To All my Family and Friends

If you were to die today, have I told you lately that I love you? I do! I love you, each and everyone of you! That is why I am writing this today. If you were to die in a horrible accident or from cancer, I would be broken hearted and miss you like crazy! But I would accept it as God’s will and that it was your time…if you were to die of Covid 19 (SARS-CoV-2) and didn’t get the vaccine, I would have to accept that it was YOUR will. It would be your choice to leave this earth sooner than maybe you were meant to, because God has sent us a life preserver, through scientists, to fight this virus. I would be sad, and mad, and then I would regret not saying anything while you were still alive and healthy. So I am here to say….. I LOVE YOU, I pray, that if you are against getting vaccinated, God will change your heart and mind. Ease your fears, and give you discernment.

If I thought for a second the vaccine was the mark of the beast, I would’ve been the first one prepared to fight! To the death! I would never accept such a thing. When God spoke to Moses before Passover did He give him little clues hidden in rocks or strange bird formations in the sky? No, He told him plain and simple, to save your people they must do specific things with the blood of a lamb and then to eat that lamb. So in print, black and white, without secret codes He says in the Bible KJV

Revelations 13:16 “And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:”

13:17 “And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”

Are you still going shopping without having to scan your right hand or use your forehead to pay for items at Walmart? How about Getting gas? Fast food? Yes? Then Please, for the love of God, get vaccinated! God knows his children, He is not going to let us get tricked into something that is detrimental to our souls.. He will make sure we KNOW we are making the choice to take the mark..if that’s not enough, an angel will come from heaven and give us a warning! The Vaccine is NOT the mark of the beast.

If you believe it’s the government trying to control you… please reference

1 John 4:4 “Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world”

With that being said, as with any choice, there are consequences. If you choose not to take preventative measures- so in this case, getting the vaccine…please know, if you lose your job because you choose not to get vaccinated and have no money, I will not help you. If you lose your home and have no where to stay, you cannot stay here. If you get sick from Covid and need someone to care for you, I will not be that person. If you need sympathy and understanding you will not find it with me. I will always love you and pray for your recovery, but I will NOT stand idly by, remaining silent, waiting to see you self destruct because of theories, while ignoring the facts. Your resistance to accept the science and the help that is available puts me in a situation where I must take a stand and hold firm in my values, just as you have. If you do die from Covid because you choose not to get vaccinated, I will morn the loss of you harder than any other loss, because it would be clearly avoidable. I will celebrate your wonderfully unique and amazing self, ponder what else you would’ve accomplished, think about how many more lives you could’ve touched and I will always regret that I couldn’t change your mind about something that should’ve NEVER been an issue in the first place.

It’s as if you are driving the wrong direction on a one way street, saying, “if it’s God’s will, I will survive” and maybe you will, but what about all the people driving in the right direction? Will they survive or will you have taken someone else’s life? A child who can’t get vaccinated? Those with compromised immune systems? It seems so logical, there’s a virus, there’s a vaccine. The FDA approved one. If you put your trust in people who are creating fear and chaos, what will grow within you? Fear and chaos.

Isaiah 41:10 EVS

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”

This is my final plea, that God will give you peace in your heart and you decide to go get vaccinated. I love you all!

Sun Porch Drop Cloth Canopy

You remember on Friends when Ross said he made up that joke and then chandler said that was his joke? Well I tell you what, this ain’t no joke but darn it, this is my creation and I’m callin dibs, copywriting, patenting (not really) my idea to share with the world… my only request is that you think of me if you do it.. you can call it Shawna’s shade maker, or even that gal with the website that loves her family and her pets, or maybe even just send me some mental hug of appreciation. Alright so what am I going on about, you ask. Well, I’ve finally figured out a way to take our newly made sun porch that was getting too hot and turn it into a little oasis. First I thought of umbrellas but for me that would’ve been too many random colors, then I tried a shower curtain and that just didn’t really feel like what I was looking for..

Only picture with a portion of the shower curtain..

I looked around and saw our drop cloth curtains I’d put together from a picture I saw online and started thinking 🤔.

The curtains are rings with clips from Amazon, drop clothes and a rod from Home Depot, yet I don’t seem to have any pictures of that either and to make my new project I undid that project because it needed a bit revamping anyway and shade was of the utmost importance during these sunny days.

My brain pondered… I need something round, strong, metal.. should I use a tire rim? Do we have a spare? No.. what do I have? I have a metal yard art globe that I got last year and it’s actually just two half’s. That would work perfect!

I got clear zip ties to attach the rings to the metal, then attached the drop cloths to the clips.

Bentley was the quality inspector

I attached the four drop clothes to the clips and then asked my sweetheart to secure it to the ceiling in the center area of the patio where we sit.

First we had to see how it’d look at as a hat

Mitch used hooks to secure it to the wood of the ceiling area and then I took each of the drop cloth panels pulled out as far as it would go and used a staple gun to secure the ends to ceiling.

