Saturday, November 30, 2013

A Sad Day Indeed.

I can not finish NOBLOPOMO because we have run out of broadband for the month.

Living here sometimes is a pain.

That is all.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Extended Fun

After some debating and slight "pleeeeease"ing and frank discussions among the adults, our good friends have decided to stay longer.

We are beyond thrilled.

Such a treasured family.
We love our friends, we love when we get to see them, and one day simply wasn't enough.

We wish more friends would do the same.

We might not be ritzy, but we will make you feel as comfortable as possible.

They are off on a day trip to see San Fransisco and some friends that live there while I try and figure out what to feed them later. Maybe tacos, maybe a turkey. :)

Doesn't really matter. Just glad they are here.


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Full House.




Too busy to write really.
Giant pot luck and testimonies at church, out of town guests filling our home with laughter and fun, food to make and eat, places to go and see. AAhhhhhhhh.
It's all good.

(In the basket ball shot that is a light colored belt...not a rear end.)

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Fastest Feet Around

Today we attended our first Irish Dance competition. It was regionals, called an Oireachtas.
We were bewildered and amazed.
Yes, we were in a room of spray tanned legs and giant curly wigs, but we were also in a room of wonderful dancers moving their feet with amazing speed and accuracy.

It was fun.

Two of the three teams that my friends children were in placed and received medals. We spent the down time wrangling little ones, eating at Texas Roadhouse, devouring their rolls, and just enjoying the company.

After I got home I saw a highschool classmate's picture on FaceBook, not only were they at the same event, I was standing next to his son's team right before the awards.
Crazy small world.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Friday....

Over $5,700 was raised to help a family in need.
It was a good night filled with amazing music and baked goods.

My husband has such a gentle spirit and a big heart and I love him for it.

See a need, fill a need.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

A Game Of Chance

Starting today I have 3 potluck events and one bake sale event in the next 4 days. This is in addition to extra long production rehearsal, a benefit concert, 6 lovely house guests plus 2 others in town, special dancing to go see, and clients to work on, and special church services etc.

Exhausted yet?

And all I can think to take is desserts, you know why? Because they are easy. I don't have to worry about keeping them hot or cold and that is an amazing thing. Also, I can eat them. Pot lucks are really taking a risk for me. Anyone with food allergies knows what I am writing about here. You can look at it, smell it, ask a few questions, but there are no guarantees. You are really just trying to protect yourself from harm, including for some...death, but really? You just look like a picky eater. It's lame. I always take something I can personally eat, that way I know at least one dish is safe. I have learned to avoid un-obvious offenders, like store bought fried chicken and oriental style salad. Bell pepper, and tomatoes dot most dishes, looking lovely and delicious and colorful, but also looking like sheer pain and suffering. One of the events is in the morning, so hopefully it will be safer. Breakfast food is much easier for me to eat.

 I am thankful for this.


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Imaginary Check List

I have done many things today, unfortunately none of them, well almost none of them, are what I NEEDED to get done.
Why is that?
I have been busy since I got up, but nothing on my important "To-Do" list is done!

I have decided that I need to make up a list so that I feel like something went the right way today.
Something a little like this:

1. Wake up oddly late.  
2. Forget to drink morning tea until it is barely warm.
3. Think about starting laundry.
4. Quickly make big lunch when client wants to change appointment to earlier time slot.
5. Balance checkbook, cry slightly.
6. Have circular conversation with son.
7. Repeat number 6.
8. Go to library, don't find anything.
9. Look at "to-Do" list, cry slightly again.
 10. BLOG about it.


I feel so much better! I can check everything off my list!




Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Delightful

Last night we had the honor of attending a graduate students senior recital, in jazz piano. She plays in Aaron's band, and she is a delightful person. The evening was amazing. Such talent, not only in her, but from those she chose to play with her. We even witnessed a duet with a vibraphone. Rich and mellow doing a phenomenal arrangement of Eleanor Rigby.

I had forgotten how nice it is to just sit and let music wash over you, pull you in. It was like reading a good book in fact. I saw imagery,  and felt emotions just based on the piece being played.

Like I said, delightful.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Re-Arranged

We have a lot of house guests coming this weekend, and then more family in December, and a daughter coming back and forth due to college. We had to re-arrange a bit of our houses, including the placement of the computer.
It's all better now, well almost, except for the paperwork trail around the house. I split up my desk into two areas, this may be a mistake, but it is too late now.

