"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness" 2 Corinthians 12:9

Sunday, May 24, 2009

I'm totally beat

And I mean that with every sense of the word.  I haven't had any computer time since Thursday afternoon, so haven't gotten to post.  I have been working like a mad woman on a mission in this house.  Thursday night when I got home from work, I started gathering and boxing miscellaneous ideas in Tori's room and worked on this most of the evening.  On Friday, Wesley came over to help his momma out.  He and I gathered all the things for goodwill into the back of his truck and headed out.  Either they are loving me or hating at Goodwill.  I don't have any idea how much "junk" I have taken there.  After dropping all that off, we swung by our local senior center.  I have a piano that I have been trying to get rid of, no one plays it here, takes lots of room, and it just too heavy to move again.  So anyway, I stopped in to see if they might be interested.  Unfortunately they didn't need it but one of the seniors there was a piano teacher and she said maybe one of her students could use one.  Also the director of the center wanted my phone number and name and said she might know of some people, within a few hours, she called me and said she wanted it.  SCORE!  So she is suppose to call on Tuesday to set up a pick up time.  WOO HOO!

Once we got back home from that little errand, Wesley and I loaded up our vehicles with all the things from Tori's room and headed to her dads.  It felt good getting that stuff out of the house.  Let me tell you.  This took the better part of the day.  By the end of the day I was famish and sore.  So Michael and I headed out to dinner and done some grocery shopping.  I wanted to pick up some things, because the kids are coming over on Monday for a BBQ. 

Yesterday morning Michael and I got out EARLY in the yard and were there all day.  I really got nothing done in the house except for washing the linens off Tori's bed, and ours.  We spent the day working on planting flower beds.  After that, we had 3 yds. of mulch delivered and we got  that all out too.  Do you know how much 3 yds of mulch is?  Let me tell you it's ALOT!  2 yards wouldn't have been enough and 3 was too much, but we decided to put the extra in our veg. garden to keep the weeds down.  So needless to say my flower beds look great.  I mowed the back yard while Michael was working on other yard work.  Finally at 8 last night we called it a night.  We ordered dinner to be delivered and then we vegged in front of the TV for a couple hours, and it was all I could do to stay awake.  So hit the hay, just to get up and start all over today. 

We have LOTS of little piddly jobs that that have to be done upstairs and we have divided those up to conquer them.  So while Michael is taking a break from inside work, by going outside...I decided to post to my blog, and update ya.  He is power washing the front of the house,porch, driveway and the one sides of our house.  He has already done the back when he redid the deck.  Anyway, we want the front to look nice before the guys bring in my doors.  My new front door and slider is going to be installed on Thursday and I can hardly wait.  We also plan to call the carpet guys either tomorrow or Tuesday, and get that oredered and installed.  So as you can see there hasn't been alot of time for the weary here.  Just pushing forward.  I can see the light!!!

Gotta scoot...really do have things I should be doing...feeling guilty sitting here when I know he is hard at work. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Busy as a bee

Hey blogging friends, today is going to be a busy day.  I have bunches of things that I want to get done today. Plus the weather is suppose to be in the 80's. Which makes me a very happy girl.  It just gives me that extra boost of energy that I need to accomplish some things.
I didn't get alot done last night after I got home because frankly, I was tired and took a nap instead, then had to head out to a meeting so by the time I got home, I just wanted to watch AI and go to bed.  Not without getting my votes in for Kris though.  Those phone lines were busy for the longest time.  I think both guys deserve to be in the finals, but I am just drawn to Kris.  His ability all around.  Is there a instrument he can't play?  To me, Adam is so predictable and guess I lost luster with him some time back.  But after tonight I guess we will now who the new idol is.  Is anyone watching the new Bachlorlette show?  I recorded it, but haven't watched it yet.  I really like Jillian and it will be interesting to see her pick in guys.  I already have a favorite guy for her from the little bit I did see, but not going to divulge that right now.  Let's face it, I got to watch the show to see if he even stuck around for the next show.
Anyhow, yesterday while I was out at lunch I picked up a few things to complete some projects that have been running through my head.  I picked up some of those liquid chalk markers that Auntie Ruth has been telling us about.  Can't wait to try my hand at putting some pretty messages on my chalkboard for the kitchen.  Plus I picked up a roll of black and white toile wrapping paper that I plan to line the back of my hutch with.  I am anxiously awaiting my new dinnerware from Longaberger and thought the toile paper would be a pretty and formal backdrop for me new dinnerware.  I also picked up some new valences for my son's room, so need to change those out too. 
Our door guy comes today and we have also contacted a plumber to install a new shower fixture in our shower.  Michael did all the other installations but this one is going to be a bit tricky and wants to get a professional to do it.  We also picked up some carpet swatches so we can make a decision about that.  Man is things rolling right along.
With the weather being so pretty today, I hope we can get the rest of our flowers out.
So tell me what is on your agenda for today?
Gotta scoot for now, check back for some pictures soon. 
Hugs!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Can you say random?

