Saturday, March 17, 2018


Minimalism - I used to hear it as a term used in college Art classes, yes I was an Art major in college. Minimalism was a type of Art. Now I hear it as a movement towards creating a simpler life. Minimalism is something I would LOVE to achieve and in a lot ways I have achieved it widdling down possessions. We still own a lot of things but it's an achievement I would love to acquire. I don't like the complexity of owning a lot of things. It's too much to keep up with for sanity. I keep thinking if we just owned less we would be happier.

Hmm. It's wild to see all the reasons people are trying to work towards a minimalistic approach. "Things" don't make us happy. Purchases give us a little bit of a high but accruing things adds more stress. Getting rid of things simplifies life. Less to have to keep up with, less to clean = less stress in general.

Going to my weekly Bible study and learning more on the Beatitudes as a way to live the way Jesus did, I'm getting to know more people at church and it feels so good. I'm getting to know a couple of the nuns better and I love them. They are so warm and welcoming and genuinely happy. They are striving for the same thing I'm striving for- Jesus. God. Heaven. Getting to know these women I'm learning more about their lives and I find it fascinating. They take vows of poverty and rid themselves of all possessions. In so much reading and watching youtube videos about becoming minimalists, I see some about what it does for ones faith. Anyway, no matter what we do- collect, dispose of, weed through, donate-God wants us to pray. Prayer is the one thing we can do that will bring us closer to God. I'm rambling I guess but the act of living a minimalistic lifestyle should (in my mind) mean more about giving up on possessions and living to serve God. Living with less gives more time to pray, volunteer, do more things to please our Father in Heaven.

Maybe it's also more about my own priorities. I worry too much about the unimportant and need to shift my focus on what is really important.

Anyway, Peace out! 

Keep It Simple Yay   

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

No More Excess

I just went to the opening class of a new Bible Study this week and we are studying the Beatitudes, the eight "Blessed Be" statements Jesus gave us at the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount.  

Tonight we studied and discussed the first Beatitude - Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit For Theirs Is The Kingdom Of God. In discussion we talked about our possessions. We talked about our country and how it is less Christian than Africa and why. We discussed what it means to be poor in spirit and to humble yourself.

We as Americans live in excess. We have too much stuff. Everywhere you look is an advertisement for why you need a product. It's really ridiculous. It's everywhere and I am certainly guilty of it. When you are faced with losing a loved one it smacks you right in the nose because then you have to deal with getting rid of your loved one's belongings. It can be overwhelming.

It smacks me in the face every day. We are so spoiled to have things to make life easier. When I think of this blog and all the silly little things I do around our house that are fluff and so not necessity, I get very agitated and angered with myself and feel like I am not living like Jesus would. 

It doesn't mean getting rid of every single possession but definitely it means living a richer life in faith, in your heart, and in doing for others. Lightening the load doesn't just mean getting rid of your crap. It means you fulfill your heart doing things for people, by prayer and love for one another.

I can certainly stand to rid of some things and it does make me freer to lighten the load physically but what I'm learning is that getting rid of all the unnecessary in our house and all the extra fluff and ideas of you have to have the best of the best is not Jesus-like. It's more than just a fad of minimalism. It's to live a more fulfilling life because that is what God wants. God is calling all of us. Instead of talking we need to listen. I am one who needs to listen. Well, I'll jump off my pedestal but I hope you have a happy week and I'll be working on my vocation as a wife and mother.

I've got a little sickie who is home all week with the flu and he needs to be fed lunch. 

Happy Wednesday. Wash your hands lots!

Keep It Simple YAY!
KISY for short :)

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Snowmagedden 2018

Snow! SNOW!!!! Woot Woot! We got snow
We love it! We've been snowed in half the week. We were out on Monday, went to school Tuesday then it snowed early Tuesday morning and school was cancelled yesterday and today. 

It has been nice though I'm not spending much time in it with my injury but it is nice to relax! I've got a lot of hobbies I've been enjoying and the kids have been in and out playing and warming up. Check out all the snow we got! It's beautiful and lovely! Where are you? Have you seen any white flakes this year where you are?

Sunday, January 14, 2018

New Roof! YES!

