Monday, April 11, 2016

Losing My Sweet Daddy

My sweet little parents, Fred and Lorene (Rene) Mills, oh how we adore them!
On Friday we lost my sweet daddy to Cancer. He was in hospice for a very short time before he left us. We are so thankful that he did not have to linger and his pain is now gone, God is so good.
My daughter, my brothers and I all read something we had written at the funeral. I am going to share mine here, for my online friends and to have on record.
Read on April 10th 2016 at my father, Fred Mills' funeral.
'As I sat at the hospice center last Thursday-watching my little daddy resting-a million thoughts were going through my mind.
It's like I'm an observer as my mind sifts through memories, some great, some very difficult. I was two years old when my parents divorced. I was 29 when they met again. I was 30 when I was matron of honor at their wedding, in those in between years I was raised by my mother and never saw my father.
It was an interesting experience getting to know my father as an adult and to be honest I had a lot of anger to sift through and maybe a big of growing up to do. I eventually came to realize it wasn't about me. I had a wonderful husband and a very happy marriage, my parents had a chance at that for the second time-I wanted that for them, we all did.
They went on to have 25 wonderful years together and I got to know my dad-he was always happy-always loving and a very funny guy.
Back to the hospice room: I started wondering what he was thinking. Can he hear us? It didn't really matter at that point-we had said all that needed to be said. We had our usual argument of who loves who more-for the record, my daddy, I love you more!
It does seem like he went away so very quickly-just last Saturday he was joking with the transport drivers that brought him to the hospice center. Just one week later he took his last breath. How wonderful that our Heavenly Father showed us such mercy in making the end swift for his faithful servant. As his family, that adore him, how could we not be thankful for that? His pain is gone and his earthly journey was a long one. 
In his 85 years on earth he had many adventures-I have a feeling he's experiencing the greatest adventure of all right now.
(For those reading that did not know my father, you need to know that he had an arsenal of jokes, all very clean, all very corny but he had the knack of making you laugh every single time! Oh yeah, just so you know...my name is Judy ;)
Today-I would like to be his voice-I want to tell you what I think he would want you to know.
Here is Freddies' top ten list of things you need to know!:
1. Don't be sad. I was blessed with incredible children and grandchildren that I loved so very much. I am so proud of each and every one of them...But...umm....Judy was my favorite!
2. That brings me to #2-What do children and loose bowels have in common? The run in your jeans/genes! If your parents didn't have children-chances are you won't either!
3. After being without my little Rene I was once again honered to be her husband and love and take care of her for 25 years! She's my sweetheart!
4. Remember-Judy was my favorite!
5. Always hold onto this-I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13. This will help you get through this and much more in your life.
6. Did you know I traveled to every state but Alaska? Turns out Heaven's beauty surpasses it all! Of course that's no surprise.
7. I know my jokes were repetitious and maybe a bit corny! You see, I just loved to make you smile and hear your laughter.
8. My pain is gone-I'm so enjoying walking the streets of Gold!!!
9. I want to thank you all for being here for my family and for loving me. I love you too. Please take care of my Rene.
10. This one is very important! Judy was my favorite..!
That's it.
My daddy in a nutshell-loving everyone and finding joy in every day.' 
Our loss is truly Heaven's gain. But my daddy lives on in the faces and lives of his children and grandchildren!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

So excited!

Aldi!!!!
 
Yep, they're coming to our little ole town and I'm so excited!
 
We had to drive quite a ways to get to the store we like to frequent but now it's going to be a few minutes away.
 
Big news for our little town!
 
I am very happy about it. Others not so much, many folks say it's a 'cheap' grocery store that doesn't belong here. 
 
That my friends is the voice of ignorance! 
 
Aldi has come a long way since we first started going there. Their produce is excellent, they have tons of gluten free items. Since they don't have a huge employee base, they can pass on those savings to the consumers through a lower price point on groceries. I think of it like the old town general stores. 
 
I am not brand loyal to large companies that load their products with unnecessary fillers, I just want the plain simple stuff with a couple of ingredients, that I know how to pronounce! And you can get that with not a lot of hassles at Aldi!
 
Can't wait!!!

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Back in the Saddle!!!

Those best laid plans!!! 
 
Life kinda does it's own thing, doesn't it? We decided to close our shop and go ahead and destash all of my soaping supplies. That was all accomplished fairly quickly. Sadly, I missed making cold processed soap more than I can say, it just is an amazing thing to do!
 
Hubby could tell I was missing it and made me sit down and order the supplies to get going again! My freelancing jobs were not too bad but I hated sitting at the computer for hours on end, it droves me nuts!!!!!
 
Now, we have a fully stocked soaping room again and I'm a happy girl!!!!
 
We are going to be adding quite a few things to our product line, lotions, butters, bath bombs, aromatherapy, herbal goodies, etc. Looking forward to stocking it all up!
 
The first 2 months of this year were spent with me being closed in the bedroom with a humidifier going nonstop because I had some horrible respiratory issues. Bronchitis that would not let go. Thankfully now I am almost back to 100% and so very thankful for that!
 
Ready to start anew and counting ALL of my blessings!!!! God is sooooo good!!! 

Sunday, October 18, 2015

What to do with it all? Craigslist!




The journey had begun, but there were still many items that needed to go. So, what did we do next? Well, we went the Craigslist route. I'm sure most of you have used Craigslist a time or two, it's quite simple.
We had a few large items, power tools, mini fridge, things that needed to be sold local for a simple sale with no shipping. Craigslist has gotten a bad name because of some bad people, but in our case we always communicate a few times before giving any phone number, address, etc. Also, only a select group of folks would pay the price we were asking for the power tools, specifically ones that knew it was a good quality tool and they were getting a good buy.
We have sold all of our items except for the mini fridge, which seems to attract folks but they never respond back. And we have a large price antique that we will be listing, just waiting to get it all ready for pics.
We had the folks come to our home for the tools because; they needed to see them before buying, they are heavy and it worked best for them to come here and they needed to be plugged in so they could test them. Everyone was beyond nice and we would do it again in a heartbeat. We made a very good price on our items, generally only about 25% less than what we paid if the item was fairly new.
I always thought if I were going to meet someone for a Craigslist transaction I would have them meet us right next to a police station parking lot. If they didn't show up or you someone pull up and then leave, you know you're dealing with a dishonest person.
As I said, our transactions all worked out well and we were able to pick up some cash while weeding out the 'un-necessaries'! (yeah, I know it's not a word!)
The journey continues...