Sunday, September 24, 2017

Happenings...

Hi everyone!

Yet another ordinary week in my life.  But that's okay... ordinary is good.  Life is appreciated.


The days here in Virginia have been warm, cooling down some at night.   The leaves are just beginning to show the brushstrokes of Autumn.


I started watching a new series on the Hallmark Channel... Chesapeake Shores. 

I'm working my way through season one.


I've been working on my crochet projects and will have some progress photos for you next week.

For this week... Here are a few photos from my new camera.  



This is my Tyson.   He is such a sweet boy.  Always happy to see me when I come home.





Just a few shots from around my yard this week...


This is Dahlia ♥


and some of my plants in their happy place in one of my spare bedrooms



From today... a visit to my youngest daughter.  We usually grocery shop together on Sundays.


a moment having coffee on her patio



Spending some time in  her spare room, trying to set up a desktop pc... I loved looking at her chair full of stuffed animals.. which she had when she was still at home.   I really miss her being here but am so proud of her for her accomplishments.

And the dress form... it was my idea to start filling it with her stick balloon collection ♥

I am so grateful to be exposed to youth.  

 And last... I got the pc set up and it's running but there is a problem with some missing files.  Very frustrating!   I'm doing some more research over the next few days and maybe I will be able to recover the machine to factory image or at least get the issue fixed regarding the missing files.



Thank you for stopping by.   I wish you all the very best week ahead.

On Wednesday, I will be back with my series post... Part One of Prayer and how it was introduced into my life.


Much love,








Friday, September 22, 2017

Friday Reviews

Hi there!!

Today I'm going to review a few items and share my thoughts on each..




First...


I was looking for a great primer to wear under my foundation...

My youngest daughter told me to try this...


And it is wonderful!   It glides on and my skin feels simply amazing.

The foundation also glides right over it and my skin looks wonderful.

I cannot even tell you how soft my face feels after applying.

It's around $5 but just a dot or two on your fingertip will pretty much cover your entire face.  I use it on my neck too.





Next...



 Bamboo Crochet Hooks


I ordered a whole set and was so excited to get them!

But truthfully, I didn't like them at all.

When you run your fingers over them, they felt smooth but when I try to use them, the yarn sometimes pulls and it just doesn't slide easily like on aluminum or steel hooks.  

They are pretty and I like looking at them in my crochet hook bag...

but I just don't use them







Bathroom cleaner.

I have used a lot of different brands through the years.   My usual requirement is that they have some sort of bleach in them.  That they clean surfaces.  That they smell pleasant.  That the sprayer works well.  That they kill germs.   And as you know, there are many products out there to fit those needs.

I started using the Comet brand bathroom cleaner a few years ago.  I love the way it works.. I love the way it smells.   The price is right and the name is trusted.  It's easy to spray.. the spraying systems never breaks down.  It leaves the bathroom smelling fresh and clean.    And again.. the price is just right.

It is now the only bathroom cleaner I use.  It always gets the job done.   It leaves a sparkling bathroom. :-)





Thanks for stopping by!

Have a great weekend and I'll be back on Sunday with some more Happenings.



Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Self-Forgiveness Series - Part Two - Final

So... after the post last week, it's been quite a week for me.

Amazing how putting some words onto paper can clear out my mind of so much clutter.

Yes there Is still clutter and there may always be.

But the point of this series, for me, is moving Past the clutter.

My bullet entries from last week...

  • 1-10
  1. The fighting and the drinking... let it go.  It wasn't about me   It wasn't my fault
  2. Hearing my grandfather be angry with my mother  It wasn't my fault
  3. our little puppy Lulu - It wasn't my fault
  4. Losing my grandfather and being mad that I was with my grandmother  It was just a reaction of a kid who had lost her stability

  • 11-20
  1. Being fearful all the time of everything  It was inevitable
  2. some pretty stupid choices   Key word - Choices
  3. ending my young marriage before it ever had a chance  It was my decision
  4. hurting someone  It was my responsibility

  • 21-30
  1. giving up my baby  It was my choice - a regretful one but still my choice
  2. not being a better mother  It was about choices - but I always have loved them
  3. not having anyone to lead me to get some mental health help  It was still my responsibility
  4. rushing through life too fast  again.. I did the rushing

  • 31-40
  1. I was such a easy target for a predator - and still, I am responsible Yes,I am
  2. needed to be truer to my kids and self first.  Took me awhile, but I am now
  3. to understand that I did not need a man in my life  Had to work through that but it comes with wisdom
  4. to be a mom first over everything - to keep them all First - always.  That is the way it is Now.  And they mattered to me then.. of course they did.  I just try to beat myself up for things that I cannot change.
  5. 41-50
  1. I woke up.. I was in my forties and could not get the young years back.. but I could look back and learn from my mistakes
  2. I should have stepped away from what I did not need.  The only thing I needed was my kids   Yes, again choices.  But they turned out wonderfully regardless of my perceptions of what was
  3. to repair past hurts and bring forth all honesty  I've done that.  I've already done that.
  4. to try to let things go... to stop the regret.  To learn from then... but focus on now  And now is letting go.  Its the past.  It's yesterday.   Who I am today would not have made the choices I made then on most things.  

