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Managing a Household / Re: Tuesday, October 2
« Last post by pamgonzo on October 03, 2018, 02:48:47 PM »
Hello Ladies!

Sounds like y'all have full days today.

I went to my weight watchers meeting this morning, and then walked and lunched with my friend.  (more mosquitoes around here as well). 

After that, I got my car washed (so desperately needed after weekend in the U.P.)  Did a quick vacuum of the car as well. 

Came home for a little while, and then saw that some vitamins that hubs takes (and is out of) were on sale, so I ran and picked up a couple jars of those.   Also got some gas while I was out. 

Now, I feel like I can stay home tomorrow.  I need to do my switch over of fall/winter clothing, and put away summer stuff.  I will work on that tomorrow. 

Friday I am off to the North again.  Have to meet hubs about 3 hours from here Friday afternoon.  We will be on Mackinac Island Friday-Sunday.  Might spend some time in the UP Monday, but not sure yet.  Depends on the weather and how we are feeling about staying away from home.  Hubs left today, so he might be ready to come back home by Sunday instead of staying up there. 

Not much else for me today. 
Just salad for me for dinner tonight.  Quick and easy since I am on my own.

Hope all of your days were productive.
Hope the canning went as planned Cheryl!
Glad you are liking your job Catherine!

Managing a Household / Re: Tuesday, October 2
« Last post by greyhoundgirl on October 02, 2018, 11:46:26 AM »
Hello! Just home on my lunch break as I live just a few blocks from work. Today's my long day and I woke up tired, but the morning has gone quickly, at least.

Pinto beans are in the slow cooker for dinner, along with the ham bone from Sunday dinner and a few scraps of ham. Maddy will start corn bread about 4:30 or so and dinner should be about ready when I get home from work. I put a load of laundry in before I left this morning and just switched it when I came home for lunch. Have to get the hang of this new schedule.

Maddy ordered her cap and gown yesterday--hard to believe!

Not much going on here-just acclimating.

Cheryl-happy canning and I hope your hands do okay.

Managing a Household / Tuesday, October 2
« Last post by Cheryl on October 02, 2018, 07:21:41 AM »
Good morning!

I wanted to check in before getting started on my day. 

I didnít get a lot of restful sleep last night.  I just havenít felt 100% the past few days.  Not sure whatís going on. 

I know I said I wasnít going to, but I believe I will start canning some of those free pears I got Saturday.  I have a bucket thatís just at the right stage so I need to get to work.  The others are good for awhile, still firm but not quite ready to can.

Hope you all have a good day!
Managing a Household / Re: Monday, Oct. 1, 2018
« Last post by greyhoundgirl on October 01, 2018, 12:18:08 PM »

Just back from hiking, not a long one, maybe 4 miles. Hilly and rocky, though. It's crazy humid here, still at 75% after 1 PM. Though the 90's seem to have left, the humidity worsened. Though mosquitoes are awful here in town, I have never in 5+ years of hiking had a problem with them out where I hike. But THursday, we ran into some, and today far more. My sweet and quiet Vietnamese friend slapped me and said she was sorry--totally shocked me but she was killing a mosquito. :D

Have to work 9-5 tomorrow, so trying to enjoy today and need to get some things done. So far, I think I will like the job. Working 4 days this week.

Dinner tonight is salmon patties. Earl has PT for his neck so I need to pick up the younger kids from school at 3:45. Earl has his Barbershop Quartet singing group tonight later. Morgan also has a vocal music audition after school. I think that's about it for here.

Have a great week!
Managing a Household / Re: Monday, Oct. 1, 2018
« Last post by Cheryl on October 01, 2018, 09:17:38 AM »
My weekend was uneventful, so I donít really have much to add.  On Friday nights, Emily goes to the high school football games with my parents and sister to watch my nephew play.  We drove her to town to meet them and then picked up a pizza for our supper.  We ate while watching tv, then just sat around reading and watching tv.

Saturday morning we picked Emily up from my parents.  My mother gave me more pears for canning.  They are not quite ready to can, and truthfully I am a little relieved.  Peeling all of those pears and canning them really has my hands aching.

