I’m Leaving Blogger

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This is a somewhat official announcement of my departure from Blogger.  I’ve mulled over this idea for the last two years, never taking the leap for this reason or that, but usually my reasons were due to finances and a lack of experience on my end with coding.  However, I think it is time to move on.  Blogger has served as an awesome beginner platform, but I’m ready to move on and leave the quirks that come with Blogger behind.  I don’t have a specific date for when this move will actually happen, but expect it to be very soon!  As in within the next month or even week. 

If you’re curious, I’ve chosen to use Squarespace as my host.  They offer a free two week trial that I may just “try”.  I’m nervous to leave the security blanket that Blogger has become, but like I said, I am ready to move on.  Bear with me as I work on this blog in the days to come, and stick around to see the finished site!

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…Weekend…

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…Gardening.  It happens every year around this time; I become antsy with planting my vegetable garden.  I’ve started my herbs again , using the paper bag method.  It was successful last year with all my herbs and tomatoes!  I’m also using another DIY seed starter that I’ll post about later.  I still need to purchase some of the seed starters from the store though.  I want to jump start most of my seeds indoors this year in order to extend my harvest period. 

… Donuts.  We had a rare, sweet treat this weekend!  I say rare, not because we are sugar prudes, no no, we are quite the opposite.  I mean, we once drove all the way to Portland, OR  just so we could eat at Voodoo Doughnut.  I  even have a lovely picture of me stuffing my face with the Ol’ Dirty Bastard to prove it.  Yummy.   I say it is a rare treat because we do not have a donut shop close to our house. 

… DIY Play Dough.  I made this green play dough for the  kids this weekend.  They loved it and are still playing with it as I type.  I got the recipe from Pinterest, of course, and it is a pin that actually works!   (You can follow me on pinterest here if you want!)

… Sketch.  I’ve picked up my art journal again.  We’ll see where I go with this sketch.  My husband hates it, but that’s not surprising.  He is a really good drawer, and if it doesn’t look life-like or really pretty, then he doesn’t like it. Haha!

… Flowers.  The “I’m Sorry” flowers are from the hubs.  They were accompanied with a very nice letter of apology.  I accepted.  What can I say?  I’m sucker for letters and flowers.

That’s it for us!  Now tell me, how was your weekend?!

In The Throes

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Bubba is in the throes of his academics, and like every semester, we are exhausted, slightly bitter, and testy with each other.  We have a running countdown until his graduation, and I am the first to tell you that we cannot wait.  In fact, I have a countdown app on my phone and it says we have 1,042 days left of this craziness.  That’s a whole lot of days’.  He attends summer classes, too.  This is a year round thing for us.  

I find myself miffed about the level of self-sacrifice between Bubba and me.  Obviously I feel that my sacrifices are higher than his.  I had to ask him what he thought it was, and his conclusion was the same as mine. I suppose I sacrifice more in terms of raising kids (during the trying times of their age), convenience, sanity, and having to take over his typical “jobs” (mowing the lawn during kids naptime etc).  If I’m honest, I get a little jealous that he gets a nice a long, quiet commute to school/work seven days per week, or that he is able to get out of the house everyday while I often feel isolated, left at home without a car for hours and hours per day while he sits in class making idle conversation with people over the age of 12.  I also envy the peaceful walks he must encounter between classes.

Although we work very hard to keep our line of communication open, it has proven to be difficult.  We only have one phone so we do not speak until he is home in the evening from work/school.  And even then, as soon as he struts through the door, I’m usually off to the gym for an hour or trying to squeeze in an errand or two while he studies & watches the kids.  Our usual time for conversation is what I call after hours:  After studying for 2-3 hours, after the kids are winding down for the night with a movie, after we eat, etc.  However, usually by then, we are both finished with our day and all we want to do is sleep.  Being so tired all the time, our listening skills suffer, but at least we are trying our best!

With that being said, I don’t want to undermine the burdens that Bubba carries either.  He is taking five classes.  Five, very hard classes, and I have to say that he makes it all look pretty easy, even though it’s not.  He pulls it all off though; going to school full time and then waking up on the weekends at 3:30 in the morning to head off to a physically demanding job for eleven hours per day.  He rarely complains which is better than I can say for myself.  He always tries to come home as quickly as he can, get done with homework as fast as possible, and then help me with the kids so that I can take a rest.  Trust me, his efforts have not gone unnoticed!    

