Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Joy in the Ordinary

Look around, really look around and you will find joy... joy in the everyday... joy in the ordinary things.

Using goodies fresh from the garden to put together a pot roast.
 Making sugar cookies.
 Cinnamon roll monkey bread. Find out how here.

 Megan is the queen of the upside down selfie. I can't tell you how many of these I find. :)
 Peeling potatoes for dinner.
 The beginning of something tasty.

 Another picture? No thanks!
 Out and about with some of my favorite girls.
 Added a pop to our oreo shakes. (straws found at the Target Dollar Spot)

May your day be filled with joy in the journey!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Tuesday Tackle #12

Today will be another painting edition. *smile*  The outside of the door that leads into the garage received a fresh coat of paint.  I had previously used some leftover stain, Navajo Red, from our barn. I always hated it because it didn't clean well.
It's the only door original our home. This 1953 door looks a ton better although it still a little rough in person. We'll say that it has character!

Another door that needed some work is the door between the house and garage. In this picture you get a glimpse of the door frame. Once upon a time there was a retractable screen door here and when it was removed it pulled off the paint. The door frame has been like this for more years then I care to admit.
The door had seen better days. The paint was peeling when we moved in 16 years ago. At the time there were more pressing things to tackle. That meant this door was lightly scraped and a new coat of paint was applied. I'm sure you can imagine how well that made the door look. I thought I had taken a before picture of the door but apparently I didn't. There isn't one to be found. Sigh. 

Paint remover was applied and we were on our way. It was interesting to see the paint through the years. It started out as yellow on the side in the house and teal on the garage side. That would have been the original 1950's color. Then it went to a horrible green for the 60's. The 70's brought in a brown color and then it was painted off white and then eventually white.

After the paint layers were removed, it was sanded, primed and a fresh coat of white paint was applied. Once the door was finished Chuck installed some trim around the door frame and then it was chalked and given a coat of paint.
Ah... much better... but...
it's missing something.
I wanted the door to look pretty even if it is only seen by us and close family members. Let's face it you should be keeping home to make it a haven for you and your family and not for those who occasionally visit.
 I used the cherry fabric leftover from the laundry makeover to make the wreath. I cut the fabric into 1x5 strips and tied them onto wire wreath form in my craft stash. It was part of an old wreath that had seen better day.  This rag wreath was basically completed for no cost since I used items that were leftovers. Easy and you can find a ton of how tos on Pinterest. 

What projects have you tackled in the last week? Tune in next Tuesday to see what homemaking debt I tackle.   

May your day be filled with joy in the journey! 

Monday, July 24, 2017

A Day in My Life #12

Monday, July 11

I awoke to a dark house and the sound of rain about 7:30.  It is one of those days when it's hard to climb out of bed. I finally pulled myself out at 7:45.  I had my quiet time and then looked at blogs. 
By now a wave of thunderstorms is rolling through. I regret not getting into the shower as soon as I got up. My mom calls and while we are chit chatting Megan comes out. There is a break in the storms so I hit the shower and send Megan to get dressed.  

It is now after 9 and Megan asked if she can make pancakes. 
She did well... yum! 
After breakfast I start laundry and Megan goes to tidy her room.
I spend some time in the kitchen putting together a lasagna for dinner. 
When I am finished I clean the kitchen.  I pop out to change the load of laundry and then return to mop the floor. 
After that it is break time for me. I head out to back porch and watch the rain fall. 
When I come back in Megan ask for permission to pull out some craft items. 
My silly girl showing off her pipe cleaner glasses. 
While Megan is busy creating I dust the living room. 
It is now well after 12 and it is time for some lunch.  Leftover chicken and cottage cheese is filling. 
The weather alerts are going off again saying a severe thunderstorm is coming. I turn on the TV to see the radar and fold laundry.  When I am finished Megan puts her things away and I put the rest away. 
As the storm rolls through Megan and I snuggle on the couch and play tap black. Fun! 
I end up watching a show at 2.  By the time it is over the weather has cleared and I sent Megan to take a shower.  While she is in there I update the checkbook, enter some things into our Everyday budget and text with Chuck. 
After her shower Megan watches a cartoon and I look at a magazine until it is time to start dinner. 

Chuck walks in the door at 5 and I pulled dinner out of the oven 10 minutes later.  
When dinner is cleaned up Chuck and Megan spend some time together while I sit outside and work on lesson plans. 
I come inside around 7.  We have family devotions, Megan has a snack and then goes to her room for some quiet time at 8. When she goes to her room Chuck turns on a movie. A cowboy movie with 
Tom Sellick should be good. 
We put Megan to bed at 9 and then continue our movie. Before 10 we are snug as a bug in bed.  

May your day be filled with joy in the journey!

Thursday, July 13, 2017


Hello! I am stopping by to let you know I will not be posting for the next week. There is lots happening around here. 

My dad had hip replacement surgery on Wednesday. He is doing well and should be released from the hospital tomorrow. All of us will be relieved when he is home.

Funny conversation with Megan about Grandpa having surgery.

Me: Grandpa will be a new man.
Megan: I don't want Grandpa to be a new man I like the old Grandpa.

Guess I phrased that wrong. Corrected myself to explain he would be walking like a new man. Good to know she likes Grandpa the way he is. :)

 I am also knee deep making lesson plans.
The plan is have the first nine weeks complete by our start date. It looks like it will be August 7th.

Besides planning school we have been on the go squeezing in as much summer fun as we can. Traditional school starts in two weeks so that means we have one week to make summer memories with my nieces. The week before school they generally like to stay home and relax. I can't say I blame them as home is my favorite place to be too!

May your day be filled with joy in the journey!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Joy in the Ordinary

Look around, really look around and you will find joy... joy in the everyday... joy in the ordinary things.

When you are an only child you sometimes have to improvise when you need a card partner. 
A yummy dinner. I'm sure the soup, chicken salad and chicken pot pie will be just a delicious. 
Megan made a birdhouse years ago. It has sat on the potting bench as decor until this year. A Chickadee mama and her three eggs have taken up residence.
We think the eggs might have hatched. Chuck will use his inspection camera to check it out soon. 

Trying out her birthday scooter. 
We enjoyed a wonderful dinner at a cafe boatyard. 
The food was great and view even better. 
This little guy landed on the front door and stuck around for quite a while. 
Yum... because cupcakes... who doesn't love a cupcake?
Me and my girl. 
Oh, how I love my flowers. They bring me a bunch of joy. 
May your day be filled with joy in the journey!