Day to Day

Giving you insight on the not-so-boring day to day lives in or around the farmhouse in Navasota or the house in Highland Village Texas.

I have two new Blogger friends that have joined together to bring you the Perk Project.  Hi Stacey, Hi Jemma!  The posts are about being positive and encouraging one another.  Stacey asked if I’d like to join in on the last one in the series so of course I couldn’t say no to that.

In doing so I had to ask myself what makes me happy and what gives me encouragement.  The answer was easy.  It’s serving others!  For as long as I can remember (okay, not counting the self absorbed adolescent years), I’ve enjoyed serving others.  I. LOVE. IT.  I love it!  (LOL – side note –  Saying that totally made me laugh.  Have y’all seen the Oprah commercial saying I love bread over and over?  It might be a Weight Watchers commercial, I don’t know, but the woman loves bread.)  I digress, sorry.  

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I kinda wish I would’ve figured that out long before my college days.  I might have chosen a different path.  Maybe a nurse, or a customer service agent or a therapist, or maybe become a school cafeteria worker.  Almost anything service related.  I say almost because I have to draw the line at watching kids.  That. is. not. my. thang.  I guess being a Decorator/Home Stager/Blogger is sort of a service type job.  Hmm, what if I become a Walmart Greeter when I get older?  How awesome would that be?  I could smile and hand people a shopping cart, saying they’ve already been wiped down and sanitized for their convenience.  😉

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I want you to find your happy in serving others.  It’s seriously gratifying.

Ways to Serve Others

Think about ways you can serve your family.  You could fold their clothes after pulling them from the dryer.  Maybe vacuum out their car or make them a special lunch for work.  Maybe scrape the ice off their windshield or put their coat in the dryer and pull it out right before they have to go outside?

Don’t forget your neighbors.  Can you make a meal for them if you know they are having a busy week?  Possibly pull their trashcans in from the curb or help them rake leaves?  Maybe drop their kids somewhere or call and ask if they need anything while you’re at the store?

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Serve your co-workers.  How about organizing a potluck so they don’t have to buy lunch or go out all the time?  You could clean out the office fridge and/or dishwasher.  When you ask how they are doing, mean it.  See if they have a need or need prayer.  Leave an encouraging card on their desk.

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Serving strangers also brings joy.  Offer to take someones basket back to the store or hold the door open.  If you see someone drop something, pick it up or if they can’t reach the cereal on the top shelf at the store, get it for them (and wave, that could be me you’re serving).  If it’s raining, walk up next to someone and share your umbrella. We try and keep $5 gift cards in our car for various reasons.

Luke 6:38 - A Bible verse for serving others found on blog

Some tasks are small and insignificant but others are more meaningful and may take a little longer but serving others is about them, not you.  It’s about learning to put others first and being less selfish.  It’s loving someone else besides yourself.

I hope you find reasons to serve throughout the day.  I truly believe it will bring you joy.  You’ll perk up and be lifted on the inside.  You’ll have a sense of satisfaction that is hard to describe.

Before long, you just might want to be a Walmart Greeter right next to me!

What is your word of the year?

Have you ever heard of people choosing a “word of the year”? Have you tried it? When I heard about it a couple of years ago, I quickly waved it off thinking it was more like a New Years Resolution which I typically don’t do. But this year I need stricter rules.  I need a plan.  A plan that spurs motivation.  That is what I think choosing a word for the year is about; a sort of pondering the big picture or having something to do with personal growth.  But most importantly it’s about progress not failure.

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This will be my first year to give it a go. Most likely because my life seems ridiculously busy even though I thought at my age things would be slowing down or it could be because I tend to forget things.  I really don’t know but I’m doing it.

What's your word of the yar for 2018?

After doing a small bit of research, I’m suppose to begin be deciding what I want to accomplish in 2018. The word I choose is to help with intention; with keeping focused when I feel scatter brained or if things are getting crazy in my day to day life.  It’s about helping me (us if you do this) stay focused as I traverse through 2018.

