Monday, August 31, 2009

Aslan is on the Move...

That is all I can say right now...

Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5

I pray all your days are blessed!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Darn Facebook!!!

I've been a terrible blogger all summer! I need to get caught up with all you other bloggers that aren't on facebook... gosh, I need to read the blogs of those of you on facebook.

I thought I'd get caught up today but my house is a mess. How it gets so messy with only three of us here I don't know. I'm the only one here ALL DAY!!!

I tell ya... it is so easy to waste time.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

True Love

True love is holding a cold washcloth on your wife's face while she's on the toilet puking into a trash can.

Thank you Mr. Macchiato. You are the best husband! I'm feeling much better. I love you with all of my heart.

Monday, August 24, 2009


I am holding off on finishing my schedule... I want to get the September times for classes at the gym and figure out if I'm going to go to a fall bible study or not this year. Things have been going slow. I'm frustrated.

I'm also annoyed. Mr. Macchiato and I've been working out. He has never ever dieted and has never been interested in watching what he eats. I, on the other hand, am a professional gainer and loser. I know it all. My problem is that I am an all or nothing person and I am either extremely self disciplined or... not. Since my SD diagnosis in December of 2005... pretty much, not. On the weight issue anyway. I love to eat and when I am depressed things like pumpkin bread and chai tea lattes... or caramel macchiatos... or countless other yummy things... make me temporarily happy.

So, Mr. Macchiato has dropped 15 lbs. He stopped drinking soda and has been more mindful about what he eats but isn't really on a diet. I'm not really on a diet either but I certainly am more mindful than he is. The elliptical machines at our gym tell us how many calories we've burned and how far we've gone. I'm always looking over at his. I can't keep up with him! I don't understand how he burns 150-200 more calories than I do during the same amount of time! Yes, he's going faster and has the resistance set higher longer than I do... Ugh. And I feel like I'm dying while I'm on there! D Y I N G.

And to make things worse... he actually has the gal to tell me about calories and carbs. HELLO!!! Are you kidding me?!?!? I seriously want to hurt him. S E R I O U S L Y.

I'm a bit excited though. Mr. Macchiato has always been my biggest saboteur. I could write out a list here of offenses against me that have made it difficult for me over the years but I don't want to make him look bad. No wait. Yes, I do.

One time he brought a friend home from church with him and had me make them ice cream malts because he couldn't make them as good as I do. I was being super disciplined and it about killed me. It was like having an alcoholic fix mixed drinks.

Another time he went to the store and brought home 5 large Reese's Peanut Butter cups and ate them all in front of me. He did recognize that that was rude so after that he would just eat candy on the way home from work and then kiss me with his peanut M&M breath. That, he's done for years... and years.

And yet another time... I spent a lot of time fixing a fabulous meal. It was vegetarian and it was after several nights of vegetarian meals... but, they were good meals! He got upset with me because there was no meat and drove to Mc Donalds and got himself a big bag of heart attack and brought it home and ate it... not only in front of me... but in front of our children!

T H E I N J U S T I C E!!!

But... maybe this time will be different. Maybe if Mr. Macchiato is on board then I can end this cycle I have. It would just be nice if he could not do this so easily. Oh my Lord does that ever annoy me. Every morning he tells me what he weighs and I tell him he is a Rat Bastard. Because I'm a nice supportive Christian wife like that.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Prayers Needed for a Little Boy

The following was forwarded to me today. I do not know this family but feel led to pray for them just the same. I hope y'all will join me!

Hi to all my friends and family,

I felt compelled to spread this story about son's best friend, Sam who is 8 (on the left in the photo above). He is in MAJOR need of Prayer. The following story is what his mother Cindy (we are in MOPS together) wrote today.