We do our best in supporting and helping each other out.  It’s just that the path we’ve chosen is not the easiest one to go down.  Ha!  But hey, that’s life right?

I know that once this is all over and put behind us, we’ll come out on the other side a little stronger, a little wiser, and eventually it will all become a memory of life that was well worth the B.S.   And I’m sure I’ll roll my eyes a couple of years from now when I read this post.  Ha!

Until that moment in time arrives, I’ll be counting down the days till this madness is over with.

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Preparing

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We have three rainy days forecasted this week, making this the scene in my house for the next three days.  One day isn’t bad, but three days trapped inside a house with multiple toddlers is going to be crazy!  In preparation of the gloomy days ahead, they are getting extra playtime outside today while it is a warm 64 degrees & sunny. 

What is your favorite thing to do when it’s constantly raining?  I could use the ideas!

Hooray, Snow!


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Hello, polar vortex!  The cold temperatures finally graced the south for  a couple of days, and you can bet that the kids took full advantage of it.  I stayed inside, because baby, it was cold!  The snow has pretty much completely melted since the temps have risen back to 58 degrees today, but Scout, as it turns out, loves that white powder.  He has been belly aching, wanting to play in more snow.  

Other than that, Bubba and I took advantage of our new vision insurance and had our eyes checked.  I still have 20/20 vision.  Booyah!! But, I still need to use my reader glasses when my eyes grow tired &  I’m straining.  (I’m far sighted, btw.)   Maybe there is some truth behind the carrots myth.  I eat them all the time. 

As for Bubba, he is still blind and has a new prescription to fill.  Poor guy…he’s deaf and blind! LOL!  

Seriously, he can’t hear a thing.

And in case you’re wondering what is on Scout’s face, it’s my pink lipstick.  He raided my makeup before heading outside…he can be such a little turd.  He did it again today, only it was my eye shadow and eyeliner.

How has your week been?

Puberty.

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I often read mom blogs who are dealing with one, maybe two, children who are in their toddler years, and how difficult it can be.  I can’t help but chuckle at them because they have no clue what’s coming.  Hahaha!  I huff-and-puff about raising one child in the middle of puberty and two small kids who are in their terrible two’s, and I’m tellin’ ya here first, wrangling a three year old ain’t nothing compared to raising a teenager.  Teenagers are argumentative, emotional, sneaky, and are constantly seeking that line between independence and ticking off their parents.

(I told my friend once to imagine it and she told me she didn’t want to.  I can’t blame her.)

Anyway…

 

We heard the first sounds of puberty a couple of weeks ago, i.e., his voice is cracking. 

He is also changing in a lot of other ways, too.  His facial hair is darkening above his lip, he has hit a growth spurt and is nearly as tall as I am. He eats his weight in food every single day, often eating more than my grown husband!  Seriously, this kid creates mountains out of his mashed potatoes.  His foot is the same size as mine, and I wear an 8.  He is becoming a bit more self conscious about his appearance and his odor. (hallelujah!)  He is finally taking showers on his own accord.  He told me that he could smell himself and that it wasn’t pleasant.  Cracked me up.  He is also in that,– I must sleep for 16 straight hours,– sleeping phase.  Remember that?  I don’t think it ever left me. Ha!

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There are many things I’ve forgotten about, concerning puberty, and there are plenty of awkward conversations to look forward to in the near future.  But there is a bestselling book that has seemed to help him understand a little more about what his body is going through.  It’s a book that is really, really, really, easy for him to understand and makes him feel confident that everything he is experiencing is normal!  Plus, he can better understand all of our corny puberty jokes that we make him endure all the time. 

If you’re interested in the book, it’s called The Boy’s Body Book, and it’s for ages 9 and up.


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Redeeming

I come to redeem myself today.  Last week I boldly promised to write another post the following day, but wouldn’t you know it, the cosmos had other plans.  Our beloved computer has been sounding as if a plane propeller was turning inside of it, so we decided to drop it off at the repair shop before it completely died on us.  Luckily for my wallet, it was a $20 fix.  It was really dusty inside, so it was blown out, and just like that, it now runs like dream. 
To be frank though, if it had died, I would have f-r-e-a-k-e-d out because I am a bad person who doesn’t back up her pictures or files.  I know, I know.  For shame.  I just let the  pictures hog all of our memory, too.  I’m a bad computer owner. 
So anyway, we finally picked her up and welcomed her home yesterday.  I never knew how deep my love is for my computer until it was gone. 
Okay.  So there is my excuse for not sitting down and writing the way I should be.  I would promise to write tomorrow about this and that, but I’m thinking I would be setting myself up again.  Instead, I will t-r-y and catch up tomorrow…at some point.