In other news the weather seems to be changing into a real Fall.
Which means it is getting colder, finally. It also means I am searching the house of all the blankets for our visitors.  I think we will be okay. 

I want them to remember coming over to my house, perhaps we will make sugar cookies on Sunday for them to take home and share.

I don't care what we do, I am just glad they are coming.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Killer Worship Team

After church we were invited to do something new with a few other families, go shooting. I grew up shooting bows, and BB guns, but never the real deal. We said yes.

We drove into remote private property, with permission and guidelines from the owner, who was there actually. It was a beautiful Fall day, the leaves making a carpet across the ground and poison oak. Targets and old pumpkins were placed strategically and a shooting line created.

While there we realized that we had two sound guys, our graphic designer for the church , and four members of the worship team, including two of the leaders.  This of course led to some seriously funny conversation of the Killer Worship Team. Not sure if it would be a drama or a comedy, but it made us laugh.

I shot a 9mm and an AK-15.
And it was great.

I was taught all the safety and loading and proper use. We were a very safe, albeit loud, group. Yes ear protection was worn. There may or may not have been some explosives involved in one of the pumpkins.
 It was a great day.


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Community Matters

The same family that helped us with the glasses for Spencer lost a family member last week. Travel was necessary to take care of business and morn with others, it was the wife's mom. We were called to see if the oldest son, Spencer's friend could stay with us a few says.

Of course he can!

It didn't matter what we had planned, or what needed to be figured out, that is one of those moments that you say yes and leave the details to God to figure out. And in the end, that is exactly what happened.

Living in community is essential. Maybe you don't know your next door neighbor, maybe you know nobody on your street, but what happens when a tragedy strikes? Who can you turn too right there, with out traveling, without calling? I don't know how to meet them, I am also not a natural at such things. But I do know that the holidays ar here, and that seems like a good time to make some extra cookies and go say hello.


Friday, November 15, 2013

This is Friday's Post!

I ended a 40 day fast from sugar.
So I made caramel.

And it was good.

SO very good.



Thursday, November 14, 2013

Life In These Hills...

A week from tomorrow some of my favorite people will be in town. I am very excited. Her two oldest will be dancing in a competition, actually, a Feis , for it is Irish dancing. The costumes and bouncing fake ponytails are amazing. These kids work hard too. Hopefully everything works out and I actually get to see them perform.

In other news my son FINALLY started filming his movie. We are very excited and proud of him. He has a lot to learn, and hopefully he doesn't get too frustrated. He has been writing the script and figuring out green screen work and locations.

Next week my husband is also giving a benefit concert for a dear, sweet friend, Carolina. Her son was paralyzed from the shoulders down this summer when he dove into a pool. She has moved to Texas to take care of him as he recovers and learns a new way of life. We are trying to not only help them have a better holiday, but also renovate the bathroom and maybe help with a vehicle.

Anyone can help, here is information and a link to give.
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http://pfoonline.org/ Here is the link to help them out.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Nothing in Particular

This is a post about nothing in particular because I have been very busy today and I have an idea for a great post, but it will take too long to write tonight, and quite frankly I would rather go sit on my booty next to  my husband and watch Deadliest Catch.

Carry on with your Wednesday.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Thank God It's Tuesday!

Thank you Lord that it's Tuesday, because I can focus even more gratitude for my life!

Although I am not kidding about being thankful, I jest that i wait until Tuesday! Gratitude should always be a daily exercise.

Today, a list of things I am NOT allergic to! YEAH!

1. Garlic, oh the wonders of garlic.
2. Bread.
3. Peaches, plums, nectarines, and apricots.
4. Sweet potatoes!  I am also thankful that they are trendy right now, since I can't eat any other kind of potato.
5. Wasabe, cumin, mustard seed, corriander, black pepper. Strong flavors to help make up for the absence of all other peppers....chili powder, paprika, etc...
6. Bacon. :)
7. The entire citrus family. (Sorry Dave, I know you miss them)
8. Nuts.
9. DAIRY. This should get it's own list. Butter, cheese, ice cream, yogurt? YES PLEASE.
10. Marshmallows.