Background Story:

Our son Sam is a wonderful young man who is 8 years old. He will be 9 in January. He is going into the 3rd grade in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Sam had been having some pain in his right knee most of this summer (2009). As the pain increased we realized that something might be wrong and we made an appointment for him to see an Orthopedist on 8/10/09. At this doctors appointment an X-ray was done of Sam's leg/knee and it showed that there was a mass that the doctor believed to be cancerous. Samuel went into the hospital just a few days later for a series of tests. He received a cat scan, MRI, and also a full body scan. Our family met with the pediatric oncologist the following day and Samuel was diagnosed with a type of cancer called Osteosarcoma (stage 4). The cancer is in his right knee and it has also spread to both of his lungs. This is an agressive type of cancer and it will be treated with agressive forms of chemo. We are asking everyone to please lift up our litle boy Samuel Gordon Bish in prayer. We pray for healing!! We serve a mighty God and we know that HE can heal Sam if that is his will for Sam's life. Please be prayer warriors along with our family as Sam starts this very difficult journey in his young life.

Today's date is August 16th, 2009 and all this has happened in 6 days. His first appointment was on Monday the 10th and by Friday the 14th he was in the hospital getting his Chemo-port put in his chest and a biopsy done.

Monday, August 17, 2009

It's a MaRvELoUs Monday... and First Day of School

Here's Booper catching a show... He is one weird dog! He finds the little people on TLC fascinating. It is hilarious!
Can you believe it? The summer is over! I don't think we had more than a handful of days where the temps got above 90 here in Colorado Springs. There's usually 3-5 weeks where it is too hot for my taste and we never got there this summer. In fact, the last couple nights have been chilly enough to where I had to close my windows. Do you know what this means?
Fall is beginning!!! My very favorite season!!! Apples, pumpkins, beautiful blue skies and brilliantlly colored leaves! Crisp Friday night football games... hot apple cider... fires in the fireplace... I AM SO EXCITED!!!
Can you believe I haven't even had any coffee yet? Not one drop. I just love Mondays and first days of school. I felt that way when I was homeschooling the kids too. All the new supplies... new books... LOVE IT!!!

This is my Managers of Their Homes Scheduling Kit. You take your lists and put everything you want to do on little squares and rectangles of paper and then sticky tac them onto the bigger sheets. You do this so you can move them around. You can see I still have the kids and my last work up on there from our last year of homeschooling. I am not this far into it. I needed to wait for that last football schedule after all the tweaking. I need to buy a new planner today and get all of our committments down in it before I get to this step. I do have all of my other lists done.

Mr. Macchiato and his friend heading out on Thursday. They got some good hiking in but had a lot of trouble with the trailer. In fact, it is headed to the shop. I spent some time on the phone with Mr. Macchiato reading through manuals here at home trying to help him figure out what was wrong. The battery wouldn't charge which was a problem with the fridge and the slide out. We were able to determine which fuses were for what leading from the Expedition so he switched some around and was able to get a temporary fix. They also had to duct tape a vent that was broken by the wind.

There go the boys following them. They had to come back on Saturday because Double Shot had a team meeting, equipment draw, practice and his friend had to work later that night. They were able to hike up Mount Democrat with their Dads on Friday which is over 14,000 ft in elevation.

I had a bunch of friends over on Friday night and we had a blast! We did allow one little man to come. Will you look at those legs?!?!? Oh my Lord is this baby adorable! And squishy. And happy. And... he made all our hearts go pitty pat and we passed him around and squeezed him and smelled him and squeezed him some more!
I just do not understand though... How come his legs are so cute and mine,that look just like that, are not?
I hope y'all have a gReAt Day!!!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

I'm Not Buried in the Backyard...

Frappy is home for a couple days and Double Shot has got two a days for football. I've also got to help Mr. Macchiato get ready for a father/son trip with some friends to go hike a 14'er or two on which they are leaving tomorrow and taking the trailer. And... I'm having a Chick Party Friday night. And... my dizziness returned. UGH!!!

I hope y'all are having a great week! School starts Monday so I'll be getting back to the whole scheduling/organizing thing then.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

I'm a Loser

I have not done a thing today. Not. One. Thing. Except play with yearbook yourself.

