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Friday, October 31, 2008

Excuse me while I get the sock fuzz out of my mouth...

Pleh! Blech! Pleh!

That's me spitting the fuzz out of my mouth from where I just about swallered my foot!

I hate when I do that. Stick my big ol' fuzzy-sock-covered foot in my mouth, that is.

Last night I stopped by the Circle K for an after-dinner treat (because we are fans of treats around here) and that's when it happened. I was standing in line to check out and noticed that the cashier was a young man with a very jovial personality. I was in a good mood, since I was getting a yummy King Cone, and thought I'd exchange some friendly banter with said cashier. I noticed that his name tag said "Semaj." See if you can tell where this is going.....

I jokingly said, "Is your name really 'James'?!"

**I know y'all have seen the silly names that crazy teenagers sometimes put on their name tags, right?**

The poor guy gives me a semi-pained smile and says, "No, it's 'Semaj'- James spelled backwards." What could I do but just give a deflated and simple, "Oh." I felt like such an insensitive moron!! The poor guy probably gets that all the time. But, he was very gracious about the whole thing and even gave me a very sweet, "Have a nice evening!"

What was his mama thinking?! It's not the worst name I've seen, 'cause in my line of work you see some crazy ones, but it was definitely a contender for the "poor little thing" category. It's a good thing he has a great personality, 'cause a name like that could really put you on the defensive, ya know?

Next time, I'll just keep my mouth shut!! That way, my sock fuzz will stay on my socks and some poor soul's feelings will be spared. Y'all try to learn from my mistake, ya hear? Wouldn't want you choking on your own fuzz!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Not your everyday tag

I've done tags before where I had to tell little-known facts about myself or things that I love/like/dislike etc. But this tag from JuJu required a little more thought. I'm supposed to tell 3 things that I love about myself! The three things can be physical or personality traits.

I don't know about you, but this is kind of hard to do! I don't spend much time pondering what I love about myself. So, after a few days of mulling it over, here's what I came up with.

1) I love that I am a good listener and my friends (sometimes even strangers!) feel comfortable confiding in me.

2) I love that I am sentimental and keep random things just because of who gave it to me or what the object meant to me at a certain point in my life.

3) I love that I am dorky and have several quirks that make my husband and family roll their eyes. Life is more fun when you can laugh at yourself!!

Okay, I'm going to pass this tag on to a few beautiful women. Take a few minutes to appreciate yourself! Thanks for this great tag, JuJu!

Laura

Destiny

Martha

Candy

Nicole

Amy

Angela

There are far too many beautiful women on my blog list to tag, so if you'd like to do this, feel free!! Let me know when you post it so I can come give you props!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Go rest high on that mountain, Daniel.

My heart is heavy tonight. This dear man went home to be with the Lord today around 4 pm. He fought a short but hard battle with cancer and won the victory today. Not in the way you might imagine, his body was not cured, but his spirit was set free. Free to be with Jesus forevermore.

I haven't seen Daniel in years but he's one of those people that you never forget. I'll always remember his huge smile and ready laugh. The sound of his voice raised in song is something I'll treasure forever. This was a man who made impressions on everyone he met. Impressions that last a lifetime. Go look at his blog and read the comments from all the people who love him, then maybe you'll get a sense of who he was. He was a man who deserves to be remembered.

He wanted everyone he met to know that Jesus loves them and died on the cross to give them a second chance at true life. And if he wasn't sure if someone was a believer, he'd ask! That is cause for awe in my timid mind. I pray that I can be as bold for my Jesus as Daniel was. Do you know Jesus? Do you want to know Jesus? My fervent prayer tonight is that you'd seek Him out and listen for His voice. Find a Bible and read it. Talk to Him and ask Him to reveal Himself to you. Ask someone you know who is a Christian about Him. If you feel uneasy or uncomfortable with where you are in life, it's probably because Jesus is tugging on your heartstrings. He's asking you to follow Him. Please, don't turn your back and walk away. For Daniel's sake. For your sake.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The secret's out!!

No. I'm not pregnant. Let me just squelch your excitement now.

I'm talking about a project I was working on that I couldn't show y'all until now. You see, I made a Ragamuffin Garland to send to my sister and I didn't want her to see it before it arrived in the mail! That would have defeated my whole intention of sending her some unexpected Happy Mail.

Once again, this is a copycat project, which I found on the ever-creative Darlene's blog. In case you didn't know, I am not above copying other people's creative ideas. We can't always come up with masterpieces on our own, now can we?

