Come on God, I need a break

When I first started this blog many many years ago, it was like an online journal.  I never even thought of anyone reading it.  Well, it has been pretty well abandoned for a few years now.  So most likely does not have any readers anymore.  Thus it can once again be my quiet place to write out what is going on inside of me.

Lately, my life has been one big trama after another.  From last year at this time trying to care for my dad, Tom who was very ill and not fighting for his life at all.  He passed in November of 2018.  Then 8 days after that my oldest brother passed unexpectedly.  Caring for all the financial and arrangements fell on me 100%.  It was horrid to hold up too while keeping myself calm and available on my day to day duties. 

Then it was needing to clean out my dad's home who was a hoarder for over 40 years so my mom could move into it within one month.  She had to have it as could no longer afford where she was living (due to my brother's death).  The 1st room of the house alone was over 2 tons of trash.  Honestly not kidding.  This was month's long events of cleaning, emptying and moving stuff.   

Finally was able to be done with most of that.  Breath....right!  But then I was tasked with caring for a church member that needed a lot of guidance and help.  It was nonending for some time.  Also, my oldest grandson was with us for the whole summer.  (That was also a blessing.)  Oh and of course I care for my young granddaughter daily while her parents work.  So day to day life is always busy.  Let's add on the evening meals for our missionaries, dinners and bible study each week for church members and of course trying to have some time for my husband too. 

Then come August of this year I was tasked to take in my 2 great-nieces and great-nephew.  They were taken from their parents due to a CPS case.  It is now 3 months later and there is no end in sight as to how long they will be living with us.  Having not had much regular scheduled home life it has been very challenging to them as well as us.  Lots of fighting and arguing and crying for the first month alone.  It is getting better thankfully.

Now this last month we have had my middle brother passed away, my uncle passed away, my father in law in the hospital (serious) and now in nursing home care for rehab, my brother in law in the hospital (bells palsy) and a family reunion to all take in.  Of course, added to this is my regular duties, caring for granddaughter, caring for the 3 kiddos here, caring for church members and yes, I amazingly still have a husband around!

It is almost a year now since my dad passed and truthfully I still feel that I have not had time to breathe or even adjust.  I would love to crawl in a hole and stay there for a few months honestly.  Yes, I am fussing, complaining and blowing off my steam.  But this is my place so guess it is okay for me to do it here. 

Times are Changing

Life is always in constant flux.  Changing in an ebb and flow, ups and downs, new routines along with old feelings.  We learn how to adapt as well as how to cope.  There are times that we are elated and others when we are stressed to the max.  And with it all, we grow in ways we never anticipated.

With that, I am too changing all the time. My newest day to day life is no longer that of a mid-life empty nester 55+ woman.  Instead, I am caring for my grandbabe daily which is very common for this portion of life.  I am loving having time with her as she explores.  It keeps me busy.  But added to that is my task and responsibilities to the members at church.  I like being helpful there supporting the other members.  Again, a normal part at this stage of life.

And.....I am also now the stand-in parent for 3 young ones.  11, 9 and 4 years old kiddos who are relatives placed in my care while the family is trying to get their life back on track.  This is not the norm at my age of life.  Having 3 children who are all in elementary school is very trying.  I am having to remember to be patient since I have long been more or less just doing what I wish and how I want for some time.  The oldest is very trying as she has many times pushed me to my limits as she is trying to find out what is the new norms for her life.  The other two are doing their best to just cope without knowing what is going to happen to them.

Now I do not know how long this is going to be for us.  But I am aware it will not end soon at all.  So, relearning how to be a parent and not a grandparent, aunt, friend, cousin, babysitter....but totally responsible all the time once again.  

Silly Fears

Today I had to have 3 fillings done on my teeth.  The dentist was great.  He made sure I did not have any pain.  And the staff was very caring and friendly.

But I was still scared and nervous.  I always am when I have to have dental work done.  Heck, I am freaked out for cleanings.  It is unreasonable that I have such a fear when I have never had any problems with the dentist.  Silly irrational fears!

Do you have an irrational fear?  My husband is scared of sharks and has a horrid fear of cotton balls.  Honestly!  What do you think causes this type of fear?  My daughter is scared of mannikins.  Who knows why?  So what are your thoughts?

