Showing posts from October, 2015

Drawing At The Well

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey. There are some hearts like wells green-mossed and deep As ever summer saw,
And cool their water is, yea, cool and sweet;
But you must come to draw.
They hoard not, yet they rest in calm content,
And not unsought will give;
They can be quiet with their wealth unspent,
So self-contained they live. --Author unknown.

It has been a real quiet day, with absolutely nothing unusual happening. Isn't that what we've always wanted? Peace and serenity are things we look for in our homes. We are looking for a sanctuary where  we can unwind from the days toil. Today we found that sanctuary.

It's amazing what one can get accomplished when there is peace. No pressures or tensions to distract anyone from the real purpose of the moment. I did more today than what I actually do all week.

 Even now, as the pumpkin shaped cookies lay cooling for tomorrow's treat bags, I'm relaxing doing something I really love. I couldn't have asked for a be…

Throwback Thursday

           Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.
Tears came to my eyes when I read this post. You see, I haven't driven by car to Springfield since then. I love road trips! I love to drive on the open road! Why haven't I gone now? Well, my car is pretty old and basically if I want to keep it around a few years more, I won't place so much strain on it. I only use my car sparingly never traveling too far. But, every time I pass the entrance to a highway, I can hear it call my name . . . . .

What also caught my eye, was the early years that led to what is now The Crocheting Ministry. I made several afghans that were donated to the nursing home and then I began my quest, my bootie quest which resulted in my making 665 pairs that were donated to U.I.C. Children's Cancer Unit.

I remember that trip well. My body wasn't completely healed yet, so I believe we (my mom came with me) hit every rest stop from Chicago to Springfield. It definitely was a very long trip…

Simply Models

                                        Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

Here are some of my favorite models of a Tiny Home. Also some links where one can find more details on these images:

The Do It Yourself World
Living Big In A Tiny House

Life Is All About Changes

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

Take my life, and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.

Take my moments and my days;
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.

Life is all about the changes. There's is no way around the constant adaptation that we have to go through. When we are born we have to learn how to eat, how to walk and how to talk. While in school, we learn to spell, do math and history of our past. When we're teenagers we learn about relationships with others. Adulthood brings on even more changes. A new job, marriage, motherhood, an illness etc.

Life is all about the changes and our adaptation to them. Yesterday, I had begun my new journey of the month. My upper dentures came in and I happily skipped over to my dentist to pick them up. Talk about being naïve! I don't know what I was thinking! For some reason I thought I would pop them in and go about my merry way. Not!

Friends, I almost hyperventilated in the car driving back. I could b…

Gone Fishing

               Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

I'm sitting here on my bed watching Tiny House Nation on Youtube, season after season, episode after episode. I'm imagining myself living in a Tiny House surrounded by beautiful Fall foliage overlooking perhaps a lake or a farm scene.

From my window, busy squirrels leap from tree branch to tree branch searching for their last minute Winter fare. In the distance one can hear the chirping of birds, not able to distinguish one breed from another. It looks cold and windy outside, but I'm snuggled in my cozy tiny sanctuary.

I don't know what you're doing right now, but  . . . . . . in my mind this is where I'm at. Whatever you may have to do this Saturday, I genuinely hope you find the time to just relax and refresh yourself.

Have a blessed and happy weekend.

A Week In Review

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

We cannot make bargains for blisses,
Nor catch them like fishes in nets;
And sometimes the thing our life misses
Helps more than the thing which it gets.
For good lieth not in pursuing,
Nor gaining of great nor small,
But just in the doing and doing
As we would be done by is all. --Alice Gary.

I thought Friday would never come! Every single day this week I had to get up early as appointment after appointment filled my calendar. Today was no different. My days of being up at 7 a.m. are long gone. I find that I need those two hours of extra sleep since I'm still working and maintaining my regular lifestyle.

I had an appointment for a Petscan this week that ended up being cancelled due to my insurance denying the claim. Apparently, I'm entitled to a certain amount of Petscans for the year and I've already have reached that goal. All I can have now are Ct scans which are the second favorite of oncologists.

Since my vacation is very …

Throwback Thursday

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

Fear can immobilize all our other thoughts by shifting the attention to what we fear at that moment instead of what we really should be focusing on.

My fears haven't really changed since the post below. Though, I am in a very good place regarding my cancer, I still have many fears when it comes to the people I am leaving behind. I wish things were a little more settled with them, but I'm still waiting on the Lord for that.

