OLD FSHIONED BLOGGER ~ BACK TO BLOGGING Q&A ~ 366.197B

Sandra over at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom is calling all old time bloggers to come by and say hello as well as join in with her old fashioned Q&A in an effort to reconnect with everyone.

I know that for me personally I find it frustrating that most of my favorite bloggers have abandoned their blogs or downright deleted them all together. I’m still friends with many of my favorites via email, Facebook or even Instagram, but miss the days to day posting of a blog post. Sandra is one of the very first bloggers I found way back in 2007 when I first began blogging,

I began as 3 SIDES OF CRAZY when hubby and I were back east rehabbing our Queen Anne Victorian which quickly became the Chronicles of a Bungled Real Estate Deal. During that time I also met Martha who ultimately became Seaside Simplicity, but has once again gone quiet. But together Martha and I created OUR KRAZY KITCHEN, a food blog with multiple creators. Unfortunately, many went their separate ways and after a few years we we floundering.

Around that same time hubby and I returned to the west coast to care for his parents and I began filling my time with contributing to the Motivation Station, also now defunct. From caring for his parents we went to care for my aunt long term and while we were in Texas they found my cancer. It was the Erma Bombeck poem that inspired me to begin ALWAYS EAT ON THE GOOD CHINA. After I went into remission and we once again landed on the west coast to help my mom I changed it to SAVORY KITCHEN TABLE.

Eventually we ended up back in Texas to rehab my grandparent’s home that my cousin had destroyed, but nobody realized until after her untimely death. As we were finishing that project was when I once again had life altering surgery and they took my stomach. Long story short I needed a FRESH start and combined all the above blogs into this one, CHASING MY LIFE!

Happy Homemaker Monday is something I have done religiously since the beginning and before that was the Simple Woman’s Daybook (or at least I think that’s what the title was).

HOW LONG HAVE I BEEN BLOGGING AND WHY DID I START THIS BLOG? I began my blog at the urgings of my cousin back in 2007 at the height of the MAJOR remodel of our home as a way to document everything. I quickly found friends and fun too with joining swaps, exchanging recipes and learning about each others lives, homemaking styles and cultural differences. The BLOG world has changed drastically with so many things becoming monetized and full of ads, but I have there are a few of us die hards left.

HOW DID I CHOOSE THE NAME OF MY BLOG? I laughed when I got to this question because I answered it in my intro. So, can I just say, see above please 😀

WHAT IS MY BLOG ABOUT? WOW this is simple and yet so hard. My blog is truly about a little bit of everything from care taking for family, recipes, home remodeling, quilting, antiquing, crafting and so much more.

TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY. Hubby is retired military which is one of the commonalities that Sandra and I found between us from the start. When he retired I became a full time homemaker again and am loving it.

A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS ~ COLLECTIONS, THINGS THAT MAKE ME HAPPY… I collect old and unique crosses for my cross wall, refrigerator magnets, antique recipe boxes (with antique recipes) and cookbooks (I read them like novels) 😀

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME ~ HOBBIES AND SUCH? I love to read, and I adore quilting – something I began many years ago during hubby’s last long deployment, cook and

WHAT DOES YOUR DREAM HOUSE LOOK LIKE? More important to me is what the next one will look like as we were planning on returning to Texas and then COVID hit. While I know we’ll end up in a house, I have always dreamed of converting an open air loft into a home. You know with exposed brick walls, very few walls and room to move and create whatever my heart desires.

IF YOU COULD VISIT ANYWHERE, ANYTIME WHERE WOULD IT BE AND WHY? This one is kind of a toss up for me – there are so many places I’d like to see. LOL If you asked hubby he’d say Norway in a heartbeat! For me if I was FORCED to narrow it down I’d have to say Italy. Specifically the rolling countryside with all the vineyards or maybe the German country side or the Greek Isles – see I told you I would have trouble borrowing it down.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE HOMEMAKING/ORGANIZING TIP or RECIPE? There are way too many, but recently I was able to teach an old trick to a bunch of new friends.

TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF THAT WE MAY NOT ALREADY KNOW FROM YOUR BLOG. I have never been diagnosed, but am pretty sure I have OCD. I can’t NOT make a bed, straighten a picture or towel, etc…

TELL US A WAY GOD HAS BLESSED YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. I have always believed that we are where we are meant to be at any given time. The perfect example of this is how God has blessed me and my family. We had been living in a teeny tiny town in the middle of nowhere rehabbing that Queen Anne Victorian I mentioned when we were called to help caretake for hubby’s folks. From there we were asked to care take for my aunt in Texas with advanced Parkinsons. It was while we were there that I went in for a well woman exam and ultimately found out I had cancer. I was referred to MD Anderson who went the extra miles to not only save my life, but make me whole again. From there we went to the Pacific Northwest to help my mom and before we knew it landed back in Texas to rehab my grandparent’s house and while we were there I once again needed life altering surgery and I was referred to Dr. Morris at Methodist who saved my life and helped me make the changes to live a whole life again. Each and every time God had placed us where we needed to be in order that I received the care I needed, blessing me and my family with my life.

SHARE ANY WORDS OF WISDOM OR A FAVORITE QUOTE. There are so many things to be said here, but I’ll leave you with this thought and Erma Bombeck’s poem, If I Had My Life to Live Over.

IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER Erma Bombeck, EAT LESS COTTAGE CHEESE AND MORE ICE CREAM: THOUGHTS ON LIFE FROM ERMA BOMBECK
Someone asked me the other day if I had my life to live over would I change anything.
My answer was no, but then I thought about it and changed my mind.
If I had my life to live over again I would have waxed less and listened more.
Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy and complaining about the shadow over my feet, I’d have cherished every minute of it and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was to be my only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.
I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.
I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained and the sofa faded.
I would have eaten popcorn in the “good” living room and worried less about the dirt when you lit the fireplace.
I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.
I would have burnt the pink candle that was sculptured like a rose before it melted while being stored.
I would have sat cross-legged on the lawn with my children and never worried about grass stains.
I would have cried and laughed less while watching television … and more while watching real life.
I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband which I took for granted.
I would have eaten less cottage cheese and more ice cream.
I would have gone to bed when I was sick, instead of pretending the Earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren’t there for a day.
I would never have bought ANYTHING just because it was practical/wouldn’t show soil/guaranteed to last a lifetime.
When my child kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, “Later. Now, go get washed up for dinner.”
There would have been more I love yous … more I’m sorrys … more I’m listenings … but mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute of it … look at it and really see it … try it on … live it … exhaust it … and never give that minute back until there was nothing left of it.

 

MY DAYBOOK for HAPPY HOMEMAKER MONDAY

Happy Homemaker MondayIt’s been awhile since I felt like I was in my regular routine.  It’s time to try and get back into the groove of things.

THE SIMPLE WOMAN’S DAYBOOK is hosted by Peggy &

HAPPY HOMEMAKER MONDAY is hosted by Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home MOM

Outside my window/WEATHER… VERY little sun is peeking through smokey hazy skies as firefighters continue to battle and are finally winning the “Mountain Fire”.  As soon as they have it completely contained I am going to have to wash down the house starting at the roof peak and the pool will have to be REALLY cleaned as the ash is settling into the water and filter.

I am thinking… it’s a going to be a busy day as I continue to wade through the paperwork that has accumulated on my desktop.

I am thankful for my family and their love.

In the kitchen… we have a few more new recipes still brewing for the July menu and I’m starting on some new ones for August too.  I’ll post the successful ones on my food blog ALWAYS EAT ON THE GOOD CHINA.

  • Ritzy Cheddar Chicken
  • Lemon Cream Chicken
  • Potato Crusted Tilapia
  • Garlic & Brown Sugar Chicken

I’M WEARING… a swimsuit and coverup.

I’M CREATING… some quilt pieces that have been needing finished for a while (I just have problems sitting for any length of time due to the scar tissue from my cancer surgery), Christmas gifts for next year – quit laughing, these things take time and I’m also creating some new recipes. Menu Plan Monday hosted by Laura at I’m an Organizing Junkie

MENU THIS WEEK:

MONDAYRitzy Cheddar Chicken

TUESDAYLemon Cream Chicken

WEDNESDAYPotato Crusted Tilapia

THURSDAYGarlic & Brown Sugar Chicken

FRIDAY –OUT

SATURDAY – BIL’s surprise birthday party

SUNDAY –  C.O.R.N. 

I am going… to BIL’s surprise birthday party and am looking forward to seeing family we’ve been missing.I am wondering… just who to contact next regarding the VA mess – seems like we’re always starting over.

MY READING LIST… love my kindle paperwhite and have been enjoying a new author (at least to me) Marie Force.  Since Christmas I have devoured every book she ever wrote.

MY TV LINEUP THIS WEEK…  ALL ON DVR SO I CAN SKIP THE COMMERCIALS LATER

  • FALLING SKIES
  • DROP DEAD DIVA
  • RIZZOLI AND ISLES
  • FRANKLIN & BASH
  • ROYAL PAINS
  • LONGMIRE
  • THE GLADES
  • SWITCHED AT BIRTH and many more…

I am hoping… things turn around soon

I am looking forward to… getting away for a few days next month for our anniversary.

I am learning… how to be patient, but also how to squeak the wheel for oil!

Around the house… were finishing a few projects.

I am praying… to live in the day and not worry about the future as much.

A favorite quote for todayDreams are only thoughts you didn’t have time to think about during the day. ~Author Unknown

  • my morning coffee
  • cooler weather

  • my kindle
  • the laundry being done
  • the grocery shopping being done 

MY TO DO LIST 

  • Creating a few new recipes
  • getting into a new exercise routine to keep getting my energy back
  • laundry
  • grocery store
  • research
  • blog catch up

Favorite picture from my camera this week… I had my golden shaved for the oppressive heat this summer and she just looks so darned cute with her paws crossed so politely.

HAPPY HOMEMAKER MONDAY

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DIARY OF A STAY AT HOME MOM

Outside my window/WEATHER… the sun is warm and refreshing with a slight breeze.

I’M THINKING… about the future, a new house and a renewed sense of purpose.

I’M THANKFUL… for my renewed health and a bit fearful of yet another surgery.

IN THE KITCHEN… we have a few new recipes brewing for the April/May menu.

I’ll post the successful ones as we go.

  • BAKED CABLE GUY ASIAN SEA BASS
  • CHICKEN & PINEAPPLE
  • BAJA CALIFORNIA CHICKEN
  • AUSTRIAN CHICKEN STRUDEL
  • SAUERBRATEN MEATLOAF
  • PUERTA RICAN CHICKEN STEW
  • DRUNKEN PORK CHOPS
  • CHOCOLATE CHICKEN
  • SOUTH SEAS CHICKEN
  • MILK BRAISED PORK
  • CRUNCHY BLOODY MARYS
  • DO AHEAD FREEZER DAQUIRIS

I’M WEARING… MY SWIMSUIT AND COVERUP WITH THE BEST BROKEN IN FLIP FLOPS.

I’M CREATING… SOME ORGANIZATION & SHADE!

