Recent Posts

Pages: 1 [2] 3 4 ... 10
11
Managing a Household / Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019
« Last post by pamgonzo on January 10, 2019, 08:17:13 AM »
Hello Ladies:

Hope to see some of you visiting today. 

It has become quite cold in our area.  We really haven't had too hard of a winter so far, so we have been fortunate.  We don't have much snow, just the chilling temps right now. 

I am working on laundry today.  Shouldn't take me too long, as long as I stay focused!

I have pinto beans cooking for dinner.  I am making bbq jackfruit tacos.  Will probably do a side of rice and a vegetable.  We don't have any corn, and that is my go to for Mexican food, so will need to see what else is in the freezer. 

I have a book that I have been trying to get through, but need to pick that up again and see if I can get back into it.  I would like to be more deliberate about reading.  I tend to get "busy" with other things, and forget about taking time to read.  I really want to do more this year. 

Hope all of you are having a great day!  Would love to hear all about it!
Pam
12
Managing a Household / Re: Tuesday, January 8, 2019
« Last post by pamgonzo on January 08, 2019, 11:59:35 AM »
Hello Alice and any others who follow.

My day has been moving right along.  Time goes so quickly!  I didn't have too much on my agenda for the day, so I have gotten most things accomplished.

I do have a small area at the top of the stairs has some things gathered, so I want to get those things put away, or find a home for them.  We tend to gather things that don't really have a definite home, and they just sit around gathering dust.  I might just grab a garbage bag and toss the lot!

I am trying to get us to eat at home more frequently.  It is something that I need to be intentional about it.  Hubs is quick to say "lets go eat somewhere", and financially we really need to cut back on that.  We have some major wedding expenses coming up, and then with the grandbaby coming in April, I will want to be able to go down to NC when that happens.  I want to cut all the expenses that we can to finance those things.
I just have to be more firm about staying home, and not take the easy route of somebody else cooking! 

So, we are having a Chicken Enchilada soup for dinner.  I like to have soup on Tuesdays most of the time, because Wednesday mornings is my weigh in day at WW.  Soup tends to be light enough that it doesn't mess around with my weight like some heavy or salty foods can.

We are going to the Broadway show "School of Rock" tonight.  It's a show we've never seen, so I am looking forward to that. 

Hope all of you are having a great day.
Would love to hear what all of you are up to.
Pam
13
Managing a Household / Tuesday, January 8, 2019
« Last post by Alice on January 08, 2019, 07:42:38 AM »
Good morning,

I've taken time off from here due to lots of family coming and going during the Christmas and New Year's break but also there didn't seem to be anyone here. Glad to see a few posts again!

Today, we dropped out daughter off at the airport to go back home. She's been home a little over 2 weeks but it's time to get back to work. I have a lot of cleaning I want to do with all the visitors but I'm afraid it might not be this week.  At least I'll pull the bedding off the beds that were used.

I don't make resolutions but I like to think of things to ponder during the year. We have been practicing finding the "bright side" during the last couple of months and it is interesting that if you deliberately think about finding the bright side to something that is dark and dreary it makes you think positively instead of negatively. We'll keep this one around for a while. Another thing I want to practice is to be very intentional about things. To me that just means to be aware of my decisions and my thoughts.

Our meals during the holidays all came from the freezer, pantry and refrigerator. We did a number on the food and I see a dip in my freezer levels. We will be very intentional about this going forward. Same with the pantry--I've seen a lot of items get used. The goal is to reduce the amount in both of them. Well, and because we're feeling a bit pinched especially as we have used a bit of savings with having to purchase a newer vehicle and the garage door openers breaking. But I know there are others out there that have it worse and I'm sad for that.

I'm trying very hard to try to lose some weight this early in the new year. The tummy pouch is not good and my weight isn't terribly overweight but I have to lose a few pounds. The kids often buy things and then don't like it so it goes into my pantry. I can't waste food so I'm left to eat it. Things like high protein banana nut oatmeal. I'm sure that is good for you so I'm working through that.

