Monday, October 17, 2011

Make Do {and Make Lovely} Monday

This weekend I conquered my fears and made jelly.  And it is DELISH.  Just saying. I will never buy store bought jelly again if I can help it. One of my besties came over and walked me through it, and I could not have done it without her, or my mother who was our Helpline. I made two kinds, both are recipes for the book and you cannot imagine the relief when they turned out so yummy.  Seriously yummy.

The Realtor came last week and brought pretty good news. We have a little work to do but not as much as I feared and the price range for what we she felt like we could list the house for was in line with what we were hoping. So now, we go to the bank. And I so curious as to what they will say.  Our credit is an interesting history, and while I have finally paid off all my business debt (yay!!!)  I am not sure how of  much of the damage I caused to my credit score has been healed yet, but I guess tomorrow we will find out.  

Today I am trying to remember to take all of these things- the book, the house, the farm, my weight (did I mention that I have gained 20lbs since starting the book? ) one day at a time. I cannot control what the bank will say, what my editor will say, if my house will sell, if anyone will buy my book. I cannot lose all 20lbs tomorrow.  But I can go for walks on my lunch break, and I can work hard and write honestly. I can hug my kids, and kiss my Sweet Man and hang my laundry to dry on the line. And  I can wear bright red shoes that make me smile and if I will remember to, I can pray, with every sing red step I take.  And that is a lovely thought.


  1. I'll be keeping you in my thoughts! Good luck with the bank!

  2. I will be praying for you. Especialy that you will have peace as you wait. I still sit in my cute famehouse and just grin at what God has done. He will give you what He want for you and I know you will like it!

  3. I am a new reader...enjoying your blog...wanted to say hello...and no I don't think you will ever go back to buying jelly...then there is jam oh yum. I am a canner and make jams every year to get us through the Fall/Winter till I can jam is a wonderful experience...anyhoo. hang in there with all the house, book and weight stuff...many prayers your way...Mica/The Child's Paper

  4. I've been thinking about you and your next adventure and feeling so excited for you through these next steps. It is nerve wracking too for sure! I can't wait to see what's next for you.

  5. I love those red crocs :)

    I have gained 40lbs in the past 10 months. This is *after* I had a baby. But I know it took that long to gain it so I won't expect it to come off in a day.

    Happy Monday to you.

  6. just stopped by through life made lovely and so glad i did! good job on the jelly, love the shoes - yay for a book! :)

  7. LOVE the shoes, I have a pair too and everyone makes fun of them, but they make me smile.

    Hope you had great luck with the bank!

  8. www.kerrimacdonald.typepad.com3:33 PM

    wishing you well on your journey... and always remember... happiness is a way of travel... not a destination.


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