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{in which I write whatever comes to mind.}

So I’ve been informed that it’s high time to update here – people are tired of looking at photos of Paris. I don’t blame them. Also, apparently I write much more inspirational things than I talk about in real life, though I never would have called my ramblings here exactly inspirational.

Last night a bunch of us decided to make a Rita’s run after church. It was one of the best nights ever. Really, isn’t it always so much fun to just get together with friends, spur-of-the-moment, and enjoy talking and laughing and a sweet treat? It was the perfect way to end the summer, and getting a Pumpkin Pie cream ice was also the perfect way for me to welcome Autumn.

Speaking of pumpkin, I’m rather funny about it. In fact, last night I tasted a little of Nichole’s before I ordered and declared it disgusting. Five minutes later, I decided I wanted one. I think my aversion to pumpkin pie carries over mentally to all other things that are pumpkin-flavored, with the exception of pumpkin spice coffee. Once I remind myself that the reason I don’t like the pie is because of the texture rather than the taste, I’m good to go. Weird. That’s me.

I really love my job. Kids are just so fun to be around! From our kindergartner all the way to our 7th grader, each child has a special place in my heart already. Of course, it helps that I’ve been told by two of them that I’m their favorite “teacher.” It’s not hard to get kids to like you – all you have to do is just take an interest in their lives, be willing to help them out, stuff like that. We’ve got a pretty well-behaved group and that’s great, too. Having nice workmates is another plus. Yeah, we have some pretty fun times – it doesn’t even feel like work. 🙂

Our garden has been kind of weird this year – instead of getting a big harvest all at once, we get things that are ready in smaller batches. On one hand it’s nice not to be overwhelmed with too much, but on the other it’s not so great for canning – instead of taking one day and doing a bunch of tomatoes, we (or I should say Mom and Ada – I didn’t help out much this year because of working) have had to do only one or two canner-fulls a day. So far we’ve done sauce, diced/stewed/chopped tomatoes, salsa, and soup. I love the thought of having a shelf full of these things that we’ve grown and made and preserved ourselves, rather than buying it at the store. It’s very rewarding. And healthier too – organic produce, way less sodium, and no icky preservatives.

My project assignment this week from Dad has been to do some research on fruit trees. We have a space that we’ve long been planning on turning into a little orchard – this is  the year that we’ve decided we’re finally going to make it happen. Too bad we didn’t do it four years ago when we first talked about it – we’d have had fruit this year if we had. Ah well. If anyone out there has any knowledge about fruit-growing, do please share!

Well, I want to make these scones that Mia has on her charming blog, so I need to get at that so they’ll be done before I head back in to work.

And because I can’t do pictureless anymore, though I used to be able to do long posts with only words, (why did no one tell me how *boring* that was?) here’s a parting shot featuring my handsome kitty Whisper because I like to show him off. 🙂



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Random Pet Peeve #2

I hate it when people insist on typing in all caps lock, all the time, because it’s “easier.”

That is all.


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Random Pet Peeve

I hate it when people walk in the “exit” and out the “enter” doors at Wal-Mart.

That is all.


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This post needs a title so it doesn’t show up as a number on the sidebar.

I am not even going to try to come up with an excuse for not blogging… come to think of it, why should I feel I have to? It’s not like blogging is my career or like I’m a professional blogger, so I’m not committed to posting on a regular basis, right? Of course right.

So, we got the house all painted and put back together… we took a long weekend in June to go to New York to visit family… we had a wonderful week of revival services the beginning of July… we went to visit our friends in North Carolina… my sister celebrated her 13th birthday last Friday… those are pretty much the highlights of my life these past months.

Aaaand… I am too tired to upload the pictures here so you can just go here to see pictures from NY and here for some other ones.

Ok, there should be a law against making a blog post when you are super tired, shouldn’t there?

Goodnight peoples.

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Fabric softener is my new best friend

First, a bit of an explanation – when we bought our house 4 years ago, it was painted with flat paint. Over 4 years, flat paint gets pretty icky, and the stuff is pretty much non-washable. So we decided to repaint the house.

Also, 4 years ago I decided I wanted to have horse wallpaper-border in my room. It’s really pretty and it was great while it lasted, but it’s time to say good-bye.

So yesterday I decided to start stripping what I could reach without moving the furniture. It’s not that old, and it’s supposed to be the easy-strip kind, so how hard could it be?

Yeah, it was a pain. The top layer came off beautifully – but the backing stayed on the wall. Not good. I worked with it awhile, spraying it with hot water using a paint scraper, but it was slow-going so I decided to let it rest for a while.

Today I started at it again. Using the hot water method and this time alternating between the paint scraper and a razor blade, I was able to get most of the backing off. But it still left behind a gummy residue. I tried to find a sure-fire method on the internet, via Google. I tried more hot water. I tried sanding it. I tried Goo Gone. I tried snapping my fingers like Mary Poppins. I tried enlisting my little sister to do it. (Okay, so Google didn’t suggest those last two.)

Finally mom typed some magic words into Google and found something I’d missed – equal parts fabric softener and water. So I tried that too. Guess what? It worked like a charm.

And since my real best friend told me she’d never forgive me for deciding the border needed to go, I guess that Purex Mountain Fresh fabric softener is my new best friend. At least it smells good.


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It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood.

So, my cousin has three little kids – two-year old twin girls and a just-turned-one-year old boy. The Boy had an appointment at the ENT today, and she needed someone to watch the girls. Since it’s actually easier to go along with her than it is to keep them here, and since Mom had some errands to do in Carlisle anyway, that’s what we did.

Anyway, while we were in the waiting room, “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood” came on. It’s been years since I’ve seen the show. I know I enjoyed watching it as a child… but today I saw it through new eyes.

Now, to be fair, the show taught some great morals and values, it was pretty educational, and the part with real people at the end was always interesting. I loved the episode where Mr. Rogers went to visit the guy who had that amazing domino set-up… anyone else remember that?

But I’m really surprised I wasn’t tramuatized by the show… all these creepy-looking puppets… especially this one.

She scares me muchly.

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Happy Saturday

Welcome to the new blog. I’m going to skip all the normal introduction stuff, that’s what the about page is for. Actually I guess  it’s the “Who?” page. And if you want to, you can always reference the old blog. Anyways.

I’ve just spent the whole week pretty much AWOL from home, so today I have a longish to-do list. Mow the lawn, wash windows, clean my room because I have basically been coming home, dumping stuff, and crashing. I’ve got a flat of annuals outside that need to be planted, and I’m doing hanging baskets because I hate weeding flowerbeds. They were supposed to be done last week, but I didn’t have enough potting soil. I hope to get some crafting in today as well – I ned to make a card for Mom and wrap up her gift. And yesterday I picked up six of the world’s ugliest coasters at a yard sale, as well as some vintage metal embroidery hoops. The coasters are being upcycled into mini wall art, two sets, and I’m thinking about putting some vintage fabric in the hoops. I’m not sure if I have any in my stash at the moment, so if not, they can wait. Eventually they’ll end up on my Etsy shop (that has zero listings at the moment). I have some photos to edit from a shoot I did this week, and I’m really hoping to find time to make these Earl Grey cupcakes.

So I should get moving. My coffee cup is empty, and I’m fully awake. Let’s go!

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