Menu Plan Monday hosted by Laura at I’m an Organizing Junkie

BREAKFAST LUNCH DINNER
MONDAY CHEERIOS, BANANA & YOGURT TUNA SPAM & MAC & CHEESE FOR HUBS
TUESDAY OATMEAL, BANANA & YOGURT EGG SALAD
WEDNESDAY CHEERIOS, BANANA & YOGURT TUNA C.O.R.N.
THURSDAY OATMEAL, BANANA & YOGURT PB & J SAUERBRATEN MEATLOAF & SALAD
FRIDAY OATMEAL, BANANA & YOGURT EGG SALAD BAKED STEAKS PARMESAN GARLIC POMMES ANNA
SATURDAY CHEERIOS, BANANA & YOGURT TUNA SALAD & GRILLED CHOPS
SUNDAY        PANCAKES C.O.R.N. LEMON BROCCOLI CHICKEN

I’M GOING… to work on the shed and some paperwork.

I AM WONDERING…is wrong with a specific situation that seems hopeless AND when we’ll wrap up this VA mess – seems like we’re always starting over.

Something fun to share::: My new Doxie scanner.  I’ve been able to take 3 banker’s boxes full of recipes and scan them into my computer, pictures and all and throw away the paper and eliminate the boxes and I’m finally finding my creative gene again!

MY READING LIST… Sheltering Hearts b Robyn Carr

MY TV LINEUP THIS WEEK…  is a long list, but that’s the beauty of all of them being on the DVR – we can do series marathons on rainy days and still skip the commercials

  • HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
  • CASTLE
  • NCIS
  • NCIS LOS ANGELES
  • VEGAS
  • CRIMINAL MINDS
  • ARROW
  • L & O SVU
  • CHICAGO FIRE
  • BIG BANG THEORY
  • PERSON OF INTEREST
  • SCANDAL
  • ELEMENTARY
  • BEAUTY & THE BEAST
  • ONCE UPON A TIME
  • THE GOOD WIFE
  • THE MENTALIST

I’M HOPING & PRAYING… that hope springs eternal for real and some issues comes to an end soon.

I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO… our family reunion next month.

I’M LEARNING… how to be patient, but also how to squeak the wheel for oil WHEN NECESSARY!

AROUND THE HOUSE… a few projects to be finished while it is still cool enough to work outside.

I’M PRAYING… I’m also praying for a unyielding family member who needs to get a clue to real life.

A FAVORITE QUOTE…

“Go where you are celebrated – not tolerated. If they can’t see the real value of you, it’s time for a new start.” – Unknown

SOME my favorite things

  • my morning coffee
  • my kindle
  • the laundry being done & FOLDED
  • the grocery shopping being done

MY TO DO LIST 

  • Creating a few new recipes
  • SHED FLOOR
  • painting
  • laundry
  • grocery store
  • research
  • blog catch up

Favorite picture this week 4-20-13 sky

 

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HAPPY HOMEMAKER MONDAY ~ SIMPLE WOMAN’S DAYBOOK

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DIARY OF A STAY AT HOME MOM

Outside my window/WEATHER… it’s a really grey and rainy with promises of sun TOMORROW.

I’M THINKING… about the future, a new house and a renewed sense of purpose.

I’M THANKFUL… for my renewed health after my recent scare with Long QT syndrome.

IN THE KITCHEN… we have a few new recipes brewing for the April/May menu.

I’ll post the successful ones as we go.

  • BAKED CABLE GUY ASIAN SEA BASS
  • BAKED STEAKS
  • AUSTRIAN CHICKEN STRUDEL
  • SAUERBRATEN MEATLOAF
  • PUERTA RICAN CHICKEN STEW
  • DRUNKEN PORK CHOPS
  • CHOCOLATE CHICKEN
  • SOUTH SEAS CHICKEN
  • MILK BRAISED PORK
  • CRUNCHY BLOODY MARYS

I’M WEARING… very worn levis, a COZY turtleneck and cozy socks.

I’M CREATING… SOME ORGANIZATION!

Menu Plan Monday hosted by Laura at I’m an Organizing Junkie

BREAKFAST LUNCH DINNER
MONDAY CHEERIOS, BANANA & YOGURT TUNA ????
TUESDAY OATMEAL, BANANA & YOGURT EGG SALAD C.O.R.N.
WEDNESDAY CHEERIOS, BANANA & YOGURT TUNA OUT ~ TRAVELING
THURSDAY OATMEAL, BANANA & YOGURT PB & J SAUERBRATEN MEATLOAF & SALAD
FRIDAY OATMEAL, BANANA & YOGURT EGG SALAD BAKED STEAKS PARMESAN GARLIC POMMES ANNA
SATURDAY CHEERIOS, BANANA & YOGURT TUNA SALAD & INDONESIAN PORK ROAST
SUNDAY        PANCAKES C.O.R.N. LEMON BROCCOLI CHICKEN

I’M GOING… to the eye doctor, grocery store and for a walk.

I AM WONDERING…what my doctor’s appointment will hold as an outcome AND when we’ll wrap up this VA mess – seems like we’re always starting over.

Something fun to share::: My new Doxie scanner.  I’ve been able to take 2 banker’s boxes full of recipes and scan them into my computer, pictures and all and throw away the paper and eliminate the boxes!

