Consider the Lilies..: 2017   

Aug 6, 2017

Thought bubbles..

The Jolly Ball is the perfect outdoor dog toy.
Keisel isn't an outdoor dog, just the ball :)
There isn't any air in it so it can't deflate no matter how many times they puncture it.
Unlike the soccer blob.

I'm really enjoying the courses I'm taking. 
I even sort of liked the study on Job.
It helps when the teacher has a cool accent.

Clay is on a plane to Ethiopia right now.
He promised me that he isn't sitting next to a goat.

Sky has been working with fire 12 hours a day, 6 days a week in a non-air conditioned area.  Her arms are burned, her hands hurt, and she's been limping pretty hard on her bad knee for the past 4 days.
She hasn't complained once. 
She is definitely her father's daughter.

Aussies howl.
A lot.
It's adorable.

We still don't know if Clay is going to work in Colorado, Ghana, Iraq, some other crazy location, or if he will have a job at all after this hitch.
Nothing is certain in the oil field until it is.
I'm usually worried by this point.
But I'm not.

I finished Alyssa's blanket finally.
So I started working on the one for my bed.
I've been working on it on and off for about a year.
Then I looked at all the extra yarn I have and started another one.

I realized recently that life has become much easier for me during the past 2 years.
I don't mean financially or anything like that.  We still have bills, unforeseen problems still arise, Clay's future employment is uncertain, I have health issues that are not improving, etc..
 But I'm not worried.  I'm not angry.  I don't have anxiety waiting for the next bad thing to happen.  Things that offended me, annoyed me, or flat out pissed me off don't even bother me anymore.
There is no stress.
No drama.
I'm happy, but it's more than that.  
I have peace. It's crazy weird.
I think maybe, that when you not just understand the sovereignty of God but accept it as absolute truth; life is just different you know?
Actually now that I think about it, I'm certain of it.

Happy Sunday. 

Jul 15, 2017


The bathroom is finished :)

So..  The floor before:

And the floor after:
I know I've already posted pictures of the floor but Clay did such a great job that I'm posting another one.

The vanity (he put the baseboards on right after I snapped the pic).

The sink (duh)

The absolutely adorable faucet.  
I took the picture with the water running because I like how it pours out like a miniature water pump).

He even got new towel holders that match the faucet :)

Medicine cabinet (and other new towel rack, lol)

And this...
Go ahead and judge if you want, but I'm gonna tell y'all straight out; if you don't have one of these, you need to get one.  For reals.
I am not ashamed ;)

So that's it.  The bathroom is finished, and my husband is the most amazing guy on the planet.

Jul 14, 2017

Floor is finished :)

The bathroom floor is finished!

He finished laying the tile Wednesday evening

Then did all the other stuff yesterday

And he put in the new toilet..  YAY!

He did such a good job.  I really don't think there is anything he can't do..
He put the new vanity/sink in yesterday but it's not completely hooked up yet.  He still needs to touch up some paint, put the medicine cabinet in, put a seal on the floor, and put in the new towel racks and stuff like that. Oh, and put the baseboards back on.
He still has three weeks left at home so I might have to find more stuff for him to do so he doesn't get bored :)

I finished Alyssa's blanket, nothing at all compared to remodeling a whole bathroom but hey, I did something!
Oh, I also finished my eschatology course (finally!) and started a course on the Sermon on the Mount.  After all the amill, postmill, premill, pretrib, midtrib, posttrib, preterist, futurist, dispensationalist, historical, etc. I'm more than ready to move on to something else!
Besides, who doesn't love the sermon on the mount?  I've taken 2 other courses on it but I know I'll learn something new; plus this course is taught by Sinclair Ferguson.  Bonus!

Sky is having her stitches removed today.  Did I blog about that?  
She got hurt at work. Again.  Dropped a huge piece of metal on her hand. Again. 
Wrapped it with packaging tape and went back to work. Again.
Came home thinking it was no big deal. Again.
And then went to the hospital because her dad told her she needed stitches. Again.
I'm telling ya, she really is the toughest girl on the planet.

She started doing yoga yesterday, even though she calls it "stretching" because according to her she's not a "grass-juice drinking hippie who spends my time aligning stupid chakras and all that crap"..
Gunner likes to help.

Clay will be going back to Angola for at least one more hitch, and then after that we aren't sure what is going to happen.  Right now it looks like either Other Africa or Colorado.  He said something about Iraq and I think Pakistan?  To tell you the truth, I never know (and won't know) until he gets a work VISA in the mail.
That's life in the oilfield y'all.

Jul 12, 2017

More remodeling..

Clay is home and has started remodeling our bathroom.   So, before pictures..
(I don't normally keep toilet paper there, but he had already started moving stuff before I snapped the picture)
I'm not really sure why I snapped a picture of the toilet except that we got a new one. I'm pretty sure it doesn't look much different from this one though. :) Then he pulled everything out and ripped up the linoleum. 
 And he found someone or damage under the toilet and had to fix it, yuck. 
 And then he ripped out the medicine cabinet  
 He was able to get quite a bit of the new tile laid down before it got too late. 

