Games…

My youngest son is a little bit hooked on video games right now. We don’t let our kids play violent games and always read reviews before letting them play any game. Right now he his hooked on this dance video game. He loves the music that is part of the game and gets a pretty good workout while playing it. What is really funny is that he makes up his own words to the songs. If he can’t tell what the words are he just picks random things that sound similar to him. This ends up being pretty hilarious because his song lyrics often make absolutely no sense. I am just happy that he is having fun and doing something that is physically active.

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Canning Meat…

For some reason lately I seem to be finding myself canning a great deal of meat. We have had some meat in our freezer and it has not been getting used. To avoid it getting freezer burned I have been cooking and canning it. Canned meat is great for making quick meals. We love using canned chicken for soups and casseroles. Canned turkey is great when heated up with gravy and served over rice. Today I am going to can some pork loin which is great for pulled porks sandwiches. Canning meat is super easy and I encourage anyone looking for quick meals to give canning it a try. I love that it is shelf stable and doesn’t take up space in the freezer.

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Pounding…

I haven’t had very many headaches lately which has been a real blessing. Today is an exception. My head is pounding like someone was playing a guitar with an amplifier from from qsc inside it. My kids have wanted to do all sorts of noisy things today like play music and practice their instruments, but I just can’t tolerate it. I am pretty sure that my headache is because I am coming down with a cold. I know this will pass but I really wish the person playing guitar in my head would go somewhere else to practice.

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Discounts

I like to shop with discounts whenever possible. In fact, I rarely pay full price for things if I can get a discount on them. My children were making fun of me this week because I am always hunting for a bargain. I suppose this doesn’t make sense to children because they don’t have to worry about stretching dollars. Once I explained to them what the reasons are for my bargain hunting they understood why I spend so much time hunting for a deal. Because I do this they don’t have to go without the things they need. Of course, there is a difference between the things they need and the things they want. Teaching them the difference between those ideas may take a bit longer.

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Parting ways…

My oldest son struggles to make friends. He has had one good friend for a couple of years. Over the last several months I have sensed his friend pulling away. I didn’t think my son was away of it, but he brought it up to me today. We talked about how people develop different interests and that it is normal for them to sometimes drift apart. I explained that his friend is now really into music and talks non-stop about things like his guitar and musciansfriend. My son finds these topics very boring. I then asked my son about the things he is interested in and how his friend might find those topics boring. My hope is that they will see that despite their changing interests they can still be friends.

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Canning and more canning.

The time of year is here that I both love and hate. It is at this time of year when my garden really starts producing and the harvest must be preserved. Thus, far I have canned so many green beans. I decided this year to try to grow enough of just a few types of vegetables to get us through a couple of years. Next year I will focus on different vegetables and keep the rotation flowing. This is easier to me than trying to grow a little bit of everything each year. It also allows me to have stuff on hand in case the garden is a flop one year or another.

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This weekend we celebrated our youngest son’s 8th birthday. It is always interesting getting together with our families because you just never know what topic might come up. One minute we might be talking about health insurance that’s affordable and the next everyone is discussing what wildlife they recently saw. I really enjoy just sitting back and listening because our families are just so very different and yet they seem to find tons of things to discuss. It truly makes for an interesting evening.

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Wet Summer…

So far this summer has been a wash out. By this I mean it has done nothing but rain and rain and then rain again. I am glad we are not living in a drought area, but this has been a very wet summer. It makes me very glad that I didn’t plant many of the types of plants I had considered planting. With all this rain it would have been a constant battle to combat fungus. Gardening in wet humid weather is much more difficult than gardening in a drought. At least the harvest thus far has been decent and the mold is not spreading as rapidly as I had thought it might.

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Mail

Mail is a funny thing. There will be days that we go without getting a single piece of mail. Then all of a sudden we get a huge stack. In the stack there will be everything from magazines to advertisements for don allred insurance. It is almost as if our mail carrier saves the mail until he or she feels like we have enough to make it worth the effort of lifting our mail slot cover. There are times when we get fliers for sales or events that are over when we finally get the notice in our box. I would complain but can’t determine if I really have a reason to do so.

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Rain

It just keeps raining and raining and raining here. I can’t believe how much it has rained this year. It is weird when I hear that other parts of the country are in the midst of droughts. My garden can only appreciate so much wet weather. I have broken down and used various sprays to combat the disease that is sure to occur in the garden given all the wet and humid weather. I can only hope that we get a little bit of a break in the weather and that the rain transitions to the parts of the country that really need it.