Hi friends, Just wanted to say hello and wish you all a great day.  It is a sunny pretty day here in Maryland.  Albeit a bit breezy for my taste, but sunny and pretty all the same.  Looking forward to June because maybe the temps will be more consistent.  Last night it got down to freezing here.  can you believe that?  Fortunately I don't think any of the flowers or veggies we put over the weekend suffered. 

We don't usually do a big garden but we do put a few things out each year.  Several different type of tomatoes.  We both love them.  I like the little cherry ones for my salads, and the beef steak ones, I use mainly for burgers and such, plus I like to use fresh ones for my pico de gallo.  Boy do we love that stuff.  We also put out several types of peppers.  We like sweet peppers, but Michael has to have his hot peppers, so I always do some jalapeno's for him.   I also like to put out cucumbers, because that is something I just like to snack on or use in salads too.  My mom use to make pickles, but I never have tried that...but one of these years I am going to try it.  I also put out two kinds of squash, I love fried squash and Michael makes them great.  Mine aren't usually all that good, I think I cook them to fast, but his are always perfect.  Usually I put out zucchini but couldn't find any...that is until today on my lunch hour.  I ran out and found a couple of slips so I am sure they will be in the ground later today.  :)  Squash is such a favorite for us.  We like to cook it in foil on the grill and add some peppers, onions and some seasonings...mmmmmmmmm yummy.  I am ready for garden produce to start coming in, and cooking out on the grill.  Nothing says summer to me like a big cookout.

So tell me, what are some things that you put in your garden?
Other than typical stuff there is really nothing going on with me.  Mainly house projects but hopefully that is going to be over soon.  Tomorrow afternoon, we have a guy coming over to show us samples of doors, and we are hoping we will be able to order them and get them installed next week.  That is one of our major jobs still left to do. Of course our other major job is replacing the carpet on the stairs and upstairs.  Hoping to do that in the next week or so.  I will be so happy when those things are done. It will feel like such a huge accomplishment. 

This weekend ( I have a three day weekend) I plan to go through my kitchen with a fine tooth comb, and clean out the cupboards.  That will be a chore.  But again, it will be a nice feeling knowing it is all behind us.  It isn't exactly how I wanted to spend my Memorial Day, but hopefully I can get out at some point and do something fun.
Yesterday I went to the salon and got my hair cut  and highlighted.  Let me tell you girls, it is BLONDE!  It is taking getting used too. But now I feel ready for summer.  Well almost, I could of/should of tried to lose a couple of pounds but that didn't happen.  Oh well, I'm hopeful I will drop of little weigh with the hot months upon us.

I will try to get Michael to get a picture of me in the next few days and post my hair.  Be prepared to be shocked.
Well ladies, I need to scoot...got things to do.
Have a blessed Tuesday.
Hugs,
Cindy

Monday, May 18, 2009

Semi busy weekend

Hi ya'll...wow here we are at the start of another week.  Where does the time go?  This weekend was a wet and cold one and so I didn't get nearly as much done as I had planned.  Although I did get my plants bought for the yard on Friday night which was a big project for us. Then we went and met friends for dinner.  It was a fun and relaxing time.  But Saturday morning hubby and I  were really lazy and didn't get a early start on the yard as we had planned.  But we did get a little bit of work done outside before we had to head off to take pictures for all the proms.  It was a busy day.  (I do have some pictures of Tori in her dress, but will have to get them off my camera)

