Transformation Tuesday, again

We’ll see if I actually accomplish anything today.
My goal is to make one slip cover for one couch.  We’ll see!  I’m debating about finishing the one I already started, only putting it on the other couch, or starting (and finishing!) the new one for the couch that I really, really, REALLY want to get covered.  If I could just get one finished, that’d be a huge step in the right direction!
We shall see!

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I never did transform anything on Tuesday.

I haven’t done much this week at all.  I feel like I have pancreatitis again, and my doctor’s PA thinks I’m right.  I’m not a big fan of death, but there are days when I just can’t wait to get old and die. I’ve spent a lot of time crying this week.  I’m currently taking digestive enzymes, which are helping, but they come with their own set of problems.  The Sgt is still having heart issues.  That scares me more than my own problems.  If anything happens to him … (:( …  😡 …  (:'(  … >:'(  …  (:'(

Now that I’ve gotten the morbidity out of the way, I can talk about happier things.

I’m trying to straighten up my room this afternoon.  I don’t know where to put everything, but I’m going to try to put it somewhere other than the floor around the end of my bed.  I had a horrifying thought Tuesday.  Last time I had pancreatitis, they kept me in the hospital for a few days.  If that happened again, what if someone had to come into my room??  I quickly packed a bag so no one else would have to!

It’s a beautiful day out.  If it wasn’t so cold, it would be a perfect spring day.

My aunt and uncle gave me a dresser that belonged to his parents.  I’m putting it in the dining room to use as a buffet/sideboard.

What they heck??  …

There was a strange noise outside.  It was nothing.

Anyway, as I was saying, I’m going to have a “sideboard” in my dining room and hopefully that will clear up some of the congestion in the kitchen and dining room.  Also, I’ve never had a place to put plants that wasn’t in the middle of everything.  I hope that my lone African Violet will have a happy life in its new spot!

Sometimes it’s the little things that keep things a little nicer.  I picked up 4 throw rugs from Dollar General the other day.  Two of them were solid blue for my sunroom.  The other two were cheap and ugly but serve the purpose of catching mud by the back door like the rugs my grandmother used to have by the backdoor as we entered her kitchen.  Gosh, I can’t believe those aren’t the first thing to show up when I search for “cheap ugly rugs”!

But I found a couple with enough of the main blue that I’m looking for to not worry too much about ugliness.  Besides, they’re for catching mud.

I’m not normally the type of person to buy home decor on impulse (Frito’s, yes.  Home decor, no.) but when I saw some throw rugs that sort of pull the blues in my living room together, I got one.  If that’s not shocking enough (for me!), I went back and got another one!  I do not like to spend money, but the way that I see it, all of these rugs will save us some clean-up.  I don’t know if God intended us to live in a solely minimalist, utilitarian way, but I do know that He wanted us to enjoy beauty and to make our homes warm and welcoming, so if nothing else, my family feels welcome in our home!  🙂 (That made sense to me when I said it in my head.)

Functional (Ugly)

"Welcome!" This looks prettier in natural light.

Sunroom Retreat - I just want to take a nap on this.

Well, I supposed I should try to use the rest of my energy for cleaning up that bedroom in case someone has to get in there (besides me).

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Transformation Tuesday

Sometimes its the little things in life that can make or break us.  For me, it’s all of the clutter – mental, emotional, or physical.  My life seems full of clutter, so today I’m going to take 30 minutes to clean up the clutter in one fourth of my bedroom.  It’s the spot where everything that doesn’t have a home lies.  Actually, my bedroom is a landing place for stuff that doesn’t fit anywhere else.  We’ll see how it goes.

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Springing forward

It happens near the end of every winter.  Every single year.  I start waking up early without an alarm, and then Daylight Savings Time hits!  That’s so annoying!!
It was amazing, though, how light it still was at “7:30” last night.  I hate darkness.  Spring is my favorite time of year because it feels like dawn has broken on a very long night.  It seems like the useful parts of the day are longer.


Well, gotta go use my time wisely.  God bless you and keep you today!

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“Busy, busy, shockingly busy …”

Today was one of those days in which I felt like there was a tornado in my brain and I could catch a complete thought if my life depended on it.  I did finally manage to 1) get a bill paid, 2) get passport photos, 3) get a money order for a 4) passport application, and 5) get an insurance heart seizure discovered and in the process of resolution.

This morning, I discovered an insurance check in an envelope with an EOB.  From October!  That is to say that it was dated October 26, and it said “this check void after 120 days.”  8-0
I called the insurance company immediately to see if this check had stale dated yet.   Long story short, today was the 120th day, so I gathered up my pile of papers for my errands and ran down to the bank as fast as I could.  Now the money is in the account and I can send it on to the medical establishment that wouldn’t accept assignment so that the check came to me in the first place.


I’m so glad to have that passport thing out of the way!  Time is ticking away on that.  I have to get another one, but there is a hitch with that one, so I’m not even going to worry about it.  It is almost completely out of my control.

I’ve been working on a couple of websites and I am finally at a place where I feel like I have done something on them.  One of them was a project that was supposed to be up-to-date months ago.  The other one has been an update on a yearly event.  That one is actually enjoyable.  The other one is enjoyable, too, but I feel a lot of pressure because a lot more people see it, a lot more people are affected by it, and it is one for which a web policy of some kind should be in place.  We’ve been working on the policy, and it seems to be at a place now where we can move forward.  The problem has been that everyone working on it is really busy, and it is not top priority.  It’s a priority, just not the top one.

I actually read my Bible this morning.  Do you think it’s a coincidence that I read my Bible and then got a bunch of stuff done? I don’t.  There’s something about spending time with God first thing in the morning, before life gets going, that adjusts my priorities and gives me the strength to do what’s needed.  I just need to do it every single day.

Well, off we go on another adventure.  Thank You, God of the universe, for all that you got me through today!

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I love my husband.

He’s  such a great guy!  He does so much for his family for so little in return, it seems to me.  One of the things he does really well is to look at a situation and to boil it down to its most basic elements and figure out the best way to handle it.  It seems like his brain is always in high gear.  I am always so thankful for those times in which I have the opportunity to ask his opinion about something that feels kinda heavy on my shoulders.  He is sooo good at putting things into perspective for me!  Thank You, God, for my Mister!!

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Music that comforts me

Actually it’s the lyrics, but I like the music, too. These are songs by Christian artists and they are talking about God in case there is any question about that.

Light Up the Sky by The Afters (The story behind the video)

Your Love by Brandon Heath

Jesus is our light!  🙂

Not every word of encouragement in musical form has to be an essay.  Sometimes short and sweet is what is needed.

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