Friday, December 13, 2013

Lucas Raymond

  Today is my Baby's Birthday!!

I'm so very proud of my 17 year old!  He has worked hard in school, played sports, made friends, participated in church, helped people and gave his family so much love.  I know he will do more great things in years to come.

I love him so very much.  I could never do for him what he has done for me....but I'll keep trying! 

Friday, August 30, 2013

Oh it's been busy, but an update of sorts

De-cluttering is coming to an end, the house is being built and I hurt myself.  I'm moving slower than usual and the de-clutter is going slow, because of my injury.  Bending over is pretty painful, but I'm working on getting the medicine routine down to cut down on the pain.  :)

I did manage to do an update on my progress with my Foob life over at PlanetFoob:

It's the holiday weekend- Have fun in the sun!

Friday, August 23, 2013

De-clutter Update Aug 23rd

More stuff to give away
Dog not included

Does it seem like I'm slacking....well sort of?  There are a few things that are harder to get rid of then others. Written words are hard for me to dispose of.......not sure why.  I mean some are easy to not want to get rid of; like letters from Mimi (my mom's mom).  It's all I have left that let's me sense her; reading her words brings her to life for me.  I still miss her so much.  No one will ever love me like Mimi- grandmothers are just so special.  No one has ever looked at me the way Mimi did and no one ever will.  I felt like her beautiful blue eyes seen right into my soul.

I was lucky enough in my lifetime to have gotten a good amount of letters.  Between my best girl Leann and my first love I have quite a collection.  I will have to post a couple when I get done going through all of them.
Things like this are hard for me- I tend to go through, go back, go through again and go back again.  It's all a long process.  I think I'm done and as I make my way to the next mound of stuff I think - Gee- I still have so much maybe I better go back and re-think somethings I've saved.  Like the little plastic monkey who actually smokes a cigarette- Really a keeper?  Yeah him  He's too cute.

I'm also working on visualizing on what I want our next home to be like and I'd hate to have lots of stuff around, but I'd also hate to have stuff boxed up so it's definitely a work in process.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

To Build Our Home

Oh we're getting closer!
Fingers crossed they start to dig tomorrow

This is how meetings had been looking at the homestead

We finally decided on a foundation guy

My father filled in the old pond
Yep - that's where a pond once sat!  It's a little freaky to stand there.  

I just love it up on the hill 
The most beautiful thing is that it makes me think of God
He is everywhere, but I feel the beauty of all he created when I'm there.  
I never thought I'd love a place this much. 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Fall Fashion 2013 Part 1

Well if you haven't noticed that blue and green are gonna be big, you're not paying attention!

Oh the beautiful blues and greens and throw in some yellow and the tiniest hint of pink- YUMMY

Oh Miu inspiring!

De-clutter Aug 19th First Thing Get It Done!

On Monday after my run I went right to it- I found a tub of clothing I hadn't worn in a few years so it was fairly easy.  In doing that I found my next area- winter hats and scarves.  I used to keep a lot around in case Lucas' friends need them or if our niece and nephews come over, but really I'm pretty sure most people send their little ones prepared.

With all this clean-up and a doctor appointment approaching tomorrow I'm feeling the need to get a Breast Cancer Update posted.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

De-clutter Aug 18th....oh it's hard

I have to say this first off I don't know if it's the de-cluttering that is making me eat better or the eating better that is making de-cluttering better, but the two go good together.

Having less stuff hanging around does make it a lot easier to get stuff done around the kitchen.  I've making smoothies and eating more fruits and vegetables.

Making smoothies is so much better when there isn't a mess in the kitchen.  This morning it was a bit crazy with dirty dishes, but I got it done!  Yahoo

It's been a little hard with the de-clutter the last few days, but I'm still going.  I really just search out things at the end of the night if I hadn't de-cluttered.  Just tonight as I was watching a show on TV I just went searching and found this stuff

Old medications and vitamins- Yes I had 20 of those to get rid of!
Now I just have to figure which ones I can flush and which I can not


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Aug 12, 13 and 14.....well

Gee it's really hard to de-clutter when it's so busy at the homestead.  One thing that is happening is that no matter what I'm doing washing my face, looking for something to wear, or putting stuff away in the basement I take every opportunity to get rid of anything I can.  I also have gone back to some spots because there is still items I could get rid of. 

Today the 14th I think I did more tossing then anything....well I got up to 12 items to donate and the rest was stuff that needed to go in the garbage. 

Also today as I was looking for something to wear I came across a pair of shorts that don't fit anymore and then I went back to some of my clothes and found more to donate. 

