Consider the Lilies..: 2017   

May 22, 2017

Bunch of stuff..

I think everything is starting to go back to normal now.
Clay goes back to work today but it's possible this will be his last hitch in Africa, which is good because he's pretty sick of it!
Russia is finally happening, and it's rotation so we don't have to move.  He'll have an apartment there instead of a room in a staff house and he will be working under Lindsay again.  Lindsay is the guy that created the position for Clay in Angola.  They have worked together in 3 other countries and have become good friends.  It will be nice for him to be working under a guy he can trust again.
Plus he will be working somewhere I would actually like to visit :)

The floors are done, the dumpster has been filled and taken away, the garden is planted and the trees are trimmed.  It's been a busy few weeks!
We had the puppies neutered.  I really didn't want to, but Gunner kept lifting his leg on Sky's closet and he was starting to bully the cat and Buster so we just decided to get it over with.  His surgery went well and he is recovering quickly.  
They sent him home with a cone but that didn't go over well.  He freaked out so bad I was afraid he would tear out his stitches so we got him a Zen Collar.  Much better!

Then we took Keisel in.  Things didn't go as well for him.  The poor baby.
One of his "boys" was so far up into his abdominal cavity that they had to perform major surgery to get it out, so now instead of just one small one inch incision, he has three; two one inch and one six inch with 10 staples and his whole belly is bruised.
Let me tell you..  Keeping two Australian shepherd puppies calm is literally impossible.
They both were prescribed sedatives, but the sedatives they gave Keisel are so strong that he couldn't even lift his head off the bed and he had to be carried outside and then held up so he could go potty, so we have decided to only give him a sedative at night and just give Gunner the ones that our vet prescribed him.  His don't do much, but they do calm him down a little so we are sort of hoping that if he's not super hyper, Keisel won't be either.  It's sort of working.
Sort of.
At least right at this moment..

Mother's Day was awesome like always.
Clay and Sky always do pretty great on Mother's Day.
Sky got me another rosebush and planted it in the back yard (the dogs attacked the first one). so she put a fence around this one.
And brought Sushi home for dinner.  Best daughter ever!

Clay got me a ring with Sky's birthstones
And some of my favorite perfume (well one of my favorites)

And he brought up the patio furniture from under the deck, bought a new cushion for the lounge chair,
 bought some outdoor candles for the tables and even put up an awning so I can sit outside and still be out of the sun.

I think he's a pretty OK guy..
(Gunner keeps photobombing my pictures).

Sky wasn't completely happy with her haircut so she went back and had more cut off..  I absolutely LOVE it now.

She starts the day shift again today so instead of working 2 pm until 12:30-1:00 am, she goes in at 6:00 am.  
They opened a new department so she will be the assistant manager of that department as well as the lead welder.

I guess I've covered everything.
Oh wait!  This stuff.
The best hand cream I have ever used.  For reals!  It's pretty pricey for such a little bottle, but I use way less of it than any other brand and I only have to put it in twice a day.  
I normally use a lot of hand lotion..  I'm over 40, and if you're over 40 you know how your skin gets drier more often.  
So this stuff is bomb-diggity.
It's made by the same company that makes LipSense.  *shocker huh?*
Turns out they make a lot of stuff and so far everything I have tried is AWESOME..
Seriously.  Awesome. 
I don't sell it.  Honestly!  Even though it sounds like I do.  I don't even get a discount for plugging it so much.  It's just really good stuff..

Ok, that's all.  
Happy Monday!

May 12, 2017

Every bunny was kung fu fighting..

So we have a crazy bunny that spends most of the day in our front yard.   I was watching Clay do man stuff outside and noticed that one of the rabbits that wander around the neighborhood was following him..  He stayed back a few feet but wasn't afraid of him at all.  Then later in the day I happened to look out the window and saw that he had become quite territorial, chasing squirrels and other bunnies away whenever they ventured into the yard and then later that evening I saw him again, but this time he was hopping around the yard with a big tuft of fur in his mouth.  Apparently he is the boss of the yard now.

The Dumpster was delivered yesterday. Yay! 
Clay is finished with the floors. He just needs to finish the trim on the seconds set of stairs and it will all be done :)  Then we get to clean out the garage, attic, yard, and declutter.  I looove to declutter!  There is something satisfying about purging all the junk we've accumulated.  It's crazy how much stuff a family can manage to collect in just two years.

