30 Days of Home (Diane’s Recap week 2)


READ – my basket of books under my nightstand.


CHORES – my actual chore list that just continues in a big loop


fabric swatches for my husband’s job that need to be scanned for discontinued ones. Just not when the football game is on.


PLAY – I love any board game. I don’t even care if I win or lose. They are just fun to play.


COLLECT – I have collected erasers since 1984. I have about a thousand different ones.


IN MEMORY – This is my grandparent’s roll top desk. As I child I spent many hours playing in this desk. I made me cousins play school, store, and when they weren’t around, office manager.


FAVORITE – My favorite sports team is the Florida Panthers. Starting the season at 2 – 0 Go Cats!


NEW – I don’t have the hint of a green thumb so I thought I would try something new, a cactus. So far, so good.

30 Days of Home ( Diane’s week 1 recap)

30 days of Home is a new project Kim and I are trying. It is all about using photos to tell your right-now story. If you like what you see and want to join in, all the information can be found here: http://www.littlepaperprojects.com/join-us-for-a-free-30-day-photo-challenge-30daysofhome/

Diane’s recap of week 1


This is what my bed actually looks like when I wake up. The other side looks like no one sleeps in it because my husband feels like he needs to make his side while I am still sleeping. He claims to do this because he sits on his side to put his shoes on.


I’m one of those people who rolls out of bed ready for breakfast. Cereal is my usual go to meal and Lucky Charms is my preferred cereal. So bad but so good.


 Although I roll out of bed and am ready for breakfast, I do not roll out of breakfast ready for a shower and clothes. I like to get some stuff done first. Tidy up the house, check emails and my chore list for the day, have a cup of coffee, maybe text a friend. I find that I get more accomplished when everyone else is out of the house so why waste that time in the shower. I’m usually dressed sometime around noon because that’s when I get hungry for lunch and look at the clock and am horrified that I am still in pajamas.


Kitchens. I know they are probably the most important part of a house but they are my least favorite rooms. I hate to cook, wash dishes, or even congregate in there. The one thing I am completely in charge of in the kitchen is any information that goes on the fridge. Now that my kids are almost adults, the fridge mainly houses a few leftover magnets. These are my kitchen contributions along with me not cooking.


See, I do eventually shower.


If I need to just sit and chill and rest, I can almost always be found with coffee and popcorn as my companions. This is my Sunday football popcorn watching bowl and my pop corn is made the old-fashioned way, in a pot on the stove. I can’t stand the smell of microwave popcorn. It lingers in the house for days. Hey, this is another kitchen contribution! Go me!

You’ll have to wait for next week’s recap to see day 7. I haven’t done it yet and being 11:58 am already, I better go hit that shower.

Feeling Nostalgic


Lately I have been around lots of the most adorable little kids. It has made me feel very nostalgic of my own who are not so little anymore. My little guy will be 19 in a few more months. I long for the days of vacationing on Topsail with my husband’s family. We had some amazing times at the beach, in the boats, catching dinner, and just being with family. Sadly the house has since been sold and the nieces and nephews are all grown up and getting married and having kids of their own. I truly treasure all of my photos from those trips and occasionally come across 1 that I need to share which probably doesn’t make me the favorite aunt for the day. Although I long to have these days back, I’m looking forward to welcoming a new generation and making memories with them too.  – Diane


Monkeying Around

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 Fun – daily post theme

We had lots of fun while feeding the monkeys in the mountains of the Dominican Republic. They sure were mischievous little things.