Blame it on April :: I've been BUSY

Along with my SURPRISE blog redesign,
I wanna catch up with you on what's going on around here:

I'm not quite sure when this happened, but I am pretty sure it occurred 
mid-April, when I became missing in action here on my blog.
{I know you are so surprised!}

It's not that I have forgotten about YOU or about writing, in fact I have missed it very much!
You see, April came, and life's divine interruptions with it.

Here are some of my excuses for not postin' reg'lar-like:

April 9th, we were in Jacksonville, Florida celebrating my paternal grandmother's 90th birthday.
What a blessed time of celebrating the life of a woman, my Gram, who has affected my life so much, without her prayers, I wouldn't be me. (Post coming about that...)
Miss S (my college girl) and I stayed in Florida a little longer to help my mom clean out my sister's old bedroom. My mom came back home with us and we got to enjoy her baking!

Then, mid-April, Miss S announced that she no longer wanted to attend Furman University.
This is a longgggggggggg story, but Mark and I agreed.
And so, she started visiting (this involved me as chauffeur) other colleges and universities to attend in the Fall. Final exams were last week, and I fetched her from campus (along with that came the cleaning out of the dorm room that hasn't been wiped down or vacuumed in 9 months proper-like)--FUN! (if you have never tried it, I highly recommend it if you have nothing on earth better to do). With her came all her stuff and I love every inch of it!

Late April, we planted our new organic vegetable garden in the raised beds
outside the basement cafe', like we did last year.

A phone call came out of the blue at the beginning of May from a lady
representing the Pacific Intercultural Exchange. She'd heard that we may be interested in
a foreign exchange student. We were, but it had been a while since we'd mentioned it to a friend
who'd had 7 or so of her own exchange students through the years.
"A girl, from South Korea is what we want," I told her (it felt like I was picking out a puppy).
We were given a name of a girl, our high-school daughter Miss A's age: Hyo-Jin.
The phone conversation led to an email and a visit from a PIE rep, on Mother's Day,
which involved paperwork, a background check, references from friends, neighbors and employers,
 and pictures of our home's exterior and interior (living areas, her bedroom and bath) 
which prompted me to finish up Miss S' room that I started staging months ago.
Hyo-Jin will arrive in late summer, if she accepts us as a host family, and she will live with us 10 months.
We won't be selling our home till she goes back to her home in the city of Ansan.
And we are quite content and excited about this divine interruption!

Another change I desired was the design of this blog.
After an initial unsuccessful attempt with a first designer, on the 6th of May, I found a wonderfully talented and reliable designer, Marina, with Penny Lane Designs, who so totally rocks!

She only takes select clients throughout the year, so, if you need her,
stop and say hello (and "help me"!)

She is a home maker, too, that works from her home, during her son Owen's nap, I guess!
This is Marina and her 21 month old son.

Thank you, Marina, for taking time for me and my little space here in blogland!

Our college girl is home for another week, then I take her up to North Carolina to work
for 9 weeks at a church day camp....must stop at Ikea on the way through.
Speaking of Ikea, coming next week, I'll be posting a review, by my very own sister, of some of Ikea's cookware.

I don't mind a few pauses and timeouts from the routine,
interruptions and sidetracks are pretty cool, too,
since the TO DO list can get tedious, can I get an AMEN?

But, sometimes, when even our daily intentions can't be accomplished,
we get tired and overwhelmed and employ a too oft used word:

And so I have been. Busy.
And I'm grateful for it.

I blame it on April.
Oh, alright, I'll go ahead and blame it on May, too!
Wouldn't you, Mr. Bean?

In other news... on Monday, I am joining this like I did last year:

I have some beautiful Vintage-Inspired Parisian Cottage goodies to give away!
In addition, an etsy friend of mine is offering her art to the winner, here is a sampling of her designs:

Please come back and enter!!

Well, that's all for now (not really), but maybe you're about ready to fall asleep?

Let's remember:
It's not how busy you are, but why you are busy -- 
the bee is praised, the mosquito is swatted.



