Outside my window…………..it is dreary and rainy. I’m so thankful that I don’t have to get out in it! It’s more than just dreary. It’s a cold rain. I doubt the guys will get much work done in this mess.


I’m thinking…………..about decorating this place up and starting the baking/candy making process. We had planned to do it this weekend, but things came up. I have to straighten up a few things before we can put the tree up. Getting in the kitchen will require a little more work. I still have to shop for all of the ingredients!


I’m thankful……………for so many things. We had a nice Thanksgiving. We were missing several family members and that stunk, but we enjoyed the ones who were able to be here. I’m wondering how next year will be. When we move, we won’t have family close by. It will just be us.


In the kitchen………………..well, to be quite honest, we haven’t done a lot in the kitchen. We got a new stove, cooked Thanksgiving dinner……………we have pork chops thawed out for tonight and hamburger for meatloaf tomorrow. I’m hoping to have leftovers on the days that we make candy and bake, so I don’t have to make meals. I only have so much energy and I want to exert it on making all the fattening stuff! <wink>


I’m creating………………..a mermaid tail blanket! I’m almost finished with the main body and then I can make the tail and attach it. I got a wonderful pattern from Yarnutopia and it’s fantastic. She even posted a video in case you get stuck! I’m also creating a camo hat or two and making dishcloths.


I’m reading…………..not much right now. I’m working in our Sunday school book and that’s about it. I need to get busy reading the Bible again. I’ve been kinda slack and I need to dig back into it.


I am hoping…………………that I’ll be able to get everyone what they want for Christmas. Every year I ask the kids and hubby for a list of things they would use/want. Every year I have to beg them and keep after them to get the list. I still don’t have a list for this year and I am beyond ready to buy gifts for them! I want to get it all done so I don’t have to worry about it.


Around the house………………..my daughter is sleeping in, my hubby is at work and the dog is in the living room, bemoaning the fact that she didn’t get a big juicy treat this morning. She has to be on a diet and she’s not happy about it at all. She also prefers to beg for treats throughout the day and “trick” us into believing that no one has given her anything. When we put our heads together, we discover that she’s been mooching off of all of us! She’s such a rotten turkey!


A few plans for the rest of the week……………..cooking, baking, candy making……….decorating this house up………….swimming and working off all of this weight from Thanksgiving………..also I need to get caught up on all of my knitting podcasts! There are only a few that I’m really into, but I haven’t been able to keep up with them. I’ve been too busy with holiday prep!


A few plans for today………………I’m going to finish cleaning and rearranging, decorate the house, maybe squeeze in a trip to the gym……………..I haven’t been in way too long…………and fix pork chops for dinner. I need to throw together that meatloaf for tomorrow, too. I will also be working on this mermaid tail blanket. I have to get it finished!


I hope your Thanksgiving was lovely and you were able to be with family. Until next time, I wish you peace and joy and HOPE!


More changes, several wonderful!

Quitting my job was one of the most difficult things I’ve done in a long time. The last time I posted things weren’t going well, but I naively assumed that I would “catch up” with the other trainees, or there would be more training. I didn’t. There wasn’t. The trainers, for the most part, were good. The training program was lacking. Our group was ushered into customer service quickly, without much warning, and ill-prepared. Some struggled through, but most quit. Among those, a woman who had been an eighteen year customer service rep. She was the only one brave enough to ask the question we were all thinking, “Is this a new training program that the company is implementing?”

In order to suppress my laughter, I clicked my microphone off and laughed so hard I almost fell out of my chair. Yes, it was that bad.

Thankfully, I no longer work there.


So why was quitting so difficult?


It was like an admission of failure. I hate failure. Guess what!?! I failed at that job. Miserably. It was awful. I had customers get rude with me, hang up on me, get very upset and start yelling. All of it could have been avoided if they had taught me how to do the job! That was the frustrating part. I knew I could do the work. I just needed more training. They even promised to run me through the training again. I asked if it would be the same training and they responded with, “Yes, of course!”   No thank you.


Can I just say……………….BLECH!?!?!?!?



