Friday, December 8, 2017

Five Things for Friday

Oh hi, it's been awhile! Without further ado...

1. This week my life got a little more intriguing, but I can't say that it was in a good way. To keep a long story short, I was involved in a mystery and a police investigation. 😲

Want to know more? Okay, I'll tell you.  

Basically, last Saturday a woman's car was hit in the parking lot of a nearby mall while she wasn't there and whoever did it left a post-it note on her window with my contact information on it. This happened to be one of my post-it notes, written by me. I don't know who did this or how they got that post-it note, but whoever it is apparently forgot that parking lots have security cameras. 😄  
Answers to this bizarre crime are still pending, but I hope they catch the perp and charge him or her with not only hit-and-run but also with fraudulent activity for trying to frame me for an accident that I had nothing to do with! 

2. We went to Lindsey Stirling's Christmas concert on Tuesday night. It was so fun and so good! I love Lindsey and her music, and her Christmas album is wonderful (my favorite is her version of Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy). And an unexpected treat was that I got to see Mark Ballas from Dancing With the Stars (he and Lindsey were partners on the show this fall and they came in 2nd place exactly two weeks earlier). He and his wife were the cover band. It was a magical evening! 
I took pictures with my camera and not my phone because I'm old-fashioned like that, so I can't post any of my pictures yet, so this one will have to suffice!

3. I've seen two movies in the theater since my last blog post: Murder on the Orient Express and Wonder. Both were excellent and they were almost as good as their books. There are two more movies I want to see this year: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (we have tickets to see it a week from today, when I'll find out if my theories about Rey are correct (or not)), and I really want to see The Man Who Invented Christmas. Also not to be forgotten are the Hallmark Christmas movies that are piling up in my DVR. They're among my guiltiest of pleasures every December. Some are really silly, but some are quite good. The best ones usually have Candace Cameron Bure in them (in case you were wondering). 

4. We got our Christmas tree last Saturday. It's a real winner! It has a beautiful shape, it's in good shape (unlike last year's, which was totally DOA), and it has a lovely fragrance. I love Christmas! 
Pictures of the tree to come...probably next December. Ha ha!

5. Today I have an appointment to see (no pun intended) how my eyes are doing eight months after my vision correction surgery. I know on my own (because you know, they're my eyes and I use them every day) that they're doing great. I'm so glad I got that surgery and that I can see clearly all the time now! 😍
And if there's time after my appointment I'm going to finally go to Trader Joe's! 🙌👍

The kids and I are probably going to watch Elf tonight. It always makes me LOL, literally!

Have a great weekend!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Five Things for Friday

1. I was so glad to discover recently that junior high still does book orders! Before that happened I was bummed to be missing out on the young adult books that Sam's 2nd grade book orders don't have but John's 5th and 6th grade ones did. But then John brought home a couple of book order forms and everything was good again. I've loved book orders ever since my own elementary school days and I'm glad I get to still do them though my kids! (I do order books for the kids too, not just me!)  

Speaking of John, I think his 7th grade school picture came out well. He's a good-looking kid!

2. Speaking of good-looking kids, here's Sam in his taco costume at school on Halloween.

We had no idea that this costume would be such a hit. People got such a kick out of it. We saw it at Target and Sam didn't have anything else he was burning to be this year, and he likes tacos, so that's what he picked. It's a fun costume and he wore it well!

3. Speaking of tacos, I craved them all week so we had them for dinner last night.

4. Speaking of last night, I went to book club where we discussed a book that I enjoyed reading this week, The Selection by Kiera Cass. I eat these young adult dystopian books right up. And that cover!!

5. Speaking of book club, it's made up of women from my ward (congregation) at church. Well, my ward is going to be a new one starting this Sunday. The boundaries in our stake were changed recently and now we're in a different ward in a different building. I'm bummed to be leaving such a good, strong ward that I've been a member of for over seven years, the longest I've ever been in any ward in my life. But it will be nice to go to a building that's a little closer to us in a ward that will have kids that go to my kids' schools, and a few friends from my old ward are joining us in the change too. The times, they are a changing! 

