Have you heard of these pretty succulent gardens? This one hangs on the wall. It is called a vertical succulent wall garden. I NEVER thought of succulents as pretty...or colorful. But they are and I love them.
If you go to Etsy and type in succulent wreath you will find many choices, including do it yourself projects.
from Style Me Pretty
Who'd a thunk it?
My friend Ryan posted this quote on FB yesterday. Thanks Ryan.
"Snow in April is abominable, like a slap in the face when you expected a kiss."
I'm sorry I've been tardy this week. I have had appointment after appointment.
Katie and I stopped at Michael's yesterday and she made this pretty flower headband.
We do not know our way around this store at all....but her first hand made project turned out so well.
She just loves it!!!
Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe ...
Faith is a really personal thing. It is changing and growing and ebbing and flowing.
The older I get the more I see how huge the realm of faith and belief truly is.
And the older I get, the more I am okay with it.
Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when is is old he will not depart from it.
I totally and completely took this verse to heart.
I thought it was a promise.
But I'm not sure if it is a promise or if it is just wise, hopeful advice.
In growing up we go thru so much.
I am still growing up and trying to take it all in. Life experiences sometimes make me feel stronger and sometimes weaker.
I guess that's what helps me understand how others may feel.
I tell you about this because of an exchange between Katie and me this morning.
She was moaning about her half day of school today. She would have rather have stayed home.
Mass, Lenten retreat and then stations of the cross.
Big lent celebration before Easter break.
Many of the girls in her class as skipping and heading to Florida.
She wishes she was one of them.
But we are not going to Florida and she is Mary in the 'stations'.
So school it was for her.
Of course I don't want her to have a bad attitude. Her teacher's work hard to make it nice and for heaven's sake...this is Easter.
But when you are 14 you want to have fun.
Rarely is church fun.
And so I said, "Dying on the cross was not a blast."
That's all I could come up with.
But there really was nothing fun about dying on the cross. It was horrible.
I will remember what Jesus did for me a sinner on that day so long ago.
And I will remember that he rose.
A few months ago Pharrell wore this hat to the Grammys.
Every one laughed.
His hat went viral. Which means Twitter Blew UP!
Which means everyone who saw Pharrell's hat was talking and laughing and exclaiming about his goofy Dudley Do Right Mounty-esque hat.
Now. Pharrell has been in the music business since the early nineties. He produced big hits with Snoop Dog, Kanye West. Jay Z and Destiny's Child. People in the industry knew Pharrell. The general public did not.
I had never heard of him until last summer when his name came up a few times. He of Blurred Lines and Lucky. Both of these songs were nominated for Grammy's. Both of these songs were my summer favorites along with Safe and Sound.
Also last summer Despicible Me 2 featured Pharrell's joyous song Happy.
The song Happy was nominated for an academy award earlier this winter.
We saw the movie...I was not overly impressed with the song Happy. Nor was the public...and it was not played and didn't catch on...until after Pharrell wore the HAT.
Happy was not being played on the radio. It did not play all summer. It did not play in the fall. In fact, it has just become wildly popular since Pharrell sang it at the Oscars. Wearing another hat.
I do not think his song would have been nominated for an Oscar if he had not worn that HAT to the Grammys!
I read that Pharrell has had this hat for years. He wore the Vivian Westwood design to an event in London four years ago. Nobody I know noticed.
Everyone is noticing now.
A new kind of 'cat' in a hat.
The only other hat I can think of that changed a person's life was possibly this one...
Harrison Ford donned this great hat in Indiana Jones and the Lost Ark and there was not looking back.
Princes William and Catherine are in New Zealand with baby George.
What fun I will have in the next few weeks watching for pictures to come across the web;
pictures of the happy couple and mostly to see what Catherine is wearing.
I call her Catherine because I have heard that is what she prefers....but Kate is easier isn't it?
George is an earnest baby, isn't he?
Here is George looking the happiest I have seen him. I would spend all day trying to get that boy to giggle. Wouldn't you?
This is the nanny, her name is Maria. She does not look like much fun.
She does not spend the day trying to get Georgie to giggle.
I watched Saving Mr. Banks yesterday. I didn't love it. The story telling was slow and sad. Mrs. Travers was very unlikeable. It was too long a wait to get to any joy whatsoever. I did however really like the last half hour. Isn't that strange....I loved two movies that were much more depressing and dysfuntional than this one....but this one just didn't work. (August Osage Co and Nebraska)
I suppose if I was a smart blogger I would wait until Mom's birthday to post this picture of her since her birthday is just a few days away. Esther Jean Hansen was born April 8, 1934. I think she is about 14 in this picture. The same age as Katie is now. If you can't find her, mom is the very pretty girl in the back row, far left. Look at that red lipstick, those long limbs, that sweet face!
Grandma Hansen gave this picture to me when I was in my early 20's. She said that she made mom's costume and helped with another. This was a school dance performance...not a private dance class.
I come from a long line of dancers. :o)
(Esther and Janet 1972ish)
Mom looks happy and proud in this picture.
I think she was. I hope she was.
All she had time to be was a girl and then a mom.
How fortunate I was to have such a mom.
I love her more and more as the years go by.
True love sticks.
“I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.”~Mitch Albom
Just down the road from our house is a big privately owned company called Epic. If you go to the doctors office or the hospital you most likely have see an Epic product. They make the software that many, many hospitals have that compiles your information, I think. haha.
It is owned by a woman....which is cool.
It is wildly successful.
She has kept big builders working thru the recession.
The latest phases has been these beautiful farm buildings and farm houses.
And the next phase is going to be Harry Potter inspired. Hogwarts. Yup.
If we thought this complex was remarkable and Olympic village like before...
I know the Harry Potter buildings will be out of this world!!!
Every day I think of Sue. Especially these two months...the months we knew she had a brain tumor will always be the months of loving Sue the best we could. Trips back and forth to Missouri. Daily chats with Cindy and Keith and even Sue. Sweet memories of our time together. Funny things. Darling things. Kisses. Giggles. Eating. Tears. Love. Broken Hearts. Our gorgeous, brilliant, generous, loving, fabulous sister. I miss you. I remember you. Love you. Mean it. Donna Elsie
I tried a new app last week. It is called Print Studio. The app is free. From inside the app you can chose your pictures to make prints, books, or even cards. Then you pay for them with a credit card...and they send them to you. It could not be easier.
And the best part...even better than the ease of use...is the quality of the paper is fantastic!!! Just the best! I am so happy to have learned of this print co. Thanks Susan Keller!
So you know....it took one week to get my pictures.
What a wonderful thing to be in the GOLD bracket at yesterday's volleyball tournament! First time in GOLD!! We came in second place overall.
We played locally too and that was so nice!
Only one more tournament and then club volleyball will be over for this year.
I think volleyball is my favorite sport to watch, I really do love it!
Wishing you are great week to come.
Off to the Luke House to serve meat loaf and mashed potatoes!