Wednesday, August 19, 2015

A Quick Tour of the New Homestead

We are settling in pretty well in our new home. There are several projects left to do. Window treatments are on order--plantation shutters--and will be here on September 14th. I can't wait. Right now the windows are either uncovered or have paper shades or sheets covering them. It's not the most attractive look. I'm also anxious to put up some curtains for color. I'm also looking into replacing the rug in the family room (below) with a bound piece of carpet. I think that will be more cost effective than a rug for the size I want.

 Looking from the front door.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

My Sweet Kitty

We lost our kitty of over 20 years this past week. My heart is broken.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Simple Woman's Daybook::June 10

For Today... June 10

Outside my's hot!

I am thinking...about the McKinney pool incident. That is less than 10 miles from my house. I live across the street from a neighborhood pool. I know how inappropriate teenagers can get, and how quickly. I know we don't know everything that was happening. We learned today that the officer had just been on two suicide calls. We also learned that McKinney PD officers are receiving death threats. I don't believe we are, as a culture, insightful enough to learn what really needs to be learned from this incident. One, we never really know what any one person is dealing with and that includes. Two, showing basic respect goes a long way.
I am thankful...that we got an offer on our house so quickly.

I am wearing...floral linen tank and black knit skirt.

I am creating...not much of anything, given my reluctance to make any messes.

I am finally be able to work my volunteer shift at the food pantry tomorrow!

I am wondering...when we will hear back from the buyers with their response to our response to their inspection repair requests.

I am reading...A Fine Romance by Susan Branch.
A Fine Romance
I am hoping...that all goes well until closing on the 30th.

I am rely on God.


In my kitchen...mostly simple cooking. Tonight is spaghetti and garlic bread.


A peek into one of my days...ready to show perfection!

One of my favorite things...a long morning walk.

From the board room...
Doesn't this just scream summer?
How to Make Sun Tea

Quote source: Brainy Quote


Sunday, May 10, 2015


The last few weeks have been quite a whirlwind. First, we decided about four weeks ago to sell our current home and build a new, smaller home. This set off a frenzy of repair and cleaning work. Work that thankfully, after three weeks of having workers in and out of my house, is complete. But work that has now come to a bit of a halt as I recover from an infection that landed me in the hospital with sepsis. I never in a million years would have expected to end up hospitalized due to an ear infection. After running a high fever for nearly three days I went to my primary care, who took my vitals and immediately sent me to the hospital. Actually, she wouldn't let me drive so I had a dear friend, who I owe a huge debt of gratitude, come pick me up. My temperature was 104.8, my heart rate was 111 and my blood pressure was dangerously low. For 48 hours I was hooked up to IV antibiotics, which did their job, allowing me to come home. Unfortunately, I reacted to one of those antibiotics and ended up in the ER for IV steroids the day after coming home. Now, just over a week later, I'm still weak and tired and dealing with pressure in my ear. I have new sympathy for anyone who suffers from a chronic illness. To add to all of this, my husband was rear ended on Wednesday. Gratefully neither he nor the other driver were injured, and his car remained drivable, and the other driver was insured with a reputable company so, God willing, this will be a small blip. I am very much hoping to get back on track this week and finish the work that needs to be done to get our house listed and have it on the market by next Wednesday. But, if I've learned anything from all of this, it is that I'm not in control.


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