Friday, May 17, 2019

This Happened On May 17, 2019 at 06:17PM


My cross stitch piece is ON THE WALL! It took five years to stitch and two months to get framed. I am SO in love with the mat, a perfect match for the red stitches. The simple black frame matches most of the others in our home. Deciding where to put it was not easy, but we found a good place downstairs with no direct light. Phew! It's really, finally, officially DONE! . #mtvernon #georgewashingtonflag #flagsofgeorgewashington #usflag #originalrebelflag #crossstitch #colonialflag #countedcrossstitch #crossstitchflag #crossstitching #matandframe via Instagram http://bit.ly/2VOhWDt

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

This Happened On May 14, 2019 at 02:53PM


Week 19 in my 2019 #housewife #digitalbulletjournal #digitalplanner. This is my fifth crazy week in a row! At least I was able to join The Man for a quick overnight business trip in Bend, Oregon. We had about one free hour on the way home, so we stopped at Eagle Crest for a round of golf on the real grass putting course. We both did well, just a few over par (but I totally won, just sayin'). It was a nice moment of calm and focus in a week of frantic insanity. . Flower graphic from @freepik. . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #springplanner #mayplanner via Instagram http://bit.ly/2HqKgSw

Friday, May 10, 2019

This Happened On May 10, 2019 at 01:18PM


Week 18 in my 2019 #housewife #digitalbulletjournal #digitalplanner. What a week! First, we discovered a few dung beetles in our bedroom. No idea how they got there or why they were inside, but we had them. Our pest company was shocked! Whatever, just make the poo bugs go away. πŸ™…‍♀️ I had an MRI on my hip to figure out why it hurts when abduct my leg or externally rotate the femur. Nothing showed up. Will start PT later this month. 🀷‍♀️ Did 5711 chores otherwise. I need a post-vacation vacation! . Umbrella graphic from @freepik. . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #mayplanner #springplanner via Instagram http://bit.ly/30d46cj

Friday, May 03, 2019

This Happened On May 03, 2019 at 03:31PM


Week 17 in my 2019 #housewife #digitalbulletjournal #digitalplanner. πŸ”Ή️First, the bad news: early spring allergies hit me square in the eyes. So much itching! I will get the sneezing/snotting allergies with grass pollen later in May. Yuck! 😷 πŸ”Ή️Next, some good news: I got all of my gardening done for the spring, and our yard is looking better every day. The Man is out for blood with our moss this year. ☠☘ I'm cheering him on! πŸ‘πŸ‘ πŸ”Ή️And the best news last: I had a mini vacation with The Man and my parents at the coast for a weekend. We had a lovely time with beautiful weather! Also, I didn't have to cook or do any chores for two whole days. Hooray! πŸŽ‰πŸ’• . Easter image from @freepik. . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #easterplanner #aprilplanner #allergiessuck #yardworksucks #hoorayforvacation #vacation via Instagram http://bit.ly/2UYijpZ

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

This Happened On May 01, 2019 at 01:11PM


Obligatory vacation selfie with The Man at the Oregon coast. 😎 It was a short weekend getaway with my parents, but we crammed 5 geocaches, 3 bowls of chowder, and some whale watching into the trip. ❤ . #oregoncoast #rockycreekstatescenicviewpoint #obligatoryvacationselfie #stillinlove via Instagram http://bit.ly/2GXbOzO

Monday, April 29, 2019

This Happened On April 29, 2019 at 01:06PM


Whale Cove, Oregon, as seen from a nearby geocache at Rocky Creek State Scenic Viewpoint on a stunningly beautiful late April day. . #oregonbeaches #oregoncoast #centraloregoncoast #whalecoveoregon #rockycreekstatescenicviewpoint via Instagram http://bit.ly/2vu3OzG

Monday, April 22, 2019

This Happened On April 22, 2019 at 11:57AM


Week 16 in my 2019 #housewife #digitalbulletjournal #digitalplanner. Remember that nice quiet week I enjoyed so much? Paid for it this week. Every day was non-stop going, doing, and fixing! I am not complaining though, because the fruits of all that labor are delicious. #hardworkpaysoff #workhard #nevergiveup . Sweet bunny image from @freepik. . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #aprilplanner #easterplanner #ineedavacation via Instagram http://bit.ly/2XB2cA2