I can't believe I was able to do this whole post linking one thing to the next. This may be the first time I've ever been able to do that for the whole post. This is a momentous occasion in the history of my blog! Speaking of which (see what I did there?), on October 26th it was the 10th anniversary of the start of The Doll Sweet Journal and my first blog post on here. You may send all well wishes and congratulations to us at our home address. Or just leave a comment. 😂

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Things I Got Done in October

October was a productive month for me. The kids and I didn't have many appointments or special events so I had time to get stuff done. I love getting things done; it's so rewarding!

These are some of the things I did in October, several of them long overdue:

✓ Completely cleaned out and organized all of the files in our file cabinet. I've been meaning to do this for years! {Big sigh of relief that it's finally done!}

✓ Started and finished a big clean-out and organizing project that should have been done ages ago for the church/gospel-related things and articles that I've accumulated over the last 20+ years (seriously), and made a plan to use them regularly now that they're organized into nice, neat 3-ring binders and/or magazine holders.

✓ Did a similar project for travel articles I've saved over the years (I love 3-ring binders!)

✓ Put the photos from our Disney cruise in March into photo albums and picture frames

✓ Got all the pictures off my phone and uploaded to Shutterfly

✓ Got new garage doors installed

✓ Designed our Christmas card. This is the earliest I've ever done that. I plan on ordering them this week. (Let me know if you want one!)

✓ Cleaned out and re-organized all of my craft supplies

✓ Cleaned out Sam's art table

✓ Seasonal wardrobe switch for me and the kids

It feels good to have gotten these and other things done in October. I love being a stay-at-home mom with no kids at home during the day! 😂 

I'm lowering my expectations for November, which is going to be much busier than October was. The kids and I have several appointments, there will be "special events" like band concerts, there's a no school day, my dad will be visiting, and we'll be going on vacation for over a week. So my to-do list for November is going to be much shorter (although probably still too long--I like a challenge 😉) in order to help preserve my sanity (what's left of it, anyway)! 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Short and Sweet for Halloween

The porch is ready for trick-or-treaters!

I noticed the shadow this little haunted house was making on the wall one morning and thought it was cool.

Sam was Kylo Ren from Star Wars last year. How cute is this picture? It was taken at a Halloween party that I take him to every year at a local recreation center.

Sam's costume isn't quite so distinguished this year. He's dressing up as a taco! 😂

Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 30, 2017

For Halloween I Want To Be...

I've made a discovery from flipping through the costume catalogs we get each fall: there are some really great adult Halloween costumes out there! If I were to dress up, these are the ones I would choose from. 

These are all from

My favorite nanny, Mary Poppins!

I love poodle skirts and 1950s style

Snow White

A League of Their Own is one of my long-time favorite movies, and I played softball for years growing up. 
This Dottie costume is cute! For modesty purposes I'd wear it with a cute pair of leggings.

Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games is one of my favorite book characters. 

 I love this Mrs. Claus costume! How fun would it be to dress up like this for Halloween!? 
And this one is my favorite, even though it doesn't come in an adult size. 
It's a "Wild Woods Witch" from Chasing Fireflies. I think it's perfect!

A girl 37-year-old woman can dream!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Five Things for Friday

1. We got new custom-made garage doors installed this week. I love them! I've been wanting to get this done for years. I picked out the doors and features myself, got price quotes, and pretty much did everything except for the installation. Our house has prominent garage doors, so the new ones make a nice difference. Expect to see pictures sometime this winter or spring, at the rate I go. Ha ha! 

2. Peter and I went to a Joshua Bell concert last Friday night. If you don't know who he is, he's a famous (and handsome) violinist who plays on a 300-year-old Stradivarius violin with a French bow from the 1700s. This blows my mind. That violin has been in existence for so many significant things that have happened in history--major events that have changed the world. It's been there making music the whole time. It was really cool to hear and see beautiful music performed on an instrument like that, one that is older than our country! It was a wonderful concert. The very accomplished pianist who accompanied has inspired me to buy a new book of sonatinas and play piano more and learn some new pieces. And Joshua Bell really made me wish more than ever that I'd stayed with violin instead of only doing it for a year in 7th grade.

