April 29, 2019 – “Regroup”

Regroup – (intransitive verb) 1  :to reorganize (as after a setback) for renewed activity (Merriam-Webster online https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/regroup )

This describes, exactly, what is going on at my house. At the end of January we had a family member move in with us. We live in a three bedroom home. Two of the bedrooms are used as bedrooms. The third bedroom is used as my office/sewing room. Guess which room our family member house guest got to stay in? If you guessed my office/sewing room, DING, DING, DING! You get a prize!

I didn’t get a prize. I got an unorganized mess to deal with. All of my “stuff” was moved to our finished basement, where we tripped over everything until the end of March. I have gotten very little accomplished since January.

However, our family member is back on their feet and is doing better than ever! That makes me extremely happy and I’m glad we could help! Now it is time to regroup and get to work.

Yesterday, we moved most of my office/sewing room “stuff” back into my office/sewing room. It is all together, but must be organized and put away. My DH is also happy because he is expanding his work area in the basement and needs my things out of his way. We are making progress!

As I was organizing my desk yesterday, I came across a gift my DD had given me last year. She made it and wanted me to have it. Not knowing what to do with this lovely gift, I had tucked it into some of my papers on my desk. At the time, she was four, and had made me oh so many beautiful gifts, I didn’t know where to put them. I showed DH what I had found and said, “This is why nothing I have is organized. Everything I own is intermingled with DD’s things. She either gives me things or takes my things.”

A Gift for Mommy giggleFritz – 2018 (Front)
A Gift for Mommy giggleFritz – 2018 (Back)

I love my gift! You should all be jealous! 😉

I am off to do all of the giggleFritz things I must get done today.

Have a fabulous Monday!

Missie S.

March 20, 2019 – Happy Spring!!

I truly wish the first day of spring on the calendar matched the weather in Wisconsin. It is warming up and drying up from the recent flooding we had. However, it is a gray and cloudy day outside on this “First Day of Spring”.

I am indoors sewing bibs and sock monkeys for the upcoming, “It’s a Spring Thing” craft fair on Saturday, March 30th. I briefly remembered today is the first day of spring and decided to share my mixed media sock monkey picture with you all. It  makes me smile. I hope you smile too! 🙂

“Happy Spring” by Missie S.

PS – Dairy Queen is giving away free ice cream cones, while supplies last. I am not getting one, but it’s not too late for you!

Have a fantastic day!

Missie S.

February 21, 2019 – Planting Cilantro

We just keep getting hammered by snow! Yesterday, we got a few more inches of snow, so DD and I played outside and shoveled some more. I love winter, but I would really love to open up the windows and air the house out right about now.

We walk around our garden, playing and tossing garbage on the compost pile, and I notice things sticking out of the thick snow. We have 2-3 raspberry plants, fence and posts, and old, dead cilantro plants we let go to seed. The plants are full of seeds, also known as coriander. Two days ago, we were outside playing in the snow (I was scraping ice off of the driveway so everyone would be a bit safer) when an idea hit me. I wonder if I plant the coriander, would it grow? I know the seeds survive the winter, but are they protected by the soil?  There’s only one way to find out. (Yes, I could look it up on the internet or in one of my gardening books, but that is WAY too easy!)

We journeyed over to the garden and plucked off a few stems of stiff cilantro. We took them in the house, picked the coriander, and gathered them into a bowl. In the garage, I shoveled some old potting soil into a clay flower pot. Both the pot with soil and the coriander seeds were left to sit overnight to come to room temperature. This morning, I wet the soil and planted four of the seeds in the pot. Now we wait.

Cilantro Plant – Day 1

Time to get back to work.

Have a great day!

Missie S.


February 19, 2019 – A Tuesday

Hello, All!

It’s a Tuesday. Nothing special going on, but I finally have my house to myself to get some things done. I like this Tuesday!

My husband came home sick on Valentine’s Day. He didn’t even make it until noon. He was sicker than a dog! He had been fighting a cold for a week and then it really hit him HARD! For the past four days I have been working on family and housework “things”. Everyone is back to school and work.

I made a fantastic homemade heart-shaped cake for Valentines day. I used the recipe for Yellow Cake in the “Better Homes and Gardens” cookbook. Nothing fancy, but very delicious! DD wanted it pink and we both “sprinkled” the cake with sprinkles and love. AND did I mention there was ice cream?! There was! It was great!

giggleFritz Valentine Cake 2019

I am off to work on my new booth layout at The WB Merchantile. I am having a little trouble coming up with a way to hang baby bibs. I also have new flannel material for new bibs. Lots to do on “A Tuesday”!

Have a fantastic Tuesday!

Missie S.