Sky looks a little different now.
She had her hair chopped off because it was too hot at work.  They don't have a/c which is insane to me. Seriously, they work with fire, heating up metal all day wearing welding hoods, heavy gloves, and welding jackets all inside a metal building.  I would think that a/c would be a requirement.  But no.
Even with her hair in a ponytail it was still on her neck and making her uncomfortable so now it's all gone.
I snapped this picture of her in the kitchen and was kind of surprised to see how much we look alike.
People say she looks like me all the time but I don't usually see it.  This picture I really do though.

 She decided that she didn't want her garden in pots on the deck anymore so we went to HomeDepot to get some fencing to put around the little garden that she wanted to build. 
I honestly don't think she has ever walked through a HomeDepot before.
So before she left for work she planted the garden..

She planted a rosebush on the other side of the yard too but I forgot to take a picture.

I haven't been doing a whole lot, just mopping up puppy prints and having staring contests with Gunner..

I had to unravel about 32 rows of Alyssa's blanket.  I was so mad.  I didn't realize until I was over halfway finished that I hadn't made it wide enough.  Dang it.  

It occurred to me that I haven't been doing much at all for quite some time now.  Crocheting and playing with puppies all day is a pretty cool gig, but I really should be doing something a little more productive, so I registered at Ligonier Academy.  
I'm not going for another degree this time though; I'd have to write a dissertation, and I really don't wanna do that!  
So I'm just going to take whatever courses I feel like until I don't want to take them anymore.  I have about a bazillion to choose from (might be exaggerating a little) and not just biblical studies either, I might even take some Christian living courses and some book studies too.  There are some classes on a few books written by puritan authors that I would love to learn about.  I'm thinking about starting with Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan.  I love the book and everything else he has ever written, so an actual class on the book would be pretty awesome..
So anyway, I'm a student again :)

May 1, 2017


Clay is working on the hallway today.  He pulled up the carpet on Saturday and then took a break on Sunday.  The padding underneath the carpet was really nasty so naturally I'm posting it for you all to get a good look at it too. Yay for you!  
Knowing that I have walked barefoot on this carpet seriously grosses me out now.  But Clay will be finished with the new hallway in a couple minutes.  
 Then he just has to tear up the living room carpet, put down the floor, paint the railings and put them back up, and paint the baseboards and put them back. Oh wait, he's gotta do the stairs too. And tile the bathroom floor. And put in the new vanity. And a bazillion other things :) I'm not doing much at all, just hanging out on my bed working on Alyssa's blanket while binge watching Criminal Minds. 
Gunner is working hard on a pig ear.   
I had no reason for posting this picture other than he's the cutest puppy ever and I don't want y'all to forget it. 

Apr 27, 2017

New Floors!

Clay started on the floors!
Gunner is helping.  He even got the hang of pulling up the carpet :)

We moved my stuff into the yellow room and Sky back to the basement.
I love this room!  It's so bright and cheerful and yet, still indoors, whoo hoo!

And these floors!
The picture doesn't really do them justice.  They aren't really brown but gray.
I think the color is aged oak?  Something like that.
He's going to eventually change out the baseboards and doors to better match the floors.

He did his room next.
I forgot to take an after picture but it looks great too.

He hasn't had time to organize everything yet, but he's going to set up his loading bench and other manstuff in here.

It started to rain while he was working on the green room so now we have a big blue canopy on the deck to keep his tools dry.

He pulled everything out of our bedroom last night and we spent the night in the living room.
He just needs to put the baseboards back and we can move the furniture back in.
I'm so happy that this room is done.  While we were still in the process of housebreaking Gunner, he peed somewhere in our room while I was sleeping and I couldn't find where.  
But now it's clean and does't smell like puppy pee. Yay!

So tomorrow Clay going to take a break and relax.  Or so he says.  He can't sit still for long so I don't really expect him to kick back. 
Saturday he's going to do is the hallway and living room and then he'll be finished.
Whoo hoo!
Well, at least with the laminate floors.  He wants to tile the bathroom floor too.  Plus he's gotta make several trips to the dump to get rid of the carpet, and all the stuff I'm gonna throw out while I do the spring cleaning and decluttering.

