DIY Fairy Gardens

This weekend, my mom and I attended a class on building/creating Fairy Gardens. Blumen Gardens was offering a crafts and cocktails afternoon. Sounded like a great girls day out, garden stuff and drinks. So we headed out for our trip to Blumen¬†Gardens… it was about 2 hours from my parents house. So I headed out early to their house and we started on our way. Upon our arrival, we had some time to walk around and see lots of great plants. So our class was about to get underway. We were given an empty box and some basic explanations. Next we would fill our box with dirt, and pick out plants for our fairy garden. Some of the people brought items from home, some picked out a lot of additional items to add to their gardens. My mom and I focused mainly on the plants and rocks. As we didn’t have a lot of ideas as to what we were doing. So my original fairy garden looked like this.

All this for $15 plus a watermelon mojito (really tasty) ūüôā

However, today, as I was looking at the fairy garden, I wasn’t happy with it. It didn’t turn out how I wanted, and I had more ideas of what I could do. I actually created two fairy gardens from my original one.

New Fairy Garden #1 –¬† Using a bucket that I was going to plant in, this was the perfect plan for the bucket.

New Fairy Garden #2 – using the box we got at the class

This is a really fun craft/gardening idea… next is to add accessories. Hobby Lobby here I come. I think in the¬†doll house sections we will find some cute stuff.

Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, Charlotte and I

I fell in love with the TV show Sex and the City many years ago. Through out the years, I found myself connecting with each of the characters at different times/seasons of my life. Over the past weeks, I have been watching reruns and find at this season in my life, I have a little bit of all the ladies in me.

The side of me that has Carrie, is my love of fashion, my belief that Mr. Big is out there… and my love of great shoes… well I love great shoes, but can’t afford them.

Samantha is the wild woman… and the one who has her heart close off for most of the series. While I don’t have a lot of Samantha I love her attitude and her strength.

Miranda is the serious one… focused on her work and career. Doesn’t want anything to get in her way. While my career isn’t the most important, it is one of the focuses in my life. Being successful is important, and I don’t think a career is the only way to be a success.

Charlotte is the “good” girl… I probably most relate to her.

While Mr. Big isn’t one of the girls… He is what I am seeking… It has nothing to do with the money, it has nothing to do with the job. It has to do with the tingles. It has to do with the butterflies. I want the one that I don’t want to live without… I can always survive on my own, but I want to share my life with someone. I want to be¬†with the one¬†who I can’t live without and the one that can’t live¬†without me.

These ladies are incredible women, each in their own right, but together they make an unbelieveable strong supportive group of women. One of the most important things a woman can have is a wonderful group of friends. Thanks for reading…

Sepia Sunday

It has been a while since I have done a Sepia post… These are some pictures I took when out wandering in the city. I think they turned out great in color, and even better in Sepia.

 

Thanks for reading! ūüôā

Answer to why I am still single

My last post I talked about how I answer the question “Why are you still single” but the truth is, have you seen what is out there? I have checked out sites like Match, I have looked at posts on Craigslist, and let me tell you the choices are not at all what I am looking for.¬† Some of the listings found on Craigslist:

Incest fantasy? – 33 (Chicago)


Date: 2011-06-05,  7:41PM CDT
Reply to:


Any one else into this? I’m especially interested in Daddy/Daughter role play. Hope to hear from you..¬† Really? Are you serious?

Older seeks younger – 52 (Chicago)


Date: 2011-06-05,  7:19PM CDT

 

Slim attractive woman sought by successful,attractive man for lover/friend.I’m caucasian 6ft 185 fit,athletic very intelligent and humorous.No games or suburbs,just quality time.love good wine and 420 friendly. Hmmm… sorry, I live in the burbs, and am not into drugs…

Will you be my feisty yet submissive sex kitten?  Р38


Date: 2011-06-05,  6:29PM CDT


Look at that!! … I actually got you to click. ūüôā

My viewpoint is that all of the feminist baloney has screwed up male/female relationships and gender roles over the last 40+ years.  I am an educated, smart, athletic, masculine alpha male with a professional job, and am looking for a younger lady that wants a more traditional type of dating relationship.

