Thursday, December 31, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
I don't even know where to start with this.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
I dress to run.
I pause at the door listening to the house breathing it's sighs of sleep.
I see the couch adorned with all manner of clothing.
"Working out" takes on a whole new meaning.
I revel in the luxury of completing tasks.
Unbidden by others.
In the accomplishment of one thing, another goes undone.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
On the one hand, this is great. I've been getting exercise and working at being consistent. I've run 3 miles, two weekends in a row and am feeling quite smug and self-satisfied. During the week, I'm working on a MWF running routine with weights on TTh. Sounds reasonable, eh?
The second aspect of running has to do with life in general. Weekday mornings start with my early morning jaunt to the gym, then the "game" of beat the clock begins. Rousting a child from bed, packing her lunch, breakfast, clothes, teeth brushing and practically shoving her and her dad out the door to school feels like a day's work in itself! Usually there's a small window of time left to get myself ready and to work. I'm growing frustrated/coming to terms with the fact that other things I love/enjoy have fallen to the bottom of the priority list.
Every now and again, I'll snatch at something I love (like blog writing) grabbing a small piece and wondering how long it will be before I get a more satisfying creative meal.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
You still there?
I have combed the fine lines in my brain for material to write about and all I got was furrows in my brow.
Also, sharing the computer with my hubby eats into MY time on the computer. Big time. If I can move heaven and earth, guess what he's getting for Christmas?!
Then again, maybe Twitter is eating up all my good material. You know, all that microblogging.
Thanks for hanging around.
I'll be back.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
It's a dress!! With birthday balloons on it!!! Mommy won this dress from Chigger Hill Cottage! Mommy said Ms. Rhonda made it all by herself! Wow, Ms. Rhonda is really smart to know how to do that!
"IT'S CRACKLY PAPER!!"
And look what else!! A cool bow to go with my dress! (Uh, daddy, no offense, but I think I'll let mom put it in for me.)
Daddy, maybe it would look better on you if you were wearing the bow...
See, Daddy? Doesn't it look better with the bow?
Here I am, all ready for school.
School is always fun, but today was extra special because, I was THE BIRTHDAY GIRL!!
Mommy and Daddy brought BALLOONS! Just like on my dress!
They also brought cupcakes for everyone in my class! My favorite part is the icing. I got a blue one, 'cause I always get blue.
Do you like my blue lipstick?!
I'm wearing my pink class shirt under my dress. You can't see it, but this is what is on the back! We drew our faces and wrote our names. We are all really good artists!
Part of my favorite part of Friday at school is going to the treasure chest!!
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
What is your greatest fear?
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Applesauce Cake with Caramel Sauce
2 cups Whole wheat pastry flour
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 Tbs brown sugar
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp allspice
3/4 cup maple syrup ( I use pancakes syrup)
1/4 cup safflower oil (I use Smart Balance)
2 lg eggs
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 350.
Mix dry ingredients. Mix wet ingredients. Add wet to dry. Pour into a greased 9x9 pan and bake 30 - 40 minutes.
Caramel Sauce (From the Joy of Cooking -- Caramel Icing
Stir until sugar is dissolved:
2cups brown sugar
1 cup cream or 1/2 cup butter plus 1/2 cup milk. (I chose milk and butter method.)
Cover and cook about 3 minutes or util the steam has washed down any crystals that may have formed on the sides of the pan.Uncover and cook without stirring to 238 or 240 degrees.
3 Tbs butter
Remove icing from the heat and cool to 110 degrees. (I couldn't wait that long and made it to about 150.)
1 tsp vanilla
Beat the icing until thick and creamy.(I gave it a good stir, but didn't beat.) If it becomes too heavy, thin with a little:
until it is of spreading consistency.
Friday, August 21, 2009
It's not that I don't want to perform my civic responsibility. I think I would find it a fascinating experience, especially given all the mystery novels I enjoy. I'd like to see the real deal.
Because I am the sole income provider right now and it would cause financial hardship,( I have to be physically doing hair to make any money) I trotted over to the clerk of the court to fill out an excuse form.
As the day loomed and I hadn't heard any response to my request, I began to wonder if it was my responsibility to search out that information.
Enter one of my clients.
It so happens that she is a retired judge. I'm not one to curry favor and try to play my connections to avoid responsibility, but I asked her if she knew the answer to my question.
"Would the clerk get in touch with me or did I need to call them?" Judge asked me a few questions and took it upon herself to call, then reported to me that because I had a child 5 or under, I automatically was excused.
Didn't mean for sister to bail me out of jury duty, but who am I to look a gift horse in the mouth?
Yesterday found me "up to here" with life. I felt seriously overwhelmed and was hatching a plan to hide for the weekend.
Then I checked my messages.
"YOU ARE TO REPORT FOR JURY DUTY IN THE MORNING." She stated it twice in case I couldn't believe my ears. She was right. I couldn't.
I went into frantic panic mode. What if they select me? What if I'm out of work for a whole week? How am I going to pay the bills?
Fearless. Fear. Less.