MY READING LIST… Marie Force’s The McCarthys of Gansett Island BOOK #6

MY TV LINEUP THIS WEEK…  is a long list, but that’s the beauty of all of them being on the DVR – we can do series marathons on rainy days and still skip the commercials

  • BUNHEADS
  • SWITCHED AT BIRTH
  • HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
  • BONES
  • CASTLE
  • NCIS
  • NCIS LOS ANGELES
  • RISSOLI & ISLES
  • VEGAS
  • CRIMINAL MINDS
  • ARROW
  • L & O SVU
  • CHICAGO FIRE
  • BIG BANG THEORY
  • PERSON OF INTEREST
  • SCANDAL
  • ELEMENTARY
  • BEAUTY & THE BEAST
  • CSI NY
  • ONCE UPON A TIME
  • THE GOOD WIFE
  • THE MENTALIST
  • ZERO HOUR

I’M HOPING… that hope springs eternal for real and some issues comes to an end soon.

I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO… GETTING TO WARM WEATHER AND THE POOL FOR A WHILE.

I’M LEARNING… how to be patient, but also how to squeak the wheel for oil WHEN NECESSARY!

AROUND THE HOUSE… organization has won.

I’M PRAYING… for a meeting of the minds and less political interaction between friends. I’m also praying for a unyielding family member who needs to get a clue to real life.

A FAVORITE QUOTE…

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, or worn. It is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace & gratitude.” – Denis Waitley

SOME my favorite things

  • my morning coffee
  • my kindle
  • the laundry being done
  • the grocery shopping being done

MY TO DO LIST 

  • Creating a few new recipes
  • painting
  • laundry
  • grocery store
  • research
  • blog catch up

Favorite picture this week is one of my bored, but smart favorite fury friend.Whiskey-friendly

HAPPY HOMEMAKER MONDAY

happy homemaker 2DIARY OF A STAY AT HOME MOM

Outside my window/WEATHER… it’s a little grey with promises of sun later today.

I’M THINKING… about the future, a new house and a renewed sense of purpose.

I’M THANKFUL… for my renewed health after my recent scare with Long QT syndrome.

IN THE KITCHEN… we have a few new recipes brewing for the March/April menu.

I’ll post the successful ones as we go.

  • BAKED CABLE GUY ASIAN SEA BASS
  • BAKED STEAKS
  • AUSTRIAN CHICKEN STRUDEL
  • COWBOY BBQ HAMBURGERS
  • SAUERBRATEN MEATLOAF
  • PUERTA RICAN CHICKEN STEW
  • DRUNKEN PORK CHOPS
  • CHOCOLATE CHICKEN
  • SOUTH SEAS CHICKEN
  • MILK BRAISED PORK
  • LEMON CHICKEN

I’M WEARING… very worn levis, a gray turtleneck and cozy socks.

I’M CREATING… SOME ORGANIZATION!

Menu Plan Monday hosted by Laura at I’m an Organizing Junkie

BREAKFAST LUNCH DINNER
MONDAY CHEERIOS, BANANA & YOGURT TUNA BAKED CABLE GUY ASIAN SEA BASS w/ LEMON SAUCE
TUESDAY OATMEAL, BANANA & YOGURT EGG SALAD C.O.R.N.
WEDNESDAY CHEERIOS, BANANA & YOGURT TUNA BAKED STEAKS & PARMESAN GARLIC POMMES ANNA
THURSDAY OATMEAL, BANANA & YOGURT PB & J

SAUERBRATEN MEATLOAF
FRIDAY OATMEAL, BANANA & YOGURT EGG SALAD BBQ COWBOY HAMBURGERS
SATURDAY CHEERIOS, BANANA & YOGURT TUNA C.O.R.N.
SUNDAY        PANCAKES C.O.R.N. SOUTH SEAS CHICKEN

I’M GOING… to the eye doctor, grocery store and for a walk.

I AM WONDERING…what my doctor’s appointment will hold as an outcome AND when we’ll wrap up this VA mess – seems like we’re always starting over.

Something fun to share::: My new Doxie scanner.  I’ve been able to take 2 banker’s boxes full of recipes and scan them into my computer, pictures and all and throw away the paper and eliminate the boxes!

MY READING LIST… Marie Force’s The McCarthys of Gansett Island BOOK #6

MY TV LINEUP THIS WEEK…  is a long list, but that’s the beauty of all of them being on the DVR – we can do series marathons on rainy days and still skip the commercials

  • BUNHEADS
  • SWITCHED AT BIRTH
  • HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
  • BONES
  • CASTLE
  • NCIS
  • NCIS LOS ANGELES
  • RISSOLI & ISLES
  • VEGAS
  • CRIMINAL MINDS
  • ARROW
  • L & O SVU
  • CHICAGO FIRE
  • BIG BANG THEORY
  • PERSON OF INTEREST
  • SCANDAL
  • ELEMENTARY
  • BEAUTY & THE BEAST
  • CSI NY
  • ONCE UPON A TIME
  • THE GOOD WIFE
  • THE MENTALIST
  • ZERO HOUR

I’M HOPING… SPRING IS ON THE WAY

I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO… THE JEFF DUNHAM CONCERT THURSDA. I got hubby tickets for his birthday.

I’M LEARNING… how to be patient, but also how to squeak the wheel for oil WHEN NECESSARY!

AROUND THE HOUSE… organization is finally winning – rooms are being painted, baseboards are getting painted and fine dusting is being done.

I’M PRAYING… for a meeting of the minds and less political interaction between friends. I’m also praying for a unyielding family member who needs to get a clue to real life.

A FAVORITE QUOTE…

If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.

