Monday, May 31, 2010

Friday, May 28, 2010

Garden spot

I've come across a major obstacle in planting my gardens this year.

She seems to think the backyard is her domain. Hmmm.

So, I decided to concentrate my efforts on a small garden in the front yard. First, I enlisted my landscaping crew to pull out some overgrown, misplaced evergreen shrubs.





Hey! Get back to work!


Girls and trucks come in handy for pulling out large shrubs.
After the demolition crew was done, I retained one enthusiastic worker to help me move some rocks and dirt.
Then . . . .ta daaaahhhh!!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

What I learned today. . .

A 5-year-old always wins in soccer. Always. Especially when he's keeping score.

If you eat an Otter Ice Pop too fast, you'll get a bwain fweeze.

Doing a 24-piece-holographic puzzle of Spider Man will also give you a bwain fweeze -- or at least make you wonder if your reading glasses need a change in perscription.

If you get frustrated with said puzzle, just close your eyes, put your hands together and "think" for a minute. Then try again.

When all else fails, "do the math."

It's always a good idea to carry a banana with you, in case you need a snack.

Watching a group of 10 five-year-olds in gymnastics is better than a professionally choreographed Broadway show.

Taking turns making up stories as you go along can make for great fun and lots of giggles.

Sometimes, you can make someone the happiest person in the whole world, just by treating him to a Happy Meal with chicken nuggets.

After spending six hours with the cutest nephew in the whole world, you
will need a long nap.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Feathering the nest

I've noticed that since I no longer work at my desk five days a week, sometimes a day or two will pass by and I'm not on my computer at all. And the days that I am, I generally check my email a time or two, and that's it. That, and the fact that we've had some gorgeous weather the past few days, has kept me from blogging, too!

It's amazing what I can get done when I'm not tied to the computer. On Sunday, I finished painting the master bedroom. DH started it about a month ago, and did all of the hard parts -- priming the one black wall that the former owners had painted, then painting over it with our accent color, and then repairing and painting the wall with the window. Before I started painting this weekend, he did all of the prep work, so all I had to do was apply the paint. The colors we chose are both by Behr. The main color is Gobi Desert, a soft, sandy color for most of the room. The accent wall is Belgian Sweet, a deep, chocolate brown. The bedding is white matelasse, and lest you think I'm totally boring, our drapes and accent pillows and love seat slipcover are done in the Laura's Garden print, from Country Curtains.
It's such a change for me to have a room without lots of color. But, I have to admit, it so peaceful and calm. Our bedroom furniture is cherry wood, and the palette really shows off the deep, warm tones of the wood.

My next project is to hang some pictures. I'm not quite sure what I want, so I think I'll just live with the room as is for a while and see what comes my way.

This morning my project was the flower garden in our front yard. It isn't quite finished (I need to find a 16-year-old boy to haul some rock for me this afternoon), so I'll write about it another day and post a picture!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Friday's Fave Five

Joining Suzanne and friends, taking a look back at the week and finding five things that made me happy.

1. Today, I was shopping and it just so happened that the woman in line behind me adopted a Springer Spaniel that is from the same litter as Lilly! She recognized me first, and we chatted and compared notes and discovered that both of our puppies love ear buds (no joke, we each had replacement packages in our carts), and that they are both very smart and that we both had forgotten how much energy they require. Such a small world!

2. I went shopping and to lunch with my aunt today, and that always makes me happy.

3. When I drove down our street, returning home, I saw DH's truck in front of the house, meaning he came home from work early. And then I remembered that the Rockies got a home run in the 7th inning last night, which means free Whoppers at Burger King tonight. And my heart skipped a beat. I'm not sure if it's because DH is home early or because I don't have to make supper tonight. But, it was a happy moment.

4. When DH took Abby to the vet on Tuesday, we discovered that she has a clogged tear duct, which was a much less serious diagnosis than what we have been led to believe (cancer). So, she's been getting eye drops once a day and she's as good as new. Did you know that dogs keep their noses wet through the fluid in their eyes? So when their eye gets dry, their nose gets really dry and it looks like a very serious condition.

5. I got two new pairs of glasses this week. Reading glasses and bi-focals. I feel as though I won the jackpot. Sad, I know, but these are the things that thrill me.

What made you happy this week?

Monday, May 10, 2010

Monday again!

This morning, I'm going to linger on the simple things by joining Peggy and many others who are focusing on the beauty of 'everyday moments' by writing a Daybook.


For Today. . . Monday, May 10, 2010

Outside my window. . . is a warm sunny day, with a nice breeze rustling the leaves on the maple tree in my front yard.

I am thinking. . .about the nice weekend we had. Yesterday, the kids spoiled me with flowers and presents and handmade cards. We had lunch with my in-laws. In the afternoon, we worked together to pull out some shrubs in our front yard. They were overgrown and taking up a prime spot for flowers. Now, I'm ready to plant!

I am thankful for. . .big pots of red geraniums that are on sale at Costco, the physical therapist who has worked wonders on my aching achilles!, having time to spring clean my house.

From the kitchen. . .Busy day today, so tonight we'll throw some chicken & apple brats on the grill and have it with deli macaroni salad.

I am creating. . .space in my home by decluttering.

I am going. . .to let Dan take Abby to the vet today, because she gets so nervous and then I get nervous and then we're both a wreck. Then, I'll go to Luke's baseball game while Dan takes Em to her horseback riding lesson. Weather permitting.

I am reading. . .This Blessed Mess by Patricia Livingston. For more info, click on the book on my sidebar. It's a GREAT read.

I am hoping. . .that the forecast for snow this week is wrong. It is just wrong, to have snow in May.

I am hearing. . .birds chirping outside my window, the breeze blowing in the trees, the clock chiming 11:30.

Around the house. . .the deck and the roof are complete! "We" are going to screen it in, but for now I'm enjoying having a place to sit and have cup of coffee or a glass of wine. When it's not snowing.

One of my favorite things. . . Having a desk by the window.

A few plans for the rest of the week . . .Baseball banquet, retirement party for a friend, dinner with friends, softball practice.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing. . .this is where I blog. . .at my desk that was a steal ($32.48!) at Target.
My view:)
If you'd like to join in and start your own Daybook, check out this link: http://thesimplewomansdaybook.blogspot.com/

Sunday, May 9, 2010

On Mother's Day

This photo of my mother was taken about the time that she was raising a houseful of teenagers, which is about where I am right now in my life. (One is not exactly a teenager, but I can't say that he's a full-fledged adult, since he's still on our medical plan.)

Caroline Masterson Krieg
A week ago today, was the 10th anniversary of my mother's passing. I can't believe that my life has been without her for so many years. My children were 3, 7 and 10 when she passed away. I think of all the things I missed sharing with her. People try to console me by saying, "She's with you, she's seeing it all." I know that to be true. I feel her presence every day and I know that she is with me. However, selfishly, my sadness is because I am not able to share moments with her and see her smile, hear her laugh, and listen to her wise counsel when I need it most. She had such a joy and appreciation of life, and sharing it with her, as her daughter, has been one of the greatest blessings of my life.

On Mother's Day, I think of her with love and cherished memories, and hope that I can be the kind of mother to my own children, that she was for me.

Wishing moms everywhere a Happy Mother's Day!