Archive | January 2015

Decluttering

I have today and tomorrow off work, so I’m working on more decluttering, trying to make order out of chaos.

The older I get, the more I realize this truth:

My body is older, so it gets tired more easily.  The world in which we live is utter chaos and life is just downright stressful.  So my mission is to make my home a peaceful sanctuary.  Part of doing that is spiritual (getting into the Word, getting the Word into me, praying, and listening to the Lord).  Part of it is physical — making my home look better.  Having an organized house can help to lessen the emotional stress I feel because things are in order.  I can find things more easily.  I don’t have as much to clean and care for, and when I open a closet or a drawer, it looks nice, not cluttered.

I’ve been reading Becoming the Woman God Wants Me to Be by Donna Partow.

I’m only reading the parts that really pertain to this stage of my life.  A couple of things resounded with me yesterday.  One was regarding clothes, which I love.  (The owner of the resale shop I frequently visit can attest to that fact.)  Anyway, Donna says we should have a core color, and make our wardrobe from that core.  My color would be black.  Love, love, love that color!

As I was pulling things from my closet to get ready to send off to the resale shop, I was mindful of a few things:

  • Does it fit?
  • Does the color look good on me?
  • Do I absolutely love it?

If the answer was no, it’s not going back into my closet.

Next, I thought about my holiday clothing that I forgot to take to the resale the last time we were there.  It’s taking up quite a bit of space in a cedar chest.  It doesn’t fit me any longer.  However, we can only make 2 appointments a year to take things in to the resale shop we use, and the 2nd one is in June.  This  means I must keep that holiday stuff in my cedar chest until the fall of 2016.  Not gonna happen!  It’s going to Goodwill.  I thought about the space it was using up and how much I thought I’d get in $ if I held on to it for the resale shop.  Is it worth the $?  Nope.  I’m getting it out of here.

Another thing Donna mentioned is going through hair care items and make-up.  That is now on my to-do list.  I don’t think I’ll have anything in the hair care line to get rid of since I’m pretty loyal to the products I currently use.  However, as for the make-up, I have way too much.  Time to clean it out.

I also plan to go through my CDs and figure out what ones I really want to keep.  My tastes have changed a lot throughout the years.  The older I get, the more I just want something soothing to my spirit — something that nourishes and refreshes my soul.  So why take up valuable space with music I no longer enjoy?

Pre-trib or Post-trib????

I highly recommend this video.  It is long, but it is worth every minute.  It is very enlightening, informative, and easy to understand.  He points out key words in scripture that most preachers overlook when discussing the tribulation.  He lays portions of scripture out, side by side, and it helps you to clearly see things.  It’s one of the best videos I’ve seen on this topic.

Not feeling motivated……

It’s been so cold here this week, and even without the wind chill this morning, it was still below zero.

Since it’s my weekend off, I was thankful to be able to sleep in, all cozy and snug in my bed.  I felt completely unmotivated to do anything today, but knew I had a lot of things that I wanted/needed to get done.

After a second cup of coffee and a hot shower, here’s what I managed to tackle:

  • Two loads of laundry washed, dried, ironed, and put away,
  • Washed dishes and put them away,
  • Got my clothes picked out for work next week,
  • Returned something to Hobby Lobby and did a bit of shopping while there.
  • Went to Big Lots,
  • Went to Walmart,
  • Went to Books A Million,
  • Then off to TJ Maxx.
  • Headed home to put all of the shopping items away,
  • Made catfish and hush puppies for supper,
  • Made my homemade version of bisquik, which takes 9 c. of flour, so it was no easy undertaking to mix and mash everything really well,
  • Got the crock pot out, cut the meat for tomorrow’s lunch, and got out the other ingredients I will need for it,
  • Washed the dishes again,
  • Sent a happy birthday email to my oldest brother.

Though inside I feel like this from all of my accomplishments:

My body actually feels like this:

 

 

Random funnies

A coworker told me her husband set up an account online.  It had him pick a security question, but he never told her what the question was, nor the answer.  One day she needed to get online and go to that particular site.  Imagine her surprise when the security question popped up with this:  “Who is the greatest husband in the world?”  She said, “Now I have to actually answer that question with his name!!!”

Last weekend my dad wanted to watch the fights on pay-per-view.  He was having trouble getting it ordered, so he called the cable company.  They told him to punch in some numbers and press the pound key.  He asked my mom, “Where’s the pound key?”  When Mom pointed it out to him, he said, “That’s the hashtag!”  Umm…..Dad, it was a pound key WAY before it was ever a hashtag!!  So I could actually call that story:  #dad you’re funny!

So here’s a funny from my dad’s mom.  She came over to visit right after we got our first TV with a remote control.  She was trying to figure out how to use it.  She said, “How do you do channel 13?  Do you push 6 and 7?”  I’ve always wondered what she would have done if I had responded, “No, you push 5 and 8.”

This same grandma was very impressed by wealthy people.  One time she was telling us about a couple who was quite wealthy.  She said, “They own two condoms.”  Umm…Grandma, I think you meant to say “condos.”

Many years ago, my granny glanced at the TV while Grandpa was watching a football game.  She saw the referee drop the flag.  She said, “Whoops!  He dropped his hanky.”

Last weekend, I made green bean casserole for supper since it’s one my hubby’s favorites.  When he saw it, he said, “Did you make that for me because I’m such an awesome husband!?”  I responded, “No, I made it for you because I’m such an awesome wife!!!”  The look on his face made me…

 

Exchanging gifts

DD bought me one thing I really wanted for Christmas:

However, when I tried them on, I knew they wouldn’t fit after being washed.  So I headed out to return them last week.  While at the store, I bought 2 valances to match the new bedding set dh bought for our room.  As I headed up to the check-out, I saw a watch with LOTS of bling on it.  So I used the $ I got back for the pj pants to buy the watch.  The closest I could find to it online is this:

Only mine was bigger and had rhinestones of every color.  It was a perfect match for one of my tops, as well as my dansko splatter paint shoes.  I wore it to work and by the end of the day, two stones had fallen out.  So after I got off work Friday evening, I headed out to take it back to the store.

My daughter commented that she bought me two really neat items, both of which I had to return.  So for now, she kind of feels like this:

Hopefully, I will find something neat to replace the two items I returned, and then she can feel like this: