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Friday, January 31, 2014

Ikea's Life Lesson

(I found this in my drafts.  I don't know why I didn't post it then. Timing is in the past, but the lesson is still relevant.)

  Larry has a long business trip ahead and so since he was in Cincinnati this last weekend he asked if I wanted to go down and stay with him. Alone.... just the two of us?  Duh!! I made it happen on my end and he moved to a better place than he was staying (wasn't that nice?). So I packed up my bags and headed to Cinci.

   The ride down was depressing.  It took me back to the days when my motto was 'Have ice. Will travel.' When Rob and Rachel were at God's Bible School and College I traveled that road a lot.  I loved those days.  I loved being around my kids and their friends. There are so many good memories from that time. What made it depressing was that it involved memories of going to see Rob.  It has been since Christmas.... 8 months!!!! since I have seen my boy! This is the longest I have gone without seeing him.  I am sure other parents of grown children know what I am talking about when I say I miss him so bad I actually hurt.

   On Friday night Larry and I used our trusty app, The Urban Spoon, and chose Stone Creek Dining Company as the place to have supper. It was the first time we had eaten there. It was really good! Not cheap, not terribly expensive.  Larry's salad was so fresh and crisp, and the bread and dipping oil was oh, so good!  Larry had tilapia on a bed of couscous with asparagus, and I had filet mignon, baked potato and mixed vegetables.  We will definitely go there again.

  The bed at the motel was one of  hardest beds I have ever slept on.  But that being said, I  slept so good that night! I did sleep in since there were no creaking floors or slamming doors or people talking to wake me up! Or a certain baby pounding on Mamaw's door so she can watch Super Why with me!

I knew I would be spending the day alone while he was working on Saturday, so I knew I would try to find Ikea and had thought about going to Jungle Jim's.  I arrived at Ikea about 1pm and hadn't eaten yet, so I decided to eat there. As soon as I walked in the store I was overwhelmed! Which way do I go? I watched for few seconds and looked around, noticed everyone else was taking a pencil and map so I did, too.  I saw the restaurant was upstairs, so I headed up the escalator. At the top I was greeted with a sample of Swedish Meatballs.  So good, so I decided to have that for my lunch.  I had a child size portion of meatballs, mashed potatoes, a corn bread square (because it looked so good) and a piece of apple cream cake.  All that with Coke for $6.46!  I was surprised that everything was perfectly seasoned!

  After I ate my delicious meal, I walked past the live band and set off on an adventure! I had heard so many great things about Ikea that I wondered if it would compare to my first time in The Container Store. That was like a singing angel choir experience! AHHHHHhhhhhh... Seriously.  Sadly, it was not that kind of experience, but that's ok.... TCS is a very special place.  I immediately saw all kinds of things I would like to put in my cart. And, oh my... Christmas gifts for my girls will be bought here!! As I was walking through the store I kept thinking, "Why do I keep running into all these people!"  I got off of the walkway to look at a kitchen island it took forever to get back on the walkway! People kept coming.  I was in my own little world and was patient but perplexed.  Finally, I got back on the walkway and when I made it to the next bend, there it was. The arrow on the walkway. They actually had directions to getting through the store! I looked at the little paper I picked up with the pencil and sure enough, there is a starting point!  So, I turned around and went back to the starting point and went the right direction and it was a lot easier! Still crowded, but it is easier to go with the flow! It would have been better to have a friend or two along.  More eyes to see all the bargains and details!

   I had a little laugh at myself and shared it with Larry, who laughed at me, too!  But the thought just kept coming back to me.

   The goal when I went to that store was to not miss a thing!  I knew what I wanted and was given the tools to make it happen. I just didn't know it. Why? Because I was so caught up with what I wanted to do and with being so overwhelmed with the experience, that I was going about it my own way.  The wrong way.  I had the map that told me where the starting point was and I didn't even look at it. Well, I did, but not closely.  I saw the departments and showroom areas and even the path through the store, but I didn't pay close enough attention to see the fine detail of the arrows.

You know, we are given our map to get through this life. So many times we start off with good plans and intentions. Whether it is in our spiritual walk, our business plans or our family life, God's Word should be our guide.   We have it. If we don't have one when we ask Jesus to be our Savior, we are given one by those we know at church.  Not using it, or by skimming it over is what gets us into a jam.  We end up going the wrong way.  We know what we want, but we end up confused and the joy of the journey is replaced with frustration. We aren't following His directions or consulting Him to lead us.  The only solution is to go by the Map. His plan is set in place and will make it possible to not miss a thing of what God has for us!

   And remember what I said about how it would have been easier to have a friend along?  Friendships are important.  Our close friends can be our confidants, our sounding boards and those that can see when we are heading off on our own way... the wrong way.  And a good friend will say, "Hey! Look the Map is saying this is the way to go.... You don't want to miss what God has planned for you!"

