Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving!!

Hope you all have a wonderful Day and may your days be filled with love and family!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Thanksgiving

Well, in two days it will be Thanksgiving. This year is going to be a little different. My husband is deployed and I will be spending it with my two daughters. It's really not going to be the same, but I'm doing okay with it. I mean I miss my husband, but he is doing his job and I need to stay positive and upbeat so he can complete his mission. This year I am helping out others and taking the focus off of me! I believe by doing this I can really embrace the holiday with the Thanks that I'm suppose to be. We get through this time of year by thanking for all we have. I'm thankful for what isn't around this year because it has helped me realize how much my husband means to me and all he does for me on a daily basis.
So, take a step back and maybe be thankful for what isn't around this year and how it will change you or make you more appreciative than you have in the past.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A Little Time Down South

I'm currently wrapping up a 5 day stay in the Gulf Coast region of the south. I have loved my time down here so much. I loved the food and the friendliness of all the people that I've encountered down south.
I am going to be going through a tough year, and the time that I spent here really gave me some great memories to carry me through.
The only issue has been how much food I've eaten. The food is ridiculous!!! The butter, the sauces, the richness of the food is fabulous. I've been on a weight loss program and these past few days have not been on the plan. So, as I head back home, it's back to my regular routine and stop all the unneccessary eating that is going on.
I've been blessed to have this time away, but am looking forward to going back home!!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Feeling like Fall

Can it be that fall is here already? School has started, leaves are changing and the weather is getting cooler. Yes, Fall is upon us here in Maine. I love the weather as it gets cooler, but this Fall brings a little bit different time for me. I'm going through a change and it's hard to get use to. My days are very different right now. I am getting through each day with my new schedule and trying to fill each day with new things.
I have been trying to do a new thing each week. Sundays are the worst. After church my days are empty. So, this week I am running a 5K race and going to work. Next Sunday I already have plans and then the week after, I am going to find something new to do. Something that I've never done before or it's been a long time since I have...such as, hiking, biking, doing the wine trail here in Maine, a Beer Festival the end of the month... something to keep me busy on what is usually a very depressing day.
I hope your fall days are everything you want and I would encourage you to get out and try something new this week!!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Getting Better

Since I made a schedule, things are getting better. I'm getting done the things that I really need to get done and it makes me feel like I've really accomplished something. What I did was put a white board on my fridge and made a list of what things I really needed to get accomplished every day.
Exercise, Bible Study, Homework, Walk my dogs, Craft and so on. These are the things that I know I needed to get done every day to feel like I was actually doing something and getting things done.
I'm really feeling pretty good these days.

I'm going to be running my first 5K race next Sunday with my daughter and feel like this is a small step to better health and better image for myself. I've struggled with weight and the image that it does on me. I've lost 27 pounds so far and have a hard time seeing the difference. I am hoping that by running this 5K it will help me realize that I am changing and my health is getting better and that I am changing for the better.

These next few weeks will be a challenge,, but I am up for a new adventure and continue to work towards a better me!!!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Needing a Schedule

I think everyone does better with a schedule. I know that it would be better for me. I recently left my job for another one that is more flexible. With that came a lot of down time. I also will be starting back to school full-time in about 4 days. I have projects that need finishing and getting my Bible Study time in seems to be taking a back seat right now.
I've decided to make a schedule. One like my kids had when they were little. On the refrigerator that stares me in the face and I can refer to all day long when I seem to be off track.
This may seem like a drastic measure, but I think it's the only way I'm going to get the things done that I need to get down. Study time, school time, craft time, meal time, exercise time and so on. I know that this will help me get my life in some order that is desperately needed at this time.
So, tomorrow is the start of my new schedule. I hope that this will meet my needs and help me accomplish the goals I need to achieve.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

