Monday, April 20, 2015

Happy Homemaker Monday - 04/20/2015

Good morning friends, sure hope you're doing well on this gorgeous Monday morning.  I had a not very good weekend with my Lola, very stressed and feeling like I'm reaching my breaking point.  But, that is all for another post.

Let's get on with our Happy Homemaker Monday, shall we? 



The weather outside is::::
Currently it's 40 degrees with a high of 74 today.  We had such beautiful weather this weekend, nice and warm and it really feels like Spring, finally. 

On the breakfast plate this morning::::
Coffee with Almond Joy Creamer and a Raspberry filled donut.  I'm feeling a little rebellious, but to be fair, I'm kind of needing a little pick me up.


As I look outside my window:::
My lawn is needing mowing, but the sweet neighbors across the street are coming over to do it this morning.  I didn't ask, but they know Curt is away at the moment and offered, which I found very kind on their part.  Greatful for good neighbors. 

Right now I am::::
On the couch with Lola, writing up this post and mentally planning my day.  We are less than 4 weeks away from when the trailer is dropped off and I have to really get my packing into gear. 

As I look around the house::::
Nothing new to say here, the moving stage of any home is not that exciting is it?  Boxes packed and unpacked are laying around, piles of items are seen in corners ready to be moved to the garage for easier packing.  The house is starting to look empty and it's sad in a way, but so very exciting in another.  

On today's to do list::::

Cleaning
Homeschooling
Packing
Listing some items on the classifieds for sale

Currently reading::::
Finished Running Fire and just have to get the review up.   

On the TV today::::

The Lizzie Borden Chronicles

If there be Thorns

My Portuguese Soaps - A Unica Mulher, Mar Salgado, Mulheres
The Following
Outlander
A bone to pick 

On the menu this week::::
Monday - Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes
Tuesday - Hotdogs (Zumba night)
Wednesday - Barbecue Pork Sandwiches
Thursday - Tuna Salad (Zumba night)
Friday - Pizza
Saturday - Jasmine's Birthday
Sunday - Salisbury Steak, Mashed Potatoes


Favorite photo from the camera::::
With everything that has been going on, I've been literally hanging on by thread, my wonderful daughter who loves cooking decided to make a very simple quick dinner.  She made this amazing garlic italian pasta which was delicious......and she called me to the table and this is what I saw.  Made me cry.  I love her.

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Prayers, Inspirational Quotes or Devotionals::::
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.
Psalm 42:1 NIV

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Happy Homemaker Monday - 04/13/2015

Good morning, here we are for another Happy Homemaker Monday.

I really need to thank all of you who still come in and post your links every Monday, you have no idea how much I appreciate it :)  So thank you, really.



The weather outside is::::
Currently it's 43 degrees with a high of 78 today.  I'm so looking forward to that, I can't even begin to tell you. 

On the breakfast plate this morning::::
Coffee and two pieces of toast with butter.  I've switched back to just water during the day and the pounds have started coming of, thrilled with that :)


As I look outside my window:::
The grass is sooooo green, but also in need of mowing again.  I ran out of gas in the mower last week and ended up only being able to mow half the back yard.  Have to get gas today and do the back and front, oh and I also need to get a spool for my weed eater so I can do the flower beds.  It's a beautiful day though so it will be nice to get some yard work in.     

Right now I am::::
Sitting on the couch and Lola is literally draped over my lap because she wants the toast I have for breakfast.  Silly dog.  I did take my shower already and am fully dressed for the day, usually I'm not that fast in the morning.

As I look around the house::::
Same ol' story with packing moves everywhere.  There are also some paint cans as I've been painting the walls, especially my chalkboard wall, which I'm sad about having to paint over.  

On today's to do list::::

Cleaning
Homeschooling
Yard work

Currently reading::::
Running Fire for a book review. 

On the TV today::::

The Lizzie Borden Chronicles

If there be Thorns

My Portuguese Soaps - A Unica Mulher, Mar Salgado, Mulheres
The Following
Outlander
A bone to pick 

On the menu this week::::
Monday - Chicken Stew
Tuesday - Tuna Sandwiches (Zumba night)
Wednesday - Fish Sticks, Potato Salad
Thursday - Hotdogs (Zumba night)
Friday - Patty Melts, Fries
Saturday - Country Skillet Breakfast
Sunday - Homemade Pizza


Favorite photo from the camera::::



Prayers, Inspirational Quotes or Devotionals::::
Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.
Psalm 105:4

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Dodging Curveballs

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Hello friends :)

Well, it's Thursday morning and here I am, ready to sit down for a little and say hi, give you a small update and share a cup of coffee.

