Feb. 19th

The stubbornness of some people! The boy and I just finished pushing a lady out of the snow/ice/slush. She didn’t want us to. dunno.gif I couldn’t believe it. She had been working at it for well over 15 minutes and it had gotten her nowhere. After we went out, she got out of her car, tried to dig her tires out with her feet, and tried again. I finally said “you are not going to get out unless we push you out.” She FINALLY decided to let us help. She gave me a hug and thanked me. The boy did the most pushing though. Poor woman! When the boy changed his bed pants, he said he had bits of rubber stuck to his leg! omg2.gif

I am 2/3 rds finished with the sock. I had the boy try it on so I could get a picture. Isn’t his foot so cute??? biggrin.gif

im0008681.JPG I wasn’t going to continue the stripes around the foot, but then I thought that it would look weird, so…..I continued the stripes.

I talked with ma today. She said that Grams is doing much better. Getting stronger every day. I was going to call Andra, but I forgot…blush.gif I was not a good sister today.

Edited to add…..

I just tried to call the sister. She was in a meeting, but sounded good.

Feb. 18th

Updates~~ my sister is at home.  Banged and bruised, and her liver is bruised as well.   She said her car is pretty banged up as well.  I guess her kind of car does not have a rear axle, but spindles that the tire is on, and that is what she broke.

Today was a great day.  It was the last day that I did power point.   What a relief!!!  We also had a carry-in-dinner at church, so I didn’t have to cook!!banana.gif  After we got home, we played 2 games of Clue.  The daughter won them both!!! Then I knitted……….and knitted……..and knitted!!!  We also watched more of the WWII documentaries.  However, we figured out at DVD #4 that there are 3 programs on each DVD, and we had only been watching 1….rolleyes.gif so we are going to go back and watch what we missed….

Feb. 17th

I got a phone call this afternoon saying that my sister had wrecked her car. Her liver has a tear in it, and was bleeding. They took her to St. Louis to St. John’s, so that if it begins to bleed again, they will be able to repair it. I pray it doesn’t. I am concerned for her. Really wishing I could be there for her! sigh…….

I have been up since 5:26 AM. I just couldn’t get back to sleep, so I came downstairs and began knitting on the husband’s sock. He wanted it to be brown……and not just any shade would do. It is poop brown. I began knitting and knitting and I just couldn’t take it anymore, so I had to give myself something to look forward to…..blue stripes!  A friend suggested pink heels and toes. I don’t think he would appreciate that…giggle!


I have more than twice as much done on it. It is worsted weight, and I am using size 6 DPN’s, so they are knitting up pretty quickly. He wants them to wear to bed. I know that I couldn’t handle size zero needles and that color of brown! grossedout.gif

This evening we began watching BBC’s The History of WWII. There are some things that I had no clue about. Very interesting…like Hitler went to jail twice before he came to power.

I sure hope my sister will be alright.

Feb. 16th

Wow!  Today went by very quickly.

I took the daughter to get her ultrasound done today.   Doc said that he won’t have the results till at least Monday.   The results determine where we go from there.   After that, the daughter wanted to go to Walmart, so we did, and then home.

I finished the sock, but since it is for someone who reads this, I will not be posting a picture till she has it.  I want it to be a surprise! biggrin1.gif

I chatted with my mother.  She said that Grams is doing well.  She is still weak, but getting better.  We were going to go see her tomorrow, but ma hinted that she didn’t think that Grams could handle company right now, so we will see how she is doing by next Saturday.

For supper, we had a home made bbq chicken, bacon and onion pizza on a sour dough crust.  I don’t think we will be using the sour dough for pizza crusts anymore…

cry.gif  The forums are finally shut down.  Such a sad day for us all.  So many lives touching each other.  So many friendships made.  All of these ladies have influence me greatly.  They have all made me better.

Feb. 15th

*sung to the tune of “I’ve Been Working on a Railroad*

I’ve been knitting on a blue sock, all my live long days,

I’ve been knitting on  a blue sock, just to pass the time away…..wacko1.gif

I am almost finished with said sock. I am hoping to get a good portion of it finished up tonight. After the kiddos go to bed, I will finish watching National Treasure. For some reason, noise in the background helps me knit faster.

Today was rather uneventful. The husband was home again today, due to the weather. We did school, I ran some errands, and beat the husband in a game of Hands and Feet. biggrin.gif

It was good to get out of the house. The roads are horrible. Generally, this town does very good at keeping the roads decent, but not this storm. Of course, the ice is a good 1-2 inches thick. Everywhere I went people were chopping away at it. The sidewalk in front of our house is the only one on our entire street that doesn’t have ice on it. I insisted that the husband clear it yesterday morning, sprinkling salt on it before the sleet came. He did a wonderful job of it.