Verses I've recently been meditating on came to mind and I took it upon myself to remind God about them.
YOU said..."Aren't two sparrows sold for only a penny? but your Father knows when any one of them falls to the ground. Even the hairs on your head are counted. So don't be afraid! You are worth much more than many sparrows. (Matthew 10:29-31 emphasis mine.) AND: "I tell you not to worry about everyday life - whether you have enough." (Matthew 6:25)
I chose to trust.
I showed up for jury duty.
I stood in line.
I practiced not fretting.
I forgot and fretted.
I presented my papers.
The clerk was quizzical.
"You're not on the list."
Now why did I get that phone call? Was it just an honest mistake? They meant to call someone else and dialed my number instead? Or did God orchestrate that to teach me a valuable lesson?
I don't know the answer to that. I do know that it is not up to me to provide for my needs. I forget that and try to take care of everything by working hard and fretting over stuff.
It's times like this that make me remember...
I have a Heavenly Father who has it well in hand.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
I did lots of cool things with the basic, online tools they have available.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Good Gravy! I just got slapped with a wet salmon - really - I have not updated this since you last visited... You would not believe how much more of a drama I could make that. I'm a blogger so I will though!.
I am hopped up on caffeine with setting fire to people wearing Crocs, being distracted by the shiny, just generally being a nuisance to anyone unfortunate to cross my path, my day is passing in a blur from dawn to sun down and beyond. I am putting money aside so I can run away. perchance.
I will try to remember I promised you I will update you with my nefarious activities as soon as I get a chance. Seriously! Don't hold your breath though, you're likely to turn blue..
Courtesy of The Lazy Bloggers Post Generator: http://www.aussiebloggers.com.au/blogpost.html
Monday, July 20, 2009
This specific time, I was thinking of the vacation I have coming and how I really can't afford a vacation but it will be well worth my time to take some time off. Otherwise, I may be paying for therapy in the very near future.
It occurred to me that if I will put away $20.00 a week, I will have $1040.00 at the end of the year! I've not been going out to lunch much, preferring to run home and grab some time with my family. I work 4 days a week and eat usually eat out with a friend once a week. If I add the money I would have used eating out say, $10.00 a day, I could have $2600.00!
That would make a rather decent vacation, don't ya think?
In my next daydream, I believe I'll go to...
Aww. Something else I have to figure out.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Sometimes you make me angry. So much so that I can’t see straight. Can’t see past the moment.
Recently, I’ve just been looking at you and thinking how happy I am to be married to you. One day, I was walking behind you in the hall and we were having a disagreement and oddly, I wasn’t angry or frustrated at that particular moment.
All I could think was:
Damn. You are so fine.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Going to the grocery and the office supply store was our biggest outing. We didn't go to the fireworks and I'm glad we didn't. Today I discovered that it's highly probable that my girl had developed Fifths Disease.
Symptoms flu-like runny nose, sore throat, headache. A rash develops several days later usually appearing on the face, first looking like sunburn or slapped cheeks, possibly spreading to the trunk area and developing a lacy type pattern. As a rule, it is contagious before the rash develops. The rash worsens with heat, exercise and stress.
Treatment includes pain reliever, rest and fluids.
My child also has a congested cough which I didn't find in the list of symptoms in my research. I don't know if it's related or not, but it has, at times, been severe, causing her to throw up.
Thankfully, she doesn't seem all that sick--except for that awful cough.
I've been surprised at how many I've spoken with have never heard of Fifths Disease. In fact, I hadn't heard of it until about 6 years ago when I was pregnant with my girl. I just spoke with a good friend today who has 6 (count 'em!) kids and had never heard of Fifths.
Spread the word and maybe...
You won't have to "take the fifth". ;)
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
This is Coco. He's the cat I rescued out of the middle of the highway about 2 weeks ago. He has a broken leg (not shown here) but that has not slowed him down in the least and he is rip-roaring through the house at top speed. His purr is bigger than he is. I could eat him up with a spoon and go back for seconds.
I had planned on a VERY SIMPLE square apron that simply tied around the waist for my little girl.
I trimmed the sides to even it up a bit more...
Not bad so far...this might actually work!
Since I couldn't put anything around her neck, (grump, groan, growl) I cut two small strips, folding each edge to center and sewing to make a strap which I then attached to the bib and the back. (Here it is shown pinned before sewing.)
For a tie, I had the idea of using ribbon, so I raided my stash and found some orange satin ribbon which I sewed to the front leaving long tails free in the back for wrapping around the waist to tie in the front.
Here's my little model who is so pleased, it pains her to think about it...(this is her "I'm smiling so pretty for the camera" smile.)
After she went to bed, I added a couple of pockets at her request.
I was inordinately pleased with how it turned out. It went quite smoothly aside from a bobbin adventure about midway through. I misplaced my sewing machine manual and had to go online to find a video on how to wind the bobbin on my machine. Then I had to futz with remembering how to get the bobbin back in and rethread my machine. (Sew often?! Uh. NO.)