Monday, July 31, 2017

A Day in My Life #13

I woke up a little after 7. My guy was awake and we snuggle until 7:30. Yeah for Saturday mornings! Once up I headed to the kitchen.  I started to brown some sausage, got biscuits ready to go in the oven and set the table. When the sausage was ready I hit the shower. I then put the biscuits into the oven and started making gravy. 

After breakfast Chuck loads the dishwasher.
Megan and I head out to start a load of laundry. 
Once laundry was in the works I went back in to help Chuck tidy the kitchen. 
A little after 9 beds were made and then I head outside to do some ironing. 
It was super peaceful. All I could hear was the rustle of the leaves, birds chirping and the wind chimes. 
I image my entire community needed this kind of morning after the last few days. On Thursday afternoon, less then a mile from my home, a police officer was shot and killed. It is really hard for us to wrap our heads around this. There was a traffic accident and when the officer tried to help the driver, who was in an overturned car, he fired on the officer. Although we are a suburb of a large city our area is quiet and these things just don't happen in my little area. My hearts breaks a little more each time I drive past the area. 
After ironing I switch laundry and start to weed. Oh my! All of my flowers beds are out of control. I hit this one first. 
Much, much better.
It is now almost 11. 
I sit on the back porch and fold laundry while I watch Megan polish rocks. 
I put the laundry away and move on to another area to start weeding.  Megan comes and says she is hungry. I make her something quick to eat as it's almost 12:30. 
Chuck has been working on his own project while I have been working in the flower beds. He steps over and says he needs to make a trip out to the hardware store. The post he was intending to sand and repaint is rotten at the bottom and needs to be replaced. While Megan finishes lunch we get a few things ready to take with us. 
Our first stop is to recycle. We drop off the plastic and glass items. Then it's off to a local church to drop off our paper recycle. 
Chuck offers to buy me a sandwich.  My, what a big sandwich it is! I actually had two and they were plenty. 
A quick trip into the hardware store and then we are back home by 1:30. I continue to weed and my little helper is by my side. 
Chuck realizes he needs another tool. He and Megan hop in the truck and head to my parents to borrow it. They come back with garden fresh goodies! 
I continue to work in my flower beds and finish at almost 5 o'clock. I then take over a task Chuck was working on so he can work on his project. 
We are trying to not buy a new bracket but in the end we have to. I couldn't get all of the black paint off around the wording.  It's now 6 and I head in to start dinner while Megan and Chuck go back to the hardware store to buy a new bracket. 

I made the sides and when Chuck returns he grills the chicken. It's almost 7 when we sit down for dinner. This is a very late meal for us. 
After dinner we complete Chuck's project. Instead of purchasing another wooden post he decided to use plastic. He said it could be painted black, like the previous post, but I opted to leave it white. I worried about how the paint would hold up. We need a cap for the post but the store we were at didn't have a plastic one available. That will be an easy add on later. 
I love to have Old Glory flying once again!

Once this is done it's a little after 8. We all head in and get in our pajamas. We watch a little TV and then I go in to unload the dishwasher. 
I then set the table and pull out the waffle maker, mixing bowl and waffle mix. Sunday mornings run much smoother with a little planning. 
It's now 9:30 and I am the only one still up. Not for long though! I think we are all looking forward to a day of rest.

May your day be filled with joy in the journey!

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!