Monday, April 26, 2010

How the week is shaping up

Well this is it, the week I have been waiting on for almost 18 months now.  Since July of 08 when my son ask his girlfriend to be his wife.  That seemed like such a long time away back then, but it just goes to show time keeps marching on…so here we are now. 

I think this picture was taken 2 weeks after they started dating, almost 7 years ago.

wes and steph_r

This past weekend, I wasn’t on the computer much, as hubby and I were getting TONS of things done in the house that needed it, plus trying to make more room for the guest arriving this week.  Saturday was spent in the garage….It looked so much better on Saturday, I could have actually gotten my car in there.  However after spending all day Sunday in our basement, cleaning, sorting, organizing, boxing, decluttering, my garage has stuff in it again.  Not as much though.  Hubby is taking a truck load of stuff to good will this morning, with more I am sure to go, but we will be taking the rest to storage before mid week.  So hoping by the time family arrives, I will have my car all tucked in the garage. Oh happy day!

Thought I would give you a sneek peek into my week.

Today: Wash and change all sheets on the guest beds for family. Along with a good dusting and make space in closets for hanging garments.  Gather goodies for their bedroom baskets, towels, extra toiletries, magazines, etc. Who knows, I might even put a mint on the pillow.  :) As I am typing this, the washer is working away!!

Tomorrow: Clean down the all the bathrooms and give the guest one a real good clean. Wash rugs!  Do some baking.  Wanna have some great little treats to munch on in the mornings with our coffee. 

Today or Tomorrow, I also need to run out and do a few errands to pick up a few things on one of my many list. 

Wednesday: My folks arrive in the afternoon, so get something started in the crock pot early for a nice dinner without alot of fuss when they get here.  Mop all the floors and vacuum the carpets, put out some candles and viola.

Thursday: On this day, my sister and gang arrive. 

Friday: Mani and Pedi’s in the AM with mom, daughter and myself.  Puttering around collecting last minute things to transport to the rehearsal dinner.  Make my son and future daughter in love, my baked beans that they asked me to prepare and make for the dinner.  Rehearsal at 4:45 and dinner at 6:30

Saturday:  The big day!!!!

So as you can tell, I am getting there.  The weather looks like it is shaping up and should be a high of around 78 on Saturday with NO RAIN.  Thank you sweet Jesus!   Please keep my future daughter in law in prayer as she has come down with a bad cold and has actually missed work.  Praying she will feel better soon.

Should get back to work…

Cin Sig

Friday, April 23, 2010

Weekly Review

I know it has been several weeks since I did my review of goodies, so lets dive right in as I share some of the neat and clever projects that I have seen over this past week.

I love how Cassity @ Remodelaholic  transformed this old spice rack for her craft room

spice jars

Nikki @ Kreative Knack  made the coolest lanterns from old jars.  These would be perfect for a dining outside experience. She share a tutorial with you, so you can make these too.  Woo Hoo!

painted jars

Jane @ Finding Fabulous came up with a little different take on the mason jar lanterns, take a peek.

PBLanterns 068

Trixie @ FleaMarketTrixie made this adorable table. 

galvanized tub table

Kristine @ The Painted Hive created this beautiful sitting area

Chair White Toile

Hope you have a fabulous Friday and a great weekend. 

Be Blessed!

Cin Sig

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Ya’ll help me

in a week I will have family arriving for my son’s wedding.  We are on the downhill slide.

Rain in the forecast for the next 8 days….not sure about the wedding day.  Say a prayer for NO RAIN!

This is where the wedding will take place, sorry the picture is so grainy,but took it from the website and it was tiny….


My plate is full, my house is in a chaotic state, but I’m blessed and I’m thankful.

Cin Sig

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Been spending time

daydreaming, not that I have alot of time to do that these days.  But non the less, I have been daydreaming.  Daydreaming about a new house, new community ( country) to live in,living in the country and  thinking about what I want to do with the next phase of my life.

Here are just a few of the things I am daydreaming about….

Buying a new (old) house

I love the big porch on this house, perfect for that porch swing and rockers.

farmstyle home2

To me this is a classic charming old country home.  I’m in love with the picket fence and the flowerbeds….and ooh la la to that stone walkway. 

 farmstyle home1

Living up here in Maryland so close to the all the old federal style homes, I have a great love for them too.  This one is dear.


I can picture this one out of a farm with lots of land and barns….I can still see that porch swing and rockers ya’ll. Two fireplaces.  Yummy!



My heart longs to have a place like this. 


Decorating my old farmhouse with flowerbeds

One thing I know is it will have to have lots of color and texture.


As well as some of my favorites, like the cone flowers and daisies


as well as flowers nestled against a white picket fence.  SOMEWHERE!


surrounded by lots more coneflowers and blackeyed susans


Can you say lavender?   Lots of Lavender


How cute would this be in the yard.  Fun and whimsical, blasted with color.


Not to mention the wonderful scent of peonies when they adorn the table.  Simple beautiful!

 flowers in masom jar

But then I have to remember this…..

“Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.” (Philippians 4:11-12 NKJV)

So I guess it is back to reality….what do you daydream about?

Hope your having blessed day!

Cin Sig

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Sharing my spring blooms

with all.  If you have been out in blogland then you know everyone is showing off all their spring blooms, although I don’t have many I do have several things growing in my yard. 

My Zinna’s are starting to poke through the dirt


and so are my cucumbers and squash.


