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Avocado 2.0 update April 30, 2015

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Well, I’m not sure if this is a good sign or not.  Our avocado seed skin has split.  That makes me think that, perhaps, the seed is not dead and is possibly ready to put out some roots!

I still don’t see any roots forming, but I have hope!

Everything else seems to be doing well.  The olive tree didn’t get too terribly beat up by the recent storms, the pepper plant has a new bud, the Zinnias are doing well, and the Joseph’s Coat Rose is beautiful!!  (It smells like citrus.)

The kumquat tree has some new growth, also.  We just picked the last two off the tree the other day.  Wow.  They were so good!!!!!

I am also trying to get some lemon trees started.  Right now they look better than the avocado!!!

So glad it’s growing season!  I love watching all the plants blossom and produce!  

Wish me luck on the avocado!

Peace and love, everyone!



Avocado 2.0 April 26, 2015

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Well.  Sometimes projects don’t turn out like you thought they would.  
Our first attempt at an avocado tree didn’t end so well.  For one thing, I didn’t have anything except tea tree toothpicks.  I figured it wouldn’t work and my hypothesis was very spot on.  It never grew.  It rotted.  I threw it out.

So, after having a club sandwich with fresh slices of avocado on it, we have attempted it again with plain old toothpicks.

We’ll let you know how this one turns out.


New spring homeschool project March 31, 2015


I’m not really sure what this post falls under, actually, but here we go. I’m not getting to homeschool Beanster like we’d planned.  Mostly, it’s because we had to have insurance, no ifs, ands, or buts.  We had to roll with the punches on that one.  And I’ll get off that before I really get going.

Anyhow, we still do plenty of Homeschool work, lapbooks, projects, and educational field trips.  It’s just all after work and preschool. 

My husband is a big time movie watcher.  A few weeks ago he brought home Red, starring Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mitten, Karl Urban, and the main character girl who’s name I’m not positive about (but she was great). Well, in the beginning of the movie, the main girl and Bruce Willis are talking on the phone and she’s asking him about his avocado tree.  She said she knew he could grow it because it’s so easy.


Since I’m the curious type, I looked it up and, sure enough, it does look pretty easy! Toothpicks, glass, water, avocado seed.  The directions said to keep the water level up to the bottom of the seed, point the seed a certain way, and that’s pretty much it!



So, here’s what we made happen.  It’s not much, but we will keep you updated on how well it survives.  I realize this movie has already been busted on MythBusters, but hopefully the avocado part is true. (And for the record, Pensacola does not look like a swamp, and the next big town over is not Mo-bull, it’s Mo-beel.  ;))

Have a great day, everyone.  Peace and love.



Just plain fun. March 30, 2015

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This past weekend, the weather was perfect!  Sunshine, blue skies, and a light breeze.  Temps were in the upper 70’s/lower 80’s.  These were temperatures I’ve been waiting for all winter long.  I honestly think this was the most miserable winter I’ve been through. 

I am so excited to see all the birds and green leaves and flowers everywhere!



We went to a Volkswagen show this weekend and really felt our hippie roots calling out to us.




It amazes me how creative people can be!  We had so much fun dreaming about what it would be like to have a cool van to spend a weekend in. It was always something wear did in my family (except that we had a little motor home). It was super cool and nostalgic to see things we’d had on every road trip.



The whole family had a great time checking out everything from engines to decor.








Sometimes you just have to forget about things for a while and go have fun (and free fun is even better!)  it’s even more fun to dream and plan about the future.

Maybe one day it will be us toodling down the road in our VW, listening to old Willie Nelson and Led Zeppelin.

Have fun and live life to the fullest.  Peace and love, everyone!




Spring fever! March 20, 2015

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Is it just me, or is anyone else having a hard time believing it’s this far into the year? It’s already spring! Rain is pouring down outside and I’m thinking about spring cleaning.

I’ve been cleaning out, decluttering. and organizing all winter long. I still have a way to go due to an injury, but I’m getting there. I know what system works best for me and I’m trying to take it one step further.