No matter how much I want to keep up with the blog, it's just not happening at the moment.

Life has been throwing us some major curveballs and I've been desperately dodging and when possible, grabbing and throwing them back.......far, far away from our lives.

I'm exhausted physically and mentally and quite honestly there are days that I just want to crawl into bed, pull the covers over my head and wake up a few months from now.  Then I realize that isn't possible or productive, so I push through and keep putting one foot in front of the other.

Breakfast

For the most part life is the same, in some ways.  I still enjoy waking up early before the house is awake, and taking some time to sit and read, check through email, enjoy a quiet breakfast etc.

And then there are the curveballs.

I think the biggest two we've been thrown have to do with the IRS and the kid's schooling with Connections Academy.

Oh IRS, I don't know about you but that name gives me hives.

So for the year of 2013, when my husband was enrolled in school, we unknowingly, and I say unknowingly because we truly didn't do it intentionally.....entered in one of his school w2's in the wrong section.

What has that error cost us?   $3600.

Yes, we are now being told we need to pay back $3600.  I'm sorry folks but that is not money that I have laying around or money that I could even come up with that quick to pay this off.  It's frustrating, it's disappointing and it's sad and nerve wrecking.  We have to pay it off in installments, obviously, but what horrible timing as we are trying to prepare for this move across country.

I am leaving it in the Lord's hands and I know it will all work out.

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Then we come to the kid's schooling.  Texas has some crazy state legislation in place that is probably, at this point pretty certainly, going to prevent us from enrolling in Texas Connections Academy for the coming school year.

According to them, and mind you Texas is the ONLY state that requires this, my children will have to have attended a Texas public school before being eligible to enroll for the new year.

WHAT?!?!?!?!?

Not happening.  There is a reason why my children are in Connections and have been for the past 5 years.  I will  NOT put my children in public school, no matter the setting, or the reason.

I'm beyond frustrated at this point and I just don't understand why we can't even transfer the kids to the Texas Connections for the remainder of the year and then enroll them.

It might just end up that we move to Oklahoma, close to the border with Texas and have my children attend the Oklahoma Connections Academy.  Very strong possibility of that.

I would really appreciate some prayers at this point, not just for this but for the IRS and the move and everything else in my life.

It's one roller coaster that I can't seem to step off, and frankly, I'm starting to feel nauseated with the ride.

Packing

Aside from the craziness, the packing and preparing continues.  I've got piles of things all over the house and as I pack boxes, I move them to the garage to the area where everything is ready to go into the moving truck.

Spackling Paste

I've also been taking down pictures, filling in nail holes and pretty much making sure the house is ready for the walk through and move out.

Painting

The other day I had to paint over the chalkboard wall that I so loved.  That was a sad moment for me, but I'm hoping I can get another put up in Texas, or Oklahoma, or wherever we're moving to.

It is a lot of work, but I think that doing it this way is so much easier than leaving everything until the last minute and then rushing to get the house cleaned and patched up etc before moving out.  I would rather take my time.

I also have so many recipes that I need to put up on the food blog, and just haven't had time, I hope that I can carve out some time this weekend and sit down and just get everything updated.  Who knows, we'll see how things go.

Right, now I have to get on up, get dressed for the day and get cracking with my to do list.

Sure hope you are all doing well, I miss chatting with everyone, I miss visiting blogs, I miss taking photos and putting up posts and I miss the simplicity and the calm that I used to have last year.  I know I'll have it all back soon but sometimes it's frustrating and I can't see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Anyway, let me get on with things.  Sending you all lots of love.

Sandra
xoxoxo

Monday, April 6, 2015

Happy Homemaker Monday - 04/05/2015

Good morning everyone.

Right, first I want to say that I'm so thankful that you all still continue to come by and participate in the Happy Homemaker Monday. Second I want to say that I miss my blog so very much and I don't think I've quite ever gone this long without posting a normal entry. Saddens me that I've been away and I want more than anything to get back in the game.