We did some purging during the last part of the year and I know there are many more things that can be brought to Goodwill. Things I used to use all the time are no longer being used like an electric frying pan, magic bullets that are very old and some utensils. We finally got rid of two desktop computers that are now unsupported and were used by the kids when they were in middle school and high school. Time to get rid of that old slow stuff. We used to have to keep calendars from hubby's work so he could look back at court dates and so on. He no longer works at that job but we still keep calendars. Time to pitch them.

That's about it for me.

Alice
14
Managing a Household / Re: Monday, January 7
« Last post by pamgonzo on January 07, 2019, 09:07:46 AM »
Good Morning all:

Cheryl: hope you can grab a quick cat nap since your cat decided to interrupt your sleep!  I will keep your family in prayer for Tony's work. Scrimping isn't easy, especially when you feel like you are already doing everything you can.  Hoping you can stay positive. 

I'm off to a good start to my day.  I slept well (for once!), and now am trying to make a plan for my week.  I did a 25 minute yoga session, so that is a plus.  Went to the gym yesterday after church for a couple miles on the treadmill.  I'm trying to get back to feeling strong and lean. 

Today I need to menu plan for the week.  For once, we will be home every night for dinner, so that is a huge plus for eating healthy. 

Did anyone set any New Year's Resolutions?  I usually take time to think about things, and to choose a "theme/goal" word for the year, but really haven't done that as of yet.  I might still think about that.  I guess it's never too late, right??  One thing I am doing though is focusing on my friends.  I have a group of college friends that are all still really close.  There are 10 of us.  So each month I am choosing one of them to focus on.  I will send cards, notes, texts, and possibly a little gift to them during their month.  I put their names in a box, and drew them out, writing each name on a month of my calendar.  I at least know I will keep up with this, because I would never let any of them down!   Every month will be my hs friend's month while she goes through her cancer treatment and surgery, etc. 
Since I no longer have any siblings (my only brother passed away in 2014), I feel like these girls are all my sisters.  They are the ones I know I can count on.

Would love to hear what all of you are up to today. 
Our weather is very windy and we had some ice/sleet overnight.  Most schools in the area were delayed 2 hours.  Usually that gives the road commission time to get things safe for travel. 

I'm off to get some things accomplished!  Have a great day!
Pam
15
Managing a Household / Monday, January 7
« Last post by Cheryl on January 07, 2019, 07:54:20 AM »
Good morning!

I have been up since 4 a.m. when one of our cats decided it was breakfast time.  Ignoring her doesnít work and after 16 years of it, I know better than to try to go back to sleep. 

I have Emily back to her school work.  The long holiday break is finally over.  Iím always glad when things return to normal around here.  Since we homeschool we donít have to follow a calendar, but her friends and cousin attend public school and we took off the same amount of time for Christmas as they did. 

Iím not sure if I have mentioned this or not, but Tony is out of work and we could really use some prayers right now.  He works in construction and this is a slow time of year.  We have been scrimping by for weeks.  I have always tried to be frugal, but lately I have been looking for new ways to save.  Iím trying to stay positive but will admit to feeling a little down at times. 

Guess I better go busy myself with something.  Have a good day!
16
Managing a Household / Re: Friday, January 4, 2019
« Last post by Cheryl on January 05, 2019, 08:00:57 AM »
Hi Cheryl,
I haven't been around either.  Covered up with school, then we were sick over Christmas and now we are all sick today again with fevers and cough. Hubby and I are the only one's without it, but it is inevitable we will be sick too with the littles coughing out into the air.  Winter just started and this makes me ready for spring. 

We were needing groceries last night, but everyone was already feeling bad so hubby had to go by himself.  I felt sorry for him because it is difficult to maneuver  2 or 3 carts through the store alone.  That reminds me, I know you girls shop at Aldi too, and sometimes shop for a couple of weeks or a month at a time.  Have you ever had problems with the management because you had 2 carts of items before?  We did and had to send in a complaint.  They are leaving us alone for now, but that just seemed really weird to me because of all the big families that choose to shop Aldi.  The manager made a scene in front of the store with hubby, just because we were purchasing "a lot" (a week or so of food for us).  He said we messed up the cashier's "numbers".   Who ever heard of a store not wanting you to buy their  products?  A week after this they put up signs all over the store saying they could limit the products if they decided to.  Anyway they aren't bugging us for now, just wondering if anyone else has had this happen?

