Friday Goals: Epic Fail

Well, the earlier part of my day was spent running errands. Things like taking the dog to the park and driving to Dunkin Donuts to redeem my coupon for an iced coffee and free donut. Pressing things, you see.

So then I come home and I’m all “I’m going to write my entire lab report before Jason gets home!”

That’s very hard to do with Facebook and Pinterest tabs up.

I got through the Materials & Methods part. Then I was like “Screw this crap! I’m tired, I want a nap.”

So I go lay on the couch and thumb through Netflix to find something to watch.

I landed on a Katy Perry documentary that actually wasn’t half bad.


I laughed. I cried. I danced in my living room as if I were her on stage. Marley joined in too, of course.

In summation, the later part of my day was spent dancing around my living room to “Firework” and “California Gurls”. I also pinched a nerve while hair-swishing to “Last Friday Night”. I am not old. I am not old. I am not old.

All in all it’s been a pretty freakin’ awesome Friday. I didn’t get squat done (except I did do squats in my workout this morning. Check-mark for me!). Good thing there is always tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day, and the next day…and…well, then my paper is due, so I’d be out of luck.

Here’s to getting nothing done and for living room dance-offs with my dog!





She makes the list every week, but my dog is ridiculous and keeps me laughing all the time…just look at that face 😀


…for backyard sunsets that make my heart all warm and fuzzy…


…for after school runs by the lake with my pup…


…for pizza date nights with the hubs, and the local draft beer that accompanied it…


…for a textbook that almost reads like a novel, so thankful for that! It makes it much easier when the chapters are 50+ pages…book

…for homemade tomato soup and grilled cheese, and the fall weather that led me to it…


…for a professor that is willing to stay after class with me to discuss long-distance running and marathon training (yep, I’m thinking of doing one again!)…

…for my sweet friend, Denisse, that eats lunch and talks about God with me every Tuesday and Thursday…

…and, finally, for my basil plant that I haven’t managed to kill (yet). Amen to that.


I hope your weekend is all that you want it to be ❤


Stacey B.

Friday Goals


Hi there.

Happy Thursday to you, hope your week has been swell. Last week, the Friday goals went pretty darn well so I figured “Why not do it again?”

My goals for tomorrow:

  • Have breakfast with my husband
  • Actually shower
  • Study for three hours in the morning
  • Take a break to bake granola bars and play with the dog
  • Study for one more hour
  • Break to clean the house and play with the dog
  • Study one more hour
  • Prep dinner and go to gym with hubby
  • Enjoy night of watching Walking Dead (omg Lori died!!!!! I didn’t like her but I didn’t want her to die. Geez, writers! Way to make a girl sob during a zombie show!)

So, a total of five hours studying. I can do it as long as I break it up. I have a big exam in animal phys on Tuesday that covers all of 11 chapters. Eleven.

And I promise not to get distracted by weird things this time. I wasn’t so successful at this this past Tuesday when, instead of studying for a test, I went around the house taping up Dwight Schrute heads in odd places.

I have problems.

Today I actually have physical problems. I woke up, stretched, and something in my neck popped and now it hurts so bad. I’m trying not to submit to the pain by tensing up, that always makes it worse. Hopefully it will go away as the day goes on, but I’m going to carry some aspirin to school with me just in case.

As for the weekend, Jason and I are planning a yard sale/thrift store date! (If I can wake up that early. And if I can move my head by then.)

It’s almost the weekend, hang in there! To brighten up your Thursday, I’ll leave you with a pic of this hilarious goat, Ivan, I met at Farm Sanctuary. This is what is called the “Ivan lean”.

"How you doin'?"

“How you doin’?”

For all you ladies out there…



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…For early morning work in the field…


… For awesome TV shows that I reward myself with for all that hard work…


…For a lazy cat that is feeling better…


…For a tree frog that has taken up residence on our front porch…and continues to jump into our house at night…


…for a hilarious pup that lays like this…nice Marley, real nice…


…for backyard deer that allow me to quickly get a pic before jumping the fence…


…for an animal phys. professor that lessens the pressure/stress by making his students laugh…

…for easy, delightful reads…


…for a husband that is forever trying to get me to break into the top layer of our wedding cake that is sitting in the freezer…only nine more months to go, I’m sure we can make it 🙂

…for great music that allows me to sing to my God…

…for my health and the ability to run, lift, rake, jump, push, pull, and move…

…for an awesome, awesome God that could never love me more than he already does…



Homestead: Grass is Growing


Ladies and Gentlemen,

We have grass!! Grass is growing in our field. It’s about dang time! I have spent all week raking the field into these bundles you see below.


