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Managing a Household / Monday, Aug. 6, 2018
« Last post by pamgonzo on August 06, 2018, 08:10:12 AM »
Hello Friends!

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Managing a Household / Re: Friday, Aug. 3, 2018
« Last post by Alice on August 04, 2018, 04:38:00 PM »
It's Saturday...completely didn't even check out the forum yesterday.

Pam, I made the turkey and it was delicious! Having a turkey in August sounds strange but it made having turkey taste wonderful! I might actually do this again. Too much turkey from November through January just isn't my thing but it sure was good in August.

The weather is just too warm out for me this afternoon. So we did our errands this morning and I needed to work through some veggies this afternoon. We bought some green beans that I froze, some corn that I froze and a neighbor gave me a white and red cabbage that I froze. We bought some discounted specialty bread at Horrock's that I sliced and froze and that was pretty much my day.  Oh, and we went to an estate sale and bought a lazy boy chair for our living room. The prices on all their stuff was way to low but we bought some stuff anyway. So sad that all that beautiful furniture wasn't wanted by a family member.

The work week was good but long after having been on vacation for the six work days previously. Daughter is doing well and it's her birthday tomorrow. Her boyfriend will be with her this weekend and then in two weeks she will be home already. Oldest daughter leaves this coming Thursday morning (very early in the morning). I think she had a good summer. All these changes mean that summer is coming to an end. I wish it could be summer for a lot longer.

Alice
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Managing a Household / Re: Friday, Aug. 3, 2018
« Last post by greyhoundgirl on August 03, 2018, 06:44:58 PM »
Good evening!

Hi Pam. Good to hear from you, but so sorry to hear about the shingles. It's been several years since I had them but it wasn't fun. Hope your back is feeling better. Kayaking was fun, as usual. Hoping to go again maybe next Friday. Around here, we have to plan trips around the wind speeds. Some of the lakes get huge waves even with winds of 9-11 mph, just depending on where they are situated and how the mountains protect them. And we often have higher wind speeds than that.

Got up a little before 5 to leave the house at 5:30 AM this morning so as to start hiking by 6:30 AM, both to beat the worst of the heat and because I needed to take Morgan for her middle school check-in which was walk-in between 8 and 11:15 AM. My friend Bonnie and I did around 5 miles, partially on trail and partially off, and saw quite a bit of wildlife including 4 deer, many Longhorn, a possible fox (didn't get a great look), and a feral hog. Pumpkin the cat had her rabies shot this afternoon, so I felt like I have been on the go most of the day. We did homemade pizza for dinner, with mine on a low-carb tortilla. Mallory is at a youth group pool party and Maddy doesn't come home from her camp job until tomorrow, so it's just Earl and me and the three younger kids.

Thinking I am going to go make up some smoothie bags, so as to use up a tub of organic spinach before it goes bad. If I have the spinach, blueberries, banana, and chia seed combined already, it should be super quick and easy to add almond milk and protein powder on school mornings.

Hope you all have a great evening!
Catherine
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Managing a Household / Friday, Aug. 3, 2018
« Last post by pamgonzo on August 03, 2018, 03:02:13 PM »
Hello Ladies!

I have been MIA for a bit.  Things have been extremely busy, and I have only been opening my laptop a couple times a week. 

My trip with my parents went as well as could be expected.  High anxiety for me, but hubby was awesome at keeping me from totally losing my mind! My mom tended to act as though she was unable to do anything for herself, and needed help with pretty much everything.  It was so interesting, because she hobbled around until she saw us talking to someone she didn't know and she shot across the room like an olympian.  That kind of thing gets on my nerves.

Upon returning, my back was way way out of whack.  I went to the chiropractor for a treatment, and it was quite aggressive to get me back straight.  Great.  The next day I said to hubs "wow. He must have really drove my bra hooks into my back, because that really hurts".  He took a look and said "no, that looks like a rash or something."  Hmmm, interesting.  Jump ahead a couple of days, and we were having our youngest and his gf here to celebrate his bday on the only day he had off.  Busy getting gifts together, blah blah, and all of that stuff.  Finally took another look at the "rash" and to the other spots that had spread around my torso.  Guess what?  It was shingles!  UGH!!  I said to son's gf, "I just hope it isn't shingles".  She is in nursing school, and took a look.  She said "I'm not sure, but it kinda looks like it could be"  Called my dr. & got in the next day.  She said "what brings you in today?"  me: "I'm concerned I might have shingles".  She opened the gown and immediately said "yup. that's what it is". 
She put me on an anti-viral, and it is pretty much gone.  Luckily I feel like I had a pretty mild case, because I could pretty much take care of the pain with tylenol.  Others have told me that their experience was the most pain they had ever had.

