Wednesday, June 27, 2012

10 Things You Will Never Hear Me Say

Ten Things You Will Never Hear Me Say:

  1. Cash? Oh sure, I have lots of cash in my wallet! What do you need? (I'm lucky if I can find a piece of lint)
  2. No thanks, I never eat dessert. (I never met a dessert I didn't like)
  3. Wow, I wish I could gain some weight. (This is not a problem. See #2)
  4. Man, my abs are sore this morning. Must have been the 200 crunches I did yesterday. (200? Seriously?)
  5. Dinner out? Again????? We just ate out last night. (One can dream.)
  6. The dog threw up on the couch again? Good, I was hoping to do another load of laundry. (Actually, you WILL hear me say that. And probably see me post it on facebook too.)
  7. Oh sweetie, you don't have to clean up the dinner dishes. I'll do it. (Whaaat? And turn down free help? Not in this lifetime.)
  8. You know, son, why not drive AND text at the same time? You'd get a lot more done, especially if you drive faster. (This one doesn't even NEED a comment.)
  9. Has anybody seen my copy of War and Peace? (Seriously? Have you seen the size of the thing?)
  10. I wish I got up earlier today. (Said nobody ever.)

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Making Your Home Sing Monday: What Are You Being Lazy About?

Making your home sing Mondays

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). My point with each Monday post is, what are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing?

It can be an attitude or an action. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

If I paid you to clean my house for four hours, would you work fast? Would you do a good job? Or would you clean for 15 minutes and then take a 45 minute break from all that "hard" work? Would you do a "who cares what it looks like" job or would you take pride in your work and do a great job?

Last week I cleaned my friend's house. I cleaned the toilets, sinks, counters, mirrors, tubs and shower in all three bathrooms. Then I vacuumed and mopped the bathroom floors. I also vacuumed and mopped the floors in her laundry room and entry hall.

I dusted her wood furniture and vacuumed and mopped her hardwoods. I also vacuumed the carpets. Then I cleaned her microwave, stove, kitchen counters and table. I can't remember what else I did, if anything. It took me about four and a half hours as her home is much bigger than mine.

Later, when I got home, I thought about how I rarely work that hard at home. Oh, I *do* vacuum and mop and dust, clean bathrooms, etc., but I rarely clean for four hours in a row.

I split it up during the week, and if I *do* do prolonged cleaning, I usually break it up with a small reward like 15 minutes on the computer or something ever so often. And really, that's not a bad idea either. Little rewards are great motivators.

But it struck me how I worked so hard to make her home look clean and shouldn't I work with equal enthusiasm in my own home?

Would your home look nicer if you were paid to clean it? I'm actually not saying that we should all have immaculate homes. But what I am saying is shouldn't we clean to the best of our ability, no matter what our level of cleanliness is?

It's so easy to get lazy and slack off when no one is watching. It's so easy to do a half-baked job or not do it at all because it's just going to get dirty tomorrow.

For example, my hardwood floors should be vacuumed at least twice a week. That's because I have two dogs and one of them is a beagle who sheds like you wouldn't believe. Plus the poodle is like a grass/weeds magnet and brings stuff in on her fur when she's overdue for a haircut.

Have I been vacuuming them twice a week? (The floors, not the dogs). Nope. Could I vacuum them twice a week, or even once a week? Yup. I have the time, or rather, I could find the time if I spent less time reading, or on facebook or whatever. I could find the time if I were more diligent with the use of my time.

Instead, I choose to ignore the piles of dust, dog hair, popcorn kernels, crumbs, grass, etc. But it can get gross, people!!!!! Oh eventually I will give in and vacuum, but it may take awhile. (Also, it's supposed to be my children's job but with their busy/weird work schedules that's a whole 'nother story......we're working on that one)

I know that my home would be a lot cleaner if I paid someone to clean it. I know my home would be a lot cleaner if I paid ME to clean it.

It's not like I'm spending my time doing incredibly worthwhile things instead of vacuuming the dust bunnies and fur bunnies lurking under and around my furniture.

I'm just lazy sometimes.

I admit that yes, I have a busy schedule like many people do. But I also admit that I could be more diligent about some of my housekeeping habits lately. They aren't up to my "usual" standards.

Yes, sometimes things have to be put aside when the schedule gets busy, but what I'm saying is I'm not that busy. I'm just choosing to "play" a lot more and "work" a lot less, right now.

So, what are YOU being lazy about in your home? What have YOU been avoiding and would clean if someone paid you to do it?

Let's never forget that we are "professionals" and put a sparkle in our eyes, a smile on our lips, and take joy and pride in what we do as a blessing and service to our families (or to ourselves if you're single), even if it's only vacuuming up something disgusting off our floors! Let's make our homes sing today!

