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I always have the best intentions. I have a list, lots of them, and I plan to blog about projects and post pics. Unfortunately, I’m a slacker.

I fail to estimate the right amount of time each project will take me, and when it’s not completed when I thought, I don’t post about my progress. I guess I’m trying to hide my slacker tendencies. I don’t particularly like to fail and I most certainly do not like others to know about such failures!

So I decided to myself out there to all of you. I AM A SLACKER! I FAIL! ALOT!

Is it a reason to give up, NO.

My resolutions for 2013 have all come up short. I keep working towards them, but I really haven’t made much progress with any of them. I made it all of 3 weeks before I picked up smoking again. I have lost zero pounds and truthfully, I think I might have gained a few.

I did get the loft beds built for the boys and their rooms cleaned up. It is a struggle to have them keep them clean but I continue reminding them of the importance. I did take pics but they are still on the camera.

Their bedrooms puked everything they didn’t want back in their rooms into my living room, so it is now storage central. Packed to the brim with boxes, books and movies. I look at it everyday, stare at it really and think…where am I supposed to start?

And now the weather is finally breaking and I don’t even want to be in the house. The projects outside are calling me and I feel guilty leaving behind a beaten, battered and dirty house.

It’s a constant struggle to keep up with the laundry, the dishes, the vacuuming all while working full time (not that this is news). I add all of these projects to my lists knowing there is not enough time in the day to get everything done. And then I realize that there is, that I am simply a slacker. And that a pity party is not going to get it done either. I scatter my time, a little on this project, a little on that one. Hoping that one day, they will be completed. I think about this while I sit in the chair, looking at my home, T.V blaring some show I’m not even interested in watching.

The truth is………..I’m a slacker.

But today, today it changes!

It’s okay to be a slacker, don’t feel bad about it. I don’t. But I want to be a better me, so I am making chages, taking steps and moving forward!


Here it is. Spring time again. Time for all of us to embrace the spring cleaning craze. Why is it that we all want to make updates and changes to the inside of our homes when what we really want is to be outside in the sunshine?

Maybe it’s because we are all stuck inside during the cold winter months and we want to spruce it up. Maybe we are tired of looking at the same old thing day after day after day. Maybe it’s the tax returns.

At my house, we are still getting snow. Cabin fever has set in and is working overtime. We haven’t even had a decent enough day to open the windows and air out the house. I’ve been out to inspect the gardens in search of the early spring crocus blooms and have found a couple. The tulips have started their journey in search of sun and I so desperately want to rake away the leaves from fall and clean up the gardens, lay down mulch and till up the veggie garden, but I know I cannot. I’m afraid the lingering cold temps and impending threat of more snow might damage the young growth. So I go back inside and sit and contemplate inside projects.

This is the list:
1. Build loft beds for both boys to increase usable space in their rooms.
2. Complete little man’s redesign with a few decorations and putting the chosen toys back in there. (Thus
removing them from the living room!)
3. Unused toys will be sorted and a select few will be stored in the living room for visiting children.
4. Build shelves for toy storage in the living room.
5. Repaint the kitchen/dining/living room.
6. Tile backsplash project in kitchen.
7. Build nooks on either side of the sliding glass door to create launch pads.

The list is actually longer, but I have decided that the remaining items will wait until late summer or fall. I just want the main part of the house in order before we stop spending any real time in there. Most of the items on my list will improve function and eliminate the clutter that has been plaguing me all winter and hopefully reduce the required cleaning on a daily basis.

Don’t judge me, I did said “hopefully”. I have no delusions that anyone other than me will end up utilizing the storage solutions provided.

I believe that the supplies needed for the building projects (minus the backsplash) will be purchased this weekend. I will post updates as we go, pictures included. I plan on completing the repainting before the newly built storage items are installed so I guess it’s time for a trip to Menards for the paint.

What’s on your list while we wait for the real arrival of Spring?

I have not forgotten about my blog.  I have been trying to figure out how to post pics into my posts from my iphone…..but I have given up on that pipe dream! LOL!

We have recently replaced our out dated computer so I currently have no photos on the computer I use at home. I will, however, download my phone to the new computer this weekend as well as my camera in an attempt to make my blog a little more visually appealing.  And I will post an update post, just one, that will cover all the things I am trying new this year.