Definitely need more

I counted out how many more I needed and went shopping the next day ( used a total of 9- 6×9 medium duty drop clothes)

Got at Home Depot, less than 10$ each if you buy in bulk.
Closeup of center

With many more zip ties, the help of Elijah and the drive to have some shade we got it put together.

A few little areas to fill in still but it really came together.
I cut up one more drop cloth and used scraps from the shorter side and finished it up

I then decided to order some golden toned solar string lights to drape under the entire canopy to make it really spectacular at night. I’ll probably hang crystals in the center or… who knows, maybe even a bigger solar light.

Already ordered more lights and will probably add even more just to make it AMAZING!

List of Items-

Clips from Amazon-

Drop clothes from Home Depot-

Zip ties-

Staple gun-

Solar string lights Amazon-

If you decide to use this idea, or parts of the idea, I’d love to hear all about it.

Too Much To Do

How many, is too many, when it comes to irons in the fire.. I have all these dreams, things I’ve started but fail to be consistent at. Just like this Website, I decided that I would write about our travels over to the coast in more detail here on this platform, although I posted it on YouTube and as you can tell that never happened. sooo..I’m linking the video down below. What to do, what to do. Should I pick my top 2 and just do those? No, cuz then that just makes me sad thinking of letting go of those dreams. What if I were to designate a day for each item. Podcast one day, eBay another, YouTube another. Yeah, no that’s not gonna happen. The funny thing is I don’t think it bothers anyone else if I don’t do it. It’s like self inflicted expectations that I keep letting myself down.hmmm.
I know I’m not the only person with this dilemma. Nettie always quotes the Bible, Galatians 6:2 Bear Ye One Another’s Burdens.. so here I am bearing. maybe by just writing you all a little bit about where I’m at, it’ll take this pressure I feel off my plate for a while… I hope. Just thinking out loud, what if I were to stop trying to fit the mold I’ve created in my mind, that mind of mine always pigeon holes me more than anyone else I’ve ever encountered. I’ve gotten better about it over the years, not letting the voice stop me because I’m a girl, or I’m not good at grammar or not “whatever” enough. I don’t have to fit into a category…. because for me, I’m one of kind! and so are you!!!.. let’s break these mental molds and just go and be! in all ways, in every part of the day let that; YOU LIGHT shine through.. oh wow do I feel better. hope you all do too! If you have something you’d like to get off your chest I encourage you to tell me down in the comment section and we can carry our burdens together. so until next time..
keep on carrying my peeps, maybe if we carry em together they wont feel so heavy.

Remembering Pops

It’s been 4 years since dad’s been gone. Not gone gone, just physically gone, because every morning I smell his cigarette smoke by the east window of our bedroom before I head downstairs. I’ve asked him to say hi to me with his smell of old spice instead, but that hasn’t happened. Then again, he was always that kind of ornery.

Dad enlisting in the navy 1958

Dad was on the USS Oriskany (nicknamed the mighty O )and the USS Kearsarge during his 4 years of service. He was what they call a ships oil king, aka boiler technician responsible for making sure the fuel and water levels were always consistent.

Pops was a bit of wild child back in his day, the judge “encouraged” him to join the military

I look at this picture and wonder what he was thinking, what everyday life was like for him on the ship. He didn’t tell many stories of his time in the military, or much about his life at all… he loved a good joke, a delicious pie and his family but he was never one to talk about himself. I tell you though, I loved how amazing he was at just letting things go and no matter where he was, he was 100% himself.

The one story I remember him telling me was about being on the ship and keeping post at night. He said that the best way for him to stay awake through the night was to put a lit cigarette between his fingers down near the knuckles and so if he dosed off, the cigarette would burn down and when it got low enough it would burn his fingers and wake him up.

You ever have those moments when a fond memory rushes back into your mind as if you were just there? That happened to me a while back, vivid as day. I came downstairs and the memory of Pops frying eggs and making pancakes at this very stove swept over me so much I could smell the bacon.

I can’t believe I never took a picture of him cooking breakfast at this stove!

Mornings were his favorite time of the day. I would come down the stairs and open the door into the kitchen. Standing at the stove, minding his artfully crafted breakfast would be Pops and he’d give me the most love filled and happy to see me, “Hiya baby girl!” And the follow up would always be the same, a good morning hug and kiss on the cheek, as if he hadn’t seen me in weeks.

Dad had many chapters through his life, but my favorite are the ones he shared with me.

Years have passed, but the love he gave me has never faded. The greatest honor was caring from him when he got dementia and being there for him till the end. Thankfully the sorrow of him passing has lifted, time has given me a chance to focus on all the blessings I was given with him in my life and not wallow in my loss.

This photo was taken 2007 while visiting him in Oklahoma

I have peace knowing I’ll see him again, in God’s time, but boy do I miss his hugs. If you still have your dad here on earth would you give him an extra hug today for me?