Friday, October 28, 2016

Joy in the Ordinary

Look around, really look around and you will find joy... joy in the everyday... joy in the ordinary things.
 Megan came running in saying "there's a rainbow, there's a rainbow!" We thought no way since there hadn't been any rain. Sure enough there was a rainbow. 
 I have been purging. Two bags off to the thrift store. Yes!

I have picked up a part-time job. I am doing some work for a realtor. The great thing is I can do it all from home a few hours a week. Every little bit helps us to meet our financial goal of being debt free! 

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

A Day in My Life #7

Monday, October 24, 2016

The alarm went off at 6 this morning. After two weeks of sleeping until I awoke it was jarring to hear the alarm. I saw Chuck off and then hit the shower at 6:30. I woke Megan up at 7. I do believe she wasn't happy about the wake up call either!

She came to kitchen for breakfast and I packed her water bottle and snack for the day. While she finished eating I went to get ready. I still needed to dry my hair. I threw in a load of laundry and we walked out the door at 7:45. 
 When I returned home at 8 the laundry was almost complete. I waited a few minutes and then took care of the laundry.  Now it is time to get something to eat. 
 I ate, had my quiet time and got on the computer for a few. By 9 I am ready to start my project for the day. 
 This door jam has never been painted.  It was this way when we moved in. Fifteen years later and I am finally getting to it! 
 Prep work takes a while. I taped it off and gave it a coat of primer. By now it 9:40 and I go back to the laundry. 
 I fold the load I washed this morning and then put the first coat of paint on the door jam. I then put away all of the laundry. I had worked on some over the weekend and never got around to putting it away.  Then I tackle the ironing. 
 I work on this until 11. The only laundry left is the items that are air dry only. They are still on the clothesline. 
 I put the final coat of paint on the door jam. By this time it 11:30 and my foot is telling me to get off of it! I listen and put my foot up for a while. I look at a new magazine and watch some TV. 
 Our laundry is in the garage and last week I stepped down the wrong way while going out and hurt my foot. I hope in another week I am back to normal. 

My parents stop by a little after noon to drop off some steel recycle for Chuck. When they leave I make some lunch. 
 Hm mm... veggie beef soup. I finish lunch about 12:30 and then take the time to pull the tape off of the door jam. 
Yay! it is done! It is now 1 and I head in to do the job I have been putting off for a week. 
 I spend 20 minutes inputting receipts and then go to tidy the kitchen. 
 Much better.  I turn on the dishwasher at 1:45 and call it done. 
I almost forgot to pull the buns for dinner out of the freezer. Whew! It is almost 2. I slip out to bring in the clothes from the line and then I freshen up before I head out for car line at 2:20.
 This is view while I wait for Megan.
 The trees lost quite a few leaves in the two weeks of break. While waiting I read, listen to Dave Ramsey and Chuck and I text some. I love our afternoon texting chats!
 Once home at 3:20 it is snack time and then homework time. A new book is started for an upcoming book report. While Megan is reading I empty the dishwasher.
 At 4:30 we stop homework and head outside for some fresh air.
 Megan hits around a ball while I am in and out getting dinner started. Chuck is home at 5 and finishes up the grilling. We sit down for dinner about 5:15.
 When dinner is over Chuck helps Megan with a few math problems.
 At 6:15 we head outside.
 Megan is playing with a homemade boomerang. Yikes!
 I watch her and start reading her book report book. That way I will know what is going on if she needs help.
 Chuck works on replacing the gates that he rebuilt. We stay out until 7. It is starting to get chilly before we head in. Once inside it is into night clothes and then we have family devotions.
When we are finished we have our first hot chocolate of the season. Yum!

As I type this Chuck is reading and Megan is sitting on the floor with pink paper and scissors creating. At 8 Megan will go to her room to read. Lights will be out for her at 9. Chuck and I plan to watch a television program and will head to bed about 10.

Another great day in the life I am grateful to call mine!

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Frugal Christmas Picture Cards

Last week I shared how we take frugal pictures for our Christmas card. I thought I would share what I do with those pictures. 

I shared that I use Picasa to edit them. I also use Picasa to create a collage. There is a feature that allows you write text on your collage. 
Here is our finished card. I know that many of you know our last name, but I felt better blurring it out. :)  To print out an actual photo card can run from $0.45 - $1.50.  I print these out as a 4x6 photo. I found this deal and was able to order 99 for a total of $6.41 ($5.99 total + tax). Making each of our photo cards just  $0.06!

You can purchase envelopes to mail them out or if you send out a family letter you could fold it around the photo and address the backside of the letter. Receiving them is one of my favorite things about Christmas! I realize that many don't send out Christmas greetings as it can be costly. I hope this helps someone send out some inexpensive Christmas joy!

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Joy in the Ordinary

Today is the last day of Fall break. It has been a busy week and I am sad to see it end.
Megan had a friend over. They had such a great time! Forts were built, games were played, there was crafting and baking. I smiled listening to their chatter. 
 There were several afternoons spent with cousins. We had lunch out one day, went to the pumpkin patch and had lazy afternoons playing games. 
Chuck is still trying to get his outside projects completed before winter. The frames for the gates have been stained and will be finished this weekend. What seems like a simple project has been a complete pain! After staining he realized they would not work and had to take them apart and rework them. Better to do it right!
The evenings are starting to get darker earlier. That means we are back to playing games in the evening. Games on the Wii are always fun!
The weather has been unseasonably warm. I think the rain and warmth might have confused my clematis as it is greening up and blooming again!
This view makes for a more enjoyable afternoon walk. 
Megan built this puppet stage out of scrap wood. I love how creative she is!
This is the beloved Miss Bunny. A true friend and companion since Megan has been a baby. I found this "selfie" when I emptied the camera card. 

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Christmas Card Pictures

Friday we headed out to a park to take some family pictures.

They turned out great! In fact the above pictures aren't even the ones we are putting on our Christmas card. :)

Several years ago we decided that we couldn't afford the cost of professional pictures. Not only that but we weren't always thrilled with the end result. We experimented taking our own. We use my point and click Cannon and a tripod. I decide what we are wearing and where the pictures will be taken. Chuck then sets up the tripod, positions the camera and sets the timer. 

Once done we both pick out our favorite family picture and one of Megan. We then vote on which one we will use. A perk of an odd number family is that we never have a tie!

Here are some pictures from the past. 

These pictures were taken against our backyard shed.

We used pictures from our beach vacation this year.

This background was created against our fence! Chuck clamped our bed quilt to the top of the fence and then we put a table cloth on the ground. We pulled out an existing Christmas decoration and a bench to create our backdrop. 
When you look at the picture above you can see that it is not Christmas card ready. I edit the photos in Picasa 3.  (This can be downloaded at no charge.) It allows me to crop, straighten, and to adjust lighting and such.

If, like us, the cost of professional pictures makes you cringe I encourage you give taking your own pictures a shot. I am certainly not a professional photographer, but it works!

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!