Monday, November 30, 2009

UGH!!!

This picture pretty much says it all.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Why?

I just learned that a lady I go to church with passed away in her sleep last night. She was only in her 50's and healthy. She was teaching me sign language. She invited me to go to a ten week class with her on the end times at another church on Thursday nights that I really enjoyed. I've only known her 3 months...

I am shocked. I am feeling... very unsettled. So much death in such a short time...

Prayer Request

I receved an e-mail this morning from a regular commenter on my Uneducated Housewife blog. His wife had surgery in October and suffered a pulmonary embolism this week. She is expected to be in the hospital for at least a week. I've gotten to know them a little off blog through e-mail and am quite upset by this news. Please pray for the BLBeamer family and for healing for Mrs. BLBeamer.

Thank You!!!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Seasons

It's time to put away all the fall decorations and pull out the Christmas ones... The Christmas music is playing and... I'm having trouble getting into it which is unusual for me.

I miss my girls. I miss my girls a lot. This was the first Thanksgiving that we didn't have them with us since they were born. Chai Tea is with my mother-in-law in Ohio and Frappy went to Pennsylvania to spend Thanksgiving with Cuppa Joe's family. In fact, his sister is getting married today...

I guess we are in that inbetween stage. We still have Double Shot at home but our lives are slowly changing seasons. We are starting to show our age too. That is a bit disconcerting.

Sigh...

Friday, November 27, 2009

Black Friday.... ummmm... HECK NO!!!

I did get the office cleaned...

It's...ummm... been awhile...

I'm not doing something right with this new camera because a lot of my photos are coming out blurry. I am hoping to put a filing cabinet where the crate is... so I can tackle all the filing boxes that are now in the closet.


I had all the picture stuff out thinking I could get it all organized. It's too overwhelming. Maybe some other time... like after Double Shot graduates from college.



This room definitely needs some decorating... and furniture.





Our Thanksgiving was great!!!
(once the guests arrived... OY!)




We ate quite a bit, of course.



So we got up early to work it off with some hiking.


Hiking in the snow is so peaceful and it is so beautiful!


That is Sentinel Point and Mr. Macchiato has hiked to the top of it with his friend. It looks very pointy from far away.



We went with our friends and our sons who were born three days apart.


This hike was at a high elevation and we could see for miles.


Our destination... Pancake Rocks. LOL!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

"Mar Mar"

It's the Tuesday before Thanksgiving... If you are hosting family and/or friends in your home you may be starting to feel the pressure. I know I am. I love hosting the holidays at my house. That doesn't mean that it is easy for me to do so. The pay off is when everyone has arrived and we finally sit down together.

I meet with women from my church on Wednesday mornings. We are currently going through the book, Enjoying the Presence of God, by Jan Johnson. Several weeks ago the topic of Mary and Martha came up. That story has always annoyed me... Jesus had gone to the home of the two sisters and Mary sat at the feet of Jesus while Martha did all the work. Martha asked Jesus why he didn't care that Mary was not helping her and wanted him to rebuke her... instead she was rebuked.

I am a Martha. My love language is service. I am not as good with gifts or words. I try but... I show how I feel more through what I do.

That morning at the women's group someone joked about becoming a "Mar Mar," a combination or balance of both Mary and Martha. They had no way of knowing that "Mar Mar" is a term of endearment used by my family for me. I've been thinking about it a lot since then.

I have a habit of setting the expectations I have for myself too high. I especially do this around the holidays. I want everything perfect for my family. I want the house to be sparkling clean and filled with the smells of homemade food and goodies. I want those Norman Rockwell moments to be imprinted on all of our minds to be treasured throughout our lives. But...

There always comes that moment when I have to accept that my expectations will not be met. On Thanksgiving that usually means about 3-4 hours before our guests are to arrive. The process will have started the day before but I keep it to myself...until I blow Thanksgiving morning. I am usually running on very little sleep at that point and feeling resentful that while I stayed up late into the night making pies or cleaning the rest of my family was sleeping and then did not pop out of bed bright eyed and ready to help me with fabulous attitudes.

