Weekends And A Confession

Hello friends, how are you.   It is Sunday evening and it has been a very quiet weekend.  How about for you?

I started my Saturday morning by going to our local Walmart very early.  For some reason our Walmart hasn’t gotten their crap together to have the curbside delivery that almost every other Walmart in the world has.  I am not sure what the problem is but every time I ask they assure me it is going to happen in a matter of weeks.  I have been asking for about two years.  Another Walmart in a nearby city does have the service and I may try that one next week.  I think it will be worth the drive.

I feel for the workers, I am sure they don’t want to have to be there.  When I went into the store, the first thing I noticed was how very quiet it was.  It was like people were talking in whispers if they were talking at all.  Most people had gloves on.  All of the workers did.  Some people were wearing masks.  It was a very different world than what it was a few weeks ago.  You don’t see people standing in groups talking or sharing things.

I quickly got my groceries and went back home.  Once I was at home I immediately went upstairs threw my clothes in the wash and showered.  It may not help a thing but it made me feel better.

This weekend has been very quiet. Mark has been at home too.   I read and napped and took some walks with the babies.  I noticed that the Dogwoods are blooming.  We always call these “Wild Forest Dogwoods” because they weren’t planted they grow wild in the woods which for us is our yard.

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  Wild Forest Dogwoods

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The Redbuds are in full bloom and are completely purple.  They’re beautiful!!!

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I finished two scarves and used my yarn swift and winder to roll two more balls of yarn to start on very soon.  I love these colors.

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   Remember the picture I took of this tree a few weeks ago.  I love it!!  I pass it on my way to work every day.   This is a winter scene.  I want to take a picture of the different seasons to show how the tree looks different. 

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     This is the tree in spring just a few weeks later.  Notice the buds on the tree and how much greener the grass is.  I think it is a promise of hope that all things change with time even the events we have going on in our world right now.

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I did have to give my Scruffy a hair cut.  I haven’t been able to get him to the groomer and I noticed yesterday he had a lot of hair in his eyes.  The poor baby could barely see.  I trimmed it up a little for him.  I am not too sure if he is all that happy about it but he can see.

O.K. Now for my confession.  This is for day 29 of the 30 day blog challenge.  The topic was a confession.  So here goes:   I love to watch TikTok videos!!!!  I am addicted.  How old am I you might ask.  I don’t care!!!   They make me laugh and right now I need to laugh.  Try it!!  You will love it!!!!

Happy Sunday and always remember

Love your day your way!!!

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My Most Embarrassing Moment

Happy Saturday!!!!  What are you up to today, this weekend?  What?  You are staying in? You are not going anywhere?   GOOD FOR YOU!!!!!   Thank you!!!

 

You know I can always find so many things I like to do at home.  I guess it’s because in the past I have had to work so much I have been away from my home.  I always love going to my house where it is peaceful and quiet and a sanctuary.

This is day 28 of the 30 day blog challenge: My most embarrassing moment. Grab you a coffee or whatever and get ready to laugh.   Some of you who know me have heard this story but many of you have not.  I will share it with you anyway. I call it, The Scarf Story.

As you know I donated a kidney to my husband back in 2011.  You also know I am an avid knitter.  Keep these two things in mind because they play a big part of my most embarrassing moment.

Late in 2011 we were about eight months out of the kidney transplant.  Mark and I were having to go to the doctors at Vanderbilt on an every other month basis.  Well it came up that our appointment time was just before Christmas.  I decided that it would be nice to take some of my knitted scarves to the Nephrology Clinic and give a knitted scarf to each of the nurses and staff that we had had so much contact with in the last eight months. A Christmas gift for them.  We had seen them so often they were almost like family at this point.  Especially our doctor.

So I gathered up a bag of my best scarves that I had knitted throughout the years.  I took pleasure in picking them out imagining how excited some of our friends at Vanderbilt Medical Center would be when they picked a scarf.

When we walked in that morning for our appointment I told the nurse who checked us in that I had the scarves.  She was so excited.  I gave her the bag.  I had already picked out one especially for Mark’s doctor.  I told her to pass the bag around and let everyone pick out the scarf they wanted.

