Sunday, January 29, 2012

Pinterest Projects Complete!

I know I've said it before, but I'm gonna say it again..... I LOVE PINTEREST! I completed a few super easy projects from their site today, for my clothes closet. (One of our bedrooms upstairs is really small. So, lucky me. The whole room is my closet!!) Here's what I did...

I hung a simple "over the door"
coat rack over the door, and
presto! Handy, dandy belt rack!
Got the rack at Menard's for $10!

Same simple coat rack, different door.
Might need two of these or I may have to
downsize on the purses! That poor door
might not last too long this way.

A simple towel bar and shower curtain hooks!
Now I can see all my necklaces at once!
Love it!!
Once again, Menard's.
(Thank you Tim, for hanging the bar for me.)

Two $20 book cases from Target,
(Fleet Farm has had them cheaper, but
they were out of stock and I couldn't wait!)
make for one fine boot and sweater shelf!
(Thank you Tim, for assembling the shelves for me.)

Can't wait to try out a few more of their ideas!!
(Tim isn't in any hurry!)
I love Pinterest.
Yes, I do.

Taking A Drive Down Memory Lane

When I was a little girl, my dad had a truck like this.
It was blue and had a metal dashboard inside.
My mom took a piece of white chalk that he used for work,
and wrote their names on the dashboard with a heart around it.
I used to sit in that truck and just stare at the little heart.
I loved that heart. I couldn't read yet, but I knew what it said.
I could feel it in my heart.
 It was love.

Last fall, I had a girlfriend weekend in Fargo,
and when I spotted this truck, the memories and emotions
 just came flooding back! I had no choice, but to crawl up on that
truck and enjoy the memories for a little bit. I have always wanted
a truck like that. There is a fella here in our town that has one,
and it's all I can do not to ask him to take me for a spin!
Just might do it anyway.

This one has my name all over it!
Someday, baby....

Friday, January 27, 2012

Karate Kids

Landon "let" me take a shot of him and
his friend, Drew and Drew's little brother, Dillion.
I was hoping to get a few shots while they were practicing,
but Landon was quick to inform me of the rules.
Parents aren't allowed to take pictures or watch the kids during practice.
I noticed some parents were watching and when I tried to sneak a peek,
Landon gave me a stern look and he meant business!
He is really taking it serious, and I love that!
So this is as good as it's gonna get, and that's all right with me.


Landon placed GOLD in the Javelin Throw!
That's my boy.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

How's Your Karma?

Last year I posted about how complete strangers start talking to me out of the blue, about everything under the sun. It's like I have this neon sign above my head that says, "Tell me all about it!" It happened again last weekend. A friend of mine had told me about a mop similar to the Swiffter Wetjet, but you could use your own cleaner in it. She got it at Target, so off to Target I went. I found it right away, and while I was putting it in my cart, this little old grey haired lady tapped me on the shoulder and said, "Are you looking for a new mop?" She then proceeded to tell me for at least 10 minutes nonstop (I kid you not!) all about the new spin mop she had purchased from QVC T.V. The first five minutes that she was talking, I was nodding my head and politely saying, "Really?" or "Wow...." and thinking to myself, "Please stop talking. Anytime now... Please stop talking." Why does this always happen to me? Why do I have to get hit by the little old lady stalking the mop aisle? Then during the next five minutes, it hit me. She was lonely! I don't think she really cared if we were talking about mops or not, she just wanted to talk. So, then I stopped with the one word comments and really engaged in the conversation. I told her about my dc kids and my never ending dirty kitchen floor and she went on like a true QVC host. If she had actually had the mop in her hand, I would have bought it from her! Now, I am a big believer in Karma. What goes around comes around. I had done my good deed for the day and as I walked away I felt really good. I was thinking to myself, I better buy a lottery ticket, that was a really good deed! Anyway, also on my list besides the mop, was old fashioned clothes pins. You know, the round ones that just slide on the clothesline, no clip. I wanted to use them for my purse display uptown. (That's another post that is soon coming.) They do not exist anymore, as they are probably antiques. I am surprised they even make the regular ones. After looking at Target, Walmart, Ben Franklin and a thrift store, I headed to the last thrift store on my list to look. Didn't find them there either. I did pick up a few toys for dc though, and as I was checking out, I decided to ask about the pins anyway. Well, ask and you shall receive! The sales lady said, "I think there might be some over there in the craft section." She came back with a whole bag of them!! Karma. That's what Karma does. Next on my list was cheap green indoor/outdoor carpet for my display. (I wanted it to look like grass.) So, off to Fleet Farm I went. They had a "big ol' roll" of it for $27. I only needed a couple of yards of it, so my heart sank a little. I decided to let the carpet go, but as I was walking towards the door, I decided to ask the boy that was stocking shelves if he thought they would be willing to cut up that roll and just sell me half of it. He said they wouldn't, but I could buy the same thing by the yard off the roll on the wall!! Off the wall? What wall? I completely missed that wall. Who knew??? Not me. But, once again..... Ask and it will be given to you. Karma and Jesus. Gotta love em.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I Love A Contest

A while back I posted about how I won a "goodie bag" of photo stuff from Erin Martinek's photography contest. All I had to do was post a comment and a winner was picked by a random computerized drawing. Well, she has another contest going on now. This time you have to enter a picture that you took yourself, of something you love and all the friends on Erin's facebook get to vote!
Here is the picture I entered of what I love at the end of the day....