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I will put my Word of the Year in a place I’ll see it when I’m working at my desk and somewhere I’ll see it while going about my day to day chores.  I’ve listed several words hoping you understand and to give you insight to what I’m talking about.

What's your Word of the Year for 2018? By County Road 407

I hope you join me in growing/staying on task/being intentional with a Word of the Year!  I would also love to know what word you choose!  If you have already figured it out or are still mulling it over, post a comment and let me know.  By the way, I think my word is PUSH.  I want to push myself to try new things, push and not quit when things get boring.  I’d like to push and finish tasks that have been sitting on my desk for a year or use all that craft stuff sitting around drying out! Just to name a few.  😉

Happy 2018!

As I think back on 2017 and realize what a great year it was, I look forward to 2018 and wonder what I want to accomplish in my life, my house, my relationships.  Do you do that – reflect and look forward?

I’m not a big New Year resolution maker but certainly want to be a better person, a better wife, mom, neighbor, etc., but this year I’m adding to the list.  I want to be a better blogger!  Blogging is for you as much as it is for me so I want to ask YOU what YOU’D like to see more of or less of from County Road 407.

Don’t worry about hurting my feelings, you won’t.  I’m ready!  I have on my thick skin whatever-you-say-bounces-off-me-and-on-to-you suit.  😉   So get started and take my 2018 Reader Survey!

2018 Reader Survey for

1) What would you like to see more of on County Road 407? (Click all that apply)

2) What do you struggle with in decorating?
3) What areas/rooms in your home do you feel you need help?
4) When I decorate a new space, do you prefer to see the entire process from start to finish or only the end in all its glory?
5) How do you find out about NEW posts from County Road 407?
6) Do you follow me on Social Media?  If so, which one(s)?

7) What is your favorite thing about County Road 407?
8) How often do you visit County Road 407?
9) What other suggestions or comments would make County Road 407 better or the best blog ever?

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Thank you so very much for taking my survey – It’s greatly appreciated!

I love Thanksgiving.  We have most of the family here, some of us wear fat pants, we reflect on our blessings, we overindulge, laugh, play games and genuinely have a wonderful time.  This year, Lord willing, we will do the same.  But y’all, it’s almost upon us – only one more week and I’m totally unprepared!  So if you’re anything like me and need help, I’m passing on a last minute Thanksgiving checklist!

Last Minute Thanksgiving Checklist

This Friday – Figure out how many people are coming over.  Do you need to borrow or purchase an extra folding table and chairs?  Do you need extra dishes or glasses?  Decide on what you’ll be making and baking and make your grocery list.  Now is also a good time to let your guests know what they can bring.  It will help take the load off of you (me) and make them feel needed.

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Saturday – Clean out the refrigerator to make room for the food.  Check your foil and plastic containers.  Do you have enough for leftover stuffing and corn casserole?  Now off to the grocery store.  You probably won’t remember everything this trip so wait until Tuesday or so to get the perishables.  Except the turkey.  Around here, you better get one sooner than later or you’ll be eating chicken nuggets from McDonald’s.  Plus, if you buy a frozen turkey, you’ll need it to start thawing in the refrigerator.  It takes roughly five hours per pound, so a 20 pound bird bought today should be thawed by Wednesday.

Sunday – Figure out what games you’ll play and have the supplies like score cards and pencils ready. has a Last Minute Checklist to help with Thanksgiving prep!

Monday – If you are having over night guests, clean the bedroom and bathroom.  Then tell everyone to stay out!  It never fails at our house, I can scrub the bathroom and an hour later someone will use it even though it hasn’t been used in weeks.  Ugh.