Sometimes, I feel as if the change won't happen unless I am gone. That is hard because I both wanted and needed reassurance of the welfare of my children. Again, this is where the trust comes in . . . the trust of God providing for them.
  Looking out the window at the snow falling , I wondered how many people were experiencing fear right now . Fear of their car skidding across the road . Fear of being late for work or picking up their children .
   What are my fears ? I'm afraid of many silly…

Erma Bombeck

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

I cannot tell you enough how much I love this woman. When I was a very young woman, I came across some of her work. Instant love, Folks. I felt as if seeing myself in the mirror. Now, I'm not comparing her writing to mine at all. I am a mere amateur, but her sense of humor. She had a sarcastic, satirical way of saying things where one wondered what really laid underneath that exterior or that comment. Being a sarcastic person myself, I understood her humor and her way of writing.

Last night, I came across another story of hers and it was like Stop The Presses! I immediately wanted to share this with all of you.

Men Have a Six-Word Limit
by Erma Bombeck
I have publicly stated that men speak approximately six words a day in their homes. A few readers have challenged me and want to know what the six words are.
I should have qualified my statement. The six words are not necessarily spoken in sequence, nor are they necessarily spoken …

2016 Goals

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

During these past eight years, my life has taken on a journey of simplification. I would be lying if I claimed to have purposely begun this path of cleaning up my life. It sort of happened on it's own as if someone was leading the way lighting the stepping stones. I have said this many times, I feel as if I've finally begun living the life I was meant to live.

Having said all that, I once again feel as if I'm propelled toward a new path. I've always felt these past eight years have been a training course for what the end of my golden years would look like. Even though I may have felt my life has been stuck in a rut since the elimination of my shift at work, but that is because I am anxious to begin that new journey.

All in good time, my friends, all in good time. That's what I keep reminding myself whenever I feel melancholy. Until then, I have been trying to fill my time with fulfilling last minute details that I h…

A Season For Everything

                                         Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

Chugging Along

                                         Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

“Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.” - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)
Some days, you can't get it right, no matter how much you try. One just fumbles.

We could spend all morning attempting to set our hair all to no avail. It just flops.

A huge pile of laundry awaits our attention. Those pants we wanted to wear lie right on top. We're so desperate that we actually take them out for inspection. Maybe they're not too bad.

We don't look good. We don't feel good and we definitely are not good. All we desire at that very morning is to shut the door to the outside world and not come out until the next morning.

Alas, it cannot be so. We have to go to work, do our errands, pay our bills. . .. basically we have to live. When these hard days come and turn even worse as the day pro…

Throwback Thursday

                                          Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

I'm still grateful for all those things, especially the car still running. The booties turned into 665 pairs that were donated to U.I.C. Children's Cancer Clinic and the start of The Crocheting Ministry Club. I'm back in treatment, but no infusion this time. Yeah, I think it's a pretty good day.

What am I grateful this morning?
1. A good cup of coffee  (always can appreciate that!)
2. The car still running (amen, praise Jesus!)
3. The Ministry meeting this morning (still around!)
4. The yarn that came in the mail (always need yarn)
5. Absolutely no drama in my life (Halleluiah!)

My one regret? Well, when I did turn fifty last JANUARY, I was not a happy camper and the surprise party everyone gave me, I wasn't as good of a companion as I should have been. For some unknown reason, I wanted to spend that day alone.

A Thankful Heart
  Trying to catch up this morning on all my daily r…

Simply A Happy THOW

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

What is a THOW? It stands for Tiny House On Wheels. I've finally found a blog of a very satisfied and happy tiny house owner. A young single woman in her late twenties. Yes, she has had some struggles, but she also overcame them.

What I loved the most was that she really wrote about her experiences settling into her little house. She also offered links to certain appliances, equipment etc. She basically touched on all my silent questions.

I think she really enjoys her THOW, because this is exactly what she was looking for.  This kind of lifestyle suits her (living simply) and her needs. She is basically living the way I hope to in the future.

Her THOW cost quite a bit, because she had it custom made to her specification. It was also constructed pretty quickly since she had to vacate her apartment. She was willing to pay extra and ended up taking out a loan for her THOW. I'm NOT willing to do all that. Remember my statement of b…

Not Favorite "Simplies"

                                         Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

Yesterday, I posted the favorites and today we are all about the least favorites. These are things I've tried and they didn't quite work out for me.

