Saturday, July 26, 2014

6 Years Ago Today!


I know I have confessed my love several times for my husband but I really am in love with this man.  I feel so blessed to have my best friend be everything to me.  I know what it is like to be with someone who does not appreciate you.  I was married to one for 15 years.  Todd, well he is my soul mate. It took me 37 years to find him but I found him.
 
This picture was taken a day before our anniversary last year in Yellowstone.
 
This man is my rock.  He completes me.  I could not have made it through this year without him or at least sanely without him.  There are so many things I love about this man.  I love his humor, I love his spirit.  I love the way he looks at me.  You know, I have a self esteem issue and do not find myself attractive one bit, but sometimes I feel beautiful because the way he looks at me.  At times, his eyes and the way he smiles right before he tells me how beautiful I am or how lucky he is to have me I can see the beauty he is seeing in me.

Last week I had a couple of bad days of missing my Dad.  Any time I get a voice mail, the phone asks me if I want to re-save old messages and all but one are of my Dad. After hearing him sing "Happy Birthday"  I just cried and cried.  I was alone in my car and I called my Grandma to see how she is doing.  She told me not good, she is always saying that, and she asked me how I was.  I started to cry and told her I miss my Dad so much.  She was there for me and while we were talking she told me what a great husband I have.  My Dad was so happy I found a good man to love me because that is all he wanted for all of his girls.  She told me she could see how much he loved me by the way he looked at me. She is right, you can tell by the way he looks at me.
 
 I truly have a good time with this man!  He makes it a point to make me smile and laugh.

The chorus of this song makes me think of Todd.



"All Of Me"

[Verse 1:]
What would I do without your smart mouth?
Drawing me in, and you kicking me out
You've got my head spinning, no kidding, I can't pin you down
What's going on in that beautiful mind
I'm on your magical mystery ride
And I'm so dizzy, don't know what hit me, but I'll be alright

[Pre-Chorus:]
My head's under water
But I'm breathing fine
You're crazy and I'm out of my mind

[Chorus:]
'Cause all of me
Loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections
Give your all to me
I'll give my all to you
You're my end and my beginning
Even when I lose I'm winning
'Cause I give you all of me
And you give me all of you, ohoh

[Verse 2:]
How many times do I have to tell you
Even when you're crying you're beautiful too
The world is beating you down, I'm around through every mood
You're my downfall, you're my muse
My worst distraction, my rhythm and blues
I can't stop singing, it's ringing, in my head for you

[Pre-Chorus:]
My head's under water
But I'm breathing fine
You're crazy and I'm out of my mind

[Chorus:]
'Cause all of me
Loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections
Give your all to me
I'll give my all to you
You're my end and my beginning
Even when I lose I'm winning
'Cause I give you all of me
And you give me all of you, ohoh

[Bridge:]
Give me all of you
Cards on the table, we're both showing hearts
Risking it all, though it's hard

[Chorus:]
'Cause all of me
Loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections
Give your all to me
I'll give my all to you
You're my end and my beginning
Even when I lose I'm winning
'Cause I give you all of me
And you give me all of you

I give you all of me
And you give me all of you, ohoh


I think it is a couple of reasons why I feel this way. Todd tells me my size does not matter to him.  He loves all of me and I am beautiful inside and outside.  The "love your curves and all your edges"  makes me think of that line in the chorus and I have had so many edges this year with mood swings from everything I have gone through.  He has been there every bit of the way and even shared my tears some when it came to Noah.  We do give all of us to one another.  The "All your perfect imperfections" part reminds me of an email he sent me a few days before we actually met for the first time.  We had been chatting online and emailing one another several times a day and I was worried he would not like what he actually sees.  He found this Chinese proverb and sent it to me. 
A diamond with a flaw is worth more than a pebble without imperfections.

He told me I am his diamond, so the line "All your perfect imperfections" makes me think of our first date.
 
I cannot believe we have been with one another nine and a half years now and today we are in Chicago celebrating our 6th Anniversary.  Six years ago today, I married my Prince Charming. I love you Todd and as you say to me "You are my Moon and Stars" and I feel so very blessed that you feel the same way about me.  Happy Anniversary sweetheart.

