Monday, March 29, 2010

You can be jealous now!

I have my best friend of many years (since third grade, actually!) here AT MY HOUSE with me!!! The joy, rejoicing and laughter haven't stopped. Our kids get along wonderfully, and we are having yummy food and lots of youtube. The perfect vacation for me!

PLUS--tomorrow, we go to pick up the new baby chicks, which (NEW THIS YEAR!) will include 8 turkeys as an experiment.

We shall see.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

There it is--

A full week of random themed playlists. Hope you enjoy. It has been fun, I think I will do it again.


I am a firm believer in personal revelation--that God loves us, and will give us specific direction for our lives-if we ask Him. I believe that He wants FAR more for us than we do, and is much better at unlocking our full potential.

For the last several months, My Favorite Gentleman has been telling me that I should go back to school. However, unlike my good friends and siblings who are, even now, back at school (for perfect, specific things!), I had NO IDEA what I wanted to be "when I grow up"! I would go through the catalog and look at classes in exactly the same way I choose ice cream--wanting everything!

Yes, there are a few things that I could eliminate--I won't be a nurse or a teacher, and physicist or chemist is right out (they interest me, but I think it is a little late to acquire the math skills!). However, I really do want to learn to weld, learn about automotive and small engine repair, furniture building and recovery, sewing, yoga, cake decorating (don't laugh!), ASL, Latin Studies, and the list goes on!

I have been praying to know what program to go into, and when--(since a welding, sewing, history, CAD program doesn't seem to lead to a useful degree) and (once I kicked my prayers up a notch!) I have the answers*!

And, even better--it is not time yet, but it is time to start getting my ducks in a row, so when the time is right, everything will be in place!

I am going into (drumroll, wait for it...) Fashion Design & Manufacturing, with an emphasis on designing cute, modest clothes. Modesty with flair! I can't believe how excited the whole idea makes me!

When my little sister A went back to Culinary School, she was excitedly describing her course curriculum, and asked me "doesn't that just make you excited?!"
Culinary School (while I wouldn't mind it) didn't light any sparks, but reading the course list for a Bachelors Degree in design--well! "Flat Pattern/Draping I & II, Fashion Technical Drawing, Apparel Prototype Production and Analysis"--Now THAT is my language! It excites me even to read about it!

And I am glad that I don't have to do it right this minute--When dear Miss K decided to go back to school, she applied on Wed, and started on Monday! I have too many things going on at once to start right now, but I am excited for the future!

*You know it's revelation when it is an idea that never crossed your mind before, and it is perfect!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Listen to BigGirl Mix

Isn't it GREAT how God arranged families? I love having younger siblings who (after being their example for many years) are now teaching me a LOT! And, keeping me much cooler than I would be on my own! (On my own, I would be stuck listening to the oldies station, cursing about how they never play any of the "good stuff"--pathetic, really).

Specifically, they introduced my children to Ska music. I have heard about it for years, but never figured out that "Ska" was something I was already listening to!

So, here for your listening pleasure, is BigGirl's Ska mix.

Also, FYI, I am dedicating "The Phantom of the Opera" to Miss Rachael, who is both classic and funky!

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Another List

Here we come! Zooming into Monday, full of stuff to do, people to call, ...more stuff to do! I really am busy this week, I am in the final stages of getting ready for the "Community Preparedness Fair" our ward is putting on (and I am the Activities Chairperson, so I am in charge). I really hope it turns out as well as I envision!

Anyway, this list is love songs for people who have some practice at loving each other! There are lots of "first love" songs, but these are for people who know the good thing they have, and are committed to making it even better.

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Relaxing Classical

Here is something for your Sabbath. May your week be blessed, and filled with peace, love, joy and light.

I hope mine is, too--it is shaping up to be pretty hairy, so I need to remember to focus on the little beauties around me--like breathing, and smelling how wondeful it smells outside and how good my fresh homemade bread tastes--and how loved I am.

