Because I’m happy.. #WeekendWrapUp

So I’m happy! Like ridiculously, insanely happy :)

I’ve done a horrible job of blogging lately my dears..I apologize..I shall attempt to catch up :) Top 10 things you missed in Lemon’s life..

1 – I spent the week babysitting my best friend’s dog. He’s in the middle of finishing his last rotate at med school and needed to be able to study. So Heidi the Rottweiler and I spent some quality time together. I’ve been keeping Heidi since she was a puppy. Let me tell you..you haven’t met a Daddy’s girl till you meet her. She loves her daddy..she could care less about me lol :) She’s an angel around me if he’s home and Satan’s spawn when he’s not. Little does she know I film her mischievousness and send it to her daddy! This week she successfully chewed 4 plastic planters to pieces and killed a frog.  While I was hanging out with Heidi, I had some time to crank out some more bangles for the shop! Here’s a preview of some that will be listed soon.

2 – I’ve been working on my tan..and failing miserably. I fell asleep on the float in the pool only to roll off of it into the water..talk about having a sputter moment. Thankfully, I was only in the shallow end :)

3 – CHARLOTTE!! Not the city..the dog :) In case you haven’t figured out yet..I love to dog sit. I’m crazy about dogs..I can’t really stand cats..but I LOVE LOVE LOVE a dog. Charlotte and I went for some adventures this past weekend. She went on her first run with me. She successfully hunted up a dead possum, dead bird, dead squirrel and a dead cat..so apparently her nose is working just fine..

4 – I’ve lost weight..I have been really stressed the last 4 weeks and the scales were letting me know. I’m an emotional eater. I’ll confess..I use food to placate myself in situations I can’t control…which only makes life worse. I hadn’t been able to get my runs in which was only adding to my being stressed out..But! In the last two weeks I’ve dropped 12.5 lbs. It’s amazing what eating properly and getting sleep will do for you :) I’m running again and I can tell you my runs feel better than ever.

5 – It’s blueberry season on our farm. I’ve been picking them and picking them..so many blueberries! Mom and I had fun Sunday afternoon chatting and picking away :)

6 – I spent the 4th of July night doing absolutely nothing and it was fabulous..Charlotte and I hung out at the house and watched Christmas movies on the Hallmark Chanel (THANK YOU HALLMARK!!!). She did not like the fireworks at all. She hid in her crate most of the night or buried her head under my shoulder..it was kind of cute. I made her some popcorn to help ease her distress. It’s one of her favorite foods :) We also made some organic dog/people oatmeal cookies. I substituted applesauce in hers and used Greek yogurt in mine. She loved them!!! She hasn’t been eating the past two weeks..I think the heat overwhelms her. But she ate most of her treats :) I even got her to eat some of her dog food. Made me feel a little bit better that she was eating.

7 – I BOUGHT A HOUSE! For those of you who have been following my journey into home ownership you can sigh a sigh of relief. It’s been such an uphill battle! But I have no doubt in my mind that this is the house I was supposed to buy. The more the owner and I talked at the closing the more it clarified that God had brought me to this house. The Wilson’s lived in this house for 40 years :) I’m proud to call their home my new home. There is a sense of love when you walk into the house. I can feel the years of happiness they spent there. We closed on my house July 3rd at about 7pm. I’m so thankful for a lawyer and seller who were patient enough to turn this girl’s dream into a reality. Buying a house was one of the top five things on my 30 before 30 list :) It’s a huge step for me and one I’m quite proud of. There aren’t too many people in their mid-2o’s who can say they own a house. I spent the weekend ripping up carpet to get to original hardwood floors. I was worried about what shape they would be in but they were in fabulous shape! God is good! All I’m going to have to do is lightly sand them and apply a new top coat :) I started removing the wallpaper in my bathroom so hopefully I’ll wrap that up this week!

