Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Be careful what you do with your freetime. You might just find a "Stud!"

With Mr. T on his trip to Switzerland and with two weeks left before school,  I was enjoying some ME time.  I got on my blog and started browsing the faves.   320 sycamore had a beautiful entry way with a coat rack that I just envied. She even shows how to put the thing together.  It looked easy shmeasy. 

You are probably thinking... is she really going to attempt that?  The answer is  YES!

Melissa's coat rack
   I figured that she only screwed in about 10 screws... how hard can it be, right? :S Our home is typical of coat racks and hooks that soon fallout of drywall only to leave gaping ugly holes in the wall.  I was way excited about having some hardware in our home that would be glued to the wall somehow.  

In her blog, Melissa talks about finding the studs and (studs?? what are those) drilling the shelves right into them.  

        I even bought one of those cute little stud finders like she suggests and walla.... I did find them.  I got out Mr. T's drill and went to town.  Oh, did I mention, that my son, John painted the walls a water chestnut eggshell first?  Love it!                                                                                     
Yes, he only painted up to the top of the first floor because our entry way goes up two stories and I was NOT going to stand on a ladder and try to paint the whole thing.  So for those of you that think you can't have a half painted room... well, you can. 
Screwed my onyx painted board to the "studs". :) Added my softly sanded black painted corbels...
I do amaze myself.  Mr. T would be proud
I left the little wooden ball thingy's natural and stuck them right into the screw holes with just a little scrape of glue each. When I attached the coat racks (from Lowe's), I spray painted them a flat black and left the ends natural so they'd match the little corbel ball thingy's.

Okay, it wasn't as easy shmeasy as I thought and it definitely used more than 10 screws, but it was definitely worth it!  *and I don't think that shelf is coming down anytime soon.
Finished product!
My coat Rack
Last but not least, I hung the little sign back up above the entry way door.  I have to be careful because last time I saw this sign, one of the kids had taped an "L" over the "R" on pray.   Word to the wise... don't forget to do both!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

If you love 'em tell 'em

  My hubby is here in this beautiful place called Bonaduz Switzerland.  (without ME!)   It's so weird to think that he is sleeping as I'm awake and I sleep when he's awake.  I miss him dearly.  The Mormon message I heard today was a great reminder of how we need to continually be sharing love with those around us.  As Mr. T has been away, we haven't connected much.  He has no phone that will work there to call and for a few days he had no cord or converter to plug in his laptop.  It was strange to think that we were hundreds of miles apart without any form of communication.  You never know when you won't get to share just how much you love someone until their gone. Ever since we finally connected, I can't help but tell him every timeI write how much I love him. 

So, go hug someone .... right now... and tell 'em how much you love them.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Come journey with me

I have decided that all the blogs that are fun to read tell a story. Some tell about their house makeovers, a journey with cancer, or even just all the plans they make over 6 months for a wedding. After lamenting for a few minutes about how my life just isn't that exciting, I came to the realization that I just have a Different story. So I decided to reintroduce myself as a married "School Girl", mom of five, going back to school at 40 something. I've had many First days of school and many heartaches and triumphs. I started out 3.5 years ago taking the accuplacer test for college and English. My scores were sooo low that the school recommended I take English as a second language. Yep, it's true! My math scores were just as depressing as I only qualified for basic addition and subtraction. (My kids thought I was lying that I couldn't help them with their homework. They finally found out all the playground rumors were true...
" my mom is smarter than your mom!").
After much pain, agony, tears, tutors, and retaking classes, I finally managed to pass all the remedial math and english, AND manage to get A's in the college level courses. I even managed to pass my college math final with a perfect score. So, it ain't right to say it can't happen. It happened to me.... and I'm just an old fart of a mom going back to school.

Hopefully you are here because you can relate and care to take the remainder of the journey with me. My goal is to post as least once a week and let you know how stressed out I get. Then you can be stressed right along with me. Cheers! Next stop..... Science!

Friday, January 14, 2011

finding the small joys of life

My daughter and I are enrolled in summer math classes at the community college.  We made this decision because we could not progress in our schooling until we had completed these math classes.   This has by far been the most hard thing I have ever done.  I can't believe I am going to say this... but I'd rather give birth than take an accelerated math class in 6 weeks.   Through tutors, tears, and times tables... and square roots... (sorry it didn't start with a "T" )... I have been the most stressed out woman I know.  Even Maxine doesn't even have anything on me. 
My dear sister Kara even given me a school mascot: the elephant.  Why? because when I feel like this is too big for me... I must always remember that I cannot eat an elephant all at once.  It must be done one bite at a time.  she has very sweetly reminded of this through all the many gifts that she has bestowed upon me.  Thanks Kara!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Doing hard things

Today I had to do something that was very hard for me.  I stood up to a person that has been somewhat of a bully in my life. I have worried, fretted, been unwilling to offend, and paralyzed with knowing what needed to be done.   I have been thinking on this for a while and finally  took care of something that should have been done a long time ago.    After coming home and blogging this, I came across a quote from
 320 sycamore that seemed to sum up my thoughts.  Today I was meant to shine!  Thanks Melissa.
Courage for today~
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

~Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of a Course in Miracles

Monday, January 3, 2011

Why worry when you have God?

"The turbulent billows of the fretful surface leave the deep parts of the ocean undisturbed; and to him who has a hold on vaster and more permanent realities, the hourly vicissitudes of his personal destiny seem relatively insignificant things.  The really religious person is accordingly unshakeable and full of equanimity, and calmly ready for any duty that the day may bring forth."
~William James