Sunny Sunday

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SPRING – only 64 days away!

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Yea – I’m boring.

It’s true.  I have nothing exciting to say but had the urge to write.

Anyway….

This week I start another school term.  It’s hard for me to believe that I have approximately one more year and then I’m done.  Does that make me a college senior?  I don’t know??  This term is “Business Plan Prep” and “Leadership”.  I think the Business Planning course sounds rather interesting but I don’t know about Leadership.  We shall see.

Still hanging onto the same cold that DH and I have had since before the New Year.  Quite annoying by now.  Antibiotics are on the menu but I’m still hacking and coughing like a 100 year old smoker.

Since I didn’t make it into work yesterday, I was able to catch up on some sleep and also do a little work on my business.  See labels and some research and I listed a few things in my Etsy shop.  Not a lot but it felt good to work on something that I’ve been neglecting for almost a year.  Yes, a year.  Shameful.

And let me mention… the weather today just sucks!  Yesterday it was hovering around 30-something.  Today, 1.  That’s it. 1 degree.  At least I have a little time to sit by the fire before I go to work.

To Remember….

Today is a day to remember….

That although I may be having hard times in my life, there is someone struggling more than I am.  My losses and trials are nothing compared to what others may be facing.  Life is difficult, demanding and sometimes unfair, but each bump in the road can also teach me a new lesson.  My battles are puddles compared to the lakes that others have to swim across.  That although this life is a crazy roller coaster ride and there are times that I want off…. I wake up each morning to jump back onto the tracks and should be grateful that I have the opportunity to ride the coaster again.

That each and every small moment is a moment to remember and cherish forever.  Each step through my day is a victory, a miracle and an accomplishment.  That each sight, sound, smell and touch is a gift to cherish.   Each sunrise, every unfolding flower and every bird song is a gift.  That time is fleeting.  I can’t get back the minutes that have passed but I can live each second to it’s fullest.

That true friendship and family love will give more support, compassion, understanding, generosity and kindness that any material object on this earth.  The small joys in life are to be appreciated to their fullest.  Hand holding, dinnertime conversation, sing-alongs in the car, hugs before bed,  afternoon walks – each little moment is a gift and should be remembered and enjoyed.

That there is no greater gift on this earth than love shared.  No truer blessing than family.  No material object can give what another person can give.  Tomorrow isn’t promised, make the most of today.   Hug those I love with feeling.  Appreciate each gift I’ve been  given no matter how small it might be.  Fight through my battles but recognize that other’s are fighting harder than I am.  Know that with each battle I’ve lost, I’ve also gained something in return. Smile and accept each small blessing  I’ve been given – the small things add up until life is filled with bushels and bushels of miracles to be remembered and cherished.

This, I need to remember….

 

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Jan 5th 2012 A Post a Day

Figures… I missed a couple of days.  I was going to post on Tuesday night at about 3am cuz I couldn’t sleep but turning on the ‘puter seemed like a lot of work….

So now it’s Thursday and I got some sleep last night.  Feeling pretty good today.  Sun is shining and it’s supposed to be kind of warm.  Well, warm for January anyway.

Hubby and I are working on the ceiling and kitchen cupboards.  Started the project at 7pm last night which involved pulling down two of the upper cabinets so we could patch the ceiling.  NOT fun but it’s patched and we’ll most likely put the cabinets back up later today.  We are going to keep them about 1-5/8″ down from the ceiling and then take down the other set so they’re all at the same height.  Future plans are to put in a new ceiling (at least to cover the old one up.  I like these http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=ceiling+tiles&view=detail&id=096D05BAE87233E8339AB6FCABEF457C417F90AF&first=0&FORM=IDFRIR 

Very cool and simple.  I think they’d look nice.

Finally uploaded some more Youtube videos.  Nothing fancy… just a little this and that. 🙂

Still searching for a few more things I’d like to add to the garden in the Spring.  Hopefully things will work out and I can grow enough to can / freeze to get us through next winter without having to buy any veggies, fruit, salsa or soup… and probably a few other things.  I’d like to get a pressure canner this summer so I can do a little more variety than I can now.

While I had my night of insomnia, I was thinking about things that would be useful to have in my car.  This is just a personal list based on what I do…. yours would no doubt be a little different.  This isn’t just a winter type of thing but it’s a list of stuff that kind of comes up when you’re gone from home.  The, “Oh, I wish I had one of these with me right now”, kind of things.

This is what I’ve come up with so far:  measuring tape, notebook and pencil, rope, scissors, knife, blanket, small shovel, bandaids, matches or a lighter.  I am sure I’ll think of more….

TTFN!

Thunderstorms and Spicy Dilly Beans

The past week has been both frustrating and fun.  Starting with last Tuesday night….my family sat through one of the worst thunderstorms that we’ve ever been in.  There was almost non-stop lightening for hours.  Just when you thought it was going to quiet down and the storm was over, the next line of storms would come rolling in.  Just after putting the kids to bed, CRACK and out went the lights.  So bedtime was put on hold as we sat in the living room, surrounded by candles until about 3AM.  During that time we ate cookies, talked a whole bunch and watched the storm.  There was one more slam of lightening that hit something on the house which unfortunately knocked out our TV (was new…now junk) our cable and internet.  Big disappointment…..”Oh Cable Guy!”  Fortunately by 3AM the power was back on so we all headed to bed.  (oh yeah, all this plus the leak in the hallway ceiling which is hopefully fixed for good now).

