Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

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

Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

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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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

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

Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 
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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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 
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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Thistlekeeping

 
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

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Thistlekeeping

 
burlap-flag

I knew the Olympics were coming.

I remember discussions and promos and pictures of rings and vague references to summer 2016.  But I had no idea they were next month until I watched the Olympic trials last night.  I turned on the television and there was Bob Costas who never looks any older and the Olympic swimming pool.

I couldn’t turn away.

Each of the swimmers perched on the edge of the pool had worked hour after hour and month after month and year after year for that moment.

And in an instant it was over.

Some were victorious and some not so much.

I think there’s something about watching someone’s dream come true right in front of your eyes that’s fascinating.

Rio 2016….

….I don’t want to miss a minute. 🙂

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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 
pergola project

Yesterday we spent all day at a basketball tournament.

I know you are thinking that it’s baseball season.

But we live in Kentucky.

At the end of a day of dribbling and passing and bouncing and shooting and running and lay-uping….

….we landed here.

Sitting around a fire laughing and talking and sharing and planning and hoping and dreaming and listening to crickets chirp under the stars.

It made me so happy that on that long ago day when our knees shook and our hearts trembled and we were so scared….

….that we jumped.Continue reading