Wednesday, July 30, 2008

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That's No Zucchini!

I planted a couple tomato plants this year, along with a potato that had sprouted and an assortment of herbs. I also picked up a little Zucchini plant. I put it in a bigger container and took care of it. I love Zucchini, especially little ones fresh from my own backyard.
I cared for it and watched it grow.

But, hmmm, the leaves didn't seem quite right, they aren't big enough, and aren't dark green enough. Then I noticed the vine was a bit prickly, and hey, what are those little twisty offshoots grabbing onto things? It had been a really long time since I lived somewhere long enough to plant things, so maybe I have forgotten. I watched as it blossomed and looked for little Zuccs everyday, I know what happens if you leave one for just a day or two too long, GIANT ZUCCHINI, but I never found any. I decided to put it in a bigger pot and feed it today, maybe to get some actual produce from it, when I saw it,
something green,
and a bit long,
and spiky and curved?... Wait a minute, that's no Zucchini!
That's a cucumber!!

Oh well.
I am sure someone somewhere has a plethora of Zucchinis they will share, or maybe even sneak onto my porch!

Please?

Monday, July 28, 2008

Ten On Tuesday, J

J
Things I am Thankful for:

1. Jenelle, Jenelle, Blueberry Bell, Twin daughter "B",I love you sweetie!
2. Jesus. Such sacrifice for not only my soul, but yours too.
3. Jazz
4. Japanese cuisine
5. Jam, jelly
6. Jokes, I prefer clean, thank you.
7. John, book of, & books of the Bible written by.
8. Jaguars, and all big cats really.
9. JOY!
10. Jobs, that pay real money.



JOIN ME! BE THANKFUL!
Add your link to a thankful post!
I would love it if you tried the letter J list, but any lists of thankfulness will be accepted!


A Word Spoken

"My nose is too big", or too small, or pointy, or wide, or perhaps you are speaking of your bottom instead.
"If only I was taller"...thinner, shorter, braver, athletic, more muscular.
"My hair is so flat and straight",...or too curly, thin, dark, gray, thick, unmanageable, or missing.
"I am so curvy", or perhaps flat as a pancake.

We all do it. We all pick on ourselves. When I get critical of myself my husband will speak up:
"Stop talking about my wife like that".

Who am I to question what God has designed? I am beautifully and wonderfully made. He saw me being knit together in my mothers womb. Why would I disagree with what he created?
Society, that's why.
We are told what is beautiful, what is acceptable, and what "normal" looks like. We are taught to ridicule and then "fix" what is perceived as wrong. What is hip, cool and acceptable changes with each society and era in time. This issue goes deeper than our own self image, or our questioning what God designed. We affect our children and their sense of self. They listen so carefully, and then look at themselves with the critical eye you are using to critique yourself. They may turn that on friends as well. Fourth graders shouldn't be dieting and speaking of their first cosmetic surgery, yet they are. Sixteen year old are receiving nose jobs, and breast enhancements instead of cars (or a simple pool party with friends) for their birthdays. What parent looked at them and said "You're right, you do need surgery to be pretty"?!

A children's book exists that is written about mommy getting plastic surgery to finally be pretty, what's wrong here?

Please remember, those sturdy legs you have? Your precious daughter might have them too, and she is listening. Your ruddy skin...your son can hear you and has the same skin tone.

Change your language, give yourself a break, and impact your child for the better...

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Ever Present Help

I sang this in church this morning:

Lord, I run to you
No one else will do
Lord in troubled times I will run straight to you
Though my heart and flesh may fail
You're my ever present help
My tower of strength,
My portion evermore....

It's by Tommy Walker.
Someone mentioned afterwards to me that he could tell I meant every word. He has no idea how very much I do.

Here's more:
Lord I run to you
No one else will do
Lord you said we'd face,
Trouble, pain, and fear
But to be of good cheer,
Be of good cheer, for you have overcome
Overcome the world.

I lift my eyes up, to the mountains
Where does my help come from
It comes from you Lord
You are the maker, of earth and Heaven
And there is nothing that's too hard for you


Here, you can listen to it for free.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Fiducial Friday

"Our world tolerates moral flaws
and finds physical flaws intolerable"


Chris Sullivan


Read it again.



