a friend’s challenge to me


 

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My friend and I were talking this morning about what we wanted to get done today.  I said I wanted to get three things accomplished.  Paint some furniture. Bake something. Prune some plants. It’s one of those days. She challenged me in that she said I couldn’t do it all.

So far I’ve painted the furniture. Hubby made me put my foot up (still in the brace. see more about that here) for a couple of hours and I’m getting ready to get back to my challenge. I love it when someone tells me I can’t do something.

Now I’m getting ready to go bake a cake and then outside to prune.  I need to be done in a couple of hours because my hubby and I are going out on a date tonight.

Check back later to see if I accomplished my goal.

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update on my foot


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Hi everyone,.

Thought I would give you an update on my here and here. (This was also posted on “theworminmyapple.com).

Had my three-week appointment today. My foot is getting better. There is a fifty-fifty chance I might get to avoid surgery. I still have to wear brace when I’m out and about for three more weeks. At home, I can wear regular shoes with my orthotics.  That will be the way we “test the waters”.  I’m still pretty nervous about how this will all end. So anyway, I was feeling pretty encouraged today until…….

Two friends mention to me, “Rebecca, is your leg swollen?”  Now this is after I’ve come home from the doctor’s, of course. So I come home and say to my husband, “Do you think my leg is swollen”?

“It is swollen”. he says. “Off your feet, now. I’m getting you an ice pack.”

So now I’m trying to figure out what this is all about.  Life certainly can send some curves our way. BUT, I just finished reading a prayer request from my church through our prayer chain. A young man, father of four, one of whom is a newborn, was in a car accident today. He might have to have one of his legs amputated at the hip. His other leg is crushed.

A foot in a cast is nothing is nothing, is it?  Perspective is everything, isn’t it?  God bless and I hope you all have a wonderful week-end.

 

what does my blog say about me?


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This blog is written in response to the daily prompt, mirror, mirror, on the wall. What does my blog say about me? Hmmm, I’m not sure I know but I think I need to know, so here goes with some impromptu remarks.

I think it says I have way too many interests and am interested in way too many subjects. Which makes figuring out what to write about difficult. That’s why I started my other blog, depressionsgift.com. At least there I know what my subject matter is. Even then I wished I’d named it something else because it’s really more about healthy mental living, not just depression.

I’m glad I found this prompt because it’s helped me clarify for myself what I want this blog to be. I want it to show the subjects I’m interested in as well as general musings about life as I experience it. I want this blog to be “lighter” than depressionsgift but include my interests in deeper issues. Both blogs will reflect my faith, not always in words but certainly in perspective.

Sometimes I look in my mirror and like what I see. Other times, not so much. Some days I’m interested in art, other days recipes. Lots of time, DIY projects. All I have to do is look at my boards on Pinterest to know how scattered I am at times. (I had no idea I was interested in that many things.) This is the blog I want to post DIY projects and decorating ideas from my home.  I may eventually combine these blogs but I’m worried I will lose followers or screw the whole thing up.

I think I just wrote this post for me only. I finally have it figured out for myself, where I’m heading here.  Thanks WordPress for the great prompt.

a place of retreat/teeny tiny red cabin


teeny tiny red cabin

(this was also posted in “depressionsgift.com)

Posted on May 2, 2013

Thought you might like to see some pictures. I will be writing from this location a lot this summer. I think you will understand why I find so much peace here.

CABIN, BUNKHOUSE 2013This is the main cabin. It’s only 500 square feet. Below is the bunk house. I used my Picasa editing program to make the pictures really great but I can’t get those pictures to download so I’m having to use unedited versions.  As you can see, none of the trees are in leaf yet and none of the plants I planted last year are in bloom. I have Lady’s Mantles planted in front of bunk house along with some grasses. Going to plant much more this summer. Ground is bear around both cabin and bunkhouse as we had to have trees removed for the bunk house to be built. Than we had to have electrical brought to bunk house from cabin so our yard really got bulldozed more than I wanted. My friend made the sign for me for Christmas. I’ve been fortunate enough to visit Paris often because of my husband’s travel schedule and obscene number of frequent flyer miles. I always knew the bunk house would be named “La Cabinette.”DSC00282

This is inside cabin. To the right and in the front is the "kitchen". The bed kind of sits in a alcove. I had that darn laundry bag edited out of picture but as I said, can't get Picasa version to download.

This is inside cabin. To the right and in the front is the “kitchen”. The bed kind of sits in a alcove. I had that darn laundry bag edited out of picture but as I said, can’t get Picasa version to download.

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Inside bunk house. There are shelves pretty much on every wall. Walls are whitewashed in white. Ceiling in a wonderful seafoamy blue-green. It must have been one hundred degrees when we did this.. My husband could have killed me as just plain ole' painting would have been so much easier.

Inside bunk house. There are shelves pretty much on every wall. Walls are whitewashed in white. Ceiling in a wonderful seafoamy blue-green. It must have been one hundred degrees when we did this.. My husband could have killed me as just plain ole’ painting would have been so much easier.

