Monday, January 19, 2015

Moving Fast

Can't believe this month is already half over. I know I should be posting more. But I haven't been doing anything. I have even had to force myself to work on my yarn projects. I know it terrible. With the cold weather and the need for something toasy to do.... Just haven't had it in me to do a thing.

I have been so tired lately. I mean like I feel sick I'm so tired. I have been looking into a few things.... You know cause going to the doctor would make to much sence.... LOL! I have narrowed my symptoms down to hyerthyroidism and adreanal fatigue. I know look at me being all fancy over here!

I have changed my diet to include a lot more raw veg and more fruit. I have started using salt again. (Real Salt) and I made it to yoga for the first time in ages. I am also making some changes to my life to help to reduce the stress. Not sure if these things will help but I will continue with this plan for at least 3 months. If I haven't seen a significant change for the better then I will go to the doctor. 

I have had time to be on Pinterest! Have I ever told you I have a love/hate relationship with Pinterest? If not, well, I do. I love to look and plan.... oh and pin all of these wonderful things. Then I feel guilty because I took the time to find all these things that seem to be such a waste of time. Simply because I don't have the time to do any of them.

So what I have been trying to do is find simple pins to accomplish.

This weekend I made a fruit dip.

cool whip
vanilla pudding powder
vanilla yogurt

Mix together and serve with fruit!

Of course I can't seem to follow directions. I didn't have vanilla pudding so I used lemon. I only had vanilla greek yogurt so I used that. It turned out very good. So all in all it was a success.


Thursday, January 8, 2015

New Year, Old Issues

As you know I have been taking care of my Mother in Law for the last year. It hasn't been an every day thing... But I have been making and taking her to appointments. Making sure she was ok while she got her cataract surgery. Dealing with her falls and subsuquent recoveries. And as of the last 2 months or so making sure her pills were set up for her.

New years eve in the morning as I was on my way out the door I got a call which I ignored because it was an 800 number... Then Grims phone went off with the same number. It turned out to be the alarm company to let us know that she had fallen again. I made it to her apartment as the firemen were checking her out. They advised that she go to the hospital to get checked out. She refused. Since I have power of attorney over medical decisions. I told them to take her.

So long story short we spent New Year's Eve at the hospital. Then we had long drawn out rig a ma roll. She was finally admitted to the hospital on Friday afternoon. Upto that point she was just under observation. We were able to get her moved to a rehabilitation on Monday. She will there for upto 20 days. Then they will make the determination wether or not she will be able to move back to her apartment or if she will have to go to assisted living.

As for other things. We were able to get the wood burning stove! I am so happy!! We only had one hand get pinched... Not even a swear word was uttered! Which was a true miracle since it was Grim, me and all 3 monsters. We couldn't get any other help that day. 

I also have the money put aside for the barn. Now we will be able to get it all closed up and the floor put in! After we cut the grass in the Spring this will be the first project that we tackle. Once that is done it will be like we are really doing ths. Right now it still feels like a pipe dream. Soon....

Next up on the list is to get the pop up trailer fixed. We lost our hot water tank durning the season last year. And there is something going on with the electric. Then the taxes need to be paid. This really shocked me. The only improvement we did to the property was to get an address. My taxes have doubled because it now has an address. LOL! I can only imagine what will happen once we build. Ah, no point in borrowing trouble. I got a gift certificate for the place where I'm going to purchase the trees from for the orchard. So we are moving along with that. We need to figure out what's the de4al with the well. And then finally on the list for this year is the electric. We will need to dig a trench and get the power run from the pole to the barn.

My job is going well and my Thiry-one business is really starting to take off. The biggest monster leaves this weekend to head back to school. Next week I will be cleaning house and getting back to working on some unfinished projects. No matter what there is always something going on!


Saturday, December 27, 2014

Almost the end of the month!

We have had our oldest home for the last couple weeks. So we have been busy working, cleaning and just general visiting! LOL! It takes a ton of time to get caught up face to face! So lets see what happened this month?!? We cleaned, we got all the presents wrapped, we cooked, ate, worked worked and oh yeah.... worked. Went and visited my Uncle that lives in the Hospital.  Dealt with things for the VFW. Got a membership for the gym and we have actually gone a few times!

