Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Winter Wonderland

We woke up to a powder sugar dusting of snow this morning. You know the kind I mean, where the snow is delicately sprinkled on the trees and houses. Very pretty. Now it is snowing off and on and the weather reports call for it to snow through today and into tomorrow. We aren't expected to get any accumulation, so we just get to enjoy seeing it fall. I love snow. I love to watch it fall and marvel in its pristine beauty. I do not like to drive in it much, but being at home when it snows is one of my most favorite things. You can turn off the tv and almost take yourself back in time. I sit in my house (which was built in the late teens or early twenties) and wonder how many other women paused in their daily tasks to look out this window at the snow. Did the love it or hate it? It is a magical thing for me. I eventually have to move away from the window and go about my chores, but for that brief moment I am taken back to a different time. Enough daydreaming, it's back to the real world for me! Happy Tuesday!!!

Monday, March 29, 2010

I like ta move it move it

Does anyone else have a list of "to-do" things a mile long? I know I do. We went to town yesterday to get some of the ods and ends we needed to finish some projects. Yeah, that was wishfull thinking. Let us use the kitchen cabinets for example. I am painting them white. OK, no biggie, just paint them right? NO. First I have fo clean them out and that means I need to find a box to put the stuff into. Um, ok. So I go out to the garage to get one and I have to restack a whole bunch of stuff just to get to a box. After I clean them out I decide the best way to get all the crumbs would be with the shop vac. Guess what? All that stuff I just moved, it got stacked on and around the shop vac so now I have to movw it all back the other way. Get it into the house and get the cabinet all cleaned out. Now to paint......oh wait. Where is the paintbrush? IN THE GARAGE UNDER ALL THE STUFF!!!! At this point I have two options 1) Stop trying to paint or 2) Continue painting and start drinking. Wanna guess which I choose?!?

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sunday Funday

Whew, what a late post today! I have spent my morning debating window blind options and trying to wrestle my husband away from the mercedes of all bbq's. And we bought paint for the kitchen cabinets. And a new pair of scissors. And elastic. Oh, and we finally bought a screen door. It was a whole bunch of odds and ends to either finish or start projects around the house. Exhausting. Ever try to pick out paint with a man? Holy moly, that can take all day! The worst part? We were buying WHITE!! He kept asking if I was sure I wanted the bright white. You don't want the moon glow? Or how about ghost shadow? No? Maybe this ivory rose would be nice.....This ended with me yelling "Just grab the freaking white paint so we can GO!!!" I'm sure the people shopping for their fruit of the looms on the walmart could hear me, but I could only take so much. I have learned. I will buy paint on my own from now on....

Saturday, March 27, 2010

EGGcellent

We have not had good luck keeping chickens in the past. If the wild critters didn't kill them our ex-dog did. We've had better luck in the years since we moved here, though. I really enjoy having chickens, until I have to chase them back across the road to our house at 5:30 in the morning. In my pj's. Because they were holding up traffic. That I could live without. But, we got a new Mother Earth News a couple months ago that had an article about raising chickens in your garden and it has given me new hope for these birds of mine. I'm going to raise some new chicks to add to our existing flock because these hens are over 3 years old now and we'll be wanting some new hens up and coming. I like having my own eggs, the color is brighter in the yolk, I think they taste richer and there is something to be said about knowing exactly where your food is coming from. The insect control is also a big plus. So, who wants to join me this year and raise a few chickens for eggs? It's rewarding and it may even cut your grocery bill a little. And it's FUN!!!

Friday, March 26, 2010

If you only watch one thing on tv today

Please, please, please let it be Jamie Olivers Food Revolution. This is a cause near and dear to my heart. We all need to be better about cooking good, wholesome preservative free food. Please join me in tuning in, it airs Friday March 26 on ABC at 8:00 pm pacific time. Give real food a chance, I bet you'll love it!!!

