Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Bit of a busy week

Oh my friends, I'm feeling slightly frazzled and overwhelmed.

I have had so much going on this week and last, but this one especially has been a bit of a crazy ride, to be honest.   I'm just now sitting down for the day, a day that has consisted of me driving around, running errands, spending hours at the base hospital with my daughter, and then coming home to do homeschooling and laundry and fixing dinner and doing dishes etc.

I'm tired, really, it goes without saying.

I woke up around 4:30am and just couldn't get back to sleep, and then with the running around, I just seem to have wasted all my energy, so I'm quite eager for bedtime.

So tell me things, what has been going on around blogland, anything interesting in your lives, any big announcements or news?  Talk to me people, talk to me.  Hahah

Jasmine seems to have a bit of a cold going on paired with some ear issues.  Now I'm a little frustrated with her PCM at the hospital.  When the airman came in to do her vitals, he checked her ears and noticed that her right ear (which has been causing the pain) looked a little swollen on the inside.

When her PCM came in, he looked at her ears and said all's good, she's fine.  I am not a doctor, obviously, but I know that my daughter wouldn't be in pain if her ear was completely fine, so I tend to agree with the first assessment which leaves me a little unsure of this doctor she saw.  Needless to say, I think I need to switch PCM's.

Anyway, she is in bed at the moment, she hasn't been able to do much school the past 2 days which has set her behind, and as much as I hate that, I can't exactly force her when she's been fighting this cold and feeling genuinely unwell.  I'm just hoping and praying that by tomorrow she is turning the corner and we can get back on track.

Aside from that, Friday I had my mammogram, and I don't care what anyone out there says, it HURT for me and it was not something I enjoyed at all.  I was glad to do it and have it behind me, but goodness gracious, that was just not right.  It doesn't help that I've always had issues with my breasts, and I'm sorry if this is too much information, but I'm very open here on the blog and I think women issues are something that need to be discussed and brought up and given importance too.

I am supposed to get the results sometime this week, so far I haven't heard anything back from my doctor, so I'm assuming no news is good news.  Not going to lie though, it's added a bit of stress to my life as I've found myself a little on edge every time the phone rings.  I'm a wuss, what can I say.

Also, been getting ready for my family to arrive next week, they are finally making the move to Texas and will be moving in with us again just for a short while, as they get settled in here.  Curt and I are just blessed to be able to help them at this time, and yes, it will be a full house again and craziness, but a good thing.

Right, I best go check on my daughter and see if she needs anything.  Just wanted to come in and say hi and chat a little, and see how everyone is doing.

Have yourselves a wonderful night and I'll chat to you soon :)

Monday, February 8, 2016

Happy Homemaker Monday - 02/08/2016

Good morning everyone, welcome to another Happy Homemaker Monday.  How was your weekend?

Mine was pretty laid back, nothing really happened, actually spent Saturday watching scary movies on my bed, yep, I sure did and I didn't feel  guilty about it at all.  There's nothing wrong with taking a day to ourselves as homemakers, but don't worry, because I wasn't just sitting in bed watching movies, I was still doing laundry and house cleaning etc, and even painting furniture in my room, so yeah, I wasn't completely lazy.  Haha

Alright, let's get into our HHM for today, I actually went back to the very first one and pulled the categories for this week.

Please do me a favor, do NOT change up the categories, or create your own, because then it really isn't my Happy Homemaker Monday anymore, is it?  Just a little request, if you don't mind :)


The weather.....
Little chilly at nights and early morning, but beautiful blue skies and warm weather during the day.  I'm ok with that.
Today and tomorrow the high's will be 56 and 65, but Wednesday and Thursday we are hitting the 70's again, I can't wait.

Right now I am....
Sitting in bed, under my warm covers and typing up this post.  I will be getting up shortly after this and throwing on my workout gear for my Zumba session this morning.

About what all I need to get organized and done this week as my brother's family will be arriving next week.  They will be staying with us again for a month or two just until they get settled into town.

