Monday, April 14, 2014

Before & After

I finally got my portion of the upstairs de-cluttered (as best as possible) so that people won't be horrified when they come to view the house when we list it for sale.  Since I'm rarely upstairs unless I need to find some floss or fabric, or sew something or iron something, it ends up being a "catch all" for everything I don't want cluttering the downstairs.  I had the foresight to take before photos of the guestroom.  These ought to make you feel less upset about your own clutter   : )

Before







After



We call the following room "the landing."  I have no idea what it's actually called.  The original owners used it as a play area for their children.  I had planned that it would be my crafting area.  I also have no idea why I didn't take photos before I started the de-cluttering.  I am not proud to say that it looked even worse than the guest room. (Note the packing materials on the left in the first two photos.  I'm all set to start packing to move!)



And where did all that clutter go?  Where else?  Downstairs!
You can't see all the boxes of stuff from this angle but it gives you a good idea.  I figure I can got through a box or two each day & decide what will become of the contents.

After these boxes are taken care of I will need to de-clutter a bit downstairs & then tackle the garage.  I think I will be able to meet our May 1st listing goal   : )

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Flat Phoebe & Her Crafts Project

When we went to Walmart last week, Flat Phoebe looked at a few different crafting supplies & decided that she would like to buy some beads to make a necklace.

She chose a package of pink, purple, & white beads.  Today we gathered the supplies that she would need to make her necklace ... a needle, some strong thread, & the beads.  
Flat Phoebe opened the package of beads, then emptied some out & made a little bead pile in front of her.  Meanwhile I threaded the needle & explained to her that using a strand of thread folded in half would make the necklace not break very easily.
Here she is, ready to start making her necklace!
Flat Phoebe chose a pink-purple-white-purple-pink bead combination.  I agreed with her that it looked very pretty!
She was very proud of the necklace she made!
There were plenty of beads left over, so of course Flat Phoebe wanted to make a necklace for her best friend Pearl!  She thought it would be nice for them to have matching necklaces ... pink-purple-white-purple-pink!
Pearl loved her necklace & gave Flat Phoebe a big thank-you hug!  Here are Flat Phoebe & Pearl showing off their matching necklaces : )

Hurt Feelings

Note:  I published this post earlier this morning & have received a couple comments since then with the person stating they are sorry that I have been treated so poorly by so many people, or that a friend or family member has been so rude to me.  Although I have certainly been treated poorly & have been let down by certain friends & family members at various times in my life, the examples I cite here are not specifically about me.  They are examples to illustrate the point of my post   : )

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In my 60 years of life I've certainly gotten my feelings hurt many times by friends, family, & even strangers.  Hurt feelings caused by strangers are relatively easy to deal with. Hurt feelings caused by friends & family, however, are not quite as simple.

Have you ever received news from a physician that he suspects something serious behind the symptoms you've been having? He wants to schedule you for some tests.  You are troubled by this.  You call a good friend or perhaps your sister hoping for a bit of comfort, but rather than offering comfort, they say "oh, I'm sure it's nothing," & then go on to talk about a cooking magazine article they read that morning.

Maybe you are simply responding to an email from a friend or family member.  First you make sure you answer any questions they've asked & comment on all they've shared with you.  Then you tell them about the plans you have to visit your favorite aunt this summer, that it seems like your son was a toddler just yesterday & now he's heading off to college next month, state that you have gained 10 pounds & started dieting that morning, talk about the pretty birds you've been seeing at your feeder recently, & share about the cross stitch project you've just finished stitching & how you're looking forward to the next one.  You also ask a few questions ... perhaps how they handled their emotions when their own child left for college, if they have any plans for the summer, & how do they like the latest issue of Just Cross Stitch.  When you receive their response, they comment on maybe one thing you've written, answer perhaps one question, & ignore everything else.  Either that or they don't bother to respond at all.  

At worst, you view all these people as thoughtless & inconsiderate & vow to never share any of your thoughts, dreams, or concerns with them again.  At best, you tell yourself that they probably have some difficult issue of their own that they are trying to deal with & you pray that everything is okay.

I haven't mentioned hurts caused by close family members ... children & spouses.  They are the worst hurts of all & you respond to them quite differently than you do to others. At worst, you lash out in anger; at best, you pause, consider that they may be dealing with a problem or concern you know nothing about, & you keep your mouth shut, show them love, & pray.

People are human, & because they are human there are times when they will hurt us ... either intentionally or unintentionally.  God, however, is not human.  He is God!  He will never misinterpret something we've said.  He will never laugh at a concern we take to Him.  He is always ... always ... thoughtful, considerate, loving, understanding, & willing to forgive our mistakes.  He will never belittle us for & continue to throw in our face a bad decision we made 20 years ago.  He will never make fun of our appearance.  If we need someone to talk with, He is always available.  Joyce Meyer said something once that I thought was funny.  What she said was that when we want to talk with God, He will never say to us "hold on a moment ... I've got the pope on the other line."

