Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

Random thoughts on a Saturday morning:

1. We had rough storms here this week.  But today?  The sun is shining and the grass is peeking through the dry ground.

2. I just finished the book Victoria by Daisy Goodwin.  It’s really good and an easy read if you like history and England and tiny queens.  I think I liked it better than the show.  Anyone else read anything good lately?  I’m looking for a good mystery.

3. What is up with the new hair style where you show your roots?  ON PURPOSE.

4. We are starting on the best new idea for a wall for a room this week.  I can’t wait to show you the details.  Fingers crossed it works out like I’m planning.

5. Basketball ended this week and baseball starts next week.

Good thing.

My son told me his muscles were ready. 🙂Continue reading

A Spring Tour With Emojis

A Spring Tour With Emojis

 

Hello and welcome to almost spring.

I’m super excited about today.  I’m linking up with some of my favorite bloggers on the planet for a spring tour put together by Jen and Randi to celebrate flowers and spring and green and grass and blue skies and waving to winter in the rear view mirror.

If you are visiting from Courtney’s, I’m so happy that you stopped by.

Truly.

It’s super nice to meet you, but before we get started….

….I have a confession to make.

I need to up my emoji game.Continue reading

A Good Pair of Flip Flops Can Change the World

A Good Pair of Flip Flops Can Change the World

 

Have you ever had a moment of awkward?

A moment where you wish you could push the reset button?

A moment when you felt like the world was looking at you in unison with a giant raised eyebrow?

Me?

I’ve lived a lifetime of moments just like that.

Two steps forward and one step back….

…wiping a little egg off my face along the way. Continue reading

Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

I think I need to move to England.

Seriously.

I just finished binge watching the second season of Lark Rise to Candleford and they had me at the countryside.

And the people.

Have you been to England?  Do you live in England?  Is it as wonderful as the cinematography makes it appear?  Is it a place to leave your heart?

I froze the last episode on a picture of the rolling hills and the sunshine and the moors and thatched roofs and the dirt roads and the winding country lanes and I decided right then and there….

…I think that’s what Kentucky wants to be when it grows up. 🙂Continue reading

January Fresh Start with a FREE Mrs. Meyer’s Kit

January Fresh Start with a FREE Mrs. Meyer’s Kit

 

My heart is longing for clean.

It can’t help it…

…it’s missing Christmas lights.

My house and I are at that awkward stage where you’ve cleaned up all the tinsel and put away the jingle bell garland and the tiny red car with a tree on top and now instead of twinkles everywhere, it all just looks kind of empty.

But sometimes empty isn’t so bad.

It can be a blank slate and full of possibilities and classic and cleansing and cathartic.

Especially when it smells good.Continue reading

The Top Ten Stories of 2016

The Top Ten Stories of 2016

 

Somehow, inadvertently, this has turned into the week of 2016.

It kind of happened all on its own.

First, there were the top ten projects of 2016.

Then there were the top ten before and afters of 2016.

But as much as I love decorating a room or making wood slice banners or stamping silver or making bookshelf decorations out of twigs in my yard….

….my heart always has been and always will be with the stories.

I had forgotten about most of them.  That’s why I write the blog because this is where the stories find a home.

Here is my heart.

Here are my choices for the top ten stories of 2016.

Happy reading.Continue reading

It Might Be Like Totally For Me

It Might Be Like Totally For Me

plant an herb garden

Have you noticed that there’s a way of talking that’s taking over the airwaves and the internet and the local news media?

It’s kind of random and sometimes annoying and it sounds liiiiikkkkkkeeeeee thiiiiissssss.

When someone talks like this, the words at the end of the sentence just trail off….

…..as if the speaker is kind of bored with life.

As if they can barely summon the energy to finish what they are saying.

I just found out it has a name.

It’s called Vocal Fry.Continue reading

Thistlekeeping (and a Giveaway)

Thistlekeeping (and a Giveaway)

 

despite the forecast, live like it's spring

(psssst….if you’re looking for the giveaway….it’s at the end)

I’m not sure when painting a room became my favorite thing in the world next to being a mom.

Maybe it’s the transformation.

Maybe it’s the slate wiped clean thing.

Maybe it’s because when you swipe that roller or brush that brush across a surface, you can see change right before your eyes.

Whatever the reason, my red lipstick and I are spending today in paint heaven.

We are in the process of completely making over our local community center and painting the trim and the walls and the spaces and adding furniture and planting flowers.

Now if I could just keep it out of my messy bun. 🙂Continue reading