I’m one of those “out of sight, out of mind” people, but it could be busy busy busy that makes me forget things. I did buy an additional file cabinet today. I’m so severely out of room for homeschool stuff that things are piling up.

I also got a little black crate that can hold hanging file folders. It’s going to be my daily “go to” “one stop shop” of things to do.


This new crate is organized by day and everything for that day will be in the folder. Homeschool folders will be in there for each day, chore lists, reminders, and recipes for meals each day. I can throw in birthday cards and all sorts of things.

Oh, the possibilities are endless!

My goal, eventually, is to have everything all in one place, which will make the planning out of each week just that much easier! So far, it seems so overwhelming, but little by little, I can see it coming together. 😄


As I previously mentioned, I’ve been dealing with an injury for about 3 weeks now. It stinks. I’ve been pretty well incapacitated with it and only in the past couple of days have I felt normal. I may have overdone it today, though. It’s been a long week at work and I’ve been pushing myself around the house. I really should be resting, but I just don’t have the time.

In fact, the medicine I have been taking has added about 5 pounds with the water retention. Mix that with being immobile and unable to go to the gym and you get someone who has medically induced cabin fever!!! I went to the gym the other day and walked for about 10 minutes before calling it quits.

I’m sitting here thinking about how I’m wasting this money every week with this injury and it makes me want to jump back into the gym routine, but I know that will only hinder me….

I know that I will improve with time. I just can’t wait to line myself out.

But it is now springtime and the weather is warming up. There will be more time outside and more time at the gym (and less overtime at work).

With more organization I should be able to cut down on labor around the house. As long as I can see progress, I have hope that the minimalist hidden deep within my psyche will finally be loosed.

Have a great weekend, everyone. Peace and love.



It still feels like the holidays! February 18, 2015

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It sure does feel like the holidays! I don’t believe anything has slowed down at all since Christmas. We’ve all been keeping up with all the holidays and yesterday we had Mardi Gras at work. Gumbo, king cake, masks, and beads! Fun and games!


The hardest thing for me is keeping up with, well, everything! Adding the gym to my routine has really made me feel extra busy. Between work, workout, church, extracurricular activities, and trying to keep the family fed, clothed, and in a tidy (decluttering) house, I am out of time at every turn.

I have GOT to start meal planning! I’ve been trying to do it a week at a time and make enough on less busy nights to cover the nights where I just need to throw something in the ‘wave and run back out the door. My goal is now to have 2 weeks planned, then move on to a full month.

I’ve started trying to organize little by little and more things are being decluttered, more things are being organized, and we are trying to make it look nicer, in general. Nothing makes you feel better at the end of the day than a clean house and things ready for in the morning! (Especially on those sleepless nights when you oversleep the next morning. *ahem*)

There have been days where I have felt so overwhelmed that I have skipped the gym, thrown a frozen pizza in the oven, and lost myself in Pinterest for a while (of course I’m looking for organization ideas and motivation!)

I’m determined to beat that. I know that work is going to slow down and there won’t be so much overtime. When that happens, I can really sit down and plan a schedule.

It’s more of a challenge now that I’ve been struggling to make it happen. You know how you feel that rise up in you when someone tells you you can’t? That’s how I feel about this organization. I won’t let all these inanimate objects win!!! :)

I hope everyone has been able to keep up with their resolutions and find more time in their days!

Peace and love, everyone!



A very different year January 31, 2015


Okay. Well, January is nearly over. Who is having a hard time believing that? It seems like we just had Christmas! And here we are nearly 1/12 of the way through the year.

We did take down our Christmas tree on Christmas afternoon. It had been up since Thanksgiving and we’d had to rearrange furniture in order to accommodate it.

So, that’s done.

And with this new year, a lot of things are changing. I’m going to hit one of those decade mark birthdays this year, I’ve decided I need to start taking better care of myself, and I really don’t enjoy schlepping around all this junk from house to house.

So, yes, things are changing: for the better.

I was given money for a gym membership for Christmas and I have already put that to good use. It’s going on 3 weeks now. I go to a yoga class, I walk the track, and I’ve learned how to use some of the exercise equipment. (there are some I love!)