We reworked the flowerbed border in our front yard and moved some plantings  around, actually thinned out some of our flowers and moved some to different areas in the yard. Plus added some new ones for that splash of color.  But we still have 2 flats of flowers to still get in pots and in the yard. Our plan was to do that on Sunday, but it was just cold and windy and looked like rain all day.  So we worked in the house.  Which needed it.  While Michael put another coat of paint on our foyer (until he ran out of paint that is) I piddled around the house, trying to make it more cozy and warm.  My house looks so sterile, and I am just not use to THAT look.  I like it, but I know it isn't there yet, because I don't have that sense of satisfaction yet.  But I am getting there.  I am finding that the older I am getting my style and taste are changing?  Does this happen to any of you?   I still need to pick up a few new things to complete the look that I am striving for.


I also got everything on my to do list done last week in my bedroom.  Now comes the fun part...NOT, of getting the boxes and extra furniture pieces out of there and into storage. If you look around my house, you will find boxes for goodwill, storage, and toss. We really  need to focus on getting Tori's room complete and then we will be able to call in the carpet folks.  I know once the carpet is laid, the house will look so different.  I know that will be a big change. And I can't wait.  We called the man about the new doors, and we are waiting to set up a time with him to make a decision and get them ordered so we can have them installed.  Woo Hoo!   So things are slowly moving along.  I noticed this weekend, that Michael and I are both so tired.  The gusto we started out with is waning and it's hard to get the momento back when you have to start and stop all the time.  I think if he had several days off, he could probably finish up most of the stuff.

Ok....so what do you all think of my new header for this site?  That is a actually picture of my front door during the summer months.  I wish I had gotten some more of it when all the flowers were in full bloom...but will have to remember that for another time.  I think I am going to be working on a new look and header for my home site as well.  Hopefully soon I will work on it.
Need to scoot, I have new list to make, hope you all have a blessed Monday.
Hugs!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Safegaurding your marriage

Howdy friends, it's finally here...the weekend that is. I am beside myself, because it has been a LONG week with work and more work at home. Originally our forecast called for a wonderful weekend, but that has all changed and now it is all about rain. I know I shouldn't complain because later this summer we will be needing it. So I am trying to be optimistic and just work between showers. That is if there is "between time". I still would like to get out in the yard and get some flowers in the ground. Will see if it happens or not.

Right now I am in the midst of reading about three books and last night I ran across a book that I had forgotten that I had until I went to packing away books last night. I ran across a book by Kay Arthur on a biblical marriage. So now it resides on my bedside table. I read about two chapters of it last night before calling it a night. I am excited to read this book. It really looks good. This is the book description:

"A Marriage Without Regrets": No matter where you are or where you've been, you can have

This book isn’t about how to have a perfect marriage, or to change our spouses,” says Kay. “It’s about having the kind of marriage where you can stand before God and say, ‘Lord, I was all that You intended me to be.’ Only when we make that kind of commitment can we truly have a marriage without regrets!”


Speaking candidly about her first marriage, her conversion to Christianity, and her longtime marriage to Jack, Kay offers practical advice on effective communication, security and significance, difficult relationships, parenting, and God’s guidelines for divorce and remarriage.

Readers will discover what the Bible says about.

  • resolving conflict
  • understanding each partner’s role
  • improving the sexual relationship
    becoming financially wise

  • respecting and keeping marriage vows

  • This rerelease with a fresh new cover (more than 110,000 copies sold) contains the marriage–building and life–changing material Kay has presented to enthusiastic audiences worldwide—helping thousands of people in many countries experience supportive, Christ–centered marriages.

    No matter how great we think our marriage is, it could always be better. I know after the dimise of my first marriage (which I thought was a great marriage) if you don't stay connected to God, the creator of marriage then when things start falling apart, your marriage will too.



