans: Gap
Necklace: Kohl's
Boots: Thrifted

What this picture doesn't show you is me crashing into the sink as I tried to put the boots on. Sometimes you just have to suffer for the sake of fashion. I did a little country "line dancing" of my own as I was hopping around trying to keep my balance and pull my boot on at the same time.
Saturday
White turtleneck: Old
Black & White shirt: Walmart
Scarf: Thrifted
Jeans: Levis 515 bootcut


Sunday
Green shirt: Sears, thrifted
Hoodie: Disney
Jeans: Levis

My toe looks like it's waving at the camera, doesn't it? It's very friendly.

I don't really have any funny stories this week and no other pictures. I tweaked my back a bit again and am on pain pills and have been spending much of my day lying down. So, for now it's a sweatshirt and Tinkerbell jammie bottoms. Oh, and a good book!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

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.

No "real" post for today. This last week I have been busy keeping an eye on my elderly mother who lives with us. She had a fall and, although she didn't break anything she is wearing a "boot" on her foot and I am keeping an extra eye on her to make sure she behaves, lol!

So this week I will be doing more of the same so I will be sticking close to home (as much as I can, anyway). I don't know what else I'll be doing to make my home sing but I'm sure I'll find something.

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!

If you want to use your blog header or profile picture, use the "from the web" button on your right (after you click to link up). If you want to use a picture from your computer use the button on your left (unless the picture is on your blog). Please let me know if you have any problems with linking up.



Saturday, December 10, 2011

Profundity Just Oozes From My Brain

Me: "Who broke the Corelle dish?"
Hubby: "I don't know. Wasn't me."
Me: "One of the kids must have broken it while we were gone this morning."
Hubby: "Gee, honey, you're profound."

I am profound, aren't I? Profundity just oozes from my brain. So do brain cells.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

What I Wore Wednesday

Today I am linking up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for her fabulous "What I Wore Wednesday" meme. This meme is designed to give women accountability and encourage them to get out of their daily sweats or pajamas or rut that they're in and document what they wore each day and post it to their blogs.

Thursday
Purple turtleneck: Sonoma
Purple scarf: Don't remember
Black vest: Jennifer Moore, Macy's
Jeans: Levis 515 bootcut

I think I'm "layer-happy." Just one item isn't enough, I've got to add to it. Perhaps there is a support program for people who layer too much.

Friday
Black, tan, maroon & white plaid shirt: Erika & Co.
Maroon sweater: Target
Jeans: Gap
Fake Uggs: Thrifted
Necklace: Kohl's

These are my fake uggs, or Fuggs for short. I ran some errands and suddenly found myself trying on clothes at the mall. Do you know how annoying it is to remove a shirt, sweater, necklace AND a coat just to try on a $3.98 top on clearance??? And then, after all that trouble, you don't like the shirt after all.

If a shirt looks better on the hanger than it does on you, what does that mean? Should I be insulted that the hanger obviously is more attractive than I am? Should I be jealous that the hanger has a better figure than I do?

Heartbreaking, just heartbreaking to go to all that work for nothing. I am soooooo hiring a body double.

Saturday
White tank under: Target
Green & White top: Target, thrifted
Green hoodie: Sag Harbor, thrifted
Jeans: Levis

I ran several errands this day. Apparently, the concept of personal space disappears during the holiday season. The gal behind me in line placed her stuff on the counter before I could get mine on there. She then proceeded to stand so close to me that she was practically wearing my clothes. I believe we are now married in several states.

I later wore this outfit to a casual Christmas party. Within an hour I was also wearing caramel dip and pink frosting. I wasn't alone, the gal next to me was wearing her food too. Let the holiday eating begin!

Sunday
Purple sweater: Kohl's
Necklace: Kohl's
Brown jacket: Sam's Club
Brown pants: Sam's Club
Brown boots: Hand-me-down
(Would somebody please come over and clean that mirror???)

This is the day that I vacuumed and sucked up a 6 inch Christmas tree with my Dyson. That takes real talent, people.

All is well, my friends. The tree is a bit wonky and frankly, I am afraid of my vacuum cleaner but the mini trees are even more afraid, as they should be.

This is also the day that we were having about 35 people over,and I was frantically washing my couch slipcover to get the "throw-up" smell out, and praying it would dry before they all came. I was also thinking bad thoughts about a certain dog who shall remain nameless. He is dead to me now.


Tuesday
Black turtleneck: JC Penney
Black hoodie: Costco
Black/Gray/White scarf: Thrifted
Jeans: Levis 515 bootcut

Nothing particularly exciting happened this day. Just some cleaning and me wondering "Does this scarf make my neck look fat?" You know, same old stuff.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Making Your Home Sing: Today You Can Decide To Be Different

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.

Boy, this week went fast!!! Can you believe it's almost Christmas????? I mean seriously, wasn't it just summer yesterday?

I'll bet January, February and March are just going to drag their little monthly tails to make up for Fall going by so fast. I ask you, does that seem fair to you?

The worst months, weather-wise, going so slowly? Day after day of dreary, wet or freezing cold weather?

The way I see it, weather is not the boss of me.

Isn't it funny how what is going on on the outside can affect what goes on on the inside?

Your circumstances aren't the boss of you. Little annoyances aren't the boss of you. That ding dong is not the boss of you (step away from the ding dong......). That grumpy co-worker is not the boss of you. Your BOSS is not the boss of you.

Not the real you, the inside you. The you that decides and makes the choice as to how you are going to handle your response to a situation. You don't have to go it alone either. You have a loving God Who will be there every step of the way.

Today you can decide to smile more than you frown, to laugh more than you cry. Today you can decide to love more than you hate. Today you can decide to be patient more than you're impatient, to listen more than you argue.

Today you can decide to be productive more than you're lazy. Today you can decide to spend more time with your family than you spend on the computer. Today you can decide to be happy more than you're unhappy. Today you can decide to be different.

Will it change your circumstances? Maybe, but probably not. But it will change YOU.

Today is a new day. It's your choice.

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!

If you want to use your blog header or profile picture, use the "from the web" button on your right (after you click to link up). If you want to use a picture from your computer use the button on your left (unless the picture is on your blog). Please let me know if you have any problems with linking up.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Overheard In A Store

Recently I was at a store returning something and the lady next to me was trying to make an exchange with another clerk. I found their whole conversation highly entertaining and thought I'd share it with you to the best of my ability.

Woman at the store: "I bought a lamp and I want to exchange it for this."

Clerk: "Certainly. Can I have the lamp, please?"

Woman: "It's at home but here is the receipt."

Clerk: "I'll need the lamp, ma'am."

Woman: "But I have the receipt. See, it shows that I bought the lamp. I'll bring it back later."

Clerk: "But I can't let you walk out of here with THIS one without returning the lamp first. It's an exchange, and I have to have the lamp. I need proof."

Woman: "My receipt is my proof. I am a very honest person!!!"

Clerk: "I'm sorry but I can't do an exchange without the lamp."

Woman: "Do you mean to tell me that I have to drive all the way home and get it?"