Anyway, this was a super simple craft and really fun to make. I made one to send to my Sis and of course I had to make one for myself. I'm a little selfish that way. Our two garlands were slightly different but don't worry, I'll show you both of them! Remember to click on the pictures to enlarge them.

Let's get started...

I painted my wooden letters "Antique White" so they'd have a good base for the Mod-Podge.

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I bought fall scrapbook paper to decoupage onto the letters. Don't forget to scrape the bubbles out!!

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After they were all mod-podged, I trimmed the paper really close to the edges and sanded it down the rest of the way to give an aged look.

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The backs of the letters got some distressing with brown paint. They have to look good from both sides, ya know!

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I used some cafe rod clips (from Wal-Mart) & hot glue to attach the ribbon hangers. My handy little upholstery tacks (with most of the post clipped off) served as a finishing touch and hid the blobs of hot glue.

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I had several fat quarters in my fabric stash and I bought some seasonal fabric on sale from Hobby Lobby. I tied some fall leaf buttons to the end of the thin brown ribbon. I found several cute rolls of ribbon on sale that I used as well. I cut them all into strips with pinking shears. My strips were about 8 to 10 inches long and 1 to 1.5 inches wide. Honestly though, after the first few pieces of fabric, I just started to eyeball it. I was a little impatient. Oh well, it turned out well in the end. I may just tear all the fabric next time. My hand was aching after all that cutting!!

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I forgot to take a picture of the jute string I used to tie the ribbon onto, but it came in a big skein from Wal-Mart. You can get it at any craft store, though. I measured where I wanted to hang the garland and then I tied a loop in each end of my jute string. Hmmm, I guess I also forgot to take a pic of the actual tying process too. Oh well, here's what I did...I tied on a piece of fabric (just a single knot) to the string and pushed it up tight against the loop at the end. Make sure you slide it over the tail of the loop. Then I alternated tying on fabric, ribbon, fabric, ribbon, etc. Push all the pieces up really tight against each other so the garland will be full & fluffy. At the end of each round of fabric/ribbon, I tied on a ribbon with a button at the end. They hang down and give it a little somethin' extra. I added all my hanging doo-dads when I was done tying all the pieces to the string. You could use curtain clips that slide onto the string, but I wanted to be able to take them off easily.

Here's my Sis's finished garland...(I didn't use the buttons in hers)

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Some hidden pretties...

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More hidden pretties...

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I hung mine in our kitchen window.

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Close-ups of the details

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The cafe rod clips are just clipped to the fabric.

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So there you go! A cozy little garland to add some fall flair to my home. I still have some fabric left over so I'm thinking about getting one of those wire wreath frames and making a Ragamuffin Wreath! Wouldn't that be cute for Christmas, too? Or any occasion for that matter. Babies, Easter, 4th of July, you could go raggedy all year round!

Have a wonderful day, Y'all!!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

I should've done this 6 months ago!!

Back in April, we gave our teeny tiny bathroom a much needed face-lift. Nothing major, just a new coat of paint and some pretty accessories. I would have dearly loved to get rid of the mauvish-pink tile that surrounds the shower and lower half of the walls. But, that was a bigger task than Hubby and I were willing to undertake. I suppose pink tile was popular back in the 60's when our little abode was built.

We changed the room's paint color from flat white (we're talking chalk consistency here) to a warmer tan with a hint of pink undertones. The windowsill was the original stained wood but I wanted it to stand out against the tan walls. So, I painted the windowsill "Gallery White" in a gloss finish. The cabinet doors got a good sanding and a coat of Gallery White in a satin finish. Supposedly, if you change up the finishes of your paint, it gives the room interest. I don't know how well that works in our bathroom, which is the size of most people's pantries, but at least it looks brighter in there. Funny how painting the walls a darker color can make a room look brighter, huh? Maybe I'm just crazy!

Fast forward to now. We had put up blinds in the bathroom for privacy, but I never got around to hanging any sort of window treatment. We had to mount the blinds directly to the molding of the window due to how it was made, so the blinds kinda stick out a-ways from the wall. Therefore, I thought I needed a curtain rod to make the curtain stand out. Well, I've had a pretty little valance from the Shabby Chic line at Target since we finished the re-do. But, I could never find a rod that "struck me," you know what I mean? Do you see where this is going? Yeah, perfect recipe for me to procrastinate once again.