For further info here is an article that could open up more understanding.

Long Time No See

Yeah, it has been a long time since I have been here.  And to tell you the truth I totally miss Y'all! So with many things I am doing this year, I think I will come back to my lil home here online.  Now I am pretty sure no one else is really here but me, but it will be a good place for me anyway.

So are blogs long gone now?  Passe' as they say?  But oh well, it started off as a place for me to just talk.  Sorta like a personal online journal.  Most likely it will be that all over again.  If you by any chance came by and visited, then take the time to say a good ol' howdy to me.  The comments are just below and it sure would make me smile.

In the meantime, here is a lil bit of joy from me to you!!!

Doing What I Do

My goodness, I have been one busy lil bee.
 Skittering from here to there like a bunny dodging a hawk.  But truly that is the way I like things to happen.  Me busy, not being to still and having a full day of activity.

Sometimes I wonder why it is that this is what makes me happy.  Sure I get tired.  Who doesn't?  But even in that I still am most often the one who would get up and tackle the next chore.

So an example of a day for me?  Well, let's take Sunday of this week. I was up by 6 a.m. and putting up the dinner dishes I had washed the night before.  Then I folded a load of laundry, put it up and started the next load to dry.  Made a pot of "coffee" (I use Teeccino, a herbal alternative) and set out some items for a quick breakfast.  On to the computer to set up the church bulletin and my lesson for relief society.  Done with that I hung the second load of laundry and put it up while starting the last load for the day. Then I woke up the hubby at 8 a.m. so he would be ready for church by 9 a.m.  Dressed, makeup and gathered up the table clothes I had washed for church this week.  Loaded up the car and washed the breakfast dishes up.  Got to church and printed the bulletins, set up the music for service and prepared my room for our lessons for relief society.  Then was able to visit a bit before church started at 10 a.m.  3 hours later we had finished with sacrament meeting, Sunday school, and our group sessions. Loaded back up my stuff into the car and back home we went.  Made lunch, washed up those dishes and put all of them away.  Hung up the last load of laundry, cleaned up dog yard (always a stinky job), watered the flowers, herbs and veggie gardens.  Sowed the watermelon patch and watered it too. Also fed the chickens, dogs, and cat. Swept the house (oh my the dog hair and dirt!), mopped and started dinner.  Made red velvet brownies for dessert, set the table, washed the cooking pots and pans and enjoyed a meal for 6 with our guest. Finished and cleaned the table (twice, once from dinner and again after our dessert), then did up the dinner dishes.  By now it is 8 p.m. and was happy to crawl into bed so I could go online some and then read a book before crashing out a 9 p.m.  Yeppers that is how a 15 hour day normally looks for me.  And to tell the truth, I was not that busy.  Just doing as I put it.  Did not have to go and clean anyone else's home, care for any other pets than my own and no shopping trips or such.  

Snack Time

Yes, I am hungry.  Nothing really new is it?  But you know how I love love love carbs....of course, who doesn't.  I do not like what all carbs do to me, though.  So it is important to get good food that is good for me that taste good and is made well, good.  Just how do you hit all of this at one time?

Almondina Toastees is my favorite go to snack.  They have the crunch, flavor and just all around amazing....goodness.  Now I am a sucker for a good crunchy biscuit.  Add in flavors such as Cranberry Almond, Sesame Almond, Coconut Orange or Lemon Poppy and you have snack heaven.  Past the wonderful flavors is the factors of no added fat, no cholesterol or salt or trans fat or preservatives.  For those who are lactose intolerant they are dairy free!  

So what is the negative on this snack treat?  NONE, nope not guilt, great flavor and satisfying crunch.  So help yourself....soon!

How?  Well how about winning some right here.  You can win 3 full size packages.  My favorite is always cranberry almond.  I was shocked at how grat the sesame almond was also, toasted nutty flavor.  And who would not want the hawaiian flavors of coconut orange?  The Lemon Poppy is perfect with a hot cup of herbal tea.  Entry is easy.  Just leave a comment here on this post.  I will pick a winner by random choice.  Make sure you leave your e-mail so I can contact you!

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SURPRISE!!!

Guess what?

Come on.....

Guess.......?

I am going to get to be a new Nonnie once again!



