Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Happy Birthday Mom


Today is a special day to me. It is my Mom’s birthday. I have a wonderful Mom. She is not perfect but she is a great Mom. Alright, honestly who is perfect? My Mom sacrifices a lot for her family and does everything she can to help us out.

Thank you Mom, for being there for me.
Thank you Mom, for all the love you have shown me and my children.

Thank you Mom, for loving Todd and accepting his family as well.
Thank you Mom, for all that you do.

You are truly the Wing Beneath My Wings.

You have shown me no matter what life throws at you, keep plugging away
and the day you walked me down the aisle in my back yard to marry Todd, you cried telling me how happy you are that I found happiness finally.

Well Mom, you have always (nearly always) brought happiness to me.

Happy Birthday, I love you!

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Weigh In Wednesday

 This is how I felt this week when weighing in today.

Someday this image will change, but not right now.

I failed once again with the walking. I am honestly a little bugged by the male gender in my life right now when it comes to this. For nearly a year I have been asking each one if they could finish unpacking. My oldest over the summer sat next to the treadmill when he was on his computer. I even brought down the scissors one day and gave it to him. I have asked all this as stated and told them the scissors are just waiting on the piano. Now, I am not lazy (well I do not think I am.) the reason I am asking the male gender in my life and in my home to do this simple fact it will require me to be on my knees for a while and this will inflict pain. I do not mean a little pain but high rating pain. All that is needed is for one of them to cut the zip ties and pull off the packing pieces keeping the tread to the machine for packing purposes. I think for waiting for nearly 12 months of waiting is too long. I am going to inflict the pain tonight, so I can begin to walk on the treadmill tomorrow morning. I will not be a happy camper but I know I can not keep waiting for the male gender to assist me any longer.
Last week's goals:
1. Track Food Daily. Yes, I did track every day. YEAH Me!!!
2. Walk 30 minutes a day. NOPE but I will do better next week. I guess when it comes to this; I need to count on me and only me.
3. Drink 64 oz of water a day. I made it 6 of the 7 days…not too bad.

Fat Stats
Last week: 2xx
This week: 2xx
Total loss from last week: -2.5
Total loss total: 17.5

My only thing I feel guilty about is breaking down and drinking soda pop this week. I had it four times. I broke down to the stress.

This week's goals:
1. Track Food Daily
2. Walk 30 minutes a day
3. Drink 64 oz of water a day.

If you want to participate come join Becca from Everyday Life



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We Want To Know

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{no. 1} Where is your favorite place to go on vacation, and if you could choose any place to go where would you go?
{no. 2} What is your favorite hobby?
{no. 3} When you need to get out of the house, what do you do?
{no. 4} What is your go to date night idea?
{no. 5} Do you have any tattoos, if so what of and where?
{BONUS} If you have a photo and don't mind showing us, feel free!

My Answers:

{no. 1} Where is your favorite place to go on vacation, and if you could choose any place to go where would you go? Wow, what a loaded question. My favorite two vacations so far have been last year’s Washington DC because of all the history.


The other favorite vacation was when we rented a house off a lake in Minnesota for a week. What a peaceful vacation that was.

 

My dream vacation would be an all inclusive resort.
Source: Internet search for all inclusive resort Image

Going to England is a life time dream for me.

Source: Internet search for all England Image


{no. 2} What is your favorite hobby? I am just making time again for one of my favorite hobbies and that is anything dealing with art. I love being artistic.   {no. 3} When you need to get out of the house, what do you do? If weather permitting? Another one of my favorite hobbies, gardening.

 
 

{no. 4} What is your go to date night idea? Well for us a date night is a night away from the children. We learned to do this when we started our relationship. We are a blended family and until a year ago we worked different shifts, so once a week we go out for dinner with one another. I would not give up this date night EVER. Time together without children is important too.