    I often look back at the mistakes that was made in that marriage and my part in them and remind myself, I don't want to make the same mistakes twice. I hope I have learned from that experience, no matter how good it is and how much you love someone else, you have to be practical. I loved my husband and was more than forgiving on many issues that others couldn't believe I could forgive. But my marriage was important to me, as I had made a covenant with God. I honestly believe I was married to this man for a lifetime. However, one thing I learned during the process, that one can't do it alone. I didn't want the divorce but he did and you can't make someone else stay if they don't want it. I believe I wanted the marriage for all the right reasons, and I asked/pleaded with God to save this marriage. However, my ex told me he didn't love me anymore. I felt so hurt and rejected, and I knew that I had never known anyone other than my family that loved me so unconditionally as he did. So what happened!!! I believe what happened is that God wasn't the center for both of us. I believe my ex couldn't or wouldn't deal with the past mistakes he had made, even though I was willing to forgive the past so we could move on to the kind of marriage that God ordains.



    Marriages aren't safeproof unless you put GOD first. I have known for a while that was a major problem in the first marriage. So many hurt feelings, and no abilitly to forgive ourselves. You later, sit and ask yourself what happened? I know I did. I know that me and my ex both played a part in the demise of our once happy home.And I know we will answer to God for that one day. But by God's grace, we can move on and be happy once again. Believe me, I never thought that would happen for me.



    I guess that is why this book has intrigued me. You see, know matter how strong you think your marriage is, Satan has a way of moving in. And he will, unless you both stand firm and arm yourself with the appropriate armour. Be ready to go to battle for your marriage. This book tells us the biblical truths about marriage and how God designed it for us so that we could have a marriage with no regrets. I had one with LOTS of regrets but I NEVER want to have another one that way. God is/will be the center of this marriage.


    Didn't mean to get off on a tangent but I feel so convicted that I have to share with you, that you MUST have God in your marriage. It is the most vital part of your marriage. As the bible says, " What God has put together".....you know the rest. Please safeguard your marriage by knowing what the bible says about it. Don't be a victim of divorce as I have been.





    It took me a long time and lots of prayer before I could move forth in another relationship. But I have been blessed to find a man who loves ALL of me. I have been blessed to have that twice in my lifetime. (yes, I say twice, because I know my first husband did too, but ....) I want to glorify God in this new marriage. I thank God everyday for my husband and continue to pray that he will be the head of the household as that is God wants. I have been learning to trust again, and that has been hard when you have felt so violated and rejected. But God has a way of healing those wounds. Praise God!


    As I did deeper in this book and also in th WORD, I will be made aware of where/how/why my first marriage when wrong, so that I don't repeat the same mistakes.


    I hope I have given you something to think about.


    Feel free to drop me a note if you feel you have something to share. Would love to hear from you.

    Blessed,

    Cindy

    Thursday, May 14, 2009

    Movin right along!!!

    How ya'll doin? Can you believe that this month is half way over? I'm not sure where the time is going but it is moving, I think the older we get the faster time travels. Before long, instead of getting ahead, I am going to be falling way behind.
    So glad Michael got the yard work done last night, because the rain set in this morning. It rained all the way into work on me. Word has it, it isn't suppose to rain all day. We will see. Right now the clouds look grab and drab. Poo! But that makes it a good day to work in the house..huh? So back to my list.
    Last night I finally got my main floor cleaned completely up with the exception of a few boxes that we need to move to the garage for storage. They are just to heavy for me to lift alone...but other than that..I finally feel like I can breathe again. I hate when my house is in a state of chaos'. My plans for today are to start on my room upstairs. I have a antique cabinet in there that has all my collection of books (that I want to keep), so I need to box all them up. So we can remove the cabinet from the room. I also have a chest at the foot of my bed that houses bunches of my handbags, so I need to box them up as well. Need to get that chest out of my room. I'm trying to create space as well as have things out of the way for the carpet layers. Basically my room is going to get a good clean.
    I think Michael is going to start painting in the foyer. We have a tall foyer (20 ft.) so he is going to freshen that up with a coat a paint and bring it on up the stairs into the hall area. After that...ALL the painting will be done in the house. Woo Hoo! So guess that means we will both be busy tonight.
    Any fans of AI? Did you see the show last night? I hated to see Danny go, but was thrilled Kris got to stay. I love him. I know alot of you are big fans of Adam, but I really am tired of him and his attitude. To me, he acts as if he has already won this competition. Did you see the look of the judges faces when Kris name was announced? Unbelievable outcome last night. Guess I will have to make sure that Kris gets my votes again next week.
    Need to scoot...my bedroom is calling me. Hope you all have a wonderful evening.
    Blessings,
    Cindy

