Thursday, August 17, 2017


My mind is in too many places today. I can't get it settled enough to come up with
anything even remotely interesting to share.

I've got a full schedule with clients this morning, cleaning somewhere in between, 
and then working a shift at the gym tonight.

Hubby and I will be leaving tomorrow morning around 6:30 a.m to head down
to Auburn for Bid Day. This has been a wild, emotional week with Sorority
Recruitment, but we are all praying that the stress and worry will be worth it
tomorrow when Miss S finds her Sorority home.

I hope to be here on Monday with some happy and exciting news!
I want to wish all of you a happy weekend!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Yay Me! I Was Productive!

Hello again everyone!

I actually was productive, between bouts of sadness and feeling sorry for
myself. I did actually get the College Move-In Week Video done.

I am putting zero pressure on myself this week and am allowing myself to
feel whatever feelings that come up. There will be plenty of time to tackle
my "to do" lists, but for this week, I am giving myself a free pass to handle
this time of transition anyway that feels right.

So far there has been lots of prayer, lots of pacing, and lots of White Collar
watching on Netflix, ha ha.

I appreciate you all for being patient with me as I find my new version of "normal."
Who knows, maybe driving to Auburn three times a week IS an acceptable form
of coping. Ha, I promise I am kidding!

Thanks for reading today and if you watch the video, I appreciate that as well.
I will see you on Thursday!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Riding a Roller Coaster

Life lately has been one giant roller coaster of emotions.


I know you all are tired of my whining, but having my one and only child move 
away to Auburn last Friday has been a lot to deal with. Also, she is going through
Rush right now, and that is a pretty huge stressor for all of us as well. I go back and
forth between telling myself, "You are okay. You can do this" to the next second 
blubbering and saying things like, "I want my baby, I want my baby."

Yep, this mama is having a hard time. Not that I am surprised at all, but it hurts just
the same.

I want to share a quick picture or two of Miss S in her dorm, then I will try to pull
myself together to work on a video. I videoed parts of our week, of the move, and
of the move in, so I will be back to share them as soon as I can get it all put together.

Miss S's new room...

I am so proud of my girl. She is smart, funny, beautiful, kind, and so
incredibly strong. I know God has a wonderful plan for her life, I'm just
a little sad that 18 years passed by so quickly. I just wasn't ready for our 
precious lives to change so drastically. I wanted to hold on to her here forever.

This article explains a good deal of what is in my heart right now.
WARNING:  If you don't want to cry, then you may want to skip over visiting
that link!

Have an awesome day and I will see you again soon!

Friday, August 4, 2017

A Mess From My Head To My Toes

I'm a little bit of a mess this morning because this will be Miss S's last
Friday at home before she moves away to college. I can not even
believe this dreaded time is only 6 days away. I can not even put into 
words the level of emotions that I am feeling right now.

 In the midst of all the "almost time to move Miss S" drama, I finally
worked up the courage to see a doctor about my suspected plantar fasciitis. 
The problem has progressively gotten worse to the point that I have not 
only altered my activity level, but my life. The pain is terrible, and more
frequent than it ever has been. Walking is unbearable, standing is unbearable,
and nothing I tried to do at home was making much difference.

So, after struggling with the pain for M O N T H S, I decided to suck it up 
and go see a doctor.

They did x-rays and an ultasound of the fascia in my foot.

Thankfully nothing is torn, but the doctor was quite surprised with how 
high the arches in my feet are. My arches are so high, that my heel tilts
backwards rather than sitting straight. He was not surprised at all that I was
having pain after looking at my x-rays.

Here is what my foot print looks like when I stand. The parts in red show the
pressure on my feet when I am standing. You can see that much of the outer 
part of my foot does not touch the ground at all due to my high arches.

The doctor gave me a prescription for a strong anti-inflammatory, some exercises to do,
and I placed an order for custom orthotics to put in my shoes. He told me to never, every
walk around with bare feet, and to never wear flip flops. He said shoes without a good
arch support would never be my friend! Once my orthotics come in, I will need to go
get fitted for a good pair of Asics or New Balance shoes, and will have to find a pair
that my custom orthotics will fit in.

Here are the stretches that I will be doing as well.

I was so relieved that he didn't mention cortisone shots in my foot! So many people
has said that is what he would want to do and I was not happy with the thought
of that at all!

I happily took my prescription, my exercise sheet, and paid for my orthotics.
Anything to avoid that shot! I have read so many mixed reviews on it that I
knew I did not want to go that route.

Hopefully all of these prescribed treatments will kick in quickly so that I
can be of some help next week. I know it will be a busy/crazy/stressful/chaotic
time, and I certainly don't want to have terrible foot pain adding even more
drama to the list.

I won't be blogging next week because we have SO MUCH to do in the
next 6 days to get ready for Move-In Day.

We will be leaving home about 5:45 a.m next Friday morning to head to
Auburn. Miss S's move in time begins at 8:00 a.m and her roommates time
begins at 8:30. I would so greatly appreciate thoughts, prayers and well wishes 
as we prepare to embark on this next chapter of our lives.

Miss S and her roomie are SO excited and ready for the big move!

I will miss you all next week, but I feel that my main focus and priority
needs to be with Miss S and with our family. I will take lots and lots
of pictures and will be back on Monday, August 14 to catch you up on
how everything went.

Thank you for following our journey. As sweet and faithful readers, you know I
have been dreading this move for over a year! You probably remember when 
I thought her graduating from high school was going to be more than I could 

I will try to post a few times on Facebook if I can get myself together
enough to do so!

