Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays everyone.

This year we had to improvise with our Christmas decorations.
Remember this cute little puppy, Scarlett, we got earlier this year?
and of course, our little Maisy we got the year before? 
Well, now they are partners in crime.  
 Scarlett is 10 months old. 
Those of you who have had labrador puppies know that
10 month old lab youngsters and Christmas trees just don't mix.
Instead of putting up our big tree, we put up a little one
on top of our antique pie rack.
At first I was a bit disappointed.  
I'm very traditional when it comes to the holidays.
Then, I saw the possibilities; decorating with things
I've never used before.
This old chip clip became our Christmas card holder
that hung on one side of the rack.
Here's our favorite Christmas card this year.
Our fun friends, the Yarbroughs, dressed up as Elvis.
(That's mom, dad and two beautiful girls).
 an old metal tool box holds ornaments
 a bunch of old outdoor faucet knobs tied with wire
became my red industrial garland
 There was plenty of room to add presents on all of the shelves
but still out of reach from pups.
 Red velvet ribbon, silver beads and mercury glass little ornaments
made the tree pretty cute.
 This rack turned out to be a great place to hold all of the
treats we made to share with family, friends and neighbors.
 We made several batches of peppermint syrup and
homemade cookie butter.
Maybe a small tree on the old pie rack isn't such a bad idea.
All of the shelves are really kind of handy.
Hope you enjoy special time with your family and friends
this holiday season.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Haven't posted in a while because...

I haven't posted in several months and to be honest, I haven't missed it as much as I thought I would.  Sometimes real life consumes you and relatively unimportant things, like blogging, tend to fall by the wayside.   My blog tends to focus on more of my home decor and projects with a tiny bit of personal life thrown in but in these past several months, I could have focused completely on personal life with no home decor or projects thrown in at all...because I haven't completed a project or decorated anything in months.

So, while I ponder whether or not to continue blogging, I'll fill you in on all that has consumed my thoughts in the past several months.  Some of it is exciting and fun and wonderful and some of it breaks my heart.  Some days I'm so excited by things going on around me and other days it's hard to concentrate.  Where to start?  Grab a cup of coffee.  It's going to be a long post.

Let's start with the exciting and least emotional.  As many of you long time followers know, I'm a pediatric speech-language pathologist (SLP) in my professional life and I love it.  I mentioned many months ago that I had the honor of being elected Vice President of Professional Services for my state association, the Texas Speech-Language and Hearing Association (TSHA).  I've been an "elect" for the past year and officially took office this past July.  It's fun and exciting and quite a bit of work at times. I'm on my computer a lot answering emails, working on projects, etc., which leaves less time for blogging.  My term ends in June, 2014.
Let's move on to still exciting but with more emotion.  My last post was April.  After that post, I became swamped at work.  In my position, I work closely with the school's psychologist.  In happy news, she became pregnant for the first time.  However, her impending maternity leave meant we had to work hard to get as much done as possible before she left and the end of the school year is already crazy busy.  The tough part was we had no idea when she would have to go on leave.  Why?  She was expecting quads!  It was day to day and at any time she may have to go on bed rest.  She had her quads this summer and started a blog.  It's a crazy fun thing to read.  You can check it out at: http://fourtoadore.wordpress.com/ and you should really read her inspirational turtle story and about the poop chute.

Moving on to more emotion and still excitement but not in the way you would think.  My soon to be 16 year old son had his first serious girlfriend.  They were madly in love for 6 months.  That meant I had to be on my toes and he needed as much supervision and boundaries as he he did when he was little.  There is an extremely fine line to walk when your teenager is in love.  You want them to open up to you but say one wrong thing and they won't talk at all.  This first love took the same course as most and they recently broke up.  Watching your teenager experience their first big heartbreak is in some ways as tough as anything else you've had to watch them go through and there's not a lot you can do to ease it for them.  He's doing okay now.  He's handling it well and I'm proud of him.  Oh, and he's learning to drive.  That's a whole 'nother story.

Now to the most emotional with absolutely no excitement.  As I eagerly watch for updated posts from my friend with her new babies (those quads), I also eagerly watch for updated posts from another friend who also just became a first time mom.  Her baby girl is about seven months old.  Her posts are not her own right now but mostly her husband's and they are not from a blog but CaringBridge.  About a month after her baby was born, my friend discovered she had liver cancer.  Today, I received an update that explained how much time she has left with us.  It's just overwhelming.  I am friends with two first time moms about the same age experiencing unbelievable journeys for vastly different reasons.   The highs and lows consume my thoughts most days.  If you want to send prayers to my friend, you can read her journey at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/roxannaruizfelter.

So, why did I take time to post all of this today?  Today I enter a new decade.  I leave my forties behind and turn the big 50.  I'm excited about it.  I loved my forties and I hear that fifties are great too.  Somebody could have given me a head's up that my AARP invite would come a couple of weeks before this milestone.  I wasn't expecting that at all.  Isn't 50 a little young to be an AARP member?
(AARP: American Association of Retired Persons).  Really?  I have years before I can retire and frankly I wouldn't now even if I could.

I'm in good company though.  Do you know who else turned 50 this year?
Garth Brooks
Jon Bon Jovi
Sheryl Crow
Matthew Broderick, yep, Ferris is 50
Jon Stewart

Kelly Preston

Demi Moore
...and many others too numerous to post (Tom Cruise, Jodie Foster, Trace Adkins, Emilio Estevez, Axl Rose and on and on).  You can google to see a full list.

Today was a good day to take some time for myself and reflect on all that is happening.  There is quite a bit more but those above have been the biggest.  I'm sure I'll get busy on projects or at least some holiday decorating and I'm sure I'll continue to blog. Somedays I even think about starting a second one about SLP ideas.  I do enjoy it when I get time.  I'm also sure I won't be posting regularly for the foreseeable future.  However, I am sure I'll post more non-decor stuff as much as decor so this blog will be more well-rounded.  It helps to write about all of this stuff.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

This is so cool

This is so cool!

This past Saturday I went to the Treasure Spotters Flea Market in McKinney
and had a great time.  I'll show you later what I bought because today
I want to show you what I wish I could have bought.

Thanks to 
for the head's up about this fun Flea Market
next to downtown McKinney, Tx.

Want to see what was so cool?
Brandy from Pocket Full of Heirlooms takes vintage campers
and completely makes them over.
Check out her Facebook page and the photos for how she does this
and how she created her space at the Flea Market.
She also has an etsy shop you can find on her Facebook page.

There were two campers to view, a pink one and a blue one.
Here are the pictures I snapped with my iPhone.
First up, the pink one.

and now the blue one.

I would love to have one of these.
She said some people have bought them to use
 as guest rooms at their home.
I certainly wouldn't mind staying in a guest room like this.
Wouldn't you love it?

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