My Wonderful Husband

Hi! It's me, Lauren... do you remember me? Well, its been so long since I've blogged... WAIT! No it hasn't, it's just that I wanna do a new post as soon as I post... it's all new and exciting for me, and I like blogging. And it's fun to hear my husband say things like, "If I knew how to follow blogs and had time to, I'd follow you." or "I like to see you doing things you like. After napping, why don't you scrapbook?" Folks, I'm NOT kidding. This is my sweet husband and I a few days after we got home from the most wonderful place for a honeymoon (Newport, Rhode Island):

He likes to see me doing things I like, and doing them with me, and letting me brag on him about anything (even face-masking).

He buys me wonderful things. Like this gorgeous coat he purchased on our honeymoon while he was out for a run and I was "napping" (only I really sneaked a call into my wonderful Mom... see I missed her!)
He buys me garlic dill pickles. This may seem like a small and odd thing, but, see, you must really know me to understand this one. Garlic is simlpy divine... it's worth putting in everything and I actually do put it in more things than normal people do... and dill pickles, O WOW... when we go to delis and they serve a dill pickle with your sandwich, ya know, well I like it better than the sandwich. Levi actually laughs at my expression as I eat them. I mean I really like these things... so I was thrilled. He buys me bubble bath and meets me at the door when I get home from work all ready with candles and wine and my scrapbooking magazine. He also bought me yummy Creme Brulee two nights in a ROW, which I love...

He lets me be who I am, no matter if thats crazy...

or fancy and dressy...
He even wears pink for me!

And best of all, He committed to being my mate, supporter, leader, and lover for life.

But I know to many of you this is just newly-married ramblings that are "gross". So moving on... we moved in the new cabinet but I havn't gotten a photo, I promise it'll come. I also havn't gotten a photo of our house... but I do have this which is taken outside the kitchen window. It gives the tones of an old house.

I'm also realizing we have 10 days until we leave for Haiti. Ask me a question about it and I'll say yes. So many people have asked, "Are you nervous?" "Are you excited?" "Are you scared?" And I just reply with yes beacause I feel it all. This is my hubby's 4th return, but it's all new to me. I'm thankful he'll be there with me. So you can pray for our team that's going... (thanks).

Today my aunt Judy took me to a place in Kettering called Alley-Cat Chic. They do lots of refinishing and fixed-up flee market finds and things. It was so fun... I got a few things like a $1 yellow scrapbook, metal letter organizer I'm going to one-day repaint, red old-fashioned chopper, and fun little finds of the like. Thanks Aunt Judy... you're a great bunch of fun!

This should be it for now... I'm starting to just run-on... ta-ta-for-now! (Pooh-bear is the best cartoon)


Snow, Clutter, and Lists

I was rudely awakened this morning by my terrible phone-alarm clock. It's worse than humans. Humans get the idea after a while, you know when they keep jabbering and you ignore then, usually they get quiet and walk away. But no, not my alarm clock. It kept jabbering every 5 minutes for a HALF HOUR. I didn't even tell it to, it simply did. So I decided to get up and turn it off. That is when I saw them... snow and ice. I don't think those two words belong in a blog post created in (nearly) April. But nature is forcing me. Yes, snow is pretty in December and January, but I want April showers to bring me May flowers. So the scared woman I am... I called in at work and asked permission to stay home and live. So this is where I am. My husband... built me a fire and I forgot to "feed" it. You see, we never had a fire place growing up and and fires were very off limits, so I know nothing of "stoking" them. I do something more along the lines of "killing" them. But I got it up and going and I got meself a white-WOman fire... Yes I can make fires.
There's lots to do around the house today. I need to sweep and mop because I haven't mopped since we moved in almost a week ago. I need to organize dressing room. My sister in law did a wonderful job of getting that organized, now i just need to make sure I know where everything is. I want to get this lovely cabinet in the kitchen and set up with our coffee collection. My brother and husband worked on it a couple nights ago (Thanks to you both.)

(Sorry about the photos of the cabinet... they were taken in a dark barn.) The cabinet was painted antique white, "roughed up" by sanding, and given a coat of antique, yellow tinted varnish to give it an overall antique look. We put big red and bronze knobs on the little drawers (for the top) and doors. For the bigger drawers we put black old-fashioned half-sphere pulls. I'll get a completed version photo uploaded as soon as my hubby says it's ok to put it all together... when the varnish cures. (good excuse to make cards, like "get well" and such...)

That however, is a whole new subject... sigh... this is my craft room/office in current condition. OH! the joys of moving. I just found 2 overdue bills yesterday, which were stashed away in our filling cabinet, with drawers against the wall, behind much other "junk". Besides the mishaps of life... everything is good. Sitting on our comfy couch in our 70s style living room, sipping coffee, blogging, wrapped in a blanket that was thretened to be taken away along with our fire place last night (nice try, Kellie M.).

Now off to stoke the fire that's getting back to normal size and mop and organize and get this place to more of an organized, home-like, living space. (is organized, home-like living space a big oxy-moron?)



Well now, first post! Although, of course, I have no followers yet, I really feel like I'm putting myself out there. Even though I happen to be only 17, I am a little old-school and somewhat anti-tecky. Not only because I don't understand much of it, but also because it can make it "easier" to not connect, at the same time it can help connect by following each others lives on things like blogs and facebook, so I debate with myself regularly about that... it does help that I can agree with nearly anyone on the subject.

For anyone out there who knows me not, "Hello, I am Lauren!"
I'm what they callED a social butterfly, until I met my husband... now I am content being with him. He, however, is truly a social butterfly and some days it really wears me out!
I am a crafter... and I hope to get photos on here of my work soon.
We are in the process of moving to our "new" home (My grandpa grew up here. He bought it and my mother also grew up there) It's a gorgeous large brick farm house with a large barn. The only problem is there are new buildings all around it, so it is no longer a "country" home. On the brighter side, one of the buildings is J.D. Custard, so that brightens my spirits!
My wonderful husband is (as i mentioned) a social butterfly, as well as a big-time dreamer. So me, being a realist, tries to tie him down to life enought to keep him from blowing in the wind, yet give him freedom in life enough to enjoy it. Will I ever find the balance?
I am office manager at a little CNC Manufacturing plant called IntriG of Ohio, Inc, standing for "I Need to Rest in God". Mmmm... should be a daily reminder for me, but I often forget! (Help me, Father)
I really don't like blogs without photos (yes, I say photos, not pix or pictures, I have a good friend-photographer and a brother-photographer ... therefore I am picky)But this first post is done on not my computer so I don't have photos easily-accesible. SORRY! I'll get some of the house on soon as well as decorating or just whatever I feel like!
I have an iPod and my favorite thing about it is shuffle. That's because I love any type of music, save jazz and opera. I have Gaithers, REO Speadwagon, Barlow Girl, VeggieTales, Bill Cosby, Tim McGraw... and other various artist.
I like to ramble and "do" run-on sentences... so thanks for putting up with me!