Sunday, July 31, 2011

Meal Plan Sunday

Monday: Beef and Bean Chimichangas
Tuesday: Citrus-marinated chicken, mashed potatoes, vegetable
Wednesday: Quiche
Thursday: Eat at a friend's house. If not, DIY Pasta Salad.
Friday: Easy Grilled Nacho Pizzas

Friday, July 29, 2011

I think car things are done

In June and July:

Another car and I backed slowly into each other. Oops. Had to pay a big deductible to get my bumper fixed.

Someone rear-ended another car while driving our Suburban. $750 to mostly fix the damage.

Another car rolled or backed into my car. Just got it fixed this week and the other insurance company paid. It looks good.

Someone in the family got a Robocop ticket for running a red light. Big fine.

Someone in the family got a Robocop ticket for running a right turn red light while driving my car. NOT ME. And it wasn't dh either.

Trying to sell Mom's Jeep and don't have the title. Have a buyer, but California is taking forEVER to pony up the duplicate title. Hope the buyer stays with us.

Dh is buying a car tomorrow. I'm not really happy about it.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

My clothes closet

This morning I was reading a blog post from Life As Mom about the same clothing problem I have. You go to the closet and open it and although there is an adequate number of clothes in it, you have nothing to wear because things don't fit, are damaged (stained, loose seams, worn out), don't have any coordinating things to go with them, are outdated, or the wrong season. That describes my closet pretty well.

I keep thinking I will lose weight, so a couple of tops will fit better. But will I lose height and make the tops that are too short magically long enough? The fad a few years ago of tops that hit at "high hip" was brutal on a long-body gal like me. I need to ditch that stuff. I need to get rid of the top I've loved and worn for so long that the seams are starting to wear through at the neck. Those things are safe to get rid of. No amount of weight loss is going to make them look better.

I like the top I'm wearing in this picture (although I'm not showing it to its best advantage here) because it is a comfortable cotton knit and easy to wear, but it has some inherent detailing. That is the kind of top I'm looking for these days.

I need to purge my closet and get shopping!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Meal Plan Sunday

Monday:Asian chicken salad (from a kit I bought at Costco), rolls
Tuesday:Two-color Baked Ziti, broccoli
Black Bean and Corn Enchilada Egg Bake

Burrito Casserole, rice
Friday:Pizza and ginger ale

Mini S'mores Cones

Saturday, July 23, 2011

And it only took 25 months!

Today was a momentuous day in our house--we unpacked the last, the very last box from our move here just over two years ago. LOL, shameful, isn't it?? Here is dh carrying the offender away.
The reason we finally got it unpacked is we decided to move S to her own room. We had been keeping the 4th bedroom as kind of a guest room, or available for one of the older kids to move into, but it became apparent none of them is going to move in with Mom and Dad in the immediate future, so we decided to use it for the children we do have at home. The final three boxes were stacked in the corner of this room and they had to go!

S causes the most distraction at bed time, so we decided to move her out of the large room all three girls have been sharing and into the 4th and smallest one. Here she is, and darn tootin' pleased she is as well.

I haven't a decorating bone in my body so I've been looking at some of the decorating blogs for ideas. I'd really like her to have something a little bit cute.

Friday, July 22, 2011

A few of my favorite pictures from our vacation

This is my father-in-law Bob. He's 81 years old and has been an amputee since he was in his 20s. He's always in pain from the effects of the electrical accident that caused his amputation, yet he hikes, camps, plays with grandkids, and is a very funny guy.
And here is my mother-in-law Jane. Those cute boys are her grandsons, my nephews. Jane is honestly one of the nicest people I know. She is thoughtful of others, never wants to give offense, and is a great conversationalist. She raised very kind and thoughtful sons, too. Girls too, but I see such kindness in her sons that I know she did a great job with them.
Here are my three younger daughters. They'll soon be entering 2nd grade (S) and 4th grades (C & E). They are lively and smart and super affectionate. We have a lot of love going on in our family!

I was really happy to take them to this pioneer outpost called Cove Fort. One of my favorite memories of my older children was taking them here at about the same ages. For some reason D didn't go, but I took H and K on a trip here. I hadn't taken too many road trips back then and it was kind of a BIG DEAL to pack up the car, drive there, take the tour, stay in a KOA cabin, tour the town about 35 miles away, then return home to Salt Lake City.

On the way home from this trip I stopped to see my old friend Kathy. Kathy and I met through her mother Peggy. Peggy was my neighbor across the street when I lived in Salt Lake City. She didn't know anyone who wasn't a friend and she gathered me right in. Her daughter Kathy and I became friends some time after Peggy and I met. A year ago Kathy developed some serious health problems and was hospitalized for a long time, then moved to a nursing home. She's doing a lot better, but you can see the vent, and it's reduced her ability to be out and about as she has always been. Her husband Andy is very attentive to her and she dotes on him. They are a wonderful couple. Just a note: I was startled when I came into Kathy's room because she had lost some weight and she looked just like Peggy. Peggy had snow white hair when she died a couple of years ago, but other than that, it was almost like I was looking at her when I saw Kathy. What a nice memory for me.
This is my son Kevin. He'll be going on a mission soon and it's probably the last time I'll see him before he leaves in October. It's scary how often we think or say the same thing at the same time!
And finally, a shot of two of the big focuses in my life--my family (part of it!) and Jesus Christ. Yes, I'm aware that this is a statue depicting Him (LOL), but I really try to live as He wants me to live.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

A hawk!

C and I were in the kitchen when she suddenly ran yelling out the sliding glass door. She was waving her arms around and making quite a ruckus! Here is what happened:

She drew this picture to show the four chickens in the back yard to the left of the pool (with its cross-hatched safety net) and in front of the large privacy shrub (middle back) with a hawk swooping down on them. C said they were running around and making their "danger noise." By the time I got out there the hawk was sitting on the fence, then flew to a neighbor's tree, where it sat for about ten minutes, just watching.

As you can imagine, we hustled the chickens into their run where they are completely safe from the hawk.


I used my new birding book to identify the hawk which was a Swainson's Hawk light morph. I think we'll keep the chickens in their run for a few days and see if the hawk hangs around. From my reading I know they prefer to eat grasshoppers and insects like that, but during mating season they also go for small mammals and birds as large as injured ducks. Now that our four girls are our egg-laying pets, I don't want anything to happen to them!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


The girls and I are home 5 miles shy of 2000 miles later! I can honestly say it was a really pleasant vacation and other than seeing dh, I wasn't ready for it to end.


saw Cove Fort
saw Glen Canyon Dam
saw David
saw Kevin
saw Bill's super excellent family
went tubing on (in??) the Portneuf River
slid down REALLY tall water slides at the water park
saw Kathy and Andy
visited Temple Square in Salt Lake City
had dinner with Dan Christensen
saw my old college duplex
bought squeaky cheese
couldn't find a room in Page, Arizona and had to soldier on to Flagstaff, 2 hours farther
visited a candy factory
bought school clothes

It was an excellent vacation. I hope to repeat it next year, but with dh in tow.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Heading out

I don't usually mention trips until after the fact, but since there will be several family members still at the house, don't even bother a midnight maurade (how do I spell that right?) while I'm gone. You might get shot at!

Anyway, I'm headed to Idaho tomorrow for some play time in Lava Hot Springs over the weekend. Tubing the river, playing at the water park, enjoying the hot springs. I can't wait!