3. I've been following the news closely from various sources and I have an ominous feeling about North Korea, like something bad is going to go down with them in the not-too-distant future. As long as that something isn't nuclear in nature, we should be okay (right!?). Sam is fascinated by Kim Jong Un, that bad guys like him really do exist. I'm disgusted by him, and a little scared too. He and Trump together are not a good mix. Keep up with the diplomacy work, Secretary Tillerson! 

4. I still haven't been to the new Trader Joe's. The parking lot is usually packed when I drive by. {Chill people, it's just a grocery store!} Nevertheless, it is calling to me.

5. I'm looking forward to some things that I'm planning on watching this weekend. First up is the movie Pride and Prejudice and Zombies--(are you laughing at me?)--which I've heard good things about and which stars Lily James, the lovely actress who played Lady Rose in Downton Abbey and Cinderella in the Disney live-action movie. I recently read the P & P & Zombies book and it was pretty funny and well-done, so I expect that the movie will be too. I love a good parody!

The other thing I'm looking forward to watching (or at least to starting to watch) is the second season of Stranger Things, which starts today on Netflix. This is the first and so far only show I've watched on Netflix. My mom and I watched it this summer when I was on the Cape. It's a weird show and it has some stuff in it that I don't like, but other than that I enjoy the mystery. It's good. Not as good as Poldark, but good. And strange. 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Every leaf speaks bliss to me...

...fluttering from the autumn tree.
-Emily Bronte

The leaves of this lovely maple tree fill our back windows with color every fall.

There's a nice little walking path at the back of the field behind our house that is especially pretty in the fall with the colorful trees in view.


"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers."
-Anne of Green Gables

Me too, Anne, me too!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Brody in Febuary

Febuary (spelled that way on purpose) is the month we found out that Brody had an ominous mass in his bladder that likely meant cancer, which meant that he probably had only months left with us instead of the years that his natural lifespan should have allowed. I was obviously upset by the news, but I held onto the hope that the diagnosis would be proven wrong, or that Brody would beat the odds. He seemed fine, after all, and I have a stubborn sense of optimism and hope in the face of death.

On top of the loveseat cushions was one of his favorite spots so that he could look out the windows or watch what was going on in the house from a good vantage-point.

"Oh gosh, not you again! Leave. me. alone."

Keeping an eye on me from the stairs, which offer easy escape. We played this game often.
Brody almost always won. #crazycatlady

 I love this picture. I love this cat!

Not to be forgotten is Bentwood! Brody and Bentwood were shelter buddies in Connecticut so we adopted them together. They've been together most of their lives and they're the best of buddies. Bentwood is gentle, shy, and sweet while Brody is sassy, mischievous, and entertaining. I cried my eyes out for Bentwood's loss when Brody passed away.

Selfies with my prisoner.

He may have been thinking, "Let this tumor kill me sooner rather than later, please."

I don't know how Brody feels about it, but I know I'd do anything to be able to hold him in my arms again!

Monday, October 23, 2017

I think it should be spelled "Febuary"

My game of catch-up continues today with the fabulous month of February.
(Don't you think the first "r" in February is unnecessary? It's not pronounced at all, causing confusion to schoolchildren (and adults) everywhere. It's weird. Usually I'm a traditionalist when it comes to spelling and I don't have problems with the strange ways some words are spelled, but "February" has always bugged me.
I say get rid of that silly "r"!)

Febuary is a good month for bundling up in a blanket.
It's a good month for red roses.

{They bloomed!}

And it's a good month to do editing work for a client. (I have clients!) 

My workspace.

Febuary is a very strange month to see no snow and temperatures like these!

And any month is a good month to take pictures of this cutie pie.

Febuary = Presidents' Day and Lincoln's birthday. I was fascinated to read this interesting little write-up about the similarities between the Kennedy and Lincoln assassinations. These parallels are so strange!

I miss Brody being under the table, searching for crumbs, or hiding from me, or waiting to be let out onto the patio.

As you can see the table is a popular hangout place for our pets.
And that was some of my FEBUARY!