    Wednesday, May 13, 2009

    A treat from a special friend

    Hi ya'll! Today is yard day! Yeppers! The yard has to be mown again before the rains come again tomorrow. One good thing about doing it today is maybe we will not have to do it again this weekend...but depending on the rain, we just might. Seems like the lawn has been getting cut twice a week. Michael and I are both particular about the lawn. I just think it sets the tone of the home at first glance. If you have a yard that is unkept and overgrown, then you can't help speculate at what the inside must look like. Or is that just me? If a yard is well manicured then usually the inside of the house has been taken care of too. The weather is in the 70's here today so that makes it nice weather to do it. This weekend I hope to get to get out and get some annuals for a splash of color for the yard. All my perennials are doing great and look wonderful. But I haven't had the time or opportunity to get anything for my flower pots.

    Last night when I opened my mail, I had a sweet little treat waiting for me from my friend Judy. I am so honored that she enjoys visiting with me. She presented me with this lovely little award. sisterhood_award

    The rules for this award are:

    Put the logo on your blog or post.
    Nominate up to 10 blogs which show great attitude and/or gratitude!
    Be sure to link your nominees within your post.
    Let them know that they have received this award.
    Remember to link the person from whom you received the award.

    Ladies, since all my friends already seem to have this award, I am not passing along.

    Again Judy thank you!

    Well, need to get outside and get at it....

    Sending hugs!

    Are you a dreamer or doer






    You Are a Dreamer






    You are primarily concerned with possibilities. You tend to be a fanciful person.

    All of the world's opportunities sometimes overwhelm you.



    You are obsessed with ideas and tend to be a big thinker. Theories interest you greatly.

    You crave intellectual stimulation. You are drawn to a philosophical way of life.



    Tuesday, May 12, 2009

    Tuesday Thoughts

    Hi ya'll!  Just popping on for a few minutes to check in.  I hope this finds you all having a good great week.  So far so good on this end.  It has been busy but guess that is what happens when you have a million things going on.  Our weather here has been wild.  Seems like we have had alot of rain, just like everyone else, so getting in the yard to do yard work hasn't been real easy. I did get my wildflower garden tilled and planted though. I really hope that they do well this year, because I love to be able to bring fresh flowers in the house, and wildflowers are probably my favorite.  I like there carefree look. They are  a bit whimsy and look like they don't have a care in the world.  Kinda the way I wish my life was.

    This week is going to be a full week at work and then this weekend, my daughter is going to be going to her senior prom.  It's hard to believe that she will be graduating in a few short weeks. Where does the time go?  Seems like only yesterday she was starting school, and now she is finishing it.  Next week she will take "the board certification" for cosmetology and she is a bit nervous about it.  But I think she will do fine. This is something that she has ALWAYS wanted to do, and she is rather good at it...so I hope she passes so she will have that behind her.  She has been working in a salon for awhile,that she loves.  She worked there last summer and this school year she has been working on the weekends and in the evenings when she has been needed, but they have offered her a job once she is out of school and passes her board.  She is very excited.