Yes, my baby is having her baby!  Such happiness and joy.  And of course that means I get to shower her with gifts.  

You know what one of the very first ones would be.....

You know.......yes of course.....A BOOK!

I always make sure my grandbabes have plenty of books.  And their first one this time will be Baby Touch and Feel "I Love You". It is always great to have a book that is interactive for small hands.  Touching the different sensations as well as seeing the bold colors. Also coming this spring, a new lap board book by DK. Cleverly designed in a large trim size, 100 First Words (On-sale March 7, 2017; $9.99) is the start of baby’s learning adventure. Crystal-clear photos show the wonder of the real world, from baby’s body to baby’s food, while delightful illustrations tell simple stories that foster learning, from penguins playing in the snow to a mouse climbing a ladder.

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Roasted Goodness

So fall is over with....
well?

Maybe??

Okay, I am one of those people who is in love with roasted pumpkin......everything!


So I hoard pumpkins for as long as I can to cook with.  But eventually I do have to do just that....cook them.  Which I do.  Just slice in half, scoop out the seeds and roast in the oven.


Then you can scoop out the inside goodness and blend away.  Thus you have fresh roasted pumpkin to store in your freezer to use all year.

This year I have a new Ninja Nutri Bowl DUO.   It comes complete with a food processor, this all-in-one kitchen innovation combines Ninja’s powerful Nutrient and Vitamin Extraction with the all-new Nutrient Fusion so you can unlock the full potential of ordinary fruits and vegetables while bringing together fresh, vibrant ingredients for flavorful snacks, meals, and desserts. 


I had it go head to head with my old Ninja from 2014.  Yes!  My old one is 3 years old and is still going strong.  Ninja's are just that good folks.  


So I blended my roasted pumpkin in both of my Ninja's.  And surprising enough the texture was the same in both of them.  Surprised?  Well, I guess I was.  I thought maybe one would outdo the other.  But hey, you know....a great product is just that, a great product.  How wonderful it is to know that a company can put out such quality continuously. 


But I will tell you something!  Using my new Ninja Nutri Bowl DUO did make it so much easier to make my vanilla pumpkin soup.  I was able to use the fusion control and really have an amazingly smooth and creamy soup.


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Fresh As A....

Daisy!  Right?  Nope....

Lemongrass!

That is it...fresh as lemongrass.   Yes, I have finally found a product in lemongrass that I love the scent of.  That would be Method Kitchen Hand Wash in lemongrass.  It has been in the past with cleaning products that I thought there was an off scent to lemongrass when I have always hoped for something that is light and clean.  You can not imagine how happy I was to wash my hands and breath in the scent of a warm summer day!

But here is the best part ever!  Method Kitchen Hand Wash also gets rid of those scents that linger when you're fixing the dinner magic.  I have had lingering scents of onions, garlic, and ginger all wash away since using this new hand wash.  And I am eager to try out the other scents of thyme, clementine and basil!

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Spoiled Rotten

Do you love your pets as if they were your family?  Well, I do!  My four fur babies are what calm me.  Petting them as they wiggle and lick me always makes me laugh.  To see such joy from them, knowing how happy they are to just be loved on.  It makes me want to do all I can do to show them they are vital and important in my life.  Thus a little spoiling here and there goes a long way.

Lately, our youngest is a foster from our city pound.  She is all legs and teeth right now.  Wanting to chew as it is the stage of puppyhood we all know so well.  The best thing we have ever found is to have TONS of toys around for her to have access too.  Also not to freak out when there is the occasional slip up on what she decides to chew on.  Most often if we as "parents" had kept our belongings out of range then she would not have chewed on them.  One of the favorite tail-wagging treats is Pup-peroni sticks.  And of course, you know how hard it is for them to eat just one.  Thankfully I can break them into bite size bits. I think of these as doggie beef sticks.

Now at the very same time, it is also important to give healthy treats to our four-legged darlings.  The deserve to be fed food of quality.  I know that good food is important to my diet as well as theirs.  We have loved sharing Farmer's Medley Biscuits by Milk-Bone with our fur babies.  And I promise you these treats have not gone by the wayside with them like others have.  Sometimes they have actually snarled their little lips at dull tasting treats.  Instead, these are lapped up and crunched away on in an instant.  I really love that my littlest dog can easily eat them!


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