And Then I Touched It.

Sometimes I wish our house was finished, just so we could live in it you know? But it’s not! However, we did get all of the windows in, storm windows taken off, and the new windows caulked–which I even learned to do. I also assisted in taking off some of the storm windows…and successfully broke one of the huge ones. Glass. Everywhere. Yay, me!

Here is what our house looks like without all the nasty storm windows:

Our house from the front of the property!

Our house on a prettier day!

Yay! Every time we drive by it I say hello and smile because it just looks so much better!

Sunday came around last week and My Honeypie was all like, “What do you want to do?” and normally we take turns picking/arguing about whose turn it is to pick. Except for this day I said, “Let’s go take a walk at our house!” So we did. and found this:

Rwaaaar! It's a cow skull. At least that's what he told me...

Yes, I am that gross and I touched it. Then I licked my hands. EW, no, I washed them. Duh.

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Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is this week! Hooray! In preparation of such, I wish to share a poem:

Prayer of Gratitude

Please help me to remember:
Things are better than they seem,
For while I may be lacking faith,
I’m very blessed indeed.

At times I forget
How fortunate I am,
That I have all the little things
Other people lack.

Ears that can hear,
Eyes that can see,
A body that moves,
A voice that can sing.

A home full of love,
A heart full of peace,
A soul that is free to
Love as it’s pleased.

A big, wide, beautiful world
Where we can run and play.
An ever transforming masterpiece
As the seasons change.

And today I’d like to thank You
For everything You’ve done.
For giving us the greatest gift;
For giving us Your Son.

I wish to share my love
For your generosity,
So I’ll be thankful every day
For all the little things.

Now. Little things I’m thankful for
*not necessarily in order of importance*
for every day of November:

  1. My Honeypie and BBFE (best friend for eternity).
  2. My baby (still in the making).
  3. My families.
  4. My job.
  5. My Honeypie’s job.
  6. Food.
  7. Cooking skills.
  8. The gospel
  9. Missouri. OMGOSH YES I JUST SAID THAT.
  10. Smiles.
  11. Hugs. On occasion. You know how it is.
  12. This apple that I’m eating right now.
  13. Talents.
  14. Freedom.
  15. People who fight for our freedom.
  16. Kind words.
  17. Thoughtfulness.
  18. Oh, freak, how about having a place to live?
  19. Our house.
  20. Temples.
  21. The atonement.
  22. The milky way! Yes, the candy bar too.
  23. Guns. Yeah, I’m thankful for those.
  24. Technology.
  25. Animals. Because they are nice to look at. and because they taste good. (TURKEY!)
  26. Modern day revelation.
  27. Good mental health.
  28. Common sense.
  29. Seasons. and seasoning.
  30. My bed. Duh.

What are you thankful for?

Piano Preview!

I cannot help myself. Remember how I got this piano for free? Well, I stripped and sanded it (repeat like, 5 times) and then I painted it blue. I love it! But it also means you can see all of the little imperfections in my stripping/sanding job. So I decided to add some little details. It’s going to take awhile to be finished and I just can’t wait to share so…here we are.

Roses! Did you know that the rose is the national flower of the United States? Who knew?!

Yes, I am hand painting them. I couldn’t find a stencil that I liked or one that was big enough and I didn’t feel like trying to make five different ones. Basically, I just printed some roses off the inter web and traced them onto the piano. It’s working out thus far. Those four roses only took me a good two and a half hours…yeah. It’s going to be awhile…but I am so excited!

I Found It!

Where the Sidewalk Ends

I took this picture with y phone on our trip to Utah. Looking through my photos on my phone the other day I remember why I took it–Where the Sidewalk Ends.

Most favorite poem by Shel Silverstein:

The Unicorn
from the book “Where the Sidewalk Ends” (1974)

A long time ago, when the earth was green
and there was more kinds of animals than you’ve ever seen,
and they run around free while the world was bein’ born,
and the lovliest of all was the Unicorn.

There was green alligators and long-neck geese.
There was humpy bumpy camels and chimpanzees.
There was catsandratsandelephants, but sure as you’re born
the lovliest of all was the Unicorn.

But the Lord seen some sinnin’, and it caused him pain.
He says, “Stand back, I’m gonna make it rain.”
He says, “Hey Brother Noah, I’ll tell ya whatcha do.
Go and build me a floatin’ zoo.

And you take two alligators and a couple of geese,
two humpy bumpy camels and two chimpanzees.
Take two catsandratsandelephants, but sure as you’re born,
Noah, don’t you forget my Unicorn.”

Now Noah was there, he answered the callin’
and he finished up the ark just as the rain was fallin’.
He marched in the animals two by two,
and he called out as they went through,

“Hey Lord, I got your two alligators and your couple of geese,
your humpy bumpy camels and your chimpanzees.
Got your catsandratsandelephants – but Lord, I’m so forlorn
’cause I just don’t see no Unicorn.”

