Saturday, June 30, 2012

neglect

It's been a bit since my last post. I really haven't accomplished much since the big deck reveal. It's been hot, which is a really pathetic excuse, but it's my excuse nonetheless.

My dog has started stealing and eating our tomatoes. This does not make me happy since it means I'm down a few tomatoes, but it's kind of funny at the same time. I mean, what dog likes green tomatoes? Maybe just mine...

There are no more pictures in this post. The dog is all you get. Maybe next time. 

I helped with Vacation Bible School at church this past week. It's nice to not be in charge, to be able to just show up and read from the worship leader book. The theme was Take me to the Water: God's Love Flows.

I'm almost done with one of my more involved Pinterest projects. One of the reasons it's more involved is because I messed up a little and my OCD self couldn't stand it, so I ripped out quite a bit of it. Once I finish, I'll post some pictures. This has pushed my schedule back, so I'm definitely not doing a project every other week. Oh well.

I've also been working on cushions for our patio furniture. The next step is zipper sewing (and buying more fabric because I didn't get enough in the first place). I'm putting it off because I've never sewn in a zipper before. And it scares me.

Tomorrow is July. That means that summer is basically half over. I'm not too happy about that. It seems like the days and weeks have been flying by way too quickly.

My goal for this week is to finish two of my last three big assignments for the semester - that I've hardly started. We'll see how that goes. It's getting more and more difficult to stay motivated... but the end is in sight! 

Next weekend we're going to Kansas City for a wedding, then staying for the Sunday MLB Futures game and Celebrity Softball game. I'm so excited!

Friday, June 22, 2012

deck = check

The deck's a done deal. And we love it. Brad just commented the other day, after it had rained, that it's a little weird to see water on the deck. Before it had soaked into the wood immediately - pretty much no matter how much rain we got.

Before... (yes, it was also full of junk, mostly belonging to our dog)




After..... the steps and the balusters are a slightly different color because they are new. It was totally not purposeful, but we hear that "two-tone" decks are in. :)





Yes, that Cheezit box is now in the recycling. It was part of some spray painting operations a while back.

Sometimes I like to just look at it. Because, when I'm admiring the work we've finished, I don't have to think about all the work that's on my to-do list - like cushions for the deck furniture so we can actually sit out on the deck and enjoy it. One thing at a time, right?

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

check, check, check

I've been checking off a few things in the past few days.

I'm not sure why we've had this table in our garage for the last three years, but with our deck overhaul, I decided it was time to put it to use.

I was going to just paint it white, but it wasn't covering very well, so I pulled out leftover paint from our hall bathroom. It will tie in perfectly with the fabric I picked out for the patio furniture cushions.

I even got out some sandpaper and distressed it a little.

 
I pulled this old organ stool off the farm. I've been working on it for three summers. I had finally given up hope and decided to give it a coat of stain, paint over it, and distress it a little bit.

 

Once I let it dry, though, the extra dark stain looked pretty good, so I decided to leave it at that. I'm not sure what to do with a random organ stool, but it looks pretty...

The feet are still a little rusty, but I'm calling this one done.

We also finished the deck this week, I'll share pictures of that later this week...

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Am I crazy?

Probably.

There's a lot on my mind, and I'm not really sure how to make sense of it all. I've not been good at the "faith" thing for many, many years.

I had a thought today, and I'm not sure if it has any merit at all, but... maybe one of the reasons I struggle with reading the Bible, memorizing scripture, listening to sermons, and so on has something to do with how often this book is used to condemn, exclude, and hurt others.

Even if, when those things happen, verses are taken out of context or the context isn't considered or they are picked and chosen for the occasion, they are still used for ill. I'm just not sure how to deal with that, how to answer for that.

I do believe the greatest of these is love. And I have a hard time when we use the Bible to show exactly the opposite.

And, if I'm seeking to understand and include and love others, how can I use the same book that is used to injure them? Won't I also be picking and choosing? Won't others think I am the one taking things out of context?

So I struggle. With the words I read - or don't read. With what I hear on Sunday morning. I understand in my head, but in my heart.... I don't know how to reconcile. I don't know what to do with it all.

Maybe that's a completely crazy thought, or a cop-out, and excuse. Maybe I'm just extra tired tonight. But maybe not.

Tyler & Shelby

Yesterday we celebrated Tyler and Shelby's wedding in Canton. (Tyler is Brad's cousin.) I had a lot of fun sneaking pictures...













This picture deserves an explanation... this guy (the next door neighbor) was the least subtle wedding crasher ever. He enjoyed several beers and a number of cigarettes on his deck while he observed the vows.









Congrats, Tyler & Shelby! We love you!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

summer progress

The season is moving right along, unfortunately. I always wish for summertime to pass slowly. It never does. I'm making some progress on my Summer 2012 list, but there are a lot of half-finished things...

