Sunday, October 28, 2018

Yopping Update #17 - shhhh, it is a surprise

Houlland is almost finished!   The rows are whizzing by. 

I started a new project, but it can't be revealed until after Christmas - so there is that.

I have been cleaning cupboards, and getting rid of things that are just taking up space and I never use.  I have four boxes for good will with kitchen stuff and books.  And I have a couple of boxes wrapped up with things to give to  others who will appreciate them more than I do. 

It feels good. 

I tore up all the old cupboard liners on the bottom pots, pans and tupperware shelves and when I get home from teaching on Wednesday I will buy some new shelf liner.  It will look SO much better when I am done. 

I haven't forgotten that Wednesday is Halloween.  I have the candy in the cupboard and a pumpkin to carve on the front porch.  I will be ready for the little trick or treaters.

It has not been an easy week and you can read about that in my previous blog post. 

Things are starting to shift in an upwards direction since a) writing my blog, b) talking to my sponsor, c) talking to my sister, d) following my daughter's suggestion to turn off my phone and have a good cry, and e) having a lovely evening with my niece and her husband and their four delightful children. 

Hugs from grand nieces and grand nephews are certainly healing.  So are hugs from their mother and father!  I got to read stories, play with star wars characters, and learn all about the different characters in 'Littlest Pet Shop'.  I have soooo much to learn as I embark on this grand-parenting journey. 

I also was told by the five year old that we HAVE to watch 'The Greatest Showman'.  Who am I to argue with that recommendation.

It looks like we have found a house sitter for our adventure in December and January so we are just getting the house in order to leave it in the care of someone else.  No easy task. 

Otis (our cat) knows something is up so he is alternating between being more skittish than usual, and friendlier than usual. 

So that is it for me.

I am certain other yoppers did more yopping and less fretting.  You can follow their adventures here.


  1. The shawl is wonderful!

    So glad to hear you are doing better emotionally. You have been on my mind all week.

  2. Your shawl is gorgeous, Mary-Anne.

    I am with the 5 year old. It's a must see. If you can suspend reality and just enjoy a rousing, toe-tapping, dance-happy show. I understand the criticisms, but I just can't make myself dislike this one.

    With our youngest having moved out this past week, we've been on a quest to rid our house of much stuff. It's amazing how inspiring an empty room can be. I miss my son, but I want more empty space.

  3. The shawl looks great - I love the colour and the diamond pattern. And I totally agree - getting rid of stuff you no longer need and use can be very freeing!

  4. Your shawl is beautiful. So glad to hear you sounding more positive. Keeping busy can be good. Hope the housesitter works out.

  5. Your shawl is looking great Mary-Anne. I'm so glad to hear that you are feeling better and more positive.

  6. I'm sorry you've been struggling but so glad you got to enjoy the 'yougin's'. I find children can teach us hoe to enjoy life if you find yourself forgetting. The shawl is amazing! I have seen so many beautiful ones lately. I hope this week goes better for you although you best now listen to the's horrific. Although, I can't stick my head in the sand either. I pray you are alright and glad you have so much support.

  7. I'm glad you had some wonderful, QT ohana time. I have to see that movie; my husband loves the soundtrack. He and the youngest had watched it some time ago.

  8. Such a pretty shawl. Having a clear out is definitely a mood lifter. I haven’t seen the movie yet, hope things continue to improve for you.

  9. I love the idea of cleaning cupboards and putting in new shelf liners - it all sounds sips fresh and clean and organized!

    Houlland is beautiful!

    Have a great week!


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