{no. 5} Do you have any tattoos, if so what of and where? No. I wanted one when I left the boys’ father and was going through my divorce, however my Mom told me if I got one I could not live under her house. Funny, I was 37 years old a grown woman but I had to obey my Mom because I was grateful she provided a safe haven for my boys and I while I looked for an affordable housing/apartment for us. Now, I am glad I never carried through with it. Thanks Mom.

{BONUS} If you have a photo and don't mind showing us, feel free! No Bonus for me.  :(

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Happy Belated Birthday George


I failed to post this yesterday.  
Happy Belated Birthday George Harrison. 
R.I.P. sweet George.



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Happy List

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I think it is a great idea to make a Happy List every week.  Everyone should find something good even if life seems to be throwing lemons.  Me, this week so far, I am not just getting lemons and I am perfectly fine with it.  Come join in on the fun.  Ricki Jill is hosting the party at Art@Home.

This past weekend made me HAPPY.  It was low key but I needed low key.  I am so HAPPY our cat, Cali has been shaved.  The poor thing hates to be brushed and is a long hair cat.  Today, she looks sort of like a lion.  We did not touch her face or her tail.  Her tail is her pride and joy.  She actually looks like she is wearing socks.  She is our prettier cat but right now, she looks funny.  It was a chore to get her shaved. She hated it and it took both Todd and I to do it.  The muscles in my back, arms, and thighs are sore from it.  With all the hissing and growling she did, I believe she is happier with all the knots off her because she rubbed up against us after it was completed.  HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY, one cleaner cat now.

Okay, the next thing I am not thrilled with but I am HAPPY we have two less mice in our house.  Today the traps are empty.  I would love for it to be only the two but I am no fool.

HAPPY that Todd's Mom got a room for us at the Isle of Capri next Saturday.  It will probably be our last time of a free get away.  His Mom is going to the casino less and will not have the complimentary rooms any longer.  I am thrilled she has treated Todd and I to the rooms and dinners with her complimentary card over the years.  She has no idea how refreshing those weekends have been.  HAPPY this one is coming at the right time.  We will be either celebrating or needing the pick me up that weekend.  I will hear at the end of this week about one of the opportunities I have tried for.  *fingers crossed*

HAPPY I had my eyes examined last week.  Todd had his done too yesterday and he chose similar frames which is funny.  I can not wait to get my new glasses.  To be able to see clearly again is so exciting.  I have needed new glasses now for nearly nine months.  I am so HAPPY now it is just a matter of a week.

Well, I know my list is short, but that is all I have at this time.  What are you HAPPY about?

Oh on a side note, I am not HAPPY about my doctor appointment this Friday.  My own fault for waiting six years from the last one.  I just know he is going to lecture me but I am looking forward to the beginning of being healthier.

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Poke Hole-Chocolate Pudding Cake


I tried a new dessert recipe for the family Sunday.  I found a recipe on Pinterest for a poke hole-pudding cake named: Easy Banana Pudding Cake and it inspired my recipe.  Now, my Mom has been making poke hole-jello cake for years and it is one of our favorites growing up, so I thought why not try it with the pudding.  I wanted so desperately to make the Banana Pudding Cake because Todd and I love it, however Ethan and Noah do not like banana in any form, so I modified it and made it chocolate pudding cake.  They love chocolate.

I think it was a hit.  In the pictures you will notice a row with no whip cream, yes, I have one kid who does not like whip cream either.  I know, weird huh?!  Being the great Mom I am (even for the kid who hates me right now *wink*) I made a section for him too.  Enjoy!

