Welcome to my little corner of blogland! This is the only sane spot I can come in my crazy life! :) Here I share my sometimes funny sometimes NOT-day to day insanity I call my life, along with my sweet wooly hubby & all our boys :)

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; there is where they should be.
Now put foundations under them.

Henry David Thoreau

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Multiple updates...in pictures

These two started school!  Left is Hawger age 12 now in 7th grade. Right is Lovey age 18 in 12th grade.
Oh that big yellow monster coming to steal my chicks from my nest :(  I am not one of those mom's that celebrate the end of summer vacation..
This guy is playing his first year of football!
And he got taller than me, seemingly overnight. 

We got a new furbaby!  Her name is Callie.  She can't take the place of our former calico Meow, but she's made her own place.  We love her!
Yes even 14 lb fat cat Zelda loves her lol.  She however does not like our dog Finn, but they are at a place of mediocre tolerance for each other.

This guy got a haircut!  I let HIM choose when and if he got one.  I will admit to being relieved he came around finally lol

Then he had his very first day of PRESCHOOL!  (Headstart)  Miraculously enough (yes, minor miracle for sure) nary a tear was shed on this first day :)
Oh the heart hurt I have, when they are little, for that fleeting time mom is their everything. She's the sun, the moon, she's safety and comfort and warmth.  She knows it all, fixes all, she *is* all. But when their horizon's start to expand it's a snowballing effect of separation.  And now more than ever, with one out of my nest (I miss you every day Soldier Son Cody), I know how short these years are.  When Hawger was getting ready to go to school the first time, I was so panicked.  I fell into a moderate depression for the few months after he started.  This time the hurt is not less sharp.  But maybe with age and experience I've gained some perspective.  In the 8 yrs or so since Hawger started, Lovey was deathly ill.  I mean like near death.  Cody left home, the army is an unforgiving mistress and won't let him visit often. He came > < this close to being sent to Afghanistan.  When faced with those sort of massive potential separations... how can I worry so much when my little boy is only 2 blocks away. I can almost see the school from my backyard. I can be there in 60 seconds if need be. And yes, even though I have the knowledge that these school years pass by in the blink of an eye, I also know that no matter how old we get, mom is home.  And I hope that I can loosen and  cut those apron strings, but maintain the heartstrings with all my boys. <3

xoxo melzie

Sunday, July 20, 2014

I miss blogging :(

 Why don't I blog anymore? I love going back and re-reading the posts from years ago.  I think it's partially a heightened awareness of what goes on the internet STAYS on the internet, and just a convenience issue, facebook is so much more immediate.  It's been since last Sept. since I blogged. I can't remember what has gone on since then.  We had a great Christmas..This year is flying by.  Only about 4 more weeks til school starts back.  My little man is going to headstart (preschool) this fall. I am devastated. I like all my kids HOME with me.  I don't want him to go.  He's been accepted to both headstart AND pre-k but that is too much. For him, for me.  He'll thrive I think in headstart. He's been a stay at home kid for 4.5 yrs, but he's a socialite :) he loves to play with kids.  He's become a LOT more socially aware this past few months, so I think he'll do fine.  He has something called Sensory Processing Disorder, and probable ADHD, and possible Non Verbal Learning Disorder.  This ALL causes him to basically be a wiggle worm.  That will be the hardest part for him.  Oh he's also very red dye sensitive, so that will be a thing. 

I have been dreading this new chapter in life.  Almost all my boys are about 5+ yrs apart, because when they go to school and I have an empty nest, I start thinking of just one more baby lol. But my 40th birthday is in a bit, hubby has had his 50th birthday last year, time to let those baby bearing years go.  Sad to see them end, not that I want another baby, but that empty nest will be so quiet during the day.

I am hopeful that thru much prayer I will find the direction I am meant to go in now, whether it be stay at home wife/mother, going to work, or going to school.  My oldest still at home just turned 18 last month, he's going to be a senior.  My middle son at home is going into Jr. High this fall.  So many milestones, life is flying by me and I am trying to put on the brakes and slow it down.  As Dr. Phil says "how's that workin for ya?"  Not so well :)
Little Man age 4.5

My favorite picture currently :) 

My son is on the far right, this is his 6th grade graduation.  Starting Jr. High this fall, football, growing up!
My 18 yr old Lovey :)  He's so handsome, going into his senior year.
Thanks for reading :)
xoxo melzie

Friday, September 27, 2013


Do you know how difficult it is to finish sewing down my binding with this one "helping"? 

Zelda is happy for the nap spot! 

Can't you keep that up and down action still! trying to nap here!