Brick Wall

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It has been nearly a month since my fingertips have graced my keyboard to write a post.  And if I’m being honest, my previous posts are not entirely brag worthy. 

I’ve hit a brick wall.  I sit at the computer, staring at the blinking cursor, and nothing comes to mind.  I say, “I’ll just write tomorrow.”  But tomorrow comes and it’s the same thing.  It’s not that I don’t have anything to say either.  Quite the opposite.  I have plenty I want to say, I just haven’t said them.  Refer back to the blinking cursor. 

My mind is a total blank of words right now, and I think I will just have to deal with the lack of inspiration.

Just stick with me.  I’m sure my writing will come back to me eventually.

I’ll write tomorrow about what we’ve been up to.  Promise. 

(just don’t expect any literary piece of work. ha!)

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Blueberry Streusel Cake

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This cake will grace our counter tops once or twice in a given year, but it doesn’t stay there for very long.  It has this crazy way of bringing people into my kitchen, gradually disappearing throughout the day.  By the end of the day, I catch my husband mopping up crumbs from the cutting board with his finger. 

We never have leftovers.  Ever.

This cake is by no means a waist watching treat.  It is too moist, sweet, and decadent for that business.  Hence, it is only made once or twice in a year. 

What makes it a little extra special is that I bake part of the streusel inside of the cake.  I can’t help it, I’m a lover of the crumb toppings, and having it on top and in the middle, just makes my day.  Yum.  It’s not something you have to do, but I don’t know why you wouldn’t. 

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ingredients:                                                                           for the streusel topping:

6 oz of fresh blueberries, rinsed                                               5 Tablespoons of flour

1 cup of butter milk                                                                  4 Tablespoons of melted butter

2 eggs                                                                                      3 Tablespoons of brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt                                                      3 Tablespoons of sugar

2 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder

2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour

1 1/4 cups of sugar

4 Tablespoons of melted butter

method:

mix all of your dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl, whisk it all together.

mix together all of your wet ingredients together into a separate dish.

slowly incorporate the wet and dry ingredients together, being careful not to over mix.  the mix will be slightly lumpy. 

once everything is well incorporated, fold your blueberries into the mixture.

pour the mixture into a well greased bread pan/ muffin tin.  Or you can line your bread pan with parchment or line your muffin tin with paper liners.

For the streusel, mix the melted butter, flour, and sugars together in a small bowl using a fork.  When it has been well combined, sprinkle 1/3 of mixture in a line on top of the cake. 

Using your fingers, push the streusel down, about halfway into the batter.

Sprinkle the remaining streusel evenly on top of the batter.

bake at 350 degrees F. for 30-40 mins. or until a toothpick inserted in the middle becomes clean.  If you’re using a muffin tin, then the bake time will be less than 30 minutes.  Probably around 15-20 mins, depending on the size of the muffin tins.

*Chef’s note:  Hopefully I’m not forgetting anything! The method of the cake is done by my memory.  This is the first time I’ve written it down! Ha! Bon Appetite!

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A Throw In Hibernation


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I recently brought my throw out of hibernation and have slowly, day by day, been knitting on it.  My hopes to have it completed by Fall were squashed due to so much other “busy work”.  Nevertheless, it is coming along, little by little.  I’ve messed up on a few stitches, but hopefully by the time the whole blanket is finished, an untrained eye won’t be able to tell.

My book of choice has been on my library waiting list for over a month, so when I received the email notice of its arrival for pickup, I jumped in the car and hightailed it to the library.  It’s called, Orange is the New Black.  If you haven’t at least heard of the show, then I think you may have been living underneath a rock for the last year or so. 

Right now, I’m only a few chapters in, but I have to say, I’m addicted to the story. 

I think that is all I have to say for today!  As usual, I’m linking up with Ginny for her Yarn Along. ; )

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