Sunday, October 12, 2014

The menu week in review

This past week I was in the kitchen cooking.  
Monday -  salsa chicken served over rice
Tuesday - turkey, stuffing, gravy, pumpkin dump cake 
Wednesday - BBQ chicken, rice, broccoli
Thursday - hamburger hash brown casserole
Friday - popcorn shrimp, hush puppies, corn

I went to the doctor this week with a sinus infection.  The meds have a terrible side effect of a headache.  I will be glad when I am finished with them and my head can quit hurting!  

I have this coming week's menu planned.  I tend to change meal throughout the week so I will wait until next week to post my meals.  Many times it depends on my work day and mood.  My goal is to cook each day and clean out my freezer and pantry.  Not to mention that my budget is gone for groceries.  So, I need to cook at home and use what I have.  Might make for some interesting meals!  

It's raining here today and is supposed to rain all week.   I don't mind the rain.  It's good to lower the pollen count.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Farmer's Almanac and Weather Predicitons

When I was growing up, my father planted the garden by the Farmer's Almanac.  He would buy a new one every year and I remember many nights of him pouring over each word and planning his garden.  Did I mention we always had an acre+ garden??  Not so fun as a child working in the summer heat in the garden, but that is another post!  

Anyway, I decided to check the Farmer's Almanac after the last snow we had and see what it had to say about this winter.  It had successfully predicted the two previous snows.  

This is what I found for February:

Hmm, looks like snow is in our forecast again!  I am not surprised since the snow stayed on the ground for 3 days, waiting for another snow.  I grew up with that saying and then to confirm that saying, we had another sign of snow to follow - a thunderstorm in winter means snow will come 7-10 days.  There you go!  Two sayings about snow and the Farmer's Almanac prediction - better buy that bread in milk today!!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Frugal February Weeks #1 and #2

I am really thinking of ways to save money since we are adding on to our house.  Although I have not told the rest of my family, we are going on a debt diet.  I just need to write it down for myself so I can keep my part on track.  I think February is the perfect month to start being more frugal!

Week 2 was an easy week to save money.  The snow really helped us all to stay home and not spend money!  

Savings for Week 2:
1.  I cooked all the meals.  Soup for lunch several days and then a nice hot supper each night.  My boys LOVE soup!  I don't mind cooking if I have the time.  The boys and Dennis loved having a home-cooked meal every night. No trips to the grocery store this week either!  I had plenty to eat from the freezer and pantry.  
2.  We have not move the car at all since Monday night.  Since school was called off, we all stayed home.  I don't mind staying at home.  I would all the time if I could.

3.  No internet shopping (Sunday - Friday) since the boys used the computers to play games.  I did order something today but it was a necessity and cheaper online than at the local stores.  Oh, I almost forgot, I did order child #2 a new iPod but he had cash in hand for that purchase.  He had saved his money for this purchase.  

4.  I used Swagbucks to earn points to trade in for Amazon cards.  

Not so frugal things from Week 1:
1.  I am afraid that the first week of February was not so frugal since we ate out a lot that week.  This was due to long work days for me.  I really need to avoid those.  Unfortunately, when you work two jobs, something has to give.  See there?  I am justifying again to myself!  I need to stop that as well.  I need to plan better!

2.  Lots of trips here and there that could have been combined.  

3.  I bought things for Valentine's Day that I ended up not giving due to the snow.  I could give them late but somehow it loses it charm....  

Any tips for being frugal?

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Winter Wonderland

This is what our front yard looks like this morning.  ICE on everything...


Trees are weighted down with the ice.  I sure hope we do not lose electricity!

I might also add that Dennis won't let me off the front porch because he is afraid I will fall!  :)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Snow + boys = Snowman

No long pants, no coat, no gloves....

No coat needed!!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Update on SNOW

Picture from Programming Resource Center

Winter Storm Watch:Issued at: 4:11 am EST on February 10, 2014, expires at: 7:00 AM EST on February 13, 2014

Accumulations...snow accumulations of 6 to 8 inches along the eastern slopes of the mountains...4 to 6 inches along and northwest of the Interstate 85 corridor...and 2 to 4 inches southeast of Interstate 85. Ice accumulations of a trace to one tenth of an inch are expected along Interstate 85... 