I had 2 allergic reactions this weekend. Both innocent mistakes. One was a cheese cracker, but what I didn't know was that it was a potato cheese cracker. I suddenly was losing my voice, I thought maybe I was getting sick. I didn't know what the issue was. The other was a peice of salami. It was in a variety pack, I tried the first two without any problems, thought nothing of it, and popped it into my mouth. My lips burned, my mouth felt weird, and my voice started getting hoarse. I knew immediatly that it must have some sort of chili pepper in it. I found the packaging and there it was. Weird thing, my stomach started to quiver, internally. It was a weird sensation. I drank a lot of water and was ready to take some benedryl but my throat stabalized and it started fading.

I am writing this post, because even though I have a long list of standard good for you foods I can not eat, I do still have good options.

I am thankful.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Garlic Flowing Like a River

Last week we had the honor of dinning with some newer friends. We have tried to get together for quite some time but our schedules never lined up, and then suddenly we all had an opening.

Let me just say that Portuguese and Italian is a beautiful mix.

Our chef for the evening searched her recipes for something I could actually eat. She went to the trouble of making a copy of my allergy list, and we talked about all the possibilities...or lack therein.

A menu was chosen.
Chicken Picata, a favorite, a spinach dish, polenta, and the most amazing garlic bread I have ever eaten. Seriously, the bread was so incredible.
Everything was incredible.

There were 3 full bulbs of garlic used in the dinner, not cloves, bulbs. Getting out of the car and walking towards the house an aroma of delightful and robust hit us in the face. As we entered their home, we salivated.

She allowed us to partake in the bread before dinner was done.

I won't lie, you should be a little jealous right now. 

I could have just eaten that bread, but then I would have missed out on everything else.

I mentioned that they should come over to our house for dinner. Then I panicked. What was I thinking? What in the world could I ever make that would top what she makes all the time. They eat amazing robust, good for you food, a lot. The garlic alone should keep their immune systems in perfect order. My recipe box and cookbooks are filled with forbidden ingredients now. Beautiful things like, tomatoes.Think for a moment of many of your families favorite dishes...now, find a few food items that those dishes have in common, then pretend like you are allergic to those items. What would you cook? If all the old standby's and staples were now out of the mix.

It's hard.

I know many people out there suddenly can't have gluten or wheat. That's a sad day, I feel your pain. I can still eat bread, but I am being careful about it, I don't want that on my can't eat it list.

I am seeking out new family stand by's. One's I can make that taste amazing, that are friends over for dinner worthy, and also a list of quick fix it meals. I have come up with a few lately. So it is getting better.

 I just hope I can find something really amazing before our schedules all match up again.


Sunday, November 10, 2013

YardSticks

Ann Voskamp has long been a favorite blogger of mine. She writes poetically, and of grace and gratitude.
I wanted to pass along this link to this post of hers on her Holy Experience.

It's regarding measuring up, measuring each other, and the damage it causes.

Please read it, and share it, and think about it when you look in a mirror or at someone else.


Saturday, November 9, 2013

If Only They Knew...

Be kind to yourself.
And others.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Stolen, but so GOOD!

Don't know where this list originated from, seriously, someone out there originally made this list. My friend shared it on her blog this week, because someone shared it on her FaceBook...and here it is again...

