The Living Without Series

This is a series of posts that I wrote back in 2006 on living with less stuff. Check them out: liv011Living #2liv031liv04

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Does this wreath make my butt look big?

I’m trying to decorate my house for the fall. I thought I had tons and tons of fall decorations. But, I don’t. For some reason having painted our previous house in fall colors (reds, golds, pumpkin) it always looked great in the fall, then spring would come and I’d be saying, “Who picked these colors? For crying out loud where are the pastels?!” Well, now we have the pastels and I’m thinking, “Didn’t my house used to look great in the fall with all those decorations I had? Where are the decorations?”

Okay, this is where I need your help. Since we are still all Dave Ramsey intense and not spending money on anything we don’t NEED or WANT, I can’t justify running out and buying cute little autumn plates to put in this plate rack, even though that is a HUGE temptation. I took down the white plates I had up and was desperately looking for something and this is what I came up with.

A fake wreath with fake berries. I know, the whole fake thing, but honestly I’m always drawn to this stuff. It’s an addiction, I need treatment.
Look, another fake wreath on the door. Is this too many fake floral wreath things in one space? Do these wreaths make my butt look fat? What do you think?
How about a couple photos in there? I have an awesome friend coming to my house next weekend to take photos of our family and I will buy new frames to put some of them in, so maybe a few different sized photo frames in fall colors???? Lose the wreath? No photos? Beg Mom to buy me cute plates? Let’s move on to the opposite wall.
Here’s my hutch, or at least the bottom half of it. We had to store the top piece in our basement because we don’t have a wall large enough without an opening to have the entire hutch upstairs. But, I don’t miss it because it’s nice to use as a buffet or a gigantic retrospective in fake stuff extraordinaire. Actually, the big pumpkins are the real deal, my compost pile produced them this year. After I was done bedecking the hutch I stood back and wondered what other crap could I pile on there?
Here’s some ribbon. PILE IT ON APRIL! Let’s get GAUDY!! Where’s the GLITTER?!!
Okay, I couldn’t take it all. I simplified a bit. How’s this? Which do you like better? The full glitz or the tame yet fake fruit display or for heaven’s sake just leave it alone!
A small note about the candle sticks. These were my mother-in-laws which were her mother’s which were her aunts. So, restating these were Clay’s mother’s mother’s aunt’s candlesticks. I think they are some sort of sought after glass collector’s thing. I love them and try to use them all the time.
Well, what do you think? Keep it? Try something else? Don’t go into the decorating business? Stay away from Hobby Lobby? Do you care?

slow on the uptake

Hey, Readers.

I added the little followers thingy over there on the right. That’s pretty neat, huh? If you want to add your link to the followers thing, I’ll update it. I like that a lot better than the blogroll. I’m not sure if you have to have blogger for that or not, because, uh, I’m a bit slow on the learnin’ the blog techno-schmecno stuff.
***edited to add*** I think you have to click on the button over there and add yourself…I think, this is all new to me.
I have a couple of things I need to admit to you all.

1. I check all your blogs when you leave a comment, but I am a terrible commenter. I’m sorry, I just am. Mostly because I get nervous about what I’m saying. I KNOW! I have no problem here in my own little piece of blogosphere. What can I say? I’m like that in real life too. I’m much more comfortable at home than in somebody’s house. It takes a while for the real April to come out.

2. Because I check all your blogs, I have been startled more than once. It’s the music. I’ll click on a very nice link, the blog comes up, I start reading and then WHAT THE HECK!!! Some music blasts out of my computer and scares the bajeezus out of me. It’s not that I don’t like the music, it’s just that I’m totally not expecting any sound to come out of my computer unless I’m watching videos. The other day I went to a blog, and dadgum I can’t remember what it was, but I loved her music selections so much that I carried my laptop to the kitchen and kept reloading the page so I could listen to the music over and over and over while I cleaned. I don’t know if there is an option to shut off the music or not, but my heart can’t take much more. Please inform me if I’m doing something wrong and don’t take the music off your blogs, especially if your the one lady that I liked so much. I will find you again and listen to you music.

Okay, meeting adjourned.

This Little Girl

She’s 15
She still asks for hugs.

She has an amazing grace about her. Especially on the court. I’ve been very blessed with her, she’s made me very proud. Because, she also has a very good sense of…

humor. I can’t tell you how hard she laughed when she saw this photo of herself. And doesn’t the ability to laugh at the silly things you do make you a better person? Yes, I think so. She’s better. But, not so graceful on that balance beam.

This was last year on her 14th birthday.
My, how time flies when you’re having fun. I love you Belly Button.