Friday, April 19, 2019

This Happened On April 19, 2019 at 01:39PM


Week 15 in my 2019 #housewife #digitalbulletjournal #digitalplanner. Being a housewife comes with many challenges, from the financial burden of not having a second income to the constant labor that is laundry. But I learned a new skill around the house this week when the house painters blew a GFCI circuit. Our circuit panel was barely labeled, so I had to scour the entire house for the one little outlet with the tiny GFCI button that would reset the exterior and garage outlets. It's in the upstairs hallway. 🀦‍♀️ I've now mapped the whole electrical grid that is our home, and I'm labeling every outlet. Too bad there are no "level ups" in homemaking. πŸ’‍♀️⭐ . Easter graphic from the ever-amazing @freepik. . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #easterplanner #aprilplanner via Instagram http://bit.ly/2VdBHmQ

This Happened On April 19, 2019 at 01:24PM


Week 14 in my 2019 #housewife #digitalbulletjournal #digitalplanner. I had a lovely, quiet week as it rained and rained outside. Nothing exciting, not too busy... just the way I like it. . Cherry blossom image from @freepik. . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #cherryblossom #sakura #aprilplanner via Instagram http://bit.ly/2Go8FYd

Thursday, April 04, 2019

This Happened On April 04, 2019 at 01:12PM


Week 13 in my 2019 #housewife #digitalbulletjournal #digitalplanner. I celebrated the completion of a five-year-long cross stitching project this week! I got to eat Mexican food! (The Man hates it, so it's a rare treat for me.) And I started playing computer games with The Man and his friends--and I'm not that bad at it. I'm worse than the rest of them by far, but it's nice that the guys are letting this old lady join in on the murder and mayhem. . Gorgeous watercolor butterfly from the amazing @freepik. . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #butterfly #watercolorbutterfly #butterflyplanner #marchplannerspread via Instagram https://ift.tt/2G0i2yj

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

This Happened On April 03, 2019 at 03:35PM


Week 12 in my 2019 #housewife #digitalbulletjournal #digitalplanner. Spring is here! πŸ‘πŸ™†‍♀️ And so are outside chores! πŸ‘ŽπŸ™…‍♀️ At least we are hiring out our big project this year: painting a two-story house is more than we want to tackle. We got 10 bids over the last year, so we feel like we picked the best people for the job. Do you enjoy outside chores? . Image from @freepik. . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #stpatricksday #springplanner #stpatricksdayplanner via Instagram https://ift.tt/2I6HOm9

Thursday, March 28, 2019

This Happened On March 28, 2019 at 03:07PM


It's done! I finished cross stitching this piece after five years of work (on and off). This piece was a souvenir from Mt. Vernon when we visited Washington D.C. in 2014. The flags depicted are the first U.S. flag and George Washington's personal flag (blue). While this seems like a simple pattern--and it is--the simplicity actually makes it hard. I had to be extremely careful with that big blue area to keep my thread tension exact, to make all of the threads lay parallel, and to watch how the threads entered and exited each stitch, otherwise it would look bumpy or uneven. It's done, and I am so very happy to not have this sitting in my to-do pile! . #theoriginalrebelflag #rebelflag #usflag #firstusflag #georgewashingtonflag #georgewashington #mtvernon #vacationsouvenir #redwhiteandblue #oldglory #betsyrossflag #starsandstripesforever #proudamerican #crossstitch #countedcrossstitch #crossstitchflag via Instagram https://ift.tt/2WtWTlu

Friday, March 22, 2019

This Happened On March 22, 2019 at 10:40AM


Week 11 in my 2019 #housewife #digitalbulletjournal #digitalplanner. I had professionals come in to deep clean my carpet this week. It was so weird to be at home and have someone else cleaning something for me. I could very easily get used to that! . Bouquet image from @freepik. . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict via Instagram https://ift.tt/2JHebtM

