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Today is 9/12 the day after the attacks that would forever change history. Whether we will admit it or not, it did change all of our lives. Years ago, the country turned to God, prayer and faith. It was something beautiful.

Are we still Praying?      Are we still allowing God to be #1?

We shall never forget…      or    …. have we forgotten?

Embrace everything that is beautifully simple, because we never know when that could stop existing.

 

 

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An Apple a Day …

 

… keeps the doctor away.

Often, we miss the blessings right under our nose. I am guilty of this just as much as anyone else. My parents have three apple trees and they are FILLED with apples.  My cup runneth over.  … with apples. They are filled on the trees and the ground has plenty wind falls to fill every canning jar in the tri-state areas. (okay the last one might be stretching it)

This is something not to be cursed, hated, or ignored, but rather something to praise, thank, and see the blessing.

Tonight I realized, that two ice cream buckets of chopped apples, do not equal 7 quarts of apple juice.

Did I get upset?     .… Slightly.

Did I grumble?     .… Yes.

Was I disgusted?    …. Most diffidently.

Is there good in this experience?

Yes.

The blessing. The blessing of something so good! Apples. Nourishment. Fruit.

An apple a day does keep the doctor away! :)

 

Simplicity. Happiness. The “popping” noise of jars just taken out of the canner. True, simple happiness.

P.R.O.C.R.A.S.T.I.N.A.T.I.O.N

Today, I realized it has been months since I made a post to my blog. I had an “ah-ha” moment. Social media is great and all, but honestly I love the quiet, unassuming role of blogging.  I am able to talk, ramble, vent, and put all the thoughts that go through my mind on “paper” and having no clue who my audience is.

You. My audience are strangers. And that is what I love. I have no one to try and impress, because well honestly, I will never meet you. Our paths will probably never cross. Happiness. (Wonder how many followers I have. hmmm)

Something about “anonymous” audiences. We (or well I) become not so …. lets impress the world… lets make myself look like super woman. Rather, it becomes something beautiful and beautifully flawed.

So I hope in the days, weeks, months, years ahead, my blogging world will become more frequent. And no so hit and miss or shall I say…. Procrastination central. :)

As always.   God blesses us not in booming and loud ways, but rather he blesses us in the silence, the simple things, those are the days and times that  bring us the most Joy.

“Don’t be afraid to be saints. Follow Jesus Christ who is the source of freedom and light. Be open to the Lord so that He may lighten all your ways.”

Saint John Paul II

Let the Gardening begin!

I starting my gardening season on March 20th this year. In past years, I have started my seeds indoors around the 15th of March, but it seems each year the plants are big and hearty and ready to be in the ground around the first of May. The first of May in Nebraska is not ready to see warm loving tomato plants in its ground. It has been known to snow in May! (Some days I wonder why I live here) So this year I decided to wait a few more days and see if it helps.

Before you are able to plant your seeds in the seed starting containers, you have to prepare the dirt the day or night before.

This year I used two bags of this All Purpose Organic Starter Mix, nothing fancy found it at my local Wal-mart.

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To this I mixed in one bag of this Jiffy Seed Starting Mix (found at Wal-mart also)

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It should look something like this:

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Add enough water to make the dirt moist, but not too wet. Let it set over night so it absorbs all the water.

The next morning you are able firmly but gently pack the trays with dirt.

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Making sure you fill them to the top. Last year I found that I did not pack full enough and the dirt settled leaving the wholes only partly filled in some places.

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After all the dirt is in place, you are ready to plant the seeds. I use a tweezers because the seeds are so small, plant two seeds per spot and follow the package directions for depth.

I have found heat mats and grow lights are the only way to go. It gives the right amount of heat and light to keep the plants happy. You can purchase them at any store that has gardening supplies.

And the exciting part….. Three – five days later….

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Tomorrow I will post a picture of what these plants look like today!

Happiness comes from simple times, when people worked and saw the fruits of their labors. And the labors did not make them richer with money, but richer in love.

 

Who doesn’t love shoes!?

This summer I have three weddings and Easter is a week away. I have been in a desperate mode to find clothes and shoes that will look good on me and will not draw attention to my non-tan body.  Who gets married in May in Nebraska anyways!?