The Bible tells us many times that God will never fail us or abandon us.
He always has time for us.  He is always with us.
God told us in John 16:33, "Here on earth you will have many trials & sorrows;  But take heart, for I have overcome the world."  
God never intended for us to depend on people to comfort us.  He wants us to depend on Him.  He is not only our God, He is the very best friend we will ever have.
When you want to share your joys or concerns with someone who will truly listen to what you have to say, someone who will give you total acceptance & love, someone who has only your best interests at heart ... someone who will never hurt your feelings ... don't go to people.  Go to God.
  

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Two Boxes Full!

Good morning on this sun-shiny, sky-bluey, green-grassy, flower-bloomy, bird-singy, & (sadly for me) warm spring day!  The afternoon temp is predicted to be 75 degrees.  I wonder if John will agree to turn on the air conditioning?

Remember the box that my Needlework System 4 was packaged in?  Look who decided to make it her own!  Isn't she cute???

Please try not to notice the dust & whatever other debris that shows up so frightfully there on the floor.  I haven't had much time to keep up with the housecleaning with Flat Phoebe here.

What's that Flat Phoebe? 
It was like this when you got here?  Yeah, you're probably right   : )

The second box I'm going to share with you is this one!
John went to the Half-Price Book Store on Thursday & noticed this box full of cross stitch magazines for $10.00!  Sweetie that he is, he thought of me & brought it home   : ) And as if $10.00 wasn't a great price to begin with, he had a 15% off coupon so it actually cost him $8.50!  I finally had a moment this morning to open the box & take a look at what was inside.  I found 73 cross stitch magazines in there!
The oldest one is from 1987, the most recent 2007, & I'd say 98% of them are like brand new!  What a lucky find, eh?  I'm going to have fun looking through them   : )

John & I have been keeping quite busy, not only playing with Flat Phoebe but getting the house ready to list for sale again.  We are planning to list on May 1st.  I'm not too thrilled with how we're going about this. Rather than carefully packing things into boxes ready to be moved, we are instead sort of throwing them into boxes willy-nilly just to get them off the floor & off the top of other boxes.  It's nice to see the clutter disappearing, but not nice knowing that most of the boxes will have to be unpacked & repacked again.  That's okay though ... I can deal with it   : )

I wish you all a happy, joy-filled day!   

Friday, April 11, 2014

Flat Phoebe Goes to Walmart - Part Two

After buying some groceries & looking at the craft supplies in Walmart on Wednesday, John went to look at the DVDs while Flat Phoebe & I went to look at the toys.  She had a lot of fun looking at the stuffed Easter toys.  Of course she liked the pink bunny the best!


Flat Phoebe really liked this little doll with the yellow hair.  She thinks they look like sisters.
Flat Phoebe was so excited when she saw all the princess costumes!  She said she loves to dress up & pretend that she is a princess.  I told her these costumes would be too big for her but she had fun trying them on anyway.




Can you guess which one is her favorite?

After we were finished looking at all the toys, we went to the DVD area to let John know we were ready to leave.  On our way to the checkout counter, Flat Phoebe spied this little cat purse.  She thought it was really cute!
Flat Phoebe wanted us to take a picture of her with our cart after we paid for what we bought.  She said she never saw a cart so full of things before!
She wanted to push the cart out to the car by herself but it was just too heavy.  John had to help.
We had a very fun & very busy day  : )

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Flat Phoebe Goes to Walmart - Part One

Yesterday John & I  went to Walmart with Flat Phoebe.  We needed some groceries & a few other things.

Our first stop was the fruits & vegetables aisle.

Flat Phoebe was very excited when she saw the Pink Lady apples!  She said that pink is her favorite color.  She asked us if we would buy two ... one for her & one that she could give to Pearl.
She also said that she likes to eat oranges so we bought some of those too.
Next we bought some carrots.  Flat Phoebe said she likes to eat them uncooked the best.
She thought these little sweet peppers looked very tasty.
Flat Phoebe had fun finding pink snacks.  She showed us some cream-filled donuts with pink icing & egg-shaped donuts with pink icing & sprinkles!

When we got to the cereal aisle, we told Flat Phoebe she could pick out a box of cereal for her & Pearl to share.  She chose Trix.  I told her that Trix was my favorite cereal when I was a little girl!
Flat Phoebe has been asking me to teach her some crafts so we went over to the crafting aisle.  First we looked at the yarn.  She liked the pink yarn of course!
Then we went to look at the sewing fabric. She really liked this pink fabric with the little black cats on it.  It even has some sparkles on it!
Next we looked at the beads.
Flat Phoebe decided that she would like to have some beads to make a necklace.  

We also had fun looking in the toy aisles, but I will tell you about that tomorrow   : )