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Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

I pray that God has blessed you to begin this new year healthy and happy. How was your New Year’s Day? Did you spend the day recovering from a night of celebrating with friends and family or did you lounge around enjoying the day off?

We at the Cork household did the later. We (Stan and I) actually were awake for the ringing in of the new year. Sasha ran from our bedroom to the loft barking at the fireworks and gunshots that began around 11:35pm. We couldn’t figure out why things began so early but oh well. We didn’t start moving around the house until around 10am. I got up made lemon cranberry scones and breakfast bowls for breakfast and started laundry. My babydoll never got dressed, but I did make her brush her teeth (not until around 3pm, but she brushed them. Smile)

Usually the beginning of the year brings with it the desire to make resolutions that can include getting in better physical condition, eating healthier, giving up a habit, and becoming better organized/removing clutter from their lives. I’ve never been one to make resolutions. I don’t know why, I set goals for myself instead. Would that be considered a resolution? Okay if so, this year I’m going to write it in the blog so that we can see how successful I am at reaching my goals for this year. Let me preface my list by saying that most of my goals are concerning my home. Personally, I’ve been working on them since the summer so it’s more of a continuation than a new goal. Okay…here we go.

1) Get my house painted. Last year when we moved in, I didn’t feel the need to put paint on the walls because I didn’t know what colors I wanted. I felt that I had to live in the house for a while to see what colors the rooms told me they wanted to be. I wanted to see how we lived in the house, how the high traffic areas took their wear & tear, make sure Babydoll didn’t change her mind after 6 months, see what furniture pieces we purchased. What have I learned? My entryway will most likely be grass cloth wallpaper because the pup gets excited when the doorbell goes off and her paws do something terrible to the wall right beside the door. Babydoll did not change her mind about the paint color for her bedroom, but I changed mine THREE times about the color for her bathroom. I want a treatment (I’m envisioning some type of silver glaze) for my one wall in my office. My bedroom is going to be a cool blue/grayish blue. The dining room needs a high chair rail before being painted gray and white (gray bottom, white top – I think it’s called a picture or plate rail). I’ve concluded that my loft/upstairs hallway is still up in the air because I can’t see how to separate the spaces and I we want to change out the furniture up there. So this year to decide was needed. I’m not allowed to paint because my husband is a paint perfectionist, so this is something that I will probably hire out.

2) Get the basement started if not completed. We’ve begun the process getting estimates and ideas from professionals. It’s not a huge area, about 700 sq. ft., but we want it to look nice. We have a very blank canvas – no walls or flooring to work with. We’re not looking for a “theater room”, but another place to hang out and relax. A place where Stan can go to watch his football on the projector screen and use his popcorn machine. We figured we would do it in phases so that we aren’t overwhelmed with construction and cost. Hopefully the phases won’t take too long.

3) Install the water feature in the backyard. A coworker was nice enough to give us a shell to make a pond in our yard. We didn’t get the opportunity to put it in last summer because we spent the beginning of the summer trying to get the fence and patio done. Once that was done we took our family vacation and then Stan was working a lot because we knew he was going to have surgery the beginning of August. It was more important to get as much business work done as possible so that he wouldn’t feel any undue stress during his recovery period. Babydoll asked me yesterday if we were going to actually get the pond in the back yard. I was like “Of course”. There is a home and garden show this weekend that we’ll attend to get some ideas(it’s funny to think about going to that when we have so much snow right now, but we’ve learned that you should make your plans in February and March if you want to get it done by May).

4) Organize my closet. We have a nice sized master bedroom closet. It’s not wide, but it’s long. I knew I wanted to install some type of closet system because the white wire system wasn’t going to work in the long run. We had decided that we didn’t want to clutter up the bedroom with dressers so we wanted to maximize our closet space. Currently we have the three drawer portable storage containers that we keep our underclothes and sleepwear in. I’ll be looking for a system that will allow us to have a couple of drawers, shoe storage, purse storage, tie storage, sweater storage, and then the two levels for pants & shirts. Maybe have a jewelry drawer. Reality my hit me when I actually begin the design process, but I want to utilize ALL of the space. Even the space above the hanging space – maybe I can use that for purse & sweater storage and have a small step stool to access it. I mentioned to Stan about us buying the system and installing it ourselves and he said we can purchase it and have someone install it. Business has been very good for him lately, but it doesn’t leave a lot of extra time for projects. I could try and tackle this project myself, but I’ve heard it can be a dozy. I’m going to do a lot of research; I would like to have it done in a weekend. Is that realistic?

5) Complete the decoration and organization of my office and Babydoll’s room. With my kid becoming a crafting queen, we need shelving to organize all of her crafts. I made the craft table for her and purchased some shelves and other organizational stuff from IKEA, but she’s already gone through the shelves and has stated she needs some more. I’m a big fan of going up when you run out of floor space so I will definitely indulge her on that request. The most important thing is making sure that it looks good. I want her room be something that she can grow into – hence allowing the colors purple, black & white with tons of bling as her color scheme. As for my office, with the exception of paint, a filing cabinet that doesn’t look like a filing cabinet, a stool for my craft table and the reupholstering of my reading chair I’m done. That’s not much huh?