Friday, March 15, 2019

This Happened On March 15, 2019 at 12:56PM


Week 10 in my 2019 #housewife #digitalbulletjournal #digitalplanner. I am officially a volunteer! I am the curator to the Sons and Daughters of Oregon Pioneers online museum. I am tasked with updating the database with pioneer stories, facts, and details. I have been a member for a few years (yup, pioneer ancestors), and I thought I could keep my website skills sharp and use up some free time for a good cause. It's been fun so far! Check them/us out oregonsdop.org. . Mardi Gras mask image from @freepik. . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #volunteer #volunteering #housewifelife via Instagram https://ift.tt/2HmWhe4

Thursday, March 14, 2019

This Happened On March 14, 2019 at 02:08PM


Week 9 in my 2019 #housewife #digitalbulletjournal #digitalplanner. We got even more snow this week! It feels like winter actually happened now. Around this time each year, some people start moaning and groaning about how they need sunshine already. Seriously, one day of that blinding brightness, and I am good with another two months of rain. #nativeoregonian . Gorgeous #peacock image is from #freepik, as always. . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict via Instagram https://ift.tt/2JngAKm

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

This Happened On February 27, 2019 at 12:23PM


Week 8 in my 2019 #housewife #digitalbulletjournal #digitalplanner. What a week of frustration! I had to go back three times to get my brand new glasses readjusted. It was a huge pain (literally!), and I finally resorted to making a few adjustments myself (shh, don't tell), but they fit now. And then there were taxes... which should have been easy this year since we took the new, higher standard deduction! But no. We also had restricted stock units gifted to us last year--and the 1099 forms we received were incorrect! @turbotax was absolutely no help, but I'd already paid for their service this year, so I had to convince a human tax pro to help me in person for free. I found a wonderful lady at H&R Block that sat down with me. She went over everything, even dragged out her big tax bible, and she was stumped. No help. I resorted to tax forums online that I *pray* are correct. We finally filed and are confident we can "show our work" on everything if we get audited. Ugh! . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #februaryspread #februaryplanner via Instagram https://ift.tt/2SyC8mg

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

This Happened On February 26, 2019 at 01:42PM


Week 7 in my 2019 #housewife #digitalbulletjournal #digitalplanner. Apparently there was a holiday this week of some kind. I did not give or receive a darn thing. We have never been into Valentine's Day, though the chocolate sales are nice. I splurged on one 75% dark chocolate mint bar for myself. Self-love is a thing on V-day, right? Does that count? (Also, I broke it up and froze it. Cold, minty dark chocolate after dinner? Mmmmm!) . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #valentinesplanner #februaryspread via Instagram https://ift.tt/2BOxUBF

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

This Happened On February 12, 2019 at 04:58PM


Week 6 in my 2019 #housewife #digitalbulletjournal #digitalplanner. The weatherguessers kept saying it would snow, but all we got was a heavy dusting. Bummer. I kept warm this week with lots of little chores like swapping icky warm white lightbulbs for bright cool white daylight bulbs. Do you prefer warm or cool indoor lighting? . Sleepy cat image from @freepik. . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #februaryplanner #catplanner via Instagram http://bit.ly/2thZy5h

Monday, February 11, 2019

This Happened On February 11, 2019 at 11:48AM


Week 5 in my 2019 #housewife #digitalbulletjournal #digitalplanner. This week started off with just two or three chores and ballooned into a full week of work without any effort. How does that happen? How do things just suddenly need attention? Pretty sure it's all the cat's fault. No other explanation. 🀷‍♀️ . Cozy winter cabin image from @freepik. . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #watercolorplanner via Instagram http://bit.ly/2TKcX1E

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

This Happened On January 29, 2019 at 01:11PM


Week 4 in my 2019 #housewife #digitalbulletjournal #digitalplanner. Not much going on this time of year, but that's just fine with me. I spend my winter months restocking the freezer, doing inside chores, and enjoying quiet time. It beats the heck out of sitting at a desk being miserable, that's for sure! #ilovemyjob . Mountain scene from @freepik . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict via Instagram http://bit.ly/2HFV2Yl