After getting Emily, we went to Walmart and Aldi to get a few things.  Not much, as money is tight right now with my husband being out of work two days last week due to rain and this being the week we have two big expenses to pay. 

 Yesterday ended up being an at home day.  I traded my neighbor some peppers from our garden for 18 fresh eggs from her hens.  I cut up and canned the rest of my peppers.  I got 7 and 1/2 pints.

Today is our usual school work, catching up on housework, and cleaning out my refrigerator.  I canít stand when it gets all cluttered up.  I will sit down sometime today with my freezer and pantry lists and see how many meals I can come up with based on what we have.  I know weíre low on meat, but have plenty of vegetables.

Thatís about it for me.
Managing a Household / Re: Monday, Oct. 1, 2018
« Last post by Alice on October 01, 2018, 08:45:57 AM »
Good Morning,

I had a really nice weekend as well.

Youngest daughter and her boyfriend drove up from Dayton, OH for the weekend to do a lot of visiting with friends, ArtPrize, some research at the library in town for a few items from the Collections dept. and to grab her winter and warmer clothes.

While daughter was out alone visiting friends, her boyfriend asked her dad for her hand in marriage. I was gone visiting my parents so the opportunity arose. Wow! He will propose in a couple of weeks after he returns from a couple of weeks of travel for work. So exciting.

We had a wonderful church service with baptism and then we unexpectedly saw friends from Guatemala who were at the church as well. I haven't seen these young men in 8 years and it was a wonderful morning. Then we found out a close friend of our family passed away. 94 years old and she told me she was ready to go to heaven! I took care of her three weeks ago in her home and she shared with me a lot of things and we had such a special time together. The next day she went into hospice care and gone two weeks later.

I had a nice time with my parents on Saturday. For the first time, I heard my dad tell me that he loves it when I come over to visit him/them. And that we can harvest veggies and make cole slaw together. I haven't had much affirmation from my dad so it was a surprise. Even mom wanted me to just spend time alone with her and talk without my dad always controlling the conversation. He does that and then I don't have special moments with mom. But we did a little bit on Saturday.

I had conversation with all three of my kids this weekend, some in person and some only on whatsapp, but having connections with grown kids is very important. I want good and solid relationships and that is we intentionally work towards.

Pam, I think I also have to begin thinking about putting out the warmer clothes and putting away the summer stuff. Not liking that idea at all. We did have to put a blanket on our bed but unfortunately the electric part of the blanket doesn't seem to be working and hubby loves that. I've been looking around online a bit for a replacement but all I really see is a lot of fleece and microfiber and I just would prefer a plain blanket with duel controls. Maybe we just need to get a regular warm blanket with no electric at all. My fear is that they work for a while then quit. At least we can use the blanket for now.

So, that's my update of the weekend. Would love to hear how everyone else's weekend was.

Managing a Household / Re: Monday, Oct. 1, 2018
« Last post by pamgonzo on October 01, 2018, 08:25:25 AM »
Hello Friends,

How was everyone's weekend?  Would love to hear what everyone was up to.

I left on Thursday to head north.  Had to meet up with hubs in the upper peninsula.  It was about a 6 hour drive.  It was a pretty nice drive.  Kind of windy in some areas, and it did rain for about an hour of the trip, but all in all it was fine. 
We went to dinner Th night at a restaurant that had just been reopened in the area.  It was really good.  It was the scene of movie filming with Jimmy Stewart back in the day.  It's part of the movie "Anatomy of a Murder". 

Friday we had all day to explore.  We went to a lookout, an overlook, and two waterfalls.  One waterfall was a short walk and several stairs, and the other one was about a mile hike out into the forest.  We had to drive about 5 five miles into the forest on two-track roads. It was challenging driving, but worth it once we got to the waterfall.  So peaceful in the woods.  We saw lots of fall foliage as well.  Really vibrant and pretty.

Saturday was the International bridge race.  I did the 5k (walking) and hubs did the 7.1 mile run.  The run went over the International Bridge to Canada and back.  It was really cold at the start of the race with a strong breeze, (about 39*) but once we got moving, it wasn't too bad.  Once the race was over, we grabbed breakfast, and then went back to the hotel to relax.  The rest of the day (that turned rainy and cold) we just kind of vegged.  Watched some football, grabbed lunch, and really just kind of relaxed.

