Friday, May 8, 2020

Cross Stitch Project Update and Morris Cuddles

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Daily Life - Dust Bunnies and Tabby Tales

I shared a picture on Instagram of my progress on the Cross Stitch Kit I'm working on. It's called Kitten in the Window by Dimensions. It has taken me quite a while to get as far as I have on this piece due to issues I'm having seeing the pattern and working on a different count of Aida fabric than I'm used to. I'm struggling y'all. I think it's mostly a tired eyes issue. Once it's complete, I will write a post letting you know my thoughts about working on this piece using the needles and thread provided as well as my overall likes and dislikes. Here is the most current picture I have, but I will be taking another one soon.

Cross Stitch WIP Kitten

Also... Morris Cuddles

I was trying to work and he decided that it was the perfect time to make me aware that he would like to eat. He normally doesn't want to lay on me unless he is hungry. Still... I love this time with him! (Please excuse his dirty nose. He's not a fan of us cleaning it for him.)

Mr. Morris Cuddles

I was trying to take a quick nap before cooking dinner and he decided again that it was time for him to eat. (Please excuse my appearance. I was exhausted.)

Hungry Morris

Many times he will meow at me to get my attention or stare me down, but if I'm not getting his food quick enough... he will just lay on me.

This weekend, I plan on cleaning and hopefully... get a lot of stitching done.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and Happy Mother's Day!!

Thursday, May 7, 2020

How We Can Find Domestic Bliss

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Finding Domestic Bliss

I was thinking about the tagline for my blog. Specifically, the domestic bliss part. It made me think about what domestic bliss really means. To me, it means happiness within my home... within myself.

Lately, I've been struggling with my current situation. Not relationship wise, but taking care of my responsibilities, my disappointments, my expectations and thinking about how I can change. In particular, our home. Cleaning, decluttering and organizing is not my strong suit. I get disappointed in myself for not taking care of all the things that I need to. Taking care of the cleaning (although I do get help), is primarily my responsibility and I tend to get behind on things that are not daily chores such as dusting, mopping and deep cleaning.

What I want to Accomplish
I want to be able to get my work done at a decent time of day, clean our home the way it needs, have dinner on the table and still have time for myself in the evening to do what I enjoy. I usually start too late in the day on my work and it ends up running into dinner time. And to be honest, most of the time, once we have eaten dinner I end up lounging around instead of cleaning.

Why I Get Behind
My biggest struggle is time. Time that I take from myself. I stay up way too late then I end up waking up too late the next day. I end up not getting enough sleep and I'm extremely tired the next day. It affects my motivation to get anything done. When this happens, I feel like I'm letting myself and my family down by not taking care of my responsibilities.

How Can I Fix It
Aside from going to bed earlier and making sure I get plenty of rest, the main thing I need to do is stop spending so much time on social media. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tik Tok are my go to browsing destinations. And... get on a schedule of some sort. Especially with cleaning. I tried zone cleaning and tried it again... and again... and failed. I need to think of a way that will work for me.

What We Can Ask Ourselves to Find Domestic Bliss
Many times we look to our spouse, our children or other people we are living with to make us happy instead of thinking about who we really are and who we want to be. What are your expectations? What are your responsibilities? What are your disappointments? Are you happy with your current situation? If not, how can you change them?

How We Can Find Domestic Bliss

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

We Will Make It Through This

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It's been a bit over 2 months since my last blog post. I had a couple of things that I wanted to write about, but several things happened that caused me to put those topics on the back burner. In February, two days after my birthday, it snowed here in Texas. My son was heading to work and wrecked his truck. At the beginning of March, my income was gone overnight because the company I worked for cancelled the project I was working on. Thankfully, a week later, they decided to reopen the project and I'm able to work again.

My dad is helping my son fix his truck which has quite extensive damage. They went to work on it this past weekend and realized some of my dads tools, a shop light we gave him for Christmas and a spotlight that was in my sons truck was missing. Someone broke into the garage and stole them.

And then, Coronavirus hit. As things starting shutting down, I was starting to worry about my families health, my daughters college classes, my husbands job and my daughters job. I'm grateful that both of them are able to work currently, but I'm also concerned about them coming in contact with this terrible virus. My husband is in the health field and my daughter is in the food industry.

As I watch the news and scroll through social media, it saddens me to hear of all the people struggling because of job loss. How scared they are to lose their home, cars, go into debt and wondering how they are going to put food on the table.

I feel for them.

We've been there. More than once. My husband was injured several years ago and was released from his job after workers comp would not fix his back. Then, he was laid off due to downsizing from another company. We just about lost everything. Our credit was ruined due to not being able to pay bills. We had our cars repossessed both times and we didn't know how we were going to put food on the table. It was scary.

That's when I became closer to God.

When I was younger, I went to church with my aunts, uncle and grandmother. In high school, I starting going to a church with my friend. I stopped going to church because I didn't feel comfortable there anymore. I still believed in God, but I didn't really get close to God until something that affected my whole world happened. I started reading my Bible, listening to Joyce Meyer and reading her books. The thing that drew me to Joyce Meyer was that I could really understand her. What she was telling me made sense. I felt like she was talking to me.

If you are scared right now and you don't know where to turn or what to do. Pray. Lean on God! Ask Him to help you through this. Ask Him to provide what you and your family needs. Have Faith that we will make it through this! We Will make it through this!

John 14:27 ~ "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." ~

Isaiah 41:10 ~ "Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand." ~

Deuteronomy 31:8 ~ "The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." ~
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