It was about the middle of December and Mark had not had a flu shot.   After the exam the doctor sent us to another room so Mark could get a flu shot.  One of the ladies from the front had brought the bag of scarves that were left back to me.  It was a lot lighter than when I had first gotten there.  Most of the nurses and staff had already picked what they wanted.  I love giving my scarves as gifts.  A scarf is something that everyone likes to get and you don’t have to worry about size or anything.  I work on scarves throughout the year to be able to do this for birthdays and Christmas.

So, while Mark was in getting a flu shot.  I was waiting with some people in the hallway.  Mark yelled out from the room and said” Hey Lisa come and show the nurse your scars”. I scrambled out of my chair thinking Oh My Goodness the nurse is thinking about donating a kidney and she wants to hear what it is like!!!!   She wants to see what the scars look like!!!

I ran into the exam room where Mark was getting his flu shot.  The nurse was sitting there and I pulled down my pants and pulled up my shirt and thrust my tummy out to her to show her my kidney surgery scars. I felt so proud.  They both looked at me a little weird.  Mark said ” What are you doing?’  “I’m showing her my scars”, I said”  Mark shook his head and said ” I said show her your scarves”. I was mortified!!!!  The people in the hallway had overheard and they were dying laughing.  The nurse quickly picked a scarf and I, after I pulled up my pants and pulled down my shirt, went back to the hallway to wait.  I was so embarrassed.

But on the way home I started laughing and I just couldn’t stop.  Every time I thought of the nurses’ expression, and Mark’s,  when I pulled my pants down and pulled up my shirt, I burst out laughing.

A good story, one I will never forget and I am sure Mark won’t either.  I am sure the nurse won’t either.

So that my friends is my most embarrassing moment so far.

Always remember

Love your day your way!!!

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What’s In My Closet

Hey Friends, Happy Friday.   I can’t tell you how glad I am that it is Friday.  I don’t know about you but this week has kicked by butt.  Even though I haven’t had to deal with the public at work it has been a long stressful week. It is a scary time. I don’t know about your state but we still have so many people out wandering around and aimlessly going places when they so need to stay at home.  I drive to work and sit in an office all day alone just so that someone will be there to field calls and things like that.  I usually don’t see anyone else.  I leave and drive right back home without stopping anywhere.    It is lonely but I am o.k. with that.  I can handle some loneliness and isolation to keep everyone safe.  I will say we haven’t had this many meals at home in a long time.  I sort of like it.  I can see the back of my pantry.  I am loving that.  I love using what we have.

Today is day 27 of the 30 day blog challenge.  I can’t believe the end of the month is almost here.  Today I am supposed to tell you what is in my closet.  Well here is what is in my closet, STUFF, and too much of it!!!   I have been diligently working on a closet clean out.  Remember the post I did about “Five Tips For Shopping Your Closet”  check it out if you missed it.  This will give you an idea about what I have in my closet and how I deal with it.  

As I said I still have way too much in my closet.   I haven’t bought a lot of clothes in the last year or so.  I don’t like the size I am right now and when I am unhappy with weight or how I look I am not as apt to buy new things.  It’s probably a good thing with no one knowing about the financial state of things.  I think we should be frugal in our spending, who knows what might be next.

I have a main closet in our master bedroom.  It is a walk in closet and holds a lot of clothes and shoes.  This is where I keep all of my clothes that are in season.  I have shirts, sweaters and light jackets hanging on one end.  I have dresses and long sweaters hanging on another.  I also group my pants and skirts.  Sadly I have probably only worn about 10% of what is hanging in my closet.  This is partly because some of the things don’t fit and partly because I just don’t bother to dig in and wear them.  I keep out of season shoes in this closet as well.  I know it sounds like I should have the seasonal shoes in this closet but I don’t.  You know me by now right??  Oh and my husband’s things are in this closet as well although he complains that his space is only about a third of mine.  I guess that’s about right.

In another bedroom closet I keep most of my shoes that I currently wear, boots, tennis shoes etc.  This way when I am getting ready in this room I am able to just grab the shoes I need and go.  Hello my name is Lisa and I have a shoe and boot addiction.  I have approximately 50 pairs of shoes and 25 pairs of boots give or take 25 pairs that I may or may not have stored in the basement.  Yes I know!!!!

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   I find the best way to store my boots is lined up agains the wall.  I stuff rolled up magazines in them to keep them upright.