Oh, we got the itinerary for our trip to Israel, now I'm even more excited! 
I'll tell you all about it next time.
Y'all are probably going to get sick of reading about it.
But hey, it's my blog.
Sorry not sorry.

Apr 22, 2017

Pig ears and puzzles..

We were going to start ripping up the carpet yesterday but we had a bunch of errands to do and time got away from us.  Then we decided that we would start early this morning, but we noticed yesterday that some of the boards on the fence need to be replaced because the dogs can almost squeeze through. So now Clay is in the neighbor's yard fixing the fence.
He is determined to get started on the floors today though.

We are going to move some rooms around while we replace the floors, so that's going to take some additional time.
Sky wants to move back to the basement, Clay wants to move his loading bench into the green room where my office is, and he wants to move my office to the yellow room where Sky is now.
Right now the basement is full of stuff so Clay has a lot of heavy lifting to do today.

Gunner and Keisel start school on Sunday.
 I'm not really looking forward to it because it means that I have to be all stern, and that's next to impossible with this puppy because he's so freaking adorable..
(he's pouting because he can't have Buster's pig ear)

The other day Sky decided that she wanted to put a puzzle together so she went to Walmart and bought 10 of them.. Yeah, seriously, 10.  2 boxes that each had 5 different puzzles in them.
So I'm thinking that we would set up the card table, spread out the pieces and leisurely put some puzzles together.
Well it turns out that Sky can't just put a puzzle together leisurely.  Once it's out of the box, she has to  sit there and work on it until it's finished and glued.
So she started and finished a puzzle yesterday.
(5 of the puzzles are Disney villains)

She started another one last night but I made her stop and go to bed. I'm sure it will be finished before she goes to work today.

Oh, speaking of Sky..  She gave me Mother's day gifts yesterday. We really suck at waiting to give presents!
 She gave me Burt's Bees stuff, this absolutely fabulous Star Trek charm bracelet,

These little solar powered hummingbirds,
That light up when the sun goes down,

I watched them for about an hour last night :)

And this basket to hold all the stuff I keep by my bed.

I guess that's it for now..  I have laundry to do and carpet to rip up (some time today).

Have a happy Saturday!

Apr 14, 2017


I finished Katelyn's blanket and then made a scarf with the leftover yarn while I waited for the Yarn for Alyssa's blanket to get here.
It came yesterday and I love it!

I started on the blanket right away.
It's hard to see in the picture but it's mint green and gray.  So pretty!
When I finish, I will have one more niece to make a blanket for, and then I'm all out of nieces.
I guess I'll have to work on my own blanket after that :)

I think Gunner is pretty much housebroken, at least there haven't been any accident's for a few days.
Well, there was one at about 4:00 this morning but it was on the floor right in front of the doggy door, which was locked, so he couldn't get outside.  But he tried!

 I found a new book that I want to get.  I found it on Amazon.  
I have't ordered it yet because I have a dozen other books on the shelf that I haven't read.
I really like this guy though.
I stumbled across him on YouTube about a year ago and I've learned a lot from him.
The problem though; I can't hold a book and crochet at the same time, and the books that I want to read aren't on audible.
I know, rich people problems right?

Right now I'm listening to 'Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?'
I've seen the movie s many times I have it memorized; Bette Davis AND Joan Crawford in the same movie?  Seriously, how could I not?
Anyway, oddly enough, I haven't read the book before now.
I'm surprised at how well the movie followed the book, I wasn't really expecting it to.
Then again, it's an old movie and they did a better job of its back then :)

Clay will be home on Thursday!
Seems like he's been gone forever.
He has a couple more positions lined up at the moment.  One near Pittsburgh, one somewhere in Texas and one in Colorado.  And still the one in Russia.
A contract between Chevron and Cabinda was signed just the other day so they will probably try to convince him to stay in Angola and also run things in Cabinda.
I don't see that happening though, not unless it's his only option.  He's pretty sick of Africa. 

Apr 10, 2017


Bully sticks do not smell good.

Gunner loves them and they keep him occupied for a while, but they certainly do not have a pleasant aroma.
Then again, considering what a bully stick really is, I shouldn't expect them to..