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! Please do not put your own "Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky on your blog. As always, please don't forget to link to this post. Also, please don't forgot to leave me a comment!

Friday, June 22, 2012

The One In Which I Ramble

I was actually going to write a nice informative post, or something, but really it's the ice cream's fault.

A few friends decided we needed to go out for some ice cream so the four of us went out and now it's late and I don't have an informative bone in me.

I don't have one out of me either.

I found a mole on my leg. I was checking the borders as they were irregular and it was a little large. Then I discovered it was chocolate. Who knew? I didn't know if I should be relieved or embarrassed.

I am glad that I didn't try going to the dermatologist with that one. Although I imagine they see lots of chocolate moles.

Earlier today my 23 year old son and I had the following conversation:

Son: "Do you remember that, mom? Women's suffrage?"
Me: "In the late 1800's? No. I don't remember that."
Son: (face palm) -_______-
Me: "I hate you."

He SAID he was actually referring to the women's equal right's movement and got his terminology mixed up.

However, I know that he just thinks I'm really, really, old, and apparently I was around in the late 1800's and early 1900's. I am well preserved for my age.

Actually I DID visit that particular period in history. I just hopped in my time machine and took off......


See????

My kid. Sigh. I can't wait until the first time some teenager calls him "Sir." It's going to happen. Soon. I know it. I can't wait.

I was walking down the hall and yawning with my mouth open (I know, bad manners but I was all alone and feeling lazy) and there was a gnat flying around and let me just say that your mother was right.

I am done rambling now. If you're on facebook with me I already posted my son's comment and my chocolate mole on facebook so you have to read it twice.

Because I'm very, very old and can't remember things anymore. And because I repeat myself. Because I'm very, very old and can't remember things anymore. And because I repeat myself.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Making Your Home Sing Monday: Make Your Summer Sing

Making your home sing Mondays

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). My point with each Monday post is, what are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing?

It can be an attitude or an action. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

You know, I feel as if summer is already half over and for many people it hasn't even begun yet!

April and May just flew by and now June is doing the same. How does this happen, people?????

Summer is supposed to be lazy days, sunshine, bbq's, enjoying the water, and staying outside much longer because it doesn't get dark until much later. At least, that's what it usually means around here.

Summer also means thinking about all the stuff you meant to do earlier in the year but decided to put off until summer. After all, you'll have "lots more time" in the summer, right? Isn't that what you said?

How long is your summer list? Are you going to be cleaning out closets and cupboards? Will you be cleaning out your garage? Are you going to have that garage sale that you've been talking about for two years but somehow never got around to yet?

Are you going to take the kids to the zoo like you promised? Are you going to take a week and take the kids to visit Grandma and Grandpa? Are you finally going to scrapbook those pictures?

If you don't have a plan to do it, it probably won't get done. Summer will come and go, and you will manage to find all sorts of things to do, but it may not be the things that you promised you'd do, or that you need to do, or even that you want to do.

That's because it's easy to just "chill" and let the t.v, computer, or book take much of our available time. It's also easy to let other people fill our time or set our priorities for us, but their priorities may not be our priorities. We may fill up our time with busywork or putting out little crisis fires here and there. You will get so busy with what's going on now that you will forget about the things that you wanted to do then.

So make yourself a list of all the projects you'd like to accomplish this summer. Don't get to enthusiastic, you want to have a little time off too! Break your projects down into small pieces if necessary. Decide when you want each one completed and work backwards from there in order to find a start date.

Make another list of fun things you'd like to do, places you'd like to go, people you'd like to have over.

Then get out that calendar of yours and start plugging in some dates and make your summer sing!

So what are you up to this week? What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! Please do not put your own "Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky on your blog. As always, please don't forget to link to this post. Also, please don't forgot to leave me a comment!

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Sometimes Your Hair Just Needs A Little Hairapy

Have you ever looked in the mirror at the end of a busy day and realized you forgot to take a shower and wash your hair?

I could totally relate when the kids were little, but my kids are big, so what's my excuse NOW?

Tonight I was brushing my teeth and getting ready for bed and I looked at myself in the mirror and it was not a pretty sight. My hair was not happening. It needed therapy. Or better yet, hairapy.

That is why I found myself drying and styling my hair at 11 p.m. At night. Before bed.

Yes, I was styling my hair for bed. Doesn't everybody? I am pretty sure that my pillow couldn't care less though.

I barricaded myself in the bathroom and hoped that my family wouldn't hear the shower running and wonder what happened to my time management skills that day.

But I have to say that I felt so much better afterward and my hair definitely felt perkier, I am sure of it.

In fact, now I have to stay up all night because my hair wants to party. Life is so unfair.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Towels Are Very Intuitive, You Know

I need new towels which means I need a bridal shower. It really doesn't matter that I've been married for 456,894 years now.