Tuesday – Dust your home including the chandeliers, ceiling fans, etc. If the Mother-in-law is coming, she just might bring a white glove and ain’t nobody got time for that!  I’d also say today you could make the cranberry sauce because it will stay fresh for a week.  But for us, we like it straight out of the can and sliced on the ridges so I will wait until Thanksgiving day for that.  I can hear the sluuuuurp as it drops out of the can right now 😉

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Wednesday – It’s bake and cut day.  Cut up the onions, celery and wash any veggies you’ll be serving.  Keep them covered and stored in the refrigerator.  Bake the cornbread and break up the bread and assemble the dressing.  Bake your pies or desserts and don’t forget to make the whipped cream.  While things are baking, set the table and add the centerpiece.  Lastly before dragging yourself to bed, check to see how long the turkey needs to cook so you can set the alarm.

Thanksgiving Day!

 Wash and/or stuff that turkey bird and get it in the oven.  Enjoy a break for breakfast.  Around midday, start the side dishes.  About 30 minutes before dinner time and when the turkey comes out, let it rest while you make the gravy and reheat the side dishes on the stove top, in the oven, or in the microwave.  Here’s where all the early prep work pays off.

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I seriously hope this list helps.  It has already helped me feel as though I might have a handle on it this year.  I’m somewhat of a control freak about dinner parties at our house.  Not sure if it’s because I want everyone to think I have it together, even though it’s family and they know I don’t, or if it’s because I want everyone that comes over to be able to relax and enjoy each other.  Either way, I think I’m going to delegate a little more this year.

Oh mother, oh sister, I have an apron with your name on it!  Just kidding, it’s old and raggedy but you can use it.  🙂

Happy Thanksgiving!

If you missed my ideas on how to Savor the Season, you can see those ideas here.  And a quick reminder – If you know of anyone who is alone this Thanksgiving, invite them over.  We all need some love and laughter and it would make their day to feel wanted.

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What a practical woman over 50 really wants for Christmas

I get tired of gift guides full of things I couldn’t care less about like scarves that scratch my neck, a glass terrarium, a zodiac necklace, another oil diffuser or trendy travel mug.  Women our age (50 and fab) are hard to buy for because we are at the point in our lives that if we want something we go and buy it.  But we usually put everyone else first and don’t actually go buy those things for ourselves.  So, I think having a list of what a practical woman over 50 really wants for Christmas would be super helpful.  Plus I’m joining in with several other fabulous bloggers to give you some inspiration this Christmas season!  😉


What a Practical Woman Over 50 Really Wants for Christmas

What Women over 50 really want for Christmas and Blog Hop!


Click on the links below for quick access to each fantastic gift idea!

Twelve pair of reading glasses – So we can find a pair when we need them (minus the pair we can’t find sitting on our head).

The Shark Duo Clean vacuum – It’s to make our life easier so we can spend time doing fun things like reading a magazine.

Alexa – Turn on music, make grocery lists, ask weather questions… all within earshot.

PhoneSoap Smartphone Sanitizer – This is fantastical!  Who wouldn’t want this?!

Dyson Tower Fan – For those of us who don’t want to feel like we need another shower just after getting dressed. #TheStruggleIsReal

Flip Fold T-shirt folder – I fold a lot of the Misters undershirts/t-shirts and would LOVE this.  Plus, your closet or dresser will look so organized.

Cheat Sheet Baking Apron – I’ve had to Google this info with sticky hands so many times.  Now it’s right there on my lap!

Philips Air Fryer – Good ol’ southern fried food at 75% less fat?  Yes, please.

KitchenAid Electric Kettle – Coffee or Tea drinkers want cute stuff sitting on their stove too.

Silpat Non-stick baking sheets – Easy to clean and microwavable. For those who want to be like Martha S. but hate to clean up.

I didn’t add in the mushy gushy ideas like the personalized photo album or calendar of the grandkids or the Alaska cruise, kinda thought those were a given.  😉  Hope your shopping has been made a little easier and if you need another person on your list… you can add me!  🙂



Thank You for Joining me for the 2017 Christmas Gift Guide Blog Hop hosted by

Barb Garrett and The Everyday Home.   Please visit all of these Gift Guides below.