Monday, September 6, 2010

Ready for Fall?

Are you ready for fall? You know I am. The heat of this summer has about wiped me out and I'm SO ready for the cool, crispness of the Autumn days and nights. I thought last week we were finally going to stay in the Fall weather permanently, but alas, it was not to be. We've had record heat the past few days and I'm running my air-conditioning like there's no tomorrow!! I'm even running it at night. It's just not cooling down enough for me to sleep well.

I'm definitely going to start decorating for Fall, though. I love all my Fall decorations. They just make me so happy. I added to them the other day after a trip to Big Lots. Do you know, I had never been in that store? I kept hearing about it from one person and then another and decided it was about time I made a trip in there! I found the most gorgeous cloth tablecloth. It has beautiful leaves all over it and that's going to be the first thing I put out. The price was just amazing and I was very happy to find something so gorgeous for such little money.

I actually went into Big Lots because of my MIL. She is constantly pulling the mini-blind up and down in her room. I mean, constantly. I am not exaggerating about this, people. She has that thing hanging by a very thin thread. Now, this is rather upsetting to me because that mini-blind was specially made for our house and it matches our carpet perfectly. To get another one like it would be impossible. In any case, we all asked her very nicely to leave the mini blind alone. She refused. Finally, I told her that if she broke the blind, I couldn't afford to replace it and she would be without a blind. Oh, my. She got furious about this. I said to her, "Why can't I ask you nicely not to do something and you just say, 'okay'?" Not happening, people, not happening. I can't tell you how frustrating this is for me. I was in tears (privately, of course; she would feed off the tears) because I don't understand why she wouldn't just leave it alone. I said to her, "I ask very little of you and you can't do this for me?" She said, "Yes, you don't ask much of me at all." However, she just wasn't going to do this. So, I was talking to my sister (you know, the wise one!) and she suggested that I get one of those roll up shades that you usually see outside and you pull them up by a string. I thought that was a wonderful idea and went to Big Lots with that purpose in mind. Do you know, they had ONE shade left and it was the right size? Isn't God amazing to care so much, He even had the right shade for me. I'm going to put this new shade up and try and salvage my old one. It only cost me $9.00, so if she ruins it, it won't cost me an arm and a leg and I can replace it with a new roll up shade again for little money. I don't know - I just find this so frustrating to have a person in my house that refuses to work with me at all on anything. I try and accomodate her every whim - feed her the foods she loves - we even purchased the Western channel just for her - and still it's not enough. I'm just at my wits end - am I wrong here?

I want so much to be the light of Jesus in my home.  It's SO hard, though, when you have someone who literally despises what you believe.  The Lord is really growing and stretching me through this whole experience and I just want to come out of it closer to Jesus and soft hearted.  Please pray that things will improve for us. 

On a brighter note, I'm getting my house more and more the way I want it. I have gotten rid of so much stuff and am working on my cleaning schedule like never before. I just love it and it makes things so much easier and nicer. I'm just pleased as all get out about how things are looking in my home.

My sons are doing well in college. They have so much work to do all the time, but they have been consistent about it. They are taking one class together so they have each other to study with and that's been great for them. It's just hard for me to believe my sons are old enough to be in college now. Where did the time go?

I hope you have a wonderful Labor's Day. We are going to stay in tomorrow and I will probably get out the Fall decorations. I'm also going to try and meet a friend for coffee, which is always fun. I'm also hoping to get some painting done. I haven't painted for almost 3 weeks and I miss it so much!

Have a great day!

God bless you - Julie


  1. Julie,
    My mom is just like her and my mom had a massive stroke and has not been able to talk for 10 years. But do you know she can still rant in this garbly loud voice and point to what she wants done and boy does she ever. I love my mom so much but I'll tell you she will take your patience to the end of the earth. You had the best idea. Get another blind and when she is no longer at your place you can put the one that matches back up. That's the only way to go. Smart girl! You do know we'll never be good enough or right about any thing. Good thing we love them. :)

  2. I've only been here a few times, but I enjoy visiting so much that I've bookmarked it.

    Has your mother-in-law always been this way? Could she have early Alzheimer's?

  3. Oops. Forgot to tell you how much I love your wallpaper on the sidebars. Wonderful!


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