So.. those are the answers to my own words from last week.   I truly discovered.. in one week.. that for me.. it is wasting precious time to dwell in the past.  To try to live there again.     And I have forgiven myself.. how could I not?   My kids forgave me.  My family.  My God.    Yes, regrets?  I can keep those.  And I will.  Because regrets help you to be better I think.  Help you to not repeat actions or lack of actions... help you to stand taller and be strong.   

My kids.. they are the greatest ever.  And I mean that.  Perfect?  they are not.

But they love one another, they care for one another, they care for others, they work hard, they teach their children with love, they laugh, they get mad, they cry.  If one needs the other.. there is no hesitation.   They are raising remarkable families or have amazing relationships of their own.  They sort through their own drama and they keep moving forward.

Me?   

I am who I am.   The past is part of who I am.   I would not ever repeat most of the mistakes I feel that I made.. a couple of them?  Maybe I would today... I don't know. Some of the things I saw as a child.. I was subjected to.... of course it affected me.  But everything truly happens as it is suppose to.  Sometimes the reasons are not clear.   Sometimes it's easier to blame the past ... or to be sorrowful for mistakes because of life events.   The truth?  Yes, trauma, abuse, fear....as a child Do shape who we are.  They Do affect our thoughts.. our mental health and more.   And if we are very lucky.. we work our way through it.. out of it... beyond it.  And that makes us strong.   But we can't Blame our choices on it.   Not when we've moved beyond.  We have to just say... I am responsible.  I made those choices.  I did it.  Me.  It was the Me of Yesterday.. but it was still Me.

But in just one week.. I have achieved self-forgiveness.  And it's such a light feeling. 

Again, I've forgiven who I was.. but the regret will live on and that's okay.

Because it seems once the forgiveness has come.. the regret isn't so painful.  Maybe that's how it is suppose to be.

One of the greatest prayers ever... and now I can say it and understand what each line means.


This is the last part in this series.  I feel very strong that it's time to move on.

Next week, a new series will begin.  

It will be called

Prayer.


I will discuss the trail of prayer through my young years and life.

In the first part, I will discuss my early years with two of my grandmothers ... and what they taught me about prayer.   


Sending out Much Love





Sunday, September 17, 2017

Happenings.

Hi everyone!

Last week was a lovely week.. but I didn't do anything exciting.   The week was filled with some wonderful crochet time, some time spent on Etsy (and a few orders placed there), time spent choosing and then ordering a new camera and enjoying the fall decorations here and there.


 For my crochet time, I finished a bookmark for a friend and added another square to my year long Block of the Month / Crochet a Long




I also forgot.... I ordered these fabulous patterns from a fantastic designer.... I cannot wait to start one!





And Etsy.... oh Etsy!!!   My main/favorite craft will always be crochet but I do love needlework too.

so.... having said that - here are my purchases.   I look forward to working on these through the winter months.  These are kits.   Both are cross stitch :-)



The next photo is also an etsy purchase.. but this is finished.  The price was wonderful and I bought it for my youngest daughter who loves Sunflowers.




At the moment, my main camera is my phone.   I used to have the Samsung Galaxy 6 and the camera was incredible.   Now I have the Motorola Moto 7 and I do love the phone, but the camera just isn't as good.   So for now, I bought a nice point and shoot Canon. 


I decided to share some fall deco photos with you...

The first ones are at my job... 

The scarecrows are just adorable and always bring a smile.



My youngest daughter has her own duplex now.  She's got some really cool fall touches going on... 

Really got me smiling for the joy of the season.  My favorite color is Autumn ♥







Also, on her whiteboard on her fridge... this is what she added to it.  I miss her art on our white board at home.


and last... she has a lot of the Pioneer Woman items in her kitchen.   She spotted this cookie jar as soon as it came out.. and now it lives happily on top of her fridge



Thank you so much for stopping by for this week's happenings.

On Wednesday, Part Two of the Forgiveness series will be posted and then on Friday I will have a Review post again.

Wishing you joy and love in the coming week ahead.










Friday, September 15, 2017

Just some Reviews to Share....

We all use products and things everyday...and I thought I would set aside a day of the week here on Whispering Horn to share some stuff I have personally tried...


First thing is Cover Girl foundation.

At nineteen, I started using Cover Girl clean makeup and even tho over the years, I tried various other brands, I always reverted back to this one.

As I began to age, I thought I would try this one..

and I really liked it.  