Now on to good things!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


We’ve been rearranging and cleaning and doing a LOT of work around here! It’s beginning to take shape and I’m so glad to say we’ll have this place cleaned up and looking terrific for the holidays!


Sorting through craft stuff in my bedroom has been a little bit slower of a go than I originally thought, so I’m having to step up the pace, but it will be done in plenty of time for Christmas. I’ve wanted to get my bedroom in order for awhile now, but things kept cropping up!


We got a stove!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Thanksgiving and Christmas mean a lot of cooking and a lot of cooking means putting that new stove to good use! I’m looking forward to making cut out sugar cookies, dipped pretzels, fudge………….all those wonderful things that taste so good, but are so difficult to get off of your hips later! LOL


Knitting and crochet………………I’ve been working on a mermaid tail blanket for my son’s girlfriend. dishcloths/dish towel sets for all the girls in the family, and my husband just asked me to make some socks for his size 16 wide feet! EEEP!!!!! I will make them, but I’m a little bit worried about it. I don’t know how to figure sizing. I guess I will get a crash course in it!

I’ve also joined a MKAL! (mystery knit along) I can’t wait to see what it is!!! I’ve got a feeling it’s a cowl or a scarf. They said it was supposed to keep your head/neck warm. I don’t know, but I have some beautiful yarn just itching to be worked up into something pretty!


I also signed up for Yarn Box. They have 3 different options and I chose the sock box. I love making socks. So simple, yet so fun to knit! I have never joined anything like that. I’ve always just bought what I needed. The thought of yarn being delivered to my door, all squishy and pretty and ready to be knit up, is almost more than this knitter can stand! I cannot wait for my first box to arrive!!!!


I hate to go, but my fur baby has an appointment to get a hair trim. I will do my best to blog more than I have been. Now that I’m not working, it should be easier!


Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Good things!

It’s been a gorgeous fall day! It started out a little grey and gloomy, but the sun popped out later and it’s been sunny ever since.


I AM SO GLAD TO BE OFF OF WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I’m not shouting, I’m just overjoyed!  I got the job that I applied for and I’m in training. The first week (last week) was rough! I cried twice, almost gave up once, prayed a whole lot and finally realized that it’s not earth-shattering if I mess up. I’m in training, for crying out loud! My perfectionist mind says I have to do everything right the first time. I didn’t at work.


Surprise! No one died. No one was injured. No one minded. They actually expected me to make mistakes. That was awesome. I gave myself permission to mess up and prayed and asked Him to help me grasp things and today was AWESOME!


We tried out a new church Sunday and it actually went really well. I enjoyed it. We had a great Sunday school lesson, the sermon was awesome and we know the pastor and his wife, too! We haven’t decided whether we’ll start attending regularly, but it was so nice to be able to go church and tithe!


With the new job, I’ve had to make some changes. I can’t stay up half the night with everyone. These guys like to stay up until eleven or twelve o’clock. I can’t do that and still get up on time. I like going to bed around ten or ten thirty. I’m not a night owl anymore. I don’t think they know what to make of that, but I go to bed when I’m tired.


Speaking of time…………….this Sunday is the big time change! Instead of waiting, I just started getting up an hour earlier, so I’ll be ready for work. I don’t want to be late for work, so I just started ahead of time. So far, so good.


The mermaid tail blanket is coming right along and I will be able to finish it before long. I’ve got a few more things to work on as well. I’ll definitely have my hands full with making Christmas gifts. I really want to make some homemade gifts for everyone, but I didn’t start soon enough. I’ll have to be more vigilant next year. I’d like to make each of the kids an afghan and one for their significant others, too. I’m sure my hubby will want one and I need to find his old one, so he doesn’t feel left out. It gets packed away every year and he always forgets he has it.


I’ve been trying to keep up with my water aerobics and Zumba classes and I’ve done pretty good with it. I love exercising in the water and that’s a big help in keeping up with everything.

Well, I have a lot more to add, but it’s time to cook dinner. Hope everyone is having a wonderful week!

Fall has arrived!