I’ve also decided to up my game in the fashion sense. I see all these put-together moms dropping off their kids at daycare and running errands and I often wish I was like them. Whether they are frazzled to the end of their nerves or whether they have it all together, they look great! I used to have disregard for that life, thinking that they were just “putting on appearances”, but now I see how much more accommodating it is to have ducks in a row and, even if you don’t, to at least appear as if you do. At least your whole look is pulled together!

I’ve done the usual: I scrounged Pinterest like a crazy woman and saw outfits they had put together. I got an idea in my head of what I want to look like and I plowed on from there.

The first thing I did was impersonate Stacy and Clinton from What Not To Wear and I purged my closet of all the frumpy stuff I had previously though was nice looking. Trust me, there are a few things I purged, like this one purple shirt. Then I realized how great it would look with some grey pants and a cardigan I got (yes, on clearance)!

(Confession: I’ve never been accused if looking “polished”!)

I do have a lot of great pieces in my wardrobe and I definitely used them. Seriously, I didn’t have a $5000 debit card to use!!! So I took what I had and decided what was missing. I found a few shirts that were on serious clearance and a great navy blue knee-length skirt. I found shoes at Target that I paid under $6 for on clearance with the Cartwheel app. Yeah, I may have gone a little crazy, but all the pieces work with things I already have in my closet.

And I saved around $250-300! I really wanted some shirts that weren’t on clearance, but I couldn’t bring myself to pay $60 for a shirt that wasn’t a basic, I still love it. I still think about it. But I just couldn’t buy it. Most of the pieces I bought were under $10. :)

I still have 2 purses and 3 dresses I would like to add to my wardrobe, but that will happen in time. For one thing, I haven’t found them yet, clearance or not! For another thing, I may just have to buy a pattern and fabric and make the dresses myself!

As for the purses, well, Valentine’s day is coming soon. 😉

I don’t know how everyone at work or church or out and about feel about my look. I have received many compliments from people whose wardrobes I have admired. And from people that I wouldn’t expect them from in the first place.

I do sense an undercurrent from others, though. Nothing has been said directly to me and I’m sure they think I’m trying to one-up them or something, but honestly, I’m doing it for me, my hubby, and my child. End of story. Mostly for me. :)

But you know, deep down I’m still a SciFi nerd! I still watch Star Trek when it comes on tv, I did pick up a Star Wars t-shirt off the clearance rack the other day, and I did have a dream about Leonard from the Big Bang theory the other night. And I still have all 10 seasons of Stargate SG-1, and all the Stargate movies, and the Firefly series. ;)


The gym is AWESOME! I am so loving it! It’s so great to get the daily stress off, feel like you’re stretching out all those kinked up muscles, and getting back in shape!

The first couple of days I only walked the track indoors. I did finally get to the outside track, which will be great in the spring! I also, as I previously mentioned, joined the yoga class. Wow! I am so NOT flexible anymore! I am loving it, though! I’m not up to Zumba or anything yet, but I may get there.

Over the past few years I have had some super fast bone degeneration and it is now hindering me from a lot of things, but the waking alone has helped unlock those muscles and release the spine a lot. I am seeing a significant difference in my pain level!

And sometimes my schedule gets a little crazy and I have to work overtime, which is great at payday, but stinks when it comes to scheduled classes at the gym!

Goal #2 is kind of a hold-over from last year: decluttering. I think I’ve mentioned this before….

That front is going well. I actually did have a few things already organized, so I was able to skip a few days of some things and make extra days for some things that REALLY need more attention.

Don’t get me wrong, I still have things in storage boxes that I just can’t get rid of. I have a box of papers from last year that really should have been filed away. *ahem*. I’m trying to get a handle on it this month so I can manage it all year round.

It’s not that I don’t know how to organize, because I do. I really do. One thing I’ve always been known for is my organizational ability. At work, everything has a place and is in its place. If it’s not, well….

Now I’m just trying to match my house ethic to my workplace ethic. :)

I hope and pray everyone’s 2015 is going well! If you made some resolutions, I encourage you to stick with them!


Peace and love, everyone!




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