Saturday, February 24, 2018

"Everyone carries an atmosphere about him...

...It may be healthful and invigorating, or it may be unwholesome and depressing. It may make a little spot of the world a sweeter, better, safer place to live in; or it may make it harder for those to live worthily and beautifully who dwell within its circle.” 

~J.R. Miller

I realized it has been quite some time since I last blogged! Life has a way of continually happening...moments ticking by and I get caught up in them! Since my aunt's surprise party nothing overly exciting has happened. The days go by and we work on our homeschooling and housework. Meals are made, exercise is done, games are played (the children and I enjoy playing yahtzee lately!) and it is my prayer that God is glorified in it all!

Pictured above is one of the latest books I am reading (as usual, along with many others). And below you will see our supper one evening...homemade vegetable beef soup (a family favorite!).

We've had weather all over the place with lots of snow for a bit...

...and now the snow has melted and it has been raining....a lot! I am *not* a fan of all the mud...but oh how thankful I am for the back porch Chris and our Brother-in-Love built last summer! It helps keep the mud from trailing right into the (appropriately named) mud room! I mean, it may be *called* the mud room....but I still want it to be a *clean* room! :)

A look at my recipe organization...just for fun...

Valentine's Day was sweet and simple. I taught a spin/cycling class that evening at the Y...when I came up to the Lobby Chris and the children had these flowers set there for me! It was so sweet and I love them! They are still living now too...although some are starting to wither a bit! I absolutely *love* flowers of all kinds. I love them in a garden, around a house, and fresh cut! I am so thankful the Lord put flowers on this earth for us to enjoy! How they can really brighten up a room! With the gray rainy days they are a real cheery spot!

I found this basket at Goodwill and thought it looked nice hanging on a wall in the bathroom!

A peek in the mud room...

My beautiful hyacinth is tilting....I keep turning it to try to get it to stand straight...and nothing helps! haha! The flowers are pretty though. In the jars on that window sill are dog treats. Cash needs grain free they are in one jar. Mickey has regular treats in the other jar!

I hope you are well and I appreciate you stopping by to visit! I know life is busy! I'm sorry this post isn't very exciting...just a little of what's been going on around here lately. Another quick little tidbit of news...I have lost almost 15 pounds since the beginning of the year! I have been striving to eat right and exercise daily. I have added a Body Pump class twice a week to my routine. It's lifting weights (not heavy weights....but lighter weights with a lot of reps and sets). It is challenging but great! :) 

I gotta keep going with my day! Have a lovely week ahead!


HERE is a short Youtube video by Tim Challies about 5 of the worst books labeled "Christian"'s worth a watch! :o) 


  1. Hi,
    I enjoyed your post and the lovely pictures. I havn't blogged in about a month, because theirs not a whole lot to just goes on, etc...but it's still nice to hear from fellow bloggers, what their up to. Your ordinary is a bit different to my ordinary, so thanks for sharing. Blessings to you ~ Linda

    1. Hello Linda! Thanks so much for your comment! I appreciate you stopping by! I Hope your weekend ahead is great!!

  2. Love your posts and your home, I need you to come and decorate my home.


  3. Hi Katy!
    Congratulations on your weight loss. I have to do the same...
    I love your mud room! It's so bright and cozy!
    Have a blessed week!

    1. Thanks so much! I feel energized to not be gluttonous anymore! :)

  4. Congratulations on your weight loss! I want you to know that a big part of me starting Spin class was because of you! I had learned about it on your blog a looong time ago. I just love bike riding, so when we got moved to Tucson, AZ (from Anchorage, AK) 8 months ago, we joined a gym that taught the class. I attend 3 early mornings a week for 8 months. The first week, I could barely walk- my thighs hurt so bad, lol! Now- I fly and push myself to go hard. I just love it. Thank you!!! I am committed to losing my last 10 pounds this year, no matter what. Your blog is such a ministry to me. Thank you!!

    1. Thank you Rachel!!! And that is so fantastic you started to spin! I know it hurts so much at the beginning but I am so thrilled to hear you stuck with it! It is a really great workout!
      Thanks so much for encouraging me through your comment and I wish you all the best in losing those last ten pounds!!! :)


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