 He's not able to do much work on it today though, so  for now we are using Sky's bathroom downstairs which isn't too big of a deal except when you have to pee at two in the morning. We have to go through her bedroom to get to her bathroom and naturally the dogs have to follow us. Apparently Sky doesn't appreciate Gunner standing on her head while she's trying to sleep.  

Clay's cousin Vicki is in town and we had lunch today. We haven't seen her in almost 18 years and we've never met her son (he's 14 and super cute) so it's been really awesome catching up.  We are going to meet for dinner this evening before they start for home.  

 Anyway, I am hoping the bathroom will be finished by the end of the day tomorrow, mostly because I would like to get our old toilet off the deck and hauled away to the dump (no pun intended). 
Nothing says white trash like a toilet on your deck. 

Jun 8, 2017


I'm almost finished with Alyssa's blanket
It's taken me longer to finish than the other blankets, not because it's any harder but because I keep finding stuff to distract me.
Oh, and I'm not watching television as much, and usually when I watch tv, I crochet.
I've been keeping the tv off during the day so I would be more productive, so instead I work on the blanket while I listen to lectures.
I finished the course on the Westminster Confession.  I earned a whole credit and a half! Hah!
 Yesterday I started a course on John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress.
By the way, if you're a Christian and you haven't read this book; why haven't you??
I really like the course so far. I've read everything Bunyan had ever written and I thought I knew just about everything I could about him (I even have a hoodie with his face on it!) but so far I've learned a few things about him that I didn't know and I've only listened to two lectures.

So..  Clay isn't going to transfer to Russia.  
He didn't like the offer and unless they change a few things, he said he's not going to accept it.
But..  He's had two other offers; one from Cogo and one from Kenya.
I honestly didn't think he'd entertain an offer from anywhere in Africa because he's been saying that he's pretty sick of Africa.  But apparently he's only sick of Angola.
So as of this moment, I have no idea where he will be going and neither does he, but after 15 years of the oil field, I've learned to just go with it.  

Well this was an uninteresting blog post, I have more but I can hear the dogs in the yard chewing on something so I better go see what it is..
Happy Thursday!

Jun 5, 2017

Favorite things..

My favorite things this week..
(it's mostly make up)

It's eyeshadow made by the same people that make LipSense.
Oh, my, gosh!
I will never wear a different brand again.  Not even kidding!
I use it as eyeliner too.
I put it on at 6:00 yesterday morning and it stayed on until I washed it off at 9:00 last night.  
It doesn't even come off if you rub your eyes.
This one is Garnet.  I'm going to get a couple more soon.  Well, not soon, but kind of soon.
The friend that sells it made up a subscription kinda thing where you give her a wishlist (I keep adding to mine) and once a month (or whenever you want) she will pick something off of your list and deliver it.  
Oh, by the way..  I learned something about how to apply the lip color and now it doesn't fade for a full 12 hours. Seriously!
I'm telling ya ladies..  Ya gotta try it.  I know that $20 bucks for a tube of lip color seems like a lot to spend, but if you never have to reapply, it doesn't come off on anything, and repairs your lips so they don't get chapped anymore, is $20 bucks really too much to pay?
Oh, by the way..  I don't get a commission or a discount for plugging lip sense  Truly!

Ok, next..  Mascara
It's not from SenGence, the Lipsense people (but they do have mascara too).
I got a little sample tube of this when I subscribed to Ipsy.  I canceled Ipsy because I really like SenGence and I was getting a lot of samples that I didn't use.
But this mascara is awesome.  Only need one coat, looks great, and doesn't flake.
The sample bottle is almost out so I bought some other mascara at Walmart yesterday.
This stuff:
It sucks.  A lot.  I had to put on 3 coats and it still didn't look as good as the Mad Lash (or any other mascara I have ever used) so I tossed it.
I ordered more Mad Lash from Amazon.  

Elf Primer
I have tried about a bazillion make-up primers.  Expensive primer, cheap primer, free sample primer, you name it.  But Elf primer is the best.  And it's only $4.  Elf has several different primers; I used the clear primer for a while and I really liked it but this time I bought the purple primer.  It doesn't look very purple when you look at the bottle but when you pump some out, it's pretty darn purple. Like Barney the purple dinosaur purple! 
I was a little nervous when I first saw how purple it was, but I gave it a shot and it works really well.
Purple helps with redness and when you're over 40 you want that.  
Plus I used to smoke a lot and I used to drink a lot and both of those activities add redness to your skin.
But with this purple Elf stuff, I don't need to wear foundation anymore; just some tinted moisturizer..

My last favorite this week..
This happy face.
He really is the happiest dog in the world.  He's always smiling.  
Even when I'm trying to make him get off my bed so I can put clean sheets on it.

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 :)