We've been in our house for eleven and a half years and it is our home. We love it. There are so many things we have done to it to make it home -wallpaper and border removal, changed out light fixtures, ceiling fans, insulated and dry-walled(did I make a new word?) our garage, replaced the garage door, added a glass door, a fence, framed bathroom mirrors, flooring, interior and exterior paint, landscaping, etc.

We chose this house because at the time we wanted a clean house and a floorplan that had enough rooms for kids and to change things up if we needed to. So far we have changed rooms around quite a bit to make room for different activities. After eleven and a half years we still love it!

One of our big purchases/redos in 2017 was our roof! A roof sounds so boring but we were ecstatic to finally be able to get a new roof. We filed a claim with our insurance company more than eight years ago due to hail damage because almost every other house on our street had their roof replaced from hail. We were denied though we were told by three roofing companies we had a lot of hail damage, not to mention the sludge that was flowing out of our downspouts. After that our insurance rates were jacked up because of everyone else who got new roofs. We jumped ship from that insurance company.

After eleven years we had a storm blow off a shingle that was nearly disintegrated and deformed. We finally got the courage to file a new claim and were excited to be approved and got a new roof. YeeHaw! 

Here is the day before installation.
Our old roof was gray and nineteen years old. 

Here is the new roof after installation.
We chose a dark architectural shingle. 

We love it and are so proud of the way

our house looks now! It feels COMPLETE. What is your roof like? Anyone had a similar experience?

Keep It Simple YAY!
KISY Smooches

Friday, January 12, 2018

2018 Stuff!

Hope this finds everyone doing well. I'm doing pretty good on this end. It's 2018 and I'm ready for new beginnings. This year has had its ups and downs and I'm finally on the upswing from the downs working to rehab myself from a leg injury. I've been through months of medical testing to try and figure out a lot of different symptoms. Finally I'm rehabbing my leg back into shape so I can do all the normal things I like to do. It's been quite the journey and I'm so thankful to have medical answers and a solid plan to build my strength back. It's been a mental and physical struggle for more than half a year. The physical pain has been excrutiating and debilitating so I'm very happy to get help. YAY for 2018!

On top of my physical goals I've got some house goals for the new year. I don't plan on starting them today though because I'm cold(I'm always cold), want to get under my electric blanket to read, and I've spent half the day at two car dealerships handling maintenance issues for my car and my husband's. Do you have any goals for the new year? I've got a silly little list of things for 2018. Here goes!

  1. Get computer organized
  2. Organize phone
  3. Pull out new dishes and organize them
  4. Brush our cat daily! he's long haired :)
  5. New curtains for our living room
  6. Tackle kitchen table
  7. Think about kitchen cabinets - do I want to paint or stain them?
  8. Touch up paint spots around the house
  9. Clean / paint baseboards
  10. Clean / paint back door
  11. Catch up on all the blog posts I've meant to post that I haven't. Sigh! We did a lot of things in 2017 and in years past to the house.
I think that is a pretty good list. It's long enough anyway! So what are you up to? Do you have any big plans for your home? I'm signing off but hope you have a wonderful day. Happy Almost weekend!

Keep It Simple Yay!
KISY Smooches 

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!
Wishing you and yours a wonderful one.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Selling Household Items

Wanted to hear from YOU! Where is your favorite place to sell household items? Craigslist? OfferUp? LetGo? Ebay?Yard Sales? Consign? OR do you mostly donate?

I'm trying to decide what the best route to go is!
I'm trying to unload some things...

Hope this finds you doing well. Happy weekend and stay WARM!


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Do You Print Photos?

Ugghhh! Trying to decide what to do with the boat load of pictures I have. I've got a lot of digital pictures. Do I print them or just keep backing them up? I can't decide. I bought several photo albums a couple of years ago and still haven't put my pics in books. I do need to still finish my youngest child's Baby Book. I started it and just have a little more to go with it but I do want to print some pics. I NEED to FINISH it!!! GRRR!
I've gone through bunches of pics and they are all organized by year on my computer. Just can't decide if I should try to put them in books by year or what. I do have a couple of photo books of each child by child so they each have their own photo albums but I also want other pics of all our family done up. :) Done up! - I sound really Southern! I don't talk all that Southern or maybe I do using some words. I don't know. I'm being silly tonight. Tonight we got Halloween decorations and lights out! I LOVE them. They are sooooo cute!

