Tuesday, April 30, 2013

And so it begins...

The weather turned and we have been gone...outside every possible moment.
Sandbox, bubbles, kites, chalk...we have even managed to lose two rubber balls.  One we know for sure floated across the pond.  The other one?  We haven't seen a trace of.
The bird watching these last few days has been amazing too.  Robins, Flickers, Common Grackels, Purple Finches, another Eagle, Mallard pairs and a couple as of yet unidentified kinds, fly back and forth in front of the windows all day long.  I also witnessed an all out brawl between 4 Canadian Geese on the pond last night.  It seemed to be over territory...who got to stay on the pond and who had to go.  So much charging, neck swinging, and wing flapping.  No one would back down.  Eventually they settled into different parts of the pond as there didn't seem to be a clear winner.  Fascinating!  The minks still have yet to show themselves again, but then there was still ice on the pond as late as last Saturday...it's clear now, so I think they'll be here anytime.
While the kids play, I have been cleaning up the yard.  There are lots of perennials that the previous owners had planted, so I have been removing all of the dead leaves and I have uncovered tender green shoots on almost everything...yay!  The trees are about to pop with new leaves and I have discovered tulips beginning to grow in two different spots.  I look forward to seeing what colors the blooms are...tulips are one of my favorite flowers after all.
I have also started working on spray painting a few pieces of furniture and a couple picture frames.  It has been a bit too breezy, so I haven't been able to finish as quickly as I would like.  I might have to relocate to the garage to finish so I can get them all done.  I will post pictures when I can.  It also seems as though I have promised pictures of my writer's workshop and of Evelyn's finished room...I will get on those and get those posts done this week...promise.
Peace Friends!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Curtains and a recipe too...

The snow is almost gone and we have been outside!  We have a sweet little half mile trail that loops right through our neighborhood.  The kiddies and I have been walking around it two or three times after school.  This weekend, I hope we will be spending most of our time outside.

Cafe curtains for my kitchen window.  I finished sewing them earlier this week. 
Polka dots of course.  I love them.  ;)
Here is another recipe that I have made lately.  I adapted it from a recipe in one of my magazines.  I made it up the night before, then popped it into the oven when I got up...the kids loved it.  But who doesn't love a little chocolate at breakfast?

Baked Banana Oatmeal
3 cups old-fashioned oats
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups milk
3 Tbsp butter, melted
3 eggs
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cups mashed banana (about 4 ripe bananas)
1/4 cup chocolate chips (if desired)

In a large bowl, mix all ingredients until blended.
Spread into a greased baking dish or individual ramekins.
Place in the refrigerator overnight.  (the oatmeal will soak up most of the liquid, don't worry, it will bake up nicely).
Pull out of the refrigerator and then pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.  Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until oatmeal is tender.
Top with fruit, a little milk, or even maple syrup.
Enjoy!



We are quite enamored with mustaches around here.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Good attitude, don't fail me now...

Things I found in the dryer.

It snowed again last night...maybe more tomorrow.
I think the robins are over it too.  From the front they look like the red angry birds from that popular game.  Big, red, puff balls with a pissed off look.
I have made a few yummy recipes lately:
Cowboy Spaghetti
Turkey Stromboli (I used homemade pizza dough)
Mexican Pork Roast Tacos
Waffle Sandwiches (homemade waffles work well and colby jack cheese slices are better too)

I have started menu planning not only dinner, but also breakfast and lunch.  I used to kind of fly by the seat of my pants with these, but, it has been rather nice to have a plan in place.  Why didn't I do that before?
Making more curtains.  Working on my third set today.  Everyone should have new, fresh window coverings by the end of the month.  We have been using the old, nasty blinds that were left in the house.  They were gross...glad to be getting them down and something clean put up.
Anyway...that's what's doing.  Just wanting to get back outside too.  It's still supposed to be nice this weekend.  Outside here we come (in 3 days that is)!
Peace friends!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

And I'm OK...





