…its been awhile. I’m just lame. A manager (the only one that seems to notice how hard I work) said yesterday “maybe it’s time for new scenery”. I couldn’t have chosen better words. I have been doing the job I do for 4.5 years now.
The constant walking (that is last weeks pedometer on my phone, which is only in my pocket at work), lifting, pulling and pushing is starting to wear on my body. I don’t want to admit that I may be too old for the constant brutality to my feet especially. I really really don’t want to lose $0.60 an hour and have to cashier instead, and lose my weekends off, so I have no idea what to do.
I started off this morning on Bloglovin. I haven’t been on there is so long
My blogfeed was at 20+. But I was surprised at how many blogs I follow had less than 5 posts. So I am not the only one not posting these last few months. I blame the winter blues.
A few weeks ago, I came across a reading challenge by Popsugar. I decided to follow along. I am 2 books in. So I am going to start a new series of my book reports. Here is the list
I will not start decorating my porch for Christmas. For me, Thanksgiving weekend is the perfect time for that. Right now, I still have living flowers. And I want fall decorations out for a little while. But I thought I would round up some great ideas for Christmas porch decorating now, to be ready. Of course, I let a week go by since I started this and Thanksgiving weekend is next weekend. Some of these ideas shown are inside but there is no reason each can’t be used inside or outside.
I love the fresh trees in the olive baskets. Hobby Lobby is selling olive baskets and the fresh trees can usually be found at Lowe’s or Home Depot.
Cristina even shows how to make these planters, but I think any wooden crates would work too. I like all her little add-ons too. Simple and rustic.
I wish my parents had saved our old Radio Flyer. And I have drooled over sleds for year. I need to just make one already.
I too have a pot that is not movable (although with a dolly I probably could), so I did this last year. I even did it again for just winter and for Valentine’s day.
Great use of an old crate too. Don’t have an old crate, these crates can be gotten at Michael’s for under $10 with a coupon.
Another way to use a wooden crate, but also love the boots as planters.
An old watering can never looked so good. Don’t have an old one, make one look old and rusty. Cinnamon doesn’t just work in the kitchen, you can use it with glue or paint to make metal look rusted.
I love these galvanized buckets. I am sure you could fill them with real or fake greenery and put them on steps outside too.
I love everything about this spot in Nina’s house so I couldn’t just share a photo of the crock filled with Christmas goodness. I think you can find birch branches at Lowes or Home Depot and use real or fake greenery again. But Nina even used the old printer’s drawer to fill with Christmas items. I seriously need to find me one of those.
Another use for galvanized buckets. Did you know that you can find buckets pretty cheap at Tractor Supply. They are pretty shiny, but you can learn how to age them from Bonnie.
Not only does Maria use an old sleigh to hold trees, she also uses a glass vase to hold a smaller tree and a birdcage to hold miniature trees. She has loveliness all over her house.
Great use of an old ladder by Jenn. She also has other creative holders around her house.
I loved this rustic centerpiece so much, that I made my own with fence posts I had saved from the downed fence. (I wish I had saved more.) Right now I have it full of fall decorations.
You can use lanterns for any time of year, and Ann shows you how in this eBay post. I have found large lanterns at a reasonable price at Home Goods. Its so fun and easy to go through your holiday decorations to fill it up.
The three-tiered tray is also something that can be filled all year round. I have seen them decorated for the holidays like Jenna Sue did here, used as a coffee bar and many other ideas. I have seen them made with pie plates and candler holders, metal, wood, ect. An easy DIY project. I have been eye balling the one at Sam’s Club but can’t decide if it is too big.
I want to thank Pinterest for “Picked for you” 2016 printable calendars (because of one search) because, you know, it isn’t November or anything. I want to be able to turn off the Picked for you. I. DOn’t. Like. It.
My sweet little poochie has discovered she loves water. The other day while outside with my dad, his sprinklers came on. My mom said she ran back and forth through them. Ok cool. Glad she likes water.
Then yesterday happened. November came in with a bang. I went from wearing shorts and a t-shirt to bed with the fan on and having hot flashes earlier this week, to wearing flannel bottoms and a long sleeve shirt to bed last night and was still cold at first. It rained. On and off all day. But at one point in the afternoon when it was raining really good, my sweetie went outside. And came in half covered in mud where she was running back and forth at her favorite dirt spot by the back fence. My dad says I don’t need gravel. I said what about when I am not home every time it rains or snows and she runs through the wet dirt. Sheesh. Men.
