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Written by  Friday, 07 July 2017 22:37
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Fourth of July Celebration with Ashton's work crew:   Erika Thomas, Krystle Sherrell, Ashton Wise, Brooke Grimsley Fourth of July Celebration with Ashton's work crew: Erika Thomas, Krystle Sherrell, Ashton Wise, Brooke Grimsley

By Glenda Wise

I hope you all had a fabulous Fourth of July! We hosted a celebration at our home with friends and family. Donnie invited friends from his cycling group and Ashton invited work friends. We had lots of food and fun and then headed down to Poteau’s fireworks show. I hope you got to see it, the city really outdid themselves. Also, wanted to give a big shout out to the Chamber and all the volunteers for hosting the annual celebration. I know it takes many people to work and make the event a success.

Of course, a few days before our party I had a list that was a mile long of things that needed to be done around the house. You know all the stuff that has needed to be done for the past six months and suddenly it’s a must to get done. Yeah...that list. In Donnie’s defense, we got really behind when I was in the hospital for a week and that coupled with a slow healing time did not help matters.


That really put a halt to a lot of things, so in one weekend we did half a year’s worth of work. We cleaned up the flower beds, cleaned all the windows, rearranged wall stuff, you know the standard things you tend to put off because there are more pressing issues. In my head, I keep telling myself there has to be a better way than this! A better way to do this a little along and not be working our fingers to the bone two days before an event and I’m sure there is........I just don’t know what it is. Life starts happening around us and pretty soon it starts being a matter of survival and doing the absolute most pressing things first and window washing gets moved to the bottom of the list. The best thing I can come up with is to devise a cleaning/chore monthly to-do list like cleaning the outside of the windows once a month unless it’s the winter months. I can’t do cold air and water, I’m not that tough.

I could also add to my list, “Do a fun house project every other month.” I’ve wanted to do something different inside our fireplace for some time, but since that doesn’t fit into my Dave Ramsey budget, I had to look for things around my house to liven it up. I ended up gathering rocks from our land and placing candles and candleholders that I already owned inside of it. My next project is definitely going to be cleaning the inside the fireplace and possibly repainting. I’ve been researching acceptable paint for the interior of a fireplace and have mixed recommendations, so I’m not really sure what to do about that. If any of you have any ideas or experience with that, feel free to message me.

Bottom line is that I really don’t have an answer as to how to keep last minute honey-dos from happening and maintain my life, so I will just try not to stress about it and roll with it.


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