Thursday, May 30

Has Anybody Seen My Soul Sister?

I read a great blog post tonight. It was a post that made me laugh out loud- for real.  Memories from Carpool Mom came flooding back.  I don't know Carpool Mom in real life but back in my blogging days I "read her" religiously.  Her posts were like reading my own thoughts...especially when she talked about Pollyanna here and when she read my mind about fixing dinner here.  Love her. She is my soul sister.

Then, just like a bad Lifetime Movie, she disappeared. No more posts. She just vanished. Days, weeks, months went by.  I left her a comment. No reply.  I emailed. It bounced back.  Now I know what you are thinking.  Clearly she had me blocked. Clearly my soul sister comment crossed the line and she was probably tossing around phrases like "restraining order" and "psychiatric help" but I assure you that isn't the case.  She linked me. She commented on my posts too.  We had bonded through cyberspace.

Even though Carpool Mom hasn't updated her blog in 5 (yes, five) years. I haven't lost hope.  I won't give up the search.  I keep checking. I keep expecting her to show up somewhere. But I admit I am getting a little desperate.  Come back to me Carpool Mom. I miss your tales of Mayberry.

I'm not above putting her picture on a milk carton. I just don't happen to have a picture of her. I don't even have her last name. I began enlisting help with the search. Tonight I emailed another stranger that also happened to comment on her posts. Now she very well may be throwing around those phrases of "restraining order" and "psychiatric help" because it is hard to ask a stranger if she knows the whereabouts of a mutual stranger without sounding slightly off balance.

Now I wait. I wait for a reply from a stranger. Who am I kidding? I won't just wait. If you need me I'll be googling my soul sister...stalking Facebook...perhaps contacting the milk carton people.

Wednesday, February 13

25 Questions Round Two

So, I was looking up an old blog for a friend whose child swallowed a magnet.  That took me back to 2006 to read how long it took for Andy to pass that penny. 9 days. Crazy the things you forget.  Anyway, I found this 25 questions that I posted in 2006 and since I haven't blogged in close to forever, I thought this may be better than nothing. It looks like it was a new year thing or something. Whatever.  Here goes 25 questions revisited in 2013!

1. What did you do in 2012 that you'd never done before? 
Had a complete and total career change- 100%

2. Did you make any new years resolutions?
No.  Just thought of 3 words I want to describe this next year. 

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? 
Not yet....any day now!

4. Did anyone close to you die? 

No, but someone close to someone close to me died. 

5. What countries did you visit? 

Every single one of Epcot. 

6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012? 
I can't think of anything...there are goals for the year but nothing was lacking...

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? 
It's yet to come...but I'm working on it!

9. What was your biggest failure?
In 2012? Taking too long to get out of a bad situation.

11. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Hmm. I think mine did because I took a big leap this year.

12. Whose behavior made you appalled and disgusted?
I can think of a few....

13. What song will always remind you of 2012?
Eye of the Tiger

14. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Trusting my gut.

15. What do you wish you'd done less of?

16. Did you fall in love in 2012?
Just deeper in love with my husband and family. 

17. What was your favorite TV program? 
TV?  I vaguely remember TV...

18. What was the best book you read?
Best/only...what's the difference?  I liked George Bush's Book- Decision Points (or something like that)

19. What one thing would have made your year measurably more satisfying? 
same as 2006-spending more time in the Word

20. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?
My new work clothes consist of yoga pants and t-shirts. Love it!

21. What kept you sane? 
my husband, my friends

22. Who did you miss?

Gosh. When you live 1000 miles from family, you will always miss family.

24. Who was the best new person you met?
I reconnected with some friends from back in the day and even though they aren't "new" the relationships are new again and I'm so thankful for them!

24. Tell us a valuable lesson you learned in 2012.
Trust your gut! Follow it!!! 

25. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Rising up back on my feet. Did my time, took my chances. Went the distance now I'm back on my feet. Just a man and his will to survive. So many times it happens too fast, you trade your passion for glory. Don't lose your grip on the dreams of the past. You must fight just to keep them alive. 

Tuesday, December 18

I Believe...

