Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Making your Home a Haven Challenge

I am always striving to make my home a better place.  So I am joining Courtney at Women Living Well to do a 31 Day Challenge!!  If you would like to join, you can go here!

Women Living Well 30 Day Challenge:
November 5th -Go buy an extra large candle and light a candle everyday in your home. I will be starting mine in the morning! But you can start yours at dinner time. Do what makes sense for your family. I will be placing mine in the kitchen – the main hub of my home. Each time the candle catches your eye, say a prayer for peace in your home.

November 12th Play soft music everyday in your home. Choose worship, classical or another form of peaceful music that the family enjoys. I’ll be playing Christmas music!  Focus on using peaceful words and maintaining peaceful relationships. Work on gentleness this week.

November 19th – Focus on the kitchen, the heart of the home. Cook things with pleasant aromas – like homemade bread, pies, and cookies.  Don’t wait to have a reason to make something special – do it simply to show love to your family. Invite your kids and/or hubby to cook along side of you – make memories in the kitchen – test tasting, being creative, laughing and loving. Remove discontentment and give thanks to God for the home God has given you in which to create a haven for your family.

November 26th - Decorate! The holidays are upon us.  Ann Voskamp says “Creating is good theology.  In the beginning God created.”  Be creative as you make your home warm, cozy and inviting for the holidays.  Think about ways you can keep Christ in Christmas even in the way you decorate.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Lake Laguardia Airport

I am sure I am not the only glued to the devastation that happened on the east coast.  So many people that were affected by this monster storm.

When we flew into New York, we used this airport.  It is now a lake! Unbelievable!

LaGuardia Airport--Weather Channel

The site of the World Trade Center being rebuilt......

World Trade Center Rebuilding Site

I cannot be there to help, but I can help with a much greater need.  If you would give to the Red Cross, it would be our way of helping our fellow Americans thousand miles away.


Monday, October 29, 2012

Despite the Storm, They Stand Guard

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier--Arlington, VA

We had the privilege to go to Arlington National Cemetery on our trip to New York and DC.  There are many amazing things to see there, like Kennedy's grave, but the one thing we had to see was the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers.  

 "The tombs typically contain the remains of a dead soldier who is unidentified (or "known but to God" as the stone is inscribed)and thought to be impossible ever to identify, so that he might serve as a symbol for all of the unknown dead wherever they fell. The anonymity of the entombed soldier is key to the symbolism of the monument: since his or her identity is unknown, it could theoretically be the tomb of anyone who fell in service of the nation in question, and therefore serves as a monument to all of their sacrifices. Much work goes into trying to find a certain soldier, and to verify that it is indeed one of the relevant nation's soldiers."

Where the Tomb of the Unknown is located, there is also an amphitheater attached where they conduct funeral services for those that are buried at National Cemetary.  I was immediately moved by the preparation of a service that soon will be taking place.  Another soldier had sacrificed his life for our country.  A true American! I felt so sad for his family.  Did he leave a wife and children behind? These family face the ultimate sacrifice, we just reap the benefits.

As I sat that there that day, in the brutal heat, I couldn't hardly move or speak.  It was amazing to watch these young men honor the fallen soldiers. Soldiers that could not be identified, yet their sacrifice will forever be honored.  It doesn't matter the day, whether its a holiday, or the worst weather conditions, they are there. Proudly honoring the fallen.  

 The Requirements of the Guard: They must commit 2 years of life to guard the tomb, live in a barracks under the tomb, and cannot drink any alcohol on or off duty FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. They cannot swear in public FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES and cannot disgrace the uniform {fighting} or the tomb in any way.  After TWO YEARS, the guard is given a wreath pin that is worn on their lapel signifying they served as guard of the tomb. There are only 400 presently worn. The guard must obey these rules for the rest of their lives or give up the wreath pin.  The first SIX MONTHS of duty a guard cannot talk to anyone, nor watch TV. All off duty time is spent studying the 175 notable people laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery. A guard must memorize who they are and where they are interred. Among the notables are: President Taft, Joe E. Lewis {the boxer} and Medal of Honor winner Audie Murphy, {the most decorated soldier of WWII} of Hollywood fame. Every guard spends FIVE HOURS A DAY getting his uniforms ready for guard duty.

