Holy Crap It Really Is The End Of November…

I have not disappeared..really. I am still hanging around. I just haven’t felt the urge to blog. Sorry for those that have missed me. I got a message from a lovely lady, that always has a way of bringing a smile to my face and has been encouraging, wondering if she has missed something..Nope, Pixie (;)) , I’ve just been in a funk! I would rather my blog be about happy and fun things…I just haven’t been my usual ball of happy and fun! But, I have been writing..just not on here..I’m not going to say exactly what it is, but it has to do with something that Miss Pixie and my bestie have been telling me I should try..so we shall see how that goes!

Anyway, I have been getting into some other things while I have been absent from my page. I have always enjoyed cooking and baking, and I have really gotten into making/decorating cupcakes. It gives me something to focus on for a little bit to get my mind off all of the other crap that is running through it and makes me feel a sense of pride and accomplishment when I’m done! It’s just one of those things you can look at and think “Wow! Those look really awesome and I did that!” I like to be able to use my creativity and make things look pretty! Oh, and yummy!

Speaking of cooking, baking and end of November…tomorrow brings my most favorite holiday. Thanksgiving! I love Thanksgiving, because I feel that it is more of a time to reflect on things in your life, than any other holiday. You get together with your families, just like every other holiday, but it is a time to give thanks for what you have so it really makes me think of what I am thankful for. I don’t think like a lot of other people. I see posts on Facebook, where others are thankful for a lot of material things. I am not a material person, so I can’t say that I am thankful for a whole lot of material items. Yes, I am thankful that I have a roof over my head, clothes on my back, shoes on my feet, and the other material things that everyone needs and should be thankful that they have. I tend to think of these more as necessities than anything else and there are too many people out there in this world that don’t have these things. The things that I am mostly thankful for are things that can never be replaced..things that, if they weren’t in my life I would be completely lost..things that are here today and are not guaranteed to be tomorrow. I am thankful that I have been given one more day. This is one more day that I have to be able to love my family.. to watch my beautiful daughters grow, smile, laugh, fight, cry, and live their ‘one more day’..to be able to love them with all that I have and know that they are, by far the BEST, accomplishments in my life. I am thankful for being given the gift of their unconditional love and the opportunity to be their mommy! Without them, I would not be who I am and I would be completely lost. I am thankful that, with this one more day, I have people that encourage me and  love me unconditionally..no matter how many times I mess up, want to quit, feel like I have let them down, or just shut down. I know that they will be there for me to keep me on the right road and show me all the reasons that I need to keep my head up. I am thankful for all of the people in my life that  bring a smile to my face…Every once in a while you just need that smile or laugh, from out of no where that makes you shake your head. I am thankful for all the little things..every little thing that I see or hear or touch that brings forth an emotion. Those are things that can never be replaced. You will never know if you were meant to see them or hear them, but they are now a memory that you have to hold on to. I am thankful that tomorrow I will get to use my talents and creativity in the kitchen and cook a nice meal for my family and be able to sit down, enjoy their company, and think about what I am thankful for with each of them.

Oh, and hey, I just so happen to be thankful for everyone that reads my meaningless chatter! You guys really are awesome and you are right up there in the “people who bring a smile to my face” category! So, Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and I hope you have a wonderful day with your families!

 

Random Shit-tastic Nonsense…

 

I have to start out by saying that I am sorry *sigh*again, for any inconvenience my absence may have caused.  Yeah, I know, I’m not all that important, but I just thought I would throw that in there. I thought that by now I would have a little extra time to be hanging around on the computer..guess not!  It seems like every time I turn around lately one shit storm or another is brewing and I have no choice but to walk on through to the other side. Such is life, right?

There are so many places that I originally intended to go with this blog.  So far, I don’t seem to be making headway in any direction, besides dull and boring.  That could be because I have a little birdie that keeps chirping in my ear about what I should and shouldn’t post.  Hmm..well, as far as I am concerned, I think I will just spout my thoughts whenever I damn well please and whatever lands in this white box is free game.  I seem to remember my very first post saying something along the lines of “if you don’t like what I have to say..don’t read it”..I’m not twisting anyone’s arm to sit here and read a damn thing!