Currently it is raining.  Trying to keep my students focused on a day like today is like nailing jello to the wall!!

Stay Warm Everyone!!!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

More Snow!!

Winter storm Pax is suppose to deliver us some more snow this week!  Tuesday and Wednesday we have a 90% chance of snow.  But, we all know that winter storms are unpredictable.  We might just end up with rain!  We will just have to keep an eye on things - much like Anna does from her favorite perch in the kitchen!

Saturday, February 1, 2014


We had our first snow this past week.  It was beautiful falling.  School was out for two days.  I thought I would show you a few pictures of our yard and surrounding areas.

Job 39: 6-7  When he says to the snow, 'Fall on the earth!' to the showers, 'Now rain hard!'  he brings all human activity to a standstill, for everyone to acknowledge his work.

This is a waterfall that is not too terribly far from us.  My friend sent me these pictures.

Stay warm!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

When to be quiet

My husband told me today,"you are blowing this way out of proportion."  Hmm, not wise words to say to an overprotective mama bear.  I asked him why did he think that.  He said, "We have talked about this for at least two times in the past two days!"  Really?!

At first, my feelings were really hurt.  He is the one I am supposed to pour my heart out to when troubled.  He is my safe place to fall.  He is my best friend.  And, here he is, telling me to get over something that I cannot.

Then, I realized it was not that I could not get over it, I was choosing not to get over it at that point in time.  So what if things are not going the way I think they should?  Will it matter in 5 years?  I just want to understand.  That is what I do,  I analyze the problem, break it down, and fix it.  Only this time, I can't fix it.  I can only pray.

I can turn off the tape in my mind that replays the situation over and over.  I can turn to prayer instead of voicing my concerns over and over.  I can just let it go.  My friend relates it to holding a balloon and dragging it with you everywhere you go.  One day, she let hers go and was at once peaceful.  So, maybe, I will just let it go and watch it float high in the sky out of sight.

This business of life is hard.  My pastor wrote in his pastoral letter this week about being quiet in order to listen.  It's time for me to be quiet!


Friday, November 29, 2013

Up and Walking!

Klogs USA Women's Carolina Clog

See these new shoes?  This is what I ordered to wear now that I am back walking.  They are a dream to wear and give me the support I need for my ankle.  I really like them.  They are not heavy to wear.  This is a new brand to me.  I really like them - a lot!!

I have been walking for about a month now without any assistance.  I am so blessed since I have had little to no problems in walking.  I take it slow and I am getting more sure of myself every day and a little faster each day!  I have read of others who suffer long after their break and recovery and never get back to where they were.  I do not think my foot and leg are swelling any longer.  If it is swelling, it must be slight.  My handicap parking sticker expired on 11/11/13 and I am glad to say that is about the time that I felt I could walk longer distances.

The only thing that I have discovered that irritates my ankle is kneeling in church!  I have to take it easy on kneeling and make sure I do not kneel for a long period of time.  Lord knows that I need to kneel but I suspect He understands when I don't!  :)  I will keep trying until I can!

 I still use my ramp at my home to go in and out of the house.  I do have to say that I have developed a paranoia of stairs, or would that be a phobia of stairs?!!  Either way, I stay away from all steps and stairs!  LOL!  I'm not too crazy about curbs either!

Take care everyone and watch out for those stairs!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Ready to Roll

Here I am, closing in on week 8!  I go to my orthopedic surgeon this Thursday and he will hopefully let me start walking with my boot.  I dream of actually being able to walk in my closet and pick out my own clothes.  Do you know how hard it is for a man and 2 boys to find matching outfits in a woman's closet?! 

Dennis took me to the plastic surgeon this past week and he dismissed me (the surgeon, not Dennis).  No surgery will be needed at this point.  He thinks the scar tissue will be strong enough to allow the skin to continue to heal.  He told me to keep it protected and not to "bump" it to hurt it again.  This is good news for me!  God is indeed good!