Musical Mondays at My So-Called Chaos></a>There's nothing in my life, <br />I'd say I regret, <br />But there's something in your eyes that makes me forget, <br />The times that I believed that love was good as love could be, <br />I had it all, but I was wrong.<br /><br />Thought I'd been touched, <br />Thought I'd been kissed, <br />Thought I'd been loved, <br />But it was nothing like this.<br /><br />You can't describe the sea, <br />Unless you been there before.<br />It's just a mystery, <br />Until your standing on the shore, <br />And moved by every wave <br />Taking your breath away like you do, <br />To me.<br /><br />Thought I'd been touched, <br />Thought I'd been kissed, <br />Thought I'd been loved, <br />But it was nothing nothing like this.<br /><br />It's like another life, <br />Like I haven't felt a thing, until you.<br /><br />Thought I'd been touched, <br />Thought I'd been kissed, <br />Thought I'd been loved, <br />But it was nothing like this.<br /><br />Ohhhhh hooo<br />It was nothing like this<br /><br />Ohhhhhh ohhhhhhh ohh<br /><br />Nothing like, nothing like this.<br /><br />Ohhhhhhhhhhhh</div><div class=

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Quick Hello!


Oh my dear friends! Life has been very busy lately here and the weather has been very different.  Last week we had beautiful Fall weather the temperatures were barely in the 70's when typically it is our hottest time of the year.  All because of another polar vertex.  This week!  This week we are back to normal and have heat index of 100.

I know it has been over a week since I have posted but it has been very busy week.  We began our de-cluttering a little early in hopes to do somethings that are fun while we are on vacation next week.  I will post the rooms later we are working on, however no before pictures.  They are awful!!!!  It will feel great once everything is done.  We do plan on doing some things on basically our staycation around here.  We have found some really cool things to do while I have been looking for all the Herkys on Parade.  I only have 11 left and then I will have photos of all 84.  Yes, I had posted previously that there were 83 of them but they were sneaky and snuck another one on July 15th and only gave clues to where his home is for now.  The first 10 people who located him won a prize.  I did not try but they did disclose this Golden Herky's location and we will be going to visit it.   Next week we will catch the remaining.

Tonight Kera graduates from Capri for massage therapy.  She took her boards last week and passed with flying colors.  I believe she ended up with the highest score from her class.  I am very proud of her.  She now has her license for therapist as well as her previous license for esthetician.   Her work schedule will be changing soon and I will have every other weekend free once again.  I am looking forward to it because I plan on painting or doing some sight seeing around home.  I cannot wait.

I will not be participating with Friday's Literary or Confessionals this week.  I probably will not be posting much next week either.  Tonight I am going to try to work on my post for Saturday and maybe Sunday's Song if I have time and schedule them to post later, that is if I have time tonight after the graduation.  I am also trying to pack everything Todd and I need for our little trip.  Tomorrow after work, he and I will be going for the weekend to Chicago where we will celebrate our anniversary which is Saturday.  Joshua and his girlfriend, McKenzie will be around home to keep their eye out on Ethan and Noah.

Our gardens are keeping us busy too!  The squash loves the cooler and wet temperatures as well as the beans and we are still getting peas, so not normal.  Our peppers and tomatoes do not like the cooler and wet weather one bit. We will not have a bumper crop of tomatoes this year.  We might get one harvest only from the plants.  I will be canning less this year.

On my down time this past week, I have been reading some blogs but I am also trying to finish this great book I am reading to meet my goal for the month.  I truly do not want to put the book down but I do not even have a lot of time to enjoy reading lately because I do not have much idle time.  Look at the sidebar of my blog and you will see what I am currently reading.

Watch for my Herky Parade post.  I think there will be about three or four post in all.  They are so interesting and I absolutely love the hunt!   Here is a little sneak peak of one of my favorites.


Here is a picture I took at the location of one of the Herky's.  


I never knew this place even existed.  The rec area is new and it is one of the places we plan to go next week and take any of the kids who are not working that day. They will be on the lake with either paddle boats, canoes, kayaks or those stand up surf boards while I take pictures.  I cannot wait and watch for a post about our day there.  

Bye for now!


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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Happy List ~ Starry Night Style


I went to the Brush and Barrel again.  I was really looking forward to this class and planned on adding a little more to my painting because if it turned out well I plan on giving it as a gift to one of my boys.  I have two who are huge fans of Dr. Who
I am very HAPPY with the way it turned out.  I need to work a little more on the Tardis but here is my painting after 2 1/2 hours of working on it.

Both boys love it and I think I know which one is getting it but I am not positive.  I plan on picking up a frame for it too.  I honestly had self doubt about being able to pull this one off but I am so HAPPY with it.  

