Sunday, August 26, 2018

Sunday Stealing

1. How has your life most benefited from the Internet? Whether it’s meeting people, cutting business overhead, finding rare collectibles, or simply sharing funny cat pictures, share how the web has made life easier.
I use the internet every single day. I have a hard time remembering what life was like without it. At our supper club last night, we were talking about how addicted we are to our phones. We google facts and definitions. We post on social media. When the internet is out, we have a hard time working in our office. How has it made life easier? When I need something, I go to Amazon and order it and it is here in two days - that is pretty easy! 
2. The getaway car is waiting outside – where is it taking you?

To the airport where I will board a flight to Tahiti or Australia.

3. Do you reply to comments on your blog? All of them? Or just the really interesting ones?  Do you go back to check if the authors or the blogs you comment on reply to your comments?

I wish I received more comments on my blog!! I usually do reply to all of them because I only get one or two if any.

4. On average, how long does it take you to make an important decision?

My husband says that I'm "I like it . . I want to buy it!" Using those words it sounds like I make important decisions quickly but I don't think that is true. I try to look at the pros and cons of big decisions before making a final decision.

5. Do you gather a lot of information prior to making the decision, or do you go with your gut in the heat of the moment? 

See above . . .sounds like I go with my gut! I do gather some information. I usually go online (see #1!) and read the reviews of the product I'm about to purchase. I will often ask opinions on facebook -- I did that when I was purchasing an appliance.

6. What’s the most important thing you’ve learned recently?

What a tough question! I've learned some important things about the Bible lately. I've also learned some important things about myself lately.

7. What’s your hidden talent? Are you double-jointed? Can you sneeze the alphabet? Share your unique skill.

My thumb on my right hand is double jointed!

8. Rate the level of intensity you have about wanting to know God – no desire, low priority, curious, great desire, high priority, desperate to learn more. Explain your answer.

I personally think there is a God shaped hole in all of us. In the 1600's, Blaise Pascal wrote about this abyss that only God can fill. With that said, I'm on a constant quest to know God better - some days I do an ok job of this and some days I'm horrible at trying to know God better.

9. What’s one of your nicknames?  How did you get that nickname?

I don't think I have any nicknames! When I was a little girl, my dad called me Hoss. Don't ask.

10. What do you have to have with you when you travel? Why?

How far am I going? What mode of transportation? Will I spend the night? Those are important questions. If I'm spending the night, I always take my own pillow (allergies!). I try to always have Dramamine and Ativan with me (motion sickness). 

11. What do you think about reading books on an electronic reading device? Do you have an electronic reading device? Do you love it? Why? If you don’t love it, why not?

I love my Kindle. I spend way too much money on books because . . .see #1 above. When I finish one book, I can just load another! When I ride my bike everyday (stationary), I can put the kindle on a stand and read while I ride. I can read in the bed while my husband is asleep. Sometimes I do like an actual paper book because I can underline and write in the margins.

12. Do you prefer writing on paper or a keyboard? Why?

If you had asked me this question a few years ago I would have answered paper but today . . .keyboard. I don't enjoy writing on my phone but tablet or computer are both great.

13. If the shoes make the man (or woman), what do your shoes say about you right now? (Assuming you’re wearing shoes. Although if you’re not, that certainly says something, too.)

My feet are propped up (in the recliner) and they have no shoes but the shoes I'm wearing are flip flops - ALL. THE. TIME. I wear them until I have to wear boots and I get them out as soon as it is above 50 degrees. I guess that says I am a beach bum who lives 4 1/2 hours from the beach!

14. Describe your favorite pair of shoes.

I love Vionic flip flops but I guess my favorite pair of shoes is a pair of gold Antelope sandals.

15. If you could wake up tomorrow having gained one ability or quality, what would it be?

To be able to eat like a normal person and NOT gain weight! I know that my answer should be something important - like wake up with the ability to bring about world peace or stop human trafficking - but just being honest here!

Friday, August 17, 2018

Friday Photo Dump

This is the most random post EVER. Yeah - I've said that same thing before. 

Last weekend was Grow Sunday at our church. The kids have Welcome Back Sundae and they meet their new sunday school teachers and have ice cream sundaes. The adults have a "ministry fair" of sorts and sign up tables for fall Bible/book studies.

Mark and I were out of town and four of our young professionals "manned" (or should that be womanned??" the table for us. All of these young professionals who come to our home each week mean so much to Mark and me.

I finally finished one baby bereavement "mock up" but I'm not happy with it. You can't see but there is a decorative stich for the hem. I think it needs tiny buttons down the front or some flat lace on the sleeves - something to make it special but could be worn by boy or girl. To be honest, I hope we NEVER need another one of these gowns - ever.

Pops had the baby girl out in front of his momma's house and was teaching her all about fishing!

I painted the bench with a cream chalk paint. I used Rustoleum spray chalk paint. The bench was originally red. It took 6 cans of paint and I ended up with a cyst on my trigger finger!

I bought a cute print at the Southern Living Store in Huntsville . . . and yes, that would be a potty in the picture . . .Why not have "amazed by your grace" hanging over the potty?

The piano player above was amazing - he was as entertaining as the show we were attending at the Homewood Theater. The reason I took the picture is the plaque on the side which you can't read but it said something like, "in loving memory of Linda Whitmire." We knew Linda (and her husband Cecil) many many years ago. Mark knew Cecil through work and we even travelled to Hawaii together. Cecil and Linda were the driving force behind saving the Alabama theater and Cecil would play the organ at the Alabama as it rose from below stage. It just gave me a sweet tug on my heart to see her name. They are both gone now but definitely not forgotten.

