Archive for December, 2011


I’m still scared

Okay.  I’ll admit it.  I’m scared.  We are in California, and with friends and family, and having a blast…but the funds are already starting to run low.  This combined with the fact that NO ONE seems to be hiring right now, is really, really scary.  I am not really sure what we are going to do if we do not find jobs soon.  I might just be flipping beef at your local burger joint.  I think I just threw up a little in my mouth.  Ugh.  But I’m not too good to clean a toilet.  I just don’t wanna…but that doesn’t mean I  won’t.  I’ll be the sexiest janitor that Cali has ever seen!

It does suck right now though.  Nothing is going as planned.  It’s really hard to find a house when you don’t have a job; even harder to find a job when the economy is shit.  And I’ve gotta be honest…I’m not so crazy about Stockton.  No offense to those who live there, but damn.  It’s so depressed that it makes me want to take a prozac.

I don’t really know what we are going to do.  We might have a house…maybe.  Still waiting to hear from this guy.  But even if we do, can we afford it?  Can we find jobs?  Are we gonna be okay?

The answer to all of the above questions is yes.  We are going to be okay.  I know that we are…I just have this ball of pain in my stomach that is slowly turning into an ulcer.  And every time my children ask me, “Mom, when are we going to get our own house?” it hurts just a little bit more.  I keep questioning our choice to move back home…was it the right decision?  Who knows?  All I really know is that I’m with my family.  And that’s all that really matters.  My children, my husband, my dad…well, he’s not here yet, but will be soon.

Plus, we have great friends and family out here that will support us in everything that we do.  So there.

Happy New Year everyone!

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Blogshare—Day 14

 It’s a pleasure to be sharing in this special blog share, The 25
Days of Christmas,  started by the Parga’s Junkyard Blog. I hope
you check out the other blog posts sharing the holiday season with 24
bloggers who have joined forces to make this season a bit more
magical..

The Bunnies of
Christmas…

Often the Holidays can be a difficult or lonely time for those who
have no family or friends nearby, or are left behind because it is
difficult to manage having one come to visit for a holiday visit-perhaps
due to constraints of illness.  Or sadder still, whether through
ill family relations or neglectful family, the elderly or disabled
family member is left behind.

It is usually difficult for an elderly or sick person in a nursing home,
hospital, or assisted living facility, who receives few or no visits, to
watch others receive visits or go out during the holiday season.  I
have seen this first hand, having worked in nursing homes, a rehab
hospital and mental health facility for about 18 years. Even the
smallest gesture is appreciated by these people and can mean a lot.

On the other hand, the warmth of a hug, for example, is nice when given
by perhaps a staff person or visitor from a church, it is not always the
same as when these people participate in interactions with
animals.  There is something about animals, that for most people
will let them feel even more relaxed and free to enjoy the interaction
than with people they aren’t as familiar with. Often times the results
are amazing!

For years, I have participated in pet therapy programs with various
animals owned by facilities or more often with bringing in my own
houserabbits (litterbox trained and all!).  Come share this recent
holiday season visit at an assisted living facility and feel the holiday
magic yourself with….

The Bunnies of Christmas in the Rabbit Slippers
Blog  

Blogshare—Day 13

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Christmas with some of the web’s best bloggers!

25 Days of

Christmas

We are celebrating Christmas with “Cowboy Style” this year. Stop by The Freshman Cook and see what we have rustled up, as we prepare 5 different food gifts “For the Cowboy in all of Us “!!

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Day 12—Blogshare

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December 12, 2011

Featured Blog – Tiara’s and Bowties, Think Smink!

Shimmery Christmas Ornament

So I had planned on knocking your socks off with an amazing tutorial for a wintery glitzy lamp shade for Christmas decorating. You know how it is, you have this idea in your head and it’s going to be simply stunning… then you set out to recreate your vision and… big fat fail! Ended up looking like a big white glittery blob! What’s one to do when they get oh so stressed out over not one but 3 failed attempts?

Move on! So move on I did!

I bring you the glitz in another wonderful little trinket anyone can do, even got the kids involved to make one too!