I just couldn't help myself. Mr. Macchiato worked late and came home to a messy house and a crummy dinner. He might leave me.
I must repent.
What is really bad is that our wireless is giving me the worst trouble it ever has... I've had to reconnect 567,987,326 times today. But... the pay off of goofy pictures kept me going. I yearbooked everyone in our family.
I am ashamed.

If you don't hear from me for awhile you can assume that I'm being a good wife and doing my chores... or I'm buried in our backyard. If that is the case I want y'all to know that I had fun blogging with you. God Bless you Always!!!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

How it Is...

If you clicked on the links to my dirty little secrets from last year in the last post you will see that my basement looks different than it did then.

Many of those clear plastic tubs are actually empty. I need to go through the stuff from our storage unit and will be moving some of that stuff into the tubs.

This is what you see from the doorway. The cabinet is full of tools and normal garage stuff. We need to have our garage as clear as possible so that we can pull both of our vehicles into it. We are NOT into scraping ice and snow off of our vehicles in late fall, winter and spring.

That cabinet and the freezer have both been cleared out. The cabinet will house things that I buy in bulk and don't have room for in our kitchen, which is small. We have a habit of eating out more than we should. Ummm... way more than we should. Years and years ago I got into Once a Month Cooking. I originally followed it to a T... eventually I tweaked it to where I don't do all that hellish cooking over two days. Several years ago when the girls were playing soccer and Double Shot was playing football we did not eat out or get take out for the entire season and we had very nice sit down meals even with all that running around. Now that we have joined a gym I want to take that time to plan ahead so we can avoid eating out.

This is the stuff from our storage unit that I need to go through and find places for in the house. Most of it will end up in the basement. On Sunday it will have been sitting in the garage for 3 weeks. I've gone out there twice and opened a couple boxes only to go back inside and stare out the window. I so do NOT want to do this job.

This is what the other side of our basement looks like now. That pool table is also an air hockey and ping pong table.

I hate how the cable for the Dish comes out of the wall like that. There was no way around it though because the walls are concrete halfway up and the cable was fed down through the family room upstairs.
That rocking chair was my mother-in-law's when Mr. Macchiato was a baby. She gave it to us when Chai Tea was born and all of our children were rocked in that chair through the years. I'd like to refinish it at some point.

That piano was my mother-in-law's as well. Unfortunately, none of us play the piano. I've always wanted to learn... maybe I will. Chai Tea taught herself to play some songs. I love it when someone comes over that plays.

This is Frappy's old room. I'll be surprised if she ever lives at home again. She's got her plan! Next summer she'll be in Spain taking classes at a University. She'll graduate in 20011 and then go on to three years of medical school for physical therapy. Now it is the guest/project room. I set those tables up because I thought I could work on photos on one and sewing on the other. By not having to put everything away I am hoping to make some real progress in both of those areas.

At some point I want to buy a trundle for under the day bed. You can put them together to make a king size bed. For now it is where Frappy sleeps when she is home and where I sleep when Mr. Macchiato is snoring.

Oy... this stresses me out. The two large boxes on the end there are crammed full of pictures still in the envelopes from when they were developed. It is not organized in any way shape or form. I've also got a lot of scrapbooking stuff up there.

Benny just follows me from room to room, LOL! I've also got framed pictures that I have had off the walls for two years. I wanted to change the frames and had some ideas for the hall... I think I'm going to wait until the kids are out of college... or never do it at all. It seems silly to buy new frames when the pictures are already in frames... I stopped watching HGTV. Something about watching those shows makes me anxious. All that talk about homes being outdated and such... who cares? One of the things I loved most about my grandparents house was how it never changed and how it was full of the things they acquired through the years. So many of those things had stories.
If you share your dirty little secrets on your blog... let me know! Hopefully, we won't keep our dirty little secrets much longer and can replace them with tales of victory!

Dizzy Blond Broad... That's Me Folks!

Seriously... I'm having a bad attack of vertigo. Not my idea of a good time, let me tell ya!

