January 2009

Flap Flap Flap Monday- I have just joined some of the most amazing women on the net; Fly Lady, Fly Crew and Fly Babies.  Whoo Hoo!  I am inspired and hope to be able to really join their ranks and soar.  I have gotten a 3 ring binder, printed off  my Control Journal pages, started to fill it out and I shined my sink.  I had hoped to join this week’s Zone and work up to really decluttering with the Spring Fling ,after all they just started and I don’t want to get behind, need to stay up with the crowd Flap, Flap a bit harder, but then  Zap! killer headache on the horizon, going to crash, must  finish this tomorrow. ahhhhhh.

Flutter Flutter Flutter Tuesday -Since I woke up with a really horrible headache and movement caused excrusiating pain, I decided to look over the website and found that I have already made  a crucial error.  I can’t help it.  I have to read a book from cover to cover or not at all and I cannot possible do only 1 step at a time.  But I failed to fully read about the Flylady way to do something.  I spent yesterday, as I said printing off and organizing my control journal and trying to fill it all out.  Then realized I was supposed to do that in baby steps along with the baby step cleaning/decluttering.  Ugh! 

As I said, I am flapping but haven’t left the ground.   However, while I was reading the wealth of info on the website and the hundred  (just kidding) really worthwhile emails with one eye opened so as not to let too much light into my splitting brain, because you know I can’t just lay here in bed and do nothing, I came across some true encouragement.  It said, “You are not behind! I don’t want you to try to catch up; I just want you to jump in where we are. O.K.? One BabyStep at a time, PEACE is mine in 2009 !    Letting out a sigh, closing the one eye, and dropping my poor flapping arms to my sides, I thought,  “You mean I can start where I am, even though I made a mistake and just step one step at a time?  There is hope for me.”  These ladies get me and they got my number!

The nerd in me loves the schedules, charts, organizing skills and the simplicity of the plan well planned but what the free-spirit in me loves is that there is no pressure to be perfect, just to wear shoes!  What I do is enough.  It is a blessing and it will get accomplished one baby step at a time!  I can do anything for 15 minutes, including taking a nap when my head began to really hurt.  It takes about 15 minutes for the Advil to kick in anyway.  Then I was able to put away that load of folded laundry, start the wet load to drying, put the fresh, bread machine baked bread in the plastic bag and get dinner out of the freezer and ready for the oven on time tonight.   Yes, I would have loved to have baked three loaves of bread minus the hole from the bread machine, but I only have one bread pan and a huge headache, so according to my old ways, we wouldn’t have had any bread. The Flybaby me realizes the family doesn’t care.  They scarf it up hole or no hole!  It is hot and really, really, good.  I would have loved to have all the laundry done and the old me would have put it off until I felt better and could get it all done in one day, but the Flybaby settled for one load of clean, dry, folded and  put away laundry.  A load a day, they say at Flylady.net.  

Well, my 15 minute break is almost over according to the timer, headache is reving up so, if you think you might want to Fly too, I have provided the link for you.  Of course, I have, I am that kinda gal.  But now, I need to go and flap a few more times, take a few Advil and maybe tomorrow I will feel a bit of space between me and the floor. 



My kids gave me such a razzing over my first post that I thought I better explain.  They said I sounded really conceited.  Yikes! Of course,  all was said with tongue in cheek, but they said it isn’t always apparent in emails.  So, no, I do not think that I am more special than other people and I don’t think I am an expert in a lot of things.   There ,now that we have that settled, I will continue to make fun of life, not take myself too seriously and have a lot of fun pulling people’s leg.  I will also post serious thoughts and hopefully some really cool tutorials.  I have a few ideas rolling around in my head.  Next post will be of my UFO Challenge.  Anyone want to join?  I am planning a UFO a week until they are done. 

There, I hope you kids are satisfied, LOL.

My little buddy Jonah

My little buddy Jonah

What a face, huh!

What a face, huh!

