Monday, December 31, 2012

What Are You Doing?

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of activity.
I've been busy trying to get the house in some kind of order.
I can't find anything.
I was so careful when I packed for this move.
I labeled everything.
Then when I moved in,
I just kinda unpacked and shoved things in places
and forgot where I put them.
They may be lost forever.

Things I can't find since I moved:

Brian's toenail clippers
Stamps and envelopes
My ratty brown hairbrush
Some of my craft supplies
My eyelash curler (Tragic!)
My salad spinner
Haircutting scissors
My cast iron skillet

How does one lose a big ass heavy cast iron skillet?

In addition to taking the time to look for things,
I've been attempting some decorating.
Which is just crazy.
But I'm enjoying thrifting for the new place.

Yesterday I went to the Brass Armadillo.
It's an Antique Mall here in Phoenix.
I didn't find a lot but I did find this sweet
amber vintage Buffalo Ball Jar.

I wanted to add some yellows to the decor
to try to brighten things up a bit.

I also bought some sunflowers (fake) for the table at the Hob Lob today.
And check out this little pig.
He's covered in burlap.
I fell in love with him.
He probably doesn't belong on the table
but that's where he is at the moment.

I put the antique ladder in the corner
where the Christmas tree was.
Right now it's holding magazines.
The house always seems so naked after the tree comes down.

Also, on my to do list
has been this project:

Blessing Bags

I've noticed so many homeless people on the street corners lately,
begging for money, or food.
I never know quite what to do in those situations.
Give them money?
Buy them a meal?
Lock my doors?

Yesterday I went to the dollar store and purchased what I could find
that I thought would be helpful
to someone in need.

A warm pair of gloves
Applesauce and a spoon
granola bar
pack of cookies
pack of cheese and peanut butter crackers
Wet wipes
hand sanitizer
led flashlight key chain
cough drops
$5.00 gift card for McDonalds
I bought enough for 6 people and placed each set in a Ziploc bag.
I'm keeping these in a basket in my car
and they will be handed out
the next time I see someone on the street corner
in need of a little help.
I've always intended to do this
but life gets in the way.
We push those thoughts aside and move on.
Well, I do.
And that's not okay.
I'm glad I finally got off my duff and did this.
I had learned about the Blessing Bags  here.
I've been so truly blessed this year,
that it feels good to be able to give back.

And now it's New Years Eve.
And many of you are probably planning
on doing something exciting tonight.
So am I.

Got my jammies on
and am curled up with my husband to watch a little tv
before turning in around 8:00.
No champagne toasts for us.
This is all the celebration I can handle.


Happy 2013 Everyone!

Linking up with Elaine at
Sunny Simple Life.


Anonymous said...

You have such a good heart Mom.

just call me jo said...

The house looks great. So clean and orderly. Love the sun flowers and the pig. The blessing bag idea is marvelous. We are, indeed, blessed to have houses and warm beds. I am watching a Sun's basketball game in my jammies and will be in bed by 8:30. I'm much more fun than you are by a 1/2 hour. hahaha Enjoy the tea. I think I'll have peppermint. Love.

Whosyergurl said...

"the hob lob." I've just added this to my vocabulary. Your blessings bags are great. Thank you for doing this. My Christmas donation went to a friend who has adopted a homeless lady in Chicago. She bought Cuddleduds for her with the money I sent. I love Cuddleduds and that made me happy. Love to you, Holly! xoxo, Cheryl

RoeH said...

What a nice person. I never think to do that. I always wonder when I see somebody holding up a sign what their life story was. Never thought to do anything. I am just a wicked woman. I need to get better. Love the house things. My new BFF story is Hobby Lobby now. I can't stay out of there.

Tammy said...

That's such a great idea! I've always wanted to do that too, but never got around to it.

Kris said...

Happy New Year my friend! I love seeing pictures of your new home! I love it. Love the flowers, they are a favorite of mine. I love the ladder!!!! And seeing your antique sewing machine table, makes me so sad I got rid of mine, along with so many other antiques I got rid of, and shouldn't have!!!
Not too much happening here tonight. We had all the kids here, played games, and they all left by 9. Greg is asleep, and I am blogging! Woo-Hoo. We are party animals!!!
Love Ya,
PS Love the Blessing Bags!!! You are a wonderful lady!

Anonymous said...

What a kind soul you are.

I knew I liked you.

Anonymous said...

aw Holly thats such a sweet thing to do ( blessing bags), I love how you're sprucing the place up, it must be so much fun starting fresh in a new home!! You will cast your magic and it will be even more beautiful than it is now! I wish for you a Happy and Healthy New year!!!!I think we celebrated pretty much as you did!

Melynda and Terry, we are the Browns! said...

What joy to see your home! Love. That. Ladder! The best to you and yours in this coming year. PS thanks for the friendship you offer, so appreciated.

lifeinredshoes said...

You know what I did this New Years Eve? I counted my blessings :)
You have had lots of blessings to count too, your beautiful new home for one. I love your decorating. My motto about my home is this, surround yourself with things that bring you joy! What else matters?
And that's very kind of you to give those blessing bags, just remember to lock your doors too ;)

Linda said...

Your house looks great and I like the little pig on the table! Blessing bags...that's a great idea...I am gonna have to use that idea...I know what you mean about not knowing how to help the homeless...we work at a food bank and shelter...but sometimes it doesn't seem like enough. Happy New Year!

Lisa Tucker said...

wow...where do I start? Your blog is wonderful. I love your home especially your kitchen! I'm very jealous of your pantry! The blessing bags are a great idea and I love the jar and the pig. I became a follower and I can't wait to see what's next. Thank you for following me also...:)

deb said...

great idea..Im gonna do that!!! so many homeless here:( I haven't been on any blogs or blogged for a while...just too busy, and its seemed easier to be on fb...but hopefully I can get back in the groove!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh dear, I hope you find your lost things! That is SO something I would do ;) Proud of you for doing the homeless bags, my (40-y-o) niece makes something similar but she delivers all hers to a homeless shelter - she has all her friends and family gathering the supplies throughout the year. BTW I love your new pig and I think he looks great on the table! Mary

Mama Bird said...

Great idea! My friend keeps bottled water in the car and hands those out to the homeless.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

Holly, that is such a great idea to help the homeless.
We moved 6 months ago and I still can't find some things. They are probably in our storage shed!
Maybe we will warm up later this think???

LindaLou said...

I'll I can think to say is two things. 1st You are such a amazing person and 2nd pig on the table = BARN.. xxoo Hope you are having a great new year..