Christmas came and Grim got a pocket chainsaw.... Its so cool. When he gets a chance to use it I will report on it. He also got a shaving mug and soap. I got a blue tooth retro radio and a sock loom that uses worsted weight yarn! Love it!!! We both got more things but its to much to list. The monsters got a ton of stuff. The best thing they got was I supported the local zoo and each of them was able to be the sponsor of a vampire bat! Best gift this year!

It was just the immediate family over for the day. My brother had the flu so he was down for the count and I didn't put out the big invite like I usually do. Just to tired to cook for that many.... Plus my oven hasn't been able to be fixed yet. Hopefully tomorrow. Last night we took the monsters to zoo so that they could see the vampire bats that they sponsored! Couldn't find them. That's ok... just means we will have to go back again at a later date. Speak of dates the oldest monster went out on a date last night. I'm sure there will be more to come on that subject. Today we were able to go and get my wood burning stove. It is safe and sound in the storage unit.

We will be staying in on New Years Eve. Grim has to work the night and I have to work the day. I figure I will be in bed long before Grim gets home. At least I will feel well rested to begin the new year! Yeah, Right!

So if I don't get time to be back on here!
Happy New Year to all of you!

Monday, November 17, 2014

New Season

Fall has been a fickle thing this year. Cold, rain, hot, bitter! Almost like she can't make up her mind on what she wants. I tried to hold out until the 11th to turn the furnace on. I only missed by two days. So the official start to the winter heat bills was Nov. 9th. 

We were able to get out and get all the Christmas lights up before the weather turned cold on us. I will post pictures when we turn them on. That won't be until Thanksgiving night. Even though we get them up early, we make sure we celebrate each Holiday in succession.

Life is going good. Grim and I are almost the new parents to a 10 year old brand new wood burner. This where it sits right now... We have to go and pick it up. Really excited about this purchase.

We have found a great building at Lowes. Unfortunately, Lowes is just the dealer and the suppliers dosen't travel to where our property is located. :( 16x24

No fear! We went to Menard's. They worked with us on figuring out what we wanted and they came up with a bigger structure with a medal roof for only about $1000 more. 24x24 Granted this one we have to build ourselves. Sweat Equity!!! At least that's what I'm telling myself! LOL! It will be what we want in the end. So no complaints now or in the future... As long as it all goes as planned! :P

Even though I have the part time job away from the homestead. I'm still working on my Thirty-one business. I have a fantastic deal going on right now. So here goes my 30 second pitch!

Email Me and Let's get you some stuff for FREE, while taking care of the Holidays all in one shot!!


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

What was suppose to be.....

We were suppose to go up to the property this past weekend. :( That didn't happen. Time and lack of money. ( our credit union was suppose to have a nice merge.... it turned out to be a hostile takeover) The lack of money was simply because we couldn't access our funds. Going on week 2 of this nonsense. I can go to the bank and get some but we have no cards. So our trip had to be canceled.

Things have gotten a little bit busier around here. I'm back to work. Its just part time. But we needed the money as University monster hasn't been able to find a job and we are footing the bill. Always money. I don't know if its the root of all evil or just the greatest motivator in the world. Any who!!! I have been employed by a laboratory to work in a doctors office taking samples. Very Gross, but thanks for asking! :)

Grim has been working 6 days a week and almost 12 hour days. When he is home, we try very hard to get the house ready for winter. One day we went though and cut all the dead and overhanging branches from the trees. We only have 3 trees and it took 4 loads in the back of the pickup to the dump. I guess that was a neglected task.. Its done now. Then we went though another day and emptied out the pots that have veggies in them. Also got all of the summer stuff put at the storage unit. The outside is almost done. We just need to cut the grass 1 more time and get the leaves up and grass seed down.