    Well last night when I got home, I cleaned out my living room...yeah!!!  Granted alot of things got moved to the dining room table until I can find a new home for it, or pack it away.  It's so difficult to decide what to do with "stuff" treasures  when your just not sure what your going to need to put finishing touches on things.  So guess you know what I am going to do tonight.One guess?  I will be trying to work my way through some of the clutter treasures on that table.  I am still  trying to work off my list that I have made out for this week.  Trying to do just a few things each day.  One thing is for sure, this new schedule I have now is more conducive of getting a few things done in the evening for me.  Before, by the time I got home I was just too tired to work on the house.  Now I do a little each day and I feel like I am being productive.  And I like that feeling. Just a few things on my list for this week are:
    • Clean out the Living Room ( done)
    • Pack up books in my bedroom
    • Remove bookshelves from room. Take to storage
    • Clean from under my bed (I use it for storage)
    • Pack up my vanity items (Take vanity to storage)
    • Clean "junk" off of dining room table
    • Take items to goodwill
    • Call about the new doors
    • Make call about the piano
    • Hang blinds in Living Room
    • Start painting the foyer and upstairs hallway
    A while back I saw this "funny" about our work spaces....Do you spend alot of time at work?  If you do and are like me then you probably can relate to some of these pictures.(I can't remember where I found this, but if you know, tell me so that I can give credit, thanks!)
    If you spend a large part of your week in an office or cubicle, interesting and pretty accessories can make that time more enjoyable. So below, I offer some suggestions for transforming your work space.
    Don't forget a green plant or two. They help to purify that stuffy recycled air and bring a little of the outside in.

    Try arranging your furniture & equipment in a new a different way. Moving things around a bit will keep it interesting!

    New slipcovers will give your well-worn things a new, fresh look.

    Create a new look with wallpaper. Who said foil went out with the 80's??

    Here's an example of budget-friendly decor.

    Finally, when you want the boss to know that you're not even thinking of working over the Holiday weekend...


    Well guess I need to wrap this up so that I can get to work. You saw my list. ..Have a great rest of the day!

    Monday, May 11, 2009

    A Organized Mind

    Hi Ya'll! Happy Monday and I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day!! It was such a pretty day, it was a bit breezy here in Maryland, but the sun was out and it was so pretty. I had the opportunity to spend some time with my kids yesterday and that is always nice. My daughter stopped over in the morning for a visit before she had to start her day and we had a nice time chatting, and then my oldest son came over and spent the day with me and he made me dinner. It was such a wonderful treat to have him make me dinner. I loved it. My second son came over after he got off from work and spent the evening with me and had dinner with us. I loved having them both there for a little while. I feel truly blessed by the young men they have grown into.
    Most of the weekend was spent working in the house, so didn't get much else accomplished. But we did get alot done over the course of two days. Although one of my big goals was to get the main floor completely finished and back in order...Well the work is completely finished but it all isn't back in order, still have the living room to declutter. Guess I will have to work on that over the course of the next several days after I get off work. Boy does my house look different. When my oldest son came over yesterday I ask him what he thought and if he liked it...his reply, " Mom, you have been robbed". I started laughing because to me that was such a funny statement. Especially if you knew me and how my house normally looks. When it is all done, I will share pictures at my home blog. You see, I have LOTS of stuff in my house....but I have boxed up the most of it...so right now, it is sparse...because I want the house to look as big as possible. But it sure did look different to him. It amazing how different a house feels without ALL the stuff...and how good it feels, there really is alot of truth to "it unclutters the mind".
    For me, I find I am a better mother and wife if I have a organized Mind.I found this article (http://www.stacksandstacks.com/) awhile back and I think it relates well for me maybe it will for you too.