TA-DA!  My first free motion quilting is complete!  This is a lap/couch quilt for my sweet momma =)

bright back lol

her hidden message, I haven't talked to her in several days I wonder if she found it yet!

so QUILTY I can't believe I really did it =D

finished up my sewing maching cover too!
Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday and Whoop! Whooping! With Confessions of a Fabric Addict   =)  Can't wait to see what everyone else has been up to!

xoxo melzie

Thursday, September 19, 2013

HAPPY (Remains To Be Seen) Birthday to ME

My furbaby is sick.  I mean SICK sick.  I am waiting for the vet's office to open so I can bring him in.  I hope the vet can work some wonders and he'll be himself asap.  So my birthday started out at 4am cleaning up his messes and running hubby to work at 4:30am so I can keep the van today.  Yawn. 
This is him on a good day.

This was the first day he was sick, but he didn't seem TOO sick, was still a little playful and eating a drinking.  But overnight last night he got majorly sick :(  say a prayer for him if you will..
I got a box in the mail! 

These are goodies from my sweet friend Edie =)  An apron with owls and matching potholders!  How sweet it is!

She is so stinking creative!  I keep trying to convince her to blog, she crochets, crafts, homeschools, quilts, has a mini farm, she's the perfect well rounded blogger in my opinion ;)  Thank you Edie!

And this is from my sweet friend Kelly!  She always finds the most unique owl stuff for me!  Thank you Kelly!
My friend Tammy took me out to eat at our fave place, Pasta House, Monday night.  My friends spoil me rotten =) 

I got a nice big honkin ZIT for my birthday, right on my nose.  Therefore I have come to the conclusion that I am simply turning 13 for the 3rd time.  Third time's the charm for puberty right?! 

Also the full moon is on my birthday =)  I'm a bona fide lunatic this year!

Well hopefully I'll be back very quickly with an update on my Finn.

xoxo, melzie

Well my sweet Finn is going to be ok, he has a bad stomach infection, probably from eating something dead the vet said. He got a shot, a pill, some oral meds and some pills to take for 8 days. Bland diet for a couple days and he said he should be good to go. My bank account, not so good to go lol, happy birthday to me but it is worth it to make sure our little doggie is healthy and back to his rowdy self. thanks all for the well wishes and prayers for him.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


I looked and pinned so many sewing machine cover tutorials, but I am not very good at all at understanding directions.  So I just decided to wing it :)  All I need to do is hem it or put a binding edge or something on it.  I am shocked and amazed it actually looks halfway decent! 

We took in a stray kitten this week, the kids named her Zelda.  She sure is sweet!  You'd never know she was mostly feral lol she's lovin the cushy life :)

Although I am starting to suspect that SHE is in actuality a HE ;)  Pretty markings!

Linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Have a great week :)
xoxo melzie

Wednesday, September 04, 2013


I shared this quilt a few weeks ago, then put it aside to finish up the baby rag quilt.  I am *almost* done with this lap quilt for my mom =)  Just have a row and a half to finish free motion quilting, then on to binding.  I haven't had a finish in a while (not counting the baby quilt lol)

Don't look at the wonky quilting lines, I had a hard time making a decision on how to quilt it!  Finally decided to try my hand at my first free motion quilting (outside of mug rugs lol)

My pincushion I got at a local quilt show a long time ago.  He loses his buttons fairly regularly lol.
The Simple Life fat quarters I won from Freshly Squeezed Fabrics a while back
So now I have a question for YOU!  For my next project I am wanting to make a sewing machine cover out of the fabrics I won from my sweet friend Randi shown above.  I really need it to cover the whole thing, not just front.  Anyone know of a really simple easy tutorial online?  Thanks in advance =)

Linking up to WIP Wednesday, link is in my sidebar!
Have a great week!
xoxo melzie

Monday, September 02, 2013

Outtakes lol

All 5 of my boys were here at one point this week.  My Stepson is 26, Soldier Son is 19, Lovey is 17, Hawger is 11 and Wildchild is 3.  I tried to get a nice pic of them...here are the results =)

Outtake 1 much enthusiasm from some, less from others, goofy dancing from 1
Outtake 2 what's over the fence??  A hugely fat dog.  Funny story, one day Wildchild said what dog is barking, I said our neighbor's dog Shorty, he said show me, so I lifted him up to see, he said that's not a dog that's a pig.  HAHA I'll have to get a pic of the neighbors dog-pig.  Not to be confused with another neighbors 300 lb housepet literal pig. I have a pic of that somewhere too =)

Outtake 3, Stepson making them laugh with his droll humor, other than Wildchild who is pretty much ready to go play again lol

ok!  I'll take this one, all looking at me, all mostly smiling or at least a smirk lol
I love these boys!  This is a picture of my heart walking around outside my body right here!

Annnnnd......the shenanigans begin again lol!
Happy Labor Day!
xoxo melzie