Ol’ Noah looked out through the drivin’ rain
but the Unicorns were hidin’, playin’ silly games.
They were kickin’ and splashin’ in the misty morn,
oh them silly Unicorn.

The the goat started goatin’, and the snake started snakin’,
the elephant started elephantin’, and the boat started shaking’.
The mouse started squeakin’, and the lion started roarin’,
and everyone’s abourd but the Unicorn.

I mean the green alligators and the long-neck geese,
the humpy bumpy camels and the chimpanzees.
Noah cried, “Close the door ’cause the rain is pourin’ –
and we just can’t wait for them Unicorn.”

Then the ark started movin’, and it drifted with the tide,
and the Unicorns looked up from the rock and cried.
And the water come up and sort of floated them away –
that’s why you’ve never seen a Unicorn to this day.

You’ll see a lot of alligators and a whole mess of geese.
You’ll see humpy bumpy camels and lots of chimpanzees.
You’ll see catsandratsandelephants, but sure as you’re born
you’re never gonna see no Unicorn. 

So sad! 🙂

If All the Raindrops

…were lemon drops and gum drops oh, what a rain that would be!

I’ve been whistling that song all day today and I don’t know why…and that’s the only part I could remember. So I looked up they lyrics. Who knew there was more than one verse?!

If all the raindrops were lemondrops and gumdrops
Oh, what a rain that would be.
Standing outside with my mouth open wide,

Ah ah-ah Ah ah-ah Ah ah-ah

If all the raindrops were lemondrops and gumdrops
Oh, what a rain that would be.

If all the snowflakes were candy bars and milkshakes
Oh, what a snow that would be.
Standing outside with my mouth open wide,

Ah ah-ah Ah ah-ah Ah ah-ah

If all the snowflakes were candy bars and milkshakes
Oh, what a snow that would be.

If all the sunbeams were bubble gum and ice cream
Oh, what a sun that would be.
Standing outside with my mouth open wide.

Ah ah-ah Ah ah-ah Ah ah-ah

If all the sunbeams were bubble gum and ice cream
Oh, what a sun that would be.

Sigh. I just love that song. Weird, right?

Anyway, I made some of these that I am going to print once we have our house finished.

Raindrops:

I might make a color form of this. Probably yes.

Snowflakes:

This one I made mostly so I can print it off for Christmas and have a little winter somethin' something in our basement.

I’ll probably have to make a black and white one so it can be all matchy-matchy with the others.

Be warned: I got a little Picnik crazy on the next verse.

Sun beams:

Yellow, Orange, and Red!

Blue and Yellow!

Pink and Blue and Yellow!

Sometimes I have a little too much time on my hands.


Love and Prophecy Pancakes

…yes. About that. Yesterday My Honeypie and I made pan-ke-kes (pancakes) for breakfast. I was so excited because I thought they tasted *so g00d*. So when we were at my sister’s house for dinner with my family I told them excitedly, “guesswhatweateforbreakfast?!LEMONPOPPYSEEDPANCAKES!!”

My mom looked at me like this >< and basically thought I said, “Love and prophecy pancakes” Hence the name was born: Love and Prophecy Pancakes=lemon poppy seed pancakes. (I hope I got the story mostly right. I know I was there for the whole thing, but I can’t remember stuff sometimes. I blame it on BBC eating my brain fat.)

One day I found this recipe for whole wheat pancakes and I was like, “Whole wheat…gross.” I printed it off anyway just in case I felt like being super healthy or something. So far I haven’t. Anyway, I used that recipe as a guide to make Love and Prophecy pancakes.

Here is what I ended up with:

2 cups all-purpose flour
4 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp sugar
1 1/2 cups milk
2 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
2 tbs of lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp poppy seed

Mix everything up in the order above. Then add water if you want to reach desired thin-ness. I think I ended up adding a third cup of water. I didn’t measure that though…sorry!Then cook them like you cook normal pancakes.

We ate them with strawberries, whipped cream, and strawberry syrup. So good!

picture: not so good. don't let it fool you!!

To the Window!

Dear Dad,
If you want to help with the windows, then you’d better get home fast! Apparently they are really easy to do. Actually, either way I think the big windows will still be around.
🙂
Love,
Alisha

After My Honeypie finished the drainage last night, he installed our first new window! Actually, our first three new windows!

from the inside

from the outside!

Ah!

Ahh!

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

We so need to paint.

I didn’t get a picture of the third window. Twas too dark! but we replaced the window to the right of the door.

I wasn’t around for the demo when Window World came, so I asked My Honeypie to show me all the cool ish our window does:

It pulls down! I don't have to take out the screen or go outside to clean it!!

It comes completely out!

It goes back in and the top comes down!

The top pulls down too!

After the demonstration My Honeypie went to install a couple more.

To the Windoww!

No, he did not pee on himself. He just got water all over himself from the spout outside.

That’s pretty much it, but I am so in love with them!

Yay for Window World! and my hardcore Honeypie.