Wednesday, March 26, 2008

waxed and plucked

Last night after ESL class I went to Marisa's and she waxed me and plucked me good. She even asked Neil if he wanted to pull the tape and make his mother in laws eyes water. He said no, he had been through it and knew what it felt like. lol.

We had a baby shower for Laura from ESL last night. She brought her new baby and we had a great time. She loved the baby quilt I made her. The fabric was called When I Grow Up. Very cute.

I am starting to pack this morning and starting to do some laundry. Hope all goes well for the trip and that the wedding is beautiful. Will write more when I get back.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Windy Tuesday

The winds have really picked up. I hate driving when your car is pushed to and fro. If we can get through March then beautiful spring is just around the corner.

We spent a nice evening with Marisa and Neil and his parents celebrating Marisa's birthday last night. Marisa made a delicious crockpot meal and home made mashed potatoes. I made the rolls and a chocolate whipped cream cake. It wasn't much to look at but it tasted pretty darn good. I was in the bathroom three times before I made it to bed and then started again this morning. Chocolate and I have this thing.

Just two more days before I see my 6 grand children. It will be nice to see my children too. It is why we are making the trip after all. Spencer called last night and it looks like the rehearsal dinner will be at his new home. We will be having a barbecue and I am in charge of the clean up.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Sprinter Sunday

Ok, I wake up and it is snowing outside. It didn't stick but it is only about 30 degrees. It is snowing again and this time the flakes are HUGE. So is it spring or winter? I got up early and made french dip sandwiches for lunch. I sauted some onions and put them in the crock pot with a beef roast and added a mixture of water, soy sauce, garlic and onion soup mix. It was very yummy. I served it on whole wheat hoagies. I also put some potatoes in the oven with cajun seasoning. I made a weight watcher fluff ( pineapple, mandarin oranges, fruit cocktail mixed with sf raspberry jello and sf vanilla pudding, and cool whip free).

Marisa and Neil come over for lime meringue pie I made. Neil was too full from his dinner at his grandma's but Marisa ate a pie. Bailey had spent the night so they took her home.

I bought a sweater in very pastel lime green. I bought it to go with another dress but I remembered I had a black skirt with small flowers that had lavender and this color green. It matched beautifully.

I taught the RS lesson today. It was the talk by Elder Ballard about Facts, Families, Fruits. I showed a 10 minute video about church history. It went well with my lesson. I also told the parable about the debtor and the creditor that Elder Packer told some years ago. I wanted to incorporate the Atonement into my lesson also. I think I achieved that. It has been a lovely day.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Good Friday

Dan had the day off. He cleaned out the raspberry patch. A lot of old growth cleaned out. We should have a good crop this year. I cleaned out the garage while he was working on the berries. I had called someone to pick up some junk from the garage. They showed up about 2pm. We still need someone to haul the family room sofa away. I don't have a replacement so maybe I should wait.

I am still working on Spencer's quilt. Don't know if I am going to be able to finish it on time. It is more time consuming than I had imagined.

Marisa and Neil are coming by for dessert on Sunday afternoon. They are going to Grandma Hagan's for lunch. I just made their Easter baskets. I also got the ingredients for her birthday cake for Monday. Marisa is going to make dinner and I am bringing the cake. I am going to make it at her house on Monday so I don't have to move the cake. It is a chocolate layer cake with a whipped cream filling and fresh strawberries. The picture looks pretty. It takes 13 oz. of bittersweet chocolate.

I made the reservation for the rental car tonight for the trip to Utah. I hope the weather will be good there. I think I will check on line .

Monday, March 17, 2008

October Road

I have been behind in viewing October Road. Last week I watched a couple of the episodes and really got into it. Tonight I watched the episode where their childhood friend Angela dies. It was so sad. I love all of the characters. I don't have a favorite. I like them all for different reasons. I will watch the 2 hour season finale tomorrow or sometime during the week.

Monday Monday

I am so behind on my blogging. We went to the temple this weekend so I had no access to a computer and did not have the energy to write anyway. We were busy both days and we had to stay at the hotel. I didn't call ahead to reserve an apartment so we had to stay at Nauvoo Family Inn. I am not used to a double bed and the people next door were noisy and the hairdryer in the room didn't work and they didn't have a replacement. I did make reservations for April for the apartment but don't know how many vacancies they will have this summer. 40 couple missionaries are coming in April so we shall see.