So, that is the life lesson I learned from Ikea.  I have a Bible... several actually, but I know I need to stop going off on my own, thinking I have it handled!  I don't want to miss a single blessing He has for me and my family.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

30 Days In

Is it really January 30?  This month is going to be over before I ever get started! I did get some things written down for goals for this year.  Everywhere I look there are posts and articles about many different goals that people have, and all I think is, "Yeah, I should have that on my list."  Seriously, there is not an area of my life that doesn't need help.  For example, let's consider organizing closets. Other years I am like, "I need to rework that..." or with filing I know I need to get the new year in order.  This year I have closets that are bulging with disorganization and I have to completely get paperwork in order.  The kitchen, living room, bathroom, BASEMENT....every single room,  not to mention other areas... weight/health, church attendance, personal development.... oh, it goes on and  on. Am I overwhelmed with all that needs to be done?  No!  Ok, well, maybe a little.  I think I am overwhelmed more with the thought that I cannot get everything done as quick as I'd like.  But I am up for the task!!  I will just need to have my list (of lists) and keep priorities straight.  One of my favorite  recounts from the Bible is the Creation Story.  God didn't create the fish before He created the sea.  He is a God of order and that really speaks to me. There is a way things are to be done.  A way things work best together.  So, I will be leaning on that and His strength to help me not be too hard on myself for not getting everything done by February 1!  Coming back from Florida  I had planned to hit the ground running with the house and my It Works business.... but I didn't plan on having bronchitis! I have never had this before and  didn't realize it would last so long! It is just kinda hard to realize the first month is over and  I don't have one. thing. done.  ~~sighing, leaning, breathing

I like to post my menu for the week.... I love to cook and if you are around me anytime at all I usually ask what is on your menu or what have had new lately.  I am always searching for something new that the family will like.  But I am finding that this new phase in our lives gives menu challenges!  I never know if Larry will be in town for sure or if Ryan will be eating at home or on the run.  So, I think my best bet will be to have a list of menus and have the items needed for them and we will make one of them when one or both of the guys are home! Here are a few I have lined up:

  • Nacho Chicken, Salad
  • Pork Chops and Scalloped Potatoes, Green Beans
  • Steak and Baked Potatoes, Broccoli
  • Deer Steak and Gravy, Mashed Potatoes and Carrots
Phases in life. Reevaluation. Life Plans.... subjects for another post.  
Let me just say that as a person who likes change, change is sometimes hard. But here's to February being my January and productive days ahead!!

I've always found that anything worth achieving will always have obstacles in the way and you've got to have that drive and determination to overcome those obstacles on route to whatever it is that you want to accomplish.

Necessities of Life

Ok, so maybe life could go on without these.  But I feel much better when I have these on hand.  

I have tried different brands.... I just can't feel like they do the best job disinfecting.

I realize they are expensive, and I have considered making my own.

But again, will they do the job I need them to do? 

When I am baking with my girls, I like it when I am cracking eggs and some gets on the counter
 that I don't have to spray bleach that can get in the food or on our clothes.  
I can easily wipe up the mess and we can go on with our fun.  

Again, in the kitchen with spot cleaning.  The Clorox name tells me that it will disinfect like bleach without the damage to our clothing or towels. It works great on stainless.

I keep a container in the bathroom as well.  Quick touch-ups that I can feel are more 
than just looking good, they are disinfecting! 

They get grabbed for spills on the floor, touch-ups in the van, thrift store purchases and many more things! 

Yeah, life could go on without them, but I just feel a little better with them.

Do you have a cleaning supply that you feel is a necessity in keeping your home clean?

(I am just sharing... this is not a paid endorsement.)

Sunday, January 5, 2014

I'm a Planner

Most people that know me well would say I am a list maker and a planner.  Even those that don't know me well would probably know that. So, it is no surprise to anyone that I love the New Year! I love beginnings: new year, new season, Mondays! Mr. Fye has accused me of not enjoying the here and now because I am always looking forward to the next thing.  As usual, he is right, and I have been trying to not do that! 

So, here we are at the beginning of 2014 and I do not have one goal list written down! That is so not me!  Getting back to me will be the result of my goal list this year.  It will take a lot of changing, reorganizing, and a good dose of discipline! The last two years have been anything but normal.  I have had physical setbacks that have touched every area of my life.  My daughter and her family have lived with us the last two years, too.  It has not been a horrible situation, but it is always tough to have 2 families living together in such a small house.  Things are changing with them getting their own home this month and I am feeling better finally!!

Here are somethings about me right now:

What I am watching.... Fringe Season 3, Downton Abbey (Season Premiere in 20 minutes!) and The Good Wife

What I am reading... Not A Fan, W is for Wasted, and God's Hands in My Business.

What new things I have cooked... snow ice cream (not really cooking), open-faced lasagna sandwiches and Swedish meatballs.

My view.... a very messy bedroom.

What I can hear... Fringe, Ryan playing the guitar and singing, music from the other room and someone walking through the house.  

So, tonight I plan to watch Downton Abbey and work on my 2014 goals.  One being to blog more!

(I tried to add pictures but there's a glitch!)

"If all you can do is crawl, start crawling." ~Rumi