Thursday, April 30, 2009

Day 1 - Exhausted

I am so tired. If this pygmy goat does not have her kids soon so I can sleep a normal schedule, I will be a walking zombie!

Lots to do today and not much energy to do it. I will keep track of my points though and I will move more than I sit, unless I am asleep. LOL.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Wow, it has been a week since I posted last. I really miss the blog challenges at Scrapshare. They kept me blogging regularly. I guess that is the lead in I need....

I am trying to some serious self-evaluation. I have tried this before and frankly, I suck at it. But this time I have to get serious about it.

Life is not as I wish it to be. If you read my last post, you should know at least some of the frustration I feel with my parenting. I also have issues to deal with personally regarding my weight, health, eating habits and exercise habits. I need to make some changes. Knowing that is easy. Doing it is hard.

So I started yesterday by joining Weight Watchers online. I have got to get my weight under control. I have got to get more active. To further that idea, I have to hold myself accountable. I am currently taking part in a weight loss challenge at Scrapshare. I have taken part in several of these but really I have not done well because I am only sort of committed. This time I must commit and see what I truly can accomplish. We are currently entering week 3 of a six week challenge. This goes hand in hand with the WW thing.

So since I know I need to be more accountable to myself and since I need to blog more, I am making a committment to blog about my progress at least 3 times over the coming week. There I said it, so hold me to it okay? I am also committed to keeping track of my points for the entire week, the good, the bad and the ugly.

Okay, off to find something active to do, even if it is just moving the laundry from one machine to another.

Thursday, April 23, 2009


How is the question of the day.

How did I survive my children's babyhood years on so little sleep? We had an interrupted night of sleep around here last night and I am just dragging this morning. I feel like I have been drugged. In fact, it feels a little bit like when I was on the mag sulfate for the preeclampsia just prior to David's birth. So seriously if I feel like this today, after only one night, is it any wonder that all of us have such blurred memories of when our little ones were newborns?

How can one little virus wreak so much havoc on an entire family?

How can we go from 80 degrees on Monday to 55 today?

How can the state economy be so messed up and how can politicians think it is a good idea to solve the mess on the backs of children, sacrificing both their educations and their recreation.

How can it be nearly the end of April already?

How do other people get their children to listen, be respectful and do what they are told or what is expected? Okay, this is the biggie for today. I have complained about the discipline issues that run rampant in my house before either here in the blog or to various forums on DWLZ and Scrapshare. So what gives? How do other parents get respectful, responsible children? I had several people recommend the book "A New Kid by Friday" By Dr. Lehman the last time I went off on a rant about my kids and our issues so I got it and I read it. I think I understand the concepts because truly they are not that hard but how does one go about implementing them. I don't get it. The say it once and walk away thing sounds so good. But if I say it once and walk away, they go about their business, playing, goofing off and nary a chore gets done. No homework would ever make it back to school. He discusses B not happening until A is done but there so rarely is a B around here. We don't have requests to go to little Suzie's or to the roller rink or whatever. We are homebodies. We watch TV, way, way to much TV. Yes I admit to being a TV junkie. There is no doubt. So taking TV away is as much a punishment for me as it is for them but if it is on, they do nothing. I, on the other hand, can do all kinds of things while it is on. But TV is not the focus here.

So what is the focus, you may ask? The focus is how does this plan work if the main conflict with the children is them not doing what they are told? It seems that this plan gives them license to just ignore their responsibilities and go about their own business then nothing gets done. Miss Em spent 3 hours dinking around with homework that should have been finished in less than 30 minutes. Why did this happen? Because she would not just sit and stay focused on the task. So, please someone tell me how does the "tell em once and walk away" thing work in that situation. I must be missing a vital part of this plan. My children are masters at ignoring the things they do not want to do. They are masters of misdirection.

So seriously, how do others parent their children into respectful, responsible behavior? Because from where I sit right now, I am the worst parent in the world.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Another layout to share

Here is another layout I did for a speed scrap this afternoon at GingerScraps.

While we were on vacation at Ft. Stephens State Park in Warrenton, Oregon the kids did a lot of bike riding. David is finally "getting it" with the whole bike riding experience. He now can pedal, steer and watch where he is going all at the same time. I took these pictures on our way to the beach which was a mile from the campground. Thank goodness for bike paths.

Papers and frame by MadScrapper Designs
Alpha by Tracy Kosofsky
Gem elements by Wenchdgraffix
Butteryfly by MimiLou
Font is Sylfaen

Friday, April 10, 2009

Speed scraping

Do you scrap? Well of course most of you do because you all know me from a scrapbooking site for crying out loud.

