Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Spring Cleaning

It sure feels a lot like spring around here. We have had the mildest weather this past winter. I am kind of wondering how terrible the summer will be tho.....

For the past three weeks we have been having the interior of our house repainted and although I'm loving the fresh, crisp look, it is playing havoc on my mental, physical and spiritual peace!

On this day, I had to empty out all the food in the pantry, including the shelves, so that the painter could get access to the walls.  The day before we had pulled everything out from the walls so he could paint the family room and I was waiting for the okay to start putting everything back.  It was better to wait overnight so that the paint could "harden" (that's how I interpreted his Spanish)

But it has been nice, in a way, to have a good excuse to do some really deep cleaning, which hasn't been done since the original remodel seven years ago. (maybe not even then......)

Still in the process of putting things back together and this week he is taking off all the doors on the kitchen cabinets and restaining them.  Oy vey----another mess.......

I should probably do a before and after pic......
Wish me luck.

P.S. For any of the locals, I have the painter's card.  He is FABULOSO! I highly recommend him. Plus he speaks perfect English, but I speak Spanish to him. I need all the help I can get... The other day, instead of telling him that his check was on top of the desk.....I told him that the check was impregnated, as in well,you know what I mean.....sheesh....he very kindly corrected me.......

Monday, February 27, 2012

Meet Larry

Larry is the latest addition to our family.
We have this type of person living at our house when your daughter is studying anatomy & physiology.
Poor Larry lost his head to another student, in the throes of intense skull study.
I put a winter hat from Alaska on his poor headless body.
Don't know how long he will be with us.
Do you think he could scare a criminal?
Not sure, tho he sure scares the grandkids.

P.S. I have been assured by the above-mentioned daughter that this is not a real person-rather a plastic reproduction of a real person.......

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Right This Moment...

I'm sitting in front of the computer, preparing for a presidency meeting tonight. My house is in shambles because we are painting the entire inside and although I am loving the fresh paint (not so much the odor) my house and mind are in shambles. It's very difficult to live in disorder.  I guess that could be a whole blog post in itself!

However, the thing that is most on my mind at this moment, other than my presidency meeting, is studying the scriptures.  I have found the most amazing web site called, the redheaded hostess. She is a former seminary teacher, about to be a new mom, and she has created some fabulous scripture journals, which are hopefully headed my way ASAP! She has some amazing suggestions for studying and recording what you learn.

This leads me to share, over six weeks late to be sure, my WORD[S] for the year 2012.

They are:  Listen and Document.

I guess I was kind of testing the waters, so to speak, to see if my words/goals would still be in effect by the time six weeks into the new year had passed.
So far, so good.

Last year my word for the year sort of went by the wayside. I think to sum it all up, the word was Grief. We had just lost our grandbaby and I had some other personal sorrows that found me often curled up in a fetal position, sobbing my eyes out.  But I learned more than I ever thought about the Atonement of Jesus Christ and patience and faith, so I suppose those could have been my WORD[S] for 2011.

But I digress......I had been thinking so much about how important it is to document the things you learn while studying the scriptures, insights received and inspiration that I felt strongly impressed that I needed to work on that this year. I can't believe how much I am learning just by stopping, slowing down and recording my thoughts as I read. It has opened up a whole new world, and I feel like I am "feasting" finally, rather than "picking" at the scriptures.

My other word I came up with just at the end of 2011, was listen. I  have determined that I finally need to LISTEN, especially listen to my body as time passes and it is not cooperating with me as easily as it did ten years ago.  I need to LISTEN to the Spirit, LISTEN to my kids, just plain LISTEN.

So though this is a rambling sort of post, I'm hoping that the objective is clear.....

And go check out the redheaded hostess!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Hi! Just checking in! We are headed this morning to do this: