Thursday, December 28, 2006

attitude is everything...

I have a friend that is currently battling breast cancer.
I know she's going to have a tough battle ahead of her this year and some days are going to be so tough she's going to want to curl up in a little bitty ball and roll away.
but in my heart I just know she's going to be okay.
I just feel it and Im going to believe it.

I read something on one of my most favorite blogs a few days ago that really struck a note with me about attitude and I wanted to share it here ~ especially for my friend Sonya.
Its true that attitude is everything, and especially during tough times.
I witnessed Justin's battle with his cancer and what always amazed me about him was his upbeat attitude. Im sure it was mostly for my benefit, and I would try so hard not to cry when I spoke to him on the phone, but he always had a big smile on his face and he would tell me he was doing great, even when I knew he was knocked out on pain killers. I admired him so much for that. So here's the story.
"a lady woke up one morning, looked in the mirror, and noticed she had only three hairs on her head. "well, she said, i think i'll braid my hair today." so she did. and she had a wonderful day. the next day, she woke up, looked in the mirror and saw that she had only two hairs on her head. "hmm, she said, "i think i'll part my hair down the middle today". so she did and she had a grand day. the next day, she woke up, looked in the mirror, and noticed only one hair on her head. "well", she said, " today i'm going to wear my hair in a pony tail". so she did and she had a fun, fun day. the next day, she woke up, looked in the mirror, and noticed that there wasn't a single hair on her head. "YEA!", she exclaimed, "i don't have to fix my hair today!

attitude is everything. have a good day! be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."

Im going do add this mantra to my 2007 resolutions.
So please join me and make it a good day...everyday!

and then there's this recipe for a happy new year.

A Good Recipe for a Happy New Year

Take twelve whole months.
Clean them thoroughly of all bitterness, hate and jealousy.
Make them as fresh and clean as possible...
Now cut up each month in twenty-eight, thirty, or thirty-one different parts,
but don't make up the whole batch as once.
Prepare it one day at a time out of these ingredients...

Mix well into each day one part of faith,
one part of patience,
one part of courage,
and one part of work.

Add to each day one part of hope,
and kindness.

Blend with one part prayer,
one part meditation
and one good deed.

Season the whole with a dash of good spirits,
a sprinkle of fun,
a pinch of play
and a cupful of good humor...

Pour all of this into a vessel of love.
Cook thoroughly over radiant joy,
garnish with a smile
and serve with quietness, unselfishness and cheerfulness.

You're bound to have a HAPPY NEW YEAR.
Author unknown

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

twas the week before Christmas...

and i am bustling around, no time to enjoy the festivities and holly jolli-ness of the season. However I am determined to get all merry and bright starting this Friday. Once Friday comes I am on holiday until January 2nd. And I am so ready. ready to finish decorating, ready to do some holiday baking, ready to take some pictures, ready to just be home, ready to enjoy the season. e
i am so happy that this weekend is not overbooked and Paul and I have a few days before Christmas to actually start enjoying it. I plan to enjoy time with him and do the things that are important to me. We are planning a date night this Saturday. A simple dinner out, a trip to starbucks for cocoa or coffee, bundle up in coats, mittens and scarves and go out and enjoy the lights. There’s a park nearby that decorates the entire 5-mile drive inside the park. For a small fee you drive through the park and they have fabulous displays set up. There’s also a neighborhood close by called candy cane lane. Every home decorates to the hilt. I’m really looking forward to it. might even take the dogs with us for a ride. Elliott has a really cute doggy sweater he'd just dying to try out. :-)

Every Christmas comes and goes, and we plan to do something festive and fun, and then it usually just doesn't happen. I end up feeling let down and depressed on Christmas evening... The day after christmas I usually just want to put the decorations away and move on to spring. This year it will not happen. I want to experiene it, not just get through it. If life passes you by and you don't consciously do the things you really want to do, you won’t have a second chance. This year I’m not going to let it rush by so quickly and be over without me taking some time to do all the fun little things. Granted, starting on Friday when Christmas is on Monday isnt a huge start, but it’s a start.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

at long last...

I cant believe I'm going to post pictures of my bathroom on my blog, but I am. :)
Of course its all I've been talking about lately but here are the final results.

I'm so happy to have this ugly 1970's bathroom gone from my house. I could not be happier with how the remodel came out, although stressful at times.
Does it ever go smoothly?

Not for us.

We've almost remodeled this entire house, the bathrooms are the last rooms to receive an update. All of our remodels have had their "moments".
They never ever go smoothly...

So, these first two pictures were taken the morning the demolition started...yucky huh? Don't ya love the brown Formica counters?

how about a brown Formica tub surround to go with it? Of course its not made any more beautiful by all my paint samples all over the place, but that is the least of the worries this ugly bathroom had and I just painted them the day before demolition anyway.

and these were taken after.... see the solar tube?

I'm doing a happy dance.... I love natural light coming in instead of the cave that it was.

Right now I've put cocoa brown accents with it and I think its really rich looking. I pulled the brown out of the flecks in the granite as well as a wreath I hung in there. Its got some tiny brown pine cones among the white berries.

The rug is a cocoa color that has a tinge of green in it that I found at Target . I may change it from time to time to a deep plum. I think that would look really pretty.

The wall color is called Devine Olive. I mention that because I painted 12 different samples on the wall before I was able to match the green in the granite on the vanity.


Devine Olive is almost the color of the inside of an avocado... a yummy creamy green. Sadly it doesn't show that way in the pictures, but is absolutely so yummy it makes my mouth water. Its actually almost an exact color match with the Yankee candle I found.

I love the brushed nickel fixtures...............

now you see why Im so happy to have this done, right?
So now whats next?
New carpet...arghhhhhhh.

Monday, December 04, 2006

November is over...

its now December.
Looking back I see I had only 4 blog posts for November.
Pretty cummy effort on my part I'd say.
But now its December and hopefully I'll do better.
Maybe my life will be more bloggable in December...there's always a chance :)

We completed the bathroom remodel yesterday - thats blog worthy!
It came out beautifuly. Im sooooo soooo happy with the result. There for awhile I wasnt sure if I was going to like the color of the counter/floor tile, but the wall paint seemed to work magic at pulling it all together. Tonight I get to hang the pictures, towel racks and mirror to finish it off. Pauls replacing the light switches tonight with ones that have little lights inside the switches so you can find them in the dark :)

What else?
Several months ago I saw a post on 2 peas asking people what thier favorite monthly scrapbook kit site was...a huge amount of people replied Scrapologie. So many that I went to discover what they were all raving about.
People discribed their kits as eclectic, funky, classy, scrapologie is anthropology only for scrapbooking supplies.
I had to agree, their kits really looked awesome with stuff I knew I would use, and new stuff I'd never tried but wanted to. I tried to sign up but was sad to find that they weren't giving out any new memberships.
I got on the waiting list and kind of forgot about it.
Over this past weekend I received an email saying that they had a membership available for me if I was still interested. COOL!
Here's a link to the Dec kit
Im really excited to get my first kit. I think the great thing about kits is that they allow you to try a lot of different things without buying a whole pack of something.
You to receive cutting edge product that may not be available in your area yet
...and I'm hoping it will help me control my scrap supply budget.
I go weak if I walk into a scrapbook store. With a kit, once a month I'll receive this fun packet thats full of coordinated product, all at one low price under $30.00. Im excited to give it a try and see what it inspires me to create.

Just in case anyone doesnt know, my favorite scrapbook store/message board is going out of business. So sad to see DML close its doors.

Check out some of the fabulous sale prices as Jill reduces inventory. I'm going to hold out hope that the message board stays even if the store goes away.