Sunday, February 27, 2011
You maybe have seen Alyssa before. Kate made her last year in Art. I love her so very much. I tried to get her to make another, but she just couldn't seem to make it work, so I enjoy this one as much as possible. I added the matt for the frame and the words....Kate made the actual girl from magazines. She's far better up close and personal. Alyssa, that is.
Saturday, February 26, 2011
I'm hoping that the next 9ish or so months goes by as quickly as what it seemed to go by for me waiting on Ms. Georgia, because my lovely sister just let her girls announce to us that she will be introducing the next Haley baby into our family sometime in October. Is it October yet? I, for one, cannot wait! :)
Friday, February 25, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
The middle of my day was pretty stinky. I'm pretty sure *someone* woke up on the wrong side of the bed, and try as I might, I was not able to remain a cheerful person, especially since I was tired and sore when I woke up anyways. This is beginning to sound like complaining, so I will move on to the other highlight of my day....
As we were out today running errands, I received a phone call from the younger sister asking if we would be home this afternoon because she thought they would venture over to our house in Beth of Page. You know the one....the one I fondly refer to as "Perry's Paradise"...but that Anna referred to today as "PiePie's Paradise". I think they are interchangeable, don't you? And so I said of COURSE we were going to be at home this afternoon, and so they came to play. We had a lot of fun cramming in a lot of conversation into a little amount of time, and topped off the visit with Publix cake, grilleld garlic bread, and Italian sausage. In that order. It's a long story. :)
Looking forward to more dream-realizing tomorrow...doesn't that sound much more fun than the word "work"? I thought so, too.
(There are photos to come of today, but I am way too lazy tonight to put them on the computer, so they will remain in my camera for now.)
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Anyways, I do not have to work tomorrow, so I was delighted to hear her giggle when I got to answer a big, fat NO when she asked if I had to work, and then when she asked me if we could paint her birdhouse and I said yes, I couldn't believe the child-like laughter and delight when she reacted. THEN...I told her who to guess who else would be home with us, and when I said, "No one," she giggled. And then I giggled.
I can't wait to paint birdhouses tomorrow. What are you looking forward to about tomorrow? There HAS to be something, even if it is a Monday!
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
There have been a lot of things that have happened in my life lately that have caused me to have conversations with folks about the past. It's something...I normally don't think too much about the past...what's behind us is stuff that can't be changed, so why dwell on it? Typically, I don't.
However, like I said, this week, I've had conversations about what has led me to be where I am today, and with a somewhat bitter voice (At least I think I probably don't disguise it well, so the bitterness seeps through, if not in my voice and tone, then with the sarcasm. Hey...it's just me!) I have chatted fairly candidly about all that. And, to one individual that knows who she is, I have tried to voice things that couldn't be voiced to anyone else, because I'm certain she gets it. The feeling that comes with the hard work for something you believe in, something you want, and something you feel like you rightly deserve, but then the world thinks otherwise is one that is familiar to Friend, just like it is to me. You know the one? Well, the bitterness comes in there: why am I not there, doing that, when I thought I would be, think I should be?
And then I have to stop and think. Again. Back to....well....always, I guess. I was going to say 2000, then I thought nope, wait....when I was 16 and had Kate. Then I thought...wait...wasn't I just TWO when I kicked that window out? Even then, I was stubborn, and taking the unconventional way to get from point A to point B. And while a lot of people seem to think that I am (or was) crazy, I've always felt a certainty about my choices, and been peacefull in my heart and soul about what it was I was doing. I've always known that I might have to work hard to _______________ <-------insert whatever word or phrase here. But I also knew that no matter what others thought, I was doing what was right, being where God wanted me to be. And that is the bottom line....that is what gives me the peace that I have.
As I continue on my unconventional road, being happy, not necessarily practical, I am reminded here and there that life is good, and I am in good hands. After all, whose hands are better to be held in that that of our Father? I can think of no other hands that would compare, and I am happy to be one of His children...I know of no other father that can paint a spectaculare rainbow like this one in the sky for me, especially on a day when I really needed to see one.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
This post is born from the idea that I would discuss with your our furniture. Furniture? Yes, dear reader, furniture. PiePie and I have two pieces of furniture from our gallavanting days of yardsales last summer. We have Chair and Rocker. Both have a lot of personalities; far more than their names portray, I'm quite certain. Chair has been loved for almost a whole year now by my back side, daily. Rocker has not been loved by us yet. Rocker was not in the condition to be loved until he's fixed.
Today, Honey got the bright idea that she and PiePie should make a trip to visit Michael and Miles (I'd insert link here if I knew it, but you can find them on Facebook by looking for "Michael's Cover Up" and friending them....) to look through the store full of fabric, color, pattern, and texturey goodness. Trust you me, they have allllll of the above in abundancy. After much deliberation and conversation, PiePie and Honey decided on the fabrics in the photo below. We came to this conclusion by finding something that a: we both could live with, and b: could withstand a few years of grimy hands x 37. (That's a lotta hands, folks.)
I think we have decided that both Chair and Rocker will be sporting both Rooster and Geo in some form or fashion. PiePie is not yet aware that Honey is planning to find a third fabric and pattern to use as draperies when he moves out his big man tv. Shhhh....don't tell him. (He is reading over my shoulder.....)
