Monday, August 29, 2011


The countdown begins...I have tried to avoid the whole thing, but it is before me screaming so loudly...I can no longer put it off. Three days left at home, a busy week for me with working and lists that stretch on for Hannah. Thursday we go, a trip we have not made for many years. I am excited about seeing the Millar campus again, and the wonderful memories I have there. I pray that it will be a wonderful experience for Hannah and that she will be able to look back to her days there with much love and fondness. I know I will miss Hannah, the fun she brings into my days, feeling "cool" watching shows like "Teen Mom" and singing along with Taylor Swift. She keeps me current. I told her that when she gets back I will be just an old mom, watching game shows like Wheel of Fortune and listening to old 70's music. I don't like leaving the familiar. This path has been a long one, filled with girl drama of one kind or another, I like it and so thankful to have wonderful daughters to share life with. So..... off our sweet little bird goes, holding tight to God's hand, ready to learn more about Him, and make wonderful memories that will stay with her forever. Now the countdown begins....67 days until Hannah is home again.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Nasty furnace soot

The nasty furnace, now in a pile at the dump, did one last sneaky hurrah. Instead of just quiting, or breaking down, it put soot on all of our walls. It wasn't noticeable at first, and I thot, do I really see lines on my walls and ceiling? I did, and behind pictures, the corners of our rooms, the windows....everywhere. A friend suggested we do a house insurance claim, so insurance was coming up and I mentioned it. Thus the process begins. First thing, a new furnace, that was a given. And since we are getting a new furnace we will get air conditioning as well. The exciting part will be my 20 year summer ban on making anything unless absolutely necessary in the oven. To think...I could make a cake...just for fun...right in the middle of summer on the hottest day...WOW!

The next part will be the clean up, that will happen after we take Hannah to Bible school. So in the mean time I am trying to gut each room, sorting out what I really don't want anymore and then storing the rest in boxes so they can be easily taken to the container that will be in the driveway. I have to say I am kind of excited about it and kind of nervous since I don't know what to expect. The end result will be a clean house, either painted or ready to be painted, so I can't really loose. I know that the soot does not come off with normal cleaning supplies, so I am thankful that the cleaners that will have to come in will do a way better job then I could ever do. So the pictures....the furnace on the way to the dump and on Hannah's wall the word "Photography" written in soot. The clean -up continues....

Sunday, August 7, 2011


Finally summer is here, we have waited a long time for the sun to shine, temperatures to be unbearable and for our fans to run 24 hours a day! The first picture is three of my favorite things. The sweet peas we got at Farmers market, I used to have some growing along a cute side garden that is now and unmanageable and destined for a overhaul, or plowed under. Second~ the table runner I made for me with wonderful pastel prints. And thirdly the "fun" candy dish, always makes me smile.

The next batch of pictures is of the yard after a day of trimming, pulling weeds, sweating, raking, bagging, complaining, sweeping and fussing. Yard not all. The only thing that makes it worth while is flowers.