Downton Abbey Marathon


I was so excited to have these arrive in my mailbox!


I called up the mom and asked if she’d like to come over and we watched

and watched,

and watched,


all 6 hours of the first season.

I am now watching the second season a little after work each night in hopes to finish by Sunday so I can catch up on the third.

I did break for a few football games….

and a little cleaning but that’s about it.

Oh, well…

it’s cold outside!

Mexican Theme Night


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Wednesday night was Mexican food night at my house.

And I did something I almost never do, I decided to fancy up the table.

I have had the place mats and napkins forever, always thinking I’d throw some big Fiesta.

Guess what?

Never did.

So, at least I finally enjoyed them.


~ Nothing all that fancy, just kind of fun.



Flowers and hand painted vase (ball jar) that I didn’t get a very good picture of………. courtesy of my grand-daughter Mad~


I thinking about hitting up Pier One this week to add to my mexican theme so when that day comes to actually throw that big Fiesta, I’ll be ready.

Adios everyone, thanks for taking the time to stop by!

My Gratitude Jar


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I found a post on my Facebook wall that suggested one buy or find a jar and fill with notes about the blessings in your daily life as they happen and then at the end of 2013, on New Years Eve perhaps, go through your list from the year and be grateful.

A Gratitude Jar

Because I tend to focus sometimes on the bad things that happen and they happen to all of us, I thought it was a fabulous idea and one I wanted to implement right away.

To have gratitude start the year.

To be grateful for the little things as well as the big ones.

Here’s my jar~


Can’t wait to see how full it gets.

I got a big one so I can put lots of little treasures in it.


I think it will travel from room to room to bless each space for a while.

I’ll share its travels with you.

Linking up with Imparting Grace today;

Sunday Carousel Fun




Sunday I decided to take the Grandkids to ride the Carousel at the Mall.

Great Grandma went with us and though it was a quick trip it gave us all something to do and the kids had fun.

 It is a great place with a beautiful carousel and an ice rink both built on the same end with the food court!!


Sylas was so excited, Grandma got a little dizzy!




We then hit up the other rides for little ones.


This was his favorite for some reason.


No stop would be complete without an ice cream treat.


Sunday Fun Day~

 Going in my gratitude jar for one of my first blessings of the year.

Everyone was healthy, the sun was shinning

and it’s fun to spend some time with them even if it’s just a short visit.

It was a great day~

Books I Read in 2012


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Last year I posted this about what I read in 2011.


And as part of my New Year Resolution to read more-watch tv less, I thought I would again go through and tally the books I  read.

According to my Kindle this was my 2012 reading list;

  • On Dublin Street
  • Gone Girl
  • Bared to You
  • Fifty Shades of Grey (oh, yes I did)
  • Fifty Shades Darker
  • Fifty Shades Freed
  •  Butterfly Effect
  • The Hunger Games
  • Catching Fire
  • Mockingjay
  • Love in a Nutshell
  • Minding Frankie
  • Keepsake
  • The Five Love Languages
  • The Heart Mender
  • What Women Fear
  • Downton Abbey
  • …..and some various books on relationships that I can’t find the title’s to.

My goal for 2013 is just to read more than 2012.

It will be fun to look back and see and very telling if I actually read more it will be obvious. Wait, I will read more!!!

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” ~Charles Elliot

New Year Resolutions



I’m giving it a go again. You experienced bloggers out there know where I’ve been.

Those of you who don’t blog, well you probably won’t understand.

It’s just been dry around here lately.

But, it’s a new year and I’m giving it a go AGAIN.

After reading one of my favorite blogs this morning The Pioneer Woman, she encouraged us to use the word resolution to make a list of our….. well, resolutions.

DSCN7042Read more… watch TV less, really I need to do this. I find myself watching in the winter way-tooo-much.

Eat better and eat less. I just joined Jenny Craig, again. I am a life long member which I am embarrassed to admit  but I am setting small monthly goals this time instead of worrying about that end goal so much.

Shop for stocking stuffers all year-long. I know this sounds strange and there is a long story to go along with this goal that I will share another time. I’ll just say that I changed up my christmas stockings this year for my adult children and I don’t think they were impressed.

Obsess less about my appearance.

Learn to live in the moment.

Update my blog. Much Needed!

Take more pictures. Take pictures at all is more like it. I am terrible about this and resolve to be better.

Indulge less. Back to food again. Less eating and more doing.

Offer to serve others more. Do I really serve them or am I just giving them advice or worrying. I want to really serve in a good way.

Nourish my soul. Read the Bible more. Study the scriptures more.

Well, there you have my resolutions.

Do you have any?

I’d love to hear.

Happy 2013!!!

An Unexpected Benefit



I haven’t been blogging much about staging lately, although I did receive the pleasure of doing a home consultation a couple of weeks ago. I am so pleased with the results. The homeowners followed my suggestions, made improvements, the Realtor re-took the listing photos and hopefully they will reap the benefits.

I have been doing a lot of traveling with some new work that I picked up. It requires that I do some driving around the good ol’ state of Iowa and so many times I see things that I want to take pictures of and this past Saturday, I did just that.

I took the time to stop, enjoy the scenery and snap a photo.

An unexpected benefit to the job!

So, you will occasionally get to see some interesting {hopefully} snapshots from across the state. Things that we all normally just drive on by in the hurry up world we live in.

When you enter this town from the south you drive under this quaint covered walking  bridge that someone took the time to embellish with boxes of flowers.  It covers the road as you can see the truck driving under it.

How often do you see one of these?

Nevermind the locals who probably thought I’d lost my marbles taking pictures of their bridge.

Another building I thought was interesting on the corner.

And finally, the town sign that resides on the north entrance.

Not bad for a town that only 598 people call home to.

I’m striving to slow down a little…..when I can and like children do, marvel in the little things.

Things that don’t have to be re-worked or changed or decorated or painted or cleaned.

“For the person for whom small things do not exist, the great is not great.”

~ Jose Ortega Y Gasset

So, check back and maybe I’ll run into something small again.