Weather or not

This year has been the strangest for weather in a long time. One day it is 70 in the morning and cold, windy and raining by the evening. We had no real snow to speak of, just a couple days where it dusted the ground a bit. It makes me wonder, what will the summer be like? Is it going to be unbearably hot? Will we run short of water in our rivers and lakes? Will forest fires burn rampant? It's really all a mystery, this weather game. But it also makes me wonder....is this "climate change", that scientists now call it, just changing our weather back to where it was 50, 60, or even 200 years ago? Or is it really new weather patterns? I don't know. I'm not even really sure it really matters. I'm just full of questions this morning after watching two weather experts duke it out over "climate change" and they did nothing to answer any of them. I guess only fools try to predict the weather. Or Al Roker, which is really the same thing.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Lord of the Flies

I have been wrestling with myself about sharing this with you, but I figure I might as well. Our neighbors are lazy, lazy, gross people, this leads me to my problem. THE TRASH. We have a free dump like 5 miles down the road. This woman has two teenage boys who are perfectly capable of loading trash cans into the back of her truck. But, no, they have to fill this trailer to overflowing and never take it to the dump unless the city threatens to fine them. Which brings me to my major gripe, the flies. Gross, I know, but I have to get this off my chest. The flies are everywhere! They cover my house front because our house is two story and quite tall, they cover our fence post tops, cars, the kids' picnic table and are everywhere in the air. It is really hard to enjoy our yard until about May when they finally stop being so thick. I can't even have my front door open! I think flies are like natures zits, no one wants to get them, but they just happen anyway. Living in frustration and flies,C

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Withdrawls

We have two things going on at our house right now that should not be happening at the same time. For starters, my children are spending way too much time watching the telly so I am trying to slowly wean them off. I would say that's going about as well as weaning a meth freak off the go juice. But, the uncontrollable trembling has ceased and I haven't heard anyone say they have bugs crawling on their skin for some time. However, they are very grumpy. Which leads me to the second issue. I have been trying to wean myself off of soda and sugar, my two loves, next to the kids and Kevin of course. And rum, but that is a whole other issue in itself. Moving on, these two event happening at the same time has proven to be almost more than any sane person should try to handle at the same time. I am grumpy, they are grumpy, we're a grumpy fa-mi-lyyyy. That's a little song just for you, you can thank me later. Anyway, that's what is going on in our casa. Updates to follow if any of us make it out alive.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The bears are out!!!

Wild Animals

We are going to take the kids to wildlife safari, (and by we I mean me and my sister, better known as EE) today to see the wild animals. Well, they would be wild if they didn't live in a game park. We'll just call them exotic, although there isn't much exotic about an elk.....so, maybe I will just stick to calling them animals. Yeah, animals, that works. Wow I just rambled on so much I am not even sure where I was going with this. I had to stop and think about it, how sad is that? Anyway, we are all going to load up in the family truckster and head off into the wild blue yonder for a day of fun and animals. If I can get a good picture of the kids with my phone I'll text it to here later, if not I'll put some pictures up this weekend. Promise, pinky swear and scouts honor. Have a great Tuesday!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Yards and Yards

Yesterday I was fortunate enough to be tipped off to a great fabric sale. Like really, really good. I bought enough fabric to make each girl a dress and a capri/top combo. Then when I got home and laid it all out I realized that if I am very careful I can get 3 outfits out of each piece, that means each one will cost me about $2.00 apiece, including ribbon, snaps, buttons or elastic. FANTASTIC!!!! Now, I want to know, what was/is your favorite crafting project? What have you sewn that you absolutely loved? I'm always looking for more crafting ideas so share, share, share!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Pillowcase Dresses

I am going to be gone most of today on my quest to find vintage and/or cute pillowcases to use on this craft. Look for a post soon on this subject as I will take lots and lots of pictures documenting the process and finished product. If I have to drive to someones house and steal a computer with internet, I will do it to ensure at least one good post this month INCLUDING PICTURES. Over and out. Amen.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Explosion!!!!

There was an explosion yesterday. ON THIS BLOG. I went from my normal number of page hits per day to a whole lot more and I am not really sure why. But I like it! Whomever stopped by, I thank you. You boosted my confidence and made me feel good. I bet you read what I wrote here and never come back, but that is ok. I mean, I got you in the door....that is what counts. Maybe in three or four months you'll come back and check on me. Maybe you'll be suprised at how this blog looks then. Maybe you will decide then to stick around and hear what I have to think. Maybe...and the maybe not, but I am going to be positive and think so. I thank you my new, faceless, readers and hope you stick with me. It'll get better I promise. To the ones who have been reading for a couple weeks now, I thank you for sticking with me, it'll get better I promise. Have a happy saturday!!

