Thursday, December 23, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
- Every new snow season when I have to remember how to run the snowblower (choke on or off to start? hold the lever thingy that turns the blade in to start or does it matter?)
- Every new snow season when it takes me a few tries before I remember which method of clearing the driveway is most effective (side to side vs. down and back or a combination of the two).
- The snow removal fashion show. My wardrobe consists of a strange combination of Cuddleduds, snowboarding pants left behind by one of those male children, whatever turtleneck is available, my first coat purchase after moving to Iowa--an Eddie Bauer snow jacket, accented by daughter's once owned fuzzy scarf and how many ever pairs of gloves I can fit on my hands and still have some dexterity.
- The snow removal strip down. I usually over-dress and start pulling off auxiliary clothing as I get overheated from the exertion.
- Every Fall when I forget to put out those reflective markers telling me where the driveway and walkways end and begin. Really, you think after 12 years, I would remember.
- But the most entertaining sight to see is snow blowing into the wind when I end up with a hair style more firmly in place than Freeze It Mega Freeze hairspray can provide
Friday, December 10, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
"Laundry and grocery shopping after a week of vacation may be God's way of bringing balance back into our lives."
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Yes, it's me. More of a retail stimulator than a Do it Yourself-er, I took on a project recently that had literally been staring me in the face. Well at least visible everyday when I passed through the kitchen and looked out onto my deck. There was no more denying or delaying it (I had company coming) so I took on the project of repainting my metal deck furniture. I also re-stained the deck but I do not want to brag (too late)!
It was pretty mindless work but I got a little philosophical while I was at it so here goes:
1. Take Time, Take Care
This little project was long overdue. The metal table and chairs were about 10 years old and have been exposed to snow, sun, and rain for all of those 10 years. The original paint was flaking off and rust was setting in. The natural progression of things is decay. If you don't tend to them, they will fall apart.
2. Be Prepared- Gather Your Tools.
From another project I knew that I wanted to use this spray paint with a trigger nozzle. I had only found it at one of the home improvement stores in town so I needed to make a special trip to that particular store. Because of the rust and flaking metal, I knew I needed a steel brush and some major elbow grease for the prep work. Few things in life come without a little planning and hard work.
3. Expect back splash.
I was under a time constraint and had to work within a good weather window. Unfortunately, the sunny day I had to work was also a day of 10 mph wind gusts. Armed with a large piece of cardboard and geared in my grungy clothes, I was ready for battle. Life can get messy, dress appropriately.
4. Make a plan
Alright, here's where personality type comes in to play. I choose to work on the worst piece first. The rustiest one. The one that required the most scrubbing with the steel brush. I did this because I knew I would fade in stamina and in interest by the end of the project so I tackled the hardest piece first to get it out of the way. However, if one would need small victories along the way to keep one motivated to continue the project, I can see where starting with an easy task would boost one's confidence for the bigger projects ahead. To Thine own self be true.
5. Don't forget the undersides
I am a recovering perfectionist (children will do that to you) and have come to a place where I can be good with things being "good enough" but the underlying issue here was rust. It was setting in to the bolts and supports of the table and had to be dealt with--meaning scrubbing the devil out of it. Don't sweat the small stuff but don't ignore the stuff you can't see.
6. Admire your work. Celebrate your success.
With my table in it's "oil rubbed bronze" glory and back in it's location on the deck, I was able to admire the way it looks new with just a little time and effort. Pleased with the outcome, I made myself a little icy, creamy treat...
then saved the leftover paint for future touch ups because...
eventually we have to
Go back to step 1.
Monday, September 6, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
We had given our best advice and strategy.
As painful as that little incident was today, it reminded me of the truth I've learned on this parenting journey:
Friday, August 20, 2010
- indulging in a bowl of mac & cheese because she already made up a batch of it
- a few of my favorite shoes
- someone to go to Walmart with me at 10:30 pm
- watching trashy TV shows she picks (while doing my moral motherly duty of pointing out how bad they are)
- watching Disney channel
- her guacamole
- a second opinion on wardrobe options
- Cleaning the house then watching as it mostly STAYS that clean and picked up
- Downsizing--Clearing out the house (from college boy's cast offs, college girl's unwanteds, and 30 years of collections) then selling it off or hauling it off for someone else to enjoy
- Smaller loads of laundry
- Buying the kind of orange juice I LIKE (medium pulp with Calcium)
- Going to sleep when i go to bed vs. staying awake until I hear the garage door open and close
and Verizon.....just so I won't miss her tooo much.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
I love you mom!
