Sunday, April 29, 2012

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.

Wow! What a week. I am exhausted. But it's a good kind of exhaustion.

There IS such a thing as a "good" kind of exhaustion isn't there? Isn't there? Because I am hoping that there is such a thing.

Did someone just make it up and say "but it's a good kind of exhaustion" because they really just wanted to make themselves feel stronger and feel less tired?

Eventually I will tell ya all what we did this last week and weekend and hopefully have some pictures, but it's getting late and I want to get this meme up.

The sad thing is that whenever I usually say something like the above sentence I forget about it and never get around to it. But shhhhhh, don't tell anybody! Let's just pretend that I am organized and keep my word............

So what are you up to this week? 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, April 25, 2012

Sometimes I Call Myself To See If I'm Home

I often get my cell phone number and my hubby's cell number mixed up.

Recently I was at home and called my hubby's cell phone and was totally surprised to hear my own voice answer. I had dialed my cell number by mistake and got my own voice mail message. I didn't even hear my cell ring because it was smothered in my purse in the other room.

Another time I was out running errands and called my husband's office, only to call home instead. I was happy to hear that I wasn't at home!

I have previously explained my problems with texting. I once asked my son "Where is king tut?" when what I was really wanting to ask was "Where are you at?" I am learning to proofread before hitting "send." My son is learning that I don't have an urgent need to know where King Tut is.

I also feel the need to add that I never know if anyone is home in my house.

People call and ask if my husband is home or if my children are home and I often say "I don't know, let me check."

The house is big enough for me to walk all over trying to find them, only to find that someone went outside to get the mail or take the dogs out or run next door a minute or went in one room while I was in the other, or.....or.....or....

So if you've been reading my blog awhile you know that I can't text very well, I don't have Zumba hips, my nails are ugly, I don't shave my legs as often in the winter, I call myself to see if I'm home, and have no idea who is in my house.

Sounds about right.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Making Your Home Sing Monday: Run, Laugh, Play

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.

Today (Sunday) after church I took my mother down to the water. We walked on the boardwalk and enjoyed the sun, sand and surf. It was a beautiful sunny day and hard to imagine in our neck of the woods, especially in April.

There were tons of people walking around, the boardwalk is uneven and my mom walks with a cane. She always walks very slow, so she put one arm on mine to steady herself, and on we walked. Slowly, while we let tons and tons of people pass us. But we didn't care because it was all so pretty out and we weren't in a hurry.

Even though my natural inclination would be to rush us through that moment, I made up my mind to give that afternoon to my mom for her enjoyment, and decided not to concern myself with what else I could be doing. In doing so, I enjoyed it too.

Afterward we went to Barnes & Noble because who wouldn't want to look at books???????

Do you ever slow down and just enjoy the beauty of the moment? Do you rush pretty much everywhere you go? Are you busy, busy, busy?

I am. My mom says I'm always busy and always running around doing something or going somewhere and she's pretty much right.

As women, it seems like we're running from the moment our feet hit the floor in the morning until the moment they leave the floor in the evening. I like to get things done and accomplished and move onto the next thing. (Unless I'm being lazy, then I am good at accomplishing "being lazy" lol!)

During the day, if I'm relaxing, I set a timer so that I don't "relax" too much and lose track of time, and then when it goes off I go get busy again. Sometimes I reset the timer and "relax" somemore!

I know last week I encouraged you to work hard at your "job" of making a home for yourself and your family. This week I'm reminding you that sometimes you just have to stop and look at the beauty around you, and let others pass you by while you enjoy the moment.

My mother is not going to be around forever. Your husband (if you're married) is not going to be around forever. Your children (if you have them) are not going to be young forever. You may not always have the health and the energy that you do now. Are you enjoying it? Are you cherishing it?

Are you running and jumping and leaping for joy today, just because you can? Because maybe you can do it today, but what if you can't do it tomorrow?

Enjoy the beauty that is all around you this week. Run, laugh, play and make your home sing!

So what are you up to this week? 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, April 18, 2012

Cake Pops Are Not For The Faint Of Heart

Recently my friend and I made over 100 cake pops.

Well, SHE made over 100 cake pops. I did nothing but sit at home playing on facebook and watching episodes of Downton Abbey while she wrote on her facebook status that she was making cake pops.

However, I read her status and reading it was work because I went to school for years to learn how to read, so really, I helped make them, too. Right?