And then… I fell in love with these shoes….

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Yes… I bought all three pair … and yes I needed all three pair… Well maybe to the last statement. I probably didn’t “need” them, but that’s beside the point.

Three pair of dress shoes for around $37.00, I couldn’t go wrong.

How did I do this you ask? …. Payless, on sale, free shipping, and an online coupon.

I love bargains!!

Now the search begins for a tall male date to drag along to the weddings.

Ready set… SEARCH!

Money doesn’t buy happiness, saving money does. ;)

 

Headbands, headbands & Headbands!

I have been SUPER behind on my baby gifting projects. I love to give baby gifts to anyone I remotely know, because who doesn’t love giving gifts?! I usually like to give out handmade baby quilts, but my supplies is down and do to the lack of motivation to replenish my stock, I decided to look for alternative ideas.

Let me introduce you to the super fast, easy and creative …. Baby Headbands!

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I would love to say I came up with this idea myself, if I did I would be lying, and lying is bad.

This pattern along with the instructions at the below website:

http://www.oneprojectcloser.com/make-fabric-flowers-tutorial/

Click on the French Pouf (circle) with button.

Some additions to the above pattern.

Addition #1 : I used an old small yogurt lid (when yogurt still came with lids, yes I save things, don’t judge, :) ). The lid I used to trace around to give me a perfect circle, and I just used a fabric marker to trace around it.

Addition #2 : When I folded the “sides” of the circle inward to make the circle triangularly shaped I used a small amount of hot glue near the point to glue the folds together. I found after my first attempt you need to do this other wise when you glue the “circle triangle” in the center hot glue dot the circle with just unfold and its a pain and a mess.

Additions #3:  For the headband part, I just purchased some from Hobby Lobby, I am sure any craft store that has the headband/hat making section will have these handy headbands in lots of great colors!

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They are super easy. What I love the most is how creative you can get and how each one looks completely different. Even though I have mounds of brand new fabric that is calling my name to be cut into. These flowers though are a great way to use up some of the overflowing scraps that we tell ourselves, “Don’t you dare throw that away! You could use it for something else! Don’t waste perfectly good fabric!” … Well, I hope others tell themselves that. Please tell me I am not the only one who says that to myself.

Believe me I did not stop at the above two… Oh No … I made two more…

This yellow polka dot one has a layer of lace between two layers of regular fabric.

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I really love this next one. The fabric I am currently using to make a skirt for myself, but I had some scrap fabric left and thought why not!

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Enjoy making your little girls beautiful!

It’s will always be the simple things that make us happy!

 

 

 

Hello my name is… and I am a procrastinator….

Well, it has been proven… I failed at my Lenten duty. Maybe no one noticed that I only got to day…. Nine. Between, busy days at work, cold windy cloudy snowy gloomy tiring Nebraska days, sickness, and some more sickness… I just plain didn’t succeed.

Welcome to my world, I am a person with high hopes, but am a great procrastinator. A great excuse maker upper too.

So brace yourselves for the flood of posts, that should have been spread over the course of the last weeks, but will rather come to you via the next few days.

The weather is beautiful out, which means I should be able to generate some awesome posts (I hope) (cross your fingers)…

Remember… it’s the little things in life … That make us the happiest.

Day 9 – Composting

Today with the temperature looking to be in the mid-60s, I can feel the excitement of spring in me. So today I made my walk down to my garden plot to imagine what my summer garden will look like. Oh, the dreaming has begun…

…. Reality check… my dreams always show a weed free garden….

Reality…. my garden WILL have its fair share of those pesky weeds…. sigh….

But……

This brings me to day 9. I am thankful for my compost pile!

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Isn’t it beautiful. ;)

Although, my compost pile has not produced any good black dirt…. yet. I am still thankful for it. I am hoping this next growing season I will be able to figure out the right combination of brown and green material.

 I will come back to this topic this summer. Keep your fingers crossed…. a picture of rich, black dirt will make its way on my blog. :)

Oh! And the compost bin came from an issue of Mother Earth News. One of my all time favorite magazines! Super easy. Old pallets, steel post, and hog panels mix them all together. Walla a compost bin.

Simple = Happiness!

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