And don't forget....

Lots of good stuff coming up this weekend on Hallmark Channel!

Love at the Shore comes on Saturday night, and Chesapeake Shores is back on
Sunday night.

Have a great weekend and I will see you again on 
Monday the 14th!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Don't Do It - 2 Products to Avoid

Happy Thursday everyone!

Today I want to warn you about two products that I have bought lately that I 
will absolutely NEVER, EVER buy again.

This toilet paper by Charmin...

And these razors by Schick...
I ended up with these products when I was ordering my groceries online
from Walmart Grocery. For some reason, my normal toilet paper and razors
were not showing up on the website. I then wrongly assumed that substituting 
with either of these two items would be just as good as what I normally buy.

Once again, I learned the lesson of never assuming anything!

The Charmin Basic toilet paper is not soft, and is thin. It just feels like the cheap
toilet paper that you find in public bathrooms. Shame on you Charmin for putting 
your name on this product. I am very disappointed that this product found its way 
into our home.   I will be sure to not make that mistake again!

As for the razors, they do smell amazing with their Raspberry Rain scent, and
props to Schick for the pretty pink color, but that is where the compliments from
me end. In my opinion, they are just terrible razors. When I try to use them to shave 
my legs, I have to go over and over the same spot repeatedly and having to do that 
takes so much more time. For whatever reason, they just do not shave well. The razor 
burns as it glides over my legs, even on the second use. When I am able to replace these
with my favorite brand, these Schick razors will find themselves in the garbage can!

Just in case you are curious, here are the brands that I normally use and love...

and my favorite razors are...

I would never have thought that such a seemingly slight substitution would
make such a difference but it absolutely does. Enough so that I have taken
to my blog to talk about toilet paper of all things, ha ha!

Thanks for reading today and please keep those comments coming! 
I love hearing from you. :)

What products are you picky about?

Have you ever substituted a product and been extremely disappointed?

What are you favorite, non-negotiable brands?

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Tasty Tuesday: Another Delicious Recipe!

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Thank you to all of you who took time to comment on yesterday's blog post.
It makes me happy to know that many of you amazing and faithful readers
are still taking time out of your busy day to check in with me and my little
family. It was also nice to meet a new reader! I appreciate all of you so much!

And with that being said, let's jump right into a super yummy recipe for White
Barbeque Sauce. In my opinion, this sauce takes chicken from ordinary straight
to extraordinary!

I haven't tried this yet, but I am thinking that this sauce may be good on french fries
as well. I'm warning you. You might find yourself half tempted to drink it with a 
straw, ha ha!

The recipe is quick and easy to make, and you probably already have all the things
you need to make it. Take a look...

and the recipe...

I mixed up some of this delicious sauce yesterday, and voila, lunch was spectacular!

Let me know if you try it! I think you will love it too.

Are you a fan of barbeque sauce?

What's your favorite?

Do you make your own or buy it from the store?

Have you ever had a white barbeque sauce?

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Is This Thing On?

Hello again to you and to a new week! Yikes! Can you believe that today is
the last day of July?

I have two questions for you all today...

Where has the summer gone?


Is anyone out there?

The summer has certainly passed in the blink of an eye. Schools start back in our 
area in 8 days, and we move Miss S to Auburn in 11 days.

Come to think of it, 2017 is passing by just as quickly. It is only 115 days 
until Thanksgiving, 147 days until Christmas, and 154 until it will be 2018.
Someone please stop the madness! Time is flying by!

I ask that second question because it has been SO SUPER QUIET from your
side of this little blog. Some days I fear that I am talking to myself. Would you
guys please talk to me? Leave me a comment, like or write something on the blog 
facebook page, email me, send a carrier pigeon. Anything! Just let me know you are 
out there and that you are reading! Talking to y'all during the week is way more fun 
when I hear some type of feedback. 

While Shelley waits for us to love and adore her, let's talk about our weekend...

Hubby and I had a pretty quiet weekend, but Miss S had an amazing one!

Miss S, her roommate, and her their friend Allison left on Friday to attend 
The Oaks Retreat at Shocco Springs in Talladega, Alabama.

The official description of the retreat says this... 

The Oaks is a 3 day summer retreat for incoming freshmen at Auburn University and Southern 
Union State Community College. The weekend primarily consists of worship and teaching at 
our large group sessions, small group time with your counselor and fellow freshmen, and time 
for personal growth in the Lord. 

You will get the opportunity to hear from different campus pastors during our main sessions 
as well as our topic-based breakout sessions. You will also have the chance to personally 
meet the faces associated with various churches and campus ministries in the Auburn/Opelika 
area at our Ministry Fair. Prepare to learn, to grow, to have fun, and to be prepared to 
enter Auburn’s campus as a laborer into the harvest

Miss S had a blast! She is so happy that she went. She met many new friends,
and met and heard pastors and youth pastors from churches in the Auburn 
area speak and share more about their churches. She feels confident that she 
will be able to find a church to plug into once she arrives at Auburn. As parents,
this makes Hubby and I extremely happy.

 Let's chat:

- What are you looking forward to in August?

I'm looking forward to Bid Day for Miss S on the 18th and Hubby's birthday
on the 24th.

- What was your favorite memory from July?

of  July. I also enjoyed eating at The Cypress Inn Restaurant.

- Have you ever been to a weekend retreat?

Hubby and I went to a retreat at Shocco Springs in 2001 or 2002. It was nice to
have a quiet getaway with Hubby, but I can't say I was in a hurry to rush back, ha!

Have a wonderful Monday everyone!

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