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Managing a Household / Re: Wednesday, January 10, 2018
« Last post by pamgonzo on January 10, 2018, 05:20:01 PM »
Hi Girls!
Alice: sorry you have so much on your mind these days.  Hoping things get settled more and that you feel more at peace.

Lindsey: hoping your chiropractor can get you back to feeling your best.  Sometimes it can take time, so maybe your twice a week visits will get you there faster. 

My day was one thing after another.  Went to weight watchers, and then walked and lunched with my friend as usual.  Then, future daughter in law was in town, so she and son stopped by since we hadn't seen them since he proposed.  Got to see her ring (beautiful).  She is so happy and so excited to get married.  They are thinking May/June of 2019, so there is some time to plan and prepare.
I think she and her mom will have everything under control!

By the time they were leaving, hubby got home from work.  We grabbed some tacos from a close by Mexican place, because even though I had a few leftover options, I just wasn't feeling it!  I am spoiled, so tacos it was.

Hope everyone is doing well.  I too would love to hear how all of you are doing! 
Managing a Household / Re: Wednesday, January 10, 2018
« Last post by Rooney on January 10, 2018, 11:17:54 AM »
Hi Alice. :)

It always breaks my heart when you talk of your poor sister-in-law.  Situations such as that always make you think of all the good things in life that we all have to be thankful for, because there are those that don't have some of the most basic things that we take for granted. Hope she gets some kind of help at the hospital. Praying for her and your brother.  Can't imagine how hard it is on him.  Keep praying for a miracle--sometimes God makes them happen. :)

Not much going on here.  Finish school for the rest of the day, get an early workout in, an early dinner fixed too.  Have a chiropractor appointment early this evening.  Really, really looking forward to it! ;D  Don't talk about it often, but since I was in a wreck when I was 19, I have pain most days varying from tolerable to not tolerable at all.  Working out helps some of it, but unfortunately until I am somewhat "in-line" I am going to keep getting minor injury type issues.  I am going to be going in twice a week until it is somewhat under control.

After appointment, we are heading to the bigger city for some grocery shopping.  They are predicting an ice/snowstorm type event Friday and possibly Monday again.  Getting a big load of firewood delivered tomorrow so it will at least be cozy if we get snowed in.  Now just need to get a bit more food in the house.  And PLEASE, no power outages!! :P

Well, I am off to get on with my day.  I check in here off and on to see if anyone is posting.  Miss those days of more of us here.  Wonder how they all are and what they are up to?

Managing a Household / Wednesday, January 10, 2018
« Last post by Alice on January 10, 2018, 09:03:30 AM »
Happy Wednesday!

It is a dreary day today. Very overcast but the temps are 37 degrees. So that means melting snow. And perhaps rain for the next couple of days.

We had a rough night last night and I didn't sleep well at all. Let me list my troubles:

1. Hubby started a new job and doesn't like it so he quit. Not happy about this because he has been job bouncing for 5 years and I'm sick of it.
2. Bank called seeing unusual activity on daughter's account. Thankfully, it was legitimate activity and we knew about it so no action needed.
3. Sister in law with a brain tumor collapsed twice yesterday and once last Saturday. She is in the hospital to find out what the tumor is doing to make he collapse. She can't tell you what's wrong because he is 100% confused, she's blind, and the tumor is killing her.
4. A neighbor and members of our church are having marital problems and yesterday was court cases and one partner moving out and police cars and sadness for a broken family.
5. Another neighbor was in court yesterday for the sentencing of a young man who killed his daughter in a horrific car accident due to a police chase. That neighbor and family is very broken in the loss of their 21 year daughter. My heart breaks for them as our youngest daughter went to high school and college with her. An unfortunate loss that didn't have to happen.

These are not too much for God to help me through. I just have to remember that there are people who really do have it worse and for them I really feel bad for. I'm not giving myself a pity party either.

I do have a lot to be thankful for--food, a warm home, family, a job, Salvation.

OK, that's my talk for the day. What's going on in your world?

Managing a Household / Re: Tuesday, January 9, 2018
« Last post by pamgonzo on January 09, 2018, 01:55:37 PM »
Hi Alice and any others who might check in!

My day has been a really low key day.  I have enjoyed having a quiet semi-nothing day.

I did the usual picking up and straightening. Dishwasher, that kind of thing.  Other than that, did some computer research for hubby.  Read some of the book I'm in.  Made and peeled some hard boiled eggs.  A whole lot of nothing.

I have had a headache all day.  Cutting back on caffeine, so not sure if it's from that, or a different tea I tried this morning.  Will have to figure it out at some point.  It hasn't been getting any better.

Making instant pot spaghetti for dinner.  Hubs won't be home, but he can have it whenever he does get home if he wants.

Nothing major in my world these days!  Kind of nice!!
Hope all is well with all of you!!
Managing a Household / Tuesday, January 9, 2018
« Last post by Alice on January 09, 2018, 11:14:33 AM »
Hi everyone,

Where are you all today?

It is a bit milder outside today but this morning it was very icy on the roads. I saw a truck that slid on the ice and into a small tree. Slowing down to stop at intersections was very difficult as there was ice on the roadways. Very scary.