  1. Hey there Leslie~ Wow you have been busy-but all good! Love the picture of you and your Gram! Have fun at Ikea- I always get lost when going in that store! Your blog is beautiful :)

  2. LOVE the new look to your blog! And gosh, I'm pooped just reading about your past month (and upcoming months, too!). But you will persevere and be wonderful at all you do! Love those prints your friend is offering as a giveaway. I adore anything with a chandelier on it!!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Angelic Accents

  3. I LOVE (love, love!!!) the new design! It's awesome and so pretty! (I may have to upgrade sometime!) Wonderful.

    Can't wait to read about your upcoming adventures!

    -Becky :)

  4. Beautiful! Very nice surprise! So "homey" and lovely!! I have missed seeing your posts...glad to know all about your not-moving stuff, too!

    Becky B.
    Organizing Made Fun

  5. The new blog look is fabulous!!!Im glad you found someone that was able to give you exactly what you wanted.Looks as if life is great!I guess I will go and browse your pages and read the old garden entry thanks for sharing these little bits of your life!

  6. I love the new look blog! It certainly has been a busy time for you. CAn't wait to hear all about your next adventures!

  7. Your new blog design looks fab, and I'm excited for you about the exchange student. We had German exchange partners, but they were only here for a short exchange. It was so fun showing them our world.

    I've been busy and out of sorts for about two months, too.

  8. Yes, you certainly were busy, Leslie! The blog looks great, too. Your friend's art looks wonderful and I will definitely be back to enter your giveaway. Did you enter mine for the ruffled table runner? : ) Good to "see" you, my friend!

  9. Love your new look, beautiful!

    And love the pic of you w/ your Gram, you have a beautiful smile!

    And that last line, good one!!!

  10. Congratulations on all your interruptions! Those are wonderful things to be happening in your life. New blog design looks great!!

  11. I think you might need to come up for air!!!! lol..... WOW..... busy is not the word..... How beautiful the pic is of you and your Grandmother!!! And.... I so wish I had known you were here in Jax.... I would so love to meet you someday!!! Thank you for squeezing a few minutes for us... and I look forward to the Cotage give away posts!!!! Thanks again Leslie!! Terri

  12. How awesome to be celebrating your Grams birthday..Happy 90th indeed! You sure have been busy. I do love your blog design..I liked your old but the new is fresh and trendy!

  13. Hello friend! Your blog looks absolutely beautiful and it was so fun to see a new post pop up from you! I loved hearing about all of your latest news and I especially loved reading, "its not how busy you are but why you are busy" true!
    Hope you have a great rest of your week,

  14. Hello, my friend,

    I adore your blog make over! All of your readers (that includes me) will be here upon your return. Remember we blog about life we don't live life to blog!
    A belated birthday to your sweet Grammy. Good luck to Miss S on finding a school that suits her. Hosting an exchange student sounds like a wonderful experience. Can't wait to read about it.


  15. Your design looks great! And thanks alot for that last quote- what a reminder! I don't want to be busy just to be busy- but rather busy about something good and productive and fruitful!


  16. Welcome back dear friend! You blog is beautiful!! Loving the design and colors!
    You have been a busy girl and as you know South Korea is close to my excited for you!
    Hugs and lots of love,

  17. Whew! That's a lotta stuff. Life does get in the way of our blogging, organizing and planning.

    It's nice to "hear" your voice again. (love the picture of your grandma!) Lisa~

  18. Leslie, chica, that picture of you and your Grams is love and joy personified. Warms my heart instantly.

    Your friend's art is beautiful. So glad you're joining in the cottage charm fun. I just couldn''t resist.

    Muah! XOXO

  19. Hello my darling friend. . .

    I've been blamin' a lot on April, too, although I hadn't thought to write a clever post about it! You're so smart.

    So your exchange student will visit and IF she likes you she'll live with you next year? IF??? Leslie, Leslie, Leslie. What's not to like?? How could she NOT like you? You're wonderful!

    Your new blog design is lovely. I liked the old one too, of course--you can't go wrong! :)

  20. I love your new design! It looks like you! Blessings to you my sweet friend!

  21. The new layout look fabulous! I approve :). Just kidding, but really I do love the new look. And I can still navigate!!!

  22. I am so happy that you have been given the chance to host a student. I did it during my High School years and it was one of the most rewarding experiences to date.

    I hope your daughter finds a school that she likes! I have twin nephews who are applying to Furman this upcoming school year but your post has made me feel unsure about it. Do you have any tips for them if they are accepted/decide to go there?

    Have a great week!


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