Monday, January 24, 2011


Writer Martha Beck calls unrealistic goals WIGs: Wildly Improbable Goals. In the September 2002 issue of Oprah magazine she says: "... learning to invite and accept your own WIG can awaken you to a kind of ubiquitous, benevolent magic, a river of enchantment that perpetually flows to your destiny

Most of my life it seems I have had WIGS.
wanted to open a children's museum when I was a teenager. I had gone to the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh with my grandmother. I had never seen anything like it and wanted to open one in SC where I lived at the time. I spent hours dreaming of things that could be in the museum. I held on to that dream until I was in college. I don't really remember letting go of that dream per say and I still think of it from time to time.

I don't really think I had a WIG dream in my early twenties. I guess I was to busy serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, dating, getting married and trying to find a job. not necessarily in that order ;)

In my mid twenties to early thirties I wanted to open a school. I had a lot of friends who were teachers, but had chosen to stay home with their children. I wanted to open a school where these women could keep there teaching skills up to date, but not have to work full time. I dreamed of finding the perfect house to buy and turn into a school. I wanted a big white farm house,kind of like the school Mary went to on "Little House on the Prairie" when she went blind. Now that my kids are older and I only have 6 1/2 years of schooling (before college) left. I have left that dream behind too. In fact I have no regrets that this did not happen. I think it is a great idea but I would have been very unhappy if I had ever really done this.

I have three current WIGS. I would love to open a fiber arts store. It would be more than a yarn store. It would be a place where you could take classes on, kitting, crocheting, spinning, tatting, weaving, rug hooking and whatever else is in the fiber world. So many "old fashioned" arts are being lost. I started doing old fashioned rug hooking several years ago I really love it. I don't spend as much time on it as I would like or should. That is mostly because I really don't feel like I know what I am doing. Most of the time classes are for weekends or weeks in the form of retreats which I can't afford right now in my life. Which is also why I can't open store.

The second WIG I have right now is to own a bookstore. I love books, I love the smell of them, the feel and sight of them. It calms me down to walk into a bookstore. Instant feeling of " I belong" . Drew got me a Nook for my birthday which I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!! As much as I love holding a book I have to say I love being able to have several books with me at a time. I currently have 174 (yes that is correct) books on my Nook. I love that no matter where I am I have something to read. It fits nicely into my purse so I am almost never without it. I think this WIG maybe the one that is the most realist WIG I have had. This one may just happen but I don't think it will be anytime soon.

The third WIG is that I would love to write a book. I have had this WIG off and on for about 20ish years now. There is one HUGE problem. I am not very gifted at writing. Writing a blog is much different from writing a book. I have several ideas for books (one of them I think is really really good. I have shared it with 2 other people and they think it is a good idea too) I just don't know how to translate that idea into a book. I am thinking and taking notes and maybe in another 25 years I will have written a book.

I may never accomplish any of my WIG's but I think it is wonderful to dream about what could be.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

We got between 6 and 7 inches of snow Sunday night. We had lots of fun playing in the snow and it is really pretty. The only thing I hate is GA is so no prepared for a snow like this. The DOT has sand and salt trucks running 24 hours a day but we just don't have enough of them to ever get to the secondary roads. We have several big hills around here so even if the roads are just a little icy it makes them really dangerous.

Sunday dinner

For our Sunday dinner we had London Broil, roasted potatoes and salad. I love to cook in my dutch oven. I really need to get a good iron skillet but I don't have any where to store it so I just stick to my dutch oven.


I spend a little to much time at this store. Between , craft projects and projects for church it seems I almost always end up here. One thing I love is that they are not open on Sunday. Got to love a company that will give time to their employees.

Two of my favorite things

Meet Veges my sisters dog not a great picture of him but he wasn't really in the mood for a photo shoot. He is so sweet! Love that dog he was my buddy while I was at my mom's. I slept in my sisters room which is where he sleeps (shhh don't tell I even got him up on the bed with me for a little while). He love to give hugs and snuggle
the photo of Vegas was supposed to be taken on the 6th...I even got up to take it and then promptly got sidetracked by who know what. I remembered at about 12:05 that I had not taken the photo. Oh well I did not let that stop me.
I love Krispy Kream doughnuts. I grew up eating them. If you have never had one it is worth every carb and calorie but you have to stop at a KK store when the big orange HOT sign is ON! Nothing like melt in your mouth hot KK's. YUMMY
When I was in high school at exam times. One or more of the clubs would sell KK's during our break in between exams. I would always split a box with a friend and we would devour it. As much as I love them I really don't know how I ate 6 KK's at a time. The thought of it make me a little queasy.


I drove to SC for my mom's birthday on the spur of the moment. Her Birthday was Wednesday and late Tuesday afternoon. I was trying to make it work. I had to make sure the boys got to and from school and rearranged Justin's baseball lesson. It all worked and my mom was totally surprised.

I called her while I was still in Atlanta little did she know I was on 285 driving toward her :) A friend was taking her to lunch which was perfect. I wasn't sure if she would be home when I got to the house so I planned to call. If she wasn't home I was going to park in back so she would not see my car. As it turned out she was home. I called her when I got off the highway and she was telling me all about her lunch. When I turned into her driveway I really thought the dogs would start to bark but they didn't. I actually got all the way down the drive (which is quite long) parked so she would not see my car and walked up to the door and rang the bell all while talking to her and still the dogs did not bark until I rang the bell!! She told me to hold on the "mailman must be at the door" I wish someone could have recorded her reaction when she realized it was me. Best birthday present I ever came up with!

A couple of years ago I found this cute shop on Etsy and Drew and the boys got me this and one other picture. I love them!! This one is hanging in the family room and I have the other one in the living room.