My towels are old and raggedy looking, worn thin, holey, scraggly and every other synonym that you can think of. Did I mention threadbare?

I told (please note the operative word TOLD) my husband that I was going to begin to replenish our towel supply over time as the budget allowed.

Usually I buy cheap towels that have all the absorbency of a piece of glass or steel, and they are just about as soft as that too. But this time I decided to try something different.

So while out shopping, I went and began examining the bath towels. Sherlock Holmes never investigated something more than I investigated the thread count of each of them. I was on a mission to embrace all the towel-y goodness of each towel until I found the right one.

Finally, I found the one bath towel that would make our family complete. I bought a turquoise one because it goes with absolutely none of our bathrooms' decor and I was hoping that no one in my family would be caught dead using it....which means it will be available for ME!!!!!

So after washing it (are you supposed to wash NEW towels before you use them??????? I always do) I was embracing it and rejoicing in all it glorious softness.

Hubby walked by and I said "Here, you gotta feel this."

Hubby looked a little confused because, after all, it's not as if he's never felt a towel before. In fact, he may even have looked at me as if I were insane, or maybe it was as if he was passing a kidney stone. I get those two looks confused. Anyway, he decided to humor me. Because he's afraid of me. He should be......I know where he lives and also, I have a towel and I'm not afraid to use it.

So he reached out and squeezed the towel. Who squeezes a towel to feel how soft it is? Everybody knows you have to bury your face in it but whatever, dude.

"Isn't that soft?" I ask.

"I guess. You appreciate that stuff more than I do," he says.

"What do you mean?" I ask belligerently. No one is going to insult MY turquoise bath towel and get away with it. "I love it!" I added.

"I hope you two will be very happy together," he says.

And that's when my towel said "He's just jealous" and we walked away to begin our new life together.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Making Your Home Sing Monday: $30 for 30

Making your home sing Mondays

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). My point with each Monday post is, what are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing?

It can be an attitude or an action. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

My bloggy friend, Angie, is doing a summer service project to raise some money to help fight hunger: "$1 a day for 30 days" over at her blog. It all came about because she watched a video and....well, I'll let her tell it in her own words:

"As I watched, I literally bawled at the thought of mothers having to watch their children starve or drink dirty water, knowing they can't do anything about it. I became angry with God, that He would break my heart over something I didn't have the means to help do anything about! I begged Him to bless me so that I could bless them monetarily, because at the time, prayer just didn't seem like enough. Our budget is so stretched as it is though, how could I help? But God asked me the simple question, 'Could you believe Me for $1 a day for 30 days?'"

So she decided to do just that and trust God to provide. She said "I'm going to believe God for one dollar a day, every day. If more comes in that day, I will give 100% of whatever comes in, but if it's no more than a dollar, then He still kept His end of the deal and I will be more than satisfied with that."

I'm sharing it here because I asked her if I could "sponsor" her little girl so that G. could earn $1 by doing some chores and bless someone else with the money by donating it to Angie's "$30 for 30."

Angie said I could so I already mailed G. her $1 and Angie is having her do a chore to earn it, and she is already excited about donating her $1. What a precious, loving and giving heart that little girl has!

When our kids were little we began to involve them in opportunities to serve. We weeded flower beds at the church. We mowed. We washed windows. We did all sorts of things at the church (and other places) so that they could learn the gift of service.

They cleaned and raked and weeded at their grandparent's house. They helped paint at someone else's house, they helped someone else pack and move, helped rake yards, and clean garages, they fasted and had people sponsor them for World Vision's 30 Hour Famine and raised money to help fight world hunger (they still do this every year). The opportunities are endless.

We made lunches and distributed them to the poor (we are still doing that, once a month and they're still doing it with us). They served alongside us (and sometimes without us) and they did it all for free. We wanted them to have a heart for others and do something about it and see that they could make a difference.

So if you are looking for different ways to instill this in your child as well and this sounds good to you (or if you just want to donate), please pop over to Angie's blog. You can mail her the $1 or donate via credit card. 100% of what you donate will go to Life Today's Mission Feeding program. You can also snoop around her blog a bit and enjoy hearing about where her daily $ is coming from that day!

So what are you up to this week? What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! Please do not put your own "Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky on your blog. As always, please don't forget to link to this post. Also, please don't forgot to leave me a comment!

If you want to use your blog header or profile picture, use the "from the web" button on your right (after you click to link up). If you want to use a picture from your computer use the button on your left (unless the picture is on your blog). Please let me know if you have any problems with linking up.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

If Only He'll Let Me Name The Grandchildren Someday

Me: "Kenzie (our dog) answers to "turd" whenever our son calls her."

Hubby: "Dogs will come to anything."

Me: (calling) "George! George!!!!" (dog ignores me)

Me: (calling again) "Turd! Turd!" (dog comes running)

I rest my case.

