Consider the Lilies..: April 2017   

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.