Since I am considered self employed I needed a large file cabinet in order to have a safe and secure place at my home for my client’s folder. I tried pricing them online and I just couldn’t commit to spending so much money. I mentioned to my sister, Donna that I needed to find a large filing cabinet and she began searching for one for me. Within a few weeks she was very excited to tell me that our parents had one under their carport that I could have for free. I quickly jumped on this file cabinet and I call her Bessie.
Bessie had been under the carport in all types of weather for more than 10 years and was hiding her true beauty under quite a bit of rust. After a few weeks of sanding and TLC she now looks like this.
When I first brought her home she looked like this.
Bessie had previously had a padlock on her which left her with holes and dents on the top front of her.
I sanded Bessie down to shiny metal and then I put three coats of Rustoleum white paint on her. I took wood filler and filled in her holes. I knew that I couldn’t make it completely disappear but I was able to disguise things quite a bit. I sanded off the excess and then began to focus on another area.
Bessie had contact paper on top of her when I brought her home and after stripping it off I found large dents in her top.
I went to Home Depot and bought a board for $12 and they were kind enough to cut it for me to fit the exact size of the file cabinet. I used Liquid Nail to attach it. Look how she looks with a wood top and painted a nice antique lace white.
With my mother’s encouragement to paint something on her I asked Donna to come over and freehand sketch a large flower that I had seen online on a large piece of furniture. This is with her sketch.
This is after day 1 of working on Bessie. I did not like the green. In the end I did the green portion of the leaves 4 times before being satisfied with the end result.
It took me three days of hand painting the flower and leaves to be satisfied with the end result. The similar picture that I had seen online was soooooooooooo much better than mine but I am still pleased with mine. She is all mine and I love her.
I know that I have been absent from the blog quite a bit lately but I have been so busy. As you know I am currently working as an insurance agent and we specialize in seniors so this is our busy time of the year. I have been working 12-14 hours per day 7 days a week. I have loved every minute of it but it has left very little time for making new recipes.
Changing careers was not an easy decision when I made it a short 15 months ago but it was the right decision for me. I love my job and with getting to have the freedom to build my own business and make my own schedule, I feel as if this was the job that I was always meant to have. I do not feel as if I have left Social Work behind. I am using my Social Work knowledge in every home that I enter. Working in the nursing homes provided me an education with working with seniors and way to assist them.
I enjoy going to work daily and with the divorce it has allowed me to support myself and to save for huge upcoming expenses that I am expected to have next year. I thank God daily for all of my many blessings. I could do nothing without giving him the credit. I know that he is in control and only wants the best for me.
Caleb is spending the night with me on Thursday to allow his Mom the chance to go Black Friday shopping. He isn’t planning to really spend the time with me. He wants to be here for when Samantha is here visiting with Isaiah for Thanksgiving. I can’t believe that I am only 24 short hours away from getting to hold my Little Isaiah. He is walking, talking, dancing and filling our hearts with nothing but joy. Caleb is looking forward to getting to actually play with him now. My heart is full and I am so thankful this season for everything that God has provided for me.
I pray that your Holiday Season is filled with joy, love and tremendous blessings!
This was more like pudding but the blog that I found the recipe on she called it flan. I love her blog and have made a few of her recipes but this is one of my favorites now. I did make several changes to it for several reasons. Real Flan naturally produces a caramel syrup but since we aren’t cooking with sugar this is not going to create a syrup. For this reason I consider it to be more like pudding. A very very good pudding!!
I always envious of how beautiful the photos are on other blogs of their food. To see the original recipe go to Maria’s blog here. I tried to create a beautiful picture but look how horrible it turned out.
I was very excited. I had bought this beautiful plate and server for only $3.98 at the Salvation Army. Isn’t it gorgeous?
When I flipped the flan out of the baking dish it fell apart. I just chopped it and put it in cute custard cups. Next time I will bake them in custard cups to begin with. I added chopped pecans and Mrs. Butterworth’s Sugar Free Syrup to the top. When I tried this without the syrup it was very bland. With the syrup it can be quite addictive.
Maria’s recipe called for Swerve and I do not use that item. I used half Xylitol and half Splenda. It was a very good blend of sweetness.
I am not going to add the recipe here my changes are small and she deserves credit for creating this one. If you don’t choose to use Swerve it is very good with my mix of Xylitol and Splenda. Don’t forget to add the pecans and Mrs. Butter worth’s Sugar Free Syrup. I think the recipe screamed for pecans so I added them. Enjoy.
Daisy is one of the most fickle dogs I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I have had a large blanket that all of the dogs shared. When Buford died Daisy refused to allow Max to lay with her very often on the big blanket. I decided to rearrange the furniture in the living room and to get rid of the blanket and just put the blankets in open door crates for the dogs to lay on in the same room.
These are the same crates that they sleep in at night. Daisy was doing fine for the few days and then she suddenly refused to get into the crate during the day. She became very needy and was obviously very stressed over not having the blanket.
Tonight I went to the store and bought 2 new dog beds so that she would stop growling and snapping at Max if he wanted to sleep beside her. I gave Daisy the red bed and Max the brown bed.
What do you think my little fickle dog did after about 10 minutes?
Daisy got off of her own red bed and got in the bed with Max. Go figure. After about 10 minutes Max left his bed and now he is sleeping on the red bed. I wonder how long this game of musical beds will go on.
Poor Max. All he wants is to help me cook and a soft bed to sleep in. He really is a good dog unless he is left alone in the house with a bowl of suckers. GRRR Now I have to scrub the couch to get the sticky off of it. Don’t ask!!
Isaiah loves to play with footballs. He can have an entire room full of balls and he will always choose the football to play with. He is such a beautiful baby. I love my grandsons.
I had a wonderful afternoon. My sister, Donna and her husband David came down and brought part of the dinner and I prepared the other part. My son, Stephen and his wife, Kristin and son Caleb came too. We had so much food but it was so great that everything on the table was healthy and good for us. Caleb was just as precious as always. He ate everything on his plate and asked for seconds of the broccoli that Donna brought.
I made the Marina Sauce Over Roasted Spaghetti Squash and Roasted Zucchini.
I also made Roasted Garlic and Butternut Squash. I found the recipe on the Living Low Carb One Day At a Time! It was good. I also made some butternut squash using the low carb brown sugar recipe and adding pecans. I don’t have exact measurements for this but you roast the butternut squash until soft and then mash. Add the low carb brown sugar to taste and then pecans and mix well. Serve warm.
Donna also made Creamy Bacon Wrapped Chicken Breast that she found on Pinterest. This is always a hit. I believe that this is the recipe that she uses.
Recipe for Chicken
This is a wonderful day and I am blessed beyond measure to have such a loving supportive family.
I have a couple of prayer requests. First of all I have a family member that is having a medical procedure on Tuesday. We are all a bit worried for her. Please pray for a benign result for her and for her pain to be minimal. Thank you.
I also have a prayer request for myself. As you know I am in the process of getting a divorce and I have several big changes coming for me over the next few weeks. Please pray for God to show me which direction he wants me to go and to open doors to make it happen. He has already placed good Christian people in my life to assist me but I want to be sure that I am doing what he wants me to do and going only in his direction! Thank you.
I have been so blessed in many ways over the past year. God has put people in my life that are encouraging and positive. I am trying to remove all negativity and he is opening my eyes to people that are not honest with me. I am at peace with the divorce and am trying to not be bitter or anxious. I am having to learn to relax and put my trust in him. That does not mean that I don’t get worried or stressed out at times but I have learned to take a deep breath and pray in those times. God is good and he will get me through this. I just need to be willing to listen to his quiet voice in a very loud world!