―Jim Rohn

SOME my favorite things

  • my morning coffee
  • my kindle
  • the laundry being done
  • the grocery shopping being done

MY TO DO LIST 

  • Creating a few new recipes
  • painting
  • laundry
  • grocery store
  • research
  • blog catch up

Favorite picture this week is one I found on a disk from when we were married. the 2nd and the 3rd time too… it’s on the REAL Ponderosa Ranch from BONANZA!CHURCH 8-18-2002

HAPPY HOMEMAKER MONDAY ~ SIMPLE WOMAN & MENU PLANS

Happy Homemaker MondayDIARY OF A STAY AT HOME MOM

Outside my window/WEATHER… a light rain is falling and fog is still hugging the pavement AGAIN.

I’M THINKING… about the future.

I’M THANKFUL… for my family and their love as well as my renewed health.

IN THE KITCHEN… we have a few new recipes brewing for the February/March menu.

I’ll post the successful ones as we go.

  • CASHEW CHICKEN
  • COWBOY BURGERS
  • CHINESE HAMBURGER HASH
  • INDONESIAN PORK
  • SOUTH SEAS CHICKEN
  • CHINESE STEW
  • SAUERBRATEN MEATLOAF
  • DRUNKEN PORK CHOPS
  • PORK BURGERS
  • CHOCOLATE CHICKEN
  • JAMAICAN CHICKEN SANDWICHES
  • PUERTA RICAN CHICKEN STEW
  • AUSTRIAN CHICKEN STREUDEL
  • FIESTA CHICKEN & RICE

I’M WEARING… very worn levis, a gray turtleneck and cozy socks.

I’M CREATING… some quilt pieces that have been needing finished for a while (I just have problems sitting for any length of time due to the scar tissue from my cancer surgery), Christmas gifts for next year – quit laughing, these things take time and I’m also creating some new recipes.

Menu Plan Monday hosted by Laura at I’m an Organizing Junkie

DATE BREAKFAST LUNCH DINNER
MONDAY 2/18 CHEERIOS, BANANA & YOGURT TUNA LEMON PARMESAN CHICKEN
TUESDAY 2/19 OATMEAL, BANANA & YOGURT EGG SALAD C.O.R.N.
WEDNESDAY 2/20 CHEERIOS, BANANA & YOGURT TUNA PINK LEMON CHICKEN
THURSDAY 2/21 OATMEAL, BANANA & YOGURT BRAUNSWIEGER BBQ CHICKEN IN BBQ SAUCE
FRIDAY 2/22 OATMEAL, BANANA & YOGURT EGG SALAD BAKED TACOS
SATURDAY 2/23 CHEERIOS, BANANA & YOGURT TUNA C.O.R.N.
SUNDAY 2/24 PANCAKES C.O.R.N. SOUTH SEAS CHICKEN

I’M GOING… to the eye doctor, grocery store and for a walk.

I AM WONDERING…when we’ll wrap up this VA mess – seems like we’re always starting over.

MY READING LIST… Marie Force’s The McCarthys of Gansett Island

MY TV LINEUP THIS WEEK…  is a long list, but that’s the beauty of all of them being on the DVR – we can do series marathons on rainy days and still skip the commercials

  • BUNHEADS
  • SWITCHED AT BIRTH
  • HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
  • BONES
  • CASTLE
  • NCIS
  • NCIS LOS ANGELES
  • RISSOLI & ISLES
  • VEGAS
  • CRIMINAL MINDS
  • ARROW
  • L & O SVU
  • CHICAGO FIRE
  • BIG BANG THEORY
  • PERSON OF INTEREST
  • SCANDAL
  • ELEMENTARY
  • BEAUTY & THE BEAST
  • CSI NY
  • ONCE UPON A TIME
  • THE GOOD WIFE
  • THE MENTALIST
  • ZERO HOUR

I’M HOPING… SPRING IS ON THE WAY

I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO… THE JEFF DUNHAM CONCERT NEXT MONTH. I got hubby tickets for his birthday.

I’M LEARNING… how to be patient, but also how to squeak the wheel for oil!

AROUND THE HOUSE… organization is finally winning – rooms are being painted, baseboards are getting painted and fine dusting is being done.

I’M PRAYING… for a meeting of the minds and less political interaction between friends.

A FAVORITE QUOTE…

Forgiveness is the economy of the heart… forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits.   ~Hannah More

SOME my favorite things

  • my morning coffee
  • my new kindle
  • the laundry being done
  • the grocery shopping being done

MY TO DO LIST 

  • Creating a few new recipes
  • painting
  • laundry
  • grocery store
  • research
  • blog catch up

Favorite picture from my camera this weekGunner & Bear

 

HAPPY HOMEMAKER MONDAY ~ simple woman’s daybook

Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

 

Outside my window/WEATHER… a light rain is falling and fog is still hugging the pavement AGAIN.

I’M THINKING…I’m anxious to get today’s test over with and get the dining room painted!

I’M THANKFUL… for my family and their love as well as my health.

N THE KITCHEN… we have a few new recipes brewing for the February menu.

I’ll post the successful ones as we go.

  • CASHEW CHICKEN
  • COWBOY BURGERS
  • TACO MELTS
  • CHINESE HAMBURGER HASH
  • INDONESIAN PORK
  • SOUTH SEAS CHICKEN
  • SWEET LEMON PORK RIBS
  • CHINESE STEW
  • UNFRIED CHICKEN
  • SAUERBRATEN MEATLOAF
  • CHEESEBURGER SOUP
  • DRUNKEN PORK CHOPS
  • PORK BURGERS
  • CHOCOLATE CHICKEN
  • OREO CHEESECAKE
  • JAMAICAN CHICKEN SANDWICHES
  • PUERTAN RICAN CHICKEN STEW
  • AUSTRIAN CHICKEN STREUDEL
  • FIESTA CHICKEN & RICE

I’M WEARING… very worn levis, pink corduroy shirt and cozy socks.

