Today, I am thankful for a bountiful harvest. With our friends W&M, we made 9 pints of beautiful salsa verde. It is amazing! This is the end of a phenomenal year of harvest and preserving. I look forward to what tomorrow may bring.
My stomach has been a mess…a big mess. I have had bouts of constipation and diarrhea for months now. Plus my headaches are getting worse I am beginning to suspect that I may have a gluten intolerance. I have decided that starting today, I am going to go GF for a while. I know that on our Thanksgiving Vacation, I will no be completely GF, but I will have 3 weeks before then to cleanse my system. Hello, gluten or not, I am not passing up beignets.
It is November and that means that I will share each day what I am thankful for.
Today, I am thankful for my husband. He is my rock. My strength. My better half. I am blessed to have him to share my life with.
My heart is aching for my friend who recently lost her mother. There are no words that we can ever share that make it better, nothing that we can say to ease the pain. I know this. Having lost my mother-in-law 6 1/2 years ago, I’ve been there. I know the loss of a mother-in-law cannot compare to the loss of a mother.
After hearing of Mary’s passing into eternal life, I couldn’t help but think just how grateful I am for my own mom.
This past weekend my mom and I canned tomatoes. I cherish the moments, the hours and the days we spend together. Seeing someone I know go thru the loss of a parent makes me realize that all of us have a limited number of days here on earth and we should live life to the fullest.
Back to the tomatoes…2 and 1/2 bushels! 85 pints…all of which sealed. I can’t wait to enjoy the fresh delicious tomatoes come winter…chili, veggie soup, hot dish…so many options. My friend M and I have been doing a ton of canning as well. We made homemade tomato soup, 36 pints and over 30 pints of salsa. Plus pepper jelly and we haven’t even started with the tomatillos! I can’t wait!
The forecast last night said severe storms likely with hail as big as 2-3″ in diameter. EEEKKK! The only car in our garage is the race car. I rushed home after work and started moving stuff around…throwing things is more like it. After about 30 min of prep time, DH and I jacked up both ends of the race car and turned it 90 degrees in the garage…That’s right, it is now sitting perpendicular to where it should be and how it should be pulled in. Next we pulled the truck in…Yay! The vehicle I drive will actually fit into the garage. That is a feat. The final step was to pull the Fit in behind the golf. And whamo, bamo, presto, we have 3 cars in our 2 car garage. High fives and into the house we went.
Now, because we busted butt to get that done, we never got any hail or even much for wind. I am not upset, I am actually happy because now I know that we can actually fit all the vehicles into the garage for the winter. Woot! No scraping ice and brushing snow at home
You’ve probably seen people walking around with their babies seemingly tied to their bodies. I know I have. I remember when my kids were little having a sling that I could put them into. I loved it! I had them close, was able to discretely nurse and was still able to accomplish other tasks (if I so desired). Step forward several years and Moby Wraps are now available mainstream. (www.mobywrap.com)
Why do I care? My baby is almost 8 years old. Eight. I digress. My DH and I babysat our adorable nephew B this weekend. B has a tendency to want Auntie and to want to be held (perhaps N & E are too in his face). I decided to buy a back pack (had one with my kiddos and loved it). The problem was I didn’t want to spend $200 or more for something that would probably only get used for one weekend. Instead, I ended up with a Moby Wrap.
Once I figured out how to put the thing on, B and I both loved it. DH even used it for a while. Instructions were easy to find on the internet: (http://www.mobywrap.com/mw/instructions-moby.htm) and there are some fab YouTube videos out there. Unfortunately, the box was terribly lacking in directions. Thank God for smart phones!
Well, that is my review of Moby Wraps. LOVED IT! I will be keeping this around for when I have B in the future (at least until he is too big).
Where in the world have I been? I just realized it has been over 2 months since I wrote a blog post. What the heck?
2 Trips to the Emergency Room, 3 Days in Children’s hospital, 2 strep tests, a spinal tap, 4 clinic visits, a tetanus booster, a trip to South Dakota and North camping with Grandpa, a sudden desire to go to the Quigley Shoot in Forsyth, MT, some emergency dental patients, 2 stitches (not including the ones my patients got), two races, an engine swap, a crown, 4 extracted teeth (again, not ones I did, but Miss E), a case of viral meningitis (or 3) and more gray hairs than I can count. That is where I have been.
What is to come? I am going to do a Whole 30 challenge, starting Monday. It is going to be tough, I am sure, but I can do it! I have foot surgery scheduled for 2 weeks from tomorrow (with a different surgeon).
For right now, I am looking forward to a weekend with my 17 month nephew Bakers, taking some photos for my friend M’s family and hopefully hitting the farmers market. Maybe, just maybe I can get a break from this stupid headache that just won’t seem to let me be.
It’s over. I started having back spasms and that is a sure sign for me to take it easy and planks are anything but easy. I don’t think the planks are the reason, however no more…at least for a while.
Wow, that was intense! But I did it! 30 seconds of core strengthening plank today. I wonder if Hubby will remember.
We spent some time looking at riding lawn mowers…ugh. Who knew there were so many decisions to make? I think we have it narrowed down, between a craftsman and an areins.
Well, I better get back to supper…the smoke alarm is going off!!! Although, at our house, dinner is rarely done before that particular timer goes off.
Holy Crap! Who would think that 20 seconds would be such a long time. This is going to be a good challenge, with challenge being the optimum word. The really cool thing is at the hubby is doing it with me.
BTW, I nailed down yet another migraine trigger: nitrous oxide. Yep, laughing gas doesn’t make me laugh, it gives me a migraine. I guess at means I will lean on my boss to handle these patients for me.
2 out of 3 isn’t bad, right? That is my track record on 30 Day Challenges…For May I am going to try it again. Yes, I know May has 31 days, but I saw this on FB and I don’t want to wait until June to do it.
I am excited to do the 30 day Plank Challenge. What is it? Check out the calendar from Fit Fabulous below: I am going to change things up a bit…like by starting on Wednesday. I am even going to post photos…ugh, the thought makes me a little sick; I guess that means I need to get off my lazy bum and do it!
This is going to be part of a bigger workout challenge. I need to get on it. I have a good start for this week. Yesterday I spent almost an hour outside putting tires away, raking and gardening. That HAD to burn some calories.