Today we have a hurricane barreling down on this area.  I received a picture today that just humbled me. 

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

They are there.....rain or shine.....guarding the tomb. Even though, for their protection, they have been given permission to leave their post during major hurricanes and storms, these young men refuse.  The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier has been continuously guarded since 1931.  Yes, that is 365 days a year and 24 hours a day.  It has never once been left unattended.  That is AMAZING!

Looking at this picture, a thought came to my mind.  We are like these soldiers, marching back in forth, but in prayer.  What is in the "tombs" that we are guarding?  Is it our family? Our own souls?  Then the storms come.   It gets really bad and we want to retreat and get away from the storm.  But who or what are we leaving behind?   I want to have the honor of one of these soldiers.  I will not leave or retreat from my post.  We must be commited and dedicated to prayer for our family and of course, our own souls. Stand tall like these soldiers, and get a resolve that no matter what, you are there and will not retreat! Not matter what storm comes your way! (And yes, that means 365 days a year/24/7)

Soldier Praying

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Fall Inspired Skirt & Felt Purse

When thinking about what my next sewing project would be, I remembered a skirt I saw last year.  It had felt flowers on a lime green print.  I knew it would it perfect little skirt for Miss Priss. 

I love the colors of fall.....

Here is how it turned out....
Millie loves to carry purses around. I just had to make a matching purse!

It was pretty easy to make.  I used a basic, elastic waist skirt and added a ruffle.  

{Make a casing for your elastic}

{I ruffled the brown material by hand}

Next you cut out felt flowers for the skirt.....

{I found the cut out online}

 Then I hand stitched the flowers on and also secure edges with fabric glue.

{I added pom poms to the flowers to make them stand out more}

Finished skirt......

I was going to include steps for the purse and got so into my work I didn't take pictures. I will do one soon....it is very easy!

{I used bigger flowers for the purse}

 Lastly, I added velcro so that the purse will close.....

Look for the purse tutorial soon....

Perfect Timing...

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Adventures of Rye: Graduation Night

I started obedience school 6 weeks ago.
  I am proud to say that I graduated!!

My teacher thought I was friendly and VERY excited about life.  She was so nice to give me a pumpkin toy for doing so well in her class. 

It fits perfectly in my mouth.....squeak, squeak! And yes, I will carve this pumpkin and remove the annoying squeaker! 

The best part of the class was when we got to walk the store in training.  Wow! So many things to see!  I love toys! There was several aisles with so many of them!  As I would walk by I would pick one.  (No Rye! Not yours!)  Not mine? Then why are they there? That's okay, I will try for another one on the next aisle.

I got to meet so many new doggie friends! My smallest friend was a maltese.  He was only a couple of pounds. He sure was smart! It was pretty cool, because he came to class with a different outfit everytime.  Hmmm....I need some clothes too.

Another great thing is all of the scents! Wow! So many thoughout the store! They were the same scents that I smell on our walk next to trees!  And what do you do to trees?   Yes!! And that's what I did!  (No Rye! You don't potty inside Petsmart!)  Nonny why are you so red? All of sudden we rushed down the aisle and she is grabbing paper and then we are rushing back to that spot.  Oh good! I didn't get to finish before! Hmmm....Nonny is grumbling about somebody named Dog being dumb. Not me! We all know I'm Rye. And I'm one smart dog!

My next class starts Monday.  I am excited to keep learning and get more and more treats!

Until next time.....

If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them. ~Phil Pastoret

Monday, October 22, 2012

Weekly Fitbit Update

Excited to stay that I am making my goals!! But I have foot swelling that is plaguing me! It is rough getting old, lol.