This wasn't God's will.  God didn't allow this tragedy for some greater good. God didn't "need" more angels. God doesn't harm His children to bring them closer to Him. God doesn't kill babies- ever. Satan comes to kill, steal, and destroy.  God comes to give us LIFE.  Abundant life.  I believe God wept over this loss just like we are, more so because he created every one of these precious lives and He knew the plan He had for them, a plan for them prosper...a plan with hope and a future.

God gave man the power of free will. God also knows there is evil in this world right now.  He gave us instructions in His own prayer to ask for deliverance from evil.  Yes, I believe in satanic evil. I believe we saw that power at work in Connecticut last week. Evil.

So what do we do? How do we live in a world like this?

My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame but wholly trust in Jesus name.  Christ alone; cornerstone. Weak made strong in the Savior's love. Through the storm, He is Lord. Lord of all. When darkness seems to hide His face, I rest on His unchanging grace. In every high and stormy gale my anchor holds within the veil. When He shall come with trumpet sound, oh, may I then in Him be found. Dressed in His righteousness alone, faultless stand before the throne.

There will come a time...God's justice will be revealed.  Everyone chooses their master.  Jesus is my Lord. I belong to Him. Do you?

Sunday, December 16

Waiting Here For You

I didn't realize that Christy Nockels (from my hometown of Claremore) sang this song until I looked it up to post here.  There are so many thoughts running through my mind right now that have to do with theology and my belief system, even some about the politics of gun control. But today doesn't seem to be the day for that. Today is a day for continued prayers. Prayers for the families and community...and our nation.  Today is a day for tears. Today is the day for living out songs like this one...

Monday, September 3

Leftover Burlap Becomes Bulletin Board

This little project was pretty exciting for me.  I saved a wad of cash and got something even better than my original want.

I saw a framed bulletin board at Hobby Lobby for $70 on Saturday.  Now, I would never pay that but I was considering the $35 when it went 1/2 price.  Ya'll know that you never pay full price at Hobby Lobby because everything goes 1/2 off sometime. Right?  But because I am a little cheap frugal, I decided to wait on it.  I'm so glad I did because as luck would have it, I came across a pinterest pin using burlap to make your own bulletin board.  Ding! Ding! Ding! Lightbulb moment!  There is this huge painting I stuck in the attic that would be the perfect frame.  Always always always keep your old decorating stuff so you can "shop the house" and repurpose things later.  Here is the picture in it's original form-
I pulled off the paper backing and popped out the print.  This was a steal at $10 from Old Time Pottery a few years ago.  It was a steal because the frame is heavy, sold wood, and it is huge.  I never was crazy about the picture but it served a purpose for a time.  

I covered the back of the picture with cork from Lowes ($10) and trimmed the excess.  Then I covered the cork with the leftover burlap.  I wrapped it around and secured it every few inches with my arsenal of choice, the glue gun.  If you don't get at least 3 first degree burns from your glue gun, you aren't really crafting. Tip: the cork is THIN. You may want to use the cork from an actual bulletin board that you tear a part.  The price is about the same. 

Pop it back into the frame and then use a staple gun to secure. 
 Then I found a hot guy with tools to change the hooks for me. The painting went horizontal but I needed the bulletin board to hang vertical. 

It's really helpful if that same hot tool guy will hang the board for you.  

Done. The $70 bulletin board for $10 plus leftover frame and leftover burlap. 
Labor Day weekend is over so I'll be taking a craft break now...but then again...there are so many ideas on pineterst...I may have to sneak in one or two more in the next few days. 

The Easiest Project EVER

This is the easiest project you will ever do.  In fact, here are the directions ON the project.
I used the leftover burlap that I had from the fall pennant garland but as I was thinking about this the options are endless.  Find the perfect fabric from a napkin, placemat, hankie, tshirt, scarf, scrap material, pillow case, sheets, even some great scrapbooking paper.  

I can see these all over...big message boards like this one...little message boards attached to bulletin boards or on doors or bathroom sinks with a reminder list for the kids.  

Pair it with a set of the dry erase markers and give it as a teachers gift.  

