Saturday, February 15, 2014

Ten Things of Thankful #35a-Loverly Week

Ten Things of Thankful


It’s been a long and busy week. Somehow Valentine’s Day preparations are just as hectic as Christmas-but more fun and without all the anxiety.

Coffee. Without that little jolt of creamy bitterness my morning is simply not the same. Of course it tastes better in cute mugs. *que mad laughter* (Thanks to my friend Kathy for picking them up from Disneyland for me)

Paper Mache-We finished this week, so that means the Valentine mail boxes are ready to receive lovely thoughts. It also means my table, piano, counter and floor are finally clean.


Wearing love-Somehow a tradition started that GirlyK and I wear Valentiney shirts. This year she wanted to make one. Thanks to Me Sew Crazy for this great idea.


Valentines-Each year, GirlyK wants to give Valentines that coordinate with the box she made. This year we used Plumb Adorable’s idea.


Cupcakes-What is Valentine ’s Day without the sweet treat. Our Homeschool group doesn’t observe Halloween, and GirlyK has a love of the macabre, so I suggested we tweak one of those ideas and bring them to the Love Day party. We made Love Bites cupcakes. Wanna bite?

Love Bug: The Love Bug is a little critter who delivers bags of love during the night and leaves them on the foot of the bed. Over the years Christmases have been fat and lean. On the lean years I was grateful for the Love Bug. Some how, the money we didn’t have in December, we would by Valentine’s Day. I love giving gifts and it was nice to splurge on more than candy and a card for them.

Friends- Carried into this week was last week’s icky health. I fought that sinus infection by rinsing my nose out, fatigue, the end of PMDD and fibro simply having a tantrum because everything else wanted attention- it’s like my cells are toddlers. Wednesday I looked like a pinata after the party. I am grateful for friends who care and don’t need me to “get better.” We can peaceably ignore how badly I feel and focus on their lives-which is a great pick-me-up.

That Dog-Yesterday she was picked up by a rescue and is on her way to a new life.Thanks to HALT Rescue and The Kern Project 


Winter-I sat and drooled all week over the snow pictures everyone was sharing. I understand y’all are tired of winter, but a 12 month summer is just not right. I’ve been holding out. Hoping rain would come, the hills would be green and MAYBE wildflowers, BUT
I gave up yesterday. It is never coming. The Water Wars are in full swing which means the summer will be interesting. I put on my capri’s and t-shirt.


Don’t know what to call it- I hit 200 followers on twitter and my blog post Marriage on Ice got 186 views. I’m a little freaked out. For some reason success really scares me; but I’m trying to sit back and enjoy it.


16 comments:

  1. Good news on the pup! Absolutely love the cupcakes (how cute) and the Valentine's shirt - very clever!
    You are completely right about coffee - on all counts. The mug does make the difference, doesn't it? I am loving my Maleficent mug which is like half a pot of coffee sized!
    The followers thing? It's weird, isn't it? I didn't start blogging to grow a following, but when I discovered I had people who were reading me and coming back more than once it kind of freaked me out. But it's nice to think my words reach somewhere.
    Have a wonderful week!

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    1. Oooo. A Maleficent mug. I'd love to see that. Thanks gore the encouraging words.

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  2. I'm glad you had such a loverly week, and such fun around V-day :) The love bite cakes are very cute.

    YAY for the dog finding a new home. I'm so, SO glad about that, and I hope this has helped you feel MUCH better about your part in this section of her life. You done GOOD.

    What are the round things in the valentine's gift? I figure the top for a Hershey kiss, but the others...?

    YAY! for friends.

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    1. The round things are gumballs. What would we be without our lifeboat friends?

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  3. I love coffee and I love to drink it out of cute mugs too! I never drink out of normal coffee cups...I just love a mug with character. The one I drink out of now I actually made at a pottery shop with my daughter. It's almost time for a new one!
    I'm not a V Day fan but it is fun to see others that really enjoy it and go all out for it. You sure did! I love that tee shirt and love that you made it even more.
    More food! Everyone is posting about food today and it's killing me!! Those cupcakes look soooooo good and, yes, I would really like a bite!

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    1. Cute mugs make coffee taste better.

      I wasn't a Vday fan until I took the romance out of it and focused on the love. Loving my kids. Loving my friends. Making it my own thing was a game changer.

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  4. way to go! never be afraid of sucess! but here is a tip if it disturbs you-- DON'T LOOK AT YOUR STATS! it works for me ;) xox jean

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    1. Thanks!! I am working on overcoming that fear.

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  5. I'm swimming in coffee right now. Yup. I just came up for air and visited you. I lost my snorkel gear somewhere in our 10+ inches of snow. I'll send some to you. It might melt...just throw it in your freezer...lay it on your sidewalk...slip on said sidewalk...curse...then mail it back to me.
    Kidding.
    You made that paper mache????? Really??? That's awesome.
    I love good dog stories. Poor babes.

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    1. I taught a paper mache class. It was with GirlyK and two of her friends. I'm working on a post about it which will publish soon.

      I will happily lay on that ice and snow, curse and giggle! I don't know if I could send it back to you though.

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  6. excellent on the cupcakes … how could you not smile (or laugh) on being presented with one to celebrate Valentine's Day

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    1. We loved them, but did get some weird looks at the party. The group has a some uptight religious types. But... that's why we are part of the group. Can't let anyone get too serious.

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  7. That t-shirt is fantastic, as are the valentine boxes! The ones we got at preschool this year ran the gamut from kleenex box decorated with crayons and stickers to a full-blown dinosaur that was two and a half feet tall. Did you to the nettie pot thing for your sinus infection? I have the squeeze bottle, and I can't tell if it works or not. Fortunately, I haven't had to use it this year (hoping I didn't just jinx myself).

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    1. The dinosaur sounds crazy! I love seeing all the creativity of the kids (and parents) when it comes to projects like that.

      Yes, I use the squeeze bottle, the teapot just is too much coordination. A doctor friend of mine suggested it over antibiotics when I had a really bad infection. I was skeptical at first, but tried it anyway. It took longer to recover than if I had taken antibiotics, but I've never had a sinus infection like that again. It's better than taking antibiotics over and over again.

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  8. Enjoy your success! That's awesome! And hm. Now I really want a cupcake. I wonder why that is? Your shirt is really cool - I'm totally impressed as I can never make anything that turns out the way it's supposed to. Have a great week, and aw to That Dog getting a new home (my dog was a rescue dog and the best ever). I just love the photo of her sweet face in your car!

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement. She loved making the shirt. I used to have the same problem of having things not turn out the way it's supposed to. I finally gave myself permission to "interpret" the instructions and be happy with whatever results come out. Writing is kind of the same thing.

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