Believe it or not, I took this same shot 193 times,
(that's a real number, folks!)
and this is the best I could come up with.
I have a cheap $99 Kodak camera and it shows.
I am seriously going to invest in a good camera.
Maybe if I'm a really good girl,
 Santa will come early this year!

Friday, January 20, 2012

My Facebook Family

If you would have asked me five year ago if I was on facebook, I either would have laughed or said, "What's facebook?" Facebook has been around since 1997, (Yep. I GOOGLED that.) but I didn't become a member until 2008. Always a little behind in the techno world, I am. I remember sitting in my Mother-in-law's living room back in '08, having a conversation with one of my sister-in-law's. The topic of facebook came up. I don't know why I had always assumed it was for teenagers, since I had never actually checked it out, but that's what my view of facebook had always been. I asked my sister-in-law  if she was a member thinking she would say something like, "No way!" When she said she was, I instantly blurted out a very surprised, "You are???" When she said it was a great way of keeping in touch with people who you no longer see everyday, I thought I better check it out. Long story short, it is not just for teens and I love it! I can chat and keep up with everyone from my past and present, and never have to clean my house and invite them over for supper to do it. Love it, I tell ya! This morning, I made a post asking if anyone had an old scrub/wash board that I could borrow for my purse display in our store window uptown. At noon the doorbell rang. I wasn't expecting anyone and hadn't a clue who it could be. There stood one of my sweet facebook friends, with a beautiful, absolutely perfect old wash board in her hands! I think I might have even squealed, I was so surprised and happy. I love my facebook family. All 250 of them.

The perfect scrub board.
Now I'll have to get a shot of it with my purses!

Monday, January 16, 2012


I am in love with a web site. Normally, I am the last one to jump on a band wagon, but this one has my name written all over it! It's called Pinterest. Here is how the site describes it:

Pinterest is a virtual pinboard. Pinterest allows you to organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. You can browse pinboards created by other people to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.

You have to check it out! But, I gotta warn ya.....don't check it out until you have at least 2,334 hours to spare....It's addicting!!!

I love everything about it! It has all the home interior ideas that I hope to one day have....

barnwood and crystal!

I love the barn wood and crystal!
Wouldn't you love to wake up in this bed
to sunshine pouring through your window?
Looks like a little piece of heaven to me.

Oreo brownies...I know someone who will love this! Probably dessert #2 for Thanksgiving :)

It has sinful recipes!


Fantastic cleaning tips!
This one I tried and it works!
One part water, one part ammonia.
Spray the stain.
Place a white towel over the stain.
Iron over the towel and watch
the stain magically lift up off the
carpet and onto the towel!

homemade finger paint

Fun ideas for kids!
Haven't tried this one yet,
but it's pinned on my board!

Great post about student rewards that shouldn't be just junk food. Lots of ideas that aren't

Great health tips.
Gonna tackle this one,

Pink Bliss

Super cute fashion tips!

Pinned Image

Projects that scream at me....
Make me!
Create me!
Sell me!!!
(Someday I will have a classy, funky junk store....someday!)
I love this clock.


It covers my spiritual side.


And my not so spiritual side.

country french

It makes me want to paint
every room in my house
(After I hit the lottery and retire.)

Pinned Image

Super cool recycling tips!

excuse me, is this your kitten?

"Excuse me. Did you lose a kitten?"
It makes me laugh...

Pinned Image

And it makes me cry.
I'm in love.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Panic Attack

This morning when my eyes popped open, red glowing numbers from the alarm clock read, 7:20 A.M. I threw back the covers and frantically rushed around the room moaning "Noooooo, oh noooooo....." Tim sat up in bed, and said "What are you doing?" I was in a panic and as I rushed to the dresser trying to find my socks in the dark, I spit out a, "Ioversleptandnowthekidswillbehereanyminuteandihavetogetdressed
andwashmyfaceandcombmyhairandgetbreakfastready..." Tim laid back down and said, "Go back to bed. It's Sunday."

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Be Thankful For Your Imperfections

Nobody's perfect. Everyone is born with something. Some imperfections are clear as day, and some can't be seen at all. But, we all have them. Something. Nobody's perfect. I was born hard of hearing. While I've never been "thankful" for this imperfection, I have learned to adapt in the form of lip reading and paying very good attention to details. Because I listen with my eyes, I catch that little raised eyebrow or that little word that is said, but not out loud. The one you didn't mean for anyone to hear. I heard it. I am a pretty good people reader. Watch what you don't say around me. lol Anyway, like I said, I've never been thankful for my hearing loss.....until yesterday. When Landon brought home this bad boy.

It's a recorder.