Today was a better day.
I decided to look around the house to find cheerful, colorful things.
I went to Joann's and got a few things that I have been needing for finishing up a couple of projects.
I finished sewing Evelyn's curtains.
I made a yummy salad of chopped celery hearts, pink lady apple, small chunks of an aged Irish cheese, a sprinkle of cashews mixed with Goddess dressing by Annie's Naturals .  (Seriously, try this salad, or something close to it...it's yummy).
Yesterday, I just had to let myself off the hook for awhile and just mope for a bit. I managed to force myself to do all the laundry and all I could muster was peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for dinner. I went to bed early and watched an episode of The Kennedy's on Netflix and went to sleep.  When I get angry, depressed or full of angst it's best to let me stew and leave me alone...I'll get over it.  I find it hard to believe, but they are calling for snow again tonight and tomorrow.  I don't think it will be as much and by the weekend we are supposed to be nearly 70 degrees...yay!  As long as this is it, no more, nothing else...I can deal.
Part of my problem too, is the fact that I am dying to get back to running.  I miss exercise...it makes me feel so good inside and out.  I want to get these final baby pounds off and just get back to healthy.  Since I haven't exercised since our move, I haven't wanted to start out again by running in ice and snow.  I need it to be somewhat nice, while I get going again.  Once I start, I know I will be able to to continue when it gets cold again, because my body will already be conditioned.  I have had a plan since early March on how I can run most everyday (as long as David isn't traveling) and since then I have been waiting and waiting and waiting to get started.  I need to get up and move and last weeks storm, just put me over the edge.  I wanted to run around screaming and gnashing my teeth, but that sort of behavior is usually frown upon in adults and children too for that matter.  So I let myself have a bad day...now that's done...onward and upward.
Oh and one more cool story...on Friday, the kids and I were eating Dinner and Evelyn looked out the front window and exclaimed "Mom, it's an eagle!"  I walked over to the window and looked out.  Off in the distance was a bird, a large bird at that...I  said to her, "I think it's just a hawk..." and as I looked closer, the bird flew straight towards the window and I realized it was indeed an adult bald eagle! It had a beautiful white head and tail feathers and a deep dark brown body.  As I watched, it banked to the left and flew back around the way it had come.  I turned to Evelyn and said, "You were right!  It was an eagle!"
I don't know how she knew it was an eagle from so far away.
I can honestly say that I have never seen an eagle so close...even when I lived in Alaska for a Summer I never got that close to one.
I don't know if eagles live around here or if it was just some sort of random lost eagle.  I haven't seen a sign of it since.
My was it cool!

(using Light Sabers as microphones...brilliant)

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Yucky...

To be brutally honest, I'm in a foul mood today. 
That is what it looks like outside.
I want to go for a run, a walk, something...but the trails are covered with snow and I don't feel like bundling up and putting on boots in order to wade through it.
I'm just done with being inside, with the cold, with the ice...Lord give me patience.
Peace friends, I hope that it is warm and Springlike where you are.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A Birthday...




This little fellow turned 1.
Where did the last year go?
He is walking pretty much most of the time now.
He is still hard at times, needy, and fussy, but, he starting to be happier too.
I love him, I adore him, and even at his hardest I wouldn't trade him for anything.  So what if he thinks the glass is half empty most of the time (except when he is eating, as you can see?)  I can keep working on that with him.
I spent the weekend at a writers workshop, I'll share about that later.  What a lovely time...met some great ladies. 
Anyway, Peace friends!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Where I have been...







I have been a busy bee all week.
I had a to-do list a mile long (2 pages long actually), but I made a serious dent in it.
I finally got Evelyn's room painted...yeah! One down, the rest of the house to go.
I will post pictures of it put back together tomorrow.
The weather perked up a bit this week, so I took the kiddies outside after school most days and they rode bikes or got pulled around in the wagon.  Oh, that sun felt lovely.  I think the vitamin D we all got, helped with our moods a great deal.
Well, the rest of the to-do list calls...grocery store, put away laundry, re-organize the hall closet, read books to the kiddies, help Evelyn put on her dress-ups...it's not all drudgery thankfully.
Peace friends!