Life is just so complicated and busy at the moment that I'm quite tired of it, to be honest. I miss the old days where I had a much quieter and calm daily life, where I took photos and posted on here and talked to you all, I really really really wish and hope to go back to that. We'll see how things go.




The weather outside is::::
36 degrees at the moment.  It actually rained last night, but I didn't even notice, only saw everything wet this morning when I went to take Lola out.  The high today is supposed to be 55, so not really too warm.  Have I said lately how much I miss the warm weather??? 

On the breakfast plate this morning::::
Coffee for now, maybe a piece of toast.  I'm completely cutting out diet coke again and going back to just water.  I need the water, I feel much better when I'm just on water, my skin looks better and I feel overall healthier.  So, today is the day.......water again.  

As I look outside my window:::
Everything is wet from the rain storm last night.  I see the sun peeking in through the clouds so maybe we'll still get some sun later today.  The trees are all starting to bloom and it looks beautiful.  I really do love Spring time.    

Right now I am::::
Sitting here in my pj's and typing up this entry.  Trying to keep a running list of things I have to get to today, hope I can remember everything. 

As I look around the house::::
There are more boxes around and it's starting to look kind of empty.  It's clean, all I need to do today is sweep again and mop. 

On today's to do list::::

Cleaning
Homeschooling
Packing

Currently reading::::
Running Fire for a book review. 

On the TV today::::

The Lizzie Borden Chronicles

If there be Thorns

My Portuguese Soaps - A Unica Mulher, Mar Salgado, Mulheres
The Following
Outlander
A bone to pick 

On the menu this week::::
Monday - Hearty Chicken Soup
Tuesday - Tuna Sandwiches
Wednesday - Handmade Ricotta Cavatelli
Thursday - Sausages in Tomato Sauce w/ mash
Friday - Patty Melts, Fries
Saturday - Nick's Birthday (3 Cheese Pasta, Cream Cheese Pound Cake)
Sunday - Homemade Pizza


Favorite photo from the camera::::




Prayers, Inspirational Quotes or Devotionals::::
We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Happy Homemaker Monday - 03/30/2015

Good morning everyone, happy Monday.  I am not sure if I'm quite ready for this week to start, but only for the fact that it means Spring Break is over and we're back at it.  On the other hand though, it means one week closer to moving and being reunited with the hubby, so yay to that.





The weather outside is::::
38 degrees right now and a little nippy, but it's supposed to get to 71 degrees by this afternoon, so that will be nice.  The rest of the week looks pretty much the same so I'm going to enjoy it as much as I can.

On the breakfast plate this morning::::
Just coffee for the moment and I'm not sure how much I'll eat today, my stomach doesn't feel too right so I may go very easy on the meals for myself. 

As I look outside my window:::
Beautiful blue skies and a really bright sun.  There's quite a few cars going by on their way to work, one of the neighbors is mowing their lawn, and there is a sprinkler also going on a house just down the street.  

Right now I am::::
Typing up this post, sitting here on the couch and enjoying my coffee while still in my pjs.  I'm a little cold so I have a blanket over my legs too....oh and the usual snoring Lola next to me. 

As I look around the house::::
The sun is shining and streaming in through the front door window.  I love this time of the day, everything looks so warm and cozy and sleepy.  I was just looking at my gloves/hats/scarves basket in the corner and thinking I need to pack it away for the move, don't really need any of that anymore.

On today's to do list::::
Laundry
Cleaning
Homeschooling
Menu planning and grocery list

Currently reading::::
Running Fire for a book review. 

On the TV today::::

Did you see the new series coming out based on the Lizzie Borden movie/story that just aired a few months ago?  I'm so excited for this one.  The Lizzie Borden Chronicles stars Christina Ricci and will air April 5th on Lifetime.

There's also a follow up to Flowers in the Attic, which was also really good.  This one is called If there be Thorns and also airs April 5th on Lifetime.

On Sky Living there is a new 3 part series which I'm also quite excited about since I love paranormal stuff.  The Enfield Haunting is based on real events that took place in a home in 1977.   There isn't a definite date yet, but it's coming soon.

