Happy July friends! Can you believe how fast my favorite season of the year is flying by?
SLOW down Summer, so I can drink you in!
Today I’m going to share with you what I learned in the month of June but I also want to offer you a
great BIG bribe . . .
Let’s start with the winner of the 52 Commands Book Launch Giveaway which I ran a couple of weeks ago. Drum roll please ——–and the winner is:
Please check your email Marilyn so we can get your prize in the mail to you right away. You’re gonna love it!
Now, on to the bribe. In all the time I’ve been blogging I’ve never taken a reader survey. Readers surveys are important because they tell me what you want to hear from me here at Old Things New. This blog is a combination of Old Things New transformations – furniture makeovers, budget decorating, thrifting, etc., and faith based posts (Freedom Friday) where I share stories of my life as a Christ follower, and hopefully, encouragement for you.
I don’t want to write just what I want to write. I want to write what best serves your felt need. This survey asks several questions that will help me focus my efforts more to my readers and also has spaces where you can write brief comments that will give me insight into who you are.
In appreciation for your time (it will take about 5 minutes) here’s the bribe:
One of you will win an Amazon gift card valued at $100!
That’s how important this survey is to me. Even though I’d like to give every one of you a prize there can only be one winner. However, the big win for the rest of you will be a blog that is (hopefully) more geared to what you want from Old Things New.
So here’s the ten question survey. After taking the survey please come back and comment, letting me know you’ve completed it (so I can enter your name in the drawing) and then allow me share with you my June in Review.
Finally, my month in review. I first stole the idea of doing a monthly wrap up post from my friend Susan at Hope, Heart, Home. Now I’m stealing this list format from her as well. I didn’t steal her whole list though, only part of it. Does that make me any less a thief?
Now on to my June in Review:
LOVING: Summer weather and as much time at the lake as I can get. We got to share a week at a cabin on Lake Keowee with good friends 🙂
READING: Nothing Christian/inspirational at the moment. In the Summertime my guilty pleasures are mysteries and psychological thrillers, as long as they aren’t dirty or freaky. Tough to find. I’ve begun reading BLINK by K.L. Slater and so far, so good. I’ll let you know if I have to delete it from my Kindle. I’m also reading The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. It’s research for the book my dog Snoopygirl is writing.
LISTENING TO: Whatever Alexa (my Echo lady) plays for me when I shout out that I need some praise and worship!
SHOPPING FOR: Nothing right now. Trying to save money.
EXCITED ABOUT: Life. I feel like we are so blessed to be where we are at this stage of life and all we get to enjoy living here in South Carolina. It is more than we deserve.
WORKING ON: We just finished building a new gate (with a beautiful salvaged, scrolly, antique insert) and I’m trying to get it stained in between the daily bouts of rain (it isn’t supposed to rain for 24 hours after staining). I will share pictures on the blog when done.
ENJOYING: Morning coffee on my new patio. That too will get it’s own blog post during the month of July.
USING: My new Norwex mop. A lot. It’s great for cleaning up muddy dog paws and disinfects as it cleans, all with water alone!
WEARING: Summer dresses, shorts with tees, and flip flops every day.
PLANNING: The rest of my Summer so I can set aside some serious time to work on my book.
SINGING: It is Well. Yes, it is an older song but I need to keep reminding myself that no matter what is going on in the world that it is only the physical realm. What’s most important is spiritual, and my relationship with God, and as long as it is well with my soul God will take care of the rest.
LEARNING: How to give hard and painful situations over to God so that He is released to do the work He desires to do on my behalf.
WISHING (praying) FOR: The fullness of God in my children’s lives. He has a plan for them and it is GOOD.
DOING: Adding plants (a few at a time) to a new back yard planting area that was created when we had a slope excavated for the patio.
DREAMING OF: One day (after hubby’s retirement) downsizing to a cottage on the lake. Because sometimes dreams do come true.
NOT CRAZY (sad) ABOUT: One of my children was here in June and wouldn’t allow me to take pictures. She has been very ill and doesn’t like the way she looks. Prayers appreciated.
Finally, my month on Instagram:
I’ve been known to link up to the following great parties!!!
IShouldBeMoppingTheFloor, TheDedicatedHouse, Dwellings, ProjectInspired, InspireMeMonday, BetweenNapsOnThePorch, CelebrateYourStory, What Joy is Mine/Monday Musings, Darling Downs Diaries, The Art of Homemaking, MomentsOfHope, Glimpses, SittingAmongFriends
TalkOfTheTown, HomeStoriesAtoZ, AStrollThruLife, CoastalCharm, CedarHillFarmhouse, TuesdaysAtOurHome, TheWinthropChronicles, Rich Faith Rising Unite Linky, Testimony Tuesday,Cheerleaders of Faith,Tell His Story
SavvySouthernStyle, A Wise Woman Builds Her Home, Woman to Woman Word Filled Wednesdays, Mom’s Morning Coffee, Women with Intention, Coffee for Your Heart, MessyMarriage, ThreeWordWednesday, WriterWednesday
ShareYourStyle, ImpartingGrace, EmbracingChange, HaveADailyCupOfMrsOlson, MyRepurposedLife, ADelightsomeLife, KatherinesCorner, Thought Provoking Thursday, SincerelyPaulas, ThoughtfulThursday, Tune-inThursday
FrenchCountryCottage, TheCharmOfHome, TheDedicatedHouseAnythingBlueFriday, ShabbyliciousFriday, Sweet Inspiration, Faith’nFriends, Missional Women Faith Filled Fridays, Dance With Jesus FreshMarketFriday