Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Tuesday Tackle #3

Hello friends! Those of you who are following our septic saga we had our inspection yesterday. Good new is that it didn't completely fail. :) Long story short is that we have clogged lines. There is a possible fix for it by blasting the lines with water. We are in the wait and see stage as the technician has to go over things with his boss and make sure he is in agreement. We are praying that this is the answer since it will be the most economical route. We'll continue to take it one day at a time.

Due to my mental state  ;) the last couple of weeks I didn't tackle as much as I wanted. Every little bit helps so I'm grateful for what was accomplished.
 
When you home is cozy many areas have to serve double and sometimes triple duty. The closet in our living room is one area that is multi purpose.
Games are keep in here. A couple of new games were added at Christmas and a true home was never found for them. I can't tell you how many times I knocked the Payday game off of the shelf while getting out the vacuum. 
 
The upper shelves hold craft items that Megan can use anytime. I could tell she has been in here lately since things were not put away exactly the way I would have liked. She is still learning.
(Sorry about the blurry picture. I only took one and sadly this is it.)
 
Everything in its place and all lined up makes for a pretty shelf.
Much better.
This is one of those projects that didn't take a lot of effort and made me wonder why I didn't do it sooner.
 
I had plans to tackle a couple of other areas. Chuck had asked for gift cards to the hardware store for Christmas. He had a plan to organize the garage and was itching to get it done. I spent time out there helping him out.
The plan is to get rid of all of the cardboard boxes. We have noticed that if the garage is damp from a wet car that the boxes would soak up the moisture in the air. Yuck!
It does look nice to look out and see a shelf of matching containers lined up. He now has a container for each item such as plumbing, electrical and such. The next step is to label the containers and move on to another shelf.
 
It was my pleasure to put my task on hold and give him a hand with this. Not only is the garage looking better and better, but I got to spend some quality time with my guy. Win, win!
 
What project 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! 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Growing

First off I want to thank everyone for their kind words, encouragement and especially your prayers after my last post. I find most people in the blogging community to be caring, uplifting people. There are so many of you that I wish I could be friends with in real life. In most cases that won't happen and I am thankful for the online support. From the bottom of my heart thank you!

As much I would like for life to be smooth sailing and full of blessings I know that is not to be. You see, life is intended to be a blessing and a challenge. There are many times when I am in the challenging mode I want to cry out and say "why, why, why?" Honestly, I know the answer. It is necessary for us to cling to Him and to live out our lives in faith and hope.

If life is always perfect can you live out 1 Thessalonians 5:18? It says "in everything give thanks." As hard as it might be that means in the good, bad and even the seasons of ugly. I have also been thinking about Philippians 4:13. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." It doesn't say I can do all things myself, but through Christ. It can be easy to drift from clinging to Him in seasons of blessings.

My panic is starting to settle down and my prayers are changing from, well honestly, from begging to submission. Our immediate concern at the moment is our septic. There will be a septic inspection on Monday. Our prayer is that instead of replacement it can be repaired. We are praying that it can all be done for $5000 or less. Even though that is what we feel we need to have happen, due to financial reasons, we are placing our hope and faith in the Lord.  I couldn't fall asleep last night and I spent quite a bit of time in prayer. I felt at peace when I fell asleep and I still do this morning.  God is faithful and there are many times I have seen Him meet our needs when I didn't think it was possible. I am trusting Him that no matter what the outcome is that He will meet our needs and see us through.

Time and prayer has helped me to see that God is using the trials and tribulations to grow my faith. Philippians 4:7 tells of a peace, "which passeth all understanding." I am feeling that peace and I am grateful.

Thank you all again for your prayers and support!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Weary

I have had some inquiries about my lack of posting. It was never my intent to take a break. Sometimes life just happens. One issue is that my laptop stopped working.
 Chuck tried to repair it and it didn't work. He then spoke with an IT guy at work who gave another suggestion to try. He said that with what Chuck had already done if this didn't work then it was dead. Sadly, it is dead.
 
That means I have to use the desk top and by computer standards it is a dinosaur. It is a real pain to upload the pictures to blogger using it.
 
Quite frankly I am feeling weary.
I understand life is meant to be a blessing and a challenge. I am feeling the challenges at the moment.
 
One thing that has made me weary is all of the politics. It seems every where I turn it is coming from all sides. My dad has a saying that your opinion ends where the other guys nose begins. I am ready for people to tone it down.
 
We are also having an issue with our septic system. Sewers are coming to our area and we were hoping we could hold off.  A phone call was made and we aren't on the sewer schedule yet and who knows how long it will be until we are. Our septic system is original to our home which was built in 1953. Unfortunately all signs point to a failing septic.  
 