Life keeps moving though.  We did cancel some plans we had for that weekend, and I was glad about that.  I was more tired than in pain.  Monday this week we were in the Upper Peninsular for hubs' radio show, and then a concert Monday night.  We then spent the day Tuesday on Mackinac Island.  Also for hubs' radio show, and for his real job.  It was a busy couple of days.  The rest of this week was normal, but tomorrow we are headed back up to the U.P. for another concert.  We saw a billboard for this retro 80's show featuring Belinda Carlisle from the Go-Go's.  On the spur of the moment, we made plans with my HS friend and her husband to go.  I am really excited for a non business trip just for fun!

That is pretty much what I have been up to as of late.  Hoping to get back into a better schedule of checking in with all of you ladies!  Hope everyone is feeling good, and that your weather is pleasant.

Hope your turkey turned out tasty Alice.  How was the kayak trip Catherine?
Will check in soon!
Pam
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Managing a Household / Thursday, August 2, 2018
« Last post by Alice on August 02, 2018, 09:14:43 AM »
Good Morning,

We had a nice evening last night. After dinner last night we took a trip to a bakery to get a few slices of birthday cake. My daughter's friend in Honduras celebrates a birthday today so we had a little party last night to help celebrate. We sent videos and photos.

I pulled that turkey out of the freezer. It wasn't as big as I had thought. I had it in the sink thawing all night and though it is still frozen, I'm going to roast it slowly for a good part of the day today. I don't have room in my fridge (it's almost empty but it is a strange fridge that it really does not have a lot of room). I really need to season it up well to make everyone love it!

Nothing else going on for me.

Alice
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Managing a Household / Re: Wednesday, August 1
« Last post by Alice on August 01, 2018, 12:14:17 PM »
Hi Cheryl,

Happy August!

I hear you about trying to use freezer stuff but yet finding good deals to fill it right back up again. That's totally me! But it would be silly to NOT take the good deals and when you need that exact same product to pay the higher price at a later date?  I do that all the time with meat. Boneless, skinless chicken thighs at a reduced price now instead of full price a couple of weeks from now and I'm going to get it now.

I do have a big turkey in my freezer that I am not looking forward to eating. I just don't like turkey but it is there and it shouldn't wait until Thanksgiving because it has been in there a year and eight months. I think I'll pull it out tonight and roast it this weekend.

My daughter's boyfriend's birthday is tomorrow and the other daughter's birthday is Sunday. Neither one will be in town to celebrate so we'll have to do those by WhatsApp. It is the time in our lives that the kids aren't always home for their birthdays and neither are they home for OUR birthdays.

Tonight we're having a corned beef casserole. We've been eating leftovers the last couple of days and they were delicious. I had a casserole in the freezer that I made last week that we had last night. I call it leftovers but it really wasn't.  My refrigerator is just about empty. We finished off the lettuce and the cheese are about gone too. We do have a lot of fruit but my kids rarely eat that. I'm trying to push that a bit by offering a variety but they don't want it. I love it. I had a cantaloupe, cherries, peaches, plums and blueberries. I have a big bowl for lunch.

I wish I was better at putting a month worth of meals into a meal plan. It is such a long time for me to plan in advance.  I just look into my freezer and pull something out and that's the base for our meal. I am pretty good at coming up with ideas very quickly so maybe that's why too much advance planning doesn't work for me.

Alice
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Managing a Household / Wednesday, August 1
« Last post by Cheryl on August 01, 2018, 07:01:39 AM »
Good morning!  I think I have the date right, but how is it already August? :o. Tomorrow is my oldest daughter's birthday.  Time seems to be flying by!

It is raining at my house and I am enjoying watching it out my kitchen windows.  I love rainy days, always have since I was a little kid.  I don't care for storms, but I love the rain.  The sound of the rain makes me want to curl up with a book and spend the day reading.  Too bad I have other things to do. 

