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Thursday, January 12, 2017

It is finished!

It took three - 13 gallon trash bags (full of trash), one very full, very heavy 55 gallon trash bag (full of garage sale stuff) and almost 10 hours but its D-O-N-E!  The girl's room is clean.... for now.
And with purging enough stuff, we were able to create a small reading nook inside the closet which was immediately put to use.

Which room to clean next? 
I think I better take care of those Christmas decorations first.  My tree is looking a little sad these days.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


The holidays are a great time. 
Lots of family.  Lots of parties.  Lots of late nights.
However, getting back into the swing of things is no fun at all. 
Its a struggle to wake up in the mornings...
... and the shortest of car rides in the evenings can knock you out in an instant.

But during the day? 
There is no stopping that energy.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Round Two

Whole house cleaning room by room - Take Two.
Gabrielle and Holly's room.

Jim unloaded the girl's room which means the chaos was organized.  Good for him.  Its not going to look that pretty once I dive in.

So tonight I go to bed and dream happy dreams of all the purging I get to do.  And tomorrow my coffee pot will get as much of a workout as I will when cleaning commences. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

That warm and special song

Growing up we owned a Disney Christmas Carols cassette.  All the beloved carols were sung by the Disney cast of characters like Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Chip and Dale, Donald Duck and more.  My brother and I would alternate nights with this cassette, getting to fall asleep to the magical music of the season.  There is one song in particular that I took to heart in more ways than one.  The words became my mantra and way of life.  Take a listen:
So beautiful, isn't it?
It is with those words and melody playing through my head, that I sit here and work on projects for next Christmas.

Only 355 days to go...

Monday, January 2, 2017

Whole House Cleaning

Last year I started a whole house cleaning in January.  Room by room, every drawer, cupboard, shelf was emptied.  Every item in the house was touched, determined if it was still needed, and dealt with properly.  However, that was almost 365 days ago and my house is in total disarray...again.  The holidays and hectic schedules will do that to a house. 
As the New Year with a fresh start is upon us, I felt it was time to start the room by room cleaning again - only more intense this time.   If I touched it last year, deemed it worthy to keep only to not use it in the past year, its time to say good-bye.  And this whole process starts in Jacob's room.
The before:   

The middle:

Of course if Jacob's room is completely empty, the stuff had to go somewhere.  Like in the living room...

The dining room table...

In the front door hallway...

In the bedroom hallway....

It took over 5 hours and multiple trash bags to complete his room and it feels amazing!

Jacob thinks its pretty awesome too.  He couldn't wait to show his dad that evening and a few days later when Papa stopped over he was busting with pride to show off what he had done.  Even his friends exclaimed "You have the best room ever!" when stopping over to play. 
And that, my friends, is a successful cleaning day.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

An Ode to 2016

A few words to sum up 2016 in our household:
Whole House Purge.  Penny A Day Saving Chart.  Closet renovation. 
Quixx.  Once a Month Date Night Gift Cards. 
Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum. 
Alton Brown.  Tigers Games. 
Bought a Camper.  Summer Baseball.  Drive In.  Yogi Bear. 
Safety City.  Library Renovation.  Refinancing.  Homecoming Chairman. 
Newport Aquarium.  Jungle Jim's.  Loveland Castle. 
New Job.   Holly Started Preschool. 
Jacob Entered Kindergarten. 
Bree Started 3rd Grade AND At New School. 
Walt Disney World.  Ford Field. 
Halloween at Harrison Lake. 
Election Year.  Wrestling.  Catan. 
Peppermint Candle Making.  Boy's Bowling Day.  Sequence. 
Misspelled Christmas Cards. 
Beaded Icicles.  Frankenmuth.  Wooden Snowmen. 
Marine Mickey.  Frosty and Magician.  Chunky Afghans. 
Christmas in the Basement.  Ipad Mini. Retirement.
Its a Wonderful Life, isn't it? 
 Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

