Thursday, September 25, 2008
It's too easy for me to think of all the negative things in my life; I ate alot of 'crap' last weekend. I haven't walked this week. I need to wait almost a month to deliver my work and get paid.
So let me list a few good things.
**After giving it a second thought, I put away the cinamon toast crunch cereal and opted for cheerios this morning.
**I didn't get Starbucks while I was out this morning. Instead, I waited till I got home and made my own caffinated beverage. (saved money and calories.)
**I have done 4 of the 5 things on my list for the day, and it's not even noon.
**The comcast man is coming today to fix my stupid phone issue.
Ok. I needed that.
I'll take a picture of the back deck. Ken stripped it and it looks brand new! (it's 16 years old) He's going to stain it soon.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Ok, enough complaining.
Ken and I found a church close to our house and tried it out 2 sundays ago. I filled out the guest info card and later that week a couple from the . . .what do you call it. . .care commity? . . .well, anyway they showed up at my door one evening with this package of goodies (including a gladware container of HOMEMADE cookies!) and a smile, welcoming us to come back and asking if we had any questions! I'm telling you, this church is SOOOO nice, friendly, welcoming. . .we love it! The kids go to Awana every wednesday night (it's like a bible study/fellowship/funtime for them in groups of kids their own age) and I've been going to a mom's group on monday mornings for 2 hours. I truely know we've found a church home. We love it!
Look at this beautiful house! It's a bed and breakfast scrapbooking place in Grand Rapids, MI! I went their this past weekend with 7 other friends (and made 3 new friends while I was there!) It was a GREAT time. Very relaxing, but productive at the same time. I got 32 pages done in one of the albums I'm doing for hire. (I was going to work on my stuff, but I really want to get this album done so I can deliver it and get paid!)
The home was built in the 1880's for the Mayor's son and family. It's got three floors totaling over 6000 sq feet! It was simply magnificent inside, and we throughly enjoyed being waited on by the FABULOUS and friendly innkeepers!!
This is the dinning room. The table extends for large groups (like us.)
Above is the double parlor where we worked. There's a fridge there for us with all kinds of non-stop beverages and even ice cream sandwiches in the freezer!
The bathroom is also a one piece vinyl floor. I like this one very much, too! I think I'll repaint this room the same color as the playroom. It'll warm it up a little without making it too dark.
And here are a few pics of fall in our home!
Well, the dryer is buzzing and I need to call comcast about a problem with my phone service. Stupid comast.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
OK--so here are how things stand today. This is the play room. My father in law carefully removed the panneling and found drywall behind it. The drywall was DRY, thank God. But he wanted to see if water was coming in from the bottom of the wall, so he removed a bunch of the panneling and drywall. The black you see is paint--someone marked the studs with spraypaint. Believe me, when I saw it I thought it was mold--I freaked out!
This is just a shot of the floor. See the curious kitties? Always underfoot.
Ok. This is in the bathroom between the shower stall and the sink vaniety. That's gravel. Very damp, very smelly. My father in law is going to fill it with concrete.
The playroom things have been strewn about in the family room.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
More on this as it develops.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
So here's some of the work I've been doing. This stack of pages is from Kristen's daughters' album.
I know I need to take the pics of these pages BEFORE I slip the plastic page protector on, but I am usually on a roll and once the page is done, it gets covered. I'll try to snap some pictures of the upcoming pages before I put the glare-maker on it.
It's hard to get a good shot! I was getting so frustrated!! I know you can barely see anything here.
Let me get you up to date on some of the goings on around our home~~
Here is the front landscaping before I ripped out the bushes. . .
. . .and right afterwords. You can see the big rootball of the yucca. .. looks like a big spider. I have 9 mums planted, and I'm praying they do well despite all the rain. I'm going to add a stepping stone walk way through the dirt/river rock, and in the spring I'm going to cover the dirt/rock with mulch. It's gonna be fabulous.
Look at how big the kittens are getting! Cookie is on the left, he is fluffier and has a bigger tail than Cupcake. She is on the right--notice her tiny tail.
Wellp, off to get to work on Adria's kids' albums! See you soon! (I PROMISE!)
"Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential."--- Winston Churchill
Thursday, September 11, 2008
As far as shrinking goes, my body is finally CHANGING!!! WHOOO HOOO!! My pants are lose on me RIGHT OUT OF THE DRYER, which does NOT happen, and I believe I'm going down a cup size! Yep, the eating better and walking is paying off! I'm just gonna keep it up, keep doing what I'm doing!
I'll post pics of my front landscaping later tonight, when my parents leave and I have more time. OH, and that'd be after I get back from my son's follow up appointment (from his pnemonia) this after noon, too. Ugh. What should I do about dinner. . .
Sunday, September 7, 2008
So I wanted to get a sunday paper today, but we had to go to Menards after church to get some things Ken needs to redo the deck. We were all hungry (and my hair was flying in my face since I didn't have a hair claw) so we all wanted to get home. So then I'm looking for a hair claw and I cannot find one! I only have like TEN!!! Oooo, that made me mad! And can someone PLEASE explain to me WHY I'm up two pounds this morning after working my ass off yesterday?! I dug out SIX bushes and a BIG yucca plant AND planted 9 plants. . .those nine plants had to be put in landscaping that had river rock and plastic to bust through in order to get to the dirt! I swear, it was almost easier to rip out the six bushes and yucca!!! And Ken asked me today if I'm gonna plant the 192 bulbs I bought. . .hmmm, lemme think about it NO!!!! I'm gonna go to aldi becuase we need a bunch of stuff, (and believe me, grocery shopping doesn't sounds very appealing at all right now) becuase I DO NOT want to have to do it tomorrow. I am BEHIND on my work and I NEED to get alot done tomorrow.
Sigh. Alright. I think I feel better now. Maybe.
Friday, September 5, 2008
Ok, so listen to this. I went to the mall for a walk today. ("But Jen," you say, "The weather is so beautiful.")I know, I know. But it could rain at any moment. So at first the pessimistic side of me was like "It's friday. Why the heck would you walk at the END of the week? Why bother. Start monday." Then the LOGICAL side of me said "Seize the day! Do it now! Walk today AND tomorrow! So what if it's friday!" So I drove the kids to school (Eric is getting over a bad asthma episode and has dr's orders to stay out of gym class and do NOT walk to school) and went right to the mall! I walked for 30 minutes and I feel GREAT! Then I got home and unloaded 20 12x12 patio pavers onto the side of my house to make a walkway through the muddy area for the kids. The pavers each weigh 24 pounds, so I got a good upper body toning workout!
Ok, onto some pictures so I can get to work. . .
The kitties are getting big, and they are VERY playful! Most of the time that's fine, but it sometimes gets to the point where I need to break it up! They're like toddlers--getting into things they shouldn't .
The side of the house here was WAY muddy last fall and this past spring. Grass just won't grow by the fence, and the kids go in and out of the back garage service door all the time, so I needed to keep things from getting messy. The pavers will sink into the ground and be fine. Sure, I could've layed down pea gravel, but then I'd need to surround the walk way with edging, and I think that would stick out like a sore thumb. I'll try this first. I know someone who had good luck doing it this way.
Today I plan on getting no less than 10 pages done in the current album I'm working on, and tonight I'm going to make cards! I have a few in mind I need to do. Tomorrow Ken and I are going to dig up the spindly bushes out of our front yard and I'm planting MUMS! YEAH! I love fall!!
"Amazing love! How can it be that you, my King, would die for me?" Chris Tomlin, You are my King
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
So here are a few cards I made last night.
I got this stamp set at archivers. Lately I grab anything I see that has to do with coffee. That reminds me. . .I need to stop at Dunkin Donuts for a pick me up. Maybe Eric wants a donut. . .
The above card is made with "Welcome to the Neighborhood" from CTMH. My brother and his (almost) wife just moved into a GREAT new apartment, so I'll send this out to them. (Even though I'm not part of the neighborhood--I can still welcome them to it, can't I?)
My goal for work today is to complete 8 pages. I don't think that will be a problem. First I"ll go out to Dunkin Donuts with Eric, and I think I'll stop at Wal-Mart to get my pictures from the wine trip. The rest of the day will be work. I'll post up some layouts later!
"A goal without a plan is just a wish." --Antoine de Saint-Exupery
I have three cards to post, but I need to get to bed right now. I'll get them up after the kids are off to school. More to come soon! :)
"You can have it all. You just can't have it all at once." --Oprah