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Managing a Household / Re: Sept. 24-28
« Last post by Alice on September 25, 2018, 06:59:33 AM »
YES, I'm here but just so busy and no time to write! I'll try to get on more regularly.

I really like to daily threads because they serve as an "attention getter" as we know someone is there every day (well, not lately). 

We have kids' adjustment issues, another kid's new vehicle, visiting sick people from church on their last days, helping to take care of those folks, family issues, rental car alleged damage issues. So much going on and the days and weeks just seem to fly by.

The season here in West Michigan is changing quickly. It gets dark earlier and stays dark longer in the morning. Getting meals ready after work has been quite interesting because it's still coming from freezer and pantry. Only absolute essentials are being purchased. We're doing it but with no quick and easy packaged or boxed items it does take a lot longer. I'm OK with the extra work as I feel it is healthier.

Well, that's my life.  I'll try to get on more often.

Managing a Household / Re: Sept. 24-28
« Last post by Cheryl on September 25, 2018, 06:36:47 AM »
Good morning, ladies.

I feel so out of the loop.  I will have to go back, do some reading, and try to catch up with everyone.

I am happy to report that I finished canning my pears yesterday.  I lost count of how many I put up, but made sliced pears in a light syrup (pints and quarts), pear sauce, and pear butter.  My hands are so sore from all that peeling.

Today I am finishing up my huge batch of pizza sauce.  Once all of that is canned I will take a little break.  Thatís about it for me.  Talk to you all later.
Managing a Household / Re: Sept. 24-28
« Last post by greyhoundgirl on September 24, 2018, 02:59:04 PM »

Pam, your weekend does sound very pleasant. Glad you felt that sense of calm. :)

Went for a hike this morning after getting the kids to school, not knowing what the next few weeks will bring with the new job, schedule-wise. We didn't intend it to be long, but a Longhorn bull began following us, bellowing loudly, less than five minutes in. So we did a much longer hike and around out of the way to avoid him on the way back. Not terribly long, but about 6 miles.

Morgan, now 12, is thinking of trying out for The Miracle Worker play at a local theater. So we need to either go to those auditions tonight or tomorrow at 6. Earl joined a Barbershop singing group last week and has practice at 7:30 tonight. I'm having a homemade iced Caramel Macchiato (sugar-free!) then will get to work on dinner, Chicken Black Bean tacos.

Also today, my hiking friend/acupuncturist who I hiked with, offered us her old car for Maddy. She just replaced her car a few weeks ago and said she would like to donate the old one, to us, or to someone else if we say no. I only briefly got to run it by Earl but I am pretty sure we'll be accepting. This is so kind of her. It's a 2000 Honda Accord, so not new, but well-cared-for, and a huge blessing to us. This will also allow us to take our time in replacing my old Honda van (a 2002), which we are planning for, and hopefully let us make a good deal with no rush.

Earl and I are 3 weeks into our joint weight-loss effort. Tomorrow morning, we'll weigh in (here at home, but for accountability). At last check, we'd each lost 7.5 lbs. We're roughly following Trim Healthy Mama, which for us means loosely about 3/4 of our  meals/snack are low-carb, and 1/4 is moderate low-glycemic carb but low-fat. Seems to be working for us so far. Allows a bit more variety than straight low-carb, as we can eat sweet potatoes, oatmeal, quinoa, etc..., just in moderation.

Well, better work on dinner. Hope you all have a great evening!
Managing a Household / Sept. 24-28
« Last post by pamgonzo on September 24, 2018, 02:36:28 PM »
Hi Ladies:

I thought maybe if we did one thread for the week it might be visited and used more?  Just an experiment, so if you think doing a week long thread is too much, someone can just start a new one tomorrow.

Congratulations Catherine on the new job!  Hope you enjoy it!  I'm sure it will be heaven to be smelling all those flowers when you are working!

We had a nice weekend.  Just as busy as ever!  Went to a wedding in South Bend.  Our middle son's buddy from college.  They played baseball together there. Our son was in the wedding.  It was a lovely event, and we really enjoyed ourselves.  Sunday we had found out that my HS friend was camping in a little campground that was on our way home, so we stopped by there to visit with her and her husband.  They had just bought a small travel trailer and were trying it out for  the first time.  We had a nice afternoon with them sitting around a little campfire and walking to the beach along Lake Michigan.  It was such a relaxing day.  When we got home, I had such a sense of calm.  Something I haven't felt in a long time. 

