As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

What We Did On Our Stay-cation

We sweated.

The first couple of days were hot and very humid, so Ron busied himself with some small projects and I stayed in the house with a few small projects of my own. 

We enjoyed working together on some house-y projects.  

Okay...let's tell the truth here.  We enjoyed working together on some house-y projects the first day. We painted while we chatted about the summer and listened to Selah and sipped Pumpkin Spice Frappuccinos that Kati brought us. Of course, Ron took a tumble off the ladder and scared us half to death, so I guess even that first day wasn't the best.  But the Lord protected him because he didn't break anything and didn't even have any black-and-blue marks as battle scars.  (Although even if he did have black-and-blue marks, John Q. Public would not have seen them because he landed on his -ahem- posterior.)

The second day...meh.  We were tired of painting, and painting the picket fence was more tedious than painting the porch, and tempers were shorter, and we discovered that the paint had yellowed slightly after drying.  It is noticeable if you are even the least bit observant, but people rarely use our front door and the porch looks fine from the road and we are not about to repaint everything we just did.  So if you come to my house and decide to use the front door, just look straight ahead. Or "fuzz" your eyes.

We watched Wives and Daughters.

At the end of each day, we propped our feet up and enjoyed a favorite series via Instant Netflix. Have you ever watched any of the series based on Elizabeth Gaskill's writing? Wives and Daughters, North and South, or (our family's favorite) Cranford

We took a little trip to the beach. 

Except we didn't do the beach. We did the food. All righty then. 

I got my ears pierced.

Yes, I did. For the first time. At age 53.

I told you when I started letting my (natural) gray hair grow in that I was thinking about getting my ears pierced. Why not have a full-fledged makeover, huh?  A photo of adorable Lucy (scroll to the end of her post) with her dangly turquoise earrings was the inspiration I needed! I have worn silver clip-on hoops for years and years, but I'd like to have some pops of color now and then. The young girl who pierced my ears kept saying, "Bless your heart!" Her name was Vanity. Really.

It was easy peasy. The hard part will be wearing these tiny studs for six weeks when I am dying to wear some cute earrings like Lucy's!

We organized.

I did a little organization project at the beginning of the week, but today it's full steam ahead in the house, beautiful day notwithstanding. The house has received very little attention this week and it shows. I want a clean and tidy house when we begin our new school year on Monday!

"Organization is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it's not all mixed up."

I love this quote by A. A. Milne that I came across this morning! It fit perfectly with my plans for the day. Tidy up (that'll take a while...more than 10 minutes!), clean...and make a peach pie.

I'd better get started!  

What are your plans for the day?  And do you enjoy stay-cations?


  1. We rarely do stay-cations because Tim can't not work if he's at home. ALL the things that NEED to get done, don't ya know! ;)

    I am so excited for you about your ear piercing! I am going to look through my earrings left from the store and find some for you! How fun!


  2. He fell off the ladder and you saw it? Accckkk...this is my worst nightmare. How amazing that he was not hurt. Phew!

    Staycation. Really? Sounds more like a Workcation. Glad that you made it as fun as possible, you know, like falling from ladders and having needles stuck through your earlobes. ; >

    I have watched North and South, but can't seem to get into the other two series. By what episode should I get hooked. One of them was so dark and depressing...a young mother and a little boy is how it began.

    What am I doing? Totally goofing off.

  3. Oh Cheryl, what a great staycation!!(other than the ladder instance:)I have always wanted a picket fence, but my hubby who had one growing up remembers painting it and has a STRONG aversion to fences!! Oh well, I have bits of fences with an arbor so that will do!!Pumpkin lattes sound delicious!! i must try soon! also the series you watched looks really good. thank you for sweetly mentioning will love wearing ear rings! I think of it as another form of creative expression.psst..I have only had mine pierced for a couple years..ooops:)Lastly that quote is perfect for today as we continue to pack up my daughter to depart tomorrow. Blessings~L.

  4. This sounds like an eventful stay cation. Especially the first day, oh dear, glad your hubby was OK. It sounds wonderful too! Nice to sit down to a good "watch." You have watched Lark Rise to Candleford haven't you?

    Glad it was such a good time and yea for the pierced ears! How fun!

  5. Wonderful, a staycation. My favorite kind of vacation.
    Glad Ron wasn't hurt in the ladder incident!
    Now that you have gotten one piercing, go back and get 1 or 2 more per ear. I have 3 in each lobe, 'cause I love wearing earrings! 2 studs on each side, and then the big (lightweight) earrings. Love 'em.

  6. Oh, you will like having your ears pierced. I don't wear a lot of jewelry, but I love earrings. So glad to hear your hubby wasn't hurt in that ladder fall! Someone was watching over him!

  7. What a great staycation, and it looks like a lot was accomplished, I love days like that. I can absolutely relate to the painting of the fence, this was one project we did last year, and am hoping it won't have to be done again any time soon. ~smile~.

    I am so glad Ron survived the fall without any breaks, or major problems. I have had a few falls myself, also with minor problems, and have strict orders from dh and my mom, not to be on a ladder unless they are there. lol
    Happy you had your ears pierced , you will enjoy this so much.
    Enjoy your day.

  8. Your Staycation sounds wonderful.Your earings ,how courageous of you .I am so blessed by the simple wonders you continue to post. Surely you are living the divine life,enjoying the sweet family God has entrusted to your care.Blessings, Dawn E. Brown

  9. I don't think my husband is a stay-cation kind of guy. His idea of a relaxing time is to go on a hunting trip;) And you should know from Tom Sawyer that painting picket fences doesn't always end well:) I'm so excited about your pierced ears. I have to say I love to wear earrings and bracelets. I'm not good at wearing necklaces, though. Happy school year to you!

  10. I love staycations because I think they are the most comfortable and least tiring. Yours sounds like all the things I enjoy...projects, food, a good show and a little adventure. You are going to have so much fun with earrings and they are going to look cute with your hair do. My ears are not really discernable under all my hair which is sad in an earring sort of way.

  11. How wonderful that you got your ears pierced! They have such cute earrings to wear. I ought to know because I must have a collection of a couple hundred, LOL!


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