The Princess and the Rainbow

Cool story! My daughter wrote this. 🙂

Lights, Camera, Action

Once Upon a Time…

There was beautiful princess. The princess loved to play in the forest and with all the creatures in her magical kingdom. She would dance and sing all day long with her forest friends. There wasn’t an inch of the forest she hadn’t seen! She was so happy and always smiling. If a forest creature was sad, she would do everything she could to make them happy again. The princess’s laughter was magical indeed; it could make the gloomiest of days bright for any creature in the forest. It was the most powerful magic in all the 5 kingdoms. Unfortunately though, the princess had a small hole in her heart that kept her from sharing her magic with the other kingdoms. She very much longed and yearned to share her magical laughter with everyone she could and she grew frustrated each day that passed and she couldn’t…

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Fun With 1/2 the Family

Last Saturday was a fun fall day with three of my immediate family members. It began with the middle son bowling in a tournament out-of-town. He did good. It was fun. He said he enjoyed it. We had not participated in a tournament other than school team in a few years so it was nice to be at one again. He did bowl one game of 236! 🙂

My hubby and daughter joined us at the tournament which was great. The youngest son stayed home, he didn’t want no boring bowling tournament. lol

After the tournament we headed to a pumpkin patch that we had been to when the boys were in grade school. The daughter wanted to go and she didn’t have to twist our arm too hard to go there. It was fun and a perfect cool night.

Hubby and I figuring out how to climb up there. It was a bit comical, but we made it! 🙂

The daughter, hubby, and the middle son. As always hubby and son messing around and made the photo blurry. oops.  🙂  The daughter and son.  🙂

The daughter and I had fun with the kiddy stuff. We were wondering why they put the board in the middle of the opening of the scarecrow? Perhaps it had fallen down? So, we stood by it instead of poking our faces through the hat area.  🙂

The corn maze was a blast!

The kids ended up going their own way. They said they made it out once before we found them, but they got lost trying to find us….so….are they really telling the truth? LOL

I have only been to two different mazes but this one is so far the best and challenging.  🙂

We also rode on the hayrack ride around the area and ate some goodies. There is a ton of stuff to do and they keep adding more and more. One area had all kinds of outdoor games like corn hole, tic tac toe, and giant legos!

We will definitely be going back. Oh, and they had a band playing and lots of areas for making your own fire pits for cooking.

It is a neat pumpkin patch!

Gary’s Berries in Kansas.  🙂

Zooooooooom, It’s Fall

I think I’m ready for Fall. I’m more a person who likes warm weather but Fall is pretty and it brings on the holidays. 🙂 I would like a bit of a break from yard work, because I suck at growing flowers. LOL

I will keep trying.

There has to be a flower out there that is meant just for me to keep alive. 🙂

My morning glories are finally blooming. I didn’t even plant that one this year, came up from last year’s soil. It is fairly thin of flowers though.  😦

I bought two things of mums and one is doing ok but the other is not. Sigh.

img_20180721_210835 I have done good with that purple flower thing there. I bought it in August after the extreme 100 degree weather we had. Forget what it is. I am too lazy to walk up there and look at the plant identifier thing in the soil. 🙂

Oh, look I have metal flowers! My kind of flowers! Bloom all year-long.  🙂

Normally, when it cools down I tend to start the inside projects. I have been muddying and sanding some of the basement walls. I’m getting better! We are not finishing the whole basement just the living portion. There is a big area on the other end of the basement that we keep for storage.

 

 

The alcove there is now one of the son’s computer station. I even decorated the wall with his sport stuff. He said mom, why. Because I can and you should be proud. 🙂 I found his kindergarten photo the teacher took on the first day of school. I had to hang that one!

img_20180902_140419 Hubby and I finished the flooring. I like it.  Didn’t do any where the storage area is though. We left that concrete.

Keeping with Fall, when I did the sanding on the one wall this showed up!

img_20180924_003554 Invisible spider webs! No maid I am. The drywall had been up for several years, just now muddying it. Yea that procrastination thing again. Amazing that I never saw the webs all the time walking by. I think maybe it should stay for Halloween…nope…it has been dusted and soon will have paint. 🙂

I have not decorated yet for Fall or Halloween. I did pack away the more springy outdoor décor to make room for Fall/Halloween. Perhaps by next weekend it will all be done! My goal!

Do you decorate and how early? I’ve heard some have decorated for Christmas! 

 

On To The Second Week

My boys have made it through their first week of school!

It was more of a struggle today, for me too. So far, they seem to like their classes. Both of them have had homework and they were doing it! My boys like to skip that homework thing so I hope the finishing it will continue.

When I was growing up, I would have never dreamed of not having homework done. I felt lost and anxious if I didn’t have it done. I needed the homework to learn as well. The boys seem to breeze by but they would do so much better if they would study.

Crazy.

They do remember things way better than I did, so I will give them credit there. I was one that had to study for a test the night before and a little bit before the test. Then it all went out of the brain…..lol 

Good heavens…their backpacks are packed full! They won’t use their lockers since they are allowed their backpacks in classes. I guess that gets them ready for college. I am going to have to get them a chiropractor appointment!  🙂 

This school year I am incorporating breakfast before school. Previous years, it was quick snacks before or cereal. I did good last week. Three of the days I made egg type breakfasts and the other two days were a large muffin and a donut.

My youngest rides the bus because he thinks we get there too late, we don’t, and so he eats again at school! That is ok with me.

Surprising since all summer he barely ate anything other than what I cooked at night. He is my skinny six-foot kid. He needs some meat on those bones!

Have your schools began yet?

smile bookCredit to Bing.com images.

Desks Are A Must

I am constantly rearranging my workspace in the Creative Cave. It seems I figure out what works and doesn’t work, or could it be I get bored with the layout.

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I decided my old desk was not working for my creative inspiration.

 

 

I love the desk but it was blocking areas that could be used for more stuff. You know that crafting stuff that sits and never gets used.

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I did not get rid of it, the youngest son is using it in the other room for his computer. Works good for him. Lots of room for his snacks which he ignores to take upstairs when we tell him to. Grumble.

I am very thankful that my hubby is handy with making things for me. I am constantly finding something for him to do for me. Sometimes he jumps right on it and other times he does that selective hearing you know.

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Glad to say this time he got right to my request of building me a simple desk area.

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Loving it!

I wanted to add some flare to it, so this is what I came up with.

 

I used the same duck tape that I used on my art table. It also covered up the screws that were used to put it together.

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I have been using the desk for a few weeks now and I do believe I have accomplished more. It has lots more room to clutter up anyway.

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It also gave the room a wide open area in the middle so I don’t feel closed in. Perhaps, I will do some exercising there. Perhaps….

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Hubby gives me a hard time by saying I have the whole basement practically besides his man cave. Yep, pretty true. LOL

Eventually, stuff will be whittled down and then I won’t have so many areas. Technically, I have three creative caves.

You snooze you lose I tell him.

Do you have a woman cave or man cave?

Step Challenges

Update on my step challenges. Some months I have done great and others I fall back. I can say it has helped my health a lot. I feel good and motivated. I’m not losing much weight, which sucks, but I am keeping it level.

I purchased a good scale a few months back that should be in line with the doctor’s scale. It is in our kitchen! LOL  Perfect spot! Funny thing is it gives the difference in weight from each time someone steps on it. Too bad it doesn’t log each PERSON and then the difference but it is still fun. We give each other crap a lot when someone does their weight before the other. 🙂

I have a cheap normal scale in the bathroom and it is always about eight pounds off in the good direction of loss! Once in a while it is a great boost to the ego to step on it and see way lower. LOL

 

I have completed a few months! I have even improved on the ranking as well. It is a great way to keep the motivation going. 🙂

83ac19f6a2d65ee45bf7a3e6ca27c6f7 June I made all the step challenges along the way on time or before the deadline! First time. 🙂

Sadly, this month I got way behind. I say due to my part-time job. Good excuse. 🙂 I’m ready to make the August challenge!

Anyone else do step challenges? This one is Samsung and I have a Gear watch to go with it. Sometimes the watch doesn’t count the steps. Thinking that is when I need to clean the sensor on the watch. 🙂

Isn’t technology fun?!

I would really like a watch that does the correct measuring of the blood pressure. I know of only one that is working on it, Omron. Lot of the watches claim they do but it doesn’t track accurately. What I have found out you must have a cuff like thing on the watch for it to correctly measure.  It is a bit pricey for me but I think it would be worth it. 🙂

Have a good day! 🙂

Lake Fun

Last Saturday, the daughter came over and we all headed to the lake for some fun! We decided to rent some kayaks and a canoe for about four hours. It was reasonably priced and a perfect day too. No wind and the temp was low 90s. Way better than those 100s.

 

The hubby and I manned the canoe together while the three kids paddled the kayaks. We went across the lake, under a bridge, around some bends, and bothered some geese. 🙂 Oh, and was in the way of many boats and fishermen at times. OOPS.

They all know how I hate snakes, so they were constantly yelling for to watch out for that water snake! Turds!

I swear hubby was trying to tip us in the canoe most of the time! He kept moving around because he couldn’t get a comfortable spot. Guess we need a pillow for him next time! LOL

At one point, the boys grabbed sister’s paddle and took off with it. She was stranded for a while until we got it and gave it to her. Pretty funny.

We all left our phones in the vehicles but the middle son. Amazingly, he did not lose it. He also got some funny videos. 🙂

Hubby and I stopped about forty minutes before the kids did so I was able to take a few pictures when they paddled in to put the kayaks away. I do believe investing in some kayaks is in the future. 🙂 And a boat…and a jet ski….and every other water fun thing.

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A very nice young man asked if we wanted him to take our picture when the daughter was taking ours. Heck yes. Thank you. 🙂

Only thing better would have been the oldest son, daughter-in-law, and grandson in the picture. 🙂 Miss them.

Now on to the next adventure….