Next day kids went with Grandmas to the Dells for their first ever Duck ride.  They both had a great time and it was nice for them to be able to get out and do something fun for awhile.  It was also nice for us to be able to get away from the kids too. LOL 

The next couple of days were filled with trying to fix that leak, cleaning up the construction debris around the yard and more unpacking and sorting.  I am still amazed at all the stuff that you accumulate that you don’t realize you have until you move.  Our pile of “get rid of stuff” is continuing to grow which is a good thing so when we finally do make it to the flea market or have that rummage sale, we’ll have a good variety of stuff to sell.

The end of the week and weekend were pretty calm around here.  Hot weather with a few trips to the lake and nice cool evenings.  Mike got a new job (YEAH!!!) and started this morning.  Working on cars and tearing stuff up so it can be hauled for scrap metal.  I am grateful that he finally found something.  Yesterday my in-laws dropped off about a bushel of green beans and I got 6 quarts and 8 pints of dilly beans canned last night.  Have to wait 2 long weeks before we can taste them which is going to drive us crazy!  Recipe is posted below.  It’s pretty simple.

Couple of weeks ago we put about 6 birdfeeders in back of the house so I could watch birds through the kitchen window.  Unfortunately I didn’t get any visitors for a long time….until, I got my first visitor.  Now we get lots of birds, especially in the mornings.    I think the squirrel visiting first reassured the birds that is was a good place to eat?  At least that is our theory. 

SPICY DILLY BEANS

Green or wax beans are best in this recipe.

4 lbs green beans
6 TB salt
3 C. distilled white vinegar
3 C. water
1 tsp. dried dill weed (or 1 fresh dill head) per pint
1/2 tsp. turmeric
3 whole peppercorns
1 clove garlic (peeled)
1 slice fresh jalapeno(or 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes)

Trim and wash beans well.

Combine salt, vinegar and water.  Bring to a boil.

Add seasonings to each clean hot jar.  Pack beans tightly in jars; cover with boiling liquid, leaving 1/2” head-space; seal.  Beans must be completely covered with liquid.

Process in boiling water bath for 10 minutes.

Yields approx 6 pints.

Lazy Saturday Morning

It’s the weekend again!  Honestly I woke up this morning wondering why I should bother to even get out of bed.  First time this has happened in awhile but it’s probably because I’ve been staying up too late, then sleeping too late and not having any motivation in the A.M.  But this first cup of coffee is helping me adjust my perspective a little.  I feel some motivation coming on.

Last night we sorted through more of our boxes and my found the rest of my jewelry supplies (I think…there could be more?) my yarn and my drawing/watercolor supplies.  I would like to learn to use watercolors better as that is a difficult medium for me.  Now all I need to do is find some paper.  I have been ‘itching’ to create some new rings with some of the beads that I bought at the Bead and Button show in Milwaukee so hopefully my wire is in one of these boxes too.

Since we’ve moved we have been eating better but I did manage to create a messy, gooey treat for us all.  It’s a really easy recipe that I think anyone would enjoy. 

HN Cheerios Marshmallow Almond Peanut Butter Squares

3 tablespoons butter
6 cups miniature marshmallows
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup slivered almonds
5 cups Honey-Nut Cheerios cereal

Directions:
Butter a 13/9 glass dish. Melt butter in a 3-quart saucepan over low heat. Stir in marshmallows and peanut butter. Stir until marshmallows are melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in cereal and almonds and mix lightly until well coated. Press in to glass dish and cool. Cut in to squares. 

Had another visitor last night.  Mike and I were standing outside at about 1A.M. and heard some clanking near the house.  Turned out to be a big raccoon playing with some of the canning jars I left outside in a box near the back of our jeep.  He was pretty but definitely not something I’d like to get into a tangle with.  So, we watched him “rummage” throught the yard from the comfort of the house for awhile.

Let’s get started…..

Let’s get this blog started.  Ok, well I’ve imported all my posts from by two blogger blogs into wordpress (glad that’s done) and now it’s time to start this new blog rolling…..

Last night was our first official night in our new house.  It was good to be back in my own bed but strange to be in a new house overnight.  Fortunately, I slept pretty good.  Lots of unpacking to get done yet and there is still some work to be done on the house but we are officially moved in (finally).   It’s also been nice to take a couple of days and just relax and slowly put things away since we’ve been constantly on the move for the past month.  Lots of driving, packing, unpacking, hauling things, remodeling etc.  Get’s pretty taxing after awhile.  Took the kids to a nearby lake yesterday and hubby went swimming with them for awhile. (I didn’t swim cuz I’ve also been sick with bronchitis for about the last 3 weeks YUK)  Anyway, it was nice to just ‘hang out’ for awhile.

Planted some Roma tomatoes here earlier in the year and they’ve got a few nice sized maters on them.  Still waiting to see signs of the peppers bearing fruit…..but I’m hopeful.  Dogs and cats seem to be adjusting OK to the new environment too. 

Country living is going to be a little hard to get used to again since we lived in town for the past three years.  I lived in the country as a kid so I’m not totally baffled by the rural setting but I’ve been a little spoiled by “city living” where there are fewer critters running amuck. 🙂  So far I’ve spotted a couple snakes in the yard, mice (EEK) and some of the biggest bugs I’ve seen in a long time.  There is an elusive mouse in the house that I’ve yet to outsmart as well as some very persistant sugar ants that will likely send me to the looney bin if I don’t get rid of them soon. 

All in all, it’s good living in the woods.  So, SO very quiet (well, except for hubby…he’s driving me a little crazy cuz he doesn’t quite yet know what to do with himself) but it’s good.