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fall-pumpkins

I think fall is making me keep the house cleaner.

I’ve spent the last two weeks picking up pumpkins and dusting and sweeping straw off the floor and rearranging the wool throws and fluffing the pumpkin pillow in the hallway.

Yesterday I lit all the candles and simply sat and smelled.  Five minutes later my husband walked through the living room and grinned at me.  I paused mid-smell and looked up at him around the pumpkins.

“Why are you grinning?” I asked him.

“I can’t help it,” he replied.  “There’s just something about fall.  I think the house knows it too.

It’s on its best behavior.”

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wood stick pumpkin project

In a couple of months this blog will be almost five years old.

I know, right?

I’m as surprised as you are.

Almost 5 years, over 5,000 pictures and over 1,000 posts later….

….and I’m not even a little bit tired.

I was thinking I should be.  I was thinking I probably should have run out of ideas or home decor or stories by now.

Not even close.

Not even one tiny bit.

I love writing this blog so much it makes my heart happy.  I love waking up and having coffee with you and laughing and touring the house and telling you about School House Rock and what happened to the encyclopedia.

So thank you.

Thank you for the encouragement.

Thank you for inspiring me every, single day.

And thank you for listening. 🙂Continue reading

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Close-up of fall Mantel Thistlewood

Happy morning.

I’m sorry it took me so long to get here.

I was talking to my mother.

Sometimes I get on the phone with her and it’s hours before I even come up for air.  We talk about family and teaching and funny stories and opinions and things that make us laugh and things that make us cry and why pumpkins are amazing.

And when I got off the phone this morning, one thing kept dancing around in my head over and over and over again.

When did she get so smart?

I think it happened when I wasn’t looking. 🙂Continue reading

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farmhouse bedroom

If I had one tip I could pass on to my children.

One tip that could change their world.

One tip that would make them more productive citizens and help them to face the day and solve the problems of the world.

It would be this…..

….make your bed.

I know it’s simple.  I know it might seem silly.  I know it seems like the smallest of tasks.

But making a bed sets the routine for the day and ties up loose ends and straightens everything out just a bit….

….and helps you pause just a moment before you take on the world.

And now it’s your turn.

If you had to pass on one tip, what would it be?

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Old Barn Ladder

Have you ever split an infinitive?

Whew.  Oh good.

Me, too.

In the never-ending attempt to try to write the best blog possible and learn more about life in general, I turned in a post to a professional grammeratician.  It was brutal.  I was doing all sorts of things I had no idea were wrong.  Like leaving two spaces after a sentence and misplacing a modifier and not spelling out the word inch and splitting infinitives.  Just between us, when I read the evaluation, I wasn’t even sure what an infinitive was.  I researched the subject and according to grammar 101 an infinitive is the word (to) + (the simple form of the verb).  Like “to run” or “to read” or “to paint” or “to write.”  Infinitives are the chameleons of the grammar world.  They can be nouns or adjectives or adverbs.

And I was splitting them.

No more.  I promise.  From this day forth I’ll give those infinitives the respect they deserve.

I want to creatively write like I’ve never done before.

Oops.

I did it again. 🙂Continue reading

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Kentucky_Barn1

Random thoughts on a Saturday morning:

1.  I’m starting on my handmade Christmas present journey.  I’m going all Laura Ingalls and getting the gifts finished before the first snowfall.  I decided I’m making this to wrap them with.

2.  Now that we are finished with basketball camp and cheer camp, we are back to school shopping today.

3.  I’m in the middle of the mostest funnest room renovation ever (how many times have you heard me type that before).  You know I decorate my house yard sale style so I’m heading out this morning to follow yard sale signs to find the perfect dresser for the room.

4.  And lastly,  you are rock stars.

Every last one of you.

I read what you wrote on this post and I laughed and cried and cheered and gave the comments a standing ovation and this thankful heart can never thank you enough.

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eat in kitchen table

Random thoughts on a Saturday morning:

1.  I have been binge watching episodes of Gilmore Girls on Netflix.  I can’t help it.  Just when one ends, Netflix loads another one for you without even asking.  I think to myself, just one more.  It’s kind of like brownies.

2.  I’ve given up diet coke this summer and replaced it with water.  My skin told me thank you.

3.  My kids have started playing Pokemon Go.  Apparently it’s a thing.  I asked them if a Pokemon was sitting next to me at the restaurant.

4.  In beauty news I found the best under eye concealer at WalMart.  It’s only $2.00 and it made me glow.

Or maybe that was the water. 🙂

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laundry room

I think I’m going to write a post about how the Olympics changed my life.

Seriously.

I’ve been watching every minute of the Olympic trials and how hard the athletes have worked and the determination and heart and strength that goes into a race and sometimes only a tenth of a second stands between you and a gold medal.

And they’ve inspired me to take on some difficult races of my own.

Like the see if you can empty the dishwasher in under two minute race.

Or the collect all the dirty towels in the house and put them in the washer in under 47 seconds race.

Or the find the stinky sock steeple chase.  You know.  The one where you leap couches and step on rugs and flip over pillows on your road to victory.

I’ll let you know if I make it to the medal ceremony. 🙂Continue reading