I'm almost finished with Katelyn's blanket. 
As usual, the colors don't show well in the picture, but it's really pretty.
It's super soft too..
I might even have enough yarn left over for a scarf :)

I think I'm getting bronchitis.
I had to sleep sorta sitting up last night so I could breath, my chest is kinda tight, and the stuff in my throat isn't exactly fun either (gross).
Fortunately Clay keeps us supplied with Z-pacs (one of the few perks of working in Angola) so whatever it is will hopefully be gone in three days.

I only have one more shade of LipSense to buy and I will have every color.  
Well, not every color, but every color I want.  
The problem is, they no longer make the last color that I want, so my LipSense person is looking everywhere she can to find it.
She will though, I'm sure.
I got this color yesterday; Crimson Red (diamond)
Oh, speaking of LipSense.. 
Ami- We were talking about Bella the other day.  I wore it yesterday and it lasted for 13 hours!
I know, it sounds like I'm selling it and I'm trying to get you all to buy some.  
I'm not selling it, I just really really love it.

Well, I gotta go to CVS and buy some Mucinex..
Happy Monday!

Apr 2, 2017


I planned on going to church today.
We are still in the book of John, and the sermons are so good that I hate to miss it.
 But Gunner decided that 5:AM was a good time to get up.
Usually it's not a problem because he gets up, goes outside, and then goes right back to bed until 7:AM.
But this morning all he wanted to do was run around the house and bark at Keisel.  Plus I have a splitting headache, so I'll be staying home today..

Clay called this morning to tell me that he should be receiving a job offer from Russia in 3 to 5 weeks. 
We don't know yet if it will be a live-in position or a rotation yet.  Hoping for rotation but right now, just knowing there is another job lined up is enough.
If it's a live in position, we will make it work.
Clay was pretty worried (although he would NEVER admit it).  
He had a physical the other day and his blood pressure was much higher than it should be.  
With his boss laid-off and him running everything, along with the added stress of knowing that he could be laid-off at any time, it was getting to him.
So I'm super glad that he got a heads up from Russia!

Well..  I guess I don't have anything else to blog about..
Excuse any typos.  I'm sleepy.

Mar 29, 2017


The dogs woke up an hour early expecting breakfast.  They were disappointed.
It's raining so I had to carry Gunner down the stairs and stand in the rain so he wouldn't pee in the house.  yay.
Now they are just staring at me wondering why they haven't eaten yet.

I finished Sky's blanket.
The picture doesn't capture it well, the colors are much deeper and not so fluorescent..

And I started Katelyn's blanket.
I like this one so much more.  

We are expecting Clay to be laid-off any time now..  Angola is shutting down.  He's been told that things won't shut down until September and they will be keeping him on until then (because they have laid everyone else off and Clay is the only one who can keep everything running) but this isn't our first time at the rodeo so we aren't really taking them at their word.  
The manager in Saudi is waiting on new contracts before bringing in anyone and they want Clay when they are ready for him, but we aren't sure that's going to time out right, and Clay isn't going to take that chance, so he's put out feelers in Russia and some locations in the states.  
I'm not worried just yet.  Clay's reputation speaks for itself; and he has his well-control certification now so there is more available..
It is what it is and will be what it will be right?

Have a great day!

Mar 26, 2017


I have about 20 minutes before I gotta leave for church.
It's only 40 degrees right now and the top is down on the Jeep, so it's gonna be a cold ride.  But hey, Jeeps aren't for sissies.

It rained all day yesterday.  Turns out Gunner hates getting wet.  So he wouldn't go outside unless I carried him and then he wouldn't potty,  just stood next to me looking all miserable before he would bolt back up the stairs. 
But Keisel loves the rain so he spent most of the day playing outside and then tracking mud all over inside.
It's not raining today so both dogs have been in and out all morning.  The yard is still muddy so they are bringing all that lovely mud in with them. 
My floors are horrible.  
I'm so glad Clay is tearing up the carpet when he gets home! 

The new yarn for Katelyn's blanket arrived. 
I really, really want to get started on it but I HAVE to finish Sky's blanket first.  I'm playing yarn chicken right now..  I have one skein of yarn left and only about 20 rows until I'm finished. 
I found a Joan Crawford movie that I haven't seen on YouTube so after church and after I mop the floors (again) I'm gonna plant myself in a chair and finish the darn thing.

