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Monday, January 26, 2015

God Gave Me HGTV.

I don't pray formally anymore. I used to spend time in deep prayer, but I've let the intense spiritual side of me slip. Not being able to go to church, Bible studies, or meet with other believers has made me lazy. I wonder, is God even listening to me? I didn't pray about HGTV. I go through my daily activities, not so much praying, but conversing with the Lord, one of thoughts was, "I don't miss television, but I wish I could watch HGTV." The next day I was cleaning up apps on my iPad, and one of those, is a friends cable company app, and account, that I use when I'm in FL. I opened it it, and HGTV came on. Apparently they've started allowing some stations to be accessed through wifi. More important than having the station I wanted, is the reassurance that the Lord is taking care of me, and listening to the tiniest most unimportant desires of my heart.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Where Have I Been for the Past Week?

Sick... and I'm still sick, but this didn't stop life from happening around me. Oliver turned four on Tuesday, and Brewier turned 64, on Wednesday. Sixty four. Thats a scary number to me.
Oliver had a small party with his friend Alex, and Grandma Janny flew up from Florida, to spend the week with the birthday boy.
We caught two mice, using Megan's catch and release method, where you put peanut butter on the end of a paint stick, then lay the stick on the work bench, with the peanut butter end hanging over a very high box, (mice have little springs in their feet and can jump really high!) The mouse walks out to eat the treat then falls into the box, and ta da! Brewier was trying to get it out of the box by catching it with a pair of tongs, so he could drop it in a jar and take it outside. He wasn't having much luck, so Megan put the jar into the box and the mouse hopped right in. This little mouse was so chill! He seemed happy to be in the jar, in the house, it was like he had been someones pet. I guess after welcoming him with bird seed, peanut butter and candle light, he though he was part of the family. Oliver carried him around all morning, before we drove to the foot of our hill set him free. Except he didn't want to be free, and tried his best to stay in his bottle. Eventually Brewier was able to shake him out.I was sad to see him go. The second mouse was more of what you'd expect. Once Brewier was finally able to get it in the jar, it ran in circle, kept jumping and hitting it's head on the lid, peed, pooped, and lay flat on the bottom of the jar, breathing heavily, like it was having a panic attack. I had no problem saying goodbye to that one.
While sick, I've been binge watching shows on Netflix, (The Fall!) my favorite way to watch tv, and reading books. Our library isn't that great, popular books are hard to come by, (I got really spoiled by Orange County's library system,) but I found out that most everything I want to read can be downloaded from the states' library system, through Amazon. Yay!
Okay, typing this has worn me out, so I'm headed back to Netflix.







Monday, January 19, 2015

The Last Day of Three.

Tomorrow, he turns four. This is the age things change fast. I'm happy he is healthy and growing, but sad to be losing his little boy ways. Three is my very favorite age for kids. We went to Mountain Mojo today and spent sometime talking to one of his favorite people, Kelly. The two of them were outside playing, when Megan told me Oliver wanted me to join them. He and Kelly had put together the pieces of this heart, and for some reason, for as long as he has been able to talk, every heart he sees, is, "for Maemae." My sweet boy.





Saturday, January 17, 2015

Sunny Saturday

Made cookies with Oliver early in the morning, then walked around downtown and stopped in at Horse+Hero. Oliver was enchanted by the castle in the window, and we agreed to try and make one this week. Mail from Sarah in England, (she has the gift of giving,) and a sweet thank you note, from the most gracious eleven year old, Eva.





Friday, January 16, 2015

Getting Out of the House.












Our friend Sophie, who we first met when she was a barista at Mountain Mojo, has opened up a coffee shop, The Beehive Coffee Bar, and today we went and visited her, and had a couple of delicious Americanos. Sophie's shop is so cute and so her.
Once we were fully caffeinated we made the trip to Biltmore...us and about 50 other people. I have never seen it so empty; we love it that way. You notice so much more when you aren't fighting crowds. I'm really looking forward to February 5th, The Biltmore will have on display, for six weeks, costumes from Downton Abby. People, I have two free tickets if you want to visit the estate. The gift shop already has a Downton Abbey section. I love following first time visitors into the estate because so may of the exclaim, "This is like Downton Abbey."
Oliver had a blast, I think he enjoyed the spontaneity of the day as he kept telling us, "This is so much fun!"

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Doldrums.

