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Home shopping:
 No, I'm not shopping from home, well maybe that's not completely true.
I have decided not to renew my lease on my condo and am searching for a small, cute house!
Yesterday I found the one I want!  

Crazy thing is, my 17 yr old daughter, said to me on the way home, 
"Now Mom, I don't mean to be rude, but can you not go to Goodwill or garage sales so much and not get more stuff?  We have enough!"
HAHA! Oh my sweet child (whose room is TOTALLY stuffed, let me say!)

Well, my dear, that is not something I can promise.
BUT, fear not!
 I can promise this:
If I find something I can't live without, other than what is on my wish list, 
I will get rid of something of equal size that I don't care as much for!
AND . . .There's a catch!

It goes BOTH ways!
She agreed!
How's that for negotiating with a teenager!!?

So, we put in our application, keeping a positive mindset and prayer in our hearts
Planning on moving in 2 weeks!!

THAT is a great beginning of the Blessed EASTER weekend!

Hugs & Smiles,
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Finding joy, again.

Finding my joy again!

My grandbabies - artists run in the family!
So, I started my blog back in August all gun ho, and then I got sick, got back to school, work, and life.  I admit, that I was idealistic in thinking I could commit to a project a week or so, but honestly, I don't always have the time, nor the project!  Other than DIY projects, I love to cook, garden, and sew clothes, and I haven't been able to do those either, but I'm working my way back.  Plus, I put myself in this kinda competitive mode, and I don't like that.  Sure, I would love to have a ton of followers, tv appearances, radio, sponsors, and all that cool stuff, but I also have to be realistic.  I am a single hands on mom, a grandma that tends these beautiful babies, I do home care for elderly and disabled people, and am a full time student finishing my Associates of Science, to get into a nursing program . . . and did i mention that I just turned 50 this year!! YIKES!  Yeah, that's kinda crazy for me to admit, but I need to be proud of what my life has brought thus far!
Family - my greatest joy!
I want to start fresh for this second half of my life, and fine tune the things that I have brought this far.  I really got depressed when I turned 50.  I felt like I had been cheated.  And in a lot of ways, I have, but it's time to get over it all and appreciate where I am right now.  My years of life have given me wisdom, compassion, knowledge, foresight, hindsight, abilities and talents that I didn't even know I had.
My art gallery - by 2 yr old and 4 yr old!
I've been the cute little soccer mom, Sunday school teacher, car pool mom, room mother, etc., and that was all great.  Now it's time for me to shine in my new roles, as a mature, confident, fun, woman!  There are still things I love to do, as my DIY projects, sewing, cooking, gardening, traveling, etc., but I think I'm going to step it up to another dimension.  It's kinda cool coming into my own in this second half of life.  Embracing my joys, and letting go of the disappointments seems to be the cure!  So, on with finding new joys in my life, and I hope you do too!
Don't worry, I'm not giving up on my DIY stuff, as it's one of my greatest joys.  Just going to fine tune my projects, time management and live life to the fullest!  I hope you will join me and jump in at any time!
Hugs &  Smiles,
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I'm baaaack!

Well, Hello, Hello!
I have been out of commission for almost a month, sick, family emergencies, and just life!
But's it's all good, as it could always be worse. 
Most importantly, I have my g'babies for almost 2 whole weeks! - lovin life

I did get stuff done, though, I did a "while you were out" to my daugther's bedroom, (it's messy again now, but I'll take pics this afternoon)

I rearranged my dinning room AGAIN! More like my office now - pics coming

Bought a book case at the grocery store, for $60!  Yeah, crazy!
A few days ago, my kids took me to Hobby Lobby for my birthday! YEAH, I know huh?! I picked out a Shoji screen, as I have 3 sliding glass doors in my condo, and I need privacy, (plus, who doesn't think screens are aaaawesome! I love it so much, that now I want to go buy one for EVERY one of my sliding doors - Come on tax refund!  haha!

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