Consider the Lilies..   

Feb 18, 2017

More thoughts..

  • You can take just about any kind of leftovers, mix them together and stuff them into an orange bell pepper, and it is going to come out pretty darn good.
  • Some puppies learn their name right away, and some puppies don't. 
  • A pulled groin muscle is one of the most awkward things to deal with. 
  • My husband and daughter will never stop leaving stuff on the kitchen table.
  • Little Australian shepherd wiggle-butts are adorable. 
  • Clay and I can empty all the trash cans and sweep and mop all the floors in our church in less than two hours. 
  • A doggie door is totally worth the money. 
  • I love LipSense lip color
  • Hollywood should stop making X-Men movies. 
  • It's taking me a lot longer to finish crochetting this blanket than I hoped it would. I think it might be a little too big too. 
  • I didn't expect it to be, because I'm a coffee snob; but Dunkin' Donuts' coffee is pretty good.
  • I think Clay likes to shop for meat almost as much as he likes to shop for tools and guns. 
  • Separating meet and putting it into freezer bags sort of makes you lose your appetite for it. 
  • I really like audiobooks. 
  • I came up with a new way to make pork roast. It involves apple butter. It's so good!
  • I'm probably going to stuff pepper with the leftovers. :)

Feb 5, 2017


I have made it a personal goal to be kinder to others.
I stopped myself from making rude comments on Facebook four times today.
Hey, it's a start..

Every time Clay says he's about to get on a plane in Africa I think of the "on a plane to Africa" scene from Hector's search for happiness.

Crane's vanilla coffee is better than I thought it would be.

I got a new Charles Spurgeon devotional the other day.
I may have a Spurgeon obsession.

I'm not watching the Super Bowl this year.
I never watch if my team isn't in it.
I'm probably going to watch the Puppy Bowl though.

I realized last night that I complain a lot about where Clay works.
I also realized last night that in spite of the THOUSANDS of layoffs happening in the oilfield right now, that Clay still has his job.
I'm grateful.
For his job.
And for the conviction.

Humility is not an easy thing.
Neither is meekness.
Or patience.

I'm thinking about getting another Australian shepherd when Buster is gone.
A blue merle. 
I just wish they were born housebroken.
It doesn't look like Buster will be leaving us anytime soon.

Clay is on his way home.
I've missed him.
A lot.
More than usual even.

We are going to Salt for dinner Monday evening.
Never been there before.

I found my favorite crochet hook.
But it's too far under the bed to reach it.
I have to wait for Clay to get home and move the bed.

I ordered a LUUUP litter box.
It's pretty cool.

I really like Lipsense lip color.
Even if it is $25.00
It stays on for hours.
Once you get the hang of putting it on properly.
Trial and error.
It's worth it though.

I've copied almost 5 chapters of John in my Journible.
I have to order another copy of Romans.

My dog is snoring.

I need to do some laundry.

I ran out of thoughts so I went to bed.
It's Sunday now.

I guess it's still too early for thoughts.
I gotta get ready for church anyway.

Jan 29, 2017


I'm so sleepy..
I stayed up late watching a movie and then for some reason, woke up two hours early this morning.
I would like to go back to bed but because of my tooth, I haven't been to church in 3 weeks and I really need to go.
I've been listening to the sermons at home (soo good by the way!) but I really should go to church rather than just listen to it.  
Even though I would much rather stay at home in my pajamas not surrounded by people and listen to the lesson online so I can sit at my desk, press pause whenever I want, and make as many detailed notes as I'd like.

My tooth is fixed though.  Now there is just a huge whole in my mouth where my molar used to be.
I have more dental work to do though.  I have 2 broken teeth on the right side (seizures make you break your own teeth) and they will need to be crowned.
It's a good thing I don't mind going to the dentist :)

I haven't really been doing much else.
Just the usual.
I had hoped to finish Katelyn's blanket by now but I lost the hook I was using (I have no idea how) and had to order a new one.  So while I wait for the new hook to arrive, I started a blanket for Sky.  
We were at Walmart a few days ago and she saw some yarn that she really liked and asked me to make her a blanket.  
She's never asked me to make her anything so I jumped at it.

I supposed I should get dressed.  Even though it reeeeeeaaally feels like a pajama day!

Jan 17, 2017


I've been soo lazy these last couple weeks.  
Slacking off on everything:
Bible study
You name it..

Going to bed too late, getting up too late.
Not eating right, not drinking enough water.

Too much sitting on the couch crocheting and watching far too much Netflix.
Too much Facebook.
Too much carrot cake.

When I slack off on my Bible, everything else seems to come to a stop too.
Strange huh?

This infected tooth isn't helping either.
I had an appointment for a consultation with the oral surgeon yesterday but the ice storm put a hold on that.
They rescheduled it for Friday.
The antibiotics are working though and it's nowhere near as painful as it was.
Still, I've used it as an excuse not to really do anything.