A Touch of Fall

There seems to be a touch of fall in the air here in Maine. The days are noticeably getting shorter and cooler at night. The days are not as hot as they were and the back to school advertisements are all over the televison and in the stores. Where has the time gone? I know that my intentions of really enjoying the summer, the beach and backyard fire pit sessions were high on my list of things to do this summer, but I can honestly say, I've not done one of those things.
My summer has been filled with getting my husband ready for a trip, starting to plan my daughters wedding and feeling like I've been in a rut. I have had great intentions, but nothing ever materialized.
Now that fall is fast approaching, I've come up with a new resolution. To get the things done and enjoy before the snow falls and kick myself in the butt!! I've bought a set of golf clubs to try and learn the game. I've got a new bicycle to ride and brand new sneakers to get out and jog. I think a list and a reward game is in order for me to get myself motivated and moving. I've lost 24 pounds over the summer and need to lose about 20 more. I've got the means, now just the motivation to move.
Has your summer slipped away...does the fall air bring on new intentions?? I hope that you find your inner strength to acccomplish and enjoy the rest of the summer and head into fall with new passion and drive.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

August Days

I can't believe that it's already August 11th. Wow! Where did the time go. The summer in Maine has been far from perfect. It's been hot, cool, rainy, humid.... not a great summer. The days are getting shorter and the nights cooler. I'm not sure where the time has gone and I feel like I haven't accomplished a lot. I am coming up on some changes in my home and they will take a lot of prayer and faith to get me through the upcoming year. I will have to really get myself on a schedule and stick to it.
I've currently changing jobs and heading back to school full-time again this semester. I won't be bored that's for sure!
So, here's to the beginning of new things and accepting change. Have a great rest of the summer!!!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Getting back to normal

Lately I've had some things going on that have really changed my daily grind. I can't go into too much detail, but let's say that I have an upcoming year that will test me.  I have been unable to move ahead with a lot of things since I got some news and my life has been at a stand still. Exercise has been difficult, crafting has been a challenge, even the every day things that we do to keep our homes clean and in order have created a brick wall for me.
Today, I think was a turning point. I have been reading a book, Loving God with all Your Mind, and I think I'm finally getting it.  God has a purpose for us and he has given us the tools to get through tough times and to stay focused on Him.  I realize that my mind is where it all starts. My mind is what creates these barriors and walls and I need to get the focus off me and put it back to God. I can start my day off, but He is in control. I have to get priorities in order and let Him lead me to where I should be. That means praying to him, fasting when necessary and seeking Him in all things.
I think the upcoming year will be okay and I'll get through it with the help of God and by doing what He will have me do.
Thank you Lord for being there for me.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Heat is On

Here in Maine, the temps are rising!! It's been so hot you can't imagine. Most of the time, Maine is a very cold state. In the summer it can get warm and hot, but usually stays that way for only a little while. Lately, we've had temperatures in the 90's and 100's. Not usual for a state so far north.  With it being so hot, I'm lazy! I can't get myself to exercise to do anything because of the heat. I am so tired and out of sorts, that I feel like I can't get myself to do anything. I long to craft again. To use my new bike, new sneakers and new golf clubs. But the time is not now. I have an event that will be coming up that will change my life for about a year and I'm not sure how I will handle it. Prayer and more Prayer is the only way that I will get through this.
I hope that I'll find my way back to doing things that I enjoy and get my motivation back before the end of the summer.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

A Struggle overcome by Prayer

I have struggled with smoking for as long as I can remember. I have had breaks in my addiction. There was a time for 14 years when I never smoked. After my mother passed away 11 years ago, I have not been able to quit for good. Oh, I had stopped for months, weeks, days, but the urge and the addiction was always there.
Then recently, I decided to give it to God. I prayed that he would take the addiction away from me and that I would quit for my husband, my children and for the Temple that is my body.  With God's grace and mercy, this addiction has been taken away from me. Lots of hours praying and believing that with His help, I could overcome this terrible addiction that was ruining my health and making me old before my time.
I am so grateful for those who have prayed along side me and encouraged me to hand it over to God and rely on His wonderful grace to get me through this.
I feel wonderful. My blood pressure is great and my health improves every day that I go without a cigarette.
Praise God!!! I feel like I'm finally free!!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th of July!!

Happy 4th of July.. Stay Safe and Celebrate our Freedom!! Thank you all the veterans and military servicemen still serving!

