Monday, January 31, 2011

There's a storm 'a comin'

In my neck of the woods people are gettin' ready! Schools have been canceled, people are flocking to the local grocery store (what makes us go by milk & bread when there is a storm forecast?), local businesses are gearin' up and heck even the business I work for is considering not even being open tomorrow! That last one gets a big YAY from me, first time EVER we've closed completely.
At any rate it is the talk of the entire country....this storm that is forecast to dump ice and heavy amounts of snow. I think I'll just load up some firewood, build a big fire and read....that is if the storm actually hits! And send up lots of prayers for my truck driving son that is somewhere in the Dakotas.....I'll probably spend most of my time doing that last one! Sure pray he stays safe and alert on the dangerous roads! He'd just tell me not to worry...sorry son, can't do that. It's part of the description of being a matter how old your children are!
So far it's just super cold here....not even a flake of snow or sign of freezing rain. Who knows maybe we'll wake tomorrow to sunny skies!! Which would be okay with me, even if I could get the day would just mean that truck driving son of mine would be able to get home.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

What make a home???

What exactly makes a house a home?? That is a question I've been thinking about lately.....we've lived in our current "house" longer than any other in our 26 years of marriage. It's far from perfect...kinda think 70's flash back & you'll fit right in! I think I've thought a lot about it because my parents moved from the house I remember most about a year after I married. Now my parents moved back to to house we lived in before we moved to the country house, but the "country house" is where the most of my memories of growing up are. Lots & lots of memeories!!!! I miss that house even now!! How I wish I could've show my daugther the cool bullentin board my mom made me....or shown my son all the cool places I rode my horses and practiced for events. I know it's just a "place"......but oh, how very many memories those places hold!!
I finally took that plunge and took a quilting class...we learned how to make a quilt as you go pattern. I can't wait to make one!!! I've already started "surfin" to find western material! The quilters challenge for the club this year is ...... your favorite hometown. I am certain I won't participate, (simply because I am such a novice!) but it sure makes me think. This is my hometown....the place some of my very best memories are because this is the town we spent the most years raising our kids. The school our kids graduated from. It tells an awesome story of our little family and we are just one of MaNy! Maybe it's just me...maybe my kids don't hold it the same....maybe it's just a town, but it is my town.....the place the bestest of memories of raising my family is......the place I want to be laid to rest....the place I cherish. It may not be the place I started or the place I end......but it is the place with the bestest of memories and I love this town because of that!
FYI: my grand baby is coming for a visit!!!! I can't wait!!!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Family Heirlooms


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Check out this quilt….it is WAY old.  My great-great grandmother made it.  It hangs in my hallway and I love it!  I will eventually have to give it up though :( because this quilt is handed down to the first daughter in each family to marry and my daughter is married now!  I have talked her into letting me keep it until she has the perfect place to hang it!  I LOVE QUILTS!  I really like quilts that have meaning….not store bought mass produced, but those made by hand! 


