"Let's be cheerful"! We have no more right to steal the brightness out of the day for our own family than we have to steal the purse of a stranger. Let us be as careful that our homes are furnished with pleasant & happy thoughts as we are that the rugs are the right color and texture & the furniture comfortable and beautiful"! Laura Ingalls Wilder

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

a subtle hint

After a non-stop summer it feels great to be settling into a new school year.  We officially started 2 weeks ago and as we work on updating our old routine to fit our desires for this year we find that my husband's joke about installing a revolving door at the front of the house isn't very funny.  Our third day of school found me standing in the living room near the front door from 1:00 to 4:15 (except for the 1/2 hour that I sat on the couch with 1 friend while she waited for Erin to load a disk with wedding pictures for her) literally!  One car drove away as another was pulling up, again and again.  My husband just stood there shaking his head as I moaned, "this is how we ended last year... I can't start here"!

Out came the tempera paint (the jug I still have from when Cory (25) was a toddler) and Audrey got to work.  Everyone who sees it asks me if it's working.  It seems to be, though I'm afraid to say so just yet.

Blessings, Debbie


  1. Great idea! That would be so frustrating to be interrupted all the time. And I love the shadow picture....

  2. Makes perfect sense! Protect that time. Holy things are happening.

  3. Good for you! Sometimes you just have to take care of business!! :-)

  4. It gets harder and harder as the kids get older!

    I know you will be glad for the decision you've made!


  5. She did a nice job - I hope it does help - sometimes you just need to draw a line in the sand or (in this case) on the window. :)

  6. Love the sign in the window. Hope that it works. Have a good school year.

  7. Haha, that is a great idea! I should do that on our answering machine!

  8. Debbie I have missed you so, but you know this :) Hope you got the cutter quilts. I of course FORGOT to put in that newspaper article...guess you will be getting some snail mail too!
    Really wishing we could eak out some time for a visit before the weather turns, life is crazy busy for me as well. Opening a new booth at a brand new antique mall this month, Josh may be moving to CA on a big job promotion, Mollie is loving college and Sam is bemoaning this last jog of high school. Plus my add on's, work and a small promotion for me...maybe we will sneak over in November.
    Hugs to you and all the family. I love your sign, a great idea!

  9. Subtlety doesn't work for every situation. Wow! You have a long school day. I really hope that this works well for you and the students.

    So good to see you back!☺

    Remember that thing about subtlety? Is there any way that you could switch your word verification to comment moderation to save old eyes?

  10. Hi Debbie. :) So good to see you back here in this place. I totally get it about being busy...such is life right now for us, too. Not a revolving door kind of busy, just too much on my list. Wishing you happy days of learning,


  11. Wonderful. Funny - we are so glad to be the kind of people who are useful. But having the child (ha - she's a young woman of great presence) paint the sign is delicious. I depended on my innate scariness to keep us visitorless.


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