My Portuguese Soaps - A Unica Mulher, Mar Salgado, Mulheres
The Following - all caught up, new one is tonight and I can't wait
Secrets and Lies - watching this one today

The Haunting of - haven't caught up
Ghost Adventures - haven't caught up
Supernatural - haven't caught up

On the menu this week::::
Working on a menu plan today so nothing yet for this week.  Today we'll be having leftovers to clear out the fridge.  Tomorrow I need to go grocery shopping.


What I am creating at the moment::::
Just stacks of moving boxes....I guess you could say I'm quite busy playing Tetris hahahay


Favorite photo from the camera::::
 



Prayers, Inspirational Quotes or Devotionals::::
We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.
1 John 4:13

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Happy Homemaker Monday - 03/23-2015

Good morning everyone, how was your weekend?

I've had a great, quiet, relaxing one.  This week will probably be a relaxing one too as it's spring break for the kids.  Jasmine will need to catch up though, she's fallen quite a bit behind, but truthfully I can't blame her as the work load for high school is just incredible.

Anyway, let's get on with our Happy Homemaker Monday.



The weather outside is::::
Looks like it rained last night, I didn't even hear it.  We're supposed to get more rain today and tomorrow, so I'm looking forward to that, especially knowing that I don't need to leave the house for anything :) 

On the breakfast plate this morning::::
Coffee with the Caramel Macchiato Creamer and two pieces of toast with Irish Butter.

Breakfast


As I look outside my window:::
Cloudy, dreary, but wonderful.  I do love a good rainy day.

Right now I am::::
Trying to multitask, typing up this post, checking email, looking over the kid's schooling. 

As I look around the house::::
I was sitting here this morning actually looking around and thinking that I will miss this little house.  When we first rented it, I was so excited because it looks like a farmhouse, and I love the living room and the fireplace.  I envisioned many years spent here with my family, and to think that I have to leave it and find another house soon, makes me kind of sad. 

On today's to do list::::
Laundry
Cleaning
Homeschooling


Currently reading::::
Just got in another book for review, it's called "Running Fire".  Need to get into that one soon.  Also still have the other one about Pasta making coming in.

On the TV today::::
So I actually sat down yesterday and compiled a list of what shows I'm either currently watching, need to catch up on, or want to watch......needless to say the list was quite long.  Haha

My Portuguese Soaps
The Following
Secrets and Lies
My Haunted House
The Haunting of
Ghost Adventures
Supernatural

On the menu this week::::

Monday - Chicken Fajitas
Tuesday -  Tomato and Onion sausages, Rice
Wednesday - Fish Sticks, Potato Salad
Thursday - Homemade Mac and Cheese with Bacon
Friday - Homemade Cheesy Pizza
Saturday -  Cheese and Ham Quesadillas
Sunday - Spaghetti


What I am creating at the moment::::
Absolutely nothing   


Favorite photo from the camera::::

Morning light


Prayers, Inspirational Quotes or Devotionals::::
We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.
1 John 4:13

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hello.....anyone still out there?

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I'm almost scared to step back into this blogging thing, it's been quite a while for me hasn't it?

Well a while when it comes to composing an actual coherent updated post about my life.  I do continue to throw out the Happy Homemaker Mondays every week and there have been a few reviews here and there.

I have no doubt that you enjoy those, but I also know, from hearing from many of you through Instagram, email and facebook, that you've been missing an actual me post here on the blog.

So, here I am.  Hi, how are you?  Did you miss me?

I can tell you that I've missed my blog tremendously but unfortunately life hasn't really allowed me to do much in the form of posting.  I find that I don't even really come to my blog unless I have a very specific reason for doing so.  It's been that crazy for me.

But I'm not here to talk about that, I'm here with tons of pictures, and to chat a little with you all.

My mornings are, I think, at this moment, the only parts of my day that have remained the same throughout these months. They still consist of my obligatory cup of coffee and a very small breakfast. This morning though I indulged in some Irish Soda Bread with butter and some delicious Orange Marmalade. Yum!!!

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I've been surrounded by boxes and packing material, and lists, lots and lots of lists.  I used to be one of those girls who didn't much care for lists.  Actually, let me rephrase that, I liked, no loved lists, but found them to useless for me because no matter how many I made, I never followed through.

Maybe I should call myself a list maker and not so much a list follower.

