We are busily preparing for a rather large yard sale this weekend. The girls have really been working hard to help out. I'm about to post another of those delightful photos of my messy home! LOL But really it is a serious sort going on! It's amazing how much you accumulate when your home is over 3000 square feet! Yikes!
Let's play can you find Kathleen? :-) The dogs and cats knew to stay out of the way today, for fear of being lost among the abyss! Kathleen had her heart set on sneaking toys away to her room. LOL.
This is just a small sampling of the many items we are selling tomorrow. Believe it or not they are organized!
All clothing is washed, folded and labeled by sizes. Toys and their pieces are matched, etc. I think a yard sale can run quite smoothly with lots of preparation. We have one at least once a year and have had regulars come back. Especially the Moms who children are a bit younger then mine, and they know the outgrown clothes will be available. We sell the clothes for 25 cents a piece. Tomorrow I will take more pictures of the set up. Really we could open our own store! We have 4 floors to our home, so much of it is neatly stored away. Honestly my house does NOT look like this each day. :-)
I guess I'll need to post some house pictures of how we really live one day soon. Then this little evil visitor tempted me today....
Don't get me wrong, I like soda. That's the problem... I like it too much! When I stress or have a late night, I find myself reaching for one. Ugh! I know how horrible they are for your body. In fact I will not allow my children to have them. It's a habit I do not want them to develop. Maybe I should start a support group to STOP drinking soda, LOL Can anyone else relate to this? ;-)
My online University opened the "classrooms" today for a preview of what's to come in our courses. This is the first time I've taken classes online. I am use to a classroom/ lecture room with tons of classmates listening to a real live teacher. When I opened the first class up I was quite overwhelmed. The reading is going to take hours. They say for one course the minimum to expect to spend a week is 10-15 hours! Hmmm I'm already trying to devise a plan to add more hours in the day. (Which I have yet to figure out ;-) But I'm a Mom and I am very determined; so I know, somehow I will get it "ALL" done.
Which kinda leads me into the "lovely" comment on my blog earlier, which I removed from comments. If you're reading this, great. I will not be visiting, nor following your blog back anytime soon. This person basically said that since I was a Stay at Home Mom that I was lazy. I am guessing he thought to insult me, but I am not affected by a person who knows nothing about me. A random blog hopper who trashes others is not welcome here. I blog for my enjoyment and to document my children's lives, and to meet some truly amazing people. Obviously a person who calls a Stay at Home Mom lazy, has never filled those shoes. I am most assured that I am the farthest thing from lazy there is. In one day I probably accomplish more then this person ever will. I do not like negativity because I feel it benefits no one. I can only guess this person is unhappy with their place in life. For that I can feel nothing but sympathy. So I will keep them in my prayers. I only hope his other "victims" are as strong and let this roll off them too. There are way too many real problems in this world then to react to something so mundane. Sorry for this point of unpleasantness, but I just had to address it.
On a happier note, I was most honored to be featured on a friend of mine's blog today. I wanted to get a post on earlier but today was so crazy with running! Patti has a beautiful blog that makes me smile each time I visit and she is so inspirational. To view what she wrote about my blog today please click here:
While you're there be sure to check out her other posts. It's a very lovely place to visit. Thank you again Patti! I greatly appreciate your kind words.
I'm leaving you tonight with one of my favorite poems. It's in another of my posts, but tonight I'm just rewriting it. For anyone who is facing struggles, challenges or new beginnings please reflect upon these words and keep the faith. All things happen for a reason, even if we cannot see it at the time.
The Oak Tree
by: Johnny Ray Rider Jr.
A mighty wind blew night and day
It stole the oak tree's leaves away
Then snapped its boughs and pulled it's bark
Until the oak was tired and stark
But still the oak tree held it's ground
While other trees fell all around
The weary wind gave up and spoke
How can you still be standing Oak?
The Oak tree said, I know that you
Can break each branch of mine in two
Carry every leaf away
Shake my limbs and make me sway
But I have roots stretched in the earth
Growing stronger since my birth
You'll never touch them, for you see
They are the deepest part of me
Until today, I wasn't sure
Of just how much I could endure
But now I've found, with thanks to you
I'm stronger then I ever knew
Also one of my favorite quotes from Eleanor Roosevelt
"No one can make you feel inferior without your permission"
Goodnight and Blessings to all.