Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Not enough hours in the day....

Hey everyone! Thought I'd better make the time to do a post before you thought I'd forsaken blogging (again). lol Things around here have been crazy - I got a wild hair and decided to redo our bedroom and Randey got a wild hair and decided that we needed a new car. (My wild hair set us back considerably less than his did!) I've been painting our bedroom for what seems like forever, although I guess the actual painting only took 2 days. I've been adjusting bedding and swapping out blankets and lamps and everything else for about 3 days. And curtains! I can't even begin to discuss curtains right now. Just you wait until I do a post about them, though! Curtain manufacturers are NOT nice and/or smart people. Nor can they measure worth a flip. But we'll talk more on that at a later time. For now, I'll show you what I've been doing. Our room went from this color scheme: to this one:
I'm pretty sure I like it, but it'll take some time to get used to. It feels lighter and cooler than the old look did - and I'm all about feeling cooler. (Have I mentioned my aversion to hot weather???). You can see the new nightstands in this picture, too. See? Not one single ass in sight!
Now on to some serious bragging...I recently won 2, count 'em 2, giveaways. I'm feeling pretty lucky about that - I may just head to Vegas this month (HA!). First, I won Mary's giveaway for naming her "new cat" (I picked the name "Basil", which just struck me as funny for some reason). This is what I got:
I love, love, love the "sailing" bag - I know I'll get some good use out of that and the broaches are just lovely (made my Sarah, Mary's daughter). The white Battenburg lace style cloth in the bottom right corner has actually come in handy already. I managed to buy the world's brightest alarm clock for my side of the bed (hey - it was blue and it matched. Who knew you could land an aircraft with the stupid thing?!). Anyway, at night I drape that cloth over the front of my alarm clock to "mute" the brightness. And (and this is a big one!) it's pretty enough that I can leave it out on my nightstand during the day. Thank you, Mary, for doing this wonderful giveaway and thank you, Sarah, for making the broaches AND for mailing the package!!
Then just last week, I won Lynne's giveaway, which was a copy of this book:
I cannot wait to get busy reading it. I just finished the 3 Stephanie Meyer books (Twilight, New Moon and Eclipse) and I'm starting The Notebook (N. Sparks) that my daughter-in-law gave me for Christmas (I'm lagging behind, I know) and then I will be reading The Book of Bright Ideas. I think I've got lots of good reading ahead of me.
I wanted to share this little item with you guys, too. When we went to Montana last month, Randey's niece (and my friend!) Dawn gave me one of these:

It's a wickless candle burning system called Scentsy. It contains a little light bulb that melts bars of wax as it heats up - the wax, of course, is scented and as it melts, it releases the most wonderful aromas into the air. I've had things like this before, but the wax bars from this company are really quite aromatic and give off a great scent that lasts a good long while. If you're reading this Dawn, I just want to thank you again and tell you I have truly enjoyed my Scentsy!

I also want to thank Jayme for the beautiful 4th of July greeting card she made (shown on the left side of the picture below). I love Jayme's cards. They make me smile everytime I get one and I love keeping them out for company to look at. I also got a sweet card from Lynne when she sent The Book of Bright Ideas to me (pictured center). I love getting cards - nothing says "Hey - I thought about you today" like getting a nice card in the mail. I also got THE cutest card from Joan today (thanks, Joan!) which isn't pictured here because I took this picture last night before I got it (which just goes to show that trying to be efficient doesn't always pay off. I should have waited a day!) lol). I really wish I'd waited now because the card is so funny. I hope to use the picture on a future post soon, though. The third card pictured below is from an anonymous neighbor. This neighbor, whomever she may be, left us this sweet card in our mailbox because she wanted to tell us that she liked the "flag lights" Randey hung on the fence for the 4th of July. She said she thought they looked awesome and she appreciated the effort. How nice is that? It really made our week to read this. Randey was especially pumped up about it - he's the one who put the lights up so he was pleased to know that his efforts had been recognized (by someone outside the house, that is). Sweet neighbor, huh?
Now - I guess I should mention who won my giveaway, shouldn't I? I drew the name on Saturday, the 5th, I just didn't get a chance to post it! I'm so sorry about that. (Note to Self: Never start painting a bedroom until you have everything else caught up and finished.) Anywho - the winner is VEE! Yay, Vee! I'll get your package off in the mail right away! Thank you all for entering and, more importantly, thank you for sharing your lives with me. Blogging has opened up a whole new world - a world that I have enjoyed more than I can possibly say. Which brings me to a point I should have made when I posted about my "Blog-iversary" a week or so ago; thank you, Aunt Sandi for getting me started with blogging. I never, ever would have done it, but for you. I thought it was kind of silly for me to even start a blog, although I sure did enjoy reading yours. And then I did start one and one thing led to another and now look where I am...sticking my nose into dozens of other people's lives on a daily basis and enjoying the fool out of myself while doing it. lol Thanks for getting me started - it's been a blast!

P.S. Thanks to everyone for their kind words about my beautiful son, Nicholas, deploying again. I'm not too good at talking about it while he's gone, though. I do better if I pretend it's just not happening. (Picture me sitting in a corner somewhere with my fingers in my ears, singing "la,la,la,la,la,la" at the top of my lungs - that's what I will be "mentally" doing until he gets back.) But thank you, all the same, for writing of your appreciation of his service. It means the world to us.


  1. Great Post as usual lucky girl, I coveted that giveaway from Mary! And to win two! I love the Yankee candles, so I know I'd love a Scentsey...I love the new look of the bedroom but mostly I love that bed!I think Sleigh beds are awesome...
    Aunt Sandi

  2. Oh and I forgot to mention,this is the very same pressure cooker that your Grandma used...she's the one who taught me how to use it without having a nervous breakdown!
    hugs again'
    Aunt Sandi

  3. I love the new look of your bedroom ....great fact...I have already picked colors out for our new house that we are building...and don't even have the plans completed yet...but those are some of the colors I am them and the room...AND THAT BED!! Love the assless side tables, too...I think they look good ass or no ass...not that I really noticed...I just really wanted to see how many times I could type the word ass without some type of server sensor coming in and booting me out on MINE!!

    What sweet cards...and how long will you sit and wonder what neighbor left the anonoymous card...that would be driving me CRAZY!! I would just sit and watch as each neighbor passed by my house and wonder...was it him...was it her...her??? I'm crazy like that.

    Now...let us in on what kind of car Randey bought or is thinking of buying??? Curious minds and nosy friends want to know!


  4. I'm going to have to ask that you stop referring to me as you BEAUTIFUL son. Just "my son" will do. Nice room but you also mentioned a new car, so why no pic of it?
    I'm in Germany right now, hopefully I'll get to my destination early tommorrow morning. I'll write when I get the chance. Love you. Tell Randey and the boys I said hi.

  5. I love the look of the new bedroom. It does look nice and cool. And your bed is beautiful!

    I have one of those candle burner things too - not the same one, but the same idea. I have chopped up old candles that I had on hand that still had some "smell" left and use those chunks to melt.

    I'm so glad that you have a blog. And you can stick your nose into my life any time you want!

  6. Kari, great post, as usual. I look forward to your 'curtain rant'! So tell me, what did you think of the Twilight books? You zipped through them as quickly as I did!

    Nice to see the comment from your son this morning! And I agree with him, a pic of the new car is in order :~)

  7. I love the new room, but I loved the old one too. I can see where it would make you feel cooler. I think blue/brown are my new favorite colors. Never thought I would lean away from purple. YIKES! I posted some new pics and a video so go check them out. I see Nick wrote so I won't update you. I am hoping he will maybe blog some too now. We will see. Talk to you soon. Love ya!