With the move though I've had to resort to making and following them.  This is how I pack.  I go from room to room, pack a box, assign it a number and write down a corresponding number and description on a piece of paper.  It helps me know what I have and where it goes when I get to the new house.

Works for me.

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Piles of boxes are becoming permanent fixtures in my home. Oh and these egg boxes are fantastic for packing, they're big enough to hold what I need but also small enough for me to manage on my own. Hubby brought those over from the commissary when he was working for them, and right before he left. He got me quite a nice stash in the garage. Yay!

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Laundry still fills up quite a bit of my day. Every.day. At least in some sense or other, I'm dealing with clothes. Oh I bet you wish I had come back now and told you that I figure out life's secret to never having to do laundry again, don't you?

Unfortunately, I haven't. I'm in the same boat as you all, still plugging through the mounds of laundry.


As I get ready to move, I'm also making sure that I take care of the house and have it ready for when I leave. Paintings are coming down off walls, nail holes are being filled and walls are being touched up and repainted if needed. Yes, lots of work but as I do it now I still have 2 months to go and it will make everything less stressful. At least that is what I'm going for, we'll speak again right before I leave and see if that is still the case.

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One thing I'm also having to do a lot of lately, is carpet cleaning. Thankfully I have a carpet cleaner but the solutions sold in the stores are quite pricey, so I use my homemade one. It works really well and it's pretty cheap considering I'm using items I already have in my house.

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See???  Clothes in some form or the other.  This time I did pull out the spring/summer stuff and am already packing away the winter clothes.

Not only because it's getting warmer here but also getting it ready for the move.

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And speaking of warmer weather, it looks like we're heading straight into Spring and I couldn't be happier.

I've been opening the windows every morning and letting the fresh air and the sunshine come right on in. There's just something about watching the curtains blowing in the breeze.

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My yard is coming alive, with the trees blooming.

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Don't you just love that?

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Look at my rose bushes, they are bursting with life right now.  Beautiful green shoots are coming out of the ugly winter brown ones.  I can't wait to see these roses come to life again.

These past few weeks have flown by at turbo speed, which in a way is good for me because hubby has already been gone over a month and I hate having to think of another 2 and half without him.

The kids miss him dearly, I miss him dearly, and the pugs miss him dearly too.

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Miss Lola is still as naughty as ever, and has gotten into trouble a few times. She has this bad habit of getting into things and looking for food, I sometimes think that if anyone who didn't know us happened upon her, they would think she starves. Brat that she is.

Speaking of getting into things, a few weeks ago she got into a bag of chocolate. I almost died with fright. You know how dangerous chocolate is for dogs. About 3 days later, she had a seizure. She's been fine since then, but I've noticed that she can't have any chocolate or bacon flavored dog treats of any kind because they cause her to have seizures. Must be something in there.

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Miss Bella is getting very old. Her back legs are starting to give her a lot of trouble walking and sometimes we find her just sitting on the middle of the floor. It's not a laughing matter, but you have to admit she looks adorable and I can't help but chuckle a little when I see her like that.

So yes, life has been busy and crazy, but still full of good moments to reflect back on.

We've got another huge move coming up, it's going to be a big change again and I'm not too thrilled with that, but I am at the point in my life where I'm sick of moving and I crave a place where we can put down some roots and give our children some stability before they move out on their own.

It's one thing that I've always wished I could do, and something that I kind of envied from those who were not military.

Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't trade the years we spent as a military family, for anything in this world, the joys, the rewards and the experience we had is nothing like we will ever forget. 

Unfortunately along with so many other sacrifices, one we've had to make is that we've never been able to have a home of our own, one where the kids could remember being born and brought home to, growing up in and being part of a community. 

No matter where our lives may be taking us in the next few months, one thing is very certain for Curt and I, we are putting down roots in Texas and that is where we will remain.  Our days of lugging our belongings around are coming to an end.  Thank goodness.

Anyway, I think I've babbled on long enough and if you've made it this far without falling asleep, I have to thank you.  Sorry for such a long post, I guess I should get back into daily blogging so I don't go so long between posts and then come in and talk your ears off.

Hope you're all doing well, I often thing of each and every one of you, wonder where you are, how you and your families are doing and what you've been up to.  Do know that even if I haven't been around, I do pray for you all and keep you in my thoughts.

Blessings,
Sandra