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What’s new?

I feel like my blog has been so boring lately. Maybe it seems like I write about the same old things over and over. Maybe my trivial posts seem so silly when compared to the big things happening in the World. Maybe sometimes I feel like “What’s the point?”

I’m not sure if there is a point to this blog, except that writing it makes me happy, especially when everything outside seems so dark and heavy at the moment. Sigh. Deep thoughts for a Tuesday morning.

The weekend was cold. The highlights were that:

Tom surprised me with flowers for no reason.

Biggest’s school had a swap meet where the kids could rent a table and sell “stuff”. He and I spent one evening making a crapload of dumplings. He made $92 in dumpling sales and was super proud.

I finally nabbed the latest issue of CrossStitcher. By the way, did you hear that Cross Stitch Collection magazine is closing down? Sad.

We went out to dinner and my mashed potatoes looked like they were sprouting. Does anyone know what kind of sprouts those are? They were delicious.

Tom got me a “make it instead of buy it” cookbook for Christmas. It is full of cool recipes for things you can “make instead of buy.” The boys and I decided to try the recipe for pita bread. I made the dough, Littlest rolled it out,

and Biggest fried them.

They were tasty! It was a lot of effort so I don’t know if I would “actually make it instead of buy it” in the future, but it was a fun cold day activity with the kids.

What’s new with you?

Winter Home

Hi Blog!

It is sooooo cold out these days. It takes a lot of brain power and energy to keep everyone entertained on these long cooped-up Winter weekends.

I experimented with making Quinoa cookies.

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There was a blind taste test to see if they could pick out the secret ingredient. Littlest guessed, “pepper.” Biggest guessed, “I have no idea, but did you bake any regular chocolate chip cookies?” Tom guessed, “A little weird, but I’ll still eat them.”

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We drew fake animal wounds on arms with liquid eyeliner and other old makeup from my drawer  (and then posed for pictures).

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I talked Littlest in having a sketching session with me, partially to force myself to draw too.

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My copy of Down to Earth finally came and I read it from cover to cover. Le sigh… I want to run away from suburbia and raise chickens on a farm, except I don’t really like chickens and I suck at gardening.

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Oh to be Charlie for a day…

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We had some nice quiet moments, petting animals…

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And cross stitching.

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And some rowdy ones.

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I love my little family.

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Snow Day

Instead of getting the nice weather that the weatherman promised, we got more snow! It started to fall early Thursday morning and fell and fell and fell.

School was cancelled and the roads were a disaster so I stayed home from work. As much as I’m tired of Winter, an unexpected day off is always a treat. It’s as if we have no choice but to slow down and enjoy all of those at-home cozy activities.

There was a lot of snow.

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One of these years we will remember to put the lawn furniture away before Winter.

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The kitchen was a mess because I was pretty much in it the entire day (my favorite place to be!).

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There were muffins to make…

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And eat! Here is Charlie scheming how to get one for himself.

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And bread to bake

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There is something so satisfying about having pans of fresh rolls rising on the stove (mismatched linens for bonus points).

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I tried a new bean prepping technique (in the crockpot!) and it worked like a dream!

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And made spaghetti sauce (no pics… oh well).

Of course there was some drawing.

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And maybe a little stitching.

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Until someone wanted to get into the act.

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YAY for snow days!

Simple pleasures

This morning it is a whopping 4 degrees here in Pennsylvania. I am feeling especially thankful today for a cozy house, warm car, and heated office. I keep thinking about those people who are worrying right now about keeping their families warm, or are out waiting for the bus, or even working outside. xo.

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Our weekend wasn’t as productive as I had hoped. Sometimes I feel like I spend my days doing and redoing things the same things over and over. Clean kitchen. Make food. Clean kitchen. Make food. Repeat. I say that I mind it, but I don’t really, being such a creature of habit.

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We had a quiet and simple Valentine’s Day at home. Heart shaped food + flowers + time with sweethearts = a good Valentine’s Day.

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Last night I got a special treat. Tom and I watched Modern Family and I spent a few blissful hours organizing my floss. There’s still a lot more to go… but happy sigh… It’s the simple things.

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Hello Friends.

Last night I started to stitch a little. I’m working on the words in the center of the pattern. I’m not really liking how they are turning out, so it was easy to say, “YES!” when Biggest asked me if I would help him build paper Minecraft boxes (think paper dolls, but for Minecraft).

This week has been so busy, but aren’t they all? The Polar Vortex has returned and I am praying that it is the last bit of Winter before Spring finally arrives. I can’t wait to putter around the yard admiring this and that. I can’t wait to go on leisurely non-fitness walks. I can’t wait to hear the birds chirping in the morning (which gets old really fast, but is nice in the beginning). There are so many things to look forward to. The circle of the seasons goes on and on.

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Good vs. Bad

My weekend started off good, then got reaallllly bad, then ended up good again.

Part One (The Good):
Friday I went to a “Penny Party” with one of my friends. I had never heard of such a thing but it was really fun! You bring your own wine and food and money and place bets on all kinds of random prizes. It was so crowded! I really wanted to win an awesome beach cruiser bike, but didn’t win that or anything else. My friend won a gift certificate for a giant salad. One of the other women with us won one of those wine fridges full of bottles of wine! Random.