Yesterday was the drive home.  We left there early because hubs had to be somewhere late afternoon for work.  Took us about 4 1/2 hours to get home. 
I ran to Aldi to grab a couple of things like milk, bananas and the like.  I made some soup for my dinner since hubs was working.  I think I will have it for dinner tonight as well since he will be late at work today.

I was suppose to meet up with a couple of girlfriends for lunch today, but we had to reschedule since one had a sick child.  Hoping we can reschedule soon.  So on this rainy, cold day, I am going to try to stay cozy and warm, and maybe read a book for a while. 

I need to get my warmer clothes out and organized since it looks like fall is here now.

Hope everyone is doing well.  Would love to hear what you are up to!
Managing a Household / Monday, Oct. 1, 2018
« Last post by pamgonzo on October 01, 2018, 08:07:58 AM »
Hello Ladies!
Managing a Household / Re: Sept. 24-28
« Last post by greyhoundgirl on September 26, 2018, 05:19:13 AM »
Pam, how exciting for you all! Charlotte, NC, seems like it would be a nice place to live. I just said a prayer for the interview to go well.

First day of work went okay yesterday. I work again today 12-5 and the same on Friday. Not sure of next week's schedule yet. We have a full day of rain blowing in and it sounds rather blustery at the moment. Supposed to cool off to the 60's today, woo-hoo!

Morgan and Micah did both audition, but there was a second night of auditions last night so nothing has been posted yet. I have mixed feelings. Rehearsals will be pretty much M-F 6:30-9:30 for the next two months (end of November is when the performances are), so it's a big commitment and I kind hate to mess with it for a bit part. So we'll see what happens.

Thinking I will head out to Sam's and Aldi this morning. Need to figure out today's dinner. I actually have an idea for the kids but need to think of something for Earl and me. Usually, we eat the same things as the kids and maybe change a side or two if needed (to be lower-carb) but this meal won't work for that so I'll see.

This format of a weekly thread reminds me of the "circle" letters I've read about in Amish literature. They would write a letter, send it to the next person who reads and adds some, then sends it to another person, and so on. :)

Have a great Wednesday!
Managing a Household / Re: Sept. 24-28
« Last post by pamgonzo on September 25, 2018, 11:42:06 AM »
Good Afternoon Ladies!

Nice to see you all.  My day has been rather quiet. 
My project for the day is that I started on my college son's bedroom.  It has been driving me crazy.  Even with the door being kept closed, I knew what a disaster it was behind it!  When he finished his baseball season, and moved the next day, he just brought a ton of "stuff" home, and dropped it in his room.  Including a queen mattress that was propped up in the middle of the room.  I had hubs help me move some of the big stuff to another spare room (which is now the disaster!), and I have gone through and sorted most of the random stuff.   
It will take a bit more work, but I really wanted to have his room organized and put together so when he does come home on Christmas break it will be ready for him.  It will be an ongoing project.

So, I guess my oldest who lives in VA is going to be moving soon.  When we were visiting them, they told us they are expecting!!!  She is due April 20.  We are so excited for them, and to be adding Grandparent to our resume's!  Anyway, they want to settle permanently a little closer to her family.  And, they want to do it sooner than later.  Son has a phone interview at a college in the Charlotte NC area.  His interview is tomorrow, so if you could lift him up in prayer if you think of it, it would be appreciated.  They went down this past weekend, and have found a place they would like to move in to, so hopefully this job comes through for him so they can get that place that they felt was perfect for them. 

Not much else happening here in my world.  It is super muggy and raining here.  We are in for a big cool down in the next few days.
Not so much today.  I made chicken noodle soup for dinner anyway.  I have been kind of craving it as of late.  It's not a favorite of hubby's, so since he is on the road, I figured it was a good day to go ahead and make it. 

Hope everyone is having a great day!
Catherine, glad you able to outsmart that bull!  What a nice gesture of your friend to offer the car.  Hope the play works out for Morgan.

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