I've been working on my lists. There will be no way to fit in everything I would like to do. Writing it all out helps with the prioritization process. I always start with the Managers of Their Homes scheduling kit because I am very familiar with it and it helps me to organize my thoughts. I will be bringing other things into it later that I use to tweak the system to better suit my needs.

I have to wonder at myself sometimes. I know what I need to do and how to do it. I know and have helped others that really do not know how to get organized. Why do I step away from it and allow things to get out of control?

I know part of the problem is that I'm an all or nothing perfectionist. If I can't have things exactly how I want them I will ignore them. That is why all my pictures and photo albums are such a mess. I just throw them all into a closet and shut the doors.

And the filing. Oh Good Lord. We have everything from the past 20 years. The last time I went through and filed everything was probably three years ago. We have gathered these piles that I have just placed into boxes as is. When we have to find something it is a nightmare.

I think of those things as my dirty little secrets. I recently moved all the pictures into Frappy's old bedroom. I set up two 6 ft. tables so that I could start organizing them. It is such a mess that I had to shut the door. Do you ever look at something and get so overwhelmed that you end up on the couch with a cup of coffee staring out of the window? I hate that feeling of being vapor locked.

My camera just quit yesterday when I was hiking. I have no idea what happened to it and it quit with the lens open. Interestingly, I was cleaning out a closet the other week and found the digital camera my mother-in-law gave us back in 2003. Mr. Macchiato was handing it to me at Chai Tea's Sweet 16 Party while it was still attached to his wrist and when he pulled his hand back it was yanked out of my hand and fell on the floor open. The lens would not open and close properly after that. I decided to play around with it a bit... and guess what? It works now. All that to say that I'm going to post some pictures in my next post.

Last year I posted this on my then dirty little secret, the storage area of the basement. Then there was this update on that project. I scrolled through my Drudgery posts and did not see where I posted a picture of when I was done. Maybe I never finished it completely??? It did get out of hand again and I recently cleaned it out to get it ready for the stuff we were taking out of storage. The stuff that is still sitting in my garage. Oy!

So, tell me, those of you who are joining in, where are you at in this process?

Monday, August 3, 2009

Striking a Balance

I've been thinking a lot about how I spend my time. I used to be one of those over scheduled and over committed individuals that kept a color coded calendar and was always making lists. I've come to realize that those multi-tasking abilities I had came from the need for them. Once the need was gone, those abilities faded. Almost like muscles that have atrophied.

I spend a lot of time on the computer, often too much time...

I go through this questioning of whether I should be blogging or not a lot. One of the books that has had a real impact on my life is, A Woman After God's Own Heart, by Elizabeth George. I first read it back in 1998. In it she asks the question about how you spend your time and pointed out that you can fill your time with good things... but is there something better and beyond that is there something that is best? It has stuck in my mind as good, better or best.

What I usually do when I am struggling with blogging is step away from it. I'm not going to do that this time. Over the next couple of days I am going to lay it all out for myself and re-set my priorities and goals. If you feel you are needing to strike a balance in your life too... maybe we can do this together!

Back in our homeschooling days I bought a scheduling kit called, Managers of Their Homes, by Steven and Teri Maxwell. This was an invaluable tool for me. I found that scheduling the kids school time by subject did not work well for us but that when we followed the schedule in other areas it made homeschooling much less stressful. Over the last ten years I have pulled this kit out every time I've needed to get back on track. This is the first time I'll be pulling it out just for me.

The first step is to start a list of chores categorized by whether they need to be done daily, weekly, monthly and infrequently. It is best to take a couple days to complete the list because you won't think of everything in one sitting. I've rushed this step before and ended up having to re-do my chart.

The second step is to prioritize. What are your short term and long term goals? What needs to be done each day and how long does it take? Include sleeping on the list. I've added up the hours doing this step before to find that I would need more than 24 hours to do it all. It will help you to be more realistic.

I do not complete the first step before moving on to the second because they both require some thought and they will change as you remember to add things.

Tomorrow I'll share the beginnings of my lists.

Make your Monday MaRvELoUs!!!