I’M CREATING… some quilt pieces that have been needing finished for a while (I just have problems sitting for any length of time due to the scar tissue from my cancer surgery), Christmas gifts for next year – quit laughing, these things take time and I’m also creating some new recipes.

Menu Plan Monday hosted by Laura at I’m an Organizing Junkie

DATE BREAKFAST LUNCH DINNER
MONDAY 2/4 CHEERIOS, BANANA & YOGURT

TUNA CHICKEN FRANCAISE
TUESDAY 2/5 CHEERIOS, BANANA & YOGURT

EGG SALAD

CHICKEN CORDON BLEU
WEDNESDAY 2/6 CHEERIOS, BANANA & YOGURT

TUNA CHICKEN SAUTE’ with VEGGIES
THURSDAY 2/7 CHEERIOS, BANANA & YOGURT BRAUNSWIEGER SAUERBRATEN MEATLOAF
FRIDAY 2/8 CHEERIOS, BANANA & YOGURT EGG SALAD MILK BRAISED PORK
SATURDAY 2/9 CHEERIOS, BANANA & YOGURT TUNA CHINESE STEW
SUNDAY 2/10 CHEERIOS, BANANA & YOGURT C.O.R.N. CHICKEN TORTAS

I’M GOING… nowhere until I’m done scanning in ALL the VA documents and composing more letters to our congressman in hopes of clearing things up – yay, like that’s going to happen, but I have to follow procedure.  For every step forward we seem to take 3 backwards!  This week though we’re moving onto multiple letters.

I AM WONDERING… just who to contact next regarding the VA mess.  We’re finally meeting up with a new service officer this morning – seems like we’re always starting over.

MY READING LIST… Robyn Carr’s Whispering Rock & Second Chance Pass

MY TV LINEUP THIS WEEK…  is a long list, but that’s the beauty of all of them being on the DVR – we can do series marathons on rainy days and still skip the commercials

  • BUNHEADS
  • SWITCHED AT BIRTH
  • HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
  • BONES
  • CASTLE
  • NCIS
  • NCIS LOS ANGELES
  • RISSOLI & ISLES
  • VEGAS
  • CRIMINAL MINDS
  • ARROW
  • L & O SVU
  • CHICAGO FIRE
  • BIG BANG THEORY
  • PERSON OF INTEREST
  • SCANDAL
  • ELEMENTARY
  • BEAUTY & THE BEAST
  • CSI NY
  • ONCE UPON A TIME
  • THE GOOD WIFE
  • THE MENTALIST

I’M HOPING… things turn around soon.

I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO… getting away for a few days next month.

I’M LEARNING… how to be patient, but also how to squeak the wheel for oil!

AROUND THE HOUSE… organization is finally winning – rooms are being painted, baseboards are getting painted and fine dusting is being done.

I’M PRAYING… that today’s test is negative and that the cancer has not returned and to live in the day and not worry about the future as much.

A FAVORITE QUOTE…

Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.  ~John F. Kennedy

SOME my favorite things

  • my morning coffee
  • my new kindle
  • the laundry being done
  • the grocery shopping being done

MY TO DO LIST 

  • Creating a few new recipes
  • CT SCAN
  • painting
  • laundry
  • grocery store
  • research
  • blog catch up

Favorite picture from my camera this week… this guy has been hanging around for several weeks.

STORK

MY DAYBOOK for HAPPY HOMEMAKER MONDAY

Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

Outside my window/WEATHER… a VERY little sun is peeking through beautiful fluffy clouds.  I pray it wins and the clouds lose today.

I am thinking… it’s a going to be a busy day as we paint the family room, a huge room!  Fortunately we have moved all the books and dust collectors as well as the wall pieces to another room already.

I am thankful… for my family and their love.

In the kitchen… we have a few more new recipes still brewing for the January menu.  
I’ll post the successful ones on my food blog ALWAYS EAT ON THE GOOD CHINA.

  • Salad w/ Poppy Seed Tarragon Creme Fraiche’ dressing 
  • Baked Potatoes w/ Shallot Corn Butter
  • Kentucky Hot Browns 
  • Cream of Tomato Soup w/ Rice
  • Cream of Vegetable Soup
  • Pork Chops w/ Roasted Apple & Onions

I’M WEARING… my daily PAINT uniform LOL – purple yoga paints (covered in paint already), a black t-shirt and paint covered Life is good anklets.

I’M CREATING… some quilt pieces that have been needing finished for a while (I just have problems sitting for any length of time due to the scar tissue from my cancer surgery), Christmas gifts for next year – quit laughing, these things take time and I’m also creating some new recipes.

Menu Plan Monday hosted by Laura at I’m an Organizing Junkie

MENU THIS WEEK:
MONDAY – BEEF BARLEY STEW & PARMESAN CORN MUFFINS 
TUESDAY – CREAM OF VEGETABLE SOUP 
WEDNESDAY – PAPRIKA POT ROAST 
THURSDAY – C.O.R.N. 
FRIDAY – CREAM OF CELERY SOUP w/ GORGONZOLA CREAM & PARMESAN CROUTONS 
SATURDAY – BAKED POTATOES w/ SHALLOT CORN BUTTER 
SUNDAY –  KENTUCKY HOT BROWNS

I am going… nowhere until I’m done scanning in ALL the VA documents and composing more letters to our congressman in hopes of clearing things up – yay, like that’s going to happen, but I have to follow procedure.  For every step forward we seem to take 3 backwards!

I am wondering… just who to contact next regarding the VA mess.  The appointment we made last was for today – now I’m informed they are taking the holiday off instead – seems like we’re always starting over.