So, I was thinking that sharing the fabric with you would be the extent of this post, but then, as I was cleaning out my photos off my phone (errrr....all nearly 800 of them) I found the one below of yours truly at work one day this month. And knowing I was on the subject today of patterns and mixing....I thought it was worthy of being shared as well. Doncha think? :)
Monday, February 14, 2011
So, the PiePie, and the Nanna, and I went for the haircut, after sleeping in a bit, then to KMart for new shoes for Anna (that promptly fell apart and will be taken back in the morning, shame!), and then we had Chinese buffet for lunch. (And I wonder why I keep gaining weight???) While I was getting my hair cut, Anna came in with a card and a rose for me, alllll from her (with a little help from the PiePie). She was so very proud. She's growing up tooooo quickly.
When we got home, I opened the doors and windows and cranked up the stereo while I did a bit of picking up and putting away and cleaning. This allowed me to enjoy the sunshine, even though I was not able to be outside to enjoy it better.
We had valentines for all....sugary marshmallow goodness ones....yes, I took photos. And we had grilled burgers, dogs, and brats as well as chips, a shrimp platter, and the yummy cookies with the cool little heart sprinkle confetti on top. We ahd lots of conversation, and were sad that Meg, Addi, and Gatlin are sick with the flue and couldn't make it. Had they been here, we would have ALL been here. Boo!
After dinner, we kept Kalani while his mom and dad went to eat. (They're nuts!) :) I made more flowers, too, throughout the day, and now, I will be heading to bed. I've posted just two photos I took today, and I have not done any editing to them yet, but you know my rule.....
Sunday, February 13, 2011
After the lounging/talking part, I was able to talk to Kate for a bit, alone, which, again, is a very treasured time that doesn't happen often enough. Gotta love my Kate time. :)
We both were excited that today was a day that we *needed* our sunglasses. Sunshine is just plain good! :) Got to slip out and go for our now-traditional meal....all-you-can-eat catfish for PiePie while Honey gets the butterfly shrimp. Yummmmmmeeeeeeeee!
Shopping was in store for us after eating, and we slowly perused the booths of treasures we had not visited in quite some time. Many good finds later, we were on our way home.....after stopping at another "flea market". Sunglasses, backroads, a bit of conversation, some good tunes....yeah...it doesn't get too much better than that!
However...if you add a caramel sundae to the mix, it does get better. Especially when it is shared.
Next came the unloading part, the cleaning of the front porch, and much enjoyment of sunshine.
A visit to see the grand baby, including PiePie, Honey, and Sally Sue (aka B. Nanna) was next, and Honey was able to hold him and rock him and let him sleep on her lap. This made Honey happy.
Upon returning home yet again, PiePie and Honey went through their purchases and showed them all to Kevin, who enjoyed seeing their finds.
Movies were next on their list of to-do items for the day. While Kate and Nanna watched movies in Kate's room (and promptly fell asleep), PiePie, Honey, Kevin, and Makayla tuned into a couple of movies. Honey was able to make a garden full of flowers whilst "watching" the movies, and as she types, she has hot glue ALLLLL over her fingers.
As she types, Honey is sitting next to PiePie, her personal heater, while she types, because she is very very cold.
Yes, it doesn't get much better than this. It WAS a good day. :0)
***Photos of today's events will be posted, but Honey is sleepy and has to get up early in the morning, so it will have to wait until another day.***
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Emma came to live at Perry's Paradise shortly after I did. We got the bright idea that we were going to raise Boxers, sort of like I raised Boggles in a previously lifetime. Yes, this plan wasn't the brightest one we've ever had...but anyways....we went and met Emma's she-owner about 2 hours away, and I wrestled with her, checked her teeth, her temperament, asked a ton of questions, and we ultimately decided to take her home with us, a decision I was SURE we would regret soon, but one that we actually never did regret. Emma's he-owner was abusive, so the she was trying to find a good home for her when along came PiePie and Honey. I suppose Emma was so grateful to be away from Mr. Abusive Pants that she decided to let Harley show her the ropes. She never used the potty in the house (my fear) and she fit right in with no problem. It's like they were made for each other. This being said of two spoiled adult dogs, I should think, would be unusual. Emma has tolerated Anna from the beginning, too....she can wrestle with them, fight with them, sleep with them, and go out and play and be guarded by them. They are her friends, and she is theirs. :)
Back to PiePie and the doggers....I love that he refers to me as "Mama" when he talks to them, mainly when he thinks I don't hear him, and I don't care how dorky that sounds. What I love even more is that when he asked me if I let them out this morning, this is what he said: Honey, did you let the kids out to play this morning???? And it was at that moment that I was reminded, for the first time today, why I love him. :) Sappy, yes, but again, I don't care! :)
It's funny how "just animals" can complete a family, isn't it? They are not "just animals" when they are yours. :)
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
I've had them removed. I've dug them out. I've let them grow. I've worn flip flops. I've worn closed toes. I've went barefoot....I've had pedicures. I just don't get it. I think it will be among my first questions I ask of Him when I get there. :)
Happy Wednesday from she-who-has-achy-toes.