Adventures of Rye: Zeus

My family always say that I am the best dog in the world!!
hest puffed out!)
For my one year birthday, I weighed in at 85 lbs. 
The vet says I am a big one!
But I can't imagine weighing in at 155 lbs......
It would be so cool to be in the Guiness Book of World Records.
My family came across this dog named Zeus.......
Zeus is a Great Dane, and was named the tallest dog in the world for 2013.

Zeus measures 44 inches from head to tail and stands 7 ft 4 in.
Zeus eats a 30 lbs dog food every two weeks.
(Wow, it takes me 5 weeks to eat that much!)
Zeus drinks his water out of the sink.
(Not fair! That is a no, no in my home)

Hmmm.....What can I do to get in the Guiness Book World's Records......
Ruff! See you next time! 

Sunday, October 21, 2012


Did you feel it?!? The bed was rumbling, the ground was rolling,and the light fixtures were swaying! I sat there waiting to see if it was going to get worse. Thank goodness it didn't!! 
I got up and put my robe and shoes on.  My husband laughed at me, "Why are you putting on shoes?"  Who knows!! I guess I felt more mobile with shoes on! Lol

100 miles away, 30 miles west of Coalinga, there a was a 5.3 earthquake. Strangely, they had a 3.8 earthquake just a day ago. Hmmm....do you have your emergency supplies?

Well, I was going to bed.....now I have to wait for my heart to quit racing! :-)

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Dishes in a Birdcage....& Eating for your Blood Type

This and some other things trending with Nonny on Pinterest.....

Most popular pins this week.

Decorating ideas for your home......

Love the lighting over the bed; shelf with lights.


Love this beautiful wood work over the doorway.

Lovely....Display dishes in a birdcage!

Organizing Your Spices: A pantry door spice rack.

Health: Eating for your blood type.....

I was amazed at how this really did match my personality!

Poplar Quotes and Sayings....

Source: piccsy.com via Nonny on Pinterest

Fun Crafts......

Source: etsy.com via Nonny on Pinterest

Cute Idea for Christmas......

12 Days of Christmas for Spouse


This outfit was the most popular.....LOVE the colors! And how cute the skirt is!

Love the fall colors of this outfit!

So Cute!

Nice belt....
Source: jcrew.com via Nonny on Pinterest

LOVE this skirt......this is a must make!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Refashion: Sweats to Modest Workout Skirt

Trying to find modest work out skirts is a deal!  
I liked this skirt, but I didn't want the built in leggings for modesty to be visible.  For me, they would be there just in case.  I love to play soft ball, rollerblade, and ride a bike.  And at my age.....falling is a real consideration.

The search was on......

For all that know me, I am not a professed seamstress.  I am a beginner sewer, who cannot even read a pattern.  Pinterest and the blogs with tutorials have given me the confidence to venture out to try these projects.

Helen, at Blue Eyed Beauty and some other sewing sites have been refashioning pants to skirts.  So, when I saw these capri work out sweats on the clearance rack for $5, I thought they would be perfect for a work out skirt.

Very excited that the capri pants have pockets already!
Perfect for carrying my phone!
And a waist band that will already be done. Makes it very easy!

The material is also very light weight and breathable.....

To refashion into a skirt, I took out the center seam. Because of the type of material, the sweats also had a built in lining. Which is perfect! I knew exactly what I was going to do with it.

Nothing is safe in the house when you are refashioning...... I took an old slinky jumper to make this into a skirt.   I wanted this to be also more aline than straight.  The more material you add in the panel, the fuller it will be.  For a straighter skirt, you would use less material.

As I mentioned before, the capris had a lining.....I left the inner lining whole to make built in leggings.  Perfect for modesty!
The material is see through you say!?  The lining protects you from that. And even though I left the lining as leggings, they are baggy and full, and you are decent and modest.

 Here is the finished product.....
I am very happy with how it turned out.  More exciting is the deal!!
It is very hard to find work out skirts, much less for $5!

 {Don't you just LOVE the self portraits! Ha! The razzing I would receive from the men in this house if they took the pictures! So, you do it yourself! :o) }


Love the pockets........

Plenty of room to move.....

I hope I have inspired you to try something new!!
Happy Sewing!
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