As I was driving along with a friend yesterday, we were talking about school being out soon. Then we started talking about what all is going on in our lives the next few weeks. THEN I realized VBS is on June 5th. I am in charge of decorating the stage and figuring the crafts for the 3 - 5 year olds. I do believe I need to get busy with planning. So of course, me being me, I headed to Pinterest.

I see a lot of pool noodles in my future. We can cut notches in the noodles to make them spiral like coral reefs.

This is a coral reef made for the The Little Mermaid Jr. The bulk of it is from pool noodles, foam flowers, and the lower flowers are from plastic table cloths.:

These cute little crabs would be good for my children's church kids to make to help decorate.

paper plate crab ocean fish summer craft art:

If we are going to be Submerged then I need to figure out how to make a submarine.

Yellow submarine photo booth:

Some Japanese lanterns (I think that is what they are called) cut in half with some streamers would make some awesome jelly fish.

DIY Paper Lantern Jellyfish Decorations How To

Not to mention some cute fish.

fish paper lantern plus hungry caterpillar lanterns CUTE!!!:

And of course, the ultimate submerged creature....an OCTOPUS. I have decide to get a giant beach ball for his head, painted and with pool noodles for his legs.

Fun octopus made with pool noodles and foam spray! Ocean Commotion decorations #vbs2016:

It appears I have my work cut out for me the next week.


Moving and downsizing advice

After completing a massive downsize move, I feel the need to hand out some advice to a couple of my readers who are going to go through a downsize later this year. My move was not planned, but I had an opportunity I didn't want to pass up so between 2:00 on a Sunday afternoon and 8:30 on a Monday morning, I made the decision to take the offer. 

1. Start now in preparing for it. Moving in a week from a 3 bedroom 2 bath to a 2 bedroom 1 bath is a major undertaking. Especially when you are like me and like your "stuff". How one woman could collect so much stuff is beyond me. Keep in mind I have had 3 yard sales in April so I thought I was done with "stuff". Turns out I was wrong.

2. Everybody I know packs everything in the house that is sitting out or in kitchen/bath cabinets first. If the move is including downsizing to a smaller  home, I recommend to start with your closets first. Don't fall prey to the adage of "I'll move the closet stuff from closet to new closet and sort later." You will get there and realize there are not as many new closets and in some instances not as big as the old closets. Nothing worse than getting organized in your new home, making it all pretty and then realizing you have to stack those extra closet storage containers in a room until you can get a chance to go through them. Do it now. You will wear yourself out if you have to face that after the move is complete. Voice of experience here.

3. I am a very sentimental person. But some things that I was sentimental about was just because I liked them, not because they had a special meaning. And when you don't have enough room for everything, it is amazing how pragmatic you can become and sentimentality takes a back seat really fast.

4. Think before you get excited to find a good size box to pack in. Remember as you are packing that big box, at some point somebody is going to have to lift it or move it. I tried to be very cautious about that and some were a little heavier than others, but the guys that helped me move had no problems in lifting them. The problem came when I had to lift them to move them out of my way or set them on a table or chair to unpack them. Really didn't think that through very well. So be cautious and don't over pack a box.

5. One thing I have always done when I moved was the minute we knew we were moving and had a move date, I went through the entire house and took every single thing off the walls. That way, we had all that done and out of the way. It will amaze you how good you feel when you know you have made a start.

6. About a week before you move, make up your favorite fragrant dish (spaghetti, beef stroganoff, chilli, etc.) Freeze it and have it ready to move from the old fridge to the new fridge. This way, your first official night in your new home you can pop it in the oven and have a delicious dinner without worrying about where is this and where is that and having to clean an entire kitchen in the midst of unpacking.

7. It is also a good idea to pick up some plastic silverware, Solo cups and plates. That way the last couple of days you are packing, you are not facing a pile of dishes to wash before you can pack. And when you get to the new house, you can eat while you are unpacking without having to start accumulating dirty dishes before all the clean stuff is even put away.