Have a happy Sunday!

Mar 22, 2017

Favorite things (this week)..

OK, so I realize that my favorite things is a weird thing to blog about but I really don't have anything else.
When Clay goes back to work, my life looks like this:
Monday-Saturday: Bible stuff, housework, crochet, read, play with the dogs, start trek, bed.
Sunday: Bible stuff, church, grocery store, home, crochet, play with the dogs, star trek, bed.
That's it..
There's not many blog posts you can do with that.
I do have a coffee date with a friend tomorrow, so if anything exciting happens I'll let you know..

Soooo...  I have lots of favorite things this week!

First one..
I'm reading this book again.
Disciplines of a Godly Woman by Barbara Hughes.
I had it on Audibook too but the narrator was so bad that I just couldn't listen to it so I returned it.  She read it as if she were reading to preschoolers.
I read it last year and really enjoyed it so I pulled it off the shelf again. I went through it looking at everything I had highlighted (I do that) and realized that I didn't remember half of what I read.  
Sort of dumb when the point of the book is to learn something right?
So I started reading it again.  I think it's interesting that the things I thought were important enough to highlight before are not the same things that stand out to me this time reading it.
Oh!  You know what would be cool?  If someone else read this and highlighted what they thought was highlight worthy and then gave it back to me so I could read it from their perspective too!
Any takers?
Of course I have used a highlighter and a pen, so I guess you could have to use a crayon or something so I could tell the difference what you underlined and what I underlined  :)

This stuff
I stopped drinking soda about 5 years ago.  Unlike every other person on the planet, I did NOT loose 10 pounds.  
I never went back to soda though.
So now I drink sparkling water.  I like almost every flavor, there are a few I don't like but right now I'm loving the lemon flavor.  Lime is my usual go-to flavor and last week I really liked the grapefruit flavor.  But this week it's lemon.

It's not the Journible this time I promise.. 
Although I do LOVE my Journibles..  But this time it's the pencil.
I've always had a love/hate relationship with mechanical pencils.  Lots of people use them and they seem to like them, especially men.  Have you noticed that?  Men seem to use mechanical pencils more than women do.
So I buy one thinking that I'm going to like it.  I never do.  The lead is too skinny so I'm always breaking it and I don't like the way it feels in my hand.  
But I found these on Amazon; they're fat mechanical pencils.  They came in a bunch of different colors too :)

Moleskine journal.
Clay gave me two for our anniversary.  21 years!!
I love the journals..  
Of course I do, I love any journal. I have six of them, counting this one to fill.
But I love these Moleskine journals the best right now..  
I'm not really using it for a journal per say, at least not a diary or a sort of prayer journal; but more of notetaker's journal.  I keep it with me so I can write down any little tidbit that gets my attention for a second like a quote from whatever I'm reading or from a sermon I'm listening to, stuff like that..
Clay ordered it from Missional Wear, the same place I got my John Bunyan hoodie.
I got him beer glasses with the Five Solas etched on them.
I could spend a LOT of money on that website so I stopped looking at stuff. :)

Coconut coffee..
We used to buy Starbucks coffee, but I found out that they support Planned Parenthood.  Darn it.
We had to stop shopping at Target for the same reason.  The transgender bathroom thing never bothered me and to be honest, since a lot of people began boycotting Target, shopping there has become much more enjoyable.
But Planned Parenthood (in my opinion) is different.  It doesn't matter to me if it's a small percentage that they give, it's the fact that they give it at all.  It burns me up that any of our taxes go to fund them but there isn't anything I can do about that.  But I can't sit here and enjoy a cup of coffee knowing that even a percentage of a cent of the money (I willingly paid) is going to help planned parenthood kill another baby.
(Please don't leave a comment arguing about this.  I'll delete it. Seriously, not even up for discussion)
*Rant over.*
Anyway, we switched Brands.  Turns out, I really like Dunkin' Donuts coffee.  
Especially the coconut..
Unfortunately you can't find it everywhere and it's only sold at certain times of the year.
Dang it.

