Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Staying Organized: With Planners!




I love planners. It's true. I love to have things written out. I like order and everything in its place. I love lists and organization. There are *such* great pros to this...but also some cons (I don't adapt well to change and can feel quite overwhelmed with disorganization and such. Someone who isn't flexible can be difficult to deal with and not a good light for Christ. This is something I work on, a lot!).

I have used planners since high school and find them to be quite necessary for me. If I have my tasks/responsibilities and appointments written down then I don't lay awake fretting about them at night. Despite this digital age of cell phones and agenda apps...I prefer paper planning (to be honest, my phone isn't a smart phone...it's just a simple flip-phone I rarely use!).

 In the photo at the top of this post you will see my Erin Condren Life Planner and above it is my BuJo (Bullet Journal) which you can find here: Leuchtturm 1917 Notebook A5 Hardcover Dotted Medium Black. I have one more planner I use that I will show and explain at the bottom of this post!


In my BuJo, I keep lists to remember, monthly tracking of habits, fitness, weather and more...


(I am trying out different pens and my handwriting isn't always the best looking because of it. I would like to get a couple calligraphy pens as that would help me immensely!)...





The pages in my BuJo are numbered. There is also an index in the front so you can keep track of where everything is! (It also has two ribbon bookmarks!)...




This is just a fun *extra* in there. They are doodle prompts from HERE....


I use my Erin Condren Life Planner to keep track of daily/weekly activities such as making the bed, laundry, dishes, tidying the house, homeschooling, appointments and more...


See how much use this planner gets? It is a necessity in my life. I *truly* don't know how people function properly without some sort of system/planner!



I make the stickers in my etsy SHOP. Here is next week's spread (I love the vintage look to it!)...


And a spread for St. Patrick's Day in March...


I didn't always decorate my planner....but I must admit, it's fun! I love using stickers! The only *must* for me is that it still must be 100% functional and work for my needs! :)

I made Bible Study stickers for my planner and offer them in my shop as well! :)


And the last planner to share is my Filofax in the personal size. This serves as my wallet and goes in my purse...


I keep my checkbook, register, "bills due" section and calendar in here...



When a bill comes in, I write it in the date it is due and its amount (I cringe at how messy it looks as I am actually very particular about neat handwriting...but it just doesn't *always* happen. So, here's being real)...


In the calendar section, I keep track of things going on throughout the month. This way, I don't have to take my bigger planner with me to schedule appointments etc. Yes, it means I have to keep two planners sync'd but that is okay with me....I enjoy the *planning* process...


So there you have it! That's how I keep organized! If you have any questions or thoughts please feel free to share them in the comments below (or email me: thecountryblossom at hotmail dot com). I always love hearing from you! :) Do you have a favorite way of staying organized? I would love to hear about that as well! :o)

Thanks so much for visiting! I hope you are having a *great* week!
Cheerfully,
Katy

Linked up at: Strangers and Pilgrims: The Art of Homemaking Mondays

Sunday, February 7, 2016

House Renovation: Almost There!

I don't have much time to write...I need to get to bed. I have Bible reading to do as well as prayer...then it is to bed because we have a busy day tomorrow (my sister's FIL passed away ~ Monday is the funeral). I wanted to quickly upload some of the latest photos of the addition to our house. Chris, Xavier and our BIL, Dan, have been working *so* hard...I am so grateful...I can't even tell you how this blesses me! :) 

The last wall being finished with the drywall (this is the wall between the entryway and laundry room)...


Looking into the laundry room from the entryway...to the right will be the coat closet and cleaning closet...



The other side of the laundry room... (to the right of the doorway will be a utility sink and to the right of the window there will be the washer and dryer)...


Another view of where the washer and dryer will go...


Chris and Dan letting Xavier and my nephew help...



Mudding has begun...



Dan did a majority of it, but Chris and X were there helping as well...






It's getting *closer*! I am so excited. I am thrilled to imagine getting everything decorated, situated and **organized**!!! :) I truly love making my house a home. It baffles me that some women don't enjoy that...?

Anyway...please remember my sister and her husband's family in your prayers if you will when you read this. Cory and his mama are really mourning the loss of Cory's father. I appreciate your prayers....I know they would as well!

Thank you for visiting! I apologize if these updates get boring...but I want to be sure to document the progress on here...plus, it is fun to share in my excitement! I have been waiting over 12 years so it is *such* a blessing to watch this all come together! Have a lovely week ahead!

Warmly,
Katy

Oh...and there are new stickers in my SHOP. :) Just in case you wanted to take a peek!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Coming Along!

 I have an update on our addition...but first ~ a little of what's been happening here:

My sister had an appointment in a town that sits *pretty much* in the middle between where our two towns lie. I got to meet her and keep an eye on this snuggle bug for a little bit while my sister was at her appointment...


