I decided it was high time we had a little chat about things that are going on because I've been missing you.
I've been bouncing around thoughts about my very full plate and things I've said yes to. Because of that, I've actually said no to a couple things I loved. It is one of those seasons and I think it's important to know when you can actually do something about the feeling of being overwhelmed.. and do something about it. Yes? First time I ever had to say no to things I didn't want to say no to- but afterward, a great calm descended. Guess that's how I know it was the "right" choice. Relief! (I won't be quitting my blog but probably blogging once a week or so like I have been. It works.)
* We finally have a house exterior color chosen. Er, well the general color is chosen and we decided not to worry about it working with the neighbor's colors! Which meant I got the exact color that I wanted. Happy day. (We are still attempting to nail down the exact shade and figure out we can sweet-talk friends and/or family to come help for a day... hmmmm. Working on that.) (wink) More on that whole thing soon.
* I am working part time now, for a friend and mentor, who also happens to be a professional organizer. It's been the best!! I seriously love this gig and the ladies I've been working with are just amazing. I have an entire post in my head about how God provides in ways you never imagined. When I have time, I'll knock it out and I bet you'll be as encouraged as I've been.
* I am sharing the depths of my heart over here.
* Our herbs, veggies (or as I like to call it- my salsa garden) and cutting garden are officially in. I decided to plant tomatoes again. If you're a long time reader you probably remember a couple years back when we had "TOMATOGEDDON." We got 200+lbs of tomatoes, unexpectedly. It was a bumper crop that sent me door to door daily, with flats of tomatoes, and finally forced me into a corner in the fetal position, sucking my thumb and crying for my mommy- who then arrived on my doorstep, apron in hand, and helped me can those suckers. Then my missionary friend stripped the vines of all the green tomatoes that were threatening to never end, and took them home to her window sill and reported later, that they were delicious. By then I didn't care. I didn't plant any tomatoes the following year but two plants rose up from the dirt and produced- I am not even lying. I had nightmares about tomatoes chasing me out of the garden. True story.
country kids and I grew up on a gravel road. At one point my dad "hired" our neighbors ponies to come eat our backyard grass because he didn't like to mow. Do you see what I'm getting at here? (I could write an entire post about those poor ponies.) (Like how we took turns jumping from our tree house onto their backs like the Lone Ranger.) (I'm not saying we were the brightest kids on the block.) (But it sure was fun.) (Until they decided they had enough and started bucking us off.) (We didn't care for that so much.) (We still fed them carrots from the garden when mom wasn't looking though.)
My point. Our yard is a work in progress and we only spend so much time on it. So if you're super into landscaping just try not to cringe too much. (grin)
I do have a plan. It's a color scheme that I've been incorporating little by little each year. Blues, greens, purples and whites. (Does that qualify as a plan?)
* I just finished a project I waited eleven years to complete- my laundry room is finally streamlined for the way my family works and I can't wait to share it with you next!