What does this mean?  Here is a limited brainstorm:  I pay for our dates, and you are appreciative and accept it.  I do nice things for you and admire your feminine kindness, and you show me respect.  I take you out for dinner, and you dress very nicely and act like a lady.  I take you on trips, and you are very appreciative and make things as exciting as you can for us.  I seduce you . . . and you respond to my seduction and enjoy it immensely.

If you really like being a woman, and enjoy being treated like one by a physically, mentally and spirtually strong man I think you should write.¬† Bonus points if you are into outdoor activities, sports and travel. So basically you don’t want me to think or have any input. Really?

And this is just a sampling of what is out there on Craigslist… the other sites are not much better. So you wonder why I am single. ¬†

The dreaded question…

Why’s a girl like you still single?¬†Good come back… I don’t know, why are you married? These day’s when I think about all the cheating I see going on in the news… what is the point exactly?

Yep, I’m single… I am a 30 something… successful (at least in my eyes) gainfully employed, own my own house, no major debt, no children, not crazy (at least I don’t think so, down to earth, pretty and smart woman. So why am I still single?

Most days my answer is because I enjoy my freedom, but in reality, I am not sure I do things that I wouldn’t do if I were in a relationship. My other reason… I haven’t met the “right” man yet. I do say yet, I hold out hope that there is someone out there and it isn’t someone I passed in the store or¬†saw one night at the bar oh so long ago. As I have been unpacking, I have come across letters from ex-boyfriends… reading them I wonder what if I would have stayed on that path where would I be today, who would I be today. I think all the choices we make (good and bad) help us become who we are today… so I wonder, what if I would have said yes instead of no.

Back to answering the question,¬†my favorite answer by far,¬†I heard in the movie Just Wright – “I just haven’t found what I am looking for… The one I can’t live without.” So far I have dated many a guy some very different from one another… some similar to one another… and yet at the time, not a one has been one that I want to live my life without. Let alone someone I want to share my life with. Sure there have¬†been a few that I thought, well maybe… but then when I stepped back and examined what I was really looking at or feeling… something inside said¬†nope at the time.¬† What is your come back to the question?

Red Light District… or…

I have been working on decorating and organizing the inside of my house, but I can’t help but think about the outside as well. My house is a white house, with a black front door and shutters. I want to refinish¬†my front porch lights,¬†house numbers¬†and mail box (rusted brass), I¬†would like to paint them black as well. My other thoughts are to have red flowers out in front. So far, I have a red hanging plant, I plan to add more as time and¬†money permit. My other idea, takes me to my title. Once I have repainted¬†the lights and¬†have them back in place, I would like to¬†find the perfect color bulb to¬†the front and side doors. This idea came from friends who have their porch light¬†a blue light. Wonderful for ease of directions, come to the house¬†with the blue light.

My dilemma, what color to add to my porch. While red would make sense a wonderful accent to black and white… I don’t want the neighborhood¬†to have¬† thoughts along the lines of my starting a brothel. ūüėČ Other choices I have seen: Orange, Yellow, Green, Purple, Blacklight and the blue.

With the red flowers which most likely won’t be seen when the porch light is on, what would your suggestion be for picking a light bulb?¬†Because I don’t think I want people to think they are living near/in the red light district. Any suggestions?

Photo Challenge – Red

Red… I took a picture of this at a friend’s house. I loved this picture from the first day I saw it. I don’t know if it was because of the color… Red is one of my favorite colors. The sparkle of the ring… the size of the picture. My photo doesn’t exactly do it justice, but it is one of my favorite things. It also fit the photo challenge of Red.

The Back Up Plan

So tonight I was watching the movie “The Back Up Plan” cute movie. While I was watching, I was thinking of my own life, plans I made and plans that have worked out and plans that have had to change.