It’s so exciting. I finally feel like I have roots..which is a HUGE thing for this nomad girl. I’ve moved 24 times in 26 years. This move will be #25..and hopefully the last for a while. It’s hard for me to relate to people who haven’t traveled a lot or lived in one place their entire lives. I’m starting to make new friends and get involved in the community. So life is good :)

8 – My favorite boy is home…ahhh…he makes my cardiac muscle pump blood through my vascular system really quickly. I’ve missed him! He’s been super busy with school so we haven’t gotten to talk a lot. He popped into Starbucks Sunday night as the girls and I were hanging out after church. Thankfully, he joined us and got to meet two of my dearest friends. It was a little awkward but the girls made it a ton of fun! We talked until Starbucks closed :) Typical for us. He wanted to see my new house so we drove over to have a look. I was a little nervous because I really wanted him to like it. AND HE DID! Made my heart happy to have his approval :)

9 – I started making stuff again :) I’ve been going through a creative lul lately..most likely due to all of the stress…but I’ve started working with wire and I love it. My dear friend has a bangle business and she was kind enough to show me how to make some! I’ve been whipping them up left and right. It feels good to make things. Check them out in my Etsy shop! https://www.etsy.com/shop/LemonRainDrop I’ll be adding some more this week. I also do custom orders! If you have something in mind let me know :) I’d love to make a bangle for you!

10 – I wrestled goats :) We share a back pasture with our neighbor whose donkeys & goats I was watching this week. 3 momma goats gave birth to some little hooligans. One of them made a mad escape Tuesday night and it was quite the comedy watching my other neighbor and myself chase the little rascal down. It took us 40 minutes to catch the little booger but we did :) I will say I was glad he got out..because he ran allllllll the way around the fence and I found a momma goat who had gotten caught. The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence and she got her thick skull stuck. Needless to say..the baby goat earned a name..we’re calling him Houdini :)

 

So that’s my life in a nut shell :)

What have all of you been up too? Fill me in!

XoXo!

One Tan Lined Sore Lemon

 

Sorry, I’m not sorry..

 

Yesterday was frustrating for me..I snapped at my boss (and it wasn’t her fault..and I felt bad.) I don’t handle change well and it hit me like a brick yesterday. I’ve been trying not to think about it..because if I don’t think about it..it doesn’t happen right? But it does..and it hurts and it’s hard to process.

Lilly left yesterday..not the typical I’m going home for the weekend see you on Monday left..the I’m on the road to Atlanta promise you’ll call and we’ll stay best friends left. She came by my office to say bye while everyone was at a lunch meeting. So thankfully I had a few minutes to regroup before they returned..but it was hard..because I know how this works..we’ll stay bff’s for a few months..then life will get busy..the phone calls will slow down, the texts will get farther apart until one day you realize you haven’t talked to them in months..and that you’ve been replaced by a new best friend.

I feel like half of me is missing..with RJ being at school and so far into cardio block he doesn’t realize it’s been weeks since we’ve had a conversation..and now Lilly moving away..my heart is sad..really, really, really sad. I’m not like a lot of people..I don’t have oodles and oodles of friends..I only have 4. Two of them are now off living their lives and one is so engrossed with her soon to be fiancée & boards that she forgets there’s life outside of him. The 4th friend is great..but he’s not always a healthy friendship for me.

Yesterday, on top of Lilly leaving..he (#4) told me that I was too nice, that I’m a pushover and that basically no guy wants to date me because I’m too nice of a girl. At first I thought it was funny, but the more I thought about it yesterday..the more it really hurt my feelings. I am nice..because that’s the way I was created. I was created to love people…the people that most people don’t love because of the way they look or smell. I have a servant’s heart. I was never created to be in the spotlight. I was created to serve behind the scenes to make sure that life flows smoothly. I’m not the “bitchy” girl..I’m not the gossip girl..I’m just me.

This all happened while my boss was out..when she returned I was getting ready to leave..literally walking out the door keys in hand when she told me I couldn’t leave yet. I was really, really frustrated..because in all honesty I was barely holding in my tears. My heart was hurting..no one cared..so I may have been a bit rude.. (Dear boss..I’m really sorry..) I was tired and when I’m tired I’m not a pleasant person to deal with. Not a physical tired..but an emotional exhaustion…Needless to say, I finished her projects and out the door I went.

It seemed befitting that it poured rain my entire way home. I didn’t even turn on the radio..I just let the tears roll and the emotions seep in. I spent the rest of the night helping out with a Cooks for Christ benefit. It was exactly the kind of ending I needed yesterday. I spent hours serving food to people I didn’t know to help a man I’ve never even met. These people didn’t know me..I was the new volunteer. I hadn’t even finished signing in when a lady told me to put an apron on and follow her. From that moment on, I didn’t have to think, I didn’t have to talk..all I did was serve. It was amazing.