However, I am happy to say that yesterday I put my curtain rod woes behind me. I know many of you read the Nesting Place blog. And, I'm sure you've heard her mention her window "mistreatments." She even had a "Mistreatment Club" where everybody linked to their posts about beautifully haphazard window treatments. So, I followed suit and "mistreated" my little bathroom window. Here, take a look and tell me what you think! Oh, and don't forget, you can click on the pictures to enlarge them!

My pitifully bare window...

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The tools of the trick. Yes, those are upholstery tacks!! And yes, they are resting on the top of the toilet. I had to stand on something to reach all the way up there! I told you our bathroom is tiny. There's no room for a stool!

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Can you believe a little upholstery tack can hold up a curtain?!

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This was super-easy! It only took me 5 minutes, I promise! And, I am super-OCD. I usually have to measure EVERYTHING and make doubly sure that it's all even. I didn't break out the tape measure once! I just had my Sweetie tell me if it looked even. I'm pretty darn proud of myself for wingin' it!!

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Oh, if it looks uneven to you, please DON'T tell me! It will drive me nuts!!! Here's a peek at the whole room...

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Just pretend you didn't see my open makeup bag on the counter. We can't always "stage" every picture, now can we? But, I did iron my shower curtain for y'all, even the ruffle at the bottom. Ha!

The fabric of the valance is a little too sheer, and I might mess around with adding some more fabric underneath it. Oh, who am I kidding? It took me 6 months to do this! I'm most likely not gonna touch it anymore! Anyway, it was lots of fun to do something the "wrong" way. Hehe! Let me know if y'all decide to try it too!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

It doesn't take much to amaze me.

I just got done cleaning my towel hamper. Yes, you heard me right. My towel hamper. With a Clorox Disinfecting wipe.

Why? You ask. Well, after putting in a load of towels, the hamper was empty, naturally. And I guess I've never really inspected the bottom of the thing before, but it was nasty!! Really, you should all go take a closer look at your hampers. You'll be amazed just like I was.

Of course, we do live with an ENORMOUS black lab so I expected a little dog hair to be in there. But the dirt and stains that appeared to be coffee (I hope)? No clue. I mean, how can a hamper get so yucky when it only holds towels that have dried off a clean body? I'm just going to assume it's all the more visible because it's made of white plastic & has "vent" holes on all sides.

While I'm on the subject (soap box), who invented white plastic, anyway? It's really never a good idea. Think about it...your white plastic tupperware? Stained with spaghetti sauce. The white plastic trashcan with a lid common in about 90% of American homes? Stained with God-only-knows-what that won't come off even with bleach. Now that's gross! Oh, and my white plastic towel hamper? You already heard that story.

*Sigh*

Now that I've aired my dirty laundry for the world to read, I suppose I'll have to keep a closer eye on the state of my hampers. Great! One more thing that has to be cleaned. Who would've thought?

I'm off to check the CLOTHES hamper. Wish me luck......

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

This Little House

Little house, on a little hill

You've been such a sweet home,

Humble and still.


Your footprint is small,

Your walls not too tall

Little house, on a little hill.


Opening your doors & windows can be tough

Never would you be called a diamond.

After all, your edges are somewhat rough,

Little house, on a little hill.


You've been our first home

Inside your bounds our love has grown.

Our eyes never from one another to roam,

Little house, on a little hill.


May your possessions

Never become our obsessions

Little house, on a little hill.


You've been such a sweet home

Humble and still

Little house, on a little hill.

Monday, October 6, 2008

One down, who knows how many to go...

I made it through my first weekend on dayshift. And, I have to say, it wasn't half bad! I learned (or re-learned) tons of stuff and was able to gain some confidence in my ability to take care of adults! Ha! It's amazing how much about adult nursing I had forgotten since I've only been taking care of babies for 4 years. Thankfully, most things came flooding back to mind with just a little prompting from my preceptor.

With this weekend down, I have 4 more days to work on the med-surg floor until I move on for orientation on another unit. Hopefully, I'll be able to re-learn even more skills before I go. I have a few things I'd like to be able to do before I move on. As busy as that floor is, I'm sure I'll have ample oppurtunity!

Thanks for all your prayers, I appreciate them so much! So far, I feel really good about the change. And I LOVE being able to come home at night and see my sweetie!! By the way, he had wonderful suppers waiting on me every night this weekend. I'm so blessed to have such a thoughtful and loving husband! It still hasn't sunk in that this will be my permanent schedule from now on, though. I guess I'm still getting used to it!