It is supposed to be warmer and sunny this weekend.  I have been walking and running on the farm as much as I can to get outdoors.  Hoping not to be sick this weekend, so I can take advantage ofthe warmer, sunny weather.  Back to taking care of the sickies for me.

Lindsay


Lindsay, itís good to hear from you!  Sorry you are sick, but hope yíall are on the mend.

To answer your question about Aldi, I have never seen any of the ones I go to limit purchases like that.  The only signs I have seen posted are on butter, milk, and eggs.  Those are during the holidays when those items are on sale, typically limit 6 per customer.  Sounds like the manager of your store has a problem.

Pam, sorry to hear about the family drama.  Thatís why I avoid my mother-in-law when I can. ;D
17
Managing a Household / Re: Friday, January 4, 2019
« Last post by pamgonzo on January 04, 2019, 10:51:28 AM »
Hi Everyone!

I too have been missing in action around here.  I don't think I even opened my laptop for about 2 weeks.  It's the only way I access this site, so if I'm not on it, I'm not here.

Our Christmas was nice.  Weird, but really nice.  We went to my parents' on the 23rd with 2 of 3 sons and one fiancee'.  It was nice, but my Mom can really get to me.  She is on the verge of narcissistic, and that gets under my skin.  There were a couple of instances of it that pushed me to my edge.  She was putting on a show for son's fiancee.  Too much drama for me!
Christmas eve day we had out Christmas here.  Our son and dil who live in NC weren't here, so that was different.  Not all of us being together.  That is new.  It's okay.  I understand, now that they are grown and building their own families. It's just odd feeling.  On Christmas day, it was just hubs, me and our youngest son.  It was just a quiet day with not much going on. 
It was a nice Christmas, it just felt really weird.
We stayed home for New Years.  We usually do.  It just isn't my kind of holiday.  We were invited to a couple of events, but eh. 

I am trying to get back to a healthy feeling for myself.  I've gotten off track with food choices, and lack of exercise.  Hubs & I got gym memberships for Christmas, so I have been trying to come up with some kind of schedule for myself.  We go together once in a while, but I need to be going on my own as well. 

We drove our college son back to school Wednesday.  It is about a 7 hour drive from here.  We left early, and made really good time.  We were going to spend the night in the area, and head back on Th, but since we dropped him off by 2:30, we just drove home.  It was a long long long day.  I did all the driving since hubs needed to work in the car.  I was fine, but yesterday I was really feeling it.  I was so tired!  Went to bed at 8:30 last night!  I feel much better today!  It is amazing what a good nights sleep can do!

My bestie from HS is in the beginning of her cancer treatment.  They did some tests that showed chemo would not be effective, so she is on some kind of hormone pills for 3 months and then her mastectomy.  Hopefully this will be what it takes to get her well.  She is struggling with the feeling the meds are giving her, but is thankful she isn't having to go through chemo. 

Not that much else is happening around here.  Looking forward to son and dil's visit coming up later this month.  Although according to my mother, they are coming solely to visit her and my dad.  ::) 

We are getting some sunshine here today.  It seems nice.  We don't see much of the sun during the winter months. 
Today I am finishing up laundry, did a 25 minute yoga workout, and have pepper steak going in the crockpot for dinner. 

Hope you are all doing well!  I will try to be more present here!  Here's to an amazing 2019!!

Pam
18
Managing a Household / Re: Friday, January 4, 2019
« Last post by Rooney on January 04, 2019, 10:13:10 AM »
Hi Cheryl,
I haven't been around either.  Covered up with school, then we were sick over Christmas and now we are all sick today again with fevers and cough. Hubby and I are the only one's without it, but it is inevitable we will be sick too with the littles coughing out into the air.  Winter just started and this makes me ready for spring. 

