NOT Happy as a Clam

Aren't these cookies adorable? This comes from Family Fun magazine...they have such fun ideas :)

It is clammy, balmy, sticky, moist and warm here in my neck of the woods....UGH!  We had some crisper cooler weather a few weeks back but lately it's been awful.......there is no movement in the air....no breeze..nothing...and the temps have been very warm for late September. I have to open the windows to let some air in but walking across my kitchen floor feels icky and sticky.....(and my floor isn't dirty).
I have had the fans running....I'm not sure if it's my hot flashes or the weather itself..but I am very uncomfortable indeed.  It doesn't feel like Fall at all.

I still have no computer and I am having a harder time getting one at my disposal as the kids have been so busy using theirs for school etc....Hubby has one in his home office that's just for business so I have been outta luck...oh well...pretty soon I'll be getting a new one anyway.  Just be patient with me :)

I have been continuing on my mission to purge the house of all unnecessary items and  it feels great.  I am in no way even close to being a Hoarder but watching that show does put a fire under my butt as far as getting organized goes.  My issue is paper...paper everywhere...receipts, school papers, tax papers etc.  It's all coming together and I am very satisfied with my progress. I have the most lovely shabby floral file folders in which to organize the goings on of the Household. :)

Hope the weather is awesome where you are!
I am hoping my pansies hold out...we've had about 2 weeks of rain and lower temperatures which rendered them to brown withering stalks in my flower bed.   I went out and dead-headed them and noticed some considerable moss growth in my flower bed...I resisted the urge to pull them up by the roots ....hopeful they'll bloom again and give me one last hurrah.

This is a busy week for me...lots of purging and organizing...cleaning up and paring down...a Birthday...some baking.....booster shots at the vet for daughter's kitten....lots of fun stuff.   School is going great although Daughter is finding herself completely overwhelmed at the brick and mortar...SIX hours of nightly homework is taking it's toll and is much too much.....there needs to be a change...it's so easy to take on more than we can handle at times...we all do it from time to time.   Changes will be made so there will be more breathing room...I insist on it....going to meet with the school counselor today...Senior year should be a joyous time...not filled with stress and tears......there's plenty of time for that later on in life.

I have taken a hiatus from my Etsy shop to be more involved with those who need a little extra attention....be it emotional support for one or a birthday celebration for another.....and to let my own newly prescribed blood pressure medication do it's job.

I hope you all have a great week and that your flowers are still blooming.

Food For Thought....


Can't you just smell this pumpkin pie from your home? Doesn't it look so mouthwatering...ready to burst with seasonal cinnamony goodness? Pumpkin pie is my favorite and when I saw this I wanted to take a big bite out of it...............................but wait..........it's not edible...it's SOAP!  Yes....I said soap.  You can get it by the slice........
..or you can get a whole pie!! How wonderful is that!  I think, in addition to being the perfect soap for pumpkin lovers, this would be adorable on display in a Fall vignette...don't you?  This wonderful creation comes to you from SilverFirsFarm who also makes some other yummy treats for your bath and body.

You ladies know I love all things Fall...and all things Pumpkin....I've never taken a piece of pie into the shower before but there's always a first time....

I am going to spend my weekend relaxing and reading...and probably trying to find the last box of Fall decorations that is hiding somewhere in my garage.

Blessings to all for a GREAT weekend!

How great is this?

My laundry room pretty much became something of a dumping ground...a place where baskets of dirty laundry waited their turn to be washed...and clean hung laundry waited to be taken down and folded, then forwarded to it's rightful owner.   Now that I am an early riser again, thanks to the school year, I am throwing in a load first thing in the morning.....so nothing remains to be dealt with and nobody is looking for their favorite pair of jeans or sweatshirt.  I am also feeling quite victorious because whenever I pass through the laundry room...nothing is calling out to me and I'm not tripping on a tangle of clothes. My laundry room is CLEAN and now looks more SPACIOUS.

What does not escape me though, is the occasional wayward orphan sock....makes me wonder if my kids wear mismatched socks sometimes....maybe it's a trend, I dunno.  So I fell in LOVE with the above fabric bucket for lost socks made by HandmadeByBette.  I think I need this...right now I have orphaned socks taking up a few much needed little drawers....I am so bad about tossing things unless I am absolutely sure there is no mate to speak of...socks are not cheap anymore...not like they used to be.

And then there are those who take advantage of lost socks and maximize their potential......
How cute is this little guy?  LostSockCreations has come up with a clever way to avoid tossing out the sole survivor of a lost pair of socks...complete with adorable names and occupations for each creation.  The above little guy is a Biology teacher named Harold who loves to eat nachos :)  Very clever indeed.

What do you do with YOUR lost/wayward/orphaned socks? Toss them? Dust with them? Or are they like mine.....just laying in wait for their mates to resurface from the abyss that has sucked them in?

Blessings to all for a great day!

Just like this......

This is exactly how I feel without my laptop you guys!! I know it's not that bad but WOW...I didn't realize how much I relied on my laptop for certain things! LOL

Actually, I have plenty to do but I am dying to show and tell some pics but I don't want to upload a bunch of photos on either one of my kids' laptops that they are generously and patiently letting me "borrow".  I don't have access anytime...as they are both in school and need their computers a lot so my routine is off kilter so to speak.  I have Daughters computer in the morning and Sons in the evening and I am also trying to get some online Christmas shopping done...not very easy on a borrowed pc.. I'm looking forward to catching up with you all in the morning....hope all is well!

Just in time.....

This is pretty much what happened to my laptop yesterday. It's toast...fried....done.  The smoke was very impressive-at least the kids thought so. Just in time for the new school year...80% of all work is done online.
I am now begging and borrowing for computer time from my kids...they have been very kind to their Mom. :)
Son took my laptop into the garage and took it apart....I knew that the fan probably wasn't working in it because it would get hot pretty fast, but he said there was a layer of dust in there covering it...the damage is not fixable. It's been 2 years....maybe that's the average life...I dunno. Before now, I had never seen smoke come out of anything that wasn't plugged into the wall.

 I think I need to put an urgent message in to Santa for an early Christmas present.

Have a totally awesome day!

Clean Slate


I finally decided to back up my blog and then delete the old posts...all the way back to 2007!  I would encourage all Bloggers who blog about their families on occasion...to be very careful with how much information you give away...even if it's just a little- you'd be surprised what one can do with those tidbits of information.  We are dealing with what we think is an attempted identity theft on both our children..I never gave too much in depth information- but even mentioning their school or birth date is enough if someone really wanted to rob you of something.  Starting fresh with our eyes to God and the future :)

I had a wonderful restful summer and we are ready to start another school year.  I have missed my blog friends...and I have a LOT of catching up to do as I have not been on blogger at all....not even a little bit! I've lost some followers while my blog was closed for construction..I guess that's par for the course.

I'd love to hear from you and please know my new policy is to return the favor each morning over coffee...HONEST!  It's good to be back!!

Hugs,
Robin