Dream farm, we need to chat

read
gate in a field / dream farm

Dear Dream farm, we need to chat.  When I moved into my current home, it was because it was within my budget and in a nice, family oriented neighbourhood. It was a mess, but eventually as time moved on, I had the help I needed to fix it up. (My story is HERE) Today? My […]

The secret to successful public speaking

read
skye tuxedo cat-1

When I wake up each morning, these sweet, beautiful eyes greet me. Everything about this little face speaks the comforts of home… Safe. Calm. Unconditional love. Acceptance. The first sunbeam of the day casts a welcoming glow against my safely tucked in feet, still buried underneath the covers. Not one mistake has been made yet, for the […]

Is an iPhone 6 + really worth it?

read
iphone comparison-8305

We were still in Disney for Christmas. But in between the luscious dole whips and the frenzy of The California Screamer, my son blurted out, “Mom, I can’t wait to go home!” Still chomping on my churro, (or was it Mickey Mouse pretzel) my brow pulled a puzzled why now… “Say what?! Why? I mean, […]

Files full of memories

read
files-8059

I’ve said it before, and you’ll probably hear me whine 100 times more… purging is hard work. VERY hard. And it just got harder, because I’ve officially ventured into “The Zone” I’ve been avoiding for a long, long time. See those big ‘ol metal file boxes? I’ve never been a fan of them. I mean, they […]

When BE is enough

read
BE-8020

There was a knock on the door today I didn’t expect. First, the delivery driver apologized for waking me up.  Hmm… he didn’t wake me up. I guess I should have taken more time to get cleaned up for the day?  Anyway, upon opening the package, I knew exactly what it was! YES! I wrote […]

How I mentally file inspiration

read
shopping day-9469

Today I had it made in the shade. I had just rolled up my sleeves and was going to kick up some real DIY Christmas dust… when the phone rang. My son’s retainer (braces thing) snapped, so it was time to head to town to get it fixed immediately. After mentally switching gears and leaving the house, I honestly didn’t […]

Happy New Life… with a Christmas decor recap

read
old windows fireplace mantel

Old windows Christmas fireplace mantel With every Christmas season approaching, I always have this vision. The Christmas spirit will one day just explode! Our days will be filled with Christmas music, fluffy hot beverages, and our houses will get decked out into magical wonderlands without a hitch. We’ll have plenty of cookies in the freezer, our […]

18 – Rejoice! You are who you are.

read
funky junk booth-6446

While waiting for our regular Friday night pizza delivery, I decided to spend a little time in the workshop and work on a new project. It was a drizzly night, but that didn’t matter. With lights blazing, I opened the back and main garage door so I could take in the fresh air and hear the […]

11 – Take care of yourself (with video)

read
Screen Shot 2014-10-11 at 2.33.26 AM

I have been exceptionally blessed to have led a pretty healthy life. Aside from a few fender benders for aches and pains, I have never even spent one night in a hospital room, except when my son came into the picture. And even THEN, I was an adoptive mom, (<— story there!) so I stayed for him, […]

10 – inspired by dried hydrangeas in a new toolbox

read
Screen Shot 2014-10-09 at 10.27.04 PM

I woke up to a very nice surprise today. Remember yesterday’s post on being gifted by others? What timing! Just this AM, friend Kelly dropped this toolbox off by my front door. She found it at a garage sale, and being that it reminded her of me, it was brought my way. I had to run into town […]

8 – Celebrating the new workshop curbside storage rack

read
Screen Shot 2014-10-07 at 11.13.50 PM

Remember the rack I found on the curb that I put new casters on? Here it is in its new home! That is indeed a baseboard heater behind it. With the rack on wheels, it’ll be a snap to move it a safe distance away should the heat be needed. How perfect is that? The freezer was […]

6 & 7 – Know your limitations, and know how to chill

read
Screen Shot 2014-10-06 at 9.48.23 PM

Did anyone notice I skipped out on posting yesterday?  I was rolling out a huge, wordy one. But when I clicked publish, I lost half of it. A corrupt cut and paste. Not good. And at 1:30 AM, I wasn’t about to pound keys for another hour to fill it back up. Limitation #1 – no more […]

5 – fresh blog branding along with even fresher coffee

read
Screen Shot 2014-10-04 at 10.45.23 PM

Sleeping cats. A teenage son that appeared to need a long afternoon nap. And the house to myself.  What’s a blogger to do? Another coffee from my little red stool coffee station would be lovely, thank-you! But I brought my coffee to the computer screen, and gave my weekly newsletter a fresh, new little makeover.     […]