Phone Photo Friday


God is good! And why I don’t get away with anything.


I did something to my shoulder two days ago. Not sure what but it was definitely nerve related and hurt intensely. It probably happened from swinging my backpack into the trunk before work …

Anyhow, I was really wanting to not make a big thing of it, not draw attention to it, not tell anyone, not let it distract me … but yet, in all my attempts to do that, it was distracting me bad. Real bad. All day.

I made it until 8:00 pm without saying a word. Then I reached across the table for my Sprite at the Listening Room and winced at the take-my-breath-away pain. I succombed to temptation and I opened my mouth.

Me to Jason: “I really jacked up my shoulder. It’s killing me! I don’t want to make a big deal of it, though.”

I don’t know if it’s our 10+ years together or his super observant nature or his prophetic gifting (probably a combination of all 3), but he can see right through me.

J: “Ya know, there is a difference between saying you’re not making a big deal about something, still worrying and obsessing about it in your mind, and actually not making a big deal of it.”

I couldn’t help but smile. I knew I was pegged. He knows me better than I know myself.

J: “I’m not saying you’re doing that. I’m just saying —”

M: “I love you.”

J: “Don’t you mean, I hate you?” It’s hard being the messenger. Can you tell I usually react defensively?

M: “No, I love you because you don’t let me get away with anything.”

Driving home, I was praying about it. I decided if I was going to stop thinking and obsessing about it, I needed to fully give it over to God. I trust Him to take care of all of my needs big and small, including stabbing shoulder pain, but sometimes I need to confess that I’ve been letting it burden me and release it to Him. I think I prayed something like this:

God, forgive me for letting this become such a distraction for me. I’m handing it over to You. I trust You with it.

Instantly, the pain went away. Hallelujah! I have faith but even I was pretty surprised!

Then I made a wide right turn and stabbing pain took my breath away again.

Ok, I need a reminder. Something I say every time it hurts to refocus and remember that I handed this over to God. … How about “God is good!” Because He is good. Even when I have pain. He is still good!

So that’s what I did and have been doing for the past day and a half. The pangs of pain have been getting progressively less frequent. But when they hit, I proclaim “God is good!”  And whether the pain stops or not, that is what I will keep doing. It’s amazing what a difference it makes for me to say-try-attempt to not do something and to actually resolve to hand it over to my God who is able to do immeasurably more than I ask or imagine.

You don’t have to believe me if you don’t want to. You may be carrying secret burdens and letting your thoughts be consumed by your situation, even while holding it together on the outside. I just wanted to let you know there is another option.

George Nelson Starburst Clock


When we moved into our house 3 years ago I immediately started keeping my eye out for a great deal on a mid-century starburst clock for our dining room. Problems: the cool ones are super expensive, usually electric and many are brass with traditional roman numerals … we prefer something more modern.

Here’s a beautiful example of Westclok brand Sputnik-style atomic wall clock that’s available through Etsy. LOVE the teak and the spokes. It’s $110 and if you have that much money sitting around you should definitely buy this.

Anyhow, last summer at a yard sale Jason and I found a retro modern starburst clock. We haggled with the stingy seller and finally walked away with this plastic time keeper. It was silver-plastic faced with navy blue spokes so we decided to paint it black and white. I’m very happy with the result. We used appliance spray paint on the spokes (because we had some sitting around) giving them a really glossy finish. (I’ve blogged about it before.)

Also, we changed out the hands to some simple chrome pieces from a free clock I got from work.

Recently, I saw a blog post somewhere about this clock available from MoMA. I can’t believe it! I think our plastic garage sale find must be a replica of  George Nelson’s 1949 Starburst Clock. The aluminum and wood version from MoMA is also a replica. And those clock hands? Yeah, that’s what ours looked like, only navy.

I’m not ashamed to admit that I like ours the best! Sorry George. And now that I know it’s a George Nelson replica, what was intended to be a temporary place holder for a vintage atomic clock will be sticking around.

One of the owners of Wonders on Woodland – our neighborhood MCM antique store – gave Jason and I a valuable piece of advice last year. If a piece fits with your decor and looks vintage who cares if it’s just a replication or modern interpretation of mid-century. It’s your home – fill it with things you love!

Waterfall Faucets


We’ve been looking at vessel sinks and faucets for our bathroom renovation and I keep coming across these waterfall faucets. They seem to be very popular on eBay. Jason likes them but I’m a little concerned about the functionality. We have a glass vessel sink in our other bathroom that has many chips from us and guests over the past three years. Also, the glass doesn’t stay clean-looking for more than 24 hours. (In other words, even though it looks pretty, I would NEVER recommend a glass vessel sink!) I’m also concerned that the big chunk of glass would get in the way and/or splash too much.

Do any of you have experience with these waterfall faucets? What do you think?

• Does the glass get dirty?

• Chip easily?

• Get in the way?

• Does the water splash everywhere?

Jenn Ski Print Winner Announced


Congratulations to whitneyjc from Huntsville, AL, winner of my first ever giveaway! I’ll be contacting you so I can send you your prize!

Thank you to everyone who participated! I’m looking forward to doing more giveaways in the future.

Phone Photo Friday


Last day to enter to win this Jenn Ski print! Looks like your odds are pretty good.

Waking Up


My husband is a professional musician so in his circles of influence he’s always discovering new music and graciously sharing it with me. Yay! … or is it me stealing it out of his iTunes library?

Regardless of how it was acquired, I am listening to some new music from One Republic today and LOVING it! Their newish album Waking Up is only $7.99. It’s kind of a funky neo-soul rock and very creative. That’s the best this non-musician can describe it!

But don’t take my word for it, have a listen:

One Republic – All the Right Moves

I already loved the song but I was really pleasantly surprised by the beautiful video! Sound quality is poo-poo though.

One Republic – Everybody Loves Me

Not actually a music video but you can listen at least. Sound quality much better.