I am also HAPPY how my hunt and pictures of  Herky on Parade 2 is turning out.  I believe I should have all of them but one by the end of this month.  I am a little worried about not getting one.  It was pushed over and it was sent to be repaired.  It was supposed to only take a week but it has not been returned yet and it has been over a month and a half, however the home of this statue is flooded so that may be the delay.  I am going to have to call to see if they have it available for me to take a picture of.  I honestly thought I would only get 82 of the 83 because I did not plan on driving to the airport in Cedar Rapids to take a picture of a statue BUT now Todd and I will be driving there to pick up a vehicle we are renting to take to Chicago, double HAPPY statue and trip to Chicago for our anniversary!

What are you HAPPY about this week? 

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Motivating Monday ~ Move It

I feel good about last week.  I lost 4 pounds by changing the way I eat once again.  Now, just imagine how much more I could have lost if I was more active.  Well, I was on Sunday we did a little walking about 8 blocks and part of this was a steep hill.  This walk told me I need to do this more often!  Seriously, I feel more out of shape this summer than last summer and I weigh less.  I am sure it is because there for awhile during the end of summer and during fall I was doing great working out.  I do not ever want to feel like this again.

 This is so very true.  If you are not willing to do anything about it, then why complain. Let's do this together.  Get up and move more!  We all know it is not only our intake but we have to get up and move to feel better.  I will move more this week.  Saturday and Sunday I moved a lot by just walking, I plan to keep this going and add toning as well.  I found some great exercises for toning I can do at home.  Our membership is on hold for the next three months at the gym, mainly because we spend too much time with the garden and caring for Taj right now.  Kera will be graduating soon and I will have every other weekend back again as well as a few nights a week were we can workout again.  I love Taj and I am very proud of Kera for finishing her classes but I will be glad to be able to care for Jolene too once again.


 Are you with me?  Let's move it more this week!

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sunday's Song


Oh this week's song is one I love.  I am singing it constantly lately.  I just LOVE it!  I think it has to be up to my top 10 favorites of all time.  I love the beat, I love the Caribbean sound, I love how it sounds 80-ish.  I also love the words to this song and the video is cute like the 80's videos too. I actually enjoy many songs from this band. Enjoy!


"Rude"

Saturday morning jumped out of bed
And put on my best suit
Got in my car and raced like a jet
All the way to you
Knocked on your door with heart in my hand
To ask you a question
'Cause I know that you're an old-fashioned man, yeah

Can I have your daughter for the rest of my life?
Say yes, say yes 'cause I need to know
You say I'll never get your blessing 'til the day I die
Tough luck, my friend, but the answer is 'No'

Why you gotta be so rude?
Don't you know I'm human too?
Why you gotta be so rude?
I'm gonna marry her anyway

Marry that girl
Marry her anyway
Marry that girl
Yeah, no matter what you say
Marry that girl
And we'll be a family
Why you gotta be so
Rude

I hate to do this, you leave no choice
Can't live without her
Love me or hate me we will be both
Standing at that altar
Or we will run away
To another galaxy, you know
You know she's in love with me
She will go anywhere I go

Can I have your daughter for the rest of my life?
Say yes, say yes 'cause I need to know
You say I'll never get your blessing 'til the day I die
Tough luck, my friend, 'cause the answer's still 'No"

Why you gotta be so rude?
Don't you know I'm human too?
Why you gotta be so rude?
I'm gonna marry her anyway

Marry that girl
Marry her anyway
Marry that girl
No matter what you say
Marry that girl
And we'll be a family
Why you gotta be so
Rude
Rude

Can I have your daughter for the rest of my life?
Say yes, say yes 'cause I need to know
You say, I'll never get your blessing 'til the day I die
Tough luck, my friend, but 'No' still means 'No'!

Why you gotta be so rude?
Don't you know I'm human too?
Why you gotta be so rude?
I'm gonna marry her anyway

Marry that girl
Marry her anyway
Marry that girl
No matter what you say
Marry that girl
And we'll be a family
Why you gotta be so
Rude
Why you gotta be so
Rude
Why you gotta be so rude? 

I will be participating with Miss Angie's Musical Monday as well.
Just follow her little badge link to listen to more great music this week, but wait for Monday.