Elaine stopped by and dropped off the scarf she made for me.
It's so pretty!!

Ok..  Enough whining..

I have a bunch of Bible and laundry to catch up on.

Happy Tuesday!

Jan 13, 2017


So if you follow me on FB, you know that I had to go to the dentist yesterday.  
I woke up to a pretty swollen face and the pain was horrible.
I got a cavity under a crown and didn't know about it until one side of my face was twice the size that it should be.
The dentist said that the tooth need to be pulled.  Great!  Do it now!
Nope, he said that an oral surgeon needs to do it because the decay is so bad the he could possibly pull out part of my cheekbone if he just tried to pull it.
So he gave me a prescription for Vicodin and some antibiotics to kill the infection, and referred me to an oral surgeon.
I have a consultation on Monday.
In the meantime I get to deal with a huge swollen cheek and a lotta pain.
It was HORRIBLE last night..  The Vicodin didn't help at all and the pain just got worse.  I was pretty close to just grabbing a pair of pliers and pulling the damn tooth out myself.  The swelling was getting even worse which was contributing to the pain.
Then it occurred to me that the dentist only prescribed pills for the pain, not the swelling.  So at 11:00 last night I went out and bought some Advil.
Finally!  Some relief!

So I'm not doing much today except for sitting on the couch and working on all my crochet stuff.
The other day Sabrina (mom of a niece and nephew) sent me a picture of a messy-bun hat and asked if I could make one.  I've never made a hat before but I found a video on Youtube, and guess what?  I can make hats!
Now I have 7 hats to make.
One friend wants a really long stocking cap in hunter orange..  I can't find a video on how to do it, or even where to find hunter orange yarn, so that'll be a challenge :)
I have a bad habit of starting projects before I finish others so at the moment I have 3 going at once..  
A blanket for a niece (I've started decreasing one side, so it won't be long until its done), washcloths for Elaine and some for my bathroom, and hats.
I'm working on a practice hat right now, trying to figure out how to do a brim, but with the pain pills and antibiotics, my head is kinda loopy so it's difficult to concentrate on anything.

Wanna know what sucks about having an infected tooth?  Besides the massive swelling and the excruciating pain that is.
I can't open my mouth very far..  Which means I'm living on mostly yogurt.  So if anyone wants to drive up to Omaha and pick up some egg drop soup from Hunan Fusion, that'd be great!
Speaking of yogurt; I stopped at the store to buy some on my way home from the dentist.  I decided to try Noosa.  It's pretty yummy by the way.
So I was texting Clay later that evening and I told him that Noosa yogurt was the best yogurt I have ever had.
Now, I've never googled that yogurt, or posted about it on Facebook or anything.  I just mentioned it in a text to Clay.
Well this morning when I looked at my Facebook and Twitter feed I saw that there were advertisements for Noosa yogurt.  
Weird huh?

Dec 26, 2016

Antonio, gates, yarn, and I Love Lucy..

Steelers are going to the playoffs!!
(Elaine, the whole post won't be about football, I promise)
We were all dressed appropriately for the game, including Keisel (who is named after a retired Pittsburgh Steelers player).

Last night's game was intense!  Steelers played the Ravens and it was literally down to the last 30 seconds..
Anonio Brown made an amazing catch and an even more amazing touchdown.

He caught it, reached out so the ball broke the plane (while Eric Weddle face masked him) and then pulled the ball back in.  It was crazy!
So Pittsburgh won by 4 points, they are the AFC North champions, are one of only 4 teams to win 600 games, and they are going to the play-offs!

So, Christmas is over (yay!) and we can all go back to normal life again.
I got an awesome gift from Elaine the other day.
2 seasons!  
I'm going to binge-watch them all while I crochet washcloths for her (Elaine, not Lucy. lol) after Clay goes back to work.

Speaking of crochet..
Katelyn's blanket is coming along.
It's folded in half, and the camera doesn't really pick up the color (it's actually teal).
It's almost as wide as I want it to be, then I can start decreasing on one side.  It seems to go faster once I start decreasing.