So do you digiscrap? If so, have you ever done a speed scrap at one of the many digiscrap sites out there? No? If not, you should. For a long time I resisted. I was scared and shy. I don't have relationships with anyone at these sites. I follow several of the blogs associated with these sites to get ideas, see new kits, get freebies, etc. On one particular site, GingerScraps, they do lots of speed scraps as well as lots of other challenges. I have participated in a few of the challenges. In February, I finally due up the nerve to give a speed scrap a shot.

So what happens in a speed scrap? A speed scrap lasts one hour. A hostess gives instructions one by one with a few minutes in between each one so the scrappers can accomplish that direction. At the end of the hour, the scrappers will have one more hour to finish up their layout and upload it to the associated gallery. Usually there is a cool or cute freebie that each participant gets.

I had fun with my first foray into speed scrapping in February but then things got busy and I have not had time to really get back to do another until today. Since I have been working so hard to get the house cleaned up (see the previous post for my to-do list this week), I decided to take a little while this afternoon to scrap.

Here is the result:

The color palette for this scrap was black, white, gray and silver. This is one of the reasons I like speed scraps. It makes me scrap outside my comfort zone. I would never do an entirely black and white layout on my own but I love how this one turned out.

Background paper from Gingerlikethecracker’s A Star Danced in Space kit.
Frame by Pineapple Princess
Glitter border by Inspired by Dominic Designs.
Diamond by Broken Jar Creations
Staple by Angela Coles
Alpha: JanelScraps
Font: Snap ITC

To-Do lists

I have been working on that control thing I mentioned all week long. On Monday I created a to-do list that I have been working since then. As each day has gone by I have color coded what I have done each day. I am feeling good about my progress. This list started out all black but is now all sorts of pretty colors. :)

Today I took a break, volunteered at school and then did a speed scrap at GingerScraps. I will post the resulting layout in another entry. Now that the kids are home from school we will have to hit the list hard so we have less to do this weekend before dinner with my parents to celebrate Emily's 9th birthday on Sunday.

Items in red were accomplished on Monday. Items in blue were accomplished on Tuesday. Items in green were accomplished Wednesday. Items in purple were accomplished Thursday.

This is what I have accomplished:

Fold all outstanding clean laundry
~Basket 1
~Basket 2
~Basket 3
~Basket 4
~Reload of Basket 1 from overflow of other baskets
Start load #1 washing
Move load #1 to dryer
Start load #2 washing
Move load #2 to dryer
Fold load #1
Start Load #3 washing
Move load #3 to dryer
Fold load #2
Fold load #3
Put away all the folded clothes
Load #4 - Wash, dry, fold, put away
Load #5 - Wash, dry, fold, put away
Load #6 - Wash, dry, fold, put away

Clear off front porch
~all accumulated garbage to outside garbage
~organize all gardening stuff and move to side porch shelves
~Clear entryway bench
~pick all shoes, organize and get rid of old or too small ones
~take broken toys out
~Sweep floor
~Wash inside of front door
~Vacuum cobwebs

Clear sink
Unload/reload dishwasher (DD's chore) - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Clear Microwave counter and wash down
Clear sink counter and wash down
Organize plant shelf area and wipe down
Clear telephone counter and wash down
Clear table and wash down
Clear island and wash down
Wipe down cabinet fronts and sides - Did some Tuesday, Paid DD to do the rest of this
Sweep floor
Mop floor
Organize cookbooks/telephone stuff

Reorganize counter tops (again)
Bag up all escaped bottles for recycling
Remove all burnables to burn pile

Pack up and put away all Snowmen
Straighten knick-knacks
Straighten bookshelves
Clear wooden table completely

Straighten up and clear off the top of the TV and Stereo cabinet
Pick up behind TV
Clear off glass table completely
Wash down glass table
Straighten up wooden bookshelf - Started this but it is not complete yet.
Send coach blankets to laundry for washing
Straighten up/purge around my chair/computer
Straighten up/purge around DH's chair/computer
Clean under and around kids computer area

Finish bead organization project and pack away
Clear table completely
Straighten/organize buffet counter

Pick up and put away misc. stuff

Sort out what stays and what goes
Empty garbage
Clear out utility sink
Organize top of dry
Organize storage shelf

This is the girls' bathroom and I will just make sure that they do their cleaning chores.