I usually don’t have any luck growing things this way, but decided to give it a try again this year.

Will start in the front yard, here you can see the front flowerbed.  Michael just got all the black mulch in this past weekend.


Here you can see the vibrant color of my front azalea bush underneath the windows.


My white azalea bush is just started to poke out blooms.


My tulip bloom peeking up between the mums and dianthus.


My pretty dogwood tree, I need to get a better picture of the actual blooms, it is in the corner of the flowerbed.


This is the flowerbed in the front side yard.


My phlox, love them.  They are the prettiest shade of lavender.


The fern at my front door.


Not lets head around back….



Hens and Chickens in my strawberry pot


The little bench in my herb garden


Right now this is all that I have back there, the oregano is just starting, but I still need to get my basil, cilantro, sage, mint, etc.


My Shasta Daisies are just started to come up.


My wheelbarrow full of petunias and border plants. They haven’t really started blooming to much but this gives you the idea.


Blooms in the backyard flowerbed



Clematis starting to climb the trellis on the deck..the blooms of these are a deep purple.


One of my lilac bushes, I have three.  Love the way these smell when I open my door.


Here you can see my hosta’s are really taking off.  This is flower bed is around my brick patio, with my herb garden sitting directly on the other side. 


My blackeyed Susan’s still have a way to go. This is just one bunch that we have but I probably have 8 or 10 bunches in the yard. 



Well this gave you a taste of what is blooming in my yard.  My wildflower garden just got planted(it’s in that little fenced area beyond the tree next to my potting shed) hoping for a full array of color when they come in.  Plus I don’t have my herb garden completely done yet, but when I do, I will try to remember to snag some photos for you. Once the Blackeyed Susan’s and Daisy’s are up it will be really colorful back there.

'For behold, the winter is past,
The rain is over and gone.
'The flowers have already appeared in the land;
The time has arrived for pruning the vines,
And the voice of the turtledove has been heard in our land.
'The fig tree has ripened its figs,
And the vines in blossom have given forth their fragrance.
Arise, my darling, my beautiful one,
And come along!' "
Song 2:11-13

Bloom where your planted


Cin Sig

Monday, April 19, 2010

Happy Monday Morning

Well we are off to another week….getting a bit closer to the big day around here.  Yesterday I had the opportunity to sit with my son and just share some time together.  Granted alot of it was talking wedding, and finalizing the lists (we have lots of them). But one thing that I have to do this week is contact the restaurant for the rehearsal dinner.  They needed the final head count a week before, so my son had to go over that list to make sure every name was on it that needed to be.  My mind is so crammed full of “wedding jumble” that I am scared I am going to forget something.  Tonight is my future DIL bachelorette party, sue to her work schedule (she has a really strange schedule) it is being done tonight.  My son’s bachelor party is going to be Saturday night.  Yikes, guess that means it is getting close huh? Family will start arriving here next Wednesday.  Quite honestly, it will be a good thing for me when my mom arrives because I know I will slow down a bit and she will help keep me calm.  :) 

So many things I would like to get accomplished this week, just hope I can stay on task.  Last week, I fell short.  I can’t seem to stay focused.  I really don’t like when I get that way.  Thinking I need to just slow down and bit and get my priorities back in check.  One minute my mind is fluttering with the house and the sale of, and then the wedding, projects that still need to be done for instance, we are going to paint and recarpet the basement.  Yeah, you heard me right (call us crazy)….plus we are getting ready to put a new roof on the house.  Still have estimates out but they should be hopefully all be in today so we can make a decision. The weather for the next ten days isn’t great with lots of rain in the forecast, and our goal was to have the roof on before the wedding.  They seem to think they can get the job done in one day so my prayer is that we can get it done before then, if not, it will be after May 1. 

As you have read from my past post, our weather has turned cold again.  Actually not cold, cold, because it is the average temperatures for this time of year, but because we have been having such warm to hot days, it has thrown me for a loop.  Tons I want to do outside, but can’t stand the cold or the wind…so I’ve limited myself to the inside of the house.  Hubby has the yard looking so good.  Yesterday in the blustery cold air, he mulched ALL the flowerbeds, and put out new flowers as well as mowed the lawn.  It was a all day venture.  The yard looks great, but of course, I felt guilty for not helping him.  Our weather forecast for the next ten days don’t look all that great either. So not sure how much time I will actually be outside.  Good thing I didn’t put the turtlenecks and sweat shirts away yet. 

I’ve fallen behind too on working on my bible study.  Each time I sit down to do it, my mind wonders.  I MUST try to get through it today or tomorrow.  Normally I have been ahead of the game on this, but not this past week. 

Guess that is enough out of me for today, two post in one day, that is a first in awhile. I hope you will take a look at the vblog I posted below this. This video really touched my heart as this is been my life’s goal.  Speaking of goal’s, what is your life goal?

Be blessed!

Cin Sig

I have been asked this

many times in my life, “Are you a Stepford wife?”.  Not exactly put that way, but the question was the same.  Well this morning while reading some of my favorite Christian woman inspired blogs (several links to some great women on the left) I found that Courtney at Women Living Well, answers this question.  

Courtney has a awesome blog (I {heart} her blog) where she shares lots of wonderful Christian views on marriage, home, family, women.  She has also done a great study about the Proverbs 31 woman.  Whom is my inspiration as a woman.  Be all that God wants you to be.

Be blessed this Monday!


Cin Sig