It's just really hard at times- but I keep pushing on!  Even though it does get down right stressful trying to get everything done

Can we leave de-cluttering a minute to talk about dresses?

JCP has some really cute dresses and this one is SO cute.  If you see it you should try it on as it is very flattering - I think.  :)

I'm wearing this tomorrow to dinner.

This week is also the BCOpen which makes things a little crazy.  Lucas was my father's caddy again this year for the ProAm.  They're 4some actually came in 2nd!!!  Yahoo!

and because nothing is every smooth- this week for Lucas driving has been nutz.  He got a couple of good lessons out of the way- 1. involved a clutch and 1. involved one of these:

No Lucas was not at fault- but it's still not the easy thing to explain things to a Sheriff
We had an extremely nice Sheriff so it made it so nice.
I love Lucas

And so when things are stressful it so nice to look to something calming like these beauties my mom gave me
  Gosh are they beautiful!  Yellow just makes me day.

Well to bed so tomorrow we can do it all again!  Life is Good!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Aug 11 De-clutter WOW

First off I baked my first cake from scratch!  It's a Crackle Cake
I'm not digging baking so this is probably my last cake.
Good thing Rob's mom is a good baker!
So back to de-clutter
I was gonna pick a day to haul stuff out- but this morning I woke up and mentioned to Rob that I thought about just putting the stuff outside for FREE.  He seemed to think it was a good idea so I hauled everything out front.
10:30 We put the sign out
Here is 11:00 and I already had someone else stop.

Here is 1:30

By 2:30 absolutely everything was gone.
It was quite the day.
My first person was a guy who took a lot of my black dresses for his mom- which didn't seem believable as he was around my age.  I mean his mom wearing some of my slinky low cut dresses sort of seemed weird.  He chatted with me about movies- I had a good amount of those out there.  I did notice when I wasn't looking he was just grabbing stuff and putting it in his truck without even looking at the stuff.  So I went back over there because I was hoping that some of my stuff would go to people who really needed or at least wanted it.
After him I had a group of three in a mini van who took the luggage and filled it as well.  The one guy was going to be going back to Mexico so he needed the luggage and I did get a kick out of him trying on my sunglasses.  They were nice enough.
My plan was to not be out there when people came.  I didn't want people to feel bad about stopping so I thought it better not be out there- BUT then a neighbor came and that all changed.
She came with her daughter and they could actually fit into a lot of my clothes so I was able to help her look through stuff and help her find things she would like that would fit her.  This to me was rewarding.  I mean it was all my stuff out there that people were looking through.  I do still feel like it's my stuff.  When I would see people not even look at the stuff and just load it up I felt bad for my stuff.  I had to tell myself that I made the decision and even if someone was just taking stuff to sell it it's OK.  There are people out there who are struggling and I can't judge someone who it taking my free stuff.  I had to concentrate on all the nice things going on.  I had a book Rob's mom gave me and I read it front to back- which doesn't happen often with me.  Getting rid of this book was a struggle, but I started to think about why I would give it away.  I figured I won't read it again; I mean I already have the story so passing the experience on to someone else was the thing to do.  Well when a young girl picked it up and starting reading the back I was thrilled.  She likes to read and she took the book!

I helped another lady with raw cookbooks and clothing for her nieces. 

I talked with another lady about cancer as she browsed some of my chemo books while her boys waiting in the mini van were reading Rob's old mob books.  It was so funny to see these boys in their Sunday clothes reading mob books.

So it was hard at first, but as it got rolling and I helped and took an active role it went great.  I thought it would be a breeze, but I must have an attachment thing going on.  I'm a work in progress.  Sometimes I just had to laugh when seeing strange men walking around carrying my shoes.

AND then some great things happened to me at the grocery store- almost like someone up there was watching out for me............

In between all of this I had decided that I would attempt to bake a cake I seen on TV.  It was the hardest thing I've ever had to do in my kitchen.  I didn't enjoy it one bit and I think I should just stick to cooking or maybe even just juicing and eating raw....

So the great things that happened all happened at PriceChopper!  I was at PriceChopper twice as baking is such a challenge for me.  I will say the people you meet in the baking aisle are really nice people.  I mean I had people helping me with whipping tips and finding cream of tartar.   The one guy even came and found me to give me the cream of tartar.  Another girl with the coolest red and purple hair helped me with whipping cream tips and tricks.  Everyone was so incredibly helpful and nice.  I had a blast at the self check out with a sales clerk and  guy who couldn't figure out how to ring up his potatoes.  I couldn't figure out what was going on, but it was so nice to hang out with some people in the grocery store.  Maybe there is some truth to when you get rid of stuff you make room for other stuff.  I really had fun.

I did something nice and nice things happened!