Saturday, May 23, 2009


I can't remember when the last time was I made an arrangement with silk florals. I just have not had the desire to play with them. I've moved on to "real" flower arrangements for the time being. I've never had a green thumb, but I'm trying to see if I can grow one. My plants this year are doing very well so far.

These are some planters I put together the other day. The four with the pink petunias, geraniums and vinca vine were given to the kids' teachers and Hallie's girl scout leader. The one with the darker pink geraniums is mine. :) I love geraniums! They're one of my favorite flowers. And then the little white pot was my mother's day gift from Hallie. It came with a packet of Morning Glory seeds too. Those little boogers are already starting to sprout.

And this one is my wildflower seeds growing and growing and growing.....

A Relaxing Day

Today was so nice. The sun was shining and even though it was a little humid it was still really beautiful out. I spent the morning cleaning house. I took care of the critters, washed up the dishes and finished up the laundry. Picked up all the out-of-place-thingies in the kitchen and living room. Ran the sweeper and watered all the plants. Finished painting with the roller in the hallway. Now I'm just down to trim work. Moved an outside table around front and some plants. Picked up a bunch of sticks. Let's see.. and hauled off some stuff to Goodwill. I guess I was busier this morning than I thought I was. :)

Then later this afternoon I headed off for JoAnn's and Hobbly Lobby. My sister really wants a quilt and I finally found a pattern I want to make. I didn't get all my material, but I bought enough to at least get the blocks made. I went to get material done in shades of blue, cream and brown. Well I got a couple of kinda blue colors, but more greens. Hmmm sounds like this quilt will be done in more my colors than Carrie's. I made a small quilt for Hallie last Christmas. This will be my first full-size and also my first time just picking my own fabrics and not going by someone's "recommendations". I'm very curious to see how it will turn out.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

We had such a great weekend and I've been having such a busy week, that's why I'm so late in posting. Saturday I started off my morning with driving into Evansville to get a leather working book from Hobby Lobby. And of course since I was there I stopped at Burlington Coat factory to see if they had any blazers like the one Jeremy is looking for. I didn't find any but I did find a couple of tops for me for next to nothing. I also figured out my favorite color for this week is no longer red, but turquoise! LOL And before heading back home I stopped at JoAnn's to price some fabric.

Then later Saturday afternoon, Jeremy and I went to the BBQ Festival in Owensboro, KY. We had a really good time. He showed me the Bluegrass Museuem. We bumped into some fellas that play in a band (Kings Highway) while we were there. We walked the festival, ate some bbq, got our picture taken old timey style and then went and saw the Bluegrass show. Sunday I took mom and Carrie to lunch for Mother's day and the rest of the day was spent just kinda lazing around the house.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

A New Idea

This is a thought that just kind of popped into my mind the other day, just out of the blue. A new business idea- for lack of a better word.. a daycare of sorts. My mom has told me before that she thinks I should open a daycare. But to be quite honest the thought of having 30 or so kids ranging in age from infants to 12 years and enough employees to take on this many kiddos is less than appealing. So now you're maybe wondering why I said daycare? Remember I said "daycare of sorts".

I started thinking about the time that my children spent in a traditional daycare environment and how miserable they were with it. I even helped in this daycare on occasions. After I saw first hand what my children were so unhappy with in daycare, I re-made my work schedule and they came out of daycare. I would not ever consider opening a daycare like this! Also another problem in my area is that the major daycares are trying to get away from taking on school age kids. And children 12 years old are considered "too old" for daycare. While I agree that some 12 year olds are quite mature for their age and could be trusted alone for a short time, there are 12 year olds that aren't quite ready and even worse- sickos who prey on kids.

I really hate to use the word daycare and I'm desparately trying to come up with a different word, but for now it's - daycare. My daycare would be for school age kids, 8 years old and up, with a limit of 6-10 kids and full of activities. None of this sitting in front of the tv everyday. Our activities would consist of crafts, such as making model car kits or small sewing projects to gardening and flowers to other things; outings like trips to the museum, hiking, trip to the zoo and campouts; and then I would also like to have other people come in from time to time to teach us, like a nurse teach us about first aid, someone that could come in and tell us about plants and such. And if I base this from home (my future home, cause the one I have now just does not have the space required for this) I really believe I could keep the cost pretty close to that of a traditional daycare.

Monday, May 4, 2009

The Secret

I have heard so much about The Secret here lately that I decided to pick it up and read it. While some of it I find hard to buy other parts I find very interesting. Over the week or two it took me to read this book I decided to collect my favorite quotes from it.

This is one of my faves from Marci Shimoff- "Many people in western culture are striving for success. They want the great home, they want their businesses to work, they want all these outer things. But what we found in our research is that having these outer things does not necessarily guarantee what we really want, which is happiness. So we go for these outer things thinking they're going to bring us happiness, but it's backward. You need to go for the inner joy, the inner peace, the inner vision first, and then all of the outer things appear."

The Secret also suggests you make a vision board. Well I have the board, now to get busy putting my dreams up.