Its strange but now that I'm back to work, I have a bug to get stuff done and I'm doing it. I actually took apart my windows and washed them. Yes, I still hate housework. No, not really sure what's going on! All but 3 windows have been closed up for winter. They should be done by next week. My living room has been cleaned and dusted. I got the new rods so I could add the winter curtains. They are tied up on the sides patiently waiting for the snow to fly.

Speaking of snow, Grim said on his way to work the other morning it was sleeting. I'm thinking there will be snow on the ground by Halloween. Its not a far stretch. We are getting down into the 40's at night and the highs of 60's during the day. Once again this year, I'm going to hold out as long as I can before I turn the heat on. Last year I made it to.... the middle of November last year. I'm hoping to make it that long again.

This year we are going to be getting a dehumidifier. For whatever reason, our home gets very humid in the winter and then the windows get steamy and every Spring I have to scrap paint and paint to get rid of the mold that has made its appearance over the Winter.

With it being October, I of course needed to get my butt in gear. I was only able to can up 1 bushel of tomatoes and 1 bushel of corn was cobbed and put into the freezer. So that left lots of gaps that needed to be filled. So I got 2 more bushels of tomatoes ( all turned into puree ). The peppers are being cleaned and cut and dropped into the freezer. The carrots, potatoes and onions will be stored along with the squash. The apples which are not pictured will be turned into sauce. The eggplant was used as a base for pasta sauce. Eggplant, peppers, onion, garlic and some extra tomato puree was all cooked down, then bagged and frozen.

I'm still working on several yarn projects. Now that the weather is starting to change I have time to work on them. Hopefully, I will have pictures soon.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014


I guess I should go away more often. I come back just aching to type... LOL!

This summer has been a whirlwind of activities.

I didn't have time to sit and read one book.

But I did get started on yet another afghan.

Well sort of....

I cut up a bunch of old t-shirts and made my own yarn

Cause I have nothing better to do with me time.


This yarn is now being turned into a rug for the camper.

Hoping it turns out. 

I may have to frog what I've already done, because I don't like how the end looks.

To tight.

Decisions, Decisions!



Monday, August 25, 2014

Simply Blessed

With selling 31 this is the phrase that I have embroidered on all of my items. It is something that just resonates with me. I am Simply Blessed. The family that I was born to, the friends that have become family, the experiences both good and bad, have brought me to this place of being Simply Blessed.

Like I said in my last post. We just got home yesterday afternoon. We were gone for 7 nights and 8 days. I had internet but limited my time to it as we were spending some much need down time together as a family. Today, I was back at the grind. Picky monster need to go to the school to get everything in order for her Senior year. I had to switch appointments and make appointments for my MIL. I made a list of goals and broke them down into bite sized pieces. I had to go to the grocery to get a few things.

The aisles are long and at the end of the first one is the eggs and milk. There was an older couple in front of me. As I waited my turn at getting the eggs. The woman turned to me and said that I could get what I needed because they were getting a lot. They told me that they eat at least half a dozen eggs every day and that they needed to stock up when they go on sale. They told me a bit of their life story. To which I listened and she told me that when things look down that she just reminds herself that she is blessed. To this I showed her my bag and said that more people needed to remember the blessings in life. We said our good byes. I don't think I would have ever given them another thought much less written about them on my blog. But they came in at a time that I didn't think much about my blessings, just my challenges.

Once dinner was done and my first blog post of the day was done, it was time to read up on my favorite blogs. This is where my blessings come into play. I read the title of one of my fellow blogger. It says with an aching heart..... My first thought is that she and her family were giving up on the homesteading way of life. Which tends to happen to the best at times. But what I found when I read the blog had me in tears. A fellow blogger SciFiChick of Bacon and Eggs passed away last week.

Now I never got the chance to meet with her and her husband Mars. But for years I have read her story, her hopes and dreams. Her successes and failures. It is always sad to hear of someone you know but don't really know, passing away. She touched so many lives, and got so many of us on the path.

I found this quote earlier today. I don't know if she wanted to inspire, but she did. We are better off having had the opportunity to see the world she chose to share!

Again I say that I'm Simply Blessed with the events that unfold in my life.