Lovin’ this, big time.
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8-14 inches expected today! Good grief. It’s really ok (seeing as though it IS winter); but we are missing out on our second Sunday at church, and I adore going to our little church. So boo on the snow for today.
Since I’ve had a bit of free time this morning, I’ve been doing a little online browsing; ran across a great article on Forbes about the CPSIA disaster. Good reading. I was a bit disheartened to learn that resell shops still aren’t truly exempt, and to learn that there are a few people out there that are, um…do I have words for people like this?
Yet prominent consumer groups have continued to defend even the law’s more extreme applications, and their spokespersons are dismissive of public outrage. “I haven’t heard a single legitimate concern yet,” Public Citizen’s David Arkush wrote last month.
Obviously Mr. Arkush, and those that are like minded, are…are…see? No words!
I suppose my big concern is that if this law is passed (oh wait! It already was!) that we’ll move quickly from “so-called-protecting” our children to even more heavy-handed regulation. Why not “protect” everyone? Let the government take over everything! No more small business, no more handmade…give an inch and they’ll take a mile.
Ok, enough of that for me this morning; I’m going to take my as-of-late life verse seriously and turn my mind to better things! I wrote it on my wall last week, and I think I’ll keep it up there for the time being:
I promise to be a bit more positive in my next post. 😉 But truly, if you haven’t taken action yet, click on the handmade link in my sidebar; let’s do what we can!
That’s it! I’m ready for Halloween to be over with (I HATE BEING SCARED!!!) and I’m ready for Thanksgiving to zoom right on by…bring on Christmas! I was watching the Early Show yesterday, and Aretha Franklin sang Hark the Herald Angels Sing. In the past, I’ve always waited for Thanksgiving day to break out the Christmas music and decorate the tree. But I’m ready for it now! (Don’t worry…won’t be decorating the tree anytime soon) but I think I’ll start listening to the Christmas tunes this weekend. I was at Target today and browsed their Christmas selection. Wow. Yay for the Holidays! (And by the way, is that not the CUTEST card you’ve seen at the top of my post? Click on the picture…it’ll hook you up with my sis-in-law’s shop, who is soon to be featured in a magazine!) Anyway, my Home Companion mag was waiting for me when I got home today; it’s also full of fun Christmassy things.
Welp, got my haircut and eyebrows waxed today at our local beauty school…was a whopping $13! (Thanks for the tip, Nicole!) My hair was so long, and I got it cut so short, that I was an inch shy of being able to donate it. I love it; it’s shorter than I was originally shooting for, but not bad at all. I’ll get Erick to take a pic soon. I feel like a much-cleaned-up woman.
Happy Halloween to those of you who actually enjoy it, haha!
This morning, Jack has:
a) drawn on the walls with crayon (note to self-invest in washable paint for the house)
b) poured out the salt on the flour
c) dumped the entire contents of the oregano on the floor
d) flung bits and pieces of his peanut butter and honey sandwich far and wide
e) scattered his bowl of popcorn ev.ery.where.
f) and has generally been a complete scamp today
g) I’m so glad he is down for his nap!
OOH! Check to see who’s blog my lovely sis-in-law has been featured on! Yipee!!!!
Now that the boys are tucked in, I plan on wrapping up a few things I’ve been working on. Stay tuned later today or tomorrow for pics!
Saturday morning Erick and I rolled out of bed early and spent the morning at Lowes, Home Depot, Winslow Supply, Target…watched our money trickle away on all of the “unfun” things that homeowners have to buy (aka pipes, heating elements, putty knives, etc…)
*Oh for Home Decor!*
To make up for all of the necessities, I ordered this from etsy seller Handgrown Pottery (had to have a little fun, you know). I have such an obsession with bowls. We have no pots or pans, no silverware, no utensils, but we do have bowls!!
Saturday afternoon we spent the day with Ashley who generously helped us scrape more wallpaper. And I have found the answer to this business! A steamer, water, and vinegar. We borrowed my parent’s small steamer, and I felt like breaking into the Hallelujah chorus! It was like wallpaper remover’s bliss! And then it busted…. We heard this terrific pop and somehow the pressure got to the steamer and it is sadly with us no more. (grrrrrrr) However, as long as we keep the paper really soggy with a half and half mixture of vinegar and water in a spray bottle, it does the job pretty well. Just not as well as if we had that steamer back!
