April 30, 2015
I have a confession.
I hate things that are uneven. Every
night, I go online & make our bank
accounts all even. I park my car on
the driveway or in the garage on a
very straight line. When we have
food or treats that can be counted
out, I have to have an even amount.
It's physical & doesn't feel great if
things are uneven. I get really antsy
if things are out of order. Crazy, eh?
To be honest, it's pretty easy to live
this way. I just need to make sure all
aspects of my daily life are within an
even capacity. If it's not, then I have
to fix it, which I'm happy to do so that
I can feel good about that moment.
Do you have issues with things being uneven?
Or have you never thought about it in the past?
It is rare that I don't finish a project but
to be perfectly honest, this month I had an
epic fail. On April 1st, I started the April
Photo Challenge. Having completed the
December session, I was really excited
to do another. But our move, work, events
& now our commitment to a theatre play
meant that I ended up not having enough
time to finish the challenge on time. I
could just extend it into May, but I don't
believe my time will suddenly become
more open. So with a heavy heart, I hang
my head in shame & declare the project
unfinished from my end. Sad but true.
Do you ever have unfinished projects?
What do you do with the guilt?
We often go for walks at the end of the day
in our neighborhood. I love to go at dusk,
when everyone has put on a few lights inside.
A peek inside into the life of a stranger.
It seems almost naughty to be so curious
about what goes on, from house to house,
family to family. Naughty but oh so
addicting to peer into someone's life.
As we walk or drive by, we sometimes feel
like we're intruding on the innocent.
In reality, if someone was not in favor of
those of us who walk & take a peek at the
same time, sturdy blinds would work well to
protect the privacy of those all involved.
Do you ever take a peek, from afar, into windows?
How do you feel about seeing how others live?
April 29, 2015
April 27, 2015
.... but if the price was the same between
2 lights, wouldn't you pick the "blingy" one?
Here's the light for our master bathroom.
We may paint the frame a light cream later.
Going to live with it for a bit to see if the
dark will grow on us or if we'll change it.
More light pictures later.
April 22, 2015
The window seat in our nook has a
very lovely & finished interior.
Just the right size ....
.... for little boys ....
.... with spiky blue hair to hide in ....
We may be in for many nights of
asking the question "where is B?"
In just 4 short weeks, we'll be doing a final
inspection of our new home & then our
incredible builder will hand us the keys.
Since the beginning, he's joked with me
about waiting to see me do an "ugly cry",
which are tears of happiness but messy.
I've come close a few times but I agree with
him that because the "cry" hasn't happened
yet, all bets are on the moment we have the
keys in hand. Our process, from dream to
possession has been long. We bought our
little lot in the big woods in 2000. This dream
has now been over 14 years in the making.
And there isn't anything that we'd change.
Waiting all this time meant we were able to
do exactly what we wanted, no compromises,
no lost wishes. Worth the wait, the extra time,
the commitment & the constant daydreaming.
We're almost home. Our task list is long but
last night, we put dates to items & assigned
the activities to the individual who could best
get it done. Soon, soon, we'll all be there.
What is the next big dream you are wishing for?
April 20, 2015
.... is just a month away!
We got our "Possession Letter" today. And
the date we can move in is May 20th, 2015.
A full 10 months from when our construction
started & within the 6 to 12 month timeline.
So very excited!!
But first I need to sleep. A whole lot of stress
came off my shoulders today, with more to come.
April 19, 2015
Our wood floors are now installed.
They are just what we hoped for.
A view of the front door.
And very dusty floors.
Looking from the front door
thru to the back of the house.
The front hall closet & the
hallway to the french door.
Looking up at the pretty Juliette
Balcony ~ staining in the works.
To the left of the front door,
our dining room & butler's pantry.
To the right of the front door,
our living room & door to the turret.
Soon the floors will be swept &
washed down. But I truly couldn't
wait to show a preview of what they
look like, under all the dust.
Getting closer to move in day!!
April 18, 2015
I have many but I loved this image &
felt it truly does reflect me. An early
reader, it is a daily task, a treat, a big
part of my job, a trait I passed along to
my children, an activity that my dh also
loves & something I can teach to others.
