I Hope I Don't Wind Up On Regretsy

Today I took the plunge and listed something on Etsy.

oh man, does my stomach hurt...

I've always liked to do crafts and I've always been so-so at them. Truly, so-so. Not a real great way to advertise my Etsy page but that being said, you can imagine why one of my most proudest moments in life came when I sold 6 crocheted dishcloths at my friend's mercantile. 6...in one day!

I know...lame.

Anyway, I've had an Etsy store for about a year now with no listings. None. And this week I asked the cute guy that keeps hanging around our oldest daughter to stop holding her hand for 5 minutes and take some pictures for me. He grabbed the metalic pink point and shoot I got for Christmas and within 4 minutes (he didn't want Kaitlin's hand to get lonely for his...or cold) I had half a dozen pictures of a beaded bookmark I created about a year ago. Yes, a year ago.

And now the waiting begins. Waiting to see if anyone buys my bookmark. Waiting to find out if anyone likes my so-so crafts. Waiting to refund somebody's $2.75...


Sleepy Time

I have to go nighty-night somewhere strange this evening...

I'm doing a sleep study tonight due to the ginormous sounds that emit from my throat each night. God bless Mark for almost 25 years of nightly roaring coming from my side of the bed. So I hope to have some good news tomorrow about breathing and sleeping at the same time...it's a good thing :)

Guess I'll go to Walmart and buy some pajamas...don't think they want to see me in Mark's old green t-shirt and my bleach splattered sweat pants...


Television, You Bewitched Me, Body And Soul

We've lived over a year now without TV. We still have a TV that we watch dvds and Netflix on but as far as cable/network television...nada. And after spending a few days with relatives that have TV I can now say with great confidence it was the best decision we made in late 2009.

I thought it would be absolute torture not to have the really fake housewives make their weekly visit each week. A day without Paula Deen? How would I know what to make for dinner? If I didn't watch Oprah, how would I know which book to buy and then not read because I was too busy watching Oprah tell me which book to buy? And don't get me started on the crab fishermen...missing out on their fun-filled "in the morning, in the evening, ain't we got fun" Kathie Lee Carnival cruise adventures each Monday night was unthinkable.

But a remarkable thing began to happen. The things we decided to watch began to become very, very selective. And after a few weeks, the void I thought TV would leave was filled was some really good stuff.

Board Games

and best of all...Jesus...more of Him.

My Sweet Loving Family...Just Don't Cross 'Em

This evening as I was rounding the corner to go down our hallway I was greeted by this sight...

That would be Kaitlin, standing next to our hall closet, the closet that keeps all our towels, blankets and sheets neatly organized...

and apparently now it has also become a crime scene.

Those long lanky legs belong to one of Kaitlin's dolls. She got him on her 8th grade field trip to Colonial Williamsburg and she named him Bobo. Yes, Bobo.

Bobo has lived in Kaitlin's room the last six or seven years in relative peace. Yes he has on occasion been found buried under a mountain of dirty clothes. And there was that time the dog somehow managed to get him outside for a week before she noticed he was gone. But other than those few embarassing moments, he has lived a good life.

And now he's become the victim of a violent crime. Just another nameless statistic. Well, ok he has a name. Bobo.

I don't know who she made mad...but I'm guessing Bobo wishes he was still sitting on that gift shop shelf back in good ol' Colonial Williamsburg.


One Thousand Gifts

A new year...a new day to give thanks...linking with Ann at A Holy Experience

this day I am grateful for...

~ Jesus ~
~ written words ~
~ the sound of our piano being played by Kaitlin ~
~ that the only man I've ever kissed has worn my ring for 25 years ~
~ coffee with friends ~
~ new loved ones He has brought into my life last year ~
~ the dishes already done when I come home ~
~ fresh starts ~
~ technology ~
~ our parents wedding photos ~

Someone New

Now that the holidays are over and I've broken my one and only resolution (only took 11 hours to break it this year...a new personal best!) it's time to share something new around our homestead...

Well, it's not a "thing" really...it's a "he"...and he's not really new, say like a new puppy or a new haircut...he's been around for a few months now...and we like him...not like a new puppy or a new haircut...but in a even better way...

Kaitlin's got herself a fella named Jesse. And I have to admit, they're pretty cute together. So I figured I'd break him in gently to this blogging thing, nothing embarassing or too personal (I'm saving those posts for later) and just put up a sweet picture of the two little lovebirds...

cute together, right? oh...and he washed the dishes yesterday...I think I like him more than Kaitlin now.


Psalm 121

A Song Of Ascents

I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.



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