But I realized one very important thing, my self-worth isn’t based on what any boy thinks. It’s not based on whether or not I’m in a relationship or single. My worth is based on a relationship with my King of Kings. He made me to be the “too nice girl” because the world can’t be full of evil ones, and He made me to serve..because we can’t all share the spotlight.

So sorry, I’m not sorry..for being me :)

XoXo,

One Tear Spent Lemon

Thankful Thursday!

Is it Thursday already? I feel like this week is flying and crawling by all at the same time..but’s here’s what I’m thankful for this week!

1 – Bargain Brooks

I’ve been wanting to try a pair of Brooks out..but not at the $125 price tag. This week I found a pair this week at a Rugged Warehouse store for $44 and decided to try them out. SOOOOO COMFY! I’m running in them today for the first time :) I’ll let ya know how it goes.

2 – Mr. Peacock has arrived..and he’s wild!

Our last peacock was eaten by an owl..it’s a crazy story..a grown peacock getting picked up and hauled off by an owl? I wouldn’t even believe it if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes. But needless to say..the farm finally has a new peacock stud..and he thinks he’s hot stuff. He’s very wild and smart.

3 – New House

My new house-to-be is coming right along! I should be closing on it the last week of the month. I’ve been scouring the internet for remodeling ideas. It’s an older house that needs some TLC and the living room/dining room has an interesting layout. Last night I found exactly what I had been thinking in picture form :) Exciting!

4 – DIY Projects

I’ve been trying to do one new DIY project each week. This week I’m tackling scrap fabric rugs. So easy..all you need is a stack of old t-shirts and a hula hoop. They work up really quickly! I’m thrilled to be using so much of my scrap fabric.

5 – Church!

I’ve been struggling a lot lately with where I am supposed to be plugged in at church. There were several issues at the church I was attending that I did not feel comfortable with. After praying and seeking God, I knew it was time to start looking for a church home. I visited several churches but one just seemed to fit. I’ve been attending there now for about 2 months and I can’t begin to tell you how much I love it. I literally count down until I get to go to church. It’s been a long time since I’ve been this excited about worshiping. They have a huge college and career ministry and I LOVE IT! I’m no longer the awkward single, childless, never married girl in my Sunday school class. There are 15 other girls all walking the same path as me and THEY ROCK! We have monthly Bible study and I wish we had it every week! I love sitting cross legged in Rebecca’s living room digging into the word.

6 – Halfway There!

I’m really thankful that God made people to endure med school! RJ is halfway through with block :) I’m thankful that he’s got 7 tests under his belt this week and only 7 more weeks to go! (Not that I’m counting or anything..) This girl is ready for him to have some free time! Because secretly I really just want to go eat Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice cream with him :)

 

What about you? What are you Thankful for this Thursday?

XoXo!

One Peachy Lemon

 

Ummm Hello Tuesday & RJ :)

Well hello Tuesday :) I was actually awake this morning when you arrived. I had the chance to catch up with RJ yesterday and check in on his 24 day challenge.

He’s been at this for over 90 days and I wanted to pick his brain a little bit about how’s he has been able to maintain & lose weight consistently.

L: How hard has it been to faithfully log your food for 90 days straight?

RJ: It can be difficult at times to eat healthier, but I use MyFitnessPal as if it was a game. This helps me stay on top of what I eat, which has led me to loosing weight. I don’t have any issues logging in as much as some of my friends have.

L: How do you remember to log in each day? Do have an alarm set for it?

RJ: I don’t have any alarms or anything like that, I just remember to do it. I’ve made logging in part of my day.

L: What has been the moment that’s gotten you most excited along the journey so far?

RJ: I really don’t have one.

L: What is one good habit you’ve developed and one bad habit you’ve kicked?

RJ: Eating better (and less), working out more and drinking more water with meals is definitely a couple of habits I have developed. I have almost quit eating out since the beginning of the year.

So there you have it my dears..it’s the old eat healthier, drink water for the win again! Props to RJ for being so consistent. I love it because it motivates me to do better!

How have you been doing? Any good new clean recipes to share?

XoXo!

One Motivated Lemon