Musical Mondays at My So-Called Chaos></a>There's nothing in my life, <br />I'd say I regret, <br />But there's something in your eyes that makes me forget, <br />The times that I believed that love was good as love could be, <br />I had it all, but I was wrong.<br /><br />Thought I'd been touched, <br />Thought I'd been kissed, <br />Thought I'd been loved, <br />But it was nothing like this.<br /><br />You can't describe the sea, <br />Unless you been there before.<br />It's just a mystery, <br />Until your standing on the shore, <br />And moved by every wave <br />Taking your breath away like you do, <br />To me.<br /><br />Thought I'd been touched, <br />Thought I'd been kissed, <br />Thought I'd been loved, <br />But it was nothing nothing like this.<br /><br />It's like another life, <br />Like I haven't felt a thing, until you.<br /><br />Thought I'd been touched, <br />Thought I'd been kissed, <br />Thought I'd been loved, <br />But it was nothing like this.<br /><br />Ohhhhh hooo<br />It was nothing like this<br /><br />Ohhhhhh ohhhhhhh ohh<br /><br />Nothing like, nothing like this.<br /><br />Ohhhhhhhhhhhh</div><div class=

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Friday Confessional ~ Errr On Saturday



It is Friday and you all know what that means?  Yep you guessed it, time to fess up.  Come join the fun over at Aubrey's High-Heeled Love.  She host this little party every Friday. 
I confess...

I am confessing a day late because it is Saturday not Friday.

I confess...

This time last year I was making my packing list plans for a wonderful vacation.

I wish I could say we were doing something wonderful this year on our week of vacation time.  Well we are doing something but not really going anywhere.  Our vacation will be de-cluttering and getting rid of things. FINALLY!  Our older children have moved in and moved out, back in and then back out and left things here.  We are going to purge things we do not need and make our home more organized.  I am looking forward to this but I also am not kidding myself, it is going to be a lot of work.

I confess...

I am excited to have an area which will be mine to keep my art/craft supplies and projects.  Now it is here there and every where because I do not have a place in the house yet.

I confess...

Todd and I will be getting away for a weekend for our anniversary.  I would love to have a day with the boys too but we will see what is left after the de-cluttering.

I confess...

This week someone made me very angry.  Our garden at the community garden, someone picked our first green bell pepper and five banana peppers and took about eight-nine of our larger onions. It makes me sick that people are so thoughtless.  What made it worse is they trampled a lot of our smaller onions too.   A couple of days later we were out there and looking around at all of the gardens and found the onions just left behind.  If they were going to steal them, they could have at least ate them instead of dropping them to be rotted.

I confess...

I am so excited to go paint tonight.  I hope it turns out great because it will be a present for Ethan for Christmas if it does look good.  We will see.

What do you have to confess this week?

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Literary Friday


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I am participating with Ricki Jill's from Art @ Home , weekly party  Literary Friday.   I know I am a day late but I still want to join in. 


The Snow Child

I have put off writing this review for awhile now.  It took some time for me to actually get into the book and I am glad I stuck with it.  The author Eowyn Ivey did a wonderful job with the characters in this book and if it were not for the developed characters I may have not completed the book because the beginning did not capture my attention.  With that said, it did get better and I enjoyed this book.   I could tell it was going to have a sad ending right away and maybe I was having problems with it because I was reading it while my Dad was dieing, so to be honest my mood could have played a huge factor in the beginning.  The main characters are Mabel and Jack, who are an aging couple who have decided to move to the Alaska Wilderness and give it a good ol' try to begin a new life.  They, like so many, did struggle to get by mainly because it was just the two of them as well as the harsh environment.  Jack felt he should be the provider and do all the farming and clearing the land.  Mabel was in hopes this would be a new chance in life to be together and feel she had meaning.  Their struggles with the new way of life and their aging is just the first layer of their pain and suffering.  The two have never been able to move past the loss of their still born baby which became the first ripple in the pond to tear them a part.  I was so touched and saddened for the two of them, how they never discussed their loss.  I know I could not have made it through (and I still am) grieving for my Dad without my husband's support and some great friends. My heart ached for both of these characters.

Even though the book is full of sadness, you also get to see love and how wounds can heal.  The two characters are blessed with a snow child.  Mabel and Jack build a child out of the snow on a winter's night and discover their snow child is gone the next morning with a single trail of footsteps leading away from where it had stood. Then they begin to see a young girl roaming the woods, one who is identical to their snow child and they see it as an opportunity to maybe finally have the child they always wanted.  The little girl, Faina, is a child of the woods. She is able to take care of herself with her friend a red fox.  She glides across the snow.  They become somewhat of a family.  Mabel realized her new child was like a fairy tale she once read when she was a child and worried how the ending may come about in her real life.



Mabel and Jack also become friends with a family who have a few boys.  Typically Mabel cannot be friends with women she has found since the loss of her baby, but she finds strength with the Esther and enjoys being around her.  I found Esther to be very charming.  I just loved her personality. 

