Friday, July 18, 2014

Purse Pain

After work, I got pulled over by a local police officer for expired tags. Yep, let them expire. After yelling at me about how much it was going to cost if he took my car to impound. Then made me give him one good reason why he should let me keep my car. That is when the tears began to flow freely and sobbingly I explained a little about Annika having a heart condition. In a very stern voice, he let me know that he had a heart and told me to get it taken care of right away. Well, I didn't mess around. I headed home. Grabbed the paperwork needed. Googled the DMV times. While making a few phone calls. Then quickly hustled out the door, still in work clothing, to the DMV. Twenty min. later I was sitting amongst a large mass of people. All waiting. It was crazy busy.

Holding my ticket with my number, 134. I settled in for the long wait. After texting a few people. Then emailing a few people. Receiving a couple of phone calls. I finally put my phone down. Took a few deep breaths and relaxed. I noticed all of the sudden that my right shoulder was bugging me. What the heck? Usually my left shoulder bugs me now and then, not the right. Then I looked down at my purse. Yesterday, I had my annual lady visit. The nurse had drawn blood from my left arm. Then told me not to carry my purse on my left shoulder for a few days and that would keep my arm from bruising. Fact is I usually carry my purse on my left shoulder. With that reminder, that was the moment I realized that I had a bad case Purse Pain from carrying a big purse. Time to say goodbye to the big old purse. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Recycled Wreath

During one of my many visits to the local thrift store, I happened upon a wonderful old wreath. Was in love with the a materials used, just not how it looked. Yuck! Was the word that came to mind.

Once I got it home, I took it apart. Pink flower thingy, gone. The rest was ready to be re-used in a new fresh way. I found an old frame and spray painted it my new favorite color. A color I am using all over my house. 

This frame was going to be my new wreath base. Now I didn't want it scraping my front door once it was hung up. So, I grabbed some old pieces of flannel and hot glued some strips on the back of the frame. 

Then I realized that the only way I was going to get the flowers to stay on the frame was to wire them on. That is exactly what I ended up doing. Hot glueing them was not an option. As they were just not sticking the way I wanted them to. The thought of a good windy day appeared in my mind. I had visions of the whole thing flying around the neighborhood. 

I wired in a small metal welcome sign that seems to always hang awkwardly. Never straight like I first wanted. Now I love it. I am  not perfect so why should my front door wreath be. The shells were the final touch. They are actually covering where the final wiring was showing. Since I love shells, they are the perfect touch. I love the way it greets me after a long day of work. 

The whole thing cost me: 

Used wreath  $6
Old frame   Free
        Wire         $2

Total cost :  $8 

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Good Bye

One week ago today I made the drive to Provo to see an allergist. By the end of the 2 hour appointment I was shaking my head as he explained how my life and the way I ate would never be the same again. Before I started sharing. It has taken me a week, one busy week. To wrap my brain around things. Hubby has suggested I start a new blog just for this new challenge in life. So, I have. It's called Aller Jenn. It will be a place to whine if needed, but most important share allergy free recipes. 

I am in morning at the loss of Reese's. Since I am allergic to nuts, I won't be eating them anymore. Makes me sad. Here's the link to the new blog. Oh, I will still be posting here. I have a fun new project that I made last week. Just in time for visitors to arrive.  

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

It's Okay Tuesday

Each Tuesday I join one of my all time favorite bloggers in  "It's Okay Tuesday".

Airing My Dirty Laundry

It's Okay:

That today I took our dogs to get their shots updated. Only to come home and find our water off. Resorted to camp style methods of living. Our bathrooms smell just like an out house. Feels like we live outdoors in the heat. So, no need for us to head to the mountains for any camping this summer. Since we have already done it. Checking that off the list of summer activities.

To find yourself hanging out at the pool all evening to cool off. Just so you can use their showers to wash your hair, since the City never made it by to turn the water back on like they said they would.

That after having five children. Finally, got something right with the last kiddo. Cavity free teeth. Brad went to have a cleaning, get his retainer taken off and found out he is cavity free. Girls are not so happy since his brushing style is less than stellar. They brush like crazy only to end up with a new cavity each check up.  The complaining only last a few hours.

To be weirded out by this story in the news. It happened in the same valley that we live in. Every time I read or hear about a mother killing her children or child. It really hurts my heart. I want to know WHY? Sometimes the WHY is irritating. This is WHY I don't like to watch the news anymore.

To be happy about the pay raise I got, but didn't expect today.WooHooo!!!  Great visit with my boss. Really like where I  am working. Did I mention that I was able to train to be a Med Tech. It is really interesting to learn all about Meds, and how they help.

Finally, I am ready to see my family. (mom, dad and my sisters family) My house isn't so ready.  They are coming next week. Summer is going so fast. Before I know it. I will be Okay with shopping for school supplies, and sending the kiddos off to school again.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Fixer Upper

This morning I am lounging in bed, in my pj's relaxing. After a tough work week/weekend. All I want to do is chill out a little. Catch up with some blogs, and enjoy the quiet that sleeping children bring when sleeping in. Since I don't have many of these types of days recently. I am really enjoying this morning. The TV is playing my new favorite HGTV show, Fixer Upper. The last episode is on now. I have managed to watch the whole fist season that is up loaded on demand, this morning. Joanna and Chip Gaines are fun to watch. They are helping couple in the Waco, Texas area find a home that needs some tlc to make their home. Alright, here is what I really thought when watching the first episode. "Boy, they sure do know how to find a real dump to fix up."  Really what I like most is seeing how trashy, and dumpy the homes they find transformed into livable spaces again. Trust me there have been a few that I have been like, I don't see what they are seeing. 
The last episode is ending, time to get up. I have some fun things planned to do to day. Like depositing my paycheck, swimming, and making something for my front door. 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

UVPH 2014 Favorites

 These were a few of my favorite "things" that I saw during this years Utah Valley Parade of Homes! They inspire me to try a few things to my house, that will be fun  and fresh.

This year I found that there really wasn't one whole room that I walked into and said "WOW". There were lots of little things that caught my eye. Many of which made me say "I could do that". I like those moments. That is how I took photos this year. Little clips of inspiration for later use. My project list has really grown and changed since visiting the parade of homes in June. 

This house was our favorite to visit. Becca and I visited this mansion twice. The second time allowed us to enjoy it a bit more, because there weren't as many people smooshing/pushing us through each room. First time there were way to many people allowed in. Making it really hard to enjoy. Even found that we missed going into a whole section of  it because of the amount of people going through it. Sometimes I think there really should be a limit to how many people should be allowed into these homes. Anyways, as we were leaving I turned to take this photo. Then headed home to put my feet  up. Already looking forward to next years. 
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