Monday, January 28, 2019

This Happened On January 28, 2019 at 10:11PM


The Man and I have been loving this chicken, kale, and sweet potato hash this winter. I change it up with chicken sausage sometimes, or we use a different variety of sweet potato or kale. One pan dinner for the win! . #eatrealfood #realfood #glutenfree #mediterraneandiet #nutrition #mealprep #easymealprep #healthydinner #cleanfood #healthyeats #eatarainbow #healthyfood #eatyourgreens via Instagram http://bit.ly/2MCUUaS

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

This Happened On January 22, 2019 at 03:48PM


Week 3 in my 2019 #housewife #digitalbulletjournal #digitalplanner. How I approach fashion: 1) find something that fits and looks nice. 2) buy it in every color possible. 3) wear it until it goes out and comes back into fashion. πŸ˜‚ I found some yoga pants that look great on me and drove halfway across the state to buy every pair in stock at three different stores. Got 5 pairs of pants and more than doubled my wardrobe! Now I can avoid shopping for another two years. πŸ˜… . Fox image from @freepik. . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict via Instagram http://bit.ly/2AWDxxe

Monday, January 14, 2019

This Happened On January 14, 2019 at 03:39PM


Week 2 in my 2019 #digitalbulletjournal #digitalplanner. Had a quiet week. I enjoy the peaceful weeks of mid-winter after the holiday craziness, and this week was not at all disappointing in that regard. I am also loving this new digital format. So easy to change and edit and fiddle and fix anything I want. Total freedom is the best kind of freedom. . Cute bird image from @freepik. . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #planner via Instagram http://bit.ly/2RLYSTD

Sunday, January 06, 2019

This Happened On January 06, 2019 at 04:24PM


And so it begins: week 1 in my 2019 #digitalbulletjournal #planner. There is a trend in the #bujocommunity to go digital, but without iCrap products, I have to forge my own path using software I can use. Good ol' Excel and Publisher to the rescue! My #bujo is unlike anything I have seen on Instagram, so hopefully I won't get burned alive for my heresy. πŸ€¨πŸ€— . After using a traditional bullet journal, a hybrid bullet journal planner binder, and now a digital bujo, I have honed in on the things my organizational tool must be: 1) functional over pretty. This tool must keep me organized without much effort. Even as a homemaker, I don't have all day to spend writing and decorating a planner. I want my journal to help me get stuff done, not to be another chore on my list. 2) free. There are too many temptations in plannerland to spend money on journals, planners, pens, tape, stickers, stamps, etc. I don't need it. I can do this for free using software and graphics that I love. 3) mine. Traditional planners don't work for me because they are too date-specific. Bullet journals don't work for me because they are not organized enough (I don't care how well indexed they are: I like my collections all together). The saying goes, "if you can't beat them, join them." Well, I tried that, and it didn't work, so I'll stick with Sinatra and do it My Way. 😎 . The gorgeous 2019 image is from @freepik. . #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #digitalbujo #bujoweeklyspread #digitalplanner #freepik #happynewyear2019 via Instagram http://bit.ly/2FaDmC5

Monday, December 31, 2018

This Happened On December 31, 2018 at 04:00PM


While I am figuring statistics for 2018, here are my TV viewing numbers. (These take into account that some shows were 22 minutes, some were 44 minutes, and a few were longer.) 1,117 episodes of TV 41,850 minutes of TV 697.5 hours of TV 1.91 hours per day 3.06 episodes per day . What did I watch? These are current shows: Big Bang Theory S11-12 Young Sheldon S1-2 Alaska, The Last Frontier S7-8 Madam Secretary S4-5 The Good Doctor S1-2 9-1-1 S1-2 Caught S1 Bondi Rescue S13 Chrisley Knows Best S6 Jack Ryan S11 Last Man Standing S7 New Amsterdam S1 Ray Donovan S6 Scientology and the Aftermath S3 The Blacklist S1-5 . And I binged on these older shows: The Kennedys (2011) S1 Human Target (2010) S1-2 CSI (2000) S1-S8E10 Manhattan (2014) S1-2 Major Dad (1989) S1-4 Republic of Doyle (2010) S1-6 The Unit (2006) S1-4 JAG (1995) S5-7E15 CHiPs (1977) S1-5 Las Vegas (2003) S1-5 The Blacklist: Redemption (2017) S1 . What is your favorite show from this list? . #iwatchtoomuchtv #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #handwriting via Instagram http://bit.ly/2SuEjs2