This project is literally so easy I felt dumb for not thinking of it myself!

Sunday, September 2

Loving the Look, Hating the Pictures

This was our first attempt at the deco mesh decorating.  We went with a garland for the mantel and I have to say I love it so much more in person than from these pictures. Why does the color never turn out right?
Here are the steps.
Step 1- Buy or make a work garland.  I couldn't find one to buy at Hobby Lobby so I made one.  I used wire twine and pipe cleaners. I tied the twine to the table and door across the room so make it pull tight. Attach the pipe cleaners by twisting them every about every 5 inches. It ends up looking something like this:
Step Two- Using the large roll of deco mesh, start at one end and attach it by twisting the pipe cleaner.  Pull it down to the 2nd pipe cleaner to keep your poofs a consistent size.  
Create the poof by attaching it at the first available pipe cleaner like this-
Step 3- Add various other ribbons in a zig zab pattern.   
We chose a red burlap, green damask print, and a plaid.  However, after starting the plaid we decided we didn't like it.  No big deal, just pull it back off.  That's the great thing about working with this is so easy to remove and start over until you have it like you want.  
Step 4- Add in picks of fall flowers, leaves, pumpkins, etc. etc.  We bought them in a bunch and then just pulled them a part. 
It is that simple!  Now, don't judge the top of the mantel yet...we are working on it...getting some ideas from pinterest to make it just right.  Don't judge the colors either. I'm not sure if it is the phone or the lighting or what but if you've been here you know that wall is a deep "barn red" and that is what the burlap is too.  I hate the way it looks pink here. Ya'll know me better than that, right?

Wednesday, August 22

Here is another yummy summer recipe...although not near as healthy as the Green Smoothie! This one I found via pinterest courtesy of  Here you go!

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 cup BBQ sauce
8 slices bacon (cooked until crispy)
2 cups shredded Colby-jack cheese
½ cup green onions (sliced)
½ cup tomatoes (chopped)
Cooking Instructions:

Step 1: Place bacon slices, 4 at a time into a cold frying pan. Heat to medium-low and cook bacon, turning once until it has reached a deep brown color (about 10-15 minutes), remove from the pan and drain on paper towels.
Step 2: Lightly grease the grates of an outdoor grill. Heat the grill to medium-high heat. Place chicken breasts onto the grill and cook while turning and brushing with the BBQ sauce frequently on each side for 10-15 minutes per side (depending on the thickness), or until fully cooked (the internal temperature has reached 165 degrees).  During the last few minutes of cooking top each chicken breast with 2 slices of bacon and shredded Colby-jack cheese.
Step 3: Remove from the grill and top with green onions and tomatoes.
(Makes 4 Servings)
Be sure to check his site for TONS of other easy breezy favorites. 

Tuesday, August 21

The Green Smoothie

I've tried many new recipes this summer but the green smoothie is my favorite!  Sometimes I drink it for breakfast, sometimes for a snack, and even sometimes for my lunch.  It's super easy, super healthy, AND super yummy!  There are many variations of the recipe and I have actually tried it several ways but here is the recipe for my favorite.

Ingredients: one banana, frozen mixed fruit, 2 handfuls of organic baby spinach, water/ice
This is the fruit I like (from Target)
Dig out your blender and dust it off.  Now I don't know if the order matters but I put the frozen fruit on the bottom...about 1/2 of the small bag for 2 servings. Then break up a banana and drop it in.  Add 2 good handfuls of the spinach and about 1/2 cup of water and blend.  If I just bought the frozen fruit, I will often add a handful of ice to make it colder. Blend. Blend. Blend some more.  Sometimes you need to take a big spoon (I use the black Pampered Chef one--not wood!) and poke it all down a bit.  Don't poke too far or you will get a helping of plastic in your smoothie.  It's really that easy. It's really that good.  I don't think the calories matter when they are all healthy calories like this but it is probably under 100 anyway.

I've done it with peaches and strawberries...that is YUMMY too but using dark fruit makes it more brown than green.  Basically that means that this-
turns into this-
and just to prove that even your kids will like it....