On my TV.....
On Saturday I watched The Visit and Ouija.  They weren't scary to me but I did enjoy them.  I also watched the new Will Ferrell called Daddy's Home and that was hilarious.
Been clearing out my DVR list, I have so many Lockup's on there, I didn't realize that I had forgotten to switch it to just the new episodes so it's been going on a recording rampage and every single lockup that shows up on the tv, is recorded.  UGH!!!

On the menu for this week....
Saturday I'll be grocery shopping, I only have a menu up until Friday, actually going to work on the new menu this morning.

Monday - Makeover Rigatoni with Bacon (this recipe calls for Asparagus too, but they're so expensive right now, I'm leaving them out)
Tuesday - Tomatillo and Cilantro Chicken Enchiladas, Mexican Rice
Wednesday - Chicken and Dumplings
Thursday - Taco Pasta Bake
Friday - Homemade Personal Pizzas

On my to do list....
Housework - Finish mine and hubby's laundry, Bed linens, Kid's laundry, vacuum, dust
Painting - Second coat on Curt's side table, start my side table, finish painting the video shelves
In the craft basket....
Finished my mood blanket, will show you pics in a post later this morning.
Working on my daughter's corner to corner blanket.
Would like to finish my niece's corner to corner blanket too before she gets here next week.
Looking forward to this week....
Just wanting a good week, quiet, productive

Looking around the house....
House is clean, I just want to run the vacuum over the living areas and dust a little.  Kitchen is clean and tidy from last night too.

From the camera....


On my prayer list.....
I would like to ask you all for prayers for myself.  I just went for my first mammogram on Friday and this week I'll find out the results.  It's so nerve wrecking, so I'm asking for prayers not only for everything to be fine but for me not to worry or be scared.

Bible verse, Devotional....
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. - Proverbs 3: 5-6

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Second Chances and Cleaning

Hello friends, I hope this post finds you all doing well.  I'm doing very well, save for a slight headache that has been brought on by me not getting my coffee today.

Tomorrow is the day, I have a 3D mammogram and was advised not to consume caffeine for 48 hours prior.  I'll do whatever I am told but boy has today been tough, I'm so used to my coffee in the morning and not being able to have it has just made me kinda cranky.

Would appreciate some prayers for me for tomorrow as I'm quite nervous about this.

Anyway, I have been so busy this week with visitors and organizing and cleaning, that I didn't get a chance to come in and share anything with you, until now.

Without even wasting any more time, let me show you what the hubby and I did.


I picked up 4 storage tubs from the Family Dollar.  My plan is to replace every cardboard box in the garage with plastic, but I have to go slowly as I don't have the money to buy them all at once.


The picture above is what the garage looked like before hubby and I got working cleaning and organizing.


Moved most of the boxes to the far end of the garage, to the left is the door to the storm cellar.


So much better, and you can see some of the tubs in use in the far back.


After we finished cleaning, hubby and I decided to play some darts, have some chips and a couple of beers.  It was just a nice time for us to be able to relax and enjoy each others company.


It's always a good day when you get so much done and feel like you've accomplished so much. 

So, why the title second chances?

Well, it has to do with our daughter and her boyfriend.  I haven't talked too much about them here on the blog, save for a mention here or there.  I did mention the breakup and that was something very hard for her and us as her parents to go through, watching how sad she was.

We were approached by her ex boyfriend on Sunday about a possible visit on Monday and Tuesday.  He had been trying to get her back, had reached out to me about a possible re connection and wanted to come and see her and us to talk things out.

As parents, it's hard to see your child hurt and it's hard to think about them being put back in that position, but we also have to look at the big picture and see how everyone is acting and behaving.

I won't go into details as I feel it's not fair to either one of them, and it's really not our place to tell, but I can say that he IS remorseful and that he is trying very hard to make amends, including driving 7 hours from Arkansas to Texas to apologize face to face to our daughter, but to sit down with both Curt and I and apologize as well.