We were needing groceries last night, but everyone was already feeling bad so hubby had to go by himself.  I felt sorry for him because it is difficult to maneuver  2 or 3 carts through the store alone.  That reminds me, I know you girls shop at Aldi too, and sometimes shop for a couple of weeks or a month at a time.  Have you ever had problems with the management because you had 2 carts of items before?  We did and had to send in a complaint.  They are leaving us alone for now, but that just seemed really weird to me because of all the big families that choose to shop Aldi.  The manager made a scene in front of the store with hubby, just because we were purchasing "a lot" (a week or so of food for us).  He said we messed up the cashier's "numbers".   Who ever heard of a store not wanting you to buy their  products?  A week after this they put up signs all over the store saying they could limit the products if they decided to.  Anyway they aren't bugging us for now, just wondering if anyone else has had this happen?

It is supposed to be warmer and sunny this weekend.  I have been walking and running on the farm as much as I can to get outdoors.  Hoping not to be sick this weekend, so I can take advantage of the warmer, sunny weather.  Back to taking care of the sickies for me.

Lindsay
19
Managing a Household / Friday, January 4, 2019
« Last post by Cheryl on January 04, 2019, 07:53:26 AM »
Good Friday morning to anyone dropping by! 

Everybodyís disappeared again it seems.  I know I have been scarce around here too.  The holidays and aftermath throws me so far off track.  My routine is messed up with the changes, Emily not having school and Tony not working.  Hopefully now things are getting back to normal.

I have been doing a deep clean/purge/declutter in my house.  I thought I had pretty much donated everything I wanted gone, but for the past week we have really been looking at things in a different light and I have been able to toss a lot more. 

Our house is small, we donít have storage space, and my mood is really affected by dealing with the too much stuff, not enough house problem.  Iím feeling a lot better and can finally say the end is in sight!

Well, guess I better get back to work.  We are having homemade pizza tonight so I need to get the dough mixed up, the cheese shredded, and the vegetables cut.  Hope you all have a great day and check in.
20
Managing a Household / Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018
« Last post by Alice on December 26, 2018, 09:16:55 AM »
Good Morning!

Happy Day after Christmas!

We had only two of the three kids home for Christmas but the other one with her fiancee will join us this coming weekend. We did do a few little gifts for everyone and really enjoyed that time together.

My husband I purchased a new-to-us vehicle a couple of weeks ago. His van was 15 years old and we had it for 14 years but it was rusting so bad that finally parts of the van were falling off while we drive along. The engine was fine but the body was just rusting everywhere. So we purchased a 3 (almost 4) year old vehicle. Then a couple of weeks ago I took a day off for Christmas shopping and when my husband came home for lunch the garage door cable was hanging loosely. The spring had sprung and needed to be replaced. We have what is called a drive-through garage so we have a garage door on the front and one on the back. Both of them were over 30 years old and so the garage door repair guy replaced both units entirely more for safety sake. They are very quiet now. And my husband's newer vehicle has a programmable garage door opener built right into his vehicle so he doesn't even need a remote!

We had a nice relaxed easy-going Christmas day yesterday. We continued using food from our freezer to make our Christmas meal and it was plentiful and delicious. I bought a turkey breast with a gravy packet months ago from Aldi and my son received a ham from his work. Then I received a large 20 lb. bag of potatoes from the food pantry I volunteer at since they would go bad if they didn't get taken. We had green beans from Dad's garden that I froze and I made a really good raspberry pretzel dessert. We also made some dinner rolls that were very, very good. My coffee pot (percolator) had the bottom detach from the pot so I think it is on the way out. I was able to put it on and made a pot of coffee but I'm afraid it will fall off and perhaps hurt someone with burns. I unplugged it at 2 pm and at 5 pm the side of the pot was still burning hot. NOrmally that cools down much quicker. Something is wrong with it.

We also had a green and mild Christmas day. I'm just fine with that. My daughter from Honduras was home and she wanted a white Christmas because where she lives it is hot all the time. I think cool temps with no snow is good for her instead of a very wintery temps. She has a little cold so I don't want it to get worse.

I'd love to hear how everyone is doing! Not a lot of activity going here so lets talk a bit about our Christmas days. I will say that we aren't going to make a bit deal out of New Years either. No spend is on my agenda. We have a nicely packed freezer so we'll work through that and my daughter wants to help make some meals together with me so I'm looking forward to that.

Alice
Pages: 1 [2] 3 4 ... 10