Monday, July 26, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
I know. You thought I'd fallen off the face of the earth. I haven't. I am still here and still floating through the bloggy world but mostly just reading. A February blizzard has me at home by the fire catching up on life. Like this unexpected retreat, I stumbled on a site and was blessed by this post that spoke to me and I wanted to share with you. Take a minute and go see what Antique Mommy had to say. Go ahead. I'll wait.
Oh good, you came back.
Here are the ones that resonated with me today:
#6. You can disagree with someone and still like them.
#7. You can dislike someone and still be kind to them.
#9. You’ll never know how much your parents love you until you have your own child.
#10. You’ll never know how much you hurt your parents until you have your own child.
#11. No one will remember what shoes or earrings you wore to the party.#18. Nothing in the mall will make you happy. For very long.
#19. We can’t all be leaders.
#20. If you can’t be a good leader, be a good follower.
#21. Make sure the person you are following is taking you where you want to go.
#22. Nothing good comes of a secret.
#23. On the other hand, every thought does not need to be expressed.
#24. Anger poisons the soul. A grudge prisons the soul. Forgiveness purifies the soul. Forgive with haste.#30. Whatever stylish thing you are wearing right now will look ridiculous in 10 years.
#37. The only way to lose weight is to eat less and move more.
#38. Fashion magazines are designed to make you feel badly about yourself. Save your money.#50. The person who most needs your kindness is likely the last person to whom you want to be kind.
How about you--which one(s) did you like?
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Some evenings, I'm ready to eat dinner at 5:00 pm This only happens when I have had a power breakfast and worked through lunch
I received an AARP card in the mail They send one to everyone who is even remotely close to turning 50
I've been mall walking Hey, at least I'm out moving...and blowing past most of the other mall walkers
I groan when I get up out of my chair Because I've sat there too long executing my creative genius blogging
The fact that I have a chair that I designate as "mine" You are right, there is NO excuse for that.
I take along a pair of "sensible" shoes to change into Which means my other shoes are stinkin' cute!!!
Lately, I've begun a few sentences with, "when I was your age..." Only when called on by my young friends to share my wealth of wisdom
I have a pair of reading glasses in several locations around the house Better than the little chain around your neck to hang them on!
I've wondered what my "grandma" name might be Okay, so there's another growth opportunity
I think all the songs on the "classic rock" station are the best! They are--but my iPod is loaded with songs from my daughter's playlist as well
There are a few more reasons...but I can't remember them now.
Memory leaks happen--I'm not ready for the Alzheimer's home yet!
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
There have been recent signs that I might be getting old:
Some evenings, I'm ready to eat dinner at 5:00 pm
I received an AARP card in the mail
I've been mall walking
I groan when I get up out of my chair
The fact that I have a chair that I designate as "mine"
I take along a pair of "sensible" shoes to change into
Lately, I've begun a few sentences with, "when I was your age..."
I have a pair of reading glasses in several locations around the house
I've wondered what my "grandma" name might be
I think all the songs on the "classic rock" station are the best!
There are a few more reasons...but I can't remember them now.
Monday, January 18, 2010
"Poets, publicists and psychiatrists all have their candidates for the bleakest time of the year. According to one equation devised by Dr. Cliff Arnall, a British researcher from Cardiff University, Jan. 18 is 2010’s most depressing day. His formula for this bleak prediction takes into account factors like post-holiday blahs and debt, failed New Year’s resolutions and, this year, the nasty chill that has reached much further south than usual." MSN
Well that explains everything. I've been in a funk since Christmas. Just didn't have anything worthwhile to say and no real motivation to post.
Maybe this is the hump and I'll get over it.
Good-bye gloomiest day of the year. Here's hoping there are sunnier days and dispositions around the corner!