This Happened On December 31, 2018 at 03:38PM


Week 52 in my #housewife #bulletjournal #planner. I got my weekly count wrong on paper a couple weeks ago. 🀦‍♀️ It has been a long year. Fun 2018 statistics: I made my bed 359 times. πŸ› I assembled 212 lunches for my husband, an average of four per week. 🍞 I made the dishwasher do the dirty work 267 times. 🍽 The laundry went around and around 385 times. πŸ™ƒ And I dusted twice. 🀬 dusting. πŸ˜·πŸ’¨πŸ˜‚ . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #handwriting #penmanship #statistics #2018statistics via Instagram http://bit.ly/2AnRvYL

Saturday, December 29, 2018

This Happened On December 29, 2018 at 03:57PM


Week 50 in my 2018 #housewife #bulletjournal #planner. I find myself having a #bujo #identitycrisis as I plan for 2019. I don't really feel like I belong to that community, and I am well outside the traditional planner group. I am thinking about going digital on a PC, which is definitely unlike anything in the #digitalbulletjournal camp. What to do? Where to go? πŸ€” What do you think I should do? Will these communities accept new boundaries? . Washi tape art this week. I like stripes sometimes. . #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #handwriting #penmanship #washitapeart via Instagram http://bit.ly/2EWIUQK

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

This Happened On December 26, 2018 at 02:43PM


Week 50 in my 2018 #housewife #bulletjournal #planner. More holiday craziness, more chores, more crafting. Is anyone else thoroughly OVER holiday music? If I hear one more song about Santa, snow, or how cold it may or may not be, I'm going stick the little drummer boy's drumsticks up Frosty's corn cob pipe. 🀦‍♀️ . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #handwriting #penmanship #penguins #christmaspenguins via Instagram http://bit.ly/2EQaM94

Sunday, December 23, 2018

This Happened On December 23, 2018 at 01:55PM


Week 49 in my 2018 #housewife #bulletjournal #planner. When it comes to the stress and labor of the holiday season, this week was my peak. I finished making all of my cards, got the house in top form, and spent one very late night writing a snarky and irreverant Christmas letter (which wasn't even included in the cards I sent lest someone be offended). I am so ready for this whole season to be done! . If you are family or a friend and didn't get the e-mailed letter, sorry. I either didn't have a good e-mail address for you, or I figured you would be offended by references to fornication, drunkenness, and a cat that vomits constantly. If your eyes just bugged out of your head, I was right. If not, DM me, and I can try to make you laugh. . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #handwriting #penmanship via Instagram http://bit.ly/2AnsEnZ

This Happened On December 22, 2018 at 11:30PM


Felt Grandma M looking over my shoulder as I made peppernuts tonight. It took almost four hours to mix the dough, roll out the pencil-sized snakes, chop each snake into centimeter wide pieces, place each piece onto a cookie sheet, and bake them all. I ended up with two gallon-sized Ziplock bags stuffed full of peppernuts! Grandma would be so pleased with my effort to continue her tradition, but she'd have gotten after me for substituting shortening for lard. πŸ€—πŸ˜€ . #peppernuts #pfeffernΓΌsse #peppernutsfordays #traditionalchristmascookies #traditionalchristmassweets #germanchristmasrecipe #spicecookies #germanfood #familytradition #hardworkpaysoff #getinmybelly #canteatjustone #goodbyeteeth via Instagram http://bit.ly/2SjFRoK

