t always seems like just when I think I know a person they do something that intrigues me. My younger brother has never shown an interest in playing an instrument in his life. This week he posted online that he was looking to buy a ukulele cheap. I wonder what has spurred his new interest in playing the ukulele? I also wonder how hard it is to learn to play the ukulele? It should be interesting to see when he visits next how his musical skills are developing. I really hope he does well and enjoys himself.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We have a couple of record players in our home. One of them is used frequently and is in good working order. The other is supposed to work, but we cannot track down a needle for it. It isn’t like we are looking a cool mogami cable or something and have various options available. What we need is a very specific item that is hard to find. I am thinking that we may have to find someone who specializes in this type of things and has resources that we don’t to track down exactly what we need. I have tried every online resource I can find and have yet to find the needle I am looking for.
We have always been big on getting our children to help with chores around the house. It is important to us that they grow up knowing how to take care of themselves and have the skills to be independent people. I am always surprised to hear from my children’s friends that they don’t help around their homes. My oldest son is 14 years old, and his best friend is an only child. I cannot believe when his friend tells me that he does nothing at home. He doesn’t even make his own bed. My children basically have a couple of chores a day, but we rotate them throughout the week in order to teach them about everything around the home. It seems that if by the time they are a teenager they need to know these things because college is not far off in the future.
Music is a huge part of my husband’s life. I am not saying he is a musician or that he will be looking to buy wah wah at musicians friend in the future. What I am saying is that music gives him joy. He prefers to have music playing at all times. There are times when I want to run around after him turning his various radios off, but I resist. Taking his music away would be like him taking my coffee away. Coffee makes me happy and I look forward to having it each day. I realize that music does this for him and as much as I dream of a bit of silence I wouldn’t take his music away. I just go to that happy spot in my head where there is simply the sounds of nature and nothing more.
In the past three months I have made a major change in my level of fitness. I work out 6 times a week for about an hour at a stretch. I am now able to run for 30-35 minutes at a stretch and have been gradually increasing my speed. I look forward to my workouts and feel good about myself at the end of each workout. I have also been carefully watching my diet and keeping a record of everything I eat. I have lost about 13 pounds which is less than I would like, but I am still very happy with it. I tell myself that I have lost inches and am definitely a smaller person. I believe I have put on a great deal of muscle which is why the scale hasn’t moved down as much as I would like. The scale isn’t going to hinder me, and I am going to keep at it. Even if I only loose 2 pounds a month I will be at my goal weight a year from now.
This morning I spent a bit of time online connecting with our previous neighbors. We lived within a block of one another for about 5 years until we both decided to sell our homes. It was funny how we thought we would never sell our homes and were investigating everything from a goconnect real estate app to open houses in an attempt aid in the sale of our homes. Now we are living in different areas, and our homes are long since sold but yet we remain friends. I miss having dear friends down the street and so do they. I wish we didn’t live 30 miles apart now and could visit more often.
In November we started a running program called “Couch to 5K”. I just finished week four of the program yesterday. It felt amazing to have completed week 4 because it is the longest I have ever run in my life. I am finding myself looking forward to my run each day. Today was supposed to be my day off from running, and I intended to walk and not run. Once I got on the treadmill I decided to run and ended up spending longer on the treadmill than I normally do. I just felt good and as if I could just continue forever which was amazing.
Four weeks ago I decided it was time for me to take up running. I have been using a program that takes you from being a couch potato to running a 5K in 9 weeks. I am loving the program with the exception of the music that comes with it. I am not in need of the best revo 4 american dj at musicians friend, but I do need music that motivates me to keep running. Today’s session featured a song that was mainly instrumental. I simply cannot run to instrumental music and need to hear singing. I made it through the session but really hope that next weeks music is much better.
My father-in-law could not believe that we have a hard time buying ammunition in our area. We live in an area where hunting is a very popular sport. The stores around here have jacked the price of ammunition up sky high and most of the time it is not in stock. It wasn’t until he came he last week that he realized just how bad it is for us. He bought a 525 round box of .22lr ammunition for $80.00. When you consider that I paid between $16 and $22 for the same box just a year or so ago it puts things in perspective. He now is on the lookout for ammunition whenever he get the chance because he realizes that it is hard to get in some parts of the country.
I have had a pretty bad cold for just over a week. Today is the first day that I have felt close to being on the road to being better. The one thing I have is a lingering headache. It sounds like every noise in the house is a cymbal going off in my head. I feel like a test area for the best 18 inch k custom session crash instead of a stay-at-home mom. I know that the sensation of cymbals going off in my head will go away when I get better but for now all I want is silence. I love a good drum solo as much as the next person but I just am not appreciating the sensation of it in my own brain right now.
I love how people will comment on a blog, and it often makes no sense. So many people clearly comment in hopes of getting a link back to their website. What no one seems to realize on this blog is that I moderate all the comments and rarely if ever allow any to appear on the blog. I simply don’t want a bunch of useless links and nonsense comments appearing on here. So, I suppose you can comment and leave all the mumble jumble you want but it won’t appear. If you write something meaningful that is a different story altogether.
Tomorrow I have to take some of the kids in my son’s scout troop out to collect food for their annual food drive. Every year I volunteer to drive them around while they go door to door picking up donations. It can be fun, and it can be a chore depending on the kids who end up in my car. One year I literally felt trapped at band camp or something similar. The only thing the kids did was talk about band and musical equipment. I knew more, by the end of the day, about who had gotten a ableton controller at musicians friend and who wanted one than I ever wanted to know. It could have been worse I suppose they could have talked about video games.
My husband loves to shop at Goodwill. I will admit that I like to shop there as well but I don’t make it a weekly thing. He went there last night and saw a new garbage disposal in a box. He didn’t buy in then but went back tonight after work to buy it. The cashier remarked that she was waiting for someone to buy it because it was such a good deal. She asked if he was remodeling his kitchen and he told her that he was not but that he had a use for the disposal. He explained that we use a disposal to grind apples to make apple cider. She was baffled. I suppose I would be as well if I hadn’t seen one in use and knew that it was a new one being used.
I cannot believe the time is here again to start thinking about shopping for the holidays. Christmas is less that two months away, and I feel like I should already have some shopping done. I am one of those people who like to avoid the rush of the holidays. Thankfully I don’t have to do anything like shop for mens wedding rings or a new car. My holiday shopping is fairly straightforward, but I like to be organized and prepared for what I do need to buy. My plan usually involves a budget and am idea of what I want to buy each person on my list. Rarely do I make impulse buys because they usually end up being gifts that aren’t really appreciated.
Since we returned to a Paleo/Primal diet a couple of months ago I haven’t really tried to make too many dessert type items. Today I decided to try a couple of pumpkin based recipes that had 5 star reviews. Whenever I have made a recipe with a 5 star review or rather multiple 5 star reviews things have turned out excellent. These recipes gave me high hopes that a decent dessert was in our future. I am sad to report that both of them were absolutely nasty. My instincts tell me that when it comes to Paleo/Primal foods tasting in great is a very personal thing. Many people are so strict with these diets that it takes very little to convince them that something tastes amazing.