It’s finally here! The leaves are changing, the air is definitely colder, and it’s been cloudy and overcast. My daughter and I have plans to take a nice trip to Hannibal, Mo. next week and I’m hoping she’ll be able to see the leaves turning on the trip over there. It’s spectacular in that area when the foliage changes!

There are so many things to share!

I GOT THE JOB!!!!!!!!!!! Well, it’s not 100% official, until they make sure I’m not a wanted felon or anything sinister. They had to check my work references, too. I’m pretty sure I did okay on most of that. It was mainly volunteer work, but they were impressed with it. I didn’t know at the time that I was doing anything other than helping people and loving every minute of it. (well, almost!) 

I also got sick! I wasn’t feeling the best Thursday, but chalked it up to the weather change. By Friday, I just wanted to crawl in bed for a few hours and sleep. I pushed through and Saturday, it was rough. Sunday I decided I was definitely dying and probably the ER would be a good place to go visit, but too expensive. I laid in bed all day Sunday and tried not to die.  If one can die of a sinus infection, I am sure I would have. Monday, I called the dr. Nope, not in. Holiday. <deep sigh>

Suffice it to say, I survived (barely, ha!) until I saw the dr yesterday. One shot, several meds later and I am almost back up to par! It seems I had one of the worst sinus infections she’s seen in awhile. I guess that’s why my throat was on fire! I was positive it was strep and she was pretty sure, too. Oh well, the meds I’m on will kill it if it was a false negative. I’m glad about that.

In the meantime, can y’all say steroid shots are AWESOME!?!?!? I’m able to clean and get this place in shape, even though I feel awful! I’ve got so many things to get done around here. It’s gone downhill a bit since I got sick. Why is it that when the mom gets sick everything goes to pot!?! Frustrating!

I’ve got 2 roasts to cook before they go bad, a fridge that has seen *much* better days, a huge load of dishes calling my name and don’t even get me started on the laundry! LOL It’s going to be an adventure getting back on track!

Daisy doodles, my favorite (and only) Maltie-Poo gets her hair trimmed today. She’ll be so thrilled. It’s cold outside, but she gets so hot with that curly mess on her.

I’m going to get the office set up in our front bedroom and get busy getting ready for work. I start the 24th, but have to have everything ready to go before then. There’s so much to buy and so much to get set up! Did I mention it’s an office job, working from home? I am so thrilled! I love office work!

Okay, I have to get off of here and get a list made of things I need to get when I run errands today! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! Maybe I can pop back on tomorrow. I hope so.

Have a lovely day, everyone!

Happy October!

Can you believe it’s October already!?! This year has just flown by!

THEY’RE HITCHED!!!!!!!!  They did it!  So the Mr and the Mrs headed off into the sunset together to enjoy an adventurous honeymoon in North Carolina. I’m sure they’re having a wonderful time of it and enjoying themselves immensely! 

It was a beautiful wedding and it all came together almost without a hitch. We were amazed at how well it all went. Her and her family did a beautiful job of putting it all together and making it flow together well.

There was dancing and food and fun and so much laughter. Hubby and I even kicked up our heels and danced a bit. It was really nice. My daughter and I danced a little bit and it was so cool! I twirled her and we had fun! I forgot how much I love dancing!

At the end of the evening, when all of the decorations, food and wedding paraphernalia had been carted away, the newlyweds drove off and their families went home and collapsed. We did not finish carrying things from our van into their home until past midnight. We were all frazzled and ready to collapse!

It was a lovely evening!


In other news……

My daughter took her preliminary tests and the teacher wants her to take her test to graduate at the end of this month. She was very surprised when he told her that he thought she would ace the test and graduate at the end of the month. I think she’ll do great and we’ll have another graduate in the house!

She has been thinking a lot about her future and she’s excited, but nervous. When we were talking, she mentioned that she was still unsure what she wanted to do with her life. She hinted that she wanted to get a job and take some time to really mull over what direction she wanted her life to take. I would say that’s a wise decision.


My exciting news………….


I have a job interview this afternoon! I’ve applied for this job and prayed, if it’s the Lord’s Will, that I get it. I will be working from my home during the week. I should have weekends off. I am anxious to get the job and save up money for Christmas! There are so many things that I want to do and fix around here, and a job will provide the means to accomplish them.

