Friday, January 27, 2012

Paper Blitz

This month I was bound and determined to sift through my piles of paper clutter and try my best to get it under control. As I mentioned before, when it comes to "things", I do not really have a problem making a decision and purging and throwing away. But when it comes to paper, I am rather OCD about it. I'm always thinking that the minute I throw it away that I will need it. After cleaning out my small closet in our office/den, I came across a box on the very top shelf of receipts. What to do, what to do. Hey! How about shred them! So that is what I did. And some old bank statements that I have not looked at in five years. I keep everything we needed to file our income taxes with that years return, so I figure that anything else we can get online. So our file cabinet is a bit lighter and I may need a new shredder in the near future. And honey, you know that Sears receipt from 2008 that you will probably need? It's confetti. ;-) It feels good to have that chore most of the way done. Still have another drawer to go through. But it feels good with what I have done so far.

In the midst of my organizing blitz, I have had the urge to scrapbook. I have a couple of layouts planned and hope to do that over the weekend. Here is one that I completed a couple of weeks ago:

Well, better go and get back to work. Need to give my shredder another workout today. Then figure out how to better organize what I decided to keep.

Thanks for looking in! :-)

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Friday, January 13, 2012

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Today is Friday the 13th and for some it conjures up thoughts of black cats, open umbrellas in homes and heaven forbid, broken mirrors. So today some people will be carrying around rabbits feet, throwing salt over their shoulder and looking over four-leaf clovers.  For me I am lucky in that on this day a very, very special woman made her appearance. That would be my mom. :-)

She is the sweetest, selfless and strongest person I know. She loves her family with all her heart. She has always been more than willing to help those in need, almost to a fault. ;-). She makes the best chicken and dumplings and meatloaf on the planet. :-) She is very bright and has the best sense of humor. She has weathered many storms but has pushed through them with grace. And she instilled in us faith and the love of Jesus Christ.

We love you mom! Hope this birthday is the best one yet! :-)

Here is wishing everyone can be as lucky to have a Special Someone in their life!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Sunday Inspiration

God, who foresaw your tribulation, has specially formed you to go through it, not without pain but without stain.

C.S. Lewis

Thursday, January 5, 2012

I Have Issues-NOT!

A year ago, I mentioned on this blog that I had "issues". As I said here, I said that I had magazine issues, not "issues" issues. Although most people will argue that I have "issues". Got that? Anyway, no more!

In my quest for organization (yeah, right. lol!), I was tired of looking at my "Leaning Tower of Pisa" made out of magazines. I toppled it down and put it in a box and carted it to the recycling bin. I still have a hard time believing I did this. It seems I have a addiction to paper and I am determined to get rid of what I can. I have designated January as "Paper De-clutter Month" and am going through books, magazines, catalogs, file cabinets and boxes weeding out the paper clutter. This is an area that I struggle with the most. I have no problem getting rid of clothes/household items/tools. But paper is something I have trouble with. I really think I need a shrink. :-/

Anyway, I am proud of the strides that I've made so far. I got rid of my magazines/catalogs. I got rid of an entire box of old greeting cards. (Then came across another. Oy!). I have an idea up my sleeve on what to do with those. So stayed tuned. And I am beginning to tackle some memorabilia. I watched a video on Two Peas In A Bucket on ideas to organize memorabilia that I am excited about.

So, enough about that. I need to roll my sleeves up and get back to work. Hope you can overcome any obstacles that come your way.

Thanks for looking in!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Every Sunday Morning

Every Sunday morning, we would wake up to the sound of "The Broadcast" brought to you by the local Baptist church on the radio. The broadcast was the early service at the church and a quartet would always start the service with, "Have You Heard About My Jesus?". With that, you would also have the aroma of bacon/sausage frying and the sweet smell of pancakes and syrup. If you wanted eggs, you could have that, too. All of this was lovingly cooked by my dad. This was a Sunday morning tradition that took place for as long as I could remember. It was one of the many things that I missed when I moved out on my own.

I am so fortunate that Ryan was able to partake in that Sunday morning tradition. This picture is one that my mom took when Ryan spent a Saturday night with them. Things aren't that much different in that picture from what I remember growing up in that little house. The Sunday paper spread out on the table. A bottle of pancake syrup ready to be poured. A cup of hot coffee. A glass of chocolate milk. The early morning sun pouring through the window. I can almost taste those pancakes, eggs and sausage now. These are some of the pleasant memories I experienced every Sunday morning.

Supplies used for this page: October afternoon, Echo Park papers/stickers;cardstock; font-Cursive Standard

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Sunday Inspiration

Take care of the minutes and the hours will take care of themselves.

Lord Chesterfield

Happy New Year !