It is no easy task. When Jason and I bought the house, the “field” (as I like to call it) was super grown up. But lucky us, our neighbor is a nice guy and family friend, so he kindly bush-hogged it for us for a reasonable price. It took two bush-hogging sessions to get the field low enough for me to cut it with the riding mower. And all that dead grass that you see above is what was left (and that’s not even half of it!). Because we have yet to buy an attachable clippings container for our mower, I get to go out there every day and work on it. I have five blisters, an awesome neck tan line, and a few fire ant bites to show for my work. Oh, and mounds upon mounds of dead grass.

I love working outside though. Its a great workout and it works my arms like crazy. But I’m so happy to see grass!!!! Lovely, beautiful green grass! I could pull a “Sound-of-Music” moment I’m so happy.


There is still some raking to do. About 1/4 of the field left, which I am trying to get done sometime today or tomorrow so we can cut it again. After this next cut, there should be no more raking involved 🙂 All of this grass has me running to my husband like “Ahhh, WE MUST PLANT. Food, oodles and oodles of tomatoes, corn, cucumbers, romaine!!! Are you with me?! Now move, move, move!”

And he’s all: “Babe. it’s too late in the year to do that.” And then I do a frowny face until he reminds me that we can start the compost for next years garden  and then I’m fine.

So we kind of have an unofficial compost started. It’s made out of 100% dead grass as of right now. This morning we discussed how we could build a container for a compost, so I see that in the very near future. The materials are cheap and we know how to do it. Should be a quick and easy project! I’ll be sure to show you the finished product.

After the field is raked, we are moving on to this guy (dun dun dunnnnnn):


Scary, right? This is the building/chicken coop/shed/workshop attached to the garage. This the building that our inspector deemed “useless” and told us it should be torn down. We beg to differ. It just needs some cleaning up and a new roof. Possibly new shelves. The sides are sound and in great shape, it just needs some lovin’.

??????????????????????????????? We have a guy lined up to do the roof for us once we are ready to take that step. I think some of the wood in there is salvageable and I love the blue cabinets…which, i was told by a friend were old chicken coops. I could see that. One of our later-on goals is to have chickens, it would be neat if we could use this area for that.


In other news:

I’m ready to eat a cleaner diet. The reason I bring this up is because of all of the veggies I’ve been thinking of planting, and how awesome our summer CSA was. I don’t like to label myself “vegan” anymore, but I eat a 90% vegan diet. I sometimes have cheese when I’m eating pizza or on spaghetti. And if there is feta or goat cheese in the house, you can bet I’m eating that too. This isn’t the point though.

This summer, Jason and I began to steer away from processed foods because of his health. We started doing things like making our own bread, jam, pizza crust, and desserts. A ton of things from scratch. (BTW- local concord grapes turned into grape jam—the. best. thing. ever. to. pass. my. lips.)


Our CSA ended a couple of weeks ago and I’m sad. We continue to buy our produce from our favorite farm stand, but the things they don’t have we have to buy at a grocery store…and it just doesn’t taste the same.  Which is another reason I’m ready for my own big, huge garden. When I say a “cleaner” diet, I mean I’m ready to get rid of the processed foods in the house. Make my own granola bars, pasta sauces, tortilla chips, salsa, etc. I think Jason is ready too. He’s actually pushing for the canning lifestyle, but I’m not quite ready for that yet! I can’t imagine canning anything with the way my schedule is right now..but I’m definitely open to it once I finish school. So this weekend, I’m going to try my hand at homemade granola bars and pasta sauce (not together) 🙂 We’ll see how it turns out.

And no more soda…as soon as I finish the 12 pack of diet root beer in the fridge. Then no more soda. One day a couple of weeks ago I was craving a diet root beer, like I sometimes do, but instead of buying a single 12 oz. like a sane person, I went and bought the 12-pack from a grocery store….naturally…seems logical, right? *sigh*

Anyway, all growing is not halted at the Belk homestead. I did plant my herb garden last week!

