Monday, September 26, 2011

Backyard Wildlife

IMG_0724ewebI found this little guy in the backyard the other day.  Box turtle I think.  I put him in an old parmesan cheese bottle till the kids came home from school to see him, and then we let him go.  He was TINY!  In case you can’t tell, that blue thing is his water dish and it was a lid to a 20 oz bottle.  See how little the turtle is in comparison to the lid? IMG_0726ewebHe was also very ready to leave when I opened the lid and let him out outside.  LOLIMG_0736e2webIMG_0739eweb

I would have kept him but KC was paranoid of turtle germs.  Hahaha….and yes, I washed my hands thoroughly after I picked him up and I didn’t let the kids touch him at all. 

Anyway, then today, there were five deer out in the backyard.  Of course, I had to take pictures.  IMG_0776eweb

Then I snuck downstairs without the dogs to see if I could get a little closer pictures….that’s when they saw me, but they didn’t take off running like I expected.  They were really skinny…you could see their ribs but they were still really pretty.  IMG_0779ewebIMG_0785eweb

I think it was the same adult deer that were out there in May, (I posted about it here) but apparently a couple of them have reproduced since then…the babies were cute with their little spots…



Sunday, September 25, 2011

Dropping the Ball

Ever notice how it takes so long to make a habit but if you miss it once, it’s SOOO easy to drop it completely?  LOL.  I have missed like three days of drawing after doing it for like 15 days…and blogging????  Well…

Anyway, and then once you drop the ball on something and get so busy with other things, it’s hard to go back and pick it up again so you just put it off another day and then….well…you know how it goes. 

I had a really long to-do list this week…every day I kept adding things to it, and I tried to add back things that I know need to be done, but you know what?  Every day those same things were the ones that got postponed to the next days list again.  Oh, I did manage to get some of those done, but then others would get postponed.  How is it that there’s never enough time in a day? 

Anyway, basically I dropped in to say that I had a busy week and next week doesn’t look any different so it may be a few days before you hear from me again.  But eventually…eventually I’ll get everything caught up. 

Hopefully it will be before there is a tombstone sitting at the head of my grave.  ;-)

Sunday, September 18, 2011

And Once Again

I am rendered speechless.  This becoming more and more common.  YIKES!  LOL. 

And as usual when I’m feeling speechless, I’m thinking perhaps I should not say anything at all.  But I want to…oh I want to. 

I will say this though, if you haven’t read the book, unChristian, you should read it.  I know I mentioned it before and I said I might come back and talk about it, but it’s really hard to discuss it in a little blog post because it is such a big topic.  And it was the topic of Sunday School this morning, which reminded me that I never did get back to talking about it here. 

The perception of “Christianity” is not very positive and from personal experience and knowing the experiences of others, I can understand why.  Reading this book made me cringe…for all the things I’m NOT responsible for, but also for the ways (however unintentional) that I may have participated in some of the actions that would give an outsider reasons to have a negative impression of Christianity. 

It’s tough.  I know after reading this book, there are a lot of ways that I am doing positive things, but there are also still ways that I can do better.  I don’t want to be known for what I don’t do.  I want to be known for loving Jesus and caring about others.  And not just a shallow “caring” only to get another “check mark on my soul-winning list” where, if they’re not interested in becoming a check mark, or if they’re already on the “soul-WON” list, I simply move on to my next victim (I know, I’ve met some of those), but a genuine, non-judgmental, non-hypocritical, loving, care and concern for people.  Even the ones I don’t like.  *sigh*  Like I said, I’ve got some areas that need work.  =)

Anyway, that doesn’t even begin to get into the good stuff, but I challenge you, if you call yourself a Christian, go read it.  And especially, if you are a Christian that wants to reach others in the most effective way possible.  Sometimes, to be more effective, one must be more informed (and open to change if necessary).  Wow…that was a deep thought right there…for being speechless anyway.  HAHA. 

Oh yeah, and mom, our library doesn’t have it because it’s still at my house, but I know you said you wanted to read it, so put it on hold so they can call you with it as soon as I return it….teeehehe.  Would probably not be a very good Christian thing to do to not return it, don’t ya think?  LOL! 

He’s still workin on me, to make me what I ought to be,
It took Him just a week to make the moon and stars,
The sun and earth and Jupiter and Mars,
How loving and patient He must be, cuz He’s still workin on me.


Saturday, September 17, 2011

So Uh…


I have lots of bad news.  (okay, it’s not BAD, bad, just not so good)….LOL! 

First bad news, when you create an organized (or getting there anyway) craft office for yourself, it’s hard to get anything else done because…well…it’s just cozy here in my little corner with all my creative junk around me.  BUT, I did manage to mend like 5 garments from my “to be mended” pile that I came across while organizing today.  And one of them was a complete remake.  Let’s just say, my mom’s slightly out of date denim dress will live on for at least another year as an adorable jumper for the munchkin.  But anyway, sewing pile is greatly reduced and neatly organized. 