Ingredients:
  • Classic Yellow Cake Mix- vegetable oil, and eggs
  • 2 packages of sugar free chocolate instant pudding mix
  • 1 small container of Whip Cream Sugar Free
  • 4 cups of milk
  • 18 wafer cookies
Directions:

1.  Follow instructions on the box of the classic yellow cake mix and bake as directed.
2.  Once cake has been baked and cooled, take a wooden spoon handle and poke holes in your cake.  Make sure to poke the holes completely through the cake.
 3.  After the entire surface of the cake has been poked with holes, you will need to make your pudding.  Mix thoroughly two boxes of the sugar free chocolate instant pudding mix and 4 cups of milk.  Keep stirring until no more lumps are in the pudding and it begins to set just a little.  You need the pudding to be in a state you can pour still.
4.  Pour the pudding over the cake, make sure pudding covers every hole. Spread the pudding over the entire cake. Place your cake into the refrigerator for two hours.
5.  Two hours later, remove your cake from the refrigerator and spread the sugar free whip cream over the pudding.
6.  After the whip cream has been spread over the top of the pudding, take your wafer cookies and place them in a baggie.  Take a rolling pin and then crush the wafer cookies.  You may want to leave some pieces bigger than others for texture.
7.  Sprinkle the crushed wafer cookies on top of the whip cream.

You can garnish the top of your cake prior to serving with a couple of slices of banana. I would recommend doing this prior to serving to prevent the banana turning brown.

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Sunday's Song


I love this style of music.  The Lumineers, The Civil Wars, Fun., and Mumford & Sons.  I love this wave of music.  Enjoy!










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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Ramblings: No More Doctors, Sadness, Mice, Snow, and Books

It has been such a busy week.  A draining week.  I did not participate in any of my weekly parties.  I have read some friend's blogs but I was unable to comment at the time.  I read them on my Nook and I have not figured out a way to be able to type anything.  I do not think there is a way.  My laptop went down for the count but we picked up a new one.  Todd uses the main computer.  I will not have a lot of time to comment today or tomorrow due to the things I have to get done around the house, NOT fun things but things that have to be done.

I am glad the work week is over.  I hope an opportunity comes through for me soon.  I really need the change.

My Dad told me he is going to tell the doctors he is done since they all say they do not know what to do for him.  He is not going to see any more doctors until he is in pain again.  Yes, that shocked me, the again part.  He finally admitted he was in pain.  He said the chemo pills made the pain go away.  Now that he will be quitting the chemo pills he is sure eventually the pain will come back again.  He said he is just done wasting his time at the doctors and money if all they tell him is there is nothing more they can do.  I understand where he is coming from.
I do not think I am going to get all of my goals done for the month of February.  Sadness kind of over took me some this month but I know I will be fine.  It just comes with the territory from everything that is going on in my life right now.
WE HAVE A MOUSE in MY kitchen!!!  Oh, I am SO terrified of mice.  Click here and read about my other fears. We found evidence in my cupboard over my stove.  As soon as Todd comes home, we will be cleaning the cupboard and laying traps.  OH MY GOODNESS, my heart is just raising thinking about it.  My first encounter with a mouse was when I worked for Burger King back in high school.  I was filling an order for drive-thru and a mouse ran across.  I pointed and just froze up.  I have learned this is what I do when I am extremely terrified.  I never screamed, I just froze up.  My manager pried the bag out of my hand and then handed the order out the window.  As soon as all the customers left, he looked at me and busted up laughing.  He told me I looked like a cartoon character, you can see the color of white creep down my face.  My next encounter with mice would be our house in Des Moines when Ethan was a baby.  We had one in the kitchen there.  I was nursing Ethan one night and out popped one from the bottom cupboard.  I screamed to my husband then telling him to kill it.  I never used that cupboard again.  We had several in that house.  It was a constant battle.  One time one became brave and came out into the living room during the day.  My Mom was home from work.  I scooped up my babies, Ethan and Noah, jumped up on the couch and called my Mom hysterically.  She came over and killed the mouse with our broom.  I am just terrified of mice.  I hope we get rid of this problem fast and it is not on going like my old house in Des Moines.  I love my kitchen.  I do not want to hate it.