Bought two chairs AND a love seat for $60.00 at local Goodwill. The cushions and pillow purchased same day for about $5.00. Table from Goodwill as well, $5.00. Everything in bunkhouse and cabin purchased at garage sales or Goodwill. I  LOVE thrift shopping and repurposing.

Bought two chairs AND a love seat for $60.00 at local Goodwill. The cushions and pillow purchased same day for about $5.00. Table from Goodwill as well, $5.00. Everything in bunkhouse and cabin purchased at garage sales or Goodwill. I LOVE thrift shopping and repurposing.

Candlesticks dry brushed. Look closely at the round shiny object. Will tell you what it is and how I used them in next picture.

Candlesticks dry brushed. Look closely at the round shiny object. Will tell you what it is and how I used them in next picture.

The gold shiny decorations are gold nails used for nailguns. I found them at a Habitat for Humanity store for $1.00 each. They are just sitting on top of the nails I used to hang the curtains.  Aren't they cool?

The gold shiny decorations are gold nails used for nailguns. I found them at a Habitat for Humanity store for $1.00 each. They are just sitting on top of the nails I used to hang the curtains. Aren’t they cool?

Another close up view of shelf arrangement on back wall.

Another close up view of shelf arrangement on back wall. I always knew exactly how I wanted to decorate the inside. I had been studying magazines for years. I knew I didn’t want a ceiling (the rafters are open) and that I didn’t want “walls”. I wanted everything exposed. Of course, that means the bunk house is not insulated. So when it’s really cold or really hot, it’s barely inhabitable. But I can always put on more clothes and hey, it’s in the woods, I can strip down to almost nothing if I want. Hubby would love it.

As I’ve said so often, I’m so grateful to have a place like this to come to. Being here really helps me gain perspective. One verse from Scripture that I love is from Proverbs 3: 5 & 6. (Proverbs is a book in the Christian bible.The bible is divided by books, chapters and verses.) It says:

“Trust in the the Lord with all your heart. Don’t try to figure out everything. Make God first in your life and he will direct your path”. (My paraphrase.)

I find that easy to do at Teeny Tiny Red Cabin.

God bless.

oh, my gosh (more about ripping out the tile)


 

Please someone tell me I’m not nuts.  My husband and I are having the floors in our dining room and living room restored in a couple of weeks. That doesn’t sound too bad, doesn’t it? But when I tell you we have removed about two hundred tiles only to find that the mastic (the glue) didn’t come off with them, you get a different picture, don’t you?  We had to be careful because we’re trying not to damage the floor. It’s red oak (very rare) and unique to old homes. I don’t believe it’s even harvested anymore. So that’s cool.

We were doing really well but then we got to about a two foot by four foot spot in front of the fireplace. We discover that here the floor is some sort of concrete which means the mastic is even harder to get off.  Would you believe it took us about twenty-four hours of constant scraping, trying various solvents, scraping some more and we’re still not done!

In the meantime, we have people putting up textured wallpaper in our bedroom to hide our bad walls, wainscoting in the bathroom (again, to hide bad walls) and that isn’t going smoothly either. Of course you remember that in the middle of this my mother fell on my sidewalk, was in the hospital for ten days and is now homebound and I’m the one overseeing her recovery, doctor’s visits, grocery shopping, etc.

Right now it feels overwhelming. BUT, (and isn’t there always a “but”), I will have beautiful hardwood floors when we’re done. My bathroom walls will finally look good and the bedroom will soon be back in order. In a few weeks, I’ll look back on all this and wonder why I felt so overwhelmed in the first place.

The truth is I’m healthy, my husband is healthy and my mom is getting better every day. We have the energy to do this and now that my husband isn’t traveling as much anymore, we’ve actually enjoyed doing this together.

So what’s the point of all this? Only that life has an amazing way of returning to normal-most of the time. But then there are times it doesn’t.

A young woman from our church whom my husband and I have been praying for about nine months has finally succumbed to her battle with cancer. Her husband’s life is not going to return to normal for a very long time.  Neither will her parent’s and sibling’s lives. That’s why I have to look at this project and realize that while it’s physically demanding and seemingly never going to get done, it is nowhere near as traumatic as other things I could be dealing with.

It always helps me to look around when I’m under stress (for whatever reason) and realize that unless it’s death or dying it really isn’t worth getting too upset about. Besides there is always good and bad happening simultaneously in our lives at all times. I know of no person for whom that isn’t true. So when it’s bad, we need to remind ourselves of the good and when it’s good, we need to be aware of those for whom it isn’t good. I think we all know what we call this-perspective and most of us would do well to practice it a little more often.  

good choices and clean underwear


good choices and clean underwear

I have some great advice today for everyone. Short post alert! Short post alert! This blog is going to contain a lot of information over time about depression and my thoughts about life in general. But every once in awhile you come across a piece of advice that just says it all.  Sometimes you need a shot in the arm, something that makes you laugh and yet sit up and take notice. Sometimes the best philosophy is the simplest. Sometimes there’s a volume of truth in the fewest amount of words.  Now that I’ve set you up for this little gem, let me ask you a question.  Is there more to this statement than you might think?

Here it is:

Make good choices and wear clean underwear!