Organized, at Least I Would Like to Be

My life is a mess, literally.  I thought I wasn’t able to keep up with housework, schoolwork (the cleaning up part), because of lack of time.  Well now I know it was lack of energy.

It is still daunting to look around my house and realize how much I have to do.  Summer is my organizing time and this year is no exception.  I will be creating my lists and going into summer head first.

I’m a little excited that this summer is longer than most.  We had no snow days this year.  What that really means is that I will make a list that is too long.  🙂  I guess one of my summer goals should be to be realistic.

Summer goal list to come later this week.  Stay tuned.

 

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Still Struggling and Thunderstorms

Our household is still struggling with the death of our dog, Lilo.  We all feel guilty for one reason or another.  I feel guilty for not taking her to the vet sooner in the day. The house is so quiet without her.  For a dog that rarely barked, she definitely made her presence known.  She was incredibly sweet, but very strong-willed.  We have a bell hooked up by the door that she would ring to let us know that she needed to go outside.  Last night it rang.  It was our cat playing with the bell.  The cat misses her too.  We made some paw prints from her paws the other night with the technicians at the vets.  The Vet and the technicians were wonderful.

Not getting a lot of sleep the last few nights due to increased thunderstorms.  We had golf ball size hail too.  Sounds like we have a break in the storms during the day today, but more tonight.  No sleep again.  Only one kid woke up last night though, and he went back to sleep.

Lots to do today as I will be helping my brother move, and trying to complete yesterday’s goals. Right now I need to find out why the baby is so quiet…

Today

No secret the last three years have been difficult at best.  The last two weeks have really been particularly bad.  So I am focusing on today.  Today I am thankful for my wonderful three boys, the home I live in, and time to work on projects.  So my goals for today are to get the kitchen cleaned (especially the refrigerator), find an end to the laundry, get all of the registrations entered for summer camps, and to begin my prayer journal.

I haven’t been very good at getting things accomplished lately, and so I’m hoping that with some goal setting I can find myself in this mess.  You know that it is bad when others look at your garage and “Hoarders” the TV show comes to mind. 🙂  (Only slightly exaggerating here.)

Summer is a time of renewal for me.  I need to regenerate and maybe more reinvigorate myself.  I feel like the character in Eat, Pray, Love.

End of the day Reflection: Got the freezer cleaned out, kitchen started, bought the journal, and gathered all of the summer camp registrations.  More importantly I hugged, loved, and talked with my kids today.  We grieved for our 9-year-old English Cocker, Lilo, and cried a few tears.   We had to put her to sleep yesterday.  Rest in peace sweet dog.

I’m a Boring Cook

I am a very basic, comfort food cook.  There are some things I make really well.  My soups rock!  I make a great lasagna.  My family loves my cheeseburger casserole and my chicken and noodles.

There you go that’s about it.  I’m not allowed to make tacos or anything too ethnic.  I live with a child that is VERY particular about his food.  My husband also has high cholesterol, so I watch that. 

Now if I’m really truthful this is where I admit that the last 6 months we have probably eaten out more than in.  I’m not proud of that, but I was basically working two full-time jobs.  However I am not doing that any longer.  I also cleaned off my table so that we can now eat there again. 

In the mail today I got my new issue of Clean Eating.  I started flipping through it and was very pleased with the articles this month.  I really like the Multiply Your Meals, $10 Family Dinners Fast, and the 14 Day Meal Plan.  I won’t lie my youngest probably won’t eat any of it.  I’m still going to try.  The Sesame Garlic Chicken recipe looks wonderful as does the Crustless Italian Quiché. 

I was drawn to the Moroccan Buffalo and Chickpea Chili until I realized they meant REAL buffalo not buffalo chicken.  I don’t think I’m ready to try that.  Now there is also some awesome pizza recipes.  That is an easy one to modify for E.  I just make his cheese, cheese, and only cheese.

Hmmm…I will try something this weekend and let you know how it goes.