In updating some pics I did finally update my Profile picture on this blog. La-Tee-Da. 

Anyway, I'm tired and in the mood to sit and watch a movie and maybe work on some teacher kinds of stuff for school this week. Hope all is well.

Please comment and tell me what YOU do with your pictures. I'd love to hear! Hope you are doing well!

Ta Ta For Now!


Sunday, September 24, 2017

To Do and Dreams and Babble

How are you? Hopefully this finds you doing well! We had a four day weekend due to a couple of teacher work days last week. It was spent recovering from a cold, reading, watching movies and playing catch up. Very helpful!

Tonight I made a yummy dinner and dessert and am stuffed. Since I've been sitting around the house I've been coming up with some new ideas of ways to update the house. Our house is getting a little blah and I'm itching to do some things to freshen it up.

Here's a list of things I'd like to do to update it somewhat.

  • brighten up interior colors of the house
  • finish painting picture frame in laundry room
  • rethink all the pictures in dining room and downstairs hall
  • change out baby pictures of kids on the walls up and downstairs
  • redo downstairs bathroom - update pictures, light fixture, walls, sink
  • possibly repaint dining room - nope not going to do it!
  • possibly repaint play room and get rid of magnetic wall hangings
  • possibly repaint kitchen and redo wall hangings
  • paint kitchen cabinets? 
  • rethink wall hangings in kitchen. hang something over fridge
  • clean up inside of cabinets
  • change out curtains in living room
  • get bedroom set up better
  • redo master bathroom
  • possibly make a firepit out back
It's quite a long list of things to do but I probably won't get half of it done. It's fun to think and play with ideas though.
Anyway on that note, I'm going to get ready for tomorrow. Time to shut my brain off and catch some Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz's! Hope everyone has a great night of sleep. Oh my gosh, do you dream? I mean dream when you are sleeping? I have some of the silliest, craziest, most absurd and disturbing dreams. I dream things I would never think up myself. I know it's my brain when it's shut off and all but I started a "dream" book. I have started writing down the dreams I can remember. What is really wild about it is that I can't believe how fast I forget my dreams. The neat thing about writing down your sleeping dreams is going back weeks or months later to see how many dreams you've had that you totally forgot about. So wild. Anyway, on that note, sweet and happy dreams to you!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Cleaning Like A Fiend

Uggh! I love a clean house and today I've been cleaning like a fiend! I woke up feeling lousy - been sick with a nasty cold. Today was day five but I'm feeling MUCH better, especially after getting a nice shower.

Hope you've been keeping healthy. I work in the school system so now that school is back in session I've managed to pick up the first thing that has gone around. Yuck.

Now that I'm feeling better and can finally clear off my night stand, change the sheets and trash all my snot rags(sorry TMI) I want to get things back in order. Our house has been disgusting this week. Hate it when I fall behind on things around the house because it's a lot to catch up on.

So in between loads of laundry and cleaning toilets, I steam cleaned our carpets upstairs. I vacuumed and steam cleaned. It needed it. We really are ready for new carpet(ours is 20 years old) but we have a master bathroom redo that we want to do first because we'll have workers walking on the carpet carrying supplies, up and down the staircase.

Anyways, tonight I learned how to clean the steam vacuum after I used it (GROSSSSSSSSSS!) and now I'm online trying to learn how to empty our new dyson vacuum. I have to say, my hubs bought a new vacuum to try and help me around the house and I absolutely love it. I wasn't on board for the new vacuum purchase but we tried one of those expensive robot vacuums that scoots around your house and I hated it. I cringed because it was so loud as it crashed up against every piece of furniture we owned. There was way too much prep work involved and our kitten was terrified of the thing. But this chargeable battery operated Dyson stick vacuum thingy is awesome! If you are in the market for one, I highly recommend it.

Okay, I better get back to Youtube and figuring out how to empty this vacuum. Just wanted to say a quick hello. Hope all is well on your end.