Being the sweet, supportive friend that I am, I later invited myself over to "help" her decorate them. Now, my friend has seen in action what I can do with a piece of paper and a bottle of glue.

So, frankly, I was surprised that she took me up on my offer. She was probably in a cake pop induced coma. Desperation can do strange things to a person and staring dozens of nekked cake pops in the face can make even the bravest woman break down.

Picture me, 120 cake pops, and lots and lots of icing. Yeah, it's like that. Do you know that there are no rules for decorating cake pops????? It's every woman for herself. Did I mention there was lots of icing?

So I grab me a cake pop and it is ON. I'm dipping and swirling cake pop after cake pop around in the frosting/glaze and suddenly the stick comes off while I'm swirling. Suddenly, the cake pop is headless. Or, rather, bodyless. It was horrifying.

I holler but I can fix it. I jam that puppy right back in there and pull my cake pop out, and it kind of looks like that scene from Alien where the alien is making its gory way out of that poor guy's body.

There is frosting on the floor, frosting all over my hand, frosting on my jeans, and I have a deformed alien cake pop in my hand. I look at my friend's hand and exclaim "You're bleeding!" She looks at herself and says "No, it's just frosting."

My cake pop sits there even now, with a strange appendage protruding out of its bloody little abdomen. Poor little thing. It never stood a chance. It will never meet Mr. Cake Pop and live happily ever after in cake pop land. It will never have cake pop babies.

And it's all because I can't dip and swirl. No one ever told me that I needed to learn how to dance before I could decorate cake pops. Life is so unfair.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Making Your Home Sing Monday: Are You "Playing House" Or Making A Home?

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.

Recently I was talking to a stay at home mom and she mentioned that her husband was mad at her because the house was a mess and had been a mess for awhile and he wanted it cleaned up. He was tired of coming home to a messy house.

The mom admitted that there wasn't any reason why she couldn't clean it up. She didn't work and her children were grown. She had lots of free time and plenty of time to clean and make dinner. What she didn't have was discipline or time management. Facebook and t.v. were calling her name. The phone was nearby and there were lots of shops around.

I was also listening to another stay at home with a little baby talk about her day. She complained that she can't get the house clean because baby takes up too much time. Yet she spends several hours in the afternoon watching t.v. or playing her games on facebook before, during and after baby naps. She also stays up late playing and wonders why she's so tired.

Sometimes moms are desperate for some "me" time. Sometimes we're so desperate for it that we let it get out of control.

If you are a stay at home mom, do you work hard while your husband is at work? Do you consider that your job? Or do you consider it a vacation and an opportunity to play until hubby comes home and you start your "serious" work so you're not caught slacking.

Do you find yourself "playing" a lot during the day so that you have to spend your evenings doing household tasks to make up for it because you're behind, thereby depriving your husband of your presence and your children of "family" time because mommy is too busy?

Or maybe you consider parenting during the day your job, but the housekeeping duties are something you share with your husband at night. That very well may be true, but not everyone has that understanding. Are you managing your time well during the day?

My children were young once and I know that they can take up a huge amount of time, they can be a constant source of disruption and a little chaos thrown in for good measure. I also know that they are young only for a little while, and we want to love on them and cherish those moments.

But I also know that kids take naps, have play-dates at friend's houses, or play contently on their own sometimes. I also know that kids get older and require less supervision.

So, let me ask you again? Do you play "homemaking" during the day while hubby is at work, or are you serious in your commitment to your task. Do you find yourself working more diligently at night when he's there because you feel guilty about how you managed your time during the day or because there's someone watching you?

My husband works hard at his job, but I know that there have been times when I haven't worked hard at mine that day. I just slacked off on my homemaking duties because I could. I didn't work as hard at my job as he did at his job. I took longer "breaks" and more of them. Because I could.

There's no one here to watch me or keep score or grade me on my performance and diligence. I can't always goof off because I have places I have to be and people I have to care for, but I do have moments where I goof off when I should be meal planning or doing the laundry or vacuuming or putting away the clutter that piles up.

If our husbands work hard at their jobs, shouldn't we work hard at ours?

I'm thinking specifically of the gal who has lots of time on her hands. Are you putting it to good use, or are you wasting more than your share of it on things that don't really matter in the long run. What are you investing your time in?????

