Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

Random thoughts on a sunny Saturday:

1.  Does any one have a good breakfast cereal option?  Like one with raisins and almonds and crunch?  I’m running out of options.

2.  Someone told me that the new season of Poldark starts tomorrow on Masterpiece.  I cannot confirm.  Has anyone seen any information about it?

3.  I’ve been working on a plate wall and I am totally going asymmetrical.  I’m not sure about it.  I’ll keep you posted.

4.  I’ve started working on the book and I’m drinking lots of tea and hoping it goes well and I’ve set up my writing station at the Gatehouse and taking this writer’s words to heart.

Fingers crossed. :)Continue reading


Get Your Surprised Face Ready

Get Your Surprised Face Ready

 

Remember when were younger and your parents bought you presents for Christmas in June and hid them away until December 25 and one day when you opened the drawers in the spare bedroom looking for an umbrella and you accidentally discovered them?

There they would be, simply minding their own business tucked away in over-sized sacks.

And you would want more than anything to take a peek inside those bags.

Just a peek.

But you wanted to make the nice list, so you shut the drawer and walked away and tried to be good, but then you paused for a moment and turned around and opened the drawer one more time….

….and started practicing your surprised face for Christmas morning. :)Continue reading


How Much Wood You Care?

How Much Wood You Care?

 

When we bought the house the kitchen didn’t look like this.

Not even close.

There was blue bird wallpaper and dark cabinets and a reproduction stove attached to the chimney with a pipe and a wall where the opening over the sink is.

And the floors were a honey colored laminate flooring.

No worries.

I had a vision and a design and a purpose….

….and I was married to a pair of twinkling eyes with really big muscles.Continue reading


Stepping Through the Elevator Door (And a REALLY EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT)

Stepping Through the Elevator Door (And a REALLY EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT)

Six days, two hours and thirty-seven minutes ago, I stood in a hotel outside of Chicago wearing red lipstick and a super cute outfit that involved the perfect combination of stripes and summer, frantically pressing the elevator button….

….and trembling in my new beaded sandals.

Nervously I pressed the lighted blinking button.

Again. And again. And again.

I think I read somewhere that when they design elevators, they maniacally add a feature where the elevator doesn’t arrive and the door doesn’t open when you’re late for something you really need to be on time for.

Even if you and your hair are looking super cute.

Even if you applied three tones of red lipstick to arrive at the perfect blend.

Even when it’s one of the most important days of your life.Continue reading


Family Olympics and Three Easy Bandana Projects

Family Olympics and Three Easy Bandana Projects

 

 

This post is sponsored by Elmer’s.

Yesterday was our first annual Family Olympic Day.  As in we decided it was annual after we finished.

Pictures to come.

We each chose an event and planned it and there was a score sheet and points and running and challenging and heavy competition.

I won the flower drawing heat and finished last in the weed pulling event.

It was a day full of sunshine and joy and fun and six people drenched from water balloons.

And we topped off the day with a cook-out and smores over the fire and a table decorated with bandanas.Continue reading


Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

Yesterday we spent all day at a basketball tournament.

I know you are thinking that it’s baseball season.

But we live in Kentucky.

At the end of a day of dribbling and passing and bouncing and shooting and running and lay-uping….

….we landed here.

Sitting around a fire laughing and talking and sharing and planning and hoping and dreaming and listening to crickets chirp under the stars.

It made me so happy that on that long ago day when our knees shook and our hearts trembled and we were so scared….

….that we jumped.Continue reading


Sometimes You Just Can’t Help It

Sometimes You Just Can’t Help It

 

I’ve developed this really random habit lately.  I’m not even sure where it came from, but it happens everywhere.

In the middle of aisle seven at Wal-Mart.

Mid-conversation at the baseball field.

During phone discussions and cheerleader practice and at the park and in the dining room and at Cracker Barrel.

Anywhere and everywhere.

I’m bamming.

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How to Get Hydrangea To Bloom

How to Get Hydrangea To Bloom

 

I recently read about the most adventurous man in the world.

He planned and hoped and dreamed for years to climb the highest peaks on each continent and sail the seven seas.  He traveled the globe and sailed around the world and faced hardships and challenges and snow and ice and raging waters, but eventually he climbed that last mountain and sailed that last sea.

It is an incredible accomplishment.

One requiring great fortitude and extreme endurance.

I know.

I think I understand.

Because that’s exactly how I felt this week….

….when my hydrangea finally bloomed.Continue reading