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The Week In A Nutshell

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*I love the birdfeeder that my biological father made.  It’s in the front yard, and I have a perfect view of it through the picture window from one of my flea market chairs.  I cannot wait until the wintertime to see what other sorts of birds stop by.

*I taught a yoga class yesterday for someone that has the swine flu.  It’s at a studio down the street from my home.  Convenient indeed.  Felt good to help out and start a week earlier than I planned.  I’ll be teaching a Saturday rotation there.

*I love my new car.   It feels really good to have waited for something for like 10 years and to now finally have it.  During those 10 years, I drove two different mini vans.  One was gold, the other one blue.  My new car is silver and I was over being picky about the color.

*I’ve already paid $500 towards the Volvo loan and my first payment is not until December 2.  We pretty much live debt free with the exception of our house payment.  I don’t feel guilty about borrowing this small amount for the car at all.  We only use credit cards for plane tickets or wholesale yoga supplies for the boutique.  I think we’re unAmerican.

*I went to yoga this morning, not to teach, but for myself.  I meditate here at home almost every single morning.  I like the early darkness and the quiet of the house before anyone else gets up.

*Lauren and I made a run to Target today for a birthday gift.  It was 11:30 a.m. and the place was jam packed.  What’s up with that?  I thought the world was broke.  We checked out these awesome chairs my sister is buying.  They’re green and blue and made out of one piece of wood.  Very sleek, modern and comfortable.

*Our son has been invited to a track meet that will take place in Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii.  I want him to go.  Of course I want to go with him!  Hopefully, we can figure out how to send him.  We will get all the details this coming Sunday, Nov. 22.  The G.I. Joe’s are going on e-bay soon.

*We attended a choir concert last night.  Our daughter sang in that same Children’s Choir for 4 years and lost interest.  Our niece is still in it.  She sang a solo from Phantom of the Opera.  She looked beautiful and was simply amazing.  She also played her  flute a couple of times while the other choirs sang.  She’s 15, very smart and very talented.

*My sister totally hates her new job and says it just might be the most jacked up company in the world.  On the other hand, her husband is working on a massive resort in the Bahamas that’s being built by Tiger Woods and his bud.  Water features galore.  He’ll be busy for awhile.

*Frank has not had a day off since September 22, that is, until yesterday and today!  Finally, someone wants to work.  What did he do on his day off?  He went deer hunting.

*I’ve been working on serious organization around here.  Our office is full of crap, mine and Frank’s.  I finally purchased a nice book shelf for the hallway and now all of my yoga stuff is in one location.  I am so totally happy.  Yes, simple pleasures rock out.

*In my organization spree, I found several books that I need to read.  Winter weather and tea, oh yes.

*Today was the first day to drive the new car in the rain.  The head lamps have windshield wipers.  Cool.  I wonder if they really make a difference?

*Ghiradelli brownies are totally dangerous, and one should never, ever make them.

*My husband is addicted to watching Star Trek on the computer and I wish he’d put the head phones on.  I love sharing this small office space and bumping chairs often.

*My daughter informed me that the new Volvo commercial features the Twilight cast.  Funny.  She’s totally into the new car now, at first she was sad to see the van go.

*We’re not doing anything for Thanksgiving.  The last few years, we’ve held the dinner at our place.  We’re not having any company.  We’re just going to walk next door.

*I’ve fallen out of love with my hair dresser.  I’m not liking the hair style enough to maintain it, so I’m going to bolt.  Now, what kind of cut do I get?  My hair gets really heavy on the top and it’s driving my crazy.  Of course, my family says, “Let it grow long!”  Riiiight.  I teach yoga.  I need easy, short and low maintenance.  That includes NO flat ironing.  I need blow dry or toss wet and go. 

*My sister got a great haircut one time when she visited here.  I think I’ll go there.   She said it was the best haircut she’s ever had.

*I’ve had my hair professionally colored once and that was before we got married in August of 2004.  Some of my gray hair is not silky and straight.  It’s kinky.  I figure I’ll be the 50 year old yoga teacher with a white fro.  Check me out in seven years.

*Tomorrow is my last class at Jordan Valley Community Health Center.  They’re wanting a winter intersession and I hope the Y will pay me to do it.  I so love that new group, it’s close to home and the space is nice!

*This week is also my last week at MSU.  I’ve done an intersession for them for years.  Otherwise, they’d be without yoga until the end of January.  That would really suck.

 *I have not taken a bike ride or a walk in a few weeks.  Now that it’s raining, I want to!

*I’ve been blogging for a year and half now.  The post I did about the Christmas trees around the world and Hot Yoga have been the most popular.  Who knew?


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Wishing

moms-backyardThis is my mom’s backyard right now in Florida.  They’re all the time sending me pics like this, rubbing it in about how they’re freezing and it’s down to 60 degrees.  Give…..me……a……break!  Of course I love seeing these photos that they send.  I love flowers, gardening and spring time.  Which got me thinking about my new and cool spring time stuff.

 

 

 birdfeeder-and-jacksonFirst up, is this huge awesome bird feeder built by my dad (biological dad) who lives in the K.C. area now.  He makes these to sell as a hobby.  They had already reserved a space at the craft fair in Ozark this past October (my stepmom does beautiful floral work and I’m certain she made that green bow out of ribbon) and planned to peddle these bird feeders and her arrangements.  Anyways, they got sick and didn’t get to the show!  We lucked out and were given a bird feeder for the holidays.  It’s made of cedar and they sell for around $70 if you’re interested.  It’s a big bird feeder and I would like to put it out front, so I can see it through our huge picture window.  Jackson (the white cat) is pretty excited about it too!  I can just see him now, chirping at the birds and trying to jump through the window!! 

  

recycled-birdfeeder1Craft fairs have their share of crap, but when we did the one in Ozark (our first experience ever) I got a chance to leave our space and browse.  I love pottery, and there was lots of it!  I don’t necessarily dig country quilts, I cannot sew, but I have great appreciation for those who can, my sister included.  I ran across this tent with these sunflower things.  What in the heck is that?  It’s a bird feeder, it cost $16, and it’s made out of the side wall of a tire.  I watched the guy and his wife make these.  They took a tire, they had several side walls ready to go.  He would then scallop the edges with some sort of saw.  Some were flowers with pointed edges, some were rounded, some were larger, and some were smaller.  After that, they whipped out the spray paint, mostly using yellow, the underside is painted all green.  Then they spray-stenciled a little ladybug on the edge.  Next up was the soft screen center that they stapled in with a staple gun.  Then they hooked a chain on all three sides and brought it together in the middle with one of those heavy duty, plastic, no-slip ties.  Amazing!  What you see on mine, is the pulp from three apples and two pears after the kids juiced this morning.  Squirrels and birds, love it alike!

 gnomesI love garden ornaments and sculptures.  My favorite set of gnomes, was purchased at a garage sale.  Four gnomes, a mushroom and a snail to be exact, all made out of ceramic for $10.  They’re getting chipped, I didn’t even bother to bring them in this winter like I usually do.  Before Christmas, I was at Hobby Lobby gathering some stuff for the craft fair this year.  Almost everything in the store was 50% off.  Even the holiday stuff, it was wild.  Of course, I always get sucked into the garden decor, it was 1/2 off as well.  I got these two guys (made of resin) and this mushroom with bits of glass pressed into it, as it’s made of heavy ceramic.  Can’t wait to plant some stuff, but I guess I’ll have to be patient.  Just like I have been, while I wait for our big front porch/deck to appear, so I can landscape the front of the house!!

In time.