Happy Ground Hogs Day!

Just wanted to say a quick Happy Ground Hogs Day to you all!

(photo found on Pinterest click HERE)

I have some great posts coming soon with lots of DIY projects to catch up on. I have to get all those photos uploaded and posted for you to see what we have done all year long.

I also will be bring back my book reviews and writing more on homeschooling and living a peaceful life based on my understanding of the bible from a frugal lifestyle view.

More on that later.



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Happy Sweet 16 Agent K…

It’s official! Agent K is 16.

Happy Birthday Sweetpea!





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Finding my passion in writing again.

Have you ever lost your passion for something you love to do?

I love writing. I wrote a lot on my old blog that was focused on homeschooling and reviews. Then I started this blog because I wanted to step away from the blog that focused on homeschooling. I wanted to start something new because I knew I was not going to be homeschooling forever. I needed something not focused on homeschooling so when I wasn’t doing that any more, no one would notice it missing.

But then I had a hard time getting into the swing of things here.

I tried focusing on other things like my DIY projects, yarn projects, and other topics. I feel like I have been forcing my self to write about things that were not what I really want to write about.

So, I am going to go back to writing about things I want to write about like family, homeschooling, marriage, relationships, book reviews, reviews of what interests me at the time. Topics that I find my self with lots to talk about instead of those topics I don’t have enough to talk about.

As I start to write about those things that interest me in the moment, I hope you stick around. If you are here for the DIY projects, those won’t disappear, they just wont be a main focus.

I have an idea for a new series. I love to write short stories so I am planning a series where I post bits of the story in a blog post. Don’t confuse it with real life. I will put a disclaimer in there so you know its part of a short story series. I think it will be fun. I may even through in one of those endings you get to pick from. Remember those books where you picked what happened next and you went to that page to finish the story. I loved those as a kid. I thought they were fun and I could change the story every time I read it.

I know I need encouragement to get back to what I want to be, a writer. I am a writer. God made me a writer and I need to figure out how to do it with passion again.



Amen and Hallelu-yer!


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Do you need encouragement?

Are you in need of some encouragement?

Do you feel overwhelmed with your life?

Do you feel under appreciated?

Are you feeling like you don’t fit in?

One of my favorite authors is Holley Gerth. She writes to give us encouragement based on God’s word. That is one of the things I really like about her. She is not a self help guru that tells you how to use your own strength, but instead tells us to use God’s word.

So if your a follower of God, the head on over to her blog. If your not a Christian, you may still glean from the precious gems on Holley’s blog.


The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;  That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,  To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
Titus 2: 2-5 KJV
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DIY: These chairs got a makeover…

Here is a project I did in the fall. My husband picked up an old set of table and chairs from a neighbor. I mostly wanted the chairs, not the table. So I am reusing the table legs for a later table project for the breakfast nook. You can see them painted turquoise in the background.  The table top was a weird shape. It was long with curved ends and it just didn’t fit my style. I do plan on cutting it down to a square and using it as a craft table in my craft room later, or burning it in a bon fire.

The chairs started off in maple. Then I picked Rustoleum Painters Touch in Green Apple.

And as usual, I forgot to get photos of the process. Later when I get my table built I will post all the finished projects.





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Agent K broke her leg…

Life has been busy the last 2 weeks. All my postings were put on hold. I don’t mind. I had more important matters to focus on. We still haven’t put up a tree and we usually do that the week of Thanksgiving but we spent that time in the hospital.

Agent K was at a church get together for our annual Thanksgiving Dinner and afterwards they played some football.

Unfortunately, the football game didn’t end well.

She ended up a Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for 4 days. She has a FIB and TIB break. In other words,  she has 2 broken bones and 1 titanium rod!

I am posting a few photos. I won’t embarrass her by posting horrible hospital photos.

She didn’t have to have a cast put on. She can technically walk on it. Its still swollen but that is going away. There she is sitting on the fireplace yesterday taking care of the fire in the fireplace. She loves to do that so I let her.

She is a strong girl. She handled everything with the strength that God made her with. I am not sure if she remembers, but after surgery as she was recovering in her room, she picked up her phone and played Jamie Grace’s song Its A Beautiful Day and was singing it. She has a passion for worship music but what 15 year old girl sings that kind of song while she is laying in pain after her surgery and on morphine? God is good and his spirit is living in my baby girl for sure.

So there it is. We will get back to doing some knitting, crocheting, DIY, rambling on about nothing….

Special Notes:

I would like to thank everyone who prayed for us and visited us in the hospital and at home. Kiki would like to thank everyone for the gifts, especially Sheilah for all the sugar loaded candy lol!

I would also like to thank all those at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for taking care of us. You guys were great. It was the best hospital experience ever! And she thanks you for letting her stay that extra night when she asked because she didn’t feel she was able to go home yet.

I would also like to thank Medi-share for covering us and praying for us.

Thank you all and God Bless!


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Evolution of a fireplace…

Since I am showcasing my mantle for Christmas, I thought I would show the progression of my fireplace.

When we moved in our fireplace was the big ugly elephant in the room. It was dark. The brick was dark and the mortar was black. Yes, black. Who uses black mortar? I guess it was something they did in the 70’s.

It was just not my style. I love having a wood burning fireplace back. A real fire roaring in the winter. The smell, yes I love the smell. And its just a beautiful thing to watch, all the burning wood and glowing embers.