I finally finished the desk! I bought a desk at a "junk" store awhile back and it wasn't in the best condition....I am really new to refinishing furniture, but I think it turned out pretty good! Good grief all I need is another hobby! I love to go junkin' though! Now that I've finished this project I know I'll be looking for more! Hubby says we don't need anymore stuff though! That being said I purchased an old wooden ladder at an auction last weekend, brought it home, cut off the back and made it into a cool quilt holder! Now I have a place to show off the few family heirloom quilts I have! I love it and hubby even approved! Now I am working on turning an old wooden chair into a night stand for my daughter....just about have it stripped (it was covered with many layers of animal print tissue paper!). I hope to finish it this weekend!
I am finally taking the plunge! I am enrolled in a quilting class, bless the ladies that will be teaching! I can sew, but I am one of those hurry up and see what's it's gonna look like people! I love love love quilts and while I've made a couple I very much want to learn how to make them correctly....I can't wait to get started!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A day in the life of a 40 something......Up around 6:00 (a.m. of course), still super excited that I have a new camera even though I don't know exactly know how to use it!! Super bummed that I have to go to work instead of learning all about the new camera! Up, showered, dressed and caffine filled off to work 7:30ish.....then to local joint to grab the 44 oz. unsweetened tea (extra ice) to get me through till lunch, 7:45ish (yes, it takes me 15 minutes to get tea because in a small town you know everyone and of course you have to stop for a visit to catch up even though you just talked with them yesterday!) to work to work I go!! After a short "Hello" to boss man to the daily grind I go!!! About 15 minutes later...morning work is done! No, it's not always that quick, just this time of year! Then it's a little blog-stalking.....I could actually do this all day, but I do have some self displine! I've read and studied some AWESOME blogs and ya' know what? Yup, you guessed it.....I don't have the writing talent of sooooo many bloggers out there! But, I forge on, maybe just maybe I will get it at some point! 12:00!!!! YEY!! Lunch break, but oh dang I remember I have to do paperwork for hubby....2290 to be exact, can I do it over the phone? 10 minutes later....ummm NO! Can I do it online, 7 to 10 days the IRS will send you the pin number, that would be great if this wasn't due....ummm way before yesterday! is now almost time to be back at work, decision time. Skip lunch altogether or grab something to take back, of course I decide the later (I've never been too good at skipping meals, which you could take one look at me and KNOW) to grocery store, grab frozen quickie meal and another 44 oz unsweetened tea.....check out? Not before I drop the iced tea and make a big mess! Of course I had to replace the tea, I certainly couldn't go without! Well....after the clean up of 44 oz of iced messed....I make the 1 minute commute to work, but of course as I am pulling into the parking lot, someone pulls in right in front of me AND A TAKES MY PARKING SPACE!!! So, I park way out in the lot...okay so it's only a few extra steps to the office, but REALLY? You couldn't park somewhere else? I am not sure why this bothers me so.....just one more thing I apparently need to work on!! :) Not too much excitement for the afternoon.....usual work stuff. 5:00? Boy, I'm outta' there....once home? What's for supper? Quick and easy? Yup, that'll work for me!!! Taco Quesadilla (I know that's not spelled right). After supper, gotta play with new camera with some very reluctant subjects! Come on guys...I promised not to post these practice pics anywhere....why won't you trust me!!! YEY!! Actually walked 2 miles at a pretty good "clip" (on the treadmill I had to "over hall" for an awful squeaking the night before)....don't laugh, remember this is a 40-something here! Sooooo....after just a little more "blog-stalking", trying my hand at this "bloggin" thing...pretty sure no one reads it and I am pretty sure only my sweet daughter will follow. Oh's a cool release!
Happy "bloggin" ya'll!

Monday, January 3, 2011

So....Christmas has come and gone & the new year has blown on it! Tenley is growing and changing by leaps and bounds! I cannot get enough of this little one....she is simply the light of my life! How amazing it is to see her develop....she is now rolling over when she wants to...she is gaining more and more control of her hands and she loves to "talk" especially to her Uncle Derek.
As the new year comes rushing in so do all my thoughts of goals for the new year! First and foremost I have to find some self discipline! Top on my list is to spend more time in God's Word, followed by being still and letting God be God in my life. In this crazy-insanely hectic-gotta have it now world, this may be a big accomplishment! I thought when your kids grew up and spread their wings life slowed down! SO NOT TRUE!!! While we may not have some sort of a ballgame or stock show around every corner, my schedule still seems to be full! I am beginning to learn how to say "no", someone once told me that just because it is something good doesn't mean you have to automatically say "yes". Satan has a way of working in all avenues in our lives, even when we believe it is for the good.....he can spread us so thin doing good we soon find ourselves lost in doing instead of following God's will for our lives.
Another goal is to eat healthy and exercise, I haven't been to good with either of these in a long long time . Today was the first day....ate healthy and actually exercised! The same person that told me not to always say yes also told me that it takes 21 days to make or break a habit. That doesn't seem like a long time, but just try it and you'll soon realize how long 21 days can be. Day one down, 20 more to go!!
As 2011 takes do I, ready to be amazed at every awesome thing this precious granddaughter does and ready to be the person God wants me to be!! Watch out 2011...HERE I COME!