But then I saw an ad for something new.   I visited Ulta with my youngest daughter and they had it.. and I absolutely LOVE it.   It's full coverage but it's light and I don't even notice that it is on my face.  It blends well and covers the red areas above my eyebrows and in the creases at the side of my nose..

And.. they had it in my favorite Creamy Natural shade that I have used since the beginning.


The price is VERY reasonable!  




In reading, I've started reading some book by authors that I haven't read before.  

My Kindle app has a list of best sellers that they offer at discount prices.. so I try to choose one when I'm ready to read.  Or sometimes I grab a book from the bargain table at Barnes and Noble.

My most recent finish was this one...


I bought the e version.

It was a great story.  Set in a beautiful place and the lighthouse featured wound through the imagination.   
The only lighthouses that I have personally been exposed to are the ones at the Outer Banks.  The living quarters were separate.

In this book, this lighthouse is on the shores of Lake Michigan.  And the living quarters were inside the lighthouse itself.

The story has strong family ties, some romance and suspense.

Definitely worth reading.  I really enjoyed the book.



And last I want to say that my favorite Kureg coffee is


When I can, this is what I buy.

I'm not one for drinking the cheaper, store brand or generic coffees.  I've never had much luck with them over the years.

But I decided to try Wal-Marts brand of the donut shop coffee....


and even tho the Kureg brand is still my favorite... the Great Value brand is pretty darn good!  We buy it most often.  The price is great.   We use the regular coffee pot in the morning but use our Kureg in the evening and on weekends.


So... those are my shares with you this week.

I'm on the lookout for what I will share next week.


Thanks for stopping by.




Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Self-Forgiveness - Part One







I want you to know that I have a long post saved as a draft.  It was scheduled to post but then I had second thoughts.

I'm a believer that what you put out there... puts it's energy out there.

I may decide to post it later on in this series... but for today,

I'm sticking with the moving forward part.

The past is the past.

We cannot change one single moment of it... not one.

We can let it ride around in our heads, consuming us.  Bringing pain, regret, shame, sadness, loss......or we can learn to deal with it and move forward.

So going from the above sentence..

I'm starting a new Bullet Journal for Fogiveness.

I've decided to do decades...so at first I will have five main bullets.

Something like this...

  • 1-10
  • 11-20
  • 21-30
  • 31-40
  • 41-50



These will represent decades of my life.

Then I will had sections to each one.

My first go at this will be 4 sections and I will list things from that time period of my life that will represent something I want to forgive myself for.. or maybe want to forgive someone else for.

I've learned in this journey of self-forgiveness that I also have to forgive hurt that I am holding on to from others.

So...in a nutshell.  Here goes....

Week one.. First Bullet Journal Entry - 
Things I Remember...or Things I wish I had been....or Things I Perceived

  • 1-10
  1. The fighting and the drinking... let it go.  It wasn't about me
  2. Hearing my grandfather be angry with my mother
  3. our little puppy Lulu - 
  4. Losing my grandfather and being mad that I was with my grandmother


  • 11-20
  1. Being fearful all the time of everything
  2. some pretty stupid choices
  3. ending my young marriage before it ever had a chance
  4. hurting someone


  • 21-30
  1. giving up my baby
  2. not being a better mother
  3. not having anyone to lead me to get some mental health help
  4. rushing through life too fast


  • 31-40
  1. I was such a easy target for a predator - and still, I am responsible
  2. needed to be truer to my kids and self first.
  3. to understand that I did not need a man in my life
  4. to be a mom first over everything - to keep them all First - always.
  • 41-50
  1. I woke up.. I was in my forties and could not get the young years back..
  2. I should have stepped away from what I did not need.  The only thing I needed was my kids
  3. to repair past hurts and bring forth all honesty
  4. to try to let things go... to stop the regret.  To learn from then... but focus on now
So there... I've started!

Tonight, I will copy exactly what I typed here into my new Bullet Forgiveness journal.

I will add the next week's pages with more writing on each of the above entries.  

Next week, I will share a few with you and then post my next Bullet entries.


The purpose of this, for me is to recognize facts, separate perceptions, understand who I am today as opposed to who I was so long ago.

To forgive the mistakes I made, and there were so many.

To learn to appreciate what I have learned along the way.. and who I am because of yesterday.

To be free from the soul clutter and release it all.  All of it.

I am in No way qualified to advise you or anyone if you are on a journey of self-forgiveness or just plain forgiveness.   I'm sharing this part of my journey.   If you find some inspiration from it... that is wonderful and I am so happy.  Listen to your heart and soul.  That will lead you to self forgiveness.  We are all truly exceptional beings and have so much to offer... sometimes we just need a large shovel to get the junk out of our heads.

Here is a photo of the new journal page
I am starting....



Thanks for stopping by.  I'm going to get these entries copied so I start start the next part... examining each one.  

Part Two to this series will be posted next Wednesday.

Here's some inspiration to share...