Second bad news, when you put your computer up in your scraproom, it’s mighty handy for digi-scrapping with all your idea books and crafty vibes floating around nearby…but it makes the evenings a lot lonelier since KC’s computer station is still on his lap two stories down in his recliner.  LOL.  Our nightly routine has changed from “kids go to bed, veg in the recliners for two hours, we go to bed” to “kids go to bed, KC hikes uphill on the treadmill/Faith is on computer upstairs for an hour, veg downstairs in the recliners for an hour, one of us falls asleep, then the other one wakes them up and we go to bed.”  We’re so romantic like that.  LOL

Third bad news.  It’s a great idea to unwrap all 15 leftover jolly rancher candy canes from last Christmas and break them into bite sized pieces and drop them into a little candy jar in hopes that they will finally get eaten up that way.  It’s NOT a great idea to put that jar next to ones laptop up in the cozy corner upstairs.  I’m just guesstimating but I’m thinking there may be around 1.5 candy canes left in it since I brought it up here yesterday.  *GREAT BIG GOOGLY EYES* 

Okay, done with bad news.  Good news is that even though I haven’t been blogging, I’ve maintained the 1 drawing a day.  Maybe I’ll post some of it sometime.  So far I’ve drawn things like: a turning point in your life, favorite animated character, favorite book, best friend….and so on…

ANYWAY, sounds like KC is finished with his hour of walking so computer time is done…laterz!

Thursday, September 08, 2011


Maybe…I’ll buy a deserted island…that would be my favorite place.  LOL.


There’s a few down below the Bahamas that are so small they don’t even have cities on them.  I could deal with that.  Teeehehee…nobody to make mad, nobody to stress me out…

course, that would also mean nobody to love either, and that might stress me out…

Perhaps this could just be my island a few yards away from our main island which would have the rest of my family on it.  And maybe a few friends, too.  LOL! 

ANYWAY.  I was busy today.  I took before pictures and one room is fully painted but not yet at the “AFTER” stage, so I have a little more staging and decorating to do before I take the “after” photo.  Here’s a piece of faith trivia from today: I moved a bed down two flights of stairs without spraining anything else…brilliant, eh?  =) =)

And random pondering for the day…what is this “planking” thing?  I don’t get it.  What is the point of laying on random objects, taking pictures of people doing it, and labeling them “planking?”  I’m so confused.  Not that me being confused is any new occurrence…hahaa…

Okay…I’m going away now…

Wednesday, September 07, 2011


My ankle has been bugging me a bit today.  What a bummer.  I can still walk on it though, so I guess it’s not broke.  LOL.  In case you’re not friends with me on facebook, here was my status last night:

“In some twist of unfortunate events, I didn't JUST inherit MY family's messed up genes (nothing personal, mom, EVERY family has messed up genes to pass on to unsuspecting, but I ALSO inherited my hubby's mother's klutz gene (talk about not fair!). Tonight I fell going UP the stairs. Bummer.”

So yes, I fell up the stairs last night.  I was just running up to put the kids in bed and my foot slipped off the stair and I came down on it twisted underneath me.  I almost cried, but I lived to tell the tale.  Better than the alternative.  LOL. 

I met mom for lunch today…that was fun…kinda like old times when we used to work together!  *grin*  We hit up a thrift store and then had lunch.  She was disappointed in the thrift store, but I found a great, like new, twin mattress/box springs (which they couldn’t “SELL” so they gave it to me…and then after that, I made a “donation” to the cause).  LOL.  I wasn’t mad about it, I’ve been waiting for a deal like that. 

Totally unrelated topic, I decided to do this “Drawing Challenge” and draw one thing a day for 30 days.  So far I have done a self-portrait (okay, so it looks like I’ve aged and gained weight, but it sorta still looks like me…hahah), a picture of my favorite animal (yep, I drew one of my dogs…but it doesn’t really look like the dog I drew, it just looks like a dog, which works, and that way neither dog will think I’m playing favorites…like they’d care anyway but I’m sidetracked now…where was I?), and my favorite food.  I took a really bad picture with my ipod and emailed it to myself so I would have something to post in here.  Ready for it?  Ready? 

*deep breath* 

Okay…here it is:


Okay, so favorite drink isn’t on the list, so I snuck it in with my brownie (in case you can’t tell what that was supposed to be). 

And I bought paint today.  So I will probably disappear for a few more days to paint some rooms in this here house…and hopefully be back sometime with some before/after photos.  =) 


Monday, September 05, 2011


First week of school knocked me for a loop.  LOL…you’d think with it not being ME in school, that the beginning of school would be a breeze…but sheesh.  Two kids stuff going on…two different teachers…two schedules…and go figure that the first week of school had like five appointments that I had to work around…lol.  Ah…it’s not that bad, I’m not complaining, and after I got over leaving my second baby at school by himself, I quite enjoyed the small bits of free time I had…but obviously, I didn’t get to blog any in those small bits of free time. 

Sometimes I just don’t feel like trying to recap everything into something that would be readable and interesting.  I know I’m not the only one who gets into that mood, but I still don’t like it.  I would love to just type out the contents of my brain and have it be totally appropriate for all audiences and enjoyable for people to read and not require any effort to make it sound great. 

Too bad the likelihood of that occurring is like uh….well…it would be more likely that my dog would get up in the next five minutes and sing If You’re Happy And You Know It while standing on his hind legs and clapping his paws….and smiling. 

Yeah.  About that likely. 

I’ve already mentally deleted at least 5 topics that have crossed my mind in the space of this small blog post.  Just not happening. 

Oh well.  So that’s my story.  That’s where I’ve been.  And now it’s time for me to go put them little kid-lets in bed so they can get up early for school tomorrow. 

Now THAT whole getting up early thing, I could probably locate a few complaints about that….but I won’t.