MY READING LIST… 

  • Cook’s Illustrated The Science of Good Cooking
  • The 4 Hour Chef
  • 1105 Yakima by Debbie Macomber

MY TV LINEUP THIS WEEK…  ALL ON DVR SO I CAN SKIP THE COMMERCIALS LATER

  • BUNHEADS
  • SWITCHED AT BIRTH
  • HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
  • BONES
  • CASTLE
  • NCIS
  • NCIS LOS ANGELES
  • RISSOLI & ISLES
  • VEGAS
  • CRIMINAL MINDS
  • ARROW
  • L & O SVU
  • CHICAGO FIRE
  • BIG BANG THEORY
  • PERSON OF INTEREST
  • SCANDAL 
  • ELEMENTARY
  • BEAUTY & THE BEAST
  • CSI NY
  • ONCE UPON A TIME
  • THE GOOD WIFE
  • THE MENTALIST

I am hoping… things turn around soon

I am looking forward to… getting away for a few days next month.

I am learning… how to be patient, but also how to squeak the wheel for oil!

Around the house… rooms are being painted, baseboards are getting painted and fine dusting is being done.

I am praying… to live in the day and not worry about the future as much.

A favorite quote for today

Dreams are only thoughts you didn’t have time 
to think about during the day.  
~Author Unknown

SOME my favorite things 

  • my morning coffee
  • my new kindle
  • the laundry being done
  • the grocery shopping being done 

MY TO DO LIST 

  • Creating a few new recipes
  • getting into a new exercise routine to keep getting my energy back
  • laundry
  • grocery store
  • research
  • blog catch up.

Favorite picture from my camera this week… this guy has been hanging around for several weeks.  I’ve been trying to get a picture of him in the backyard, but he’s always too quick for me.  I did catch him on the power pole out back though.  He loves to annoy the dogs!

SIMPLE WOMAN’S DAYBOOK

FOR TODAY

Outside my window… a little sun is peeking through beautiful fluffy clouds.

I am thinking… it’s a good day to get some outside projects done.

I am thankful… for my family and their love.

In the kitchen… we have a few more new recipes still brewing for the January’s menu.  I’ll post the successful ones on my food blog ALWAYS EAT ON THE GOOD CHINA.

I am wearing… my daily uniform LOL – 515 Levi’s, a cotton weave turtleneck and my favorite hikers.

I am still creating… some Christmas gifts for next year – quit laughing, these things take time.  I’m also creating some new recipes for:

  • Salad w/ Poppy Seed Tarragon Creme Fraiche dressing
  • Baked Potatoes w/ Shallot Corn Butter
  • Tangy Ranch Dressing
  • Kentucky Hot Browns
  • Parmesan Corn Muffins
  • Beef & Barley Stew
  • Cream of Tomato Soup w/ Rice
  • Cream of Vegetable Soup
  • Lemon Tuna Noodle Casserole
  • Country Bistro Dinner
  • Paprika Pot Roast
  • Apricot & Tarragon Pork Chops
  • Pork Chops w/ Roasted Apple & Onions

I am going… to spend the next few days scanning in ALL the VA documents and compose more letters to our congressman in hopes of clearing things up – yay, like that’s going to happen, but I have to follow procedure.  For every step forward we seem to take 3 backwards!

I am wondering… just who to contact next regarding the VA mess.

I am reading

  • Cook’s Illustrated The Science of Good Cooking
  • The 4 Hour Chef
  • 1105 Yakima by Debbie Macomber

I am hoping… things turn around soon

I am looking forward to… getting rid of some physical books now that I have the new kindle.

I am learning… how to be patient, but also how to squeak the wheel for oil!

Around the house… baseboards are getting painted and fine dusting is being done.

I am pondering… to live in the day and not worry about the future as much.

A favorite quote for today

We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery.
~H.G. Wells

One of my favorite things… my morning coffee

A few plans for the rest of the week: Creating a few new recipes and getting into a new exercise routine to keep getting my energy back.

A peek into my day… laundry, research and blog catch up.

Favorite picture of the week

SIMPLE WOMAN’S DAYBOOK

FOR TODAY

Outside my window… it’s drizzly and gray with an overtone of more gray.

I am thinking… it’s a good day to stay in and read.

I am thankful… for my health and the good news that there is not a genetic mutation.

In the kitchen… we have a few new recipes still brewing for the January’s menu.  I’ll post them soon on my food blog ALWAYS EAT ON THE GOOD CHINA.

I am wearing… my daily uniform LOL – 515 Levi’s, cozy wool socks, black t-shirt and my favorite Alaska sweatshirt.

I am still creating… some Christmas gifts for next year – quit laughing, these things take time.  I’m also creating some new recipes for:

  • Salad w/ Poppy Seed Tarragon Creme Fraiche dressing
  • Broccoli Salad w/ Buttermilk Dressing and Bacon
  • Baked Potatoes w/ Shallot Corn Butter
  • Tangy Ranch Dressing
  • Fruit and Nut Breakfast Ring
  • Kentucky Hot Browns
  • Parmesan Corn Muffins
  • Beef & Barley Stew
  • Celery Soup w/ Gorgonzola Cream
  • Cream of Tomato Soup w/ Rice
  • Cream of Vegetable Soup
  • Lemon Tuna Noodle Casserole
  • Country Bistro Dinner
  • Chicken Francoise
  • Paprika Pot Roast
  • Apricot & Tarragon Pork Chops
  • Pork Chops w/ Roasted Apple & Onions

I am going… to the coast this weekend with hubby to see our niece and a few other reasons.

I am wondering… why we call it “spring cleaning” – seems to me we need to clean out at least 4 times a year, so why isn’t it seasonal cleaning.