This book is an Adult Fairy Tale, it does have a dark side and is you are down, I would suggest holding off to read, but it is definitely a book worth reading.


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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Books N' Bloggers Show & Tell

Good things come to those who wait!  Although my box may have been lost (Boy, the box took a beating too!) it arrived tonight and I am thrilled!!!!
 
 I participated with Books N' Bloggers Swap hosted by Chaotic Goddess Swaps.  This is my favorite swap!  I was paired up with Amanda from Off The Book.  She is such a sweet young woman who has accomplished a lot in her time.  I am sure she makes her parents proud.  Amanda is from Staten Island, New York.  New York is on my bucket list to go and see.  I was so excited.  Here is my package!
Amanda definitely spoiled me.  I like my little book mark pad.  How unique, I have never seen anything like this.  I loved her personal letter with the sketches on it!  I love things like that.  I really really do!  She also sent a I Love NY deck of cards.  I have been wanting to pick up a nice deck of cards. Thank you!
 
Amanda sent me four books:

The Silent Wife by A.S.A Harrison
The Reluctant Heiress by Eva Ibottson 
Gilt by Katherine Longshore
The Other Countess by Eve Edwards
 
 After reading the synopsis from Goodreads, they all look good. I am not sure which one to start with.

Amanda not only spoiled me but she also sent books for my grandson.  He loves books and we love to read to him.  Our library is growing here for someday many grandchildren but for now one very special boy.  I have never read any of these so I am very excited.  I know what I will be doing on Saturday with him.

Three bonus books for grandchildren:

Cat Napped! by Leeza Hernandez
Oliver's Tree by Kit Chase
Runaway Tomato by Kim Cooley Reeder

Thanks Amanda for such a wonderful package!  Thank you Beth and Miss Angie for hosting my favorite swap!

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Happy List~ Holiday, Gardens, and Flowers


Welcome back!  I hope all of my American friends had a wonderful 4th of July.  My 4th of July was a good one.  We had planned and thought more family members would make it to the cook out but something came up.  About a week before, Todd's Mom texted to say she would not be making it.  The day before we found out that Emily was working a double shift.  No clue what happened to Todd's sister and her family.  We thought Kera would stop by after work prior to the fireworks but it never happened.  We did have my Mom, Matthew and Hannah, Joshua and McKenzie, Noah, and Taj.  Poor Ethan had to work. 
We had a good time.  Enjoying time as a family makes me HAPPY!  No issues with Noah at all for a few days.  Our meal was the typical hamburgers and hot dogs plus one vegetarian burger (McKenzie is a vegetarian) , slinky dog pasta click here for the recipe, minus the hot dogs (Hannah is Jewish), pasta salad, baked beans, veggies, fruit, and a pasta salad.  Dessert we had cupcakes and two ingredient cake click here for the recipe (not pictured).  The cake was good for our diabetics (Todd, Hannah, and me.)
 
 
The kids played a card game. Ethan was able to join in with the fun prior to going to work.  After dinner we went to Coralville's fireworks.  They had a great show and the finale was awesome.
It is so cold in our main living room.
On the 5th Iowa City had their fireworks.  I was completely wiped out but Noah and Ethan went.  I typically love Iowa City's fireworks because of the Pentecrest in the foreground of the show.

Photo
 Pictures were taken by a friend's husband.
Photo: Happy 238th birthday #America. Proudly serving the state of Iowa, and our country, for 167 years. #Hawkeyes

July 3rd, My Mom, Todd, Noah, and I went to see Jefferson Starship in Coralville at their 4thfest.  The concert was free and that makes me very HAPPY to enjoy a good concert with my family.
 
 He caught me taking his picture.
Mom thought she could get out of the photo range.
Silly lady.

Our garden is growing and growing HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY.
 
 
 Look how large our spaghetti squash is. (below)
 
Above: Community Garden Plot
Below: Backyard Garden
 
 Look at all the snow peas!
Just the beginning.
 Something is eating our our cabbage...this does not make me HAPPY.
 
 Cherry Tomatoes are starting to turn red.  HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY

However, I am concerned with our tomato plants
Too much rain, it is making them sickly.
 First year for Lima Beans.  Now I have to find some recipes.
 Very big Kohlrabi.
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 First year of success for cauliflower.
 We were curious how large our carrots are.
 Celery is doing great.  HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY
 First year for yellow beans.
They are coming in earlier than our green beans.
 Our new recycled gate.  
Now I can get into our garden and help.
HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY!
 
New flower blooms make me HAPPY too!
 
 
 
 
 
 


What are you HAPPY about this week?

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