Monday, July 1, 2013

A beautiful morning

Today I visited a woman from my church. This is a woman who is living for Christ and such an encouragement to me. She is teaching me how to crochet and to Swedish Weave. Two beautiful crafts that are not searched out in today's electronic society like they use to be.
Remember when homemakers knew how to knit, crochet, cross-stitch and cook?? Are we short changing our younger generations? Learning these homemaking skills were part of growing up and learning how to be self-sufficient and to be a good wife.  Have we forgotten these crafts and skill? Are we not passing along skills that will teach our daughters a craft to help them stretch their dollar?
I love learning.. even at 51, it's a desire to be able to create something and pass it along to others.
Do you have a skill that you can pass on to someone in your life that is younger? Don't miss the opportunity to give a precious gift to someone and enrich their life.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Long, Lost Post

I can't beleive how long it's been since I posted on my blog. Life got busy and things have gotten away from me for a long time.
My husband is getting ready to go away for a while, my daughter is engaged, I'm going back to school and trying to get healthy!
Wow! I understand why it's been a while since I wrote. I have been spinning plates all at the same time and feel like they have all fallen and broke! I need to get my self in check and make priorities and stick to them.
I'm currently doing a bible study and am behind. Imagine that?? Yes, I'm not making good use of my time and feel like life is getting away from me.
Time for a change. With a wedding coming in a year and a year without my husband, time to kick myself into high gear!!!
Thank you to all who have stayed in touch and please join me in the next year to see how the wedding turns out and I just might need your help!!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

A small vacation

Tomorrow I'm heading out for Baltimore and Fredricksburg, Virginia. Just my husband and I. I can't wait to go and spend some time with him. He's been getting ready for a deployment and the time we share together has been few and far between. So this mini vacation is just what the doctor ordered. We are going to visit his brother and spend a little time in Virginia before we head up to Baltimore to take in an Orioles game and go to the aquarium. I'm looking forward to some much needed time and a break from the Maine weather.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Spring

Here in Maine the weather has been crazy. 60 degree temps one day and snow the next. I think we are finally on our way to the spring weather after this last crazy snowfall. Spring conjures up all kinds of thoughts for me. Gardening, raking, sprucing up my home and cleaning. All these things are great and make me feel like I'm accomplishing much. 
I love to get out in my garden and feel the damp soil and smell it in my hands. It's just so comforting after a long winter. Knowing that my flowers will come up and bring life to my yard is an awesome feeling. How great is God that he gives us the four seasons to enjoy and remind us that we all have seasons in our lives. Spring is renewal, freshness and decluttering.
What things do you need to liven up? Is there some things that need decluttering in your life? I know that I need to declutter my schedule and my home to be a more effecient me.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Ironing..... a lost art

I recently read a post on another blog about ironing... I thought about it and could not understand the passion and serenity that comes along with the art of ironing. So, today I got out my ironing board and started to iron anything I could get my hands on. Hankies, skirts, shirts, anything that had a wrinkle and needed a quick once over. It was serene. It really was serene and peaceful. It was really a wonderful experience. I understand now why my mother loved to iron. I never really understood why she loved to iron my step-father's shirts.  My house always smelled of Niagra and steam... a very wonderful combination.
I hope to carry on this tradition of Ironing and gain the sense of purpose and peace that ironing brings to me in my own home.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Easter.... the resurrection!

Easter Sunday will be here before you know it. I hope that you are saved by the Grace of Jesus Christ and celebrating this day you have peace in knowing that you will have Heaven as your home for all eternity.
Easter is a wonderful day for me and my family.  In loving the Lord and turning our lives over to Him, I know that we have an eternal home in Heaven. I hope you and your family can have the same assurance.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Small touches of Easter

Bunnies close up!