I have a pic of the shrimp kabobs I cooked last week. They looked awesome, and the flavor was great….but my family is not a shrimp kabob kind of group, and the kabobs will not make it into the family recipe book. 😦  I will however keep it on hand for me!  I am a shrimp lover!

I also have pics of the garden! It’s beautiful! And since it is part of the getting back to basics program, I feel I need to share those too!

So I have not forgotten, the electronics are causing a delay!

I hope that everyone enjoyed their mother’s day! My family decided to work together and build a garden space for me to have my garden back! I am soooo excted about it…and so are the kids. 🙂 Awesome mother’s day present if you ask me!

So I’ve been cooking again! I forgot how much I loved it! Seeing everyone with smiles on thier face gobbling up everything on their plate….telling me that it needs to be added to the family recipe book. 

They have enjoyed it sooo much, that when I said I would like to go out for mothers day….they were sad! That’s okay! So we made Mom’s awesome burgers on the grill! Nothing special really, I cook the bacon on the grill with the burgers so they get a bit of the bacon flavor. Not as good as adding the bacon to the burger when you make them…but good none the less.

Tonight for dinner we are going to have shrimp kabobs. Veggies separate from the shrimp of course! It’s funny, the boys don’t ask to go out to dinner anymore. I guess I’m doing something right! I will post the turn out with some pics tomorrow. I think I’m finally finding my way back to the basics…and I am soooo much happier for it!

Another shout out to for the inspiration!

I’ve decided to get back to the basics! Life in general is far to complicated to add to it any more. Here is my plan of attack:

1. I love to cook! So to get back to this joy, each week I will try a new recipe from the many delicious ones listed on  I love her blog and her food is always a big hit with the family!

2. I love being out doors. I am going to only turn the TV on if it is raining or dark outside! I can lounge on the swing if I am too tired to work in the yard. 😉  and maybe read a book!?!

3. I am going to plant a garden that is not only functional, but pretty as well! And maybe learn to can my veggies!

4. And in memory of my Pa….I will take my boys fishing, at least twice a month.

5. I am going to buy myself a bicycle! So I can ride with the boys and get some exercise too!

I can spend all my time worrying about tomorrow or I can enjoy today while I have it. I think I can find balance again if I start putting a little more fun on the other side of the scale. Wish me Luck!  🙂

The Grand Plan took a grand flop at my house. Eighty degree days in March cut the program short, and spending all of our time outside left my poor house in shambles as everyone shoved their chores aside in exchange for sun on thier faces.

I can’t blame them really, or myself for that matter. It was worth it! We got alot done in the yard, repaired and installed fence, weeded the flower beds, but now however, I am reminded of the chores left undone as I pull into my garage. My once neat and tidy entry porch, is now a piled up mess once again, and I find myself embarrassed to have unannounced guests.

Glancing at the calendar of events already scheduled, I wonder if I will have the time or the energy to retackle these projects and continue through to the rest of my home. I then wonder….when will it be complete? Might I ask why is it that when everyone in my house needs something they know exactly where it is….but when asked to put it away, it never goes to that place again or they have no idea where to put it at all? Funny how that works.

Last night I told the boys to go through the basket of laundry fresh from the dryer and take care of the ones that belonged to them. My 12 year old jumed to the task and was done in 15 minutes flat. I later found all of his clothes smashed firmly into a drawer not nearly large enough to house them all. Followed up this morning with panicked screeches of “Mom, I don’t have any clean shirts! Or jeans! Did you wash them?” The sound of the dryer door slamming shut completed the request. I responded by walking calmly into his room, removing the partially opened drawer and setting it on his bed.  His reply: “How’d they get in there?”

My 8 year old simply did not want to do it. He got his hangers and began putting all of his shirts on inside out and sideways. When I told him to correct them he promptly got huffy and ran 15 laps around the house for attitude. After a brief training session and his realization that I was not going to do it for him, it only took about 35 minutes for him to hang 2 pair of jeans and 8 shirts. Whew! When I entered his room this morning to exchange his stained play shirt for a clean school shirt, I found the clothes in a pile on the floor of his closet, hangers still on them. A meer 24 inches from the empty bar they were intended to hang from.

I guess I know what I will be doing tonight……