Miley Cyrus’ Clothing Line at Wal-Mart

I live half a mile from a Wal-Mart.  So I end up there a lot.  A while ago they remodeled, because they got the new Miley Cyrus Clothing line.  I am struck ever time I see it by how ugly it is.  Everything is 1980’s and Flashdance ripped.  I can’t imagine that it sells.  I always thought the Mary-Kate and Ashley stuff was kind of cute, but this stuff is just not attractive.  The material looks cheap and just nasty.  

I grew up in the 80’s and wore a lot of this stuff the first time.  It seemed cuter then.

Doilies

I am posting this for Jennifer at Craftsanity.  She mentioned in her podcast about wanting to knit some less than traditional doilies.  I raided Todd’s grandma’s doily cabinet a few years ago.  She is an amazing knitter/crocheter.  I could not do these (yet.)  She had mostly very traditional doilies, but these two jumped out at me and are now used daily in my house. 

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I LOVE this one.  I have a thing for the flowers and the colors she chose.

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This one is unusual due to the color choice.  I really do have it hanging on the back of my toilet.  The bathroom has a lot of this color green, and it looks good there.  I love  Grandma’s doilies!

The Best Cookies I’ve Had in AGES!!

Part of my weekend alone project was to bake something.  Even though everyone is home now, I still am working through my list.  I did get my house cleaned, really clean.  It looks pretty good, if I do say so myself.  🙂  So it was time to bake!

I had a bag of butterscotch chips, so I surfed the web looking for an oatmeal butterscotch chip recipe.  I found one, but altered it so much that I am now calling it mine.  🙂  However, I like you, so I will share.

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Banana Oatmeal Scotchies

[this makes 4 dozen cookies]

Ingredients:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (I actually use a flour mixture, see below)
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract

2 bananas
3 cups quick or old-fashioned oats
1 2/3 cups (11 oz. package) NESTLE TOLL HOUSE Butterscotch Flavored Morsels

1/4 pecans (optional)

Preheat oven to 375.
Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, and banans extract in large mixer bowl. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in oats,pecans, and morsels. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
Bake for 7 to 8 minutes for chewy cookies; 9 to 10 minutes for crisp cookies. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

They are wonderful!  Even my picky sensory child liked them!

Flour mixture (from The Sneaky Chef by Missy Chase Lapine)

1 Cup White Flour

1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour

1 Cup Wheat Germ

Mix it up and use it any time the recipe calls for flour.  I use it all the time.  My kids don’t even notice it anymore.  Even texture sensitive boy!

My cat enjoyed my day as well.

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OK I just stuck that in, because I thought Stitch was cute.

Loving the Whirlwind

God has given me many gifts and blessings.  This week I am trying to really remember that everything I am doing is a gift.  Saturday N auditioned for Mulan.  He got a great part.  He is the Emperor.  He’s excited, because it is the first time he has had a lot of lines and a solo with this director.

I am producing the show.  This means that I have spent every evening at the theatre doing major amounts of paperwork.  Tonight I finally caught up.  I’m still at the theatre, but at least I can post.

I’m very proud of N, but I am also more aware than ever that this is only possible due to Todd’s efforts.  If it weren’t for my husband I couldn’t give up this much time.  In the last month he has taken on all of the cleaning, laundry, and a good chunk of parenting.

I truly realized what a gift he is when I opened N’s lunch box yesterday.  Sitting in there was a note.  When I make their lunches I always write them notes, but since Todd has been home he is in charge of getting them ready for school.  I knew I didn’t write it, so I had to read it.  It was such a sweet note.  Todd was congratulating him for his part in the play and telling him how proud he is of everything N has been accomplishing.  I teared up.

Like I said, God has given me many gifts and blessings.

Whew! I need a vacation after this weekend!

I can’t believe how much I accomplished this weekend.  It is amazing how it all came together.  It wasn’t all fun, but I tried for it all not to be work either.  There were definite sad moments.  I couldn’t stop crying at church and the visitation was just difficult, but I made it. 

Now I am going to put away the last of the laundry, get my book and take a nice long bath.