I’ll try to keep you guys aware of the projects as they start, during the process, and the completion. 

So how about you, do you have any resolutions or goals for the new year?


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This year for Christmas…

Happy Friday Everyone,

I hope that you have had a blessed and wonderful Christmas week.  We started off the Christmas weekend/week hosting my families Christmas get-together.  Normally we have this on Christmas Eve, but Stan asked that we do it the Saturday before allowing us some extra last minute shopping time if we needed it on Christmas Eve.  I hadn’t planned on needing it, but an incident at a store on Sunday required me going out for a few hours on Christmas Eve; but more on that in a bit.

First, our Family Christmas get together.  I don’t know if I’ve stated this but I come from a family of six.  That’s me and my siblings make four and my parents are the other two of our six  When you add spouses and children, and newly children’s children (my oldest brothers daughter had a little girl in June) we are now at a total of 16-19 (depends on if the oldest is dating someone we’ve met and if she has offspring of her own).  We decided to have just my parents and their offspring for this event; but had to include my Aunt Bell because she’s Aunt Bell and really people she’s like another mother to us kids.  The way I feel about my Mom is the way I feel about my Aunt Bell.  Besides her daughter and grandson live out of town and I wasn’t sure if she would be able to make it home, so we had to make sure she was with family during the holidays.  We decided to have a non-traditional dinner (this was my husbands idea) and after my husband gave me an idea of what he wanted, I decided to make it into a theme.  So we had more of a Southern Christmas dinner of: Gumbo, Red Beans & Rice, Fried Fish (Catfish & Perch), Fried Chicken, Fried Corn, (I’m feeling like we had a lot of fried stuff because I’ve typed it three times Smile with tongue out), and Cheesy Garlic French Bread.  For dessert I made a Praline Cheesecake, Cherry Cobbler, and White Chocolate Raspberry Cake.  I realize now that I forgot to make the slaw.  I had nuts and chocolate covered peanut butter filled pretzels, and a homemade chipped beef cheese ball for snacks.  We had wine, soda, and Absolut w/cranberry juice to drink.  It was a great night all in all.  I love to see my mother open gifts as much as I do the kids, because she never expects anything and is always happily surprised.

For Christmas, it was just the three of us; Stan, myself and the babydoll.  We have always set in our household that babydoll gets gifts from Santa and Mom & Dad.  Santa’s gifts come unwrapped (because he has so many homes to visit he doesn’t have time to wrap) and the wrapped gifts come from Mom & Dad.  Since we now have multiple trees, Santa’s gifts go under the pink tree (think Pepto Bismol and not my purchase – Stan and his father thought it would be good for babydoll) and Mom & Dad’s gifts go under the real tree.  This year it was a little difficult decided which gifts “Santa” was giving because we wanted to give all of the “major” gifts (it was more like we wanted the hi-fives. I mean isn’t why parents do away with Santa?  They get tired of Santa getting the credit for everything.).  In the end we split it up evenly.  Babydoll was overjoyed with everything she received anyway regardless of who gave it to her.  Can I say that I really love my kid?  I mean even though she’s as sassy as they come and some days I want to shake her because of the grown stuff that comes out of her mouth; she’s a good kid.  She’s not spoiled like some only children can be and she does appreciate everything.  She completely understands if I say I don’t have the money for that right now or I refuse to pay an amount because it’s the asking price is unreal.  I have a good, well mannered, well behaved kid and I’m going to take a moment to pat myself on the back.  Later when I asked her what was the gift she was most surprised about, she said all of them.  Mind you she asked for most of the gifts that she received; but she was still surprised none the less.



I didn’t take a lot of photos because I wanted more video of the gift opening.

Okay…back to Christmas.  It was great to see babydoll go from one gift to the next throughout the day.  It was great not having to rush to get dressed to be at someone’s home at a certain time for dinner (honestly folks I didn’t shower until around 2pm – I cooked breakfast and dinner in a nightgown and robe).  It was a really peaceful day. 

The next morning I was due to return to work.  Stan informed me right before bed that a blizzard was expected and he didn’t think I was going.  I got up that morning and it hadn’t started snowing yet, so I thought I’ll go in for at least a half day.  He stated telling me that I must be crazy to risk getting stuck out there and to forget it.  I watched the news weather (that was the news…the weather) and within the hour, the snow started coming down.  And boy did it come down.  Two hours later, we had significant accumulation and I had started doing laundry. 

My Sasha was in snow heaven.  She kept going to the door to be let out and then she just raced around the yard sticking her face in the snow and running hopping around.




It was a wonderful five days.  Now it’s time to get ready for our New Years Eve/Day time.  We don’t have big party plans, we usually hang out at home eat some bar food on the eve night, go to sleep at 11:45 wake up at 12:15 say Happy New Year and are back asleep by 12:30 then sleep in until about 11 am.  We have a New Years dinner of Black Eyed Peas and Cabbage and Corned Beef for new year good luck and chillax watching movies. 

What about you?  Do you have big plans?


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