I am doing laundry at my parents and we are taking quick showers. We are doing all we can to prevent it from failing before we can get someone out here to check it out. If we need a new system it will be very expensive. We are in prayer asking for an answer that doesn't involve a new system and for the funds to pay for all of this.
 
I believe I may have mentioned that Megan's little school ends at 6th grade. We always knew we would need to make a decision about what would happen after that. An announcement that her current teacher, who teaches a 5th/6th grade combo class, is retiring at the end of the school year has changed things. The school is trying to make a decision based on enrollment and funds about whether they will have a 6th grade class next year.
 
That prompted us to go ahead and make a decision about the direction of her future education. We have thought about another private, Christian school, public school, and homeschool as options. I made the mistake of putting a question about a neighboring school district stating that the district we are in isn't a good fit for Megan on FB. I opened myself up to some nasty things. I deleted the thread because it caused me to receive a couple of very hurtful private messages.
 
It is easy for people to judge your decisions and tell you what decisions are best for you. An example of this is my father-in-law (who we have never discussed this issue with) informed Chuck in a phone conversation last night that we need to put Megan in public school. That it is best for her to be put in situations that will cause her to have to deal with real world issues. He also stated that I need to get a full time job and that having children in care programs is good for them. Chuck was upset by the time they ended the conversation.
 
The thing is Megan is timid and has her own unique personality. Putting her in a group of 500 + kids isn't going to make her more social and outgoing. She shuts down when she feels overwhelmed. We see it at birthday parties and such.
 
Many act like we are taking this decision lightly. Certainly not. We did discuss it with Chuck's mom and step-dad while having dinner with them. They are supportive no matter what decision we make. One of the big issues is that I am a people pleaser. I have a strong dislike for conflict and I want people to be happy with me.
 
We are 97% sure of our decision for future schooling. I received a call from the school principal last Thursday about an incident at school. It involved a 6th grade student sending a text to a girl in class that mentioned "69." Megan was not involved, but the principal did talk to all of the 5th/6th grade girls as a group to see if any other inappropriate comments had been made to the girls.
 
That ended with me having to have a difficult conversation with Megan.  As soon as I told her Mrs. W had called me and I asked her what she talked to the girls about she started crying. Hearing your little girl say she told us that a boy sent a "sexual" text to another girl in my class about ripped my heart out. Then we had to have a basic conversation about sex.  Certainly not a subject we intended to discuss at this point.
 
Now I have spilled more then I probably should have. I hadn't even told my mom about this and we talk about almost everything. It served as another reminder that even if you have your child in a Christian program it doesn't mean that everyone holds the same values that you do. It reinforced to us that we have to be diligent at being involved and aware of the things Megan is exposed to. 
 
So friends, that is why I am feeling weary. As a "friend" pointed out in her private message to me I live in a bubble. At the moment I am fine with my "bubble." I have enough to manage in my own world without the issues of the outside world in my face all the time.
 
I am learning that what is important is that I obey God, my husband and stand by our convictions. I will never please everyone and as long I am pleasing God, Chuck and myself that is what I need to do. Others will always judge the things you do and someone will always be there to tell you they disagree with your decision. As Chuck's step-dad said "you are adults and don't need approval from anyone for the decisions you make." Easier said then done for a people pleaser, but I am trying.
 


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Tuesday Tackle #2

I tackled the rest of the closet that is our little office area. After Christmas I wasn't feeling well and stacked the books I had received haphazardly in there. Along with a few other things that weren't in their proper place.  
 I took it a shelf at a time and pulled everything out. I had been stacking Megan's schoolwork in there. Yes, I know she has been in school for five months. Sigh. I took the time to sort it and put into a binder.
As I was sorting the books I added some to my sell bag. I had already read a few of then that I had no interest in keeping. I also had been given a few that weren't my taste.
 I moved a few things around.
 Awww, so much better.
 I know this closet is rough.  When we made into our office area we moved shelves and never took the time to patch holes from where they previously were. There is also some missing paint that come off when the shelves were moved around. This area is on my list for a mini makeover this year. At this point pretty isn't my goal. I am working on culling things and organizing. Pretty will come later.
 
Next on my list was this cabinet in the kitchen.
Not everything had been put away after my trip to the grocery store and all of the Christmas goodies had been baked. Things were put into their proper place and a few things were tossed.
 
Now I feel like I can take a breath when I open the cabinet door. No longer do I fear what might jump out at me!
 
What project 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! 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Joy in the Ordinary

Look around, really look around and you will find joy... joy in the everyday... joy in the ordinary things.
 
