Something needs to change


Finally, I was able to spend most of the day in my craft room.  I managed to make 12 cards and 5 scrapbook layouts.  I am excited to almost have my daughters 2015 Fair Queen album done. I also spent some time sorting and cleaning in my room.  One of my goals is to get the room cleaned up and organised, get rid of stuff that I know longer need, and use up most of my stash before I get anything more.  I also sorted my cards into different boxes based on the type of card. I thought it would be easier to find the cards if I could pull out a box that was just birthday cards or thank you cards, etc.  I discovered that I actually have 8 full photo boxes of cards.  This tells me that one of two things needs to happen.  I either need to stop making cards or I need to start sending more cards to people.  I might have to do both, but I hope not.  Two of the boxes are just because or thinking of you cards.  Now I am adding one more goal to my list of goals, send more cards.

Family time

slice-of-life_individualThe entire family had the day off today.  This is a rare event in our household.  The girls and I got up early to fix a meal that I had agreed to make for a meal train (see my post on March 12 about the different deaths).  After running the food into the church early this morning we came back to do a little shopping.  Stopped at Salvation Army.  DD1 is graduating from college this spring and needs a good suit to interview in and also some dress clothes for her internship.  DD2 needs a business casual outfit for her State 4-H council interview in April and also wants to find a nice dress for Prom, Fair Queen interviews and $15.00 challenge.  While we didn’t find everything we were looking for we found 5 pieces of clothing for only $9.00.  We also found the perfect dress for Prom however, it was one size too small.  We still have about 6 weeks so we will keep looking.  Spent the rest of the morning shopping, nothing quite as fun as clothes shopping.  Now after a trip to the funeral home for yet another one of the deaths mentioned in Sunday’s post, we are home.  It was so nice to eat supper with all 4 of us and watch a movie together. Not sure how many more times we will be able to do this.  Hopefully, within a few months, the oldest will have a job and will be moving on with her life.

Yet another day that didn’t meet my original plans for the day, but yet one that was fun and enjoyable anyway.


Random Thoughts on Day 1 of Spring Break


If you have been reading this blog lately, you should have a random idea of just how much I was looking forward to having these two spring break days.  I couldn’t wait.  I had plans.  I wanted to hole up in my craft room, coming out only to use the restroom, get something to drink, possibly feed my family, and maybe some sleep.  So far that plan is NOT happening. Today’s agenda so far

  • Get up early and get ready to head to the grocery stores. Yes 2 different ones
  • Purchase Groceries.
  • Come home put groceries away and pick up some in the living room.  The cat knocked a bunch of stuff down last night.
  • Create an agenda for tonight’s Creative Arts meeting for the county fair.  (New position for me, I am now the chairperson).
  • Finished reading a book, yippie
  • Eat lunch
  • Grade student’s projects.  Quarter grades are due on Monday when we go back.  I was able to get about 1/2 of the projects graded.  That is all I brought home, couldn’t carry anymore, will switch them out tomorrow morning when I head into to church to drop off a meal for our pastor and his wife.  Part of a meal train.
  • Finally made it into the craft room.  No crafting for me, instead I was able to get some things organised and put away.  Even when I am cleaning that room, I am able to relax.  Something about being able to listen to the music I like, surrounded by crafty good things, that helps me to relax and settle down.
  • Came out to make supper.
  • Now I eating supper and typing this blog post at the same time.
  • Need to leave in about 45 minutes for my meeting. Thankfully it is usually only about an hour meeting, so I should be home in time to prep for supper tomorrow night.  I want to get as much done as possible so I can get the meal taken out early in the morning and then head to Walmart and the storage unit.

Even though I didn’t get any crafty time done, I do feel like I have had a productive day.

Ever After



A good topic to write about. I have hit that mid-month slump.  My brain is blank.  I have no idea what I should write about today.  It is fairly quiet in the house right now. I am home with my oldest daughter. The other two are at church and then choir practice.  Some people can actually sing (actually, I am the only one that can’t sing). My older daughter had a long 12 hours at work, so she wanted to just relax tonight.  She choose the movie Ever After to watch, it has been awhile since we have watched this movie.  It is a cute movie about a possible “real” story of Cinderella. If you haven’t seen it, then you need to check it out.

See I really am at a loss for words today, I can’t even find a topic or something to write about today.

So close


So close that I can taste it. This time tomorrow night I will be on “Spring Break”.  We have two days off.  While I wish I could have a full week like many, I will enjoy the 2+1 that I have received this week.  Instead of 3 school days, we only had 2 school days and 1 snow day this week.  Now I had hoped to have the projects all graded before I left school tomorrow.  I will not be done grading them, but I will be close.  I figure I will need to spend a couple of hours each day that we are off to get them all graded.  Still, it will be nice to start 4th quarter caught up.  And when we come back only about 47 days left until summer.  Every year seems to go faster than the last and somehow, I think that this next year will be the fastest ever as my youngest will be a senior.

It came


Finally, it came, after a little over 2 years of waiting and almost giving up for this year, we have a snow day.  Excited to have this glorious unplanned day ahead of me.  So many things I want to accomplish.  First a lit bit of grading so that I am ready for the end of the quarter and then off to my craft room for the day.  Finally ending the day with some reading.  Signing off of the computer as I really don’t want to waste one single minute of this unplanned relaxing day.  Talk to everyone tomorrow.

Cherish your Family


This week the concept that our life is short and we don’t know when it will end has really hit home.  In the past 5 days, there have been 3 different families that I am connected to in some fashion that have experienced a death or deaths in the family.  Last Tuesday, we received the news that one of the teachers in our building lost his brother and SIL in a car accident.  Later this week, our pastor’s mother was placed in Hospice and she died just a day or two later and finally this morning, an older lady at our church had what her daughter calls “one of her spells” and passed out in the women’s restroom.  After calling the EMS system and then assisting her husband and calling their daughter to meet them at the hospital, we discovered that she passed away today.

Two of these people, were older women who have lived a full life, getting to know their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Sadly, the other two were young and will never be able to see their own kids grow up.  My heart breaks for these three families, and I am reminded to hug my husband and children one more time and to tell them how much I love them and how proud I am of them.  And yes, we need to live our life, not just exist.