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Happy Mabon…

Today is the first day of Autumn.  The day and night are in balance and it is the time for us all to find look for balance as we head for cooler weather and winter.  I am a Libra and I am always looking for balance in my life.  

I’ve always loved the Fall, even though Arizona doesn’t show the fall colors.  A good part of my affection for the Fall is the dropping temperatures although there are many reasons to love this time of the year.  It’s a time of new beginnings, a new school year, the football season starts and of course, for Sully and I, our birthdays*.  In our house the holiday season starts with our birthdays, then Boo’s birthday, Halloween, Thanksgiving, it ends up being a quick slide right into Christmas and New Year’s.  

I’ve spent most of the year searching for balance, and given how the year has gone I think I have done a fairly good job.  There’s been a lot of unexpected events and I’ve done my best to work through them, around them and with them.  I think I am just about to the place where I am going to get things turned around for the better.

In July, I did my 21 Day Challenge, I drank more water, exercised everyday and got into a routine of strength training.  I felt better and I lost 5 pounds.  We went on vacation and I kept planning on jumping back into another 21 day challenge.  For several reasons, it never happened.  It was a tough summer for my allergies and of course, the Arizona heat doesn’t really allow for a lot of exercise.  I did get some other stuff figured out with my daily schedule and I think that will help with things once I get on the right track with my fitness.

We have 21 days until our next vacation, so I am going to do another 21 day program.  Since it’s all about balance I am going to work on the key areas that I try to balance daily; house, school, writing, fitness and me.

Tomorrow, I will write more about my plan.  Today, just enjoy the first day of Autumn.

On this day of equal light and darkness, may you find the balance you need in your life, may you be blessed with abundance of many kinds, and may you be surrounded by the people who love you.

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Blessings to you and yours, Happy Mabon!

 
 

*I found out that Sully’s birthday was the day before mine on the night that led to him asking me out for the first time.

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Addicted to Velcro…

I’ve always liked Velcro.  When I was a kid I loved that ripping sound it makes when you pull the two pieces apart.  It was great on bags, wallets and I remember being terribly excited that there was Velcro on my Trapper Keeper.

Now that I am older, I have found myself once again loving the Velcro.  I use it all over the house.

We use these Velcro straps to wrap up cords around the house.  It’s great for the powercords for the camera, GPS and other things that aren’t charged every week.  It keeps everything together and saves a lot of room in the drawer or container.  We also use them to bundle up the excess length of cord on stuff like the computer, where there are multiple cords in the same area.  It alleviates all of the tangling and neatens it all up.

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I use Velcro dots for sewing and around the house.  You can find them in various colors, sizes and shapes.  I used one in my iPad case to keep the flap tight so that my iPad doesn’t slide around.  I added a detachable pocket to a bag using these larger oval dots.

 

 

 

I use nametag sleeves to hold labels on containers, that way I can just pull the label out and put a new one in, or move the label to another box.  The industrial strength Velcro is perfect for attaching the sleeves to the containers.  This Velcro is made to withstand heavy weights but I use itbecause it also does really well in the heat.

 

 

 

I use nametag sleeves to hold labels on containers, that way I can just pull the label out and put a new one in, or move the label to another box.  The industrial strength Velcro is perfect for attaching the sleeves to the containers.  This Velcro is made to withstand heavy weights but I use it because it also does really well in the heat.  In Arizona, our garage gets super hot, the adhesive on normal Velcro just melts and I find my labels on the floor.  I’ve never had a problem with the industrial strength Velcro.

 

 

 

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Here is my latest favorite thing.  These picture hanging strips are great.  I’ve used these so much in the past few months.  I hung a whole wall of picture frames last month, ranging from 3×5″ to 24 x 36″. Then I used them to attach my USB hub, USB router and surge protector on the wall so that I have more desk space.  I haven’t had any issues with them at all.  The packages have a guide on the back indicating which strips and how many to use on the different frame sizes.

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I’ve used them to hang a calendar, two dry erase boards, my earring holder and probably ten other things that are not coming to mind right now.

 

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All about us…

So, Tuesday night, we relaxed for a bit after Sully’s long day at work.  He reminded me that we were doing our birthday gift exchange.  In my worry about how he was doing during the day I had completely forgotten.  Boo and I dashed out to pick up Panda Express for dinner.  

We exchanged gifts before dinner because Sully couldn’t wait any longer for me to open my gift.  

Look!  A framed still from ‘Thor’, autographed by Chris Hemsworth.  

It even came with a Certificate of Authenticity card with a picture of Chris Hemsworth signing the movie still.

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It’s so beyond awesome.  Thank you to Boo and Sully!  They are the best. 

Boo and I got Sully a video game, Borderlands 2.  He wanted the super cool deluxe set so he pre-ordered it sometime over the summer and it came out today.  The last part being the main reason that we are celebrating our birthdays a week ahead of time.

Sully ooh’d and ahh’d over all of the nifty things in the set.

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Environment of fear…

Tuesdays are one of the few days that Sully has to go in to the office for work.  Right before 10:00 I got a text from Sully letting me know that he was going in to a last minute team meeting.  He didn’t think it was a going to be a good meeting.  There have been rumors for a couple of weeks about layoffs.   Of course, we’ve dealt with this for more than ten years, every year between September and December there are talks of layoffs.  It’s three months of worry and I am guessing a lot of sleepless nights.  I don’t know if their plan is to create this climate of fear but regardless that is the result.

Sully has been stressed, super stressed.  I, on the other hand, haven’t been worried.  I mean, I worry about Sully and his stress level but I seem to have a psychic sense for some of this stuff.  Honestly, his job security has not popped up on my radar, at all.  I keep telling Sully to be calm and that we will figure it out no matter what happens but it’s little comfort.  I understand his concern but I hate to see him worry about stuff that it out of our control.

The meeting was one of those good news/bad news situations.  The bad news was that a lot of people were getting laid off and the good news, Sully wasn’t one of them.  Even so, it was an upsetting day for him.  He said there was a huge stack of empty boxes in the center of the building for people to pack.  I can’t imagine how tragic and sad that must have been.

I was so glad to see Sully when he got home and gave him a huge hug.  I am over all of the stress, I just want Sully to be calm and worry free.

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Nothing going on…

My short rant for the week…

I am a stay at home mom, in charge of teaching homeschool, housekeeping, pet caretaking, landscaping, and pretty much everything else that goes on here.  Yet time and time again, people who very well know how much I do here but act like I just sit around watching TV.  No one has ever said anything straight out but there is definitely the air of ‘you don’t have a job so your schedule isn’t important.’  

It makes me crazy.  I offer to help and then I have to work around their schedule.  No one even asks me what will work for me.  Half the time I show up at the time they tell me and then I have to wait around for them.  I spend so much time standing around thinking of all of the stuff that I need to do at home.  It’s so rude and disrespectful.  It seriously makes me want to scream.