You are a "professional" homemaker. Take joy and pride in your ability to make a home for yourself and/or your family. Are you like the little child who is "playing house," or are you making a home? Adjust your priorities, work hard when you need to, play when you need to recharge, love those kids, but keep a balance in your life and make your home sing this week!

So what are you up to this week? 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, April 13, 2012

Why Else Would It Be Called A Key CHAIN?

I live in fear of my key chain. Really, I do.

It has a hold on me. It owns me and, what's worse, it knows it.

Don't laugh. It owns you too. Why else would it be called a key CHAIN? Do you know what every key on your key chain is for? Do you?

My key chain has too many keys on it. It probably weighs about 5,000 pounds. That's because there are keys on there that I don't recognize. I have no idea how they got there, how long they've been there, or when they're going home.

I have no idea what they go to, but I'm afraid to throw them away. I try to do it but my hand shakes and I start breathing faster and then I pass out. I can't throw any of them away. I might need it someday.

If I throw one of them away, I know that the world will fall apart. Gravity will cease to exist and we will all be sucked up into space. So I'm keeping all of my keys. You're welcome. It's just a burden that I must bear.

Sometimes I get brave and toy with the idea of throwing one of them away, and actually try and remove one of them, but then the key and I get into a big fight and one of us cries the ugly cry and then I feel bad.

Key: What's up?

Me: Oh nothing.

Key: You look guilty. What'cha up to?

Me: Not much.

Key: Don't lock me out.

Me: I'm sorry, but this thing between us, it's not working anymore.

Key: What're you saying?

Me: It's not you. It's me. I need to move on.

Key: Are you breaking up with me?

Me: Look. It's just that I don't think this is a good fit. I don't even recognize you anymore.

Key: So now it's MY fault?

Me: I just think that you'd be better off with someone else.

Key: Don't touch me.

Me: Look, you've opened a lot of doors for me, and I appreciate that......

Key: Don't patronize me.

Me: Stop getting all defensive.

Key: Don't you look at me in that tone of voice.

Me: aaaaaaarghhhhh!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Making Your Home Sing Monday: Did I Mention I'm Tired?

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 am tired. The end.

No, really, I'm tired. I get this way every spring. I thought that this year would be easier since my youngest graduated last year and I am no longer homeschooling.

But I'm still a wife and mother. I still have all my church activities and responsibilities throughout the year. I am still the caretaker for my elderly mother day in and day out (she's out of the hospital now and home again, thanks for all your prayers!). I still take care of my friend's developmentally challenged daughter every day after school.

I still take care of my own family and home, as do you all.

So, every year, when spring rolls around, I am tired. Aren't you? I look longingly towards summer as a "break." Did I mention the fact that I'm tired?

Everything looks better in the summer. The days are longer, the weather is better, and I just love it. During the winter it is dark by 5:00 p.m. The thought of leaving the house "in the dark" is unappealing, so I don't usually go out at night unless I have to. I wouldn't even dream of it.

During the summer it's light out longer, and I've been known to head out the door at 9:00 p.m. to go to Barnes & Noble or the grocery store. It's "late" but it doesn't seem late, you know?

So spring has sprung, It is here, and I am looking forward to a break from my regular "winter" activities and ready to enjoy some summer fun and relaxation. I'm tired.... How about you? Do you need a break?

This week, I'll be making my home sing by working on the final details for some of the activities I'm involved in that will be ending soon due to summer break. I'll also hopefully find a home for some things around here that have overstayed their welcome (a.k.a. clutter). I also plan on enjoying the fact that spring has come and summer is on its way!

So what are you up to this week? 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.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Does This Hospital Gown Make Me Look Sick?


This is a picture of my son and I visiting my mom in the hospital. We are fully suited up, right down to the blue gloves that they have you wear, and we aren't even the one who is sick! Don't you think we look a lot alike, lol!

I won't be hosting the meme this week either, sorry! Thank you for your patience! My mom may be having surgery tomorrow morning and I will be pretty busy visiting her in the hospital this week, etc.

They are taking her off liquids and food tonight at midnight and making the final surgery decision tomorrow morning.

It's kind of odd how life is sometimes. You take your mom into the hospital for something that you both think is minor, and it turns out that it is something potentially serious. But God is in control and she's getting the best care and I really believe that it's going to be o.k. Thank you for any prayers that you care to send her way!