I am reading… Cook’s Illustrated The Science of Good Cooking and The 4 Hour Chef & 1105 Yakima by Debbie Macomber

I am hoping… to solve some paperwork issues this week – several letters to write and send certified regarding VA issues…

I am looking forward to… a few sunny days, but know they are a ways off

I am learning… how to be patient, but also how to squeak the wheel for oil!

Around the house… baseboards are getting painted and fine dusting is being done.

I am pondering… to live in the day and not worry about the future as much.

A favorite quote for today

One of my favorite things… hot chocolate with lots a mini marshmallows

A few plans for the rest of the week: sorting some MORE storage boxes and converting the things I’m saving to rubber totes, repacking the Christmas decorations into newer boxes and/or rubber totes to get them back into the attic that I didn’t get done last week, creating a few new recipes and getting into a new exercise routine.

A peek into my day… laundry, blog catch up, vacuuming & reading on my new kindle.

Favorite picture of the week… is a toss up between two

 

SIMPLE WOMAN’S DAYBOOK

FOR TODAY

Outside my window… to the west is gray and cloudy with the threat of rain… to the east is fluffy clouds, snow capped mountains, a hint of blue sky and the sun trying to peek through.

I am thinking… that there has to be silver lining somewhere under this black cloud called the VA!

I am thankful… for a blended family Christmas and everyone’s safe travels to and fro.

In the kitchen… we have a few new recipes brewing as I plan out January’s menu.  I swear it’s genetic.  I can’t follow a recipe without embellishing it.  Blame it on my family and all their quirky eating habits.  I have to add and eliminate ingredients to accommodate them, but in the end the results are still just as tasty.  I’ll post them soon on my food blog ALWAYS EAT ON THE GOOD CHINA.

I am wearing… my daily uniform LOL – 515 Levi’s, cozy wool socks and my favorite brown LL Bean sweater.

I am creating… some Christmas gifts for next year – quit laughing, these things take time.  I’m also creating some new recipes for:

  • Salad w/ Poppy Seed Tarragon Creme Fraiche dressing 
  • Broccoli Salad w/ Buttermilk Dressing and Bacon
  • Baked Potatoes w/ Shallot Corn Butter
  • Tangy Ranch Dressing
  • Hot Crab Rangoon Dip
  • Fruit and Nut Breakfast Ring
  • Kentucky Hot Browns 
  • Parmesan Corn Muffins
  • Beef & Barley Stew
  • Celery Soup w/ Gorgonzola Cream
  • Cream of Tomato Soup w/ Rice
  • Cream of Vegetable Soup
  • Lemon Tuna Noodle Casserole
  • Country Bistro Dinner
  • Chicken Francoise
  • Melted Cheese Burgers
  • Paprika Pot Roast
  • Apricot & Tarragon Pork Chops
  • Pork Chops w/ Roasted Apple & Onions
  • Apple Pie Cupcakes in a Jar

I am going… to JC Penneys, Michael’s, Costco and the grocery store.

I am wondering… about so many things that my head is swirling…

I am reading… Cook’s Illustrated The Science of Good Cooking and The 4 Hour Chef

I am hoping… to solve some paperwork issues this week – several letters to write and send certified regarding VA issues…

I am looking forward to… a weekend away with hubby soon…

I am learning… how to be patient, but also how to squeak the wheel for oil!

Around the house… the Christmas decorations are getting packed away and we’re getting back to daily life.

I am pondering… to live in the day and not worry about the future as much.

A favorite quote for today

“The only way to have a friend is to be one.” 
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

One of my favorite things… spring cleaning – you’re laughing again!  Yes I love to clean and start fresh.  I have a confession to make though – I also like Fall cleaning, winter cleaning and summer cleaning.  I really am trying to pare down my life and live simpler.

A few plans for the rest of the week: sorting some storage boxes and converting the things I’m saving to rubber totes, repacking the Christmas decorations into newer boxes and/or rubber totes to get them back into the attic, creating a few new recipes and getting back into my exercise routine.

A peek into my day… cleaning out the pantry, laundry, blog catch up, a new recipe, Maple Pork Tenderloin & reading on my new kindle.

Favorite picture of the week… a freshly painted and clean room after the holidays.

Daybook

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Monday #3/2009, January 19th
Outside my Window… The clouds full of snow are still looming low and are much darker than normal. I think we’re still in for some more snow.
I am thinking… that the need to seriously concentrate on MY quality time with myself and accomplishing a specific goal each week as well as some of my UFOs (Unfinished Fabric Objects) to ease my sense of overwhelming worked well for the first week.
From the learning rooms…nothing this week.
I am thankful for…all the wonderful projects that hubby helped me accomplish this past week so that we can continue to move forward.
From the kitchen…For breakfast maple and brown sugar oatmeal with golden raisins and coffee for me, lunch will be out after bowling league and dinner will be Lemon Lime Pepper Chicken.
I am wearing…my favorite Levi’s and favorite purple henley T-shirt.
I am reading…The Potluck Catering Club by Linda Evans Shepherd and Eva Marie Everson
I am hoping…to finish painting the bathrooms this week
I am creating…a new mess while I continue sorting, reorganizing the quilting supplies trying to simplify the studio and donating as much as possible.
I am hearing…the last few percolations from the coffee pot YAY!! I need coffee!! As always!
Around the house… lots of projects that we’re finishing.

One of my favorite things…Is my quiet morning time with just my thoughts.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… Projects, projects and more projects – all indoor!!
Here is the picture thought I am sharing with you…

This is the cutest little church in a nearby town with the population of 2. Church attendance well exceeds that number.

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