This adorable, obnoxious, destructive, lovable puppy.
Here he is destroying the paper he pulled from the printer.
I am convinced that 4 months is the equivalent to a toddler's 'terrible-twos'.
When we first brought him home, he only pooped in the house twice, but then we got a doggy door (I'll get to that in a minute) and he started going outside.  Then he realized that he could lift his leg, so we had to keep a closer eye on him.  He seem's to have stopped that now, but if we see him sniffing around we scoot him out the door.
But since he turned 4 months, he's pooped on the floor a half a dozen times, chewed up 2 of my Crocs (don't judge me, I only wear them at home) has decided that he doesn't know his name again, and literally talks back and throws a tantrum when I tell him 'no' or he doesn't get what he wants.
For reals.  If I tell him 'no' he will sit down in front of me and bark at me.  If I tell him 'no' again, he will bark louder.  When I tell him 'no' the third time he will (I kid you not) flop down on his side and howl.
Oh, and just recently he has decided that chewing on the carpet is an OK thing to do.
Clay will be replacing the floors when he gets home, so I'm not as freaked out about that as I normally would be.
Oh, and he's decided that my glasses are toys.  I lost my glasses yesterday for a couple hours.  I went outside to hang a blanket on the clothesline and noticed Gunner sitting in the middle of the yard with my glasses in his mouth.  
Right now he is under my bed growling at anyone who might decide to walk past the doorway of the bedroom.  There is no one in the bedroom by the way.
Oh wait, now he's under Sky's bed barking at her while she's sleeping..
But he's so sweet too!  When he's not yelling at me for not giving him what he wants, he's incredibly playful and really lovable too..
Obedience school is scheduled to start on April 23rd though.  You know, because he's crazy.

Our kitchen table.
We had a breakfast nook for about 5 years and I really liked it, but it took up a lot of room and the table itself was pretty small.  We couldn't fit our plates and the food on the table at the same time, especially when we had dinner guests (ok, we really only have one extra person at our table on occasion and it's always the same person, but there still wasn't much room for him).  So we gave the nook to a friend and Clay went to NFM (Nebraska Furniture Mart to you non-nebraska people) and came back with this.

The doggy door.
This my friends is a wonderful invention.  Especially if you have puppies.  I really wish we had thought to get one when Sky got Keisel.  We called him the ninja-pooper.  One second he was right in front of you, and the next second he was pooping somewhere.  It got worse when he realized that he was no longer afraid to go downstairs.
Most of the people I complained to said not to worry about it because he would get his cues from Buster and learn to go outside.  That didn't happen.  Nothing changed until Tracy suggested the potty bells.  They worked and he was housebroken.  Except he jingled the bells every 3 minutes and since we were afraid that he would pee somewhere if we didn't let him out, we were constantly running to the door to open it.
So we brought Gunner home and a couple days later Clay put in the doggy door.
I think doggie doors should come with a puppy,  Buy a puppy, get a free doggy door.
Fortunately Gunner does take his cues from Keisel so once Sky convinced Keisel that going through the door was not as terrifying as he thought it was, he started going through it and Gunner followed.
Now it's constant.  All day.  Back and forth.  
One day they were so hyper, running in and out so many times that Keisel got confused and actually came inside to pee.  Of course Gunner saw him and did it too.

Cast iron pans
Another item I have always had a love/hate relationship with.  
I hear people rave about cast iron so I always think that I want cast iron too.  
Then I buy it and think that it's gonna be awesome. But I don't know how to take care of it.  How to season it, how to clean it, how to season it again.  Do I scrub it and put it in the oven every time I use it?  Do I use water?  Is it true that I can't cook tomatoes in it? Can I use soap?
There are so many different opinions that I get frustrated and get rid of the pan.
 I bought a whole set of cast iron once but I gave it all away because I couldn't figure out how to use it properly.
So last week I saw a video on Facebook about how to care for cast iron.  It looked simple enough, so I gave it a shot.  I had 2 cast iron pans in that drawer at the bottom of the oven that no one ever opens.  I followed the instructions on the video and it worked! 
I know how to cook with and care for cast iron!  
I use them so often now that I don't even put them back in the drawer.
Yay me!

Last.  This cookbook.
Not even kidding.  This cookbook is fantastic.  
You should get it.

I have another favorite.  LipSense.  But that's a whole other blogpost!
 Are you wondering if I really will write a whole post about LipSense?
I told you my life was boring ;)