Dan and I went to Monmouth to speak. Dan thought it started at 10 and then when we were walking up to the building Dan says there sure are alot of cars outside. We get into the building and there is the Stake President speaking at the pulpit. It turns out the meeting started at 9am. While we thought we had arrived a half hour early we were in essence a half hour late. And then to top it off, I wasn't even listed on the bulletin to speak. We sat in the back row and then when the Stake President finished speaking they asked Dan to come up and speak.

At least we got out in essence an hour early. We left there a little after 12 to come home and got home before 2. It is an hour and a half drive easy.

Pat and I are going visiting teaching today. She is going out of town this week so we thought we had better get out. We usually get out much earlier.

I will also go shopping at IGA. I had gone to their website last week to check it out. They said they are giving away a $50. certificate if you sign up and they pick your name. Well when I checked my email when we got back this weekend it said I had won!

Sarah called yesterday and we might be flying from our homes to Disney World (Orlando) and spending a few days there and then getting a shuttle to the ship. It sounds like a plan to me.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Treadmill Tuesday

ok, I'm a little behind. I journaled Sunday in my actual journal. Monday I was very busy. I had made an appointment to see Dan's Dr. I am not good about going to Drs. I go to my gyne and dentist but I feel good so why should I rock the boat?

Well, when I got in there they checked my blood pressure and it was 130/100. They checked it before I left and then decided I needed an EKG. The Dr. said it was abnormal so I got a CXR and then went on Tuesday for an Echo Treadmill test. I was nervous but did just fine. The cardiologist told me up front that it was normal. The Dr.'s office called today with the same news. I do have to take a pill every day and will do so until I see if my pressure will go down if I change my life style. When the weather starts to get better I can get out and exercise.

I feel good and am grateful for the wonders of medicine. I hate to have other people in control of me and that's how I feel taking medication is. On the other hand I am the one in control by deciding how I will treat my body.

I got my TD booster today. I was only 4 years late. I was also asked to volunteer at the Woodford County Health Dept. I will do the intake when people come in for immunizations. I will work from 7:30-11:30 maybe once a month to start.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Sick as a dog Saturday

We went out last night and had dinner at the OK Corral. I had some baked salmon and a beef fillet. I used some fat free ranch on my baked potato. I don't know if the salmon (tasted very fishy) or the dressing was bad. The dressing tasted very sweet. Anyway during the night I must have been in the bathroom 15 times with diarrhea. Since I weigh on Fridays I know what my weight is. I weighed 3 lbs. lighter Saturday.

I slept in until 8 ish which is unheard of. I got up and showered and then ran to the store for the things we needed for painting. Marisa and Neil and Dan and I painted our master bedroom. Two of the walls are a darker taupe almost chocolate ice cream color. The other walls are a lighter taupe. It turned out great. We still need to finish a little bit of the trim way up high on one of the walls. Marisa and Neil said they would be back another day to finish it up. I am going to paint all the baseboards.

We bought Dan a Cherry Rolled top desk last night. It is beautiful. We won't have it delivered until after the carpet is laid. We will look for living room furniture later. He really needs that desk.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Frigid Friday

The television says it's 22 degrees outside. I might go out today if the sun comes out. Marisa, Neil and I went to Lowe's last night. Dan had High Council. We bought paint for the bedroom and entry way. Lowe's called yesterday and said the carpet guy who measured last Saturday can't do the job so we probably have to have the house remeasured. I showed Marisa the carpet we are interested in. I might run out today and look for a roll top desk for Dan.

We are going to move my quilting machine downstairs and then keep my sewing machine and quilting materials upstairs in the sun, the moon and the stars room. Dan will share half the room and put his computer there.

I will be glad to have the work done and the house back in order. We are living out of boxes.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Trash Day

I finally got the rest of the trash out of the garage. Last week was unreal with the old mattress and box springs. I even put some trash sacks with my neighbors. I'm sure the trash man was uttering some things when he drove up to my home. I had been cleaning out closets and clearing off book cases so the trash really piled up. I got a good nights rest in my new bed last night. My back seems to be feeling better.

Talked to Sarah last night. I can't wait to see all of my grandchildren (6) at Spencer's wedding. Marisa told me yesterday that in 22 days we would all be together.