1. Juicing
We have tried, really tried to make this work, but  . . . . a huge but here, folks. This is messy as heck plus there is so much waste (pulp). Maybe if we lived off grid on a farm or had a garden that we could use the pulp for a compost, maybe then it would be worthwhile to us. Then you have all this cleanup from various parts of a juicer. Don't forget the expense of the fruit and veggies. No, juicing just wasn't for us.

2. Organization
I could write a book naming all the different techniques we have used in  trying to become organized. All of them work for a week or so. At least, around here. I can  guarantee two simple things for organization of any type to stick. One, get rid of anything you don't need. Two, put away…

Favorite "Simplies"

                                         Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

Over the past year or so, I've began a series called "Simply", dealing with anything that could simplify my life. That could include a healthier way of life or being a minimalist or getting rid of emotional stress. Anything that could improve my quality of life.

I have tried many things, but not all of them have been successful nor have I continued on incorporating them into my lifestyle. Here I'm only mentioning the successes not the failures.

I love wine and I mean real wine not the sweet sugary wines that are out there for women. I love the merlots, the cabernet sauvignon, blanc, chardonnay etc. I wish I could have a glass every single night after supper. I believe there are so many health benefits to wine, of course, in moderation.

2. Exercise
Ugh, I hate this one and I've tried numerous methods from yoga to walking to aerobics. I hate exercising, period. Yet, I unde…

Cool As A Cucumber

        Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

How you handle today will determine what you are tomorrow.

Even though my face may be expressive at times, I'm pretty good at hiding any storms I may be going through at any particular point. Very few people, if any, know the circumstances of these trials. For some reason, I've always been a good listener, but not a very good confessor.

It's very difficult for me to have a "BFF". I've always played life with all my cards close to my chest. There were times where I confided in what I thought was a dear friend or two, but somehow they proved otherwise.

It's no wonder that I can keep my emotions in check when it comes to my cancer. I've learned to maintain a positive attitude in front of others. It doesn't come easy, but I have had eight years of practice.

The funny thing is that I can tell right away when a fellow cancer survivor is doing the same. Take my new found friend Didi. Upon me…

Throwback Thursday

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

My truck was sick right along with me. I have no doubts on that subject. The year 2011 was one of my worst. Not only did I have to deal with the return of my cancer, but frustrations galore. I had so many problems with my FMLA paperwork, plus the darn car was constantly breaking down . . . all minor issues, but still troublesome.

All I wanted was to rest and I couldn't do that. Instead, it was one problem after the next. Miraculously the minute I went into remission, so did my car.

A Conversation With My Car
     Everyone is well aware of the troubles with my car . I honestly believe this vehicle is sick right along with me . It keeps breaking down . You may think it's just old , but no folks , when it breaks down it doesn't necessarily cost me money to fix it . Sometimes , it's just a wire that is loose and needs to be tightened or he has a part already on hand . Once , I've seen him cut a hose shorter and attach…

A Better Place

                                          Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.--PS. xxiii. 4.

"You know what, Lottie? The way you are regarding your cancer, that's how I want to be regarding my situation".

That stunned me a little bit. I'm always forgetting that I blog about my life and people are actually reading this. I guess it surprises me that people would be interested in an ordinary life such as mine or at least that's how I see it.

"Looking at you no one would think you have cancer, you have such a positive attitude regarding it".

I don't know who these people are talking about. If they only knew how hard it was to get up this morning. I set the alarm at 6 a.m. on purpose. What time did I get up? It was 7:40 a.m. before I dragged, yes dragged myself into the shower. I needed to do a load o…

A Cancer Update

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

O strange and wild is the world of men
Which the eyes of the Lord must see--
With continents, inlands, tribes, and tongues,
With multitudes bond and free!
All kings of the earth bow down to him,
And yet--he can think of me. For none can measure the mind of God
Or the bounds of eternity,
He knows each life that has come from him,
To the tiniest bird and bee,
For the love of his heart is so deep and wide
That it takes in even me. --Mary E. Allbright.

As I've mentioned numerous times, my energy level has dropped radically. I'm struggling with the emotional side of inertia. I have always been a busy person who has multitasked and often graded myself by how productive I'd be with completion of any given project. I'm struggling because I feel that I'm not doing enough.