Sunday, December 16, 2018

This Happened On December 16, 2018 at 02:45PM


Each year, The Man and I attend a Christmas party hosted by his best friend. This friend works at @garmin, and the vast majority of the other guests are his coworkers at Garmin. The Man wanted a sweater that would offend everyone in the room, so he asked me to make an ugly Garmin sweater. Using fabric paint and my own design skills, this is what I made for him. He didn't win, but everyone loved it! πŸš—⛵✈πŸ›° . Apologies to the Garmin marketing group for misusing the logo. The sweater was worn once and will not be sold or profited from. via Instagram https://ift.tt/2EmJZjA

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

This Happened On December 05, 2018 at 12:59PM


Week 48 in my 2018 #housewife #bulletjournal #planner. Did a little late fall gardening this week. I ripped out a tiny shrub that I have always disliked and replaced it with some hens and chicks that my mom gave me. Mom originally got hers from Dad's mom's garden, so now I have some of the old farm at my house. 🌱 I also got my family's calendars printed, which is a huge relief. Here's hoping there aren't any mistakes! πŸ“…πŸ€ž . It's December, and there's snow in the hills, so these snowman stickers seemed appropriate this week. They are from @hobbylobby. . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #handwriting #penmanship #snowman #snowmen #snowmanstickers via Instagram https://ift.tt/2FYXpEY

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

This Happened On December 04, 2018 at 04:30PM


Week 47 in my 2018 #housewife #bulletjournal #planner. Let the craziness of the holiday season begin! πŸ€ͺ We had a lovely Thanksgiving with my parents, each of us naming those things for which we are most thankful. πŸ™ And then we got up very early on Black Friday to greedily acquire the most stuff for the least money. It's tradition, after all. πŸ˜‚ . The artwork this week is from @lawnfawn. Some old but very much loved stamps. #turkeyday #cornucopia . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #handwriting #penmanship via Instagram https://ift.tt/2UceOgi

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

This Happened On November 21, 2018 at 12:15PM


Week 46 in my 2018 #housewife #bulletjournal #planner. Had a lovely week. Went shopping with Mom, made the yard look great one last time before winter, and got to play a new game. Fun stuff mostly, just the way it should always be. 😊 . Any other "old millennials" out there watch Rugrats? Chuckie Finster was my kind of kid. Also, bonus points to the first person that points out Cynthia to me. (Stickers from Viacom) . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #handwriting #penmanship #rugrats #chuckiefinster #tommypickles #philandlil #angelicapickles via Instagram https://ift.tt/2DP0Eg5

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

This Happened On November 20, 2018 at 02:42PM


Week 45 in my 2018 #housewife #bulletjournal #planner. I found a pile of motivation somewhere and conquered some huge tasks this week. I totally emptied all three closets upstairs and donated a FULL car load of stuff. Feels so nice to get rid of stuff that was just taking up space in my life. I also weeded a bit more out of my childhood memories pack rat pile, so I am down to 2 copy paper boxes now! Yay for letting go! . The stickers this week are from my childhood. I have no idea where the stamp looking ones came from, but the flowers are from my Grandma. They were favorites, and I still wanted to keep them, but I didn't want to stick them back in a box, so here we are. 😍 . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #handwriting #penmanship #flowerstickers #vintagestickers via Instagram https://ift.tt/2QZ4RRv

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

This Happened On November 14, 2018 at 05:01PM


35 going on 13? Sure, if it means I can play with marble run toys all day! I treated myself to the @ravensburgerglobal #gravitrax set for my birthday. So much fun! Love, love, love this set, and I already want more. #kidatheart #iplaywithtoys #gravitraxstarterset #gravitraxhammerschlag via Instagram https://ift.tt/2B5PjG2

