Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Right Now - April

Feeling: Excited.  Looking forward to a long weekend in Colorado
On the to-do list: Finish packing
My guilty pleasure: Spending this time 'vegging' on the computer
Favorites: Life
Dreaming about: Journaling more consistently. Um, yea, it's a dream...
Thankful for: Friends who think it's fun to chicken-sit while we're away.

Friday, March 21, 2014


Last night at dinner Ryan was telling me a story about work.  It was a rather extensive story about a co-worker who had a prank backfire on him.  At the end, Caleb politely chimes in "Mommy, Daddy, what happened to the fireman who had fire on him?"
We were a bit confused and replied with "No one had fire on him."  "There was a firefighter who's house was on fire. Is that what you were thinking?"
Caleb sill looking pensive says "But what about the one with fire on his back?"  Ah, "backfire".  We attempted to explain in three-year-old terms how the work backfire has nothing to do with a fire or a back. I just love seeing him learn language.  And gain awareness of how confusing the English language actually can be.


Friday, January 3, 2014

Welcome 2014

I just love when we get to ring in the new year with snow.  
And what's more fun;
to get outside in the cold,
bundle up and tromp through the
beautiful snow.

Monday, October 7, 2013

This Week's Menu

After some weeks with no menu plan, I am once again experiencing the freedom of being prepared for dinner.  There is a lot of preparation that happens for our homemade meals, and it's so nice to know what I need to do today for dinner tomorrow.

Sunday: Sloppy Joes, grapes
Monday: Baked potato soup,salad
Tuesday: Turkey spaghetti casserole made with carrots, spinach (based on this)
Wednesday: pressure cooked Roast experiment
Thursday: Layered enchilada casserole made with left over beef
Friday: Camping fare - burgers, brats, beans etc
Saturday: Dinner out for birthdays

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Garden

This year I finally received the harvest from my garden I've been waiting for.  Nothing huge, but very encouraging.  All it took was moving the garden to a sunny location.  Oh, that and engineering a fence to keep the dog and all other usual garden pests out. I might be getting in my garden groove.

So I've spent time the past several days planning and drawing a garden for 2014.  Digging a new bed to the east of our house.  Gathering long sticks for the pole beans.  Paying attention to seed varieties.  Planting a winter cover crop.  I am very excited!

Just today I ran across this inspiring blog!  Wow, to have a garden that provides us with most of our meals.  Meals of plates full of colorful, tasty veggies.  My dream ... and a very achievable dream if I continue to put all this planning into action.

On the list for 2014 garden: tomatoes, peppers, peas, green beans, pickling cucumbers, zucchini, winter squash, lettuce, spinach, beets, herbs and maybe other greens.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Right Now - July

Feeling: Worn out.  Fun day with crazy kids
On the to-do list: Fold diapers
My guilty pleasure:Quiet time alone each day.  You know, when I go upstairs and tell Caleb I'll be right back, then come back in 10 minutes.
Favorites: Vacation
Dreaming about: 20 acres of land
Thankful for: the lessons my husband has taught me.  Among them: Keep it simple.  Go with the flow.  Be content with the situation.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Read and dream

It's not a secret on this blog that I love to read. I definitely prefer reading over writing.  I spend about an hour each night after the kids go to bed reading books.  Usually novels ... for a bit of an escape.  Sometimes non-fiction to make Jenny proud learn about new or favorite topics. 

Lately, I've been enjoying reading for inspiration.  I go through seasons of finding lots of inspiration from other bloggers.  My current favorite is SouleMama.  She has a garden I dream of and is, in general, living the homestead life I think would be fun.  Think might be the key word.  Would I actually enjoy the work if I had a homestead.  SouleMama sure makes it look fun.

Toward this dream, print books to read include the Homemade Living series.  Checking these all out from the library.  Any other suggestions?