I got my meal plan made.  I was able to figure out almost an entire month's worth of meals using the freezer items.  I always leave a few days open for leftovers or a change in plans.  I was glad to get that little job completed.  Now wish me luck in putting it into action.  My problem with trying to eat down the freezers/pantry has been restocking when I see good deals.  This time around I will have to stay out of the stores.  We need to replace some of our savings we have had to dip into recently, and cutting the grocery budget for a little while is an easy place to start.

Well, I heard my washer has finished the first load, so I need to go switch the laundry to the dryer and start another load washing.  Enjoy your day, everyone!   :)
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Managing a Household / Re: Tuesday, July 31
« Last post by greyhoundgirl on July 31, 2018, 07:10:47 PM »
Hello!

It has been a very full day so I'm here late. I slept late for me (almost 6:30) after going to sleep early  (9:30) so I'm figuring it was needed.

Today is the first day I actually feel like my back is better. So thankful! I have gone to the chiro 5 times in the past 2 weeks. Was supposed to go today but forgot.

Had to have Morgan and Micah to church by a little after 8 for a trip to OKC. Then Mallory had JROTC at 8:30 (it was her first day and she loved it). Max and I Had breakfast at Chick Fil A, then went to Sam's. $278 later, we went home and unloaded then picked up Mallory. After bringing her home to change, we went to W-mart so I could get a haircut and Mal could shop for a few items. I also bought a couple things after my haircut, then we headed to Target. Yeah. But Mallory was meeting friends for coffee at the Starbucks there as one of her friends is moving to Virginia. So Max and I did a bit of shopping there and at TJ Maxx in the same strip mall. After dinner, I headed to pick up Mallory from book club at the library (she took the bus to get there), then we stopped at Aldi for the rest of the grocery items we needed.

Heading kayaking early tomorrow. A friend from church is joining a couple of us so that should be fun.

Hope you all have a nice evening!
Catherine
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Managing a Household / Re: Tuesday, July 31
« Last post by greyhoundgirl on July 31, 2018, 07:04:13 PM »
Alice, I got some peaches from an orchard in the bigger city by us last week, and YES, the peaches are incredible this year :o!  Think I will pick up some more this evening when we go grocery shopping.   I used to get them from the orchard across from us but they got rid of their peach trees last year.  Hope they decide to replant new ones.

Cheryl, my parents have tomatoes running out of their ears this year too and they only did some in planter boxes on their deck, but if I remember correctly, they did plant them rather early.

Nothing interesting here today, so I won't bore you with boring details.  Just getting ready to do my cardio and then it is back to school planning for me.  I am imagining I will run my printer out of ink today, since it said low ink last night, and will have to pick up more this evening to keep me moving.  Cheryl, I have never tried the Abeka Science (I will look at that when I get a chance). Last year I  tried the ACE PACES workbooks on an older child and they really liked it.   They come in packs of 12 different workbooks for a subject, so my kids like the idea of always having a "new" book to work in.  ;)

Lindsay

Funny! I did PACES from 1st grade till I finished high school. I liked them overall. They weren't great in high school science (things like Chemistry and Physics, which I found out the hard way in college) but I feel like I learned pretty well generally.
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Managing a Household / Re: Tuesday, July 31
« Last post by Rooney on July 31, 2018, 12:16:18 PM »
Alice, I got some peaches from an orchard in the bigger city by us last week, and YES, the peaches are incredible this year :o!  Think I will pick up some more this evening when we go grocery shopping.   I used to get them from the orchard across from us but they got rid of their peach trees last year.  Hope they decide to replant new ones.

Cheryl, my parents have tomatoes running out of their ears this year too and they only did some in planter boxes on their deck, but if I remember correctly, they did plant them rather early.

Nothing interesting here today, so I won't bore you with boring details.  Just getting ready to do my cardio and then it is back to school planning for me.  I am imagining I will run my printer out of ink today, since it said low ink last night, and will have to pick up more this evening to keep me moving.  Cheryl, I have never tried the Abeka Science (I will look at that when I get a chance). Last year I  tried the ACE PACES workbooks on an older child and they really liked it.   They come in packs of 12 different workbooks for a subject, so my kids like the idea of always having a "new" book to work in.  ;)

Lindsay
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