Hubs leaves again tomorrow for a few days.  I will drive up to the upper peninsula on Thursday to meet up with him.  Then we will head over to another city up there for the race we are taking part in.  He is doing the International run that goes across the International bridge into Canada.  The run just goes a little past the point of border without going into customs.  So he doesn't need a passport or anything.  I am doing the 5K walk, so I don't have to go onto the bridge.  I'm happy about that, because bridges like that are a bit of a phobia for me.  I am doing better with it, but walking across it might have rattled me a bit!
We will be home early Sunday, because he has a work appointment Sunday late afternoon.  He isn't too pleased with that, but it couldn't be avoided. Once this project is wrapped up, he will have some time off.  Or at least that is what he is planning on.

Today was spent on a couple of things hubs needed for me to research for him, and prepping for him being gone.  I think I have all the clothes pulled together that he will need, as well as the things for the weekend that I will bring along with me for him.
I feel like I have been busy all day.  Can't believe how the day had gotten away from me!

Hope everyone is having a great day!  Pop in when you can and let us know how and what you are doing.
Managing a Household / Re: Friday, September 21, 2018
« Last post by greyhoundgirl on September 21, 2018, 11:47:18 AM »
Lindsay, no, I didn't notice that but it's funny! Guess that's because I usually have coffee and computer time before I take the high schoolers to school.

We are getting the EXACT same weather change with this cold front and rain. Super excited to be into the 70's. I'm so done with the 90's, although they were at least better than the 100's, I guess. The weather people are saying they don't expect us to see 90 again now this year.

Glad you're all well and hope it stays that way!
Managing a Household / Re: Friday, September 21, 2018
« Last post by Rooney on September 21, 2018, 11:38:36 AM »
Catherine, so happy you got the job that you wanted! :)  I can really relate to how you would rather be moving around town in a vehicle than standing or sitting all day long.  Congrats!! :)

Yeah, we are well again, for now.  I say that knowing we are heading into the sick time of year.  Thank you for asking.

I have just been covered up with school.  We are having a really good year this year.  Feels to me like the best yet, but with a high- schooler that is getting into some pretty in-depth stuff,  this year is requiring more grading, if nothing else.  I had to order him some more  supplementary books for both social studies and English.  Found a really nice used book place online and got 5 of the six he needed for $21.  New, they would have been well over $100.  Still looking for a hard to find book.  For some reason this particular book is very expensive, even used. Maybe it is out of print or something.  I will keep looking.

School right now is really taking up most of my days, so I am afraid I don't really have anything interesting to share.  Kinda the same routine most days.  Also still working out six days a week and trying to change up my workouts to get really sore each time.  Just feel like I have hit a plateau and will have to change something up a lot to really see a difference from now on.

So the kids' lunches are about ready and I am sitting here eating a leftover ground turkey patty with pickles and mustard.  Thinking some iced tea sounds good too.  After lunch it is back to school work.  I have many, many spelling tests to give this afternoon.  It is supposed to really cool down tomorrow.  Like from today mid 90's to this weekend lower 70's.  If there isn't rain it would be nice to get out and ride horses and maybe another trip to the park.  We went to the park last weekend, but they have put in such a beautiful one only a mile or so from here (which is unusual because we are so far out in the country).  It has really nice playground equipment, beautiful lakes, a walking trail, a place to use remote control cars and planes, and are putting in lots of other stuff.

We really need to do a grocery trip tonight, but I am thinking it may get pushed to our usual Saturday.  We'll see.

Gotta get back at it.


PS-  Catherine, did you notice that your last two posts are at the exact same time.  Now that is an exact schedule! :)  Yeah I am weird and notice things like that. ;)
Managing a Household / Friday, September 21, 2018
« Last post by greyhoundgirl on September 21, 2018, 05:56:33 AM »
Good morning!

Thought I'd start a thread and see if anyone is around.

