Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Yes, It's Tuesday

Hey Guys – Unfortunately, I don’t have a video for you this Tuesday.  I’ve been working on other projects this last week and that has left me sans video.  So, I thought I would take this chance to share with you what I’ve been up to.  Over the weekend, I took family Christmas card photos for three families (one being my own).  It was really fun and I’m more than happy with the pics.  

This image from our Christmas card shoot ended up on the cutting room floor.
Though it did make me laugh!

Later this week I'm headed south for a long weekend with friends. Hooray! Getting together with friends is something I really love but it tends to be a lot of work getting things coordinated.  Can I get a witness?  If that wasn’t enough Avery is having her volleyball tournament this week.  When I planned my trip, volleyball was supposed to have ended by now.  I’m pretty disappointed that I'll be missing her final game of the year.  Dang it!

Anyway, I hope you take some time this week and enjoy the beauty of fall.  Maybe with an outdoor fire that includes s’mores.  Just an idea.

Until next week,

Anna Lee

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tips for Clothes Shopping

Hey Guys!  It's Tuesday and this week's video is about shopping.  I'm headed out in a few weeks on a shopping trip with friends and I'm in the process of going through all my winter clothes.  Thought these tips may help you as we change seasons.  Have a great week!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

3 Life Skills Snow Skiing Has Taught Me

Fall showed up where we live this last Saturday.  It was heavenly.  Most people know that I love cold weather.  Cooler weather means we’re getting closer to winter which equals SNOW. 

Soon we’ll be heading out west to ski.

Some ski bunnies in their natural habitat.
Alta, Utah ~ January 2014

Amy, Anna Lee (me), Avery and Sarabeth

Being out in the snow, on a ski lift is one of my favorite places to be.  That 3 to 4 minute ride is one of rest and excitement.  If I had a choice I’d choose a blue bird day.  That’s a day of fresh powder with tons of sunshine.   

Which leads me to the topic for this Tuesday...

3 Life Skills Snow Skiing Has Taught Me

Don’t stop – just go.  While this may seem totally obvious, when you’re standing at the top of a steep edge the temptation to freeze is pretty compelling (not that this has ever happened to me).  Waiting there and staring down hill can pretty much ruin your experience.  Fact is there is only one way down.  Contemplating turns is only putting off the inevitable.  Just go.  You may not look too graceful on the way down but at least you tried.  I’ve had my fair share of yard sales (aka - a wipe out where you lose all your gear as you slide down).  I’ve carried this over to my everyday life.When I try something new I allow myself some space to crash and burn.

Lately I’m learning a lot and taking more risks than ever.  Many times I’ve had to look myself in the mirror and say, “Don’t stop, keep going!’. 

Stay loose so when you fall it won’t hurt as bad.  Notice I said, “… when you fall” because you will fall.  If you aren’t falling then you need to be skiing harder terrain.  So whether you’re skiing powder or corduroy you need to be flexible.  If you aren’t, you will use more energy and be more prone to injury.  This is true of pretty much everything in life.  Let go of your expectations and surrender to what you can’t control. 

Loosening up is something I have really been trying to work on over the last few years, both physically and emotionally.  I believe I’m making progress.  Well sorta – I still have the tightest hamstrings on earth. 

Stay with your buddy when tree skiing.  This translates as relationships are important.  A couple of years ago, while skiing at Alta, I found myself straddling a small tree.  We love to ski in the trees but the thing about it is you need to look ahead.  This trip I was looking too far ahead and found myself front and center with a tree.  My skis sunk down into the tree hole and I was stuck.  I could not remove my skis or crawl out.  Luckily, Danny was there and after he stopped laughing he popped my boots out of my skis.  Then another friend pulled me out by grabbing me under my arms.  Literally, there was no way that I could get out of that hole without help.  

There are some moments and situation where we need others to do for us what we can’t do for ourselves.

Have a great week and I'll see you next Tuesday,

Anna Lee

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Check out my new "coffee table"!  

Over these last few weeks Danny and I have been working on our living room.  We haven't had a coffee table in forever. Danny didn't really want one because we like to relax on the floor in front of our fireplace.  I saw these the other day on clearance at Meijers (of all places).  They are perfect for our space. SCORE!

Today's video ...

Here is the LINK to the On Being podcast with Krista Tippett.  She interviews Father Greg Boyle. Love her!

A more recent episode that I really liked you can find HERE.  She interviewed Paulo Coehlo the author of the book, "The Alchemist".  He has had such an interesting life.  I especially appreciated his words regarding his 34 year marriage.  

Have a wonderful week,

Anna Lee

Monday, September 29, 2014

Yes - It's Tuesday ...

You know what to do -

Now, it's YOUR turn.  What do you have in the closet or cabinet that you are saving for a special event or day?  Maybe you need to make today special!  Hope this post got you thinking.

Anna Lee

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Because I know you're dying to know ...

Because you tossed and turned all weekend ...

Because you can't wait any longer ...

Here is my fireplace update!! Ta-dah!!!!

To quote my brother-in-law, "It looks SO MUCH BETTER!"  Blush

In attempt to tame the sting of his comment he quickly called the previous look "classic" which is code for dated.  Sigh 

Sadly - I think he's right.

As far as the mirror on the mantle we decided that we would like to go with a darker framer.  So yours truly, will be making a trip to return and pick up a new mirror.  What do you think?

After you've recovered from the shock of the fireplace transformation, watch the video below :)

Here is the link to my church website www.southlandchristian.org and the podcast which you can find here.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Some Random Tuesday Musings

Another Tuesday together!!!!

My fireplace ...

You can see why I want to paint it.  Ha!

What do YOU think I should do?

Until next Tuesday,
Anna Lee