A huge Thank You and a few bits and pieces of a wonderful day

Today was one of those rare days that held a little of everything good in it.  I woke this morning to a beautiful sunny, if cool, day.  I curled up in bed with a book I’m currently reading,  Better Off by Eric Brende. I’ve heard mixed reviews on this book, but so far I am enjoying it.  I let the morning unfold slowly.   Checking the mail I found a beautiful package from Darilyn of The High Note Dot Net.


I had recently won a giveaway from Darilyn of shredded sheet music.  I can’t wait to show you how I use this in my home.  The way Darilyn packaged the shredded sheet music was so beautiful.  It made my day to know she took the time to add that personal touch.


Thank you so much Darilyn!!! Please check out her blog here for lots of beautiful inspiration ideas not only for the upcoming holiday but throughout the year.

A couple of days ago, I watched my grand kids so their mother could take a nap.  Caring for two small children and a husband who just underwent surgery had taken it’s toll on her.  (He went in for an outpatient biopsy of a lymph node and woke to find out he had a hernia which is now repaired.  I don’t know about you but I’ve found men to have a hard time accepting pain, and he reinforces that opinion).  For something different I went to the kitchen and pulled out a couple of things to let the children make ornaments out of more of the emptied light bulbs.  Here’s all you need.


I mixed some sea salt and food coloring together then had the kids coat the light bulb with Elmer’s school glue using a small brush.  With a spoon I let the kids sprinkle the colored salt onto the bulbs and here’s what we came up with, after adding some ribbon to make it  festive.



Sorry that one turned out a little blurry, but I think you get the idea.  The kids went a little overboard with the colored salt so it’s lumpy in some areas, but hey they had fun and it was another successful experiment with empty light bulbs.

One note, I think in time the salt could flake off, especially if on as thick as the children got it.  I would recommend adding a spray sealer for protection. I didn’t have any so after it dried I added a coat of polycrylic over it.  It took quite a while to dry, but looks like it will last several  years.  If not, it would be easy to clean it all off and start over.

Then my grand daughter stopped over. I had a surprise for her.  We were going to watch a bag pipe performance today.


Our performer was Sean Patrick Regan who began learning at the age of 8. You can learn more about this amazing musician here and get to listen to a sampling of his talent.


There is something about bag pipes, each time I take her to a performance it lulls her to sleep and today was no different.

Finally, on the way back I just had to snap a picture of this sign in the window of a small independently owned cafe.  I think this sums up what supporting local businesses means.  I didn’t want to offend anyone, so I did make sure no one was sitting by the window before snapping the picture.


That’s just a little of how I spent my Saturday.  How was yours?



  1. I enjoyed “Better Off” although I was oddly surprised by the seemingly arbitrary point at which the Amish/Mennonites draw the line between acceptable and unacceptable technology – I was really surprised to learn that they make use of a fair amount of gas/kerosene powered tools. Anyhow, the author certainly isn’t a feminist, so I’ll be curious to hear if he rankles your feathers or not.

    I had a day of ups and downs. Kitty isn’t doing well, but I got him stabilized enough to go for a 2 hour bike ride with CatMan this afternoon which helped my stress levels tremendously.


    • I’m sorry, I was hoping Kitty was doing better now, do you know what’s wrong?

      I finished “Better Off” last night and found it really wasn’t what I thought it was going to be. It was more about the Amish/Mennonites than what I thought would be a book about how he and his wife lived without technology. I have lived around both sects most of my life, having enjoyed Pig Roasts with the Amish and today shop at Mennonite stores for my bulk and produce frequently. I was well aware of how they find ways to get around the limits of their beliefs.

      I tried to read with an open mind on the issue of feminism, and I guess it came down to accepting that to live with the “Minimites” they had to accept the roles they did. Here, the Amish and Mennonite groups will hire people to drive them around, or pick up people from the bus stop who are visiting for weddings and such. As a woman, if I wanted the job of driving them, I would have to wear a long skirt, no pants, or I couldn’t have the job.

      I would say the best part of the book for me was the last two chapters where Eric Brende shared what came out of his experience. It was interesting to see how he found a way of life that worked for him. My one question through the book was how he was paying for his college loans as I know you must start to pay them back after 6 months.


      • Well, kitty is having a better day today, but still has to go into the vet tomorrow for an ultrasound/biopsy to rule out cancer. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that today’s improvement is a sign of things to come.

        In terms of the book, I have to agree that while it was interesting to see how the “Minimites” lived, it didn’t really give one a sense of how to incorporate those ideas into the modern world. I never thought about the college loans, maybe his family is just fabulously rich? The part that irked me was the bit about driving without insurance which I considered to be completely irresponsible.

        Anyhow, I think it’s sort of bizarre that the Amish will hire people to drive them around – seems to be missing the point a bit! 🙂


        • I’m glad kitty is having a better day, let me know what the outcome of the tests are I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for her.

          so I’m the only one who wondered about those college loans? Goes to show that being the only earner in a family makes you think about where the money will come from in time to avoid those late fees 🙂

          I always wondered why they adhere so strongly to their “values” then find ways to skirt them. they even have an exemption from school. The kids only go until 8th grade when they return home to “finish their education” by their families who teach them carpentry and other skills needed to live their way. Oh and to drive them around…a few years ago the government’s attention was drawn to the fact people can make money that way, so now you have to claim it on your taxes!


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