Hence, I've decided to adapt to my new lifestyle at the moment. Life constantly changes around us and we have to make the necessary adjustments. I've sat down …

Simply Downsizing 101

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

The only way I can make my living tiny work is to downsize everything and I mean everything in my life. There are only two exceptions to this rule: my crocheting and my books. Anything pertaining to that is staying.

I know that I have over five years before any of this can happen, but I can slowly prepare myself. So almost every weekend, I attack a part of the apartment whether that is the closet, a  junk draw or a shelf.

Clothes take up a lot of room and we have accessories like scarves and belts to complete them.  I, myself have three categories of clothing in my closet. I have the skinny clothes from years ago that I one day hope to wear again. I have my fancy clothes for going out that are worn only a few times a year. The third is my casual everyday wear.

Last month, I became very dissatisfied with the contents of my closet over spilling every time I opened the door. I donated all my skinny clothes and majority of my fancy wear to…

A Winter's Prep

Every Fall, Emily and I prepare for the coming Winter months by making lists of items that we may need to keep us cozy and comfy in the cold days.  No one wants to be heading out to the stores while a blizzard rages on.

So like the squirrels outdoors, we prepare. We sit down and make lists. There is a medicine list consisting of flu and cold medicines, cough drops,  tissues and honey.

A clothes list follows, but only the small stuff like thick socks, personal items such as undies, woolen pajamas. Do we need new gloves or boots or a coat?

The kitchen pantry supplies make up the largest list of all. That's where Costco comes in handy, buying bulk-size. We usually stock up on flour, yeast, sugar, pasta, grains etc. Things of that nature.

Even the car gets a prep job with a new tune up, a good cleaning both inside and out plus a vacuum.

The apartment gets a makeover as curtains are changed, walls and carpets cleaned and thicker blankets brought out. The windows are sealed tight and the h…

A Foodie Day

When Fall comes, it's all about the food and the comfort around here. The wind may howl and blow cold blasts of air, but we are snuggled in burrowing within our tiny apartment. It's no surprise that people tend to gain weight in the Winter.

Autumn brings hardy vegetables with it and squash, zucchini and broccoli become a regular part of any meal.

We have discovered kale during the Summer and now try to incorporate it into everything. Soups, salads, smoothies and even focaccia bread, it doesn't matter, we are in love with kale.

We love seafood, but salmon remains our favorite here pictured with a bayou bourbon glaze.

In this family, supper isn't supper unless there is a salad involved.

Dessert can be Emily's homemade chocolate eclairs or some fruit.

We set the table and pour a glass of white wine.

Before we begin to enjoy our feast, the most important part of any meal, we say Grace.

Have a blessed Saturday everyone.

A Week In My Life Pt.3

I jokingly refer to today as my healthcare day. It's all about the aches and pains, dental appointments, taking care of insurance and making claims. Sounds like fun, doesn't it?

 There is nothing more I hate than spending time on the phone with customer service of any kind, let alone healthcare. It has been a rare day indeed where I can walk away content after hanging up with them. Why is healthcare so incredibly messed up, complicated and damn expensive?

To make the day even worse, I've lost my crocheting hook! Oh, you may laugh, but this was a very special hook that a friend gave me with a bamboo handle. That bamboo handle had a role to play in preventing carpal tunnel, thus no aches and pains. Now that I lost it in my bedroom somewhere, my hand/arm is hurting. Every time  I crochet, I'm feeling the strain on my hand.

Feeling determined, I crawled around on my hands and knees searching in my room for that darn hook! I even called Emily over to help lift furn…

Throwback Thursday

It's funny, but this is exactly the way I FEEL right now. I just want to sit and be alone with my thoughts, my writing and my crocheting. I want to take in the beautiful nature around me and the stillness of peace. I want to see the sunrise in the morning and the sunset in the evening. Let me take a walk and bask in God's gorgeous creation.

A Quiet Corner
          Are you weary ?
         rest a little bit
         in some quiet corner
         fold your hands and sit
         do not let the trials
         that have grieved you
         all the day
         haunt this quiet corner
         drive them all away
         let your heart grow empty
         of every thought unkind
         that peace may hover around
         you and joy may fill your mind
         count up all your blessings
         I'm sure they are not few
         that the Dear Lord
         daily bestows on you
         soon you'll feel so rested
         glad you stopped a bit
         in this qu…