We had a lot of snow the other day.  I was afraid it was going to ruin a meeting I had yesterday, but it did not.  I have another meeting to go to on Monday.  I am a little worried about the weather for this one.  It is suppose to be a mixture.  I hate freezing rain.  We need the rain more than snow because we need the ground to take in the moisture due to the drought.  Snow is not what we need.  We did need a hard freeze to kill the bugs in the ground for next year.  Now we need rain.

I finished my book this month.  I did not read as much as I did last month but the book was a good one.  I hope I do it justice when I post about it.  Todd has been reading more too.  He needs bifocals now and will have an eye appointment on Monday.  I went last Monday.  I can not wait for my new glasses to be able to see better.  My prescription changed drastically they said.  This is the second time I have gone in, I should have went last year but I kept putting it off because I was not eligible for new frames yet; any way this is the second time the prescription has changed for the better not the worse.  Some odd reason my eyes are getting a little better.  I will take that.  I fell in love with this one pair of frames but did not get it.  It was only $6 over the $150 allowance too.  I would have only paid 80% of the $6 for my frames.  I kept putting them on.  I wanted them in the worse way, but they did not have the hinges on the frames.  I need them with Taj.  He still grabs our glasses every now and then, so I went with my second favorite which was $18 dollars over the allowance, not bad since frames can be so expensive.  I am going to try transitional lenses this time.  This way I do not have to buy sunglasses too.  I did that last time and thought, I do not need the bifocals on the sunglasses.  I was wrong!  I did not realize how much I used my bifocals even with just sunglasses... the cell phone I needed it...maps...writing checks if I ran into the gas station or even signing a slip for the gas station.

One night when had Taj, Papa was reading his book at the kitchen table as I prepared dinner.  Taj wanted me to read to him at that time as well.  I was able to read a book maybe five times to him, then I placed him in his booster chair next to Papa and told him he has to read his book now so I can finish dinner.  It was so adorable seeing him sitting next to his Papa and both of them reading the book.  It was a moment, I wished I had my camera with me.

Well, I need to be off to get the weekly chores done before we have to deal with Mice.  Tomorrow will be another unpleasant job.  Our long hair cat Cali needs to be shaved.  UGH!!!
 
It will be a messy job.  We are going to try to get her drunk to settle her down to do this.  Wish me luck.  ha ha.   

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Miscellaneous Monday



Saturday Todd and I went out for our Valentine's Day celebration.  We tried a restaurant, Orchard Green located downtown. Oh my what a treat!  We had an delicious appetizer, unfortunately I can not remember the name of it.  The appetizer was breaded eggplant, olives, dried tomatoes, balsamic vinegar and some sort of cream fondue cheese.  Mmmm... Todd's dinner was much better than mine (I had a taste.) He had Bouillabaisse.  Oh My Goodness!!!  I want to learn how to make this.  It was absolutely heavenly.  I had Tarragon Chicken.  It was good but nothing compared to Todd's.  We spent the evening holding hands while we walked and snuggled up and finished the first season of Hell On Wheels.  It was a perfect evening.

Sunday I was able to complete two of the four canvas paintings for Ethan's room.  I finished drawing the other two on canvas and all they need now is to be painted.  I did not work on the votive candles at all.  I did hang up my new curtains on the other hand and absolutely love them.  I think we are going to be getting a new love seat.  We desperately need one.  I am just going to get a slip cover for the chair and ottoman.  Now if only the cats would stay off.  They ruin the tops of our furniture from their weight of laying on the back of the furniture.

I had today off, due to the holiday.  It was Todd's day off.  We got a lot done in our room today.  We plant to de-clutter and move things around in our room to make room for a new chair.  I also had an eye exam and I am so excited for my new glasses in order to see clearly once again.  The doctor told me she could understand why I was having problems.  My prescription changed a lot.  My old prescription was way too strong.  I guess they see people who are in their forties eyes get a little better.  This is the second time I have gone where my prescription has changed because they were too strong.  Too bad I still need the bifocal, I would love to get rid of them.  

