The Grime of Daily Living

Julia’s eye rolling line quoting “Dear Mrs. Ferguson” in the 1963 Haley Mills classic Summer Magic, has been my mantra lately. ” Keep high thoughts and don’t let them get soiled by the grime of daily living.”

I have a great many things I want to be working on. My blog, learning how get better at blogging, writing my book, working on my Stampin’ Up! business. However, the grime of daily living keeps getting in my way. Julia and her line played on repeat as I cleaned my kitchen, again, straightened up and thought of all the “grime” that needed cleaning and doing. It can bog down and soil one’s high thoughts that’s for sure!

I worked on thinking of things to blog about while doing my cleaning today. Thinking it might be a good time to focus, instead, on what I will write about or what I want to learn today. The way some people get book ideas in the shower I’m thinking I need a notebook and pen nearby as I clean the kitchen, dust, make dinner, yet again, and maybe I can write my own Cinderella type masterpiece!

Keep high thoughts and don’t let them get soiled by the grime of daily living…..

Diet and Exercise: The big flop.

I was blogging for awhile about diet and exercise. During one of my re-vamps of my blog I deleted all my diet and exercise posts, partly because I’d flopped so badly on all of that I wanted to erase my massive failure out of existence.

Well, it still exists. I could go into a history of diet and exercise and my ups and downs, in’s and out’s, but that would be long and boring. So, we’ll start here. I weight more now than I ever have and it’s depressing. I tried going to the whole Keto type diet but, after a fair amount of research and finding out about how unhealthy that is, I decided to go low fat and low carb. How is that going? Well, in the past it went GREAT! Right now… I’m like a fish who flipped herself out of the water, landed on the shore, and is trying to get back to the water.

I started getting Home Chef. I love this. I really hate planning a menu, writing it down, writing out a grocery list, going shopping, putting it away etc etc etc…. Home Chef I just tell them what recipes I want and they deliver all the ingredients and the recipe and all I have to do is cook it. I chose the low fat, low carb.. awesome. That is just dinner however and I only get 4 days a week. I’ve not been as good on the days that I make other plans or other meals. I especially lost my grip when I wasn’t loosing weight. Why am I not loosing weight? I haven’t figured that out yet. Too many calories overall? Not exercising? Too much salt? Hmmm This is the question. I tried the Weight Watchers app, but Home Chef doesn’t break down their nutritional lists as far as WW wants you to. So, I’m stuck there. I’m thinking a diet journal with a calorie count might have to do for now…. Let’s try that…..

Me? A Midlife Crisis?

As I was talking to my husband about the jumble of thoughts going through my head the other day, when he suggested I had hit my very own midlife crisis. This is a thought that had already occurred to me so I’ve come to the conclusion this is basically what I’m going through. We both hit one together so that’s making life super interesting. It’s a good thing we have 28 years of a history together to help us weather our current messes we feel we are right now!

We got married young and started a family right away. I put my career plans on hold to stay home with our first and ended up as a stay-at-home Mom as my career! That has lasted the last 25 years and I’ve loved every minute of it! It’s not over but it’s winding down to a point that I’m feeling very lost and confused about where I’m going and what I am now.

The girls still live at home but are in their 20’s, in college, and very independent. My son has soaked up every last bit of free time I could possibly hope for, for the last 12 years, and I think he is a lot of why I’m feeling so lost right now. He was little and required so much time and attention, then I started homeschooling him in first grade. Homeschooling was so much fun as I always wanted to be a teacher! I spent so much time working with him on his education and I’m proud to say his state test scores were always above average. He is still homeschooled but now finishing 7th grade and it’s more online school than homeschool. The last few years I’ve been working with him toward independence and I did a great job of that, I must say, because he is doing fabulously with very little help from me! YEA!! And yet boooo!! That means after years of sitting with him all day working on school, doing his activities, being his Cub Scout Den Leader, Cubmaster, etc etc etc… I found myself sitting around playing stupid iPad games waiting for him to need me. He still does, I have places he needs driving to and electives and things to teach him but I have enormous amounts of free time! This seems like something to cheer about but after all this time it left me with a lot of questions about how worthy I am of breathing air at this point in my life. Nobody needs me I might as well eat worms!

My first step out of my recliner and self pity was my sister-in-law started selling Rodan and Fields which turned into me selling Rodan and Fields. This was a totally flop for me as R&F really isn’t my kind of thing. However, the whole thing opened up a bunch of doors and ideas for me. As my ideas are something my sister went to school for I called her.. how do I do all these things! She’s become my cheerleader and help and if wern’t for her I might be much farther on my iPad games than I am!

I hit a road block and a pit of doom and gloom as my ideas just aren’t meshing, I’m worthless, boo boo woe is me, so I called her again for a pep talk and have a new plan. This blog started one way in November, I deleted a bunch of things, came up with a new idea in March with my step sister-in-law and Stampin! Up!, but, while I’m still selling Stampin’ UP! and learning cardmaking etc… I’m now re-vamping my ideas again. Little Sis assures me I will find my way. This post is the first step in my next phase of finding myself after going from full time and a half Mom of 3 to more of a part time Mom in need a remodel. Hmmm Maybe I’m I the blueprint phase…

Peacock Shaker Card

I had fun playing with my “Beautiful Peacock” Stamps from Stampin’ Up and crated a fun shaker card!

Creating Envelopes for my cards!

Today was a day of firsts for me in the world of Card Making!

I tried to get into paper crafts more than once and it’s was like Pinterest fail after fail after fail until I just gave up on it. Recently, I got into Stampin’ Up! and became a demonstrator.

My husband always says, in regards to his woodworking, it’s all in the tools. I’m finding that to be just as relevant with paper crafts! I am loving how Stampin’ Up! makes it so easy to figure out how to do these things and sells the tools I need and shows you how to use them! I’m actually starting to look like I know what I’m doing!

Today I got an order from Stampin’ UP! in the mail and in it were a few new things for a few things I wanted to try. First was my Envelope Punch board! Yes I can make envelopes that fit my cards and make them as fancy as I want! The thing that makes this so amazing is how all the measurements are on the board and it has a built in paper punch so in the end you have a perfect envelope with little fuss. I had so much fun! I can’t wait to get on the next project!

My Stampin’ Up Website lauraking.stampinup.net

April’s Paper Pumpkin Kit!

My monthly Paper Pumpkin subscription showed up in the mail today! I had a lot of fun working on these and look forward to using the rest of the kit as well. I’m thinking I’ll make some larger greeting cards with some of the remaining papers. Right now Paper Pumpkin is 1/2 off the monthly $19.95 subscription! Email me at laura@jenashcal.net for your Code! My Website: lauraking.stampinup.net

1/2 off Paper Pumpkin!

Stampin’ Up’s monthly subscription is 1/2 off for the first 2 months until May 10, 2018! Every month you get a box with a fun paper craft. It’s a great way to get started in paper crafting or a fun and treat for a veteran. Everything you need to crate your craft is included in your monthly kit! For more information email me at laura@jenashcal.net or visit my website at: lauraking.stampinup.net PPAdPP1.L.jpg

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