Fiducial:

fi·du·cial [ fi dsh'l ]


adjective
Definition:

1. founded on trust: relating to or founded on trust or faith ( formal )

2. used as basis of reference: accepted or used as a standard of comparison, measurement, or reference

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

1991




The year, 1991.
My nieces are impeccably dressed for the year. Look at the socks matching the giant T-shirt...sweet.
And look at my precious little 18 month (or so) twin girls, walking together so cute in their matching outfits (no, I didn't always do that) ...
WAIT! Is she shoving her sister?
Yes, yes she is, some things apparently don't change.


Check out the fun non photo-album worthy photos at We Are That Family.



Tuesday, July 22, 2008

I Love Giveaways!

Rainy Day In May is having a GIVEAWAY, of something from the Smart Women collection...seriously fun stuff. PLEASE go enter and PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE tell her you came over to her place from mine...please?

I love giveaways. It is such a smart, easy way to advertise. It is marketing that I enjoy instead of repel from. Don't you hate it when commercials and such are all up your face telling you lies or exaggerations about their products. Ugh. Giveaways are gentle, like a friend simply sharing a great find,
"Hey Mabel! Look what I found, isn't it great?!"

Ahhh, it's like a breath of fresh air....plus , YOU MIGHT WIN SOMETHING!!!!!
WOOHOO!
And that Totally WORKS FOR ME!

Visit Shannon at Rocks in My Dryer for more Works For ME tips and ideas

Monday, July 21, 2008

Ten on Tuesday, I

Things I am thankful for, I edition:

In a bit of order, but not strictly in order:

1. Ice cream, ice cream, ice cream.....mmmmmmmmmm.
2. Inga ,our faux "Swedish nanny" when Spencer was a baby.
3. Idaho, potatoes sure, and the state that holds a family we sure do miss.
4. Indiana Jones
5. Isotopes.
6. Iced Tea
7. Illustrations
8. Imagination
9. Instrumentals
10. In-laws, I have some good ones.


JOIN ME! BE THANKFUL!
Add your link to a thankful post!
I would love it if you tried the letter I list, but any lists of thankfulness will be accepted! Thank You MARKY at Wheat Free Clan for the idea to Link You Up!













Why I am so thankful.

Don't forget tomorrow!

Tomorrow is Ten On Tuesday, YOU CAN LINK YOUR THANKFUL LIST!!

The Letter I.

Please join me...it may be hard at first, but I am sure you can come up with something.
Because I think thankfulness is healing and necessary for a happy life I will accept half lists, that's right, if you can only think of 5 things, that's ok.
For some of you I will accept 1 thing, you have to start somewhere.

It will post tonight at 10:08pm...even though I feel weird about posting Tuesday post on Monday, but I have noticed it is the linky way.


:)

Saturday, July 19, 2008

We're WHAT?

A couple of days ago my daughter filled out a fun survey on My Space. I was reading her answers and came upon questions of ethnicity. Italian, No, Spanish, No, French, No...

Me: "Honey, we are French."
A: "What? Since when?"
Spencer pipes in from another room rather excitedly..."French? Really?"
Me: "Yes, French, weren't you there when Grandpa brought it up at Thanksgiving? None of us knew."
Spence: "That's great!"
A: "No it's not. Why didn't I know this?"


Spence: "Sure it is, it make it easier to say monsieur!"



Which he did say in a perfect French (and slightly outrageous) accent.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Law Of Physics

We added one person back into the household, so we went from 3 to 4...
and now we use twice as many bowls, spoons, glasses and toilet paper...
Well, to be honest, she is a female, so we doubled the female population here, therefore the toilet paper ratio makes sense, but bowls?

I am more than thrilled to have her back into the house, I just want to know why EVERYONE is using more dishes.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Pick a Good One!




This photo was taken 6 weeks ago while I was in San Diego visiting my girls. We were on a traditional frozen yogurt run to Yogurt Mill in El Cajon. If you go asked for it dropped, it cost 10 cents but because they drop your cup into a much bigger cup they add an extra mountain of yogurt onto the top.
We took this photo before enjoying the frozen goodness. It is one in a series, however...
someone didn't hear the "Everyone make faces!"...(That would be daughter A)
The 2 college beauties in front are my twin daughters, I am in the center, making that lovely "What's that smell?" face. Behind each of my girls is their "other mom" for part of this last year while they were away at college. I don't know how we could have survived without them.




