Saturday, September 20, 2014

Do I really have to have a title for each post?

One of my cats drowned my smartphone.

It has been over a week now. With Hubby transitioning into his new job, money is tight, so I'm making do without one. We do have a house phone so it isn't too big of a deal.

The first few days of not being constantly attached to social media was hard. I couldn't keep tabs on Facebook all day and I was a little tense. Pretty sick, huh?

I think I miss the camera part the most. My regular digital camera is old and slow and clunky. My phone was with me all the time so I was constantly snapping pictures. Even cruddy cell phone pictures are better than my regular camera. I also really, really miss Instagram. Looking at everyone's IG pictures online isn't the same.

I'm getting caught up on my letter or postcard a week goal for this year. I'd really gotten behind. I need to find more people to write to though. I use postcrossing when I start to get overwhelmed with my postcard collection. Hubby brings me a few every time he comes home but they can add up if I don't stay on top of sending them out.

I'm also reading more. Current book is "Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children" by Ransom Riggs. The story itself is pretty peculiar. It's very imaginative and sort of scary and I'm really enjoying it. I went ahead and bought the sequel "Hollow City" so that I can keep following the story.

I love book series because I always want to know what happens next. I was one of the people traumatized when Harry Potter ended. I read the sequel to "Gone With The Wind" which was written by a different author decades later, just because I had to know what might might have happened to Scarlett and Rhett. It is a pretty unbelievable continuation of Scarlett's story but I sort of disconnected myself from the original and wound up really enjoying it. Don't tell my mother though. She thinks "Scarlett" is a literary sin. I have not gone on to read "Rhett's People" though. I was satisfied enough with the ending in "Scarlett", as weird and wild as it was.

What are you reading right now? Would you recommend it?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

160 today

I'm 160 pounds today.

I'm going to cut out wine for the next two weeks and see what happens.

Orange goodness is here!

I won the Orange Giveaway from A Swap For All Seasons and the package came today! 

It was stuffed with goodies, all of which were orange. There is washi tape, cupcake lines, craft thread, fabric, buttons, two beautiful handmade Halloween cards, and more. It is all so delightful! Thank you so much Linda

Sunday, August 24, 2014

This is me

Oh my, this sad little neglected blog is still here.

I made two posts and then forgot it. Hah. Poor little thing.

I really like the forty eleven cats name though, so I'm back to take up the reins.

I feel like I have forty eleven cats right now. There is a pretty blue-eyed Siamese-y looking stray that keeps dumping her babies on us PLUS we wound up with two other homeless kittens. I'm fixing them as I can and I'm trying to get Mama to hang out long enough to be caught and fixed. Just an fyi y'all:

And a gratuitous snuggly kitten picture because KITTENS:

In the mean time, I've rehomed two of them, but still have two. Big Little has adopted one of them so I know she is going to have to stay. She is the sweetest, most patient cat. Big Little just hauls her around with his toys and she stays with him. She sleeps in his bed and hangs out in the crook of his arm when he is on the couch watching movies.

He is trying to look past me at his movie while I was taking the picture. Stinker.

Soooo... This blog. I'm staying home now and I'm going to use this to chronicle parenting, cats, thrifting, being a trucker's wife, cooking and craft successes and fails, and whatever else pops up. Let me know if you're following along.


Sunday, March 3, 2013

I think I flunked Seed Starting 101

I planted a lot of seeds in little seed starters pots I made from toilet paper rolls. I've kept them in the window and watered them for several weeks now but they aren't sprouting. The only thing I can think is that it was too cold for them on the very few nights we've had where temps have dropped into the 30s.

I'm so disappointed and I feel so silly. I'm not sure how much longer I should try with these, or if I should at all. I was debating on going outside when it warms up and digging a few shallow holes, popping the failed seed pots in, and see if they do anything there.

Thankfully I didn't use all my seeds in this failed experiment so I can still plant the remaining ones directly into the ground outside once it warms up permanently. This weather is weird though. Some days are in the 70s and then a few days later, evening temps will drop to 30 or a little under. I just wish Mother Nature would make up her mind so I could quit killing my plants.

Friday, March 1, 2013

The cooking police are going to lock me up

I'm a recent stay at home mom. Something that I'm using my time for is learning to cook. I'm a little ashamed to admit that before when I worked full time, dinner was usually Hamburger Helper and canned green beans or something similar.

Cooking isn't easy and to me, it isn't much fun. I think that is because I'm not very good at it though. Oh my gosh, you should have seen the chicken casserole concoction I made last night.  I'm trying to use up what is in my pantry to be replaced with from scratch meals and fresh ingredients. One step at a time, right? I can't afford to toss everything out and start over. So I decided to get creative.

Anyway, last night I layered white rice, chopped grilled chicken (some of the ready cooked frozen stuff that you just pop in the oven-it was pretty gross but I didn't know that at the time) and then a mixture of cream of mushroom soup, chicken broth, onion soup mix, and milk. Lord it was terrible stuff, but bless my family's hearts, they ate it. I tried to give the leftovers to the dog and she turned her nose up to it. That is what I get for improvising. 

I'm determined to keep trying and get better. I'm not the type to flunk out and give up. Unless it is math, but that is a different story.