Monday, March 25, 2013

Longing for a New Look....

Weather here turned much cooler the last couple of days, so I guess it's a good thing that I haven't gotten to the garden center to buy plants yet!  

However, I am eat up with Spring Fever!!!

Picked up the latest edition of one of my favorite magazines the other day and it has me drooling.....

I am in love with all the bright spring filled with beautiful sunlight......
longing to transform one of our spaces into something lovely as this.....

Have you been bitten by the Spring Bug yet?!?!? 

What inspires you when it comes to decorating your HOME?  
Glossy magazine spreads like this?  Pinterest?

Feeling the urge to make some changes.....


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

First Day of Spring???

It's the first day of Spring and I'm sitting here in my snug little home office/guest room, listening to the whir of the lawn mower outside the window.  Eddie Dale is working out in the yard a bit today, raking up dead leaves and cleaning up out there.  I snuck away from the office for a bit....but, I have to be back in a couple of hours......

Not enough time to clean up the house, which looks like a hurricane hit!

Not enough time to bathe the dogs, who stink like the dickens!

Not enough time to "purge" my closet, which needs to be done so badly!

Not enough time to really accomplish much of anything, since I would probably just get started and then have to head back up to the office!

So, what to do????

Well, I sat down and browsed Pinterest a bit.  And caught up on a little blog reading.  But, the photos of pristine cottages and perfect place settings started making me feel a little bad about the state of things in my own home.....

I long for a little perfection around here!  Sorry, but I do.  I know that striving for perfection will only lead to disappointment and unnecessary street, but honestly, I need to shoot for a bit more than I have been in order to achieve a little better result.  Right?  Because the results right now, having let it go for a while, are abysmal....

I am using the last bit of my time to make a list.  Yes, my all-time favorite activity - list-making!!!  I need to at least have a road map of a plan.  Otherwise, I will forget what all I need to get done.  And, while I list, I will dream of the satisfaction I will feel when I start checking each of those projects off, one by one.....

One of the first things I am putting on the list - get my silk tulips out, in honor of the arrival of Spring!!!  Tulips are just about my favorite flower and these purple ones have held up nicely for several years.  Oh, and I am going to put getting some fresh tulips on my list.......

Happy First Day of Spring!!!

Monday, March 18, 2013

AUTUMN Arriving in May.....

Hey, everyone, take a look at our new little princess, due to arrive in May......

Bonnie, Matt and the kids invited the family out to watch one of these new-fangled sonograms......3D....or maybe it's 4D.  I don't know, but the technology is amazing!!!

Just a couple of more months to go until Baby Autumn gets here and I can snuggle and love on her!  (Middle name is still up in the air.....Matt feels like he needs to get to pick that one since Bonnie selected Autumn.  But, if he's made a decision, he's keeping mum about it!)

Went shopping with Bonnie on Saturday for a few new clothes to get her through the rest of the pregnancy and a special dress for her baby shower.  Then, we went by and finished her selections at Kids' Village.  Her crib full of goodies to shop from should be up this week.  Man, it sure is different with baby showers these days!!! 

Hope things are going well in your neck of the woods.  Enjoying very spring-like weather here and ready to get going on dressing the porch for the season.  Can't wait to get my hands in some potting soil!  Now, just to find the time......


Monday, March 11, 2013

CHICKEN TACO CHILI in the Crock Pot!!!

Yesterday was one of those days when I hung out in sweats all day and didn't put a lick of makeup on my face.  Those don't come along very often and you cannot imagine how much I enjoyed it!!!

Around midday, being slightly off due to the time change, I threw the ingredients for Chicken Taco Chili into the crock pot.  So, dinner was a breeze!  This is one of our favorite dishes and it makes plenty for leftovers.....


1 onion, chopped
1 16-oz. can black beans
1 16-oz. can kidney beans
1 8-oz. can tomato sauce
2 14.5-oz. cans of diced tomatoes w/chilis (I use Ro-Tel original)
10 oz. frozen corn kernels
1 packet taco seasoning
1 tbsp. cumin
1 tbsp. chili powder
24 oz. (3-4) boneless skinless chicken breasts (frozen is fine!)
chili peppers, chopped (optional)
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
sour cream and grated cheese topping (optional)

Combine beans, onions, chili peppers, corn, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, cumin, chili powder and taco seasoning in crock pot. Stir to combine.  Place chicken on top and cover.  Cook on low for 10 hours or on high for 6 hours.  Half an hour before serving, remove chicken and chop/shred.  Return chicken to crock pot and stir in; cook for additional 30 minutes.  Top with fresh cilantro, sour cream, grated cheese.....we even like crumbled tortilla chips on top.  Enjoy!!!

This is super simple to prepare and mighty tasty.  And you can't mess it up!  I inadvertently only added 1 tsp. of cumin and chili powder yesterday, and it still tasted just fine.  So, experiment with it a bit and let me know how it turns out.

Now, back to that pesky time change's got me and the dogs all messed up, for sure!!!  Honestly, it is dark until nearly 8:00 am here.....and light till 8:00 pm.  If the weather were warmer, it might make more sense.  But, as it stands now, it's more annoying to have to readjust to Daylight Savings Time than anything!  Feel free to grumble about it with me.....

Monday, March 4, 2013

First Monday in March...

Happy Monday, sweet friends!  We are into March now and I'm totally infected with Spring Fever!!!

Life has been busy, busy, busy!  But, I am resisting the urge to ask the Lord for more than 24 hours in the day.....or to help me cope with life on four hours of sleep a night.  Instead, I pray that I manage the time that I do have and still take care of my earthly body.  Somehow, I don't think He necessarily wants me to burn the candle at both ends.....but, wants me to learn to TRUST in Him to work with the situation He has given.

This past weekend was my grandson's 9th birthday.  So hard to believe that Trayden is that old!!!  Seems like just yesterday that we were rushing to get to the hospital before he was born.  And now is he is a kind-hearted, courteous little gentleman who hosted a delightful party on Saturday. 

I rushed around the house on Saturday morning, trying to tackle some cleaning and laundry since it's been rather neglected lately....and then I was off to the party!

Unfortunately, Ed and Matt (the SIL) both had to work.  But, it was good to see everyone else and spend time with family.  Here is a shot of the birthday boy, looking all grown up.......

And, of course, a silly shot!  (Because, he is a 9-year old boy, after all....)

After the guests all left, one of Bonnie's friends snapped some photos of the family for me on my camera phone.  First, Ansleigh and I cuddled up on Bonnie and did some belly-loving on Baby Autumn.  I simply can't wait until our newest little princess arrives!!!

Then, we pulled all the rest of the family in for a shot that just steals my heart every time I look at it.  Oh, I wish Eddie Dale and Matt could have been there so it would have been complete!!!

You'll have to pardon the lighting - it was an iPhone and their place gets lots of wonderful afternoon sun streaming through the blinds!  I need to play with the photos in Picasa or Picmonkey a bit and then I fully intend to upload and order some prints of these. 

Spending time with family was a nice break in the hectic routine over the weekend.  It was back to work yesterday afternoon to work the company booth at the Home & Garden Expo and then meet, greet and network with other vendors.  I have been working from home today and am still trying to get that dang laundry finished!  It has to get done, though.....I was fresh out of undies before I finally got a load in on Saturday.....not good!!!

How are things moving along with y'all?!?!?  Take a moment to leave me a note in the comment section and let me know you stopped by today!

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