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Cheeseburger Crescent Casserole

We tried something new for dinner tonight.  Cheeseburger Crescent Casserole.  It was delicious!


 Ingredients:
  • 1 lb ground beef, cooked, drained.
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup dill pickle relish
  • 1/8 cup mustard
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 can 8 oz refrigerated crescent dinner rolls.
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven 375 degrees.  In a skillet mix the cooked hamburger and ketchup.  Heat until hot, stirring occasionally.
  2. Stir in the relish, mustard, and 1 cup of the cheese.
  3. Spoon into ungreased 9 or 10 inch glass pie pan.
  4. Separate dough into 8 triangles.  Place dough on top of meat mixture in a spoke pattern with points towards the center.  Pinching and inch of the crescent to form a crust.
  5. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup of cheese on top.
  6. Bake 15-20 minutes until cheese is melted and crescent is browned.
Enjoy!  I made cheesy grits for the side dish.




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Sunday's Song

We are now starting to watch a new AMC series, Hell On Wheels.  We are enjoying it very much.  Last night the episode we began opened with this song.  I just fell in love with this song immediately.  Enjoy!




"Timshel," a word that loosely translates as "thou mayest;" the word suggests that we as humans, with the consciousness we "achieved" by eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in the Garden of Eden, can in every moment CHOOSE our behavior; we can choose between good and evil."

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Saturday Rambling


Tonight Todd and I will be going out for our Valentine's Day Dinner.  I can not wait.  I need to get out and do something fun.   Today I purchased new curtains for my small living room.  I am still trying to update it.  It is a slow process.  Unfortunately, I can not hang my new curtains.  Remember, the house was my husband's and ex-wife's and it was mostly decorated by her until recently in the past couple of years.  One room at a time it has been changing over to us or my suggested colors.  I never put the valance up in the small living room and I was totally disappointed when I found out the current curtain rod in place would not work with my new curtains.  I cried.  Yes, I literally cried over it.  I do not know what is going on with me.  I am so weepy lately.  I feel like I am dragging my chin constantly.  I have not worn eye make to work the past week and half because I will sit there and all of a sudden tears will roll down my cheek.  I try to concentrate on the good in my life, but sometimes it comes from no where.  Maybe while Todd and I are out, we can pick up a new curtain rod so I can hang the curtains tomorrow.

I am excited for tomorrow I plan to work on my painting.  I am sure I will have two of the canvas paintings done and a few more snowmen votive.  I am also in hopes of making a different type of votive for a friend of mine.  Her birthday is coming up and I need to finish it to mail the darn thing to her.  I want it to arrive on time this year. Besides painting, it is Sunday, which means a new episode of Walking Dead and Shameless.  I can not wait. 

Enjoy your Saturday.
 
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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Post On Facebook

I love my husband's humor.  He gave me a dozen of red long stem roses and beautiful card.  The words were so meaningful.  However I think I loved his post on my Facebook page just as much as the flowers.


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Happy Valentine's Day


 
I know some people are against Valentine's Day, not because they are ba-hum-bug to the holiday but they feel every day one should celebrate love.  I agree, it should not be just one day out of the year, however, it is my favorite holiday.  I am not guilty of showing the people I love only one day of the year how much I love them.  I live my life to show them every day of the year, but this one day of the year is special to me.  It is a day I know many others are doing the same thing.  It is a holiday that has never been ruined by others for me.  It is a holiday I have always enjoyed.  There have been many Valentine's Day I received nothing, but to me that is not what Valentine's Day is about.  I do not need materialistic things to make my Valentine's Day special.  My children would give me little cards which were extras to give to their classmates, sometimes they would make their cards to give to me.  The hand made cards were the best because they put so much love into making it.  I have to admit, I am spoiled on Valentine's Day with the love of all my boys, Todd, and my family.  I hope Valentine's Day is good to you too.  


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September Goals