Three Gifts of Night

I am continuing my Joy Dare Challenge of documenting 1000 Gifts.I admit I am not doing as good a job as I would like. But luckily for me, this blog has me looking at my surroundings a little bit differently at least once a week. You can find more of my entries here.
Last night as I was waiting for my dogs to do their bedtime business, I was struck by the beauty of night. I thought it would make a good Joy Dare entry.

Name three gifts of Night.

20130829-142747.jpg344. A Safe Home. I live in a neighborhood where we feel safe from harm, no gunshots or sirens. This home is regulated to a comfortable temperature, teeth are brushed, prayers are said and we snuggle down in cozy beds. I am so thankful.

20130829-143442.jpg345. Night Sounds. Being on my deck when the stars and moon are out, is one of my favorite times of the day. I like to just sit on the steps and listen to the frogs and crickets croaking and chattering away. Tonight I watched the last of the summer’s fireflies dance in the air. I’ll take this song and dance show over any Broadway musical! (Image by Judd Patterson)

20130829-144645.jpg346. The Moon. No matter how dark a night it is, the moon is still there shining. I went on an overnight field trip with a fifth grade class to a science camp at the beach. One evening we went on a moon walk through the forest with no light except the moon, no flashlights, candles or torches. At first it was a bit disconcerting, but once our eyes got adjusted to the amount of light that was around us, we could actually see pretty well. We thought we were in complete darkness, when actually we were surrounded by light. Has your life ever been in a very dark place, where you thought you would never get out? Did you feel alone? Abandoned? Helpless? Did you know that even during that dark time there was always a light around you? There was and is a warm, comforting, safe and loving light that can show you the right path to take. This light is Jesus Christ. It is never too dark for you to find him. Just give your mind and heart some time to adjust and then you’ll be able to see clearly the path you should be on. (photo credit: jah~ via photopin cc)

What are your three gifts of night? I’d love for you to share them in the comment section below.
Thanks for stopping by!

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Five Things to Call Finally Finished

Hello, my name is Mary and I am a messy procrastinator.
UGHHHHH!!! How many times do I have to walk by something before I actually do anything about it? Argggblitzfiggertshuckawuckajingapickle…imagine my head spinning on my shoulders right now. I am 47 years old and I still have not figured out how to get it together.

Yesterday I stumbled upon a wonderful blog, Flax & Twine, where she discovered during a move that she had lots and lots of unfinished projects. So she decided to finish 50 to lighten her load. Yes I, too, have hundreds of unfinished projects to do, even if some are still in my head. The only way to get them done is to start!

So here are 5 things that have been buggin the hound out of me around the house. Maybe if I print them here I will be motivated to get ‘er done, instead of walking by.

20130722-114455.jpg1. Call someone to repair kitchen sink. Oh, it has been cracked since….ummm…November of last year!!! I did try to do a repair job with clear caulk, but it didn’t last too long. Time for the professionals. Mary-Just Call Someone!

20130722-114717.jpg2. Declutter laundry room. There are wine bottles there left over from…oh yeah, Thanksgiving. (That would be in November too, right?) The old dog toys that are not being played with need to go.

20130722-114940.jpg3. Clean off counter.Now that the boy is off to college I can get rid of the ginormous containers of muscle milk and the such. I can’t wait to have it hold just my mixer and the potato-onion basket.

20130722-115319.jpg4. The desk area organized and prettied up. It isn’t even right by the door where we walk in, that would be the end of the island. But when I decide to clean off the catch all of the island, I just put it neatly, kinda sorta, maybe not really, by the phone on the desk. Then what? It could so be pretty and organized. Sounds like a craft project! But that brings us to number 5 on my list…yikes!

20130722-115850.jpg5. Craft Room Re-Do. Not only do I have too much, I don’t have it neatly organized.

20130722-120242.jpgI have a bed in there thinking it could be a place for guests to sleep. Well, unfortunately, we don’t have many visitors. When we do, it’s actually better for them to sleep in Mary Claire’s empty bedroom while she’s in college. And now, Adam is off to college leaving another free bed. I think I can put the bed safely in the attic now and get another table or storage shelves.

20130722-120902.jpgIt’s a funky room with no windows and a many angled ceiling. As you can tell, this is where I really want to start. But this room is only for me. Superman has been in here maybe 3 times in 6 years. The other projects around the house are what family and friends see. I know it would please my type A-uber organized husband if I got projects 1-4 done first.

And because I am all about pleasing my man….hee hee…the battle will begin in the kitchen! Onward Ho!