Monday, May 18, 2015

In My Home ~ Week 2


** Christopher had his very first job interview last Monday.  Andrew and I brought along our school to do in the car while he was on his interview.  He has applied at a few different places in hopes of finding a summer job.  Unfortunately he did not get the job and the job search continues.

**  On Wednesday Christopher took his written permit test and passed!  I let him drive to the Dairy Queen afterwards for a celebratory Blizzard.

** We are transitioning to our summer school schedule this month.  Last week was our last 5 day week.  This week we move to 3 days a week and will continue with this schedule through the summer with a few weeks off here and there for break and vacation.  We’ll be schooling Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with Monday and Friday’s off to extend our weekends.  We’ll continue with this schedule until sometime in August when we switch back to a full week schedule.

** I’ve completed 2 full weeks of the Protective Diet and am feeling very good.  Still no headaches, the weight is still coming off and I am well satisfied with the meals.  Visit to learn more.

** My daughter had an ultrasound last Tuesday and our first grandchild is a _______!  We don’t know yet! {GROAN}  Samantha and Jarrett decided to have a BaBy-Q gender reveal party.  As much as I want to know now, I know they are enjoying having this little secret to themselves.  We’ll be have a BBQ potluck on the 30th with both sides of the family and friends.  On their invitation it says,  “A bun in the oven and burgers on the grill.”  Cute!

**  We went up to see Samantha on Friday.  I brought up lunch for everyone and then Scott and I went into the cities to do a quick shopping trip at Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s before coming back and picking up Samantha’s old vehicle which we purchased to either fix and sell or fix and give to Christopher.

**  My lower back has been bothering me since Friday.  I'm not sure what I did.  The only thing I can think is that it might have been from my jumping on my rebounder on Thursday.  Thankfully it is not debilitating.  If I sit for long periods it is hard to get up and sore for a bit after I'm up but after walking around for a bit it seems to improve.  I'm still able to get around and get things done except for bending so other family members have been bending to load the dishwasher for me.
**  On Saturday my sweetie and I had a quick date.  We went to town to look at refrigerators.  We are looking for a larger side by side.  I found one I like but we are only looking at this point.  After the appliance shopping Scott and I stopped by the Animal Humane Society.  We both loved an older red Labrador named Max.  He was the only one not barking.  Such a sweetie, didn't jump up, let you pet and touch all over his body without him minding.  He was what they called a Velcro dog.  {smile} Once you stopped petting he was there to nudge your hand back into petting him again.  We would have given him a wonderful home to live out his last few years but unfortunately it didn't work out because we have cats and a smaller dog and the staff did not think it was a good match.  Sorry, Max.
**  I stayed home from church yesterday because the chairs are uncomfortable and already a strain on my lower back.  Although I was feeling quite a bit better I didn’t want to hinder the healing that was taking place.  I worked in the kitchen prepping some of my food for the week.  I made French Onion dip, Sloppy Jerrys, Creamy Macaroni salad, burger buns and homemade yogurt. 
I hope you've had a wonderful week as well.  God bless you.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

In My Home ~ Week 1


Stopping in with a little update.  I wish I was more consistent with blogging (smile).  I think it's such a nice way to record what's going on in our family and home but life gets busy and blogging gets forgotten.

Isn't this a lovely picture?  I adore it, especially the cat curled up on the rug and the sheets on the clothes line.

In my home this last week.

~*~ On Sunday we went to Mass for my nephew and godchild's  First Communion.  After Mass we celebrated at his home with our extended family and enjoyed an afternoon outside while the children played.  I snapped this picture of my daughter (on the right in the white shirt) and my sister in law that afternoon.  They are due a week apart. 

~*~ Andrew went with Scott in the semi.  They went to South Carolina, then up to North Carolina and then back home to Minnesota.  I think it's so neat that the kids get an opportunity to spend time with their dad like this.  It is the one memory each of the kids has and remembers fondly.

~*~ I spent most of this week (and last) reading recipes, watching videos and then in the kitchen.  I am following a Protective Diet for 30 days.  It is a vegan diet that also eliminates oil, sugar, nuts and additives.  Previously I have been having trouble sleeping, horrible daily headaches, fibromyalgia muscle pain and digestive issues.  So far I am sleeping great and best of all no headaches for over a week!!!  Here are a few pictures of the food I've enjoyed while dropping over 7 pounds in less than 2 weeks.


~*~  I've been off of coffee now for two weeks and oddly enough I am not missing it at all.  If you know me personally, you know how much I have always enjoyed my morning coffee during my quiet time.  I've substituted my morning cup of coffee for an organic green tea with peppermint and it is just as satisfying.

~*~ On the weekends Scott has been busy building our new wrap around deck.  Part of the deck is covered and the other is open.  I can't wait for it all to be done and to enjoy some meals on the deck this summer.

~*~ I worked on crocheting a new hat for my mother in law who lost her hair recently as a result of the chemotherapy.  I chose a lovely light sea blue color and gave it to her this afternoon.  It fit perfectly and she looked beautiful.  <3

~*~ Temps this week will be cooler but I'm thankful that I don't have snow like my close friend did in Wyoming this weekend.  I think I might curl up and cry if it snowed.  :)  Her 12 year old daughter looked out the window yesterday and declared, "I better get another Christmas out of this!"  Haha! 

~*~ Christopher mowed the yard for the first time this year.  I love the smell of freshly cut grass drifting in through the open windows.  I'm waiting for my crab apple trees to bloom.  Usually they bloom around the 10th, but they don't appear quite ready yet.  Here is a picture of them from a few years ago.

~*~ My mother gave me this pantry cupboard that belonged to my dad's grandmother, then his mother and most recently resided at my parents home.  I am using it to keep my foods separate from the families.  I adore it!  I'd like to repaper the shelves though.

Thanks for visiting and reading.  Have a great week, friends.