What is your Superpower?
Feel free to share it with everyone here.
We're taking some time in between packing & purging to do some planning for our meals over the next few weeks. Still waiting for our Possession Letter that will state our actual move in date, so we're keeping busy & trying to be proactive so we'll be ready once our time frame has been identified. For the week of April 18th to April 24th, here's what we have chosen to create to nourish our busy souls:
Saturday, April 18th, 2015:
Parmesan Chicken with Steamed Veggies & Wild Rice.
Sunday, April 19th, 2015:
Annie's Organic White Cheddar Pasta with Kale Salad.
Monday, April 20th, 2015:
Boneless Pork Chops with Mashed Purple Cauliflower.
Tuesday, April 21st, 2015:
Stir Fry with leftover pork & Veggies.
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015:
Swedish Meatballs with Brown Rice & Pickled Beets.
Thursday, April 23rd, 2015:
Turkey & Cranberry Buns with Ginger Carrot Soup.
Friday, April 24th, 2015:
Baked Salmon with Dill Sauce & Coleslaw.
We bought groceries today & spent a total of $64.06. That gave us all the ingredients we need up to Thursday. Then we'll need to buy the turkey, the buns, the beets & the salmon for Friday night. We'll also need milk by then & a few small things to add to lunches. Not sure the cost yet but we try to keep our groceries to around $150 for the week. Right now, I'm trying to use up what's in our freezer & what we have in the cupboards so we aren't having to pack up food to move or throw away. A very good start.
How is your meal planning coming for this week?
April 12, 2015
I've spent a lot of time over the last few months
getting rid of stuff as well as re~configuring how
my brain operates. Letting go of the big stuff that
in the end, doesn't count & appreciating the little things.
Here's my little thing for this week.
I ordered the Game of Thrones soundtrack
from Season 1 & The Afternoon Tea Collection
for the new house. And my heart is so full
with excitement & gratitude. Can't wait for
the doorbell to ring & the postman is on the
other side with these sweet packages for me!
Tell me what makes you stop & truly
appreciate the little things in life ....
April 9, 2015
Five years ago, we were anxiously waiting
for this little guy to arrive. The Photo Challenge
prompt for today had me searching my brain,
then my hard drive for pictures to show life then.
He was on his way, his momma & poppa were
still a married couple then, we were over the moon,
& our kids were 25, 23, 21 & 17. Such a happy &
free time. Things changed not long after this tiny
being arrived Earthside. Not a good time then.
But life has a way of working out & the
happiness we had enjoyed has returned.
He arrived into an intact family & then it fell apart.
But now he & his brave & dedicated momma live
with us. We feel like the luckiest grandparents in
the world, to see him grow & change every day!
Not every gramma & papa get that experience.
What was life like for you five years ago?
Is it better or more challenging than it was?
April 8, 2015
"From where I stand".
Today's prompt for the photo challenge.
I imagine standing at our kitchen island &
watching my dd walk into the laundry room.
I imagine standing at our kitchen island &
seeing the wildlife outside our kitchen nook door.
I imagine standing at our kitchen island &
seeing a fire roaring & beautiful baroque music playing.
I imagine standing at our kitchen island &
watching our little guy play with his toys in the sun.
From where you stand, what do you see?
April 7, 2015
Photo Challenge prompt for April 7th
is "what nourishes me". I thought a
lot about this today & created many
posts in my head about all things love.
In the end, after spending quite a bit of
time chopping & mixing to make dinner,
I chose to use photos of the lovely two
quiches I made for my family, with love.
How does this nourish me? I love to
create from scratch. And I love to eat
cheesy dishes. So it really serves two
purposes in the end. Not bad at all!!
Today is my day off for the long weekend. Everyone else had Saturday to Monday off but I work on Saturdays, so my three day weekends are always Sunday to Tuesday. I had great plans of leaping out of bed, dropping C off at school & then powering through the house, finishing the last few reno items & packing up the last of the items we can pack away that we don't technically need. We woke up to rain & dark skies, that soon turned darker with flakes of snow falling, mixed with the rain. A cold, windy, snowy, drizzly day.