Y'all have a wonderful day! I'm off to finish a craft project and scrounge up something for supper!

Friday, October 3, 2008

If I'd have known how it would all end up, I'd have started here first!

Whew! Today was a big day for me, y'all! I worked my very first day shift in approximately 4 1/2 years. And, I wasn't even that nervous, which was a big surprise to me!! Crazier still, I had little to no trouble getting up before dawn this morning! And I was even early to work! Those of you who know me understand how unusual that is. I am not a morning person. Or, at least I didn't think so!

Let me give you some background. Ever since my sweetie and I got married, we've wanted me to be on day shift. Yes, I said "we." He missed me while I was gone and I hated having to leave him at night after only seeing him for about an hour after he got home from work. So, I put in my request to go to days in September 2007 and I am just now getting my wish. You see, I have been charge nurse in the nursery for about 4 years and for the last few years have been the only RN who could charge. There was one other RN who would occasionally charge in the nursery if I had to be gone, but she was mainly postpartum staff. Which put me and the administration in a bind. If I went to dayshift, who would be charge nurse in the nursery? You see the conundrum?

Well, praise God, they hired a nurse a few months ago who just happened to be moving here from California...where she had worked in postpartum & nursery for FIVE YEARS!! Yay! They asked her if she would be interested in being charge nurse (which is very unusual for a new hire) and of course she jumped at the chance. *Sidenote: when acting as charge nurse you don't have to "float" to other units, i.e. old people floor, kids floor, NICU. * I've been orienting her for the past several weeks and she is doing a great job. I felt really comfortable leaving the charge nurse duties to her. By the way, I am kind of a control freak when it comes to being charge nurse, in that I want things to be done the right way. And I also believe that if the little tasks are not done, then you make someone else's job so much harder.

Anyway, she was ready to fly on her own and the time had come for me to move on. *sniff, sniff* I worked my last night shift this past Sunday night and it was bittersweet. I was sad to be leaving all my "people" but excited about what this new phase in my career would bring. I had a nice break being off for four days before starting bright and early this morning.

Since I have not floated to any other units in the past 4 years, my head nurse agreed to give me some orientation time on the other floors. To help me get my feet wet again, so to speak. Much to my surprise, I really enjoyed my first day on the medical-surgical floor (old people). I feel like I re-learned a lot of information that I'd forgotten since nursing school. And I got to practice skills that I haven't used in a long time. Well, actually, I have changed plenty of diapers in 4 years, but an adult diaper is just a little bit different, ya know? Yeah, I was kinda grossed out, too! Ha!

I'll be working on this med-surg floor for 7 days and then it's on to the pediatric floor. So far, so good. I'm so thankful for this oppurtunity to be at home with my husband at night. It still hasn't sunk in that I'll see him every day and that I don't have to leave him anymore! Thank you, Lord! If you think about me, say a prayer that I will be the nurse that my patients need and that I will be a light in their day.

Speaking of day, I'm bushed so I think I'll call this day quits! Goodnight, Y'all!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Dixieland Delight

It's one of my favorite "Alabama" songs. And it also happens to be the term I give to anything that makes this Southern girl happy (as of this post anyway--I just came up with it). Corny, I know. But hey, I can only work with the dorky genes God gave me, right?

Anywho, back to my point...

I love being a girl! The clothes, the jewelry, the ability to get away with crying for no apparent reason...I could go on and on. Sometimes when I'm feeling especially excited to be a girl, I'll say it out loud and then my hubby just shakes his head and laughs at me. He's just jealous.

Yesterday, I got to go ramblin' around with a friend of mine whom we shall call "K." She's going to be in a wedding this weekend and needed someone to go get their nails done with her. Who am I to deny a friend in need? So naturally, I tagged along.

We caught up on each other's lives since we haven't seen one another in awhile. We nosed around a cute little paperie in a fancy shopping strip. We got pampered at the nail salon. And then we had lunch in a tea room! Tomato soup with cream and chicken salad croissant sandwich, no less. This girly girl was in heaven!

 DSCN1985I just love my nails! I got a French manicure. Why is it that pretty nails make you feel so good? And it always looks so much better than when I do it myself. I'll probably never get a full set of tips again because the manicure looks just like them. And they put that super-thick top coat on that makes it last forever! Love that! Oh, and when it comes off, it doesn't take your whole fingernail with it! Ouch!

Just wanted to share some of my happy with y'all today. Local girls--isn't this weather beautiful? Maybe fall is really here! Yay!