I had picked up a free book from the library some time back called Seventrees. I pick it up and read from it from time to time. It is about a young woman who is an orphan it seems and is being raised my her uncle and aunt. She is more of a servant. She attempts to call her Aunt "mother" like her cousin Luther does but the Aunt says you can't do that. Luther is my son you are not my daughter. When Maggie is twelve her family sends for her. It turns out her parents were Amish and so Maggie goes to live with her grandmother (father's mother) and uncles and aunts. Her grandmother was a medicine woman, meaning she knew a lot about plants and their medicinal values. She teaches Maggie those things. Maggie leaves the Amish lifestyle when she is of age (never embracing it's teachings) because one of the young men wants to marry her. She goes back to her uncle and aunt and nurses the aunt until she dies. She marries Gerald who is a dreamer who wants to go to Mexico to get rich. They end up in the Kansas City area. Maggie is very industrious and starts a business while her husband goes west to follow his dream for a year. Maggie befriends Black Feather an Indian who is their tribes medicine man and who teaches Maggie about herbs and medicines. They were talking about death one night and I thought this quote was good. "As this day moves into past, the sorrow will become fainter, though it will always echo in your heart. As we grow older, there are many voices crying out from our pasts. But ever more softly."

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Wednesday Morning

Got Dan off to work early today. He had a 7am meeting so the alarm went off at 5ish. We read in the OT and then I made him some oatmeal. He left by 6:30 I think. I just saw a commercial on tv about a bank and a maze. And guess what was in the maze? You guessed it a mouse. I hate mice. I cannot watch tv that have them or read about them. The tv show Monk has a huge rat in the beginning of the show that drops down on Monk. I avoid the beginning of the show. Now when I hear that Cefcu has a commercial I am going to have to tune it out.

I just got an email from Traci Weibling my sister in law. Her mom is very ill in the hospital in Kansas City. Traci has been going there daily. I hope they find out what is going on.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Just one more day

Not too much going on here. I made Chicken Paprikash in the crock pot for dinner. It was very tasty. I went to English class. I only had two students. We play boggle for awhile and then studied homonyms. It is so much fun teaching english. It is my fourth year. I will miss next week due to Enrichment Meeting but I have someone to teach for me.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Longer Legs

My beautiful bedroom set was delivered today. I put the new bedding on and can't believe how beautiful the room looks. Marisa came over and she will help us decide on the color of paint and how to decorate the room. She has some good ideas. The only problem with the bed is that it is soooooo tall. I literally have to either stand on a foot stool or go face first and crawl on my tummy to get on. I think I'm done growing so that option is out. I will take some pictures and try and post them. We will probably pick the carpeting this Wednesday. Dan wants to get a roll top desk for his computer. We were thinking of putting it in the little adjacent room in our bedroom but have decided to share my quilting room. We have to dismantle my quilting frame and move it downstairs so I told Dan he could have half the room for his computer and I will use the other half for my sewing. I will just go downstairs and quilt and do my piecing and sewing upstairs.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

A Beautiful Sunday

Went to church today with Pat Webb. Dan went to Kewanee again to finish an audit. The weather must be 60 degrees outside. I hope it stays but I know it won't. I put some chili in the crockpot before I left for church. I cooked the beans all night in the crock pot. I also made some SF Cheesecake pudding. I added some fresh strawberries under the pudding. Yum. Sams had them this week so I bought a box of them. They sure are good.

I downloaded a book from the library called Finding Noel. It is written by Richard Paul Evans. The book came on CD's so I downloaded them to my iPod. Yeah!!! I might take a walk today and listen to it.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

School Daze

I went to ICC for a class on ipods for Adults. The instructor was very informed. She had given the class several weeks ago but her computer with the presentation on it didn't work very well. She offered the class again and so I went. She was very nice and I learned a few things. Alot of this is just trying things. She passed around some books. One book I will definitely order. It is called i-pod, the missing manual. It looked very good and even had colored pictures. I need all the help I can get.

I found a bedding set today at Macy's. It had been marked $350. They had marked it down to $129.99 and then marked it down 30% more. So with tax and all I got it for $98. It has the comforter, bed skirt, shams of all kinds, sheets, pillowcases, and even curtains for both windows with valances. I think I did ok. The comforter is gold with green leaves. The curtains are green with valances that match the comforter. It is even machine washable. Many of the sets I looked at were dry clean only.