After a another weekend of back breaking, body aching, physically exhausting reno work, mixed with packing & a bit of yard work on the side, my plans quickly changed when I came home after dropping said child off. I did a bit of laundry, tidied up, then set myself up in a "nest" of blankets, books, my laptop, my camera for editing, my phone, the tv remote, a hot water bottle & a pot of tea. As the rain hit the roof & blurred the windows, I settled in for a long day of writing, editing & musing about life. Part way through the day, I realized how my Mondays, the day everyone else goes back to work & I get to stay home, was lost in the long weekend. So this week, Tuesday became my official day off!
I felt guilty for a bit then let it go. In the past, my day off was truly a day to get myself grounded, a time to catch up with the little things I can't always do with a crowd of people around me & space to just be. To sit & reflect, time for enjoying the moments. Once I'm back at work tomorrow, I take off running, so I truly do cherish this time alone. I've neglected my days off a lot since we started the big push to sell then move. It has felt like all my waking moments have been taken up by work & the move. Not much time for rejuvenating my mind, my body & my soul. The rain changed my original plan but in the end, it was the best kind of day off to have. I feel great & ready to go back tomorrow.
What do your days off look like?
Do you take it off or use it for catching up?
April 6, 2015
April 5, 2015
Today, the Photo Challenge is to share my favorite color. As an artist, I love color! It's hard to truly choose just one so I have one pic that shows my color palette for the new house. The wall color we chose is called "Winter Gray" & we've teamed that up with an ivory color called "Camelot" & a green shade of sage called "Kittery Point". The last two colors are for our kitchen, great room, bathrooms & laundry room cabinets. I'm terrified to see what this will look like in the end. Hoping it all comes together. With warm wood floors, in my head, I think it will be fine. But oh the gamble we've taken! I hope in the end we don't hate our choices ....
What is your favorite color?
My family, friends & co workers often say they have a hard time figuring me out. I have me figured out! But that doesn`t help them! Today, someone on FB sent me this great article. After reading it, I posted, with the extremely high hopes all my lovey`s will finally get ME!!
It`s not easy being a highly creative person, especially in a world that expects conformity. I`m hoping this article will shed some light on how I & many others live on a daily basis. Read the article here if you have a highly creative person in your life or you just want to learn more about our unique personalities. We struggle daily but find ways to live with a highly creative brain that never stops, is always dreaming & at times is successful with the process.
Feel free to share!
April 4, 2015
Shadows was a bit of a challenge for the photo
schedule, until I remember we had a great one
from our recent special event for families who
have experienced the death of a baby or child.
Love these shadows of myself & my husband.
Truly characterizes our roles in this vibrant program.
I love this challenge for the 3rd day.
Choosing my favorite quote of all time
was an easy task. I love Mary Oliver`s
quote `Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild & precious life` from
`The Summer Day.` It has been my very
favorite for a long time & I`m sure will
always be, until the end of my days.
Feel free to share your favorite quote.
The prompt for the 2nd day of the April Photo
Challenge was favorite flowers. I have many but
chose these beautiful roses that my dh gifted to
me one day, for no reason at all. I love the soft
pink & the tiny white baby`s breath. Sweet!
The rosy fragrance & the colors lasted quite a while.
I was sad when they finally faded but dried the petals.
Looking forward to receiving another bouquet one day.
Name your favorite flower or flowers.
April 3, 2015
After much thought, I chose the April 2015 Photo
Challenge from Susannah Conway's blog. Truly
looking forward to working through each of these
prompts for the next month. Should be a great time!
The first prompt is "My Morning View".
Here's my first shot for the challenge. A dark, misty
morning with new snow falling gently from the sky.
A perfect time to snuggle back into the warmth.
Have you ever participated in a Photo Challenge?
Or any other type of Blogging Challenge?
April 1, 2015
Yesterday was a beautifully sunny day,
with a high temperature of 18 degrees Celsius.
T~shirt & barefeet weather!
I found shoots from plants growing.
But late in the day, a weather warning
was issued for rain then snow. This was
sunset last night, with the rain pouring
down. I'll share the snow pics tomorrow!
How was your first day of April?