From The Mud Puddle

Thursday, January 26, 2006

I was at Barnes and Noble last night and once again ran across these cards (75% off btw..) I finally gave in and bought them as they remind me so much of my brother and myself saving snowballs in the freezer. My brother would even label his with dates. We had a big stand up freezer in the utility room, so lots of room to do this-and while we were not THIS extream-we did accumulate quite a few. I think he took them out in the summer one year and finally the tradition died...until I had my own kids who did the same thing for a few years at my urging.

i just love this picture...

it could have been me and my brother-or my kids...

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Jelly Belly Artwork

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

About two months ago-we finally joined the world of cell phones. We never really had a need for one, and well personally I didnt want to be that easy to find(and accessable to others). Through time, however, we thought it might be a good idea to get one in case I got stuck in the car or van while doing phone books or driving up and down the highway to and from church. So we made the plung with a Trackfone...a pay as you go model to see how we liked it and how much we might would use it. They were pretty inexpensive at Wal-Mart, so it made it a bit easier to make the choice as well. Soon, my husband Jay decided he'd like to have one too, so we went ahead and bought him one. Now we had our own little connection through the day.(though we rarely talk-he is at work's just nice knowing he is only a click away if needed) The only people that have my number are Jay, my mother (as I always want her to have a way to us if needed), and the place I do temp work for. Since I pay as I go, it also means I pay if someone calls me. I dont mind the short phone call I might would get from the temp agency asking me for work, especially since I have in the past missed opportunities by not getting back to her soon enough after she left a message on my machine at home. We can unplug our phone at home to sleep later, knowing that the only calls we might get will be from Jay's main job at SPRicchards or from the temp agency, or my mom. All of which are phone calls we do not want to miss. Have I mentioned that I do not like being accessable to many folks? LOL I like being able to talk when I want to talk, and caller ID does not always weed out the calls as we'd like it to. We also can leave the main phone unplugged during school hours. Ahh relief. So all in all we like the experience so far. We also got my mother one for Christmas so that she would have a way to call folks if needed in an emergency. As I did this, they had a promotion where if I refered folks to Tracfone, then they in turn bought one, that I and they would both get 100 minutes of free air time (and also an extension of active service as well). So my husband and my mom were both refered, and we all got extra minutes and active service time as well. It was great. I also have learned how to send text messages which by far use less minutes than a call would-so I've enjoyed that aspect as well. I can send my husband a text messsage and use only.3 units and stay connected. It doesnt cost him anything to receive it.
We figure at this rate, as much as we've enjoyed them, we probably will upgrade at some point and let the kids have these to use as they are out and about in their later teen/early adult years, but for now, I like my little phone and the many ways we've found to use them. I can attest to two jobs I got that I would have missed had I not had the cell phone, and would have been able to make that number 4 had one of the ladies there known I had a cell phone listed (not sure why she didnt see the number that day) and another job that I turned down because it was at the wrong time to be a good job for me.
Yesterday was one of those days. The temp agency called early asking me to fill in for the sales agent of a model. I had a model home job at a community I've been to before. It is a place somewhat near to here, and one I do enjoy. I guess with the holiday, many folks were out looking at homes and communities. It was a busier day than usual. Usually I spend the time reading and snacking or doing some drawing or handiwork, but yesterday I hardly had time to eat lunch and read an article out of a magazine. It was good busy, but I was mighty tired as I returned home.
My husband hurt his foot Monday morning right before time to come home from Wal-Mart. It went through some pallets that they were working with. By last night, when he returned home from SP Richards,, his foot was very swollen. He made the decision to call Wal-Mart and have them go with him to the dr for an X-ray. It was only a sprain, and looks horrible, but at least we know it isnt broken. He should stay off of it, but was going to try to take it easy today and not walk as much (which in his job is almost impossible-it is a very active hands on managerial job). God's blessings though in it not being broken. I am also glad it was easy to convince Jay he should go to the dr.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

This is a picture of my husband I took on Thanksgiving day at his parent's house. I did it up in my Paint Shop Pro just playing around with some digital scrapbooking elements. Call it a little early Valentine wish for him from me I suppose.

Friday, January 06, 2006

"Welcome Friends"

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

One thing that should be outlawed but am glad they are not,

Harry and David Truffles

Ahhh...(they were a gift)

One Truffle is 200 calories...


Back in Novemeber, when my husband had the week off, we took a day and spent it in Boone NC. We enjoyed poking around in the shops, and walking around in the crisp cool air.

One of the things that caught my eye that day, were these beaded necklaces, bracelets and even the watches. They were beautiful. I tried a few on, but then just decided it might be more fun to make them myself. As I left there, I took note of what I liked and didnt like of the styles and patterns.

After a trip or two to Wal-Mart, Michaels (craft store) and A C Moore, my daughter and I started making some of these beaded bracelets. We had a great time trying to figure out patterns and putting together these things. We made several, some for ourselves, and some for others. (for Christmas presents). I have lost count of how many we've done. All but one style is different from another.

Today I finally made the watch. I had a hard time getting started - perhaps because my expectations of it were high. I wanted this to be a bit extra special. I poked around online for some examples (and was shocked/amazed to find a site where someone makes and sells these for $75-the ones in Boone were only 20-though perhaps the ones on the web site were using real sterling silver where the ones in Boone perhaps did not). I do not wear a watch often, but thought this might be a nicer one to wear out (as opposed to day to day wear). I have been messing around with some earring settings today, as well as a silver beaded necklace too. Just a little glimpse into what I've been up to lately-that has been fun and that utilized some of the creativity God has given me.

Monday, January 02, 2006

2006 snuck in while I was watching Full House with my kids on DVD. For a moment I thought, "I have to switch it to the tv to watch the ball drop...", but didn't. I really do not need a ball to drop to tell me it's a new year. I do not need fireworks or some loud noise makers or a big party to help it come in. Time passes without my help or recognition. I can enjoy good fellowship with friends and family(and have many times in past years) but this particular year, watching TV with the kids, undistracted and unmoved seemed to be a better way to invest the time. God blessed 2005 again and again, and met our every need, usually way beyond our expectations and hopes. I pray that the same is true for you and yours. May God also bless this new year He has given us-as we get to continue on the Journey He has started in us.

And I am sure that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on that day when Christ Jesus comes back again. Philippians 1:6

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21