They've hit me hard. I miss having friends that drop by for a chat, it's been too damp and windy to go outside, and our financial situation can only be described as dire. Megan suggested I get out of the house for awhile, so we went to Barnes and Noble, where Oliver played at theLego table, and Megan and I talked about things for me to make and put in my Etsy shop. My vintage wares get favorited, but rarely sell, and shipping odd shipped items can cost a fortune, so on to crafty endeavors. Once home, I was inspired to turn my chairs to face each other, creating a cozy reading area and making the books more accessible.


(Nope. Still haven't made slipcovers.)

This is a bit blurry because I took it while walking through the store; this guy had the longest dreads I've ever seen.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Nothing But Movies.

We've all been a bit under the weather for the past two days. Not sick really, just really tired, and draggy...perhaps we're fighting something off. Yesterday I sat and watched movies on my computer the entire day; from waking until I went to bed at 11:30. It's so unlike me to sit still, (even when I'm sick I tend to be busy with something), that Brewier kept coming downstairs to check on me. I had a good nights sleep, but am again today feeling very blah, overwhelmed at even the thought of trying to be productive.
This is a photo from Jan 15 last year. It was much colder then; today were near 50 degrees. Can you believe this little guy turns FOUR this month?

Saturday, January 10, 2015

I Bought a T-Shirt.

I know that doesn't sound like earth shattering news, but I don't wear t-shirts. Ever. Then I saw this, and knew I had to have it, and wear it.

Why you ask? Just watch the video.

When we moved to Asheville two years ago, we knew nothing about the city, other than that the Biltmore, which we had visited multiple times, was here. It's a fluke that we found a town we feel so at home and comfortable in. Unfortunately, Asheville is on every top ten list out there now, and there is a construction explosion going on; I can't get over how much the town has changed just since we moved here.

Friday, January 09, 2015

Mighty Mouse.

Yesterday afternoon I loaded the mouse traps with peanut butter, set them, and put them in the garage, certain I would find at least one mouse carcass. I placed this trap next to the pile of birdseed that Brewier dumped from a flower pot. He needed the pot to assemble and try out the infamous flower pot heater, the one that is supposed to warm a room using only a couple of tea lights.


I'm not sure about it heating a room, but our mouse must have been in rodent Nirvana as he dined on peanut butter, and seeds, bathed in its warmth. I only know this , because Megan went in the garage and witnessed it. Both traps failed to spring shut, so I reloaded them with peanut butter, and hoped that over night I would hear it's tell tale pop. It didn't happen. The mouse however, did enjoy his second course of peanut butter.

Today, Oliver got to live out one of his dreams, by skating on our frozen pond.




And I came across this as I was going through some of my vintage ephemera. Ask me how depressed I am now.

Thursday, January 08, 2015

More of the Same.






Today when I woke up the temperature was zero. Thats -18C, for my friends outside the US, and that wasn't factoring the wind chill. Our pond was beautifully frozen over, with ice thick enough for Brewier to walk on. Oliver once again piled all of our pillows and blankets on the floor and spent a good part of the day jumping into them.
I have finally caved, and set out a couple of mouse traps. That silly rodent kept me awake form 4am-6am last night. Brewier was out in the garage today and asked if I had dumped the bird seed into a flower pot. Nope; wasn't me. For the amount of seed moved from one end of the garage to the other, I'm thinking we might be dealing with more than just a mouse.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Who Knew Rice Could Be So Much Fun.










It's been a cold, stay inside kind of day. As I type this the wind is howling, and with the wind chill we're at -6 degrees. The morning was filled with pillow jumping, and ice poking, then in the afternoon Oliver and I made a rice filled, red felted heart, to heat and take to bed at night. (Bad idea by the way, in that he's keeping himself awake, playing with the heart.) When we were finished with our project. Oliver asked to play with the left over rice, which he did for the entire afternoon. It was like a miracle or something. Of course, by the end of the day I had a pound and a half of rice scattered all over the floor, which proved very precarious for us adults who tried to walk across the kitchen without slipping and falling.

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Our Cozy Day.

The morning was spent cleaning and organizing, followed by lunch, and Rescue Bots in my room. I've had all of my makeup sitting on the bathroom counter for a couple of days waiting to be weeded out. Every time I go in the bathroom, the containers have been stacked into a tower. I disassemble the structure, only to find it recreated on my next visit to the bathroom. Tonight; a beautiful sunset over Asheville.