Hope everyone has a wonderful week and enjoys this wonderful cooler weather!

Nearly October!

Good night, it’s been almost a full month since I last posted! We’ve been elbow deep in wedding preparations and preparing to move in the spring/summer next year! I’ve been so busy!

A few of the things we’ve been swamped with are:

Getting the house decluttered! It’s amazing to me how stuff we’ve collected over the last 20 years! Our bedroom is almost completely cleaned out. We still need to go through a few clothes, the bookcase and I want to sort through my jewelry and hair do-dads.

Trying to lose this weight! I’m still going to the gym and working out, but with cooler weather comes greater temptations!

My daughter is taking class to get her GED and she’s been doing really well. They’ve moved her up several times and think she’s almost ready to take the test. She’s apprehensive, but keeps pushing forward.

A friend told me about a job opening and I applied! I’ve been thinking about Christmas coming up and I could sure use the extra income for it.

We’ve been trying to get things done for the wedding. We had to help our two youngest kids get clothes for the wedding. We’ve shopped more in the last 3 weeks than I ever care to again! I never saw so many clothes, accessories, and makeup in all my life! It was maddening! I don’t mind shopping, but I don’t power shop unless it’s something I really want/need.

We have also been busy running back and forth to the vet with our beloved fluff muffin. She definitely had a UTI and 2 rounds of antibiotics cleared it right up! We were thankful that it wasn’t something worse. We also had the vet look at her side where we’d found two fairly large tumors. It turns out it’s nothing more than fat tissue! We were so relieved!  She’s been busy running with us and has really enjoyed herself lately. We took her to the lake one day and she loved it! She’s been spoiled.

My youngest son’s girlfriend asked for a mermaid tail afghan for Christmas, so I have been making her one. I haven’t crocheted in years, but I know knitting one is out of the question. It would take too long. We were in the big city awhile back and I decided to hit up one of the craft stores for some yarn for the mermaid tail afghan. I found the perfect yarn colors to go with it and a friend showed me how to read the pattern. I haven’t been too good at reading them in the past, but seem to be improving.

Every time we go anywhere in the vehicle, I try to work on my craft projects so I can get them done. I’m getting quite a bit done on them!

And lest I forget my amazing hubby………he has been super busy with work and trying to help my son and his fiance’ make props and such for the wedding. It’s going to be beautiful!

That’s what has been happening around here! Hope things are good in your world! Have a great day!


Wonderful Wednesday

What a wild day it’s been! We woke up and hit the ground running! My daughter had a dr’s appointment and I had a lot of errands to take care of. After all of our running around and trying to get everything done, we came home and collapsed for all of thirty minutes! Then it was off to do more things!

On a bright note, I did get my exercise in today! I made it to the gym and managed to survive my water aerobics class. I got to see one of my favorite people there and visit with her a little bit. It was nice. The exercise was much-needed, too. I’ve been slacking.

My son came up earlier in the week and we got to visit and I got to see his girlfriend, too, so that was a nice surprise. She’s a sweetheart, but always works or has classes, so I don’t get to see her much. They’re doing good, but they’re both tired. I can certainly relate to that!

I finally broke down and bought a used fitbit, after being told how wonderful they are. I had finally got it partially charged and got it synced to my phone. I got two of them and my daughter will be using the other one. They’re supposed to count your steps and all that. I need one that’s waterproof though, so it can record everything I am doing in the water. I do water aerobics and aqua zumba. I usually do them back to back. It would be a shame not to get that added in to the daily steps and such.

My fur baby has taken her last dose of meds and I am hoping she’s over that infection. She’s been resting better, but she’s not 100% yet. I may have to put her on another dose of it. We’ll see what the vet says. I’m going to call tomorrow.

I’m having a hard time with my temper lately. I’m not super angry or out of control. I’m just impatient and snippy. I don’t like being this way. I want to be kind and gentle. Somehow my need to have everything done right now and to relax without interruptions gets in the way. I need a serious Jesus intervention.

I’m off to get some sleep and pray. Hope everyone is having a good week.