Sunday after church we loaded everyone up (the boys, Papa and Nonnie) and we struck out for the house once again. The only big annoyance of this business is that we only have the weekends to work, and it’s so much easier if the boys aren’t around, but 2 days in a row of not seeing my kids is AWFUL!! So along with us they came! Fortunately, Grammie and our new friends came to our rescue and we had an amazing afternoon. Work is so much easier with a fun group! It certainly breaks up the monotony of it all. We are happy to report than Andrew and Erick got our plumbing up to par, so we now have use of the bathroom (no more runs to the store for potty breaks!) Next on the agenda is getting our heating pipes replaced, and Erick has become a master with sauter. He has completed the repairing of breaks in the living room and is almost wrapped up with the kitchen.
Dad took the cabinets down in the kitchen so I can release my design angst on the fake brick. 😀 Time to see it go!
While we were hard at work, the G kids kept Ry and Jack entertained. They had SO MUCH FUN. The previous owners of our house had an above ground swimming pool, so there is this gigantic sand pit in our back yard. At first glance I was horrified, but then I realized it was a blessing in disguise! What kid wouldn’t give and arm and a leg for a gigantic sand pit?! Eventually I’d like to line it with ocean rocks from our travels and put a fire pit in the center. But it will always remain a great place for the kiddos to get down and dirty. And get down and dirty they did. We had on and off again showers (which they LOVED), so of course the sand turned into mud (which was great for making sand castles and cities). But there is nothing like watching kids at play. It makes my heart so glad! Next time I’ll remember to bring the boys a change of clothes. 😉
Hard at Play
Dancing with Glee on our ghetto porch (I love that we have a porch, but I can’t wait to change it from screen to glass!)
The scrapin’ ladies
Dad tearing down the cabinets…
Today we are ordering our new flooring (yipee!) As soon as it’s down (click and lock…shouldn’t take a terrifically long time), the bathroom tiled, and the heating pipes fixed, we’ll move in and finish while we are there. I’m hoping by the end of the month?
Have a great Monday!
I walk, therefore I swish. Because this belly is full of coffee! All on account of the fact that the boys decided to wake their momma up before the clock had struck 5am. And that requires multiple cups of caffeine for this lady.
I am going to finally reveal to you the projects I have been spending my spare (ha!) time on lately; I’m really enjoying them! I’m plumb out of the white fabric, so I can go no further until a re-order. Here they are, in no particular order:
I’m going to upload them to Etsy soon…only so many things you can accomplish in a day!
One of those fabulous days, that is.
Yesterday was super. The weather was better than we expected, so around 10:00 am we walked down the street to Reny’s and bought a bottle of Bubbles (aka bubble juice) for the boys. What joy 69 cents will bring! I finally broke out my camera to take some pictures-I’m so bad about not taking advantage of my camera. I took a plethora; here are a few:
Giving the tulips a “shower”, according to Ry. Check out how Jack is holding his watering can. 🙂
When the boys went down for their nap, I started making some pillow covers for my Etsy shop. I’ve wanted to do this forever, and I’m having SO MUCH FUN! I plan on completing a few today, then I’ll post pictures. Yay!
When Erick arrived home from school, we took the boys to Pizza Hut, then meandered along a back road to the soon-to-be Murray Residence. Let the kids wander around the yard, and E and I dreamed a bit. And guess what? I have a big, fat lilac bush in my front yard! Woohoo!
We then decided to drive around town a bit, and ended up at the Lakeside Restaurant, which was BURSTING with people. It was such a festive atmosphere! Most of the people were dining inside, but we decided to get some softserve and go to the playground. It’s behind the restaurant, and right on the lake…so peaceful. Jack chased the seagulls and Ryan went down the slide over and over again. I think we have a new family tradition! I wish I would have taken the camera…
The great thing? I have been particularly, in no uncertain terms, VERY much against moving to this town. I’ve never really cared for it, even though it was where Erick and I met and were married. I told God “No Way” would we ever move here. Haha! Now, you know, it’s really starting to grow on me. Funny how that happens.
Time to get to work! I can’t wait to share my new creations with you!