Several weeks ago my husband was in a little cafe for lunch and noticed a lady glancing at him. She soon approached him asking if he was Joe. He replied that he was and she proceeded to say she was a blog follower and had recognized him from the photos here. (even though he was covered in grease from head to toe!)
She also mentioned the lack of blog posts. =) And so Nancy, thanks for the nudge! I needed it!
I guess my biggest excuse for my lack of writing is that it was winter. Winter is a tough time for me. Going out requires a lot of bundling up and my muscles are much more likely to betray me in the cold weather. My energy levels are much lower and everything looks like a big job. And I just simply don’t feel as well in the winter time.
With all the viruses flying around, I wasn’t able to escape my share and so the past several months have also included several dystonic events which took a few weeks to get back to normal each time.
Another excuse is the fact that I married someone who loves to travel! I have traveled more in my short married life than I have in several years! Most of our trips have been to North Carolina where Joe spends a few weeks working at his old job when work around here gets slow. And I get to spend time with my Aunt Jan, while we take advantage of her warm hospitality.
And so, excuses aside, I decided to give you a peek at what’s been happening in our corner of the world. I have been lazy and gotten far too used to taking photos with my iPad. The quality of the photos makes me frustrated and yet I still do it. =/
As you know, we did a lot of renovating to our trailer. The inside was almost totally stripped, walls and ceilings repainted, floors redone, door jams rebuilt, holes in the walls fixed, cabinets replaced with top quality, custom cabinets by my father-in-law from my dad’s shop, and the front door painted BLUE. I love my little house!
With so much to do, our house wasn’t quite ready for us to live in when we got married. We lived in my aunt’s trailer for several weeks while we got our house finished enough to live in. Our youth group pitched in, cleaning the place and getting it ready for us to move.
Alex helped too. He said our coffee table needed to be fixed, so he expertly welded it back together again. Grandma and Alex helped to find a place for everything after we had moved in. We enjoyed supper on our very own front porch one evening!
Joe is amazing. He can literally do anything. From plumbing to painting to woodworking to putting in our own heating and air unit and then washing the dishes when I’m too tired. I love him.
I love pallets! Our bed is made from pallets as is our walkway, there is no end of interesting things to do with pallets. And they’re great for a young couple on a budget! Here he is making pantry shelves out of pallet wood.
In November our church hosts an annual Ladies Banquet for the widows in our community. I was responsible for decorating the entrance, the appetizer and welcoming the ladies. With Joe’s help and that of my mom, everything came together nicely and we had an enjoyable evening. Joe even sent me home to rest when it was over and cleaned up everything on his own!
My family spent a day at the zoo for Alex’s birthday. My brother Bruce and his girlfriend, Sheila, were quite happy as they had just gotten engaged the day before. Colton proposed to my sister, Erica, a few weeks later and now our family is excited to be gaining two more members in May, just two weeks apart!
We spent our first Christmas in Mississippi with Joe’s family.
Joe and I hosted the New Year’s Eve party for our youth group. Space was limited, but they made themselves at home on the floor or wherever and we had a grand time. Complete with fireworks, compliments of my dad.
I had the opportunity to swap my kitchen sink for a white board for six fun half-days while I substituted for the first grade teacher. These two were my kindergartners last year and I enjoyed seeing how much they had learned! An ice storm took out our power for several hours and our trailer got pretty cold pretty fast! It really was beautiful out there! I wanted to go out take some real photographs, but didn’t quite dare because of the cold, so instead, I sent my cousin Andre’ and my brother Bradlyn, out to capture the beauty. They are quite good those two! I don’t have their photos to post, but here is a photo I got while holding my iPad out through a crack in our back door. And now warm weather has at last arrived! Joe came home the other day with a load of mulch and we are excited about being able to focus on the outside of our place this year!