???????????????????????????????Funny story: I planted the seeds at 7 pm one night. Early the next morning, I go out to check on them and see a leaf in my basil pot. Of course I start bowing to an imaginary audience “Thank you, thank you so much…I just…I don’t know how I do it. It runs in my family I guess..thank you, you are too kind. I am a great gardener, aren’t I?”

And then a gust of wind blows the non-basil leaf out of the pot. And I straighten up and look around to make sure it’s too early for the hubs to see me. Seems like I have a lot to learn about this planting stuff…like basil doesn’t grow overnight..and I’m acting like a dork no matter what I do.  Yes, those are good lessons to learn. I’m happy to report that the basil is, in fact, growing now. Along with my cilantro and thyme. Yippee!

Time to study and get back out in the field. But first, I shall leave you with the MOMM (music on my mind):

I know. I’m sorry to do that to you.



MOMM {Music On My Mind}



I got out of lab late, missed my e-Group, and now I’m at home procrastinating what is probably 2-3 hours of homework. I’m so great.

Lab was fun though. We are discussing sensor and response mechanisms. The lab instructor used me as an example during entire class. Things like putting her hand quickly in my face when I wasn’t paying attention. Dropping a ruler to see how fast I would catch it, things like that… It was fun and I actually learn the most that way, when I have real examples to go by.

Anyway, I wanted to tell you that I will now be over-sharing on the blog. Lucky you.

Everyday I wake up with a song in my head that I proceed to sing in my mind or out loud all day until I finally YouTube it and listen. I am now going to be posting these songs on the blog, not every single day, but often. Though most of the songs that pop into my head are awesome, I can’t promise that you won’t see commercial jingles, TV sitcom tunes, or really really bad music on here. ‘Cos sometimes I’m like “Ugh, I hate this song! Get it out of my head!”. I’ll be sure to let you know which ones aren’t usually in my mental playlist. They are random- you’ve been warned.

Today’s hit was (drum roll please):

I love it! They are so cute together ❤ I wish music like this was still the mainstream today….Here’s to tomorrows song



Underlining from Rick Warren’s “The Purpose Driven Life”-Part 1

Hi 🙂 It’s been a rough weekend to say the least. I hope these bits and pieces give you the encouragement, peace, and understanding they have given me. Happy Monday, friends!

“It is impossible to do everything people want you to do. You have just enough time to do God’s will. If you can’t get it all done, it means you’re trying to do more than God intended for you to do.”

“Purpose-driven living leads to a simpler lifestyle…”

“A pretentious, showy life is an empty life; a plain and simple life is a full life.”

“Henry David Thoreau observed that people live lives of ‘quiet desperation,’ but today a better description is ‘aimless distraction’.”

“Prune away even good activities and do only that which matters most.”

“Purpose always produces passion.”

“…death always seems unnatural and unfair. The reason we feel we should live forever is that God wired our brains with that desire!”

“If you learn to love and trust God’s Son, Jesus, you will be invited to spend the rest of eternity with him.”

“The closer you live to God, the smaller everything else appears.”

“When you live in light of eternity, your values change.”

“Life is a test, life is a trust, and life is a temporary assignment.”

“Character is both developed and revealed by tests, and all of life is a test. You are always being tested. God constantly watches your response to people, problems, success, conflict, illness, disappointment, and even the weather!”

“A very important test is how you act when you can’t feel God’s  presence in your life.”

“…every second is a growth opportunity.”

“And all that you have is from God, why boast as though you have accomplished something on your own??”-Bible

“Lord, help me to realize how brief my time on earth will be. Help me to know that I am here for but a moment more.”-Prayer from David, Bible

“When we flirt with the temptations of this world, God calls it spiritual adultery.”

“In order to keep us from becoming too attached to earth, God allows us to feel a significant amount of discontent and dissatisfaction in life- longings that will never be fulfilled on this side of eternity.”

“God wants our worship to be motivated by love, thanksgiving, and delight, not duty.”

“Living life for God…will sometimes mean choosing a difficult path instead of an easy one.”

“The ultimate goal of the universe is to show the glory of God. It is the reason for everything that exists, including you.”