While some decisions have been first choice, many seem to have been “back up plans.” They are not things I would want to change, because they are the choices that have made me the person I am today.¬†For example, I never really planned to buy a house by myself, however, I know that it is making me a¬†stronger¬†person.¬†I would like to say it was making me a more independent woman, however, I think I have bought this house because of my independence. I don’t have or want to rely on anyone else. Does that make me selfish? Perhaps. Or maybe it just makes me scared to trust others.

While this is not my favorite movie, I did enjoy it, and it did make me think of all the decisions I have made and others that I still need to make. Do you have back up plans? If so, what are they?

The First Week

I have owned my house for over a week, and been sleeping here for just about a week. So many things to get use to, so many things to do and even more that I want to do. I so far am enjoying my house, I have gone through the whole range of emotions while I have been surviving in a disorganized place. The first night I was staying, my parents were about to leave and I cried… well that isn’t much of a surprise, I am a crier anyway I cry at sappy movies and commercials¬†as well as touching cards and books. And forget about a love song that takes me back to time spent someplace else. So what made me cry that day? Just the overwhelming thought of where to begin and not only that but the thought that I was alone in this house. Things have gotten better over the week, the overwhelmingness has diminished, not gone, but definitely lessened. Things are coming together, but I still have a long way to go. At least it is beginning to look like a house or actually a home.

The biggest issue of my first week was moving my cat into the house, first, she doesn’t like to travel… and she was living at my parents house which is about 45 minutes from where I live.¬† The trip wasn’t as bad as some of the trips to the vet, however, it still wasn’t the best. When we got to the house, I took her to the basement, where her litter box is. I let her out of her carrier, and she bolted. She found her hiding place, she spent the first 24+ hours at the house under the stairs. She has made her way out and has made herself at home. Just another unexpected stressor for a new home owner.

The Second Twenty Four or Meeting the Neighbors

The 2nd 24 hours have come and gone, it was an exhausting weekend, I was excited to go to work on Monday, just to rest. No, I am not an Air Traffic Controller. The weekend wasn’t only spent¬†moving stuff, but I worked and had a friends 100th¬†Birthday Party to¬†go to.

Sunday morning, not too early, I headed to my parents house, to pack my car and their truck with boxes. Had some time to check out all the great things my mom has recently done, she made a cute new walk way in her yard, and stained the deck. She is an incredible woman, very creative and hard-working. And I have her help and my dad’s help in¬†putting my house together. They are the best parents a girl can ask for.

Once the cars were¬†packed to the brim, it was time to go get ready¬†to¬†attend a party honoring a lovely woman who is celebrating her 100th birthday. Can you imagine all the¬†things she has seen and experienced over these past¬†100 years. This event was wonderful, when we walked in, she lit up.¬†We got hugs and kisses, and she wanted to know where we have been, why we have not¬†stopped by… definitely going to have to stop by more. She is a firecracker that one. Her birthday is today… so Happy Birthday Bessie!

Once we mingled at her party, we did have to get on the road to my house so we could¬†get the cars¬†unpacked. As we were unpacking, I noticed my neighbors in their backyard… so I decided to¬†venture out and introduce myself to them.¬†I met husband and wife,¬†and girl, girl and boy… and their dog and cat… first impression, very nice respectful children and couple.¬†A little while later, my neighbor across the street came to¬†visit bringing me a welcome basket with lots of goodies.

Here is the basket both in the basket and laid out to see all the goodies, plus a cute basket. Thank you neighbor!!! ūüôā

The rest of the afternoon was spent putting together an IKEA bookcase, and my dad started changing the locks. I didn’t realize how slow of a process this is. I have not spent the night in my house yet, that is coming soon, and I am looking forward to it. I am so thankful for my parents who have helped me with this move, I know if I didn’t have them and their support, I don’t know where I would be. A big I LOVE YOU to my Mom and Dad. This on a day that now two high school friends have lost¬†their mothers on this day. I am so sorry that they have¬†each lost a parent on this day, one, 10 years ago today, the other, her mother passed away today.

Who is most important to you in your life? Do you tell them you love them daily? Don’t let a day go by that you don’t tell them you don’t know when they will be taken from you.