    10 Tips to an Organized Mind

    By Jan Hayner
    stickysrock
    By organizing your mind, you get rid of clutter that fills the brain, which causes stress and anxiety. We all have enough things in our lives that are uncontrollable that can create problems, so why not organize the things that we can control, giving us a true feeling of accomplishment and stress free living.
    These 10 tips will help you to keep your mind on-track and help you organize your life:
    1. Make a note.
    Always carry a pocket size notebook in your purse or pocket and when you remember something that needs to be done, the very best thing to do is write it down. Check your notes daily to help make your next 'list of things to do.'
    2. Keep it all in one place and create a workspace.
    Always have a workspace or work center in your home. This is the heart of your work area, where you keep your notes, bills, calendar etc.
    3. Keep your body healthy.
    Eat healthy; get plenty of rest and lots of good exercise. This will see you through to having a good memory, staying focused and being alert. A body that is healthy, works well, is more active, concentrates better and functions on a higher level.
    4. Record those 'instant' thoughts.
    Mini pocket recorders are available that attach to your key chain for those fast little thoughts that run through your mind and need to be written down. Unfortunately when driving a car, working on an important document or running after kids it is not easy to stop and write a note. HOWEVER, it is easy to record your thoughts on a mini recorder and play them back later.
    5. Leave a message for yourself.
    Call your answering machine and leave a message for yourself. It could be things you need to take care of in your home; you may need to make an appointment, to schedule a play date for your child, clean out the gutters, or something you need to add to the grocery list. By leaving a message, it will eliminate it from your mind and you will have a note in place to remind you of it later.
    6. Trust yourself.
    Know that the note you have left is important and not to be ignored. Do not overlook a note or message that you have left for yourself thinking that it can be done later. It was important enough to jot it down, now do it!
    7. Email reminders.
    If your job is computer related or you have access to one, you can send yourself an Email or subscribe to an email, calendar or reminder service. Most of these are already 'free of charge' on your own computers.
    8. Use Post-it sticky notes.
    The bright, neon colors will be great to catch your eye. Need to make an urgent call first thing in the morning? Leave a Post-It Note on your telephone. Need to remind the kids to brush better, leave a note on the bathroom mirror, or keep all of your notes at your work center for fast reference.
    9. Use timers for instant reminders.
    Set your timer to beep a few minutes before you leave for work to start your air conditioner in the car. Set your timer for a break in your work schedule, to remind you that you need to make that important phone call or that you have 'x' number of minutes left for a particular goal to be accomplished.
    10. A picture is worth a thousand words.
    You may need to remind yourself what your goal is so you do not get off task. If it is organizing a closet, hang a picture of an organized closet on your closet door. If it is getting a document ready for a client, have a picture of someone smiling holding a paper. If it is making a shelf, have a picture of the finished product hanging up to remind you that all of the work is worth the effort.
    For years I was pretty organized and then I went to work full time. My life changed drastically when I wasn't home all day. All the things that I had done so effortlessly, was now taking everything in me to do. I was letting things go that I had never done before. It was creating chaos' in my house, but mainly in my mind. When my house was in limbo, so was my mind. Over time, I have been trying to work myself back to a more organized state of home/and mind. Working on simplifying my life in all areas.

    I worked on my "Simple Daybook" last night, so if you would like to read my entry you can hop over to visit.
    "Any fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction."
    ~ Albert Einstein
    Keep life simple.
    Hope you have a blessed Monday!
    Hugs,
    Cindy

    Friday, May 8, 2009

    Just a few weekend plans

    Just a little howdy before the weekend starts. I am sure my time this weekend will be busy, since Michael and I both will be at the house and we have LOTS to accomplish in those two days. Note to self * Get my list ready. Our biggest goal is getting the main floor of our house back together. If your wondering what all is going on then jump over to my home blog and take a look see!

    Well here it is Mother's Day weekend. Do any of you have any special plans? As of now, I don't have any big plans. Sad I know....not really. All three of my kids are very busy right now and it is hard to get us all together for any amount of time. So if we can't get together then I am sure we will at a later time.

    When God Created Mothers
    by Erma Bombeck

    When the good Lord was creating mothers He was into His sixth day of
    "overtime" when the angel appeared and said, "You're doing a lot of fiddling
    around this one."
    And the Lord said, "Have you read the specs on this order? She has to be
    completely washable, but not plastic; Have 180 moveable parts... all
    replaceable; Run on black coffee and leftovers; Have a lap that disappears
    when she stands up; A kiss that can cure anything from a broken leg to a
    disappointed love affair; And six pairs of hands."
    The angel shook her head slowly and said, "Six pairs of hands... no way."
    "It's not the hands that are causing me problems," said the Lord. "It's the
    three pairs of eyes that mothers have to have."
    "That's on the standard model?" asked the angel.
    The Lord nodded. "One pair that sees through closed doors when she asks,
    "What are you kids doing in there?" when she already knows. Another here in
    the back of her head that sees what she shouldn't but what she has to know,
    and of course the ones here in front that can look at a child when he goofs
    up and say, "I understand and I Love You" without so much as uttering a
    word."
    "Lord", said the angel, toughing His sleeve gently, "Come to bed.
    Tomorrow..."
    "I can't," said the Lord, "I'm so close to creating something so close to
    myself. Already I have one who heals herself when she is sick... can feed a
    family of six on one pound of hamburger... and can get a nine-year-old to
    stand under a shower."
    The angel circled the model of a mother very slowly. "It's too soft," she
    sighed.
    "But tough!" said the Lord excitedly. "You cannot imagine what this mother
    can do or endure."
    "Can it think?"
    "Not only think, but it can reason and compromise," said the Creator.
    Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek. "There's a
    leak," she pronounced. "I told You. You were trying to put too much into
    this model."
    "It's not a leak," said the Lord, "it's a tear."
    "What's it for?"
    "It's for joy, sadness, disappointment, pain, loneliness and pride."
    "You are a genius," said the angel.
    The Lord looked somber. "I didn't put it there."