This Thursday I go back to my orthopedic surgeon.  He told me that he "might" let me start walking again.  He would do more x-rays to see how things were going.  And if it looked good, I could start walking again.  If that happens, I would like to go back to work on Friday.  That will give me a long break with the upcoming Labor Day.  Plus, it is college day with tailgating all day long! 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

First Day of School

It's  the first day of school here.  Dennis and I took the boys to school this morning.  It's the first time in their young lives that I got to take them on the first morning.  Usually, I am at my school greeting my students!  I thought I would miss going to school this morning but I didn't.  Makes me want to retire and just stay home!

I go to the plastic surgeon this Thursday to see what he thinks about my leg.  I suspect he will send me home without having to have another surgery.  It looks fine to me.  This is week 7 and the leg is getting better.  I have 1-3 more weeks non-weight bearing.  In the meantime, I am enjoying being home.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Foot Pudding

When I was a young girl, my uncle hurt his foot.  My mother made him a chocolate pudding with meringue topping.  From that day forward, chocolate pudding with meringue topping was known as "foot pudding."  She did not make it often for us but it was always a special treat when she did.  My brother would request it for his birthday every year.  And, she would make it for him.  

I sure wish I had some of that foot pudding for my foot!  But, since she has been gone for many years, I am thinking this will not happen.  

Teachers report to school this Tuesday.  Not to get off on the wrong foot (see how I slid that idiom in!), I will not be attending since my doctor thinks I need to stay out until I am weight bearing.  That could be right after Labor Day or the last part of September.  This distresses me greatly but there is nothing I can do about it so there is no reason to worry.  Right?!  

The good news is that I was able to attend my church yesterday.  My leg has not been happy about it today but the service fed my spiritual soul and that is far more important than a little pain.  We live an hour away from our church and I had been going to a local church every Sunday.  There is just no place like your church and pastor.  What a wonderful service it was!

I will start week 6 this coming week.  Apparently, my doctor wants me to stay non-weight bearing 8-10 weeks.  I can't wait to stand on my own two feet again!! 

The pain is getting less and less each week.  I suspect when I start weight bearing that it will hurt again.  My stitches are almost out.  I have 5 more left to take out.  Those were under a scab the last time I went to the doctor.  He has me doing flexibility exercises three times a day with my foot. 

I go back tomorrow to see what he says.  I know it will be a good report!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Life is Rolling Along

These are my new wheels.
What time I am out of bed moving around, this is how I roll!  I have 3 weeks over of broken ankle/leg time - 5 weeks to go.  I have good days and bad days.  This past week I had more bad days than good. I am hoping that this coming week will be all good days.

Things I miss being in a wheelchair:
1.  Going into my closet to pick out my own clothes
2.  Being able to take a shower without it being a major ordeal with wrapping up my "boot" in plastic, getting the shower chair in the shower, etc....
3.  Cooking!  You would be surprised how hard it is to cook when you are sitting down in a chair. It takes a lot longer and you need help to get things out of the top cabinets and pantry. Plus, the oven door does not like me in my chair.  I am a little afraid of it when I use the oven.
4.  Driving - I can't drive which is OK since I can't really get out of the house without help.  I still miss that independence.
5.  Going outside.  I can't really go outside any time I want because my door has a drop on the outside.  It's easy when I have help but not so much on my on. 

Things I appreciate about my chair:
1.  It is comfortable since I have to have my leg elevated all the time.
2.  It affords me the ability to get around.  I don't have to just stay in my bed,
3.  People have been very nice opening doors for me and offering to help.
4.  It allows me to go to my many doctor appointments.
5.  It lets me spend more time with my husband since he is the one who rolls me around outside of the house.  We have had many laughs and shared times with my chair - like the day (as he was talking) he rolled me to the trunk to put me in the car!  

So, we are all rolling along here and doing fine!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Broken Ankle and Leg - Oh MY!!


Deck Steps
Not my steps!
Night time
Waiting in the yard, with pouring down rain, and resulting in a broken left leg ankle in 3 places and a sprained right ankle!  Emergency surgery was 3 AM on Saturday morning, July 6th.