My Child ~
You may not know me, but I know everything about you ~ Psalm 139:1
I know when you sit down and when you rise up ~ Psalm 139:2
I am familiar with all your ways ~ Psalm 139:3
Even the very hairs on your head are numbered ~ Matthew 10:29-31
For you were made in my image ~ Genesis 1:27
In me you live and move and have your being ~ Acts 17:28
For you are my offspring ~ Acts 17:28
I knew you even before you were conceived ~ Jeremiah 1:4-5
I chose you when I planned creation ~ Ephesians 1:11-12
You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book ~ Psalm 139:15-16
I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live ~ Acts 17:26
You are fearfully and wonderfully made ~ Psalm 139:14
I knit you together in your mother's womb ~ Psalm 139:13
And brought you forth on the day you were born ~ Psalm 71:6
I have been misrepresented by those who don't know me ~ John 8:41-44
I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love ~ 1 John 4:16
And it is my desire to lavish my love on you ~ 1 John 3:1
Simply because you are my child and I am your father ~ 1 John 3:1
I offer you more than your earthly father ever could ~ Matthew 7:11
For I am the perfect father ~ Matthew 5:48
Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand ~ James 1:17
For I am your provider and I meet all your needs ~ Matthew 6:31-33
My plan for your future has always been filled with hope ~ Jeremiah 29:11
Because I love you with an everlasting love ~ Jeremiah 31:3
My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore ~ Psalm 139:17-18
And I rejoice over you with singing ~ Zephaniah 3:17
I will never stop doing good to you ~ Jeremiah 32:40
For you are my treasured possession ~ Exodus 19:5
I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul ~ Jeremiah 32:41
And I want to show you great and marvelous things ~ Jeremiah 33:3
If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me ~ Deuteronomy 4:29
Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart ~ Psalm 37:4
For it is I who gave you those desires ~ Philippians 2:13
I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine ~ Ephesians 3:20
For I am your greatest encourager ~ 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles ~ 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you ~ Psalm 34:18
As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart ~ Isaiah 40:11
One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes ~ Revelation 21:3-4
And I'll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth ~ Revelation 21:3-4
I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus ~ John 17:23
For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed ~ John 17:26
He is the exact representation of my being ~ Hebrews 1:3
He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you ~ Romans 8:31
And to tell you that I am not counting your sins ~ 2 Corinthians 5:18-19
Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled ~ 2 Corinthians 5:18-19
His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you ~ 1 John 4:10
I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love ~ Romans 8:31-32
If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me ~ 1 John 2:23
And nothing will ever separate you from my love again ~ Romans 8:38-39
Come home and I'll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen ~ Luke 15:7
I have always been Father, and will always be Father ~ Ephesians 3:14-15
My question is ~ Will you be my child? ~ John 1:12-13
I am waiting for you ~ Luke 15:11-32



Love, Your Dad, Almighty God

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Wasn't Kidding...

This NaBloPoMo is really self-imposed this time. I missed the official deadline for signing up. Even though I do it every year. Oh well.

This is for me, to get back into the routine of writing. I have struggled with what to write some days. It isn't for a lack of things to write about however. The problems are balance and time, and the big one, what is saying too much? What is too personal, and what is raw enough to help someone else out?

Sometimes I want to start a whole new blog, with an alias name, and not tell anyone I know in real life...okay, maybe not completely anonymous. But sometimes I have stories I want to share. Nothing gossipy, but I don't necessarily want other people to know what is going on.

We recently had issues with a client. This person, among pages and pages of other ridiculous accusations, claimed my husband put something on Facebook just so someone would give him a hand out. But the truth was we were making a declaration of faith, waiting for a miracle and expecting God to come through for us. He did come through, and not from anyone on Facebook!

I don't want my blog to look like a cry for help when things are tough. But sometimes, things are tough. Our life is not perfect! We struggle, and just keep going. We don't always respond to issues with the grace we should, thankfully God does. My house gets cluttered and messy, I get behind on laundry, I ignore my garden, and make bad food choices.

I feel better just letting you know that.

 SO what is the purpose of this blog?

Originally it was just a place to share what was up in our life with friends. But then I wanted to encourage others. I want you to know, you are not alone! Life isn't the pretty perfect picture many paint on their blogs. They don't talk about when they snapped at their kids, or yelled at a bad driver, or accidentally ran a red light...unless it is a funny story. We faulter we fail, we flail around in our messes, we seek help, we dust ourselves off, we accept a hand, and hopefully we keep moving forward! Sometimes it takes longer than it could have, but we all have a journey to make.

I would like you to know, you are not alone.
I want you to know how much God loves you, even when things seem bleak.
I want you to be encouraged, and remember to be thankful.
EVERY LITTLE THING MATTERS IN GRATITUDE.
I am thankful for my readers, I am thankful to have the ability to communicate, I am thankful for the chance to connect with someone, and maybe, even if it is in the tiniest way, make a difference for them. I am thankful to be breathing today, and able to hug someone that needs it.

What are you thankful for?




Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Oh Yeah, It's November

So, I am supposed to be writing every day. Not really sure why, it's a self-imposed kind of thing.
BUT I AM CHOOSING TO DO IT JUST THE SAME!

So here is DAY SIX!

Well....

The weather is a little colder now.
So, that's good.

That might be all I have to say today.
Have a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

GROWTH

This time it isn't about the spiritual kind of growing, but the actual kind.
When the 11.5 shoes are too small, and the inseam matches his father's...
when the marks on the wall keep moving up, and even through much denial there is a mustache and chin hairs....your heart aches just a little.

I am not an overly sentimental person by nature, but he is my youngest, and my only boy. I am thrilled to see him turn into a man, but also a little shocked. I turn around and he is thinner, and taller, just like that! We haven't had any giant spurts that people talk about. You know, the 4 inches in a month kind of thing. I do keep measuring him though, just in case...I want to catch it in action.