Friday, March 19, 2010

A Little Gem

Today, because I love you all so much, I'm going to share my all time favorite blog with you. This woman is awsome, unless you aren't interested in country living, animals, crafts or food. She would be boring if you don't find any of those appealing. I have to tell you she is the reason I have wanted to start blogging for a couple years, I have followed her since she had a couple hundred followers and now she has a couple thousand. I want to be her. I'm a sad, sad, lonely housewife with nothing better to do than stalk this poor lady. Anyway, here is the web address, please check out her cooking section she has been making cheeses lately and it is very interesting to learn how easy it is! http://suzannemcminn.com The blog is called Chickens In The Road. Sorry that I cannot make you a clickable link, but soon! soon! I promise, things are about to be a-changing around here.....you might even see photos!!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

love/hate relationship

Spring. I love it. It's just warm enough to spend a lot of time outside. Yardwork is fun, deciding on garden plantings is very enjoyable and the kids stretching their legs after the long winter is a welcome change for everyone. The days are longer and we get more done, which is nice because we usually don't have a lot of time in our lives right now. But, Spring has an ugly side. A sinister, nasty, ugly little secret that rears it's head. ANTS. I hate the little turds. I like to call them names, it makes me feel better. Why do they have to invade my house year after year? Nothing stops them, they just keep on keepin on. Oh how I hate them. Hate them on the counters, floors, EVERYWHERE!! So this year we are fixin those nasty lil bastards. We are tearing off the back of our house and killing them all. BWAHAHAHA. The best part of it all is that I get to get rid of the ants and gain a new bedroom and remodel our bathroom. It really is a win-win for me. The ants? I really couldn't care, I hope they suffer.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Paddy's Day

Because today is St. Patricks Day and the Irish are notorious brawlers, I thought I'd share the fight that went on here yesterday. I came into it after the initial name had been called but what I heard was this: Lainee "Don't ever call me that name again you fool!" KayCee "If you call me a fool again I'll slap you in the face!" Lainee "If you slap me in the face, I'll beat the crap outta you!" I would like to point out here that while she may be younger, I'd put my money on Lainee in a fight against KayCee anyday.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Poor things

Yesterday the girls were all playing outside in the glorious sunshine when the door burst open and they all started yelling at once. I got them all calmed down so I could get one of them to tell me what was so exciting. They started yelling again but this time they were yelling "SNOW!!!" I looked out at the cloudless sky and told them there was no way it was snowing and they said it is!! it is!! Then I saw it. Our neighbors have a big flowering tree in their yard, a big WHITE flowering tree. There was a gentle breeze blowing the petals off the tree and my poor kids thought it was snowflakes. They really need to get out more.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Short and sweet

My girls love ice cream, just like I'm sure every other little kid does. I usually buy something gooey and chocolatey because thats what they like. They don't want no stinkin fruit in that bowl of ice cream, no sir. Thay want hot fudge, nuts, chocolate covered stuff. Maybe even caramel but no fruit. So last night when I gave them chocolate chip mint ice cream I didn't know if they would like it. I mean it is GREEN, and kinda plain. When Lainee asked me if it was spinach flavored I just had to laugh. Leave it to my veggie lovin' kids to equate green with spinach. In the end they declared it the best they had ever had and had seconds and thirds. Everyone go out and enjoy some spinach ice cream today, it's delicious and nutritious!!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

The lady at the walmarts thinks

That I'm a freak. She is always my check-out lady. I get her every weekend when I grocery shop. She always asks me a lot of questions about what I'm buying. She doesn't cook much I guess, because she didn't know what I would do with cornmeal. When I said I was going to make cornbread she wanted to know why I didn't just buy it in a box. Today I bought 25 lbs of flour. She was stumped. She wanted to know why I didn't just take the help that the grocery store gave me. I was kind of excited to be able to tell her that feeding my family homemade food was a goal of mine. I told her that I enjoyed cooking and baking and that I liked having control over quality of ingredients. I also had the chance to point out that my family of six would often require many boxes of something and that would be expensive. It looked like she was considering my points when she said to me "There's no way I could do it." Now she just thinks I'm a wierdo, but that's ok. My kids already think I'm crazy.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