This is my beautiful, 6 month old Maltese puppy, Jonah.  He is such a joy and a godsend to me.  Let me explain.   For me, animals are more than just pets or companions.  They are a need so deep within me.  When I had to give up my goats, rabbits and chickens, it left a huge hole in my heart.  Try as I might, I could not fill that hole with any other pleasure.  I am sure that it has a lot to do with the comfort and escape I found on my grandfather’s farm in Dexter, Oregon as a young girl.  But that is another post, maybe someday.   When all the animals were gone, we were left with only two dogs.  Unfortunately, we ended up having to put down my favorite little buddy, Jayden.  The loss of yet another precious friend closed off a part of my heart that I didn’t think I would risk opening again, yet I could not help myself.   My husband does not have the same “need” for an animal companion and was perfectly content with the one dog and said we would not be replacing Jayden.  Infact, he was happy to not have the extra responsibilty especially with us traveling a bit more.  Now, our other dog, Cosmo is a nice, old guy but that is part of the problem.  He is getting rather old and pretty much sleeps most of the time.  I haven’t really ever formed a bond with him.  I am not really sure why, and so I missed Jayden very much.  I tried to be patient, but I just could not find peace.  I prayed and asked God to help heal my heart and if He was willing, to change my husband’s mind.  I asked for the right words to express my need for a puppy.  I did a bit of research and found what I thought would make a perfect choice and would be a dog that my husband would not have a problem with.  We needed a dog that would not shed much, would be small enough for traveling in an RV, would not be barky and could be easily trained.  After a lot of looking, I discovered the Maltese breed.  Then to my disappointment, I also discovered what these dogs usually cost.  I knew they were out of my league and again prayed for a special circumstance that would allow me to have one for my own.  Soon, I happened to find a breeder who was near by and did indeed have a special circumstance and was willing to bless me with my pick of two males in my price range.  Now, all that was left was to find the words to ask my husband.  When I called and began to assure him that I wanted to express my heart to him and not be manipulative, he immediately asked, ” Is this about a puppy?”  I hesitantly said , “yes” and then he said, “go ahead and get him.”  Not able to believe what I was hearing, I asked if he was sure and that I wasn’t trying to “get my way”.  But he told me he had thought about it and decided that the timing would be okay.  Well, I could hardly wait.  I went to pick him up and knew instantly that he was the one.  He is the smartest little guy, has taken to clicker training so fast and is a real delight.   He is my constant shadow and curls up at my feet while I am in my sewing studio or sits next to me on the couch.   So far, he is doing really well with basic obedience and can dance.  I am sure you will be seeing a lot of posts about him and his antics.  
If you would like more info about the Maltese breed, check out my links to the American Maltese Assocation or the AKC. 


This is what has kept me from blogging.  But it was so worth it.  Stay tuned to see what comes out of the studio!  Click the images for a larger picture!

This is my first adventure into the world of blogging.  I guess I should explain why I chose to blog in the first place.  Well, I have decided that I have a highly unusual need to express myself  ALOT and quite frankly, I have worn out any ears that were willing to listen.  I think most of what I have to say is important, thoughtful and maybe even insightful but then again, I admit, I think I’m pretty special.  Hey, when you get to my age, it’s okay to think that! After all, pretty soon, most of my family and friends might even start forgetting I exist.  We are not getting any younger it seems.  So why not be my own best friend and if you are gonna have one, she outta be special. 

I like the idea of having a place to show off all the stuff I think is pretty neat.  Some is my stuff (like the pictures that will be the background for my header) some is random stuff I have recently discovered and some is stuff from my family and friends.   I also like the idea that I might have something worthwhile to teach and others can come here to learn.  I hope to have all kinds of tutorials.   I have many interests and I try to become an expert in all of them and yes, I think I do a pretty good job of that as well.  The journey that is my life is full of changes and so I have had to adapt, alot.  Now, I know you may be thinking that everyone’s journey is full of changes, but I disagree.  Some people seem to go through life and lead a pretty steady course, while others like myself seem to leap off into things only to find out that;  a) it wasn’t a good place to leap;  b) the most important people in my life haven’t lept with me;  c) it was cool at the time, but even I got bored sooner or later.   Because of all this leaping, I have a lot of experiences and as I said before, I just gotta share.  

So, if you are still with me, better get a cup of whatever you like and relax a bit.  I tend to ramble and then again, if you are reading this, you are either the curious type or you need help.  I happen to know some good therapists if you are the latter type.  I plan to post often, but I must warn you, I am one of those people who’s annual journals start out with daily outpourings and then get spotty for a bit and then pick up pace around the thaw  and then it can either be a flurry during the early summer or dry as a bone.  Kinda like the weather here in North Idaho.  Come along Fall, my favorite time of year, I think its because according to the jewish calendar, it is another beginning, which you will soon discover is what really makes me tick.  I LOVE do overs!  I’m not Jewish, that I know of, but somethings pertaining to the culture just resonate within me.  Anyway, around Fall, I feel the need to purge and plan and I get really excited until mid November when I have worn myself out and need to just focus all my energy to make it through the Holidays. 

Well, so there you have it.  Why I have lept into blogging in as small a nutshell as I can manage.  I am sure that once I hit send or whatever you hit to get these words to appear, I will think of a ton of other things to say.  Most likely, I will post another post pretty soon to continue the explanation and then again, I might get so busy tweaking this thing and trying to become an expert blogger that I won’t write a word for a day or so.  Of this I am sure, I will always keep you guessing, at least I will try. 

Until then, May the Lord keep you and bless you.