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Wishing you were here songs

Sometimes, the songs you need aren't for when your heart is broken--just lonely. It makes me think of my friend Andy in college. He had a mix tape called "Depressing 1" (there was eventually a "Depressing 2", just in case you were wondering!) When I asked him why a tape of FABULOUS love songs would be called that, he said "because listening to romantic couple songs on your own sucks!" Which is true. So for when your honey is out of town (or hasn't come onto the scene yet!)-- here is the list for you!

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Friday, March 12, 2010

Listen to Jesse Songs

When I was a little girl, my grandma's best friend was a woman named Jessie. Ever since then I have loved the name, and all of the Jess(i)es I have known have been nice, interesting people. Also, there are a surprising number of songs about Jess(i)es. Just take a listen:

Also, there is a GREAT Jesse song, written by Janis Ian, (recorded by several people, but my favorite is Joan Baez)--it isn't available on, but you can (and should) look it up on youtube. It breaks my heart so beautifully and exquisitely.

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

The best perfume

Last night, when I got home at 9:30, I stepped out of the car, and it smelled WONDERFUL outside. It smelled warm, and fresh and springlike. AAAAHH!

It was almost 60 degrees yesterday, and the only snow that is left is the huge stacks from plowing, and they get shorter by the minute!

I am having some bad car karma (I am not sure what I have done for karma to bite me like this!)--SmallGirl has lost the only key to the BoringMobile (my boring gray minivan, which I love in spite of it's terminal dullness!). It is the computer coded kind of key, too. Sigh.

So, I had to dig out the emergency backup car (literally dig it out of the snowbank where it spent the winter!) and take it into town, where it proceeded to blow a belt and lose power steering! Fortunately, I was almost to the church, and we have some extremely competent, good men who gave up their evening to fix it for me!

So, today, I am cleaning EVERY NOOK AND CRANNY in this house, and not going anywhere! If you could send a prayer my way, I would appreciate it--I know the keys have to be somewhere in this house--but SG has lost lots of things irretrievably before!

Day Two

Here is a little SPACE MUSIC for you! I hate to admit how much I love most of these cheesy songs!

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010


I am, by nature, a list maker. I especially love to make lists of music of similar types (the right music for breaking up, moving, chess championships, whatever!) So, for the next week, each day, I am posting a playlist with a particular theme. Just for fun. No, there is no particular significance, except they come together in my head.

You are welcome to leave comments and suggestions if I have missed any songs that fit the theme. Who knows, I may just add them (or maybe I left it off because that particular song gives me hives and stomach cramps?).

I am leaving my main playlist up in the sidebar--it has lots of lovely music. The theme lists are much shorter (4 to 10 songs, usually).

And so, today's entry is "Lady"


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Monday, March 8, 2010

A Little Poem...

especially for my cold blooded friends (this means you, Dad and Miss K!).

It’s winter in Ohio
And the gentle breezes blow
Seventy miles an hour
At thirty five below

Oh, how I love Ohio
When the snow’s up to your butt
You take a breath of winter
And your nose gets frozen shut.

Yes, the weather here is wonderful
So I guess I’ll hang around
I could never leave Ohio
Cuz I’m frozen to the ground!

I didn't write it--it was in our Spinner's and Weaver's Guild Newsletter, and they got it from another guild, but it pretty well sums it all up!

Still having computer issues, hope to resolve them soon (quick, before I lose what little brain I have left!).

Friday, March 5, 2010


Please pardon my lack of posting--my computer has acquired a major virus (apparently computer leprosy) and requires a brain wipe to come back to the land of the living. Sigh.

This has been quite a couple of weeks--good friend in a car accident (fortunately not terribly major, but with some nasty ramifications), MFG's grandma passed away, my dad closing his business of 20 years. We went today to help clean out the shop, and BigGirl and LargeBoy (and I, sad to say!) went quite crazy!

We brought home TONS of paint, which I plan on letting them paint their rooms with, lots of office supplies and other miscellany, and many years of memories.

Will try to post more when I am not on the library's computer!