We went to Walmart to pick up a few groceries. She was full of smiles and sweetness (although whenever I tried to take a picture she would turn her head...so I gave up!). If I were paid for each time someone smiled or spoke to her (or commented how adorable she was) I would be rich! :) I love how babies tend to bring the kindness out in people!


We woke Monday morning (early to go to the gym) to find we were out of electric. My oil lamps came in *quite* handy! I would have enjoyed the electric being out *except* for the fact that that day was our homeschool co-op. I am in charge of the set-up team (who prepares the classrooms and such with tables and chairs set up properly etc.) so I have to be there early. Trying to shower and get us all ready (as well as pack lunches for everyone) was difficult and a bit chaotic (as co-op mornings can already tend to be chaotic anyway...so throwing no electric in there makes it a little more bonkers!). I make half the lunches for everyone the night before...but I wait to make sandwiches and stuff until the morning...I didn't want to let the cold out of the fridge so I was trying to do everything at the speed of light when I go in there! Thankfully, the electric came back on around 8am for us...so we had 15 minutes of lights before we had to leave and we could make sure we had everything all right.


The guys have been working on the house in the evenings when they can. Xavier helps as much as they let him (it seems I caught him with a strange face in the picture below!)...


Plumbing and electric (and insulation) are all in now and they are getting the drywall up in the entryway and laundry room.



Here is looking into the entryway from *in* the laundry room...


Below you can see my closets in the laundry room. The left one will be a cleaning supply closet (for my broom, vacuum, mop, cleaning sprays etc.). The right closet will be a coat/shoe closet...


The plumbing is set up for the washing machine. I will also have an utility sink in there (Chris's brother had one *still in the box* that he didn't want and gave to us!!!)!


It is all coming together and I am over-the-moon excited about it all! I *think* they mentioned that they hope to begin mudding on Saturday! Wooo-eeee! :)

What will be the living room is waiting to be mudded and serves as a storage place for the extra drywall and insulation...


I am hoping we don't run out of savings before we're done. I *really* wanted hardwood floors...but methinks those will be out of our price range...so we will have to look at our options.

Right now, the children are working on schoolwork. I have been doing housework and helping with school. Chores and hopefully a *nap* are in the cards for this afternoon. I teach spin class this evening. :) I hope your day is going well. It's raining here...and I am okay with that. I am so thrilled that this hasn't been a frigid winter and that spring is on its way!

I hope to soon do a post on how I use my planners and bullet journal to stay organized. If that is something you may be interested in, keep a look out for it! :) Thanks so much for your visit today! I really do appreciate it!

Warmly,
Katy

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Good-Bye January 2016!

Can you believe we are saying good-bye to January 2016? Really thinking about it makes my head spin! I am looking forward to February though...and I love when it is a leap year. That extra day just makes me smile! 

Here are just a few pictures from the past couple weeks...

A family favorite supper (hamburger stroganoff over homemade noodles)...




If we go out anywhere (to family or friend's homes) I always pack my own food. I love my lunch bag...it is such a great size (and pretty too!)...This day, we were getting ready to go to sweet friends' of ours home. I took some of my canned green beans to heat up there to add to supper. While there, we played Bible Mad Gab ~ oh my! That is a *fun* game! I highly recommend it! :)


Remember that Pampered Chef stone I had posted about HERE (that broke while baking food in the oven)? Here it is...


The children wanted to learn how to play some different card games, so after dinner one evening, daddy taught them...



Jaxson being goofy...


Pa (Chris's dad) came over for a bit and joined in the games...



We have been keeping busy here at home....homeschooling, housework, running errands, and the like. Yesterday, I went to my sister's to help out a bit by watching the girls so she could get some things done. Her father-in-law is dying. It is a very sad time for their family. She was putting pictures together to be able to set up at his memorial service. I love to look at old pictures...but under these circumstances it is difficult. We are praying for all of them. If the Lord brings them to mind, I hope you will pray for them as well. Strength and comfort are truly needed right now!

The addition to our house is still being worked on by Chris and our BIL Dan (when time allows). I will be sure to share updated pictures when I can. They were working on wiring and some plumbing (for the washer and dryer) so those sort of pictures aren't very interesting! Next, the rest of the drywall goes up in the laundry room and entryway....then mud, sand, flooring and PAINT!!! Oh my, we are getting so close and I am just over-the-moon excited about it! I'm a little nervous though...I need to pick paint colors and figure out what sort of curtains I want to do....and my mind is blank! I suppose I should put pinterest to good use and get some ideas swirling around in my head! :)

I hope you are closing out your January with joy! As always, I so appreciate your comments and emails. Thanks for taking the time to visit! Have a wonderful Lord's Day and week ahead!

Warmly,
Katy