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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Smart Step Stool

Last summer we had the opportunity to live with another family (read this as we we suddenly without a home and this family graciously shared theirs with us).
In the kitchen I was slightly confused regarding this object...because this family's home was decorated very classically, not country, yet , here stood this thing...












They often had the drying wash cloth or dishtowel over the top of the stick. I quickly learn this was a step stool...with a BRILLIANT handle, so you don't have to bend over to move it around the kitchen.
It is swift and easy, just grab the top and walk to wherever and set gently down. I am going to ask my dad to make me one.



It totally works for me.
For other great ideas head over to Shannon's place , Rocks In my Dryer.


Ten On Tuesday, H

Things I am thankful for, the letter H!

In no particular order.

1. Holy Spirit
2. Home
3. Horsey Sauce on an Arby's sandwich. Yummy.
4. Hands
5. Healing
6. Heather, and Heather, and Heather, and then Heather too, oh, and Heather.
7. Heidi, the book and the person (no relation).
8. Heaven (whew)
9. Hawks
10. Handles, they are so, um, handy! :)

Now it is your turn...tell me the H things you are thankful for...tell us all! Please leave a comment if you leave a link, thank you!

I am not the originator of Ten On Tuesday, and I frankly don't know who is. So I am giving credit to whoever that is and not taking it for myself. Thankfulness is just really important to me, it changed my life.


Monday, July 14, 2008

Thankfulness

Several years ago I was depressed. Well, I had PMDD and mentioned it and that I felt depressed and apparently the drug to treat either is the same. It is interesting however, that my Dr. immediately upon hearing the word handed me drugs, without diving further into things, without looking at my other symptoms, that aren't related. Just heard the word and started writing a script out...yep, that 6 minutes they allow with a patient in an HMO were well spent...but I digress. And wow, I digressed in record time!

I was depressed, and now on drugs to stop the depression, which made me feel, well they made me not feel. I had no lows, but I didn't have any highs either, everything was in the middle and just fine in my brain. It also killed my libido, and that was a really bad thing. I didn't like it one bit, but I also didn't like having PMS,to the power of ten, 2-3 weeks out of a month. I was trapped.

So fast forward a couple years and we had moved to a new state, had no insurance and I was running out of pills. I found a medical office and sought help. The person who saw me (a P.A. I believe) handed me enough samples of a new drug to try instead for the next 6 weeks or so. Supposedly my libido would return but not the other stuff. The first amount made me manic and jittery, it took awhile before finding a balance. When I was running out of samples she handed me a prescription, that's when I found out this new stuff costs over $150 a month, instead of the $5 or so for my generic old drug. I called the Dr. office, they wouldn't speak to me,I had to wait for a return call. When they finally did call they offered no help, they wouldn't change the prescription to help me wean off or go back to the other medicine. Every label on the pills said "Do Not Stop Suddenly Or Without Supervision of Medical Professionals". I carefully portioned out what I had left to wean myself off, with lower doses over as many days as I could.

Meanwhile I was approached by my husband's boss...a Worship Pastor at our current church.
DC: "I couldn't sleep last night"
me: "I'm sorry, everything alright?"
DC: "The Lord kept telling me something, for you"

He had not been told anything about my depression or what was going on with the meds.

me: " What did He tell you?"
DC: " You are going to be set free from depression"

He told me to stop three times each day and thank God for three things for the next 30 days. He said even if I pray for the same three things every time at first that is okay, to just keep trying.

So I did.
And at first it was hard, and I did repeat some things. But then I felt the release, I felt weight being lifted off of me, physically, emotionally. I dug deeper and prayed thankfulness for more things, and was set free...

and I never had any problems that were warned against going off my meds cold turkey.*

Thankfulness is deeply important to me.
I am going to start linking my "Ten on Tuesday" lists...so that you can share too what you are thankful for.


To quote VeggieTales: "A thankful heart is a happy heart, I'm glad for what I have, that's an easy way to start"

Please join me tomorrow and tell me what you are thankful for...it is H week. I will finish out the alphabet and circle back around to H and then move on to other themes.

