Wednesday, January 18, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

I have been busy my friends! 
Downsizing is going well.
I've taken 2 large loads to the thrift shop so far and have another one to take tomorrow.  I've also sold several things that were taking up space and I have a few boxes of things for my church rummage sale.  It feels good.
No takers for my milk glass yet, so I'll either try to sell online or pack it up for the church rummage sale.  I have some nice pieces I hate to just get rid of.
Annie's Cat Tree is being sold.  She 'looks' at it and might get on it to look out the window once in awhile but I have found she is more of a race car cat (zoom zoom) then a climber.  I'll get my money back, clear up more space in the spare room and so it's a win win for me! 
I ordered some new paint brushes and a palette, so I am ready to take an online water color class for beginners.
Skillshare is offering their premium level classes right now .99 for 3 months!
What a deal!  Check it out!

I've set my reading goal for 2017 at 105 books!  I read 100 in 2016.  I use Goodreads to keep track of my books.  I add a 'shelf' in my books read list for each year and it's so easy to keep track that way.  I also get reviews and recommendations from other readers.
I use to write down the books in a notebook but I find this easier for sure! 

With all this warm weather I'm afraid things will start to bloom and then we will get another freeze and ruin our spring.  This plant in my house has bloomed and brought me much needed joy!  
It is a Cyclamen and has bloomed so many times since I bought it. They come in many colors and I think I'll try to buy another one in a different color. 

The Grands are doing well.  Tiger had a cold but is over that now.  He and his Dad did a Day of Service for MLK day and cleaned a very old cemetery in their neighborhood. 
The adults worked but so did the kids! 
They live in a great neighborhood and the families are really coming together to make a difference!
Scout is moving up to a new class in daycare and is very interested in the potty!  Hopefully she will be easy to train and soon!  I can't believe she will be two in April! 

Annie Belle is a snuggley sweet cat and is not still long enough to take photos most days!  I'll have to get some of her soon and share! 

That's about it folks!

Wishing you JOY,

Linda




Friday, January 6, 2017

First Week of January!

My first post of the new year!
I've been fighting this awful cold and while I am finally doing a bit better it has taken it's toll on my energy.
I'm in the path of this winter storm and we may get some snow.  It's a good time to just stay warm inside and work a bit more on my spare room.
It was a project from last year that never got finished because of my house guest and other various things happening.  I did sell the day bed and got rid of some bookcases and a large (falling apart) dresser.  Some IKEA shelves were added and then I had surgery, so all of it came to a halt.
I now have a futon that will act as an extra bed when needed and take up much less room.  I make a huge mess when I re-arrange and purge items.  A small room doesn't leave much space to work in so it spills out into the living room.  I took a large load of things to the Habitat for Humanity yesterday.
Yay me!  AND...I didn't go in to shop.
I'm trying to stay out of the thrift shops for all of January.  I need to break the habit of just looking and buying small things because they are cute! 
Cute becomes clutter!
Take this purchase from Nov. of four Blue birds of Happiness.  So cute, only .25 ea how could I leave them there.  BUT, now I have a flock of glass blue birds and honestly what do I do with them? 
Time to downsize, and I think it's really reached into my heart and soul this time. 
I love my collections but they have once again gotten out of hand.  I want to edit them and keep the pieces I love the most and return the others to the wild for someone else to find. 
Where to start? 
First of all I must get my spare room arranged and cleaned of things I no longer use so I can have some space to make decisions.  It feels good to do this!
I want to own my things, not have them own me.  Now I will never be a minimalist.  It's not in my nature but the sheer number of things I own is overwhelming.  January has begun a change for the better!
  Anyone else feeling this way?

I had a few photos I wanted to share.
This one of Scout might be my favorite Christmas photo of 2017
The Grands were going to bed Christmas Eve and Scout headed back out to the living room alone.  There she found the cookies & milk for Santa that Tiger had left out and just helped herself.
Her Dad caught her in the act and thus this photo!  Makes me smile!
My girl and her girl!
Tiger, in tiger pj's brushing his teeth!
My Grands seeing a new baby lamb!

Wishing you JOY,

Linda


Saturday, December 31, 2016

Reflections!

I ended last year with the sad passing of my brother.  
I was hoping for a better 2016,
 but it wasn't to be.

February 6, 2016 I lost my sweet Charlie.
That along with the loss of my brother sent me into a depression that has taken a good while to come out of.  With my immune system down I got sick and for months didn't seem to be able to get well.  It was a hard time.
But great friends to the rescue...
These gals came over and gave me a pity party which cheered me up so much! 
The love of friends is amazing.

May was crazy but we moved my Mom from her Independent living apt to the duplex next to mine and it was great!
I love having her next door and being able to spend more time with her.  She is much happier here, this feels more like a home to her!
June arrives!
Birthday month!
Fun right? Not!!
Just as I'm getting 'well' and feeling 'better' I have acute pancreatitis and gallbladder surgery.
I think will the good times return ever?
The summer passes in a blur of unpacking and setteling Mom in.  Time with the Grands and of course some junkin!  Then my friend Carter sells his house and moves in with Mr. Toes his cat until he can find a new house.

