Tuesday, September 10, 2013

A Break

I'm dealing with some personal family stuff right now. And, honestly, that is all I can deal with at the moment. So I will be taking a small break for my family and hope to be back to posting really soon! :o)

Monday, September 9, 2013

Soccer Fun

I spent about an hour and a half at my girly's soccer game this weekend. We weren't expecting it to be too warm, so we didn't put lotion on.

Yikes!!  Wrong decision!

I had this to deal with...

Sunday, September 8, 2013


When my husband and I bought our house, we were four months out from having a newborn, and knew that we'd be going down to one income. Because this mama was staying home with her girly! Anyway, I digress...

We didn't really have too much money to spend so we spent what we could on various mismatched pieces of furniture and were thrilled to have them.

Fast forward a few years and a thousand memories later, and we're in the present, where my husband and I can now afford to get pieces of furniture that we love. And, here's the shocker.... pieces that actually match each other! This is a big deal! (We also, coincidentally found a store that I LOVE that sells furniture quite affordably.)

We are now the proud owners of a match bench, entertainment center, and hutch that match. Yay! We didn't get them all at the same time, but have been saving and gotten them one by one.

So, we've spent the last few nights going through our dvd's, cd's, and books, preparing to move them or get rid of them if we haven't used/listening/watched them in a long time.

And now we have a finished piece of furniture all pretty and organized. That makes me happy. :o)

Saturday, September 7, 2013


I got on my phone the other day and found this video on it, that my girly took. I know it's dark but the video is just so cute, for several reasons, that I can't even stand it! Enjoy!

Friday, September 6, 2013


Yes me. I'm a sicko. I've officially gotten my first... well.... something, whatever this is from my students at school. Not sure where I got it. There are five hundred kids to pick from. So, I have my pick.


I'm contemplating going to see my family doctor tomorrow. I guess if I was smart I would just call and schedule something now, for tomorrow, as my ribs are hurting from all the nose blowing and coughing I've been doing.  And the Afrin and Albuterole inhaler are working overtime!

'Scuse me while I go blow my nose.... Ahhhh Chooooo!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Next Do-It-Yourself Idea

It's that time of year!! I get the crafting bug around the same time my girly goes back to school every year. Probably because I know I can get crafts done without having to field too many "What are you doing" questions. Having an empty house also means I am not diving for half finished pieces of crafts that my daughter has just been dying to inspect more closely and has finally given into picking up.

It's also the time of year that we start to expect a little crispness to creep into the air. Or, well, the time of year I start to look forward to the crispness in the air. You never know when that will happen in Pennsylvania. One of the running jokes about PA would be that you have to plan your kiddos Halloween costume around them simply wearing it by itself or attempting to fit it over a winter coat and or snow suit!

Any...way. I think my first crafting adventure will be these...
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Don't the leg warmers look super comfy?! I think they will accomplish two things in one. Firstly, they will look super cute and trendy with my boots. And they will be a great extra layer of clothing for those winter days when I am wearing two pairs of socks in my Ugg boots because I just can't seem to get warm.

And the best part is that I can achieve this look with a $5 sweater from the local Salvation Amry store. Just a little snippity snip of the sleeves and I'm done! I like it!

To see a full tutorial on it head over to Thrift Parsonage Living and check it out here.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Food Fondness

Growing up one of my favorite memories, from when I was really little, was the yard surrounding our house. My dad is an avid gardener so he filled our yard with flowers, vegetables, and fruits. In my memories our family garden looked like this.
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In reality the garden probably looked more like this.
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Take away the hedgerows and add in some grapevine rows. This garden was fantastic to me. When my brother and I got hungry, we simply raided our garden and had a snack.

We also spent plenty of time taking care of the garden. Weeding, picking, cleaning, shelling, and dicing. I hated all those things, while I was doing them, with every core of my being. And I'm sure that my whining made things pretty awful for my parents at times as well. Ha ha

My mom also took the time to can, whatever we did not use, so we could enjoy the veggies and fruits in the winter time, which she had me help with. I can still see the strawberry jams bubbling, in a big pot, on the stove. I remember the rows and rows of gleaming glass jars and shiny new lids waiting to be filled.

Fast forward to present day and I am left with no gardening skills at all. Like, zero ability. As in, I kill ivy. Which my father has lead me to believe is nearly impossible to kill. (Yes, we're past the point where my father is tactful about my lack of gardening skills. Or as tactful as my father can be anyway.) And that, my friends, is why I love my CSA. I get to have all the benefits of that long ago garden with zero chances of my coming into contact with the actual plants and accidentally killing them by even looking at them. My CSA allows me to create the same memories, with my girly, in our own ways.

My daughter and I hull, peel, skin, and chop away to prepare our veggies and fruits to eat. One of our favorite things to do with the leftovers? We love making crock pot applesauce.  Any leftovers get thrown into a gallon ziplock bag and stored in the freezer. And, sometimes when I remember to, I like to fill an ice cube tray with the applesauce. That way I can pop them, once frozen, into a bag as individual servings for my girly's lunches at school. L has mentioned to me before that she always remembers making the applesauce when she eats it at lunch. :o)

I know I've written about this before but I'm going to go into it again... Three of my favorite tools in the kitchen to help us? (Which are especially helpful with my arthritis) Well, obviously the first is our crock pot. I think I can safely say that the smell our house has by mid afternoon has got to be one of my favorite scents! My second favorite tool would be my apple peeler/corer/slicer.
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It seriously saves my hands! Otherwise I would never be able to make the applesauce. And it's so easy to use that my seven year old loves to use it for me. Even better!

The last tool I love is my hand cranked food mill.
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While I don't necessarily need to use this after the apples have been sitting in my crock pot all day, I love to use it anyway. Because it was my grandma's and I have fond memories of seeing her use it, but also because I love how fine the applesauce becomes after using it. And, yes, mine absolutely looks as beat up at the one in the picture! Using the food mill ends up being a two person job. While, the little metal piece on the side hooks over the lip of my metal bowl perfectly, it does have a tendency to skip off if a person gets too excited in their cranking. So, usually, I have L crank because I'm all for child labor because she honestly likes to and I hold the bowl in place. And we end up with this.

Mmmmm! I hope L has the same fond memories of this some day!!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Chronic Illness and Anxiety

It seems that there is a general tone to a lot of the blogs, their replying comments, and various support groups chatter that I have seen lately.

Anxiety. More directly the relationship between chronic illness and anxiety.

When I did a Google search about anxiety and chronic illness I fell across this great article found on Health Central, entitled "8 Ways to Cope with Anxiety and Chronic Illness". They have some great ideas listed. Go check it out!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Water Habit

My daughter had a fit because she was thirsty the other day. When my husband asked why she screamed, "But Mama always has water!!"

On another occasion, while driving in the car, my husband asked me why I didn't have any water with me. She replied from the back seat, "Daddy, she doesn't have water with her because she's on her way to a restaurant, where she'll have water."

Well. I guess my girly has got my "water habit" down! Ha ha ha