He said to me, "Look, Mom! My recorder came today! (It's for his music class.) I have to practice for a half an hour every night!" Then he placed that recorder to his lips and blew a ear piercing, window shattering, shrieking musical note that sounded like a cat being skinned alive! Good Lord. Heaven help me. Bless us all. We quickly established some ground rules. He could only practice his music in his room. With the door closed. This way, it only sounds like a cat with his tail being slammed in the door. I can live with that. Thank you Lord, for my imperfections. It came in real handy today. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Karate Kid

Be afraid.
Be very afraid.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Happy Bison Boys

At the mall!!!
There was another t.v. set up on the other side too.
When I came back after making my rounds,
both sides were filled and they were standing along the ropes too!
Century Link made some boys really happy today!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

What Good Manners!

After filling the humidifer tank for the 2,344th time, I finally noticed the message on the tank included the word, "Please." Now, how nice is that?

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Need A Receipt?

Tax Time!
Bags and Babes.
The price of being your own boss....
I wouldn't have it any other way.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

It's A Miracle!

Last night the angels came to me, placed their hands on my head and whispered, "Be well, my child," and I was cured! O.k. that didn't happen, but, it felt like it anyway! Yesterday I was thisclose to going to the ER. (Our clinic was closed. Check out yesterday's post to see how happy that made me!) I thought for sure I had a sinus infection. After two days of feeling like if I so much as sneezed, my eyeballs would pop out of my head, I was desperate. Last week I asked Tim to go to the store and get me some cold pills to stop my nose from running. He came back with decongestant pills. Pills that make your nose run! When you live in a small town and it's cold and flu season, the meds on the shelf are pretty much picked over. I threw the box in the cupboard and chose to suffer through it. I couldn't handle much more running. Well, last night I got out that box again. Took a good look at. At the bottom of the box in small, little letters it said, "For sinus pressure." OMG! I popped three of those babies, (YES, THREE!) plus two advil and was in bed and sound asleep at 7:30. When the alarm went off this morning, I sat up in bed fully prepared to hold my heavy head in my hands. Instead, it was light! The pressure was gone! So was the pain in my left ear and throat! IT WAS A MIRACLE!!! Well, it felt like it, anyway. Even the green fur balls were gone. (Once again, you'll have to check out yesterday's post.) Now, I just feel like I have the tail end of a common cold. I'm gonna live! Well, it feels like it anyway.

Monday, January 2, 2012

My Green Fur Balls

This morning I gave Tim my bank deposit to make for me, but guess what? It's a holiday. Say what? New Years Eve was Saturday and New Years Day was Sunday, so what the heck kind of holiday is this? The day after New Years Day holiday? Come on. The reason this is making me a little crabby, is I think I have a sinus infection. I'm never sick, so when I am, I'm crabby.Yeah, I'm singing a  little sad song. I've never had a sinus infection before, but when I was talking to my friend, Nancy this morning and she casually mentioned she had one....I had an "Aha!" moment. I'm pretty sure that's what this is. I have a lingering cold that has wore out it's welcome big time! For two weeks, I've been sucking snot (Sorry. Mucus for the prim folks.) up my nose, and hacking it up like a fur ball, outta my throat and into the toilet, sink, trash can, coffee cup or whatever receptacle is handy and near by. Kinda grossing out everyone and even scaring the cats it is. This morning when I woke up to get ready for work, (That's right. I'm working. Like the rest of the world should be doing, but whatever.) I felt like there was an ocean of snot behind my eyeballs and the fur ball I hacked up was a yellowish/green color. (Feeling like grabbing something to eat, are ya?) I can't deny it anymore. I need to go to the Dr. I need drugs. BUT, GUESS WHAT? The clinic thinks it's a holiday too! For Pete's sake. My options according to the friendly voice mail lady at the clinic, (Hi, Sandy!) were to call 911, (That might be pushing it a bit.) or head to the ER (Still pushing.) or wait and call tomorrow morning. (Yep. That's what I'm gonna do. Wait. Like a good little crabby girl.) So, here I am miserable and patiently waiting for the rest of the world to stop the three day New Years festival, so I can get on with my life! Yep. Still a little crabby. Check back in a few days after they drug me up and make life bearable again. I'll sing ya a big ol' happy song!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

Here we are again. The first day of a brand new year. Another fresh start. Every year I make those silly ol' new years resolutions. The same ones. The same plans. Over and over. And of course, I never live up to the resolutions or meet those plans. They just don't happen. So this year, I have decided, no more resolutions. No more plans. I'm just gonna roll with it. Wing it. Since I am a type A personality, that is going to be easier said than done. I go through life with this overwhelming need to know what plan A is, in pretty much everything I do. I also like to know what plan B and sometimes even plan C are, just in case plan A falls through. I have a friend who never, ever has a plan A. She just goes through life taking it as it comes. Makes me a little crazy watching her, but she's HAPPY! I want that. So this year, I am tossing all resolutions and plans in the trash. Que Sera, Sera. Whatever will be, will be. So come on, 2012. Bring it on! My wings are ready.