Had my job interview yesterday morning, and the guy told me he'd be interviewing the rest of this week and part of next so I assumed I wouldn't hear anything for a week or so. Except he called yesterday afternoon and offered me the job! It's nothing crazy, just delivery for a well-known local florist. He (the owner/manager) tried to talk me into working over on the retail side but I held firm and insisted I was more interested in delivery. Is that weird? I just feel that I have gotten to know myself over the years and that my introvert self would prefer the delivering and not constantly being "on". Yes, you have to interact with people, but with breaks in between where I'm just driving a vehicle or loading and unloading it. It doesn't pay great, but I'm after flexibility and part-time hours at this stage of life. Also the movement aspect so I'm not sedentary or just standing all day.

Anyway, we're supposed to have lots of rain all day today, so my plan is to do some reading (Izabella Wentz's book Hashimoto's Protocol) and meal and budget planning. Since I'll be working 3-4 afternoons per week from 12 or 1 till 5 (and every third Saturday 9-4), I need to make dinner plans that I can do in slow cooker (going to buy one since we've been without for a while now after breaking the last) or Instant Pot, and save more involved meals for days off and weekends. It's also my day to wash sheets, and will try to do a couple other loads as well.

Hope you all have a great Friday and weekend! And I hope some might be able to check in later.

Cheryl, how's the canning going?
Pam, did you get any rest after all your travels the past few weeks?
Lindsay, is everyone well at your house now?
Alice, what's new with  you?

Managing a Household / Re: September 17, 2018
« Last post by greyhoundgirl on September 20, 2018, 05:56:00 AM »
Life! No great excuse. I have a job interview this morning at a local florist. I applied to be a part-time delivery driver. Was looking into a full-time more "career" type job but just don't want full-time hours at this stage in life. Still feeling the need to cook nutritious dinners for my family and mostly be here when they come home from school/work. Plus I need flexibility so I can go backpacking now and then, LOL. Basically, looking for a job to provide "hobby money" and some extras here and there. This is why Earl referees volleyball--his "hobby money", as he says. Mallory is referring middle school volleyball as well.

We have a humdinger of a rain storm coming in overnight tonight, so will work a bit in the garden later. Also need to go to my volunteer job at the library and do some shelving. Mosquitoes are horrible here as well, Pam. I have to put repellent on to work out there. I'm sure this rain will make it worse, but we sure need the rain and I'm excited to get back down out of the 90's, temperature wise. Some models are showing OKC to get upwards of 20 inches from this slow-moving rain storm, which would be a very bad thing for them (they could flood at 5-8 inches). We're "only" supposed to get up to 3-4 inches here, which is still a lot here all at once.

Mallory has a JROTC inspection today so is fluttering around making sure her uniform is up-to-snuff. She is REALLY loving JROTC, surprisingly. Maybe this will be a good career for her as she so often talks about (Air Force). We shall see over the next few years of high school.

Dinner tonight-thinking keto potpie for the adults and regular chicken potpie for the kids.

Happy Canning, Cheryl!
Pam, I'm sorry people were like that to your son. :(

Have a great day!
Managing a Household / Re: September 17, 2018
« Last post by pamgonzo on September 19, 2018, 01:25:17 PM »
I'm here as well.  Things have just been busy, and I have not been on my computer much recently.

Had kind of a social media viral situation recently.  My son has the same name as the kicker for the Cleveland Browns.  After an exceptionally bad game this past Sunday, the Browns fans started to pummel him on twitter with mean tweets.  Trouble was, they were actually pummeling my son!  It actually was pretty funny, and his response to it all ended up going viral.  He was interviewed all over the place, including ESPN and the MLB network.  I think it has died down now, but it was a crazy couple of days for him!
Monday also saw tornadoes in my oldest son's area of Richmond.  He and my dil were safe, but it was kind of nerve wracking for a while knowing they were so close. 

Hubs is on the road again for work.  Will be home tomorrow night late.  This weekend we have a wedding to attend.  It will be nice to spend a little time together!

Not much else happening here.  I really should prioritize my project ideas list and work on one while hubs is back on the road next week.  Looking for motivation for that!!  LOL!!

We have had a bit of a cool down, and will be quite a bit cooler yet starting this weekend. It is welcome, but wow the mosquitoes are insane!!!
Hope all of you are doing well.  Would love to hear about what your days are like.
Managing a Household / Re: September 17, 2018
« Last post by Cheryl on September 19, 2018, 06:40:10 AM »
Iím still here, Lindsay. 

Iíve been busy canning.  I have a lot of pears to can this week, and hopefully after I finish those I will have more time.

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