Friday, August 29, 2014

Time is too precious...

"If you want to be happy you have to be happy on purpose.  When you wake up, you can't just wait and see what kind of day you'll have. You have to decide what kind of day you will have."   Joel Osteen

Here I am, sitting at my kitchen table this morning feeling blue because our Labor Day Holiday will be spent at home, alone... blowing our noses, coughing, and resting. 

We had friends call yesterday wanting to come for the weekend but we warned them about this awful bug.  

It is contagious, I know, I caught it somewhere, now Big Brother has it, and thehubs is starting to cough a bit.  

I wouldn't risk spreading this on to anyone else. 

So we are staying home, alone.

We will miss the lake, the boats, the breakfasts, the lunches and the barbecues. We will miss our friends who travel four hours to come and visit.  We will miss the noisy laughter, the jokes, the stories and the plans being made. 

But we will not be wasting our time, it is too precious. 

We plan a quiet barbecue for ourselves, to spend some time catching up on some chores around the house, to play with a few projects, and to rest in between coughs and blowing our noses. 

Thehubs will work on his new dirt pile, adding it to the garden, filling in holes, spreading it in low places.

I will keep working on the guest bathroom. Since we painted I have been playing with some ideas for decor.  I didn't want to just go out and buy something, I wanted to create something. I will spend this time playing with painted frames.

And I will make some cookies.

Time is a precious gift, no matter how you spend it! The garden is coming to an end, the flowers are turning brown, no matter how much we water. We still need rain terribly, this drought is taking its toll on our trees, bushes, and flowers.

It is becoming FALL at our house! I am looking forward to cooler temperatures, shorter days, and bon fires in the dark!

I hope all of you have a 
Labor Day Holiday!

no matter where you are!

Or, who you are with!

Thanks for stopping by!

As life goes...

My friend Meg, my animal saver, animal rights cape crusader friend posted this to her status on facebook last night. 

She is building a new "dog friendly" home and has been a very busy lady. 

She posted this photo and the words 

"fall decorating - done!" 


Wednesday, August 27, 2014


  • 3 boxes of Mucinex cold Medicine............ $16.00

  • 5 boxes of Puffs with lotion................. $6.50

  • 2 tubes of Lysol sanitizing wipes............ $4.80

  • 1 bottle of Vicks Vaporub.................... $4.25

  • 1 can of Lysol Spray Disinfectant............ $3.40

  • One trip to the Doctor's Office.............. $50.00

  • 3 new Prescriptions.......................... $16.00

  • The CURE for the common cold........ Priceless!

Yep, I got that bug
going on eleven days now. 

This morning thehubs and I
argued about me going to the doctor.

thehubs: Babe, you are not getting any better. I need to take you to the doctor.

me: No!  It is just a common cold, all he will do is tell me to continue taking the mucinex and ride it out.

thehubs: But Babe, you coughed all night and yesterday you were clammy all afternoon.

me: Oh, it is just a bug, I can ride it out for a few more days then if it's not better, I will go.

Then after trying to drink my first, albeit IMPORTANT, very important FIRST cup of coffee, I popped over to facebook to read a message from my friend Sara. It was a special message to her husband Gary on a special day. I scrolled down to the comment section and wrote "Happy Birthday Gary" right under her message. I couldn't breathe, I couldn't swallow my coffee. I sat in my chair.  

Thehubs urged me again...

thehubs: What is the doctor's phone number I am calling him and getting you in to see him today.

me: Oh, I will be okay. It's just a bug, I can ride it out.

thehubs: Well, I don't think so. You just wished Gary a happy birthday after Sara told everyone on facebook it was their anniversary. 

me: I did?  I can't believe I did that... here is the doctors phone number.

Have a Greatfull Day!

Friday, August 22, 2014

What do I do?

I have told you about my friend. Two years go, she went through a major life changing medical issue and is physically doing very well. But she is angry. Our conversations changed, they are different since her emergency, very different.

Now our friendship
is estranged a bit.

I have tried to be positive, to offer encouragement, to help. I have taken her to my doctor only to have her give him a cussing and spread vicious lies about him. I have suggested a mental health counselor and she let me know right away that she was "too strong a person to have any mental problems". I recently quit driving her anywhere because I found myself wanting to leave her when she explodes in public. It has been a rough two years.

My efforts to be in her life are met with anger. Verbal, cussing fits, accusations of theft towards the very ones she loves. The content of our conversations is always the same, only the name changes.  I thought it couldn't get any worse.

Then it did. Her husband walked upon our phone conversation and begged her to calm down. I heard her talk to him with her rage, she verbally abused him. Her words to him were demeaning, violent and totally inexcusable.  I hung up.

Now... I don't know what to do.

Do I keep trying or do I draw a line in the sand? 

Do I tell her enough is enough?
Or, do I keep quiet?

How do I take a chance that our friendship might end and not feel this enormous amount of guilt if it does? You see guilt has always been my thing. For many, many years I thrived on it, built my self esteem around it, then one day, it all fell apart. I promised myself I would never allow guilt to make decisions for me ever again.

Now here it is,
right in front of me,
staring at me,
daring me to make a move.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I was so excited!

I got my follower email from the blog 

So I clicked on the link and the COZY LITTLE HOUSE blog loaded and appeared.  I love Brenda's blog, it is one of my absolute favorites and has been for more than a year. I read every post she publishes. I even read every comment.

I read and scrolled down. Oh, what beautiful photos of lovely things!  And then, here it was, my photo and a link to my blog!

I jumped up, ran into the office and showed it to thehubs. Then I popped over to facebook and told ALL of my friends how happy and proud I was to be featured on Brenda's blog.  

I was so excited I couldn't go to sleep! A goal of mine was to be featured at Cozy Little House and my work was accepted!

I have learned so much since I started blogging.  I have gotten to know myself better and feel proud of my work.  I knew absolutely nothing about blogging when I started. It all began when I happened upon 

Linda is a great writer, decorator, artist and is full of enthusiasm and gratitude. Reading her blog is fun, brings me joy and makes me feel as if I am a neighbor who has come over for a glass of ice tea. Linda is the reason I created my blog. I needed that positive woman in my life. I wanted to meet more Linda's. And I did. I have met some amazing people who live in amazing places.

What is ahead for me and my blog? 

I have so many ideas and so much new stuff to learn, I can't wait to get started.  I hope you will see this blog become more organized in the future, easier to find, read and follow. I plan to pay more attention to what day it is, to take more photos, and make time to be myself. I hope you will follow along!

As life goes...
We haven't been home much lately but I have tried to read every blog on my list. Many times I read them on my smart phone using my big reading/magnifying glasses leaving no comments because it is just too hard to do on my phone. I am still wearing my "Bone Growth Stimulator" 4 hours a day since my neck surgery, not easy in these ozark mountain heat waves. I have enjoyed our air conditioning this summer. I think it is healing just fine. Our life is pretty boring, at least to me.