Monday, August 31, 2009

Yeah! I have a "new" car!

Well, new to us anyway! Saturday while I was having fun with my seed beading friends, Chris and Mina were scoping out the local car lots for vehicles that fit our needs. We bought a 1998 Toyota RAV4 from Jackson's Car Corner in Hastings. I love it, the inside and body is just near perfect condition, and I hope it runs forever! Mina does too, she thinks it will be her car for driving to school (yeah, she's ready to start that tomorrow, she's only 12!) I will be beading like a crazy woman this week getting things ready to head out to "the Barn" at Cindy Consbruck's place near Giltner, NE. It will be having it's fall show 2 weekends starting Sept 10. I am focusing on fall and Halloween items. So better get back to work, so I can work on beads at lunch time. Have a great week!

Friday, August 28, 2009

New Rules According To Stephanie...

A good blogging/Facebook friend recently posted the rules according to her, so here are the rules according to me!
1. Under NO circumstances, listen to negative thinking. It gets in your head and heart and NO amount of therapy can erase it permanently.
2. Laugh. A LOT. OFTEN. Whether with friends, family, strangers, or even alone, Do It As Often As Possible. (Try not to laugh at others and cause rule #1 to happen).
3. Love A Lot. Often (repeat Rule #2 here).
4. Do something you enjoy EVERY day. Life is too short to not obey this rule. For me, that would be beading, reading, video games, movies, or laughing with Chris and Mina (though often we break the rule above by laughing at our pets.)
5. After being married for 18 years, you should get another household shower to replace towels, sheets, etc. that are worn out and ookey. Yes, that is a technical term.
6. Catch up with friends, classmates, and relatives you have lost contact with, even the ones you didn't especially care for. Time changes people and you may have been the jerk to begin with!
7. Relax. Don't take life to0 seriously, none of us get out alive! If you can't fix it, pray about it, share it with a friend, write it out. Problems usually aren't as bad on paper, as they are in your head.
8. Find peace. Whether you are sitting in church, watching the sun rise, enjoying a cool fall breeze on your face, or seeing the twinkling humor of a good joke on the face of a child, find the little things in life and relish them.
9. Be You. No one else can do if for you, and you know inside what you like and don't, so listen to that little voice. I bought sparkly, purple frames for my bifocals yesterday. Yes, they may be over the top, but sometimes so can I. I am soon going to have a line of jewelry called "Steph Colors", because all my friends say that to me. "Oh, I saw something and thought of you because they were "Steph" colors." You have NO idea how many times my friends have said this to me! What are Steph's colors? Bright orange, lime green, coral, turquoise blue, fuschia, and any variety or mix of all of the above at once! I have a sweater at home that has ALL of those colors and I feel really great when I wear it. Sparkle, it will blind people so they can't see what's wrong with you!
10. (Though I could go on longer) Dream. Big, small, possible, impossible. Doesn't matter, just do it. You can't have dreams come true without the dreams to begin with!
So what are the rules according to you?

It's Official~I am OLD...

Yesterday, age set in. Oh I crossed the 40 year mark a couple years ago (one of the worst birthdays EVER, not due to age either~no gifts, no celebrations, NO CAKE! You know who you are!), but it struck me yesterday that it has caught up to me. I got my eyes checked (rarely a positive experience~they always get worse, and cost too much money), but now I am going to have to wear BIFOCALS. Yes, I know that with the progression of my vision, it was inevitable. However, I FEEL OLD TODAY! Silly, yes. Ridiculous, yes. BUT TRUE!
On a more positive note, we have started looking for a different car, after a long, ugly story involving not having my Subaru since the 22nd of May, we decided to not put anymore $ into it, and to find something else. Not a task Chris or I enjoy. Hopefully, it doesn't take long! Happy Weekend!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Wow, Where'd the Month Go?

Yes, I am still here. Haven't been though for a while, by the date of my last post! The month has been full. The beginning of August saw us getting Mina ready to go back to school and finishing up with her de-tasseling job. We have gotten started making autumn jewelry and beads, and we sent Mina back to school last week. Over the weekend, we got to spend time with family in Lincoln, and meet our beautiful, new baby niece, Zoe. It has been a LONG time since we had a new baby in the family (Mina was the last!), and Zoe is so sweet and snuggly and wonderful! Zoe was born on Mina's birthday, in the same hour even! They have an even bigger connection as they are the only girls in the family, and Mina certainly enjoys keeping her "boy" cousins on their toes with the trash talk and joking around. So that brings us to now, I am getting jewelry ready to go to Giltner next week for a 2 weekend show and Chris sold some Goddess beads to a gal in New Mexico yesterday. He made a beautiful hollow pumpkin bead last night, and has been working on some crow birdy beads for Halloween time. New pictures soon!

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