Sunday, November 27, 2011
When I think of "earth tones" it seems that I automatically think of browns, tans, and blues which I really do like but then I came across this satellite image of the Dead Sea. It shows the dramatic colors that make up this region and gives a new perspective on "earth tones." Isn't it cool?
Thursday, November 24, 2011
And then he told me of a guest who checked in for 30 days. He said she was really nice, just a very humble type whose husband seemed very kind too. I asked what she was checking in so long for. He said that she starts her first round of chemotherapy on Thanksgiving morning and then everyday for 30 days.
My heart sank. Suddenly, my little frustrations of the week seemed so insignificant. They are. And I have no reason to complain. Everyday between kids, jobs and other responsibilities, I have a list of places to be and people to see and I do them without even thinking about any obstacles. And when there are obstacles, it's nothing that I can't work around. Nothing that would sideline me for 30 days or more anyway. And if there is something that's getting to me, I know I have my family and a couple good friends to lean on and that's all I need. Really, for me, it just boils down to that. I could list specific blessings and thoughts on thankfulness but after family and all that encompasses, it just seems less important for me to do so.
I am just thankful for the everyday with them.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Some possibly interesting tidbits of the past week:
Blair lost her first tooth! Uh oh. Tooth fairy came! I had to go check...
I finally decided on a paint color for the kitchen. Let's see, that only took a year and 5 months and 30 paint sample pots.
I had a photo shoot marathon before the good weather went away. Crazy but fun.
The bank accidentally closed our accounts but reopened them when we went in to see what was wrong. Because of their mistake they gave us a cash bonus. Kinda like a signing bonus when you go into the NBA or something. It wasn't a million bucks but it wasn't expected either. We were really shocked and happy. Now if they could just straighten out our direct deposit we'd be more happy! It's still floating around in cyberspace...
I found a bunch of old maps, between 1939-1944, in perfect condition for 50 cents. Fitty. The colors are gorgeous. I can't wait to show you them. My first plan was to make cards. But after opening them up, I may not bring myself to cut them up. We'll see. I still have other ideas. One being plastering a wall with them as wallpaper. Yes, there are that many.
Ok, I'm off to Book club this morning. Have a good day!
Friday, November 11, 2011
They work long hours for those, often deployed or on TDY from their families for lengths at a time and yet they only make a fraction of what they should.
Spouses back home hold down the fort with kids and jobs of their own while thinking of their soldier every minute. It is hard work for them as well.
None of them spoke much about it. They were always humble and gave much praise to those they worked right beside.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
As we made our way through the back roads, we drove on hilly country lanes which we have always dubbed "rollercoaster" roads. We drove the normal 45 MPH on the flat stretch but accelerated over the hills like we were on a rollercoaster (clear of traffic of course) and raised our arms in the air (except for the driver) and screamed, squealed and laughed. All of us.
It was fun as usual.
And then we went back to being normal.
Friday, November 4, 2011
Thursday, November 3, 2011
When the repairman came over and into the garage he said, "Wow, you have a lot of nice antiques in here."
I think I should start selling some. When I visited my mom in Logan, UT, we'd go to an antique shop that was right out of some one's garage. I could do that. Only it wouldn't be just antiques. I have a whole plan. I always have. I had a candy store for my family out of my bedroom when I was about 7 years old. I put a table in the doorway and sold all kinds of candy and gave no family discounts, ha.
So back to the garage... I unearthed my mom's antique candelabras. I knew they were there but just hadn't had time to get them. So I pulled one out and polished it up and put it on the dinner table.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
I am more into setting the table and having someone else cook. That works out for us since Jon likes to cook more than he likes to set the table. And besides, he is the better cook. So until I narrow down the recipes that I think I can handle, here are a few easy table ideas...except the first one, that will take a little work but the others are easy if you just take a nature walk.