I’m Back.

It’s been all summer since I last posted and I want to apologize. This summer went too fast and was very hectic. Today I’m going to give you a peek into those summer months that made me glad it was time for me to return to the classroom. (I do like my job.)

My first bulletin board of the year.

As usual, June started off with a flurry of projects that had been put off way too long (like deep cleaning the house and painting.) I did get my bedroom repainted first. I didn’t change much in the way of color, so it only required one coat of paint. The biggest obstacle to painting that bedroom is the massive, heavy furniture. It took me about a week to complete the room. I focus on one wall at a time when painting. I move that furniture out, clean the baseboards and walls, then paint. Before I move furniture back. I sweep thoroughly.  The result when the final coat is applied, is a clean room.

This is before. After pictures are coming soon.

The next room I tackled was Shyla’s bedroom. A couple of years ago we had put new carpet in the bedrooms and she had chosen purple. It is a deep, rich purple that is still in excellent condition. At that time the walls were painted a light lavender and I had made her curtains and bedspread to match. Well, now she is into the color of teal and Paris.  So, to incorporate teal and a Paris theme into a purple bedroom I had to do some creative planning.  I choose to paint the upper half of her room the same soft lavender and the bottom half of her walls were painted with the teal that she helped me pick out.  I found material that had both colors. I made the curtains and am still in the process of making the coordinating bedspread. Also, I am planning to put white trim around the room.  There is still a little bit of trim work to do, but it is nearly finished. I will be posting the total room makeover in a later post.

Several doctors and appointments later…

I began having some health issues in late spring, so the early summer months were filled with doctor appointments and tests. By the end of June I received a diagnosis for my swallowing difficulties and in mid-July underwent a minor surgical procedure. This procedure is supposed to alleviate my problems for a few years before it begins to turn bothersome again. It was  also at this time that my GI doctor chose to leave the area and he referred me to another one which is about an hour away.  Luckily, I like the new doctor and am now an established patient.

My family and I live in a rural section of the country and one of the big youth organizations around here is 4-H. My grandchildren are deeply involved in this so it means so am I. Last summer I taught a beginner’s sewing class to girls that were interested in learning to sew.  That project also carried over into the present year although it was just my granddaughter taking it this year.  She was also involved in a cooking project. She loves to cook and sew.  The culmination of the hard work of all of the youth comes the first week in August at our county fair.  It is always a busy, hectic, and fun week for 4-Hers and their families.

It wasn’t too long after the fair, that my sister and her husband came up from Florida to spend some time with family and attend my granddaughter’s baby shower.  During her visit our family went on a hiking trip and picnic. I have to admit, I have really never been hiking before, but I had a fantastic day.  I will post those pictures on my Instagram.


As a footnote: We welcomed Skyler Estelle Johnson into the family yesterday, September 10, 2017.

That brought us to the week my grandson began transition camp. This was a 2-day “camp” where the students who were attending middle school for the first time to go to become acquainted with their new teachers, learn how to follow schedules, and be assigned lockers. It was a great experience for the kids.

A week after this, we all began the new school year. Where has all our time gone?

How was your summer? Did  you get everything done that you had planned to do?

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Mother’s Day Weekend Recap- May 13, 2017


How did you spend your Mother’s Day weekend?


As usual, my weekend was a flurry of activity.

Because I knew Saturday and Sunday were going to be busy, I relaxed Friday after work. I really don’t do that often.

Early Saturday morning found me searching frantically for Shyla’s baton uniform. I had it hanging in her closet. After 20 minutes of searching I found it under the bunk beds in her brothers’ room. I have no idea how it got there. But, despite the lost uniform, my group of travelers arrived at their destination on time, which was a 3 hour drive.

Legs of woman standing on tiptoe on stepladder with paint can and painted wall.

Next on my agenda was to finish painting my bedroom. I only had about 1/4 of the room to complete which I did. After the painting was finish and the painting tools were cleaned, I took a bucket of Mr. Clean water and cleaned the top of the dressers and the bed. My dressers are very tall as is the headboard of my bed so I have to have the painting ladder to reach the top of the furniture. I also cleaned the fan. My bedroom has been spring cleaned. On to the rest of the house.


We took turns going to see play this weekend. His mother and our oldest daughter with her family, went to watch him perform Friday evening. Saturday,  my husband went to the afternoon performance.

The others had gone on the baton trip to an amusement park.

I went on Saturday evening. For the final performance, my husband and I went and took Dylan’s two siblings. Zayden could not sit still so papa took him and went back home.

After the final performance Sunday afternoon, Dylan, Shyla, and I stopped to buy flowers for my mother-in-law and myself. We took them home and had about 1/2 hour at home before we left to attend the cast party. It was held in the pavilion at the art colony. The weather was perfect and all the kids really enjoyed themselves. Pizza, cupcakes and ice cream was served and prizes were given out.

Dylan won 4 tickets to a Cinncinatti Red’s baseball game. He was beside himself with excitement.

Mom showed up from work and took the kids with her while my husband and I ran to complete some errands.

Later that evening my girls showed up at the house with a beautiful climbing flower and trellis for me.


It was a great weekend.




What was your Mother’s Day weekend like?

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