Not many young men would do something like, to be honest.

So we're giving him another chance, we are prepared to welcome him back into our family and above all, my daughter is ecstatic and beaming and that means the world.

Truth is, they have a very strong bond, they adore each other, and they endured this break up, but they both grew from it, in different ways and are determined to make this work, so we are supporting them but also keeping an eye out on things.  

I've always thought they make a beautiful couple and I wish them both nothing but the best. 

Alright friends, I have a crochet blanket to finish.  I've added all the rows I wanted, and now I'm working on the edging, I decided to go with some of the colors from the blocks, but after I started with the burned yellow, I quickly realized I wasn't liking it, so I'm pulling it all out, and going to leave just the red and brown, and do a quick scallop edge in white.


I hope you've all been well, I wish I had enough hours in the day to come and visit everyone.

Right now though, I need to end this post and get on out of here, staring at the computer is just exacerbating my headache.  UGH!!!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Happy Homemaker Monday - 02/01/2016

Good morning everyone, it's Monday again, can you believe it?  I had a pretty good weekend and I hope you did too, but now it's time to get back to work and school, you all ready for it?

The Weather:::
Little chilly this morning, it's 36 degrees, but the high this afternoon will be 72 and I'm good with that.  Actually the past few days we've had such beautiful warm weather, Saturday afternoon we hit 82, can you believe that?  Looking forward to a warm week ahead.

Right now I am:
Sitting up in bed, trying to catch up on my DVR which has gotten way full.  I'm also enjoying a cup of coffee and typing this post up.

About what I need done this week.  Also my daughter's ex oyfriend is coming in tonight for a visit and staying tomorrow as well.  Long story, but to summarize, he is very much in love with her and has made a lot of changes, cut a lot of bad influences from his life and made apologies just at the possibility of a second chance with her.  As a mother, it is always a worry because we don't want our children to hurt, but I also firmly believe that everyone deserves a second chance if they truly want it, and recognize what they did wrong and are willing to do everything in their power to fix it.  We don't know what tomorrow will bring, but as parents all we can do is support our children and be there for them through the good and the bad times, right?

Looking forward to:::
Getting some more organizing done in the house, and preparing for my family to arrive in 2 weeks.  Goodness time flies.  Also looking forward to another week of workouts, I did so well last week and managed to stick with it and hold myself accountable.  I feel so much better :)

On my reading pile:::

Still working my way through the two library books.

On my tv:::
Catching up on the DVR list:

Curse of Oak Island
Mercy Street
DC's Legends of Tomorrow  

Things that make me happy:::
Hosting get togethers at my house, chatting, visiting and spending time with friends and family.

On the menu for this week:::
Monday - Out to dinner with daughter's ex
Tuesday - One skillet chili mac
Wednesday - Mozzarella Meatballs and Spaghetti
Thursday -  Stuffed Cubed Steaks, Mixed Veggies
Friday - Beefy Cheesy Spaghetti Casserole 
Saturday -  Makeover Rigatoni w/ Bacon
Sunday - Tomatillo, Cilantro Chicken Enchiladas

On my to do list:::
Vacuum and Carpet Clean
Get room ready for visit

What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::
Adding the last row to my crochet blanket

Looking around the house:::

Just the usual cleaning and tidying up, the only room that needs a little more effort is my green living room, that's where we watch TV, play games etc, and my son played Playstation for a few hours yesterday, so he's left his shoes and socks laying around, empty bowls, glasses etc.  Boys, boys, boys.

From the camera:::

Just a little preview of what I did this weekend


On my prayer list:::
My brother and sister in law, for their upcoming move.  Hoping my brother manages to get a transfer here to Texas, but if not, then that they both find jobs pretty quickly.
For this country, more and more I am sadness by some of the things I see.  It's really heartbreaking to witness how God keeps being removed from everything around us.