    Happy Mother's Day

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    Thursday, May 7, 2009

    Thursday Thoughts

    Hi buddies, Can you believe it, another post for me...what is she going to talk about today? Ah, who knows. I have had a slow morning here at work and so thought I would work on a post. I know I should be working on some more training, but don't feel inspired to that....YET! I will....

    DSC00021 This morning my mind has been busy working overtime, with all kinds of thoughts about home, family, spiritual, you name it. I feel my existence tugging on me in a million little directions. Now for me that can be a bad thing, but actually now, it's not, It's a good thing. I feel like I have my motivation back, which has been lacking for a while now. Over the course of the last several days (maybe week) I have been working on getting my perspective back to where it is/was suppose to be. For a while, I was just one tired soul. Since my new schedule, I am feeling more "normal" and rested. It is simply amazing what a difference and outlook you have when your body gets proper rest. My optimistic attitude had become more negative. Which is a trait I simply hate. I know that is a strong word, but it is so true for me. Do you realize how many people have negative attitudes and they don't even realize it? For me, I do realize when mine is like that. And I don't like it. And seems no matter what I was doing it wasn't getting better. Praise God, I don't feel that way anymore. For the most part, I am back to my happy little self with way to much going on. :) Oh well, I know it is temporary. Once our house projects are complete, things should settle down.

    So did you all see my video that I posted last night? Isn't Chondra a funny lady? Just love her humor and the way she can laugh at herself. I have found another woman that I also enjoy, her name is Jeanne Robertson, see what you think!


    Well, I am going to work on a little post for my homemaking site, so if you want to check it out...jump on over there.

    Hope your having a blessed week.

    Cindy

    Wednesday, May 6, 2009

    Happy Wednesday Everybody

    mdayflowers Two days in a row...that definitely has to be a record for me.  smile_omgMy track record hasn't been all that good lately.  Today was so much better than the other days of the week.  The sun actually came out to play for a bit....but tonight the rain started in again and it came a downpour.

    I had a little bit of free time so decided to change my background to something a bit more cheery.  What ya think?  Well this week is zippingpartyballoons right along, and before we know it, it will be the weekend.  Our dear  friends ( the ones we go out with all the time) he is turning the big 50 on Friday.  So hoping that sometime we will be able to get with them to celebrate. I know they have lots of plans with family this weekend and with it being Mothers Day they have to incorporate those activities as well.  So not sure if we can get together Friday or if we will have to wait until next week.

     computertrainingThis week at work I have been working on some computer training and it has actually been fun for me.  It's been awhile since I have been given the opportunity to do anything like that at work, so I have been plowing through them.  Today I started working with Photoshop CS.  It looks like it will be a good class.  Although I have worked with web pages for years, I haven't actually done much in the graphic arena, and I have been itching to work with some of the software. 

    Well, guess I should wrap this up, i haven't eaten tonight and it's already after 9.  So need to grab a snack and hit the hay.  But before I go, i want to leave you with something to make you laugh.

    Tuesday, May 5, 2009

    Saying hi

    Just stopping in to say a quick hello and hope you all are doing well.  Sorry I have been gone for so long, but so much is going on with me these last several months that I can't seem to stay on top of things.  And my blog has kinda gone to the way side.  I hope soon that I will be able to visit with some of you again.  I do keep up through my RSS feeds though. 

    Working on ALL the additional renovations is taking all our free time, so bare with me.  Miss you all!

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