This past week was Birmingham Restaurant Week where local restaurants offer a great deal at lunch or dinner. They have a Restaurant week menu that showcases a few of their most popular dishes. We at Perry's. I had the Berry Perry Mule and it was yummy. I also had a petite filet that was tender and tasty. Mark ordered the specialty -- pork chop . . .and I swear it was a pork ROAST. They cut three giant chops from his piece of meat and he ate ALMOST all of it that night. We will go back to this restaurant and pay full price!!

This was the dessert trio . . .which I did not eat. Our friend's daughter and son-in-law were at another table and we passed the crème Brule to him. Mark ate one of my bites and someone else at the table ate the other bite.

On Saturday, we went to see our daughter's school and to deliver a rocking chair for her reading space. They have CHICKENS and a garden at the school.
I love the chickens!!!

Daughter's kitty cat is a fat and happy cat named Charlie who loves to lay all the way over on his back with all four paws up in the air. He was almost in that position!

We celebrated our son-in-law's birthday and met their friends and had so much fun. We spent the night and it was really cool to spend the night at the home of your very accomplished adult daughter and son-in-law!

Last but not least, I worked on some of the wedding photos this week. I ordered these photo tiles from Mixtiles and they are awesome. The canvas in the middle is the one I told you about a few weeks ago but the smaller photos are from Mixtiles. Check them out!!!

This was the wall of photos already in place. This is at the top of the stairs -- to the right is our loft area and this is the hallway to one of the guest bedrooms.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Who Am I?

Not a great picture but this is probably more
the REAL me.

For my entire life I have been told that I was part Cherokee Indian - Native American. I have the high cheekbones. I have the skin tones. My grandmother, pictured below, looked Native American --but maybe she looked that way because that is what my sisters and I were told and so we sought out the Native American features.. I have no idea who told us this "fact" but imagine my surprise when I sent in a 23 and Me sample. I was so surprised that I have convinced both sisters to also send in a sample and get tested.  I have ZERO percent Native American DNA - ZERO - ZIP - NADA!! So who am I? Who in the heck am I? We were always told that my other grandmother was Irish - thank goodness - that seems to have been true. My largest percentage is British and Irish. My mother-in-law said I shouldn't be surprised because a lot of people who live in this part of the country probably have British DNA.

This whole process has caused my mind to stir. Who in the heck am I really?
I'm a woman
I'm a wife
I'm a mother
I'm a grandmother
I'm a sister
I'm a sister-in-law
I'm an aunt
I'm a friend
I'm a mother-in-law
I'm a follower of Jesus (but I fail miserably every single day)
I'm on staff at a church
I'm a Sunday School teacher
I'm a facilitator (and cook!) for a group of young professionals
I'm a neighbor (hopefully to more than just the folks on either side)
I'm a 1 on the Ennegram

 My top five strengths are: Activator, Communication, Positivity, Harmony, Woo
I'm an ESFJ on the Myers Briggs test

Not only am I British and Irish but my DNA results show Switzerland and Germany (not surprised at the German due to my maiden name). Heck - I'm even a little Scandinavian, a little Iberian, and a little Italian!


On top of all of this, my DNA shows that I have more Neanderthal than 98% of the people that have participated in 23 and ME . . .and a lot of people have participated.  I'm also in a rare maternal Haplogroup and as I was reading that material, I began to feel like they can practically trace me back to Eve or one of her relatives. They trace this Haplogroup all the way back to the Middle East - maybe that is why I have loved our Israel trips so much!
I think I'm having a small identity crisis but the results are fascinating!!! We are planning a trip to England and Ireland in 2019 so I will be going "home" - wow . . .the trip takes on new meaning in my mind.

I don't know any of my family tree past great grandparents and I don't even have all of their names. According to 23 and Me, there is a possibility that I have some 2-4th cousins out in the world!

Have you participated in 23 and Me? Are you who you thought you were? Or are you like me . . trying to decide who in the heck you are?

my little tiny and very short Granny George

Friday, August 3, 2018

School Days, School Days . . .

School days, school days,
Dear old golden rule days.
'Readin' and 'ritin' and 'rithmetic,
Taught to the tune of a hick'ry stick

Interesting lyrics - I've always heard the first three lines but I don't believe I knew about that fourth line. I think my mom changed the words to something else though I can't imagine what words she would have used. I never had a teacher use a hickory stick . . .though I did get paddled (yes - they did that back then!) when I was in middle school. You want to know why I got paddled? I left my sheet of basketball rules at home. It wasn't that I did anything bad . . .I simply forgot my paper which was an unusual thing for me. I don't think that PE teacher liked me very much.
Everyone around me is in the back to school mode. I love school supplies and new books! Last weekend, I drove to my daughter's home and we worked on things for her classroom and we had so much fun (or I did!).
She is teaching in a new school this year and is so excited. 
I've marked through the name of the school on the sign and marked through the writing on the flags. Didn't want y'all trying to figure out that one!

We used my silhouette cameo to cut out letters on cardstock and on vinyl.

She has such a cute room!

There were some vinyl letters on some of the cabinets so we made more letters - I couldn't match the font exactly but our letters make a nice addition.

I hope to be able to go and meet some of her students this year. She is an awesome teacher and we are so proud of her!

I love the googly eyes over the bookcase to the left with the word "read" -- makes me want to read a book!
One of my sister-in-laws and I were discussing back to school items on Sunday. Turns out we both had red plaid lunch boxes and red plaid book satchels one year. I remember those two items so well!
Do you love "back to school" time? What are your favorite "back to school" supplies?