Thursday, July 2, 2015


How can this be? Summer is here! 
I am linking up with the Oh, Boy, 4th Grade.

I am listening to Hoda and Kathie Lee. They just played one of my favorite songs--When I See You Again! We've Come a Long Way--that certainly pertains to my family in the last few years. I recently retired, my husband and son have gone into a business which has changed our lifestyle. Lots of changes. (Maybe I should also listen to Changes!)
Needless to say there isn't much need to talk about the season of Summer. It is the freedom of being outdoors, enjoying the wonders of nature, walks in the summer breezes, grilling out, eating outdoors, etc. It is an amazing time of the year here in Tennessee.
Since I have retired it seems my mind is always focusing on what I can do around the house. Those blogs I read and drool over other's homes and projects are getting me in trouble! 
I just returned from Vegas two weeks ago! Three weeks too early to be able to visit with so many teachers at the convention. We stayed at the Palazzo--the same area that many of my blog buddies will stroll through! If I wasn't retired it would make more sense!
I really do need a pedicure! My latest home project left me with teeny tiny polka dots on one of my toes. Now if they had splashed on as stars or stripes it might be right in with July 4. It's a rainy, rainy, stay in the house kind of day so maybe a pedi is on today's agenda.
And last--it's hard to share what I consider a STAR. That is a bit against my thoughts of bragging on myself. But I do feel that I have compassion for those who are going through troubles. My compassion leads to sadness. A family just said goodbye to their ten month old baby. Yes, compassion. Yes, sadness, Which leads to prayers. 
And to those who are going to Vegas--enjoy your time together. And to those who are feeling sadness or difficulties--know that others do feel compassion and remember you in our prayers!
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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Before and After Home Office

Perfect time to share your home office along with this month's linky party. Lucky Little Learners and  co-host Ashley from Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd are arranging this month's fun!

The Before:
My home office has been disguised as a big hot mess! But this summer I have been in a decluttering state of mind. The office was so bad that I usually did all my work either in the recliner or at the dining room table. 

My previous office was dark and dreary--not so good to encourage working of any kind. You can read all about my before office here.  

I have been searching and pinning lots of ideas for a transformation from black to white furniture. It started innocently when I tried to paint my black bookcase in the manner I usually do either with chalk paint or by using Kilz primer and then paint. However--the Kilz would not go on! It looked like a snake skin. My dear husband just said "why don't you just buy a white one"? OK!

I began looking on Target's website and the ones I wanted were not available in the stores and were sold out on-line. I impatiently checked several times a day until they were available. If you know about the Target Redcard it includes free shipping. I dreaded waiting when I saw that one of the bookcases would be coming from California to Tennessee. I figured weeks! Not so--that bookcase made it across the country in three days!  Three days.

And the After:

So this is what I have accomplished so far. It has been just since this weekend I moved the furniture in and I haven't decorated yet. But I am enjoying the uncluttered view!
This is the desk that went from black to white! I put away my desktop computer and will use the Apple Macbook instead=less clutter. The printer is on the little table beside the desk. It is wireless so that eliminated bunches of wires from the desktop, monitor, speakers, etc. Ah!!!

The curtains are a navy blue and the chevron rug is navy and an off white. The rug is from Target and is actually an outdoor rug.
I know--it is bare! I will decorate later. I keep my laminator in the closet and just bring it out when I use it.
I am loving this tall 5 shelf bookcase. Do you see the extra room? I haven't put any of my books on it yet. 

I really like this long bookcase. My DH loves planes and wishes he was a pilot. (I am not showing you his side of the office --I still have to work on it!)
I love this metal container/basket I found at HomeGoods. It is large enough to slide my IPad in the back section.
Now...on to my home office!
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Sunday, February 1, 2015

February???? Currently

January flew by! How could it be February already?

I am listening to Fixer Upper on HGTV. I love the designs but mostly I like the relationship between Chip and Joanna and their kids!

Relaxing in my PJ's doesn't need any explanation. Just do it.

The master bedroom--oh my. You know how you find what you think you need and then when you put it together--it isn't at all even a little bit OK? I searched for some curtains similar to ones I have in the living room and finally found some at TJMaxx. Which led to needing a new bed set. I went with a solid gray and it is absolutely boring!

I want more Parenthood. The Bravermans. The Thursday night 10 p.m. fix. I can't believe it is actually over. Sadsville!

I REALLY need to get motivated to walk daily. Maybe this week.  :)

A Worrier--yes that is me! It isn't that I am searching for somethings to worry about--they are just hitting me in the face. My mother and my mother-in-law are both needing some help. Oh, aging is tough!

But I am happy that February is here! I am thinking in shades of red instead of winter white!

Now you can link up with Farley also to share your thoughts this February morning.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas Conversation

Abby over at The Inspired Apple has created a fun conversation! 
I decided to join in (as I am really, really trying to learn how to use a Mac). My Dell laptop went crazy. I lost. everything.  Yes, everything.
You don't know how long it has taken me to do this little bit. And I am not a happy Mac user yet!
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Long A Word Work Freebies

Our Benchmark Universe series begins long vowel sounds quickly in first grade. In order to help the little firsties use the words and increase vocabulary at the same time I have tried to develop several activities for practice at home and at school. The Spelling pages work super for homework. The word work becomes a station for Daily 5.
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