I need to pave the corner of the space like this
But the pavers would go all the way to the fence and the gravel would be bigger. Have to make sure that there are no plants for her to have a place to dig. (So far, she doesn’t dig in the gravel, only bare spots.) There is a spot where my back neighbors are different and there is a small spot of older fence. I have this metal display thing from my brother’s old skate shop that I need to attach to the posts and plant a vine (trumpet). I think I could DIY the concrete pavers and make them bigger, varying sizes.
How to build my own cabinet doors without special tools
Thank you Kristi. Now I just need to figure out how to remove the laminate from the cabinets so I can paint them too. I’ll just have to remove the one cabinet, where I want to put shelves, and experiment on it. I also know what to get now to finish off the doors on the pantry so I don’t have the gaps on those either (before I ever finish painting them). I also think I messed up and bought a flat paint and I had wanted glossier. LOL. Leave it to me to ask for satin and it isn’t smooth.
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (I used the Ninja and ground up whole crackers)
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup melted butter
4 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
5 large eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons sugar
Preheat oven to 475°F. Place a large pan filled with 1/2 inch water in oven. I had to use my large, flat bottom skillet, make sure the springform pan will fit inside the water bath pan.
Make crust: Mix graham cracker crumbs and cinnamon; add butter. Press crust onto bottom and 2/3 of the way up a 9-inch springform pan lined with parchment (I didn’t have any so didn’t do this, the bottom had to be scraped up, I don’t recommend not using it). Wrap 2 pieces of heavy duty foil around bottom of pan so water can’t get in the edges. Freeze until filling is prepared.
Make filling: Use your stand mixer to mix cream cheese, sugar, sour cream and vanilla. Blend until smooth and creamy. At least 3 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl. Whisk eggs in a bowl and add to cream cheese mixture. Blend just until eggs are incorporated.
Remove crust from freezer and pour in filling. Carefully place cheesecake into preheated water bath. Bake for 12 minutes; turn oven to 350°F and bake until top of cheesecake turns golden, about 50 minutes. Do not use a tooth pick or any other object to test doneness. Once golden on top, turn off oven and leave oven door open to let cheesecake set completely (no more than 10 minutes). Mine had had a little indention in the middle that popped up while sitting in the turned off oven. Remove cake to a wire rack to cool.
Make topping: Combine sour cream and sugar and spread over cake. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours. Remove springform, cut and serve cold. Enjoy.
I would love to have this sunroom, overlooking water. Swoon. And there is an outdoor deck above the sunroom.
This room I could live in:
I don’t care for all the decor, but I love the ceilings. The doors. The walls. I could seriously retire in this house. With that view from above outside these windows.
The table Lauren found to make these desks was perfect. And the color she painted them is lovely too. This desk in that room, with that view.
And faux brick in the kitchen:
Lauren has a truly impressive, DIY home. The faux beam coming into the kitchen is impressive too. But I have said before how much I like the faux beam and how I wanted to use it on the part above my cabinets, making it look like exposed brick beams in there. I found this today and it is a good example of the faux brick in the kitchen. Thank you again Lauren for your inspiration. Not to mention I also love the concrete counters.
Making my mouth water:
I think my picky boy would even eat this. Yum!
Now I have to go scrape some more stripper off of a footboard. I might make it to the headboard this week.
My dad has ridden in this event for 5 years now, I think. It raises money for a cancer house. Great cause. Last year he rode less because it was the first time since his heart attack, but he is slowly getting back up there. And the landscape is beautiful, autumn at its finest around here.
A terrible picture. But this is my son and his friend last year for Halloween. I hate buying costumes that are only worn once. I thought at least he would wear these clothes again. Nope. Never. LOL.
The city where I live outside of Albuquerque, was founded because of Intel. Since I have lived here, we have seen divisions close and people get laid off. New jobs created (but not as may as were lost). A whole bunch of people from Ireland brought over and their housing paid for. A new Intel built near Phoenix. And this Intel is closing. They decided to more utilize the Phoenix building. So the people here that didn’t want to retire, or have to find a new job, had to get “rehired” by Phoenix or Oregon. Brendan’s friend here had to move to Oregon. Sadly, they never said goodbye. And we still haven’t seen Intel close completely yet. It will greatly impact our community, so hopefully there are plans for replacements.