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Work With What You Have

homeFrom an early age, I have loved houses.  I feel every house has a possibility.  I do get sort of frustrated with the HDTV shows where they take a house, tear out fireplaces, knock down walls, and completely change the floor plans.  I, myself, like to look at a house, work with for the most part what it has, update it, and make decorating changes to make it functional and beautiful.  Not everyone has the money to practically tear up the whole house and begin from scratch.  It is a lovely idea, but not probable or practical.  Continue reading

I Love My Stripper

When I was little a new pair of pajamas was a wonderful treat.  We usually got a pair for every Christmas and were always looked for in anticipation.  The ones I am referring to are the soft, cuddly, fresh PJs.  I never wanted to have them washed because then they would not be so soft and the cuddliness would go away.  So, trying to keep them out of the wash was the key. Continue reading

Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way

When I was in high school and when I got married I weighed 98 pounds.  I was always a skinny kid and the word diet never came flowing off of my lips.  Who could ever restrict their eating habits?  This was a foreign subject to me.  Actually, when I was in middle school I had my mom take me to the doctor to see why I was so thin.  He prescribed some pills but assured me that someday I would wish I was this thin.  I think the pills were a placebo and didn’t do a thing.  So, I continued to be skinny.  Continue reading

I Blame My Dad

studyingWhen I was in school my family exercised horrible sleeping patterns and habits.  My dad was a salesman and because he came home late we would eat after 7:30 p.m. when his mail had to be sent out.  This created the schedule for things such as homework being done after dinner going later into the night.  I don’t remember being motivated very often to start homework right after school.  Why ruin that wonderful free time?  Continue reading

Big Snow

snowSnow memories are so different than things are today.  First of all, we actually had a lot of snow, not the one to two inches we have lately.  Even this closes schools, businesses, you name it, for being bad weather, it is nothing like we used to have. Continue reading

Decorating Hiatus

I love Christmas decorations.  If I could do nothing else it would be to decorate for Christmas.  I love trying to come up with different ideas for decorating from year to year.

It’s at this time of the year that I would love an all-white house so that I could experiment with different colors and different themes.  Now, I do believe less is more, and can’t stand big artificial plastic guys.  I like pretty, sparkly, shiny, decorations placed strategically around to accent those empty spaces. Continue reading

Once is Enough

moviesEveryone seems to have a favorite Christmas movie that they love to watch over and over during the holiday season.  I don’t.  First of all, I hate to watch movies more than twice.  If I were to sit through a movie that I have seen before I get really bored and just can’t continue watching it.  There are a few exceptions like “Because I said so”, The Wedding Date” and a couple more.  But they have also reached their expiration date to me at this time. Continue reading

Holiday Hysteria

hysteriaI have a very special holiday memory.  This was a dinner concert that our church sponsored. It was held at the Green Lake Conference Center.  The halls were decorated beautifully for the holidays with little twinkling lights, Christmas trees, and poinsettias.  There was a guitarist who performed for the evening.  He had special effects that accompanied him and our children’s church choir joined in singing the chorus for a favorite Christmas song, “Go Tell It On The Mountain”.  This made it so much fun and the music was phenomenal.  My youngest daughter, myself, and my youngest granddaughter, Aubrey, attended.  My other granddaughter, Jessica, was one of the performers.  Aubrey literally danced the night away.  She was probably four at the time, loves music, and especially loves to dance.  She had a ball.  We have the cd of this performance and it is called her “Boom Boom” tape which is often played in full force at Christmas time or whenever the mood strikes us.  This was such a fun way to start off the holidays for us. Continue reading

The Go-To Kid

choresWhen I was young and living at home I was required to do a great number of chores around the house.

I have two siblings, one four years older than me and one five years younger than me.  It seemed that I was always the right candidate to impose most jobs onto.  Continue reading