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A common housewife, a common life worth living.

The latest projects. September 1, 2015

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AROUND THE HOUSE

Well, we’ve been super busy with garage sales, downsizing, budgeting, organizing, etc.  it has been a super busy summer.  Where was my vacation?

Just kidding.  We had one.

  
It was fast, but we were there.

Now, Beanster has turned into a big kid.  He’s in kindergarten!  Homework was mentioned at “meet the teacher” night and I panicked.  Our “found” dining table is also my desk.  Piles, er, stacks -neat stacks- of bills and stuff to be filed fill one end.  Beanster needed his own spot. 

So, of COURSE, I went on Pinterest.  Where else?  Being the sentimental type who can’t get rid of stuff, we still have Beanster’s crib!  It’s a 4-stage bed that we were going to keep and get the rails for a full size bed.

That didn’t happen.  He has a twin bed because we are in an apartment, for crying out loud.  

I found this idea a few months ago and thought it would be great to use his crib as a desk.  Now, I’m not drilling holes in it or anything, but we put the springs on and Hubs found a large, heavy (sturdy) piece of plywood and he cut it down to fit.

I had considered getting a $1 calendar and pasting the pictures on there, but I decided that if this desk is to be for homework, Transformers might not be as motivating as they would be distracting.

I found a 2002 atlas in the bookcase and decided that might just be the ticket.  

I went to Walmart and bought the 32 oz bottle of Mod Podge.  When I got back I started cutting out various states.  The map was a little bigger than I thought, so I had to use less pieces.

  
Eventually, after some trial and irreparable error, I got most of it covered like I wanted.  I put on another two coats and I may slap on another one.

  
I’m hoping that if I ever change my mind, I can just Mod Podge right over it.  

Anyhow, Beanster has his first homework ever tonight and he got to work on his brand new desk!

   
 
As you can see, it’s not finished, but it’s a pretty fair start.

Hope all is going well with you all this week.

Peace and love, everyone!

  

 

In the storm. August 30, 2015

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HAPPENINGS

Wow.  Have you seen that picture of the map of life?  There’s the straight line where you have your plan, then there’s the line that is indescribably complex that is the path of reality.

It’s amazing how accurate that really is.  You have your little plans and desires, but you’re not 100% behind them.  They fizzle.

Then suddenly, a little epiphany hits you, you pray about it, you begin to make a plan, then you put your toes in the water.  And all chaos breaks loose.  You get attacked from all sides:  finances, friends, emotionally, the list goes on….

You really have to dig in and stick to your guns and find yourself again.  You have to hold fast to your resolve.

And you have to re-evaluate some things.  Things you thought were pretty sure on your planned path.  “I’ll do this for X amount of time, then do this at Y time.”

Yeah.  That’s where I find myself right now.  I’ve spent too much time living in fear of my decision and over-thinking every last word and deed and motive.

I’m tired of over-thinking.  I’m tired of being afraid.  I’m tired of wondering minute to minute what is going to happen next.

I’ve never been preachy on my blog and my intent is to only clarify where I’m coming from.  Just FYI.

The Lord says that His plans for us are to give us a hope and future, not to destroy us.  He says many times not to fear.  He tells us that he watches over the sparrows and that even the foxes have holes to live in.  He tells us to trust Him with our plans and to dedicate them to him.  He tells us to dedicate a small portion of our finances to Him and He will watch over our money (it’s His, anyhow).

In these times when you have done all to stand, continue to stand! Commit your plans to God.  Pray to the Father who loves you with an everlasting love and know that His perfect love will drive out fear!

And move forward.  Whether that means to wait and pray (move forward in your prayer) or whether it means to actually take those steps and move forward, be bold.  Let go of fear and do what it is He’s called you to.

Now I know that my car may fall apart tomorrow.  My husband could lose his job.  One of us could be injured and become ill.  The economy could collapse.  Can I help prevent any of that?  Not likely.  What are the odds?  I don’t know. I can’t see over that hill or around that curve.

What I can do is try to prepare for that rainy day, pray to God to preserve our lives, our vehicles, our jobs (or provide new ones as He sees fit).  

Commit your ways to the Lord and honor Him in all your ways.  

Easier said than done, I know.  Anxiety is my companion and I struggle minute by minute to overcome it.  Yes, I struggle.  But in that anxiety I can do what I can to ease it – take care of myself, change the oil in the car, and, above all, give it all to the Lord and know that He is in control.

He is in control.

Peace and love, everyone.

  
  

 

Time flies when you’re having fun! No joke. June 20, 2015

HAPPENINGS

WOW!  What an incredibly fast week this has been!  2:30 a.m. was pretty early on Monday and I was 99% sure we weren’t going to go on vacation, but 4:00 a.m. rolled around and off we went anyhow, loaded down with enough clothes for a week and a half.

Out of the blue a couple of months ago, a co-worker told me she was going to my old stomping grounds for a week’s vacation and did I know exactly where this motel was?  Sure!  Right there, can’t miss it.  A few days later, she asked me if I wanted to go with her and her family!  For real?!?!?!  Naturally, I said “Heck, yeah! And thank you a million times over!”

So Monday morning, we all loaded up and came on over to Florida.  Left the Tropical Storm Bill behind, and all the cares of the world, for just a few days. 

We met with family, who invited us to dinner the very first night for some amazing local pizza from Georgio’s.  So good!  

  

The next day we hit the beach.

Yeah.  Remember that tropical storm I referenced?  Well, for those who don’t live on the coast….  Rough seas travel a long way!  We had the double red flag for a couple of days.  Heard on the news that there were 84 rescues the weekend before we got here.  Saw life flight a couple of times while we were out there that first day.