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Frost…

Last night we had a frost warning for our area. For people who don’t grow vegetables or fruit this probably has little impact on their lives. For those of us who do have fruit and vegatable plants frost can be a very bad thing. I just checked my plants and everything seems to have weathered the night just fine. I really hope from here until summer that the nighttime temperatures stay about 40 degrees. Having to worry about frost damage is troublesome and can really be a burden when it comes to harvesting a good crop of fruits and produce.

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Trees…

We are going to be putting in a small orchard at my parents house. Our backyard is not big enough to host several fruit trees. My folks have about 100 acres of land in the country. They have been kind enough to allow us to plants some fruit trees around their property. We will be planting 3 apple trees and a peach tree. Our hope is to not have to buy apples and peaches in a couple of years. I preserve tons of apple sauce, apple juice, and other fruits each year but we usually have to buy the produce. These trees are what I consider and investment in the future.

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Cereal night…

I have cooked dinner for the last five nights in a row. I try to make my family healthy meals most nights of the week. Tonight is one of those nights where I just can’t bring myself to cook. For some reason my stomach is very sour and nothing sounds appealing to me. I am going to suggest that they either have cereal or macaroni and cheese. My kids don’t mind when I make this offer because it means they get to choose what they have for dinner. My husband on the other hand prefers a meal is made for him. When left to his own devices he tends to try to still cook a meal for himself which leaves a big mess for me to clean up. Maybe I should just go ahead and cook.

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Organizing…

My kids finished their school work early today which gave me precious time to work on some things around the house. One of the things that I desperately needed to do was organize my office supplies. I have boxes and bins full of stuff that just needed to be put away in an orderly fashion and today was the day to do it. Somehow I came into possession of several folders like those printing presentation folders at printingamerica.com. I don’t remember buying them and can’t imagine where they came from. I also found several packages of graph paper I had been looking for. I didn’t get everything completely organized, but I am well on my way to getting the job done. Hopefully the kids keep working hard and we have a few more short school days.

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Falling…

Yesterday I was on my way to run on my treadmill and fell very hard and banged myself up pretty good. I thought that this was going to throw my off track with my running for a while. Surprisingly when I got up this morning my leg didn’t feel nearly as bad as I thought it would. I bandaged it up today with ACE bandages and decided to give running a try. After about 5 minutes of running it loosened up and I was able to do alright. It was by no means my best run, but I was able to get 4.5 miles of intervals done. I am going to treat it gingerly for a little while and will likely back off on doing too many squats and things like that for a few days. I am just glad I was able to run today.

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Money…

My youngest son understands what money is and how to count it. He knows when he has money and when he does not have money. What he has trouble grasping is that the prices in stores are not negotiable. He seems to think that if we just keep shopping the things that he wants will suddenly cost much less that they really do. This is hard because I tend to shop for a bargain and understand his logic. What he doesn’t realize are that the things he wants rarely go on sale and that when they do it is usually around the holidays. He just cannot wait another 10 months for the toys he wants to be the price that he wants to buy them for and is driving me crazy dinging me to keep looking for these toys.

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Summer plans…

We have a swingset in the backyard that my children have outgrown. It isn’t like one of those playsets in woodbridge va and is just a plastic swingset designed for very young children. We have a porch swing that we brought with us from our old house and haven’t found a place to use. It occurred to me that we could likely take the swings off the swingset and replace them with the porch swing. This would give some added life to the swingset and my children a place to sit when they are outdoors.

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Baking bread…

Today I decided to bake bread for the first time in many , many months. We had a ton of snow overnight which made the prospect of going to the store for bread unappealing. My children love bread and given that there was none in the house I whipped up a batch of dough. The bread turned out beautifully, and everyone enjoyed it greatly. My husband and I even had a piece. We don’t eat wheat, but it just seemed wrong to not have a small piece of fresh bread with dinner. I know I can’t make this a regular thing but it was nice treat on a bitterly cold day.

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Squinting…

It has been a couple of years since I have had my vision tested. I have noticed lately that I am having to work a bit harder than I would like to in order to see the television. I should make a not to call the eye doctor on Monday and get myself an appointment for a new test. I always order my glasses online because it is so much cheaper. I have ordered from a variety of places and have been considering using eyeglasses.com but I am not certain that is what I am going to do. It really comes down to finding a place that offers great prices, service, and selection. Even though I have insurance that covers glasses and testing I never get the same bargain as I do from using an online vendor.

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Sledding…

As I type my husband is taking our sons sledding. This is the first time this winter that they will have gotten to go sledding. The weather has either been too hot or way to cold for them to sled. They are hoping that it won’t be very crowded considering that today is Superbowl Sunday. We are not football fans so the notion of missing the Superbowl for sledding is not bothersome to anyone in my family. I am staying home because I am getting over a cold and truth be told I don’t really enjoy sledding very much. Hopefully my family has a great time. I intend to get a run in on the treadmill while they are gone.

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