So sad

We ventured off to the big city last night to visit Kevins grandparents. It had snowed on some of the big hills and the girls were ooohhhing and aaahhhhing over it. We haven't had any snow this year and they really love snow. But, to their delight it was snowing really hard on the way home. Our car was completely covered in the driveway by the time they went to bed. There was so much excitement and planning going on for what they were going to do in the snow the next day. I tried to warn them that it would probably be melted by the time they got up, but they weren't going to let me rain on their parade. They set out clothes, extra socks, mittens and hats then went to bed to dream of snowmen and snowball fights with a little sledding thrown in. Fast forward to this morning when the sad little faces of my children decended the stairs and announced that the snow was all gone. I felt sorry for them, their little dreams crushed, so I offered to make them snowman pancakes instead. It's the best I can do. Darn snow.

Friday, March 12, 2010

One of my favorite things

For the most part my girls never sleep in my bed. They like their beds, their special blankets and the stuffed animals that they sleep with. But, one thing that always brings them running is bad weather. Last night before bed we had started getting some gentle breezes, but the kids looked at that with a weary eye. Will it blow our house down? they wanted to know. Kevin told them no, if it is this old and hasn't blown down yet it probably never will. I think that made them feel a little better. But, when they went to bed they were in their own beds and when I checked on them about an hour later they were in one bed, snuggled together. By this time the wind had picked up and the windows were being shaken by some pretty big gusts. At 3 am I woke up to major house shaking wind. I just laid there waiting for what is probably my favorite question . Sure enough it wasn't long after that that I heard little feet running my way. 'Mama, are you awake? Can I sleep with you?' I love it when we have bad weather!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Confessions

I have a confession to make. Well, I have many to make, but I'll limit it to one. For now. ANYway, I grew up in a rural area. We have to drive 30 minutes to get to the wal marts and everything. We had some livestock, pigs, cow and chickens, and once we even had a horse. He was the spawn of the devil and still haunts my dreams. The point is that I was no livestock dummy. I by no means was an expert, but I had the basics down, they need food, water and shelter. I even gave a 4-H speech at fair about raising pigs. Yup, I was in the KNOW. So, when I was 17 and my dad tells me that all chicken eggs are brown and they sand them down to make them white I believed it. And thought how stupid city people were for paying for sanded eggs. I even educated one of my 'city' friends about eggs. I thought this for YEARS people, years. But I learned my lesson when dad finally told me, years later, that there were white eggs and brown eggs. I was shaken, at a loss, and left wondering- how do they make the green eggs then?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A look into the future

I was thinking last night about what I want to do with this blog. First, I want to start blogging from a computer so I can use a lot of pictures. I have some great recipes I want to share with everyone. I'm full to the brim with craft ideas for little kids (and big kids too!) I have a ton of other blogs I want to showcase and share with all of you. And, as soon as my garden is in you will be taken on a virtual tour of how that is growing as well. I'm going to share my ongoing journey of abandoning pre packaged foods and what homemade alternatives I have found. I have high hopes for this blog, I hope to gain readers, have contests and maybe if one person gets something from it I will feel like I am doing my job. My hopes are high, and most of them may never come to pass, but I need to have a direction, a goal. By putting that goal into writing for y'all to see I hope to hold myself to them. Is there anything you, my lovely readership, care to read about? Send me your requests.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

I'm going straight to hell....

There is a guy that runs around town selling meat out of a freezer in the back of his truck. Every couple of weeks or so he stops by the house to try to sell me some. I feel the need to give this guy the most outlandish excuses for not buying anything that I can come up with. Yesterday he stopped and I told him we were animal activists and didn't believe in consuming animal flesh. The time before that I told him we were vegan. I have told him we raise our own meat, are allergic to shellfish, only buy from our own butcher and many, many more. I don't know what drives this NEED to tell him something off the wall, maybe it's the way his face looks when he's trying to decide how to reply. I just know now that I've started I can't stop. Now I'm going to spend my eternity in the hubs of hell because I can't restrain myself from lying to the frozen meat guy.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Sometimes I wonder why we even bother

