Friday, July 20, 2018

Pinkie Progress

I just wanted to let you all know (just in case you were wondering)
 that living with 9 fingers isn't really that big of a deal.
I mean, I feel self-conscious a lot, but whatever, a missing finger
 is hardly what people look at when they are looking at me, you know?
Sometimes I forget, for example:
ME: "Lottie we are leaving in 5 minutes" 
then I hold up my hand 4 fingered hand.
Or sometimes I say to the Little Nies or the kids I teach in church 
ME: "High five me".  Then they look at me and say 
"You mean high 4 you?".  
Or sometimes I still think it's there and I try and hang
my purse on my crooked pinkie, like I used to. 
Oh then there is the blasted phantom pain.  
Sometimes it really aches or I feel super sharp pains.
Or sometimes I go to itch it- that feels weird, you know because
it's not there anymore.
I am on some nerve medication that
 (I think) is helping me get that pain under control.
It hurts to touch it or to clap, but I'm pretty sure that will all 
go away with time.
Mr. Nielson tells me a joke and teases me about it everyday, and
it never gets old and I laugh probably 90% of the time.
Get it? 90% of the time?

Pinkie Posts:
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Happy Weekend!
Spiritual Enlightenment: It Is All about People

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Memories on a wall (and in a phone)

One of the first things I wanted to do when we moved to 
North Carolina was to make a family photo wall,
similar to the one in Fox Hill:
So a few days ago I sat on the couch and watched while Mr. Nielson
meticulously measured, hung, re-measured and hung again 
some favorite family photographs.
I can't wait until we build our new home because I have designed the
perfect wall JUST FOR framed photos.
It's going to be super cool.
It should be said that my favorite art is my children and our memories.
These gorgeous walls are possible thanks to Pinhole Press
who makes it super easy for me to enlarge and frame 
(all online) my favorite Nielson memories.
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Speaking of photographs:
A bunch of our favorite family photos have been taken
 by the talented Blue Lily
Wendy is a wonderful friend who travels the world taking 
unforgettable photographs of families.
Wendy is teaching a class about how to document your summer memories 
(or anything really) with just your iPhone and iMovie on your iPhone.

Is there anything more frustrating than trying to document a 
wonderful memory or make an impactful video, but not knowing how? (YES!).
Or how about that feeling that you get when you feel like 
your movie is turning out long and boring and not 
at all how the actual event felt? (YES, YES!).
Are you going on a vacation this summer and want to have 
great memories of it in video form?
(YES I AM! ).
In this course, you will learn tips, tricks and skills about how to
 create an interesting and memorable video with only your
 iPhone and iMovie on your iPhone. 
Blue Lily will cover everything from shooting on the iPhone to
 exporting the finished product in iMovie.
This course can be perfect for anyone beginning iPhone videography! 
From a parent wanting an awesome memory of their family vacation, 
to a social media enthusiast and beyond. 
This class is available to take at your own pace.

Check out this ultra affordable class HERE.
And please enjoy this sample iPhone video by Wendy:

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Down to the River

About 10 minutes from the Harlow House is the Haw River, 
which is a tributary of The Cape Fear River.
 It's a slow river that I drive across almost everyday
 doing errands and whatnot.
Because we have amazing friends who live here in NC,
 we've been let in on a few secrets of the beautiful Haw River;
 like where to go, and what to do.
The Little Nies and Mr. Nielson visited the murky water
last 4th of July while I was sick in bed.
The Little Nies couldn't stop talking about it, 
and now it has become a family favorite.
We bring chairs, towels, lunch and Angus and enjoy a humid afternoon
at the river.  The water is warm and I am only slightly frightened
of water snakes.  But Lottie, Lottie has no fear!  

No people or leashes, just us- which is one reason I loved the ranch so much.
I am so grateful to live here in a wonderful neighborhood 
surrounded by wonderful people,
but we are SO CLOSE TOGETHER, 
and I feel really claustrophobic a lot of days (most days).
So getting away and running wild feels so good.
Just ask Angus who gets a little excited and has been known
 to jump on top of swimmers, like me:
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While packing boxes at the ranch I accidentally packed away all of
my beautiful glass stars from Piggy & Dirt.
The 4th of July wasn't the same without the colored glass 
glistening in the windows.

And I am pretty sure Halloween won't be the same without them either.
I was super glad to hear that all stars are 20% off throughout July!
Use code JULYSTARS for your discount and stock up. 
I am!
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And lastly,
A giant THANK YOU for your support and love with my 
post yesterday, I didn't mean to sound sorry for myself.
But your encouraging words meant more than you will know.