That being said, I’m telling you I am in a strange, random mood this evening!  Normally right about now I would be reading.  Kids are in bed.  The husband is taking up residency across the bed watching Sons of Anarchy (on his cell phone of all things) trying to get caught up on all of the seasons.  Me?  I’m a mixed bag of clusterf%&*!  I think it may have to do with the fact I drank a half gallon of lemon tea today.  Yeah, I would say that would be it, since I can’t sit still and my thoughts are racing from one thing to another. I can honestly say I am feeling happy, pissy, excited and sad, all at the same time.

I am happy because, even though it’s not official, it feels like fall.  I have christened it’s unofficial existence by severely abusing the 350 degree heat setting on my oven.  I freaking love to bake.  It is the one and only thing that I will freely admit I am good at! **We will continue to look past last Thanksgivings cherry pie mishap. It looked great on the outside..the inside looked like a sacrifice of sorts. In my defense, I had three other pies going and that one should have went in first.** Anyway, fall months also bring my favorite holiday.  I love cooking for the family.  If you are my Facebook friend/relative, you already know this.  I don’t know why, but I just like the thought of being able to cook a huge meal for a bunch of people.  It gives me a sense of satisfaction, that I set out to do something, worked really hard, and in the end everybody enjoyed themselves.  I have plans to continue the thorough use of my oven for the rest of the week.  It’s a damn good thing I don’t partake in many of my treats, because I would have to put a treadmill in the other corner of the kitchen (might mot be a bad idea anyway :)).

I’m pissy because, if I have to make one more phone call to the internet company this week, I am going to drive around town until I see one of their vans, drag one of the “crafty assholes” to my house, show him up close and personal like, that we DO NOT have their cable service and not so kindly let them know that if they shut my service off again because of a past due bill on services that I do not render from their company, they can shove the whole damn thing up their asses.  Seriously?  How in the hell do you charge someone for cable and internet, when they are signed up for an internet only package, then try to tell them that they still owe $102 for services that WERE NEVER INSTALLED?  One girl I talked to was convinced it was a conspiracy to steal cable..Really?  I pay for satellite..why in the hell would I need cable too?  I really don’t like tossing money out the window every month.  UGH..what a bunch of morons!

I am excited because I have been writing more.  Tossing around some scary ideas in my head.  If, in fact, those “scary ideas” become more than ideas, I may let you in on it.  ; )

And finally, sad.  I’m not sure why, but every time I stop for a few minutes and really think, I just feel sad.  Maybe it’s the weather change..who knows.

But, anyway..There ya have it!  That’s what I’ve been up too for a little bit and what I’ve been thinking about.  Hopefully, I will spout some more randoms from my phone here and there..short little quickies to let ya know I’m still teetering on this side of the edge of the Earth!

Questions, comments, concerns on my questionable comments are always welcome —>over there is the e-mail address!

Later!

 

 

Cream Of The Crop…

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Yesterday, I mentioned how I love…our garden”. Above is a picture of what my husband picked on Tuesday night! Even though we have had a serious drought and an excessive heat wave this year, the only veggie that seems to have been affected by the heat and lack of rain, were the green beans. We had a ton, but good ones were few and far between. Luckily, canned veggies last awhile, because we still have plenty left from last season.

The larger tomatoes above are going to, finally, be chopped and made into fresh pico de gallo and cucumber salsa today, and hopefully this weekend, the Romas (smaller, pear shaped ones) will be made into spaghetti or chili sauce.

We seem to be having a great year for our green peppers, hot peppers and cucumbers, as well. Normally, I would have already been making pickles, but we can’t seem to get enough smaller ones at the same time. (This is saddening, because my homemade garlic dill refrigerator pickles are amazing..or so I’ve been told!) Oh well, cucumbers go fast around here with the kids!

Every year we seem to try to plant something different than we have in the past, and this year my husband chose watermelons. We have done canteloupe, squash (which no one here eats), and other viney things, but they never really did much. I haven’t really been out to look, but he says the watermelons are doing well and the girls are really excited about them!

The thing I love most about the whole gardening thing is..first, it reminds me of when I was young and being at my grandparents house. They had a big garden and when we were running around in the back yard we would grab a bean or two, or pea pods, or whatever and keep on playing. My husbands grandparents had gardens, too, which was more inspiration. Secondly and mainly, it is an awesome learning experience for our girls. They see their food grow in the backyard and get
to see the processes we go through to make it into a meal. For being 11 & 9, they know when the proper time is to pick things just by looking at them and feeling them! And the best part…they eat their veggies!

Ok..enough rambling about the veggies! I have to do something with them now!

Sorry for errors…this ones posted from my handheld lifeline a.k.a. my phone!