So here is the story of my fireplace in photos…. and please ignore our messes in these photos because we were still moving in and things were not cleaned up and organized very much. We are still living in a construction zone some what.


Here would be my cabin theme I tried for a few months trying to make this fireplace brick fit in. Though I actually loved the look, I just can’t live in it. I love cabins and cabin decor but its not something I want in my main living area. Maybe in a room I am not in all the time.


So here is right after I white washed the fireplace but not finished. I removed the trim and have since painted it white to blend and also left some off since we need to fix a ceiling area about the fireplace from a previous roof leak issue. I also have not repainted yet in this photo. The surrounding walls have been painted a few times. I have also moved the bookcases to my craft room now that I don’t have a million homeschool books to store. And as you can see, I really like sideways photos lol!


And so here it is today! For some reason the top looks yellowish but I promise in real life it does not. See those “slits” in the brick next to the art work? Those are vents for the heat for the blower. I also have a vent up in the master so my room stays a little toasty. The man who inspected our fireplace said we had an awesome fireplace. Well built. The lining is high end something special. Who ever built this fireplace really put a lot of heart into it. I just didn’t like the brick selection :). I am not sure how common this part is but the wall the fireplace is on backs into the garage and it is a full wall of concrete bricks. So in a hundred years if the house isn’t standing, the fireplace wall will be.


I hope you enjoyed my sharing of my fireplace. I am really starting to love my home!


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Update to the Fireplace mantle

I have not figured out which look I want in my family room, but for the winter we decided to go nautical instead of beachy. And these photos are not as clear as they should be. My camera phone is 13megs but doesn’t seem like it. I really need to go back to my Canon.

So here is what we settled on for now.  We changed a few colors out and added in more red. Hope you like them.

I decided to put my “boat rope” on the mantle. I will leave it up after the holidays if I keep the family room nautical. Which I probably will until the movie room basement gets finished. I usually have my nautical decor in the movie room.  My rope use to be my handrail in our previous home but when it when on the market I took it down to bring with me. The rope isn’t expensive but the brackets kinda are.


And today we have the fireplace going. It is about 50 here in Cincinnati.


This is a different angle. Eventually this paneling you see in the background will come down and dry wall put up. Though I do kinda like it painted as it gives me a beach cottage kinda feel.


And here is a little preset on my phone. Thought it made it look neat and the blue pop.



I wish the whole room was finished so I could post a photo of it all done. But there is still a whole in my wall where we took down the brick half wall separating this room from the breakfast nook area.

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My thoughts on the non Merry Christmas Starbucks Cup…

Some people are already mad about Starbucks not putting Merry Christmas on their cups.

This is where I am sure to tick off some of my fellow Christians.

I don’t really care that they are not doing this. I don’t get why it matters so much to some Christians that other people, or company in this case, do not cater to their holiday.

Here are some points on why it doesn’t bother me:

  1. Not everyone celebrates Christmas. And for those who do, do it for different reasons. Some do it as a celebration of Jesus’ birth even though he was not born any where near December. Then there are those who celebrate it because its a time of giving, spending time with family, and decorating. I personally love to decorate for Christmas. Its something we do as family bonding time. I compartmentalize Christmas in to these 2 categories.
  2. There are other holidays in these next couple of months like Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and there are others. If Starbucks, or any other company, were to list every holiday on their cups, they would spend a lot of money. If they wanted to make all their customers happy then they could put Happy Hanukkah on their cups for that week, then the week of Christmas they could put Merry Christmas on their cups.
  3. Stop getting so offended over everything. That is the problem with our generations now, everyone is so selfish for their own agenda they get offended over everything.
    When’s the last time you heard Jews whine over not having Happy Hanukkah written on a Starbucks cup? Not that I have ever heard. They understand not everyone celebrates their holiday and they don’t make a big deal about it.
  4. Oh and some people don’t celebrate any holidays. They just want to live their lives peacefully and not be bombarded with people whine about how they are offended.

I will put in one thing that does bug me. Its a Christmas Tree! Not a Holiday Tree. No other holiday decorates a tree. So calling it a Holiday Tree makes no sense. It sounds pretty stupid if you ask me.

So, in conclusion of my rant. People need to let it go. Respect others.

If you don’t like a company not putting Merry Christmas, or any other holiday on your cup or what ever, just don’t shop there.

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Beachy/Nautical Inspired Christmas Mantle…

I know its kinda early for Christmas decor, but for us, is ever really too early? NO!

We have been working on our mantle decor. Agent K decorated our mantle garland.

We are still finishing up the remodel in this room so if you see weird things in the background, please ignore them.

If you are curious about the painting it is by Leoma Lovegrove exclusively at Bealls Florida.
This is my favorite painting. I also have some other items with her art work on them. She paints in my style.


Agent K wanted to make sure she got some traditional Christmas in so she put red bows on the end of the garland along with our little dachshunds we picked up last year at Cracker Barrel.

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In stead of using twine I had originally purchased to use as garland, she opted for burlap strips left over from other projects from the past.


We also picked up some “pics” from Micheal’s in blue squiggly things (they remind me of coral), palm leaves, and teal leaves.

We took some shells and star fish and hot glued curling ribbon to them for hanging. We also will be using them on the tree this year.

Well I hope you have enjoyed this little peek into our life today.

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