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Empty Nest–Blogshare

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December 10, 2011

Featured Blog – Empty Nest

Having an empty nest can make the holiday season not quite as festive as it was when the kids were growing up. It has now become an annual event that is not only a low-country tradition but also assures the nest won’t be empty during the holidays!

 

Join me at Empty Nest for a Christmas celebration that began once our nest became empty three years ago.

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December 10, 2011

Featured Blog – Smitten by Abigail

A Christmas Tablescape with Thrifty Treasure Finds

I’ve always marveled at tablescapes walking past them at fabulous restaurants, store displays and of course, the internet. I love all the details, the tiny touches that bring an entire table setting together. They always looked so pricey though. So my big mission for myself was to create a Christmas Tablescape… on a budget of course.
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25 Days of Christmas


December 9, 2011

Featured Blog – Pounds4Pennies

I am so happy to be able to participate in this Blog Share with

so many other bloggers. I love Christmas time, because it was always about

spending time with my family. It is the one time of the year where we all try

to make an effort to get home to mom and dad’s (nana and papa’s) house to enjoy

time with each other. When I was a single mom I was able to purchase a set of 3

trees of different heights for my Christmas tree. We now use these trees to put

in the three kids rooms. These are their Christmas trees to decorate how they choose each year.

They get to place their handmade ornaments on it each year. In order to count

down to Christmas we make a paper chain advent calendar for them to put on

their trees to count down to the birth of Jesus. Here are some variations on this easy frugal advent calendar.


Click here to see how to make an Advent Calendar.



So, my family and I have been staying with a friend and her son for about 2 weeks now, and it has been great.  Honestly, I was scared before we moved in.  I mean, friends are friends, but you don’t really know someone until you have lived with them.  They could be nasty pigs who don’t clean up after themselves, assholes in the morning (this is my husband), use up all the hot water, bitch if you eat the last Oreo cookie, or be some sort of serial toenail clipper who does that nasty shit in front of you.  But my friend is none of these things.  I would have to say that her worst habit is getting me out of bed in the morning with this gigantic smile on her face with a bottle of energy drink in hand.

“Get up! C’mon K., we’ve got things to do!!!”

This kills me.  But it’s been great.  We get along well, go to work at the same time, my hubby has been put to work fixing things in her house, the kids are all playing together well….wait.  Damn.  I knew there was a catch.  These boys are the evil of my eye.

This is Jaidon.

And this is Ethan.

And they are pure  

I’m telling you.  These boys are terror in motion.  A hurricane has nothing on them when they are together.  And it’s not just boys having fun.  It’s a lot of “Moooooom!!!  Jaidon pushed me!!!”

“Moooom!  Ethan hit me!”

Or we will walk into the bedroom and they will have the entire bed taken apart as they do belly flops onto their new gymnastic mat/slide/jungle gym.

It is an adventure every single day, let me tell you.  Yesterday they opened up their new toy guns, because everyone knows that every little boy is a “bad guy” and they proceeded to Wild West all of us in a manner befitting Colonol Mustard in the dining room.

These boys are my loves.  They were born one day apart and are best friends, yet worst enemies.  I believe that they will remain friends for life, even though we are moving out of Texas in less than 2 weeks.

Let’s face it.  Some people come into your life for only a little while, but some come into your life to stay.  Thank God for good friends.

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December 8th, 2011

Featured Blog – Radcrafter

I did it. Oh yeah, I can cross hang the Christmas stockings off the

checklist. Yay! For those of you who read this little blog, you know I

mentioned previously that this was a major TO-DO on the Christmas

checklist this year. If you’re just checking in, you can read more

about that here. And, after lots of online oogling and book reading (I’

m always reading crafting, decorating books, etc) it finally came to me.

My idea was to merge a simple stocking pattern found online with a

pillow design that discovered in an old Martha Stewart decorating book.

 

 

These stockings are lined, only require

a few supplies and require minimum sewing skills to create. Visit Radcrafter to create your own ribbon Christmas stocking…

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December 1, 2011

Featured Blog – By the Brook Designs

Here is my mantle currently

I love it!

I wanted to do a little more though.

I love to change with the season and usually add a new sign but I am adoring the silver platter in the middle so I decided to paint it with chalkboard paint so that I could write whatever seasonal saying I would like.

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