Bible verse, devotional, favorite quote:::

Saturday, January 30, 2016

{ Friday and Saturday just flew by }

Ok, so I was planning on stopping by on Friday and making a post, because I've actually been very good at updating my blog and I'm proud of myself hahaha

And then I blinked, and I opened my eyes and here we are, Saturday night.  Like, how did that even happen???

So, how are you all doing, how have the past two days been for you?  I've been busy, and I think that's why I let these two days go by without even realizing it.

Let's have a little chat and I'll tell you what I've been doing, but don't expect anything super fun or awesome, it's usually just he same ol' stuff around here.

I'm so proud of myself, I did my workouts every single day last week, and I couldn't be more excited to keep going.  I always feel so much better with my body and with my mind, when I'm working out and making the conscious effort to take care of myself.


I took these two photos on Friday morning, it just looked so beautiful and peaceful and I had to capture it.

I love how in the top photo you can see Mars shining brightly behind the branch, such a pretty shot.


And in this one, this eagle had come to perch itself on the high branches and just watch as I took the pugs out to potty.  I always keep an eye on these guys because we have eagles and owls and coyotes etc.  Speaking of coyotes, they were quite loud last night, it was a little unnerving.


This was my breakfast on Friday, I'm really enjoying my yogurt parfaits in the morning, and I think I've had it pretty much every day for the past month.

With me starting my workout routine, I have also started enjoying smoothies right after my workout.  I didn't have spinach when I made the one above, but it was almond milk, mixed frozen fruit and blueberries.  So good.


I worked on my menu plan and grocery list so that I could go to the commissary this morning.

And I did, and then I came home and recorded a grocery haul, and then proceeded to deleted it by accident and ended up with no haul.  I am so annoyed with myself because it's not the first time I have done this, my word.

After I got everything put away, I took an hour break just to straighten up the house and cleaned my bathroom and then Curt and I ran up to the Family Dollar so I could pick up some big storage tubs.

We are working on the garage tomorrow, cleaning, organizing and I really want to get rid of all the cardboard boxes and switch to plastic tubs, I think it looks better, I can stack them, and it also keeps the mice and other bugs from getting inside and ruining everything.

I'll take pictures tomorrow of the progress so you can see what it looks like now and then the finished product.


Just had to share this picture, she is so cute, and I love how she's laying on top of the couch with that little leg splayed out.  LOL

Anyway, I know this post is not very long, but I just wanted to come in and say a quick hello, tell you what I've been up to and share some pictures.

I'm hoping to get some crochet done here in a minute, and watch some shows, but I've had the worst headache for the past hour and I've taken something for it so I'm waiting for the pain to go away.  If it does then I can crack on with my plans, if it doesn't, then I may have to just put everything away and try to get some rest, which I'm hoping is not the case.  It's only 8pm and it's a Saturday night and I would much rather enjoy it.

Let's see how this goes.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Cooking Thursday - Spicy Bean Sprouts

Good morning everyone. Can you believe that it is Thursday already?

That means, it's time for our Cooking Thursday and today I'm sharing this recipe for Spicy Bean Sprouts. It's something that the family and I always used to enjoy back in Arizona, when we ordered from our favorite Korean place Takamatsu.

If you like spicy food, this is one you'll have to try.


Spicy Bean Sprouts

Spicy Bean Sprouts

1/2 lb. blanched sprouts
1 1/2 tsp. Fish sauce
2 Tsp. Gochugaru, AKA Korena red pepper flakes (I just used the red chili flakes I had on hand)
2 tsp. Sesame oil
1/8 tsp. Black pepper
1 Clove garlic, minced (approximately 1 tsp.)
1 Green onion, chopped (approximately 1 Tbs.)

Take brown and black bits on soybean sprouts, and wash throughly under cold water. Drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, bring 10 to 12 cups of water(or enough to cover soybean sprouts) to boil in a large pot. Add 1Tablespoon salt. Add clean soybean sprouts and cover immediately. Cook it over high heat for 4 minutes then remove from heat. Let it seat for 1 more minutes. Do not open lid during this cooking/resting time unless you might end up with unpleasant smell of soybean sprouts. Also make sure you count the time because you don’t want to over cook it.

