Sunday, December 7, 2014

OMG So much is Happening


Hi there. Sorry about the silence lately. Things have been happening! 

First of all I stopped (again) in the middle of the 30 days of blogging. The funny thing is that I had everything written in a word document and just had to create blog posts. But I didn't get it done. I might do a quick post with all the rest of the blessings just to finish it off. 

My son Forrest has moved out on his own into his first apartment. Such an exciting time for him. I've used this as an excuse to gift him my Crate and Barrel dishes and flatware and purchase new for myself. I'll do a post coming up with what I bought. I'm so happy with it.

My job as nanny for twin 7 year old boys has ended. The family wanted more household help during the day and has decided to hire a full time housekeeper who will also pick the boys up from school in the afternoons. I've been scrambling to find a replacement job. It's a horrible time of year to lose your job with all the holiday expenses. I've got something lined up to start Monday taking care of a 10 and 6 year old girl after school, take them to after school activities, help with homework and get them dinner. I'm nervous about starting a new job, but excited to have employment! It's not as close to home nor are the benefits as nice as my previous job. But I'm happy to have a job doing what I like. 

I've been taking steps to turn my son's bedroom into my sewing room. I need my son to clean out the rest of the stuff he has left behind and either take it, donate it or store it long term in the basement. He's been busy settling into his new job and apartment and life as an adult, but has promised that around Christmas he will help get it done so I can proceed with my sewing room plans. I'm anxious to get my machine set up and get a few projects done. But I haven't forgotten about finishing my bedroom!

I still have Thanksgiving decorations up! I need to get some paperwork done Monday and Tuesday in my free time and then I'll be free to get decorating. I'm just not feeling it again this year. It seems like such high pressure to make things "perfect" when it will only be decorated for 25 days (well only 18 days now). It's only me in the condo. I'm not having any parties or people over. So much work and expense. I think I overwhelm my self with Pinterest and all the possibilities. And you can't read a blog without a Christmas tour of their home and gift guides. Gah! 

As my blog is really a diary for me of changes to my home and things happening in my life, etc I think I'm going to take a few pictures of each room to document where they stand at the beginning of the year. I've made some drastic changes in all rooms but I have a long way to still go. Nothing is close to being finished so I hesitate to post progress pictures. I can *see* what they are going to look like. Just not sure anyone else will be able to. 

So that's whats been up with me. How are you? Are you done decorating for Christmas? Do you feel overwhelmed?




Monday, October 20, 2014

Blessings Day 20 - Craigslist

Another weird one I’m sure. However, almost all of my condo furnishings have come from Craigslist. With a small budget available for decorating it’s my go to source. I eventually find what I’m looking for, for little $$. It might take a while, but the hunt is half the fun.





Sunday, October 19, 2014

Blessing Day 19 - Home

My condo is safe and cozy. It’s big enough to meet my needs but small enough to be easy to take care of. It’s got wonderful trees outside. It really fits my simple lifestyle. 




Saturday, October 18, 2014

Blessing Day 18 - My Dr's.

I have a great care team. They are knowledgeable and caring. They answer all my questions and put me at ease. I’m blessed to have healthcare. 




Friday, October 17, 2014

Blessing Day 17 - Music

I played music growing up, the accordion, flute, piccolo, violin. I had lessons for all of them at various time and mastered them. I’m trying to teach myself guitar but am not motivated enough to practice enough to matter.  Any way I have a deep appreciation for music. It can lift me up, bring a smile to my face, get me dancing, bring back memories and generally makes me feel good. 




Thursday, October 16, 2014

Blessings Day 16 - Financial Stability

I have enough money to meet my needs with a little left over for fun. I live a very simple life by choice. This allows me a lot of free time to pursue things I find interesting. 





Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Blessing Day 15 - Food

OK this might be a little weird, but I volunteer at a Food Pantry and see people who don’t have enough food to eat each week. I’m thankful that I’m able to purchase enough food for myself and my family.