Unfortunately, that is a big part of what the family remembers. With both girls being gone this year my husband and son both expressed a desire for me to plan ahead better. That didn't go over well with me. Not. at. all.

In fact, I was curious to know when I was going to have a holiday where food was prepared for me while I watched football all day... Also remarking on the fact that that seems to be every weekend for them round these parts. Thanksgiving is really a couple days of SLAVING for those that do it, right?!?!?

I cried. They just do not understand.

I'm sure I'll have another fit before our guests arrive on Thanksgiving. It is worth it to me. I think about my Mom and my Grandmas and how they made all our holidays so special. I didn't know then, but I do know now... they did it because they loved all of us. It brings me so much joy when someone asks me if I'm going to make a certain dish or they tell me that they love coming to my house. I love how our home is filled with full bellies and lots of laughter. I love providing a place for those that don't enjoy hosting large meals like that.

So... how do I become a true "Mar Mar"? This Thanksgiving production is not going to prepare itself while I sit on the couch with my Bible and coffee. Jan Johnson presents many ideas in her book for ways to turn your heart toward God even while going about your daily tasks. She talks about "breath prayers," that are just short little prayers as you go along. I'm going to try to be Martha in action, but Mary at heart.

Monday, November 23, 2009

I'm Procrastinating...

Shocking! I know. I have not accomplished diddly squat today and it is already 4 pm. Well, that's not true. I finished all the Thanksgiving shopping. I'm pretty sure I have not forgotten anything. I hate shopping so I am glad to be done with it.

I took our little piglet, Taffy, to the groomer today. Mr. Macchiato called and asked me to bring her to his office after I picked her up. He wanted to show her to the ladies. Of course, he held her like a football while he tromped through the office and proclaimed that she was "my" dog. Yeah, right. Poor Benny was left in the car. He had gotten his nails trimmed and was offended that I didn't take him into the office too. Some of us went and looked out the window at him. He was sitting in the passenger seat and the look on his face was hilarious.
Taffy wasn't too fond of those bows and we didn't even make it home with them in.

She seems so much smaller, if that's possible.
She only weighs 9 lbs.

She's giving me the stink eye because I tried to put the bows back in.


Double Shot is on Thanksgiving Break...
except that doesn't apply to wrestling.
Ugh.
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See that crapazoid vacuum?
It is loaner from the vacuum shop.
It actually works well but...
NO ATTACHMENTS
and I neeeeeeed attachments.
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I love my vacuum. I burned up the motor. It's still under warranty so that's good. It is a Fuller (as in Fuller Brush Co.). I sure hope it is good as new when I get it back. This vacuum has been awesome. We had a Rainbow that I gave away. You read that right. I can't tell you how many times water was left sitting in it and what that smelled like. It worked awesome but I couldn't even dump the nasty water in the toilet because all the dog hair would clog it. So, I'd dump it in the yard and then have to pick up the nasty hair and throw it away. I like vacuums with bags, thank you very much!
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Nice socks Double Shot has on.
Methinks the main floor needs to be mopped.
What are the chances I'm going to get him up off that floor and busy cleaning something?
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Oh, how I make myself laugh sometimes...


Sunday, November 22, 2009

Green Mountain Falls/Catamount Reservoir

Saturday, November 21, 2009
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There are really no words for the beauty... majesty... that we saw!
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This hike was 6 miles round trip with some steep climbing!



























This is one part of the trail and my foot was completely buried with each step.












What an incredible pay off for a difficult hike!








Going down proved to be the most difficult part for me. It was steep and icy. OY.


We, of course, ended our hike with awesome food!
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We ate at a darling little place called, "The Pantry."
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That raisin bread was out of this world!!!
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Mr. Macchiato went for breakfast. Our friends had chicken friend steak and roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy on fat homemade bread (they are in their pictures so I didn't show them).

I went for a crab and avacado salad. YUM!!!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Musical Motivation

I'm one of those that has to have music on when I'm working on something. It sets the tone for me and keeps me moving. If you've read this blog for awhile you may already know that I often listen to Neil Diamond or Abba when I clean. Something about it just puts me in the clean zone. Yesterday I listened to Mozart all day. Today... today belongs to Skillet. And yes, I actually listen to Skillet even when my kids are not around. I do like them. I'm sorry. It is the latent head banger in me.