When it’s time, uncover and drain soybean sprout; since under cold water and drain completely.

Spicy Bean Sprouts

Add prepared sprouts in a mixing bowl; gently mix all ingredients together using your hand until everything combined well.

These will last about 5 to 7 days.

Spicy Bean Sprouts

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

{ Tired, creepy noises and what is going on? }

January 26, 2016

I am so incredibly tired right now, I don't know how I even got the energy to get my workout done today, but I did it.

Didn't get a chance to come in yesterday for a post, had a busy day organizing and unpacking the last few office boxes, but was also chit chatting back and forth with my sister in law.

By the time I stopped, I had to get dinner in the oven, I just made a simple chicken and potatoes dish, and then cleaned the kitchen, took my shower and took my allergy meds.  I laid down in bed with hubby to watch an episode of our show and within 5 minutes I was fast asleep.  Bummer, I wanted to watch that episode but those little pink allergy pills really pack a whallop at times.

January 26, 2016

January 26, 2016

Now where does the tired come in, well, it was one of those nights where Bella was very restless and she got us up quite a few times, and the times we were laying down we weren't able to sleep because she was running around the bedroom whining and wanting company.

To say hubby and I are exhausted this morning, would be a total understatement.  It was definitely one of those mornings where the alarm clock went off and I wanted to smash it Hahaha

January 26, 2016

But, last night, one of the times she had us up, we found our kids walking around the house quite scared and freaked out.

They both said that around 1:45am they both heard a very loud sound, like the chiming of a grandfather clock that reverberated through the whole house.  My husband and I didn't hear it, and the strange thing is that we don't even own a grandfather clock or a clock of any kind that would make that kind of sound and that loud.

We looked everywhere, and tried to understand where that sound would have come from, but with no luck.  I'm completely confused.

January 26, 2016

I've talked a little here on the blog, about experiences I've had as a child, where I always felt like I was the target, not my brothers, but me, constantly hounding me and scaring me.  I saw strange things, I felt strange things and I spent most nights wide awake with the lights on, waiting for morning light to come so I could get maybe an hour or two of sleep before having to go to school.

I'm the type of person that if I walk into a house, I can usually tell if something is off.  I haven't felt that in this house at all, and I don't think there's anything here, but there have been a few sounds that we haven't been able to understand and have found quite creepy.

One of the times we were all in the kitchen, me, my husband the two kids.  This was shortly after moving into this house.  We were standing there getting a drink and snacks and talking and the next thing we started hearing what sounded like a musical box or toy going off, but not like the proper sound, more like when the batteries are going.

It played for a few seconds then stopped.  We searched everywhere but couldn't locate where it was coming from, then it did it again.  It happened a few times but we've never heard it again after that day.

The kids bedrooms are on the opposite side of the house to ours, and they have on a few occasions mentioned some sounds that they heard.

I really don't know what is going on, like I said, I haven't felt anything and I don't think there's anything here, but I have a very strong faith and have already asked the Lord to protect us and told whatever it is, or whoever it is, if there's anything here, to leave.

It's one thing to freak me out, but when my children are involved, mama bear is going to come out fighting.

January 26, 2016

I mean, this is an old house, it was built in 1969, and there are a few thumps here and there, but the chiming the kids heard, they say was loud enough that it drowned out the sound on their laptops.  Not cool, not cool at all!!!

So yeah, a little weird.

Anyway, with all this nightly excitement, I'm exhausted but I haven't let that hold me back, I did my Day 3 workout for today.  I have to tell you that my legs are killing me so bad, but I'm loving it, I think I'm one of the few people who love exercising.

Got the dishes all done, the kitchen clean, laundry going and now I'm going to sit down for a bit before lunch, and watch a show and work on joining my 4th row of my crochet blanket.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday :)