Cute Colorful Crafts

January 30, 2015

If I walked into this kitchen, this scene would make me smile.

I really want to make some of these journals.

This would be easy to sew. Just like a pillow cover.

Adorable tea towels.

Oh, so cute.

Isn't this just precious? Don't know what you'd do with it, but sure is cute.

Pretty little pin cushions.

Oh yes, patchwork!

I wouldn't mind a pretty eye glass case.

What little wouldn't love these?

You might want to head over to visit Elaine and see her frugal tips for the day. The woman is an expert on ways to save money!

Day To Day Reality Sinking In

January 29, 2015

I happen to be one of those individuals that possessed a high energy level from birth. It continues today. 

If I awoke to frozen pipes and a soaked carpet with children clamoring for breakfast and a cast on my right arm and hand, I fed them breakfast and then went about the task of tearing up the carpet and throwing it into the yard. One-handed.

This is both good and bad. I got things done. But I also hurt myself at a young age. I suppose thinking I was invincible and everything would heal and I would fully recuperate. 

What I learned is that all these little tasks that I took on with barely a thought brought me trouble with my body down the line. The body gets old. It doesn't bounce back. Lesson learned, but a little late. 

I never quite grasped the act of sitting still and doing nothing until I was in my fifties. By then my body was getting tired, but my energy level kept spiking. And with it came injuries. 

I taught myself visualization techniques in order to stop my body from constantly moving, and letting my mind absorb that energy. And sometimes that worked. 

I am learning that the new ankle brace is a wonderful tool for me. But it doesn't mean that I can keep going full speed ahead, which is what I miss. It means that I can drive without a boot, thank goodness, for a period of time. But it does not mean I can be on my feet very long. Period. Pain ensues quickly. 

I suppose I thought it would take care of that pain and I could move on, redecorating a room in a day. What I'm learning is that I can move about in small doses. And that if I push this limit too far, I will pay with pain and by being forced to be still for days. Which is probably the hardest thing for me to do. 

Sometimes I want to rail to the powers that be: Why couldn't this have happened to a person who likes to sit in a chair and read all day? Why did this happen to a person who has so much energy I could drain half of it and still have more than enough to share with three other people?

With this seemingly boundless energy has come quick anger, words said before thinking, and a lifetime of  impulsivity. All the things that happen when you move too fast. Talk too fast. Respond too fast.  

Did you know they think that impulsivity is an inherited trait? Many studies suggest this.

And it has a huge affect on relationships. Which is why, if I could, I would live in a small cabin deep in the woods and live off the land.

Alone. With the pupsters of course. Where it didn't matter what I said. For there was no one around to hear it. Where it didn't matter how fast I responded. Because no one was around to be affected by it. 


I am sitting here with my brace on but elevated. Because yesterday I took it upon myself to get on a step ladder and take everything off of two walls, and then fill in the nail holes. 

The day before that my friend Kay and I went to lunch and to our favorite antique mall, where I managed to make it about halfway through, and then grudgingly admitted I could not walk any farther. 

I wanted to walk down every aisle, just for the heck of it. Just for the exercise. Because with being sedentary comes weight gain. And I can't move fast enough and long enough to put a big dent in it right now. 

I stare at the cans of paint, and I want to start painting furniture. I stare at blank canvases, and I want to make something. 

Yesterday I took the books off the bookshelves in my bedroom and dusted. The day before I got on a stepladder and dusted the tops of the tall shelves. And while I was at it, I figured I might as well dust the two ceiling fans. Impulsivity. 

I know I'm supposed to learn something from this entire situation. And I have. I still strain at the bit like a horse at the gate when I want to get something done. 

But I'm trying to learn patience. Never my virtue. 

I'm trying to learn that the day is not a failure if I haven't accomplished a significant task. I'm trying to learn that restraint is a virtue also. 

I'm learning to spend time gazing out the window and emptying my mind of what I haven't gotten done that day. 

I am watching the birds outside on the patio and trying to learn from them. What they do, why they seem to do it, and in what pattern. I figure nature has taught them. And maybe they can teach me. 

How to accept that which I cannot change. And that straining at the bit is acceptable to a degree. But once you taste blood from the pressure, you must let go. 

I have already learned to find great pleasure in the simple things.  

I have learned that it is not only the act of planting flowers that brings you joy. It is also watching them grow, watering them, and being able to gaze at them out the window with satisfaction. By planting a seed, you receive a multitude of gifts that keep on giving.

Now I need to learn that the tasks I want to get done so badly can be done in increments, instead of being done in a day. Or even a week.

I need to listen to my body, and react accordingly. And realize that I am no longer young. 

And that, despite my energy level, I was never invincible.

Java Talk: What Is Your Favorite Budget Crock Pot Recipe?

January 28, 2015

In these economically difficult times when food prices are constantly rising and the packaging is getting smaller, I will be relying on my crockpot for cheap and nutritious meals.

So let's talk crockpot recipes today. If you have a favorite slow cooker recipe, let's share.

Here's my cheap recipe:

Easy Crockpot Potato Soup

6 large potatoes
3 Carrots
2 Stalks Celery
1 Cup Chicken Broth 
4 Cups Water
Salt & Pepper To Taste
1 (12 Oz.) Can Evaporated Milk
1 Cup Shredded Cheese
  1. In the morning, place the diced potatoes, carrots, and celery in the crockpot.
  2. Add in the chicken broth and water, salt and pepper
  3. Cook 6 – 8 hours on low.
  4. One hour before serving, add in the can of milk and the shredded cheese.
  5. Stir in together and let cheese melt.

Celebrate Valentine's Day With Everyone

January 27, 2015

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. This year, be prepared. Although the holiday is traditionally marked for sweethearts, it’s a good time to celebrate other types of relationships as well. 

For instance, some women may have friends who have been in a recent break-up or have a child who is too young to be thinking about love, but still enjoys the sweet treats and decorative presents. 

Valentine’s Day is not just for a woman’s honey, but for every person who she has the honor to love in her life. 

For the friend who has experienced a recent break-up, visit Fresh Flowers for Valentines flowers or other gifts. Remind her why she’s a good friend. Remind her of all of her good qualities. When women go through break-ups, some tend to put themselves down. They blame themselves for the things that went wrong in a relationship. While she may have made mistakes, she did the best she could, and she should not feel bad for all the good she contributed to the relationship. 

Give her some gifts so she can pamper herself. It will help to ease the pain and reminder of the holiday by receiving some beautiful flowers and gifts from a trusted friend. 

Valentine’s Day should be shared with children too. Girls love receiving balloons, heart-shaped erasers, chocolate, candy, teddy bears and other gifts. It’s a day that girls are naturally drawn to for its theme of teddy bears and hearts and the colors of pink and red. 

Although boys aren’t traditionally into hearts and teddy bears, they are into a variety of cartoon characters usually, and they definitely love to eat candy. Show boys and girls why they’re so special and how they help to make the family feel complete. Get children special Valentine’s Day greeting cards, little treats, small gifts and let them know how precious and valued they are. They will be happy to be included. 

Valentine’s Day isn’t just for romantic love. There are many types of love. There is love for friends, love for brothers and sisters, love for parents and love for children. Show everyone just how they’re appreciated this year on Valentine’s Day. 

At the end of the day, all people have are the connections they’ve made. The good times people remember are the ones spent with others. It’s time that people knew what they meant to others. This Valentine’s Day, share the love. 

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