Rocking on and getting it done!!!

Reality

I didn't get very far in the office yesterday. It overwhelms me because I don't know what to do with all the stuff. We need a filing cabinet!!! I wanted a nice looking wood one but that's not going to happen until kids are out of college. If then. Have you seen how much those cost? YIKES!!! I decided that if I had to have a metal one I, at least, want it to be a black one. Metal filing cabinets are expensive too! I've been watching Craig's List but everytime I inquire about a black filing cabinet they are already gone. At office max you can get a four drawer one for $165 but it seems pretty flimsy. Sigh...


This was my corner of the office in November of last year. I wish I took pictures of the whole office that day. There's my little lap top... that died. Now Mr. Macchiato and I share the main computer. No fun.
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We moved my stuff to another part of the house. Double Shot had his computer in his room and we had a lock on it. We only let him on when we were home. Unfortunately, our son possesses some hacking skills we weren't aware of. We moved his computer and desk down to this spot at the beginning of the school year. The office has never recovered.


We had a storage unit that we decided to get rid of. Initially, all the boxes sat stacked in our garage until we needed it for the cars once it started snowing... which was the last day of summer this year, which is a CRIME! I put many of them in the spot I had cleared for the filing cabinet I want to buy... and just left them there.

This atrocity is obviously the closet. Those boxes are empty which is why they were thrown in like that. Just. Awful.


I managed to clear that wall yesterday. Funny thing... one of the boxes fell over and everything came tumbling out. It had a bunch of Frappy's homeschool work in it. There was a cursive tablet full of scripture she had written out and I flipped through it admiring her younger handwriting. Then... I came to a page where she wrote out how much she hated doing her school work in the basement and how she hoped everything would just rot down there. It made me laugh.


Shoving the stuff in the closet really isn't making this better. If Mr. Macchiato asks me to find some paperwork... Either I will jump off the nearest cliff... or he will be killed. That laundry basket precariously perched on top of that printer... is full of filing yet to be done... with phone books and empty boxes dumped on top of it all... Lord, help me!
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I CANNOT ORGANIZE THIS STUFF WITHOUT A FILING CABINET!!!
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So, I'm not even going to try.
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I would rather have shown before and after pictures. Before and during pictures are depressing.
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So, back to it.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Holy Moly...

Remember back in August when I was planning on getting things organized around here and put myself back on a schedule?

It. Never. Happened.

Oy.

Life just gets crazy sometimes. You know? Throughout this time I have accomplished some things that I wanted to but... I tell ya... my office is an absolute HOLE. As is the spare bedroom. Good Lord. I do not want to tackle these jobs.

I really want to use my time wisely and will get back to that schedule at some point. Realistically, it won't be until after New Year's.

I really miss reading all y'all's blogs too.

So... I am going to work on those rooms. I'll post pictures tomorrow. Give myself some incentive to actually get somewhere with them. LOL! I want to have them done before Thanksgiving because we are having people over. Yes, I could just shut those doors but... I'd rather not.

What atrocity are you avoiding in your home? If you don't have any... I might not like you anymore.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Twenty-One Years Ago...

On a dark and rainy night... we said, "I do."

Mr. Macchiato loves country music. Over the years he's gotten many CD's because they had a song that he wanted me to hear that reminded him of me. Sometimes he'd even sing them to me... Today I want to dedicate this song to him.



Happy Anniversary Babe!!! You most definitely are still the one!!!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Monday, Monday...

My Sweet Little Piglet
Playing with Benny... although you can't see him.


Looking Out into the Big World...



Well... There's My BOOPER!!!



What is Mama Doing?




She's Doing Dishes Cup Cake.
Meh.










Monday Monday, so good to me,
Monday Monday, it was all I hoped it would be
Oh Monday morning, Monday morning could you please guarantee
That Monday evening all my accomplishments I will see?

La La, La La La La... sing with me now!