I decided I am still going to go out for coffee on Friday with my friend. I sacrifice a lot for my family and when I have to sacrifice and give up my birthday for a little coffee is going too far. I am going to have my birthday coffee. I'll find other ways to make up for that expensive coffee. Maybe I'll turn the furnace off for the day.

It is a busy couple of days for me at work but I got most of it done so now I can review and double check stuff for the new year. For the home front, I now have to get stuff collected for taxes. Not at all my favorite time of year. And I have to train my 3 adult kids to gather their stuff for taxes. I have a checklist and one of my kids (son) has done that but the other two (girls) just don't seem to understand they have to file taxes every year. I know that I don't ever want any of them to get in trouble with the IRS for not filing or missing something important.

Other than doing a lot of "thinking" there is not much going on in my world.

Managing a Household / Re: Monday, Jan. 8, 2018
« Last post by pamgonzo on January 08, 2018, 05:31:21 PM »
Good Evening Ladies!

Our weekend was a lot of fun.  It was very cold (-20* when we went out snowshoeing), but since I did find all of our winter gear, the sun was shining, and there was no wind, so we were prepared, and never even felt chilled!  We enjoyed it a lot!  4 hours out there snowshoeing in the woods and up to a bluff overlooking a lovely view.

We were suppose to do a river rafting excursion on Sunday, but the river had iced over, so we weren't able to do that.  I was fine with that since it was warmer, but very cloudy, and quite windy.  We had breakfast, and got on the road home.  That meant we were home at a decent hour.  I made chicken and rice soup for dinner.  It tasted really good.

Hubs had to go out of town this afternoon, and will be back sometime tomorrow night.  I am taking advantage of the quiet alone time.  I feel like I really need it!  We stopped at Aldi on the way home to get milk, eggs, and a couple of other things so I won't have to go out until Wednesday morning.  I actually didn't realize how much I needed this. 

I started to read a book that came in for my hubby a while back.  It is called Recipe Box, and comes out in March.  I like it so far.  It is written by a Michigan author, so it is set partly in Northern MI. 

Not much else going on here.  Doing laundry.  Relaxing.  Just being.
I made black bean soup for my dinner.  This time of year, I could eat soup 4 or 5 days out of the week!  Hubs, not so much!  ;)

Hope you all had a great day!
Managing a Household / Re: Monday, Jan. 8, 2018
« Last post by Alice on January 08, 2018, 11:48:04 AM »
Hi everyone,

It's afternoon already so I'm late but I'm busy.

We had a really cold weekend but it's going to warm up.

We did some major deep cleaning Friday night (I didn't want to do it until Saturday but hubby was all about starting it Friday night!). At one point I was just so tired from being up since 2 am that I could not function one minute more. I dropped into bed at 8 pm and slept 10 hours. Saturday morning I dove right into finishing up the projects. That was finishing up some laundry and then doing the outside the home stuff--recycling, groceries, visiting parents, etc.

For lunch I made meatball subs which were good while we were eating them but very heavy on my stomach for the rest of the day. I used the leftover meatballs and sauce for a spaghetti for Sunday.

I am getting the feeling that January and going further into the first part of this year is going to be tough. There are things going on showing me that the finances are going to take a hit. I didn't expect this so I have a new plan that has to go into place immediately. That plan is not new to us it's just cutting back on groceries and any kind of shopping. We're not big spenders anyway so that itself will make it harder to cut more (what's more to cut?). I was going to go out for coffee with my girlfriend on Friday for my birthday but now I'm not sure I want to spend money on my once per year extravagant coffee. We go out once per year for out birthdays for an expensive Bigby coffee. Maybe I should just do it.

It won't be a matter of going hungry or losing our home but just going to tighten up for a while.

Did I say that our two daughters have gone back to their home away from home? So now we're back to having our son with us during the week and we're empty on the weekends.

I took down all the Christmas decorations and now our bay window looked so bare and white. I'm not much of a decorator but I wanted something to "warm" up the bay window. I put a long rug on the window seat and took an old lamp that my parents bought me when I was a child (and used during my college years, and let my daughter use when she was a child that now sits unused in her bedroom) and I put that on the rug. We turn that on at night and have a few dishes of candy also on the rug. It is so simple and yet it has really warmed up the bay window. It's not cluttered yet but it might get used as a place to put things. We'll see.

That's my weekend.

Managing a Household / Re: Monday, Jan. 8, 2018
« Last post by Rooney on January 08, 2018, 10:53:42 AM »
Hi Pam!

Hope your weekend in the cold wasn't too COLD!  And hope you found those snow pants and gloves you were looking for.

Will try to stop by later at lunchtime break.

Managing a Household / Monday, Jan. 8, 2018
« Last post by pamgonzo on January 08, 2018, 09:56:03 AM »
Hello All who may stop by!

How about a cup of tea??  :)
Managing a Household / Re: Friday, January 5, 2018
« Last post by Cheryl on January 05, 2018, 02:46:34 PM »
Lindsay, try a well-seasoned iron skillet.  I have a small one I cook eggs in and they donít stick.  I have had it a long time and love it.
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