No Resolutions in 2017!

Don’t get me wrong.

I’m all for bettering oneself in life.

I just don’t plan to set myself up for failure in 2017.

With all the new projects that I’ve got in mind for 2017, I’d rather just do the best I can and ask for grace for the remainder.

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Keeping it real…I really don’t think my house will turn into a Pin-perfect home in 2017.

Ray Williams confirms my reasoning in his Psychology Today post from 2010, “Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail.” He cites John Norcross from the Journal of Clinical Psychology, who says that something like 50% of people make New Year’s resolutions. The resolutions include the usual: dieting, working out, stop smoking, and whatever. According to Williams, Dr. Avya Sharma (of Canadian Obesity Network) says that people set unrealistic goals and expectations. Peter Herman et all coined, “false hope syndrome.”

Here’s why I call myself a “regular gal.” I’m just guessing no one will want to Pin my kitchen! ;-)

So here are my 7 tips on successful New Year’s resolutions: (Based on Mr. William’s article.)

  1. One at a time. Instead of making a whole list of resolutions, maybe we can focus on just one thing.
  2. Make them realistic. We probably won’t each lose 25 pounds in a month.
  3. Baby steps. Okay, so this is my idea. “The ‘Burbs” is one of my favorite flicks! (Wait, oops…that’s on Mr. William’s list for #4!!!)
  4. Make it a year-long goal. Again, you have to be realistic. I don’t know, maybe we could challenge each other to walk at least 30 minutes a week as a good start?
  5. Accountability! Get a friend, spouse, or child to hold you accountable.
  6. One day at a time. If I think of walking 30 minutes a day for the rest of my life, I’m like, “Ughhhhhhhhh.” Again…small changes!
  7. If you’ve read this far, please know that I love you, love you, love you!!! You are truly a loyal Reader. Happy New Year!

Regular Girl, Part Deux: No fancy parties planned for the Robertsons this evening. I’ll probably be in my cozy corner reading a book while hanging out with Lefty, Princess Buttercup, and our two doggies.

Creative Christmas Crafts


Have you finished your Christmas shopping?

I haven’t but am determined to do so within the next three crazy shopping days!

I want to re-post a picture from last year of good, heavy-duty wrapping paper from T.J. Maxx. This year, I went there straightaway to get mine.

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Here are the teacher gifts that I made for Princess Buttercup’s fabulous teachers who work so hard to educate our kids. Mom is a retired teacher, and I gave it about two years before I moved toward a technical writing career. So I know how hard they all work.

I love to upcycle things for gifts, and I got my ideas from here, here,
and here.

Materials:

    • Plyers (if needed)
    • clean tin can
    • scrap paper
    • hot glue gun
    • fabric scraps

Instructions:

      1. Thoroughly clean a used tin.
      2. Use plyers to clamp down on sharp edge(s) of tin so no one can get cut. If necessary, place hot glue over sharp edges or use scrap paper to cover it.
      3. Measure a piece of scrap paper and wrap around tin, using hot glue as you go. (You may be able to use other glue; I haven’t experimented with it, though.)
      4. Add embellishments to cover up scrap paper edges or any flaws. (Here’s where your creativity really comes into place! After creating so many, I ran out of time and energy started simply tying the cans with ribbon.)

Ribbon looks cute, too!

Well, gotta go do mom Christmas prep! I’m going to try to order my cooking ingredients from the Walmart pickup so I’m not wasting time running up and down the aisles looking for stuff. I’ll let you know how it works!

Merry (early) Christmas, dear Readers!

The Wild Christmas Picture Piggy Chase

Dr. Pepper & S’mores with Princess Buttercup

I’m a little old-fashioned about that sending Christmas cards, so Lefty, Princess Buttercup, and I went out to our woods to take our Christmas photos.

I wanted to get some pictures of Princess Buttercup by herself but knew she would balk until I told her that I’d let her put her guinea pigs, Dr. Pepper and S’mores, in the shot.

When PB brought out the piggies, Lefty (my left-brained and left-handed husband) commented, “I don’t think this is a good idea.”
At moment Dr. Pepper jumped from PB’s arms and scampered into the woods.

Horrified (it was really cold outside), I dashed after Dr. Pepper.

“Get him!” she yelled as she clutched S’mores closely.

One thing you should know about our guinea pigs: I don’t like having them because they smell bad and the room designated as play room in our new house is now actually called the guinea pig room. But Princess Buttercup loves them, and I was going to catch Dr. Pepper or die trying.

I wasn’t born on a cattle farm for nothing. I knew how to herd animals. Ok, so maybe not so much except for in theory.

The little rodent ran faster than I could imagine.

He ran one way, and I darted in front of him to block his path through the trees. I dove to the ground. I wasn’t sure I had him because he was under a thick bed of sweet gum leaves.

He jumped, I jumped. He turned right, I turned right. Lefty blocked him to the left, and I dropped to the ground and grabbed another handful of leaves and this time Dr. Pepper as well.

Lefty gave me a small box and I put the wayward piggy inside while Princess Buttercup did the same for S’mores. I took their picture and then we all went inside to warm up.

I had already known better than to put Snuggles and wild, man-dog Spike in the photos. Next time I’ll know: absolutely no critters in our next Christmas card pictures!

What about you? Do you like to send out Christmas cards? Do you wrangle your family into a picture that’s good enough to send to Gramma?

Princess Buttercup hides behind Lefty and me.

Tinsel Trail, the Greene Street Market at Nativity, and Harrison Brothers


Baby, it’s cold outside, but a trip to downtown Huntsville to play with my Nikon was definitely worth getting out in the big freeze.

Yesterday I bundled up and went to take photos of Huntsville’s Tinsel Trail that Huntsville has hosted for the past 6 years. The trail is lined with beautiful Christmas trees decorated by local businesses and organizations in town. The organizers give the decorators specs on how they can decorate. For example, the ornaments and lights all have to be weather proof for the 30 days that they remain outside.

There are about 250 trees out there, or at least that’s how many they expected to host this year, according to their web site.

My favorite tree was the one that had the Grinch stuck halfway inside of the tree. I also really liked the one with the festive tree topper.

Afterwards, I went to the Greene Street Market at Nativity to warm up a bit. The market is located beside the Episcopal Church of the Nativity, which I like to photograph a lot.

The doors to the Episcopal Church of the Nativity.

The market features locally-grown food and gifts that are hand-crafted by artists. They have got so many cute gifts!

The market features locally-grown food and gifts that are hand-crafted by artists. They have got so many cute gifts!

I also visited one of my favorites, Harrison Brothers. It used to be a hardware store located on the courthouse square. Now you can find all sorts of gourmet foods, relishes, and jellies made by local artisans. There are gifts crafted by local and national artists that you just can’t find in a department store. And it’s pretty cool to walk on their old wooden floors that sqeak now and then and to see Mr. Harrison’s desk encased in glass at the back of the store. Every 1st and 3rd Saturday for a few hours, you can go buy architectural goodies in their basement, which is run by volunteers of the Historic Huntsville Foundation.

Window display.

I want these!

I want these, too!

Christmas Cat.

Tomorrow is Open House at Harrison Brothers! It’s the perfect time to go make your footprint on the floors that we only wish could tell their story!

From their web site:
Holiday Open House
Location: Harrison Brothers Hardware, Huntsville AL
Date: Saturday, December 10, 2016
Time: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

“We will be offering free gift wrapping, hot cider, light snacks, and some exciting sales and deals.”

*** BTW, I received nothing for blogging about Harrison Brothers and the Greene Street Market at Nativity. I just love their stores!