  8. Your bedroom makeover turned out wonderful! Love those WT's...they are so rich and elegant looking! You won some wonderful prizes too...lucky girl :o)

  9. Congrats to Vee, and congrats to you! and you're welcome for the loving comments to your wonderful son nad... whew, need to take a breath, so much (great) post to comment on. And finally. LOVE your new room, but LOVED your old one as well. And funny, your color schemes? We went from your current to your past when we bought our house in the states (meaning: we're backwards).

  10. Hi Kari,

    I love the look of your new bedroom. I like that plaque above your bed. Man girl, how lucky are you to win two giveaways and both some really cool ones too. I just got done with a pretty good book called Barefoot by Elin Hildebrand. It's an easy summer read but I had never heard of her before and really bought it because I liked the cover. I'm deep like that. LOL But it was a good one.

  11. Your new look bedroom is lovely, and I'm impressed that you won not one, but two, giveaways. Well done.

  12. Love the new look in your bedroom and that sign over your bed is perfect.

    What great wins you have! I think that you'll really like "The Book of Bright Ideas."

    It's so exciting to be a winner! Thanks so much!! Whistling on my way...

  13. PS, Love the new colors of your BR. The before pic looked lovely as well but I think the after is very calming. Enjoy!

  14. Great new bedroom colors and all! You are so full of energy!

    Congratulations on your winnings!

    Yeaaaaa! You are a 'Twilighter'!!! And you do know that 'Breaking Dawn' is coming out Aug. 2, yes?!? {I have a Twilight blog, and will send you the link.}

    And hope you like 'The Book Of Bright Ieas' too. Learned of it from Vee... who by the way, was just married!!!!!!! Eeeeeeee! I blogges about it!!!!! I'm so happy for her!!!!!! Wheeeee!!!!

    My heart goes out to you, at the deployment {again} of your son. I follow mil. blogs. Some I have followed, while deployed before, are doing so again. I am so proud of all of them. Our Warriors. But their family and friends also serve. So I thank you, as well as I thank Nicholas.

    'Miss' Mari-Nanci
    {Yes, I am channeling my inner "Southern Lady Of A Certain Age"!!! Gonna' call myself "Miss Mari-Nanci" from now on. If I can't get people up here, to call me that, I shall call myself that! So there!!!} :-)
    Smilnsigh blog

  15. I am Seriously in love with that Room!!!! Wonderful!! All that hard work paid off!!hughugs

  16. This is my second trip here today, the first time was cut short cause I had to go break up a kiddy fight, that distracted me,,,and you know how it goes, I'm just getting back.

    I LOVE your newly decorated bedroom. It was beautiful before too but the blue and blacks makes it look so erotic!

  17. I abso-freakin-lutely LOVE your "new" bedroom. Looks fantastic!

  18. Hi Kari
    Loving that new look bedroom. Am sitting in my little workroom /study and looking at the ship curtains in here that your bag is also made from Will post a pic of them one day Mary

  19. Head STRAIGHT to the Casino and put it all on machine #6 (do machines have numbers?). LUCKY! I wanna win something!

    Love the new look. And WOW on that bed. That is groovy!


  20. Just saw the PS. hang in there girl. You are a military woman. You are STRENGTH!

    Love you Kari.


  21. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your new bedroom! I am a huge fan of chocolate & blue! It turned out AWESOME girlie!

    YAY! We have gotten you hooked on the Twilight series! Welcome to the dark side! ROFL!

    I will have to try to find a Scentsy. I am a big Claire Burke fan. LOVE the Apple Jack & Peel!

  22. I loved your before but the new decor is GORGEOUS!
    I love the color combo so much.
    Well done girlie!
    You sure have received lots of goodies huh? : ) No one deserves that more than sweet you!

    I too am a stick fingers in ears and sing loud and pretend only good is happenning. That is how I cope with things helps! Besdies, Nick will be A OK becasue we are al lpraying for him. Right?


  23. LOVE your new bedroom look! I need to paint my bedroom sooooo soooo bad :( I cant reach it all


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