Take newspapers to burn pile
Cut goat out of hole she got herself stuck in
Bring in meat for dinner from outside freezer and defrost
Take out garbage bags in hall
Change batteries in caller ID unit
Start picking up irrigation system in the garden.
Start clearing out debris from garden area to prepare for working and planting.
Update blog look for spring
Get minutes ready for PTC Tuesday night.
Do agenda for PTC meeting Tuesday night.
Spend a freakishly long time at PTC meeting
Volunteer at school
Go to fairgrounds office to book date for next year's fundraising auction.
Go grocery shopping
Put groceries away
Change vacuum bag.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


I have decided that it is time to take back control.

Of my house that is.

I am sick and tired of living in a pigsty.

I am also tired of being the only one who seems to care.

Unfortunately that is the current state of things around here and I seem to be able to do little to change it. So instead of beating my head against that particular wall again, I decided that I was just going to have to suck it up. So far yesterday I did three loads of laundry from start to finish and folded all the other laundry that had been sitting around in baskets. I also cleared the kitchen table completely. Finally I spent some time out in the garden pulling out the irrigation system in order to get ready for the planting season that soon will be upon us. Today I worked on my entryway. I cleared the bench we have there, picked up all the shoes, swept and mopped the floor and washed all the dirty fingerprints from the door.

It is time that my house became a healthy, clean home again. Obviously I am the only one who cares so I will have to do the work. I am proud of the start I have gotten.

Monday, April 6, 2009

What do you think?

So what do you think of the new look?

Is it too much?

Is the picture too big?

Let me know what you think. I like it but that may just be because I am tired of trying different things and am ready to head to bed.

Construction Zone

Please excuse the dust as I update the blog for spring. I am ready to kick the snowmen to the curb in favor of blue skies, butterflies or pretty flowers. Then I will have to work on the header because that snow picture, while pretty, has got to go.
I saw this on my friend Patricia's Blog and thought it would be fun. My answers are in bold.

1. Started your own blog

2. Slept under the stars

3. Played in a band

4. Visited Hawaii

5. Watched a meteor shower

6. Given more than you could to a charity - I've given a lot, but never more than I could.

7. Been to Disneyland (once)

8. Climbed a mountain

9. Held a praying mantis

10. Sang a solo


12. Visited Paris

13. Watched a lightning storm at sea

14. Taught yourself an art from scratch (knitting)

15. Adopted a child

16. Had food poisoning

17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty

18. Grown your own vegetables

19. Seen the Mona Lisa

20. Traveled by Train

21. Had a pillow fight

22. Hitchhiked

23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill

24. Built a snow fort

25. Held a lamb

26. Gone skinny dipping

27. Run a marathon

28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice

29. Seen a total eclipse (solar)

30. Watched a sunrise or sunset

31. Hit a home run

32. Been on a cruise

33. Seen Niagara Falls in person

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors

35. Seen an Amish community

36. Taught yourself a new language

37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied - I don't need money to be truly satisfied, but yes... we're comfortable.

38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person

39. Gone rock climbing

40. Seen Michelangelo's David

41. Sung Karaoke

42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt

43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant

44. Visited Africa

45. Walked on the beach in the moonlight

46. Been transported in an ambulance

47. Had your portrait painted

48. Gone deep sea fishing

49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person

50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling DH and I snorkeled in Hawaii

52. Kissed in the rain

53. Played in the mud

54. Number 54 ran off with number 11

55. Been in a movie

56. Visited the Great Wall of China

57. Started a business

58. Taken a martial arts class

59. Visited Russia

60. Served at a soup kitchen

61. Sold Girl Scout cookies

62. Gone whale watching

63. Got flowers for no reason



66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp

67. Bounced a check

68. Flown in a helicopter

69. Saved a favorite childhood toy

70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial

71. Eaten caviar

72. Pieced a quilt

73. Stood in Times Square

74. Toured the Everglades

75. Been fired from a job (Once only, and I hated the job, so it was a good thing)

76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London

77. Broken a bone

78. Been on a speeding motorcycle

79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person

80. Published a book

81. Visited the Vatican

82. Bought a brand new car

83. Walked in Jerusalem

84. Had your picture in the newspaper

85. Read the entire Bible

86. Visited the White House

87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating

88. Had chicken pox

89. Saved someone's life

90. Sat on a jury

91. Met someone famous

92. Joined a book club

93. Lost a loved one

94. Had a baby (three times)

95. Seen the Alamo in person

96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake

97. Been involved in a lawsuit

98. Owned a cell phone

99. Been stung by a bee

100. Read an entire book in a day