Something sorta weird is going on..
Someone keeps trying to get into our backyard.  We aren't really sure why though.
One night about a week ago while I was letting the puppy outside,  I (too late) noticed that the gate was open.  Both Buster and Keisel ran out and I had to chase them, which wasn't easy because Buster, who would have come immediately when called but is completely deaf now didn't hear me so he kept walking; and Keisel, who thinks that running away whenever we get close to him when he's outside is a game, kept doing just that.  So it took me a while to catch the puppy and get Buster's attention so he would follow me back into the yard.
Anyway, I thought that maybe Clay didn't shut the gate all the way the last time he walked though it and then I forgot about it.
The next morning the gate was open again.  Ok, so maybe it was the wind, maybe the gate doesn't latch all the way and we need to be more careful about making sure it's secure?
Every day for the past week the gate has been open, and also when we take the dogs out at night (at random times) the gate is open. 
At first we thought that maybe someone was trying to steal the puppy, but then it occurred to us that our neighbor's gate had been left open several times because Sky has caught their dogs wandering around and has put them back in their yard.  So someone is getting into their yard too.
So the other day Clay put a lock on the gate.  Yesterday Sky noticed that someone had tried to force the gate open.
We think it's a peeper.  
The neighbor's wife is pretty young and attractive; and Sky is, well lets just face it, she's a hottie.
So for now, Sky doesn't take her dog outside without her gun and today Clay will be reinforcing the gate. 

We are going homeless hunting today..  We are going to try the park again..  We have a few more bags and blankets to hand out and we are hoping that since it's cold out, there will be fewer Pokemon hunters and more homeless.  
Not that we want there to be homeless people.  We would rather there weren't any at all, but since there are, we would like to find them today :)

Happy Monday!

Dec 16, 2016

More favorite things..

I have new favorite things!
(I also can't think of anything else to blog about)

If you haven't noticed by some my previous blog posts, I really like the Pioneer Woman kitchen stuff.
These are salt and pepper crocks. I keep them by the stove so I can just grab a pinch while I'm cooking.  Super convenient.  
And adorable too :)
I snagged this picture offline because I don't want to get up and go into the kitchen to take a picture, but they look just like these (except mine has pink salt instead of white in it).

My hair got to that awkward length again where I start looking like Javier Bardem from 'No Country for Old Men'.  Seriously..
 So Clay shaved the sides and part of the back and I like my hair again.  
Now I can do funky stuff with my hair, even a mohawk if I want.
Not like Clay's though, we can't all be Clay :)
 Right now this is my favorite hair stuff.

It's not sticky at all, doesn't look wet, and I can comb through it or just use my fingers to tease my hair how I want it.  
It's not heavy like gel and doesn't make my hair all poofy like mousse.  It's really easy to use too.  Just spray it on dry hair, and style.
Easy peazy. 

My next favorite thing..
Elf clear primer.

I got a sample of Smashbox clear primer in the mail a while ago and I loved it but when I ran out and went to buy more I learned that it was $36.00 for one ounce.  
I just can't come to terms with spending that much.
So I ran across the Elf primer at Target.  It was only $6.00 so I figured "what the heck, I'll give it a try".  It works just as well as the Smashbox primer.  
In fact, Clay is at Target right now getting me some more (I ran out this morning).

This puppy.
Oh my gosh, I just can not get over how cute he is. And smart!
But hyper.  Sooo hyper!
Everyone told us that this breed was very active so I was prepared for active.  
I was not prepared for crazy-hyperdrive-active!
He has 20 different toys and he plays with every one of them.  
All. Day. Long.
He learned to fetch the day after we brought him home and he NEVER gets tired of it.
He never walks.  Everywhere he goes, he's running.  
When we take him outside all he wants to do is run, which is ok except when its really cold outside and you want to go back in.  He knows his name and comes when he's called- when he's indoors, but when he's outside he pretends like he doesn't know his name or can't hear us.  I guess we are going to have to start some obedience training..

My new artwork..

Ok, it's not really new.  I posted a picture of the doodle Elaine made me a couple blog posts ago, but now it's in a frame!  And I think it's the coolest doodle ever.
Yeah, I have framed Star Trek stamps (thanks Z!) too.  Don't judge me..

The Insanity of God..

It's out on dvd.  I've had it preordered since I saw it in the theater.  I've read the book twice and watched the dvd twice (so far).
For real, if you are a Christian you really need to watch this.
And if you're not?  Maybe you should watch it too.
Life changing.
Not even kidding.

My favorite yarn..

Well, my favorite brand of yarn.  Lion Brand Landscapes.
They have several different colors, this one is called Apple Orchard.
I took a break from Katelyn's blanket and made another scarf for Elaine.
I love how it works up, and it's so soft!

Yummy tea..
Sky ordered this for me.  It's really good!
I love The Republic of Tea company.  
I learned about them when a friend of mine told me about a tea called Mrs. Padmore's tea.  It was a tea from their Downton Abbey line (I like the Downton Legacy tea the best).
Anyway, Sky gave me some 'Earl Greyer' tea and this 'Comfort and Joy' tea which I wasn't sure I would like because it has cinnamon and apples in it.
I don't love fruit, or the smell of cinnamon (long story) but I love this tea!
I'm going to be sort of bummed when I run out.
Hopefully they will have it again next year.

The Crown
It's a new series on Netflix.  I finished the last episode yesterday.
It's so good!

Ok, that's all I can think of. 
I know, lame post.  Sorry.