I have been free from depression a couple years now, and my life is anything but peaceful and problem free, but God is good.

* I am not a medical professional, I am not suggesting anyone go off their medication without supervision from their own Doctor.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Tagged, WooHoo

Tagged
Marky over at WheatFreeClan has tagged me. I feel honored.

She tagged me for a meme where I need to answer the following…

Think back on the last 15 years of your life. What would you tell someone that you haven’t seen or talked to for 15 years? How would you sum up your life? You get 10 bullet points. A list of 10 things to summarize about you. At the end of your list, tag 5 more people and send on the love…

- Even though we were only separated at the time, that man did indeed divorce me, and he did indeed marry the other woman. They are still married to each other, and frankly, I am happy for them.

- I finished my college degree, not in graphic design, not in pre-med or nursing like I had pursued at one time, but business, because I needed to support my girls, and quickly.

- You know that guy, the musician I would go listen to when he played at that bar near my parents house, or wherever ...yeah, I married him 9 years ago. He is wonderful and I can't imagine my life without him. I spent part of my life with him as a (worship)pastor's wife...can you believe it? Me?

- I had a son with him, he is wonderful too.

-My daughters graduated early and started college and lived out of the house this last year. They are 18 now, and it's weird.

- Life in ministry hasn't always been good, in fact part of it has been really stinky, but we are called and blessed when we answer.

- I moved...since you have "seen me" to 6 different cities, 2 different states, and 9 homes. I am tired of moving.

- We may need to move again HAPPILY because one of my daughters just moved back in this week to go to school where we live now.
- I love my new city, we are in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains, it's beautiful.

- Although I look the about the same size as when you saw me last, I topped out over 50 pounds heavier, but I have been working hard to get rid of it all, and we changed our eating to cut out processed foods and eat in a healthy manner.

- I still love ice cream. :)


Okay I have eleven, but it's who I am. This is a pretty heavy list now that I look at it.
I am tagging the following people, feel free to keep it light and fluffy if you want.

Thany, at Falling Out Of The Wardrobe
Lori, Livin' In A Fishbowl who is out of town, I expect her to complete this when she gets back,
Andy, Mostly Trivial Pursuits (I know you probably won't, but PLEASE?)
Kristen at We Are That Family
and
Angela at Diapers and Stilletos

Friday, July 11, 2008

And we're off...

and running.
It's been non-stop for so long...and it isn't over yet! We made it home safe and sound with good tunes, good A/C, and some not so good food, yummy , but not good. Tomorrow we are off to Reno, for just 24 hours, to see friends. Actually we are visiting with a family we know from San Diego that now live in Idaho...but are going to be in Reno! We are very excited. We will also stay with other friends of ours that we know from San Diego, but now live in Reno...everyone still with me?

This visit with this special family is extra special because my son is good friends with their sons, all of them. We haven't told him yet who we are going to see because he would have driven me crazy!
"Is it time? Can we leave, how much longer, are we going to miss them? I don't want to be late. How many more days (hours, minutes)I want to be ready. I am going to wait in the car, Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom....."
AAHHHH!
So he is clueless, and it is peaceful around here, but it will be a blast tomorrow! Well, which is actually today, I need to go to bed.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Ten On Tuesday, G

Things I am Thankful for, G Edition.

In order.

1. God.
2. My married last name, and the man connected to it.
3. Gratitude, isn't nice when people throw some our way? Yeah, God likes it too.
4. Gospel, Biblically speaking, and musical genre as well.
5. Grace, given abundantly by my number 1.
6. Goodness.
7. Grapes. Fresh and aged in oak barrels as well.
8. Grey Poupon, what can I say, I like a good spicy mustard.
9. Greenery,lush trees,grass,plants with a gardener please.
10. Giraffes.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Fetch

I am in San Diego. This is a working trip with a mission. I am giving my famous massages (yes I am professionally trained)and bringing a daughter back home with me. Today we will visit Sea World thanks to my daughter having worked there this summer.
I will post later this week with some photos.
:)
Happy Monday!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

A risk worth taking

My son and I made cake batter waffle brownies.
Which are delightful and delicious, and exactly what it sounds like.