Things that are done:
  • finish quarter round and trim (all that's left to do is punch in the nails and fill the holes... kind of counting on Brad to do this one) Brad finished this one yesterday. Hooray! I will not say how many years it has been since we installed the floors. (Jill, don't let this happen to you! Do it all now!)
  • make an actual decision: will I sell crafty stuff anywhere? where?  The answer is no. I'm just not going to do it. I'll take "orders" if anyone wants me to make them something, but I think being crafty is just better as a hobby for me... albeit an expensive one, at least the sewing side of things. I am going to start soon on my goal of a handmade Christmas this year. The list of what to make is on the Kindle. So if anyone out there to whom I give gifts has a request.... let it be known now.
  • garage sale in Lyndon June 2  Done. I've also sold a few worthwhile leftovers on craigslist. There are still a few things that need to be purchased, so if you want some lamps, or a coat, or prom dresses, or a guitar, let me know. I'll make you a deal... This means that we now have enough profit from our junk to buy a new living room rug - that was the goal. More on that when it happens.
  • clean up/organize the garage (the garage is my nemesis. does anyone else feel that way about theirs?) We did this about the first week of summer. The only problem is that now my projects have taken over... I'm almost done with two of them.
Things that are in progress: 
  • get rug for living room - just need to go pick it out and make the purchase!
  • repaint nightstand - this is my new nemesis. I'm not even close to getting rid of the old paint. While I work, I silently curse the person who told my mom it would totally work to use latex paint on top of oil. For the record, it sure doesn't.
  • stain/seal the deck - all we have left to do is stain and put up new stairs and touch up some of the stain - hopefully by Saturday.
  • clean out the basement - this started with the garage sale. Now I just need to throw out a few things... and transfer some treasures to Justin after the in-laws move. ;) ...and make jam and salsa with all the empty jars!
  • be crafty - make at least one pinterest project every other week - I have about five things in progress right now... I'm waiting for motivation to strike to get them all finished up at once. Ha!
  • refinish patio furniture - I have painted it all, and it looks awesome. I just need to make new cushions. Easier said than done. Fabric shopping this weekend!
  • learn at least 4 new piano songs
  • finish organ stool and paint/distress table (I added this one after the fact)- tomorrow I'll finish these. Really. Tomorrow. Then I'll have something to blog about! 
 Things that are coming:
  • hang towel bars in the master bath - we decided to get a little creative instead of just hanging towel bars, so it might take a bit longer to work out the plan and get the materials.
  • visit Becca & Micah at harvest
  • hang pictures in the bedroom? - I still don't know what to hang. It might not happen.
  • set up badminton and play
  • make jam - soon. very soon... at least strawberry. peach will wait for fall-ish. I'm also looking forward to freezing corn in a few weeks (fingers crossed for rain!), making applesauce, and canning pears this fall!
  • make salsa - no tomatoes yet.
  •  make baby Tittsworth blanket - fabric shopping this weekend!
  • trip to Arkansas July 30 - August 3 (ish) - duh.
  Classes are also moving right along. My motivation comes and goes, so my plan to get everything done ahead of time is not quite working out. But it's at least all getting done on time. This post makes it look like I've been really busy, but in reality, I do whatever I want almost all day long, which sometimes is giving in to pure laziness. Love, love, love summertime!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

four

At our wedding, four years ago today, we asked our guests to write words of advice to us. It's my favorite thing from that day.... other than our marriage, of course.


Brad and Megan - 
A cheery "Good Morning" as you get up each day and a loving "Good Night" each evening before you go to bed will help to make each day go well. 
Much love,
Grandpa & Grandma Klaassen


From Anne & Milo
"A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person."


Brad, Megan will always be right. Megan, Brad will always be right. Owen & Heather Kindall

Dear Megan & Brad,
 After 65 years we can say you are off to a good start - you met at Bethel. May the years bring you even closer together.
Winifred & Lester Ewy



Friday, June 1, 2012

sweet summertime

Happy Friday! It's weird to say that, because Friday isn't really much different than Monday these days. Man, I love summertime! Can you believe it's already June? This summer is supposed to be passing slowly and leisurely. It's not listening to me...
 
The upside of being told you don't get to work at the school where you best-est co-workers work anymore? People give you stuff, like cute notes and beautiful plants. (And yes, I know I have awesome co-workers at my new school, too. It's just... well, there's something special about the people who get you through your first years teaching, especially when they involve being RIF'd and getting a job back and.... lots of other "fun" stuff.)

This week I've had long lunches with a couple of dear friends. We spent a few hours catching up. I decided that I could not work at a place where you have a "lunch hour" to go out and eat because it would turn into two or three hours, and then I'd lose my job. I guess that's what summer is for.

In an effort to look not quite as lazy as I really am in the summer, I came up with a new go-to hairstyle. French braid = less lazy looking than ponytail. Right? This is my hair at the end of the day. I kinda like the waves. And the dorky excited expression.

My mom called Brad the other night to chat (after I went to sleep). She asked him what I've been up to, and he told her. Working on our deck, reinventing six pieces of furniture, making some new headbands, doing school work, running with the dog. You know, the usual relaxing summer stuff. She said, "She sure doesn't let the grass grow under her feet, huh?" When Brad told me that, I said, "Actually, I do, 'cause I'm not the one who mows." He informed me that such a statement was a "John Klaassen joke." I take it as a compliment. I love my dad's dorky sense of humor. Also, mom, the "not letting the grass grow" thing - it's genetic.

Brad grilled pizza the other night. It was amazing. Seriously... the best homemade pizza I've ever had. Everyone should try it. We used these directions and the crust recipe that they link to. And by "we" I mean "Brad."

On tap for the weekend... garage sale in Lyndon and goodbye party for Barb and Jeff before they move. Have a great one!