Wednesday, October 28, 2015

My header photos

Not sure if I ever explained this, but the photos at the top of my page pretty much sum up my life.  I am a bluebirder.  The Eastern Bluebird pictured at left is a passion of mine.  I head up the local bluebird society and for probably 15 years I have put out bluebird boxes, and taught other people about them and how to help them also.  Our yard has a long line of beautiful white pines, and something I love is to hear my bluebirds out in the pines singing their hearts out.  So I gave our little farm this name, and also use this name for my blog and my antique booth.

The beautiful lady holding the cake is my great-grandma Nellie. She was my mom's grandma on her dad's side.  This was a birthday of hers and I just love the picture.  She died one year before I was born, she had 8 children and was a farmers wife! For some reason I have always been inspired to be like her.  Another big inspiration is my grandma, Katie.  She died when I was almost 2 so I didn't get to know like my older siblings. But she is also a huge inspiration, she was a great seamstress, cook and crocheted many beautiful things. She was my mom's mom.

The other pictures are of our barn and our grandkids.  I have a blessed life and I am learning to "bloom where I am planted."  Sometimes I lament that our kids are gone and I really hate being apart from them, but I am trying to count my blessings and love my life!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Today my son Daniel turns 30 years old!  Amazing to think that I have been a mom for 30 years.  That day was a miracle and Dan is such a blessing, along with his wife Jamie and their 3 and 1/2 children.  :)

Somehow I need to get into a habit of checking into this page, and not just Facebook and Instagram.  I have lots to say and share about the happenings in my life!  Just returned last week from a trip to California and had a great time.  First at Huntington Beach, my husband's hometown where we went for a conference.  I got a lot of beach and pool time but also attended some events.  Then we went up the coast for our 34th anniversary and enjoyed Cambria, CA.  We stayed at the Pelican Inn and had a room looking out at the ocean.  Loved it so much.  They have a boardwalk along the beach.  We saw seals and elephant seals, drove around the wine country, just had a nice time.  Then we visited our son and DIL in Orange County for a few days, which was wonderful but always bittersweet.  We had our first try at Airbnb and stayed in a really cute little house in Fullerton.

Now back home, still battling the jet lag after a week. But also "heart lag" trying to get back into my life and find inspiration.  Why is it always hard after a trip?  I do too much thinking.  This week I am reminded to listen for God and also to be thankful every day for the tremendous blessings in my life.

I have so many projects either started or on the back burner.  So I need to get with it!  Lots of crochet projects and also cleaning up my craft room.  I have a room that I have worked on that is in our pole barn, it was an office that was crammed with stuff for over 10 years since we moved here.  Last summer I realized I could use it for my workshop and a place to store a lot of my "stuff" that I buy for my booth at the antique mall, and also things I buy hoping to make things.

When I first started this blog it was the intention to begin to stop dreaming about things and actually start DOING them.  Since then I have made my son's room my craft room, I have started renting a bookcase at an antique mall,  I have started fixing up that room in the pole barn.  Now I just need to learn more about managing my time and figuring out how I can do all the things I want to do.

I really need to find some time to figure out how to use this page correctly and also how to use my Mac more efficiently to be able to post pictures etc.

Meanwhile happy fall!   Getting ready for Indiana Bluebird Society meeting on Saturday, and a meeting for my group, the Boone County Bluebird Society in a couple of weeks.