a NEW photo of my week and a short Sunday sermon


Happy Sunday!  I wanted to wait until closer to the 4th of July to post this red, white and blue photo, but…well, I just couldn’t wait. :o)

And…here’s a great quote and message for today’s short Sunday sermon by President Thomas S. Monson:

“In the search for our best selves, several questions will guide our thinking: Am I what I want to be? Am I closer to the Savior today than I was yesterday? Will I be closer yet tomorrow? Do I have the courage to change for the better?”

All good questions to ask ourselves regularly.

Have a great day. Learn or do something NEW!



lovin’ my NEW kitchen


I thought I’d finally post the before and after pics from our kitchen remodel.  I’m LOVING my NEW kitchen!  The family didn’t really appreciate how long it took {we think our contractor could have scheduled the subs a bit more efficiently}…but it’s FINALLY done, and we are really enjoying it!  Before we started this project, I thought and thought how I might change the kitchen’s layout; but nothing practical presented itself.  We didn’t want to mess with the flooring, because it was just fine –  so we just got NEW cabinet faces and countertops and we called it good!  Here are a few details:


I  love, loVE, LOVE my NEW knife drawer!


A bunch of miscellaneous utensils/tools that used to be stored in a drawer are now stored vertically in a pull-out shelf.  Much more efficient!


The VERY tiny cupboards to the right of my stove used to be pretty useless!  Now I have NEW pull-out spice cupboards.


I’ve always used these dish pans to store my plastic-ware in; but having them on these pull-out shelves has been REALLY nice.  My plastic-ware seems to stay organized longer now, for some reason!


I like having my soap on a plate!  Before, it seemed to always leave a yucky ring on my countertop.  (But my countertop used to be white, so now maybe I wouldn’t see the yucky ring on the black…but, I still like the plate).


And lastly, I like my NEW over-the-sink light fixture and NEW curtains!  I scored when my friend said she had two extra fixtures from her remodel. (I’d looked around and hadn’t found one I liked…so I was THRILLED when she said I could buy one from her).

And, of course, one project leads to another!  We got a NEW back door in the dining room and a few NEW décor items.  We still have more projects to finish…so I’ll post on that progress later.


So what’s NEW with YOU!?!?  Hope you have a great day!

Linking to:

Sew Many Ways

NEW tree decor

It seems that for the last 99 years (or at least 9) I’ve been saying “Next year I’m getting NEW tree ornaments”!  Seriously!  Each year the Christmas season seemed to come and go too quickly and it never happened.  Yet, this year it happened!  I’m soooo thrilled! Yeah! NEW tree and ornaments!  Woohoo!  Merry Christmas!