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  Some of my shoes.  At one time I took a pic and taped it to the outside of each box so I could see what was inside but now most of the shoe boxes come that way. 

In another closet in a bedroom,  that I have made into my den, I keep all of my jackets and coats that I wear in the winter, fall and early spring.  This closet is also where I store my out of season clothes.  I usually store them in totes inside the closet or just hang then in the closet.  It is a fairly large closet.

So there you have it.  My closet. I am trying to take out several pieces a week and add them to my donation bag.  I will do better at this.  I guess I have been in sort of a slump lately with all that is going on in the world.  I have to admit right now everything sort of takes a back seat to what is going on in our world.  You know what I mean right?  We must keep moving forward with our day to day lives.  But it is so hard sometimes when you switch on the news and hear the plight of our nation. I think that what I have in my closet is not nearly as important as what I might do to help someone else.

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  I just had to sneak in this little bit of adorable.  This is Kitty Kitty watching for Mark and Scruffy to come back in the house.  

How are you this week?  How have things changed for you?

Always remember

Love your day your way!!!

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What Is Your Hidden Talent? I Make Cakes!!!

Hello friends and Happy Thursday.  Welcome to day 26 of the 30 day blog challenge.  Can you believe how fast this month has gone by?  Wow!!!  Silly me, I remember at the beginning of the month wondering if March was coming in like a lamb or a lion.  This is dependent on the weather you know.  How did I know it was coming in like a lion hopped up on steroids looking for someone to claw their eyes out!!!  Thank you Corona.

Anyway today’s blog deals with hidden talent.  Do you have a hidden talent that no one knows about?  That no one would imagine that you might have?

Today I will tell you about my hidden talent.  Well I guess it is a hidden talent.  If you know me then you probably know I am a baker.  I love to bake, cookies, cakes, bread you name it.

Several years ago I actually started a catering business and did cakes for events and weddings and things like that.  It got too big even for me.  I couldn’t handle the business.  A lot of people love cakes, special made, and they are willing to pay big bucks for them.  The only problem was I just couldn’t keep up.  My mom was sick and I was trying to help my sister take care of her and work a full time job.  I had to let it go.

I knew when I started having chest pains and panic attacks it was time to stop.  I will never forget the night I gave up my part time catering business.  I was talking to my sister Sandy on the phone and I was telling her how I felt.  I was so stressed out, having chest pains etc. and she said “Why don’t you just stop? You don’t have to do this”. I just sat there and I said ” I don’t?”  No, stop it she said!!! The voice of reason.  Sometimes we can’t hear it when it is ourselves.    I wasn’t really doing it for the money as much as the obligation that people wanted a nice cake.   I couldn’t do it anymore. I had to give it up.  I will never forget the immense relief I felt when I said, I am taking no more orders!!!!

But you never know what might happen down the road.  I might go back into the business when I retire.  It could be a second career for me.  Who knows??

I wanted to share a few cakes I have made.  I couldn’t find all the pics I wanted but you get the idea.  I love doing cakes and that will never stop.img_8194
             This is a Groom’s cake I made for my nephew’s wedding.  

A funny story about the wedding cake shown below.  I was making it for my niece Kim.  This cake is nothing like what she had planned.  However, the night before the wedding I started decorating the cake, it just wasn’t woking.  I worked with it all night.  I decided at the last minute to do a basket weave, they’re really easy, and put some flowers in and deal with it.

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     My niece Kim’s Wedding Cake.

The next morning I called Kim and said ” I have good news and bad news about the cake”. She said “o.k.”  “I said the good news is, it is beautiful!!!!”  She said “o.k.”  I said “The bad news is it isn’t exactly like the cake you picked out”. She laughed and said “that’s o.k. I trust you” WHEW!!!!!  It was a beautiful cake but that’s just the sort of thing that made me a nervous wreck.

It is a hidden talent that I have.  Now days I only stick to doing cakes and things for family and friends.  But like I said you never know what might come up down the road and I will be back in the cake making business!!!!

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If you want to make a Perfectly Decadent Chocolate Cake click here

I made this Birthday Cake for myself last year.  It was Easter so I made it with blue icing and Robbins Eggs.

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So, What is your hidden talent???

Always remember,

Love your day your way!!!

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