A load for the thrift store. Putting it into the back of the van as I purge so it can get out of here!
Yummy lasagna ready for the oven.
Chuck and Megan playing with his new camera toy. It is pretty neat. You can feed the line through a drain and see what the problem is.
This towel screams Wendi.
Thankful for meat that is close to 63% off of the regular price.
 Ahhh, the sun! After several days of gray skies and rain the sunshine lifts me up.
 My birthday was celebrated Thursday. I am proud to say I am 46! I know many people that are at 39 and holding. Not me, I feel each year is gift many don't receive and I want to embrace it and enjoy it.
 Birthday flowers.
 A field trip to the downtown library. It is a beautiful building.
 The best part for Megan was playing with the robots. Since her school is so small all the 4th, 5th and 6th graders each had their own to experiment with. Fun!
Today I will finish up laundry and clean the shower. Tonight the in-laws are taking us out to dinner to celebrate my birthday. The rest of the weekend will most likely be spent home as ice is in the forecast for later tonight. Depending on who you listen to it could be over by Saturday afternoon or run into Sunday morning. I guess time will tell.
 
May your day be filled with joy in the journey! 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Tuesday Tackle #1

I am trying to cut the clutter and get things organized plus neat and tidy. I also have little task that need to be completed that never seem to make it to the top of the list. I thought I would share with you what I have tackled each Tuesday. Some weeks it might be a huge task or multiple task, others it will be small. I am going to use this to motivate myself to get it done!

I tend to be an all or nothing person.  I will put things off and wait for a big clean.  I love the feel of that deep clean. The problem is that the deep clean does take quite a bit of time and energy. Plus the in between stage isn't always pretty. My goal is to break this habit! As Laine would say I have some homemaking debt to take care of. :)
Since I spruced up the laundry area the liner in the cabinets has been driving my crazy! For whatever reason the shelf liner did not stick well. It would pucker at the front edge and slide around.

For some time I had been meaning to add a dot of hot glue to make this stay. I mentioned it to Chuck and he suggested I use double sided tape as it would be flat and the glue might make it bumpy and lumpy. (my interpretation of what he said anyway ;) ).
Not very noticeable in a picture, but it so much better. I did a little decluttering while I was at it too. I no longer use fabric softener so I took that out and made minor adjustments. I also made a list of things I need to stock up on like the ingredients to make laundry soap.

The next area was the computer desk.
The computer is keep in a small closet in our third bedroom. The computer desk was a mess! My laptop is broken so I have been spending more time in here. I sat down to look at some blogs and balance the checkbook. I couldn't take it anymore and immediately tackled this area.

I put things away, organized the bill box, threw out a few things and found a container (an old plastic pretzel container from Aldi)  to contain our Coke points.

So much better! I have plans to tackle the other three shelves in the computer closet. You'll have to tune in next Tuesday to see me tame that mess.

Now it's time to share what projects you are tackling.
 
May your day be filled with joy in the journey! 

Friday, January 06, 2017

Joy in the Ordinary

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

 A drawer of new dish towels. 
A pretty basket makes laundry more enjoyable.
 Lots of great books to enjoy on cold, snowy days.
 A warm meal cooking away.
Planning, organizing and paying bills. Yuck to the bills part, but at least they can be paid. :)
 Megan showed me her snack and said "it's a fruit salad. Salad plus fruit, get it?" Silly girl!
 
The whole family is still not feeling 100%. Chuck missed two days of work this week. He rarely takes time off work for not feeling well. I am better but still not back to my normal self. Megan hasn't succumbed to it yet. She has been off and told me before bed last night that she thought she was getting a sore throat. Ought oh!

On these cold, wintry days we have been snuggled in at home as much as possible. Spending our time playing games and eating feel better foods.
I know that much of the nation is having cold and snow. I hope your weekend is warm and cozy.
 
May your day be filled with joy in the journey! 

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Chick-fil-A Cole Slaw

Since Chick-fil-A stopped serving their signature cole slaw they released the recipe due to popular demand. I decided to give it a try.
4 t vinegar
1/4 c sugar
1/4 t dry mustard
1/4 t salt
Wisk together.
Add 1 c mayo (when I worked there they used Kraft mayo)
Pour over
20 oz shredded cabbage
1/4 cup shredded carrot
Mix well.
 
After I diced my cabbage and cubed my carrots I put it into my mini food chopper. If you have ever eaten Chick-fil-A slaw then you know that it was finely chopped.
You might notice this is a little heavy on carrots. Well, that is the beauty of homemade, you can make it however you want. I just happen to like a little bit more carrot in mine.
 
I know that I have mentioned that I worked at Chick-fil-A for six years in the late '80's - early '90's. At one point I worked mornings in the kitchen doing food prep. I can't tell you how many pounds of this cole slaw I have made.
Having the cabbage and carrots prepped made this an easy side for dinner.  In case you are wondering how I got 20 oz of cabbage in a quart jar, well, I didn't. The recipe made a little much for my family of three. I cut the recipe in half. Another one of those perks of making it yourself. I am happy to say that it taste just like the real deal.
 
May your day be filled with joy in the journey!