  8 weeks non-bearing, physical therapy, doctor visits - what a way to spend my summer! 

But, I am blessed.  It could have been a lot worse. 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Thrifty Thursday - Radishes

 It's time for Thrifty Thursday!

Today's entry - Deniska's home grown radishes.  

Both my boys LOVE radishes and will eat them like candy.

Home grown is much cheaper (and better) than buying in the grocery store.

Now, let me tell you about these radishes.

While cleaning out his room, Deniska found a packet of radish seeds which was probably bought years ago.  He asked if he could plant them and I said "Of course!"

He planted both packs of seed in planter boxes on our deck.

Then, we had freezing weather, rain, wind, cold, heat, horrible weather and good weather.

But, these little fellas just keep growing.

According to my little master gardener, these will be ready in 30 days! 
 (At least that is what the back of the pack said, according to him.)

If all of them produce, we should have a bumper crop from both boxes.

I am very proud of him.

He has big plans for us to have a big garden this year.  

He has a special touch with growing things in his little 12 year old hands.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Menu Monday

 Sometimes, I would like to hide under the cabinet and think no one could see me! 

 But, since I have to plan meals each week, I suppose I should get with the program!

Monday - Turkey breast, dressing, gravy, green beans, turnip greens, sweet potato casserole, vegetable casserole, rolls, and cake pops, ice cream
It's our anniversary so I thought a nice meal might be in order.  I can pull out my good china and set a pretty table.  It's our 18th anniversary.  According to the sources on the internet, porcelain or garnets are the appropriate gifts.  Dennis gave me a new toaster oven!  I gave him a car wash.  Can you tell we are practical people when it comes to gifts? 

Tuesday - Spaghetti with meat balls, garlic bread, corn on the cob
This is Dennis' favorite meal.  I like it because it is not a hard meal to fix.  D is not a big fan of meatballs.  He likes his spaghetti with just sauce. 

Wednesday - BBQ chicken, broccoli, creamed potatoes

We all like BBQ chicken.  It's not a hard meal, just time intensive.  I get home at 4 PM and Dennis likes to eat promptly at 5:30 PM.  That does not give me a lot to time for meals that take a long time to cook. 

Thursday - Beef stew with vegetables, cornbread,
I will need to pick up some potatoes and celery for this meal.  The beef stew will cook in the crockpot while I am at work (those are my favorite recipes!)

Friday - salmon patties, green beans, hash brown casserole, brownies
Although Lent is over, we still like to have fish every Friday night throughout the year.  I have to admit that it is not easy for me to have fish every Friday.  But, since my husband thinks we should do this, we will.  I try not to complain...too much!

Saturday - homemade chicken filet sandwiches with tomatoes, cheese, and spinach
This is an easy meal to have on Saturdays.  We usually eat out on Saturday nights after Mass so this is a light meal. 

Sunday - hamburgers (with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cheese), chips, pasta salad
Hamburgers are always a good quick meal on Sunday. 
I really should explore some new meals.  I get in the same rut with having the same meals over and over.  Anyone have a suggestion on how to deal with that problem?


Sunday, April 7, 2013

We were bowled over!

Dennis and I took the boys bowling on Friday.  

It was packed with parents and children.  Everyone had the same idea!  

We bowled two games. 
 N won the first one.  
D won the second one. 
 And, I called it a day!

No one would believe I had a whole year of bowling in college! 
 I think my high score was in the 40s!

We all had a good time.

After the game, we all went to the chiropractor!

I see lots more games at the bowling alley (along with trips to the chiropractor for me!)

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Day 3 - Virginia Beach

Today is our last day at the beach.  We will be leaving for home in the morning.  Today, we went to the movies and saw Oz.  We really enjoyed it very much.

Saw this sign all around Virginia Beach.  I thought it was a great way to remind people to watch their choice of words while out and about.

St. Therese

St. Therese, the Little Flower, please pick me a rose from the heavenly garden and send it to me with a message of love. Ask God to grant me the favor I thee implore, and tell Him I will love Him each day, more and more.