S: "Mommy, these are so good"
me: "They are, but really bad for us"
S "That's a risk I am willing to take"

Friday, July 4, 2008

FOAM FUN!!!!

My brother sent me a link to THIS BLOG. I immediately made the object in question, it took me three minutes, 3! That's it, in fact after trying it out and giving to my son I made another one for me.

Here are photos:











It's a super foam erator, according to the blog author. Please go link yourself and make these for your kids, grandkids, neighbors kids, and YOURSELF.
FUN FOR ALL!!!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Hi-Ya!

I haven't posted a photo of my son before, so here you go:










Yeah, I don't know what he was doing either, but isn't he cute? :)
And yes, he is slim, the kid eats non-stop, breakfast, 2nd breakfast, elevensies, lunch, after lunch snack, snack, doozen (before dinner snack,I'll have to post the story of this word's origin), dinner, and before bed snack some nights as well.Whew!


For other embarrassing, or simply confusing photos and fun head over to We Are That Family!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Peasant Dinner, Coconut Pudding

A new favorite dinner around here is, for lack of any other term, a peasant dinner.
I have included 2 other 5 ingredient recipes too, one for the beans and one for dessert. :)

1. Beans, I make mine myself, you can open a can, doesn't matter. Pinto or black, or white. This is a good meal for left over beans.

2. Polenta. I buy mine in a pre-made tube. Slice it into 1/2 inch rounds, brown slightly in a skillet with butter or Olive oil. The thing about Polenta is that is soaks up surrounding flavors, so make sure there are plenty of other flavors for it to share.

3.& 4. Zucchini with Italian Style Tomatoes: Slice fresh Zucchini (we use at least one per person if small)into cubes, heat slightly then add can of Italian style tomatoes. Make sure the tomatoes are seasoned, or add your own (but that's more than 5 ingredients)

5. Fried egg. Totally optional, but we like the combination of flavors.

To plate: Beans, Zucchini/Toms, Polenta on outer rim, meeting in middle (sorry all you that don't combine food, sorry) Egg on top of beans or Polenta. OR Polenta in the center or underneath, try it together, it's good.


I could get technical about my own recipe for the beans adding more ingredients, but if they are pre-made then it's okay, right? Many people will just open a can...so who cares?


Well, okay, I care, here is the bean recipe:
1. Soak bag of Pintos over night, drain in morning.
2. In crock pot add "box" of broth (I like Organic chicken)
3. Also add salt, I don't know the measurement, Tsp maybe.
4. Add butter, about 1/2 cube, the fat carries flavor, add it, AND NO Margerine, that stuff will kill you, but I'll post about that another day.
5. Add Garlic, if you don't like it a lot add only a little, we love it, we add a lot.
THEN: Add personal touch: Sometimes I add Cilantro, sometimes brown mustard, sometimes lots of pepper.
OOPS, that's 6, so don't count the salt!

Easy Coconut pudding:
2 cups coconut milk (cans are sometimes just under, add water or milk to make enough)
1/2 cup evaporated cane juice. Okay you can use sugar, I'll post someday why this is a better option.
3 Tbls Corn Starch , mix with milk BEFORE heating (*VERY IMPORTANT*)

Heat these ingredients together, maybe with a pinch of salt over med heat until bubbly and thick, STIRRING, or whisking to prevent scorching on the bottom.
Remove from heat and stir in:
1 tsp vanilla extract (or perhaps something more tropical, like banana or orange)
2 tsp Butter (this can be optional)
Place in 4 coffee cups or small bowls. Chill to serve (if you can wait that long).


If you think this recipe is lame or a gross idea, or you just need more ideas for dinner, head over to Rocks In My Dryer: It's 5 ingredient day!!


Ten On Tuesday, F

Ten things I am thankful for, F edition:
In no particular order.

1. My maiden last name. Not telling what it is, but it started with F.
2. Frozen Yogurt (Yooooooguuuurt).
3. Freedom, and the people who protect it.
4. Fabulous, it's a word I love to use.
5. Food Network.
6. Friends, ahhhh friends, I mean the real ones, not the show.
7. For richer, For poorer. We apparently really meant it. :)
8. Fireworks, Fourth of July, Hey, look, a 2 for 1, how American!
9. Forks, lets face it, we all need them.
10. Fruit.