It's been so long since I have blogged and I really miss it. Just thought I'd kick off March by starting back on my blog. I won't catch you up on everything that has happened since I last blogged back in 2022. I just thought I'd share some recent things.
I put out a few decorations in honor of the upcoming St. Patrick's Day. For some reason I love my little door and leprechaun.
I just felt like they were so adorable.
I also changed the curtains in the dining room. I am loving them.
I fixed this little area in the kitchen. I am loving my basket with the burlap bow. A great Hobby Lobby find at 50% off.
I was surprised to get a package the other day from my oldest cousin. I mentioned this tablecloth in one of the other cousin's post. When Jeannie saw I said I'd love to find one like this, she sent me hers. I was blown away. She wanted me to have it. Our cousins are all close with us, but this made me just sit down and cry. I was so happy.
I shopped my house and found the blue vase and then shopped another room and found the tulips. I am beside myself with excitement.
Speaking of excitement! This Friday is the grand opening of the new Chick-fil-a just about 5 or 6 miles from my house. This is good news! But, on the other hand, as much as I love Chick-fil-a, maybe it's not such a good thing.
That's it for today. Hope you visit again tomorrow.
One has to go forever. Hmmm. I am not giving up waffles or pancakes because they are my easy supper fixes. Eggs are at least 2 or 3 times a week. Bacon and sausage can be used so many ways. Regular, on biscuits on pizza. Just can't lose those. I do love my orange juice. Ice cold with pulp. I can handle apple juice. It's not a favorite, but if I'm served it I can drink it. Not really a coffee drinker, but if I am freezing and no hot chocolate, I could drink coffee with milk. That just leaves grits. I cannot see a need ever in my life where I would need or want grits.....unless I am out of wallpaper paste.
Grief. Experts can give you advice. People who have been through it can give you advice. But the reality is that each individual has to come to terms with it and deal with in the way that helps them the most.
This is expecially true when you lose a spouse. Seven years ago, I lost my husband to a liver disease. He was only 63. We had been married 34 years. I was so lost. I had no idea which way to turn. We had two children and five grandchildren. I felt like I had to be the strong one. The one to show them how to pick up and move on.
Things were not easy. I lost my job a couple months after he died. I wasn't old enough to draw his social security for another year. The struggle was real. I had friends who got me food from the church because I was to proud to ask for help. I figured that if I took help, I was depriving somebody that needed it more than I did. I had a friend who would show up with baskets of food or bags of goodies like detergent, toilet paper, etc. I thought it was Christmas. I never told my kids how tight times were because I didn't want to make them think I needed help.
I was Mom. The one that was always there for them. I wanted them to think I could make it on my own. But that year was by far the worst, hardest time I had ever had in my life. But I overcame all that. I not only changed jobs, I changed careers. It gave me something to put my focus on to take me out of my grief except in those dark moments after midnight.
Fast forward to now. I stayed strong, I did what I could and adjusted where I had to. I made new friends and got a new job making enough to pay my bills and enjoy life. I love the life I have made for myself. Was it the life I expected at 65 years old? No, I had dreams of us both retiring and traveling and spending all our days together. But that never happened.
I made new friends and tried new things and, eventually, things came together and I am happy again. People ask me how I got over my grief. I am here to tell you that you never do. You don't get over it, you don't get past it. You don't just put it on a shelf and walk away from it. What you do is learn how to deal with it. Seven years later and at times it still hurts so bad. Seven years later and I can be happy and laughing. Then "our" song will come on the radio or a memory will pop up out of the blue. The pain still comes. The difference is that now it is manageable. Yes, my eyes may get a little teary and my heart literally hurts in my chest. But I cherish the memories, smile and move on.
As I was sitting at the house last night, for some reason I started thinking about how things have changed in the past 25 years. It some ways it doesn't seem that long ago and in some ways, it seems forever.
Did you know that 25 years ago, in 1997....
El Ninoforms in the oceans between Australia causing unstable weather conditions including Hurricanes and drought in the Southern Hemisphere and colder temperatures in the North.
Princess Diana was killed in a car crash while trying to avoid paparazzi.
Dolly the Sheep was the first successful cloned sheep.
Lion King the Musical premiered on Broadway
Woolsworth closed its last stores after 100 years in buisness.
NASA Path Finder landed on Mars
Tiger Woods, at 21 years old, became the youngest ever golfer to win the Masters.
The first Harry Potter book was published.
Mother Teresa passed away at 87 years old.
A civil jury found Simpson liable for wrongful death in the double murder. Simpson was ordered to pay $33.5 million in damages to the Brown and Goldman families.
In some ways it seems these things happened forever ago and in some of the instances, it seems like it was just yesterday. Time flies.
Between @Home, Home Goods, and Hobby Lobby, I have found quiet a few things I love for fall. Check them out and let me know what you think. I haven't bought any of these items yet. They are just things that have cut my eye that I'm trying to decide if I want to go back and get. I absolutely loved this cup. I can just picture it full of hot chocolate covered with marshmallows on an early cool fall morning.
I love pumpkins. I have them all over my house I'll fall. But I usually only have orange ones. For some reason I am falling in love with these. I went and looked at them twice when I've been at Hobby Lobby. I would say I'm going to end up getting one or two of these I just can't decide which ones.
These are blown glass and they are absolutely gorgeous. The picture does not do them justice.
This is actually a picture from last year. I think that I found this all in the @Home store. I just never did make it back over there to get it but I'm still in love with all of it.
I am definitely buying this as soon as I can find it. I saw it on the website at Dollar Tree. The one I went to the other day doesn't have Halloween stuff in yet which I do know it is a little early for that. But when they get it in if you don't buy something when you see it it's usually gone fast. So I will be checking back until I get this because it's on my must-have list for Halloween.
Thirty-One had a clearance sale going on the past couple of week. I don't sell it any more because I have much other stuff happening I just don't have time. But I did purchase a couple of sale items that I am very happy with. I love this little coolclip pouch. I am a sucker for anything with daisies. And the front is clear plastic and has a zipper on it.
The inside is thermal so it makes it a great little make up case if you are going to have makeup in your car during the heat of summer.
The back has a little pocket that most phones fit in.
The next item was a set of items. It had 2 nail files.
This sparkly little key chain change purse.
And the main bag, another thermal lined bag for a travel make-up case.
I was really happy with my purchase. All of it together with shipping and tax was around $25.00.