I don’t know about you, but I get a warm happy feeling inside every time I get a comment — someone out there is reading my blog and cares enough to take the time to let me know. I would like to respond to every comment — it is not like I get tons every day — but sometimes I just don’t get to it — or even worse what has happened this past week or so is that I just can’t remember who I wrote back to and who I didn’t write back to. So, for all of you that have left me comments recently, I want to say Thank You. I appreciate the time that you take to write and the encouraging things that you say. Sometimes I will write back and sometimes I won’t, but I ALWAYS love hearing from you.
Because I think that no post is complete without at least one picture I will leave you with this — I decoupaged this many years ago and it is still one of my favorite pictures.
Christmas blessings to you all — I hope that you all enjoyed a wonderful day doing whatever makes Christmas be Christmas for you : )
If you have ever moved you know that is is very time consuming and can create a fair amount of stress. I haven’t actually moved to a new house, but I feel like I am putting in almost as much time as though I did and I am definitely feeling that stress. About a month ago hubby and I decided to sub-divide a part of our house for someone else to live in. The idea had been in the back of our minds since we first moved into this house. The house is larger than we really need now that there is only 2 of us (and the 2 cats of course). When we started I didn’t think it would be very much work — just consolidate the 2 bathrooms into one, move hubby’s office kind of stuff to a room upstairs, empty out 2 closets, re-arrange the kitchen so that we can share it, install a door on each side of the kitchen and put in a gravel path so that we can use the front door without having to walk through the grass. I often under-estimate how much work a project will be when I start — you would think I would remember from one project to the next, but for some reason I always forget. To my amazement there was a LOT of stuff in those closets that had to find a new home which led to moving things around in other rooms and building shelves — it kinda feels like someone turned my house inside out. I have moved many times in the last 30 years so I am really quite good at organizing and packing things into boxes and making sure that everything is nicely labeled (sometimes even color-coded to what room boxes go into), but this has been very different — definitely NOT organized — actually quite hodgepodge.
You have probably noticed that my blogging in the last few weeks has been rather sporadic and not very creative — well now you know why. So, I am going to give myself a break for the next 2-3 weeks to work at getting my house back in order. My daughter is coming home from Illinois for Christmas and right now you can’t even get into the guest room, so I really need to focus and get things cleaned up and orderly. I would much rather spend my time blogging and doing other creative things — but I really must be diciplined for a while and get my work done. I know that what we are doing is a good thing and I don’t regret it, but I definitely was clueless as to how much work it would be and to how long it would take.
So, I do hope you will miss me while I am gone — I plan to be back early in December — time seems to fly by so fast these days. I will leave you with a couple pictures of baby cuteness and two other things that I will tell you about when I get back : )
I had hoped to write a happy post today about the new laptop that I purchased on Monday, but I can’t, because it never made it home. Yesterday evening after doing my grocery shopping I picked up my laptop — excited about going home to play with it. My old computer has been doing wonky things and making me very frustrated. I didn’t buy anything extravagant, but it is a big improvement over what I am using now. After getting the laptop I made one quick stop — I was only in the store a maximum of 5 minutes and I DID LOCK the car. As I walked back to my car I noticed that the interior light was on which I thought was rather odd so I checked to see if the switch was in the correct position — it was — and I continued on my way home. I arrived home, carried the groceries from the trunk into the house, opened the back door ofthe car to get my laptop from the floor of the back seat and it was GONE ! To say that I was very upset doesn’t come close to how I felt. I made the necessary call to the police reporting the theft. I also called the store to alert them just in case the thief tried to return it without a receipt. At some point in the process of making calls and putting my groceries away and crying and going through the list of what if I had done things differently — I realized that there was more that was missing — and I wanted to cry some more — have I mentioned that I was very upset? I think that I was followed from the store where I got the computer to the place I stopped — they are quite close together. The police said it often happens that way — the thieves wait outside the computer/electronic stores watching for the people who put purchases into their car and then follow them to the next store that they stop at. I will make sure I am not a target for them again.
I almost never leave the house without some crochet to work on and a book to read — you just don’t know when you might get stuck waiting somewhere, so I like to be prepared.
A purse-like bag that contained my brand new novel and the latest — almost finished — baby blanket — was taken too. I also had all the printed pictures of my grandson since he was born 2 weeks ago and the photo album I had given my son and daughter-in-law (I thought I might stop at their place and do some sorting through the pictures and adding new ones to their album). Not to worry — I do have them all still on my computer and backed up so I can re-print them. It does make me mad though that they will just be thrown away somewhere.
You get a terrible feeling inside when someone breaks into your space and steals something from you. Except for the blanket-in-progress, the things can be replaced — I guess I could remake the blanket, but I don’t think that I will — it would just remind me that the first one was stolen. I will have to make something different.
We do have an insurance policy that should give us the money to replace the things that were taken and in time the terrible feeling will fade. I will let you know how the insurance works out.
In honor of my new grandson, today’s Smile pictures are of a toy that I have had for a few years in hopes of someday having a special little one to play with it. He is too young to be interested yet — but it won’t be long : )
I actually have a number of toys that I have been saving for when I would have grandchildren to play with them. I have been a Gramma-wanna-be for a long time. Some of the toys have been around since my kids played with them and others I have collected just because they were too cute to resist : )
Todays Smiles are displayed on a bookshelf in my living room.
Wishing you another Smiling Sunday : )