What is expected to take a couple of months max turns into several months.  In fact he just moved out a few weeks ago.  He is a great friend and I was glad he had somewhere to stay while he house hunted.
So during times of loss, stress, depression and worrying about my children, I did what I often do and that is shop.  Thrift shop, junk shop and find treasures.  Not spending a lot of money but buying stuff.  To fill up my life?  my home?  my broken heart? 
Now that Carter has moved out I realize my home has once again become stuffed to the gills with stuff!  It's time to make some changes in 2017!

The best things about 2016?
The Grands of course.  They are the light of my life and watching them grow and be a part of it all just makes me the happiest Grandma ever!
They are ending 2016 with some time on the family farm in South Georgia!

I also found this sweet girl 
She has helped heal my heart! 
This year I also got more involved in my church.  Joining a Women's Bible study has strengthened me.  I've made new friends and that has filled my life also.

I don't make resolutions but do set some goals and here they are for 2017!

*Get the Clutter out of my Home!!

*Take better care of myself, which includes eating healthier and getting more exercise.  I'm not getting any younger!

*Take time to enjoy special moments with my Mom, my children and my grands!

*Blog more!

*Pray more!

*Enjoy Life More!!


I still choose JOY!

Happy New Year to all!

Linda 

Monday, December 26, 2016

I Made It!

I made it through Christmas Day! 
This head cold has now settled in my throat and as of this morning, no voice!
But yesterday, what a fun time we had!
It started like this!
And ended like this!
The in between was chaotic but fun!
So many gifts!
Scout got blankets and a 'cell phone' that is in her hand (it's blue).  She would put it down to open another gift then go find it!
Her Minnie Mouse Sofa
(and Cheetos, this girl loves them)
A new purse with hair brush and other fun things.  Dolls, books and so many fun things I can't remember them all!
Last year she was such a baby but this year she got right into it!
Tiger was so excited!  He loves 'Thunderbirds' a British TV series from the 60's that he and his Dad watch on Netflix or Amazon.  It is about the Tracy family and the International Rescue's they do. They live on Tracy Island and this toy on Amazon was selling for as high as $200 but my smart Son In Law watched it and this past summer scored it for $30. (I just checked Amazon and today it's selling for $130). It was the highlight of Tiger's Christmas.
 He already had many of the space ships, characters and other things so this was just the best gift.  He also got PJ's, video episodes of the series and more space ships!
I got him a globe and a beginners Atlas that he will enjoy.  He is very curious about the world and always wanting to know where something is.  He also got clothes, hiking boots, a hiking stick, books and a marble maze.

I know we gave them a lot this year but my soul cried out for big Christmas
 and so it was! 
We had a breakfast of pigs in a blanket
That was enjoyed by all!
After Breakfast I went home to rest!
The Grands played with toys and then Scout took a nap.
Sara prepared the best meal and my Mom and I returned to enjoy it with them.
As hard as this Christmas was in many ways, it was also filled with Joy, Love and Laughter.  I am so blessed with this amazing family.

Wishing you JOY,

Linda

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas Eve!!

This has been a crazy December for me!
Busy with church activities and babysitting the Grands.  Helping my friend Carter move and trying to clean and rearrange my home.
All came to a halt when the dreaded Christmas Cold hit me.  Runny nose, sore throat and aches.  I'm a bit better but since Christmas waits for no man (or woman) I've been trying to power through.  I've not been able to get as much done as I had hoped but Christmas will arrive tomorrow and it will be perfectly imperfect!
My tree this year.  Set up on the dining room table and so far Miss Annie has not touched it.  I may try moving it back in front of a window next year but we will see.  I've enjoyed the bubble lights this year. 
A shopping mouse with an Eiffel Tower bottle of yummy cocoa sits under the tree also.
My newest Nativity is itty bitty but so cute!  
(I see the sheep fell over) 
Only filled one cubby this year with vintage Christmas but my Angels and Elfs are happy to be out and celebrating!
The Christmas birds joined by an Angel and a new Elf planter.  What a mish mash this year!
On the same shelf is a canvas the church choir director gave us with 'Then Sings My Soul' on it from the Christmas Music Program we presented.  NO I didn't sing, I narrated! 
(Believe me that's a good thing)
A little vignette to remember my brother this year.  I've kept the candle lit since Dec 23rd his flying away day.
This is the ornament I bought last year to add to my tree this year in remembrance of my brother Richard.
More little vignettes and I found my first hairpin flower frog at a thrift shop!
More things added to the new shelf!
Santa is holding my new Maileg Brother and Sister Mice...guess who they are?
Tiger & Scout of course!
Annie Belle got a new stocking for her first Christmas here.  It has toys in it already and her first 'nip'!
I found this cute little cat ornament at a thrift shop and it's perfect for Annie!
She is such a pretty girl.  I'm so glad she is here and living in her fur-ever home!
The Tabb Family 
Santa came by our Christmas lunch and visited the children!  We had such a great time with our church family.
Wishing you all a
 Very Merry Christmas!

I'll be going over in the morning to watch the Grands open presents.  Then return with my Mom later for a large family dinner.  Tonight is Christmas Eve candlelight service.  I am so blessed.
Thank you for being my readers and my friends.

Wishing you JOY

Linda