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{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real} ~ January 28, 2012

Sigh. My life does not cooperate with getting this up on Thursday like I'm supposed to. Thankfully, the girls at Like Mother, Like Daughter don't seem to mind. :-) I just have {pretty} and {happy} jumbled into one to share this week.

{Pretty} and {Happy}

Man of the House bought me a wall decal from Trading Phrases for Christmas. It was one I had requested and he obligingly obliged.

I put it up today. I was so nervous I was going to do something wrong, but it was easier than I anticipated. Watching the instructional video a couple times gave me confidence and the decal itself was so cooperative! It acted just like the video said it would. I am very pleased with the quality of the product and ease of installation! I suspect there will be more decals in my future life . . .

Here are a few pictures~~

Though it doesn't look like it in the picture, our walls are a soft yellow. The decal is black. One thing I'm not happy about now is the lamp. I think I need a shorter …

2011 Reading Challenge Wrap-up

Here it is at long last. This is a pie that could have been divided in any number of ways, so I chose those that were most interesting to me. I note that my reading was divided exactly equally between fiction and non-fiction, and that without my paying much attention to making it come out even! How 'bout that?

Here are the books I read in 2011 divided in various ways and in no particular order. (Can we pretend that the book titles are properly italicized? When I copied and pasted the lists from a Word document, the italicizing didn't come along.)


Q's Legacy by Helene Hanff

At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson

Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression by Mildred Armstrong Kalish

84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

The Pace of a Hen: Ways to Fulfillment for a Housewife by Josephine Moffett Benton

In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan

The Blessings of Weekly Communion by Ken…

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real} ~ January 21, 2012

Joining Like Mother, Like Daughter . . .

My poor little blog has been neglected lately. I promise to try to post at least once before the next {phfr}!


I saw this idea in Gooseberry Patch's Christmas 13 and decided to try it with a little tweaking.

The instructions had you tracing and cutting snowflakes from felt, but I spotted pre-cut snowflakes in the dollar store and knew that would be so much easier and so much more likely that I'd actually get to it! Some of the snowflakes are foam (the package said they were coasters) and some are plastic with glitter. I used buttons from Girl of the House's button jar and nylon thread from our stash and regular ol' scotch tape to attach them to the window frame.

I had intended to make strings and strings of these to hang from multiple windows, but alas, this was all I could manage this year. It was a fiddly project that took more time than I thought it would. Still, I really like the results and decided to leave them…

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real} ~ Jan. 13, 2012

Wow! What a week this has been! Both Girl and Man of the House have been sick, though with different illnesses. In fact, Man of the House even ended up in the ER in the middle of the night after horrible coughing for two hours and difficulty breathing. He was given a breathing treatment and lots of meds, for which we are thankful. I'm happy to say he's on the mend, but he has quite a way to go yet to be back to 100%. Thankfully, Girl of the House is perfectly well now. It's been a tiring week for all of us!


It snowed yesterday! We've been told that we usually have snow in December, but this year the first snowfall came late. The wind yesterday was strong and the cold was so bitter! The snow has made odd patterns on the ground. In some places the grass is sticking up through the snow, but in others the drifts went up to my knees! Very {pretty}!


Girl Out of the House took some pictures of my beloved and me while she and her beloved were here for Chr…

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real} ~ January 7, 2012

Happy 2012! I was woefully rushed and harried during December and was therefore not able to post for {phfr} the past two weeks (and I'm late this week too!), so I have lots to share this time. Call it my Christmas wrap-up. Maybe you want to get a cup of tea or coffee before digging in.



Girl of the House is a Terry Pratchett fan. She was {happy} to receive his latest book:

We were so {happy} to have Girl Out of the House and That Boy visiting us for a week. We are also ecstatic that their first baby is on the way and should make his/her appearance in mid-June! The grandchild gifts have already begun, but within reason: this is the only baby gift we bought. There's still plenty of time to spoil the wee one . . .

There were some serious Stratego games between Girl of the House and That Boy~

Every year since our oldest was small we have had a Christmas party. The girls tell us it is their favorite part of Christmas. We invite way too many people for our house, b…