Part Two (The Bad):
On Saturday I felt really head-achy and dizzy and laid in bed all afternoon, which NEVER happens! I finally got up to get ready Biggest’s birthday party. It had been rescheduled from two weeks ago when we had no power. So yeah… a sleepover… for a bunch of 8 and 9 year olds. It was OK until 1:45AM, when the first boy threw up. Everywhere. Followed by the second boy who threw up. Everywhere. The first boy got cleaned up and sent home. The second boy’s parents could not be reached, so we stayed awake all night while he dozed and woke to throw up every half hour. Poor kid. Apparently there is a vicious stomach bug tearing through school. Thanks, stomach bug, for coming to our party.

Part Three (The Good Again):
I was exhausted from our barfy all nighter. After a little nap, I stood around outside all zombie-like while Tom broke up the big chunks of ice still terrorizing our driveway. We went for our first walk in months. The boys rode their bikes and enjoyed a little bit of sunshine before more snow arrives this week.

(The Random):
I’ve been on a little cross stitch break because my fingers are so dry and cracked from the cold weather and frequent hand washing. Last night, I tried to stitch and the needle kept riding along a particularly painful crack on my thumb. Ouch. Anyone else on stitching disability?

We’ve been drinking our Water Kefir! It’s got some carbonation, but not a ton. The customer service lady assures me that it takes a few batches to build up strong grains with lots of carbonation.

It’s already the last week of February! Good riddance, February. We’ve had enough of you.

In the meantime, I’ll dream about this place… Only 90 days till the official start of Summer.

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And then it was Friday.

Happy Valentines Day! Are you all cuddled up to your sweetie and eating bonbons? Does anyone actually do that?

So far, I have scolded naughty children (who reallllllly need to go back to school and back to regular routines) …

made pink sourdough pancakes (which didn’t look OR taste good. Damn sourdough) …


tried to drive to work, then turned around because I forgot my laptop, then realized that because I turned around, had avoided a 30+ car pileup on the turnpike (yikes! listening to the reports now and it is baaad) …

stared at the snowy apocalypse that is our back porch (note to self- it probably would have been wise to put away outdoor furniture) …


and finished frogging my flower …


Happy Valentines (Fri)Day!

Winter 2014, otherwise known as the Winter of Ice, Sourdough & Fears.

We are slowly digging ourselves out from the ice and getting back to normal life. The boys returned to school today for the first time in what seems like forever!

The weekend was super busy with a million things like re-stocking the fridge, cooking, cleaning, and transporting the boys to activities where they could burn up some of their pent-up energy. All of the parents that I ran into looked similarly exhausted from the week. What a Winter this has been. I am trying to remain positive by thinking that under the snow and ice, the buds are quietly unfurling and preparing themselves to come to life. Spring is right around the corner! (If I say it enough times, maybe I will believe it.)

My sourdough starter arrived and sat in my office mailbox a few days before I remembered to look for it. I spent the weekend feeding it and hoping that it could be saved. This morning, we finally got some bubbling and signs of life. Yippie! I can’t wait to start experimenting with it. Hooray for Sourdough Bread!

We decided this weekend that we would all pick a fear and face it. Littlest decided that he would try any vegetable that is put on his plate. Biggest agreed to talk to one new person a week. Tom is going to use a calendar and plan things out ahead of time. As for me… well, I am going to face my biggest fear, which is what we refer to in our house as “the W word”. I can’t even type it, but it is a creature that is long and slimy and comes out when it rains. Gah! I think I got the hardest one.

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Back to the land of the living… and electricity!

Another big storm came through and we’ve been without power since Tuesday night. It finally came back on at 4:30 this morning (Friday) and I have never been so appreciative of electricity.

The house temperature dipped down as low as the 40s at night and BOY was it cold! We were buried under as many blankets as I could find.

There was a lot of damage to our surrounding area. The reports said that over 600,000 families were without power. The boys and I saw a car down the street that was totally smashed by a fallen tree. We lost a lot of big heavy tree limbs in our yard, but thankfully did not have major damage. I always feel bad for those big old trees that have been standing so long only to lose their  limbs in a freak ice storm. I guess that’s all part of nature.

Here is Tom trying to drag a giant branch that fell from our tree out of the street.

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My friend lent us a generator last night. We had some trouble with it, but managed to keep it running long enough to have a light on for Biggest’s birthday dinner. Tom’s Dad gave the boys headlamps from the hardware store a few months ago. Who would’ve thought they would come in so handy? Happy Birthday, Sweet Boy! I love you to pieces!

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Chilly & Chili

Yesterday I had to go to NY for a meeting. We are still recovering from the big storm, so the trains were a mess of delays and cancellations. It was sooooooooooooo cold that the train doors could only partially open. I finally arrived after the meeting was over. Blergh.

I am happy (as always) that the weekend is here. YAY!

This weekend, we are participating in a chili cook off. Last year, my tried and true vegetarian chili recipe won the “Most Likely to Cause Gas” category. This year, I will use MEAT. Littlest said “You should make it sweet, because everyone likes sweets.” Everyone=Him.

I swear that I’ve done some stitching, but you wouldn’t know it from this blog. Perhaps there will be sunshine and photo taking this weekend as well.

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