New Years G-O-A-L

Its that time.  New Years Eve means making a plan and a path for the next 365 days.  Here's mine:
I am going to run 2,017 miles in 2017!
Or rather I am going to keep track to see how many of the 2,017 miles I can run in 2017.  Because, you see, in order to run 2,017 miles in one year you must complete 5.5 miles every day.  Every. Single. Day.  That is just not going to happen - I know this, I admit this, I am not ashamed of it, there ain't no way.  This is strictly a personal competition with myself to see how many I can achieve.
I'm not a crazy person, I did not think of this myself.  In the wonderful time consuming life trap that is Facebook, I discovered this legit challenge.  There is even a website where you can pay to register yourself or a team and work together to complete the challenge.  Take a look at the video - it is very inspiring:
I am choosing to not register online through their website but instead keep daily track on a calendar and blog about it on here.  On the last day of each month I will post the amount of miles completed as well as a running total for the year.  I would love for you to join me in this challenge by posting in the comment section of the monthly blog.
There is only one "rule" for this challenge and its a simple one:
The miles completed for this challenge must be intentional set aside time for exercise miles.  Not "I have a fit bit that counts my steps and calculates it into miles therefore I already walk five miles a day so this will be no problem" miles.    
We set aside time, manage to find the time, or squeeze things into our daily life that do not benefit our health.  This challenge will help prioritize your health and have fun doing it.
So... are you ready to start?

Friday, December 30, 2016


I have been pretty low key about this.  I cannot even say that those closest to me know yet.   But the time has come to make an official announcement.
As of December 31st, 2016
- after 18 years and 2 months of dedication -
I am retiring as the Children's Librarian at the Wauseon Public Library.
I've had my career and its been wonderful.  I loved meeting new people every day, seeing your children grow, and never could have dreamed of the experiences I would have working at a library over the years. But now is the time to focus on my children - they are only this young once afterall - and my mother whose health requires a little extra care.
I'm excited and scared at the same time.  I may always question if I made the right choice by leaving.  But at the end of the day, when I look back over my life and see my smiling children, the answer will be crystal clear.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Mr. Fred the Elf 2016

Hanging with the newest ornament - DISNEY!

Fred didn't like the taste of the "cookies" he found and decided to point out a better recipe to try... and pronto!

That's a mint cream filled Ho-Ho, people!  MINT!

Everyone can use an extra helping hand during the holiday season!
Who doesn't photo copy their derriere? 
(I totally had to google how to spell that.)

And speaking of derrieres...  Mr. Fred stole a pair of everyone's undies.
Colored on eggs isn't just for Easter.

Poor, poor Fred.  Stuck in the hanging plant for three whole days because NO ONE could find him!!

And with three days all alone, Fred had some time to think.  Maybe Mr. Fish, swimming all alone, might be lonely too and so three more fish were delivered.
Guess who's shipment of toilet paper arrived?!

Two weeks after decorating the tree, it hit me... er, Fred, that Holly does not have an ornament of her own!  A special 'H' ornament was purchased, wrapped, and left for the little to awaken.
With the wall of toilet paper still in the living room, Fred used it to his advantage to hide behind it with a special gift - a new Christmas movie!

Its how many days til Christmas?!?  Better get wrapping!

A last minute trip to Frankenmuth needs a last minute road buddy.

Every now and then you have to take a break from Christmas prep to sit back, relax, and play a friendly game of Jenga!

Time to say goodbye to Fred for the season.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas to ALL

At the beginning of December, my sister-in-law and I hosted a Christmas Craft Night.  We made two yummy treats (one to keep and one to pass on), a set of wooden presents, and these beaded icicles:
In fact, we made 58 beaded icicles:
Why 58? 
Well... that's all we could manage. 
But the reason we made a surplus is to take here:

Our local hospital. 
A simple gesture of a small icicle ornament, beaded with care, given to those who are in the hospital on Christmas Day, is a reminder that those whose health is failing them are truly in our thoughts and prayers and gives them a little piece of hope to cling on to.  And although this Christmas season is far from over for me, I'm already in the planning stages of what to make for next year!
Merry Christmas - to everyone - everywhere!