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With the sun coming out I am excited about doing some more work around the house. For some reason the first spring day last week got me all worked up about spring cleaning and spring projects. This has been the coldest, hardest, longest winter of my life!!! I am excited about perking up and doing some work around the house. Hopefully come Monday I will have many before and after pics to share!


  • Paint Lazy Susan Black
  • Stain Letters (Greg made me wooden letters for Christmas that say SYKES) and hang letters in foyer. The inspiration is from this post on Design Sponge.
  • Find frame to put above butlers pantry and paint with chalkboard paint like this.
  • Paint Monet frame white and put in bathroom (perfect tones of blue and green I want to incorporate in that room)
  • Put up shelf in bathroom
  • Put up all pictures in house (currently all our pictures are propped up against the wall and it’s been 8 months since we moved in folks)

I am going to do most of this but I need some help from the boy in staining and hanging things up. He seems to have a very level eye…I am just impatient. I can also never find those darn studs….he he.

Hopefully new pictures to show on Monday Monday!

* I would like to preface this post- I hope to not offend, because my feelings towards this group is nothing but disgust and sadness. Well I don’t really care about offending the Klan to be honest, but all other on lookers.

This morning I woke up to the news because the athletes in Vancouver had not risen to plunge their faces and bodies into the snow. I was listening to WSBTV News and they start their news program off by doing little summaries of each news activity they will be covering. Most was unimportant, but then the last one caught my attention. According to Valerie Hoffman: ” There was a Klan rally in Georgia yesterday. The NAACP was there to rally the rally…” She then moved on the next summary. Hold up…let’s back up. There was a Klan rally in Georgia? Those guys still meet? Why haven’t they given themselves another name? I mean sure they still meet in the backwoods of Bubba Joe’s backyard with like 3 crooked teeth men who are like 80, but in the street? In front of people? Didn’t they get the memo from history books in high school that nobody really likes those guys? That they are the bad guys? Did I just listen to a news cast of the 1950’s? Is Valerie Hoff preserved from another time (she does kind of look like that doesn’t she)? Had Doc Brown thrown me in the DeLorean while I was asleep? My house wasn’t even built until a year ago so that couldn’t be what was happening. Let’s be real folks. What is happening? The summary had caught my attention and I was hooked. I had so many unanswered questions. Who in the frick knew that the Klan had the audacity to show their face in public…oh wait they never did show their face they had a hat that covering their face.

I waited about 20 minutes to hear the rest of the newscast and finally got to this story. Apparently somewhere in Georgia there was  Klan rally, in public, for all mankind to see. The purpose: opposing immigration. They showed the Klan and they were dressed up in their white outfits and everything. Does anyone really take these guys seriously? Does anyone take anyone seriously dressed up in a costume? Why haven’t they gotten rid of the costumes yet? They should take a hint, after seeing John Goodman in a Klan costume in ‘O Brother Where Art Thou’ those suckers are out. Remember he was a bad guy in that movie? You guys are the bad guys…the villain…in real life. Why didn’t you get that memo? In opposition to the rally the NAACP rallyed the rally opposing the Klan. The girl who was part of the NAACP said exactly what I was thinking in a sassier 15 year old way “I MEEEAAANNN IS THIS THE 1950’s. GO AWAY PEOPLE!” There was a poster by the NAACP saying:  “White Flower?” (This poster contained the question mark). I was unsure of that posters effectiveness but it made me laugh. Maybe there is a deeper meaning.

I know this is an easy poke to make fun of people no one really likes…it is like making fun of Osama Bin Laden. Nobody likes this guy, but it was on the news and I had to rewind the cast over and over and continue to check the date. Maybe I had made it back to the future.

I apologize for the amount of rhetorical questions in this post.

I have been at work this week from dusk till dawn…scratch that…dusk until late at night and my boss told me to work from home today. YAY!  So I took my lunch break at the thrift store today. I had to hold myself back from many things, but I found one thing I couldn’t resist.  These are old cheese makers crock.  I couldn’t image putting my cheese in fancy glass containers like this, could you? Is that what they are for? I will start doing research.  Aren’t they fabulous? Now I have to find a purpose for them. Any ideas? I would prefer for them to be used in the kitchen. Maybe to hold sugar, coffee and spices.  It has a seal and closes completely. I think Greg will be really excited about these little finds  (he hasn’t seen them yet)!

I love the thrift store.

Tonight I am going over to my friends Paula’s to make some homemade napkins. I will definitely post the end product. She is quite the seamstress!!!

So I haven’t been that loyal to my blog. I am sorry folks. I promise that come March I will be the most loyalist blogger in the world.

January was BUUUSY! February is BUUUUSSSIIIERRR!!!

We just spent a weekend at Sharptop doing work crew with a bunch of our high school friends and Athens leaders. It was fun but oh man it was exhausting! Am I getting old? I don’t remember work crew being this physically demanding in high school and college.

It was a great weekend to work and also a great treat  to see some of our Young Life friends being leaders and also on property staff at Sharptop!

That's right those are jorts.

*Photography credit to Kevin Gantz.

While many things have been fun in the past few months our winter has  been hard. To break all the blog rules I will share some difficult things going on in our world.  We are very thankful for the friends in our life right now who are honest and will listen. We found out a few months ago that I have a chromosome issue which means we have a higher chance to have a miscarriage in the future. While the average percentage of miscarriage is 20% ours is 50%. Booo to my chromosomes.  Who knows what that means for the future, but for me it has been hard to grasp. This has brought up a lot of issues from the past for me as far as my past issues of interviewing with Young Life  and other past issues. I We are trying to figure out how to move past this. I don’t say this so you will feel sorry for me…please don’t feel sorry for me, but to be honest. Life is not flowers and roses over here. While we are thankful for the flowers and roses we are also cognizant that we don’t live in a perfect world and my blog and life will never express that.That’s right folks…I just used the word cognizant. I paid attention in my vocabulary class…I might still have one of those small orange books and I may still read grammar books in my free time. Old and loving grammar…am I a school marm?