Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Why I Can't Clean House Anymore




Lucy.

Yep - a four-month old chocolate lab puppy.  In the past, I've been able to clean my house despite illness, injury, small children, extra children and remodeling. But this puppy has beaten me. I can't clean house unless she's in her kennel or outside. And when she's in her kennel or outside, there are usually other things I have to do that I can only do when she's out of the way.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

How I Got Lucy


After my black lab, Shelby, died, my daughter-in-law, Ashley, started making calls to try to find a golden retriever or chocolate lab puppy for me. Unfortunately they were all way too much for my budget.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Choosing a 2016 Planner Refill is Stressing Me Out

Some people LOVE choosing their planner pages/binder/set-up for the new year.  I'm not one of them.  It stresses me out big time!  It's SO much pressure!
  • What if I make the wrong decision?  
  • What if I get bored with the system I choose?  
  • What if it doesn't work?
  • What will I do if I made a mistake because once the new year starts, it's hard to switch because there's not much selection.  
SO ..... MUCH ..... PRESSURE.

Life With Lucy at 4 Months

I wish I could say that Lucy has improved dramatically but that would be a big, fat lie. But in her defense, she has improved a little - a very little.  All I can say is that it's a good thing she's cute or she'd be out on the curb with a "free to a good home" sign.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

I Love My Jeep




Snow can be a real problem if you live in a hilly neighborhood and drive a car that barely gets around in rain and doesn't get around in snow at all. 

That was the case about 10 years ago when David and I first moved into our last home. None of our cars could get in and out of the neighborhood very easily when it snowed.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Garage Door Disasters

Garages are a real blessing but garage doors can be a big pain!

  • Sometimes we push the wrong button because we're used to pushing the other one and the garage door is open all night or most of the day.  Oops.
  • Sometimes we can't remember if we closed it so we have to come back to make sure.
  • Sometimes it doesn't shut because of all the dumb leaves that blow against it and get in the way of the sensors.  Then we have to get out of the car, move the leaves and try again.
  • Sometimes we think it's open and start to back out only to discover that it was closed.
  • Sometimes we open it and back out too fast and discover that it isn't up all the way yet.
  • Sometimes we drive away assuming it shut but not realizing that at the last minute it came back up.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Driving Without a Speedometer - It's Harder Than it Sounds!

I've been driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo for the last eight or nine years. It has over 200,000 miles on it but it's still going strong - with a few exceptions - including the speedometer.

Friday, December 11, 2015

I Forgot Bananas and it Ruined My Day


I try hard to be an efficient homemaker and keep my ducks in a row. So when David said we were out of bananas, I didn't worry about it because I knew I was going grocery shopping and would get more.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Puppies Are Funny!

If you don't know me, you might not know that:

1.  My life is a three-ring circus; and
2.  That I am easily entertained.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

You Might Be More Productive Than You Think!

You know those days when you're busy all day long but you feel like you didn't get anything done? I have those a lot. I don't really like them. I prefer the days when I have a nicely completed to-do list at the end of the day. Unfortunately, I don't remember the last time I had one of those!

Monday, December 7, 2015

I Love Mondays!

I know most people hate Mondays - mainly because their weekend is over and they have to go back to work.  I get that. But I'm a full-time homemaker so Mondays don't have the same effect on me. However, just like you full-time work-outside-the-home folks, my weekend is over and I do have to go back to work!  It's just that my work is my home.

Friday, December 4, 2015

I Don't Want to Use a Planner Anymore


I've used a planner for years and years and years.  But lately I don't want to use one anymore.  I don't know if I'm bored, tired, undisciplined or what.  But I can't function without a planner so I have to figure this out.

Life With Lucy - Oh, Boy!

Life with Lucy is never dull. Never. Ever. I'm constantly doing research to find ways to solve all the little issues we're dealing with.  The latest is her obsession with the couch. I get it - the couch is comfy and labs do love comfort! But I don't want her on there.  So I did some research and this is what I came up with:

Lucy had her second vet appointment this week and had gained 5 pounds.  She was 13 pounds at her last visit and 18 at this one.  The vet said she was very strong willed and energetic.  That's the truth!!!!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Why Do I Always Get the Yellow Plate?



Several years ago I ditched my matching set of dishes for something a little more eclectic. My plan was to have all solid colored dishes of different types and sizes.  I thought it would make the dinner table interesting and fun.  But the biggest and best reason was that if we broke any of the pieces (which we frequently do), we wouldn't have to buy a whole new set of dishes - we could just get something solid colored and we'd be just fine.

Monday, November 30, 2015

I Didn't Make My Bed Today




I didn't make my bed today. That may not seem like a big deal, but it is for me.  I ALWAYS make my bed. Even when I know I'm going to be changing the sheets that day, I still make it.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Remodeling is NOT for Sissies!



My husband, David, is a master at taking advantage of opportunities to get things done. Unfortunately, those opportunities doesn't always come with any warning so I have to be ready to switch gears at a moment's notice.

Friday, November 27, 2015

How I Learned About Black Friday

I'm not a shopper. Once in a while I get in the mood to shop and then I can shop with the best of them. But most of the time I shop like a man. I have a list. I get in, get it and get out. I hate sale racks, thrift stores and stores set up like thrift stores. They're overwhelming. I'd rather pay extra and get it over with than look for a deal.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Year I Skipped Thanksgiving



I've been hosting Thanksgiving at my house for years and years and years.  I don't mind at all - it's my favorite holiday and I love having it at my house.

But one year  

Monday, November 23, 2015

Flying Turds!



I love Monday mornings but this Monday morning didn't get off to a great start. My normal routine is to get up, get dressed, let the puppy out to pee, feed the puppy and let the puppy out again so she can poop.

Friday, November 20, 2015

I HATE getting up early!




I HATE getting up early.  I don't mean that I don't like it, I mean that I HATE it.  You can ask anyone in my family and they'll tell you how much I hate getting up early.

It started when I was a kid.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Thanksgiving is Next Thursday???



Please tell me Thanksgiving really isn't next Thursday! It seems like yesterday that I checked the calendar and it was at least three weeks away.  But now it's only one week.  How in the world did that happen???

Actually I can tell you how it happened.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

My Latest Quilt Project



Have I mentioned that I love quilting? I don't especially love sewing the quilt top together, but I love hand quilting the top. It's relaxing and satisfying.

I'm almost finished with my granddaughter's Hello Kitty quilt so I took some time to put together the next quilt. This one is for my best friend's son and daughter-in-law's new baby - due in December.  Yes, December. There's a good chance I won't have it done by then but they know it's coming!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Why Did I Get a Puppy?


About three weeks ago I got a six-week-old chocolate lab puppy who I named Lucy.  I knew having a puppy would be a lot of work but I wasn't prepared for how awful it would be.