I spoke with my sister tonight. I love it when she calls. I miss her so much! I will be so very happy when I see her again!

I made ham and bean soup tonight with corn bread. It was good. However…………I have so many leftovers from this week, the next few days we will be eating leftovers, and no more cooking till they are gone!!!clap.gif


The daugher has been doing a lot of embroidery here lately.  She began it when she wanted to make something special for her great Grandma for Christmas.  Then, when she became ill, that was about all she had energy for.  Here is what she has done.  She is going to put them in her hope chest~which is a cardboard box at the moment~

This is the first one that she did.im0008521.JPG

Here is the second one.


The third…im0008541.JPG

The forth… This one is in honor of me………I wonder why…. 🙂


The fifth…and my favorite…im0008561.JPG

The sixth…im0008571.JPG

and the 7th…im0008581.JPG

Feb. 14th~Valentines Day~

Happy Valentines Day!!

Today dawned bright and early…………and icy!im0008501.JPG If you look closely at the back window, you can see where the husband worked for a good 10 minutes to clear that small bit of ice off!

The children spent their time writing.gif and I spent my time phone.gif and knit.gif.

I am about 2/3rds of the way finished with my sock. I am so excited about it. I can not wait for the recipient to receive them!!!


As you have previously read, the boy made a cheesecake for the Chocolate Extravaganza. It was auctioned off…..we received an email from the sponsors of the event…

Your cheesecake was beautiful and much admired. It brought the second highest price in the auction. $45.
I am sooooooo proud of the boy, I am bursting inside!

I am also pleased to report that Grams came home yesterday.  That is a good thing!

Feb. 13th

Today we celebrated Valentines Day. We did this because the husband’s only night off is Tuesday’s. However, in hindsight, we could have done it tomorrow as the weather is just awful, and the husband most likely won’t be going to work tomorrow. We got 4-5 inches and then a good 1/2 inch of ice on top of that.

Anyway, I set the table this morning, using a twin flat sheet and the daughter made the heart shaped confetti. im0008431.JPG

The chef.gif boy made sirloin steak, baked potato, corn casserole and Chocolate Carmel Seduction for dessert. im0008481.JPG This was wonderful!!! What a satisfying day!!!

On the knitting front, thinking.gif I have spent a good portion of the last hour or so unknitting….dead.gif. I had finished the heel flap and began to pick up the gusset stitches……and totally forgot to turn the heel! handface.gif. All is fixed now. My eyes are bleary though, and I am so glad that it is time for bed!!! zz_bed.gif

Feb. 12th

It was just another ordinary day in my home.

~got up yawn.gif

~got a shower shower.gif

~went for my daily exercies treadmill.gif

~ate breakfast eat.gif

~started laundrylaundry.gif

~did school school_whats_new.gif

We also did our first lab in home ec class. This was a bit different for the kiddos since they are used to cooking rather free in the kitchen, but for the formal “home ec”, they had to do a lab. They had to write out a detailed explaination of what they were going to do, when, etc. It was great fun watching them make cookies.

Here they are, reading their detailed plan, and making sure that they are keeping their backs to the camera.im0008261.JPG

Kirs is mixing.im0008281.JPG

Dean says Nooo…im0008361.JPG

Washing up…im0008391.JPG

Final product.im0008421.JPG

Oh…they are sooooo good!!!

Feb. 11th

Today is Sunday, so naturally we went to church.  I was rather dreading telling the powers that be, that I was stepping down from my ministry.  I thought that it would look something like….smarty_gets_it.gif, however it was more like hug2.gif so I was very glad of that.

The rest of the day, I plan to knit.  I have a project that I am getting ready to start and it involves a lot of different stitches.  I have gotten several books with different ones in them so I am anxious to get started.

Feb. 10th

What an interesting day today.  I took the boy to drop off the cheesecake……man did I hate to see that thing leave our posession…  It looked sooooo good!!!  We came back home, picked up the daughter and away we went to see Grams.

The boy and his grandpa….doublebuddies.

Grams looked good, but weak.  She is such a special lady.  I love her so much.  We visited awhile, then we~the parents~myself and the kiddos went to lunch.  We luncheoned at Applebee’s.  The food was good, but it was also nice just chatting with the parents.   talking.gif  I wanted to stay a bit later, but the husband was going to be home from work at 2:30, so we had to leave so I could get home.driving.gif  The rest of the evening was pretty uneventful except that the BIL and his wife came over for a brief time.scared4.gif  I am tired.