Another shot of my wonderful, small collection of Easter Bunnies

My make-shirt mantel with Easter rabbits.
Had to get out my Easter decorations..not much, but added to my love of Easter and all things bunny!!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Still Snowing

My question is: Will it ever stop snowing? I live in Maine and can't believe it, but it has snowed every day here for the past week and a half. Flurries, snow squalls, snow showers, blizzard conditions.. every day. Enough is Enough!!  I am so ready for spring can't imagine. Is Easter really the end of the month? Where has the time gone. Deciding whether to do Easter decorations or St. Patrick Day decorations. Not sure which way to go since they are both this month and so close to each other.
Well, pray it finally stops snowing soon and spring will bound it's way out of the earth!!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Amish Friendship Bread

I visited a wonderful friend of mine yesterday and she gave me some Amish Friendship Bread starter. This is the first time I've ever used this and I'm excited about the finished product. I am on day 6 of the mix and add milk, flour and sugar today. On day 10 is when the mix is turned into bread with keeping some of the liquid mixture for future loaves of bread.
I'll make sure I take a picture of the finished product and let you know how I've done.. wish me luck!! OH, and anyone else have experience with starter for bread?

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day

How can you not post about someone you love on Valentine's Day?  Well, I love my husband and I'll tell you a little about this wonderful man that I married.
He is wonderful. He is a great provider, a strong and supportive mate, a fabulous cook, and many many more things.
The best part is he has a heart of forgiveness. You see, we divorced in 2001 due to some rather insignificant things, (now that I look back). We were apart for 4 years, but after his time in Iraq on deployment we were able to reconcile, only through the Lord Jesus Christ, and were married again in January of 2006.  You see, I have a man in my life who truly loves me and I am thankful for that every day...His famous words to me to make me laugh and tell he loves me:
Roses are Red
Violet are Nice
I loved you so much,
I married you twice!!

I am truly blessed....how about you??

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Aftermath....

The storm is over..officially any way.. It's pretty good outside right now. I'm safe at work and got in about 10:00pm tonight.  I've never seen so much snow in such a long time,  I remember when I was young, the snow use to be piled high and we could go sledding and have dig tunnels and such. No winters like that in a long time... except for now!!
Portland, Maine got 31.1 inches of snow breaking a record. Can you believe how much snow that is?? Many places are still digging out, but tomorrow should be a bright and sunny day to enjoy the activities that come with all the snow.
I know for me that means snowshoeing.. I can't wait to strap them on and go for a walk in my back field and enjoy what is left of the winter.
How did you withstand the storm... or were you so lucky to live someplace warm you have no idea what I'm talking about. 
Either way, stay safe and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Winter Storm

Here in the Northeast we are expecting a huge winter storm. They are saying we will get about 2 feet of snow. It may sound like a lot, but right now we have no snow on the ground at all so snowmobilers and skiers are really excited!
I have to venture out today, but hope to be back home by the time the storm hits. Stay tuned for more updates on this ferocious storm!!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Valentine's Tree

I miss having a Christmas tree in my home, so I decided to use my little red tree and make it a Valentine Tree filled with hearts and white feathers.


I love how it turned out!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Eating meals at the table

Do you eat your meals at the table? My husband and I use to.  When my kids were little there was no other place in the house to eat, unless of course you were sick and then you could eat in your bed. But if you weren't sick and it wasn't pizza/movie night.. dinner was at the kitchen table with the family. 
But things change when you children leave the house. Less rules, less structure, less time in the kitchen.
I miss eating meals at the table with place settings, butter dishes, placemats and table cloths.  Now, it's grab the plate and head out to the living room to sit and watch the news with dinner plate in your lap. How uncivilized it that? I'd have to say pretty uncivilized. Recently I watched a movie from the 1940's... it was a Christmas movie and the wife's husband was at war, but she still had lunches prepared for her daughters and places set at the table with a formal flair to keep things sane and structured while the husband was away.  Why don't we use formal settings and eat with china and glasses and place settings? I think this way of life created and maintained a sense of fulfillment and graciousness that isn't found in homes much anymore. 
Bring me the 1940's style back to enjoy dinner the way it was meant to be enjoyed.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Jewlery Organiztion

Fun ways to organize Necklaces and
















Earrings,





An old rake head and a picture frame with screen replaces the glass.... a hanger out of jute and there you have it!!!