Sunday, November 11, 2018

This Happened On November 11, 2018 at 01:23PM


Week 44 in my 2018 #housewife #bulletjournal #planner. Did some stuff, made some stuff, celebrated my birthday with fun, games, and a delicious cake... I can't complain! (Okay, I do have one complaint: on Halloween, isn't the universal symbol for "I am too lazy and too stuffed from eating all the candy to come to the door and share it with ungrateful monsters" an unlit porch light? No light, no candy, right?!???) . Awesome birthday stickers are from @hobbylobby and #stickabilities. . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #handwriting #penmanship #birthdaystickers via Instagram https://ift.tt/2RQ5Weu

Thursday, November 08, 2018

This Happened On November 08, 2018 at 03:34PM


I have been busy making Christmas cards lately. I whipped out these 25 cards in two days using one 6"x6" paper pad, a bit of washi tape, and some scraps from my scrap pile. This was a fantastic experience, aside from burning through three adhesive tape runners in two days. . Paper pad and matching #washitape are from the #recollections #northernlights collection from @michaelsstores. Merry Christmas and snowflake die cuts are from @simonsaysstamp. . #handmadecard #christmascards #handmadechristmascards #wintercards #merrychristmas #letitsnow #holidaycards via Instagram https://ift.tt/2qAXcgF

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Blog Year Retrospective #13

Thirteen years as an active blogger. I feel like I've been around since the dawn of blogging! So much has changed since I started this blog, and yet my mission here has remained: this is the story of my life. This is who I am. This is my corner of the world, and, Dear Reader, I'm so thankful that you're here.

When I sat down to write this retrospective, I reread several of the previous retrospectives. I was struck by how painful last year's was to write, and how much I've changed since then. Though the pain of loss never really leaves, it does fade. Thankfully, the last twelve months have been less difficult than the previous year, and I feel whole again.

Saturday, November 03, 2018

This Happened On November 03, 2018 at 11:58AM


I went out to a couple early holiday bazaars yesterday and scored this cute tea cup for $10. It's a Royal Albert in the wild rose pattern dating to 1930 (back mark has an older design). They are selling for double, triple, or more on Ebay with flaws, and mine is in very good condition. The gilding is intact, no chips or cracks, and the cup and saucer have matching stamps. SCORE! . Now I have to move some of our Lego collection to make room for my tea cup collection. #collectorstruggles . #teacup #royalalbertteacups #wildrose #vintageteacups #antiqueteacup via Instagram https://ift.tt/2Qfm1ty

Friday, November 02, 2018

This Happened On November 02, 2018 at 04:33PM


Week 43 in my 2018 #housewife #bulletjournal #planner. Yay for fall and voting and getting a flu shot and rainy days! Nay to a sick cat, vet bills, and spending money on necessary things rather than fun things. #adultingisexpensive . Rake, rake, rake! These cute die cut leaves from @lawnfawn are so much prettier than the soggy leaves I have to rake outside. They were cut from @neenahpaper #desertstormcardstock and colored with #distressink. . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #handwriting #penmanship #leaves #fallleaves via Instagram https://ift.tt/2Rwlq73

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

This Happened On October 23, 2018 at 01:58PM


Week 42 in my 2018 #housewife #bulletjournal #planner. Had a lesson in plumbing this week when Dad helped me replace the inner workings of two toilets. Just one more thing to learn as a homeowner. πŸ™„ And yet one more expense. πŸ’Έ . Glittery hearts for our 9th anniversary this week. I have had these heart stickers since I was little, and they needed to stick around (🀭 sorry). . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #handwriting #penmanship #hearts #heartstickers #anniversary via Instagram https://ift.tt/2AoKwz2

Monday, October 22, 2018

This Happened On October 22, 2018 at 12:45PM


Week 41 in my 2018 #housewife #bulletjournal #planner. Made progress on some projects this week, but otherwise things were pretty quiet. That's just the way I like them. . I had no idea that pumpkins could be so festive, but these stickers from Hobby Lobby just had to be in my #bujo. . #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #handwriting #penmanship #pumpkin #pumpkins #fallplanner via Instagram https://ift.tt/2Sco6aW