8. If you are not going to be using a moving company to move you, it is a good idea to cart as many items as you can that are breakable in your car for the few days before moving day. This way your valuables are not tossed around in a big truck. My daughter and I made sure to bring all my tea pots, tea sets and obviously my Pyrex all in one load so we knew that those all went somewhere safe while the rest of the moving was done.

9. Have fun with it. Don't let it get you down. You will be so excited about your old place, but you will also feel moments of sadness leaving the familiar. I guess it was especially hard on me since that was where we lived when Allen got sick and that's where we spend his last days preparing for the end. In ways that made it harder to leave and in ways it made it easier.

10. Make sure you get a good night sleep every night before, during and after the move. No matter how much you want to get it all done, don't stay up past your normal bedtime to do it. You will be totally exhausted and won't even be able to enjoy the new house.


Sunday Beauty

God can sure make beautiful sun and moon displays.....

A beautiful sunrise this morning....

..... after a gorgeous blue moon and viewing of Mars last night.

He sure knows how to make my day!


One of a kind....

God made us all different and isn't that a great thing? I wouldn't want to be anybody but me. We are each unique in our own way and that is fine. We don't have to be a "cookie cutter mold" of somebody else. We can have our own tastes, our own outlook, our own little quirks. We just need to be who we are, who God created. After all, the we that we are is what makes us .... well, US. Just some cute little photos today to let us all know it is okay to be different. 


Friday Foto Friends

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Last Saturday, I was at a friends house and we got to watch three little birdies leave the nest. Mom and Dad were flittering about and going crazy so we knew something big was up. this was the first guy to venture out. He sat there for awhile and just flapped his wings, then took flight. He didn't get far before he landed in the grass. Then he started hopping....straight for the busy road! I grabbed a dish towel and headed to the road to "fan" him back. It was working, but slowly when a truck came flying around the curve. I motioned him to stop and showed him why. He got out of his truck and stopped traffic both directions until we could "shoo" the little fellow back to the yard and turned in the other direction. It worked and he hopped around the yard awhile then took flight. Was a beautiful thing to see.

I took this picture late last night a little before dark. The lighting wasn't good and my camera isn't the best in the world. But I just love my mountain view. It's not big and full of grandeur like other views in the county. But that is okay. At least I can see the Smoky Mountains a little from my home. It was a little overcast last night as well, but it's still a view. Just wish I didn't have so many wires in the view. I actually caught a bird in flight and he looks like a black blob in the picture. I will have to try for a better one some day.

Have a happy Friday.


My wish list

One day next week, I am going to be visiting some new antique stores I haven't been to before. I am looking forward to getting back to my Pyrex hunting. I have been trading and selling Pyrex pieces pretty heavy since November. I have my set down to colors and patterns I like of what I had.  

But there are still some colors I do not have that I would like to get. My one piece that I would love to find and would be thrilled even if that is the only thing I find and that is the 403 Friendship mixing bowl.

I wouldn't mind if I found any of the butterfly gold mixing bowls. 


One of these days, I want the Butterprint pattern in the new Pyrex line "Vintage Charm". I started to buy them at the local Corelle outlet and didn't. I need to go back over there and pick up a set. 

I have never cared for the dot bowls in Pyrex, but I love the vintage Hazel Atlas that came in the dots. 

This isn't vintage, but I am on the hunt for the Pioneer Woman's cookie jar. My Walmart has never carried it and when I go to Knoxville to Walmart, I forget to look. I need to put this on my list so I can see if I can find it. 

The Pioneer Woman Charlie 9.6" x 5.8" x 10.04" Cookie Jar

Those are just a few of the things I am looking for. Wish me luck!


Fun in the Sun

As we gear up for the summer season, we look forward to vacations at the beach, long days at the pool relaxing in the sun. So I wanted to share some of my favorite fun in the sun humor. Have a wonderful over the hump day.

And my favorite....a beach selfie.


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