Wednesday, December 30, 2015

What's Going On

Here's what's going on -

Our 21 year old son was shot at Sunday.  He works as a bartender two days a week at a local pub while in college for engineering.  He and a friend who works there as a waitress opened the door and walked outside because they heard a woman screaming.  She was being robbed in the parking lot at 2:00 p.m..

Someone yelled at the robber to stop - our son is not sure if it was him or not.  The robber walked away from the woman and looked right into our son's eyes and fired two shots.  He missed our son but hit his friend in the legs.  She's ok but won't walk for quite a while.  She was only able to get the most basic medical attention because she doesn't have insurance.  They sent her home with one of the bullets still in her leg.

We had a long talk with the policeman who came to our house.  He's against guns. He's against people being shot.  He's against people being shot by cops.

 He said the stupid argument in favor of guns "if someone there had a gun they could shoot the robber, etc"., is ridiculous and only ever results in more of a mess. This was the third random (as in the people don't know each other) shooting of his shift.

He told us that the open carry law that will go into effect January 1st in Texas will probably be repealed in about 3 years after many shootings and lawsuits but, in the mean time, he expects the police will be 'picking up body parts'.

The policeman had a lot more to say and I don't know what else to say...







Sunday, December 20, 2015

It's All In The Details


Cards and letters from family and friends


We three kings of Orient are...


A tree for the kids and a Christmas village (at their height)


Beautiful old bulbs all lit up in a trifle bowl


A vintage Christmas curtain hides the TV


Presents wrapped and ready


Two thrift shop wise men waitin' on a friend


Santa's coming to town!
xoxoMary



Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Boho Chic Kitchens

Some of my favorite non-traditional kitchen decor ideas - all from Pinterest...








Color outside of the lines!
xoxoMary


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Holiday Decorating Inspiration

It's time for holiday decorating!  I'm really feeling the need for lots of light on these gloomy days when it gets dark so early.  My inspiration pictures from Pinterest -








Candles and pine cones are the theme...

Love and light!
xoMary

Friday, November 27, 2015

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Handmade Style Christmas Ornaments at Target

I saw these super-cute crafty style Christmas ornaments at Target.


There are tons to choose from at really good prices.


Which makes me happy and sad.


I'm happy I could go get some nice new Christmas things...


But I'm a bit sad that handmade style has been co-opted and massed produced.


It would take a real person quite a while to make one of these little felt tree ornaments.


They're $3. each at Target.


So, would I sit here sewing for hours?


Or go for the made in China version?


I guess my solution will be somewhere in the middle.


I'll probably buy a few new cute things.


And I'll also spend hours sewing...


Even though some of the ornaments are really cute, I think handmade is still the way to go...

Merry making!
xoxoMary

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Bright Colors on a Dark Day

It's dark and grey here in Houston this morning.  We're all feeling pretty dark and grey.  Here's an antidote to all that darkness...


This house tour is not a solution for world peace but it will cheer you right up.

Love and Light
xoMary

Monday, November 9, 2015

The Trouble is You Think You Have Time

I was watching the TV show "American Pickers" last night and I've been thinking about STUFF.

American Pickers

I like the two guys on the show and they really find some amazing stuff.  It's frustrating watching sometimes because they go for all the 'man' stuff and I can see where I'd be looking - at the more interesting 'woman' stuff!

american pickers

What strikes me most about the show though is that the collection owners are almost all older men who mainly don't want to part with their treasures.  Lots of times they'll hold out for a higher price, things just aren't for sale, etc..  

What are you thinking there guys?

american pickers

You can't take it with you.

I've been to enough estate sales to know this and you have too.

Let it go.


I'm thinking about my own 'stuff' and how I need to be careful all the time to edit and not collect.

I don't want to live in a bare house but I don't want my children to have to deal with a bunch of junk either...


I'm constantly trying to clean, organize and keep only what we need or love...


Watching the show last night I was looking around the whole time at what needs to go.


The view from my couch, including dog and baby gear.  

the life changing magic of tidying up

This is my decluttering bible.  Except for the part about the folding clothes.  I just can't get the folding...

Time to get busy!
xoxoMary



Thursday, November 5, 2015

Jung Typology Test

jung typology test

This personality test is easy and fun.  Kind of like the Cosmo Quiz of psychology (do they still have those, I wonder?)  You answer 64 questions and find out which of the 16 personality types you are.  


I'm an INFJ which is the most rare of the personality types and the ones who feel like they never fit in anywhere.  Good to know.

You can also find famous people who are your personality type...



I was feeling pretty good about fellow INFJs Noam Chomsky and Mahatma Gandhi but then it went downhill...



Hitler and Osama?  Geez...


But then I was redeemed by Michelle Pfeiffer,


Ross from Friends,


and George, my favorite Beatle!

If you want to find out more about the test and spoil the fun, you can read more about it here.


xoxoMary, INFJ