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

This Happened On October 17, 2018 at 12:40PM


Happy 9th Anniversary to my favorite Lego helper, dance partner, and cat parent. Thanks for driving off into the sunset with me. 😚❤ . #happyanniversary #anniversary #9thanniversary #ninthanniversary #october17 #oct172009 #catholicwedding #wedding #catholicchurch #legoweddingcake #kryanaring #promdressweddingdress #recessionwedding #useyourturnsignal #idontnagiremind via Instagram https://ift.tt/2OyhSEo

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

This Happened On October 09, 2018 at 01:55PM


Week 40 in my 2018 #housewife #bulletjournal #planner. After weeks of craziness and being on vacation, I finally got a quieter week. The Man and I paid off his student loans from both his BS and MBA this week, a major achievement since we did it on one income and five years early. Sacrifices aren't sexy, but damn they feel good in the end! . Foxes! Stickers! Love! These cuties are from #stickerking. . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #handwriting #penmanship #fox #foxes #foxstickers via Instagram https://ift.tt/2OgAtoj

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

This Happened On October 02, 2018 at 01:25PM


Week 39 in my 2018 #housewife #bulletjournal #planner. Vacation! We visited the middle of nowhere in northern central Washington this week with my in-laws. The weather was perfect, our cabin was cozy, and I didn't have to do any chores for 4 days. It was glorious! . I kept the "artwork" easy this week with a washi tape pattern. These are some old tape rolls I cut to different widths, stuck down on a diagonal, and made some quick art. #washi #washitape #washitapeart . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #handwriting #penmanship via Instagram https://ift.tt/2y9xZgD

Monday, October 01, 2018

This Happened On October 01, 2018 at 02:50PM


Week 38 in my 2018 #housewife #bulletjournal #planner. I was so busy this week that I had to add extra lines to my template. Prepping for a short vacation obviously means doing ALL THE CHORES! πŸ™„ After two long weeks of painting the master bathroom and bedroom, and this week of absolute insanity, I felt like I had earned my vacation. πŸžπŸš—πŸ’¨ . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #handwriting #penmanship #ineedavacation via Instagram https://ift.tt/2xPmoE4

Thursday, September 20, 2018

This Happened On September 20, 2018 at 10:33AM


Week 37 in my 2018 #housewife #bulletjournal #planner. Building on the momentum--and mess--from painting the bathroom last week, I tackled the master bedroom paint job. It looks so much lighter and nicer! But I am also really ready for a vacation! . Cupcakes, anyone? I know piles of frosting look amazing, but does anyone over the age of 12 actually like eating a frosting tower? Comment if you do! These stickers are from #hobbylobby. . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #handwriting #penmanship #cupcake #cupcakes #frosting #sprinkles via Instagram https://ift.tt/2PNN0fg

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

This Happened On September 19, 2018 at 10:15PM


Week 36 in my 2018 #housewife #bulletjournal #planner. I spent the entire week repainting our master bathroom. I never want to paint another bathroom. Ever. Also, it appears I got a little cross-out happy on that last line. I wonder what it was I felt so accomplished about...? . These #smoothie #stickers from #violettestickers look so yummy, even though I would never drink any of these in real life (citrus fruit is gross). Cheers to summer being over! Finally! . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #handwriting #penmanship via Instagram https://ift.tt/2xzogzO

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

This Happened On September 18, 2018 at 11:39AM


Week 35 in my 2018 #housewife #bulletjournal #planner. I felt so busy this week even though none of my tasks were difficult or terribly time consuming. I definitely accomplished things, but more things just stacked up right behind me. Ended the week with a lovely day date with The Man to the #oregonstatefair. We don't go every year, but it was a nice way to spend our Friday morning. . I fit in some watercoloring with my #zigcleancolorrealbrush markers and @lawnfawn #lawnfawncolormyworld stamp set. Seemed appropriate for the season, and #crayons are fun. . #bujo #bujobeauty #bujoinspire #bujocommunity #showmeyourplanner #habittracker #bulletjournaling #bulletjournallove #bulletjournalcommunity #planneraddict #handwriting #penmanship #colormyworld #crayon #crayonart via Instagram https://ift.tt/2pgL8Ae