“I have carried you since you were born; I have taken care of you from your birth. Even when you are old, I will be the same. Even when your hair has turned gray, I will take care of you. I made you and I will take care of you.”– God to us, the Bible.

All quotes from The Purpose-Driven Life and the Bible.




Friday Goals

Hi. I have to leave for class in 20 minutes, but I was just piddling around my house thinking about everything I have to do on Friday and then I thought I’d create a list.

You see, every Friday I am free from school. No driving there and back, I get a day at home! And I always say “On Friday I’ll do this…” but somehow the important things I have saved for Fridays never happen. Or just happen really late. For instance, my first week of school I promised myself I’d spend at least 3 hours in the morning studying and catching up on flash card-making.

Didn’t happen and hasn’t happened since.

I’m super ADD. (No really, I’ve been diagnosed.) An example of how band my thought train derails: Last Friday I woke up with the intention to study. I went to my computer to print out my notes, as I was waiting for my notes to print I realized how disorganized my desk was. So I reorganized it. Then I realized how crowded the office was with all of the boxes of stuff, so I unpacked them all. Then I realized I didn’t like the layout of the office, so I changed it. Then I went to lunch with my mom. Then I went to the gym. Then I came back and walked into the office to get my notes and finally start studying, but then I realized how dirty the floor was, so I vacuumed. Then I was tired so I lay on the couch and Jason was home within 10 minutes.


Awesome stuff.

Soooo, this Friday will be different. Here is my to-do list in order of importance:

  1.  Change oil in car-study while waiting for car
  2. Go over all Animal Phys. notes, create flashcards for complex processes
  3. For the love of ….FOLD SOME LAUNDRY. Mountains are beautiful, but not when they’re made of laundry.
  4. Make bread for upcoming week
  5. Exercise
  6. Take Marley to the park or running with me.
  7. Do whatever Jason needs me to do around the house

So there. Now I’m held accountable. I will report back 🙂

Also-and this is a new weekly goal- I’m making a commitment to wear normal clothing on Tues & Thurs. 7 out of 7 days a week you will find me wearing workout clothing. Not because I want to <– I stress this to my husband all the time. But I workout after class everyday, so it makes the most sense to me to wear them to school (and then for the rest of the day). But not anymore. It makes me feel good to wear nice clothing sometimes and to put on a little makeup. So on Tues and Thurs, my longest school days, I’m going to wear actual clothing and bring gym clothes with me in a bag. Nothing spandexy. No sports bras (I can feel the girls breathing a sigh of relief). No sweat proof Nike shirts. None of that. Who knows, maybe I’ll get crazy and do selfies to prove I’m sticking to my plan?

Random Things

Sophie had to go to the vet this morning…even under sedation my little warrior cat was thumping her tail against the table and growling. She’s so hardcore.

Life on the Homestead is very busy. But things are growing and things are being chopped down. That’s another post in itself though 🙂

I have the best pesto pizza recipe to share with you all! It’s so delicious!!

Here’s to being held accountable, for it being Wednesday, and for the homemade iced coffee I have waiting for me in the fridge! Time to get to class!





…for dining room tables that make my house feel more like a home…

(and for $4 “welcome home” flowers that make me smile)

…for locally grown apples that are just dying to be made into a pie…


…for a husband that laughs when I do my best Elton John “Circle of Life” impersonation…


…for saving money on clothing and art for the home by shopping at thrift stores…



…for a church family that I love so dearly…


…for the opportunity to be a part of God’s kingdom here on Earth, what a privilege it is…

…for a dog that initiates play with me by dragging her disgusting, slobbery, mushy, half-eaten rawhide bone right across my forehead while I’m stretching on the floor…

…for good music on my drive to school this week…

(their banjo player is amazing!! I can’t wait to take lessons next summer!!)

…for prayers answered and diagnosis received…

…for my husbands patience with me…

…for this tree frog that joins us for dinner every night. The smart thing has figured out that if he hangs around the dining room window, he’ll get  to feast on moths all night long 🙂 …


…and for one certain tree frog that took the liberty of inviting himself in when I opened the front door last night…

…for this scripture…(source)

Psalm 139:7-12

New International Version (NIV)

“Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee from your presence?
 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
    if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast.
 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
    and the light become night around me,”
 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
    the night will shine like the day,
    for darkness is as light to you.”


…for greenery and beautiful landscapes…