Our oldest son has totally renamed our dog and frankly, I am a little concerned about what he's going to name my grandchildren someday.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

It Took Me Longer To Come Up With A Title Than It Did To Write This Stupid Post

Have you ever had a dream that freaks you out?

Have you ever thought that maybe you're too old to say "freaks you out" anymore? Does the thought of not being able to say it ever again freak you out? Does the thought of freaking out about not being able to say "freaks you out" freak you out even more?

Are you freaking out about this blog post right now?

I digress.

So I had this dream recently that all my teeth fell out. Again. By "again" I don't mean that they all fell out before. I mean that I've had that same dream before.

Do you know how hard it is to eat in a dream when all your teeth fell out? You have to kind of gum everything.

Do you know how ridiculous you feel in a dream gumming everything?

I was so distressed trying to eat my dream dinner that I lost my appetite. I found that rather depressing even if it was only a dream. I should have tried to gum ice cream for dinner instead.

So, just out of curiosity, if I eat/gum ice cream for dinner in a dream will my body dream the calories too? Will my body know that I am dreaming or think that I am actually eating something?

If so, will that mean that I can gain weight while I'm sleeping and dreaming about eating/gumming ice cream sundaes?

Because if that is true than I am soooooooo going to gum salads in my dreams. Better yet, I am going to dream that I am a weight lifter and doing some serious exercise.

Hmmmmm......maybe I can dream about exercise instead of actually doing it. Don't bother me now, I think I'm onto something here.......zzzzzzzzzzzz.......

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Making Your Home Sing Monday: Morning Stress

Making your home sing Mondays

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). My point with each Monday post is, what are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing?

It can be an attitude or an action. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

Anybody in a hurry today? When people get in a hurry, they can get stressed. At least, some of them do. When they get stressed, they can get a little snappy and sometimes even downright rude.

We just need to give one another grace during those moments. A rude response back, or a harsh answer, is not going to help and may even make the situation worse.

A busy, crazy morning can be a huge stress for everyone. The kids are rushing around trying to find their other shoe and mom is hollering that it's time to leave for school and they haven't even eaten their breakfast yet, or a new mom is wondering how it can possibly be lunchtime already when she hasn't even had breakfast yet, much less got dressed and how is it that one little baby can take up so much time??????

Mornings can be stressful when you are rushing out the door to get to your job or an appointment, and traffic is stressing you out and you spilled coffee all over your shoes and now you're late and you haven't had your morning coffee.

They can be stressful when you're trying to get your husband or your older children out the door and, at the same time, trying to tend to the needs of your little ones who remain at home. They can be stressful if you homeschool and you forgot to do a lesson plan and you have no idea what you're doing that day.

They can be stressful if you accidentally slept in and now you're late, the kids are late, everyone is late.

They can be stressful when you snap at your husband and/or your children because you're feeling rushed, and then you get to feel guilty for the rest of the day, or at least until you apologize, and even then you still may feel like a bad wife/mom for awhile.

They can be stressful when you leave the house only to realize that you forgot to put on a slip underneath your dress, or you forgot to put diapers in the diaper bag, or you are wearing one brown shoe and one black shoe.......and you don't have time to change.

Mornings can be stressful because we don't plan ahead!

Awhile ago I wrote a post on how to make your morning run more smoothly. So go here for some ideas if you want them, and make your mornings sing this week by getting ready the night before!

But honestly, we think we are stressed until something huge happens in our lives, or the lives of someone near and dear. Then suddenly, all these minor inconveniences pale in comparison to a very real crisis.

Suddenly, the thought of getting up tomorrow to a minor stress would be a welcome thing, when someone you love may not wake up tomorrow at all. Let's always remember to keep a perspective about the little annoyances and inconveniences that come our way.

You may be going through some big stuff this week, or maybe life is going great and it's these annoying little things that are getting you down. Let's remember to breathe and be thankful in everything, and make our homes sing this week.

So what are you up to this week? What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! Please do not put your own "Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky on your blog. As always, please don't forget to link to this post. Also, please don't forgot to leave me a comment!

If you want to use your blog header or profile picture, use the "from the web" button on your right (after you click to link up). If you want to use a picture from your computer use the button on your left (unless the picture is on your blog). Please let me know if you have any problems with linking up.


Friday, June 1, 2012

The Dirty, Broken Pieces Of Our Lives

Yesterday at the doctor's office a little boy was crying because his sucker dropped and broke. His mom threw it in the garbage and wanted him to pick out a new one.

He kept crying and staring at the dirty, broken sucker in the garbage and pointing to it, saying "I want *this* one."

How often do we do that with God? He wants to do a NEW thing in our life and we keep pulling away and reaching for the dirty, broken pieces and saying "I want this one."