A couple weeks ago we took the kids to Wildlife Safari. They had a blast! We drove around the first time and they were soooo excited to see the animals. They thought it was hilarious when an emu pecked our car. I thought they were going to lose it when a camel put his head in the window. When we drove past the hippo it was actually out of the water and they loved that too. We went into the walk in park and looked at all the little animals. They have some new exhibits that were pretty neat. So, after all that excitement the kids were starving. I had packed a picnic lunch at the kids' request, they would rather have my food than to buy some the little wierdos. All in all it was a great family day and we had such a good time. When we finally got home we were sitting around in the yard and I asked the girls what their favorite animals were. KayCee said she liked the hoot owls and the hippo. When I asked Lainee the same question she just looked at me and said "What animals?"

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Words of wisdom...

My middle kid is, well, kinda unique. Some would say wierd. I say she is an individual. She goes through these phases where she pretends to be a spider or a snake. One time she was a dinosaur and would only eat things that had worms in it. She also spouts wisdom like a tiny fountain. She likes the way flowers smell but pink and purple smells better. It is perfectly acceptable for her to play outside in pj's and cowboy boots because she is 'warm and comfy'. She loves to eat 'yogrit' and 'shawberries' for breakfast. Yup, she is pretty cute...until she tells you to 'hurry up up and quit talking to me, your'e wasting my time!' Ahhhh, my sweet girl. Happy Sunday!!!!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

I just ran a marathon

Ok, so maybe I didn't run anywhere. I did buy groceries though and now I feel like I did. It's going to be a quiet day here, just doing a few chores before everyone leaves me and I have to be home all alone. What should I do with all my free time? Sleep? Read? Watch every episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians? That one will probably win, I admit that I am a closet reality tv watcher. It's my one guilty pleasure. Ok, that and rum. And maybe oreos.But that's it I swear! What would you do with 3 free hours to yourself? Cook? Clean? Pretend to be Martha Stewart? (Wait, that's me, sorry!)

Friday, March 5, 2010

This is the future of America. Be afraid.

The toaster isn't toast after all

So, since I posted such soul-searching thoughts this morning I will now entertain you with the story of the toaster. A few days ago K asked if she could make toast. I said sure, because I am all about them being as self sufficient as possible and all, so off she went. I started to smell something but didn't think much of it as I am not very good at cleaning out the crumb tray. When I started to see smoke, I decided it was time to check things out. K had put a bowl on top of the toaster and then made toast. It was melted into the toaster and down the sides. Upon further investigation I discovered magnets were also inside and fused to the sides as well. I set the toaster in the laundry room and kinda forgot about it. Today when I was back there I spied it and took a look. When I grabbed the plastic it just popped right out, magnets and all. I am happy to report that it has made a full recovery and felt up to toasting our pop tarts this morning. And it didn't even start on fire.

Friday

Friday, that most coveted day of the week. Unless your "job" is like mine. I get no Friday, no weekend to look forward to. My job is always here, maybe it is less demanding because I have help at home, but always here. The funny thing about the weekend is that everyone still needs to eat, have clean clothes and messes are made that have to be picked up. And guess who gets to do it? ME!!! And you know what? I wouldn't have it anyother way. I get to be home with my kids all day, play with them, teach them and yes, discipline them, but so many people I know?are missing out on this, the everyday nitty gritty of raising their kids. I can't help but wonder if they realize what they are trading for a paycheck, for mere THINGS, and if they will someday look back and wish they had spent a little more time just being a parent. I guess many won't, but I am glad that I will never have to ask myself that question. Just a little something to think about today as you go about your Friday, whatever that may mean to you.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Two Kids, a Milkshake and Morning

Hello! I'm posting my first blog entry today, yipee! I know that there will probably never be anyone but me to read this but it feels good to be doing it. I started my day today like I always do, dragging myself out of bed when I heard the twins get up. The day went downhill from there. They found a milkshake cup on the counter and snatched it away before I could even blink. By the time I found them they were covered in melted chocolate ice cream and so was the dog. And the couch. And floor. You get the picture here? Mess beyond anything I have yet to deal with. Well, maybe the yogurt incident was worse, but I'm not ready to talk about that yet. So, here's to hoping your day starts smoother then mine.