Feb. 9th

What a busy day!  It was payday, so lots to do…lots to do.  We did our shopping, I got my hair cut laie_50.gif, and then we were going to go visit Grams.  On the way home, the boy chef.gif told me that he had to make a cheese cake for the 10th Annual Chocolate Extravaganza.  So, no visiting Grams.   Came home put stuff away, back to the store to purchase some chocolate for said cheese cake, librarybook2.gif and home.  The husband came home ill, and he went to bed.  Didn’t go to his second job, even.  He wasn’t feeling well at all.  I also chit_chat.gif on the phone quite a bit. wacko1.gif
Grams procedure went well.  Doc said that it wasn’t a gall stone, but some gravely, sludgie muck.  Anyway, she is doing well, and I am going to see her Saturday after we drop off aforementioned cheesecake.


I have decided that I am stepping down from doing power point at church.  I have been doing it for almost 3 years now, with 1, 2 week break.  I let them know a year ago that I was feeling burnt out, that they really needed to get someone else, but they never have.  So, Sunday I will be letting the appropriate people know.  I am not looking forward to that.  sigh.gif

Feb. 8th

What a day this has been.  I woke up this morning, and before I even opened my eyes, I was dizzy.  I spent most of the day motionless from my shoulders up.  The rest of me was busyputer.gif typing or knit.gif knitting.  I had to rip the toe of the sock that I had just completed out to lengthen it a bit.  That was very interesting, and it kept my head still enough that by 4ish, I was feeling a bit better!

I have an update on Grams too.  She has a gall stone lodged in a duct, and that is what is causing the pancreatitis, and other things.  They will be fixing that tomorrow.  I hope to go up and see her, afterwards.

Algebra was not to bad today.  I had to call Tressa, my wise and wonderful friend for help.  What a blessing she is!  Anyway, it wasn’t as complicated today as it has been in the past, and for that, I am very thankful!!! yahoo.gif

Ginko Biloba

So, I am aging. I am cool with that. I honestly don’t mind getting older. I am enjoying every day I have. I have great fun every day. I laugh and learn with my kiddos.


My short term memory has seriously depleted. So much so, that I began to worry….but then I would forget WHY I was worrying….!!!laugh.gif About 3 weeks ago, I went to Walmart to remedy the situation and I purchased the strongest Ginko Biloba they had. 120mg a pill. I take 2. wacky.gif

You know what? My short term memory is doing much better! I have found that my train of thought isn’t lost quite so often, and for that I am very happy….now if I could just remember where I put my glasses!glasses.gif

Feb. 7th

Today was a hectic day. I spent most of the morning on the phone, and setting up an email loop/group. It was fun.
School went well. We did home ec today, which pleased the kiddos. I forgot yesterday, because I was so busy setting up this blog.

This morning the boy and I went for our daily walk/jog. It was pretty cold, so I double gloved. My finger tips were still numb, and my hair frosted. It felt so good to get out though. I missed it the last few days. It really needs to get warm soon………come soon spring!!!

Dad called and Grams took a turn for the worse last night. Doc’s say she has pancreatitis and they are pumping her stomach. Her heart has stabilized though, and that is a good thing. We will go visit her Friday.

I made the most delicious soup last night for supper. It is called Cheesy Chicken Chowder. It is so quick to put together, and it is so wonderful. Today for lunch, I added some leftover potatoes and greenbeans for a whole new taste. The boy made some sour dough biscuits, so we had some of them as well.

Feb. 6th

This week has been a very sad week for me.  I am grieving a loss that most wouldn’t/won’t understand.  The homeschool forum that I have been a part of for about 2 ½-3 years is closing.  My heart is aching.

Also, my Grams has had a heart attack.  She is still in hospital.  I don’t, honestly, believe that she will last the year.


Brad is home on Tuesday evenings.  It is very difficult for us to be with him since he works 2 jobs,  and Tuesday evenings, and Saturdays are the only time he is home, we struggle.   Dean said it best “Dad, we have just forgotten how to be with you.”  I need to find some way to rectify that, but I am at a loss.

Pony Express

Remember waaaaaaaaaaaaay back in the olden days when they would ship letters via pony express……….well, once a year, there are volunteers to ride the same route through Arizona. The boy’s friend from Missouri found out about it and sent him a letter. horse.gif

You had to send it to Arizona, and they would take all the letters, hand stamp them, put them in a leather pouch, ride horseback through the original route to a real post office, then the post office would send them on.



I am freezing today. It is about 10º here.

School is going well. Dean is finished with his work already. Kirs, well……….she is continuing to plug along.

I am knitting a pair of blue socks. I will put the picture up here as soon as I am finished with them. I am so excited about them…….and about knitting. I have my friend Melanie to thank for that….Thanks Melanie!