I cannot stress the importance of listening to the warnings and obeying the lifeguards.  Rip currents are so dangerous and if you don’t know how to survive one, you can put more than your own life at risk.

We heard those whistles blowing all day.

Let me also share a sunscreen rule.  I brought two kinds.  Spray on and rub on.  I brought spray on due to pride.  I didn’t want to have to ask someone to help me out.  Well, I fried.  First full day on the beach.  The saga will continue later…

Wednesday brought us the Blue Angels air show practice.  They are amazing, as always!  I’ve been watching their videos out of homesickness, but nothing compares to the real deal.   Thank you, YouTube, for holding me over for a year!

  
After that we went to the Naval Air Station Museum (much less hot) and toured around.  Beanster burned off some adrenaline on the playground.

   

We got to see friends at the beach.

  

We had some of the most amazing coffee at BAGELHEADS!

  

We watched amazing sunrises.

  

We saw amazing sunsets!

  

And dolphins!

  

The beach was beautiful!

  

And ER was loads of fun!

  

So, about that sunscreen debacle…  Ahem. I seem to have missed my feet. Just a tad.  Spent the morning of the last full day there.  I have relatives in the medical field and when I texted a pic of this vein in my leg that looked, um, well… BAD… They recommended I go get it checked out.  3 hours later I did pick up great lunch.  The burgers at the hospital cafeteria are so tasty!  I still have swollen feet, the vein looks normal again, and I was satisfied with the burgers.  🍔

Three days later, I’m still red and swollen.  Nothing serious happened, even though some of my skin still looks questionable.  I did use some fantastic after-sun lotion.  Seemed to help a LOT!

If there is one thing I’m sad we didn’t get to go do, it’s that we didn’t see the Pensacola Museum of Art!  Two absolutely incredible exhibits are going on right now.

   
 

But, all in all, it was a fantastic trip and we had a great time.  Got to relive some good memories and make some new ones.  I’m going to be glad to be back in my own bed, but I’m going to miss waking up to this:

  
Have a great weekend.  Peace and love, everyone.

  

 

Avocado 2.0 news! May 25, 2015

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GARDENING FOR SANITY

 We’ve had more rain than normal (an understatement), but we haven’t had as much as our neighbors to the west. That’s a blessing.  There has been such torrential rain and flooding in our beautiful state.  Our hearts and prayers go out to those in need.  Fortunately, neighbors help neighbors around here.

All this rain that we’ve had (I don’t have a rain gauge, but it’s well over a foot) has done wonders for the patio plants.  

The tomatoes are really starting to pop out and there are more blooms everyday!

  
The zucchini is going crazy.

  
The lemon trees are coming up (5 in all).

  
And the long-awaited news on the avocado is….  It cracked!  From what I read, this is good news.

  
The bad news is that my olive was pummeled in all the storms.  It had tons of little blooms but they are all gone now.  😥

I do have some summer plants that I am waiting to see how they do.  The zinnias are trying to do their thing and the hibiscus is putting out new leaves.  

It’s not much, but since I’ve never been able to grow tomatoes or zucchini, I’m pretty excited!

The other thing that has wimped out on me is my pepper plant.  It started out really well, but i guess it doesn’t like the rain that much.  We did get one pepper off of it and we used it on a pizza.

  
And Beanster’s new hobby seems to be digging up earthworms, earthworms, and more earthworms.  We are constantly putting them in our plants.

   
   That’s the good news on the Homefront.  Here’s to praying we don’t flood this week, either.

Peace and love everyone.  Have a great week!

  

 

Chore $$$ May 18, 2015

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AROUND THE HOUSE

Beanster has been talking a LOT about getting a job.  He gets on his scooter, straps on his helmet, and says, “I’m going to work!”  So cute.

He’s been saying he needs a job since he could talk.  He’s only 4, but we’ve been hearing it for a while.

So, in that spirit. I’ve been talking to him about doing chores around the house.  There are plenty of things he is capable of doing, like vacuuming, putting dishes in the sink, putting dirty laundry in the hamper, helping fold towels, watering plants….

Today, we were nearly flooded with torrential rain.  Hubs and I came home from work this morning and picked up everything that touched the floor and put it up higher.  It was a lot of work.  At lunchtime, the phones were down, but someone’s service was working and I called daycare.  Needless to say, they were out of power and wanting parents to come pick up their kids. 

There was no phone and Internet to speak of, so we didn’t get much done at work.  And with a Beanster on top of that, I got even less done.  Tonight we put 99% of everything back where it belongs.  

Two bits of good news:  I found better places for some things and we didn’t have to file an insurance claim!!!  Thank you, God!

I had offered Beanster a chance to earn money tonight, but after everything was so crazy today, nobody was really feeling it.

As an incentive, I decided one of the things I moved today (we have some empty coffee cans) could finally be put to good use!

We’ve been putting loose change in his piggy bank.  Well, that’s fine, but it doesn’t teach him economics, even if it’s on a 4 year old level. 

Lying around with all his homeschool stuff were some of those little dollar bills your each them math money skills with.  So…  Putting 2 cents and 2 cents together and making 4 cents, I came up with a great idea!  

I took some of the one-sided dollar bills and taped them all over the coffee can.  

  
I even put one on the top and put a slice in it for depositing the hard-earned money!

  
I’m not sure how much incentive it will be, but I’m hoping it will work.  He says he needs a job, so here’s a place to keep that cold, hard cash! $$$

We will still put loose change in the piggy bank, but the money he earns will go straight to the chore money can.  Hopefully, we can teach him about spending, saving, and investing!

This should be interesting!

Peace and love, everyone!

  

  

 

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.
  

 

 
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