20 March 2017

essential reminder.

.. because sometimes we lose sight ..

you are loved  {Psalm 103.11}

you have a purpose  {Philippians 1.6}

you are not alone  {Psalm 73.23}

13 March 2017

spring and such.

spring has certainly sprung!
early last evening we took the pooch for a stroll
and this view greeted us around the turn. 
glorious white blooms..

life in evidence everywhere ..
including a hawk's nest in process high above our home in a tall tree. 
on a lower limb edge is a hummingbird nest .. 
the hummer is resting and keeping a watchful eye. 

we're enjoying 70's temperatures this week ..
as such i do believe we'll grill tonight:
cod, sweet peppers & onions, pineapple
with a spicy sweet smoky drizzle.

grocery shopping today .. then again on thursday for fresh ingredients through the weekend. the shop i work at .. is hosting the 4th annual vintage trailer show and antique flea market set for this saturday. i'm coordinating the trailers and classic cars.. much time for planning and lots of hours on site friday and all day saturday from 5:30am to at least 5:30pm. bringing food for both days so i'm not too tempted by the food trucks offering high caloric and fat infused items .. it'd do me in for sure and for certain. so. i'm planning in advance and hoping i stick to my plan. i've experienced a couple seriously thoughtless days this past week and a bit concerned about weigh in tomorrow morning. but. this is life and i need to have grace with myself. i'm on an excellent plan and doing my level best... a few misdemeanor meals (or a felony meal at that!) won't ruin me too badly. wink. wink.

saturday morning i tried on a few clothing items that were once much too snug on my frame. they're now much too large! i put 2 dresses in the donation bag .. the other item i'm keeping because i believe i'll be able to tailor it to fit for a few more months as long as i keep on keepin' on. a thrifted white shirt (i ♥ my white shirts!!!) is a beautifully kept ralph lauren number i picked up for $3 well over a year ago. even though it was much too small at the time of purchase i bought it anyway and stuck it in the back of my closet. it's now too large but i'm keeping it anyway because roomy white shirts are a love of  mine. they're *my thing.* i'll wear it open with a simple tank underneath .. folding up the cuffs .. and a pretty scarf or necklace. it's a keeper for sure. 

the 5 year mark is coming up this friday the 17th .. 
5 years since we saw our daughter. 
before she abandoned, rejected, & alleged the impossible
and most horrible. thanks to wicked therapy
known as memory regression, at a 
so-called faith based counseling program.
brainwashed into believing terrible things.
many daughters of many parents .. 
we're in contact with even more, adding to our numbers...
parents who've lost their precious girls.
same program. same exact allegations.
while friday will be a challenging anniversary day of sorts,
i'm thankful i'll be SO busy .. that in itself is a blessing.
we miss our daughter and love her regardless.
we love - no matter what - we love
always & forever love

this picture was taken 8 years ago ..
i remember it like it was yesterday.

besides weekly marketing, i have some ironing to do and a couple loads of laundry to wash and dry. with the weather so beautifully warm and sunny, i do think using the clothesline is a good option. love the smell of sheets on the clothesline, don't you? 

on saturday i worked at the shop and golly it was busy! always a good thing. plenty of Annie Sloan paint being purchased for springtime projects along with an equal amount of decor and furniture making its exit with new owners or plans for gifts. a sweet couple came in, in search of inspiration for staging their wedding reception - and walked out with 2 vintage suitcases - one for cards and one to actually use for their first home together, making it into a coffee table by adding legs. 

the hubs took me out for a burger at a favorite burger joint in town called The Habit Burger. yum. just yum. and yum again. 
and triple yum yum. yum.

he brought our trailer home so i can tend to it this week as we're showing it at the event this saturday. there will be 12 trailers in all along with 3 classic cars. oh, and about 40 antiques and upcycle vendors, 4 food trucks, and a band called the vintage vandals. going to be an active day! i do believe that by the time i get home and get things put away and greet the pooch i'll be ready for jammies and nighty night extra early. zzz.

i haven't forgotten the recipe i promised to share..
i apologize for the delay. soon. for sure.


09 March 2017

poor {stinky} evelyn.

uPdATe :::::

i called our vet and spoke with a tech in the office ... seems that tomato juice doesn't always do the job and in evelyn's case - with her massive and longish fur she'd turn pinkish but still stink. was advised to pick up a product called "skunk off" which of course there was none to be found in our general area but i could purchase it online and it'd be here in 2-3 business days. swell. not. the nearest pet supply store opens at 9am so at 8:40 i left the house and stopped by Peet's Coffee for a cup of liquid life and a lemon scone. i've no idea how many 'smartpoints' that lemon scone was but it sure was delicious in response to an emotional trigger. it was consumed and felt like a brick in my tummy. sigh. i sat outside in the sunshine enjoying my coffee because the skunk odor had permeated our kitchen and living area.....ugh. one more issue to deal with. drove to the pet store and was directed to the skunk be gone shampoo section. bought said product and drove home, clicked evie's leash to her collar (she's not one for bathies) and got to work. have to leave it in for 5 minutes at which time she shook, spraying me with water and skunk be gone shampoo. at the end of the first bathing i don't know who got more wet. and get this... 2 more bathies after that. and you know what? she's actually smelling quite sweet save for her nose area - where remains the scent of stink. BUT! she's smelling sweeter by the hour and i do believe may be allowed indoors by evening. four bathies in all, the first being a hydrogen peroxide-dawn dishsoap-baking soda concoction. as for the house, our whole house fan was on all day and along with a lovely scented candle (thanks to Ann at Tarnished Royalty for the tip!) burning all day it almost smells welcoming! be glad i didn't invite you over for dinner tonight. wink. 

and there you have it .. nearly the end of the story.


in the early morning hours as i was sipping liquid life while comfy on the couch, i heard a growl from evelyn, another short growl, then nothing. hm. looking out the sliding glass door there my sweet pooch stood, looking terribly bewildered and worse for wear. then? the smell. oh dear the smell was wafting in the house even with the doors and windows closed! my poor fur girl had been SKUNKED!!! i quickly got online and checked out natural remedies, made a hydrogen peroxide-baking soda-dish liquid concoction, and grabbing towels and rubber gloves, made our way out of doors to take to task this horrible doing. oh...and yes, i woke the mister of the house and he sprung into action. though breathing only through my mouth the odor was (and is) absolutely horrendous. poor poor evie. pooooorrr evie girlie. round 1 of de-skunking is done. can't yet let her into the house. when the pet store opens .. at 9am .. 9am?! don't they know what just happened to my darling dog? never thought it'd happen to her. never. rude skunk. what earthly good are they anyway?! i'm thinking they're NO good whatsoever. nope. nada. zip. 

anyway, when the pet store opens i'll buy some heavy duty de-skunk stuff that'll hopefully rid my precious of the putrid odor. poor baby. the scent lingers inside - mainly in the living room and kitchen. oh. wonderful. not.  sigh sigh sigh... gagging ... hurl.