Monday, November 4, 2013

Coming Soon...

Not to theatres, but to our local area...
We have some big performances coming up. And we are busy getting ready.
First , my son's school is putting on an original musical called "Our Time". Utilizing songs from successful Broadway musicals we have compiled together with a story about an audition at a local community theatre.
Spencer is actually featured a bit in this one. Many of the strongest male vocalists all graduated last year, so Spencer is stepping up to the stage.

Also, our church is putting on it's annual Christmas Concert. This year we are raising funds for our local firemen to purchase a special wetsuit for rescues. A worthy cause for sure.

Both events are the same weekend.

And all three of us are extremely involved with both performances.

Ahem.

It's going to be very busy around here for awhile.
Aaron has taken a position as a voice teacher at Spencer's school, and I have volunteered my talents as well to help the already fabulous drama teacher. It is a big class, and a big undertaking, and we just wanted to help get it to the next level. The kids are working hard, but with extremely limited rehearsal time they will need to step it up.Aaron is also making music tracks for the show. We are unable to have live musicians, so we must sing to tracks, not all of which are readily available. SO he is creating several of them.

Aaron is also writing charts for extra horn parts and other such things for our Christmas concert. It is part of his job in general for our church. He is also teaching two choirs at two other neighborhood school that will participate in the concert as well.

Whew. I am tired just thinking about everything he is doing.

My parents are also coming in for that weekend. Not only to attend the performances, but because my dad will play trombone for the concert. This makes us very happy. It's been awhile since he was well enough to make that drive and take on such things.

Life is busy, but God is good, so life is good.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Dead(liest)Head

Okay, I admit it. I have recently started watching DVD's of The Deadliest Catch.
And I love that show.
The Baring Sea amazes me...and those guys out on those boats? CRAZY!

Just finished the saddness of season 6.

Picked up my reserved copy of season 7 at the library today. I will try really hard to go to bed on time and not watch "just one more" episode...

but it's hard to stop...






Any shows you watch like this?

Saturday, November 2, 2013

This is Fall?

I know this is a lame subject...but what's up with the weather?  Maybe where you live everything is normal, but not here. We are having roller coaster weather. Odd 74 degrees or warmer and cold nights, instead of fall chill. We had enough cold to snap the trees into Fall color, but then enough heat to turn half of the trees brown instead. And I don't mean half of the all the trees, I mean half of each tree. It's really weird. SO then instead of a colorful show it kinda dies and just drops them all brown. Some trees haven't even started turning yet. It is certainly cooler, but not the normal. I am not actually complaining. Weather like this means we don't have to turn on the A/c or the heater. And that, for this frugal family, is a very good things indeed.

Also, there is no rain. Usually by now we stop watering our lawns and all that. Not so this year. No rain, and continued warmer weather. It's almost like living in southern California again. Almost. We do still have the spectacular tree show...

I just hope we get some rain soon. Last year was drought conditions, we need lots of rain and a really good snow pack up the hill a bit...

How is Fall where you are?

Friday, November 1, 2013

But I don't want to move...

So, it's been awhile since I have posted anything at all. Partially because my life got crazy, and also because we ran out of broadband last month. Yes, ran out.

It is possible.

We don't have the lovely option of unlimited. And we pay precious money for each increase in how much we can use, and well, we hit a spot that we just couldn't go any higher. It was painful really.

We have hit a weird spot, once again, in our quest for solutions...move? Make bundles of money? Move?
There doesn't seem to be any other company we can use. We have researched, we have tried, we have asked neighbors. In fact, our next door neighbor is able to use a company that we can't. The representative came out, used his equipment, walked all over the property, climbed a tree, got on the roof, and could not lock in a signal. We were heavily saddened that day.

Of course no one wants to move. It's ridiculous, and hard work, and expensive.
Of course we may have to move anyways...and I try to not get into politics here, but this "affordable" forced health care thing? Yeah, we can't afford it. We are being forced to buy something we can't afford, or penalized for not spending the money we don't have. SO we might have to move just to lower our overhead so we can afford what is supposed to be affordable.
Did you follow that?

Except, we also don't have money to move either.
And it opens a bunch of other issues as well, like room for my husbands office and whatnot.

So, that's what's up.
That and getting used to having a son in law, but that's good stuff.